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were still in the building, while other items were being carried out and sprayed by workers from Royal Plus Disaster Kleenup Inc. based in Maryland. Gina Gilliam, spokeswoman for GSA, said she forwarded a list See BUILDING, Page 14A INSIDE: Facility’s tenants varied, 14A



rania Holloway was an incoming freshman at Wilkes University in

1972. The day before the Susquehanna overflowed, she had come to campus to register for classes and was anxious to spend some time on campus, but her father cut the trip short to return to their home in Connecticut. “My father said we’ve got to leave, I don’t like the looks of the river,” she said. “We saw the National Guard trucks coming in on the highway as we were leaving, so I knew it was serious. The next day, he came to where I was working at the time and said your college is under water.” PETE G. WILCOX PHOTOS/THE TIMES LEADER Holloway’s college experience was marked indelibly by Matt Boyle of Shavertown dumps a wheelbarrow full of discarded drywall onto the curb at 17 Atlantic Ave. in West Pittston. See WILKES, Page 9A

Wilkes University students and alumni helped with cleanup efforts at the home. Above, Wilkes University students Monique Woodard, Meghan Caputa and Emily Jones.

Mormons volunteer to aid church, homes in West Pittston WEST PITTSTON – A sign in front of First Presbyterian Church proclaims a message of hope. “Noah’s yard bloomed again, ours will too,” it reads. The historic church on Exeter Avenue was flooded in its basement and first floor two weeks ago, but with a lot of help from some fellow churches, the church is rebuilding. On Saturday, another congrega-

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of the building to store records for the Social Security Administration, Bell said. Bell said it was GSA and SSA that caused the delay, citing security concerns. Workers wearing protective suits were busy Friday cleaning out a section of the flood-damaged building. The water-damaged records

Wilkes students assist in recovery



Stuart Bell President of Luzerne Products

A real lesson in helping others


Matt McGloin threw for three touchdowns and Penn State welcomed coach Joe Paterno back to the sideline with a 34-6 win Saturday over Eastern Michigan. Penn State held the Eagles to 68 yards on the ground and forced three first-half turnovers. Nick Sukay’s interception late in the half set up the second of McGloin’s scoring strikes, a 5-yarder to receiver Derek Moye for a 17-0 lead. Sports, 1C

PLAINS TWP. – The owner of a Plains Township building is concerned that delays in getting a federally leased section of the structure cleaned out has caused it to become “toxic.” Stuart Bell is president of Luzerne Products, and the Bell family owns the building. He said the delay in getting that section of the 230,300-square-foot building cleaned out has caused serious problems. Specifically, Bell said mold has formed in the space leased to the General Services Administration and it will take millions of dollars to remediate it. GSA leases 130,000 square feet

“Basically, (the Social Security Administration) will get the stuff out and then give me the keys to a toxic building.”





Worry stems from delay in cleaning section of facility leased by federal government




tion, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel on Manor Drive in Trucksville, turned out in droves to lend a hand, bringing 120 volunteers from around the area to West Pittston to assist the church and about 10 homes in the area in any way they could. “We view everybody as our brothers and sisters,” said Jess Kohlert, of the Mormon con-

Marley Carpenter of Nazareth with the volunteer group of Mormons from Trucksville assisting in cleanup efforts in West Pittston, Saturday.

gregation. “When people are in need, you help them. That’s what Christ’s life was all about; helping the downtrodden.” Kohlert said the Mormons organized cleanup efforts in West Pittston as early as last weekend and have brought in volunteers from around Northeastern Pennsylvania to help. They have also organized similar cleanup teams See MORMONS, Page 9A





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Liz DeWolfe was among the group protesting Saturday in front of the DEP office on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.

Flood victims protest DEP to get debris out of creek By MATT HUGHES

WILKES-BARRE – A group of Wyoming County residents protested in front of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast Regional Office on Public Square Saturday. The protesters are residents of the Windy Valley section of Forkston Township whose homes were devastated by flooding of Mehoopany Creek after tropical storms Irene and Lee. They called on the state agency to remove debris from the creek to prevent future flooding. Protester Tom McGlynn said large groups of trees and gravel bars were impeding and shifting the flow of the creek


Police investigate shooting in city WILKES-BARRE – City police Saturday night were investigating a shooting that occurred near the intersection of Sherman and Dana streets at about 10:30 p.m. Police said a black male in his 40s was shot at least once in the upper thigh area. He was taken by ambulance from the scene about 10:45. Neighbors said they heard what sounded like a gunshot and at two of them said they saw a car drive away from the scene.

prior to the flooding and that the problem has been made worse by the recent storms. The creek hasn’t been dredged since 1972, and some of the debris still clogging the creek has been there since 2006, he said. The group believes DEP’s failure to maintain the creek contributed to the flooding of their homes and the washouts of roads and three bridges in Forkston Township, and that it will continue to lead to additional flooding and road washouts. “The creek needs to be dredged,” McGlynn said. “The important thing is that the road repairs and the temporary bridges that they are building now will simply be destroyed again.” drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle on state Route 424 on Friday. State police said Peterson was taken to Hazleton General Hospital for a blood alcohol test. DORRANCE TWP. – State police at Hazleton said an aluminum crossbar was discovered stolen from a soccer goal at Dorrance Township Municipal Park. The soccer goal is owned by Mountain Top Youth Soccer Association.


Stroudsburg Area teacher and Northeast Region PSEA President Glen Galante addresses PSEA Legislative-Education Leaders Breakfast at East Mountain Inn in Plains Township Saturday.

Teachers aim to get solutions

PSEA education initiative, a blueprint to reform education, presented at breakfast. By STEVEN FONDO Times Leader Correspondent

PLAINS TOWNSHIP – Area teachers gathered at a legislative and education leaders breakfast on Saturday to learn about the Pennsylvania State Education Association’s "Solutions That Work" education initiative. The event, held at the East Mountain Inn, featured a presentation by the state teachers union outlining the new program as well She was apprehended by state police at Shickshinny on Route 11 in Hunlock Township, according to the criminal complaint. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 28 before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – A man was arraigned Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on charges he hid controlled substances on his body and was driving a vehicle with a stolen license plate. Christopher A. Kleinschmidt, DORRANCE TWP. – Alan 32, of Lakefield Township, Genelow recently reported 24 Stroudsburg, was charged with tractor-trailer brake drums were receiving stolen property, posstolen from Genelow Repairs on session of drug paraphernalia, South Main Road, state police at possession of a controlled subHazleton said. stance and fraudulent use of a registration plate. He was jailed BEAR CREEK TWP. – State at the county prison for lack of police at Wyoming arrested $15,000 bail. Nicole Ann Casey, 23, of WilkesHAZLE TWP. – State police According to the criminal Barre, on evidence of drunken at Hazleton cited Amanda complaint: driving after a crash that injured James, 31, of Berwick, with Township police stopped a passenger on Laurel Run Road Kleinschmidt on Wilkes-Barre criminal mischief when she allegedly slashed three tires on a on Tuesday. Township Boulevard after an Casey lost control of her 1991 officer detected a loud muffler vehicle on Autumn Lane on Jeep Cherokee that rolled at Friday. and a license plate that did not • Angela Julissa Monsanto, of about 11 p.m., state police said. belong to his vehicle at about State police said Jason Dreve- 8:50 p.m. Tuesday. Pocono Summit, reported Frinik, 23, was taken to Geisinger day a stereo, speakers and a The license plate was reportWyoming Valley Medical Cenglobal positioning system were ed stolen to the Stroudsburg ter, Plains Township, for a head stolen from her vehicle while it Police Department. Police said injury. was parked at on they found contraband and a Casey exhibited signs of inOak Ridge Road, Humboldt dollar bill with white powder toxication and was taken to Industrial Park, state police at inside the vehicle. Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Hazleton said. Kleinschmidt allegedly hid a for a blood test, state police • Barbara Williams, of Freeplastic bag containing tablets of said. land, reported on Sept. 15 somemethadone in his underwear, one stole a bag containing basethe complaint says. PITTSTON – A man was ball equipment from her vehicle arraigned Wednesday in WilkesA preliminary hearing is while it was parked at Walmart scheduled on Sept. 28 before Barre Central Court on charges on Airport Road, state police at he assaulted a woman. District Judge Michael Dotzel in Hazleton said. Wilkes-Barre Township. Ursinio O’Neal, 29, of Searle • State police at Hazleton Street, Pittston, was charged arrested Ryan J. Peterson, 28, of with simple assault and harassJENKINS TWP. – State poBloomsburg, on evidence of lice said Donna Dunn, 43, of ment. He was jailed at the counChestnuthill Road, was arrested ty prison for lack of $2,000 bail. Wednesday afternoon on chargPolice arrested O’Neal after es of identity theft, forgery and his girlfriend, Taylor Segars, theft by deception. alleged he struck her during an Dunn allegedly used the perargument at their residence at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to sonal information of her sister, Lisa Derenick, 41, of Springthe criminal complaint. PHILADELPHIA – Former brook Township, to open a cell A preliminary hearing is Luzerne County Judge Miphone account and incurred scheduled on Sept. 28 before chael Conahan is being held at several thousand dollars in fees. District Judge Fred Pierantoni a federal correctional facility in Dunn was transported to the III in Pittston. Philadelphia following his senLackawanna County Prison for tencing Friday on a corruption EDWARDSVILLE – A woman arraignment, state police said. charge. was arraigned Wednesday in Conahan was sentenced FriHANOVER TWP. – Township Wilkes-Barre Central Court on day to 17 ½ years in prison. The charges she stole items from the police reported the following: Philadelphia facility will house • Donald Heness, of Goeringe Rite Aid Pharmacy, West Side him pending his transfer to a Avenue, reported Monday someMall. permanent facility where he one smashed a window on his Diane Noss, 52, of South will serve out his sentence. vehicle with a cinderblock at Main Street, Shickshinny, was The detention facility is the Don’s Deli on West End Road. charged with two counts of same facility where Conahan’s • Officers arrested Kenneth retail theft. She was released on former co-defendant, Mark Koonrad, 20, of Chester Street, $5,000 unsecured bail. Ciavarella, was held following Police allege Noss stole items on evidence of drunken driving his sentencing last month. valued at $420 from the pharma- after he lost control of a motorcycle on Hanover Street on cy at about 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Conahan serving at Philly facility

as a meet-and-greet for local legislators Ed Pashinski and Mike Carroll. “Teachers want to improve the state of education in Pennsylvania," said PSEA spokesman Paul Shemansky. "This new program helps us to achieve our goal." According to PSEA’s website, the "Solutions That Work" initiative is a "comprehensive blueprint to reform education" based on classroom experience and extensive academic research and includes tenets on teacher performance review, parental participation and local business involvement. Shemansky stated the recent

cuts in educational funding by Gov. Tom Corbett have resulted in the loss of more than 5,000 teachers and support staff in the state and prompted the proposed changes. "Class sizes have increased throughout the state and studentteacher ratio has also increased," added Shemansky. "Class size directly impacts results." Shemansky said the state of public education in Pennsylvania is evidenced by recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, which ranks the state No. 1 in eighth-grade reading and in the top 10 in math and science.

Sunday. Police allege Koonrad lost control of a dirt bike that slid approximately 105 feet. Koonrad showed signs of drinking and was treated at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

it to strike a utility pole on Old Turnpike Road at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday. Neither Petrisko nor his passenger was injured in the crash. • A 71-year-old woman from Wyeth Place reported that several unauthorized charges were made at local businesses using her credit card.

BUTLER TWP. – Two men were arraigned Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court after township police allege they discovered illegal drugs and stolen guns inside a residence on Snow Valley Drive on Monday. Oliver Rivera, 18, of Snow Valley Drive, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm. Michael Campbell, 18, of Maple Street, Hazleton, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and institutional vandalism. Rivera and Campbell were jailed at the county prison for lack of $5,000 bail each. According to the criminal complaints: County juvenile probation officers requested township police to assist them in executing an arrest warrant for arresting Rivera at his residence on Monday. Rivera, who had been adjudicated on a burglary charge by a juvenile judge, fled from the house through a window. Police allege they found cocaine, heroin, marijuana, contraband and several guns, including a pistol stolen from a Freeland residence, the criminal complaints say. Police said in the criminal complaints Campbell damaged a camera inside a holding cell inside police headquarters. Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Sept. 28 before District Judge Daniel O’Donnell in Sugarloaf. PLAINS TWP. – The state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement cited Carriage Stop Beer, LLC, 2500 East End Blvd., on charges they operated without a valid health permit and fortified, adulterated or contaminated liquor. The store’s health permit expired Oct. 3, police said. BUTLER TWP. – John J. Petrisko, of Drums, said his vehicle was forced off the road by an oncoming vehicle, causing

WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following: • John Brandt of 57 Waller St. said a black male came to his home at 3:24 p.m. Tuesday, showed a knife and stole a television set. Police said the investigation is continuing. • Charles Chuluda, 60, of Edwardsville, was cited with public drunkenness following an incident on the corner of South Main and South streets at 7:16 p.m. Tuesday. • Matt Hromchak said someone removed an mp3 player and a cellular phone from 35 Moyallen St. on Sept. 13. • Someone threw furniture on the property of My Brother’s Place, 221 N. Sherman St., Tuesday, police said. HANOVER TWP. – Dakota Avery, of Nanticoke, was arrested after police charged him with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia on Monday. Township police said they found that Avery was in possession of multiple prescription pills that were not prescribed to him, multiple hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia when they came into contact with him while responding to a report of a disabled vehicle on state Route 309. Police said charges will be filed against Avery at a later date. WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following: • Terry John Kvalkauskau, of Pittston, was arrested on evidence of drunken driving and other offenses after he allegedly fled the scene after hitting another vehicle from behind while both were headed south on North River Street at about 8:43 p.m. Monday, police said. Krysten Drozda, of Hanover Township, was stopped in traffic when her 2011 Jeep was struck from behind by Kvalkauskau’s 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, police said. • James Schneider, of 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, was charged with retail theft after he allegedly placed a bracelet worth $50 into his pocket and tried to leave a store without paying for the item.

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Economic woes along with increased use of online options hurt mail delivery

Postal service gets stamped out By ANDREW M. SEDER

For years, post offices displayed images of public enemies on its walls. Today the post office has its own enemies, each of which has inflicted damage on the 236-year-old service. Their names are email, social media, the Internet and the economy. As more residents communicate through text messaging, emails and Facebook posts, the number of letters affixed with a stamp and dropped in a mailbox has declined dramatically over the past decade. Add in online bill paying options and the reasons to actually

use the U.S. Postal Service have decreased. Though letter carriers proudly deliver in the rain, sleet and snow, the elements have nary an effect on the World Wide Web. The Postal Service has tried to cut costs and raise revenues. First class postage rates have increased from 29 cents in 1994 to the current rate of 44 cents. Smaller post offices have closed, such as those in Ashley and Old Forge, or are being studied for closure, such as those in Cambra, Beech Haven, Weston and Glen Rock. Mail distribution centers have been consolidated, including

“The market place has changed and we need to build a sustainable business model for the future. The announcement last week regarding the consolidation proposals is designed to help build a more prosperous future for USPS.”

Raymond Daiutolo U.S. Postal Service spokesman

the Wilkes-Barre center, which saw its operations merged into the Scranton and Lehigh Valley centers in 2009. But the Postal Service is still millions of dollars in debt and can’t stanch the bleeding. Postal Service spokesman Raymond

Veterans’ flag holders scarce

Daiutolo said that as the service continues trying to come up with ways to save money and eliminate duplication of service, all possibilities are on the table. See POSTAL, Page 8A





Marino holding senior fair

orty exhibitors providing services ranging from health care to Social F Security will partici-

pate in U.S. Rep. Tom Marino’s first senior fair to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the Triton Hose Co., Route 6 (West Tioga Street), Tunkhannock. Marino Marino will be in attendance. The expo will feature exhibits by local, state and federal organizations including a visit by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Vet Center. The state legislative offices of Sen. Lisa Baker and Reps. Karen Boback, Sandra Major and Tina Pickett will be represented. Staff will answer questions about state programs that are available to senior citizens. WILKES-BARRE

Business seminar canceled

The Small Business Financing Options seminar scheduled for Monday at the Wilkes Small Business Development Center, 7 S. Main St, WilkesBarre has been canceled. The session was to run from 8 a.m. to noon with U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton. But the recent tropical storm and flooding resulted in a low registration. Registrants’ information will be retained in the case the event is rescheduled.

County official asks for more money to buy markers for graves due to increase in thefts.


Luzerne County Veteran Affairs Director James Spagnola has asked county commissioners to consider increasing the money allocated for veteran grave flag holders next year because people are still stealing the holders for their scrap trade-in value. The county paid $14,160 for 2,360 holders this year. Veteran deaths are averaging more than 1,000 a year, Spagnola said. If the county spends the same next year, Spagnola will only have about 1,000 replacement holders to distribute to American Legion and VFW posts throughout the county, which won’t meet the demand, he said. The Legion and VFW visit cemeteries to make sure all veteran graves have markers. “If we just buy the same amount, I’ll have about 1,000 to pass out, and that’s not enough given the fact that we’re still trying to replace markers that are stolen,” said Spagnola, who describes the theft from deceased veterans as “disgusting.” The county switched from brass to aluminum hold-


Used furniture drive set

The American Legion Post 513 in Old Forge is conducting a used furniture drive for Duryea flood victims. There is a need for good, serviceable and clean used furniture items. Please contact Post Commander Adam Chase by email, with a description of the items or at 570 5753007. Arrangements will be made for the items to be dropped off or picked up. WILKES-BARRE

Chalk Festival along river

See FLAG, Page 8A

Children of all ages and capabilities are invited to participate in’s second annual Children’s Chalk Festival on Saturday from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. The free festival, hosted at the River Common park, will feature an official chalk art zone, multiple exhibits, children’s programming and strolling entertainers. A rain date is set for Oct. 8. For more information visit or “like” the fan page, Donations will be collected and a portion of proceeds will go toward flood victim recovery. WILKES-BARRE


Josie Basta, 8, stands with disc jockeys from The Eagle 97.7 at AI Dupont Radioathon hours before she was about to receive the heart transplant. Her father, Joe Basta, is in the background smiling.

Heartwarming news for Valley residents

Native American Giovanni Sanchez performs the Lakota chicken dance at the Seventh Annual Fall Intertribal Powwow in Noxen Township on Saturday afternoon.

Spirit after storm

Native American community brings healing and peace to flooded township of Noxen.


For Josie Basta, the flooding due to Tropical Storm Lee brought a glimpse of light for the ailing child with a fleeting heart. Basta, 8, of Downingtown, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy late last year. It had been a waiting game for her and her family as she was on a list to receive a new FOR MORE heart. She is the daughter of Joe I N F O R M A T I O N Basta, formerly of Kingston, If you would like to who attended Wyoming Valley donate money toWest High School and King’s wards Josie’s recovCollege. ery costs and medical Josie’s aunt, Holly Devenney bills, visit www.cotaof Chester Springs, said with the evacuation of the Wyoming Valley, she and Josie’s father’s parents, who live near Kirby Park in Kingston, were worried not about their possessions that were held in the balance of the flood waters, but about their ailing grandchild. “My parents called me at work and said ‘We are being evacuated.’ I was shocked because I wasn’t paying attention to what was going on (with the rising waters).” See HEART, Page 8A

By SUSAN DENNEY Times Leader Correspondent

NOXEN TWP. – Driving through Noxen, you can’t miss the destruction caused by both Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Downed century-old trees, huge piles of ruined belongings and closed roads attest to the beating this small area has taken. But the Native American community has brought a spirit of healing and peace to the small town in the form of the Seventh Annual Fall Intertribal Powwow being held at the Noxen Fire Department grounds on Stull Road. The Fall Powwow is an open gathering of all Native American tribes. The Grand Entry was the official beginning of the powwow on Saturday. All the dancing took place in a circle with a fire burning in the center. The dancing began with a flag ceremony and a salute

VOA plans storm sale

Volunteers of America will hold a three-day storm relief sale Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All clothing, household goods, furniture and other items will be half off at the Volunteers of America thrift store 400 S. Main Street in Wilkes-Barre. The store is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. “Knowing that thousands of people have been hurt or devastated by the recent storms, Volunteers of America is holding this extended Jones sale to help people recover,” said Bill Jones, vice president and chief operating officer of Volunteers of America. “Donations of new or gently used clothing, linens, bedding, household goods and furniture are urgently needed.” Donations can be dropped off at the Volunteers of America thrift store. For free pick-up of large items, call 570-8295100. WEST HAZLETON

Event organizer Nathalie Bowersox, also known as Wisteria, offers remarks at the Fall Intertribal Powwow in Noxen Township on Saturday afternoon.

to veterans. For some dancers in the circle, adding herbs such as tobacco or sage to the fire was a way of offering up prayers. Crystal Greene, 18, of Meshoppen, showed grace and talent as a butterfly dancer in the circle. But compared to many other dancers

in the circle who wore elaborate and beautiful handmade regalia, her clothing consisted of bare feet, a street dress and a colorful shawl. Greene explained that she had almost completed her full set of See POWWOW , Page 9A

Schools to get computers

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, announced Friday that 25 surplus Senate computers he helped secure through the Senate’s Computers for Schools Program have been shipped to five Pennsylvania public schools. Among them is the West Hazleton Elementary School, which will receive five computers and accompanying monitors.










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Possible government shutdown as lawmakers block bill to provide flood aid


that would provide stopgap federal spending, plus aid for people battered by hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. The legislation also calls for $1.6 bilObama lion in spending cuts to help defray the disaster costs. Democrats say it’s unprecedented and unfair to require spending cuts to accompany badly needed emergency aid. They are especially unhappy that the GOP measure would tap clean-energy programs credited with creating jobs. Republicans say that with a $14 tril-

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Followers give approval to the pontiff

A young faithful wears a shirt reading "Pope I like" during an evening vigil with Pope Benedict XVI in Freiburg, Germany, Saturday. Pope Benedict XVI is on a four-day official visit to his homeland Germany.

WASHINGTON — Just a week away from a possible government shutdown, lawmakers boxed themselves into a new budget impasse Friday. With Congress’ approval ratings already at an all-time low, a tit-for-tat over disaster aid left Republicans and Democrats — and the House and Senate — in a faceoff that’s all too familiar to millions of Americans. Deep partisan disputes pushed the government to the edge of a partial shutdown in April, and to the brink of a debt ceiling crisis in late July. On Friday, the Democratic-controlled Senate blocked a Republican House bill

lion-plus national debt, business-as-usual spending is no longer acceptable. With elections coming, congressional Republicans suggest voters will find it outrageous that Democrats wouldn’t accept a mere $1.6 billion in spending cuts. Democrats are betting voters will find it petty and manipulative to let tornado and hurricane victims wonder if federal aid will be denied because lawmakers want to cut aid to automakers. The parties’ feuding earlier this year prompted a rating agency to downgrade the government’s credit-worthiness, which sent shock waves through financial markets. Legislation finally did make it to passage to raise the debt limit and stave off potential default.

This time, it’s possible that Congress will find a last-minute way to avoid a shutdown of many federal agencies when the fiscal year ends next Friday. The Senate plans to vote Monday on a Democratic bill that would not require spending offsets to release new money for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA, drained by several severe storms, could run out by next week, officials said. In the Senate, however, GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is confident Republicans will block the Democrats’ counter-move with a filibuster. It takes 41 votes to sustain a filibuster in the 100-member Senate, and the Republicans hold 47 seats.

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wo Americans freed from an Iranian prison told reporters Saturday T they were “eager to go home” just before boarding their flight to the U.S. from Oman, the Gulf state that helped mediate their release after more than two years in custody on accusations of spying. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were scheduled to arrive home on Sunday, according to Samantha Topping, a spokeswoman for their families. The two were released from Tehran’s Evin prison under a $1 million bail deal and arrived in Oman on Wednesday in the first leg of their journey home. There they were reunited with joyful relatives. Iran’s Foreign Ministry called their release a gesture of Islamic mercy.

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Infused alcohol ban lifted

In this city famous for food and drink experimentation, so-called “craft” bartenders have fought for three years to overturn a Prohibition-era state law that banned bars from infusing flavors into alcohol. Bartenders, worry no longer. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law repealing the ban on imbuing alcohol in bars and restaurants with fresh flavors. The antiquated law was forgotten until 2008, when the state Department of Alcohol Beverage Control — after noticing an increasing number of Bay Area bars infusing booze with their own flavors — issued an advisory telling its licensees that “rectification” of distilled spirits at their businesses was illegal. While no bars or restaurants ever received fines or were cited under the law, owners in San Francisco said the fear of fines or revoked liquor licenses stifled creativity and a burgeoning new business. SANAA, YEMEN

Troops kill 40 in battles

In one of the bloodiest days of Yemen’s uprising, government troops backed by snipers and shelling attacked a square full of Yemeni protesters Saturday and battled with pro-opposition forces in the capital, killing at least 40 people and littering the streets with bodies. The violence signaled an accelerated attempt by President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his loyalists to crush their rivals and tighten his grip on the country after his return a day earlier from Saudi Arabia, where he has been undergoing treatment for the past three months for wounds suffered in an assassination attempt. One of Saleh’s top rivals — Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar — called for international help, asking the U.S. and other regional powers to rein him in. He warned that Saleh is pushing the country into civil war. PERUGIA, ITALY



ihanna performs during the Rock in Rio music festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Saturday. The festival, which runs through Oct. 2, includes performances by Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Coldplay.

Putin to again seek presidency Former Russian leader could possibly rule the country until 2024, if he wins in March 2012 election.

By JIM HEINTZ Associated Press

MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin’s decision to reclaim the presidency next year sets up the possibility that he could rule Russia until 2024 and foreshadows a continuation of the strongman rule that many in the West have called a retreat from democracy. Although Putin departed the Kremlin in 2008 due to term limits and moved about two kilometers (1.5 miles) down the road to the prime minister’s office, in a sense he never left at all. He cannily used Russia’s

state-controlled national TV channels to remain the country’s pre-eminent political figure, with appearances portraying himself as a bold adventurer in Russia’s wilderness, a vigorous advocate of the country’s global importance and, occasionally, as a bit of a rogue consorting with scruffy motorcyclists. His hand-picked successor as president, Dmitry Medvedev, appeared as little more than a tame youngster in comparison. If he wins the March 4 election — a nearcertainty given his popularity and mastery of Russia’s political system — Putin will return to a presidency even more powerful AP PHOTO than when he left. In 2012, the presidential Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, term will be extended to six years from four, and he would be eligible to serve two right, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. terms.

Libyan revolutionary forces make new push into Gadhafi’s hometown, Sirte A pall of smoke covers the city of Tripoli, Libya, as it rises from a military warehouse that belongs to the army of Libya’s ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi in the port area of the city, Saturday.


Prosecutors: Life for Knox

Italian prosecutors asked an appeals court on Saturday to uphold the conviction of Amanda Knox for the murder of her British roommate and increase her sentence to life in prison. The 24-year-old American sat motionless as Prosecutor Giancarlo Costagliola made his request. The prosecutor sought the same sentence for Knox’s co-defendant, former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, capping two days of closing arguments by the prosecutors. Costagliola also requested six months of daytime solitary confinement for Knox and two months for Sollecito. Verdict is expected in October.

WASHINGTON — It’s as big as a bus and weighs 6 tons, but officials probably will never be able to pinpoint exactly where a massive NASA satellite plummeted to Earth. NASA space junk scientists believe that all — or nearly all — of the parts of their 20-year-old dead satellite safely plunged into No injuries or the Pacific damage have Ocean, likely missing land. been reported But if their esti- on land, which mates are off, by NASA officials only five min- said was a utes or so, fiery pieces could good indicahave fallen on tion the satelparts of north- lite went into western North the ocean. America. No injuries or damage have been reported on land, which NASA officials said was a good indication the satellite went into the ocean. That doesn’t necessarily mean it all fell into the sea. Some debris could have fallen over areas such as Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Calgary, Alberta; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, said Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “Pieces are falling off of this flaming fire ball, and some of it has enough momentum to go hundreds of miles,” he said. There were no credible reports of debris on the ground, said Nick Johnson, NASA’s chief scientist for orbital debris.


SIRTE, Libya — With NATO jets roaring overhead, revolutionary forces fought their way into Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown Saturday in the first significant push into the stubborn stronghold in about a week. Libya’s new leaders also tried to move on the political front, promising to announce in the

coming week a new interim government that it hopes will help unite the country. However, disagreements remain about what the Cabinet should look like. The National Transitional Council led the rebellion that forced Gadhafi into hiding and has taken over the leadership of the oil-rich North African nation even as it continues to fight forces still loyal to the fugitive leader.

The NTC-appointed prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, sought support from leaders at the United Nations on Saturday, He told them them that “a new Libya is coming to life” as a nation committed to democracy, equality and reintegration into the international community. He said the council was committed to drafting a constitution that would be put to the Libyans for a referendum.

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THE TIMES LEADER ROBERT E. NEALON, 88, of Ashley, died Saturday morning, September 24, 2011, at home. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre. MARY FRANCES MASKER, 96, of Tunkhannock Avenue, West Pittston, died Thursday, September 22, 2011, at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South WilkesBarre. Born in Pittston June 3, 1915, Mary was a graduate of Pittston High School and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Masker. Surviving are son Robert G. Masker, West Pittston; and nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at 11a.m. Tuesday from the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. Interment will be held in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday.

FUNERALS BRADLEY – Ann, funeral 11 a.m. Monday in the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service Monday. HARRIS – Michael, memorial service 7 p.m. Monday in the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. HEALEY – Evelyn, funeral services 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus R.C. Church, Dupont. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. HILL – Barbara, memorial Mass 7 p.m. Monday in All Saints Church, 66 Willow St., Plymouth. KRANSON – Jay, funeral 2:30 p.m. today at the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, 348 S. River St., WilkesBarre. Shiva will be observed at 575 Meadowland Ave., Kingston, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today and 1 to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. MUROSKI – Michael, funeral 9:30 a.m. Monday from the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Faustina’s Parish, Nanticoke. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today. OZEHOSKI – Edward, blessing service 2 p.m. Monday from the Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. REHILL – Edward, celebration of life 8:30 a.m. Monday from McLaughlin’s, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Wilkes-Barre. SKWARLO – Bernadyne, funeral noon Monday from the Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 173 E. Green St., Nanticoke. Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. in St. Faustina Church, Nanticoke. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service Monday. STURR – Roy, celebration of life 11 a.m. Saturday in the Christ Community Church, Kingston. WANCHO – Nida, funeral 11 a.m. Monday from the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 672 Memorial Hwy., Dallas. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

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William A. Burns

John Tensa Jr.

September 23, 2011

September 24, 2011 Tensa Jr., 68, of Plymouth, passed away Saturday, SeptemJberohn 24, 2011, surrounded by family

A. Burns, 87, of Pittston W illiam Township, passed away Friday

morning, September 23, 2011, at home surrounded by his family. Born in Sebastapol, on January 30, 1924, he was a son of the late Leo and Constance Dougher Burns. He was a graduate of Jenkins Township High School and attended The University of Scranton. Mr. Burns served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Mr. Burns was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. He will be remembered for his love of his family, his unique sense of humor, his ability to always see the good in all, and his passion for playing pitch and bowling. He was an avid N.Y. Yankees and Notre Dame fan. Mr. Burns was a life member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston, its Holy Name Society, and was an usher for 60 years. He was a member of the Dupont VFW Post No. 4909; Jenkins Township American Legion; a fourth degree member and a 50 years honorary life member of the Pittston Knights of Columbus JFK Council No. 372; and was also a member of the Bowling League. He held the office of secretary and participated in 50 straight national tournaments. He was a member of Jenkins Senior Citizens, Donegal Society, Lions Club of Pittston Township, where he held offices of president, secretary, treasurer and District County officer; DAV life member; NARFE past president, service officer, secretary; NALC past president, vice president and secretary; Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Greater Pittston; Hibernian Society; a life member of Jenkins Township Fire Department; and a former member of the Catholic Retreat League. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James A. Burns; and sisters, Connie Strubeck, Kay Engleman and Jean Wachs. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Eileen Gerosky Burns; children,

Leah Evanoski and husband, Rick, and their daughter, Margaret of Wyoming; Dr. Leo Burns and wife, Dawn, and their sons, Eric and Jack of Glen Mills; Dr. Erin Capone and her husband, Chuck, and their daughter, Sophie, Needham, Mass.; and Eileen Bartoli and husband, Frank, and their children, Ellie, Brian and Abigail of Duryea; sisters, Joan Meade and husband, Dan, Sebastapol; Sally Walsh, Long Island, N.Y.; and Helen Wilver, Bakersfield, Calif.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to thank Complete Home Care, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, The Visiting Angels and Dr. Gerald P. Gibbons Jr. for the exceptional care they provided. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday from the Adonizio Funeral Home Inc., 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. Interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Adonizio Funeral Home, Pittston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Parish Community, William Street, Pittston. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, West Pittston. Online condolences may be made at

Charles J. Siegel September 23, 2011 J. Siegel, 54, of ShaverC harles town, died unexpectedly Friday,

September 23, 2011, at his home. Born in Kingston, he was a son of Charles E. Siegel, Rome, and the late Daurine Doran Siegel. Charlie “CJ” was a graduate of Dallas High School, class of 1974. He was employed for many years as a manager at Stroud’s of WilkesBarre and had currently been employed as a retail sales associate for Sears in the Wyoming Valley Mall. Charlie enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an avid antiques collector. He will always be remembered for his unique sense of humor and his devotion to family, especially to his son, Chas. He was a member of St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Edwardsville. Preceding him in death, in addition to his mother, were stepdaughter Stephanie M. Siegel; and brother, George P. Siegel. Surviving, in addition to his father, are his wife, the former Irene Wolensky, Shavertown; son Charles “Chas” S. Siegel, at home; sisters, Elizabeth (Mark) Spaciano, Trucksville, and Patricia (Steve) Gobble, Wysox; as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Harold

C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. A Divine Liturgy will follow at 10:30 a.m. in St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 70 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. The Rev. Orest Kunderevych and the Rev. Paul Wolensky will officiate. Interment will be made in St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Dallas. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday with a Parastas service being held at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship trust for his son, Charles “Chas” S. Siegel, c/o PNC Bank, 325 Memorial Hwy., Dallas, PA 18612. Condolences may be sent to the Siegel family via email at

Anna Marie Casterline September 23, 2011 Marie Casterline, 83, of A nna Exeter, passed away Friday, Sep-

tember 23, 2011, at home surrounded by her family. Born in Exeter, on July 1, 1928, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna Koscelansky Kostisock. She attended St. John the Baptist School, Pittston, and Exeter High School. She had been employed in the local garment industry and was a member of the ILGWU. Mrs. Casterline was a life member of St. John the Baptist Church, Pittston, where she was active with the Christian Mothers Group and a member of St. Barbara’s Parish – St. Anthony’s Church, Exeter. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter Jennifer Casterline; and a sister, Florence Maffei. Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Edward Casterline; son Ronald Casterline and his wife, Rae Ann, Exeter; daughter Joyce Boyer and her husband, Cleon, Wyoming; five grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; sisters, Marion Pocceschi, West Wyoming, and Theresa Alexander, Dallas; as well as numer-

and friends at home. Born November 24, 1942, in Plymouth, he was a son of the late John Tensa Sr., and Ann Williams Tensa. Mr. Tensa was a graduate of Plymouth High School and Wilkes College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. John was employed by the Wyoming Valley West School District as an elementary school and remedial math teacher at the Main Street School in Plymouth for 39 years. He was in charge of the school safety patrol and bus duty. He was fondly known as “Mr. T.” He was a member of the PSEA and NEA. John was one of the original organizers of the Intramural Sports Program at the Huber Field in Plymouth for many years and, he was also one of the organizers of the Plymouth Girl’s Softball League. He also participated in coaching and officiating. John was an avid sport’s fan and enjoyed watching the Eagles and Philly games with his best friends, Tommy and George; his brother, Bobby; and his nephew, George. Mr. Tensa was preceded in death by his wife, the former Trudy Yurko; and a grandson Edward Madaya Jr. Surviving are four daughters, Trudi Dempsey and her husband, Frank, and Patrice Madaya, all of Shavertown, Terri Dempsey and her husband, Jason, of Dallas, and Sherri Williams and her husband, Dave, of Plymouth. John is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Justin and Brent Carder, Andrew, Thomas

and Brianne Dempsey, Alex and Patrick Madaya, Darran Otway, Colin and Mia Dempsey, and Paige and Cole Williams; brothers, George and Robert Tensa, both of Plymouth; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A private funeral was held at the convenience of the family from the S. J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. John’s children would like to especially thank Paula, Rich, Kayla, Jamie, Mary Ann and Heather Yeninas, for their kindness, love, support and friendship. In lieu of flowers, contributions, if desired, may be made in memory of John Tensa to Wyoming Valley West General Fund, 450 N. Maple Ave., Kingston, PA. 18704. Donations will be used to enrich the lives of the students that John loved to teach. Please visit for directions or to submit online condolences to the family.

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Scott September 24, 2011 argaret “Peggy” Scott, 82, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away SatM urday morning, September 24, 2011,

at her home. Born in Hanover Township, she was a daughter of the late William J. and Julia (Cosgrove) Davis. She was a graduate of Hanover High School, class of 1948. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Wilkes-Barre, and a former member of St. Therese’s Church, Wilkes-Barre. She was an active member of Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, a member of TOPS, and a longtime contact person for Recovery Inc. Peggy was preceded in death by Township, with a Mass of Christian her husband, Daniel W. Scott, on Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of FaApril 19, 1993; and brothers, Aaron, tima Parish, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, WilkesLeonard, William and Alvin Davis. Barre, with Monsignor Thomas V. Surviving are her sons, Daniel Banick, pastor, officiating. InterScott and his wife, Peggy, and David ment will be held in Memorial Scott, all of Wilkes-Barre; grandchil- Shrine Burial Park, Wyoming. dren, Daniel, Ryan, Alison, Cory, Friends may call from 8 to 9 a.m. Colleen and David Jr.; brother, Tho- Tuesday. mas Davis, Lee Park, Hanover Memorial donations may be Township; daughter-in-law Anita made to the Alzheimer´s Association Scott; as well as numerous nieces of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 63 N. and nephews. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA Funeral will be held at 9 a.m. 18702. Tuesday from the Corcoran Funeral Online condolences may be made Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains at

Richard M. Brunges September 24, 2011 M. Brunges, 49, of KingR ichard ston Township, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2011, in his home. Born in Kingston, he was a son of Joan Barbacci Brunges of Kingston Township and the late Floyd Gibbons Brunges. He was a graduate of West Side Area Vocational Technical School, Pringle, and attended Luzerne County Community College. Richard was self-employed doing various types of jobs. He was a member of St. Frances X Cabrini Church of Carverton. Richard was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt, fish and ride quads. Surviving, along with his mother, are brothers, Floyd J. Brunges and his wife, Jean, Westfield, Mass., and Julio P. Brunges and his wife, Kelly, Franklin Township; as well as nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at

9 a.m. Tuesday from the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Frances X Cabrini Church of Carverton. Interment will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.

John F. ‘Jake’ O’Boyle September 24, 2011 ohn F. “Jake” O’Boyle, 82, of West Pittston, died Saturday morning, JSeptember 24, 2011, at home.

ous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Adonizio Funeral Home Inc., 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Barbara’s Parish – St. Anthony’s Church, Memorial Street, Exeter. Interment will be held in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Exeter. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, West Pittston. Online condolences may be made at

His wife is the former Mary Ann Repasky. Born on October 18, 1928, in Pittston, he was a son of the late Frank and Rose Walsh O’Boyle. He was a 1947 graduate of Saint John the Evangelist High School, Pittston, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in the Pittston office. He belonged to Corpus Christi Parish at Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston, and was a Fourth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus. Jake was an avid Notre Dame fan who attended many games; he was also a professional babysitter for his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary. Also surviving are a son, John Jr., Forty Fort; two daughters, Mary Kay Melvin and husband, Jon, West Pittston, and Rosemary Dobbs and husband, Tim, Wyoming; a brother,

Joseph, and wife, Anna Mae, Pittston; as well as three grandchildren, Courtney Melvin, and Aaron and Olivia Dobbs. The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday from the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, Wyoming Avenue, West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church of Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston. Interment will be in Saint John’s Cemetery, Duryea. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Arrangements are by the Paul F. Leonard Funeral Home, 575 N. Main St., Pittston.



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MUNICIPAL BRIEFS SWOYERSVILLE – The borough council and Mayor Vincent Dennis commended the Swoyersville fire departments, ambulance association, borough EMA Director Gary Van Scoy and the police department for their work during the flooding emergency. All departments helped with evacuations and other precautions during this tense time. Some fire department personnel also helped with the levee problems in Forty Fort. The police department patrolled the town when the evacuation order came to ensure the homes were safe and secure. The street department stood ready at the garage to assist in any way when needed. HARVEYS LAKE – Borough council has announced that Monday is the final day for trash pickup from storm damage. Residents must place their storm-damaged items at the curb for pickup no later than tonight. Council asks residents not to abuse the pickup. For more information, the borough office can be reached at 639-3300. NEWPORT TWP. – Ken Angradi, Newport Township tax collector, is reminding everyone that the discount period for Greater Nanticoke Area School District tax bills for real estate ends on Oct 4. He also reminded property owners that county and municipal 2011 real estate taxes are now in the penalty period and county, municipal and school tax bills issued May 3 are also now in penalty and those issued on Sept. 1 are at discount until Oct 31. Anyone needing a home collection should call Ken 736-6319 for an appointment.

Elinor Meehan September 22, 2011

Elinor Meehan, 72, a former resident of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2011, at the WilkesBarre General

Hospital. Born on December 10, 1938, in Wilkes-Barre, Elinor was the only child born to the late John and Annetta (O’Connell) Burke. Elinor was a graduate of the former Saint Mary’s High School, Scranton. A homemaker most of her life, she took great pride in tending to the daily needs of family. In Elinor’s earlier years, she was employed by the former Pomeroy’s Department Store, Wilkes-Barre. Elinor was a longtime member of the former Saint Therese Church, Wilkes-Barre, where she was actively involved in the parish choir. A swimming enthusiast, Elinor was a great fan of the Bishop Hoban High School swim team. Family was the center of Elinor’s life and she cherished each moment she had with her family. She will be deeply missed and her memory will live on in the hearts of her loved ones. In addition to her parents, Elinor was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Meehan, who passed away on November 14, 2008; her son Paul John; and her twin sons, James and Gerard Meehan. Elinor is survived by her children, Kevin Meehan of Wilkes-Barre, Diane Whitman of Montgomery Village, Md., and Denise Higgins of Virginia Beach, Va.; as well as her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Saint Therese’s Church, 64 Davis St., Shavertown, with The Rev. James Paisley, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Jacobs Funeral Service, 47 Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre. Friends are kindly asked to proceed directly to the church Monday morning, as there will be no procession from the funeral home. To send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit

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Last week’s announcement that 252 of the nation’s 487 mail processing facilities – including the one on Davis Street in Scranton and another one in Williamsport -- will be reviewed over the next three months for potential consolidation is proof that the scalpel is still in the Postmaster General’s hand. A correlating announcement that the Postal Service is also seeking to reduce current firstclass mail delivery standards could make it a one-two punch for local customers. Daiutolo said no decisions have been made to close the Scranton center or to change delivery standards. He said both are just proposals and both were brought on by ongoing financial troubles and a decrease in mail volume. “The market place has changed and we need to build a sustainable business model for the future. The announcement last week regarding the consolidation proposals is designed to help build a more prosperous future for USPS,” Daiutolo said. At the Scranton processing center in fiscal year 2010, more than 869 million pieces of mail were handled. With one month to go in this fiscal year, that center has only handled 560 million pieces of mail. Averaging about 1.5 million pieces per day, that total will likely only grow by 45 million pieces, meaning the year-toyear decline will be about 264 million pieces of mail at the center. “We readily acknowledge that mail volume will not return,” said Daiutolo. He said the Postal Service is “forced to face a new reality. With the dramatic decline in first-class mail volume and the resulting excess capacity, maintaining a vast infrastructure is no longer realistic. Mail volume has declined by more than 43 billion pieces (nationally) in the last five years and continues to decline. First-class mail has dropped 25 percent and single piece first-class mail -- letters with postage stamps -- has declined 36 percent in the same timeframe, and about 50 percent in the past 10 years.” In addition to the consolidation proposal, the Postal Service said it plans to reduce current delivery standards for first-class mail. Such mail is now supposed to be delivered in one-to-three days depending on how far it has to go. That will be changed to two-tothree days, meaning mailers could no longer expect next-day delivery in their local community. Officials said that could have some impact on commercial mailers but individual customers are not likely to notice the change. They promised to work with businesses to help solve any problems

the change might cause. The head of a local postal union says the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement last week that it may close the processing and distribution facility in Scranton and move operations to the Lehigh Valley would make an already struggling Postal Service even less popular. John Kishel, president of Local 175 of the Wilkes-Barre American Postal Workers Union, said he understands the argument but believes the consolidations and reduction in service times are not the way to go. “The Postal Service, what they’re proposing is to lower their standards,” Kishel said. “When they perform these consolidations, they’re supposed to save money and improve service.” He said he has yet to see evidence that by closing the Wilkes-Barre center, either of those aims were accomplished. Daiutolo said the report showing how the closing of the WilkesBarre processing center impacted the Postal Service showed the savings were in excess of the $5 million to $6 million per year the original projections showed. That report was not made public, he said, but added that postal



unions received a copy of it. Kishel said he has never seen it. He said regardless of what that report shows, the bottom line for him is that the Postal Service is not doing what it was established to. “They were created to serve the American people. What they’ve done is a disservice to the American people,” Kishel said. He said patrons who rely on getting medications or checks on specific days may see delays. The announcement comes on the heels of the postal service’s plans to review about 3,700 post offices for closure including a handful in Luzerne County. The closings and service changes could save the post office as much as $3 billion annually and are part of an effort to reduce annual costs by $6.5 billion. The Associated Press has reported that other savings are being sought through requests that Congress allow the post office to eliminate mail delivery on Saturdays and change or eliminate an annual $5.5 billion payment the post office is required to make into a fund to cover future retiree medical benefits. Last year the Postal Service had revenue of $67 billion and expenses of $75 billion.






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Doctors at Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., a specialty hospital where Josie is staying, recommended a lifesaving heart transplant. Josie had been on The Berlin Heart Pump, which helped keep her failing heart working. “My parents were being evacuated from the Wyoming Valley on Thursday (Sept. 9) worried that they might lose their home and possessions again like in 1972,” said Devenney. “They received the best news in the world. My brother, Joe, called to tell them that a heart was available for Josie. At 3:45 a.m. Friday morning, her new heart began to beat in its new home. “Every day it’s kind of been a few steps at a time. She is very alert now. She was sedated for about five days. Since then she was wondering when she can go home.” After her first biopsy with the new heart, the doctors were very pleased with the results. Her body has not fought the new organ, and infection was nowhere to be seen. Josie is the daughter of Joseph and Marjorie Basta, and the sister of Timothy Basta. Her grandparents are Joe and Diane Basta, and Nancy and Harold Guckes. Last April, the Basta family held “The Beat Goes On Concert and Silent Auction,” at the Chester County Historical Society’s Cultural Center in West Chester, to pool the funds necessary to cover the $1million in expenses for the Basta family.

ers in 2008 thinking it would deter theft. “Then people started stealing the aluminum ones,” he said, speculating that most thieves are seeking cash for illegal drugs. The holders have different designs for each war and also one honoring veterans who served during periods of peace, Spagnola said. The county is required by state law to purchase American flags for the holders, and the flags cost about $34,000 this year. Often, the flags are discarded on the cemetery lawn when holders are stolen. County commissioners said they will review the request. “It means a lot to veterans,” Spagnola said. The county has no extra holders at the moment because a small inventory was kept in two Wilkes-Barre locations that were recently flooded – the basement of the Veteran Affairs building on Water Street and a county warehouse on nearby Tannery Street. Spagnola said he will try to clean and polish these holders as replacements for ones that were stolen, but he’s hesitant to present them to the family of a newly deceased veteran unless they are pristine. The county will seek federal disaster funding to replace the holders if they can’t be saved, he said.

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Former VA director sues county, commissioners By JERRY LYNOTT

SCRANTON – A former Luzerne County Veterans Affairs director has filed suit, claiming his constitutional rights were violated when he was fired in 2009 be-

cause of his age and political affiliation. Richard Wren, 52, of WilkesBarre is asking to be reinstated to his position and awarded damages in excess of $75,000. He names the county and Commissioners Maryanne Petrilla and Steve Urban as defendants in the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, Scranton. Neither Wren nor Petrilla could be reached for comment

Saturday. Urban said he had not seen the suit and declined to comment. Wren, a U.S. Army veteran, was terminated on Sept. 24, 2009 in a public vote by the commissioners. He allegedly instructed an employee to falsify a $70 receipt. There is no reference to the allegation in the suit. Instead, Wren claims he was fired as part of a campaign by Ur-

ban and Petrilla to get rid of supporters of former Democratic Commissioner Greg Skrepenak. Urban labeled Wren “‘Skrepenak’s boy’ or words to that effect,” the suit says. Wren acknowledges that he campaigned “in an open and notorious fashion” for Skrepenak’s candidacy for commissioner. Skrepenak, who is halfway through his two-year federal prison sentence for his guilty plea to

corrupt receipt of a reward for an official action, opposed Wren’s firing. A month after the firing, the commissioners unanimously promoted James Spagnola, the county’s veteran benefits specialist, to the director’s post. The U.S. Navy veteran was 45 at the time. Wren notes the age difference in the suit and says Urban and Petrilla treated him “less favorably”

than employees younger than him. In filing the suit, Wren says he has no adequate remedy to redress the wrongs and asks for a jury trial. He also asks the court to issue a permanent injunction against the county and the two commissioners, forbidding them “from taking adverse employment actions on account of political affiliations” and from retaliating against him for filing the suit.


