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Cops: Stolen gun found at crash scene A vehicle reported stolen crashes on Route 11 Friday after a chase by police. By MATT HUGHES

EDWARDSVILLE – Police said they recovered suspected crack cocaine and a stolen weapon from a stolen car that collided with another vehicle during a chase Friday night. Police also arrested 22-yearold George Lee Barnes, a passenger, after he allegedly fought with officers attempting to remove him from the vehicle. According to Edwardsville police: Police tried to stop the vehicle, a black Lincoln sedan matching the description of a vehicle reported stolen from Wilkes-Barre, after seeing it headed south on Route 11 with its lights off at approximately 7:44 p.m. Friday. Police said the car sped away

from police near Woody’s Fireplace in Larksville, and weaved between vehicles traveling in both directions as police gave chase. Police said they lost sight of the Lincoln but soon found it had collided with an SUV on Route 11 in front of Broody’s Tire, Larksville. Police said the three occupants of the Lincoln appeared to fidget with their hands as officers approached. As Edwardsville officers Gina Kotowski and Michael Lehman tried to remove Barnes from the Lincoln’s front passenger seat, Barnes threw punches at the officers, striking Kotowski in the face and knocking all three to the ground, police said. Barnes was taken into custody after Lehman used his Taser, police said. Police said they found a pack of cigarettes containing suspected crack cocaine on the ground next to the passengerside door, close to where Barnes struggled with police. The driver of the Lincoln,


Police investigate the scene of a multicar crash on U.S. Route 11 Friday night after a driver in a reportedly stolen car tried to flee from police.

Abdur-Raheem Idri McCoy, had to be extricated from the vehicle by ambulance personnel, police said. Kingston police assisting at the scene also found a stainless-steel .40-caliber Kahr K40

handgun and an unloaded clip under the passenger seat, Edwardsville police said. Luzerne County 911 workers said the gun was reported stolen from a home near Easton, police said. Police said the Lincoln sedan

was reported stolen on Thursday by the Wilkes-Barre Police Department and that the vehicle’s owner said he was struck with a pistol by two men with a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol.


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oung actors gather in front of the evergreen trees near the end of the performance of ‘The Innkeepers’ Children & the First Christmas Trees: Living Nativity 2011’ on Saturday at the St. John the Baptist Church on Nesbitt Street in Larksville. The play was put on immediately before the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass. The play is from an original script by the Rev. Gerald J. Gurka and chronicles the legend of why Christians decorate Christmas trees.

Artist says famed 1851 painting is very heroic but has too many inaccuracies.

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BUILDING TRUST The Times Leader strives to correct errors, clarify stories and update them promptly. Corrections will appear in this spot. If you have information to help us correct an inaccuracy or cover an issue more thoroughly, call the newsroom at 829-7242.

By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press


The 1851 oil on canvass painting by Emanuel Leutze is titled ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware.’

Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to mount a surprise attack on Hessian forces at the Battle of Trenton on Dec. 26, 1776. The Americans killed 22 Hessians, wounded 98 and captured nearly 900 while losing only three of their own men. It was a daring feat led by the man who would become the nation’s first president, and boosted the morale of the fledgling American army. Relying on military experts and historians, plus visits to the river site, Kunstler came up with a list of inaccuracies in Leutze’s

Capturing holiday’s spirit Times Leader photographer Aimee Dilger gets the credit for the photo illustration on Page 1 today. We call it a photo illustration because her son Eli isn’t really sleeping; he was practicing a few days in advance for the slumber he’d need to get on Christmas Eve. His pal Fluffy

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New art seeks to correct view of Washington’s Crossing NEW YORK — One of America’s most famous images, a painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River, got much of the story wrong: The American commander wouldn’t have stood triumphantly on a rowboat in daylight, but on a ferry bracing himself against a fierce snowstorm on Christmas night. That’s the historic scene depicted in a new painting that goes on display this week at the NewYork Historical Society museum in Manhattan. “No one in his right mind would have stood up in a rowboat in that weather,” artist Mort Kunstler said. “It would have capsized.” He told The Associated Press that he’s “not knocking the original” — the well-known 1851 painting by German-born artist Emanuel Leutze, who Kunstler says “was glorifying Washington using what he knew at the time.” But Kunstler said his new piece is aimed at righting the historical mistakes.


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WILKES-BARRE – Police said they arrested Kevin Allabaugh on simple assault charges after he struck HeathHANOVER TWP. – Two men were taken to the hospi- er Rotto in the face and head at 49 N. Grant St. at 8:40 tal after a cab struck a bicyclist Friday night, police said. a.m. Saturday. • Police said they will cite Police said James Graziano, Quincy D. White, 39, of South 47, of Hanover Township, rode into the path of the cab, Welles Street, with driving with a suspended license after driven by Joseph Sadowski, he drove into two parked 59, of Nanticoke, and was struck as he merged onto Lee vehicles on South Hancock Street at 6:21 p.m. Friday. Park Avenue from Regina Police said Kim Brake was Street. sitting in one of the parked Both men were taken to vehicles that White Struck local hospitals for treatment and was taken to Wilkes-Barre of injuries suffered in the General Hospital for treatment crash, police said. of injuries. Anyone with information • Police said Ann Kish, 69, about the incident is asked to of 163 S. Washington St., was call Hanover Township Police taken to Wilkes-Barre General at 825-1254. • Police said a Nissan Fron- Hospital after she was struck tier driven by Giuseppe Tomo- by a vehicle driven by Catherine Simpson-Zawatsky, 52, of sino, 35, of Nanticoke, struck Bowman Street, at 5:45 p.m. the rear of a Ford Econoline Friday at the intersection of van driven by Linda Marcantel, 51, of Nuangola. Marcantel South Pennsylvania Boulevard and Northampton Street. was taken to a local hospital Police said Simpson-Zawatfor treatment of injuries suffered in the crash, police said. sky, who was turning onto South Pennsylvania Boulevard, Tomosino and a passenger in had a green turn signal at the Marcantel’s vehicle were not time of the crash. injured, police said.

Brown is putting on a good act, too. The mother, son and bruin team captured the essence of expectation, warmth and peace that arrives on the night before Christmas. We hope you like it. Joe Butkiewicz Executive editor

painting and set out to correct them in his new work. The most obvious is that Washington would not have used the earliest stars-and-stripes flag that appears in the Leutze work; it wasn’t adopted until 1777. Instead of a rowboat, the troops probably boarded a flatbottomed ferry big and stable enough to carry cannons, plus the horses to pull them, Kunstler said. Such boats were hitched to cables to stabilize them. The Leutze painting shows the New Jersey shore clearly in the distance. But Kunstler says documents show a nor’easter had swept in that night, bringing


Mort Kuntsler’s version of the event is ‘Washington’s Crossing: McKonkey’s Ferry, Dec. 26, 1776.’

freezing rain, hail and snow that would have cut the visibility. The new painting shows a determined Washington holding onto a cannon, illuminated by a torch as he heads into battle outnumbered and under equipped. His troops were a ragtag bunch. Instead of military uniforms, they likely wore hunting jackets and wool caps, Kunstler said. While he was able to verify the weather, time of day and vessel type, the artist said, he based other details like clothing “on probability.” “I don’t see any reason you can’t make this scene dramatic

and exciting — and historically correct,” said Kunstler, an 81year-old Brooklyn native. His painting, entitled “Washington’s Crossing: McKonkey’s Ferry, Dec. 26, 1776,” debuts Monday. Leutze’s painting is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the other side of Central Park. But art lovers will have to wait a few more weeks before they can compare the two paintings in real life: The Leutze piece is in storage pending the opening of the new American Wing on Jan. 16. “It’s always been the one work of art people ask for,” Met spokesman Harold Holzer said.

T E L L U S YO U R TO P 10 STO R I ES THE TIMES LEADER wants to know what readers think are the top 10 stories in the region this year. Go online to topstories today through Tuesday to rank your top 10 local news stories. We’ll compile the votes, and

the results will be published the weekend of New Year’s Day. The Times Leader will offer a year in review in world news, local sports news and local news and business. In addition, The Times Leader will take a look at community leaders who have died this year

and examine their contributions to the region. If you have suggestions about well-known local residents who made an impact in life and died this year, send their names and details of their accomplishments to by Wednesday.

A STORY ON Page 10A of Saturday’s Times Leader should have stated that the Christmas Together dinner at First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre will be held from noon until 3 p.m. today and that volunteers are needed between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. A STORY THAT appeared on Page 3A of Saturday’s Times Leader should have said that Christmas Day services will be held at 7 a.m. at St. Ann’s Chapel in Kingston and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Kingston.

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A new meaning for haves, have nots this year


he haves and the have nots were the inspiration for this year’s Times Leader Giving Guide. The newspaper has been publishing the Giving Guide, and before that the Book of Dreams, for many years. During the holiday season at the end of each year we publish stories and photographs about people or agencies in need. We also provide a conduit for members of the community to donate if they are so compelled. It has been a long-running, inspirational and successful tradition. We get to do what we do best; tell stories about people in the community. And people and agencies that need help, get help. A little more than three months ago, the inspiration arrived for the haves and the have nots. There are people who have flood damage and those who have not been flooded. It is an irony that the record level of the Susquehanna River in September did not cause record destruction. Levee heights raised since the flooding of 1972 spared much of the Wyoming Valley. But the highest-ever crest caused greater-than-ever flooding in West Pittston; Hanover, Plains and Plymouth townships; Mocanaqua; Shickshinny and Wyoming County. Parts of Wilkes-Barre were flooded too. For most of the Wyoming Valley and other flood-prone areas, spared this time, normal life resumed soon after the river receded. For the most part, those people were inconvenienced by an evacuation, having to move belongings back into place and some travel detours away from flooded areas. We didn’t want those people affected by the flood to be forgotten – out of sight and out of mind – during the holiday season or otherwise. For those places flooded, normal will be months, if not years, away. We wrote, you responded So we published stories about the Salvation Army, which has worked overtime to help people who were flooded and requested assistance, as well as several community centers that were flooded: the West Pittston Library, The First Presbyterian Church in Shickshinny, Interfaith Friends in Tunkhannock and the Plymouth Township Fire and Rescue Tilbury Station. Not surprisingly, the community responded. The library received more than $1,000, which will help pay for a much-needed copier. The First Presbyterian Church received $1,700 and five roasters that will be used for church dinners. And the Salvation Army received $7,500 from the UNICO association alone, among other gifts. UNICO, which presents an all-star high school conference football game every year, donated proceeds from program advertising and gate receipts directly to the Salvation Army to help flood victims. UNICO also donated $7,500 to the Valley Santa charity organized by The Citizens’ Voice newspaper. Thank you. Need does not have a season or a demarcation line. It has no boundaries. There are people in every community of Northeastern Pennsylvania who need help, often a small bit of financial assistance to make it through the holidays or get a step up in life. This is a time for holiday celebrations for most of us. But as staff writer Jen Learn Andes wrote in a story published Dec. 18, many don’t have even lights or a tree. Some can’t be home: They are living temporarily in trailers or displaced to a rental unit. There is an old tradition that newspapers can comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. As the former we can use all the newsprint and ink available, but we can’t get it done without the community. And you have See HELP, Page 16A


Monsignor John J. Bendik, far right, of St. John the Evangelist parish in Pittston, leads prayer at the Care and Concern Ministries food pantry, which provided food for Christmas dinner to nearly 400 families on Wednesday.

Joys remembered By JERRY LYNOTT

Rusty Fender has kept the ViewMaster he received as a Christmas present in 1961. He contrasts it with the more complex modern gifts.