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to aid flood victims in Wyoming and Susquehanna counties. “We did it last week, we’re doing it this week, and if the need is here, we’ll do it next week,” Kohlert said. “We’re doing it until the people say we don’t need your help anymore.” On Sat“When urday, the people are Mormon volunteers in need, scooped buckyou help ets of mud from the them. church baseThat’s ment, preswhat sure-washed pews and tore Christ’s wainscoting life was all from the walls of the church’s about; main hall. helping “This is our community,” the downKit Adler, who trodden.” moved from Jess Kohlert West Pittston Mormon to Harding volunteer last year, said as he passed buckets of mud up the basement stairs. “I’m just thankful to help out a fellow church. Our home didn’t get hit; we were lucky; but seeing this, it makes you thankful for what you have.” “If something would happen to us, we would want someone to help us,” Joanne Kohlert of Mountain Top said as she stripped wainscoting from the first-floor walls. “Do unto others, you know. Besides, I can’t

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handmade regalia when it was destroyed in the recent flooding of the Susquehanna River. “We lost everything,” she said simply. But in spite of her loss, she still felt happy at the Native American gathering. “The powwow is a place I can come to relax. I can go on with my life. Through the bad stuff, my native family is here for me.” Joseph Spirit Wolf, 49, of Tunkhannock, was the head male dancer. His impressive regalia included a buffalo bonnet complete with horns. He was joined in one of the first


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Jake, left, and his dad, Gordon Burgoyne, of Clarks Summit, take down drywall at a home on Wyoming Avenue in West Pittston.

sit idly by and watch people work; I need to be working. We’ve been doing this for two weeks and it’s amazing how much work there still is.” Pastor Jim Thyren of First Presbyterian Church said the continued help the Mormons, other churches from around the Wyoming Valley and his dances by his 4-year-old grandson Zander, the smallest participant by far. Spirit Wolf turned frequently to make sure his small shadow was following safely behind. Kelly Ormando of Edwardsville brought her children, Catal, 6, and Breala, 2½. Both Catal and Breala visited the face paint artist’s booth and had brightly colored faces. “They’ve never been to one,’’ Ormando said. “I want them to have fun and to experience a different culture.” Ricky Wentzel, 26, of Dallas, was hands-down the most joyful dancer in the circle. He couldn’t stop grinning and made eye contact with many in the crowd. When asked what he liked best about the pow-



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own congregation have contributed is very much appreciated. “We have 54 people from our congregation that were affected by the flood, so they’re helping their own families in their own homes, so to have these people come and help us is great,” Thyren said. wow he said, “I like the Crow Hop dance.” The most unique regalia belonged to Giovanni Sanchez, 18, of Kingston. A solo dancer, he is part Lakota and part Nahuatl, an Aztec tribe from Mexico. He wore brightly colored green and orange feathers, jingle bells and a beaded spider web mask over his eyes. “Our ancestors died making sure that these ways are carried on,’’ he said. “I see dancing as a responsibility I have to my people and my creator. When we follow that responsibility, we get gifted. We are happy.” Event organizer Nathalie Bowersox, also known as Wisteria, reminded event-goers to be sure and ask questions of the dancers. She said that one

the flood and the community she saw pull together around her in disaster’s wake. So when flooding struck again this year, and Wilkes canceled its homecoming parade in favor of a community service project, she decided to join in. Holloway, now of Chatham, N.J., dressed in Colonel Blue and Gold, was one of about 25 volunteers packing boxes of food at the Commission on Economic Opportunity’s Weinberg Regional Food Bank in Wilkes-Barre Friday. “I hope that it makes a difference in people’s lives,” she said, “because I remember the stories after the ’72 flood and what people went through.” The volunteer effort was organized by a group of Wilkes alumni

of the purposes of the event was to educate the public. Bowersox is from Mocanaqua, another area heavily hit by flood waters. She also hoped that the powwow could raise some funds to help those affected by the flood. The drumbeats and singing were provided by a newly formed group called the Wyona Singers, led by Dave White Elk Elmore of Shickshinny. The young singers belong to the Order of the Arrow, a national honor society within the Boy Scouts of America organization. Beyond the activities in the circle, visitors to the free event could also shop. Native American vendors offered a variety of goods. Joyce Sitko owns Na-

and the Wilkes Office of Community Service in lieu of a homecoming parade. Besides packing lunches for the elderly at CEO, which has acted as a distributor of donated food for flood victims, Wilkes alumni, students and faculty also helped clean at the West Pittston home of Mary and John Dunnigan. “We were down here and we felt it was better than sitting and watching football eating hot dogs,” 1981 graduate Doug Phillips, of Connecticut, said as he stripped drywall from the Dunnigan home. “My older brother helped clean up after the ‘72 flood, so now I can say I helped clean up in Wilkes-Barre, too.” Flood waters rose to 8 feet high inside the Dunnigan’s single-story home on Atlantic Avenue. “I’m really overwhelmed,” Mary Dunnigan said. “I can’t believe there’s so many people here to help… I can’t even express my gratitude for all this. You don’t re-

alize you have so many wonderful neighbors and people who are able to come and help you like this.” Josh Leiber of Ashley, a 2004 graduate, said he learned the value of serving his community while at Wilkes, so he was happy to be able to give back. “When I first went there the first thing you did on campus was community service,” he said. “So I think it’s important as you get older to keep that spirit alive.” “This is actually the first of the homecomings I’ve been to, so it got me out,” he added. Andy Miller, a professor of political science at Wilkes, said he and a smaller group of Wilkes students and teachers have been volunteering at the home throughout the week, and he plans to continue lending a hand when he can. “I’d like to stay until they’re done,” he said. “I’d like to see us help them back in, to go that far.”

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HARRISBURG — Brinksmanship over governmental borrowing that dominated the debate in Washington for a time last summer could be on the horizon for Pennsylvania’s state government, with payments for untold millions in public projects hanging in the balance. The state Senate on June 6 unanimously approved the twopage Capital Budget Act, a piece of the state budget puzzle that traditionally passes quietly every year, along with other bills that make up the global budget deal. But this time that did not happen, leaving the $1.7 billion in borrowing authorization to languish all summer in the House Appropriations Committee. Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, said Friday that he is determined to get what he describes as an “inventory and reassessment” of the projects the money would fund. He also wants to know what legal obligations the state has to continue with the ongoing projects. “What is the state already on

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PLAINS TWP. – Piles of Astroturf await removal outside the Luzerne Products Building, remnants of recent record flooding. Stuart Bell, 49, president of Luzerne Products and owner of the building, said the 230,000-square-foot building sustained extensive water damage and he is working to get it cleaned up and reoccupied by his tenants. Bell said his father, James E. Bell, started construction of the building –

initially 100,000 square feet -- in 1967. The elevation of the main floor of the building was brought up to 1 to 2 feet above the top of the levee in Forty Fort at that time. Textile production started in 1968. In the early 1970s, prior to Tropical Storm Agnes, the building size more than doubled with a 130,000-square-foot addition. Luzerne Products remained in the textile business until the late 1980s, Bell said. The company got out of the textile business by selling a portion of its manufacturing equipment to Warp Processing, which then leased space from Luzerne Products and operated in the building until the late 1990s. In 1984, Bell said the Social Security Administration moved into 60,000 square feet of space within the building

that had been renovated to support record storage. Over the years, SSA increased the size of its operation in the building. Its last expansion occurred in 1996 and brought its total current square footage up to 131,500 square feet. SSA uses a subcontractor to manage the files and it employed 25 people, Bell said. Of the remaining 100,000 square feet of the building, 50,000 square feet is occupied by Ideal Sleeve International, a shrink wrap printing and processing company with 30 employees. Ideal Sleeve is owned by RB Dwyer, located in California, and was started in 2007 to provide the company a presence on the East Coast. Plainsville Sports, a wholly owned subsidiary of Luzerne Products, Inc., is

a multi-sports training facility which occupies 30,000 square feet of space in the building and currently has a baseball field located outside. Effective Nov. 1, the management of the baseball training facility was going to be taken over by several retired major league baseball players. “Additionally, we were in the final stages of planning to build a 112,000square-foot multipurpose synthetic turf field outside,” Bell said. “Once the field was completed, Plainsville Sports was going to host baseball/softball, field hockey and soccer tournaments on weekends, and make the field available for local youth sports during weekdays.” Plainsville Sports currently has eight employees and has contracted with up to 20 coaches and trainers who have

worked as independent contractors. The remaining space in the building houses the corporate office of Luzerne Products, Inc. currently employing six individuals. Bell said the private sector side of the building is almost completely clean due to the efforts of First General Services and all of the employees who work for Ideal Sleeve, Luzerne Products and Plainsville Sports. It is estimated that the cost of cleanup is around $10 per square foot, Bell said. “This does not include the cost to rebuild everything in the building or replace all of the assets that were damaged by the flood waters,” Bell said. “The Astroturf alone in Plainsville Sports is estimated to cost $200,000 to $250,000 to replace.”


said. Bell said he has expressed his concerns to U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and state Sen. John Yudichak. Bell said the estimated cost to remediate the mold and remove and handle the files will approach $10 million. “Who pays for that?” he asked. “It’s my responsibility as the landlord to suck out all of the water and remove the mud. But I wasn’t allowed to go in there to remove the water and mud and now there is mold everywhere. “Those records could have been saved had SSA acted quickly,” Bell said. “It’s my understanding that SSA has not made a decision on what to do with the records, but they all could be de-

stroyed.” Shawn Kelly, Barletta’s communications director, said Barletta met with the Bell family on Sept. 16 to discuss their concerns. “Members of Rep. Barletta’s staff have met with and spoken with Mr. Bell numerous times since the flood and they’re working with the GSA to expedite the process,” Kelly said. “Rep. Barletta is very frustrated by the burdensome regulations placed on this company by the GSA and he’s pushing for a quick resolution.” Joe Kluger, Bell’s attorney, said the entire Luzerne Products’ building could be affected. “We respect the need for the

government to follow proper protocol, as well as to assure proper use of taxpayer dollars,” Kluger said. “But the extended delay in addressing the situation has potentially caused not only problems in the SSA-leased space, but potentially the entire building to the detriment of the landowner, as well as the other tenants.” Bell said his building received about 4 more feet of water in the recent flooding compared to 1972. He said the raising of the levees in Wilkes-Barre and Kingston caused more water to back up into the unprotected, low-lying areas like Plainsville. Bell said he wrote letters to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when

the levee-raising project was first proposed, expressing his concerns that the higher levees could cause more flooding in the unprotected regions. “I told the Army Corps that their project would decrease my property value,” Bell said. Flood insurance will cover Bell’s cleanup, but not the additional damage and mold remediation. “And that’s due to the inaction of GSA and SSA,” Bell said. “They waited until today – Sept. 23 – to start doing something.” Bell said SSA had three employees on site, and the subcontractor hired by SSA to manage the records employed 25 people – all of which are currently out of

work. Bell met with an industrial hygienist from Quad Three Group on Friday to assess the building. The Quad Three hygienist went through the building and told Bell since the building was dark and damp for an extended period of time, the conditions were a perfect recipe for mold growth. Bell said he wrote government officials in an email that he doesn’t understand why it took the federal government “more than one hour” to have security at the site. “What if the burglar alarm had gone off and the facility was being robbed?” Bell asked. “From day one, all of the experts have expressed the need for urgency in getting into the facility to start the cleanup before mold started to grow and the environment becomes toxic.” Bell said recent cool weather helped keep the situation from getting much worse. “Otherwise you would own the Valley’s largest petri dish – which still can happen,” Bell said an industrial hygienist told him. Bell said he expressed his concerns in an email to GSA/SSA representatives on Thursday. “Clearly the non-actions of GSA/SSA have made this natural disaster/tragedy far worse and I am concerned that irreparable damage has been caused to my building,” Bell said. “I suspect that it will become known as a toxic building in the community. This issue will not go away. Please let the experts, and the federal and state regulations dictate what must be done rather than administrators who are afraid of having to justify the fact that what was once a $3 to $4 million job to save the vast majority of the files has become a $10 million and growing total destruction of the files and remediation of the building. “I personally would not want to have to defend the actions of GSA and SSA in a court of law.”

resisting arrest and one count each of aggravated assault and terroristic threats. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail. Police allege Wroblewski assaulted Francis Filoreto inside his residence at about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Filoreto suffered serious injuries to his face and lost hearing in an ear, according

to the criminal complaint. Police said in the criminal complaint that Wroblewski’s pit bull bit Filoreto in the abdomen and foot. Wroblewski struggled with officers when he was arrested inside his residence, police allege. Filoreto was treated at Hazleton General Hospital. A preliminary hearing is

scheduled on Sept. 28 before District Judge Joseph Zola in Hazleton.

business on Blackman Street and cursed at officers on Wednesday. • John Flancore reported Wednesday a window was smashed at his sister’s residence on Gilligan Street. • James Alberto of 155 Lehigh St. was charged with harassment Friday after Fawn Longfoot, the mother of his child, said he pushed her to the

ground during an argument at her residence at 171 Midland Court. • Anthony Thomas of Lehigh Street reported the windshield of his vehicle was damaged by pellets between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. • Jessica Dzugan, 20, of 94 W. Ross St. reported Saturday that the driver’s side window of her vehicle was smashed.

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of questions posed by The Times Leader to the SSA public affairs office. Dorothy Clark, SSA spokeswoman, said the responses to the newspaper’s questions will be provided “sometime next week.” Gilliam provided a brief statement: “On Sept. 8, 2011, a building located at 180 Courtright Street in Wilkes-Barre was damaged by flooding of the Susquehanna River. A portion of the building is leased to the General Services Administration (GSA) to house records for the Social Security Administration (SSA). A significant number of records were damaged in the flood. Appropriate safeguards have been implemented to secure the records, and file cleanup is underway.” Bell said there were 280,000 boxes of SSA records kept in the building – enough that if laid end to end would stretch to Allentown. He said 80,000 boxes of records sustained water damage. “The river crested on Sept. 8 into Sept. 9,” Bell said. “SSA and GSA were here on Sept. 12 and we were told we couldn’t go into the building without security guards that were to be sent from the two government agencies.” Bell said the security guards arrived on Sept. 15. Bell had hired First General Services to clean up the other sections of the building. He said that cleanup has gone well. “You won’t find a speck of mold in that section of the building,” Bell said. “But over here, on the SSA side, mold is prevalent everywhere.” Bell said there are extensive rules and regulations to remediate mold and the process is extremely costly. “Basically, SSA will get the stuff out and then give me the keys to a toxic building,” Bell

POLICE BLOTTER HAZLETON – A man was arraigned Thursday in WilkesBarre Central Court on charges he assaulted a man and struggled with officers. Paul Wroblewski, 23, of North Vine Street, Hazleton, was charged with six counts of simple assault, three counts of


Workers wearing protective suits were busy Friday cleaning out a section of the flood-damaged Luzerne Products building in Plains Township that was leased to the General Services Administration and used to store records for the Social Security Administration.

WILKES-BARRE – City police reported the following: • Donna Baldrica, 52, of Hill Street, was cited with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, public drunkenness and open container in public when she allegedly refused to leave a









Overseas query prompts local connections



The Old Testament scene of Moses’ exodus is depicted on this quilt by Mary Louise Carroll.

AIRING OF THE QUILTS Fabric will flow as Tunkhannock prepares for annual show

street, Tioga Street, will be decked out with quilts displayed on porches, fences and even vehicles, as well has hanging Mary Louise Carroll was not afraid of a from windows and balconies on the town’s challenge. For more than 40 years, she many old Victorian homes. worked as a draftsman — a very unconven“It’s a beautiful splash of color,” Kitlin tional career for a woman to take up in the said. “It’s a beautiful town with beautiful 1940s — and excelled at her chosen work. homes and beautiful architecture, and When she retired in 1986, she took up a new then we add this patchwork of color. It’s hobby, quilting, and applied all her art and been described as Tunkhannock putting drafting skills to creating three masteron its best dress, and it’s very heartwarmpiece quilts. ing.” Two of those quilts were based on the BiThe show is going on despite the flood ble, with one portraying key events from damage sustained by parts of Tunkhanthe Old Testament and one depicting events from the New Testament. Both Jeanette Space did much of the quilting, and Mary nock several weeks ago, Kitlin said, and quilts will be on display in Tunkhannock on Louise Carroll did the design and applique work on despite the fact that some venues were damaged by flooding and others were takSaturday as part of the 10th annual Airing the quilts. en over for use for flood relief. Plans were of the Quilts, sponsored by Endless Mounshuffled to relocate some exhibits, with great care taken to ensure that tain Quiltworks. Endless Mountain Quiltworks owner Jeanette Kitlin borrowed the those who want to can still walk throughout the town to see the exhibidea for Airing of the Quilts from similar events around the country. In its. Kitlin said she was especially grateful to the county commissioners addition to a variety of quilt shows and displays in various venues throughout the town, many of the homes lining Tunkhannock’s main See QUILTS, Page 3B By JANINE UNGVARSKY For The Times Leader



ob Sax is a technical representative for Golden Business Machines. He is also a professional DJ and an elected commissioner in Plains Township. Sax, 44, is a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and served in the United States Navy, where he worked as a radioman. He and his wife, Sherry, have two children: Amanda, 17, and Samantha, 10. They live in Plains Township.

You’ve worked in the copy industry and at the same business since 1993. What do you enjoy about it? “We’re a tight-knit company. It’s family-oriented. You don’t see a lot of people leaving. That’s what I like: the camaraderie. We all help each other.” Many people in Northeastern Pennsylvania know you as a DJ. You’ve played music at many nightclubs and at hundreds of weddings. How’d you first get interested in spinning records? “The Valley West radio club. Mr. (Leslie) Nicholas started the first radio club at Valley West, and I was in it. Later, I saved up my money when I was in the Navy, bought my first setup, and I’ve been doing it for 25 years.” Most people who like music simply listen to it at home or in the car, but you get to play it for hundreds of people. That must be fun. “When someone comes up to you and says,

‘Thank you for helping make my daughter’s special day memorable,’ that means a lot. It really means a lot. But this is my ‘grand finale’ year. I’ve been doing it 25 years, and it’s just time to turn the page. I’ve got three more weddings, and then it’s time to move on.” You’ve said that juggling three jobs weighed into that decision. How did you also get so involved with community projects and, eventually, politics? “Right when I got out of the Navy, I joined the Lions Club, which kind of reminded me of the Navy experience, because of the camaraderie. I then I got involved in zoning and was on the Plains Township zoning board for 10 years, and then stepped up to chairing. I then ran for commissioner and lost the first time. That’s a learning experience, though, not moving up the ladder that you want to. But I like helping people. I like making people happy and satisfying people.” Now you are a commissioner. The recent flooding in your township must not

have been something you were expecting when you took office. “This has been a big-time learning experience. Dealing with people’s tragedies, with their houses and businesses ... you’ve got to be there for them. You’ve got to try and help out in any way you can.” What do you do to relax? “Family time. Being home. Working in the yard.” Music? “Sting. He’s my all-time favorite. I definitely don’t listen to the music that I play when I DJ. After an appearance, I’ll most likely put on ESPN Radio. I like Pink Floyd, Journey ... stuff that I don’t normally play at somebody’s wedding.” You’re also a huge sports fan, correct? “Die-hard baseball and football fan. Phillies and Redskins.” Hobbies? “I collect sports memorabilia. Football and baseball Bobbleheads, autographs ... anything with the Phillies. I also collect some Navy memorabilia.” Favorite city? “Philadelphia.” See MEET, Page 3B

nce again a faraway researcher is looking for information about an American connection. Frances, in Portpatrick, Scotland, U.K., is tracing some American relatives here in Wyoming Valley. Let’s see if we can help. One of the focuses of her research is Blodwen Walsh, wife of Daniel Walsh, who died in Wilkes-Barre in 1978 (Daniel having died in 1958). “What was Blodwen’s maiden name?” Frances writes. “If I had this, it would make my research so much easier.” Frances, I first verified your understanding that Daniel and Blodwen lived at several addresses in the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre. But then I went back before that time, in the Wilkes-Barre City Directory at the Luzerne County Historical Society, and found that their earliest address as a married couple was on Joseph Lane, also in the Heights. Acting on my understanding that many young married couples years ago moved in with parents, I traced the Joseph Lane address back about 10 years and found it was occupied by Mary Jones, widow of James, and two children: Thomas and Blodwen. Therefore, it looks very much like Blodwen’s maiden name was Jones, and she and her husband, Daniel, set up housekeeping in her family’s home. Of course, you should check the U.S. Census for 1920 to verify these family connections. Remarriages and adoptions were common among coal-mining families. But at least you have a probable last name to work with. Daniel’s naturalization papers and the marriage records would be available at the Luzerne County Courthouse. Because you have approximate death dates for the couple, I’d recommend you contact the Historical Society at and inquire about research services so that you can get their obituaries, which could answer more of your questions, such as place of birth and years of immigration News and notes: Want to see some of Wilkes-Barre’s great architectural gems? Don’t miss the Luzerne County Historical Society’s Wilkes-Barre Architectural tour, set for 11 a.m. Saturday. Participants will meet at the society’s Bishop Memorial Library, 49 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. If you’d like some reading background for the tour, take a look at “Wilkes-Barre Architecture 1860-1960,” by Sgromo and Lewis, available at the society. The following Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. the Historical Society will offer a tour of the ornate Hollenback Cemetery, on North River Street near General Hospital. Participants will meet at the cemetery gatehouse. Prices are the same. For both tours, reservations are required, and the tour group is limited to 30 people. Call 823-6244, ext. 3. Kathleen Smith, regent of the Shawnee Fort Chapter of the DAR, will speak at the September meeting of the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society on Tuesday. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in Room 104 of the McGowan Building, King’s College, at North River and West Union streets. Smith will discuss the DAR, its purpose and the benefits of joining. The DAR promotes education, assists veterans, rewards academic achievement and offers a major genealogical library. The meeting is open to the public. Can you help the West Pittston Library? That library, heavily damaged in the flooding from Tropical Storm Lee, is the one where I’ve been presenting my free genealogy programs for the past few years. Now it will need money and manpower to get back up to speed. To find out how to help, go to and click on “contact us,” where you will see a form for making donations. Tom Mooney is a Times Leader genealogy columnist. Reach him at



Stets, Savner Audrey Stets and Paul A llison Savner Jr. were united in mar-

riage July 9, 2011, at St. Jude’s Church, Mountain Top, by the Rev. Joseph Evanko. The bride is the daughter of Walter and Judy Stets, Mountain Top. Allison is the granddaughter of the late Walter E. Stets Sr. and the late Audrey Stets, Wilkes-Barre, and Arlene Knepp and the late Leonard Knepp Sr., Sunbury. The groom is the son of Carol and Paul Savner Sr., Mountain Top. Paul is the grandson of the late Larry Marini and the late Dorothy Marini, Wilkes-Barre, and Eleanor Savner and the late Raymond Savner Sr., Mountain Top. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She chose her childhood friend, Ali Welsh, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jamie Trichilo and Katie Welsh, friends of the bride, and Ami Harris and Holly Savner, sisters of the groom. The bride chose her cousin, Kaia Stets, as the flower girl. The groom chose close friend of the couple, Jason Prushinski, as best man. Groomsmen were Brian Stets, brother of the bride; Andre Harris, brother-in-law of the groom, and Jake Boyle, Mike Stravinski and Billy Evans, friends of the groom. The ring bearer was Jacob Shinal, cousin of the groom. A shower was given by the mothers of the bride and groom at the Chalet Restaurant, Mountain Top. The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the parents of the groom at the Stage Coach Restaurant, Drums. The cocktail hour and reception were held at Sand Springs Country Club, Drums. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Crestwood High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wilkes University. She also earned a master’s degree in school counseling from the University of Scranton. She is employed by Children’s Service Center as a behavioral specialist consultant. The groom is a 2006 graduate of Crestwood High School and earned bachelor’s degrees in criminology and sociology from Wilkes University. He is employed as a management trainee with Enterprise-Rent-A-Car. The couple honeymooned in Walt Disney World, Fla. They reside in Wilkes-Barre.

Catherine C. Barski to celebrate 100th birthday atherine C. Barski, presently a C resident of Cadbury

at Lewes, Lewes, Del., and formerly of Mocanaqua, Pa., will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sept. 29, 2011. Her family is planning a wonderful celebration today at Cadbury to honor her on this occasion. She was born Sept. 29, 1911, in Mocanaqua, Pa. She is the daughter of the late John and Mary Plewa Novelli. Mrs. Barski’s late husband, Michael P. Barski, was the tax collector of Conyngham Township for more than 40 years. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Church of Mocanaqua, St. Mary’s Altar Rosary Society, the Mocanaqua Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Women’s Democratic Club. She was very active in community affairs and was noted for her culinary specialties. She is the mother of Dr. Barbara Barski-Carrow, Milton, Del., and Michael J. Barski and his wife, Bernadette Monchak-Barski, Allentown, Pa. She is also the grandmother of Lydia Monchak-Barski, Allentown, Pa.











Cilvik, Stepanski

Zafia, Black

essica Cilvik and Jamie Stepanski were united in the sacrament of Jmarriage June 11, 2011, in the Al-

M. Black and Jeffrey R. Zafia were united in marriage July J23,eanine 2011, by Mike Egan of Heavenly

bright United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, by the Pastor Harriet Santos. The bride is the daughter of Jennifer Scafella, Wilkes-Barre, and David Cilvik, Wilkes-Barre Township. She is the granddaughter of Julia Correll, Laurel Run; William Correll, Exeter; and Carl and Marilyn Cilvik, WilkesBarre Township. The groom is the son of Helen Cramer, Plains Township, and Vince Stepanski, Swoyersville. He is the grandson of Joseph and Helen Cramer, Miners Mills; the late Mary Bocci; and late Benjamin Stepanski. The bride was given away in marriage by her father. She chose her sister, Erin Scafella, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Britt Gregor, Nicole Sipple, Talia Leggieri and Ashlee Wielgopolski, all best friends of the bride. Flower girl was Isabella DePetro, friend of the bride and groom’s daughter. The groom chose one of his best friends, Jim Ide, as the best man. Groomsmen were Andrew Mikolaichik, Jim Britt, Ed Wasko and Jim DePetro, all best friends of the groom. Ring bearer was Sam Conklin, friend of the bride and groom’s son. Readings were given by Carrie Cilvik, aunt of the bride, and Janet Holland, aunt of the groom. A bridal shower was hosted by the aunts of the bride and bridesmaids at Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Hall, Wilkes-Barre Township. The mother of the groom hosted the rehearsal dinner at Bentleys, Ashley. A reception took place at the Waterfront Banquet Facility, Wilkes-Barre. The bride is a 2006 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School. She is employed by Kraft/Nabisco, Hanover Township. The groom is a 2004 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School. He is employed by Kraft/Nabisco, Hanover Township. The couple honeymooned in Bermuda. They reside in Miners Mills.

Dr. Joseph Klein to celebrate 100th birthday r. Joseph Klein, D formerly of Kingston, will celebrate

his 100th birthday on Oct. 3, 2011, with his wife of 73 years, Shirley. Dr. Klein currently resides in Sarasota, Fla. Dr. Klein graduated from the University of Michigan and its medical school in 1936. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for three years in India during World War II. A pediatrician for 40 years in Wilkes-Barre and Kingston, he founded Pediatric Associates of Kingston, which grew to a five-doctor group practice. He served many generations of families in the Wyoming Valley. It was not unusual for “Dr. Joe” to be the pediatrician for more than one generation in a family. He still hears from many former patients today. Dr. Klein was Chief of Pediatrics at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital from 1950 to 1970. He was also on the teaching staff at Wilkes College, where he taught pediatric nursing. Dr. and Mrs. Klein raised two children, William and the late Robert. They are the grandparents of Jodi and Michael and have five greatgrandchildren. Dr. Klein still enjoys driving, having passed his driver’s test with three different testers. He also collects American Art and was a member of the American Art Committee that dedicated the American wing in the Vatican Art Museum. Most importantly, he enjoys spending his Saturday afternoons watching Michigan football at the local sports bar, GO BLUE. He will be celebrating his 100th birthday by riding a horse at a dude ranch in Arizona with his family.

Gurgal, Rosick ill Monica Rosick and Alan John Jsacrament (A.J.) Gurgal were united in the of matrimony on July 2,

2011, at St. John the Baptist Church, Larksville. The Rev. Gerald Gurka officiated at the 1 p.m. double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of John and Dorothy Rosick, Larksville. She is the granddaughter of Mary Gryniewicz and the late Vincent Gryniewicz and Ruth Rosick and the late Stephen Rosick. The groom is the son of Alan and Mollie Gurgal, Kingston. He is the grandson of Kay McCue and the late Jack McCue and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gurgal. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. She chose her best friend, Sara Dorman, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Katie and Sarah Gurgal, sisters of the groom, and Kristy Gagne, Keri Lyle, Katie McCabe and Laurie Rinehart, friends of the bride. Flower girl was Braelyn Moran, cousin of the bride. The groom chose his friends, Mike Chesterfield and Mauer Biscotti, as best men. Groomsmen were Sam Cohen, Scott Poplawski and Mark Rinehart, friends of the groom, and John Rosick, brother of the bride. Ring bearer was Jack McCue, cousin of the groom. Scriptural readings were given by Kristin Sherlinski, cousin of the groom, and Erin Moran, cousin of the bride. The ceremony included lighting of the unity candle by the mothers of the bride and groom. Prayers of the faithful were read by Stacey Crecy and Jennifer Fusco, cousins of the bride. Offertory gifts were presented by Stephen Rosick and Yvonne Mould, godparents of the bride, and Jack McCue and Diane Demshock, godparents of the groom. Greeter was Amanda Skatuler, cousin of the bride. Music for the ceremony was provided by Jill Antall. An evening cocktail hour and reception were held at the Westmoreland Club, Wilkes-Barre. An engagement party for the bride and groom was hosted at Canteen 900 by Debbie and Kelli Mikolosko and Kristin Sherlinski. A bridal shower was hosted by the mothers of the bride and groom and the bridesmaids at Irem Country Club. Friends of the bride hosted a bridal shower at their home in Cape Coral, Fla. A rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents at Wyoming Valley Country Club. The bride is a 2002 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and a 2006 graduate of the University of Maine, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education. She also earned a master’s degree in special education in 2009 from Florida Gulf Coast University. She is employed as a special education teacher at Skyline Elementary School, Cape Coral, Fla. The groom is a 2002 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and a 2006 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration in 2010 from Florida Gulf Coast University. He is employed as a math/physics teacher at Cape Coral High School, Cape Coral, Fla. The couple resides in Fort Myers, Fla., with their cats, Harmony and Serenity.

Weddings at Rose Larrisa Park, East Providence, R.I. The bride is the daughter of Elaine Black, Warwick, R.I., and the late Francis Black. The groom is the son of the late Joseph and Julia Zafia. Nadine Black, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jessica and Breanna Zafia, daughters of the groom. Lexi Drevenak was the flower girl. Stan Drevenak was best man. Joseph Zafia, brother of the groom, was the usher. Evan Mendez was the ring bearer. A reception was held at the East Providence Yacht Club after the ceremony. The bride is a graduate of Pilgrim High School, Warwick, R.I. The groom is a graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre, and Lackawanna Junior College. He is employed by Wyoming Valley Health Center, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. The couple resides in Glen Lyon, Pa.

The Sharps

r. and Mrs. Neil Sharp, West Pittston, celebrated their 50th M wedding anniversary Sept. 23, 2011.

They were married in St. Patrick’s Church, Wilkes-Barre, by the Rev. Maurice Hughes. Mrs. Sharp is the former Carolyn Bauman, daughter of Conrad Bauman and the late Catherine Bauman. She is employed by Fashion Bug. Mr. Sharp is the son of the late John and Kathleen Sharp, Pittston. He is retired from the Pittston post office. The couple has four children, Kelly and her husband, Ben Baiamonte, Shavertown; Christopher and his wife, Christa, Kingston; Megan and her husband, Peter Nemshick, West Pittston; and Kevin, Lancaster. They have five grandchildren, Courtney, Derek, Brandon, Katelynn and Ryan. The occasion was celebrated with a family dinner and a trip to New York City.

Misericordia celebrates Homecoming weekend

The Stevens and Mrs. Kenneth Stevens, M r.Duryea, will celebrate their 50th

wedding anniversary Sept, 30, 2011. They were married Sept. 30 1961, in Bloomfield, N.J. The bride is the former Carol Moore, daughter of the late Chester and Dolores Moore. The groom is the son of the late William and Beatrice Stevens. The couple has been blessed with five children, Michael and wife, Laurie; Daniel; Rebecca and husband, Brian Psolka; Patricia and husband, David Powell; and Laura and husband, Todd Romanczuk. They have 13 fantabulous grandchildren, five spectacular great-grandchildren and several foster children through the years whom Ken and Carol consider their children. The happy couple will be celebrating their 50 years together on a Caribbean cruise, a gift from their loving children.

DALLAS: Misericordia University will celebrate Homecoming Weekend Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. The Star Trek-inspired theme for homecoming weekend is “MU and Beyond: The Final Frontier.” The public is invited to participate in the activities. A talent show, “Stellar Stars of MU,” will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall. The “Planetary Process” Homecoming parade will be held Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. on Church Street in the field near the old Dallas school. It will proceed west on East Center Hill Road and continue north on Lake Street to the University’s North Gate and conclude in the parking area behind the Banks Student Life Center. Families are invited to line the parade route and join in the fun at a Lunar Landing from noon to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Banks Student Life Center. There will be activities for children of all ages, including a moon bounce, games and dance lessons. Other Saturday events include varsity athletic contests for the Misericordia field hockey and men’s and women’s soccer teams. An Athletics Alumni Reception will be held in the Anderson Sports and Health Center from 1-5 p.m. The Ninth Annual Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in the Anderson Center on Saturday at 5 p.m. Inductees are Michael Blasi ‘99, soccer; Stacie Chaszar Thornton ‘99, field hockey; and the late Raymond Arnold Garinger, coach. The induction ceremony is free and open to the public. Tickets can be purchased for the Athletics Hall of Fame reception that will follow the induction by calling the Alumni Office at 1-866-262-6363 (option 3 then 4). The reception cost is $25 per person and the event will be held in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. A Homecoming Mass will be held 10 a.m. Oct. 2 in the University Chapel. The public is welcome. The weekend will conclude with the “Flaming Comets” volleyball tournament from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the sand court adjacent to McHale Hall. A complete list of Misericordia Homecoming 2011 activities can be found at

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LCCC holds graduation ceremony for paramedic students Luzerne County Community College recently awarded certificates of completion to graduates of the college’s paramedic program at a ceremony held at the college’s Educational Conference Center. Graduates of the paramedic program are eligible to take the National Registry Exam to become certified as a paramedic. Recent graduates, from left, first row: Thomas Lewis, Jackson Township; Melissa Mikulski, Sweet Valley; Adrienne Zanolini, Drums; Steven Kuhns, Kingston; Samantha Allegretto, White Haven; Kyle Durko, Greenfield; and Darlene Murawski, clinical coordinator. Second row: James Johnson, Harveys Lake, program director, EMS, LCCC; Brian Bieda, White Haven; Greg Polosky, Shenandoah; Heather Hennings, Bushkill; Maria Alles, Nanticoke; Lindsey Witko, South Gibson; Jarin Weinstein, Honesdale; Shawn Packard, Williamsport; and Lisa Sheckler, West Nanticoke, EMS assistant. Third row: Mark Ercolani, class coordinator; Danny Betz, Mount Carmel; John Traher, West Nanticoke; Justin Gildea, Ashley; Matt Molski, Nanticoke; James Hoffman, Glen Lyon; Kenneth Kiefer, Montrose; and Joseph VanOrden, Honesdale.

Larksville, Pringle High School Class of 1954 holds picnic Larksville and Pringle High School Class of 1954 recently held its annual picnic at the Larksville Legion pavilion. Plans are already being made for next year’s picnic. For more information call Annette at 287-7529 or Helen at 287-9037. Some of the classmates at the picnic, from left, first row, are Mary Zielinski Hogan, Georgette Ontko Scutch, Mary Fronzoni Watkins, Annette Adams Bendick, Melva Knorr Myers and Helen Fine Okraszewski. Second row: Ed Fedrow, James Marks, Bob Kukosky, Dave Morris, Tom Janoski and Joe Korshalla. Antionette Szczech Kuczynski and Jean Nemshick Banis also attended.

Wilkes-Barre Academy Leo Club installs officers, members The Wilkes-Barre Academy Leo Club recently held its new member induction and officer installation for the 2011-2012 year. The Leo Club, entering its sixth year of community service, is a youth service organization recognized under the International Association of Lions Clubs and is sponsored by the Wilkes-Barre Lions Club. New officers, from left, are Victoria Stack, secretary; Siddhi Nadkarni, vice president; Samarth Desai, president; and Joshua Shepfer, treasurer.

Shickshinny Class of ’51 reunites at Irem Country Club

Shickshinny High School, Class of 1951 held its 60th anniversary reunion on Sept. 3 at Irem Country Club, Dallas. The original class consisted of 79 members of which 31 are now deceased. Classmates in attendance, from left, first row, are Louella Jackson, Muriel Baer, Helen Masters, Harriet Belles, Joyce Gross and Helen Kremski. Second row: Bernardine Harrison, Gloria Lanning, Marion Cragle, Iola Smith, Pearl Yaszczemski, Pat Mazonkey and Betty Donley. Third row: Gerald Sorber, Leonard Baer, Jack Russell, George Lanning and Clyde Boyer.

G.A.R. Student Council welcomes state representative G.A.R. Student Council recently welcomed State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 1 1, 2001. Pashinski addressed the senior high school students and answered questions. His speech emphasized the importance of community, citizenship and education as the foundation for any long-term response to the tragedies of that day. Some of the participants, from left, first row: Pashinski; Andrew Smith, vice president, Student Council; Jessica Pacheco, president, Student Council; Josefa Romero, secretary, Student Council; and Eva Awuah, treasurer, Student Council. Second row: James Blaum, activities director; Robert Watkins, dean of students; Colleen Robatin, principal; and Anthony Khalife, vice principal.

St. Jude students compete at Chorus Fest Several students from St. Jude School, Mountain Top, were selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s Chorus Fest held at Tunkhannock Middle School. Over 150 middleschool students from grades seven through nine participated in the event as well as 200 elementary students from grades four through six. The Middle School Chorus was directed by Penny Renoll, choral director from Annapolis, Md. The Elementary Chorus was directed by Stephanie Renoll Blasi, choral director of Towanda High School. Ann Manganiello, music teacher at St. Jude School, is the Chorus Fest Coordinator and Secondary Education Curriculum Instruction Officer of District 9. The Chorus Fest concluded with a public performance in the evening. Participants from St. Jude School, from left, first row, are Annie Hagenbuch, Summer Zito and Taylor Josefowicz. Second row: Manganiello, Alyson Rymar, Madison Stoltz and Katie Wills.

LCCC holds Flea Market and Collectibles Show University of Scranton grads honored The University of Scranton recently recognized local members of the Class of 2011 for academic achievement and service at its Class Night Ceremony. Samuel Calabrese, Exeter, was the recipient of the Excellence in Accounting Award; Judith Rosevear Gunshannon, Luzerne, received the CGCE Alumni Loyalty and Service Award; Daniel Michael Jackowitz, Avoca, was awarded the Excellence in Computer Science Award; Jessica Jean Palmeri, Kingston, was the recipient of the Excellence in Marketing Award; Alysia Rae McGlynn, was awarded the Excellence in Forensic Chemistry Award; and Jared Castellani, Larksville, received the Excellence in Biochemistry Award. At the ceremony, from left: Harold W. Baillie, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Gunshannon; Calabrese; Castellani; Palmeri; and McGlynn.

The Luzerne County Community College Alumni Association recently hosted the 13th annual Flea Market and Collectibles Show at the college’s Educational Conference Center and Advanced Technology Center parking lots. The flea market consisted of collectibles, flea market items, crafts and food vendors. Members of the LCCC Alumni Association held a 50/50 raffle, IPad2 raffle and theme basket auction. Proceeds from the event benefit the LCCC Alumni Association Health Sciences Fund. At the flea market are members of the LCCC Alumni Association Board of Directors and volunteers, from left, first row: Rachele Brennan ‘10, Edwardsville; Jennifer Pawlowski ‘88, Nanticoke; Lisa Owens ‘97, Muhlenburg, vice president; Elaine Flanagan ‘98, Larksville; and Bonnie Lauer ‘87, Shavertown, director, alumni relations. Second row: Brenda Dill ‘96, Nanticoke; JoAnn Chukinas ‘02, Plains Township; Melissa Taney ‘03, Nanticoke, president; Ann Marie Schraeder ‘79, Glen Lyon, treasurer; and Carol Dean ‘90, Mountain Top.

Eleanor Schneider and her sister in law Jill Space hold an almost-finished quilt that depicts scenes from the New Testament of the Bible that was started by their aunt. The detailed quilts will be displayed at the Tunkhannock Airing of the Quilts.

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for allowing some displays in the courthouse and said the addition of that venue sparked late-stage plans for music and food to be available on the courthouse grounds. “It was very important to us that people could still be walking around town to see the quilts,” Kitlin said. She noted that as word of the flooding spread, people had misconceptions about how much damage the main area of town had received. “We want them to see how we have persevered and to give a much-needed morale boost to the town,” she said. “We want people to know we’re alive and well and our businesses are open. We want to bring people to our lovely town to support our merchants,” Kitlin said, noting that she’s aware of at least four busloads of people from other areas who are traveling to the show. Airing of the Quilts will include two quilt shows, one by the PA Quilters Guild and the other an invitational quilt show in which Pennsylvania quilters are nominated and invited to show their quilts. Kitlin said the second show is an opportunity for quilters who might not otherwise decide to show their work to let people celebrate their handiwork. “Quilts are works of art,” Kitlin said. “It’s touchable art, an art that surrounds our lives. It’s a way people took a common item and made it beautiful.” Kitlin said she is especially happy to have the Bible quilts made by Mary Louise Carroll on display. They will be part of the lobby display at the Tunkhannock Middle School, which is hosting the PA Quilters Guild show. “Quilts are a product of the quiltmaker’s hands and a way for them to tell their story,” she said. “With the Bible quilts, we have a woman who is no longer living, but her art, her quilts, are still telling her story. It’s just beautiful.” Telling her story is exactly what Mary Louise Carroll wanted to do when she made the quilts, her niece, Jill Space, said. “She was a very spiritual woman and had very strong faith,” Space said. “She wanted to express that in fabric.” After working through the design of a larger themed quilt on a project featuring Dutch scenes and tiles that won a number of prizes for its design and craftsmanship, Carroll turned her attention to her Old Testament quilt. In a design choice especially fitting for this first public display of the two Bible quilts together in recently flooded Tunkhannock, Carroll chose to depict the story of Noah’s ark. A rendition of the ark and its pairs of animals borders the elaborately appliquéd quilt, which includes 15 center blocks depicting scenes from other books of

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IF YOU GO What: 10th Annual Airing of the Quilts When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine (In the event of rain, quilts are hung in protected areas; many displays are indoors) Where: Along the streets and in other locations throughout Tunkhannock, including the Middle School, Triton Hose Company and the county courthouse. Featuring: Outdoor displays of quilts on the historic homes of Tunkhannock, two quilt shows, numerous indoor exhibits, food and music. More info:

the Bible’s Old Testament. The appliqué technique Carroll used involves meticulously cutting small pieces of fabric into all the shapes of the images and then hand-stitching them in place to form the pictures, and thousands of hand-cut and sewn pieces make up each of the two quilts. Space said her aunt even chose fabrics that looked like bricks, stones and water to enhance the images. Carroll lived long enough to complete the appliqué on each quilt, which took more than a year each to stitch, and was able to complete the first quilt in its entirety. Space said her aunt took that quilt to the Denison House in Forty Fort several times for display during holiday events and enjoyed people’s reactions. “They usually say, ‘Oh my!’ and then look closer to see all the intricate detail,” Space said. “They can’t believe one person did every stitch of that quilt.” The second quilt, which depicts a Nativity scene in the borders surrounding 15 scenes from the Christian New Testament, was completely appliquéd and was placed in a quilting frame three weeks before Carroll died in July 2010. The Forty Fort Presbyterian Quilters completed the quilting on the New Testament Quilt, and Space and her sister-in-law, Eleanor Schneider, finished the quilts by binding the edges in time for them to be in the Airing of the Quilts show. “The Bible was always a part of Aunt Mary’s life,” Space said. “She wanted to do a ministry with these quilts, taking them to different women’s groups and church groups to be displayed, but she never got the chance to take the two of them together because the second one wasn’t finished.” Space and Schneider, who both reside in Forty Fort, as did their aunt, hope to pick up the ministry their aunt had planned, starting with showing the twin-bed quilts at the Tunkhannock event. “I think my aunt would be thrilled,” Space said. “She never got to see the Airing of the Quilts, but she loved sharing her work, especially if it would inspire someone. She would love to know that it’s being displayed and that so many people will have the chance to see these quilts.”

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BIRTHS Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center Konklin, Courtney and Matthew, Jim Thorpe, a daughter, Sept. 4. Becker, Dina and Michael, Plymouth, a daughter, Sept. 4. Scarantino, Tara and Kinric Maynor, Duryea, a son, Sept. 4. Mack, Jalena and Benjamin Santiago, Wilkes-Barre, a son, Sept. 4.

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William Leo Burke Jr., son of Lori and Bill Burke, Port Carbon, celebrated his seventh birthday Sept. 17. William is a grandson of Catherine and Paul Havrilla, Exeter, and Melvia and Stanley Burke, Port Carbon. He has a sister, Anna Catherine, 2.

Addison Rose Davis, daughter of Curt and Julie Davis, Hunlock Creek, celebrated her second birthday Sept. 21. Addison is a granddaughter of Richard and Nola Davis, Hunlock Creek, and Mark and Rita Vohar, Shavertown.

Jake Grabowski, son of Brenda and John Grabowski, Glen Lyon, is celebrating his ninth birthday today, Sept. 25. Jake is a grandson of Linda Hanlon, Matthew Hanlon and John and Dolores Grabowski, all of Glen Lyon.

Gavin Joseph Gruden, son of Tracey and Frank Gruden, WilkesBarre, is celebrating his seventh birthday today, Sept. 25. Gavin is a grandson of the late Joseph Ziegler Sr. and Teresa and Joe Kyle, all of Wilkes-Barre, and Frank Gruden and the late Catherine Gruden, Scranton. He has two brothers, Cameron, 5, and Benjamin, 2, and a step-brother, Andrew.

Jamie Lynn Wilczewski, daughter of Lisa Dierolf, Larksville, and Jamey Wilczewski, celebrated her third birthday Aug. 22. Jamie Lynn is a granddaughter of Bonnie Westawski, Plains Township; the late John Westawski; and Max and Jennifer Emel, Hunlock Creek. She is a greatgranddaughter of Dorothy Ashton, Nanticoke, and Bob and Betty Ashton, Exeter. Jamie has five sisters, Cassandra Marie, 9, Courtney, 6, Abby, 6, Cassie Jean, 13, and Harley, 1 1, and a brother, David, 16.

Rachel A. Zoeller Rachel Ann Zoeller, daughter of Leonard C. Zoeller and Kimberly Verruggio, both of Wilkes-Barre, is celebrating her sixth birthday today, Sept. 25. Rachel is a granddaughter of Leonard J. Zoeller and Cathy Gibblets and Lonnie Zoeller, all of WilkesBarre; Robert and Carolyn Shaffer, Florida; and Charles Verruggio, Texas. She has two sisters, Kathryn, 18, and Elizabeth, 8.




Palmaccio, Jessica and Charles, Freeland, a son, Sept. 12. Crawford, Fatimah, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Sept. 13. Havard, Kimberly and Robert Jr., Wilkes-Barre, a son, Sept. 13. Jeffries, Candace and Khris, Nanticoke, a son, Sept. 13. Lukas, Sarah and Bruce Partington, Mountain Top, a son, Sept. 13. Johnson, Amanda and Dustin, Montrose, a son, Sept. 14.


Berwick, a daughter, Sept. 12.

Hornbrook, Erin and John David, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Sept. 6.

Fagaly, Shannon, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Sept. 13.

Gibbons, Andrea and Jim, Dallas, a son, Sept. 6.

Dadurka, Kristy and Craig, Forty Fort, a son, Sept. 13.

Lee, Amber and Casper John Simon Sr., Larksville, a daughter, Sept. 6.

Langevin, Joanne and William Cunningham, Hanover Township, a daughter, Sept. 13.

McGlynn, Kristen and Ryan, Kingston, a daughter, Sept. 7.

Kiser, Julie, Kingston, a son, Sept. 14.

May, Christine and William, Hanover Township, a daughter, Sept. 7.

Morrison, Stacy and Logan McCloe, Scranton, a daughter, Sept. 14.

Arnold, Ashley and Gerald Shemanski Jr., Hanover Township, a son, Sept. 14.

Williams, Leighann and Greg Paulson, Mountain Top, a son, Sept. 8.

Vanvalkenburgh, Mandy and Scott, Shavertown, a son, Sept. 14.

Jones, Renee and John, Yatesville, a son, Sept. 8.

Watson, Amber and Michael Walker, Plymouth, a son, Sept. 14.

Rutala, Nicole and Nicholas, Stroudsburg, a son, Sept. 8.

Tomazic, Krista and David, Blakely, a daughter, Sept. 14.

Latona, Dana and Charles, Pittston Township, a daughter, Sept. 8.

Wood, Diana and Adam Latshaw, Reading, a daughter, Sept. 15.

Gattuso, Samantha and Scott, Edwardsville, a daughter, Sept. 8.

Martinez, Ernestine, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Sept. 15.

Morton, Holly and Kevin, Plymouth, a son, Sept. 9.

Williams, Denise and Matthew Morgan, Wilkes-Barre, a son, Sept. 16.

Wheeler, Samantha and Jared Ellis, Freeland, a son, Sept. 8.

Munley, Natasha and Timothy Wiley, Bear Creek, a daughter, Sept. 15.

Rockel, Tiffany and Dale Jr., Wapwallopen, a son, Sept. 9.

Tilley, Tanya Carpenter and Joseph Kasper, Harding, a son, Sept. 16.

Smith, Carrie and Jeremy Ribaudo, Montrose, a daughter, Sept. 8.

Colon, Christine and Cleve Smith Jr., Wilkes-Barre, a son, Sept. 15.

Kondraski, Erika and Keith, Mountain Top, a son, Sept. 10.

Gaydos, Tina and Jonathan, Pittston, a son, Sept. 16.

Wells-Dunn, Yolanda and Harold Dunn, Wilkes-Barre, a son, Sept. 10.

Verdetto, Demi and Wesley Dutter, Plains Township, twin sons, Sept. 17.

Sims, Trista and Corrie Davis, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Sept. 10.

Wilson, Ashley and Matthew Ward, Hanover Township, a daughter, Sept. 18.

Crump, Tawnee, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Sept. 1 1.

Moses, La’Tia and Archie, Philadelphia, a daughter, Sept. 19.

Posser, Veronica and Ferdinando, White Haven, a daughter, Sept. 1 1.

Maffei, Kristina and Ryan Bolton, Shavertown, a son, Sept. 19.

Lasoski, Brittany and Brian Breymeir, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Sept. 6. Mills, Bridget and Dyllan Capwell, Montrose, a daughter, Sept. 6. Martino, Rebecca and Andrew, Falls, a son, Sept. 6. Hunzer, Anita and Brian, Plains Township, a daughter, Sept. 7.

Anderson, Nicole and Stacey Cunningham, Wilkes-Barre, a son, Sept. 8. Carrero, Denise and Eddie Rivera, Scranton, a daughter, Sept. 8. Betz, Krystal and Joseph Chihany, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Sept. 8. Clapper, Ashlie and Brendan Edukaitis, Wilkes-Barre, a son, Sept. 1 1. Gonzalez, Ashley and Melvin Montonya, Montrose, a daughter, Sept. 1 1.

Burridge, Brianna and Richard Blaisure, Tunkhannock, a daughter, Sept. 15.