Recalling the Christmas of 1961 almost made Monsignor John J. Bendik shiver. He rented a car to return home to Kingston from St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana and brought with him a classmate from the Bahamas to the snow-covered Wyoming Valley. It would be the third White Christmas in a row. Bendik, 70, pictured his classmate wrapped in blankets in the car as it headed to Pennsylvania. His classmate thawed out quickly with the welcome from Bendik’s family and neighbors and the parishioners of St. Anthony’s in Larksville, where he was the first black person to serve Mass along with his host. “Those are special memories,” said Bendik. His classmate was never ordained, but they’ve kept in touch. Bendik, who has been a priest for

45 years, has visited him in the Bahamas. A half century hasn’t dimmed the recollection of a Christmas time when life was simpler, holiday greetings were warmer and gifts treasured for a lifetime. The nostalgic Bendik holds on to those memories, but the realist pastor of St. John the Evangelist parish in Pittston has to tend a flock beset by the pressures of the


here and now. For him the story of the birth of the Christ child is as significant today as it was 50 years ago. “People need to hear the story,” he said. It’s nourishment for a hungry soul and for many an “encounter with the memory of the mystery they had when they were children and heard the story about the birth of Jesus,” he said.

In his homily today he’ll make reference to a music video emailed to him about a boy who, after seeing a long line of children waiting to sit on Santa’s lap, asks, “Where’s the line to see Jesus?” The video shows a young boy standing in a line for a soup kitchen and Bendik said that’s where the boy would see Jesus – among the See PAST, Page 16A

Procrastinators rejoice: Christmas Eve’s a shopper’s paradise Good parking and plenty of space to work in are the order of the day at one area mall. By JERRY LYNOTT

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – There was some hustle in the steps of people at the Wyoming Valley Mall and even a little bustle in the stores on Christmas Eve, as the end of a long holiday shopping season approached. Shoppers making a few last-minute purchases and procrastinators mingled on walkways with plenty of room to get by. The busiest days had passed in the season that officially began a month ago on Black Friday, Nov. 25, and consumers were expected to spend $469 billion, which was good news for retailers struggling in a sluggish economy, according to the National Retail Federation. “It’s not crowded at all,” said Jim Ebert of Larksville as he met up his wife, Char. There were no lines at the checkout registers, he said, and traffic moved freely in the parking lot without any backups and delays. Ebert picked up a blender and was able to buy one of the few remaining T-shirts featuring Tim Tebow, quarterback of the NFL Denver Broncos, at Champs Sports

“I was amazed I was able to get a parking spot outside JC Penney.”

Jim Ebert Larksville

“They (family) go in the store and pick out what they want and I pay for it.”

Toni Mathis Wilkes-Barre

store for his daughter. Just setting out on his buying spree, John Paul Roskos was not worried and took it as a good sign how easy it was to park. “I was amazed I was able to get a parking spot outside JC Penney,” he said. Roskos said he’d been busy and came up from Philadelphia to shop for his parents in Hazleton and his fiancée and future wife. The couple got engaged last week. “I know what I want,” he said. His first stop was at a kiosk to purchase ornaments PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER for his parents, something he does annually. Sitting on a bench outside the Aerie store, Toni John Paul Roskos of Philadelphia knew what he See STORES, Page 16A

wanted and wasted little time Saturday shopping for his parents who live in Hazleton and his fiancée.



















Government loyalist forces open fire on 100,000, killing several as protests intensify

Yemen president to leave country By AHMED AL-HAJ Associated Press

A street performer who poses for pictures in exchange for tips dressed like the Grinch beckons customers in front of a billboard announcing lastminute gifts at a store in New York’s Times Square on Saturday. As the clock counted down to Christmas Day, retailers began a big push to snare procrastinating shoppers searching frantically for last-minute gifts and hoping for final-weekend deals.

Protesters carry a young person who was injured Saturday during clashes with security forces in Sanaa, Yemen. Troops loyal to the outgoing president opened fire with guns, water cannons and tear gas on more than 100,000 protesters, killing at least eight. AP PHOTO

“I will leave for the United States in the coming days. Not for treatment, but to get out of sight and the media to calm the atmosphere for the unity government to hold the presidential election,” he said. He said he would eventually return

and pursue “political work as an opposition figure.” Government officials said ambassadors from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council had been in contact with Saleh the past week to pressure him to leave the country.

Newt rips Virginia for ballot exclusion

Highest turnout more than decade brings warm holiday cheer


Crisis at breaking point

raq’s prime minister warned Saturday that efforts to create an autonIomous Sunni region within Iraq would

divide the country and lead to “rivers of blood.” His comments came as a government crisis has strained ties between two main Muslim sects, Sunnis and Shiites, to the breaking point. Nouri al-Maliki, the Shiite prime minister, is engaged in a showdown with the top Sunni political leader in the country. His government has issued an arrest warrant for Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi for what alHashemi says are trumped-up charges that he ran hit squads against government officials.

The Republican presidential hopeful is set back in his quest for the nomination. By LIBBY QUAID Associated Press


Queen visits ill husband

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband is expected to spend a second night in a hospital where he is recovering from a heart procedure, palace officials said Saturday. Prince Philip, 90, had a coronary stent put in late Friday to fix a blocked artery, though the palace has refused to say if he had a heart attack. On Saturday, Philip — also known as the Duke of Edinburgh — received visits from the queen and his four children at Papworth Hospital, where he was admitted after experiencing chest pains at the queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Doctors said Philip could have had a heart attack, but without more information it was impossible to know for sure. LOS ANGELES

Loud toys may be a hazard

That loud toy under the Christmas tree might do more than drive parents crazy. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, have found that some children’s toys, if held close enough, can reach decibel levels similar to a subway train or a chain saw. The study found that next to their speakers, Road Rippers, T-Pain Mic and Tonka Mighty Motorized Fire Engine generated decibel levels of 100 or higher — as loud as a subway train or chain saw. Other toys — including the Marvel Super Shield Captain America, Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo, VTech Princess Magical Learning Wand, Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Cosmic Blaster and the Green Lantern Colossal Cannon Blaster — topped 90 decibels next to the speaker. LAKEWOOD, N.J.

Jewish teens hit with eggs

Bias intimidation and harassment charges have been filed in New Jersey against five people accused of pelting two Orthodox Jewish teenagers with eggs and calling them derogatory names. Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson said the two teens — ages 15 and 17 — were walking in the Ocean County community early Thursday when five people in a vehicle threw several eggs at the teens before driving away. A borough police officer soon spotted and stopped the vehicle a few blocks away. Lawson says the driver admitted they were responsible for throwing the eggs. They were issued summonses and released.


A Christian pilgrim lines up to go inside the Grotto, at the Church of Nativity, believed by many to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Saturday.

Crowds celebrate in Bethlehem By DALIA NAMMARI and DANIELLA CHESLOW Associated Press

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Tens of thousands of tourists and Christian pilgrims packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Saturday, bringing warm holiday cheer to the traditional birthplace of Jesus on a raw, breezy and rainy night. With turnout at its highest in more than a decade, proud Palestinian officials said they were praying the celebrations

would bring them closer to their dream of independence. Bethlehem, like the rest of the West Bank, fell onto hard times after the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation broke out in late 2000. As the fighting has subsided in recent years, the tourists have returned in large numbers and all of the city’s hotels were fully booked. By early evening, the Israeli military, which controls movement in and out of town, said some 55,000 visitors, including foreigners and Arab Chris-

tians from Israel, had reached Bethlehem. Palestinian officials in Bethlehem said that with local tourists included, overall turnout was 120,000 — about 30 percent higher than last year. The number was expected to rise throughout the evening. “It’s wonderful to be where Jesus was born,” said Irma Goldsmith, 68, of Suffolk, Virginia. “I watch Christmas in Bethlehem each year on TV, but to be here in person is different. To be in the spot where our savior was born is amaz-

ing.” By nightfall, a packed Manger square, along with a 50foot-tall Christmas tree, was awash in Christmas lights, and the town took on a festival-like atmosphere. Vendors hawked balloons and corn on the cob, and bands played Christmas songs and tourists packed cafes that are sleepy the rest of the year. As rain began falling in the early evening, many people cleared out of the square and raced to nearby restaurants.

Protests against Putin draw tens of thousands across Russia The Associated Press

MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of demonstrators on Saturday cheered opposition leaders and jeered the Kremlin in the biggest show of outrage yet against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule. The Moscow demonstration was even bigger than a similar rally two weeks ago, signaling that the protest movement ignited by the fraud-tainted Dec. 4 parliamentary election may be growing. Protests were also held in dozens of other cities and towns across Russia. Rally participants densely packed a

broad avenue, which has room for nearly 100,000 people as the temperature dipped well below freezing. They chanted “Russia without Putin!” Alexei Navalny, a corruption-fighting lawyer and popular blogger, electrified the crowd when he took the stage. A rousing speaker, he had protesters shouting “We are the power!” Mikhail Gorbachev, who resigned as Soviet president 20 years ago today, has urged Putin to follow his example. While many Russians have grown weary with Putin’s rule, his opponents are split among numerous groups.


A sticker reading ‘For fairy elections’ is seen on the back of Katya Kostromina, 18, as she attends a rally to protest against election fraud in Moscow.

WASHINGTON — Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s campaign attacked Virginia’s GOP primary election system on Saturday for keeping him off the state’s March 6 Super Tuesday ballot. It was a significant setback for a candidate who has surged in popularity but struggled to organize his campaign. The state party said that Gingrich, who lives in Vir- Gingrich ginia, had failed to submit the required 10,000 signatures to appear on the ballot. Texas Gov. Rick Perry also failed to qualify, the state GOP said. The Gingrich campaign responded that “only a failed system” would disqualify Gingrich and other candidates. It said Gingrich would pursue an aggressive write-in campaign, although state law prohibits write-ins on primary ballots. “Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates,” Gingrich campaign director Michael Krull said in a statement. “We will work with the Republican Party of Virginia to pursue an aggressive write-in campaign to make sure that all the voters of Virginia are able to vote for the candidate of their choice.” Forty-six delegates will be at stake in Virginia’s Super Tuesday primary. That’s a small fraction of the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination. Gingrich already missed the deadline to appear on the ballot in Missouri’s Feb. 7 primary, though he insists it doesn’t matter because the state awards delegates based not on the primary but on a Republican caucus held in March.

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No time to be a you-know-what

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s outgoing president said Saturday he would leave the country for the United States to help calm tensions in his country as forces commanded by his son and nephew opened fire on more than 100,000 protesters marching into the capital, killing at least eight. The protesters had marched on foot for four days from the city of Taiz, south of Sanaa, in the first such march of its kind seen in Yemen, to pressure the government not to give Saleh immunity from prosecution. When they reached the southern entrances to the capital, forces of the elite Republican Guard fired on them with automatic weapons, tear gas and water cannons. The turmoil reflected the confused political situation in Yemen caused by the slow-motion, uncertain exit of Saleh

from power in the face of huge protests demanding his ouster that have shaken the country since February. Late last month, Saleh signed an agreement in which he handed over his powers to his vice president and committed to step down completely in return for immunity. But opponents say he has continued to wield influence through his loyalists and relatives still in positions of power, hampering the transition ahead of presidential elections set for Feb. 21. Many feared he would find a way to continue his rule. Saturday evening, Saleh told reporters that he would soon leave the country for the United States, though he did not specify exactly when. He had been expected to leave soon after the deal was signed — ostensibly to undergo treatment for wounds suffered in an assassination attempt in June — but officials say he has stalled.








Flying to a dream Grants give a boost Test pilot’s


to Back Mtn. Trail By EILEEN GODIN Times Leader Correspondent

Local trails have given outdoor enthusiasts a place to get away from the hassles of everyday life, and thanks to a state grant, the Back Mountain Trail will be able to expand, develop a master plan and complete some needed maintenance. This month the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association received two grants from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources totaling $320,000 for work on the Back Mountain Trail. The trail, created in 1995, starts off on Parry Street in Luzerne and heads north parallel to Route 309, ending at Lower Demunds Road in Dallas, a total of about six miles. Julie McMonagle, the association’s executive director said $20,000 will be used to pay for a feasibility study, creating a master plan to extend the trail from Dallas to Harveys Lake and on to Ricketts Glen State Park in Fairmount Township. The trail generally follows abandoned railroad lines, but “there are some areas where the original railroad bed is not accessible,” she said. The remaining $300,000 will be used to add about a mile to the trail and make repairs to the existing trail. Plans to construct the new section were made possible due to a right-of-way easement from Dallas resident and business owner Bill Grant. Grant, CEO of Hildebrandt Learning Centers LLC, and partner of Dorchester Land Development LLC, gave the Back Mountain Trail Association permission to create an additional mile through his wooded property. The trail would pick up off Main Road behind Offset Paperback Manufacturers and weave about a mile through a densely wooded area, giving trail users an opportunity to view unseen natural beauty and wildlife. The trail will end near Geisinger Medical Group on Lt. Michael Cleary Drive in Dallas Township. The trail will then lead into nearby Sacred Heart Cemetery, allowing for an additional 500 yards. McMonagle said the proposed trail will pass near an “old Hemlock forest.” Grant added the trail will also pass near wetland areas and a pond. The decision to give the trail association the easement was easy for Grant. He said that three years ago Judy Rimple, president of the Back Mountain



Dallas landowner Bill Grant and Anthracite Scenic Trails Association President Judy Rimple hold a sign designating the Back Mountain Trail.

Trail Association, approached him to consider offering the group the easement. Due to a pond and wetlands, some of land was unusable, so the agreement created a “win-win situation,” he said. “I am happy to hear they received the funding to continue,” he said. “They had gotten to the point where everything stopped.” Rimple was unavailable for comment, but McMonagle said work should begin in 2012. Some of the grant funds also will be used to engineer and install a drainage system on “mile two” of the original trail, which extends from behind the Dallas Area Municipal Authority to Carverton Road in Trucksville. Heavy summer rains caused washouts on this section of the trail. McMonagle said the trail association will accept bids from engineers to install a drainage system and a “proper base and top coat.” For more information on the Back Mountain Trail or how to volunteer, visit

Grant to help Susquehanna Trail By EILEEN GODIN Times Leader Correspondent

A $321,000 state grant to the Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council will fund a three-mile addition to the existing 10-mile trail in southern Luzerne County. Julie McMonagle, president of the council, said the nonprofit organization received the grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in mid-December. The grant will be combined with $80,000 in leftover funds from a grant from PennDOT and used to extend the trail three miles north of the Garden Drive-In, in Hunlock Creek, and to lay down a portion of the trail near a salvage yard in Salem Township, McMonagle said. Work is expected to begin in

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2012. McMonagle said normally donations and volunteers help maintain the trails, so the grant is a welcome financial boost. “We are very appreciative,” she said. “Five years ago, it took $100,000 for one mile, but things have changed so much. We are hoping to improve at least three miles.” The Susquehanna Warrior Trail currently extends 10 miles north from Berwick, starting at PPL’s Susquehanna Riverlands recreation area and ending at the Garden Drive-In. The trail offers scenic views of the Susquehanna River as it follows along the former Delaware, Lehigh and Western Railroad beds, parallel to U.S. Route 11.

JENKINS TWP. – When Rich Rusnok was growing up, he would pester his parents to take him to air shows. Rusnok was always fascinated with aircraft and flying – dreaming that one day he would be a pilot. Fast forward some 25 years. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Rusnok, now 35, is a test pilot with the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. A graduate of Pittston Area High School, Rusnok was the second test pilot to perform a vertical landing on the USS Wasp’s flight deck. The Navy and Marine Corps Team of the Joint Strike Fighter Program recently made naval aviation history and Rusnok, a Jenkins Township native, played a major role. On Oct. 3, the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft BF-2 landed safeFor video footage, ly on USS Wasp’s flight visit deck, the first at-sea verwww.times tical landing for the rine Corps’ F-35 JSF version. Rusnok was the second pilot to land the jet on the carrier. “These test pilots go through an extensive amount of training to get to where they are, and he was selected from that group as one of three military test pilots to work on the first sea trials for the aircraft,” said Victor Chen, public affairs officer. The tests were conducted in October, Chen said. The tests collected data on the aircraft’s ability to perform short take-offs and vertical landings on a ship at sea, as well as to determine how the aircraft integrates with the ship’s landing systems, and deck and hangar operations. Rusnok said participating in the program was “an incredible experience.” He said he felt lucky to be selected for the program because he is not an engineer. “I guess you can say it’s unusual for me to be here because I didn’t follow the traditional path,” Rusnok said. “This was a unique opportunity and I worked with some amazing young sailors and Marines.” Rusnok, a 1994 graduate of Pittston Area, said Northeastern Pennsylvania was “an incredible place” to grow up.


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He said he always wanted to be a pilot and often dragged his parents to air shows. “I would harass them all year to take me to shows,” Rusnok said. “They were incredibly patient with me. I’ve just always had an obsession with aircraft.” Rusnok has flown several combat missions in the Iraq War. In 2003, he participated in the initial invasion of Iraq. In 2005 and 2006, Rusnok was based in Iraq and flew missions for seven months. Rusnok said he and his wife, Kara, will soon move to Edwards Air Force Base in California for new training. The Rusnoks are parents of Richard III, 2½, and their second child is due in February. Rusnok’s brother, Ryan, 32, is a U.S. Army surgeon and is serving in Afghanistan. Rusnok recently visited his parents in Pittston. He said he likes to take his son to the places he loved when he was growing up. He also took his son to the Steamtown National Train Museum in Scranton. Rich Rusnok Sr. said he and his wife, Cathy, are proud of their sons, and their military service. Rusnok Sr. said Maj. Rusnok became focused on becoming a pilot at age 9

RICHARD RUSNOK Rank: Major, U.S. Marine Corps Education: 1998 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy; Bachelor of Science degree in history; commissioned a second lieutenant. Following graduation, he attended The George Washington University and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in history in January 1999. Accomplishments: Personal decorations include the Air Medal with six Strike/ Flight Awards, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and Gold Star, and two Sea Service Deployment ribbons. Maj. Rusnok has accumulated over 1,700 flight hours in more than 20 different military aircraft, including the AV-8B, F/A-18, F-16, Mirage 2000D, and the F-35B/C. Family: Currently resides in Lexington Park, Md., with his wife Kara and their son Richard; their second child is due in February.

and never let up. He said he told his parents he was going to attend the Naval Academy and he did. “We thought he might change his dream, but he never did,” Rusnok said. “He stayed focused on what he wanted to do.”

Police: Man caught burglarizing a house in Sugar Notch Gregory Sean Richards, 23, charged with burglary, other counts in break-in. By MATT HUGHES

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tional Facility for the lack of $5,000 straight bail. According to court documents, Sugar Notch Police Chief Christopher M. Pelchar said he responded to an activated burglar alarm at 6:50 a.m. on South Main Street. He said he found the house’s side door ajar and a smashed out patio window at the rear of the residence.

Pelchar said he went into the house and found Richards in a first-floor room standing next to a gun cabinet and holding a rifle. At Pelchar’s order, Richards dropped the rifle and was taken into custody, Pelchar said. Richards also turned over a gold wrist watch and a pill case containing medications not his own, Pelchar said.




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hreshold and jamb, hinges and casing. For most of the year the front door is a sum of its parts. It is the entry, the access, the way to get the mail or to the car. It may be made of oak or steel, augmented with a brass handle, doorbell or knocker. Mostly though, it is little more than a way from here to there. At this time of year, however, it becomes a gateway to the season. Framed with garlands of pine and fir. Topped with wreaths made of green and gold and jeweled with berries, ribbons and bows. Twinkling lights transform some entrance ways, a halo of white, or blue or multi colors, depending on personal preference. An honor guard stands sentry at doorways, sentinels of nutcrackers, snowmen, Santas and such. Such attention beckons guests and carolers and even neighbors passing by. “Do please come in to join the merriment,” the house itself seems to say. “The celebration lies just beyond this festive passage.” CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER

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liams Bishop, D-Phila., said that when she was a child, she enPHILADELPHIA — Since the dured eight years of sexual abuse child sex-abuse scandal broke at by two uncles. Four days later, at a debate Penn State in November, victims of sexual abuse — many of whom among Pennsylvania Republihad remained silent about their cans hoping to win a seat in the suffering for years — have been U.S. Senate, Vietnam veteran speaking up across the country, Dave Christian said he had been seeking counseling, calling hot abused sexually when he was 7. Shortly after, a second candidate, lines and contacting attorneys. An unprecedented increase in retired Army Sgt. Robert Mansreports of abuse seems to have field, said the issue was personal been inspired by the fall from for him as well, but he would not grace of the university’s revered elaborate. The Survivors Network of football coach, Joe Paterno, and Those Abused the school’s presiby Priests, dent, Graham B. “Whenever highbased in ChicaSpanier. reported “If the powerful profile predators in go, that in the last come down, the a particular occusix weeks, it had powerless really do been deluged feel they have a pation or setting with emails and shot,” said Marci A. are exposed, especalls Hamilton, a lawyer cially in rapid suc- phone from survivors, from Bucks County many breaking and author of “Jus- cession, some vicsilence for tice Denied: What tims abused in the their the first time. America Must Do to “The real eneProtect Its Chil- same setting or by my in the child dren.” the same type of safety struggle The Rape, Abuse is ‘surely,’ ” said and Incest National perpetrator come David Clohessy, Network reported forward out of SNAP’s executhat in November, aftive director. ter the Pennsylvania hope,” “Surely, after all State University David Clohessy scandal broke, its onSNAP’s executive director those lawsuits, surely after all line hot line providthose priests ing confidential support for victims (www.on- were ousted, no day care center had the busiest or athletic program or school or month since it started in 2006. church or scouting group would The average of 2,500 sessions a ignore or conceal child sex crimes anymore.” month jumped to 3,100. Penn State gave the lie to that Jeff Herman, a lawyer in Miami who represents victims of sex- assumption, which helped surviual abuse, says his website, vors in several ways. “Whenever high-profile predawhich ordinarily receives 5,000 hits a month, got 15,000 in No- tors in a particular occupation or setting are exposed, especially in vember. In recent weeks, two Pennsyl- rapid succession, some victims vania politicians have come for- abused in the same setting or by the same type of perpetrator ward as victims. During testimony Dec. 5 be- come forward out of hope,” Clofore the state Committee on Chil- hessy said. Since the 1980s, revelations dren and Youth, Rep. Louise Wil-

about pedophile priests have prompted other victims to speak up over time. But now — with the frenzied media focus on former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was arrested Nov. 5, followed by the firing of Syracuse University associate basketball coach Bernie Fine — the reaction has been sudden, dramatic and on a much larger scale. “Millions of people are Catholics, but millions of others are parents of kids who have been in sports. ... The odds are very, very high you’ve had a son or daughter who would have found Jerry Sandusky or Bernie Fine or their local equivalent an absolute magnet.” Hamilton, too, said that in the Catholic priest cases, hardly any bishops lost their job for covering up abuse. “That sends a message to victims,” she said. “It’s all about power. Part of what’s going on is Penn State’s response. Regardless of what they did before the grand jury (report) came out, they have said that ‘We believe the survivors enough to fire Joe Paterno, our legendary football coach.’” Hamilton testified this month before the Pennsylvania legislature, which is considering several bills to strengthen requirements to report suspected abuse. She is also one of the lawyers in a civil case filed by the 11th victim who alleged Sandusky sexually assaulted him. One of the major reasons victims keep their abuse secret is fear, Clohessy said. Fear that they will not be believed. Fear that they will be seen as complicit. Fear that they will be judged harshly. “While it’s extraordinarily hard for any child-sex-abuse victim to come forward, there’s another layer of complexity and shame when it’s same-gender abuse. It doesn’t surprise us at all that in the macho world of athletics, vic-

Major abuse cases give victims courage

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Penn State students Makenzie Rupert, Amanda Lyons and Lauren Tilburg attend the candlelight vigil in support of victims of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal on Nov. 11 at Penn State.

tims are especially slow to come forward,” he said. Since the Penn State scandal broke, disclosure has become easier. The scandal also seems to have tipped public opinion, Hamilton said: “There is this sense that something needs to be done and needs to be done now.” During a recent television appearance with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Hamilton was asked, “So what should we do?” When she replied, “Get rid of the statute of limitations,” she said, “the entire audience started applauding. I was amazed. ... We weren’t seeing this kind of tone in the public before Penn State. Now most people have the view: Protect the kids or else. That’s new.” Few victims who have only re-

cently found the courage to seek help are ready to speak publicly. “It’s still too raw,” said Katherine Hull, director of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, which refers victims to local agencies and therapists. Healing is as gradual as it is painful, said Charles Crawford, who filed a suit in late November against the Boston Red Sox. In the 1980s, when Crawford was a teenager working as a clubhouse attendant, he said, he was sexually assaulted by the clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005, admitted being a pedophile, pleaded guilty in a 2002 case in Florida, and was the subject of a $3.15 million lawsuit that the team settled in 2003.