Nesbitt Women’s and Children’s Center at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Howey, Megan and Matthew, Hazleton, a daughter, Sept. 6. Wascavage, Elizabeth and Joseph Jr., Kingston, a daughter, Sept. 6. Karpien, Holly and David Carter Jr., Wilkes-Barre, a daughter,


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Gumaer, Daniell and Michael, Wyoming, a son, Sept. 14.

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Cody Pelton and Lisa Radziak, students from the Greater Nanticoke Area Elementary Center, recently received the Mr. Cy Award at the annual Awards Day ceremony. The Pelton award is given to the boy and girl who are most helpful during the school year. The students received a $50 savings bond.


Megen Banas, a student at the Greater Nanticoke Area Elementary Center, recently received the Richard Roke Attendance Award at the school’s annual Awards Day. The award is presented to the fifthgrade student who had the least number of days absent from first grade through the first three marking periods of the fifth grade. Banas, who only missed

Hampel, Nichole and Brian, Forty Fort, a son, Sept. 12. Walker, Vanessa and Matthew,

one day, received a dictionary and her name was engraved on a plaque at the school. Meghan Franz, Pocono Lake, received the Kitty Rooney ’50 Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership during Misericordia University’s 28th Annual StuFranz dent Affairs Leadership Awards Dinner. The award is given annually to a student who has exhibited an outstanding and diverse record of leadership abilities.

The award, named after Father Petrasko, a chaplain at the college from 1986-1990, is given to a rising senior in good academic standing who has a financial need and has a demonstrated record of broad and effective service to the college community.


Candace Levanavage, Pittston, was the recipient of the Father John Petrasko Scholarship Award at Misericordia University’s Student Affairs Leadership Levanavage Awards Dinner.

Khristian Banks, Mountain Top, was a winner in the Bright Ideas Energy Efficiency Poster Contest sponsored by PPL Electric Utilities. Banks, a student at Fairview EleBanks mentary School, was a winner in the kindergarten category. The contest was open to students in kindergarten through eighth grades in PPL Electric’s 29county service area and focused on raising energy conservation awareness. The company received nearly 3,000 entries from more than 100 Pennsylvania communities. Finalists received a $200 savings bond and a plaque. The winning posters will also be framed and included in a traveling art exhibit to educate the

Walsh, Stacey and Martin, Pittston, a son, Sept. 14. Phillips, Nicole and Steven Bruns Jr., Nanticoke, a son, Sept. 15. Barrett, RaeLynn and Ronelle, Scranton, a son, Sept. 15. Raub, Elizabeth and Michael, Wilkes-Barre, a son, Sept. 15. Hornick, Erica and Kareem Jarvis, Pittston, twin daughters, Sept. 16. Laubach, Stephanie and Joel, Conyngham, a son, Sept. 16.

Lewis, Linda and Stephen, Pringle, a son, Sept. 19. Miller, Callie Noel and Eric Timothy Hill, Plymouth, a son, Sept. 19.

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Late score leads Fighting Irish past stumbling Pitt QB Rees comes through in clutch for Notre Dame. By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh’s meltdown wasn’t nearly as dramatic this time. That didn’t make it any less painful. The Panthers, hoping to cap

an eventful week with an exclamation mark instead ended it with a thud in a 15-12 loss to Notre Dame. A week after letting a 21-point lead slip away against Iowa, Pitt let the Fighting Irish escape on Tommy Rees’ touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert with less than 7 minutes to go. “We’re so close, we can touch it,” Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri said. “But that’s the thing





that’s so frustrating right now. We feel like we are inches away from really busting this open and really being in that up-tem-

po offense and understanding it and really being able to put points on the board.” Not quite yet. Sunseri completed 22 of 30 passes but only managed 165 yards and was sacked five times, including twice on Pitt’s final drive to end a late scoring threat. “I just need to get rid of the ball,” Sunseri said. “I need to make sure I’m seeing everything


Late connection saves day for Dallas Brett Wanek’s 31-yard catch from Ryan Zapoticky is difference against Patriots. By JOSH HORTON For The Times Leader

YATESVILLE -- After being rained out Friday night, Dallas nearly had its perfect start to the season washed away by Pittston Area on Saturday afternoon. But a last-minute touchdown pass from Ryan Zapoticky to

Brett Wanek was enough to keep the Mountaineers unbeaten as Dallas downed the Patriots 2114. Pittston Area got on the board first with a touchdown in the second quarter. A Dallas punt forced the Patriots to start on their 6yard line. However, Pittston Area traveled 94 yards during an eightminute stretch to take the early advantage. The long drive was capped by a 20-yard touchdown connection between Anthony

Schwab and Jordan Houseman. Dallas struck right back, tying the game with 6:24 remaining in the first half. Kiefer Rogers found the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown on his only carry of the game. The Mountaineers (4-0) threatened late in the quarter. With just seconds remaining in the half, Dallas quarterback Ryan Zapoticky threw toward the end zone, but the pass was See DALLAS, Page 6C



Pittston Area’s Jordan Houseman, left, holds on for a touchdown in front of Dallas’ Don Behm in Yatesville on Saturday.

Cold spell is chilling for Phillies

THIS IS NO time to relax for the Philadelphia Phillies. They seem to be relaxing, and they’re starting to make people edgy. The Phillies haven’t been the same since they clinched the National League East, spending the past week playing like they have little to play for. And technically, they don’t. The Phillies will open the National League playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday and with home-field advantage throughout the postseason in their hands. But they’re beginning to bobble away those world championship plans. The Phillies lost six straight games to finish their final homestand of the season, a troubling stretch for a team that leads the major leagues in victories. “Six in a row, when’s the last time we did that? And I don’t even care to know,” Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino said. Not last year. And certainly not while they were depending on a dominant pitching staff to pile up a major league best 98 victories this season. That air of invincibility surrounding the Phillies and their array of aces – Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt – popped as swiftly as the corks did during their division-clinching celebration last Saturday. Instead of securing their 100th victory of the season at home, the Phillies stumbled around in a stupor. “You’ve still got to play the games,” Oswalt said. “And right now, we’re not playing too well.” The Phillies were jeered at Citizens Bank Park while suffering a four-game sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals. For their regular season home finale Thursday, the Phillies were nearly no-hit by Brad Peacock – a kid making just his second major league start – and three relievers for 82⁄3 innings. “I think we’re going through a little funk, I guess you could say,” said Phillies No. 3 hitter Chase Utley, who combined with Philadelphia’s first two batters, Jimmy Rollins and Victorino, to go 0-for-the Nationals series. “It’s better to happen now than in the playoffs.” What if it carries over? Will the Phillies fall facedown if they can’t rediscover their swagger in time for the postseason, and their powerful pitching staff can’t overcome this September swoon? “The way we’re playing, the way we’re losing, that’s what people look at,” Victorino said. “Is it a subconscious thing? I don’t know. But there’s definitely some disappointment.” A Phillies season built around World Series dreams could collapse in dejection if they don’t find their old form. “Just like everybody says, the hottest team going in usually wins it,” Oswalt said. “Just look at the last few years, it’s whoever the hottest team is. When the playoffs start, teams that are hot going in are usually tough to beat.” The Phillies are developing a strange habit of beating themselves lately. Their salvation may be none of the Phillies potential postseason match-ups seems unbeatable. Entering the weekend, no National League playoff contenSee PHILLIES, Page 7C




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MONDAY, SEPT. 26 H.S. FIELD HOCKEY Wyoming Valley West at Hazleton Area Nanticoke at Lackawanna Trail Wyoming Area at Honesdale Holy Redeemer at Wyoming Seminary Dallas at Coughlin Delaware Valley at Meyers Crestwood at Wallenpaupack Lake-Lehman at Abington Heights H.S. GOLF Pre-District Tournament at Fox Hill Country Club H.S. BOYS SOCCER Wyoming Valley West at Wyoming Seminary Crestwood at Holy Redeemer Lake-Lehman at Dallas Tunkhannock at Coughlin Hazleton Area at Meyers Berwick at MMI H.S. GIRLS TENNIS GAR at Crestwood Hanover Area at Coughlin Hazleton Area at Wyoming Valley West Holy Redeemer at Wyoming Seminary MMI Prep at Wyoming Area Pittston Area at Tunkhannock Dallas at Berwick H.S. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL (4:15 p.m, unless noted) Dallas at Hazleton Area Berwick at Coughlin Crestwood at Delaware Valley Holy Redeemer at Wyoming Valley West Tunkhannock at North Pocono COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY Alvernia at Wilkes, 7 p.m. MEN'S SOCCER Wilkes at Elmira, 4 p.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 27 H.S. FIELD HOCKEY Hanover Area at Berwick Pittston Area at Elk Lake Tunkhannock at GAR Northwest at Montrose H.S. BOYS SOCCER GAR at MMI Prep Berwick at Nanticoke Wyoming Area at Hanover Area Lake-Lehman at Pittston Area H.S. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL (4:15 p.m. unless noted) MMI at Lake-Lehman Wyming Area at GAR Hanover Area at Meyers COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY Cabrini at Misericordia, 4 p.m. King’s at Albright, 7 p.m. WOMEN'S TENNIS King’s at Marywood, 3 p.m.

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T R A N S A C T I O N S BASEBALL American League CLEVELAND INDIANS — Purchased the contract of RHP Mitch Talbot from Columbus (IL). Placed OF Shin-Soo Choo on the 60-day DL. MINNESOTA TWINS — Placed C Joe Mauer, 1B Justin Morneau and INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka on the 15-day DL, Mauer retroactive to Sept. 15 and Morneau and Nishioka to Sept. 12. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Activated RHP Kris Medlen from the 60-day DL. Designated OF Matt Young for assignment. Frontier League EVANSVILLE OTTERS — Acquired RHP Eric Massingham from Somerset (Atlantic) to complete an earlier trade. TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS — Signed OF Matt Howard. WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS — Named Morgan Burkhart manager. FOOTBALL Arena Football League ARIZONA RATTLERS — Re-signed LB Tyre Glasper. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Suspended Minnesota F Brad Staublitz and Columbus D James Wisniewski indefinitely, pending a hearing and completion of review by the league’s Department of Player Safety for separate incidents during Friday’s game. CAROLINA HURRICANES — Assigned F Nicolas Blanchard, F Mike McKenzie, F Cedric McNicoll, F Jared Staal, F Justin Shugg, D Michal Jordan and D Rasmus Rissanen to Charlotte (AHL). CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Assigned F Rob Flick, D Brian Fahey and G Alec Richards to Rockford (AHL). COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Assigned F Oliver Gabriel, D Anton Blomqvist, D Steven Delisle, D Dalton Prout and D Brent Regner to Springfield (AHL). Released F Aaron Bogosian and D Trevor Ludwig. Returned F Adam Payerl to Belleville (OHL). FLORIDA PANTHERS — Assigned F Mark Cullen, D Roman Derlyuk, F Angelo Esposito, F Jonathan Hazen, F Bracken Kearns, F Anthony Luciani, D Evan Oberg, F Greg Rallo, D Keith Seabrook, F Eric Selleck, D Tyson Strachan, F Scott Timmins and D Nolan Yonkman to San Antonio (AHL). MINNESOTA WILD — Returned C Zack Phillips to Saint John (QMJHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS — Returned G Scott Wedgewood to Plymouth (OHL), D Reece Scarlett to Swift Current (WHL), F J.T. Barnett to Kamloops (WHL), F Reid Boucher to Sarnia (OHL) and F Thomas Nesbitt to Ottawa (OHL). Assigned G Maxime Clermont. D Brandon Burlon, D Eric Gelinas, D Dan Kelly, D Joe Sova, D Harry Young, F J.S. Berube, F Mike Hoeffel, F Kory Nagy, F Nathan Perkovich, F Mike Sislo, F Myles Stoesz, F Joseph Whitney and F Darcy Zajac to Albany (AHL). OTTAWA SENATORS — Reassigned F Jean-Gabriel Pageau to Gatineau (QMJHL). PHOENIX COYOTES — Assigned G Justin Pogge, D Dean Arsene and D Tyler Eckford to Portland (AHL). Returned D Brandon Gormley to Moncton (QMJHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES — Assigned F Stephen Della Rovere, D Brennan Evans, D Jake Gannon, F Derek Nesbitt, RW Chase Polacek, RW Tyler Shattock, D David Shields and C Brett Sonne to Peoria (AHL). Returned LW Stephen MacAulay, RW Ty Rattie, C Ryan Tesink and LW Yannick Veilleux to their junior teams. SOCCER EGYPTIAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION — Named Bob Bradley national team coach and signed him through July 2014.

L A C K A W A N N A C O N F E R E N C E Division 1............. Division Overall PF PA Wallenpaupack..... 1 0 4 0 126 46 Delaware Valley ... 0 0 3 0 96 34 Valley View ........... 0 0 3 0 111 15 Scranton Prep ...... 0 0 2 1 80 80 West Scranton...... 0 0 1 1 48 48 Scranton................ 0 0 1 2 69 56 North Pocono ....... 0 0 0 3 76 121 Abington Hts......... 0 1 2 2 77 109 Division 2............. Division Overall PF PA Dunmore ............... 0 0 4 0 154 34 Lakeland................ 0 0 3 1 118 81 Western Wayne.... 0 0 2 1 128 76 Riverside ............... 0 0 2 2 114 117 Carbondale ........... 0 0 0 3 30 126 Honesdale ............ 0 0 0 4 87 160 Division 3............. Division Overall PF Lackawanna Trail . 0 0 4 0 172 Old Forge .............. 0 0 3 1 89 Holy Cross ............ 0 0 2 1 115 Susquehanna ....... 0 0 2 2 78

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Friday, Sept. 30 (7 p.m.) Holy Cross at Western Wayne Lackawanna Trail at Lakeland Mid Valley at Dunmore Montrose at Honesdale North Pocono at West Scranton Riverside at Old Forge Susquehanna at Carbondale Wallenpaupack at Valley View Saturday, Oct. 1 Delaware Valley at Abington Heights, 1 p.m. Scranton at Scranton Prep, 1:30 p.m.


Division 2A-A.................... W L PF PA CP GAR ..................................... 3 1 115 66 19 Wyoming Area ................... 2 1 125 50 14 Hanover Area ..................... 2 2 78 128 14 Northwest (A) ..................... 2 2 82 88 14 Nanticoke ............................ 1 2 63 54 7 Lake-Lehman ..................... 1 3 101 118 7 Meyers................................. 1 3 35 145 7 Holy Redeemer .................. 0 4 76 175 0 NOTE: CP is Championship Points toward the divisional title. Teams get nine points for defeating a Class 4A opponent, eight for a Class 3A opponent, seven for a Class 2A opponent and six for a Class A opponent. The team with the most Championship Points is the division winner. Friday's Results Coughlin 28, Williamsport 0 East Stroudsburg North 26, Crestwood 21 GAR 21, Northwest 6 Lake-Lehman 56, Holy Redeemer 6 Meyers 14, Nanticoke 8 Wyoming Valley West 46, Berwick 22 Dallas at Pittston Area, ppd. Tunkhannock at Hazleton Area, ppd. Wyoming Area at Hanover Area, ppd. Saturday's Results Dallas 21, Pittston Area 14 Tunkhannock at Hazleton Area, 7 p.m. Wyoming Area at Hanover Area, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 (7 p.m.) Coughlin at Wyoming Valley West Dallas at Williamsport Hanover Area at Northwest Lake-Lehman at Meyers Nanticoke at Wyoming Area Pittston Area at Hazleton Area Selinsgrove at Berwick Saturday, Oct. 1 Holy Redeemer at GAR, 7 p.m. Tunkhannock at Crestwood, 7 p.m.

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N C A A F O O T B A L L SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Sam Houston... 1 0 31 10 2 0 51 16 Lamar ............... 0 0 0 0 2 1 111 65 McNeese.......... 0 0 0 0 1 1 55 59 Nicholls St........ 0 0 0 0 1 2 70 76 NorthwesternSt ................. 0 0 0 0 1 2 34 112 SE Louisiana ... 0 0 0 0 1 2 102 105 S.F. Austin ....... 0 0 0 0 1 2 105 88 Cent. Arkansas 0 1 10 31 1 2 90 93 Saturday's Games Northwestern St. 34, Nicholls St. 0 Sam Houston St. at New Mexico, 6 p.m. Texas St. at Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m. SE Louisiana at McNeese St., 8 p.m. Cent. Arkansas at Arkansas St., 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Lamar at SE Louisiana, 4 p.m. UTSA at Sam Houston St., 7 p.m. McNeese St. at Northwestern St., 7 p.m. Nicholls St. at Texas St., 7 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Cent. Arkansas, 7 p.m. SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Eastern Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Alabama St. ..... 2 0 72 26 2 1 79 40 Jackson St. ...... 1 0 28 24 3 0 105 55 Alcorn St. ......... 1 3 80 76 1 3 80 76 Alabama A&M . 0 1 6 21 1 2 47 48 MVSU ............... 0 2 23 80 0 3 23 119 Western Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Ark-Pine Bluff .. 2 0 63 49 2 1 75 68 Texas Southern..................... 1 1 48 44 2 1 97 50 Grambling ........ 1 1 38 45 1 2 45 80 Prairie View ..... 1 1 66 70 1 2 80 133 Southern U. ..... 1 1 45 34 1 2 52 67 Saturday's Games Texas Southern 14, Alcorn St. 7 Southern U. vs. Florida A&M at Atlanta, 3:30 p.m. Clark Atlanta vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff at St. Louis, 4 p.m. Alabama St. at Jackson St., 5 p.m. MVSU at Prairie View, 7 p.m. Alabama A&M at Grambling St., 7 p.m. Thursday's Games Texas Southern at Jackson St., 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Southern U. at MVSU, 3 p.m. Grambling St. vs. Prairie View at Dallas, 7 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff at Alabama A&M, 7 p.m. Alcorn St. at Alabama St., 8 p.m. SUN BELT CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA FIU .................... 1 0 41 16 3 0 82 43 La.-Lafayette.... 0 0 0 0 2 1 92 94 Arkansas St. .... 0 0 0 0 1 2 69 62 La.-Monroe ...... 0 0 0 0 1 3 69 124 FAU ................... 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 85 Middle Tenn..... 0 0 0 0 0 2 45 76 Troy................... 0 0 0 0 0 2 47 81 W. Kentucky .... 0 0 0 0 0 3 33 98 North Texas..... 0 1 16 41 0 3 39 130 Saturday's Games Iowa 45, Louisiana-Monroe 17 Middle Tennessee at Troy, 4:30 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at FIU, 6 p.m. FAU at Auburn, 7 p.m. Indiana at North Texas, 7 p.m. Cent. Arkansas at Arkansas St., 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Arkansas St. at W. Kentucky, 4 p.m. Duke at FIU, 7 p.m. UAB at Troy, 7 p.m. FAU at Louisiana-Lafayette, 7 p.m. Memphis at Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m. North Texas at Tulsa, 7 p.m.




















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Division Overall W L W L Widener ...... 1 0 3 0 Albright ....... 1 0 3 0 DelVal ......... 1 0 3 0 King’s .......... 1 0 1 1 FDU............. 0 0 0 3 LebValley ... 0 1 2 1 Lycoming.... 0 1 2 1 Stevenson .. 0 1 1 2 Wilkes ......... 0 1 0 2 Saturday's Games Albright at King’s Widener at Wilkes Stevenson at Lebanon Valley Delaware Valley at FDU-Florham Bye: Lycoming Saturday, Oct. 1 Wilkes at FDU-Florham King’s at Widener Stevenson at Delaware Valley Albright at Lycoming Bye: Lebanon Valley



Division 3A ........................ W L PF PA CP Dallas................................... 4 0 97 48 32 Crestwood .......................... 3 1 115 69 25 Coughlin.............................. 2 2 90 67 17 Pittston Area....................... 2 2 111 95 17 Berwick................................ 1 3 86 146 8 Tunkhannock...................... 0 4 51 163 0

AUTO RACING 7:30 a.m. SPEED — Formula One, Singapore Grand Prix 2 p.m. ESPN — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Sylvania 300, at Loudon, N.H. 7 p.m. ESPN2 — NHRA, Fall Nationals, at Ennis, Texas (same-day tape) GOLF 5 a.m. TGC — LPGA, The Solheim Cup, final round, at Dunsany, Ireland Noon TGC — PGA Tour, TOUR Championship, final round, at Atlanta 1:30 p.m. NBC — PGA Tour, TOUR Championship, final round, at Atlanta TGC — European PGA Tour, Austrian Open, final round, at Atzenbrugg, Austria (same-day tape) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m. YES — Boston at N.Y. Yankees WQMY, WPIX --- Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets 1:30 p.m. ROOT — Cincinnati at Pittsburgh NFL FOOTBALL 1 p.m. CBS — New England at Buffalo FOX — N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia 4 p.m. CBS — N.Y. Jets at Oakland 4:15 p.m. FOX — Green Bay at Chicago 8 p.m. NBC — Pittsburgh at Indianapolis WNBA BASKETBALL 3 p.m. ESPN2 — Playoffs, conference finals, game 2, Indiana at Atlanta 5 p.m. ESPN2 — Playoffs, conference finals, game 2, Minnesota at Phoenix Copyright 2011 World Features Syndicate, Inc.


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Division 4A ........................ W L PF PA CP Wyoming Valley West ....... 4 0 165 57 34 Hazleton Area .................... 2 2 88 121 17 Williamsport ........................ 1 3 51 82 9






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WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Nevada............. 1 0 17 14 1 1 37 83 Utah St. ............ 0 0 0 0 1 1 92 59 Fresno St. ........ 0 0 0 0 1 2 77 100 Hawaii ............... 0 0 0 0 1 2 86 97 Idaho................. 0 0 0 0 1 2 66 83 Louisiana Tech 0 0 0 0 1 2 99 96 New Mexico St....................... 0 0 0 0 1 2 62 81 San Jose St. .... 0 1 14 17 0 3 34 101 Saturday's Games New Mexico St. at San Jose St., 4 p.m. Fresno St. at Idaho, 5 p.m. Nevada at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Mississippi St., 7 p.m. Colorado St. at Utah St., 8 p.m. UC Davis at Hawaii, 11:59 p.m. Friday's Games Utah St. at BYU, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Nevada at Boise St., 2:30 p.m. Idaho at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. San Jose St. at Colorado St., 4 p.m. Hawaii at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. New Mexico St. at New Mexico, 8 p.m. Mississippi at Fresno St., 9:15 p.m. MAJOR INDEPENDENTS All Games W L PF PA Navy................................. 2 1 101 55 BYU.................................. 2 2 64 101 Notre Dame..................... 2 2 97 83 Army................................. 1 3 88 134 Friday's Games BYU 24, UCF 17 Saturday's Games Notre Dame 15, Pittsburgh 12 Ball St. 48, Army 21 Friday, Sept. 30 Utah St. at BYU, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Tulane at Army, Noon Air Force at Navy, Noon Notre Dame at Purdue, 8 p.m. INDEPENDENTS All Games W L PF PA South Alabama ............... 2 1 63 53 UTSA ............................... 2 2 128 79 Georgia St....................... 1 2 79 84 NC Central ...................... 1 2 64 74 Texas St. ......................... 1 2 58 123 Savannah St. .................. 0 3 46 141 Saturday's Games Dayton 17, Central St., Ohio 7 UTSA 54, Bacone 7 South Alabama at Kent St., 3:30 p.m. Savannah St. at NC Central, 6 p.m. Texas St. at Stephen F. Austin, 7 p.m. Georgia St. at Houston, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 UTSA at Sam Houston St., 7 p.m. Howard at Savannah St., 7 p.m. Nicholls St. at Texas St., 7 p.m. PIONEER LEAGUE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Dayton .............. 1 0 24 10 3 1 73 52 Drake................ 1 0 24 14 3 1 79 74 San Diego ........ 1 0 48 44 3 1 123 125 Jacksonville ..... 1 0 57 21 2 2 124 117 Davidson.......... 0 0 0 0 1 1 44 50 Valparaiso........ 0 0 0 0 0 3 62 175 Butler ................ 0 1 14 24 2 2 102 95 Marist................ 0 1 10 24 1 3 72 111 Morehead St.... 0 1 44 48 1 3 181 150 Saturday's Games Drake 24, Butler 14 San Diego 48, Morehead St. 44 Jacksonville 57, Campbell 21 Georgetown 52, Marist 28 Dayton 17, Central St., Ohio 7 Johnson C. Smith at Davidson, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Jacksonville at Marist, Noon Butler at Dayton, 1 p.m. Campbell at Drake, 2 p.m. Morehead St. at Valparaiso, 2 p.m. Davidson at San Diego, 6 p.m. SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE East Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Florida .............. 1 0 33 23 3 0 113 26 South Carolina 1 0 45 42 3 0 125 100 Vanderbilt......... 1 0 30 7 3 0 99 42 Georgia ............ 1 1 69 58 2 2 149 93 Kentucky .......... 0 0 0 0 2 1 58 40 Tennessee....... 0 1 23 33 2 1 110 72 West Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA LSU................... 1 0 19 6 3 0 108 36 Auburn .............. 1 0 41 34 2 1 107 110 Alabama ........... 0 0 0 0 3 0 116 18 Arkansas .......... 0 0 0 0 3 0 141 38 Mississippi St .. 0 2 40 60 1 2 99 74 Mississippi ....... 0 2 20 57 1 3 75 95 Saturday's Games Georgia 27, Mississippi 13 Arkansas at Alabama, 3:30 p.m. FAU at Auburn, 7 p.m. Florida at Kentucky, 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Mississippi St., 7 p.m. LSU at West Virginia, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Arkansas vs. Texas A&M at Arlington, Texas, TBA Auburn at South Carolina, TBA Alabama at Florida, TBA Mississippi St. at Georgia, Noon Kentucky at LSU, 12:20 p.m. Buffalo at Tennessee, 12:30 p.m. Mississippi at Fresno St., 9:15 p.m. SOUTHERN CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Ga. Southn....... 1 0 31 17 2 0 93 38 Elon................... 1 0 18 15 3 1 97 92 Furman ............. 1 0 16 6 2 1 101 57 Appalachian St 0 0 0 0 2 1 112 78 Chattanooga .... 0 0 0 0 2 1 68 71 W. Carolina...... 0 0 0 0 1 1 73 94 Wofford............. 0 0 0 0 1 1 62 63 Samford............ 0 1 17 31 1 1 65 37 The Citadel ...... 0 2 21 34 1 2 52 43 Saturday's Games Furman 62, Presbyterian 21 Elon 18, The Citadel 15, OT Chattanooga at Appalachian St., 3:30 p.m. W. Carolina at Georgia Southern, 6 p.m. Samford at Wofford, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Georgia Southern at Elon, 1:30 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Samford, 3 p.m. Appalachian St. at Wofford, 3 p.m. The Citadel at Chattanooga, 6 p.m. Furman at W. Carolina, 6 p.m. OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA JacksonvilleSt . 1 0 24 23 2 1 78 82




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Tennessee Tech.................. 1 0 31 20 2 1 94 61 UT-Martin......... 1 1 71 50 2 1 134 50 Murray St. ........ 1 1 84 75 2 2 132 96 E. Kentucky ..... 0 0 0 0 1 2 49 57 Austn Peay....... 0 0 0 0 0 2 16 99 SE Missouri ..... 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 97 E. Illinois........... 0 1 20 31 1 2 74 99 Tennessee St.. 0 1 27 58 1 2 89 100 Thursday's Games UT-Martin 48, Murray St. 26 Saturday's Games Tennessee St. at Air Force, 3 p.m. E. Kentucky at Austin Peay, 7 p.m. E. Illinois at Jacksonville St., 7 p.m. SE Missouri at Tennessee Tech, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 E. Illinois at SE Missouri, 7 p.m. Tennessee St. at Austin Peay, 7 p.m. Jacksonville St. at Murray St., 7 p.m. Tennessee Tech at UT-Martin, 7:30 p.m. PACIFIC-12 CONFERENCE North Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Stanford............ 1 0 37 10 3 0 138 27 California.......... 0 0 0 0 3 0 135 66 Oregon ............. 0 0 0 0 2 1 152 67 Washington St. 0 0 0 0 2 1 147 70 Washington ..... 0 0 0 0 2 1 108 110 Oregon St. ....... 0 0 0 0 0 2 28 64 South Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Southern Cal ... 1 0 23 14 3 0 80 48 Ariz. St.............. 0 0 0 0 2 1 99 61 Colorado .......... 0 0 0 0 1 2 78 84 UCLA................ 0 0 0 0 1 2 81 104 Utah .................. 0 1 14 23 2 1 95 43 Arizona ............. 0 1 10 37 1 2 65 84 Saturday's Games UCLA at Oregon St., 3:30 p.m. Colorado at Ohio St., 3:30 p.m. California at Washington, 3:30 p.m. Oregon at Arizona, 10:15 p.m. Southern Cal at Arizona St., 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Washington St. at Colorado, 3:30 p.m. Arizona at Southern Cal, 3:30 p.m. Washington at Utah, 7 p.m. UCLA at Stanford, 10:30 p.m. Oregon St. at Arizona St., 10:30 p.m. PATRIOT LEAGUE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Georgetown..... 1 0 14 13 3 1 133 94 Holy Cross ....... 1 0 37 7 2 1 83 53 Lehigh............... 0 0 0 0 3 1 151 118 Bucknell ........... 0 0 0 0 2 1 68 64 Fordham........... 0 0 0 0 1 2 41 70 Colgate ............. 0 1 7 37 1 2 64 108 Lafayette .......... 0 1 13 14 1 2 56 68 Saturday's Games Lehigh 27, Liberty 24 Georgetown 52, Marist 28 Rhode Island 21, Fordham 17 Bucknell at Princeton, 6 p.m. Lafayette at Stony Brook, 6 p.m. Colgate at Towson, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Holy Cross at New Hampshire, Noon Yale at Lehigh, 12:30 p.m. Fordham at Colgate, 1 p.m. Harvard at Lafayette, 1 p.m. Georgetown at Bucknell, 1 p.m. MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Indiana St......... 1 0 37 35 3 1 136 126 Youngstown St....................... 1 1 69 64 2 2 152 105 N. Dakota St. ... 0 0 0 0 2 0 98 9 N. Iowa ............. 0 0 0 0 1 1 53 43 S. Illinois........... 0 0 0 0 1 1 62 52 S. Dakota St. ... 0 0 0 0 1 2 46 132 W. Illinois.......... 0 0 0 0 1 2 41 110 Missouri St....... 0 0 0 0 0 3 38 135 Illinois St........... 0 1 27 34 1 2 105 88 Saturday's Games Indiana St. 37, Youngstown St. 35 W. Illinois at N. Iowa, 5 p.m. N. Dakota St. at Minnesota, 7 p.m. S. Dakota St. at Illinois St., 7 p.m. Missouri St. at S. Illinois, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Illinois St. at N. Dakota St., 2 p.m. N. Iowa at Missouri St., 2 p.m. S. Illinois at W. Illinois, 4 p.m. Indiana St. at S. Dakota St., 7 p.m. MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA TCU .................. 1 0 35 19 3 1 176 99 Colorado St. .... 1 0 14 10 2 1 61 52 Wyoming.......... 0 0 0 0 3 0 108 69 Boise St............ 0 0 0 0 2 0 75 36 San Diego St. .. 0 0 0 0 3 1 121 93 UNLV................ 0 0 0 0 1 2 64 130 Air Force .......... 0 1 19 35 1 1 56 55 New Mexico..... 0 1 10 14 0 3 26 125 Saturday's Games Michigan 28, San Diego St. 7 TCU 55, Portland St. 13 Tennessee St. at Air Force, 3 p.m. Sam Houston St. at New Mexico, 6 p.m. Nebraska at Wyoming, 7:30 p.m. Tulsa at Boise St., 8 p.m. Colorado St. at Utah St., 8 p.m. S. Utah at UNLV, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Air Force at Navy, Noon Nevada at Boise St., 2:30 p.m. SMU at TCU, 3:30 p.m. San Jose St. at Colorado St., 4 p.m. New Mexico St. at New Mexico, 8 p.m. NORTHEAST CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Monmouth (NJ) ................... 1 0 24 12 2 1 68 70 CCSU ............... 1 1 40 48 2 2 84 83 Wagner............. 1 1 62 56 1 3 96 107 Bryant ............... 0 0 0 0 3 1 96 78 Duquesne ........ 0 0 0 0 2 1 97 54 Albany (NY)...... 0 0 0 0 1 2 93 89 Sacred Heart ... 0 0 0 0 1 2 37 67 Robert Morris .. 0 0 0 0 0 3 32 70 St. Francis (Pa.) .................. 0 1 28 38 1 2 81 143 Saturday's Games Monmouth (NJ) 24, CCSU 12 Albany (NY) 44, Columbia 21 Bryant 30, Wagner 28 Sacred Heart 24, Dartmouth 21 Duquesne at St. Francis (Pa.), 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Sacred Heart at CCSU, Noon Robert Morris at Monmouth (NJ), Noon Wagner at Cornell, 12:30 p.m. Bryant at Duquesne, 1 p.m. Albany (NY) at St. Francis (Pa.), 1 p.m.

COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Towson............. 1 0 31 10 2 0 73 13 Delaware .......... 1 0 27 17 3 1 117 74 UMass .............. 1 0 36 27 2 1 77 88 Richmond......... 0 0 0 0 3 0 78 46 James Madison ........... 0 0 0 0 2 1 51 75 Maine................ 0 0 0 0 2 1 88 63 William & Mary 0 0 0 0 2 1 40 57 New Hampshire.................. 0 0 0 0 1 1 70 99 Old Dominion .. 0 1 17 27 3 1 143 100 Rhode Island ... 0 1 27 36 1 2 62 74 Villanova........... 0 1 10 31 0 3 26 93 Saturday's Games Delaware 27, Old Dominion 17 Rhode Island 21, Fordham 17 Boston College 45, UMass 17 New Hampshire at Richmond, 3:30 p.m. Penn at Villanova, 7 p.m. Colgate at Towson, 7 p.m. James Madison at William & Mary, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 William & Mary at Villanova, Noon Holy Cross at New Hampshire, Noon Delaware at Maine, 3 p.m. Towson at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. Richmond at James Madison, 3:30 p.m. Rhode Island at Brown, 6 p.m. UMass at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. CONFERENCE USA East Division Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Marshall ........... 1 0 26 20 1 2 46 98 UCF .................. 0 0 0 0 2 2 119 44 East Carolina... 0 0 0 0 0 2 47 73 Southern Miss. 0 1 20 26 2 1 91 49 Memphis .......... 0 1 0 42 1 3 44 154 UAB .................. 0 1 10 49 0 2 10 88 West Division Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA SMU.................. 2 0 70 17 3 1 124 70 Tulsa................. 1 0 31 3 1 2 78 109 Tulane............... 1 1 52 41 2 1 99 74 Houston............ 0 0 0 0 3 0 121 91 Rice................... 0 0 0 0 1 1 33 56 UTEP................ 0 1 17 28 2 1 64 62 Friday's Games BYU 24, UCF 17 Saturday's Games SMU 42, Memphis 0 UAB at East Carolina, 3:30 p.m. Tulane at Duke, 3:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Marshall, 3:30 p.m. Southern Miss. at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. Rice at Baylor, 7 p.m. UTEP at South Florida, 7 p.m. Georgia St. at Houston, 8 p.m. Tulsa at Boise St., 8 p.m. Thursday's Games Houston at UTEP, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Tulane at Army, Noon SMU at TCU, 3:30 p.m. Marshall at Louisville, 3:30 p.m. UAB at Troy, 7 p.m. Memphis at Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m. North Texas at Tulsa, 7 p.m. Rice at Southern Miss., 7:30 p.m. North Carolina at East Carolina, 8 p.m. GREAT WEST CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA S. Utah ............. 0 0 0 0 2 1 108 65 South Dakota .. 0 0 0 0 2 1 98 64 Cal Poly............ 0 0 0 0 1 2 92 100 North Dakota ... 0 0 0 0 1 2 52 71 UC Davis.......... 0 0 0 0 1 2 59 89 Saturday's Games South Dakota at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. Cal Poly at N. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. Black Hills St. at North Dakota, 7 p.m. S. Utah at UNLV, 9 p.m. UC Davis at Hawaii, 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 North Dakota at S. Utah, 3 p.m. Lindenwood at South Dakota, 5 p.m. BIG SKY CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Idaho St............ 1 0 50 20 2 1 115 91 Montana ........... 1 0 17 14 2 1 70 79 Portland St. ...... 1 0 31 29 2 1 96 84 Weber St.......... 1 0 49 17 1 2 98 106 Montana St. ..... 0 0 0 0 2 1 91 48 N. Arizona ........ 0 1 29 31 1 2 97 85 Sacramento St....................... 0 1 17 49 1 2 60 112 E. Washington. 0 1 14 17 0 3 58 77 N. Colorado ..... 0 1 20 50 0 3 54 105 Saturday's Games TCU 55, Portland St. 13 Weber St. at N. Colorado, 3:35 p.m. Idaho St. at N. Arizona, 6:05 p.m. Montana St. at E. Washington, 7:05 p.m. Montana at Sacramento St., 9:05 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 N. Colorado at Montana, 3:05 p.m. Portland St. at Idaho St., 3:30 p.m. Weber St. at E. Washington, 3:35 p.m. Sacramento St. at Montana St., 3:35 p.m. BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Coastal Carolina............ 0 0 0 0 2 1 50 85 Gardner-Webb 0 0 0 0 1 2 42 95 Liberty .............. 0 0 0 0 1 3 107 104 Presbyterian .... 0 0 0 0 1 3 99 181 Stony Brook..... 0 0 0 0 0 3 51 87 Chas. Sou........ 0 0 0 0 0 4 43 194 VMI ................... 0 0 0 0 0 4 60 118 Campbell.......... 0 1 21 57 1 2 111 98 Saturday's Games Lehigh 27, Liberty 24 Jacksonville 57, Campbell 21 Furman 62, Presbyterian 21 Norfolk St. 33, Charleston Southern 3 Akron 36, VMI 13 Coastal Carolina at NC A&T, 4 p.m. Lafayette at Stony Brook, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Wesley at Charleston Southern, 1:30 p.m. Campbell at Drake, 2 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Samford, 3 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan at Liberty, 7 p.m. BIG TEN CONFERENCE Legends Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Michigan........... 0 0 0 0 4 0 128 51 Nebraska ......... 0 0 0 0 3 0 133 74 Iowa .................. 0 0 0 0 3 1 151 95 Michigan St. ..... 0 0 0 0 3 1 130 44 Northwestern... 0 0 0 0 2 1 80 59 Minnesota ........ 0 0 0 0 1 2 67 70 Leaders Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Illinois ............... 0 0 0 0 3 0 106 32 Wisconsin ........ 0 0 0 0 3 0 135 24 Penn St. ........... 0 0 0 0 3 1 100 50 Ohio St. ............ 0 0 0 0 2 1 75 46 Purdue.............. 0 0 0 0 2 1 108 48 Indiana.............. 0 0 0 0 1 2 89 82 Saturday's Games Iowa 45, Louisiana-Monroe 17 Penn St. 34, E. Michigan 6 Michigan 28, San Diego St. 7 Michigan St. 45, Cent. Michigan 7 Colorado at Ohio St., 3:30 p.m. South Dakota at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. W. Michigan at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. Indiana at North Texas, 7 p.m. N. Dakota St. at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Nebraska at Wyoming, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Penn St. at Indiana, Noon Minnesota at Michigan, Noon Northwestern at Illinois, Noon Michigan St. at Ohio St., 3:30 p.m. Notre Dame at Purdue, 8 p.m. Nebraska at Wisconsin, 8 p.m.

F O O T B A L L National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T New England .................... 2 0 0 Buffalo ............................... 2 0 0 N.Y. Jets ........................... 2 0 0 Miami................................. 0 2 0 South W L T Houston ............................ 2 0 0 Jacksonville...................... 1 1 0 Tennessee........................ 1 1 0 Indianapolis ...................... 0 2 0 North W L T Baltimore ............................. 1 1 0 Cincinnati ............................ 1 1 0 Cleveland ............................ 1 1 0 Pittsburgh............................ 1 1 0 West W L T Oakland ............................... 1 1 0 San Diego ........................... 1 1 0 Denver................................. 1 1 0 Kansas City......................... 0 2 0 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Washington ...................... 2 0 0 Dallas ................................ 1 1 0 Philadelphia...................... 1 1 0 N.Y. Giants ....................... 1 1 0 South

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BULLETIN BOARD REGISTRATIONS/TRYOUTS Crestwood Ice Hockey Club is still holding tryouts for their season. The Club has teams in middle school, junior varsity and varsity players in grades 5-12, tryouts will take place in October. Games will be played on weekends. Practices will be held one night each week. This Club is for players who are residents of the Greater Mountaintop area attending Crestwood, St. Jude Christian, MMI, Hazleton or home-schooled. Please contact Coach Paul Eyerman at 570-6501783. Krunch Gold Fastpitch Softball is seeking a left handed slap hitter with great speed for fall 2011 and summer 2012. Prospective player should be a 2012 or later high school graduate with good academic standings and strong outfield skills. If you are looking for college exposure, we are the team to play for in Central, Pa. Very little local play. Team travels to highly attended events in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Philadelphia region. We are also building a guest player list for 2011-2012. If you would like to showcase your skills to college coaches as a Krunch guest player please contact us. Our staff is available for private tryouts by appointment. All inquires will be kept confidential. Contact Coach Steve Mumma at or call 717-542-6578. The Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center is currently accepting registrations for its Pee-Wee Basketball Clinic opened to boys and the girls ages 4-7. The CYC will offer an 8 session clinic, which meets twice weekly for four weeks. The session will take place Monday and Wednesday evening in the CYC gymnasium. The choice of times for the evening sessions are 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. beginning October 3 and concluding October 26. Each session is opened to 25 participants. Pee Wee Basketball gives children the opportunity to learn the basics of the popular sport including shooting, passing and catching the ball, dribbling, and defense. Register today, classes fill quickly. For more information about this clinic, contact Rob at 570-823-6121 ext 278, or stop by 36 South Washington Street, WilkesBarre.

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. W L New Orleans....................... 1 1 Atlanta ................................. 1 1 Tampa Bay .......................... 1 1 Carolina............................... 0 2 North W L Green Bay ......................... 2 0 Detroit................................ 2 0 Chicago............................. 1 1 Minnesota ......................... 0 2 West W L San Francisco..................... 1 1 Arizona ................................ 1 1 St. Louis .............................. 0 2 Seattle.................................. 0 2 Sunday's Games New Orleans 30, Chicago 13 Tennessee 26, Baltimore 13 Tampa Bay 24, Minnesota 20 Detroit 48, Kansas City 3 N.Y. Jets 32, Jacksonville 3 Buffalo 38, Oakland 35 Washington 22, Arizona 21 Pittsburgh 24, Seattle 0 Green Bay 30, Carolina 23 Cleveland 27, Indianapolis 19 Dallas 27, San Francisco 24, OT Denver 24, Cincinnati 22 Houston 23, Miami 13 New England 35, San Diego 21 Atlanta 35, Philadelphia 31 Monday's Game N.Y. Giants 28, St. Louis 16

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B O X I N G Fight Schedule Sept. 25 At Krasnodar, Russia, Dmitry Pirog vs. Gennady Martirosyan, 12, for Pirog’s WBO middleweight title;Khabib Allakhverdiev vs. Nate Campbel, 10, junior welterweights. Sept. 30 At The Hangar, Costa Mesa, Calif., Luis Ramos vs. David Rodela, 10, junior welterweights. At Santa Ynez, Calif. (SHO), Ajose Olusegun vs. Ali Chebah, 12, WBC junior welterweight eliminator. Oct. 1 At Neubrandenburg, Germany, Steve Cunningham vs. Yoan Pablo Hernandez, 12, for Cunningham’s IBF cruiserweight title;Sebastian Sylvester vs. Grzegorz Proksa, 12, for vacant European middleweight title;Karo Murat vs. Gabriel Campillo, 12, light heavyweights. At Atlantic City, N.J. (HBO), Sergio Martinez vs. Darren Barker, 12, middleweights;Brian Vera vs. Andy Lee, 10, middleweights. At MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez, 12, for Nishioka’s WBC junior featherweight title;Roman Gonzalez vs. Omar Soto, 12, for Gonzalez’s WBA World light flyweight title;Jesus Soto Karass vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai, 10, welterweights. Oct. 6 At Chicago, Roman Karmazin vs. Osumanu Adama, 12, IBF middleweight title eliminator. Oct. 7 At Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas (HBO), Sharif Bogere vs. Francisco Contreras, 10 for Bogere’s NABO lightweight title. Oct. 8 At Bacolod City, Philippines, Ramon Garcia Hirales vs. Donnie Nietes, 12, for Hirales’ WBO junior flyweight title. At Sheffield, England, Kell Brook vs. Rafal Jackiewicz, 12, WBA welterweight title eliminator. Oct. 14 At Cagliari, Italy, Moruti Mthalane vs. Andrea Sarritzu, 12, for Mthalane’s IBF flyweight title. At Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jonathan Barros vs. Celestino Caballero, 12, for Barros’ WBA World featherweight title. Oct. 15 At Almaty, Kazakhstan, Gennady Golovkin vs. Lajuan Simon, 12, for Golovkin’s WBA World middleweight title. At Liverpool, England, Nathan Cleverly vs. Tony Bellew, 12, for Cleverly’s WBO light heavyweight title;Piotr Wilczewski vs. James DeGale, 12, for Wilczewski’s European super middleweight title. At Staples Center, Los Angeles (PPV), Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson, 12, for Hopkins’ WBC light heavyweight title;Antonio DeMarco vs. Jorge Linares, 12, for the vacant WBC lightweight title;Kendall Holt vs. Danny Garcia, 12, for the vacant WBO-NABO junior welterweight title;Paulie Malignaggi vs. Orlando Lora, 10, welterweights. Oct. 19 At Newcastle, Australia, Anthony Mundine vs. Rigoberto Alvarez, 12, for the interim WBA World light middleweight title. Oct. 22 At the Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York (HBO), Nonito Donaire vs. Omar Narvaez, 12, for Donaire’s WBC-WBO bantamweight titles. At Panama City, Panama, Alberto Mosquera, vs. Brunet Zamora, 12, for the interim WBA World light welterweight title.














Protected by Felder, Paterno returns to sideline By DEREK LEVARSE

PENN ST. 34, E. MICHIGAN 6 E. Michigan ......................... 0 0 0 6 — 6 Penn St. .............................. 3 14 14 3 — 34 EMU PSU First downs ........................... 16 22 Rushes-yards ....................... 43-68 25-104 Passing.................................. 202 364 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 18-31-1 23-35-1 Return Yards ........................ 22 25 Punts-Avg. ............................ 5-46.6 3-51.7 Fumbles-Lost........................ 2-2 3-2 Penalties-Yards.................... 5-42 4-20 Time of Possession ............. 34:43 25:17 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—E. Michigan, Greene 9-22, Gillett 15-22, White 10-18, Brumfield 5-9, Allen 2-0, Team 2-(minus 3). Penn St., Redd 12-48, Dukes 3-29, Day 4-18, Zwinak 2-6, Dupree 1-5, Byers 1-1, McGloin 1-(minus 1), Drake 1-(minus 2). PASSING—E. Michigan, Gillett 18-31-1-202. Penn St., McGloin 14-17-0-220, Bolden 7-13-1-115, McGregor 1-4-0-12, Venuto 1-1-0-17. RECEIVING—E. Michigan, Olds 4-49, Hoskins 4-44, Reed 4-19, Hunter 2-15, Fleming 1-26, Brumfield 1-22, K.Thomas 1-20, Welch 1-7. Penn St., Moye 6-65, De.Smith 3-104, Brown 3-28, Suhey 2-32, Kersey 1-41, Redd 1-18, Drake 1-17, Dukes 1-17, Kuntz 1-17, Scherer 1-12, Szczerba 1-8, Zordich 1-5, Belton 1-0.


STATE COLLEGE -- Two NOTEBOOK new seats appeared on the home sideline before Saturday’s I’m gonna go upstairs.’ “ game, one planted right at the The main concern for Pa50-yard line. A wooden stool showed up at terno has been his lack of mobility. Doctors have told him midfield and a golf cart wasn’t they are worried about his far away, both signs that Joe ability to get out of the way of Paterno would be returning to plays that end in front of the the field. Backup plans, if you Lions sideline. will, for an ailing hip. As a precaution, Paterno was The joke before the game was kept back a few yards back from that the Penn State coach where he would typically stand. would rotate his seats like his Graduate assistant Gus Felder -quarterbacks -- a few drives formerly a pass protector at with one, then a few with the Berwick High School and Penn other. State -- spent much of the game But when Paterno reclaimed near Paterno keeping an eye his familiar spot on the home out for traffic. sideline at Beaver Stadium, he “I think each week I’ll do a used no chair and he used no little bit more,” Paterno said. “It cane. just hurts. I’m not as tough as I The 84-year-old coach made used to be -- not that I was ever his first appearance on the field tough.” during a game this season as he continues to recover from a hip A new leg up injury suffered in August. He Though he said earlier in the remained there for the first half week he was reluctant to make before relenting and heading up personnel changes following a to the coaches’ booth -- where narrow win at Temple, Paterno he spent all of the Nittany Liended up making a switch at ons’ first three games this year placekicker Saturday. -- for the second half. With the Lions a miserable “I’m trying to get away with1-for-6 on field goals after three out taking pain pills and trying games, Paterno made the call to to do things without the cane,” go sophomore Anthony Fera, Paterno said. “I’m trying to do a who also handled punting and little bit on my own. I don’t kickoff duties. want to have something supIt was a very rare occurrence porting me. for Paterno and the Lions. The “I felt great until about four last Penn State player to serve or five minutes to go in the first as punter and placekicker fullhalf, and then I just could hard- time was Chris Bahr in 1975. ly move. But obviously I had to Fera hit his first career atmove. When we got ahead and tempt, converting from 29 it looked like we were OK, I just yards out in the first quarter. decided, ‘Hey, this is foolish, so True freshman Sam Ficken also


Penn State head coach Joe Paterno watches pre-game warmups before a game against Eastern Michigan in State College on Saturday.

earned his first career make with a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter. Fera took over for walk-on Evan Lewis, a converted receiver/defensive back, who was 1-for-5 on the season, hitting only a 43-yarder against Alabama. Ficken had the Lions’ other attempt, a 49-yard try that was blocked against Temple. “We’ve just gotta keep plugging away and try to get those kids a little bit more confidence in themselves,” Paterno said. “We spent an awful lot of time on the kicking game this past week. I thought we were better. We still weren’t where I’d like us to be, but I thought we were

improve our offense this season.” Milestones Devon Smith had his first Senior captain Derek Moye career 100-yard receiving game, had six catches for 65 yards and finishing with 104 yards, intwo touchdowns, and continued cluding a 71-yard swing pass his rise in the Penn State record that he turned into a touchbooks. down. Moye became the sixth playTrue freshman receiver Bill er in Penn State history to top Belton came up with his first 2,000 career receiving yards, career catch. He’s still looking and his 2,026 total puts him for his first career yard. A bubthird all-time behind Bobby ble screen to the shifty rookie Engram and Deon Butler. was sniffed out by the Eagles The two scores put him for no gain. fourth all-time with 17 career Walk-on quarterbacks Shane receiving touchdowns. McGregor and Garrett Venuto “I feel honored to be on the both got in the game in the list,” Moye said. “At the same fourth quarter and completed time, I’m just worried about trying to get wins and trying to their first career passes.