“Penn State definitely made me know I wasn’t alone,” Crawford said, “that other kids that had great opportunities like I did were abused and that there are dangerous people around.” Some victims never recover. “When I heard about Penn State, I figured, ‘What else is new?’” said James Meunier, 70, who was abused as a child by a priest in Massachusetts and who told no one about it for most of his life. “I’m a firm believer in, let’s see what really comes out of all this. Are these victims making it up? Is it real? I don’t know. I’m in my own shoes, and I only know what happened to me. Some people could make that up for money. I don’t put anything past anybody. I don’t trust anybody.”

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through 2015. The city clerk for Reading said she could not proHAZLETON – While city ad- vide the city’s police contract last ministrators believe the city fared week, citing a backlog of Right to well in negotiating a new con- Know requests. Mundie said he’s wary of a sevtract with the police union, two en-year contract because the city councilmen aren’t convinced. Last week, Councilman Jack could face major cash shortfalls Mundie and council President beginning in 2013 when $600,000 Jim Perry voted against a seven- annual mineland sale payments year pact with the local Fraternal from Hazleton Creek Properties Order of Police bargaining unit, are due to end. Perry had made citing concerns with the length of an unsuccessful motion to table the contract, and Mundie also the contract vote, saying he thought council membersconcerned that Mayor elect Jean Mope and Keith Joe Yannuzzi and adminBast should have the opistrator Mary Ellen Lieb portunity to weigh in. were inexperienced neMundie also thinks apgotiators. proval of a contract should The contract gives offihave been postponed until cers a 2 percent raise in To view the administration had base salary in 2012 and 3- Hazleton’s new police time to get quotes from percent raises the follow- contract, other health insurers that ing three years. The con- visit tract can then be reo- www.times could provide comparable pened for salary negotia- coverage for less money. He noted that the Luzerne tions. County Transportation The contract can also be re-opened for health insurance Authority recently switched carnegotiations if the firefighters riers and will save $250,000 a union negotiates changes to their year. Some other changes to the pohealth insurance next year. For the first time, new police lice contract include: • Reducing the number of sick hires will have to contribute $20 per two-week pay period – $520 days per year from 20 to 16 for per year – toward their health in- new hires. Lieb said Reading offers 30. surance premiums. • Requiring a minimum of Mundie questioned how Hazleton’s pay raises, health insur- three patrol officers on duty at all ance contributions and other times, even if it requires paying contract benefits compare to the overtime. • Increasing police officers’ state average. Lieb said she didn’t compare contribution toward their penthem to state averages, but she sions from 3 percent to 5 percent. did look at some police contracts in other cities, and Hazleton fares relatively well. After the council meeting, Lieb said the police contract in WilkesBarre that ended in 2010 gave officers 3.25 percent pay increases. She said base salaries in Reading were much higher, with the top patrolman salary there $11,000 higher than Hazleton’s. However, a review of WilkesBarre’s current contract gives police 3 percent annual raises By STEVE MOCARSKY






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HARRISBURG — A year ago, the state Capitol was obsessing about the looming Republican takeover of the House and governorship, and how that would likely result in the movement of an array of legislation the GOP had long favored but was unable to enact. At this point, halfway through the current two-year legislative session, things have not entirely worked out that way. The out-ofpower Democrats would undoubtedly love to trade places, but Republicans have not always been able to sort out their internal disagreements on key issues. AP FILE PHOTO Republican numbers have helped them force through new Gov. Tom Corbett’s agenda made some headway in the GOP legisrules for civil lawsuits widely lature in 2011, but perhaps not as much as he might have hoped. supported by the business com- New challenges will join old ones in 2012. munity, but on a gun rights bill they were able to draw consider- ted state takeover of the city’s fi- vamped procedures for handling able Democratic votes to expand nances. It enacted tougher stan- suspected concussions among the use of lethal force in self-de- dards for abortion clinics, student athletes. changed the state’s Megan’s Law fense. A big prize eluded Corbett this More than 100 laws have been to force homeless and out-of- year, as school vouchers and enacted since late April, starting state offenders to register, and charter school regulation changwith a revision to the construc- banned “bath salts” and synthet- es languished. Both remain on tion code that repealed a man- ic marijuana. the potential agenda for 2012. After retired Penn State assistdate for fire sprinklers in new The governor and some Rehomes, a bill now known as Act 1 ant football coach Jerry Sandus- publican allies also came out of 2011. Over the past several ky was charged with child molesstrongly in favor of privatizing weeks, lawmakers made dozens tation, the General Assembly set the state liquor system, but that up an 11-member task of votes to push through proposal also hit a wall of orgaforce on child abuse to favored bills, and Gov. The out-ofnized resistance and faces an unexamine whether Tom Corbett announced power Demochanges or additions to certain future. Thursday he signed 23 crats would The debate that has gone on state law are warranted. into law. for years about collecting new The commission has a Lawmakers and the undoubtedly revenues from the booming Maryear to issue its report. governor spent the love to trade Lawmakers fulfilled cellus Shale natural gas drilling spring working on the places, but their once-a-decade re- in the state — and updating regustate budget. The verquirement to redraw lations over the industry — consion that passed shortly Republicans their own legislative dis- tinued inconclusively this year before midnight on the have not altricts as well as those of but is a candidate for action befinal day of the fiscal year ways been the Pennsylvania con- fore the session ends in the fall. met two of Corbett’s able to sort gressional delegation. A stated goals because it The list of other issues PennRepublican-backed pro- sylvania policymakers talked was produced on time out their posal to split the state’s about but could not resolve this and did not raise any internal diselectoral votes in presi- year includes shrinking the size broad-based taxes. agreements dential elections by con- of the Legislature, allowing huntAlong with the budget, the House and Sen- on key issues. gressional district— in- ing on Sunday, setting up a disasstead of the existing, ter relief fund for the flood-prone ate also gave Corbett a winner-take-all scheme state, tightening immigration renew law expanding his control over the public welfare — did not get even a committee strictions, and requiring voters to system, a change designed to vote and may be dead. produce identification. More stringent rules were imhelp him wring savings out of the A bill to revamp how DNA is massive state agency and reduce posed on Pennsylvania’s teen used in criminal investigations drivers, and all drivers were profraud and abuse. and trials passed the Senate and Some of this year’s new laws re- hibited from texting behind the sponded to issues that arose dur- wheel — although a proposal has a chance of getting out of the stalled that would require hands- House next year. ing 2011 or in the recent past. Other topics to watch for The General Assembly respon- free devices for drivers using cell movement on include revisions ded to the stalemate in the city of phones. 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December 23, 2008

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THE TIMES LEADER KEVIN SIMMONS, 52, of Oplinger Towers, Nanticoke, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in Dover, N.J., he was the son of Marion Boss Simmons and the late Stewart Simmons. He was employed in the construction trades. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Susan, and stepdaughter, Heather. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his daughter Jessica; brothers, Brad, Brian and his wife, Tracy, all of Nanticoke; twin brother, Keith, Columbia, N.J.; several nieces and a nephew. A memorial service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, with the Rev. Timothy Hall, pastor of Nebo Baptist Church, Nanticoke, officiating. MICHAEL ZATORSKI, 59, of East Main Street, Nanticoke, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011, at home. Born on June 25, 1952, in Nanticoke, he was the son of Leonard and Irene Zatorski. He was a graduate of Nanticoke High School and was employed in the construction trades as a mason. He was a 4th degree Black Belt in American Ninjutsu. He was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Aniba Diana in 2000. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, the former Joan Markiewicz; brother Richard; various aunts and relations. A blessing service will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, with the Rev. James Nash, pastor of St. Faustina’s Parish, Nanticoke, officiating. Friends may call Monday from 5 p.m. until time of services. HILDA T. BOYER, 92, of Wilkes-Barre, passed peacefully on Friday, December 23, 2011, at Riverstreet Manor in Wilkes-Barre. She was born on January 31, 1919, in Wilkes-Barre, the daughter of the late Peter and Helen Boyer. Hilda was a lifelong member of Saint Stanislaus Kostka Church, now known as St. Andre Bessette Church, Wilkes-Barre. She is survived by several loving nieces and nephews. Funeral will be on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Andre Bessette Church, North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, with Father Kenneth Seegar officiating. The interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Plains Township. Friends may call on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service time. CHARLENE D. MARUT, 61, of Forty Fort, passed away, Saturday Dec. 24, 2011 in Wake Forest, N.C. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas. JOHN J. YONCHIK, 90, of Shavertown, died Saturday, December 24, 2011 at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South WilkesBarre. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main Street, Plains Township. A complete obituary will be in Monday’s newspaper. JOHN SCHILLING, 50, of Columbus Avenue, Pittston, died Friday, December 23, 2011 at Hospice of the VNA, St Luke’s Villa, WilkesBarre. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township.

Junius B. Todd December 20, 2011


r. Junius B. Todd, 91, of Grove Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed away Tuesday, December 20, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following an illness. He was born March 21, 1920, in Tallahassee, Fla., to the late Fred and Agnes (Copeland) Todd, the last of all his siblings. He was educated in the Tallahassee schools. Until his retirement, he worked as a crane operator for the former Vulcan Iron Works, previously in the local construction industry and prior to that was a miner with the former Huber Colliery, Ashley. In addition to his siblings, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Juanita, in 1972 and by a son, Naymon, in 2000. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Mimi Lee Bates, at home; five children; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the Todd family, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township. The John V. Morris Family is honored to care for Mr. Todd and his family at this time. Online words of comfort may be sent by visiting our family’s website at












James N. Ciavarella

Sean T. Walsh

December 23, 2011

December 24, 2011

Philip Ciavarella, New Jersey; Frank Ciavarella, Hanover Township; John Ciavarella, Wilkes-Barre; numerous nieces and nephews. James’ family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Riverside Rehabilitation & Nursing Center for their loving care. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Therapy Department & the Riverside Rehabilitation Department, 500 Hospital Street, Taylor, PA 18517. Online condolences may be made at

ean T. Walsh, 38, of Jenkins Township, died Saturday morning at the Inpatient Unit of Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of Thomas Walsh of Pittston and Rita Kwiatkowski Walsh of Edwardsville. Sean was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, Class of 1992 and was formerly employed by Mericle Industries as a heavy-equipment operator and last owned and operated S & S Detailing and Customizing in Pittston Township. Friends and family are invited to go Surviving, in addition to his par- directly to church. Interment will be ents, are his wife, the former Sarah held at the convenience of the famLatona; sisters, Tracey Walsh Mor- ily. rissey, Edwardsville; Amy Walsh, Friends may call Monday from 5 Kingston; Kimberly Walsh, Ed- to 8 p.m. at the Corcoran Funeral wardsville, and Brigid Walsh, Pitt- Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street, ston; paternal grandmother, Geral- Plains. dine Walsh, Plains; nephews, Eric, Memorial donations may be Tyler and Braeden; nieces, Morgan made to The Frank M. and Dorothand Keira. ea Henry Cancer Center at GeisinA Mass of Christian Burial will ger Wyoming Valley, 1000 East be held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA St. Joseph Marello Parish at Our La- 18711. dy of Mount Carmel Church, WilOnline condolences may be made liam Street, Pittston, with Father at Paul McDonnell, O.S.J. officiating.