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terno and defensive coordinator Tom Bradley both said they expect their leading tackler to be gone for the rest of the year. Certainly Mauti had an idea of what had happened to him when he went to make a cut, only to have his left knee give out from under him on a play at the end of the first quarter. Mauti had torn the ACL in his right knee during a preseason scrimmage in August 2009, knocking him out for that entire year. “I was watching him that play and there was no contact or anything -- just him going down,” said senior Nate Stupar, who replaced Mauti at the strongside position. “He just went, and when the ball cut back, something happened to his knee. He just fell over. “My prayers are out to him and I hope he gets better quick.” While Mauti’s injury initially looked innocent -- Bradley said he thought his top linebacker just had the wind knocked out of him -- and then turned serious, Lynn’s situation was the opposite. Beaver Stadium went silent after Lynn appeared to hit the crown of his helmet into the helmet of teammate Nick Sukay in the third quarter. Lynn crashed to the grass, where he laid face down as doctors and emergency personnel rushed out to him. But the news after the game was positive for Lynn, who was released from the hospital after doctors examined his neck and spinal column to determine there was no serious damage. Bradley said Lynn “had burners down his arms” -- an injury also known as a “stinger,” characterized by a shooting pain followed by temporary numbness. “I’ve been here awhile, and when they take your guy out on the board, it’s tough,” Bradley said. “It’s a tough day.” “It brings backs some bad memories there. He was just breathing so heavy, I got nervous, y’know? I don’t know if he was just scared -- I guess you would be too if they put you on a board, they wrapped you up and cut your (face) mask off. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.” With Lynn out of the game, Chaz Powell, Stephon Morris and true freshman Adrian Amos rotated as the first-team corners. The injuries dwarfed some improvements the Lions (3-1) were able to make on offense. Matt McGloin (14-for-17, 220


Eastern Michigan quarterback Alex Gillett, center, is stopped on a scramble to inside the 5-yard line by Penn State safety Drew Astorino (28) and linebacker Mike Stupar (34) in the fourth quarter Saturday in State College.

Penn St. receiver Shawney Kersey (81) hauls in a 45-yard pass behind Eastern Michigan’s Marlon Pollard (4) on Saturday.

yards, 3 TDs) finally snapped the team’s slump of 13 quarters without a passing touchdown, hitting fullback Joe Suhey for a 27-yard score in the second quarter. It was the team’s first passing touchdown since the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. McGloin later hooked up with Derek Moye for scoring strikes of 5 and 20 yards. “I think it’s just a matter of getting more comfortable in there,”

A team trainer falls out of a vehicle carrying Penn State cornerback D’Anton Lynn (8) off the field after he was injured during the third quarter Saturday against Eastern Michigan in State College.

McGloin said. “Obviously you’d still want there to be one guy (running the offense), but it’s the coaches’ call.” Bolden (7-of-13, 115 yards, TD, INT) threw for his first score since Oct. 23, 2010, when he hit Devon Smith on a swing pass

that went 71 yards to pay dirt. For now, the quarterback drama takes a backseat as the Lions try to move on from an emotionally draining day. “There’s a lot of ways to handle adversity,” Paterno said. “You can feel sorry for yourself, or it

can bind you together. And a couple of guys can rise to the occasion and say, ’Hey, we don’t have this guy, we don’t have that guy. I’ve gotta do a little bit more. I’ve gotta be a little bit better.’ “Hopefully we’ll have some guys who will do that.”

FIRST QUARTER PSU -- Anthony Fera 29-yard field goal, 4:18. Drive: 7 plays, 45 yards, 4:11. Comment: Eric Latimore strips Eagles quarterback Alex Gillett at the Penn State 44 and Jack Crawford recovers the fumble. Then we see some history. No, not that the Nittany Lions successfully kicked a field goal -- though the make “improved” them to 2-for-7 on the year -- but the kick gave Fera a rare trifecta. The sophomore became the first Penn State player since Chris Bahr in 1975 to handle field goal, punting and kickoff duties at the same time. It’s not a long field goal by any means, but Penn State will take anything it can get at this point. PENN STATE 3, EASTERN MICHIGAN 0. SECOND QUARTER PSU -- Joe Suhey 27-yard pass from Matt McGloin (Fera kick), 8:19. Drive: 5 plays, 63 yards, 2:20. Comment: And some more history. Sort of. In the 14th quarter of the 2011 season, Penn State finally throws a touchdown pass. On his first drive of the game, McGloin sells a nice fake and has all the time in the world to measure up wide-open fullback Suhey on a delayed wheel route for an easy pitch and catch down the left sideline. It’s the Lions’ first passing touchdown since Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl against Florida. PSU 10, EMU 0.PSU -- Derek Moye 5-yard pass from McGloin (Fera kick), 0:56. Drive: 5 plays, 31 yards, 0:47. Comment: Three straight drives end in turnovers to change the pace of the game. Penn State’s Glenn Carson recovers an errant lateral and the Lions are inches away from converting it into another touchdown. McGloin hits Michael Zordich in the flat for a sure score, but the Eagles jar the ball loose just before the goal line and it bounces through the end zone for a touchback. Eastern reciprocates by throwing an interception to Nick Sukay, which sets up McGloin’s quick slant over the middle to Moye. The senior wideout goes over 2,000 career receiving yards on the play. PSU 17, EMU 0. THIRD QUARTER PSU -- Devon Smith 71-yard pass from Rob Bolden (Fera kick), 13:59. Drive: 3 plays, 76 yards, 0:55. Comment: Despite McGloin’s impressive second quarter, the rotation continues with Bolden taking back over to start the second half. For once, a play designed for the kid they call “Moo-Moo” works to perfection as Smith is wide open on a swing to the right. He uses his sprinter’s speed to fly untouched down the right sideline for a third (third?) passing score of the game for Penn State. Credit Moye with a huge block to spring Smith for the final 40 yards or so. It was Bolden’s first passing score since Oct. 23, 2010, against Minnesota -- the same game he suffered a concussion that knocked him out of the starting job. PSU 24, EMU 0.PSU -Moye 20-yard pass from McGloin (Fera kick), 2:27. Drive: 10 plays, 87 yards, 4:22. Comment: Both quarterbacks continue to make their case for the starting job headed into next week’s Big Ten opener at Indiana. After a shaky start to the drive, McGloin settles things down and the Lions turn in their best drive of the game. This one is capped off with McGloin’s second scoring strike to Moye, who creates separation in the back corner of the end zone for the touchdown. Moye moves into third place all-time on Penn State’s career receiving yards list behind Bobby Engram and Deon Butler. PSU 31, EMU 0. FOURTH QUARTER EMU -- Kody Fulkerson 21-yard field goal, 11:50. Drive: 6 plays 17 yards, 3:04. Comment: Bolden back in the game has a pass tipped in the air and picked off by defensive end Brad Ohrman deep in Penn State territory. The Eagles can’t do much with the opportunity despite driving inside the Lions’ 10 and Drew Astorino hammers a scrambling Alex Gillett well short of the goal line to force the field goal attempt. The shutout is over, but the defense still does its job on the series. PSU 31, EMU 3.PSU -- Sam Ficken 43-yard field goal, 8:32. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 3:11. Comment: It’s officially garbage time as Shane McGregor takes over at quarterback with fellow walk-on Derek Day in the backfield. McGregor completes his first career pass for 12 yards to Ryan Scherer. Though Fera could probably still use the field goal practice, it’s the true freshman Ficken who connects for his first made field goal. PSU 34, EMU 3. EMU -- Fulkerson 22-yard field goal, 3:04. Drive: 17 plays, 72 yards, 5:22. Comment: Not much to say here. The Eagles mercifully chew up clock against the Lions reserves on defense but still can’t find the end zone. Mike Wallace breaks up a touchdown pass and Eastern decides just to take the points. PSU 34, EMU 6. PLAY OF THE GAME A depressing first quarter saw Penn State score just three points against an overmatched opponent and then lose top linebacker Michael Mauti to a torn ACL. Finally it was Matt McGloin who got the offense in gear, moving the ball well on his first drive in the game in the second quarter. A well-executed play has the Scranton signal-caller connect with fullback Joe Suhey for a 27-yard touchdown, finally snapping the Lions’ passing TD drought at 14 quarters.




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Seminoles toppled by Clemson By The Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. — Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as No. 21 Clemson opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 35-30 victory over No. 11 Florida State on Saturday. Boyd threw for 344 yards for the Tigers, who reached 4-0 for the first time since 2007. Freshman Sammy Watkins had two of Boyd’s scoring passes for 24 and 62 yards as Clemson beat the Seminoles (2-2, 0-1) for the fifth straight time in Death Valley. Watkins finished with eight catches for 141 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game. Florida State played without starting quarterback EJ Manuel, hurt in last week’s 23-13 loss to top-ranked Oklahoma. Backup Clint Trickett kept the Seminoles in this, though, with 336 yards and three touchdown passes. His 9-yard touchdown throw to Kenny Shaw brought Florida State to 35-30 with 7:21 to go. The Seminoles had one final chance, but Trickett was sacked by lineman Rennie Moore on fourth down and the Tigers ran out the clock. No. 3 Alabama 38, No. 14 Arkansas 14 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Crimson Tide scored on special teams, defense and using the old-fashioned power run to emphatically win the SEC West showdown. AJ McCarron completed 15 of 20 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns, including a 37yard TD pass to Michael Williams on a fake field goal for the Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). Marquis Maze scored on an 83-yard punt return and DeQuan Menzie returned an interception 25 yards for another score. Tyler Wilson sat out most of the fourth quarter after completing 22 of 35 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns for Arkansas (3-1, 0-1). No. 7 Oklahoma St. 30, No. 8 Texas A&M 29 COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Brandon Weeden threw for a school-record 438 yards and two scores and Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper combined for 244 yards receiving as No. 7 Oklahoma State rallied for a 30-29 win over No. 8 Texas A&M on Saturday. The Aggies built a 20-3 halftime lead before the Cowboys (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) took advantage of three Texas A&M turnovers and numerous penalties to reel off 27 straight points to take a 30-20 lead. No. 9 Nebraska 38, Wyoming 14 LARAMIE, Wyo. — Rex Burkhead rushed for two touchdowns and a career-high 170 yards, Taylor Martinez threw for 157 yards and a score to lead No. 9 Nebraska to an easy 38-14 win over Wyoming on Saturday night. The Huskers (4-0) rolled up 490 yards total offense, including 333 on the ground, in their first road game of the season and last game before their highly anticipated Big Ten

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and need to make sure that I’m putting the ball on people, and if they’re not open I have to throw it away.” Ray Graham ran for 89 yards and added 43 yards receiving for Pitt, but the Panthers could do little else. Sunseri, who has struggled getting the ball downfield, didn’t complete a pass longer than 18 yards. “We had too many negative plays,” Pittsburgh coach Todd Graham said. Too many to beat the Irish (2-2) and quell talk about the program’s announced move from the Big East to the ACC being a distraction. Graham called the move to the ACC “a step up” and believes the


Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (16) tries to avoid a tackle by San Diego State defensive back Larry Parker (29) on Saturday.

Robinson runs wild as Wolverines romp By The Associated Press


Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen rushes ahead of a Florida Staet defenders converting a critical third down play in the fourth quarter Saturday in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 35-30.

opener at Wisconsin next weekend.

advantage of two turnovers by Kentucky (2-2, 0-1).

No. 12 South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 3 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Marcus Lattimore scored two touchdowns and had 150 total yards from scrimmage to lead No. 12 South Carolina to a 21-3 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night. The Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won on defense, holding the Commodores (3-1, 1-1) to 77 yards.

No. 17 Baylor 56, Rice 31 WACO, Texas — Robert Griffin III continued his incredible feat of throwing more touchdown passes than incompletions, tossing for five scores and running for another to lead No. 17 Baylor to a 56-31 victory over Rice on Saturday night. Griffin was 29 of 33 for 338 yards, upping his season totals to 13 touchdowns and 12 incompletions. He came into the game leading the nation in passing efficiency and third in total yards.

No. 13 Virginia Tech 30, Marshall 10 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — David Wilson rushed for 132 yards, Josh Oglesby scored two touchdowns and Virginia Tech won its final tuneup before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play against Clemson. It was another lackluster win over an opponent from a nonBCS conference for the Hokies, who are off to their first 4-0 start since 2006. No. 15 Florida 48, Kentucky 10 LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jeff Demps ran 10 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns as No. 15 Florida routed Kentucky 48-10 on Saturday night for the Gators’ 25th straight win in the series. Florida (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) scored three touchdowns in a 4:31 span during the first quarter, taking Panthers can be competitive the moment they arrive. Good thing they have three seasons to iron out the kinks. Graham has spent the last nine months putting Pitt through an intense makeover. He preaches speed and precision. The Panthers lacked both at critical times against the Irish. “We know that we left some plays out there, and we can’t continue to do that,” said wide receiver Mike Shanahan. “We need to convert all the situations when we get a chance in the red zone, shortyardage, things like that. We need to finish these games.” Pitt won’t have a lot of time to figure it out. The Panthers open the Big East portion of their schedule on Thursday against No. 18 South Florida. “We still can win the conference and go to a BCS bowl game, and that’s been our goal from the be-

No. 18 South Florida 52, UTEP 24 TAMPA, Fla. — B.J. Daniels threw for 202 yards and ran for 130 more, leading No. 18 South Florida to a 52-24 victory over UTEP on Saturday night. Daniels scored on a 71-yard run on the Bulls’ second offensive play and threw touchdown passes of 54 and 18 yards to Lindsey Lamar in the second half. No. 20 TCU 55, Portland State 13 FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU scored three touchdowns in a span of 1:18 just before halftime and Waymon James ran 65 yards for a score on the first play of the second half as the Horned Frogs won easily. The Horned Frogs (3-1) ex-

tended a school record with their 22nd consecutive win at home. But they were still tied 3-3 with the lower-division FCS team until finally busting loose just before halftime. No. 25 Georgia Tech 35, North Carolina 28 ATLANTA — Tevin Washington threw a long touchdown pass and ran for two scores, including a 5-yarder that gave Georgia Tech a 4-0 start. The Tar Heels (3-1, 1-1 ACC) fought back from a 28-14 deficit, tying the game on freshman Giovani Bernard’s 55-yard run with 7:22 left. Georgia Tech (4-0, 1-0) needed only four plays to respond. Temple 38, Maryland 7 COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Bernard Pierce set a school record with five rushing touchdowns, and Temple built a 31-point halftime lead in a stunning rout of Maryland. One week after coming agonizingly close to snapping a 28-game skid against Penn State, Temple (3-1) defeated Maryland (1-2) for the first time. Syracuse 33, Toledo 30, OT SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse cornerback Kevyn Scott made an interception in the end zone on the first play of overtime, Ross Krautman kicked four field goals, including the 27yard winner, and the Orange held off Toledo.


Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri, left, throws an incomplete pass under pressure from Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.

ginning,” Shanahan said. A victory over the Irish certainly would have helped the resume though. Pitt appeared to be on the verge

through three quarters, shutting down Notre Dame’s high-powered offense and forcing a pair of key turnovers. “I’m not saying they’re not a

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Denard Robinson ran for three scores in the first half to give No. 22 Michigan a three-touchdown lead and finished with a season-high 200 yards rushing, helping the Wolverines beat San Diego State 28-7. The Wolverines (4-0) sputtered Saturday on offense after halftime because Robinson struggled in the passing game. Michigan was fortunate Ryan Lindley couldn’t hit open Aztecs. After Lindley missed a teammate on fourth down midway through the fourth quarter, Robinson’s 30-yard sprint set up Vincent Smith’s 7-yard run to give Michigan a 28-7 lead. No. 6 Wisconsin 59, South Dakota 10 MADISON, Wis. — Nick Toon had a career-high 155 yards receiving and two touchdowns, helping No. 6 Wisconsin rout South Dakota at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin (4-0) recovered from a slow start to take control of the game with a 21-point outburst in the final six minutes of the second quarter. Russell Wilson had another big day for the Badgers, completing 19 of 25 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns before taking a seat in the fourth quarter. No. 24 Illinois 23, W. Mich. 20 CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Troy Pollard carried the ball for a career-high 133 yards and No. 24 needed all three of Derek Dimke’s field goals to survive Western Michigan. The Illini trailed at the half 13-10 and the game was tied 20-20 with less than nine minutes to play. Booing Illini fans recalled a 23-17 loss to the Broncos (2-2) the last time the teams met in 2008.

yards and a TD and also had a 90-yard kickoff return to set up another score for the Buckeyes (3-1), who lost 24-6 last week at Miami to drop out of the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in almost seven years. Iowa 45, Louisiana-Monroe 17 IOWA CITY, Iowa — James Vandenberg threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa cruised past Louisiana-Monroe. Marcus Coker added 113 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns for the Hawkeyes (3-1), who raced out to a 28-3 halftime lead on the strength of a revitalized passing attack in their final tuneup before the start of Big Ten play. Michigan State 45, Central Michigan 7 EAST LANSING, Mich. — Le’Veon Bell ran for 81 yards and three touchdowns — all in the first half — to lead Michigan State over in-state rival Central Michigan. The Spartans (3-1) bounced back from last weekend’s loss at Notre Dame, taking advantage of four Central Michigan turnovers. Isaiah Lewis returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown, helping Michigan State race to a 31-0 halftime lead. North Texas 24, Indiana 21 DENTON, Texas — Lance Dunbar made up for two lost fumbles in the first quarter by gaining 279 all-purpose yards, Derek Thompson threw three touchdown passes and Dan McCarney earned his first victory at North Texas as the Mean Green defeated Indiana 24-21 Saturday night.

Ohio State 37, Colorado 17 COLUMBUS, Ohio — In his first college start, Braxton Miller tossed two touchdown passes to Devin Smith as Ohio State rebounded for a victory over error-prone Colorado, extending the Buffaloes’ school-record road losing skid to 19. Jordan Hall rushed for 84

North Dakota State 37, Minnesota 24 MINNEAPOLIS — Marcus Williams had two defensive touchdowns for North Dakota State on Saturday to help the Bison pull off another FCS team upset of Minnesota, 37-24. Williams, a sophomore cornerback who played at Hopkins High School in the Twin Cities — one of the dozens of Minnesotans on NDSU’s roster — returned an interception of Max Shortell’s late heave 40 yards for a touchdown to seal the game.

good team, because they are,” Pitt defensive tackle Chas Alecxih said. “However, we hammered them pretty good on defense, for the most part.” Just not when it really mattered. Rees went 8 for 8 on the gamewinning drive, keeping his wits about him after taking a beating through three quarters. Pitt did an excellent job bottling up Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, who was held to four catches, but Rees made the Panthers pay by spreading the ball around. “You’ve just got to make the right decisions,” Rees said. “We did some good things getting the ball underneath and just kind of chipping away at their defense.” Rees finished 24 of 41 for 216 yards. Jonas Gray scored on a 79yard touchdown run for Notre Dame. “They broke that long run and

that kills us,” Alecxih said. “Other than that, we played our butts off on defense. So, this one hurts as much as anything.” Pitt had one last chance after Eifert’s score and 2-point conversion. The Panthers moved quickly to the Notre Dame 40 before going backward. Aaron Lynch sacked Sunseri on first down and Prince Shembo racked up Notre Dame’s fifth and final sack on third down, setting the Panthers up with a fourthand-26. No chance. Sunseri’s pass to Shanahan was incomplete and Rees came on to lead the Irish to one more first down and run out the clock. “We’ve lost two close games back-to-back,” Graham said. “I’ve got all the confidence in the world. Our focus is to go to work and figure out a way to beat South Florida and be1-0 in the Big East.”













Training centers take on new look The Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Olympic Training Center, long idealized as the American athlete’s home base in the quest for Olympic glory, is turning into a for-profit operation, offering space for corporate outings, swim clubs and other outsiders in an attempt to recoup some of the $21 million a year spent on the facilities. The U.S. Olympic Committee runs three official Olympic Training Centers — in Colorado Springs, Lake Placid, N.Y., and Chula Vista, Calif. Rulon Gardner has worked out there. So have Michael Phelps and Apolo Anton Ohno. But as time has passed, fewer elite athletes have been full-time residents at the OTCs. Members of the women’s gymnastics team, for instance, train in gyms across the country, then use Bela Karolyi’s ranch in Texas as their base. Canoe and kayak has a training center in Oklahoma City. And most track and field athletes work out with their coaches at tracks across the country.

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broken up by Mike Stankoski. A pass interference call gave Dallas an untimed play, but Houseman broke up the pass allowing the teams to go to the locker room knotted at 7. Neither team was able to score in the third quarter. It would be the Patriots (2-2) who found the end zone first in the fourth quarter after a Tyler Roman interception gave them the ball on the Dallas 25. Wilk took advantage of the turnover by going 13 yards into the end zone. Pittston Area’s lead was 14-7 with 10:47 remaining. Just as they did after Pittston Area first scored, Dallas again answered in an expeditious fashion. It took just two minutes for the Mountaineers to knot the game at 14 on a 7-yard Zapoticky to Don Behm touchdown connection. Dallas then took a 21-14 lead later in the final quarter. Zapoticky found Brett Wanek for a 31yard touchdown with just 50 seconds remaining in the game. Dallas 21, Pittston Area 14 Dallas....................................... 0 7 0 14 — 21 Pittston Area........................... 0 7 0 7 — 14 Second Quarter PA – Houseman 20 pass from Schwab (Musto kick), 8:57 D – Rogers 5 run (Napkora kick), 6:24 Fourth Quarter PA – Wilk 13 run (Musto kick), 10:47 D – Behm 7 pass from Zapoticky, (Napkora kick) D – Wanek 31 pass from Zapoticky (Napkora kick), :50 Team Statistics Dallas Pitt Area First downs ............................ 12 10 Rushes-yards........................ 26-121 33-117 Passing .................................. 111 82 Total Yards ............................ 232 199 Comp-Att-Int.......................... 8-12-1 11-25-1 Sacked-Yards Lost............... 0-0 1-3 Punts-Avg. ............................. 6-37 8-35 Fumbles-Lost ........................ 2-0 1-0 Penalties-Yards .................... 4-25 5-40 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – DAL, Roccograndi 17-67, Zapoticky 6-51, Rogers 1-5, Wanek 2(-2); PA, Romanczuk 1453, Wilk 9-38, Gattuso 6-16, Giambra 2-10, Houseman 2-3, Schwab 2-2. PASSING – DAL, Zapoticky 11-25-1-111; PA, Schwab 8-12-1-82. RECEIVING – DAL, Dunn 5-73, Roccograndi 314, Simonovitch 2-17, Behm 1-7; PA, Sterinski 4-38, Houseman 2-28, Delaney 1-6, Chisdock 1-10. INTS – DAL, Simonovitch; PA, Roman. MISSED FGS – None.


Wilkes’ Joshua Haag (68) and Ben Webb (51) celebrate a touchdown by Todd Eagles (10) on Saturday against Widener.

By George, Colonels take home opener Sophomore quarterback rushes for three touchdowns and throws for two more in win. By DAVE ROSENGRANT FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER

King’s quarterback Joe Kirchon gets tackled by Albright defenders on a quarterback draw Saturday at McCarthy Stadium in Wilkes-Barre Twp.

Lions pile up points again Albright scores 122 points in victories over King’s and Wilkes in the last eight days.

By JAY MONAHAN For The Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Albright could get used to putting up points on the Wilkes-Barre schools. A week after breaking school records in a 65-26 drubbing of Wilkes, the Lions offense was at it again, wearing down and dismantling a King’s defense that allowed 533 total yards. Albright delivered the Monarchs their first loss in MAC play with a 57-17 victory at McCarthy Stadium. The Lions (4-0 overall, 2-0 MAC) scored 29 consecutive points to close out the game. King’s pulled in to within 11 before the Lions’ running game – held to just 52 yards in the first half – began clicking. “They wore us out,” King’s head coach Jeff Knarr said. “They knew they were bigger and older than us. That’s a senior-laden football team, and they took advantage of a young football team.” Down 28-10 at the half, the Monarchs opened the third quarter with two long passes to Jay Torres. But King’s running back Eric Ofcharsky fumbled the ball, unforced, near the goal line. The Lions’ David Wenn picked up the fumble. King’s forced Albright’s only punt of the game and marched down the field to allow Ofcharsky to punch in a redeeming 2-





yard touchdown run, closing the gap to 28-17. Penalties were a continuing theme for the Monarchs. King’s was penalized 11 times for 105 yards. “The bottom line is that we have to play cleaner football and not get killed on penalties,” Knarr said. “Offensively, it kills drives. Defensively, it kept Albright with the ball, and they’re too good of a football program to have the amount of penalties we had. “We can’t be our worst enemy.” King’s (1-2 overall, 1-1 MAC) missed out on a huge opportunity in the first quarter while trailing 14-3. An Albright defender roughed punter Mike Lloyd, and the Monarchs recovered a fumble on the return at the 15. A King’s penalty for catching interference gave each team a flag on the play, forcing the Monarchs to replay the down. Torres posted a productive day from the wideout spot, frustrating the Lions’ secondary for much of the first three quarters. Torres caught six passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. Five of Torres’ six catches were for 20 yards or more, including a 53yard grab in the third quarter. Quarterback Joe Kirchon

connected on 17-of-30 passes for 290 yards and a touchdown. King’s scored its first touchdown in the second quarter when Kirchon found Torres on a post pattern for 22 yards to make it a 21-10 game. “We gave up a lot of big plays in the passing game,” Albright head coach John Marzka said. “There were too many times, especially in the first half, where we let them throw the ball deep on us.” Albright converted 10-of-12 third downs. In contrast, King’s went 5-for-13 on third downs. Albright 57, King's 17 Albright........................... 14 14 7 22 — 57 King’s.............................. 3 7 7 0 — 17 First Quarter ALB – Holmes 9 from Galczynski (Loiodice kick), 10:12 KC – Lloyd 34 field goal, 3:31 ALB – Pillar 54 pass from Galczynski (Loiodice kick), 2:32 Second Quarter ALB – Luddy 10 run (Loiodice kick), 9:06 KC – Torres 22 pass from Kirchon (Lloyd kick), 4:47 ALB – Pillar 3 pass from Galczynski (Loiodice kick), 0:41 Third Quarter KC – Ofcharsky 2 run (Lloyd kick), 8:11 ALB – Reinhardt 10 run (Loiodice kick), 2:27 Fourth Quarter ALB – Pillar 8 pass from Luddy (Loiodice kick), 11:31 ALB – Safety (ball out of end zone), 9:20 ALB – Groff 53 run (kick failed), 9:00 ALB – Peterson 78 run (Murray kick), 5:48 Team Statistics Albright King's First downs ....................... 26 18 Rushes-yards................... 39-220 25-63 Passing.............................. 313 303 Total Yards ....................... 533 366 Comp-Att-Int ..................... 22-28-0 19-36-2 Sacks-Yards Lost ............ 1-9 0-0 Punts-Avg. ........................ 1-50 3-123 Fumbles-Lost ................... 1-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards ............... 6-52 11-105 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – ALB: Groff 7-78, Reinhardt 1052, Holmes 9-28, Shackleford 4-23, Brickhouse 2-14, Galczynski 3-10, Luddy 2-10, Devine 1-7, Team 1-(minus-1); KC: Ofcharsky 15-48, McGrath 1-10, Kirchon 3-8, Haddock 1-7, Daly 2-3, Spencer 1-2, Torres 1-(minus-3), Team 1(minus-12) PASSING – ALB: Galczynski 11-16-0-180, Luddy 10-11-116, Eldridge 1-1-0-17; KC: Kirchon 17-30-1-290, Daly 2-5-1-13, Team 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING – ALB: Pillar 8-157, Shilko 4-39, Bakala 3-30, Holmes 3-29, McNair 2-39, Cieniewicz 2-19; KC: Torres 6-173, Armellino 4-43, Ford 3-38, Haddock 3-18, Ofcharsky 1-20, Mitchell 1-6, Greene 1-5. INTERCEPTIONS – ALB: Peterson 2-78 MISSED FIELD GOALS – None

EDWARDSVILLE – Alex George split time as Wilkes’ quarterback last year and didn’t begin taking snaps regularly until midway through the season. It’s a much different scenario for the sophomore this time around as he began the season as the starter and has been taking the majority of the snaps for the Colonels since fellow QB Tyler Bernsten returned from an injury. He may have solidified himself as the starter for the team going forward after Saturday’s performance. George had a part in all five of his team’s touchdowns, throwing for a pair and rushing for three more as the Colonels defeated Widener 35-27 at newly-named Schmidt Stadium. George threw for 176 yards and picked up 98 more on the ground. While coach Frank Sheptock said that Bernsten will still get worked into the system, he was only in the game for a handful of snaps and didn’t attempt a pass. The Colonels (1-2, 1-1 MAC) picked up their first win of the season during their first home contest of the campaign as they celebrated homecoming. Wilkes also dealt the Pride (3-1, 1-1) their first setback of the season. “We feel like we’ve had that in us the last few weeks,” George said about his team’s performance. “We’ve done some things that have cost us some plays but it’s an overall great performance on offense.” Sheptock was looking for something positive from his team after it gave up a dreadful 65 points a week ago to Albright. He was encouraged by the way his team responded. And while the defense gave up 441 yards, it capitalized by gaining five turnovers and could have had two more on potential interceptions that were dropped. “I’ve had a lot of great wins here and a lot of things that I’m very proud of in this program,





and this is one of my finest days,” Sheptock said. “With what happened last week and how this team responded. Not so much that we won the game, but how they played the game and the leadership that our captains took. We really grew up a lot this week and if we can take that maybe we can go on a nice run here.” George led the Colonels to their first score on their second possession when they got a break. Wilkes was called for a holding penalty on third-andnine from the Widener 27. Instead of deferring the penalty and forcing Wilkes into a fourth down, the Pride accepted and gave the Colonels another opportunity on third-and-19. That’s when George looked for senior receiver Todd Eagles. The pass was low, but Eagles (4 receptions, 84 yards) caught the ball around his ankles then slanted through the Widener defense for a 37-yard score and a 7-0 lead with 8:11 left in the first quarter. After that, Wilkes never gave up the lead. Wilkes 35, Widener 27 Widener ................................ 0 7 7 13 — 27 Wilkes.................................... 7 14 7 7 — 35 First Quarter WILKES – Eagles 37 pass from George (Arentz kick) 8:11 Second Quarter WILKES – George 5 run (Arentz kick) 13:58 WIDENER – Curran 6 run (Breslin kick) 10:09 WILKES – George 28 run (Arentz kick) 8:45 Third Quarter WILKES – Tivald 29 pass from George (Arentz kick) 7:08 WIDENER – Morrison 2 run (Breslin kick) 4:51 Fourth Quarter WILKES – George 1 run (Arentz kick) 12:48 WIDENER – Davis 14 pass from Haupt (kick failed) 5:02 WIDENER – Wolley 15 pass from Haupt (Breslin kick) 1:47 Team Statistics Widener Wilkes First downs ........................... 25 21 Rushes-yards ....................... 29-114 57-332 Passing.................................. 327 176 Total Yards ........................... 441 508 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 30-58-3 10-22-0 Sacks by-yards .................... 2-8 0-0 Punts-Avg.............................. 5-37.4 9-33.7 Fumbles-Lost ....................... 3-2 3-1 Penalties-Yards ................... 4-45 11-93 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – WIDE: LaFate 11-71, Curran 4-18, Morrison 5-13, Haupt 5-9, Campbell 4-3. WILKES: Tivald 21-147, George 18-98, Wogou 13-63, Bernsten 4-25, TEAM 1-(minus-1). PASSING – WIDE: Haupt 30-57-3-327, Campbell 0-1-0-0. WILKES: George 10-21-0-176, TEAM 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING –WIDE: Davis 8-95, Wolley 4-57, Imbalzano 4-28, Clayton 4-26, LaFate 3-49, DePasquale 2-31, DiGiovanni 2-18, Marcucci 1-11, Morrison 1-9, Brown 1-3. WILKES: Eagles 4-84, Tivald 2-61, Gregson 2-13, George 1-14, Devitt 1-3. INTERCEPTIONS – WILKES: Moore-Jacobs, Sarson, Gunther MISSED FIELD GOALS – WILKES: Arentz (31, short)


Warriors score early, often to trounce Hawkeyes Nick O’Brien runs for 139 yards and three touchdowns to spark Wyoming Area. By JOHN ERZAR

HANOVER TWP. – Wyoming Area couldn’t have dreamed of a better first half on Saturday night. And at the same time, those two quarters were Hanover Area’s worst nightmare. The Warriors raced out to a 34point halftime lead and continued rolling all the way to a 48-0 thrashing of Hanover Area in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2A-A game. “I said to the kids, this was probably the worst beating we took in 25 years, 35 years,” Hanover Area coach Ron Hummer said. It was definitely the worst loss for Hanover Area (2-2) in Hum-

mer’s six years as coach. Only a 35-0 shutout by Carbondale in 2009 came close. Quarterback Nick O’Brien started the rout on the fifth play of the game, squirting through the middle for a 44-yard touchdown run. Wyoming Area (2-1) then scored two touchdowns in less than a minute to take a 20-0 lead at 10:59 of the second quarter. The first of those two TDs came on a 42-yard run by O’Brien. Then after a Hanover Area fumble one play after the kickoff, the Warriors struck again as O’Brien collided with a running back, yet managed to bounce in for a 1-yard touchdown. It was that kind of game for Wyoming Area … and Hanover Area. The Hawkeyes did just about everything possible to make Wyoming Area’s job easier. They fumbled six times in the first half, losing

two. Quarterback Joe Ksiazkiewicz was sacked for times and pressured on nearly every play. One kickoff was fumbled and another bobbled. Those factors were made even worse by Hanover Area’s average starting field position of its 18-yard line. Cody Schmitz added a 9-yard TD run and Jeff Skursky plowed in from 6 yards out to give Wyoming Area a 34-0 halftime lead. “The game was going to be the two lines,” Wyoming Area coach Randy Spencer said. “Hanover has outstanding size and great measurables, but our kids up front did a hell of a job. Offensively, (Joe) Erzar, (E.J.) Driving Hawk, (Jacob) Smith, (Nick) Bartoli, (Carl) Zielinski and our tight end Trent Grove did a great job playing toeto-toe. “Those three yards is the difference in the football game and they

did a great job handling it.” The defensive line did as well playing against a Hanover Area offensive line, considered among the best in the WVC. Hanover Area running back Parrish Bennett entered the game with 486 rushing yards. He finished with 57 on 14 carries. The Hawkeyes had just 4 yards rushing total on 20 carries in the first half.

Wyoming Area 48, Hanover Area 0 Wyoming Area ....................... 7 27 7 7 — 48 Hanover Area ......................... 0 0 0 0 — 0 First Quarter WA – O’Brien 44 run (Lenkaitis kick), 10:07 Second Quarter WA – O’Brien 42 run (Lenkaitis kick), 11:51 WA – O’Brien 1 run (pass failed), 10:59 WA – Schmitz 9 run (Lenkaitis kick), 5:32 WA – Skursky 6 run (Lenkaitis kick), 4:04 Third Quarter WA – Zezza 13 pass from O’Brien (Lenkaitis kick), 4:11 Fourth Quarter WA – Zezza 3 run (Carter kick), 10:20 Team Statistics Wyo Area Hanover First downs....................... 17 10 Rushes-yards .................. 41-289 34-73 Passing............................. 72 40 Total Yards....................... 361 113 Comp-Att-Int .................... 3-10-1 4-14-1 Sacked-Yards Lost......... 0-0 4-35 Punts-Avg......................... 1-34 4-29.8 Fumbles-Lost................... 1-0 8-3 Penalties-Yards............... 9-80 2-13


Wyoming Area quarterback Nick O’Brien, right, scrambles out of the pocket as Hanover Area’s Anthony Dennis pursues. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – Wyoming Area, O’Brien 14-139, Schmitz 2-20, Kintz 6-44, Bouie 6-11, Langdon 1-7, Skursky 3-27, LaNunziata 1-5, Zezza 2-8, Michaels 3-19, Mauriello 3-9. Hanover Area, Bennett 14-57, Ksiazkiewicz 9-(minus-39), Zuder 3-27, Cole 2-1, Adams 2-(minus-3), Murphy 3-28, team 1-2. PASSING – Wtoming Area, O’Brien 2-7-1-55,

Zezza 1-2-0-17, Lumley 0-1-0-0. Hanover Area, Ksiazkiewicz 4-13-1-40, team 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING –Wyoming Area, Bouie 1-42, Adonzio 1-17, Zezza 1-13. Hanover Area, Bennett 1-5, Suda 2-22, Zuder 1-13. INTS – Wyoming Area, Langdon. Hanover Area, Saunders. MISSED FGS –none.











Moucha engineers a second chance

The Wyoming Seminary graduate has been invited to camp with the Penguins. By TOM VENESKY

By day, Martin Moucha is a civil engineer with the Quad 3 group in Wilkes-Barre. By evening, on the weekends and just about every other spare moment, Moucha is a hockey player. Even during his lunch hour, Moucha can be found on the ice at Coal Street, honing his skills. And for good reason. The 2003 Wyoming Seminary graduate and Mountain Top resident was invited to the WilkesBarre/Scranton Penguins training camp, which opens Monday. For Moucha, 27, the chance to make his hometown team is a dream come true. “I was ecstatic,” he said of being invitation. “It tells me they may have seen something they liked.” There is plenty to like about Moucha. The 6-0, 185-pound win-

ger was born in the Czech Republic and played for that country’s junior A team until he was 16. That’s when a friend told him about Wyoming Seminary, and the possibility of pursuing his hockey career and furthering his education at the same time. “That sold it for me to come over,” Moucha said. He graduated from Wyoming Seminary in 2003 and played junior hockey in the U.S. and Canada for a little over a year before he was noticed by a coach from Norwich University in Vermont. Moucha began his career at Norwich in 2004, but it was shortlived. After appearing in 23 games that season and scoring three goals, Moucha sustained an injury that cut short his college career. Still, Moucha graduated, earning a degree in civil engineering before returning to the area and landing a full-time job. For a while, Moucha was content to put his hockey dreams on hold. Until last year. That’s when a friend who happened to be head coach of the

Danbury Whalers in the Federal Hockey League – Phil Esposito -asked Moucha is he’d like to come up to Connecticut and play with the team on weekends. So when the work week ended on Friday, Moucha made the twohour drive to Danbury to play hockey. “I had a great time doing it but it was tough,” he said. “I skated here during the week with some of the Penguins who were injured or healthy scratches. I’d work an eight-hour day, go home and worked out or rode the bike to stay in shape. That’s as much practice as I got.” Despite the lack of practice, Moucha turned in an impressive season with Danbury, scoring 10 goals and 31 points in 17 games while posting a rating of plus-23. That effort earned him a stint in the ECHL at the end of last season with the Elmira Jackals, where he scored two goals and an assist in five games. And that’s when Moucha’s pro hockey dreams rekindled. “I feel like I did well and I felt OK skating with those guys,” he

said. Moucha has played left wing for most of his career and enjoys playing the set-up role. He has a wicked backhand shot and doesn’t shy away from the physical game. “I’m not a physical player but I like to hit a bit more than you see overseas,” Moucha said. “Back home I guess I would be considered an aggressive player.” And now he is taking an aggressive approach to his training as camp approaches. During the summer, Moucha skated as much as possible and worked out daily with Joe Lorincz, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s strength and conditioning coach. It was a grind trying to work full-time and train in every spare moment, but Moucha had a lot of motivation. “Penguins training camp was huge motivation for me,” he said. “I worked every day until 3:30 p.m., got out and then went to Coal Street to work out from 4-7 p.m. for 12 weeks.” Even in the last few weeks Moucha has managed to amp up


Martin Moucha of Mountain Top takes a shot on goal during practice Thursday.

his workout routine. “Instead of eating lunch on my lunch hour I usually come here (Coal Street) to skate,” he said. “Especially now being so close to camp, I try to get here everyday.” As Moucha continues to prepare for camp, he intends to draw on his experience of last season and even a lesson he learned from skating with the Penguins play-

ers at Coal Street. “You need to have a hunger for the puck and a good work ethic,” Moucha said. “That’s the biggest thing I picked up from them. You do that in practice and it will transfer to the game.” And Moucha hopes the time he spent balancing a full-time job with a full-time hockey hobby turns into a pro career.


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der had won more than two straight games, although the Cardinals won four of five chasing a wild card berth. So the Phillies aren’t the only team trying to get back in a groove. “We’re sitting in a pretty good position,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said, “but we need to pick it up. “It’s time for us to kick it and time for us to get ready for the playoffs.” They’ll be here quickly, whether the Phillies are hot or not. Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader sports columnist. You may reach him at 970-7109 or email him at

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Marinia Orrson and Kelsey Cameron finished second and third overall to lead Misericordia’s women to a secondplace finish at the Messiah Invitational. Orrson finished at 24:40 and Cameron finished five seconds behind at 24:45. The Misericordia men finished second as well. A.J. Limongelli (28:39.0) was MU’s top finisher in 11th place while David McLean (29:39.9), Kyle Suponcic (29:40.1), J.W. Krall (29:40.3), and Bill Cooney (29:40.4) finished 12th through


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Misericordia dropped a 1-0 overtime decision in their Freedom Conference opener at DeSales. Misericordia held a convincing advantage in shots, 16-7, and corners, 16-4, but were unable to find the back of the cage. Haley Brandt made three saves in goals for the Cougars. Eastern University scored four goals on Wilkes in the first

Misericordia swept a tri-meet with Albright, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16, 25-15 and Penn-State Harrisburg, 25-17, 25-23, 25-18. Cailin McCullion led Misericordia with 25 kills. Kat LaBrie had 12 kills against Albright and Krystal Burford added nine, while Kristin Hoffman had 39 assists. Molly Harleman had eight kills against Penn State Harrisburg. King’s dropped its final two matches during the second day of the Carnegie Mellon Crossover Tournament in Pittsburgh. King’s lost both matches by 3-0 scores to Bridgewater (Va.) College and Penn State Behrend. King’s fell to Bridgewater 25-22, 25-18, 25-20, while losing to PSU-Behrend 25-20, 25-11, 25-17.

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Misericordia improved to 7-0 with a 2-0 win over Elizabethtown at Mangelsdorf Field. Rob Wiacek and Dan Pinto scored goals for the Cougars, while Greg Korhonen and Andy Bush added assists. Dan Fritz made five saves in the net for the Cougars, who are ranked sixth in the NSAA/ adidas Mid-Atlantic Region. King’s earned a 3-0 win at Gwynedd Mercy. At 3:52 into the game the Griffins put the ball into their own net, and then Niall Croke, assisted by Tim Meyer, scored to give the Monarchs a 2-0 halftime lead Jordan Okun scored at 79:28 to ensure the King’s victory. Mark Labbadia made two saves and earned his fifth shutout of the season.

Wilkes defeated Lebanon Valley 3-2 at Lebanon Valley in non-conference action. Nicholas Patricia scored the Wilkes dropped a 3-0 decision game-winning goal with two minutes left in regulation. against host PSU Berks, then

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Elmira College defeated King’s 5-1 in non-conference women’s soccer action. Elmira built a 3-0 lead 11 minutes into the contest. King’s finally got on the board in the second half as Sarah Beth Kolodziej assisted Angelina Renehan before Elmira scored their final goal in the 82nd minute to seal the victory. Wilkes lost to Arcadia 2-1 in overtime in a non-conference game. After 45 scoreless minutes, Wilkes took a 1-0 lead after Katie Hughes assisted Ashley Graham for the score at the 58:30 mark. Arcadia would answer by tying the game at 1 at the 63:19 mark. Arcadia held a 25-5 shot advantage as well as a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks . Wilkes goalie Sam Lindo had 12 saves while the Knights’ Jackie Law had only one stop to post the win.


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Tyler Young scored off an assist from Patricia early in the game at 1:11, and Jim Moran would add to the lead in the second hall by scoring at the 67:46 mark.


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Ryan Whisnewski was unassisted as he scored the only goal of the game to give Wyoming Valley West the victory on Saturday.

Wilkes’ women finished seventh, with Michelle Wakeley taking fifth place overall at a time of 24:51, marking the fifth best time in school history. Wilkes’ men finished seventh as well, with Dan Lykens leading the team with a time of 30:30, taking 27th place.

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fell 3-2 against Montclair State at the PSU Berks tri-meet. The Lady Monarchs fell to PSU Berks 25-18, 25-16, 25-14. They then lost to Montclair State 25-22, 22-25, 14-26, 15-11, 15-8.




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The King’s women placed fourth at the invitational with Michon Dinwoodie finishing 17th overall at 26:26 to lead the Lady Mondarchs. The King’s men finished third overall with Anthony Dorman finishing at ninth place at a time of 29:21. Brent Lewandowski finished at 18th with 29:55 and Tim Lambert finished at 20th with a time of 30:03.

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BERWICK: 1. Ty Morzilla, 1B; 2. Ben Bower, 17A; 3. Brian Bridge, 16B; 4. Matt Dalo, 14A; 5. Kyle Miller, 12A; 6. Gary Hunt, 11. COUGHLIN: 1. Shamus Gartley, 1B; 2. Mike Post, 16B; 3. Daulton Lentini, 14A; 4. Tom Donato, 13; 5. Alex Anderson, 9A; 6. Cory Hauser, 9B. CRESTWOOD: 1. Jake Popowycz, 1B; 2. Billy Dombrowski, 17B; 3. Joe Hurn, 16A; 4. Keith Novatnak, 14B; 5. Zach Ciavarella, 10B; 6. Jason Dotzel, 9B; 7. Thomas Goyne, 7. DALLAS: 1. Austin Smith, 1A; 2. Rudy Georgetti, 17A, 3. Ryan Georgetti, 16A; 4. John Dougherty, 15B; 5. Nigel Sterns, 14A; 6. Justin Brojakowski, 11; 7. Chad DeBona, 8A; 8. Jamie Flores, 7. GAR: 1. Brian Klapat, 11. HANOVER AREA: 1. Chris Jones, 18B; 2. John Yurkoski, 15A; 3. Matt Kuhl, 12B; 4. Dominic Vitale, 10B; 5. Matt Kocher, 9A; 6. Fred Schiel, 8B. HAZLETON AREA: 1. Jared Piskorick, 18A; 2. Rich Gawel, 15B; 3. Matt Alshefski, 13; 4. Rich Kuzmitsky, 12A; 5. T.J. Tirico, 10A; 6. Dave Mehalic, 9B; 7. Miranda Matz, 6B. HOLY REDEEMER: 1. Mariano Medico, 1A; 2. Chase Makowski, 1A; 3. Will Fulton, 18A; 4. Matt



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The Wyoming Valley Conference will hold its annual PreDistrict Tournament on Monday at Fox Hill Country Club. Pittston Area’s Brandon Matthews, the defending PIAA champion, won the event last year. He is also coming off a victory at Fox Hill in the league’s preseason Tryba Tournament last month when he defeated Holy Redeemer’s Chase Makowski in a playoff. The two are expected to compete for the title this time around as well. The top 34 placewinners advance to the District 2 Tournament to be held Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Elmhurst Country Club. Here’s a list of the tee time for Monday’s event by school:

Slavoski, 17A; 5. Eric Jones, 16A; 6. Mike Boland, 15A; 7. Ryan DeRemer, 14A; 8. Brian Banas, 11; 9. Ryan Crossin, 11; 10. John Kane, 9A; 11. Allie Banks, 6A. LAKE-LEHMAN: 1. Nick Egan, 17B; 2. Robert Ide, 10B; 3. Jeff Carter, 8B. MEYERS: 1. Tony Morrash, 18B; 2. Will Amesbury, 15B; 3. Dan Conrad, 12B; 4. Vito Pasone, 7. MMI: 1. Jeff Lotz, 17A; 2. Casey McCoy, 12B; 3. Sam Harman, 9B. NANTICOKE: 1. Mike Malshefski, 10B. PITTSTON AREA: 1. Brandon Matthews, 1A; 2. Ryan Tracy, 16A; 3. Matt Carroll, 15A; 4. Chris Lynch, 14B; 5. Calvin O’Boyle, 12A; 6. Todd Mitchell, 8A. TUNKHANNOCK: 1. Ryan Potuck, 18B; 2. Jim DeWitt, 16B; 3. Brent Christy, 14B; 4. Race Sick, 12A; 5. Sean Soltysiak, 10A; 6. Zach Wilbur, 8B; Meg Wribel, 6A; Britt Sickler, 5A; Molly Hampsey, 6B; Sam Reposa, 5A. WYOMING AREA: 1. Nick Rydzewski, 18A; 2. Zach Mulhern, 17B; 3. Connor Mangan, 13; 4. Jake Wysocki, 12B; 5. Colin Herron, 10A; 6. Mike Carey, 9A; 7. Courtney Melvin, 6A. WYOMING SEMINARY: 1. Frank Henry, 18B; 2. Jon Zirnheld, 15B; 3. Andrew Colden, 8A; 4. Gabi Coslett, 6B. WYOMING VALLEY WEST: 1. Chris McCue, 1A; 2. Colin Harrison, 18A; 3. Chris Nixon, 17B; 4. Andrew Crossin, 16B; 5. Ryan Hettes, 15A; 6. Evan Pirillo, 14B; 7. Adam Mereiski, 10A; 8. Leanne Dellarte, 5A


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Week 2 Quarterbacks Att Com Yds TD Int Brady, NWE................. 88 63 940 7 1 Fitzpatrick, BUF ........... 71 45 472 7 1 Dalton, CIN .................. 56 37 413 3 0 Schaub, HOU .............. 53 38 450 3 2 J. Campbell, OAK ....... 55 36 428 3 1 Hasselbeck, TEN........ 76 51 621 3 2 Rivers, SND................. 88 62 713 4 4 Sanchez, NYJ.............. 68 43 517 4 3 Orton, DEN .................. 71 39 499 3 1 Flacco, BAL.................. 61 32 421 4 2 Rushers Att Yds Avg LG TD F. Jackson, BUF .......... 35 229 6.54 43t 2 D. McFadden, OAK..... 42 222 5.29 47 1 Be. Tate, HOU.............. 47 219 4.66 18 1 Jones-Drew, JAC ........ 42 185 4.40 21t 1 Benson, CIN................. 41 180 4.39 39t 1 Hillis, CLE..................... 44 151 3.43 24t 2 R. Rice, BAL................. 32 150 4.69 36 1 Mendenhall, PIT .......... 31 111 3.58 23 1 Mathews, SND ............. 24 109 4.54 21 1 Dan. Thomas, MIA ...... 18 107 5.94 14 0 Receivers No Yds Avg LG TD Tolbert, SND ................ 17 131 7.7 21 2 M. Wallace, PIT ........... 16 233 14.6 53 1 Welker, NWE................ 15 241 16.1 99t 2 D. Branch, NWE........... 15 222 14.8 33 0 Britt, TEN ...................... 14 271 19.4 80t 3 And. Johnson, HOU .... 14 188 13.4 43 2 Hernandez, NWE......... 14 165 11.8 30 2 D. Nelson, BUF ............ 14 149 10.6 35 1 B. Marshall, MIA .......... 13 218 16.8 31 1 N. Washington, TEN ... 13 166 12.8 42 0 Punters No Yds LG Avg Lechler, OAK ........................ 9 504 77 56.0 Sepulveda, PIT..................... 7 386 66 55.1 B. Fields, MIA ....................... 9 488 70 54.2 Moorman, BUF...................... 7 356 63 50.9 B. Colquitt, DEN ................... 10 500 65 50.0 McAfee, IND.......................... 10 489 58 48.9 Hartmann, HOU.................... 8 376 69 47.0 Koch, BAL.............................. 10 461 62 46.1 Huber, CIN ............................ 13 587 60 45.2 Turk, JAC .............................. 10 421 65 42.1 Punt Returners No Yds Avg LG TD Decker, DEN ................ 5 128 25.6 90t 1 Jac. Jones, HOU ......... 5 127 25.4 79t 1 Cribbs, CLE .................. 8 110 13.8 43 0 Edelman, NWE ............ 5 59 11.8 17 0 C. Gates, MIA ............... 3 32 10.7 17 0 A. Brown, PIT ............... 6 63 10.5 41 0 Parrish, BUF................. 5 46 9.2 28 0 Shorts, JAC .................. 5 38 7.6 27 0 Br. Tate, CIN................. 6 44 7.3 16 0 Bess, MIA ..................... 3 19 6.3 8 0 Kickoff Returners No Yds Avg LG TD Da. Reed, BAL ............. 3 125 41.7 77 0 D. Manning, HOU ........ 3 123 41.0 46 0 Cribbs, CLE .................. 5 171 34.2 52 0 A. Brown, PIT ............... 4 126 31.5 41 0 Cromartie, NYJ ............ 5 136 27.2 46 0 Edelman, NWE ............ 4 104 26.0 37 0 R. Goodman, SND....... 5 116 23.2 27 0 McCluster, KAN ........... 7 161 23.0 35 0 Br. Tate, CIN................. 4 92 23.0 35 0 C. Gates, MIA ............... 9 206 22.9 39 0 Scoring Touchdowns TD Rush Rec Ret Pts Britt, TEN .................. 3 0 3 0 18 Chandler, BUF.......... 3 0 3 0 18 Decker, DEN ............ 3 0 2 1 18 R. Gronkowski, NWE .......................... 3 0 3 0 18 R. Rice, BAL ............. 3 1 2 0 18 Tolbert, SND ............ 3 1 2 0 18 J. Campbell, OAK.... 2 2 0 0 12 Green-Ellis, NWE .... 2 2 0 0 12 A.. Green, CIN ......... 2 0 2 0 12 Hernandez, NWE..... 2 0 2 0 12 Kicking PAT FG LG Pts Folk, NYJ ............................. 6-6 5-5 50 21 Rackers, HOU..................... 6-6 5-5 36 21 Lindell, BUF......................... 10-10 3-4 38 19 Nugent, CIN ........................ 4-4 5-5 47 19 Gostkowski, NWE .............. 8-8 3-4 47 17 Bironas, TEN....................... 4-4 4-6 43 16 Cundiff, BAL ........................ 4-4 4-4 41 16 Janikowski, OAK................. 7-7 3-3 63 16 Dawson, CLE ...................... 5-5 3-3 23 14 Prater, DEN ......................... 5-5 3-4 34 14


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Week 2 Quarterbacks Att Com Yds TD A. Rodgers, GBY ........ 65 46 620 5 Brees, NOR ................. 86 58 689 6 Stafford, DET............... 72 47 599 7 Kolb, ARI ...................... 57 35 560 4 Romo, DAL .................. 69 43 687 4 Ale. Smith, SNF........... 44 31 303 2 Vick, PHL ..................... 60 33 429 4 Grossman, WAS ......... 77 46 596 4 C. Newton, CAR.......... 83 52 854 3 M. Ryan, ATL............... 75 48 514 4 Rushers Att Yds Avg LG A. Peterson, MIN ......... 41 218 5.32 46 L. McCoy, PHL ............ 33 217 6.58 49t M. Turner, ATL ............ 31 214 6.90 61 B. Wells, ARI................ 32 183 5.72 25 Hightower, WAS .......... 45 168 3.73 22 J. Starks, GBY ............. 21 142 6.76 40 Best, DET ..................... 37 129 3.49 12 Carn. Williams, STL .... 32 127 3.97 16 Vick, PHL...................... 17 122 7.18 19 Forte, CHI..................... 26 117 4.50 42 Receivers No Yds Avg LG Forte, CHI ..................... 15 207 13.8 56t Sproles, NOR............... 15 118 7.9 36 St. Smith, CAR............. 14 334 23.9 77t Mi. Austin, DAL ............ 14 233 16.6 53t Maclin, PHL .................. 14 191 13.6 43 Witten, DAL .................. 13 212 16.3 64 E. Graham, TAM .......... 13 79 6.1 16 T. Gonzalez, ATL ........ 12 155 12.9 30 Burleson, DET ............. 12 153 12.8 29 F. Davis, WAS.............. 11 191 17.4 40 Punt Returners No Yds Avg LG P. Peterson, ARI.......... 4 128 32.0 89t Sproles, NOR............... 4 93 23.3 72t Banks, WAS.................. 8 126 15.8 35 Ginn Jr., SNF ............... 9 137 15.2 55t Dw. Harris, DAL ........... 4 42 10.5 14 Hixon, NYG .................. 3 31 10.3 18 Weems, ATL ................ 4 29 7.3 19 Logan, DET .................. 6 41 6.8 13 L. Washington, SEA.... 4 27 6.8 14 A. Edwards, CAR......... 6 30 5.0 10 Kickoff Returners No Yds Avg LG Cobb, GBY ................. 4 183 45.8 108t Ginn Jr., SNF ............. 4 176 44.0 102t Sproles, NOR............. 3 100 33.3 57 Je. Norwood, STL ..... 4 105 26.3 29 Banks, WAS ............... 6 153 25.5 31 Dev. Thomas, NYG... 3 72 24.0 27 L. Washington, SEA.. 6 143 23.8 28 P. Parker, TAM .......... 3 70 23.3 30 Q. Porter, STL............ 4 90 22.5 32 Goodson, CAR .......... 7 156 22.3 31 Scoring Touchdowns TD Rush Rec Ret Mi. Austin, DAL ........ 4 0 4 0 Ca. Johnson, DET ... 4 0 4 0 L. McCoy, PHL......... 4 3 1 0 Best, DET ................. 2 1 1 0 Blount, TAM .............. 2 2 0 0 Cobb, GBY ............... 2 0 1 1 Ginn Jr., SNF ........... 2 0 0 2 T. Gonzalez, ATL..... 2 0 2 0 D. Henderson, NOR 2 0 2 0 G. Jennings, GBY.... 2 0 2 0 Kicking PAT FG LG Kasay, NOR ........................... 7-7 5-5 53 Akers, SNF............................. 6-6 5-5 55 Ja. Hanson, DET ................... 9-9 4-4 51 Gould, CHI ............................. 4-4 5-5 42 Crosby, GBY.......................... 9-9 3-3 37 Jo. Brown, STL ...................... 2-2 5-6 49 D. Bailey, DAL........................ 6-6 3-4 48 Barth, TAM.............................. 5-5 3-3 38 Gano, WAS ............................ 5-5 3-5 34 Henery, PHL .......................... 8-8 2-3 34

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Hot dogs off menu for AFC showdown

Improved Oakland squad looks to upend Mark Sanchez and New York’s potent offense. By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer


Philadelphia Eagles’ DeSean Jackson returns a punt for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on Dec. 19, 2010, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Eagles beat the Giants, 38-31.

Rivals ‘just hate each other’ Bad blood runs quite deep in battle between NFC East powers at the Linc in Philly. By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer

PHILADELPHIA — Maybe the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants should settle their differences in a steel cage. The two NFC East rivals simply don’t like each other, and they’ve been going at it verbally like WWE stars. Because battle royals aren’t allowed in the NFL, the teams will have to fight it out on the field Sunday in Philadelphia’s home opener. “It’s a lot of intensity, a lot of trash-talking and a lot of guys on the field that just hate each other,” Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel said. “They just want to beat each other’s head in. It’s very competitive and has a long line of history behind it. It’s an ongoing rivalry that has a lot to it.” While the labor lockout kept players off the practice field during the summer, Eagles running

back LeSean McCoy and Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora were busy taking shots at each other on Twitter. UP NEXT McCoy said N.Y. GIANTS at Umenyiora PHILADELwas “overPHIA rated” and TV: 1 p.m., “soft” and FOX-56 ranked the LINE: Eagles by 8 two-time Pro LAST MEETBowl pick as ING: Eagles third best on beat Giants New York’s de38-31, Dec. 19, fensive line. 2010 Umenyiora retaliated by calling McCoy a “girl” and referred to him as Lady Gaga. “I hate him, he hates me, period,” Umenyiora told the Newark Star-Ledger in June. “There’s a real hatred toward Philly and there’s a real hatred for them toward us.” Umenyiora may not get a chance to tackle McCoy this

week because he’s still listed as day to day after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee early in training camp. His absence won’t decrease the animosity between the teams. Both clubs enter with a1-1record. The Eagles have won the last six meetings, including an incredible 38-31 comeback victory last December at the Meadowlands that helped them secure the NFC East title. Michael Vick rallied Philadelphia from a 21-point deficit with 8:17 left, and the Eagles won it on DeSean Jackson’s 65-yard punt return for a touchdown on the last play. “It is what it is,” Giants safety Antrel Rolle said. “It took place last year. It’s not something that we might ever forget, but at the same time, it’s a new year.” Rolle joined in on the trash-talking earlier in the week when he said in a radio interview he wants to cover Jackson one-on-one because he’s done it before and “could handle it again.” Jackson had nothing to say about Rolle’s boast, but wide re-

ceiver Jeremy Maclin took a jab at him and the rest of the Giants. “A lot of times when people talk, they’re either insecure or they’re scared, so you guys choose,” Maclin said. “It’s a new year. We understand that we have to go out there and play. On the other hand, they have no business talking because they haven’t done anything in the last six times.” The Eagles are hoping Vick plays after suffering a concussion in the second half of a 35-31loss at Atlanta. Vick practiced Thursday, and it appeared he would be ready to go unless he had a setback. Of course, the Giants said they expect to face Vick instead of backups Mike Kafka and Vince Young. Coach Tom Coughlin said he didn’t even plan to prepare for a different quarterback. “He’s the best player to give them an opportunity to play their best ball,” Rolle said. “I’m the type of guy, I like going against the best. If I don’t go against the best, a win’s a win, we’ll always take a win, but it’s always better when they have their better guys on the field.”

S T E E L E R S V S . C O LT S

Collins’ game doesn’t have same bark as Manning Former Penn St. QB has had plenty of success against Pittsburgh in his career. UP NEXT By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Clark respects Peyton Manning, and he feels for the Indianapolis Colts as they continue to search for traction and an identity while their franchise quarterback recovers from neck surgery. Still, the Pittsburgh Steelers safety isn’t exactly complaining about taking on the winless Colts (0-2) without Manning on Sunday, and Clark’s source of glee has nothing to do with facing Kerry Collins instead of the fourtime MVP. Collins has a better record (3-2) against the Steelers than Manning (2-2), a better completion percentage (64 to 60), and a better touchdown/interception ratio. The one thing Collins doesn’t have on Manning? Acting ability. Taking on the Colts without Manning means not having to endure 20-25 seconds of the quarterback standing at the line of scrimmage frantically barking out orders as if he was playing some football version of charades. “Thank God because that is so boring,” Clark said with mock

PITTSBURGH at INDIANAPOLIS TV: 8:20 p.m., NBC (WBRE-28) LINE: Steelers by 11 LAST MEETING: Colts won 24-20 at Pittsburgh, Nov. 9, 2008

exasperation. “Such a theatrical performance.” Clark was kidding — sort of. Clark is pretty sure there was some football involved in Manning’s gestures. He’s also pretty sure some of it was simple gamesmanship. “It got talked about so much and people loved it so much I think Peyton even kind of fed into it, ’I’m going to keep doing this because people think I’m doing a lot at the line,”’ Clark said. The Colts have been more deliberate through the first two weeks as the veteran Collins — plucked out of retirement by coach Jim Caldwell a month ago — learns the system Manning has orchestrated so artfully for13 seasons. And Collins has been effective against the Steelers. He beat them the first three times he faced them, including a 17-point whipping in 2008 while playing for Tennessee. And even at 38-


Indianapolis Colts quarterback Kerry Collins makes a call over center Jeff Saturday in the first quarter last Sunday.

years-old, the Steelers believe Collins can operate quickly if not quite as efficiently as Manning. “They’re not going to run the same offense that Peyton runs, because there’s only one Peyton, but they’re still running their offense,” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “And they’re still running no-huddle, and we’ll have to be ready for a lot of snaps and getting our calls in at the ball.” Pittsburgh will likely be without defensive end Brett Keisel, who missed practice again on Thursday with a knee injury. Third-year man Ziggy Hood will get the start if Keisel can’t go, and

though he’s wary of Collins, he’s not expecting a track meet. “It could be slowed down to where we get in our formations and we get it right,” Hood said. “This is the third game and (Collins) has only been there so long. If we was playing them late in the season, maybe that no huddle will come into play. Maybe this week we don’t know. We’ve got to be prepared.” For all the progress the Colts believe they’ve made while giving Collins a crash course in an attack that’s been tailored to Manning’s unique talents, they know they’re not quite operating at the same speed as usual.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Mark Sanchez’s previous trip to Oakland went so well he could spend the closing minutes on the bench sneaking bites of a hot dog — mustard and all — as the New York Jets wrapped up a lopsided win. With a vastly improved offense led by Jason Campbell, Darren McFadden and a bevy of speedy wide receivers, this year’s version of the Raiders appears a much more formidable bunch than the JaMarcus Russell squad that was beaten 38-0 in 2009 in the most onesided home loss in Raiders history. “I hope we U P N E X T can make it more interest- N.Y. JETS at ing for him so OAKLAND he doesn’t have TV: 4:05 p.m., to eat hot CBS (WYOU-22) Jets by dogs,” coach LINE: 1 Hue Jackson 3 ⁄2 LAST MEETsaid. “Hopeful- ING: Jets beat ly, we can take Raiders 38-0, the mustard Oct. 25, 2009 and the relish and the onions and all that and put it away and play a little football.” Even though Jackson was an assistant in Baltimore when Sanchez and the Jets embarrassed the Raiders two years ago, he made sure to show his team the video of Sanchez scarfing down the frankfurter in the fourth quarter of the blowout. That opened old wounds for whichever Raiders are still in Oakland two years later, and those players made sure the newcomers know all about it in case it can provide a bit of extra motivation Sunday when the Raiders (1-1) host the Jets (2-0) in their home opener. “Coach showed that to us,” defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. “It was just a reminder. We’re going to remind him of that during the game.” Sanchez apologized after the fact, not realizing he had been caught on television eating a hot dog a cameraman gave him because he was hungry. Coach Rex Ryan was critical of his quarterback after the fact and promised it would be an issue this week. Sanchez said the cameraman later apologized for helping create the controversy, but added even though his actions were not “respectful,” he can laugh about it two years later. “I think he might’ve known in the back of his mind there was still a camera on him, but I don’t blame him,” tight end Dustin Keller said. “As long as that hot dog was delicious, get another one, you know? He played well in that game and we won that game, so have another. We might get him one in the first quarter.” Reliving the frankfurter fiasco comes a week after Sanchez had to apologize again for another minor infraction committed in his rookie season. Two weeks after that Raiders game, Sanchez raised lots of eyebrows in a postgame news conference following a loss to Jacksonville when he pulled out a sheet of paper and read off a list of prepared remarks. “Two weeks in a row, one was the press conference reminder and this one is the ’no eating on the sidelines’ reminder, so I’ll keep the food off the field,” he said.





Braves can’t shoo pesky Nats The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — ChienMing Wang had a strong finish to his comeback from shoulder surgery and drove in a run with his first career hit to lead the Washington Nationals over Atlanta 4-1 Saturday and stall the Braves’ wild-card run. Atlanta lost for the 16th time in its last 26 games and remained two games ahead of St. Louis for the NL wild card with four games left. Making his 11th start since returning from a two-year layoff, Wang (4-3) allowed one run and four hits in six innings and lowered his ERA to 4.04. He struck out four and walked none. Wang’s RBI single off Brandon Beachy (7-3) capped a three-run fourth that put the Nationals ahead 4-0. He had been 0 for 32 at the plate in his career. Cardinals 2, Cubs 1

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals kept their faint wild-card hopes alive when Carlos Marmol forced home the tying run with a bases-loaded walk to Ryan Theriot with two outs in the ninth inning and followed with a game-ending wild pitch, giving St. Louis a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. After losing consecutive games to the New York Mets and Cubs, the Cardinals began the day three games back of the wild-card leading Atlanta Braves. St. Louis plays the Cubs again Sunday, then closes with three games at Houston. Jason Motte (5-2) got two outs for the win when St. Louis ended a string of 15 consecutive scoreless innings. Mets 2, Phillies 1, 1st game Mets 6, Phillies 3, 2nd game

NEW YORK (AP) — With nothing left to play for in the regular season, the Philadelphia Phillies are playing as if they have nothing left.

Hunter Pence dropped a deep fly ball for an error that led to five unearned runs, and the New York completed a doubleheader sweep with a 6-3 victory Saturday night that handed the NL East champions their eighth straight defeat. Having already secured homefield advantage throughout the postseason, the sluggish Phillies remained winless since clinching their fifth consecutive division title last Saturday. The losing streak is their longest since an eight-game skid late in the 2000 season, when they finished 65-97 and last in the NL East under manager Terry Francona. In the afternoon opener, R.A. Dickey took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and David Wright hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth as New York won 2-1. Brewers 6, Marlins 4

MILWAUKEE — Pinch-hitter Corey Hart had a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied from three deficits to beat Florida 6-4 Saturday night and win their seventh straight against the Marlins. John Axford converted his 45th save, a franchise record, and the NL Central champions came back from deficits of 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3. Zack Greinke labored through five innings and was in line for his first loss at Miller Park in 14 starts this year. He is 10-0 at home, with the Brewers winning the games in which he didn’t get a decision. PITTSBURGH — Rookie Josh Harrison had four hits on Saturday night to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 victory over Cincinnati, assuring the Reds of a losing season a year after they won the NL Central.

Damon’s HR helps Rays inch closer to Red Sox ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays moved within 11⁄2 games of Boston in the AL wild-card race, getting a clutch three-run homer from Johnny Damon in a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night. Damon connected with two out in the eighth, giving the Rays a four-run lead. Damon’s third hit of the game came after shortstop Mike McCoy mishandled Evan Longoria’s grounder for an error and Ben Zobrist flied out for the second out in the inning. Orioles 6, Tigers 5

DETROIT — Justin Verlander lost his streak of 12 consecutive winning starts, and the Baltimore Orioles went on to a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers when Matt Angle executed a tiebreaking squeeze bunt in the ninth inning Saturday night. Verlander allowed five runs and eight hits in seven innings. He retired 13 of his last 14 batters but the Tigers weren’t able to overcome his shaky start.



Indians 8, Twins 2, 1st game Indians 7, Twins 6, 2nd game

CLEVELAND — Shelley Duncan drove in three runs in each half of a day-night doubleheader, and the Cleveland Indians erased a six-run deficit to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 on Saturday night for the sweep. White Sox 6, Royals 3 The Indians also won the CHICAGO — Alex Rios and opener 8-2 behind Duncan, Brent Morel homered to back who hit a two-run single with John Danks and lead the White two out in the first and a tieSox over the Kansas City Roybreaking sacrifice fly in Cleveals 6-3 Saturday night, stopland’s six-run sixth inning. ping Chicago’s five-game home Duncan’s two-run single off losing streak. Matt Capps put Cleveland Danks (8-12) improved to 5-0 ahead 7-6 in the seventh inning in 12 starts against the Royals, of the nightcap as the Indians allowing three runs and six hits won for the eighth time in 11 games. in 7 1-3 innings.











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x-clinched division AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games Detroit 4, Baltimore 3, 11 innings Cleveland 6, Minnesota 5 Boston at New York, ppd., rain Toronto 5, Tampa Bay 1 Texas 5, Seattle 3 Kansas City 11, Chicago White Sox 1 Oakland 3, L.A. Angels 1 Saturday's Games Cleveland 8, Minnesota 2, 1st game N.Y. Yankees 9, Boston 1 Texas 7, Seattle 3 Baltimore 6, Detroit 5 Cleveland 7, Minnesota 6, 2nd game Chicago White Sox 6, Kansas City 3 Tampa Bay 6, Toronto 2 Oakland at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m. Sunday's Games Baltimore (Matusz 1-8) at Detroit (Penny 10-11), 1:05 p.m. Boston (Wakefield 7-7) at N.Y. Yankees (A.J.Burnett 10-11), 1:05 p.m., 1st game Minnesota (Hendriks 0-2) at Cleveland (Carmona 7-15), 1:05 p.m. Toronto (Cecil 4-10) at Tampa Bay (W.Davis 10-10), 1:40 p.m. Kansas City (Mendoza 1-0) at Chicago White Sox (Floyd 12-12), 2:10 p.m. Seattle (Furbush 4-9) at Texas (D.Holland 15-5), 3:05 p.m. Oakland (Harden 4-4) at L.A. Angels (Pineiro 7-7), 3:35 p.m. Boston (Lackey 12-12) at N.Y. Yankees (Nova 16-4), 6:30 p.m., 2nd game Monday's Games Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Cleveland at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Toronto at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Texas at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE

Friday's Games Atlanta 7, Washington 4 Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 3 Philadelphia at New York, ppd., rain Houston 11, Colorado 2 Milwaukee 4, Florida 1 Chicago Cubs 5, St. Louis 1 Arizona 3, San Francisco 1 L.A. Dodgers 2, San Diego 0 Saturday's Games Washington 4, Atlanta 1 St. Louis 2, Chicago Cubs 1 N.Y. Mets 2, Philadelphia 1, 1st game Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 3 Colorado at Houston, 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee 6, Florida 4 N.Y. Mets 6, Philadelphia 3, 2nd game San Francisco at Arizona, 8:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, 8:35 p.m. Sunday's Games Atlanta (Minor 5-2) at Washington (Detwiler 3-5), 1:35 p.m. Cincinnati (Willis 0-6) at Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 9-9), 1:35 p.m. Colorado (Millwood 3-3) at Houston (Harrell 0-1), 2:05 p.m. Florida (Nolasco 10-11) at Milwaukee (Narveson 10-8), 2:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 18-6) at N.Y. Mets (Pelfrey 7-12), 2:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (R.Wells 7-5) at St. Louis (E.Jackson 5-2), 2:15 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 20-5) at San Diego (Luebke 6-9), 4:05 p.m. San Francisco (Lincecum 13-13) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-10), 4:10 p.m. Monday's Games Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Washington at Florida, 7:10 p.m. St. Louis at Houston, 8:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Chicago Cubs at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.


Mets 6, Phillies 3 Second Game Philadelphia New York ab r h bi ab r h bi Rollins ss 5 0 3 1 RTejad ss 4 1 1 1 Victorn cf 3 0 1 0 JuTrnr 2b 3 1 0 0 BFrncs lf 1 0 0 0 Harris lf 4 1 1 0 Utley 2b 3 0 1 0 DWrght 3b 3 1 0 0 Pence rf 4 1 0 0 Evans rf 4 1 1 1 Mayrry lf-cf-1b 4 0 0 0 Thole c 4 0 1 2 Gload 1b 3 1 2 1 Satin 1b 3 0 0 0 Ruiz ph 1 0 0 0 Pridie cf 3 1 2 0 Mrtnz cf 0 0 0 0 Gee p 1 0 0 0 Schndr c 2 0 1 0 Baxter ph 1 0 0 0 Kratz ph 1 0 1 0 Parnell p 0 0 0 0 WValdz 3b 3 1 1 1 DHerrr p 0 0 0 0 Ibanez ph 1 0 0 0 Acosta p 0 0 0 0 Blanton p 1 0 0 0 Herndn p 0 0 0 0 Kndrck p 1 0 0 0 Schwm p 0 0 0 0 Bowker ph 1 0 0 0 Stutes p 0 0 0 0 DeFrts p 0 0 0 0 Howard ph 0 0 0 0 Orr pr 0 0 0 0 Totals 34 310 3 Totals 30 6 6 4 Philadelphia....................... 021 000 000 — 3 New York ........................... 005 100 00x — 6 E—Pence (6), Ju.Turner (13). DP—New York 3. LOB—Philadelphia 7, New York 3. 2B—Utley (21), Gload 2 (8), Evans (8), Pridie (9). SB—Harris (5), Pridie (7). CS—Rollins (8). S—Gee. IP H R ER BB SO Philadelphia Blanton ..................... 2 1 0 0 0 3 1 4 0 2 1 Herndon L,1-4 ......... 2⁄3 K.Kendrick ............... 11⁄3 4 2 2 0 1 Schwimer ................. 1 0 0 0 0 2 Stutes ....................... 2 0 0 0 0 2 De Fratus.................. 1 0 0 0 0 2 New York Gee W,13-6 ............. 6 9 3 2 2 2 Parnell H,11............. 12⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 D.Herrera H,1.......... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 Acosta S,4-7............ 1 1 0 0 1 0 Umpires—Home, Wally Bell;First, Vic Carapazza;Second, Mike Estabrook;Third, Scott Barry. T—2:48. A—32,437 (41,800).

Nationals 4, Braves 1 Atlanta

Washington ab r h bi Dsmnd ss 4 0 0 0 Ankiel cf 4 0 0 0 Zmrmn 3b 4 1 2 0 Morse lf 4 0 0 0 Storen p 0 0 0 0 Werth rf 2 2 0 0 Espinos 2b 2 1 1 2 Marrer 1b 3 0 1 1 IRdrgz c 2 0 1 0 Wang p 2 0 1 1 Grzlny p 0 0 0 0 L.Nix ph 1 0 0 0 Clipprd p 0 0 0 0 Berndn lf 0 0 0 0 Totals 31 1 6 1 Totals 28 4 6 4 Atlanta ................................ 000 010 000 — 1 Washington ....................... 010 300 00x — 4 DP—Atlanta 2. LOB—Atlanta 5, Washington 4. HR—Freeman (21). SB—Werth (17), Espinosa (15). CS—Bourn (13), McCann (2), Espinosa (6). IP H R ER BB SO Atlanta Beachy L,7-3 ........... 6 5 4 4 4 9 Varvaro..................... 1 1 0 0 0 1 Linebrink .................. 1 0 0 0 0 1 Washington Wang W,4-3............. 6 4 1 1 0 4 Gorzelanny H,4 ....... 1 0 0 0 1 2 Clippard H,36 .......... 1 1 0 0 1 0 Storen S,41-46........ 1 1 0 0 0 1 WP—Beachy 2. Umpires—Home, Tim Tschida;First, Marty Foster;Second, Bill Welke;Third, Jeff Nelson. T—2:47. A—33,986 (41,506). Bourn cf Prado lf C.Jones 3b Uggla 2b McCnn c Fremn 1b JaWlsn ss Heywrd rf Beachy p Varvar p Conrad ph Linernk p

Rangers 7, Mariners 3

ARLINGTON, Texas — Seattle ace Felix Hernandez was forced out of the game when he took a line drive off his right forearm during the Rangers’ six-run fourth inning Saturday, and Texas used a patchwork lineup to beat the Mariners 7-3 one day after it clinched the AL West title. The Rangers had already scored four times in the fourth when Hernandez (14-14) was struck by Michael Young’s liner. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner fell to the ground as the ball caromed toward third base for a single. Hernandez was attended to by a team trainer, and was soon walking to the dugout, grimacing in pain and done for the day in his final start of the season.







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Cardinals 2, Cubs 1 Chicago

St. Louis ab r h bi Furcal ss 4 0 0 0 Jay cf 3 0 0 0 Craig ph 1 0 0 0 Rzpczy p 0 0 0 0 Motte p 0 0 0 0 Pujols 1b 3 0 0 0 Brkmn rf 4 0 1 0 Hollidy lf 4 0 1 0 Greene pr 0 1 0 0 Freese 3b 3 0 1 0 YMolin c 3 0 0 0 Chamrs pr 0 1 0 0 Schmkr 2b 3 0 1 0 Lohse p 1 0 1 0 Descals ph 1 0 0 0 Dotel p 0 0 0 0 CPttrsn cf 0 0 0 0 Theriot ph 0 0 0 1 Totals 33 1 6 1 Totals 30 2 5 1 Chicago.............................. 100 000 000 — 1 St. Louis ............................. 000 000 002 — 2 Two outs when winning run scored. E—Soto (13), DeWitt (7). LOB—Chicago 5, St. Louis 8. SB—Greene (11). S—Lohse. IP H R ER BB SO Chicago R.Lopez.................... 6 4 0 0 2 1 Cashner H,1 ............ 1 0 0 0 0 1 Marshall H,33 .......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 Marmol L,2-6 BS,10-44 .................. 2⁄3 1 2 2 3 1 St. Louis Lohse........................ 7 6 1 1 0 8 Dotel ......................... 1 0 0 0 0 2 Rzepczynski ............ 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 Motte W,5-2 ............. 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 WP—Marmol. Umpires—Home, Lance Barksdale;First, Adrian Johnson;Second, Fieldin Culbreth;Third, Gary Cederstrom. T—2:28. A—42,571 (43,975). SCastro ss Barney 2b LaHair rf Marshll p LeMahi 3b C.Pena 1b ASorin lf Campn lf DeWitt 3b Marml p Byrd cf Soto c RLopez p Colvin ph Cashnr p RJhnsn rf

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Mets 2, Phillies 1 First Game Philadelphia New York ab r h bi ab r h bi Rollins ss 3 0 0 0 JosRys ss 3 0 1 0 Polanc 3b 4 0 0 0 RTejad 2b 3 1 1 0 Victorn cf 4 1 1 0 DWrght 3b 3 0 1 1 Howard 1b 4 0 1 1 Bay lf 1 0 0 0 Ibanez lf 4 0 2 0 Satin 1b 3 0 1 0 Orr pr 0 0 0 0 Evans 1b-rf 4 0 1 0 Harris Mayrry rf 3 0 0 0 rf-lf-cf 2 0 0 0 Ruiz c 3 0 1 0 Nickes c 3 0 0 0 WValdz 2b 2 0 0 0 Pridie cf 2 0 0 0 Hamels p 1 0 0 0 Pasccc ph 1 1 1 1 Pence ph 1 0 0 0 Baxter lf 0 0 0 0 Lidge p 0 0 0 0 Dickey p 2 0 0 0 RPauln ph 1 0 0 0 Batista p 0 0 0 0 Parnell p 0 0 0 0 Acosta p 0 0 0 0 Totals 29 1 5 1 Totals 28 2 6 2 Philadelphia....................... 000 000 100 — 1 New York ........................... 000 000 11x — 2 DP—Philadelphia 1, New York 1. LOB—Philadelphia 6, New York 6. 2B—Victorino (25), D.Wright (23). HR—Pascucci (1). SB—Jos.Reyes (37), R.Tejada (5), D.Wright (13). S—W.Valdez, Hamels, R.Tejada. IP H R ER BB SO Philadelphia Hamels ..................... 7 4 1 1 3 7 Lidge L,0-2............... 1 2 1 1 0 1 New York Dickey....................... 7 3 1 1 1 4 Batista ....................... 2⁄3 1 0 0 1 1 Parnell W,4-6 .......... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 Acosta S,3-6............ 1 1 0 0 1 1 WP—Dickey. Umpires—Home, John Hirschbeck;First, Scott Barry;Second, Vic Carapazza;Third, Mike Estabrook. T—2:27. A—33,961 (41,800).

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ab r h bi Morgan rf 3 0 0 0 C.Hart ph-rf 1 1 1 2 CGomz cf 4 2 2 0 Braun lf 3 0 2 2 Fielder 1b 3 0 1 1 McGeh 3b 4 0 0 0 TGreen 2b 4 0 1 0 Counsll 2b 0 0 0 0 YBtncr ss 4 1 2 1 Lucroy c 4 1 2 0 Greink p 2 0 0 0 Saito p 0 0 0 0 Hwkns p 0 0 0 0 HrstnJr ph 1 1 1 0 FrRdrg p 0 0 0 0 Kotsay ph 0 0 0 0 Axford p 0 0 0 0 Totals 36 411 4 Totals 33 612 6 Florida ................................ 100 210 000 — 4 Milwaukee.......................... 101 100 30x — 6 DP—Florida 1, Milwaukee 1. LOB—Florida 13, Milwaukee 8. 2B—Hayes (9), C.Hart (24), C.Gomez 2 (11), Braun (37), Fielder (35), Hairston Jr. (19). 3B—Braun (6). HR—Bonifacio (4), Infante (7), Y.Betancourt (13). SB—Fielder (1). S—Sanabia, C.Gomez. IP H R ER BB SO Florida Sanabia .................... 4 6 3 3 1 1 Badenhop L,2-3....... 2 3 2 2 0 0 M.Dunn BS,4-4 ....... 0 1 1 1 0 0 R.Webb .................... 1 1 0 0 1 0 Ceda ......................... 1 1 0 0 2 1 Milwaukee Greinke..................... 5 9 4 4 5 6 Saito ......................... 1 0 0 0 0 1 Hawkins W,2-1 ........ 1 0 0 0 1 1 Fr.Rodriguez H,16 .. 1 1 0 0 1 2 Axford S,45-47 ........ 1 1 0 0 0 2 Badenhop pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. M.Dunn pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. WP—Ceda, Fr.Rodriguez. Umpires—Home, Jeff Kellogg;First, Tim Timmons;Second, Eric Cooper;Third, Mark Carlson. T—3:03. A—44,520 (41,900). Bonifac ss Infante 2b Dobbs 3b Stanton rf Morrsn lf GSnchz 1b Petersn cf Hayes c JoLopz ph Sanaia p JoBakr ph Badnhp p MDunn p R.Webb p DMrph ph Ceda p

Pirates 4, Reds 3 Cincinnati

Pittsburgh ab r h bi ab r h bi BPhllps 2b 5 1 3 0 Presley lf 5 0 1 0 Stubbs cf 3 0 0 0 JHrrsn 3b 5 1 4 0 Votto 1b 5 0 2 2 AMcCt cf 0 0 0 1 Heisey lf 4 0 0 0 D.Lee 1b 4 1 1 0 Bruce rf 2 1 0 0 Walker 2b 4 1 3 0 Mesorc c 4 0 0 0 Ludwck rf 2 1 0 1 JFrncs 3b 4 0 2 0 Veras p 0 0 0 0 Renteri ss 4 0 1 1 Grilli p 0 0 0 0 TrWood p 1 0 0 0 Jarmll c 4 0 2 1 Fisher p 0 0 0 0 RCeden ss 2 0 0 1 Sappelt ph 0 1 0 0 Lincoln p 2 0 0 0 Burton p 0 0 0 0 JHughs p 0 0 0 0 Frazier ph 1 0 0 0 Ciriaco ph 1 0 0 0 Horst p 0 0 0 0 Watson p 0 0 0 0 Arrdnd p 0 0 0 0 Paul rf 1 0 0 0 Alonso ph 1 0 0 0 Ondrsk p 0 0 0 0 Totals 34 3 8 3 Totals 30 411 4 Cincinnati ........................... 100 010 010 — 3 Pittsburgh .......................... 013 000 00x — 4 DP—Pittsburgh 1. LOB—Cincinnati 10, Pittsburgh 10. 2B—B.Phillips 2 (37), Votto 2 (40), J.Francisco 2 (5), J.Harrison (13), Walker (31), Jaramillo (3). 3B—J.Harrison (2). SB—J.Harrison (4), A.McCutchen (23), Walker 2 (9). CS—Walker (6). SF— A.McCutchen, Ludwick, R.Cedeno. IP H R ER BB SO Cincinnati

Tr.Wood L,6-6 ......... 22⁄3 7 4 4 2 2 Fisher ....................... 11⁄3 1 0 0 1 0 Burton....................... 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 Horst ......................... 2⁄3 Arredondo ................ 11⁄3 1 0 0 1 2 Ondrusek ................. 1 0 0 0 1 1 Pittsburgh Lincoln W,2-3 .......... 5 6 2 2 4 4 J.Hughes H,1 .......... 1 0 0 0 0 3 Watson H,10 ............ 1 0 0 0 1 1 Veras H,27............... 1 1 1 1 1 2 Grilli S,1-1 ................ 1 1 0 0 0 1 Lincoln pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. WP—Veras, Grilli. Umpires—Home, Chris Guccione;First, Lance Barrett;Second, Chris Conroy;Third, Mike Winters. T—3:15. A—37,388 (38,362).

A M E R I C A N L E A G U E Yankees 9, Red Sox 1 Boston

New York ab r h bi Jeter ss 4 1 1 3 Dickrsn rf 0 0 0 0 Grndrs cf 4 0 0 0 B.Laird 3b 0 0 0 0 Teixeir 1b 4 0 0 0 Golson lf 0 0 0 0 AlRdrg 3b 4 0 0 0 AuRmn c 0 0 0 0 Cano 2b 4 1 1 0 R.Pena 2b 0 0 0 0 Swisher CJcksn ph-rf 2 1 1 0 rf-1b 2 2 1 0 Sltlmch c 3 0 0 0 AnJons lf 3 2 2 0 Lvrnwy c 1 0 0 0 Gardnr lf-cf 1 0 0 0 JMontr dh 4 2 3 4 RMartn c 3 1 1 2 ENunez ss 0 0 0 0 Totals 36 1 9 1 Totals 33 9 9 9 Boston ................................ 000 000 100 — 1 New York ........................... 062 001 00x — 9 E—Al.Rodriguez (6). DP—New York 1. LOB—Boston 9, New York 2. 2B—C.Crawford (28), J.Montero (3). HR—Jeter (6), J.Montero (4). SB—Ellsbury (38). IP H R ER BB SO Boston Lester L,15-9 ........... 22⁄3 8 8 8 1 3 Atchison ................... 21⁄3 0 0 0 1 1 Tazawa ..................... 12⁄3 1 1 1 0 2 T.Miller ..................... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 Bowden .................... 1 0 0 0 0 1 New York F.Garcia W,12-8 ..... 6 6 0 0 1 3 Valdes ...................... 2⁄3 2 1 1 0 0 Wade ........................ 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 Logan........................ ⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 Ayala......................... 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 Kontos ...................... 1 0 0 0 0 2 Wade pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. Umpires—Home, Marvin Hudson;First, Brian Runge;Second, Ted Barrett;Third, Tim McClelland. T—2:59. A—49,556 (50,291). Ellsury cf Crwfrd lf Pedroia 2b D.Ortiz dh AdGnzl 1b LAndrs 1b Aviles 3b Scutaro ss Iglesias ss Reddck rf

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C.Davis 3b 4 1 2 0 Avila c 3 0 0 1 KHdsn pr 0 1 0 0 JhPerlt ss 3 0 2 2 J.Bell 3b 0 0 0 0 Raburn 2b 3 1 0 0 Andino 2b 4 1 1 0 Kelly 3b 4 0 1 0 Totals 36 610 6 Totals 35 510 5 Baltimore ............................ 131 000 001 — 6 Detroit................................. 001 201 010 — 5 E—Raburn (16). DP—Detroit 1. LOB—Baltimore 5, Detroit 7. 2B—V.Martinez (36). HR—Angle (1), Mar.Reynolds (37), Mi.Cabrera (28). CS— Ad.Jones (3). S—Angle, A.Jackson. SF—Jh.Peralta. IP H R ER BB SO Baltimore Guthrie ..................... 6 7 4 4 2 2 Strop W,2-1 BS,2-2 2 2 1 1 0 0 Gregg S,22-29 ........ 1 1 0 0 0 1 Detroit Verlander ................. 7 8 5 5 1 6 Alburquerque........... 1 1 0 0 0 1 Schlereth L,2-2........ 1 1 1 1 0 1 Guthrie pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. WP—Schlereth. Umpires—Home, Angel Campos;First, Sam Holbrook;Second, Paul Schrieber;Third, Chad Fairchild. T—2:46. A—44,846 (41,255).

Rays 6, Blue Jays 2 Toronto

Tampa Bay ab r h bi ab r h bi McCoy ss 4 0 0 0 Jnnngs lf 3 0 0 0 EThms lf 3 1 0 0 BUpton cf 3 2 1 0 Bautist rf 3 1 2 2 Longori 3b 4 1 0 0 KJhnsn 2b 4 0 2 0 Zobrist 2b 4 2 1 1 Encrnc 3b 2 0 0 0 Damon dh 3 1 3 4 Rasms cf 4 0 1 0 SRdrgz ss 4 0 0 0 Cooper 1b 4 0 0 0 Ktchm 1b 2 0 0 0 Arencii c 4 0 1 0 Joyce rf 3 0 0 0 Loewen dh 3 0 0 0 Loaton c 3 0 1 0 Totals 31 2 6 2 Totals 29 6 6 5 Toronto............................... 200 000 000 — 2 Tampa Bay......................... 200 100 03x — 6 E—McCoy 2 (5), Cooper (4). DP—Toronto 2. LOB—Toronto 6, Tampa Bay 3. 2B—Rasmus (10), Damon (29). HR—Bautista (43), Zobrist (18), Damon (16). SB—B.Upton 2 (33), Damon (19). CS— K.Johnson (3), B.Upton (12). IP H R ER BB SO Toronto R.Romero L,15-11.. 72⁄3 6 6 1 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 Janssen .................... 1⁄3 Tampa Bay Niemann................... 1 2 2 2 2 0 Al.Torres W,1-1....... 5 3 0 0 1 5 B.Gomes H,4........... 1 0 0 0 0 2 Jo.Peralta H,19 ....... 1 1 0 0 0 1 Farnsworth............... 1 0 0 0 0 2 HBP—by R.Romero (Jennings, Kotchman), by Al.Torres (Bautista). WP—R.Romero. Umpires—Home, Ed Rapuano;First, Ed Hickox;Second, Mark Wegner;Third, Alfonso Marquez. T—2:34. A—27,773 (34,078).


Rangers 7, Mariners 3 Seattle

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White Sox 6, Royals 3 Kansas City

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Indians 8, Twins 2 First Game Minnesota Cleveland ab r h bi ab r h bi Span cf 5 0 1 0 Donald ss 4 0 1 0 Revere lf 4 0 2 0 Kipnis 2b 3 2 2 2 Cuddyr dh 4 0 0 0 CSantn c 3 1 0 0 Parmel 1b 4 0 0 0 Hafner dh 3 2 1 0 Valenci 3b 4 2 2 0 Duncan lf 3 0 1 3 Plouffe ss 4 0 3 1 LaPort 1b 3 1 1 1 LHughs 2b 4 0 0 0 Hannhn 3b 4 1 2 1 Benson rf 4 0 0 0 Crowe cf 0 0 0 0 RRiver c 2 0 1 0 Fukdm rf 4 1 1 1 Tolbert ph 1 0 0 0 Carrer rf-cf 4 0 0 0 Totals 36 2 9 1 Totals 31 8 9 8 Minnesota .......................... 000 101 000 — 2 Cleveland ........................... 200 006 00x — 8 DP—Minnesota 1. LOB—Minnesota 8, Cleveland 4. 2B—Revere 2 (8), Plouffe (18), Duncan (15), LaPorta (23). SF—Duncan. IP H R ER BB SO Minnesota Duensing.................. 5 3 2 2 1 4 Liriano L,9-10 .......... 1⁄3 2 5 5 2 0 Hoey ......................... 2⁄3 3 1 1 0 1 S.Baker..................... 2 1 0 0 0 2 Cleveland D.Huff ....................... 52⁄3 8 2 2 0 7 Putnam W,1-1 ......... 11⁄3 1 0 0 0 3 Herrmann ................. 2 0 0 0 0 3 HBP—by Liriano (Hafner), by Putnam (R.Rivera). WP—D.Huff 2. Umpires—Home, Andy Fletcher;First, Mark Lollo;Second, Jim Reynolds;Third, Alan Porter. T—2:41. A—26,197 (43,441).


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ab r h bi Revere cf 4 0 0 0 Plouffe ss 3 0 0 0 Cuddyr dh 2 1 1 0 Benson pr 4 2 2 0 Parmel 1b 3 1 0 0 Valenci 3b 4 1 2 3 Tosoni rf 2 1 2 1 Dnklm lf 4 1 1 1 Tolbert 2b 4 0 1 1 RRiver c 4 0 2 1 Butera c LHughs ph-2b 1 0 0 0 Totals 34 611 6 Totals 34 711 7 Minnesota .......................... 120 003 000 — 6 Cleveland ........................... 000 005 20x — 7 DP—Minnesota 1, Cleveland 2. LOB—Minnesota 7, Cleveland 7. 2B—Revere (9), Cuddyer (28), Tosoni (7), Dinkelman (1), C.Santana (34), Duncan (16), Chisenhall (13). 3B—Butera (1). SB—Revere (34). SF—Plouffe, Valencia. IP H R ER BB SO Minnesota Diamond................... 51⁄3 6 4 4 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 Al.Burnett H,10........ 1⁄3 Mijares L,0-2 H,10 .. 2⁄3 2 2 2 0 2 Capps BS,9-24........ 2⁄3 1 0 0 1 0 Waldrop.................... 1 0 0 0 1 2 Cleveland Talbot ....................... 51⁄3 9 6 6 4 1 Judy .......................... 2⁄3 1 0 0 0 0 Hagadone W,1-0 .... 1 0 0 0 0 0 Sipp H,24 ................. 1 0 0 0 0 2 C.Perez S,36-40 ..... 1 1 0 0 0 1 WP—Waldrop. Umpires—Home, Tim Welke;First, Jim Reynolds;Second, Alan Porter;Third, Mark Lollo. T—2:58. A—30,748 (43,441).

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Cougars outlast Hamlin racing for a bounce back Tunkhannock Struggling Hamlin needs to get on track today to help Chase hopes.

Hazleton Area goes on 97-yard scoring drive after converting key third down. By JAY MONAHAN For The Times Leader

HAZLETON – Just when it seemed Tunkhannock, after three-and-a-half quarters of playing catch-up, finally had Hazleton Area where it wanted Saturday night, the Cougars did exactly what it had done all game – somehow pull a third-down conversion out of thin air. After penalties positioned the Cougars into a first-and-25 within their own 3-yard line, they found themselves in a third-and-6 situation deep into their own territory. Quarterback Chad Hoffman dumped a screen pass to Brian Campbell, who broke three tackles and teetered along the sideline for a first down. Campbell’s catch rejuvenated Hazleton Area’s attack as it drove 97 yards down the field to set up a game-winning 32-yard Jeff Fendrick misdirection touchdown on fourth down for a 25-28 victory over the Tunkhannock in a Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional game. “(Campbell’s run) was the play of the game,” said Hazleton Area coach Jim Drumheller, whose team improved to 2-2. “It’s what kept us alive.” Tunkhannock (0-4) matched Hazleton Area punch-for-punch for four rounds, responding to each of the Cougars’ first four touchdowns with one of its own. After a Hazleton Area stop at the goal line on fourth down squandered a Tiger chance at a stalemate going into halftime, Tunkhannock responded in fashion. The Tigers utilized their patented misdirection kick return, handing the ball off to Zack Edmonson for an 84-yard touchdown to open the half. A botched snap on the extra point kept the Tigers down 14-13. Tunkhannock had one final attempt at matching Hazleton Area for a fifth straight time. With 47 seconds left on fourth-and -6, Tunkhannock quarterback Luke Seaberg found Josh Colley for a 24-

yard gain to put the ball on the Cougars’ 27-yard line. With the pressure cooking, the Cougars defense executed when it needed to with back-to-back sacks. Zack Smith pounded Seaberg for a 7-yard loss, sidelining the senior quarterback for a play. Kyle Bissol stopped replacement freshman quarterback Brian Beauchemin in the backfield for a 10-yard loss With two second remaining on the Hazleton Area 44, Cougar defenders batted down Tunkhannock’s last-chance pass to finalize the victory. Campbell ran for 131 yards on 21 carries and notched two touchdowns. Hazleton Area’s Yousef Guzman garnered 76 yards on 12 carries. For Tunkhannock, Colley caught three passes for 98 yards. Edmunson added a rushing touchdown and 95 yards on the ground.

Hazleton Area 35, Tunkhannock 28 Tunkhannock.......................... 7 0 14 7 — 28 Hazleton Area ........................ 7 7 14 7 — 35 First Quarter HAZ – Bissol run 9 yards (Joseph kick good), 6:41 TUN – Colley 36 pass from Seaberg (Coolbaugh kick good), 3:36 Second Quarter HAZ – Hoffman 1 run (Joseph kick good), 6:44Third Quarter TUN – Edmonson 83 kick return (run failed), 11:44 HAZ – Hoffman 19 run (Joseph kick good), 7:31 TUN – Robinson 12 run (Robinson run good), 4:18 HAZ – Guzman 1 run (Joseph kick good), 2:00 Fourth Quarter TUN – Edmonson 5 run (Coolbaugh kick good), 6:52 HAZ – Fendrick 32 run (Joseph kick good), 2:55 Team Statistics Tunk HazArea First downs............................. 16 20 Rushes-yards ........................ 38-176 49-334 Passing................................... 131 95 Total Yards............................. 207 429 Comp-Att-Int .......................... 5-11-0 5-10-0 Sacked-Yards Lost............... 0-0 4-30 Punts-Avg............................... 1-35 1-36 Fumbles-Lost......................... 2-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards..................... 1-5 5-55 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – TUN: Edmunson 12-95, Robinson 12-73, Seaberg 6-(minus-11), Muckin 3-26, Beauchemin 1-(minus-10), Custer 1-(minus-11), Coolbaugh 2-14, Team 1-0; HAZ: Campbell 21-131, Guzman 12-76, Z. Zakowski 5-13, Hoffman 9-73, Bissol 1-9, Fendrick 1-32, Team 0-0 PASSING – TUN: Seaberg 5-10-0-131, Team 01-0-0; HAZ: Hoffman 5-10-0-95 RECEIVING – TUN: Colley 3-98, Edmonson 228, Robinson 1-22; HAZ: Guzman 1-15, Fendrick 239, Campbell 2-41 INTs – none MISSED FIELD GOALS – none

LOUDON, N.H. — One and done? Title hopes up in smoke? For the Chase drivers who ran out of gas or good luck in the playoff opener, they have kept the faith that their championship pursuits aren’t spoiled because of a bad start. But it doesn’t help. Denny Hamlin, inconsistent all season, is stuck in 12th place and already 41 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. He struggled all day in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship kickoff last week at Chicagoland and staggered to a 31st-place finish. Matt Kenseth (10th) and Jeff Gordon (11th) are ahead of him in the standings, yet Gordon is only 25 points out of first. Not an enviable position, but certainly no reason to panic — not with nine races left starting Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin, though, could find his championship push extinguished with a similar poor run in the No. 11Toyota. He couldn’t find a spark Friday and qualified 28th, the worst start among the 12 Chase drivers. “We’re struggling right now just to get consistency and I can’t pinpoint one particular place where we need to work,” Hamlin said. “Someone asked me where we lacked and I don’t know. It’s something different every two to three weeks. It’s painful at this moment.” A year ago, Hamlin was on the brink of his first championship heading into the finale at Homestead. Hamlin entered the race leading the standings only to spin out and slide through the grass to derail his effort and pave the way for Jimmie Johnson to win the title for a fifth straight season. For Hamlin, it wasn’t just a bitter end to the season — it seemed


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against New York overall. Lester had beaten Garcia twice this season and had won each of his last four starts in the Bronx. Francona sought input from his players and coaches after Friday’s rainout and shook up his lineup, moving Carl Crawford to the second spot and dropping Adrian Gonzalez to fifth with Dustin Pedroia hitting third. But it all unraveled in a span of six batters in the second. “A disappointing game,” Francona said. “We didn’t finish a couple of plays, and they made us pay.” With runners on first and second, shortstop Marco Scutaro went deep into the hole to field Andruw Jones’ grounder. He seemed to have a chance to get the lead runner at third base but stumbled slightly and had to throw across his body to second. His throw was late, leaving the bases loaded. Montero then hit a sharp grounder out of Scutaro’s reach for the first run. Martin followed with a sinking liner to left field that hit off the glove of a sliding Crawford for two more runs. “I just tried to make a play at it. Didn’t make it,” Crawford said. Jeter, whose batting average is up to .297 after a first-half slump, followed with a drive into the right-field seats to make it 6-0. Before the game, the Yankees captain carried the bat Roger Maris used to hit his 61st homer onto the field as part of 50th anniversary ceremony. Lester gave up a two-out, tworun double to Montero in the third and was done, having given up eight runs. After Lester retired his first four batters, the Yankees were 8 for 12 against him.