December 23, 2011 udrey James Billings, 89, went to be with the Lord on DecemA ber 23.

ley and Zack Chamberlain, Kayden Pollick, Tyler Williams, Bryce and Chase Moore. Also surviving are her sister, Ruth Gavenus, and several nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all. Funeral will be on Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home,1044 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort. The interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Audrey Billings Mission Fund at the Trucksville United Methodist Church, 40 Knob Hill Road,Trucksville, PA 18708.

Ida Ellis December 23, 2011


da Ellis, 85, of Jenkins Township, passed away Friday morning in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in East Lemon, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Julia Gerhardt Ellis. She was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School, class of 1945 and received her RN from the Moses Taylor Hospital School of Nursing. Ida continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Master’s Degree in Nursing. For many years, she was employed at Hahnemann Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of West Pittston. Preceding her in death were her sisters Rose Barziloski and Julia Nelson; brother Louis Ellis. Surviving are sisters, Helen Biles, Jenkins Township; Esther Alt and her husband, Ted, Zionsville, Indiana; Mildred Ellis, Jenkins Township; brothers, Albert Ellis and his wife, Charlotte, Montrose; Bud Ellis and his wife, Ann, Exeter; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held

Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, with the Rev. Josh Masland of the First United Methodist Church of West Pittston officiating. Interment will be in the Nicholson Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of West Pittston, 408 Wyoming Avenue, West Pittston, PA 18643.

Helen K. Oselinsky December 23, 2011 elen K. Oselinsky, age 81, of H Tunkhannock, passed away Friday morning at home.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Nicholas Oselinsky Jr. Wed on September 3, 1955, the couple were married for 56 years. Born in Nanticoke, on April 22, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Swantko Krapcho. Helen was educated in Nanticoke schools. Of Russian Orthodox faith, she was a member of both Holy Resurrection R.O. Parish in Nanticoke and St. Michael’s R.O. Parish in Old Forge. A brother, Wasil "Bill" Krapcho, also preceded her in death. She is also survived by her son, Dr. David Oselinsky and wife, Marcia, of State College; her brother, Frank Krapcho Jr., of Columbia, Maryland; and two grandchildren, Alexa and Katrina Oselinsky.

A Divine Liturgy has been scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church, 17 East Kirmar Avenue, Nanticoke. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until services. Arrangements are under the care of the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge. Please visit for directions or to leave an online condolences.

ary Lou Evan, 71, of Nanticoke, passed away early Friday mornM ing at her home.

Born and raised in the Lower Broadway section of Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late John and Lucy Andruskiewicz Bil. She was a graduate of Nanticoke High School, Class of 1958 and Luzerne County Community College School of Nursing. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a Registered Nurse in the Mercy Health Care System. She was a member of the former St. Francis Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Bil. Surviving are son Michael Evan, and his wife, Deneen, Hanover Township; daughter Carol Jaikes, Nanticoke; granddaughters, Jessica and Jennifer Jaikes, Nanticoke; brothers, Walter Stryczynski, Hunlock Creek and Robert Stryczynski, Cornelius, N.C.; sister Henrietta Romanowski, Pensacola, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. from Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 173 E. Green St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Faustina Parish. Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Tuesday 5 to 7 p.m.

Virginia H. Gommer

Audrey James Billings

She was born August 28, 1922, in Forty Fort, to Robert and Henrietta (Martin) James. She was a graduate of Forty Fort High School and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing. Audrey worked as a Registered Nurse in several capacities over a span of more than 50 years. She loved nursing, and her patients loved the compassionate and dedicated care she gave them. She was a 50-plus year member of Trucksville United Methodist Church and the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Alumni Association. Audrey loved spending time with her family reading & gardening. She was a very selfless person and could always find something funny in every situation. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert, and her husband and best friend, Frank. Surviving are her four children, Debra and Tim Lipovsky, Richard and Susan Billings, Lois and Skip Gross and Jon and Linda Billings; 10 grandchildren, Spring Chamberlain (C.J. Pollick), Edward Williams, Sarah White (Josh), Jamie Billings, Bryn Moore (Jay), Katie Kocher (Tim), Scott Lipovsky, Dan Lipovsky, Michael Gross and Kiera Gross; seven great-grandchildren, Ivy, Hai-

December 23, 2011



ames N. Ciavarella, 73, of Old Forge, formerly of Mountain Top, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2011 at the Riverside Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Taylor. He was born March 23, 1938 in Cunningham, Pa., a son of the late Peter and Jeanette Mercidonti Ciavarella. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School, class of 1955. Mr. Ciavarella formerly owned and operated J.C. Trucking in Mountain Top. He was a former member of St. Jude’s Church in Mountain Top. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maryann Carlo Ciavarella, in 2003. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ben, Paul, Carmen and Michael Ciavarella and by his sister, Venus Mariano. Surviving are children, Antoinette (Toni) Lisowski and her husband, Frank, Old Forge; Frank Ciavarella and his wife, Michele, Mountain Top; Andrea Saba and her husband, Alex, Mountain Top; James Ciavarella Jr. and his wife, Janice, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Maryann Tayoun, Meagann Verdetto, Alicia Ciavarella, Zackery Ciavarella, Ashleigh Ciavarella, Deidra Ciavarella, Alex Saba Jr. and Adam Saba; great-granddaughters, Annabella Tayoun and Sophia Jonna Verdetto; sisters, Angie Plesh, New Jersey; Rachael Nardone, Wilkes-Barre; Mary DeAngelo, Wilkes-Barre; brothers, Joseph Ciavarella, WilkesBarre; Tony Ciavarella, Hazleton;

Mary Lou Evan

Jean Bianco

December 22, 2011

December 17, 2011



irginia H. Gommer, 70, of Lower Askam, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2011 in Wilkes Barre General Hospital. Born May 2, 1941, in Savannah, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Eklins and Grace Robbins Howard III. Prior to retiring, Virginia worked as a deli clerk at Park Market, Nanticoke. She had also worked at Alta Shoe. Surviving are her husband of 24 years, Merle Sr.; children, Rickey Gasper and wife Cheryl, Hanover Township; Janet Husted and husband Henry, Larksville; Julie Space and husband William, Dallas; John Gasper and wife Michelle, Wilkes Barre; Jeff Gasper and wife Tracy, Hanover Township; Merle Gommer Jr. and wife Lori, Hanover Township; Rose Volkel and husband Dan, Shickshinny Lake; Ray Gommer and wife Carol, Plymouth; Leslie Weron and husband John, Nanticoke; 15 grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; sister Sally Tuttle, Mount Dora, Fla.; brother Skip Howard, Miami, Fla.; and loving dog TJ. Virginia loved having her family

around her, especially for Sunday dinners. She will be truly missed by those who loved and knew her. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. from the Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with the Rev. Barry Lohman officiating. Interment will be in Stairville Cemetery, Dorrance Township. Friends may call Monday from 9 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the United Way of NEPA, 8 West Market Street, Suite 450, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

Mary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Davies December 17, 2011 Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Davies, 92, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2011. Born in Forty Fort to R. G. and Laura Bosworth Davis, she later resided in Dallas and Mehoopany. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Carlton Davies. A graduate of Forty Fort High School and General Hospital School of Nursing in Wilkes-Barre, she received her anesthesiology certification at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh. She worked at what was then Nesbitt Hospital in Kingston, during World War II. Later,

she assisted her husband in his dental practice in Kingston. Betty, as president of the Luzerne County Dental Auxiliary, worked to provide dental chairs and equipment for the elderly and disabled. She is survived by her daughters, Diane Davies, Madison, Ga. and Linda Murphy, Hyattsville, Md.; son, Marc Davies of Morrisville, Pa.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her sister, Laura Samuels, and a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Mehoopany United Methodist Church, Mehoopany, Pa. during the summer of 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in her memory to the North Branch Land Trust, 11 Carverton Road, Trucksville, PA 18708.

ean Bianco, 90, of Las Vegas, Nev., and formerly of Swoyersville, passed away December 17, 2011, while under the care of Compassion Care Hospice, after a long illness. She was a daughter of the late Walter and Anna Zukoski Pokrzywnicki. She was born and raised in Swoyersville and was the former wife of the late Anthony Bianco of Pittston. Moving to Cleveland, Ohio, the couple and son Jack were employed by the industries in that area for many years until retirement. In Las Vegas, Jean served as chairwoman of her private community’s committee to act as counsel involving local regulations, for which she received awards for her service. She was preceded in death by brothers, John, Edward, Thaddeus, Frank, Walter, Chester, Aloysius, Leo, Benjamin and Joseph and sister Helen. Surviving are her son, Jack; sisters, Charlotte Pomicter, Sun City, Calif.; Ann Evans, Cypress, Calif.; brother, Stanley Polk, Mountain Top. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Bridget Church, Las Vegas. Interment service was held at Palm Eastern Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were made by Palm Eastern Mortuary and Cemetery.

FUNERALS COMER – Patrick, funeral 8 p.m. Tuesday in the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. Friends may call 5 p.m. until funeral time at 8 p.m. GOMMER – Virginia, funeral 11 a.m. Monday in the Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke. Friends may call 9 a.m. until time of service. HANNON – Curtis Sr., funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. Friends may call at the funeral home 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. TURNER – Judith, memorial service 2 p.m. Monday in the LehmanIdetown United Methodist Church, 1011 Mountain View Drive, Lehman. Friends may call 1 p.m. until the time of service.


Robert (Bob) Skursky Sr. December 22, 2011 obert (Bob) Skursky Sr., of R Wyoming, passed away at home on December 22, 2011.

Born in 1934, he was one of 11 children by the late Edward and Anna Skursky. Bob was educated in the Wyoming schools and graduated from Wyoming High School. Bob proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He was a proud member of the Local Teamsters Union 401 in Wilkes-Barre, through which he worked for various trucking companies and worked on the construction of the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Berwick. Bob was a devout Catholic and member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Wyoming, for years. He served as an usher and was a member of the Holy Name Society. Although a work-related injury in 1990 eventually left Bob bound to a wheelchair, he never lost his posi-

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Drilling a financial boon to some states Mineral extraction, including natural gas, brings revenue to Texas and other states. By DAVID MILDENBERG Bloomberg News

AUSTIN, Texas — While the Eagle Ford shale boom in Texas isn’t the first that Daryl Fowler has seen, the DeWitt County judge is working to ensure that his community will be left with new roads and housing when the oil and gas are gone. Fowler, whose non-judicial post gives him administrative control over the county 70 miles southeast of San Antonio, has negotiated an $8,000-per-well fee from drilling companies to pay for roads. The county was able to reduce its property-tax rate by 18 percent this year while total assessed value jumped 27 percent as producers sought permits to drill more than 340 wells. “It takes 270 loads of gravel just to build a pad used for drilling a well, which means a lot of truck traffic on a lot of roads that nobody except Grandpa Schultz and some deer hunters may have used in the past,” Fowler, 55, said in a telephone interview. From Pennsylvania to North Dakota, production of natural gas locked in shale formations is on a tear. The output will support 870,000 jobs and add $118 billion to economic growth in the next four years, plus $57 billion in fed-

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eral, state and local taxes by 2035, according to a Dec. 6 report from IHS Global Insight, a forecaster based in Englewood, Colo. By early 2012, Texas will become the third state to gain back all of the jobs lost during the last recession, following oil and gas-rich North Dakota and Alaska, according to the firm. Under Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican seeking his party’s presidential nomination, Texas communities have encouraged the process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The technique, used in as much as 90 percent of new gas wells drilled in the United States each year, forces a mixture of water, chemicals and sand into underground shale formations, breaking open the rock and freeing the natural gas it contains. Shale development is also surging in North Dakota’s Bakken formation and in the mid-Atlantic’s Marcellus and Utica deposits. West Virginia passed a law Dec. 14 regulating fracking, and New York is studying drilling rules that suspended development of similar geologic structures that contain trapped oil and gas. New Jersey lawmakers sought to ban drilling before Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the measure. “There are some places that are totally anti-development,” David Porter, one of three Texas

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commissioners who oversee oil and gas extraction, said Dec. 15 by telephone. “We are very prodevelopment.” “It’s an understatement to say that Texas leaders have generally positive views toward oil and gas development,” said Scott Anderson, a senior policy analyst with the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund in Austin. Permits for drilling cost a few hundred dollars in Texas, compared with a few thousand in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, he said. Fracking’s environmental impact has become a key issue in local political elections in parts of Texas’ Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area where wells abut residential neighborhoods, Anderson said. “There’s been a definite shift in attitude among elected officials and the industry does face closer scrutiny,” he said. In states including New York, New Jersey and Delaware, opponents say they are concerned that contaminated water can leak from wells. New York is considering rules to prevent drilling near aquifer boundaries and water wells, and to force developers to store waste in tanks to contain

contamination from fracking. Pennsylvania also restricts well locations to keep them away from water supplies. Texas has no such limits. “Texas has more than 100 years of experience in regulating oil and gas,” said Ed Ireland, executive director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council, an industry-supported group based in Fort Worth. “In New York you have a whole regulatory culture that is totally unfamiliar with oil and gas. They aren’t welcoming because they don’t understand it.” States now regulate fracking, although the Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing the effects of the process and may issue rules on waste handling in 2014. Among concerns are leakage of the slurry from wells into water supplies and disposing of tainted fluids. An EPA investigation found evidence of fracking chemicals in an aquifer in Wyoming, the agency said Dec. 8.

“I don’t understand the current administration — they just seem to be throwing anything out there to try to hinder” domestic energy production from Washington, said Porter, a member of the industry-regulating Texas Railroad Commission. Energy development in the Eagle Ford is expected to produce a windfall for government coffers. Tax revenue tied to the formation may reach $1.65 billion a year by 2020, up from $108.5 million this year, according to a University of Texas at San Antonio study commissioned by America’s Natural Gas Alliance, a Washingtonbased group supported by 30 oil and gas companies. The Eagle Ford formation was identified in 2008, when about 130,000 barrels of oil were extracted. Through August, the region has produced 38.2 million barrels of oil, according to the Powell newsletter. “I’m hearing that this is likely sustainable for at least 20 or 30 years,” said Thomas Tunstall, director of the Center for Community and Business Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Eagle Ford formation is the latest source of mineral wealth for Texas, which will col-

lect $4.8 billion from taxes on oil and natural gas production in the 24 months through August 2013, according to Comptroller Susan Combs. That makes up 6.7 percent of tax collections in a state that doesn’t have personal-income levies. Public schools are benefiting from increasing property values, and the revenue that generates, while enrolling relatively few new students as most oil and gas workers are men who are single or have families living elsewhere, Porter said. Perry called environmental worries over fracking a “fear tactic that the left is using” during a Dec. 18 campaign stop in Decorah, Iowa. DeWitt County’s Fowler shares that worry. “We don’t need any of that down here,” he said, referring to concerns that fracking could endanger some rare species. “This could become more of a political issue because for some people it’s name your bug. We fear that could unravel this thing overnight.”

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Matt Quain still struggles to piece together what happened after a recent trip to the grocery store nearly turned deadly when he was the victim of a brutal attack known as ‘Knockout King.’

last spring. The rules of the game are as simple as they are brutal. A group — usually young men or even boys as young as 12, and teenage girls in some cases — chooses a lead attacker, then seeks out a vic-

tim. Unlike typical gang violence or other street crime, the goal is not revenge, nor is it robbery. The victim is chosen at random, often a person unlikely to put up a fight. Many of the victims have been elderly. Most were alone.

The attacker charges at the victim and begins punching. If the victim goes down, the group usually scatters. If not, others join in, punching and kicking the person, often until he or she is unconscious or at least badly hurt.

and saw a group of kids who looked out of place, suspicious, but I shrugged it off. I got around to the library, and the next thing I remember is waking up on the corner with the mayor standing next to me. I tried to say ‘hi’ but my jaw was broken.” It isn’t clear how long Knockout King has been around, nor is the exact number of attacks known. The FBI doesn’t track it separately, but Slay said he has heard from several mayors about similar attacks and criminologists agree versions of the game are going on in many places. St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom said the city has had about 10 Knockout King attacks over the past 15 months. Experts say it is a grab for attention. “We know that juveniles don’t think out consequences clearly,” said Beth Huebner, an associate professor of criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “They see something on YouTube and say, ‘I want to get that sort of attention, too.’ They don’t think about the person they’re attacking maybe hitting their head.”

Occupy Wall Street items must-have collectibles Museums and other groups rummage for buttons, signs, posters and documents.


NEW YORK — Occupy Wall Street may still be working to shake the notion it represents a passing outburst of rage, but some establishment institutions have already decided the movement’s artifacts are worthy of historic preservation. More than a half-dozen major museums and organizations from the Smithsonian Institution to the New-York Historical Society have been avidly collecting materials produced by the Occupy movement. Staffers have been sent to occupied parks to rummage for buttons, signs, posters and documents. Websites and tweets have been archived for digital eternity. And museums have approached individual protesters directly to obtain posters and other ephemera. The Museum of the City of New York is planning an exhibition on Occupy for next month. “Occupy is sexy,” said Ben Alexander, who is head of special collections and archives at Queens College in New York, which has been collecting Occupy materials. “It sounds hip. A lot of people want to be associated with it.”

To keep established institu- and around the world. Many were tions from shaping the move- forcibly cleared. Much of the frenzied collection ment’s short history, protesters have formed their own archive by institutions began in the early group, stashing away hundreds weeks of the protests. In part, of cardboard signs, posters, fliers, they were seeking to collect and buttons, periodicals, documents preserve as insurance against the and banners in temporary stor- possibility history might be lost age while they seek a permanent — not an unusual stance by archivists. home for the materiWhat appears to be als. “Occupy is different is the level of “We want to make surewecollectitfrom sexy. It sounds interest from mainstream institutions our perspective so hip. A lot of across a wide geothat it can be represented as best as pos- people want to graphicspectrumand the new digital-only sible,” said Amy Ro- be associated ventures that have berts, a library and insprung up to preserve formation studies with it.” graduate student at Ben Alexander the movement’s onQueens College who Head of special line history. collections and The lavish attenhelped create the ararchives at Queens tion poured on the libchives working College in New York eral-leaning movegroup. ment has not gone unThe archives group noticed by conservahas been approached by institutions seeking to borrow tives. Judicial Watch, a conservative or acquire Occupy materials. Roberts said they were discussing watchdog group, blogged sarcasdonating the entire collection to tically under its “Corruption the Tamiment Library and Rob- Chronicles” about the choice by ert F. Wagner Labor Archives at the Smithsonian to document New York University. Tamiment Occupy. “It looks like it’s taxpayer-funddeclined to comment. A handful of protesters began ed hoarding, as opposed to rigorcamping out in September in a ous historical collecting,” said lower Manhattan plaza called Tom Fitton, president of the orgaZuccotti Park, outraged at Wall nization. The Smithsonian said its Street excess and income inequality; they were soon joined American history collection also by others who set up tents and now includes materials related to promised to occupy “all day, all the massive tea party rally night.” Similar camps sprouted against health care reform in in dozens of cities nationwide March 2010 and materials from

Items from the New York Historical Society’s growing collection of Occupy Wall Street materials. More than a half dozen major museums and organizations from the Smithsonian Institution to the NewYork Historical Society have been avidly collecting materials produced by the Occupy movement for preservation.


the American Conservative Union’s Washington, D.C., conference in February. The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University launched in mid-October on a hunch that it could become historically important. So far, it has about 2,500 items in its online database, including compressed files of entire Occupy websites from around the country and hundreds of images scraped from photo-sharing site

Flickr. “This kind of social movement is probably more interesting to me, to be honest about it. And also so much of it is happening digitally. On webpages. On Twitter,” said Sheila Brennan, the associate director of public projects. “I guess I didn’t see as much of that with the tea party.” Curators and those in charge of collections at institutions said it was not too soon to think about preserving elements of the Occupy movement.


ST. LOUIS — Matthew Quain still struggles to piece together what happened after a trip to the grocery store nearly turned deadly. He remembers a group of loitering young people, a dimly lit street — then nothing. The next thing he knew he was waking up with blood pouring out of his head. The 51-year-old pizza kitchen worker’s surreal experience happened just before midnight earlier this year, when he became another victim of what is generally known as “Knockout King” or simply “Knock Out,” a so-called game of unprovoked violence that targets random victims. Scattered reports of the game have come from around the country including Massachusetts, New Jersey and Chicago. In St. Louis, the game has become almost contagious, with tragic consequences. An elderly immigrant from Vietnam died in an attack

Sometimes the attacks are captured on cellphone video that is posted on websites. “These individuals have absolutely no respect for human life,” St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said. Slay knows firsthand. He was on his way home from a theater around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 when he saw perhaps a dozen young people casually crossing a street. He looked to the curb and saw Quain sprawled on the pavement. Slay told his driver to pull over. They found Quain unconscious, blood pouring from his head and mouth. Quain was hospitalized for two days with a broken jaw, a cracked skull and nasal cavity injuries. He still has headaches and memory problems but was finally able to return to work earlier this month. Hundreds gathered in November for a fundraiser at the restaurant where he works, Joanie’s Pizza, but he still doesn’t know how he’ll pay the medical bills. “I don’t remember much of what happened,” Quain said. “I was hanging out with a friend, celebrating the Cardinals in the World Series. I went to the store








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Mathis of Wilkes-Barre waited for her daughter and grandchildren. Her granddaughters, 17-yearold Monique Parham, 17, and her sister Lydia, 14, do some of the shopping. “They go in the store and pick out what they want and I pay for it,” said Mathis. But Mathis still surprises them at Christmas with gifts. “I always get them one big one,” she said. “They don’t know what it is,” added the girls’ mother, Angel

Mathis. Mike Paraschak of Lehman Township and his daughter Keira Lynn toted a few bags as they headed from store to store. “Real busy,” he said of why he was out shopping with only four hours to go before the mall closed at 6 p.m. Facing the same deadline, Sarah Fox of Wilkes-Barre was shopping for her boyfriend and mother. He would get clothing and her mother would get a gift card, PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER said Fox. “I wait till the last minute,” With some shopping done, Steve DeLeo, center, was off to another store at the Wyoming Valley Mall she said of why she was hurry- before it closed at 6 p.m. Saturday. ing. “I work out of town,” he said. fume” and a few other things on around, he said he planned to Steve Deleo of Blakeslee also meet up with his brothers for a He was shopping for his wife his list. was playing catch-up, but for Once he stopped rushing drink and something to eat. and had “cooking stuff, pergood reason.

never failed to come through. Contrary to what many people believe, we live in a wealthy community. It is not wealth measured by per capita income, investments, luxury vehicles or sweeping We didn’t McManwant those sions. people affectWealth in ed by the this community is meaflood to be sured in forgotten – pride and out of sight caring. It is emand out of mind – during bodied in groups such the holiday as UNICO. season or It is the volunteer otherwise. ringing the bell on a cold sidewalk and the shopper putting pocket change in a kettle. It is a mob of Secret Santas paying off Kmart layaways. It is a newspaper reader sending money to a flooded library. Another sending a check to a fire station, to a church and a community center. Donation, on donation, on donation. Wealth is a community filled with people who will give of themselves. And that is something we have.