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ATLANTA — Aaron Baddeley wanted to make a good impression on Greg Norman with hopes of being picked for the Presidents Cup. He wound up impressing a lot of people Saturday in the Tour Championship. Baddeley holed out for eagle on the fourth hole, and then lit up the back nine of East Lake with four straight birdies on his way to a 6-under 64 that put him atop the leaderboard with Hunter Mahan. Mahan holed a birdie putt just over 20 feet on the par-3 18th for a 66. They were at 9-under 201, both poised to capture a meaningful cup — even if it isn’t the same one. Mahan is No. 21 in the FedEx Cup and didn’t think he had a chance at the $10 million prize at the start of the week. Of the top five players in the standings, however, only Luke Donald remains in serious contention, and Mahan learned when he finished his round that he was projected to win golf’s richest prize. “I honestly didn’t think that was a possibility,” Mahan said. The Tour Championship suddenly is loaded with possibilities. Jason Day recovered from a ragged start and had a 69, leaving

him only two shots back. The 23year-old Australian was tied with K.J. Choi, who also started poorly and shot 70. Donald, the world No. 1 who still can add his name to the prestigious list of players to have captured the FedEx Cup, had a 70 and was only three shots behind. Bill Haas, who had a chance to make the Presidents Cup team last week until a 42 on the back nine at Cog Hill, was among those tied for the lead until the final two holes. He went bunker-tobunker on the 17th and had to scramble for bogey, and then hit his tee shot on the 18th into the crowd, missed a 4-foot putt and made double bogey. Haas was followed by his father, Jay Haas, an assistant captain for the Presidents Cup. He had to settle for a 69 and was so steamed that he refused requests for interviews. Ten players were separated by five shots — the margin by which Baddeley trailed going into the final round — and the group includes Phil Mickelson, who won this event two years ago. He had a 67 and was only four shots behind. “I feel like the first three rounds, I had three possibilities of 63, 64 that I turned into 68, 69,” Mickelson said. “If I can just not do that and keep it where I feel the round should be, I think I can make a run tomorrow.”

The pressure is building on so many fronts going into Sunday, and while it’s easy to focus on the $10 million to the winner of the FedEx Cup — $9 million of that in cash — for some it’s a cup that doesn’t pay anything. Baddeley, a winner at Riviera early in the year, grew up in Melbourne and desperately wants to be part of his first Presidents Cup team at Royal Melbourne. He is among three Australians — Robert Allenby and John Senden are the others —under consideration for two of Norman’s picks. They will be announced Tuesday. Baddeley spoke to Norman at the start of the week and knew the Shark would be watching. It didn’t make Baddeley nervous, it made him determined. “For me, it’s a motivator,” Baddeley said. “I want to play good. I want to be on that team, so I knew I had to play well this week. It’s time to bear down. I got some good work done on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I was ready for Thursday.” Most of that practice time was spent on putting. Baddeley is among the best in golf, though he felt something was missing. He worked on getting the club more balanced, paying particular attention to his right hand on the putter. He seems to have figured it out, making a 35-foot putt on No. 7, and a pair of 20-footers on the 14th and 15th.



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Fall archery period opens hunting slate Small game seasons for all hunters begin on Oct. 15 with squirrel and grouse. By TOM VENESKY


A male pheasant is shown inside a field enclosure at the Loyalsock Game Farm before the facility was damaged by floodwaters earlier this month.

Flood causes shortage BY THE NUMBERS


the Loyalsock Game Farm that PGC crews will When floodwaters raged through two of the probably be recapturing them for months. At the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s game farms in Northcentral Game Farm near Williamsport, the Lycoming County earlier this month, they almost situation is even worse. swept away the upcoming pheasant hunting sea“We had 19,000 there, and we lost most of them. son. Approximately 40,000 pheasants from the Loyal- All of them got out,” Boyd said, adding that only sock and Northcentral game farms either escaped 1,000 had been caught as of Wednesday but an unknown number had drowned. or perished in the high water. Considering the “The odors around the farms still persist,” he agency planned on releasing 100,000 pheasants said. this hunting season, the loss is significant. The recapture figures increase Still, there is one thing that daily because PGC staff is emthe flood waters didn’t sweep While the September flooding ploying a number of techniques away. had a major impact to the to get the birds back. Boyd said Hope. PGC’s pheasant program, Boyd numbers of escaped pheasants are As PGC personnel worked said it won’t affect won’t affect coming back to the pens and to around the clock to recapture pheasants and rebuild pens, the the junior pheasant hunts to be collect them, holes are cut in the agency is optimistic that it can held at select locations state- fences with a funnel opening, allowing the birds to enter. The accomplish the increased profunnel prevents the birds from duction goal of 200,000 birds for wide on Oct. 8. The 1,800 pheasants allocated for those leaving the pen, he said. next fall. “It’s working. We had pens that “I can assure you our goal is hunts will still be provided by were roosters only, and now there still the same – go back to full the PGC, Boyd said. are hens in there, too,” Boyd said. production next fall,” said Bob Live traps are also placed Boyd, assistant director of the throughout the area surrounding each farm and a Bureau of Wildlife Management. “We’ll still mainfew pheasants are being caught that way as well. tain a breeding flock to produce 200,000 distribuSince the floodwaters damaged the middle of the tion next fall.” pens, PGC personnel are utilizing a third recapture It’s a welcome prognosis after the floodwaters technique by driving escaped pheasants into the raged through pheasant pens at both facilities, corners of the pens and catching them that way. sweeping away fences, netting, posts and birds. Despite the efforts, Boyd said the work can’t go There are reports of dead pheasants being found on indefinitely. five miles downstream from the farms, and initial “The longer it goes, the more the pheasants estimates indicated that up to 40,000 birds from disperse,” he said. “And they get smarter.” the agency’s total production of 105,000 were And PGC staff is also tasked with the job of gone. repairing and rebuilding the numerous structures Boyd said he is still compiling a damage estidamaged by the flood. mate and report to submit to the PGC board. He “The debris and pressure of the water separated said the floodwaters at both farms swept through a lot of the fencing at the seams. Some pens are the middle of several field pens – large enclosures completely gone,” Boyd said. “There’s a lot of over agricultural fields where pheasants intended to be released this fall are kept. As a result, fences cleanup work to do as well.” Half of the pens at the Loyalsock facility escaped were ripped open and while some pheasants did flood damage, while Boyd said all of the enclosed drown more escaped. fields at the Northcentral farm were affected. Boyd said there are so many pheasants out at

OUTDOORS NOTES NESCOPECK STATE PARK will hold the following events in October (for more information or to register, call 4032006): Saturday, Oct. 1 – Kayaking: Level Three at Brady’s Lake Sunday, Oct. 2 – Edible Wild Mushrooms Friday, Oct. 21 – Night Hike at Lake Frances

Saturday, Oct. 22 – Junior Bird Club: Hawk Mountain THE RUMBLE ON THE RIVER bass tourney scheduled for Saturday at Nesbitt Park was postponed. Refunds will be sent to those who pre-registered. The event will likely be held next June in conjunction with Riverfest.

44,000 – Total number of pheasants at the Loyalsock Game Farm. More than half escaped or perished. 19,000 – Total number of pheasants at the Northcentral game farm. Most escaped or died. 40,000 – Initial estimate of the number of pheasants at the Loyalsock and Northcentral game farms that escaped or perished. 10,000 – Estimated number of pheasants captured at both farms as of Wednesday. 300 to 400 – Number of pheasants that PGC personnel were capturing at both farms daily last week. 30,000 – Estimated loss of pheasants after last week’s recapture efforts (which are still ongoing).

GETTING BACK ON TRACK One avenue the PGC will pursue to get its pheasant production back on track for the 2013 hunting season is rearing more chicks. Boyd said the agency will see how many eggs it can obtain and he plans on having all their incubators full next spring.

“At that farm, the water went through every square inch,” he said. On a positive note, once the pheasants are released this hunting season, the pens won’t be needed again until late June, when next year’s birds come out of the brooder houses. Also, Boyd said the hatchery and brooder facilities at the farms weren’t damaged, which means the PGC can resume production next spring. “That’s the good news about the flood,” he said. Still, with a potential loss of 40 percent of the total pheasant production, the agency will be forced to alter this year’s pheasant allocations. Boyd said the new allocation figures for the state will be released in the near future, but needless to say it will be lower. “The timing of this event – a month before the stocking starts, I’ve never seen anything like this before,” he said. “Hunters have experienced half production since 2005. Now, we’re going to have to take a step back even further.” Albeit temporarily. “This isn’t insurmountable,” Boyd added. “Next year we’ll return the program to what it was before.”

It’s been a trying year for people and wildlife. A wet spring and summer made it difficult on turkey and ruffed grouse poults that hatched into the cool, damp conditions. The seemingly constant rains of the summer were frustrating to area farmers trying to get crops planted in a timely manner and make hay later in the season. And most recently, the flooding that occurred earlier this month devastated many and disrupted all of our lives. It will be good to get back to a sense of normalcy, and hunting season is one way to do just that. Things will begin to get back to normal next Saturday, Oct. 1 when archery season opens. Hunters might find conditions a little difficult early in the season as the above normal rainfall has kept vegetation thick and lush. But the impact is only temporary as archery season is one of the few hunting seasons that is better at the end than in the beginning. The season runs until Nov. 12, giving archery hunters plenty of time in the woods after the leaves start falling and the rut swings into full gear. Soon after the start of archery season, several youth seasons open up for pheasant, rabbit , rabbit and squirrel. The early seasons all open on Oct. 8 and continue until Oct. 15 for junior hunters only. The regular small game season for all licensed hunters kicks off with squirrel and grouse on Oct. 15 followed by pheasant and rabbit on Oct. 22. All of the fall small game seasons continue to Nov. 26.


Archery deer – Oct. 1 to Nov. 12 Squirrels and grouse – Oct. 15 to Nov. 26 Rabbit and pheasant – Oct. 22 to Nov. 26 Fall turkey – WMU’s 2C, 2D, 2E, 4A, 4B and 4D – Oct. 29 to Nov. 12 and Nov. 24-26; WMU’s 2F, 2G, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C and 4E – Oct. 29 to Nov. 18 and Nov. 24-26 Archery bear – Nov. 14-18


Squirrels (junior hunters) – Oct. 8-14 Rabbit and pheasant (junior hunters) – Oct. 8-15 Antlerless deer (junior and senior license holders, disabled permit holders and active duty military) – Oct. 20-22 Antlerless deer, muzzleloader – Oct. 15-22


If you’re not ready for hunting season but still want to do some trout fishing, there are plenty of opportunities coming up this fall. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will be stocking selected lakes and streams statewide in October. Here’s the local trout stocking list: Luzerne County Harveys Creek – Oct. 12 Harveys Lake – Oct. 4 Lake Irena – Oct. 3 Lake Took-A-While – Oct. 12 Lily Lake – Oct. 6 Moon Lake – Oct. 6 Nescopeck Creek – Oct. 6 Sylvan Lake – Oct. 6 Carbon County Mud Run – Oct. 6 Pohopoco Creek – Oct. 6 Columbia County Briar Creek Lake – Oct. 3 Lackawanna County Lackawanna Lake – Oct. 3 Lehigh River – Oct. 7 Merli-Sarnoski Park Lake – Oct. 3 Roaring Brook – Oct. 3 Tunkhannock Creek, South Branch – Oct. 4 Wyoming County Bowman’s Creek – Oct. 4 Tunkhannock Creek, South Branch – Oct. 4

Brown bullhead catfish ends up a record catch The Times Leader staff

A brown bullhead catfish caught in Carbon County’s Beltzville Lake has been certified as a Pennsylvania state record for that species by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). Ian Radler of Palmerton, Carbon County, caught the fish on the evening of Aug. 22. Radler was fishing for catfish near the Trachsville Bridge using cut bait. More information and pictures

can be found at: His catch exceeds the previous record by 6 ounces. That fish was caught in 1983 by Eddie Lasorda while fishing at Marsh Creek Lake in Chester County. The Fish and Boat Commission certifies state records based on total body weight. Potential record fish must exceed the established mark by at least 2

ounces, as weighed on a certified scale. To be considered for state record certification, a fish must be caught using legal means, in season, from Pennsylvania waters open to the public, and without charge or fee. Fish taken from farm ponds, fee-fishSUBMITTED PHOTO ing lakes, ponds or streams or in waters restricted to This brown bullhead catfish, caught by Ian Radler of use by club members or Palmerton, has been certified as a state-record catch. their guests do not qualify. Staff from the PFBC must The PFBC is the only en- cial state record fish in the examine the fish. tity that can certify an offi- Commonwealth.





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Mostly sunny

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Syracuse 81/60

The Finger Lakes

Highs: 77-81. Lows: 58-63. Partly to mostly cloudy, isolated showers possible.

Pottsville 76/63

New York City 79/66 Reading 77/66

Harrisburg 77/64

Highs: 76-79. Lows: 62-69. Cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms.

Philadelphia 79/69 Atlantic City 74/68


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Today Tomorrow 51/39/c 84/66/s 75/69/sh 77/65/c 78/63/t 84/65/pc 64/57/sh 74/60/pc 95/66/pc 85/54/s 70/61/pc 87/71/s 97/75/pc 69/56/t 94/67/s 67/61/s 90/76/t 62/56/sh 66/50/pc

ALMANAC Recorded at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Int’l Airport trace 8.55” 3.12” 47.25” 28.13”



The Jersey Shore

Wilkes-Barre 79/64





Poughkeepsie 78/63



The Poconos

Highs: 74-80. Lows: 64-69. Cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.



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Towanda 79/61

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NATIONAL FORECAST: A frontal boundary draped along the East Coast will promote cloudy conditions and a chance of thunderstorms for much of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Another system over the Midwest will be responsible for showers and thunderstorms from the Great Lakes and most of the Mississippi River Valley.



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A little warm up will be heading our way over the next few days. But with that comes a few showers. Today will be a mostly cloudy day with a passing shower, but the high will be around 77. We will drop into the mid 60s Sunday night with cloudy skies. Monday will bring mostly cloudy skies and a high of 78 with a chance of rain. For Tuesday, showers remain in the forecast with cloudy skies and a high of 76. - Michelle Rotella

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Metz Culinary ranked in national magazine




Cellphones spread into pre-teen demographic


DALLAS – A national magazine has named local food preparer Metz Culinary Management 18th on its top 50 list of food contract management companies. In its September issue, Food Management magazine ranks the top 50 companies, 23 of which reported annual revenues last year of $100 million or more. Metz was among that group for the first time ever reporting $109 million in revenue lat year, an increase of $11 million from 2009 figures. The company once known as Metz & Associates rebranded itself in March with the new name to better tell clients what it offers. Along with the new name comes the latest honor from Food Management magazine. Last year’s Top 50 list placed Metz at 22nd. Maureen Gallagher, a Metz spokeswoman, said the increase in positions and revenues is thanks to the company’s commitment to change the way cafeteria dining looks. “Creating the kinds of social, casual dining environment people look for today is very important. We are working with a restaurant mind-set in the noncommercial side,” said Jeffrey C. Metz, president and chief executive officer of Metz. Locally, Metz operates Lucky’s Sporthouse in Wilkes-Barre Township, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Wolfgang Puck, both at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Casino in Plains Township, and T.G.I. Friday’s in Wilkes-Barre. Metz Culinary Management also contracts with many local clients, including Misericordia University, its first client back in 1994. It also services the Dallas School District, Wyoming Seminary, Blue Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania, Sallie Mae, and Frontier Communications. According to the company, the Top 50 on the list are chosen through a detailed study of significant national companies that operate in noncommercial food service areas, primarily in schools, colleges, healthcare, business and industry and recreation. The ranking is based on sales volume, number of contracts, major segments sold and new concepts and programs. With 5,000 employees, the company is still family run. Jeff Metz, whose father John founded the company 17 years ago, views the dining experience at a Metz operated facility “like you’re in a fine restaurant even if you’re in a hospital or school cafe.” The company’s 130 clients and hundreds of thousands of diners seem to be buying into the premise as the company, once heavily situated in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has now expanded into eight more states. During the announcement in March that the company was rebranding itself with a new name and logo, Jeff Metz told those gathered in the gymnasium on the Penn State Hazleton campus that the company had an ambitious goal of doubling sales revenues by 2020. If recent years’ growth are any indication, that goal is not so far-fetched. According to the company, Metz saw sales rise 60 percent since 2006.


Brandon Gonzales, 12, has been using a cellphone since he was 10. Almost all of his friends have cell phones, too. His mom, Elizabeth Gonzales, likes knowing that he can call home at any time. “It gives me peace of mind," she said. Kids ages 9 to 12 are the fastest-growing cell phone market.

CONNECTING with the younger generation By CLAUDIA BUCK McClatchy Newspapers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Brandon Gonzales has been carrying his black Pantech cellphone with the slide-out keyboard for two years. Brandon is 12.• And he’s certainly not unusual. Over the last decade, the age of kids packing their first cellphone has been dialing back younger and younger.• This month, as millions of students swarm back to school, it’s estimated that more than 75 percent of all U.S. teens have a cellphone. And “tweens” — kids ages 9 to 12 — may be the fastest-growing cellphone market out there. “The age a child gets a first cellphone is getting progressively younger. Parents want to be in touch with their kids,” said John Breyault, who authored a new guide on tweens and cellphones for the National Consumers League in Washington, D.C. For Brandon, a skateboarding tween, having a cellphone is no big deal. Even though he almost doesn’t “know anyone who doesn’t have one,” Brandon said he’s not much of a serial texter and only makes occasional calls. Picking up Brandon outside his middle school last week, his mother, Elizabeth Gonzales, said he got his first phone at 10 “for safety reasons.” Even when he’s outside with friends in their midtown Sacramento neighborhood, she likes knowing Brandon can call home in any emergency. “It

gives me peace of mind,” Gonzales said. There’s plenty of debate over what age kids should get their first cellphone. If you’re contemplating the decision, here are some tips from the National Consumers League: Know the answers Before heading to the nearest cellphone store, ask yourself some basic questions: • Why does my child need a cellphone? Will it be used mainly for emergencies or keeping in touch with parents/family? Should it be used for games, Internet access, texting/chatting with friends? • Does my tween lose things often? Can he/she be trusted to care for a phone? • How much do I want to spend on the phone itself and its monthly service? Is my tween mature enough to keep texting/calling/data use with-

in the contract limits? Keeping those questions in mind “can help you stay focused when your tween inevitably starts to drool over phones that may not fit ... your needs,” the National Consumers League notes in its online guide. (For a free copy, go to http:// Have the talk Discuss the dangers of “sexting” (sending sexually explicit photos by cellphone) and cyberbullying (sending intimidating, harassing messages). Be sure your kids know not to answer calls from unknown numbers and to never share their cell number with people they don’t know, especially online. And, while it may sound silly, explain the risks of texting while bicycling. See PHONE, Page 5D

Area bars have deals worth tackling this football season has 30 cent wings and pierogies, $1 domestic beer drafts and $2 bottles on Sundays. • Hunn’s West Side Café in Luzerne STEALS & DEALS has 35 cent wings on Monday nights and $2 Miller Lite bottles from 9 to 11. With 30 big screen televisions, They also offer $2 domestic bottles and there’s no bad seat in the house. Plus $1.50 domestic drafts on Sundays from enter weekly to win an NFL team jerpany the games. 3 to 5. sey that will be given away during After the first two weeks of NFL These bars don’t have the Sunday action, and now with four Saturdays of halftime of every Monday night football Ticket but still offer decent deals and college football games on the books, it’s game. You must be present to win. Also on Sunday only if you purchase still have football on the tube: time to take a look at what area bars • Senunas’ in downtown Wilkesoffer to entice patrons on game day(s). an 18” Pizza to go you get a free order Barre has $2 Miller Lite pints from 5 to of Lucky Chips. • At Lucky’s Sporthouse in WilkesThe NFL Sunday ticket is popular as midnight on Mondays. Barre Township, the offers are plentiful. • Stan’s Café in Wilkes-Barre has 18 many local bars now offer it .The feaSaturdays and Sundays from noon to clams for $3.95 and Bud Light pints for close and Mondays from 8 p.m. to close ture allows bars to broadcast multiple $1.50 on Sundays. games on multiple televisions. the joint has $4 full size appetizers • On Monday nights, Grandaddy’s in The following bars all offer it in including Lucky Chips, nachos, personLuzerne has a dozen wings for $4 and al pizza, chili cheese fries, pizza loaded addition to specials: • Rox Bar and Grill in Plymouth has 8-ounce Miller Lite drafts for $1. dries and pierogies. There are also beer Still bar related, but not football specials including four 16-ounce alumi- $2 Miller Lite bottles all day Sunday. related, Bart & Urby’s in Wilkes-Barre • The River Grille in Plains Townnum bottles of Miller Lite and Coors is showing its appreciation for all fire ship has $1.50 Miller Lite drafts and Lite for $10 and Bud light pints are and police department members, res$1.50 all day Saturday and Sunday and free popcorn on Sundays. cue workers, EMA and Red Cross em• Tommyboy’s in Nanticoke offers until midnight Monday. You can mix ployees and anyone else who played a $1.50 Coors Lights all day Sunday. and match the bottles in the four for role in helping others during the flood• Rob’s Pub and Grub in Larksville $10 deal. ARE YOU READY for some football? I am. But even more than football, I’m ready for the awesome beer and food deals that accom-



ing by offering them a 25 percent dining discount through Wednesday. Call 970-9570 for details. With all the giving and generosity shown the past week, here’s another way to give. The Red Cross is holding blood drives throughout the region including one at the Dallas American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas on Monday from noon to 6 p.m., another at the American Legion Post 644, 259 Shoemaker St., Swoyersville, on Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. and another Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Misericordia University’s Insalaco Center in Dallas Township. Every one that gives blood in September will get a coupon good for a $12.99 oil change and a free tire rotation at area Monro Muffler and Brake locations. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment and to learn where other blood drives will be held. Andrew M. Seder, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 570-829-7269. If you know of any local steals or deals, send them to


Now’s the time to reverse that IRA conversion MOST FINANCIAL choices don’t come with a do-over, especially when taxes and investing are concerned. But investors who now regret converting their IRAs (individual retirement accounts) to Roth IRAs, can reverse this decision by Oct. 17. Before I dive into the details, let’s get everyone up to speed. A traditional IRA is a retirement account you open through a bank or investment company that generally provides a tax break today, but requires you to pay taxes on the money when you take it out in retirement. A Roth is funded with after-tax dollars with the big plus of taking that money out tax-free upon retirement. When financial experts look into their crystal balls, the majority see higher tax rates in the future, which makes it more attractive to pay tax on investments now, at what are considered to be relatively low tax rates, than at potentially sky-high rates in the future. So the IRS gives investors the option to convert their traditional IRA assets into Roth IRA assets by paying the taxes today instead of years down the road. (I’ve heard the government could use the money.) The year 2010 was a big one for conversions because the rules changed to allow anyone to perform this trick. Before, anyone who made more than $100,000 was out of luck. As a special bonus, savers who converted their IRA to a Roth in 2010 were given two years to pay the taxes owed, easing the burden of finding a chunk of change for Uncle Sam. But that good deal turned out not to be the best deal, considering this summer’s market slump. Say someone owes taxes on a $50,000 IRA because they converted it to a Roth. Now, because of market declines, their portfolio is worth only $40,000. They’re probably thinking “Gee, wish I timed that better.” This is where the do-over comes in. With what’s known as a recharacterization, savers can reverse the IRA switcheroo, turning their recently converted Roth IRA back to a traditional IRA. “Why pay the IRS based on a $50,000 conversion when you’re not going to get the benefit of that for a number of years because (the account) is depressed so much in value?” explained Damian Winther, a certified financial planner in Edina, Minn. In addition to investors bummed that they owe tax on a now-deflated portfolio, the strategy appeals to individuals who recently entered a lower tax bracket, perhaps due to a job loss. Why not reverse the conversion and reconvert the money, paying tax at their new lower tax rate? Of course if you’ve fallen on hard times, it can be tough to scrape together money to pay the tax. Paying tax out of the IRA balance is a no-no because you’ll be taxed on the full amount and if you’re younger than age 59.5, you’d be penalized for taking an early withdrawal on the money used to pay for taxes. “It doesn’t make any sense,” said Bloomington, Minn., certified financial planner Jon Meyer. There is a limit to how often you can employ this strategy. You must wait at least 30 days, or the following year — whichever is later — before taking assets you just recharacterized and turning them into a Roth again. That means you risk recharacterizing and then having the market skyrocket, making a new conversion more expensive. Given the market’s recent correction, now may be a good time to consider a conversion from an IRA to a Roth. Get the taxes out of the way today on a smaller pot of money and watch it grow tax-free until you withdraw the funds tax-free, or decide to pass the money to your heirs. If the market heads further south, or you fall into a lower tax bracket, you have until next October for your mulligan. Kara McGuire is a columnist for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. Readers may send her email at



Geisinger Health Plan and Geisinger Gold were recently named the top-ranked private and Medicare health plans in PennCAN DO, Greater Hazleton’s ecosylvania by the National Committee for Quality Assurance nomic development agency, (NCQA). Nationally, GHP’s HMO recently presented its Curb is ranked eighth and Geisinger Appeal Awards to industrial park Gold’s HMO is ranked ninth for tenants who have beautified and quality and service. maintained the visual appeal of Daniel Keiper, Moosic, was named their properties. First Quality the Employee of the Month for Nonwovens was named the September at Golden Techoverall winner and received the nologies, Kingtop award in the program. ston. Employed Winners in the category of “Busiin the Traffic nesses with 1-to-75 Employees Department at are: 5th Gear, Humboldt Industhe company, trial Park; IMR Limited, Valmont he was selectIndustrial Park; High Mountain ed his excellent Hardware, Inc., McAdoo Indusattendance trial Park; and JPC Equestrian, record, cooperInc., CAN DO Corporate Center. ative attitude Winners in the category of “Busiand attention Keiper nesses with more than 75 Emto detail. He ployees are: First Quality Nonreceived a wovens, Inc., Humboldt Industriplaque, preal Park; United States Cold ferred parking Storage, Humboldt Industrial and monetary Park North; and Bemis Compagift. ny, Inc., Valmont Industrial Park. John Kirn Jr., an The winner in the “Commercial emergency Services” category is Service department Electric Cablevision, Inc. in nurse at GeisHumboldt Industrial Park and inger Wyoming the winner in the “Commercial – Decowski Valley Medical Hotels, Restaurants, Retail” Center, recently earned his category is Residence Inn by Certified Emergency Nurse Marriott in Humboldt Station.





credentials. Marc T. Decowski, Mountain Top, and Adam M. Kamor, Wilkes-Barre, were recently recognized as part of the Kamor Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ 40 Under 40: Members to Watch for 2011-2012. Both received this distinction for demonstrated leadership qualities. Ida L. Castro, vice president of community engagement and equity for The Commonwealth Medical College was recently awarded the 2011 Multicultural Leadership Award by the National Diversity Council. The award recognizes Castro individuals of color who have made a difference through their achievements and exemplify the ability to excel in their field. Tobyhanna army depot, Pa. — Three employees here were recognized for their years of government service during the Aug. 31 Length of







Service Ceremony. Tobyhanna Army Depot recently presented Length of Service Awards to employees. Those recognized for 30 Zeisler years of service were: Gary Evans, Nanticoke, electronics equipment inspector; George Rittenhouse, Swoyersville, engineering technician; and Charles Zeisler, Nescopeck, quality assurance specialist.

Submit announcements of business honors and awards to Business Awards by email to; by mail to 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250; or by fax to (570) 829-5537. Photos in jpg format may be attached to email.

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NEW YORK — If you’re prone to mistyping email addresses, here’s a new thing to worry about: you could be a target for spammers trying to sell you a dream vacation or a diet product by pretending to be one of your friends or colleagues. In a clever twist on spam, some websites with names that are confusingly similar to legitimate sites have been set up to reply to any mail sent to them. The responses are framed as out-of-office replies, but sneak in mentions of a new product or service you should try. Here’s a real-life example of how it works: An Associated Press reporter accidentally sent a message to a “” address instead of the proper “.com” and got this response, ostensibly from his contact “tom”: “I am out of office right now on a my (sic) dream vacation and will get back to you when I return. If you don’t hear from me, my assistant should contact you

shortly. You should check this site to see how I scored the best travel deal for my trip.” That’s followed by a link to a site that advertises luxury resorts. Presumably, the owner of makes money when someone clicks through to any of the resort sites. Only a handful of sites were set up to produce the autoreplies tracked by the AP, and they stopped after the AP’s inquiries. But there are hundreds of thousands of sites out there that could be set up to reply to Mr. and Mrs. Butterfingers, with names that are slight variations of major sites — like “yaoo” instead of “yahoo.” They’ve been registered by socalled “typo-squatters,” whose goal is to make money from advertising as people accidentally visit the sites after mistyping an address in their Web browser. If more typo-squatting sites start autoreplying, that could be particular problem for Internet mailing lists. If a participant mistypes his or her address when joining a mailing list, every message to the list could get a re-

sponse from a typo-squatter. This infestation is already apparent on a few Internet mailing lists, including one about Django, a free software package, and one for Communist University, a group based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tom Pica, a spokesman for Verizon Wireless, said the company’s legal department is looking at the matter and intends to pursue the owner of “” Patrick Flaherty, a lawyer for Verizon, said the company will probably try to seize the domain name through legal action. It’s unclear who owns and the page with the links. Their address registration data is masked. Verizon Communications Inc., which controls Verizon Wireless, has gone after typo-squatters before. In 2008 it won a $33.1 million judgment against OnlineNIC, a San Francisco-based company that according to Verizon had registered 663 domain names like “” The phone number given in the spam messages goes to the


online fax account of a real-estate broker in Honolulu. She said she first learned the number was included in the spam when asked by an AP reporter. The mailing address in the spam goes to an apartment building in Encino, Calif. The messages don’t include an apartment number. Internet searches revealed that at least two other typo-squatting sites have produced auto-replies: and One response from the latter site said “I’m on sick leave because of some news from my Dr., please check out this diet product he recommended.” Unwanted out-of-office spam isn’t the only reason to be careful about typing email addresses. A small security firm recently reported setting up 30 Web addresses, with names similar to those of major corporations, and saving every email that came in over six months. The firm, Godai Group, ended up with 120,000 emails, with contents that included trade secrets and network usernames and passwords.

Gary Isaac has opened the sub shop at 223 E. Broad Street, West Hazleton. The shop, which sells 8-inch hoagies and homemade salads, promises quick pick-up and delivery services. Hoagies range from $2-$3 each. Grab ’N Go Hoagies is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Sat-


Kathleen Benyois has opened the collectibles shop at 330 W. Butler Drive, Drums. The shop offers a selection of antique, vintage and new pieces. Displays include furniture, lamps, pottery, dinnerware, autographed sports memorabilia and jewelry spanning more than a century. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12th at 10 a.m., though the store is now open for business.

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METROACTION SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING OPTIONS SEMINAR: Monday, September 26, 3-6 p.m., Wilkes University, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. The event is free and open to the public. Local commercial lending institutions will be available to discuss finances; seminar will include presentations on the Business Financial Assistance Program. For information, call 341-0270 or visit

WYOMING COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS & GAS EXPO: Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort, Route 6, Tunkhannock. Free for chamber members, $20 for non-members. Natural gas industry representatives will provide insight to potential growth for existing businesses as well as the creation of needed new businesses. For information, call 836-7755 or email

W.V.R.E.I.A LANDLORDS HELPING LANDLORDS: Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Ramada Inn, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. The cost is $10 at the door or free for members. Brian Russoniello, of Solar Universe, will discuss solar power as it applies in residential and commercial settings as well as state and federal credits that go along with solar power. For information, call 240-6475.

TOBYHANNA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION NETWORKING MIXER: Wednesday from 5-8 p.m., at the credit union, 315 Franklin Ave., Scranton. It’s open to local businesses and those currently affiliated with the credit union. Light refreshments will be served and everyone will receive a free giveaway. For information, contact Nina Waskevich, at 558-0494 or by email at

SEMINAR TO HELP BUSINESSES UNDERSTAND DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Wednesday at 8 a.m., the Innovation Center at WilkesBarre. It’s free and open to any business. Learn about federal disaster assistance and unemployment benefits that are available to businesses impacted by flooding. Sponsored by The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and Wilkes University Small Business Development Center. Registration requested; call the Wilkes University SBDC at 408-4340. PITTSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BREAKFAST MEETING: Wednesday at 7:45 a.m., Gramercy restaurant, 155 S. Main St., Pittston. Guest speaker will be U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta. Cost is $18 per person and reservations were due by Sept.

GREATER SCRANTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBER APPRECIATION OPEN HOUSE: Friday, October 7, at noon, at the chamber building, 222 Mulberry Street, Scranton. The event is free and open to chamber members and nonmembers. The event includes a barbecue lunch and networking with chamber directors, staff and members. For information, contact Mari Potis, membership director, at 342-7711 or by email at Submit announcements of business meetings, seminars and other events to Business Agenda by email to; by mail to 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250; or by fax to (570) 829-5537. Photos in jpg format may be attached to email.

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The local architectural and engineering design firm recently announced the addition of three new employees. Brian Akelaitis is a senior project manager in the firm’s Bethlehem office. He has over 17 years of experience in electrical engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Akelaitis holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a juris doctorate from Widener University, Chester. Herman Van Fleet is a senior architect, with a concentration in health care design and concepts, in the firm’s Wilkes-Barre office. A licensed architect in Pennsylvania, he has more than 27 years of experience in the field of architecture and is NCARB certified. Van Fleet

holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture/building engineering and advertising design from Syracuse University, New York. Paul Spence is the director of Marcellus Services Delivery in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. He is a seasoned engineer and manager with an extensive background in delivering engineering services and increasing market share. Spence Spence holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering/chemistry from Union College and a master’s degree in civil/environmental engineering from Duke University, North Carolina.


George Rittle, operations manager of the Emergency Department at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, was




recently elected to the board of directors of the association, a professional organization which promotes excellence in emergency nursing through leadership, research, education and advocacy.


Dr. Benedict Sales recently joined the family practice at Geisinger– Pittston. He earned his medical degree from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Quezon City, Sales Philippines and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Manila, Philippines. Sales is a member of American Academy of Family Physicians and the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians.

Home sellers paying full real estate commissions By PAUL OWERS Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Someone selling a home is more likely to pay a full real estate commission today than during the housing boom, when discounts ruled and most properties sold quickly. Commissions have steadily increased in recent years, despite a rash of foreclosures and falling home values that have left sellers with little spare cash to pay a broker. The average commission nationally at year-end 2010 was 5.40 percent, up from 5.04 percent in 2005, according to Real Trends, a publishing and consulting company based in Castle Rock, Colo. Commissions are negotiable, but the standard is 6 percent of the sale price. The seller usually pays the fee, which is split evenly between the agents on both sides of the deal. In the housing frenzy of 2000 to 2005, sellers often questioned the value of agents. The number of brokersballooned,andthecompetition for listings led some agents to cut commissions below 6 percent. But when the housing market soured beginning in 2006, agents couldn’t leave the profession fast enough, and it became much har-







Farmworkers sue chains for back pay By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ Associated Press

MIAMI — More than a dozen farmworkers want Burger King and Subway to pay back wages they say the companies owe them under a deal the chains made with a Florida farmworker advocacy group, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of the workers by the Migrant Farmworker Justice Project. The 2008 agreement between the food companies and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers was devised to help boost wages for Florida tomato pickers, whose backbreaking labor provides much of the nation’s winter tomato crop. The companies were among several fast-food chains, including Taco Bell and McDonalds, which agreed to pay a penny more per pound for their tomatoes. The money was to be passed along to the workers by their employers: Florida tomato growers. But there was a catch. The growers balked at the deal until last November, meaning the companies had no mechanism for passing on the extra money. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday

in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, the 16 workers are asking for unspecified wages based on the number of tomatoes they picked that were bought by Burger King and Subway. Their attorney Greg Schell says now that the growers are on board, it should be simple for the chains to provide back pay from 2008, or to explain why they don’t owe the money. But he says the companies have refused to discuss the issue. He said he is also planning to file suit against several other fast-food chains. “I’ve been going five months and have yet to get an answer,� Schell said. Miami-based Burger King Corp. said in a statement Thursday it had yet to see the lawsuit and could not comment. Subway did not immediately return calls for comment. The coalition, which is not connected to the Justice Project, does not support the lawsuit. The coalition said the companies had put the money in escrow until the growers were willing to participate in the deal. On Thursday, the group provided copies of a 2011 farmworker pay stub to

The Associated Press showing larger than normal bonus distributions from McDonald’s and Subway it said represented the money accrued in the escrow accounts. Julia Perkins of the coalition said some current workers have received the escrow funds even if they weren’t part of the past harvests, but she said it was unrealistic to try and track down workers from several seasons ago, many of whom have returned to Mexico and other countries. “The coalition gained attention in 2005 when it first persuaded Taco Bell owner Yum! Brands to pay more for its tomatoes following a successful student-led boycott of the chain. Other companies, including McDonalds, eventually followed. Such victories were initially symbolic, as the chains only bought a small portion of the tomatoes harvested in Florida and because of the growers’ lack of participation. But the Coalition has since broadened its campaign to include food service and grocery store suppliers, signing a deal with Whole Foods in 2008, among other companies.

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der to sell homes. Agents say sellers have since grown more appreciative of what they do. “Sellers are very happy to pay thefullcommissions,eventhough they’re getting less money for their homes,� said Claire Sheres of Coldwell Banker in south Palm Beach County, Fla. “They’renotquibblingwith5or 6 percent,� added Scott Agran, head of Boca Raton, Fla.-based Lang Realty. “They’re saying, ’What can you do to sell my house for the highest price and in the quickest amount of time?’ “ Agents now have to spend more time and money marketing the properties, and their jobs aren’t limited to finding buyers and securing contracts, said Beverly Roth-

stein of the Christopher White Group in northwest Broward County. Agentsalsohavetohelparrange financing and title insurance to keep the sales moving toward the closing table. “No one really has given me any grief about commissions,� Rothstein said. “In this market, your best friend is your real estate agent.� Robin Craig didn’t think she’d need an agent to sell her two-bedroom cottage in Fort Lauderdale’s Victoria Park. So in May she created a website and flyer and stuck a sign in her front yard. But for Craig, a 43-year-old ac-

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LOS ANGELES — Music and media companies are pinning fresh hopes for reviving their businesses on a small ribbon that Facebook has begun putting on user profiles called the “ticker.” The new, slim stream of updates automatically lists users’ activity on a range of apps made for listening to music, watching movies, reading news and playing games after users consent to the continuous sharing just once. Clicking on your friends’ items in the ticker can lead to automatically being signed up for free trials on services such as music plans Spotify and Rhapsody, many of which may eventually ask for a monthly fee. While the new feature is billed as a way of fencing off a huge volume of information on what you’re doing, for the businesses involved, this passive way of sharing is a giant viral marketing machine. Axel Dauchez, the chief executive of music subscription service Deezer, which has 1.4 million paying customers in France and the U.K., said the integration with Facebook is key to its plan to roll out in more than 130 countries other than the U.S. over the next several weeks. Facebook users who click on links of songs that friends are playing on Deezer are automatically signed up for a two-week trial with accounts that use their Facebook preferences. Then they are able to listen to their friends’

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picks in real time or later at their convenience. Dauchez said he hopes the system spawns “revolution” in how people listen to music, although it remains to be seen if more people end up paying for 5-euro- and 10-euro-per-month subscriptions. “Reality will tell me if I’m right or wrong,” he said. In introducing the new system at a developers conference in San Francisco that was viewable online, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg described the sharing as being part of a new product called the “timeline,” saying “apps help tell the story of your life.” The new system will result in “an order of magnitude more” posts than before, he said. Apps will come with their own set of

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percent commission on the $529,000 listing. “I underestimated the amount of time that was involved,” she said. “Andhe’sgotmarketdataandexperience that I don’t have.” Agents say they typically avoid showing homes that owners are selling themselves. Some of the sellers are hostile toward agents and have no intention of paying a commission to the buyer’s broker, Singer said. Jon Holbrook, president of Delray Beach, Fla.-based BuyOwner-

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America because an obscure law impedes a U.S. launch for now. Daniel Ek, founder of music subscription service Spotify, told Facebook developers at the unveiling that the deeper integration will help the world “light up with music.” Since its launch in the U.S. in July, the Swedish company has boosted the number of paying customers to more than 2 million globally from 1.6 million previously. Spotify charges $10 a month for unlimited access to tracks on mobile devices, but a PC-based version is free in the U.S. with no caps on usage for now. Clicking on friends’ passive posts puts a program on one’s computer that plays back the song. Freeing people from the hassle of actively sharing songs they like will help keep people engaged in their friends’ listening habits without effort, said Spotify’s chief content officer, Ken Parks. “Anything that brings the friction out of that is great for everybody,” he said. Rhapsody, a competing $10-amonth unlimited mobile music service, announced it would allow Facebook users 30 days to try out their service, even on mobile devices. Competitor Rdio is giving users a free 7-day trial on computers only. “The more you help people discover music, the more social it is, the more they will be engaged,” said Rhapsody president Jon Irwin. “If they’re more engaged, then they’re more likely to subscribe.”


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Ask boss directly for help in promotion By Marie G. McIntyre McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Q: My manager says she wants to help me get promoted, but she doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it. For the past two years, she has said that my position should be reclassified as an assistant director. However, our company requires assistant directors to have people reporting to them, and I don’t have any employees. When I first came to work here, I supervised five people, but now I’m in a program-manager position, which has no staff. If my boss truly cared about my advancement, I believe she would either get an exception made to the policy or reorganize to give me some employees. What can I do about this? A: A direct, but diplomatic, conversation with your boss should allow you to assess her

level of commitment to your career. During this discussion, do not become irritated or accusatory. You are simply asking her to help you accomplish a goal which she has said she supports. For example: “I know you feel that I should be an assistant director, but company policy seems to make that difficult. Since getting this promotion is really important to me, I wonder if we could discuss the obstacles and how we might overcome them.” If this leads to an exploration of promotional strategies, you can mention the possibility of a reorganization or policy exception. But if your boss seems reluctant to consider specific options, then she is unlikely to become a strong advocate for your cause. Q: I’m having a communication problem with a co-worker,

“Angie,” whose father owns our company. Angie repeatedly oversteps her bounds and tries to do my job. I had a direct talk with her in a kind and gentle tone, but this made her angry. When I tried to smooth over her feelings, she refused to speak and has avoided me ever since. I don’t see any way to fix our relationship as long as Angie is acting like a sulky child. The fact that her dad is the owner doesn’t help. We were great co-workers until this one little incident. What should I do? A: If Angie stopped speaking after “one little incident,” then evidently the incident did not seem so little to her. Although you may have been trying to deliver your message diplomatically, she obviously took it as a personal affront. Given that she’s the boss’s daughter, you would be wise to take the first step in

making amends. For example: “Angie, I feel terrible that our working relationship seems to have changed. Before last week, I thought we got along really well, so I would like for us to work together the way we did before. If I can do anything to make that happen, please let me know.” Revisiting the original issue will only reopen old wounds, so if Angie chooses to talk, keep the conversation positive. But if she continues giving you the cold shoulder, just remain pleasant and friendly. Like most pouters, she’ll thaw out eventually. Marie G. McIntyre is a workplace coach and the author of “Secrets to Winning at Office Politics.” Send in questions and get free coaching tips at, or follow her on Twitter officecoach.


Small business owners are getting more pessimistic By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer

NEW YORK — When the country recovered from recessions in the past, small businesses were usually the first companies to start hiring. But smaller companies are so pessimistic now that they’re not taking on their historical leadership position. The National Federation of Independent Business, which issues a monthly report on small business optimism, says “confidence in the future of the economy crashed in August.” The group’s optimism index — which it wryly called the Small Business Pessimism index — was down for the sixth straight month. “The small business half of the economy is still in the ‘tank’,” the NFIB said in its report. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM: SALES The NFIB optimism index is compiled from a survey of small

business owners. Fewer survey participants said their sales were rising, and more said sales were falling, compared with July. The outlook for the future isn’t good. Thirty-four percent of owners surveyed said they expect their sales to fall in the next three months. Twenty-one percent expected sales to rise and 45 percent expected them to be unchanged. Those aren’t the kind of numbers that inspire confidence. William Dunkelberg, the NFIB’s chief economist, noted that employers areunlikelytohireifthey’reunsure that they’ll have the sales to justify a larger staff. “As long as you can expect the new employee to pay for him or herself, you’ll hire them,” Dunkelberg said in an interview. The government’s report that employers added no new jobs in August shows that small businesses are hesitant to take chances. About40percentofthecompanies

surveyed for the government’s monthly job creation report have fewer than 20 employees. And Dunkelberg noted that the Commerce Department reported that retail sales were unchanged during August. Numbers like that also won’t encourage small businesses to hire. MODEST HIRING PLANS — BUT NOT ENOUGH TO HELP The NFIB said 11 percent of the owners it surveyed in August planned to create jobs in the next threemonths.Twelvepercentplan tocutjobs,and77plannochanges. The group said those readings are at the low levels seen during a recession. The group predicted that the “unemployment rate could ease a fraction or remain unchanged” at 9.1percent. Thegovernment’sweeklycount of the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits also points to little change in the unemployment rate. The number

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rose to 428,000 in the week ended Sept.10.Thatwasthehighestlevel in three months. Economists believe the number of applications needstofalltoaround375,000and stay there before the unemployment rate can drop significantly. WHAT’S BEHIND IT ALL? The crash in the housing market, which eventually set off the 2008 financial crisis, was seen as the biggest cause of the recession. Dunkelbergsaystheproblemnowis a lack of confidence in government. When Standard & Poor’s lowered the government’s credit rating in early August, it cited what it believedtobetheinabilityofCongress to work on cutting the federal budget and deficit. Dunkelberg says consumers, who ultimately drive sales, have lost their confidence in the government as well. He noted thatnine out of10 people have jobs —butthey’resavingrathermoney than spending it because they’re worried about the future.


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Set some boundaries Sue Watkins, marketing director for a Folsom, Calif., software company, said her two teenagers got cellphones in middle school, when they began walking to school alone. “It was for us to be able to stay in touch and ensure that if they had any issues, they could reach us throughout the day,” said the El Dorado Hills, Calif., resident. Knowing how distracting cellphones can be, she and her husband set some ground rules: No phones at the dinner table or while out to eat with family. No accessing the Internet on the cellphone. No texting in bed late at night. For the most part, it’s worked out fine with her 14-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son. And, she notes, given teens’ devotion to their digital devices, having a cellphone is a privilege that can be yanked, if needed, for disciplinary reasons. Picking a plan First, you want a carrier that covers the areas (school, sports, after-school) where your tween will be using a phone the most. Next, choose between a prepaid plan and a contract-based plan, where you pay a monthly bill for services. With a contract, your monthly bill spells out each charge. The phone itself is often heavily discounted. You select a monthly bucket of minutes, texts and data and may be able to place limits on your child’s use so you don’t rack up extra charges. But you’re usually locked into a year-or-more service agreement. With prepaid plans, you typically pay upfront and don’t pay monthly contract or overage fees. Some prepaid plans that bill monthly offer unlimited texting. The phone itself is not usually as discounted. GT MY MSG? Texting use is a big issue, so choose that option carefully. For families with text-happy kids, a more affordable option than per-text fees may be to buy a set amount of monthly text messages or an unlimited plan, which tends to run about $10-$20 a month, says NCL.

When Watkins’ first monthly bill arrived with two teen cellphones included, she noticed hundreds of texts that exceeded the family’s cellphone contract limits. And the per-text penalty fees were starting to add up. “It was shocking. We now run between 2,000 and 4,000 texts a month between the two kids. I couldn’t do that if I tried,” said their mom. Rather than battling over overcharges for texting fees, the family shifted to unlimited texting. Now, they pay about $140 a month for three phones (hers is work-supplied) with unlimited texting and a shared allotment of1,400 minutes a month for voice messages. Keeping tabs With all the cellphone companies jostling for the tween market, there are plenty of cellphone options aimed at parents. Brands like Kajeet or Firefly Mobile have simplified button commands and let parents program in favorite numbers, as well as restrict incoming/outgoing calls and texts. Want to know if Natalie got home OK after school? Or if Justin arrived at his friend’s house? (And when he left that house?) Using GPS services like Verizon’s “Family Locator” or AT&T’s “Family Map”, you can get a text on your cellphone when your child — or at least his or her phone — arrives home from school, shows up at soccer practice or heads to a friend’s house. You can even request “Schedule Checks” where at set times — say, 4 p.m., — you’ll get an automatic text of your child’s cellphone location. When the cellphone leaves that address, you’ll get another text. Fees vary. As Verizon nicely reminds parents, its locator services should “not be used as child management tools” or as “a substitute for adult supervision.” Schools rule Check with your son or daughter’s school for its policy on cellphone use on campus. You don’t want an expensive phone confiscated because your kid was caught using it inappropriately. Before you buy Have your tween try out the phone. Test the keyboard or number pad and make a test call to check volume. Once you’ve decided on a particular phone, see what discounts are offered, in-store or online.