Barre Record newspaper a Magnavox 23” Modern TV Consolette for $228. An “Elegant 1962 Swedish Continued from Page 3A Modern Stereo High Fidelity” needy and those who serve them. with four speakers, a 10-year sterLast Wednesday, the food pan- eo diamond stylus and record try that’s part of the parish’s Care storage cabinet sold for $199.50 and Concern Ministries provided at the department store. The American Auto Store on food to more than 400 families South Main Street, where Marfor Christmas dinner. The pantry, a free health clinic quis Art is now located, carried and children’s clothes closet Lionel three-car steam freight serve the needy year round, giv- trains for $14.99. A four-car train ing ample opportunities to see was available for $26.99. Attorney F. Christ’s work beCharles Petrillo reing done, Bendik Pomeroy’s on Pubtraced his steps said. lic Square was the from younger days 1961-style in the downtown place to buy a tie Christmas shopping district. Pomeroy’s on The Christmas for dad or a gift for of 1961 fondly re- mom. While there it Public Square was the place to buy a membered by tie for dad or a gift Bendik is for all in- was customary to tents and purpos- stop at the toy de- for mom. While there it was cuses ancient history partment in the tomary to stop at to Anthony Liuzthe toy department zo, Ph.D., a profes- basement. the basement. sor at the Sidhu Lazarus and Isaac in Lazarus and School of BusiIsaac Long’s caterness at Wilkes Long’s catered to to adults. The University. adults. The Hub had ed Hub had men’s “It was a very, clothing. very different men’s clothing. “Woolworth’s at time,” he said. its South Main Few merchants began the shopping season be- Street entrance had a huge doufore Black Friday. There was little ble counter running down the to offer in the way of technology aisle with every possible kind of to compare with smartphones, candy – an easy gift for anyone in iPods, iPads, laptops, Xboxes and the family,” he said. There was no World Wide Web the like. “TV sets, stereo systems were at the time and Christmas cards big then. People were buying were the proper way to send reel-to-reel tape players back greetings. “Getting a Christmas card or then. Appliances were big,” he said. “Electric trains were big holiday card back then was important,” said Liuzzo. It usually back then.” Fowler Dick and Walker The included a note with an update Boston Store in downtown about the sender’s family. The country was not at war at Wilkes-Barre, now home to Boscov’s, advertised in the Wilkes- the time, though tensions were

Monsignor John Bendik of St. John the Evangelist Parish mingles with parish volunteers during Wednesday’s Care and Concern Ministries food giveaway at the auditorium of the former Seton Catholic High School in Pittston. Not only did the food pantry that’s part of the parish’s Care and Concern Ministries provide food to more than 400 families for Christmas dinner, but the pantry, a free health clinic and children’s clothes closet serve the needy year round, giving ample opportunities to see Christ’s work being done, Bendik said.


brought together the families of Gus Genetti and his wife Val for years to celebrate while keeping alive family traditions. “This year will be the smallest in many years, only17 people,” he said. As many as 40 people used to attend. “We’ve been having this dinner since I got married,” he said. A 21-year-old Genetti spent Christmas Eve 1961 with his future wife’s family and was married almost two weeks later on Jan. 6. 1962. This year’s dinner was to be held in a private room at Oyster restaurant at Genetti’s hotel in Traditions important Wilkes-Barre. His wife is of SloA Christmas Eve dinner has vak heritage and they would ob-

growing around the globe at the Berlin Wall, in South Vietnam, Korea and what was known as the Congo. “The Soviet Union was our great enemy. Cuba happened the year before. We hadn’t gone to Vietnam yet,” said Liuzzo. The advances in technology, health and medicine have the country a better place in the span of five decades, but they’ve come at a cost. “We’ve gained a lot and, of course, we’ve lost a lot,” said Liuzzo. Gone is a “sense of cohesiveness,” he added.

serve some of the traditional customs such as a prayer and passing around the oblatky or Christmas wafer with garlic and honey. They also would share a drink made of honey, butter and whiskey with their meal. As a 6-year-old in 1961, toys rather than tradition had Rusty Fender’s attention. He was an only child growing up with his parents in Old Forge and was lucky enough to get much of what he requested on his Christmas list. He still has the View-Master he received that year. It’s made of Bakelite, a synthetic resin and precursor of plastic. “If you dropped something

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RJ Bell, 6, of Swoyersville, a fan of Star Wars and T-Ball, also enjoys his LEGO building toys.


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RJ Bell of Swoyersville has endured multiple brain surgeries to remove benign tumors. The 6-year-old, sitting on his mom ’s lap, continues to do well and attends kindergarten. Here RJ poses with his parents, Robert and Lori, and little brother Billy, 3.

COUNTING their blessings Swoyersville family finds comfort and joy after 6-year-old overcomes brain tumors By MARY THERESE BIEBEL


ne minute they’re quietly fitting together LEGOS at the kitchen table, the next RJ Bell, 6, and his 3-year-old brother, Billy, are “playing baseball,” which means tossing a spongy ball back and forth in the hallway of their Swoyersville home. • It’s a little bit loud, a little bit rambunctious. • In other words, it’s wonderful. As they watched their sons bouncing around the way any healthy boys would on a recent weekday afternoon, RJ’s parents, Lori and Robert Bell Sr., counted their blessings. They remember a scary time in October 2009, when RJ underwent 12-hour surgery to remove two benign tumors from his cerebellum. They remember an even scarier time in February 2010, after the brain tumors had returned, when he underwent a 14-hour surgery to remove them as well as, this time, the difficult-to-extricate sac in which they had been encased.

gives me a little happiness and, again, a lot of joy and pride,” said the doctor, who attended medical school in Mexico City and served a residency in Israel followed by fellowships in Dallas, Texas, and Seattle. “But I’m not a miracle worker. “The main and most important thing for RJ’s outcome to be good was the trust both the family and I had with each other,” Kershenovich said in a telephone interview. “That would allow us to make the right decisions at the right time together.” Brain tumors are diagnosed in children much less frequently than in adults, but childhood tumors have a greater percentage of malignancy. The numbers, according to the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, are 24.6 cases per 100,000 adults, compared with 48.6 per million children. The malignancy rate is 33 percent for adults and 65 percent for children. Fortunately, RJ’s tumors were benign. “Semantically it is a cancer because it’s an abnormal growth of cells,” Kershenovich said. “But

“The doctor told us he had his finger on a vein (inside RJ’s head), holding it to keep him from bleeding to death,” Robert Bell said. “He saved his life, no doubt about it,” Lori Bell said. The Bells consider RJ’s surgeon, Dr. Amir Kershenovich, a miracle worker of sorts. But the 37-year-old physician, who is director of pediatric neurosurgery for the Geisinger Health System, said he was just doing his job, remaining calm and focused and using his skills. “I get a lot of joy from the results of my work. It See OVERCOME, Page 13B

Transgender people fight for rights, understanding By REX W. HUPPKE Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Dan Carmichael had barely taken his first breath when a doctor announced his gender: “It’s a girl.” That’s where gender identity begins for most. A pronouncement at birth, a quick glance at the genitals revealing a person to be either male or female. If only it were that simple for Carmichael. He was raised a girl — then named Danielle Sosin — grew into a woman, served in the Iraq War, yet never quite felt comfortable. “I felt like an impostor,” said Carmichael, now 33 and living as a man, the gender he always identified with. “But who do you become when you’re not really sure who you are?” Carmichael is part of a once-hidden demographic that now feels freer than

ever to show itself, even while faced with widespread discrimination and misunderstanding of what it means to be “transgender.” Unlike gays and lesbians, who in some substantive ways have been assimilated into modern American culture, transgender people remain on the fringe, often stereotyped as “trannies” and sensationalized in movies and television shows. The recent appearance of Chaz Bono, a transgender man formerly known as Chastity Bono, on the television show “Dancing With the Stars” caused an uproar among some conservative groups like the American Family Association. And “Work It,” a new ABC comedy that premieres Jan. 3, is being widely protested by transgender groups for its premise: Two men dress like women to get jobs.

Transgender activists have been on the front lines of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement since before the riots at New York City’s Stonewall Inn in1969, but only fairly recently has the transgender community felt empowered to speak up and demand recognition and rights of its own. Across the country, legislative efforts are under way to make it easier for people to change the gender on their birth certificates and align identification documents — including driver’s licenses and passports — with their gender identity. Many jails and prisons, including the Cook County Jail in Illinois, have implemented rules to accommodate transgender inmates. And legal advocates agree that while gays and lesbians conSee TRANSGENDER, Page 13B



Nathan ’Precious’ Davis at the Center on Halstead in Chicago, Ill.

f course we’re enjoying our holiday today. But by tomorrow we’ll all be looking ahead to 2012. Certainly we’d like to know what the next 12 months will bring, but we ordinary folks can’t see the future. That takes a professional. So I’ve invited a special guest to stop by and give us his predictions for the upcoming new year. I guarantee that you won’t find a more thoughtful or accurate look at upcoming events than you will get right here. Let’s welcome none other than Mr. Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, author of “The Prophecies,” available at your favorite book seller since 1568. TM: “Good to see you, Nostradamus.” Nostadamus: “Yo!” TM: “Let’s get right to the kind of predictions for which you’re justly famous. What big stories will emerge in 2012?”” Nostradamus: “I see … I see … a famous person … perhaps a political figure, admired by many, suddenly consumed by … by scandal. Yes, a vile scandal.” TM: “Wow, who would ever expect something like that? A flap involving a famous political person. It’s almost unbelievable, folks, but you heard it here.” Nostradamus: “Sadly, an entire career will be ruined.” TM: “What a visionary. As you know, Nostradamus, the American economy is in a turbulent period. Can you offer us any insight?” Nostradamus: “There will be some … some unpleasant events over the next year. The Dow will rise … and fall. Of course there will be bright spots, but also many people will be unhappy.” TM: “I wish I knew the secret to your insights, Nostradamus. I suppose it’s a gift you’re born with. But let’s move on. Millions of people are in for a treat with the upcoming college bowl games. Would you care to share your vision with us?” Nostradamus: “A favorite will be upset. Yes, I can see it, definitely. Fans will weep. Then in the fall … it’s hazy now but becoming clearer … I see an NFL team with a quarterback controversy and at least one coach … losing his job.” TM: “Nostradamus, if I had your prognosticating powers I’d be a millionaire.” Nostradamus: “No problem.” TM: “Let’s turn to entertainment. The Academy Awards are coming up in two months. Please tell us what you foresee.” Nostradamus: “Movies, ah, movies … I see fans scoffing when their favorite does not bring home the gold. They … I’m getting a better picture now … begin blogging furiously, claiming someone … an actor or director, perhaps, was robbed.” TM: “You know, this is positively chilling.” Nostadamus: “There’s more … wait, a scene is coming in now … something similar will happen, perhaps in the Grammies or … it looks like...maybe the Country Music Awards.” TM: “I’m almost afraid to watch those shows now, Nostradamus. But we must continue. Let’s look at one of my favorite areas — technology.” Nostradamus: “That’s one of my favorites too. Smart phones, smart phones … my vision is becoming clearer...they are getting … smarter. Yes, smarter. They will do more things. More people will buy them. Communication will grow more … more rapid.” TM: “Nostradamus, I can see that your envisioning is taking a toll on you. Would you like a breather?” Nostradamus: “No, no, I will go on.” TM: “Do you have a final prediction?” Nostradamus: “Yes, the year 2012 will be a unique year in many ways. In other ways it will be just like 2011 … or perhaps 2010.” TM: “Our thanks you, sir. Folks, as the new year unfolds, there’s no need to be surprised. Just remember, you heard it here first, and in the reputed words of famed journalist and Pittston native Frank Ward O’Malley, ‘Life is just one damned thing after another.’”

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White Haven Center holds Winterfest Ball

More than 255 residents, family members, staff and community volunteers recently attended White Haven Center’s annual Winterfest Ball. Activity staff members created a gingerbread theme in Keystone Hall and volunteers from G.A.R. Memorial High School helped to deliver the meals and bus tables. Activity staff members, below, from left, are Amy Humanik, Gwen Nasteel, Peter Sharp, Jess Cimakasky, Mark Machella, Jim Monahan and Mary Vosberg Grega. Lynda Gelik also participated in the decorating. Volunteers from G.A.R. Memorial High School, at left, from left, are Jenny Chi, Edoukou Aka-Ezoua, Autumn Matinas, Lien Do and counselor Joseph Shafer.