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Former Army Lt. Col. Patrick Frey is pictured May 15, 2010, at home on his 10-acre farm east of Carmel Valley, California. Frey led a battalion of CA Army National Guard soldiers into Iraq several years ago.


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REENFIELD, Calif. — The story of the California Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion of the 184th Infantry Regiment is mostly in the record books now: 17 soldiers killed, more than 100 wounded, 11 Army Commendations for Valor, more than 80 Purple Hearts. Lt. Col. Patrick Frey knows there is still one chapter to be written — his own. It’s been seven years since he took command of the 1-184 and led more than 700 soldiers into combat in Baghdad. A schoolteacher back home, Frey became the face of a grand military experiment — to move the National Guard’s “weekend warriors” from the reserve to the combat front. He had no way of knowing that his elite battalion would become an emblem of all that was ambitious and flawed about Iraq, or that the war would nearly bring him to his knees. By all accounts, the vast majority of Frey’s soldiers — a lawyer, a plumber, a marketing executive, a number of veteran cops — performed valiantly in a combustible corner of Baghdad. But the battalion was also singled out by the military, Frey said, as a case study in dysfunction. Frey’s soldiers engaged in petty turf wars with rival units. One was caught patrolling the streets of Baghdad with a Samurai sword swinging from his belt; another kept a “death list” that included some of his own. Then, what had begun with small-time transgressions gave way to a sordid night in a dark field — to allegations that 1-184 soldiers abused innocent Iraqis. Twelve soldiers were charged. The “Big Army” — the full-timers and the war’s field commanders — also zeroed in on Frey himself. The trials of Frey and his battalion were national news, but he steadfastly maintained his silence. Now, he believes, it is time to tell the rest of the story. He’s just not sure how it goes. Frey, now 56, knows this much: He is not the same man who left for war. He rails against a military that he contends hung him out to dry for the sins of others; then, in the next breath, he torments himself with questions about how a 32-year military career could have ended in disgrace. “A man’s reputation is like his shadow,” said Frey. “It

ain’t him — but ... damn, it’s pretty close.” The walls of his farmhouse offer no hint of his years in uniform — as a grunt, a Ranger, a Marine, a rifle company commander, a lieutenant colonel. There is no uniform hanging in his closet. “I ain’t got a place anymore,” he said. “I love soldiers. I love soldiering. But it’s over.” Frey got his first taste of war in Vietnam, he said, then fought for the white-minority government in the Rhodesian civil war — not for ideological reasons but because he felt that riding with a modern army on horseback would be a thrilling adventure. He came home, married his high school sweetheart and enlisted in the Army, rising to first lieutenant. Even after he switched professions and became a special education teacher, his yearning for the military never ebbed, he said. After he and his wife, Lynne, moved to California with their young son, he rose to lieutenant colonel in the Reserves. In the spring of 2004, an opportunity sprang up: The 1-184 had an opening in the battalion commander’s spot. Headquartered in Modesto, the 1-184 was nimble and dynamic, with weapons and training rarely offered to the Guard, and was deep into the pipeline of units headed for Iraq. In peacetime, the guard had been used primarily in domestic missions. By the time Frey took command, Guard troops made up more than half the combat forces in Iraq. The transformation had not been seamSee FREY, Page 6E

“A man’s reputation is like his shadow. It ain’t him — but ... damn, it’s pretty close. I ain’t got a place anymore. I love soldiers. I love soldiering. But it’s over.” Former Army Lt. Col. Patrick Frey


EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO express his view on monetary policy. Members of Congress across the ideological spectrum bark at the Fed all the time. But when the speaker of the House and the minority leader of the Senate, and their deputies, all members of a party whose presidential candidates are going around the country criticizing the Fed chairman, tell the Fed that “the American people have reason to be skeptical of the Federal Reserve vastly increasing its role in the economy if measurable outcomes cannot be demonstrated,” as they wrote Tuesday to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke — that’s provocative. Intentionally or not, it conveys an implicit threat of legislative action if the Fed doesn’t change course. By alluding to public dissents of Fed board members and asking Bernanke to distribute their letter to the board, the Republicans also seemed to foment internal Fed divisions. Troubling as it is, this sort of political pressure is bound to happen when an unelected central bank commits immense quantities of national wealth to unconventional policies — even though the Fed has acted with both good intentions, and, to the extent it helped avoid a deflationary spiral in 2008, good results. Nevertheless, the Republicans have a point. The Fed’s more recent unconventional measures such as “quantitative easing” are far more controversial among economists. It would be a lot easier to defend the Fed’s independence if the clear consensus of expert opinion favored its actions. But there is no such consensus. When the Supreme Court parses a statute and determines, based on applicable precedent, that one party can sue another, people may disagree. But they have to concede that the court was deciding a legal question uniquely within its expertise and its authority. When the court loosely construes broad constitutional language to guarantee, say, a right to abortion, it ventures into the political thicket. Right now, the Fed is a bit like the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade. It’s pursuing a policy most of its members believe is right — and that might, indeed, be right. But there is not much more consensus, societal or scientific, about the costs and benefits of quantitative easing than there was about the personhood of the fetus. You have to admire Bernanke for taking the heat. He frequently invokes the dual mandate Congress gave the Fed — to pursue maximum employment and stable prices over the long term. But the dual mandate is a source of his troubles. It gives the Fed broader responsibility — and, some would say, broader power — than the current state of objective economic knowledge supports. Central banks in the rest of the world have only one mandate: to ensure price stability. Would a single mandate create an anti-inflationary bias at the Fed, disabling it in times of high unemployment? Actually, as Harvard economist Greg Mankiw has suggested, monetary policy today might well be just as expansionary under a price-stability mandate. That’s because the Fed would be required to fight both inflation and deflation — and deflationary pressures are strong at present. But the political context would be much different. Under simpler rules, the central bank’s claims of legitimacy would be that much clearer, and its resistance to politicization that much stronger. The central bank could focus on its job, with less worry about angry letters from Congress. And there would be one less scapegoat for politicians to blame when they fail to meet their own responsibilities. Charles Lane is a member of The Washington Post editorial page staff.


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Michael T. Conahan is a white-collar criminal of the worst kind. He cloaked his corrupt deeds behind a judge’s robe.

Hard time won’t heal this hurt


ITY THAT MORE pin. He secretly signed an people didn’t turn agreement to place juveniles out Friday to jeer Mi- in the for-profit center before chael T. Conahan – it was built. Likewise, he enthe despicable architect be- sured that a Luzerne Countyhind Luzerne County’s “kids- owned juvenile detention center was closed, over the for-cash scheme.” The man deserved to hear objections of others. He hana barrage of boos and angry dled the subsequent payshouts like his partner in ments and concocted ways to crime Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., disguise them. He reportedly also a crooked ex-county ate breakfast regularly with a judge, endured last month at reputed mobster, discussing his sentencing in Scranton’s the outcomes of cases. Conahan’s lawyer on Frifederal court and following day portrayed the 59-yearhis earlier trial. Conahan, after all, was the old Hazleton native, who Cruella de Vil of this tragic pleaded guilty rather than go to trial, as peniepisode. His 17½ tent. He spoke of year prison sen- In the end, if all tenced handed down that results from his client’s abusive father and of late last week by U.S. this experience is alcohol overDistrict Judge Edwin Kosik was cer- that a couple old, consumption. If anyone buys tainly fitting for the self-indulgent charge – racketeer- white guys spend those as reasons to go lightly on ing conspiracy – but Conahan, we not for the crime. their retirement have some waWhat earthly sen- years in jail, we terfront propertence would be? all are culpable. ty in Florida to Conahan’s lust for sell you. And it money and the pretty things it buys triggered a doesn’t come with a condo. Conahan is a white-collar sequence of events that ultimately shattered certain criminal of the worst kind. people’s faith in the court He cloaked his corrupt deeds system, tarnished an entire behind a judge’s robe. He decommunity, triggered still- served last week to be the obunresolved civil lawsuits, ject of people’s scorn – a pubsquandered taxpayers’ mon- lic showing that his criminal ey, destroyed careers, shat- actions are unacceptable to tered families, spoiled lives society. Moreover, a raucous gathand harmed hundreds of juveniles unwittingly swept in- ering would have impressed to the sordid affair. No upon court officials, state amount of time behind bars lawmakers and others that the people of this community is a mea culpa for that. Conahan and Ciavarella expect meaningful judicial covered up about $2.8 mil- reform. Many recommendalion in payments they re- tions made by the Philadelceived for supporting the phia-based Juvenile Law construction and operation Center and other groups that of two, for-profit juvenile de- analyzed this historic breaktention centers, including down of justice have yet to be one in Pittston Township. implemented. Policy changThe loot, laundered through es have yet to be put into efvarious businesses and unre- fect. Bills await passage. In the end, if the only corported to the IRS, came from a former co-owner of the cen- rective action that results ter, attorney Robert Powell, from this experience is that a and the builder of the center, couple old, self-indulgent Robert Mericle. They, too, white guys spend their reface punishment. Ciavarella tirement years in jail, we all already has begun serving a are culpable. And that wouldn’t be a mere pity; it 28-year prison sentence. But Conahan was the king- would be pathetic.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “Despite this outward persona of confidence, Mike (Conahan) suffered from insidious feelings of inadequacy and insecurity.” Philip Gelso The attorney for former Luzerne County President Judge Michael T. Conahan said during Friday’s sentencing hearing that his client had learned much about himself through meetings with a psychologist after Conahan’s arrest on public corruption charges. Said Gelso: “He comes from a family with a patriarch who drove his children to success and used money as a barometer of that success. He was taught the ends justified the means.”

Presidential debate sound bites do little to inform voters THE SO-CALLED “debates” among Republican presidential aspirants are classic examples of the news media spreading misunderstanding instead of enlightenment. The ancient admonition, “With all you’re getting, get understanding” has been replaced in the media by, “With all you’re getting, get sound bites – and, if possible, ‘gotcha’ sound bites.” After all the hype over Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s having called Social Security “a Ponzi scheme,” viewers are no more informed than before as to what specifically is a Ponzi scheme, what are the objections to such schemes and whether those same objections apply to Social Security. Even if such questions were answered, we would still not have weighed the alternatives to Social Security. Serious issues like that cannot be covered in sound bites or with “gotcha” questions. The whole “debate” format, with far more candidates than have any realistic chance of getting the nomination, means that serious issues cannot get serious attention, because there is just not enough time with so many people. Most of what we learn from those “debates” is who is glib and fast on his feet. We need leaders who have thought through many complex issues facing the country, not leaders with flashy words and

out what the person who is being interviewed has to say, rather than trying to trap them – could get a lot of useful information out of a candidate in an hour. THOMAS SOWELL That would leave the public with something to really think about, rather than just some catchy words and emotional phrases. snappy comebacks. We might even elect a president who knows A real debate between two candidates, such as the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates what he is talking about, instead of someone with a talent for using rhetoric and in the 19th century, could bring out what striking poses. the fundamental differences between the How can we get away from the straitcandidates are – and in the process enlighten the public on issues that affect their lives. jacket of the current “debate” format? That format might serve the interests of But the short attention span of today’s popthe broadcast media by producing a fastulation means that something like the Linpaced program. But it does not serve the coln-Douglas debates would have a very interest of the political party whose candismall audience. What are called candidate “debates” today dates are all diminished by being displayed are questions from journalists, with the time in such large numbers, including many who are obviously just along for the ride, and in allotted for the answers being too short for a setting where their attacks on each other anything other than superficial responses. turn them into a circular firing squad. It would be far more informative to have Either each political party can refuse to an hour-long interview with each of the candidates who has some serious chance of sanction “debates” in this format or the leading contenders can refuse to take part. winning the Republican nomination. That would cut the number down to two or three, Viable candidates are going to get covered in the news media, whether they are part of and allow us to get some real idea about how deeply those two or three have thought a cattle show or not – and focusing on viable through the weighty issues facing this coun- candidates can end the time-wasting distraction of the also-rans. try. Not all interviewers are like the media hosts who conducted the first two candidate Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover “debates.” Interviewers such as Brian Lamb Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is or Charlie Rose – people who try to bring


Green school practices can help grow the economy DESPITE THE political banter of Washington, D.C., President Obama offered a bright solution in his jobs speech: school construction. As the president noted in his speech: “How can we expect our kids to do their best in places that are literally falling apart? This is America. Every child deserves a great school – and we can give it to them, if we act now.” As proposed, the American Jobs Act would repair and modernize at least 35,000 schools – creating jobs in communities across the country. In one groundbreaking example, Dr. Robert Pollin of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has demonstrated that spending on education generates the largest number of jobs (23.1 per $1 million in spending) of any government spending. With such potential investment, we have the possibility to further increase the rate of return for taxpayers by emphasizing green school construction practices. These efforts have the proven ability to significantly reduce a school’s energy, water and other resource needs. Such savings translate into real financial paybacks for cash-strapped school districts. On average, a green school utilizes 33 percent less energy, 32 percent less water

COMMENTARY KATHLEEN ROGERS and reduces waste by 74 percent when compared to a traditionally built school building. These savings alone can average $100,000 annually – enough to hire two new teachers, buy 250 new computers or purchase 5,000 new textbooks. Green schools also can reduce the following pollutants on an annual basis: 1,200 pounds of nitrogen oxide – a principal component of smog, 1,300 pounds of sulfur dioxide – a principal cause of acid rain, and 585,000 pounds of carbon dioxide – the principal greenhouse gas. Unfortunately, not everyone on Capitol Hill agrees with this industry-standard analysis. The words “environment” or “green” have become anathema to the mainstream Republican worldview. In one draconian sweep, the Appropriations Committee has proposed eliminating all federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education (just shy of $10 million). Since 1992, this program has benefited all 50 states with more than 3,400 grants to increase the “public’s awareness about environmental issues” and also address “an educational priority such as teacher train-

ing, education reform, or health.” This lack of foresight and leadership does not have to be the case. Environmental education and “green” school practices provide a solid foundation and investment for any school community – regardless of the community’s political affiliation. In the past, the topic of education used to be beyond partisan bickering. Today should be no different. In fact, the future of the nation’s 55 million schoolchildren and our economy is depending on it. A sound, 21st century education is one that investigates and emphasizes the relationship between the economy and the environment. Congress can begin to advance such an agenda by protecting the EPA’s Office of Environmental Education and supporting President Obama’s school construction plan with an emphasis on cost-saving, sustainable construction practices. As President Obama noted “we have to look beyond the immediate crisis and start building an economy that lasts into the future.” Green schools are a great place to start. Kathleen Rogers is president of Earth Day Network, which recently launched the Green Schools Leadership Center (, a comprehensive online platform that will advance the green schools movement nationwide.

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Return of the real, radical Pres. Obama IN A 2008 debate, Charlie Gibson asked Barack Obama about his support for raising capital gains taxes, given the historical record of government losing net revenue as a result. Obama persevered: “Well, Charlie, what I’ve said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.” A most revealing window into our president’s political core: To impose a tax that actually impoverishes our communal bank account (the U.S. Treasury) is ridiculous. It is nothing but punitive. It benefits no one – not the rich, not the poor, not the government. For Obama, however, it brings fairness, which is priceless. Now that he’s president, Obama has gone and done it. He’s just proposed a $1.5 trillion tsunami of tax hikes featuring a “Buffett rule” that, although as yet deliberately still fuzzy, clearly includes raising capital gains taxes. He also insists again upon raising marginal rates on “millionaire” couples making $250,000 or more. But roughly half the income of small businesses (i.e., those filing individual returns) would be hit by this tax increase. Therefore, if we are to believe Obama’s own logic that his proposed business tax credits would increase hiring, then surely this tax hike will reduce small-business hiring. But what are jobs when fairness is at stake? Fairness trumps growth. Fairness trumps revenue. Fairness trumps economic logic. Obama himself has said that “you don’t raise taxes in a recession.” Why then would he risk economic damage when facing re-election? Because these proposals have no chance of being enacted, many of them having been rejected by the Democratic-controlled Congress of Obama’s first two years in office. Moreover, this is not an economic, or jobs or debt-reduction plan in the first place. This is a campaign manifesto. This is anti-millionaire populism as premise for his re-election. And as such, it already is working. Obama’s Democratic base is electrified. On the left, the new message is playing to rave reviews. It has rekindled the enthusiasm of his core






A photograph by Aimee Dilger and words by Mark E. Jones

COMMENTARY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER constituency. The new Obama is really the old Obama – the one who, upon entering office in the middle of a deep economic crisis, and determined not to allow “a serious crisis to go to waste” (to quote his then chief of staff), exploited the (presumed) malleability of a demoralized and therefore passive citizenry to enact the largest Keynesian stimulus in recorded history, followed by the quasi-nationalization of one-sixth of the economy that is health care. Considering the political cost – massive electoral rebuke by an infuriated 2010 electorate – these are the works of a conviction politician, one deeply committed to his own social-democratic vision. That politician now returns. Obama’s new populism surely is a calculation that his halfhearted feints to the center after the midterm “shellacking” were not only unconvincing but would do him no good anyway with a stagnant economy, 9 percent unemployment and a staggering $4 trillion of new debt. The authentic Obama is a leveler, a committed social democrat, a staunch believer in the redistributionist state, a tribune, above all, of “fairness” – understood as government-imposed and government-enforced equality. That’s why “soak the rich” is not just a campaign slogan to rally the base. It’s a mission, a vocation. It’s why for all its gratuitous cynicism and demagoguery, Obama’s populist Rose Garden lecture on Monday was delivered with such obvious – and unusual – conviction. He’s returned to the authenticity of his radical April 2009 “New Foundation” address (at Georgetown University) that openly proclaimed his intent to fundamentally transform America. Good. There’s something to be said for authenticity. A choice not an echo, said Barry Goldwater. The country will soon choose, although not soon enough. Charles Krauthammer’s email address is

M uddied, maybe, but still standing and ready to put up a fight. God bless.

A ‘kind of death’ should not a sacred vow break IT’S A phrase you hear in almost every marriage ceremony. “Till death do us part.” But what about a “kind of” death? Can you “kind of” part? TV evangelist Pat Robertson seems to think so. He recently answered a question on his show about a man who started seeing another woman after his wife’s Alzheimer’s left her unable to even recognize him anymore. “I know it sounds cruel,” Robertson said, “but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again. ...” When pressed about the marriage vows, Robertson added, “If you respect that vow, you say ’til death do us part.’ This (Alzheimer’s) is a kind of death.” He did suggest that the man – before he left – make sure his wife had custodial care. But last I looked, a nurse is not a husband. And “custodial care” is not in the vows. Reaction was swift and often angry to Robertson, particularly from Christians who felt he was betraying his own religion. Still,

COMMENTARY MITCH ALBOM before we jump all over the man, we should at least acknowledge that this is a serious issue that more and more Americans are facing. Debilitating illnesses always have been around. But as modern medicine improves, people can live longer with them – which means healthy husbands and wives live longer with their afflicted spouses. Alzheimer’s, in particular, has become a common companion. Sufferers can live for years in their own private prisons, rarely if ever emerging for a glimpse of recognition. The rest of the time, spouses and family members comfort the body while searching for the soul. So do you walk away? Pay for care and get on with your life? That’s what Robertson was suggesting when he said: “I can’t fault (the husband) for wanting some kind of companionship. If he says in a sense she is gone, he’s right. It’s like a walking death.” The problem is “a walking

death” is still not death. And Alzheimer’s is not its only form. What about ALS? It robs the brain of its communication with the body, leaves you an immobile husk, unable in many cases to do more than blink an eye or wiggle a toe. Isn’t that a “kind of death”? And yet I recently visited a couple in California, Augie and Lynne Nieto, who seven years ago were the picture of health and wealth and beauty. Now, Augie, 53, is in a wheelchair, unable to speak, move, kiss or hold, deeply victimized by ALS. Still, Lynne is as in love with him as ever, doting on him, teasing him. Their relationship is not the same – not in its behavior. But it is in their hearts. Strokes can do similar damage. They leave once healthy men slumped sideways in a chair, once beautiful women with open mouths and dazed expressions. At that point, the marriage cannot be the same. But does that stamp a spouse’s walking papers? I watched my own father push my mother – a stroke victim – in her wheelchair. They never imagined this. But his love for her, and commitment to her, is as unwavering as on their wed-

ding day. What about closed head injuries? Comas? Patients hooked permanently to machinery? If we’re meant to stick around only until the going gets tough, why bother to make those promises? Like “in sickness and in health”? Let’s be honest. Half of American marriages fall apart over more mundane issues. If I’m not judging those, then I cannot judge when something as tough as Alzheimer’s enters the picture. Perhaps the couple spoke about such a dilemma. Perhaps one told the other: “I don’t want you to be alone. Live your life.” If so, that should supersede outside opinion. But we can say this: A “kind of death” is a worrisome phrase. And applying it can set worrisome precedents. Better, perhaps, to focus on the ways people find to stay together – Augie and Lynne, my folks, people you know? – and be inspired by how amazing lifetime love can be. 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


City crews super during flood crisis


e thank Mayor Tom Leighton and the entire Wilkes-Barre city workforce for the enormous task they undertook during the recent flood emergency and the efficient way in which they dealt with it. As residents of the city for 55 years, we can truly say that we don’t know of anyone who could have handled this situation better. We congratulate one and all.

Peter Paul Olszewski Sr. and June Olszewski Wilkes-Barre

Weis staff comes to reader’s rescue



n late August, after Hurricane Irene rained down on most of the Northeast, I was lucky enough to only have suffered through a day without power. However, even without power, I still enjoy my daily paper; so I drove to Weis supermarket. But in my haste I locked my keys inside my car. Sherri, from the Weis store’s office, called the police to see

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

if they could come to my aid, but they told her that opening a locked car door is no longer something that they do. What a shame! I was fortunate enough to have many other wonderful people come to my aid. A very nice gentleman, who might have been the manager, was the first to go to my car. Then another man, Brad, came with tools. Lauren, from the meat department, did her best to give me comfort in my panicked state. Two nice customers also tried to reassure me that someone would get my car door open. I am so glad that I shop at Weis – what a wonderful staff. Thank you all so very much! Susan Cawley Dallas

Class reunion took hard work


n excellent job was done by everyone to make the Lake-Lehman Class of 1971 reunion a tremendous success. The planning com-

mittee – with Phil Krasner, the Adams twins and Gary Ide – really worked hard. The atmosphere at the Mohegan Sun ballroom – the food, the fellowship, the live bands and the favors – was superb. As their teacher, I was honored to be their guest of honor. These former students always had such respect, and they still do. I remarked that they were, and are, all successful and never got into difficulty. We reminisced about the class trips, the magazine drives and the after-school dances. Yes, this was an evening we will not soon forget. Keep up the outstanding work. Frank Mrufchinski Nanticoke

Road crew gets job done right


s property owners in Rice Township for 23 years, we recently had work done on our street to correct a problem that existed for many years, and we greatly appreciate the

efforts of Miller Stella, Lou Konopelski and the entire township road crew, whose members did a terrific job. In these challenging financial times for all municipalities, it is heartwarming to know that residents can get timely results when a problem is brought to officials’ attention. We felt very pleased knowing that the current leadership takes a proactive approach to addressing homeowners’ concerns. Thanks to everyone involved in bringing back our property to its original appearance. The work was done exactly as promised, and we were kept informed every step of the way. A terrific job was done by all involved. Paula Bowman Rice Township

Caring staffers deserve ‘hats off’


any thanks goes to the staff of Keystone Garden Estates in Larksville who gave such outstanding care to my mother-in-law, Elizabeth Feistl Garvin. A special thanks goes to Susy, Betsy and Jim from the kitchen who really went out of their way in comforting her and keeping a smile on her face.

Thanks again from the Garvin, Feistl, Calamita and Heinz families. “Hats off” to the staff. Margaret Garvin Edwardsville

Rainbow day at the jewelers


had to write about my experience at Rainbow Jewelers in Kingston. My partner and I had just celebrated our 30th anniversary and, to mark the occasion, we went there to purchase a new ring. The place was very busy, but Rose took her time with me, allowing me to try on several rings before I decided on the right one. It was perfect. On the way home I discovered that I accidentally had left behind my own diamond ring, having taken it off during the multiple try-ons. I was frantic, almost sure it was gone forever. My partner pulled over and called the store. As soon as he told them what he was looking for, they put Rose on the phone. They had my ring! Moreover, in the 20 minutes we were gone, Rose had tried to look up my telephone number (not listed) and had searched the Internet.

Facebook yielded a few possibilities, but none of them was me. In speaking with her, it was as if Rose were as frantic as I was. When we retrieved my ring, we thanked Rose and the entire staff at Rainbow Jewelers, but somehow that didn’t feel like it was enough. That is why I wrote this letter. More people should know what a wonderful deed that Rose performed and how great the folks are at the store. Kudos and thanks. I’ll never forget this. Pete Nanni Dallas

Wind, rain, flood can’t stop carrier


would like to say a heartfelt thank-you to our newspaper carrier, Joseph Konnick. He always has a paper for us every day. Delivering the paper the last few weeks had to have been challenging, but he did it. I can’t imagine what it must have been like on the Sunday when the wind was hurricaneforce. Thank you again, Joseph. S.J. Williams Tunkhannock
















In our community, worst of times can bring out the best in people THROUGHOUT OUR rich history, Northeastern Pennsylvania residents have had more than their share of obstacles and tragedies to overcome. Whether it was the historic flood of 1936 or the abrupt end of the anthracite industry in 1959, the region has persevered and in many instances thrived. It’s our spirit and sense of community that separates our small, tight-knit communities from others across the country. When my wife, Tina, and I arrived in the Wyoming Valley in 1998, we heard stories of “The Great Flood.” We soon learned that residents were not talking about the Book of Genesis, but rather of Tropical Storm Agnes in 1972. During that summer, Misericordia University’s Alumnae Hall became a surrogate site for Nesbitt Hospital, where 52 babies were born. Memories like that die hard, so the flood of September 2011 brings back vivid and disturbing memories for many people. For those people in Bloomsburg, Mocanaqua, Pittston, Plains Township, Plymouth Township, Shickshinny and West Pittston, it was déjà vu. For resi-

dents of other areas, such as Harveys Lake, Noxen and Tunkhannock, the word “flood” now has a real and vibrant meaning. Yet in the 39 years since the Agnes Flood impacted the region, the stories of devastation have been mitigated by tales of bravery, hard work and the determination to rebuild. Above all, the stories of people and institutions extending help and compassion to those directly impacted by the flood have been long lasting. It is clear that since 1972 the characteristics of the “Valley with a heart” have not changed. Once again, people on high ground opened their doors and hearts to those evacuated from the riverside communities. Once again, people reached out to help those in need. And once again, acquaintances became good friends and good friends became surrogate families. Like many other large institutions, such as the Dallas and Lake-Lehman

satisfaction from a rewarding day of volunteering. It will take time for our neighbors and communities to rebound completely, but they no doubt should know that additional assistance is but a mere phone call away. “It’s overwhelming to see the response of people we don’t even know,’’ Holy Rosary kindergarten teacher Nancy Rafferty said during the school’s relocation efforts. “It’s comforting to know that people care and they are there for you. The support has been great.’’ Tales of extraordinary heroism and stories of people helping friends, families, neighbors and even strangers collectively demonstrate that this Valley’s heart still beats strong. In the weeks and months ahead, other stories of unselfish service no doubt will materialize. Those people who helped in so many ways deserve our deepest appreciation. They also deserve the acknowledgement that they and many others are the reason that this place deserves the moniker “the Valley with a heart.” Michael A. MacDowell is president of Misericordia University in Dallas Township, which has through the years hosted many evacuees during high-water events and flooding.


Mother’s milk weathers storm



social work students were dispatched to the Meadows Nursing Home near campus to help the elderly. Students at Misericordia also volunteered to look after the pets of those displaced by the flooding. One evacuee said her dog “had never had so much attention and she loves it.” The volunteerism did not end on our college campuses either, as collegians from King’s College, Misericordia and Wilkes University fanned out throughout the region. Misericordia students, for example, helped the parents, teachers and students of Holy Rosary Grade School in Duryea relocate to the former St. Mary’s School in Avoca so students could resume classes in a timely fashion. Forty-one members of the Misericordia men’s lacrosse team ventured into Exeter and West Pittston on a recent Saturday to help three families make sense of their reclamation efforts. In Noxen, teams of Misericordia students have been working in the community, particularly at the United Methodist Church. It was refreshing to see our volunteers when they returned to campus. The filth of the flood sites stained their clothes, but their facial expressions and comments exhibited a true sense of

hat is it like to be a breast-fed baby during an emergency evacuation? So long as baby is with Mom, he or she has everything needed. No power, no water, no problem. Human milk is always clean, requires no fuel, water or electricity, and it is available even in the direst circumstances. Mothers who breastfeed are able to keep their babies warm to prevent hypothermia. While mother and baby are uprooted from home, living in a shelter or with relatives and friends, breast-feeding releases

hormones that lower stress and anxiety in both of them. “In emergency situations, breast-feeding provides a critical safety net,” says United States Breastfeeding Coalition Chair Jeanne Blankenship. “Research shows that infants are the most vulnerable in an emergency. Babies who are breast-fed receive a safe, reliable food source that is full of anti-infective properties to protect them from disease.” If a baby (or mother) should become ill, the best thing the mother can do is to continue breast-feeding to provide her baby with human antibodies that fight the illness. For more information and direction to breast-feeding help and support, contact The

Luzerne County Breastfeeding Coalition at (570) 808-5534. Karen L. Shaw Member Luzerne County Breastfeeding Coalition and Greater Pittston La Leche League Falls

Foreign minerals threaten U.S.


ots of people are talking these days about energy independence. There is another side of that coin that should not be overlooked – mineral independence. China provides more than 95 percent of the world’s rare earth minerals, a number that

will soon plummet as China puts increasing limits on exportation. These minerals are essential for everything from computers to cars to skyscrapers, not to mention the technologies crucial for agriculture, defense and energy. This reliance on foreign minerals gives the United States substantial economic vulnerability. This is why our legislators need to support the Minerals Policy Act of 2011, a bill that would let us refocus and reinvest in American mineral development. Experts agree that mining policy is outdated and ineffective. We need new policies to guide us away from foreign dependence and toward effec-

tive and responsible resource production. Chris Novrocki Fairview Township

Let’s steady our drifting morals


hose people who still hold to some ethical tenets and have a moral compass are now being called radical, intolerant and racist. We have lived through a cultural flip; what was wrong is right and what was right is now wrong. Values have replaced virtues. English historian Arnold Toynbee chronicled 21 civilizations in his history. Ours is the first that does not enjoin a moral law or educate our

young in moral instruction. We are experiencing a slowmotion moral collapse. “Having come loose from our moral mooring in this brave new world, we find ourselves adrift in uncharted seas and have decided to toss away the compass,” says Christian apologetic proponent Ravi Zacharias in “The Real Face of Atheism.” Now, it is up to this postmodern remnant to confront the culture. Speak out in public. Challenge ideas. Write forcefully. To do this, we must learn, affirm and declare our beliefs and live according to them as God gives us light. James U. Sinclair Wright Township




school districts, Misericordia University became an evacuation site for those people in the low-lying areas. I was thoroughly impressed by the willingness of our faculty, staff and particularly students to receive our unexpected guests and make them feel as though our home was their home. That feeling was multiplied in many private homes and other institutions throughout our area. Those people who were able to help others did so without a second thought, even if their own lives were endangered. Many others heeded the call for sandbag crews along the Susquehanna and Lackawanna rivers and in other strategic locations. Others worked throughout the night to help residents in Wilkes-Barre’s Brookside neighborhood fend off the floodwaters and then pitched in to help them recover what was left of their homes. Emergency responders and agencies sprang into action to save what they could and to comfort those in need. The spirit of service to others was exemplified throughout the region. When the call was issued Sept. 8 for volunteers, more than 400 members of the Misericordia campus community assembled in our Metz Dining Hall to wait for their assignments. Nursing and

















Help create jobs: Buy Made in USA


f 100 senators, 435 congressmen and congresswomen and one president in Washington, D.C., are serious about getting the economy going in the right direction and creating jobs, then why don’t more of them suggest to all Americans that we should stop buying products that are imported and start buying products that are made here? Imagine how many jobs that would create for Americans, and how much it would help the economy. No doubt it would cost Americans a little more for products that are made in the United States. But hopefully the products would be of better quality, if the companies make it a priority to make sure they were. It’s time to start taking back America and remaking it into the way it once was. Let’s do it, America!

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of the coal miner always should be memorialized in everyone’s hearts. Father Nash, thank you! This was our Labor Day – a day to remember everyone who works, especially our coal miners working under horrendous conditions. My dad’s life was short-lived, caused by a mining explosion while he had five young children waiting for him to return home. We should saturate the news media and let it be known that our coal miner’s stamp is surely overdue, and our coal miners certainly deserve our recognition. Alma Berlot Nanticoke

John Hollenback Greenfield Township

Obama failures Coal miner stamp don’t ensure end a labor of love



ept. 5 was one of my best Labor Days! I attended Mass at St. Faustina Parish, Nanticoke. The Rev. James R. Nash, pastor, spoke highly of all working people, and his most profound homily was about the coal miners who worked, and still work today, under subhuman conditions. He also had a display consisting of a coal miner’s helmet, a statue made out of coal representing coal miners and a magnificent picture of young breaker boys. Rev. Nash spoke of how compassionate, proud and family-oriented these coal miners were, working so their families would never have to work in the mines. The legacy


et us not be naïve for one second to think President Obama is a vulnerable candidate for re-election next year. American voters tend to be overly loyal – even when the evidence mounts up against our better judgment. President Obama has failed in so many aspects. Who among his supporters really has benefited from his presidency? He seemingly is against the rich, yet General Electric, one of his biggest supporters, owed no taxes on $14 billion in profits, and its CEO sits on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. I guess even the president deals with those “darned rich people.” Of course he won’t tell you his re-election and legacy

depend on it. President Obama had promised the world to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community in 2008. He has delivered the repeal of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell.” However, before then, the same community was largely ignored by the president. President Obama became the first black president and walked into the White House with promises to the black community. Almost four years later he has produced an unemployment level at 15.9 percent for blacks, nearly double that of whites. His inactivity on issues led the Congressional Black Caucus to hold job fairs in predominantly black communities. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said during the debt ceiling debate, “We want him to come out to our side and advocate, not to watch and wait.” What of those union supporters who banded together in 2008 on the hopes that their $400 million to help Obama get elected would somehow pay off for them? Three years later and the result is the AFL-CIO running its own grassroots and ditching the president and the Democratic Party. He has been slow to push forward the Employee Free Choice Act, if even trying to budge it at all. I could go on about why people should be angry come 2012 and not vote for him, but there will be those you can’t convince and shouldn’t try. Paul Stebbins Jr. West Pittston

Experience buoys flood volunteer


n Sept. 8, I traveled to the Luzerne County EMA building to sit in on the Flood Authority meeting. Everyone was preparing to cope with the changing weather. I volunteered to assist in any manner. I was asked to help take calls from individuals who had concerns about the announcements to evacuate from the Valley’s unprotected areas and about the rising river levels. The Rumor Control Room eventually was staffed by Luzerne County personnel and volunteers. I spoke with thousands of callers. Although county employees were told not to report to work, the Luzerne County Human Services Department had many employees working with residents to relocate and make arrangements for their safety. The emergency personnel from every municipality worked with the county, state and federal authorities to provide safety precautions and rescues. The respect I received from the personnel in all departments and other organizations was greatly appreciated. I most respect the callers who expressed their most immediate concerns. Lives were saved. My memories of each moment give me an overwhelming sense of confidence that every citizen can offer something to the recovery. Sharing your story from these events will give others strength. Sometimes just talking and listening is enough to give an individual the fortitude to make another decision for their future plans. Do not judge anyone who chooses to stay and build, or who makes the choice to start

anew in another location. I am amazed at the effort to stay positive and movement forward. Yes, we are all in this together as many cope with their extreme loss of a home and everyday comforts. Others work to offer their best effort to assist. Keep in mind those people who are living with the cleanup still require respect, understanding and assistance for many months ahead. Keep the faith. Kathy Dobash Hazleton

Council candidate states his case


overnment and households have spent beyond their means. Luzerne County took the lead and is saddled with a debt approaching a half billion dollars. The time has come to pay the piper. I am the one candidate who will tell you everything you don’t want to hear. We can face our fate head-on now by voluntarily sacrificing, or unpleasant changes will be forced upon us in the near future. Some people have accused me of using tired sound bites such as “no tax increases” or “no more borrowing.” I am a candidate who will “walk the walk” not just “talk the talk.” I will offer solutions, not empty rhetoric. As your county council member, I would ensure that we have another layer of checks and balances by restoring the powers lost by the county controller under the new charter. This can be done by legislating into the administrative code the ability of the controller to review purchases and contracts prior to approval of the executive branch (county manager). This can be done without violating the covenants of the charter.

The council has no control over hiring and firing within the courts, but it does have the ability to approve the court’s budget. It might have been forgotten, but it is the taxpayers who mandate how much it requires to run the courts, not the courts themselves. Luzerne County courts are now overstaffed 20 to 25 percent more than similarsized counties. I would advocate for a budget in line with similar-sized counties. I am not a lawyer and I have no relationship with the courts; I am a taxpayer advocate. Let it be up to the courts to decide whether the money should be spent on personnel or paper clips and how much of each. A cost analysis of each department will be done by the controller’s office, not department heads, under the charter. This a good thing. Department heads always will ask for more than they would ever need. It will be, however, up to the council to hold the controller’s feet to the fire to ensure that performance audits are done in a timely fashion. Implement into the administrative code that audits will be done by different auditors in a two-year, rotating schedule versus the present system that allows a cozy relationship to develop between the auditor and the audited. I only have scratched the surface in looking for ways to run a leaner, more efficient county government. Yes, there might be cutbacks in county services as well as county personnel. I reiterate: It is best to do so now while we have some say in the matter rather than when it is forced upon us. Tim Mullen Candidate Luzerne County Council Kingston Township

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said he was incensed that they had taken their concerns outside the family â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even if, privately, he agreed with them. There were questions about Frey himself. After he clashed with trainers at a combat training course, an Army general declared that Frey would â&#x20AC;&#x153;get soldiers killed,â&#x20AC;? according to one document. Records show that commanders were concerned with the 1-184â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swagger, with the battalionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on all-out war versus rebuilding Iraq. The 1-184 was assigned to a sector along the Tigris River that was believed to be relatively safe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were given this vague, weak guiding principle: Make no new enemies,â&#x20AC;? Frey said. In the com-




ing year, attacks on troops would rise by nearly a third and the number of roadside bombs would double. Two nights after the 1-184 took over the sector, a roadside bomb blew up next to a convoy of trucks. Within a month, the unit lost its first soldier, killed as he patrolled the roof of a police station. The 1-184 seized bomb detonators and bottles of ether at checkpoints. Locals complained after Freyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s soldiers forced an Iraqi civilian to drag a dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carcass off a road because of concerns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; unfounded â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that it concealed a bomb. At a memorial for a soldier



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Actor Christopher Plummer doesn’t believe in retirement.

End-of-the-year movies look entertainingly promising.

Plummer shows no signs of stopping

By RENE RODRIGUEZ McClatchy Newspapers


he fall movie season is here, just in time to keep the dogs of summer from permanently souring you from going to the cinema. Between now and Nov. 18, serious Oscar contenders (“Warrior,” “J. Edgar,” “The Skin I Live In”) will be crowing for your attention alongside surefire hits as a “Shrek” spin-off, a “Footloose” remake and the new “Twilight” picture. Here is a master list of the movies expected to open by Thanksgiving. Dates are subject to change.

By JAKE COYLE AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK — Ewan McGregor was having a hard time keeping up with Christopher Plummer. At the suggestion of director Mike Mills, McGregor had brought his 81year-old co-star to Barney’s in Los Angeles to pick up a scarf for Plummer’s elderly gay character in “Beginners.” But Plummer had other designs. “Christopher only wanted to get skinny black jeans,” McGregor recalls. “That was his main goal in life. When we got there, he asked where the jeans department was, and off he went to find skinny jeans.” That one of the finest living interpreters of Shakespeare and one of the few remaining greats of classical acting was hell-bent on procuring a hipster staple might seem odd. But then again, Plummer has seldom acceded to the stereotypes of SEE ‘BEGINNERS’ old age. “I’m glad (my You still have a ambition) is still chance to see there,” Plummer “Beginners” on the said in a recent in- big screen. The terview. “If it fad- Dietrich Theater, ed, what’s there to 60 East Tioga St., live for? It makes Tunkhannock, has you appreciate one remaining other things if you showing of the keep working at Christopher Plumyour job and you mer/Ewan McGrelove your job. Too gor film at 7:15 many people in p.m. Wednesday. It’s part of the the world are un- theater’s ongoing happy with their fall film festival. lot. And then they retire and they become vegetables. I think retirement in any profession is death, so I’m determined to keep crackin’.” Plummer’s remarkable late period began with his acclaimed performance as Mike Wallace in Michael Mann’s 1999 film “The Insider,” continued in films such as 2009’s “The Last Station” (his performance as Tolstoy was nominated for an Oscar) and arguably culminated with his staggering “King Lear” at Lincoln Center in 2004. In “Beginners,” Plummer gives yet another career-capping performance. He plays Hal, a 75-year-old who comes out of the closet after his longtime wife dies and shortly before terminal cancer sets in. McGregor stars as his son in a

••• FRIDAY “50/50:” Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a young man with terminal cancer who relies on the help of his best friend (Seth Rogen) to beat the titular odds of survival. “COURAGEOUS:” From the creators of “Fireproof” and “Facing the Giants” comes another drama about Christian faith, this one centering on four police officers whose religious beliefs are tested by a great tragedy. “DREAM HOUSE:” Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz (who recently married in real life) star as a couple who discover their beautiful new home was the site of a horrific murder. Naomi Watts co-stars as the meddling neighbor who knows what really went down. “WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?:” Anna Faris is a perpetually single woman revisiting her past 20 relationships, wondering if she let her true love slip away among them. Chris Evans is the nextdoor neighbor who helps her sort out her romantic woes.

OCT. 7 “THE IDES OF MARCH:” George Clooney directed, co-wrote and stars in this adaptation of Beau Willimon’s play about a governor with presidential aspirations who must learn the rules of dirty politics — and quick — if he hopes to be elected. Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood co-star.

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Abruptly no more, R.E.M. will leave a huge, shadow-casting legacy By GREG KOT Chicago Tribune


R.E.M. broke up Wednesday, with an exit nearly as modest as its entrance. You couldn’t get much more humble than touring America in a beat-up van out of the un-hip environs of Athens, Ga., in 1980. And when the band went out this week, it wasn’t as part of a blow-out arena tour, but via a terse announcement on its website. “A wise man once said — ‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave,’ ” singer Michael Stipe wrote at “We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re go-

ing to walk away from it.” Some contended on social media sites that the band overstayed its welcome. “R.E.M. was still together?” tweeted hip-hop producer El-P. A contingent of fans and critics has maintained that R.E.M. really ended when original drummer Bill Berry quit in 1997 over health and personal issues. Cofounders Stipe, bassist Mike Mills and guitarist Peter Buck carried on for another14 years without him, with money-making tours but few enduring albums. What’s indisputable is that R.E.M. will be most fondly remembered for what it did with Berry from 1980 to the mid-’90s, and that legacy casts a

huge shadow. With the exception of U2, Nirvana, Radiohead and possibly a few others, no band has had quite as much impact over the past three decades in balancing commercial success with critical acclaim. Though the band sold more than 70 million albums, it was how the band sold those records that left the deepest imprint. The band’s ability to create a healthy marketplace for itself was a beacon for other post-punk bands that fought to make personal, cutting-edge music at a time when MTV was playing million-dollar videos by assemblyline rock and pop acts. “We’re the acceptable edge of the unacceptable,” Buck once said. Along

the way the band produced a series of classic albums, beginning with “Murmur” in 1983. Above all, there was the sound, an intoxicating mix of rock drive and Southern atmosphere, thick and mysterious. Especially in R.E.M.’s early days, Stipe reinvented the role of the rock “front man,” his voice becoming another instrument in a heady musical tapestry. That R.E.M. was essentially a democracy, with the four members sharing equally in the songwriting, upended the typical band hierarchy and created a template for others. See R.E.M., Page 4F


















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ARIES (March 21-April 19). When you know someone is extremely nice, you’ll go out of your way to help this person. You want to see this type of person win at life. You feel on some level that the victory of a very nice person is your victory, too. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your reality is the culmination of your choices. To you, that’s liberating. Sure, your scene isn’t absolutely ideal right now. But you truly have the power to shape it into something you can be quite proud of. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There’s a lot going on for a loved one or colleague, thanks to you. Only the “thanks” are not forthcoming as they should be. Luckily, the good feeling you get from helping is pretty awesome, too. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll hear from someone you were not expecting to hear from. In your excitement, you could forget to ask what you want to know about the events that have occurred since your last visit with this person. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Because you’re so creative, sometimes your mind reels in directions that are not so helpful to the situation at hand. You’ll have to rein in your thoughts. Do so with a kind inner voice that honors your wondrous creative spirit. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You thank people when they do something for you, even when that “something” happens to fit neatly into their job description. It’s this kind of gratitude that will net you special treatment today. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Everyone knows that raw talent only goes about as far as you can kick it. Your talent level matters far less than what you want to be and how badly you want it. If your desire is strong enough, you’ll reign supreme. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your frankness will be a timesaving tool. And your scrupulous honesty will win someone’s trust. However, do be careful not to offer opinions unless your opinion is requested. Wisdom is often silent. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Everyone likes to have fun, though not everyone really knows how. You find this difficult to believe, since laughter, joy and playfulness come so easily to you. You’ll teach someone how to let go and live a little. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It all goes so well until some weird bit of news throws a wrench in the works. This obstacle sounds more daunting than it really is. Assume this is all going to work out easily, and it will. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll flirt publicly with someone, but you probably wouldn’t do the same in private. You want to make a person feel good, though you don’t necessarily want your relationship with the person to be any more intimate than it is. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll try to create something and then realize it’s not at all what you set out to do. This kind of false start is a natural part of your process, so be patient with yourself. If you have to go “back to the drawing board,” go happily. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 25). Competitive events are featured. Over the next six weeks, you’ll really put yourself out there to make something happen, and the results will be terrific. Then you’ll need to rest and replenish your energy. Loving exchanges lead to favorable domestic changes. Social fun in December and January opens new interests. Leo and Aries people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 4, 33, 20 and 28.

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Bratty 4-year-old gives swift kick to friendship Dear Abby: I’m a licensed cosmetologist with 27 years of experience. My friend “Kara” brought her 4-yearold son in for a haircut two weeks ago. “Damien” would not sit still. He kept pulling the cape over his head, so I finally removed the cape and put it in a corner. As I leaned in to cut his bangs, he spat directly in my face. I told him never to spit on me again, and that I wouldn’t cut his hair until he could behave. In the past Damien has hit me in retaliation because he was in trouble. He once tried to kick me in the head as Kara carried him past me. His parents enforce no consequences for his bad behavior. “Time-outs” consist of him violently kicking the door and throwing things around his room while screaming at the top of his lungs. I apologized to Kara for becoming upset. It was unprofessional. She apologized for Damien, saying he was just trying to make a funny noise and be silly. I told her I’d like an apology from him, but she told me he was sorry. In all my years, I have never encountered a kid who behaved as badly as Damien. When a child whips




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R.E.M.’s success on an independent label, I.R.S., also blazed an end-run around entrenched music industry gatekeepers. When Warner Brothers signed R.E.M. in the late ’80s, the band faced a challenge to its relevance with the rise of Seattle’s rock scene and the emergence of new, harder-edged bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. But R.E.M. responded by making two of its finest albums with “Out of Time” (1991) and “Automatic for the People” (1992). Both sold multimillions, and “Out of Time” yielded the band’s biggest hit, “Losing My Religion.” R.E.M. re-signed for a reported $80 million with Warner in 1996, something of a golden age for a music industry awash in profit from compactdisc sales and classic-rock reissues. But the next year Berry quit and gave the band his blessing to continue as a three-piece. Stipe likened R.E.M. to a “three-legged dog,” and though the band continued to make albums, it was never quite as potent. The band began revisiting its past on recent albums, with the scrappier approach of “Accelerate” (2008) harkening to the “Murmur” era. Its 15th studio release, “Collapse Into Now,” released in March, rehashed parts of its legacy from the ’80s and early ’90s. It became the band’s 10th album to crack the top 10 of the Billboard chart, and it was clear the band could have continued as a viable commercial enterprise for a good deal longer. So the abrupt end was not driven by commerce. One suspects the band finally acknowledged that it really had exhausted its creativity and that it would be pointless to continue. It’s a heck of a legacy they leave, not only influencing countless bands from an aesthetic and business point of view but pointing the way back to important, overlooked underground bands.

film largely based on Mills’ own family. The role suits Plummer well because Hal is randy, funny and undimmed. “The wonderful thing about Hal is that he has such a ball at the end of his life,” Plummer says. “It was a charming script, I thought, and so lacking in sentimentality and self-pity. There was none of that nonsense. Usually, when scripts like that come along, you have to work so hard to play against them because they’re just so saccharine. And the writers and producers will tell you that’s what the public wants. Blow it out your bum!” Plummer long chafed at less dynamic roles, none more than his most famous part: Capt. Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” In his rollicking 2008 memoir, “In Spite of Myself,” he surveys a life begun amid Montreal privilege, carried through boozy ’50s New York and swinging ’60s

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(among them Hamlet, Macbeth, Henry V, Iago and Cyrano), often at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada. Plummer, who lives with his wife of 41 years, Elaine Taylor, in Weston, Conn., last year played Prospero in “The Tempest” at Stratford. “I’ve become simpler and simpler with playing Shakespeare,” he says. “I’m not as extravagant as I used to be. I don’t listen to my voice so much anymore. All the pitfalls of playing the classics — you can fall in love with yourself.” “I’m determined to finish playing all the great parts,” Plummer says. “I think I have, actually.” Plummer has been working at a pace of about three films and a play every year. He co-stars in the highly anticipated “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” due out later this year, and is prepping roles in two films and one play (though he declines to name them).



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Satirist Tom Perrotta has had a good time putting suburbia through its paces before, in such wickedly funny novels as “Little Children,” “The Abstinence Teacher” and “Election,” but the challenge he throws down in his sixth novel is a doozy — and makes for what may well be his wildest, most entertaining and thought-provoking novel yet. Instead of more conventional terrors — sex offenders, infidelity, abstinence education, high school politics — the bewildered residents of upper-middle-class Mapleton are faced with a great global crisis: what to do when the Rapture arrives. Of course, no one’s entirely sure that what happened was the Rapture; they only know that millions of people mysteriously vanished from Earth (Shaq and J.Lo among them; no word on what happened to the “Real Housewives of Miami”). The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse haven’t yet put in an appearance. Some experts are grimly determined to persuade those left behind (or “Left Behind,” if you prefer) that the event was merely a Sudden Departure, “a Rapture-like phenomenon” and not the real thing. “Some of the loudest voices making this argument belonged to Christians themselves, who couldn’t help noticing that many of the people who had disappeared on Oct.1— Hindus and Buddhists and Muslims and Jews and atheists and animists and homosexuals and Eskimos and Mormons and Zoroastrians, whatever the heck they were — hadn’t accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior. As far as anyone could tell, it was a random harvest, and the one thing the Rapture couldn’t be was random. ... An indiscriminate Rapture was no Rapture at all.” This uncertain state of affairs has left the remaindersreeling,andtheGarveyfamilyoffers a perfect example of the myriad ways in which people react to shock, tragedy and a necessary realignment of priorities. None of the Garveys Suddenly Departed, though a friend vanished in front of teenage daughter Jill, who begins to neglect her schoolwork and dabble in sex and drugs. Son Tom takes things to a different extreme: He drops out of college to follow the “healing” prophet Holy Wayne, who claims he can cure sorrow via

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hugs and develops what could be considered an unhealthy interest in teenage girls. For carelessly agnostic mom Laurie, “God’s intrusion into her life couldn’t have been any clearer if He’d addressed her from a burning azalea.” Husband Kevin runs for mayor in the wake of the event, prompted by townspeople desperate for leadership. He’s a proponentofmovingon:remembering the Departed, sure, but also starting up the softball league, waving flags at the Fourth of July parades on Main Street and sipping a few beers after work with colleagues. But Laurie can’t return to her comfortable oldlife.Sheyearnstoescape“theunrealityof pretendingthingsweremoreorlessOK,that they’d hit a bump on the road and should just keep on going, attending to their duties, uttering their empty phrases, enjoying the simple pleasures the world still insisted on offering.” She finds herself swayed by the Guilty Remnant, a mysterious cult whose members takeavowofsilence,wearonlywhite,smoke cigarettesasasortofsacramentandconsider it their duty to constantly shadow the Leftovers to remind them of what happened. Perrotta satirizes believers and nonbelievers alike in “The Leftovers”; no human foible is really safe here as he chronicles our weakness,ourneediness,ourfears.Butdespitehis sly humor, Perrotta is compassionate, and his characters are all supremely human, even the most flawed and foolish. And despite the book’s alarming premise and its surprisingly insightful exploration of grief and loss, in its pages lurks a strangely comforting idea: that even when the world turns upside down, most of us keep chugging along. “The Leftovers” can be irreverently funny, but it also offers an inspiring nugget of truth: that humankind is resilient, that those simple pleasures Laurie dreads really are worth living for: the satisfying thump of a softball caught soundly in a glove; the promise of a raucousparty;acuteboywhomightlikeyou; dancing to Prince’s sublime “Little Red Corvette”; the unforgettable smell of a new baby. All those things, they’re small blessings, but they’re life. Enjoy them — and Perrotta’s terrific book — while you can.

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“RESTLESS:” Gus Van Sant directs this romance between a terminally ill girl (“Alice in Wonderland’s” Mia Wasikowska) and a boy (Henry Hopper, son of Dennis) who likes to attend funerals. “WANDERLUST:” David Wain, director of the greatly underrated Role Models, teams up with producer Judd Apatow for this comedy about a stressed-out Manhattan couple (Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston)whodecidetobuckthesystemandembrace the counter-culture lifestyle. Turn on, tune in, drop out you know the drill. “THE WAY:” Emilio Estevez directs his father Martin Sheen in this story about an American who travels to France to recover the body of his son, who died while traveling from France to Spain on foot. OCT. 14 “THE BIG YEAR:” Miami’s David Frankel (“Marley and Me”) returns with this comedy about three avid birdwatchers (Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson) competing for the big prize at a nation-

al competition. We’re smiling already. “FOOTLOOSE:” The 1984 Kevin Bacon hit gets a contemporary redo by “Hustle & Flow” director Craig Brewer. Newcomer Kenny Wormald takes over as the big-city teen who relocates to a small town where a reverend (Dennis Quaid) has outlawed loud music and dancing. This is our time, dammit! Kick off those Sunday shoes! “THE THING:” This prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter chiller — still one of the scariest movies ever — has the same title but tells a different tale, revealing what really happened to those frozen Norwegian scientists the cast of the original film found slaughtered in Antarctica. Hint: A shapeshifting alien from another planet may have had something to do with it. Mary Eliza-

bethWinstead,JoelEdgertonandJonathan Lloyd Walker co-star for director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., who makes his debut. “THUNDER SOUL:” Jamie Foxx served as executive producer of this documentary following the alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band as they return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old “Prof,” theirbelovedbandleaderwhobrokethecolor barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s. OCT. 21 “DIRTY GIRL:” In 1987 Oklahoma, a misbehaving high-schooler (Juno Temple) and her closeted gay best friend (Jeremy Dozier) decide to leave their troubles behind and head out on a road trip to California. “PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3:” Now that “Saw” has run its course, a new horror franchise steps in to spawn a sequel every Halloween. This third installment in the hush-hush series promises to be an origin tale — where did that demon come from, anyway? — and is rumored to be set in the 1980s. “THE THREE MUSKETEERS:” Mat-

During Banned Books Week, which began Saturday and runs through Oct. 1, thousands of people from around the world and best-selling authors will participate in a virtual Read Out on YouTube via a dedicated channel at bannedbooksweek Also many bookstores and libraries celebrating Banned Books Week will showcase selections from the ALA OIF’s “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010.” The list is released each spring and serves as a comprehensive snapshot of book removal attempts in the U.S. These are the “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010”: 1. “And Tango Makes Three,” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group. 2. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group and violence. 3. “Brave New World,” by Aldous Huxley. Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit. 4. “Crank,” by Ellen Hopkins. Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit. 5. “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins. Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence. 6. “Lush,” by Natasha Friend. Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group. 7. “What My Mother Doesn’t Know,” by Sonya Sones. Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group. 8. “Nickel and Dimed,” by Barbara Ehrenreich. Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint. 9. “Revolutionary Voices,” edited by Amy Sonnie. Reasons: homosexuality and sexually explicit. 10. “Twilight,” by Stephenie Meyer. Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence. For more information on Banned Books Week, book challenges and censorship, visit the Office of Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Web site at, or

thew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson (I know, I know; who?) are the titular trio, made a quartet by the addition of the hot-headed D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) and facing off against baddies played by Christoph Waltz and Orlando Bloom. OCT. 28 “THE SKIN I LIVE IN:” The new film by the beloved writer-director Pedro Almodovar caused a stir when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Antonio Banderas stars as a plastic surgeon who becomes obsessed with creating a synthetic skin after his wife is burned in a car crash. “ANONYMOUS:” Director Roland Emmerich (“2012,” “Godzilla,” “Independence Day”) takes time off from destroying our planet to answer the long-burning question: Who was the real author of all those plays credited to William Shakespeare? Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson and David Thewlis co-star in this possible scenario intended to solve the mystery, written by John Orloff (“A Mighty Heart”). “IN TIME:” Writer-director Andrew Niccol (“Gattaca,” “Lord of War”) returns with See MOVIES, Page 6F











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a sci-fi tale that is not — repeat, not — a remake of “Logan’s Run.” Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy and Vincent Kartheiser are some of the inhabitants of this alternate universe where everyone stops aging at 25. The catch? You only get to live one more year — unless you’re rich enough to buy yourself immortality. “JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN:” Exactly what the title promises, with comedian Rowan Atkinson reprising his role as the bumbling secret agent. “MARTHAMARCYMAYMARLENE:” Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sibling of twins Mary-Elizabeth and Kate Olsen, reveals tal-


ent run deeps in the family with her portrayal of a young woman who escapes the clutches of a charismatic cult leader (John Hawkes, guaranteed a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination) and tries to rebuild her life under the care of her sister (Sarah Paulson). A haunting, spooky treat that marks the auspicious debut of writer-director Sean Durkin. “SAFE:” A former cage fighter (Jason Statham), rendered suicidal by the murder of his wife, finds a reason to live in an 11-year-old Chinese girl (Catherine Chan) and math whiz pursued by Russian thugs. NOV. 4 “A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS:” Six years after their previous adventures, the pothead pals (John Cho and Kal Penn) have grown apart and lead unconnected lives. That all changes,



“IMMORTALS:” Visionary filmmaker Tarsem Singh (“The Cell,” “The Fall”) brings his inimitable style to this recounting of the legend of the Greek peasant Theseus (Henry Cavill) and his war against the tyrannical King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). “J. EDGAR:” The life and times of original FBI president and famed cross-dresser J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo Di Caprio) are explored in this controversy-baiting biopic from director Clint East-

wood and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”). “JACK AND JILL:” Adam Sandler pulls double duty in this comedy about an advertising executive (Sandler) who dreads an annual visit: A Thanksgiving visit by his twin sister (also Sandler). Katie Holmes and Al Pacino (!) co-star for Sandler’s usual director of choice, Dennis Dugan (“Grown Ups,” “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan,” “Happy Gilmore”). NOV. 18

“HAPPY FEET TWO:” Those irrepressible dancing penguins are back. Just try to resist them. “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1:” The esteemed director Bill Condon (“Kinsey,” “Dreamgirls”) takes over for the final two installments — and tries to class up the franchise — in the ongoing story about a teenage girl (Kristen Stewart), the vampire (Robert Pattinson) she loves and the werewolf (Taylor Lautner) she doesn’t.


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suggestion from Berard. Do it correctly, and you get a smile and “Ah, perfect.” There is time to soak in the atmosphere. The window is cracked open and reveals a prototypical Provence countryside. Copper pans crowd the space above the stove, and dried herbs in glass jars line the countertops. The tile walls of red and yellow shout Provence. Desserts do not make a meal, so the lesson also includes an artichoke salad featuring artichokes from the garden. The students have had a hand in the entire lunch menu, so the lamb that was deboned and put in a marinade days ago is brought out. Berard arranges the meat just so before he hands it over to assistants to cook. That pot of veal stock is strained; not much isleftfromadayofwork,butwhata taste it has. Then it is outside to the terrace to enjoy the fruits of the students’ labor. A table under canopy is already set with glasses, cutlery and bottles of wine. The students and Berard take their seats, and the food parade begins: bread and olive tapenade and anchovy paste; ratatouille; lamb MCT PHOTOS with pistachio butter; vegetable Outside the walls of the French town of La Cadiere d’Azur in Provence, visitors will discover great views of farms and vineyards spread terrine; mashed potatoes; arti- for miles over Provencal hills. chokes with shallots, celery and mushrooms. And desserts. IF YOU GO Conversation ranges from the nightly parties (the seaport of Cas- •La Cadiere d’Azur is one of those picturesque French towns. It is big sis is on the night’s agenda) to the enough to have several decent restaurants and small enough that you bouillabaisse to the honey farm vis- feel you are experiencing life as a resident. •The charming Hostellerie Berard ( occupies several ited earlier in the week. buildings in town. It may seem as if you are on a treasure hunt as you One of the younger students, re- travel down corridors, up and down steps and across alleys to find your cent college grad Arielle Saporta of room. Ours had no embellishments but was functional and clean. The Chicago, marveled at the garden extras came in the fabulous view of the refreshing pool and enchanttour earlier in the week. “There ing valley below. Rooms range from $145 out of season to $420 for a were four different types of basil,” suite in peak summer season. •The family of chef Rene Berard runs the hotel, the top-notch restaushe said. The 1 p.m. stated ending time rant and the cooking school. Most cooking students opt for the longer stretches to 3:30 p.m., but no one four-day class; costs, including room for five nights, breakfasts and other events, start at $2,450. You can also do what I did and hook up wants to leave. with a group for a one-day class; my rate was $215. The schedule There is talk that Berard will not changes (classes begin again in September), so it is best to check for be doing this much longer. Some- availability. one asks him directly. His words •The location gives you day-trip options in Provence and the Cote are translated: “The day I don’t d’Azur. Cassis has the beach and the seaside restaurants. Le Castellet has steep streets and touristy shops but a great regional wine shop at have a passion, I’ll stop.” Students in the gourmet cooking class of the Hostellerie Berard The students nod knowingly, its base. Bormes-les-Mimosas has wonderful flowers and towering in La Cadiere d’Azur, France, do most of the work. seascape views. then offer a toast.


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CHRYSLER 300 LTD AWD silver,

grey leather 06 PONTIAC G6 Silver, 4 door auto 06 DODGE STRATUS SXT RED. 05 TOYOTA CAMRY XLE silver, grey leather, sunroof 05 VW NEW JETTA gray, auto, 4 cyl 05 CHEVY MALIBU Maxx White, grey leather, sunroof 04 NISSAN ALTIMA SL 3.5 white, black leather, sun roof 03 AUDI S8 QUATTRO Mid blue/light grey leather, Navigation, (AWD) 02 BUICK PARK AVE Silver, V6 01 SATURN LS 300 Blue 01 VOLVO V70 STATION WAGON, blue/grey, leather, AWD 99 CHRYSLER CONCORDE gold 98 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS black 98 SUBARU LEGACY SW white, auto, 4 cyl. (AWD) 98 HONDA CIVIC EX, 2 dr, auto, silver


08 CADILLAC ESCALADE Blk/Blk leather, 3rd seat, Navgtn, 4x4 07 FORD ESCAPE XLT green/tan lint 4x4 07 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT Blue grey leather, 7 passenger mini van 06 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER LS V6 4 X 4 06 MITSUBISHI ENDEAVOR XLS, Blue auto, V6, awd 06 HYUNDAI SANTA FE GLS, green, auto, V6, awd 06 PONTIAC TORRANT Black (AWD) 06 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN ES, red, 4dr, entrtnmt cntr, 7 pass mini van 05 FORD F150 XLT SUPER CREW TRUCK Blue & tan, 4 dr. 4x4 05 GMC ENVOY SLE, Silver, 3rd seat, 4x4 05 FORD ESCAPE XLT Silver 4 x4 05 BUICK RANIER CXL gold, tan, leather, sunroof (AWD) 05 GMC SIERRA X-Cab, blk, auto, 4x4 truck 04 FORD EXPEDITION Eddie Bauer, white & tan, tan leather, 3rd seat, 4x4 04 FORD EXPEDITION XLT, white, 3rd seat, 4x4 04 FORD EXPLORER LTD pearl white, black leather, 3rd seat 4x4 04 MITSUBISHI ENDEAVOR XLS red, auto, V6, 4x4 3rd seat, 4x4 04 CHEVY SUBURBAN LS, pewter silver, 3rd seat, 4x4 03 FORD WINDSTAR LX green 4 door, 7 passenger mini van 02 CHEVY 2500 HD Reg. Cab. pickup truck, green, auto, 4x4 01 FORD F150 XLT Super Cab 4x4 truck, white & tan 00 CHEVY 1500 SILVERADO XCAB

2wd truck, burgundy & tan 00 GRAND CARAVAN SPORT, dark blue, 4 door, 7 pass mini van 99 FORD F150 XLT grey, reg cab, 73,000 miles, 4x4 truck 99 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO, grey, auto, 4x4 98 EXPLORER XLT Blue grey leather, sunroof, 4x4 97 DODGE RAM 1500 XCAB TRUCK

red, auto, 4 x 4

CHEVY `07 AVEO LT Power window/door locks. Keyless entry. Sunroof. A/C. Black with tan leather interior. 22,000 original miles. AM/FM/CD. New tires. $12,000 (570) 287-0815

Line up a place to live in classified!


2 door. 4 Cylinder. Automatic. 31K. A/C. Runs & looks well! $4,800. DEALER 570-868-3914


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

CHEVY ‘11 MALIBU LT Moonroof. 7K miles. $19,740

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


Shinny midnight blue metallic. Like new with all power options: sunroof, rear spoiler and aluminum wheels. Very well maintained. $4,295. (570) 313-5538



21K miles. Garage kept - like new. Fully loaded. Automatic. Total power: steering, seats, windows. Cruise & traction control. Alarm system & much more. $6,700 negotiable (570) 823-5236


700 Sans Souci Highway WE SELL FOR LESS!! ‘10 DODGE CARAVAN SXT 32K, Power sliding doors, Factory warranty! $17,799 ‘09 DODGE CALIBER SXT 2.0 Automatic, 24k Factory Warranty! $13,099 ‘08 HONDA RIDGELINE RTL 32K, Factory Warranty, Leather Sunroof. Wholesale Price........ $23,599 ‘08 CHRYSLER SEBRING CONV. Limited Edition, 45K, Leather, Heated Seats, 3.5 6 Cylinder $16,399 08 JEEP LIBERTY SPORT 4X4 34K, Red $15,799 ‘08 SUBARU Special Edition 42k, 5 speed, AWD. Factory warranty. $13,999 ‘08 CHRYSLER SEBRING CONV 4 cylinder, 40k $12,299 ‘08 CHEVY SILVERADO 1500 4x4, Regular Cab, 63K, Factory Warranty $13,999 ‘08 CHEVY IMPALA LS 4 door, only 37K! 5 Yr. 100K factory warranty $12,599 ‘08 CHEVY IMPALA LS 60k. Factory warranty. $10,699 ‘05 HONDA CRV EX One owner, just traded, 65k $13,899 ‘01 LINCOLN TOWN CAR Executive 74K $6,199 ‘00 CHEVY VENTURE Only 56L $4799 TITLE TAGS FULL NOTARY SERVICE 6 M ONTH WARRANTY


Only 55K. Brand new tires, plugs, wires, oil. Excellent Condition. $6,995 (570) 562-1963


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STK#N 20669 M O D EL# 11411 V IN # 509684,508999 M SR P $16,935


STK#N 20528 M O D EL# 13112 V IN # 403112, 404662 M SR P $23,820


4 Cyl, Au to , “ S ” Plu s Pkg, A/ C, AM / F M / CD , F lo o rM a ts , T ru n k M a t& S p la s h Gu a rd s


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U Y CVT , A/C, PW , PDL , 4B Cyl, Cru FOR is e, T ilt, I-K ey, AM /F M /CD, F lo o rM a ts & S p la s h Gu a rd s


4 Cyl, CVT , A/ C, PW , PD L , Cru is e, T ilt, F lo o rM a ts , S p la s h Gu a rd s



2 1,9 9 5 W / $5 0 0 N IS S AN R EB ATE







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* $229 Perm o n th p lu s ta x. 39 m o n th lea s e; 12,000 m iles p er yea r; Res id u a l= $13,147; M u s tb e a p p ro ved thru N M AC @ T ier1; $1700 Ca s h d o w n o rT ra d e E q u ity & Regis tra tio n F ees . $1000 L ea s e Reb a te In clu d ed . T o ta l Cu s to m erCa s h a tD elivery= $2224.00. S a le Price p lu s ta x & ta gs in clu d e $500 N is s a n Reb a te.





STK#N 20706 M O D EL# 23211 V IN # 176949, 178290 M SR P $32,130

2 7,9 9 5




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*$189 Perm o n th p lu s ta x. 39 m o n th lea s e; 12,000 m iles p er yea r; Res id u a l= 12,518; M u s tb e a p p ro ved thru N M AC @ T ier 1; $1700 Ca s h D o w n o rT ra d e E q u ity & Regis tra tio n F ees . T o ta l Cu s to m erCa s h a tD elivery= $2147.00. S a le Price p lu s ta x & ta gs in clu d es $500 N is s a n Reb a te.


V6, CVT , AM / F M / CD, M o o n ro o f, Po w erS ea ts / W in d o w s / Do o rL o cks & M irro rs , F lo o rM a ts & T ru n k M a t




2 6 ,9 9 5


W / $2 5 0 0 N IS S AN R EB ATE




2 79 P ER M O. P lu s Ta x.

* $279 Perm o n th p lu s ta x. 39 m o n th lea s e; 12,000 m iles p eryea r; Res id u a l= $17,736; M u s tb e a p p ro ved thru N M AC @ T ier1; $1700 Ca s h d o w n o rT ra d e E q u ity & Regis tra tio n F ees . $1000 L ea s e Reb a te in clu d ed . T o ta l Cu s to m erCa s h a tD elivery= $2268.64. S a le Price p lu s ta x & ta gs in clu d e $2500 N is s a n Reb a te.

STK#N 20967 M O D EL# 25211 V IN # 634180, 634217 M SR P $34,930

SAVE $5000 OFF M S RP !


V6, Au to , A/ C, Allo ys , PW , PD L , Cru is e, T ilt, F lo o rM a ts

V6, CVT , A/ C, AM / F M / CD , PW , PD L , Cru is e, T ilt, F lo o rM a ts & S p la s h Gu a rd s







4 Cyl, CVT , Co n v. Pkg, Allo ys , A/ C, T ilt, Cru is e, F lo o rM a ts & S p la s h Gu a rd s

STK#N 20806 P RICE M O D EL# 16111 V IN # 865438, 863757 M SR P $32,845

*$149 Perm o n th p lu s ta x. 24 m o n th lea s e; 12,000 m iles p eryea r; Res id u a l= $16,435; M u s tb e a p p ro ved thru NM AC @ T ier1; $2999 Ca s h Do w n o rT ra d e E q u ity & Regis tra tio n F ees . T o ta l Cu s to m erCa s h a tDelivery= $3202.50 w ith reg. fees . S a le Price p lu s ta x & ta gs in clu d es $1000 Nis s a n Reb a te & $500 NM AC Ca s h.





P lu s Ta x.

W / $ 10 0 0 N IS S A N R EB ATE & $ 5 0 0 N M AC C A P TIV E C A S H



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STK#N 20793 M O D EL# 12212 V IN # 618189,613226 M SR P $19,870

/ $ 5 0 0 N IS S A N R EB ATE & $ 5 0 0 N M A C C A P TIV E C A S H

*$185 Perm o n th p lu s ta x. 39 m o n th lea s e; 12,000 m iles p er yea r; Res id u a l= 8,128; M u s tb e a p p ro ved thru N M AC @ T ier 1; $1700 Ca s h D o w n o rT ra d e E q u ity & Regis tra tio n F ees . T o ta l Cu s to m erCa s h a tD elivery= $2144.00. S a le Price p lu s ta x & ta gs in clu d es $500 N M AC Ca p tive Ca s h.

STK#N 20742 P RICE M O D EL# 22211 V IN # 685109, 685341 M SR P $23,905




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2 9 ,9 3 0 W / $2 0 0 0 N IS S AN R EB ATE







P ER M O. P lu s Ta x.

* $299 Perm o n th p lu s ta x. 39 m o n th lea s e; 12,000 m iles p eryea r; Res id u a l= $15,743; M u s tb e a p p ro ved thru N M AC @ T ier1; $1700 Ca s h d o w n o rT ra d e E q u ity & Regis tra tio n F ees . $750 L ea s e Reb a te in clu d ed . T o ta l Cu s to m erCa s h a tD elivery= $2288.00. S a le Price p lu s ta x & ta gs in clu d e $1000 N is s a n Reb a te.

* $299 Perm o n th p lu s ta x. 39 m o n th lea s e; 12,000 m iles p eryea r; Res id u a l= $15,718; M u s tb e a p p ro ved thru N M AC @ T ier1; $2999 Ca s h d o w n o rT ra d e E q u ity & Regis tra tio n F ees . $2345 N is s a n L ea s e Reb a te in clu d ed . T o ta l Cu s to m erCa s h a tD elivery= $3527.50. S a le Price p lu s ta x & ta gs in clu d es $2000 N is s a n Reb a te.



MO. STK#N 20912 M O D EL# 24011 V IN # 524403,524299 M SR P $29,870 2 A T TH IS P RICE !

MO. STK#N 20805 M O D EL# 34411 V IN # 325283 M SR P $34,995



V6, Au to , 4x4, A/ C, AM / F M / CD , PW , PD L , Va lu e Pkg, Ca rgo O rga n izer, F lo o rM a ts



2 5 ,9 9 5


V8, Au to , A/ C, Allo ys , Va lu e T ru ck Pkg, Bed lin er, S p la s h Gu a rd s




2 5 ,9 9 5

W / $ 4 2 5 0 N IS S A N R EB ATE & $ 13 5 0 V TP P K G R EB ATE

W / $ 2 0 0 0 N IS S A N R EB ATE

* S a le Price p lu s ta x & ta gs in clu d es $500 Nis s a n Reb a te.

*S a le p rice p lu s T a x & T a gs in clu d es $4250 Nis s a n Reb a te & $1350 VT P Reb a te.

*Ta x a nd Ta g a d d itio na l. Prio rSa les Ex c lu d ed . N o tR es po ns ib le fo rTypo gra phic a l Erro rs . All reb a tes & inc entives a pplied . **0 % APR in lieu o f reb a tes . As k fo rd eta ils . **As perN is s a n M o nthly Sa les V o lu m e R epo rta s o f Au g 2 0 11.

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Greg Martin Joe “Bobo” Nocera Ginny Kutzer Joe Skrutski Jim Bufalino General Manager Used Car Manager Salesperson Salesperson Salesperson 21 Yrs. at Coccia 25 Yrs. at Coccia 20 Yrs. at Coccia 18 Yrs. at Coccia 11 Yrs. at Coccia

Toni Grasso Salesperson 8 Yrs. at Coccia

Rob Kosco Salesperson 24 Yrs. with Ford

Victor DeAnthony Salesperson 4 Yrs. at Coccia

Terry Joyce Tom Washington Abdul Alsaigh Sales Manager Sales Manager Sales Manager 34 Yrs. at Coccia 14 Yrs. with Ford 4 Yrs. at Coccia

Marcus Ossowski Salesperson 1 Yr. at Coccia

Kevin Uren Salesperson 1 Yr. at Coccia

Jason Kilduff Salesperson

Mike Hallock Salesperson

Frank Vieira Director of Internet Services 1 Yr. at Coccia

Len Gierszal Rudy Podest George Geiges Steve Mizenko Pat McGinty Lenny Santarsiero Barry Williams Parts & Service Service Manager Service Manager Parts Manager Body Shop Manager Finance Manager Finance Manager Director 24 Yrs. at Coccia 24 Yrs. with Ford 15 Yrs. at Coccia 20 Yrs. at Coccia 27 Yrs. at Coccia

Auto., AC, Pwr. Mirrors, Advanced Trac with Electronic Stability Control, Side Curtains, AM/FM/CD, Pwr. Door Locks, Tilt Wheel, , Cruise Control, 15” Alum. Wheels, Keyless Entry w/Keypad

Remote Keyless Entry, AM/FM/CD, Pwr. Door Locks, Anti-Theft Sys., Side Curtain Air Bags, Side Impact Air Bags, Message Center, Air, MyKey



24 Mos.

72 Mos.

*Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 9/30/11.


Auto., AM/FM/CD, 16” Alum. Wheels, Tilt Wheel, Pwr. Seat, Safety Pkg., Cruise Control, Side Impact Air Bags, 1st & 2nd Air Curtains, Anti-Theft Sys., PL, PW, Keyless Entry, Message Center,

M O S.



Auto., CD, Alum. Wheels, Tilt Wheel, Pwr. Seat, Safety Pkg., 1st & 2nd Air Curtains, Side Impact Air Bags, Anti-Theft Sys., PL, PW, Siruis Satellite Radio, Keyless Entry, Message Center,

M O S.

, Safety Canopy, Air, Side Impact Safety Pkg., Pwr. Driver’s Seat, Fog Lamps, Rear Cargo Convenience Pkg., Privacy Glass,16” Alum. Wheels, Roof Rack, Auto., Sirius Satellite Radio, CD, PW, PDL, Keyless Entry,


24 Mos.

24 Mos.


M O S.




** *Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 9/30/11.

72 Mos.

Auto., AM/FM/CD, Alum Wheels, Tilt, PW, Pwr. Seat, Safety Pkg., Side Impact Air Bags, 1st & 2nd Air Curtains, Anti-Theft Sys., Sirius Satellite Radio,Keyless Entry, Message Center, PDL,





M O S.

*Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 9/30/11.

Auto., 3.5L V6, Reverse Sensing Sys., AM/FM/CD, Keyless Entry w/Keypad, PW, SYNC,18” Alum. Wheels, Anti-Theft Perimeter Alarm, Sirius Satellite Radio, PDL



24 Mos.

24 Mos. *Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 9/30/11.




*Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 9/30/11.

M O S.

STX, 3.7L V6, Auto., ABS, Air, 17” Alum. Wheels, Cloth Seat, 40/20/40 Split Seat, Sliding Rear Window, Decor Pkg., Chrome Step Bar, Cruise, Floor Carpet, Pwr. Equipment Group, Limited Slip

** 72 Mos.


M O S.

STX, 3.7L V6, Auto., Air, 17” Alum. Wheels, Cloth Seat, 40/20/40 Split Seat, Sliding Rear Window, Decor Pkg., Chrome Step Bar, Cruise, ABS, Floor Carpet, Pwr. Equipment Group, Limited Slip

SEL, Auto., V6, PDL, Air, Remote Keyless Entry w/Keypad, Rear Spoiler, Anti-Theft Sys., CD, PW, Safety Canopy, Side Impact Air Bags, Personal Safety Sys., Reverse Sensing, Sirius Satellite Radio, Convenience Group, Auto. Headlamps, 18” Alum. Wheels, Pwr. Seat, MyKey, Dual Elect. Climate Cont, ABS, MyFord LCD Display, Cruise




24 Mos.

24 Mos. *Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 9/30/11.

*Tax and tags extra. Security deposit waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. Sale ends 9/30/11.

CALL NOW 823-8888 1-800-817-FORD Overlooking Mohegan Sun 577 East Main St., Plains

Just Minutes from Scranton or W-B *Tax and tags extra. Security Deposit Waived. All factory rebates applied **Lease payments based on 24 month lease 21,000 allowable miles. First months payment, $595 Bank Fee, and $2,500 down payment (cash or trade) due at delivery. See salesperson for details. All payments subject to credit approval by the primary lending source, Tier 0 rate. Special APR financing cannot be combined with Ford cash rebate. “BUY FOR” prices are based on 72 month at $18.30 per month per $1000 financed with $2,500 down (cash or trade). Photos of vehicles are for illustration purposes only. Coccia Ford is not responsible for any typographical errors. No Security Deposit Necessary. See dealer for details. Sale ends



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• M odel#FB2F8C J W • 140-hp,SO H C i-V TEC ® 4-c y linder engine • 5-s peed autom atic trans m is s ion • Bluetooth® † H ands FreeLink ® • Intelligent M ulti-Inform ation D is play (i-M ID ) • 160-w att A M /FM /C D audio s y s tem • U SB A udio Interfac e • O ne-Touc h Pow er M oonroof w ith Tilt Feature • R em ote Entry • Pow er W indow s /Loc k s /M irrors • M P3/ W indow s M edio® II A udio (W M A ) play bac k c apability • Ec o A s s is tTM s y s tem • A nti-loc k brak ing s y s tem (A BS) • D ual-s tage,m ultiplethres hold front airbags (SR S) • Front s ide airbags w ith pas s enger-s ide O c c upant Pos ition D etec tion Sy s tem (O PSD ) • Side c urtain airbags




• M odel#C P2F3BEW • A uto • A ir • A M /FM /C D • 6 A ir Bags • PW • PL • C ruise



• M odel#Y F4H 2BEW • 250-hp, 3.5-Liter, 24-V alv e SO H C i-V TEC ® • V -6 Engine V ariable Torque M anagem ent® • 4 W heelD riv e Sy s tem (V TM -4® ) • A nti-Loc k Brak ing Sy s tem (A BS) • V ehic le Stability A s s is tTM (V SA ® ) w ith Trac tion C ontrol• Front and R ear A ir C onditioning • A M /FM /C D A udio Sy s tem w ith 7 Speak ers Inc luding Subw oofer 60/40 Split • Flat-Folding, Sliding and R ec lining 2nd-R ow Benc h Seat • 60/40 Split Flat-Folding 3rd-R ow Benc h Seat • D ual-Stage M ultiple-Thres hold Front A irbags (SR S) • Front Side A irbags w ith Pas s enger-Side O c c upant Pos ition D etec tion Sy s tem (O PD S), Three-R ow Side C urtain A irbags w ith R ollov er Sens or • Pow er W indow s /Loc k s /M irrors • R em ote Entry Sy s tem

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• M odel#RE4H3B32 • 180-hp,DO HC i-V TEC ® 4-cylinder engine • 5-speed autom atic transm ission • RealTim eTM 4W D system • V ehicle Stability A ssistTM (V SA ® ) w ith traction control• A nti-lock braking system (A BS) • Dual-stage, m ultiple-threshold front airbags (SR5) • Front side airbags w ith passengerside O ccupant Position Detection System (O PDS) • Side curtain airbags w ith rollover sensor • C D Player • Pow er W indow s/Locks/M irrors • A /C



245/ 245/M OO.*.*



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Tan,60K M iles,W as $10,500 N ow


02 SU BA R U IM PR EZA O /B 4W D S ilver,54K M iles

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08 H Y U N D A I ELA N TR A G LS SD N B lue,42K M iles

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G ray,83K M iles,W as $11,950 N ow

10 IN SIG H T EX B lue,21K M iles...........................N O W $18,950 08 C IV IC LX SDN 10 IN SIG H T EX N A V I S ilver,9K......................N O W $19,950

08 PO N TIA C G 5 C O U PE

07 ELEM $10,950 08 ELEM 08 ELEM 09 ELEM 10 ELEM

N avy,45K M iles,W as $12,500 N ow

N ow


EL EM EN T 4W D ENT EX R ed,67K M iles.........................NO W ENT LX R ed,68K M iles.........................NO W ENT LX S ilver,56K...............................NO W ENT EX R ed,11K M iles.........................NO W $21,500 ENT EX B lack,26K M iles.......................NO W $22,500

W EX SDN W hite,41K,5 S peed...................NO W LX SDN B lue,22K...............................NO W LX SDN G ray,25K................................NO W LX S SEDA N S ilver,35K,..................NO W LX SDN R ed,21K................................NO W LX SDN S ilver,17K.............................NO W LXS SDN S ilver,16K...........................NO W EX C PE W hite,25K...............................NO W

$14,950 $15,950 $15,950 $16,500 $16,500 $16,750 $17,500 $17,750 $18,750

N ow

B lack,41K M iles,W as $13,950




10 PILO T LX S ilver,31K........................................NO W ACCORD COUPE 60 m os 08 A C C O RD LXS C PE R ed,48K.......................................NO W $16,950 09 PILO T EX W hite,46K.......................................NO W 08 A C C O RD LXS C PE B lack,33K,....................................NO W $17,750 09 PILO T EX B lack,34K........................................NO W 09 PILO T EXL S ilver,26K.....................................NO W 36 m os

$24,500 $24,750 $24,950 $28,750





B lue,32K,D V D ,N avi N ow



06 TO Y O TA C O R O LLA SD N B lack,77K M iles

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S ilver,61K,W as $13,750

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04 LX,G old,95K

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H O N D A C R V 4W D $9,950 03 EX,R ed,117K

03 H O N D A A C C O R D EXL V 6 SD N


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G old,73K M iles,W as $13,500

Khaki,60K M iles



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6 Speed Manual, AM/FM/CD, Power Windows/Locks, Keyless Entry

Navigation, Automatic, Power Windows/Locks, CD

20,443* 17,399* $


MSRP w/ Add Ons $ Ken Pollock Sale Price

- 1,000* - 500***

Manufacturer Rebate $ Suzuki Owner Loyalty






MSRP $ Ken Pollock Sale Price

Automatic, AM/FM/CD, Power Windows/Locks, Dual Climate Control

23,143* 21,399* $


2011 US Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (Appeal) Study.+

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- 500* - 500***

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18,019* 16,799* $






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DODGE 05 MAGNUM Clean Car. Local Trade-in. $10,880

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

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4 door sedan. Like new condition. Brilliant blue exterior with beige hides. Car is fully equipped with navigation system, V-8, automatic, climate control AC, alarm system, AM/FM 6 disc CD, garage door opener. 42,000 original miles. $9,750 Call (570) 288-6009


Only 97,000 Miles. Full custom body kit, dark green metallic with gray interior. Dual exhaust, 4 coil over adjustable struts. All new brakes, air intake kit, strut brakes, custom seats, custom white gauges, 2 pillar gauges, new stereo, alarm, custom side view mirrors. 4 cylinder automatic, runs excellent. $8,500. Call 570-876-1355 or 570-504-8540 (evenings)

FORD `04 MUSTANG Mach I, 40th

ANNIVERSARY EDITION V8, Auto, 1,400 miles, all options, show room condition. Call for info. Asking $24,995 Serious inquiries only. 570-636-3151

FORD `07 MUSTANG 63,000 highway

miles, silver, runs great, $11,500. negotiable. 570-479-2482

FORD `08 ESCAPE XLT. 56,800 miles.

Grey metallic with grey cloth interior. 2WD. Auto. Power windows & locks. Dual air bags. A/C. Alloy Wheels. Excellent condition. $14,500 Trades Welcome 570-328-5497

FORD `87 F150

116k, rebuilt transmission, new radiator. Runs great. $1,250. Call 570-864-2339


Must See. Sharp! Black, new directional tires, excellent inside / outside, factory stock, very clean, must see to appreciate. For more information, call 570-269-0042 Leave Message



top. 6,500 miles. One Owner. Excellent Condition. $18,500 570-760-5833


ACCORD EX 6 CD changer.

Moonroof. Heated seats. Power locks. Black with beige leather interior. 104,000 miles. $8,600 (570) 474-9563 (570) 592-4394

S1 TYPE 12,000 MILES Old ladies car. Like

new! leather interior. Asking $10,900. Located in Dallas.570-675-1185

JAGUAR `98 XK840k Convertible.

miles. Great condition. Silver with black interior. Garage kept. Recently inspected. V8/auto/ AC. AM/FM / 6 disc. $12,000 or best offer. 570-310-1287


Maroon with beige interior. All options. 78,000 miles. Still under warranty. Received 60,000 mile servicing. New tires. KBB Value $8,500. Asking only $7,900. A Must See! (570) 457-0553

LEXUS `98 LS 400

Excellent condition, garage kept, 1 owner. Must see. Low mileage, 90K. Leather interior. All power. GPS navigation, moon roof, cd changer. Loaded. $9,000 or best offer. 570-706-6156


Town Car Limited

Fully loaded. 50,000 miles, Triple coated Pearlized White. Showroom condition. $16,900. (570) 814-4926 (570) 654-2596



570-301-3602 MAZDA `97 626 115,000 miles.

Needs some work. $1,000 (570) 817-1524

MAZDA 3 ‘08 Extra clean. 5

speed. 41K miles $13,999


EXL. Titanium exterior, grey leather interior. Dual Airbags. ABS. Bucket Seats. CD changer. Cruise. Fog lights. GPS. All power. A/C. 104k. Sunroof / moonroof. $10,900. Please Call 570-814-0949


V6 EXL. 77K miles. 1 owner with maintenance records. Slate blue with leather interior. Sunroof. Asking $12,500. Call 570-239-2556


AWD. Extra Clean! $19,999 ‘08 Accords Choose from 3. Low miles. Factory warranty. Starting at $16,495 ‘08 Civic LX Blue. 20 K miles. Factory warranty. $15,800 ‘08 Civic LX Gray. 26K. 1 owner. $14,400 ‘04 Honda Pilot 4x4. Auto. AC. $11,200 ** ** ** ** ** ** ‘05 Lincoln Town Car Extra Sharp! Low Low Miles! $12,995 ‘08 Chevy Trailblazer LT AWD. 15K miles. $19,500 ** ** ** ** ** ** MAFFEI AUTO SALES 570-288-6227

VITO’S & GINO’S Wanted: Junk Cars & Trucks Highest Prices Paid!!




MX-5 CONVERTIBLE Red. Power steer-

ing, auto, AC, CD. ONLY 5,500 MILES. $18,000 (570) 883-0143

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

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Mountainside Auto, Inc.

2 door, automatic, leather, sky roof, boost cd, fogs $18,880

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

MINI COOPER`08 CLUBMAN Ssilver Sparkling

MERCEDES-BENZ `95 SL 500 Convertible, with removable hard top, dark Blue, camel interior, Summer Driving Only, Garage Kept. Very Good Condition, No Accidents. Classy Car.

Price Reduced! $10,995 or trade for SUV or other. 570-388-6669

MERCURY `95 GRAND MARQUIS 4 door, V8, fully

loaded, moon roof, new tires & brakes. Interior & exterior in excellent shape. 2 owners. Call (570) 822-6334 or (570) 970-9351

MERCURY ‘99 SABLE WAGON Well kept, body in great condition, no rust, tires good, mechanically sound, needs battery. Only 72,560 miles. Inspected until 10/11. $3800 negotiable Call 570-779-3816

Used car sales. 1157 S. Main Rd. Dorrance 570-868-3914

SAAB `06 93

A E R O s p o r t . Leather interior. Heated seats. Sunroof. Good condition. $8,000. Serious inquiries only. Call 570-760-8264

SATURN `02 SL1 Sedan. 1 owner.

17,500 miles. Warranty. $5,500. R&K Auto West Wyoming (570) 693-9931


MITSUBISHI 02 Eclipse Convertible Black interior &

Inspection good till 7/12. New Tires. $4,500. (570) 899-8725

exterior 120,000 miles, very good condition in & out, new tires, new brakes. auto, clean title, $6,300. By owner. 570-991-5558


2.5 S. Silver/black interior. 41,800 miles. Excellent condition. CD Player. New tires. $13,900 (570) 675-8835


58K miles. 4 cylinder, 6 speed manual. Great condition. All power. A/C. Cruise. $11,500. Call 570-333-4379 after 6:30 pm


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

NISSAN `09 370Z TOURING-MAG BLACK 11,200 miles, auto-

matic, 2 door, antilock brakes, air conditioning, air bags, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, power seats, all power, AM/FM radio, CD changer, keyless entry, leather interior, custom wheels, $28,000. Call after 5:00 p.m. 570-403-5343

NISSAN ‘09 ALTIMA S Auto. CD Player. Cruise. $13,995

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

PONTIAC `04 VIBE MERCEDESwith `92 500gray SEL White. New manual White transmission & leather interior, 17” custom chrome wheels, 4 new tires, new breaks front & rear. Full tune-up, oil change & filters done. Body and interior are perfect. Car has all the options. 133,850 miles. Original price: $140,000 new. This is the diplomat version. No rust or dings on this car Garage kept. Sell for $9,500. Call: 570-876-1355 or 570-504-8540 Evenings


metallic. Roof and mirror caps in black. Black leather interior. Automatic steptronic paddles. Dual moon roof. Cold weather package. Dynamic stability control. Excellent Condition. 33,600 miles. Just Serviced. 30 MPG City. Factory warranty to 50K miles. $20,995 (570) 472-9909 (570) 237-1062

MAZDA 3S `07 Sedan. 4 cylinder

2.3, auto, FWD, all power, keyless entry, cruise, a/c, am/fm stereo/cd, ABS. 55k miles. Excellent condition. Asking $11,600. Call 570-574-2141


clutch. Front wheel drive. 165k highway miles. Great on gas. Good condition, runs well. $4,500 or best offer 570-331-4777


Sedan. White. Great condition. Sunroof, tan leather interior. Recently maintained. 70k miles. $5,000. Call 570-954-7459


2 door. Automatic. 42K. Sunroof. Power windows. AC. Runs & looks great! $5,495. DEALER 570-868-3914

PONTIAC ‘69 FIREBIRD 400 CONVERTIBLE Blue/white top & white interior. Recent documented frame-off restoration. Over $31,000 invested. will sell $19,900. 570-335-3127

PORSCHE `85 944

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

$2,850. Hail damage. Runs great. Auto, air, CD, cassette, cruise, tilt. All power. 174K miles. Mechanical inspection welcomed. Call 570-561-9217


OUTBACK WAGON 155,000 miles.


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


approximately 76,000 miles. 2.5 liter engine, auto. asking $12,000. 570-510-3077


68,700 miles. Automatic, power windows, locks, mirrors, air, cruise, keyless entry. Ground effects. $8,900 Negotiable 570-388-2829 or 570-905-4352


Camry SE. 56,000 miles. Red, alloy wheels, black cloth interior. Will consider trade. $14,200 (570) 793-9157


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


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

VOLKSWAGEN `04 Beetle - Convertible

GREAT ON GAS! Blue. AM/FM cassette. Air. Automatic. Power roof, windows, locks & doors. Boot cover for top. 22k. Excellent condition. Garage kept. Newly Reduced $14,000 570-479-7664 Leave Message

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CADILLAC `80 COUPE DEVILLE Excellent condition, $3,000 located in Hazleton. 570-454-1945 or 561-573-4114


Clean, sharp, runs great! Must see. $13,500. As is. (570) 269-0042 LEAVE A MESSAGE - WE WILL CALL YOU BACK.

CHEVROLET `71 MONTE CARLO $2,000 or best offer (570) 650-8687

CHEVROLET `76 PICKUP Very Good Condition! Low miles! $7500. FIRM 570-905-7389 Ask for Lee

CHEVROLET `81 CORVETTE Very good condi-

tion. 350 engine, classic silver with black bottom trim, all original, registered as an antique vehicle, removable mirror tops. 66,000 miles, chrome wheels & tires in very good shape, leather interior, garage kept. Must see to appreciate. Asking $9,000 or willing to trade for a newer Pontoon boat. Call 570-545-6057

FORD SALEEN ‘04 281 SC Coupe

1,000 miles document. #380 Highly collectable. $28,500 570-472-1854

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415 Autos-Antique & Classic

CHEVY `68 CAMARO SS 396 automatic,


400 transmission, clean interior, runs good, 71K, garage kept, custom paint, Fire Hawk tires, Krager wheels, well maintained. $23,900 Negotiable 570-693-2742



All original $12,000

MERCEDES ‘76 450 SL $24,000


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

CHEVY`75 CAMARO 350 V8. Original

owner. Automatic transmission. Rare tuxedo silver / black vinyl top with black naugahyde interior. Never damaged. $6,000. Call 570-489-6937

Chrysler ‘68 New Yorker

Sedan. 440 Engine. Power Steering & brakes. 34,500 original miles. Always garaged. $6,800 (570) 883-4443


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


STATION WAGON V8, automatic, 8 passenger, 3rd seat, good condition, 2nd owner. REDUCED TO $6,500. 570-579-3517 570-455-6589


Continental Convertible

4 door. 67K miles. 1 owner since `69. Good frame. Teal green/white leather. Restorable. $2,500 570-287-5775 570-332-1048

MAZDA `88 RX-7

CONVERTIBLE 1 owner, garage kept, 65k original miles, black with grey leather interior, all original & never seen snow. $7,995. Call 570-237-5119


Good interior & interior. Runs great! New tires. Many new parts. Moving, Must Sell. $2,300 or best offer 570-693-3263 Ask for Paul

MERCEDES-BENZ `73 450SL with Convertible

removable hard top, power windows, AM /FM radio with cassette player, CD player, automatic, 4 new tires. Champagne exterior; Italian red leather interior inside. Garage kept, excellent condition. $31,000. Call 825-6272


REDUCED!! This model only produced in 1967 & 1968. All original 45,000 miles, Color Burgundy, cloth & vinyl interior, 350 rocket engine, 2nd owner. Fender skirts, always garaged. Trophy winner at shows. Serious inquiries only, $7,500. 570-690-0727

PONTIAC `68 CATALINA 400 engine. 2

barrel carburetor. Yellow with black roof and white wall tires. Black interior. $4,995. Call (570) 696-3513

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

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


Fully restored near original. New paint, new interior, new wiring, custom tinted glass, new motor & transmission. Spare motor & trans. 16” wide white walls car in excellent condition in storage for 2 years. $14,000 or best offer. Serious inquiries ONLY. Call 570-574-1923

PORSCHE ‘78 911 SC TARGA 60,000 miles. 5

speed. Air. Power windows. Metallic brown. Saddle Interior. Meticulous original owner. Garaged. New Battery. Inspected. Excellent Condition. $25,000. OBO (610) 797-7856 (484) 264-2743

STUDEBAKER ‘31 Rumble seat, Coupe Good condition. Call for details (570) 881-7545


Commercial Trucks & Equipment


36k miles. 9’6” Boss power angle plow. Hydraulic over electric dump box with sides. Rubber coated box & frame. Very good condition. $22,500 firm. Call 570-840-1838

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

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




American Classic Edition. 1100 cc. 1 owner, under 20,000 miles. Yellow and white, extra chrome, VNH exhaust, bags, lights, MC jack, battery tender, helmets. Asking $3500 570-288-7618

BMW ‘07 K1200 GT

Low mileage. Many extras. Clean. $9,500 (570) 646-2645


150 CCs. 4,700 miles. 70 MPG. New battery & tires. $1,500; negotiable. Call 570-288-1246 or 570-328-6897

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

HARLEY 2011 HERITAGE SOFTTAIL Black. 1,800 miles.

ABS brakes. Security System Package. $16,000 firm. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY 570-704-6023




250. Black with red rebel decal. 65MPG. Excellent condition. 1,800 miles. $1,750 or best offer. Call 570-262-6605

10,000 miles & new back tire. $3,000 (570) 262-3697 or (570) 542-7213


KLR 650. Green. Excellent condition. 6K Miles. $3,000 (570) 287-0563

KAWASAKI ‘05 NINJA 500R. 3300

miles. Orange. Garage kept. His & hers helmets. Must sell. $2400 570-760-3599 570-825-3711


Berkshire Green, Originally purchased at Bradley-Lawless in Scranton. Car was last seen in Abington-Scranton area. Finder’s fee paid if car is found and purchased. Call John with any info (570) 760-3440


Boats & Marinas

good condition. 23K miles. $8,500. Call 570-510-1429


Road King Classic FLHRC. Burgundy / Cream. Driver & Passenger back rest, grips, battery tender, cover. Willie G accessories. 19k miles. $14,400 or best offer. Call 262-993-4228



Kawasaki` 93 ZX11D NINJA LIKE NEW 8900 Original

miles. Original owner. V@H Exhaust and Computer. New tires. $3,800. 570-574-3584


1,100 cc. 1,900 miles. Full dress. Shaft driven. Garage kept. Excellent condition. $6000. Health Problems. Call 570-654-7863


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

Q-LINK LEGACY `09 250 automatic. Gun

metal gray. MP3 player. $3,000. Great first motorcycle. 570-696-1156

Floorboards,V&H Pipes, White walls,Garage Kept. 6K Miles $5,200 (570) 430-0357

SUZUKI ‘77 GS 750

Needs work. $1,200 or best offer 570-855-9417 570-822-2508


150cc. Purple & grey in color. 900 miles. Bought brand new. Paid $2,000. Asking $1,600 or best offer. (570) 814-3328 or (570) 825-5133

CABELAS FISH ‘11 YZ 450 ‘03 Dyna Wide Glide YAMAHA Brand New! Excellent condition $6,900 kept! GoldCAT PANTHER engarage (570) 388-2947 Anniversary - sil9’. Approximately 5 years old. Retails $699, selling $350. FIRM 570-288-9719


Fiberglass boat with trailer. Outboard propulsion. Includes: 2 motors Erinmade, “Lark II series”



ROW BOAT 12’ & TRAILER new Aluminum,

tires, new wiring on trailer, $699. neg. 570-479-7114

STARCRAFT ‘80 16’ DEEP V ‘90 Evinrude out-