WVW Students of the Month honored Wyoming Valley West High School recently named the October and November Students of the Month. The students were honored with a luncheon with administrators and faculty of their choice. October Students of the Month (above) from left, first row: Ryan Hettes, son of Jim and Cathy Hettes, Swoyersville; Veronica Zimmerman, daughter of Cynthia Zimmerman, Edwardsville; Kelcie Hromisin, daughter of Ralph and Carol Hromisin, Larksville; and Jocelyn Sickler, daughter of William and Christine Sickler, Larksville. Second row: Erin Keating, principal, and David Robbins, assistant principal. November Students of the Month (below), from left, first row: William Newhart, son of William and Maureen Newhart, Kingston; Shelby Jackloski, daughter of John and Kimberly Jackloski, Swoyersville; Taylor Reilly, daughter of Tim and Rene Reilly, Larksville; and Matthew Novak, son of Robert and Kimberly Novak, Forty Fort. Second row: Erin Keating, principal, and David Robbins, assistant principal.

King’s students, staff collect toys for drive

Wyoming Area Catholic students make cards for military personnel

King’s College Early Learning Center teamed up with King’s faculty, staff and students this holiday season to collect more than 100 toys for the U.S. Marine Corp. Toys for Tots campaign. The childcare center, managed by Hildebrandt Learning Centers LLC, held a competition to determine which classrooms collected the most toys. The collected toys will be distributed to families in Luzerne County. With the items collected, from left, first row, are Aiden Beck and Na’ziah Rice. Second row: Laura Rogan, program specialist, King’s College Early Learning Center; Abby Nafus; Darcy Kizis; Isabella Witskowski; Stefanie Camoni, director, King’s College Early Learning Center; and Brother Stephen LaMendola, King’s Liaison to the Early Learning Center.

The Student Council at Wyoming Area Catholic School organized a Christmas card project for the military. Students in first through eighth grades created cards using various crafts and the computer. Displaying some of the final products, from left, first row, are Matthew Sorick, Hayden Foland, Lynzie Skoronski and Carissa Benderavich. Second row: Dominic Caparelli, Camryn Cassetori, Rich Morris, Jeff Johnson and Danielle Morris. Third row: Alexia Mazzarella, Erika Serafin, Sarah Satkowski and Justin Januzsko.



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Praefke, Stella Archavage, Boyle iffany A. Archavage and Stephen P. Boyle Jr. were united T in the sacrament of marriage on

Oct. 7, 2011, at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. The Rev. Monsignor Patrick E. Sweeney celebrated the Nuptial Mass and double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Debra Archavage, Wilkes-Barre. She is the granddaughter of Stanley Archavage, Benton; Marion Hvozda, Nanticoke; and the late Anthony and Helen Volingavage, Wilkes-Barre. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen P. Boyle Sr., Collegeville. He is the greatgrandson of Louise Castine, Philadelphia, and the grandson of Kathleen Castine, Southampton, and the late George Castine and Francis and Lillian Boyle. The bride was escorted down the aisle and given in marriage by her father. She wore an original ivory Monique Lluillier gown with a cathedral-length veil imported from Italy. Tiffany chose her sister, Amy Trapasso, as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Kristen Clark, Tiffany Maculloch Maakestad and Erica Van Newkirk, friends of the bride. Flower girl was Kyra Bechtel, cousin of the bride. Stephen chose his brother, Michael Boyle, as best man. Groomsmen were Brendan Gates, Gregory Clark, and Robert Stefanik, friends of the groom. Ring bearer was Calvin Kiker, cousin of the groom. Ushers were Adam DeStefano and Craig Dougherty, friends of the groom, and Patrick Lenahan and Michael Augustine, friends of bride. Scripture readings were given by Samantha Leandri, friend of the bride, and Richard Kiker, cousin of the groom. General intercessions were given by Patrick Boyle, uncle of the groom. Offertory gifts were presented by Jane Cirko, godmother of the bride; Neil Bavitz, godfather of the bride; Jeanie Kiker, godmother of the groom; and Anthony Boyle, godfather of the groom. An evening cocktail hour and reception was held at The Atrium at Curtis Center, Philadelphia, with music provided by the Sid Miller Dance Band. The bride was honored with a bridal shower given by the mothers of the bride and groom at Hotel Fiesole, Collegeville. Parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Omni Hotel, Philadelphia. Tiffany is a 2000 graduate of Bishop Hoban High School and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University in 2006. She is employed as a pharmacist for Wegman’s in Collegeville. Stephen is a 2000 graduate of La Salle College High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2004 and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance in 2010 from St. Joseph’s University. He is employed as a senior financial analyst at S.E.I. Investments, Oaks. The couple honeymooned in Sonoma and Napa Valley, Calif., and Maui and Kauai, Hawaii. They reside in Collegeville.

Elizabeth Bone celebrates 100th birthday lizabeth Bone, formerly of Pittston, celebrated her 100th birthE day on Dec. 10 at a party held in her

honor at Kingston Commons, where she now resides. Music was provided by the Jivin Jerry Stone Group. Elizabeth’s son is musician Jimmie Bone and her grandson is Dr. Michael Bone.

he marriage of Cristina Elizabeth Stella and Richard Eric Praefke T Jr. took place Saturday, the first of

October, 2011, at St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin. The double-ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Paul McDonnell and Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon. They are the children of Donald and Dorothy Stella, Plains Township, and Christine Morris Praefke and Richard Eric Praefke Sr., Scranton. Cristina is the granddaughter of Luciana DeLuca and the late Gene DeLuca and Nad and Pauline Stella. Richard is the grandson of Louise Davey and the late Richard Davey. The bride, given in marriage by her father, chose her sisters, Jennifer Stella Bonita and Jessica Stella Speicher, as her matrons of honor. Bridesmaids were Tyler Marie Bonita, niece of the bride; Elizabeth Patricia Praefke, sister of the groom; and Alexa Ann Fiegleman, friend of the bride. Flower girl was Krea Rose Bonita, godchild of the bride. The groom chose his friend, Michael Lee, to be his best man. Groomsmen were Marco DeLuca, cousin of the bride, and John Judge, Robert Conrad and Seth Coles, lifelong friends of the groom. Ring bearer was Alfred Speicher, godchild of the bride. Ushers and program presenters were Michael Bonita Jr. and Eric Speicher Jr., nephews of the bride. Scriptural readings were given by Michael Stella and Rocco Stella, cousin of the bride. Offertory gifts were presented by James DeLuca and Carol Kuplen, godparents of the bride, and Stephen and Patsy Day, uncle and aunt of the groom. A special offering of four white roses in memory of the couple’s deceased grandparents was presented by Caden Bonita, godchild of the bride. The wedding music was orchestrated by Joelle DeLuca, aunt of the bride, accompanied by Suplee Strings and cantered by Eloise Schwab, who also served as wedding coordinator. A special musical selection was offered to the couple by Dave Stella, uncle of the bride. The wedding celebration continued at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, hosted by the bride’s parents. The following morning the bride’s sisters hosted a brunch for the wedding party. The rehearsal dinner was given by James and Joelle DeLuca, uncle and aunt of the bride, at their home. An evening cocktail and dinner bridal shower was given by the bride’s mother and bridal attendants at the Woodlands Inn and Resort. Cristina is a 2004 honors graduate of Seton Catholic High School, Pittston, and a 2008 cum laude graduate of Marywood University, Scranton. She is employed by the Metz Group at Lucky’s Sporthouse. Richard is a 2006 graduate of Scranton High School and attended Penn State University, Worthington Campus. He is employed by the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Three generations gather for baptism


hree generations of the Drendall family recently gathered at the baptism of Holly Ann Donley, daughter of James and Alison Drendall Donley. Holly was baptized on Oct. 16 at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, Fredericksburg, Va. She was born on March 30. Her grandparents are Margaret and Dale Drendall, Bear Creek. Holly has a brother, Sam, 5. Three generations represented at the baptism, from left, are Margaret Drendall, Holly Donley and Allison Drendall Donley.

Golaszewski, Favichia nthony and Risa Favichia, Manorville, N.Y., and Dan and Elaine A Golaszewski, Wilkes-Barre, announce

the engagement of their children, Maria Favichia and Dr. Dan Golaszewski. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of the late Alfred and Claire Sardi and the late Anthony and Marie Favichia of New York. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Frank and Olga Zarutskie, Frackville, and the late Walter and Sophie Golaszewski, Wilkes-Barre. Maria is a 2003 graduate of Leonard Burkett High School, Moriches, N.Y. Dr. Dan graduated in1999 from Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre. Maria graduated from Centenary College of New Jersey with double major Bachelor of Science degrees in equine science and communications. She works as a sales representative for Vertical Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Dan completed his undergraduate education at Penn State University by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at New York Chiropractic College. He trained at the Pettibon Institute, receiving advanced certification in spinal/scoliosis correction, pediatrics, nutrition and detoxification. Dr. Dan owns Power Chiropractic in Hanover Township and hosts his own radio show, “Maximize Your Health,” aired Saturdays on WILK news radio. A July15, 2012, wedding is planned at the Mansion at Timber Point in Long Island, N.Y.

Stawasz, Gregori atthew Gregori and Nicole Stawasz, along with their M families, are pleased to announce

their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of John Stawasz and the late Elizabeth Stawasz, Plains Township. The prospective groom is the son of Bruce and Karen Gregori, Dickson City. Matthew is a 2001 graduate of Mid Valley High School, Throop, and a 2005 graduate of Penn State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing. He is working on a master’s certificate in education from King’s College and is employed at UPS-Supply Chain Solution as an international accountant. Nicole is a 2005 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, and a 2009 graduate of King’s College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science. She is employed at Guard Insurance Group as a premium auditor. The couple will exchange vows on Sept. 21, 2012, at East End Primitive Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre.

Kazokas, Burke Wills, Monson tephanie Nicole Monson and Jonathan Ian Wills, together with S their families, announce their engage-

onnie Lynn Kazokas and John Michael Burke were united in B marriage on July 23, 2011, at Forty

ment and upcoming marriage. Stephanie is the daughter of Penny Monson and the late Christopher Monson, Everett, Wash. She is the granddaughter of Joan Gerrish and the late Gayle Gerrish, Monroe, Wash., and Nancy and Don Monson, Everett, Wash. Jonathan is the son of Tom and Michelle Wills, Plains Township, Pa. He is the grandson of Margaret Wills, Atlanta, Ga., and the late Ernest Wills and the late Paul and Mary Sisko, all of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Stephanie is a 2009 graduate of Everett High School. She is pursuing a degree in education at Western Washington University. She is employed by Nordstrom. She resides in Bothell, Wash. Jonathan is a 2002 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Digipen Institute of Technology, Redmond, Wash. He is employed as a software development engineer at Microsoft. He resides in Bothell, Wash. The couple will exchange vows in July 2012 in Woodinville, Wash.

Fort United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Justin and Patrica Kelemen, Nanticoke. The groom is the son of Jack and Mary Burke, Kingston. The bride, given in marriage by her father, chose her high school friend, Melissa McGovern, as the matron of honor, and Amanda Evans, Lyndol Burge, Michelle Jancouskas, Lindsey Burke and Mary Premo as her bridesmaids. The groom chose his brother, Steven Burke, as his best man and Joe Youngblood, Lee Faatz, Jaime Harley, Vaughn Kazokas and Mark Jancouskas as the groomsmen. The flower girl and ring bearer were Lucy and Liam McGovern, son and daughter of Shawn and Melissa McGovern. The ushers were Shawn McGovern and Cory Mullally. The bride is a 1999 graduate of Greater Nanticoke Area High School. She is employed by Keystone Automotive Operations. The groom is a 1998 graduate of West Side Area Vocational-Technical School. He is employed by Sanofi Pasteur. The couple honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico. They reside in Kingston.

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Dewey, Kendra

manda Helene Kittelson and ayla Justine Kendra and Matthew A Andrew Charles Wilder, together K James Dewey, together with their with their parents, announce their parents, announce their engagement engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Sandra and Lance Kittelson, Shickshinny. She is the granddaughter of the late Helen and Alex Kolbicka, Ashley, and Pauline and Lamore Kittelson, Montevideo, Minn. The prospective groom is the son of Jeannne and Joe Gillaspie, Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Jan and Jessel Wilder, Wilmington, N.C. Amanda is a graduate of Northwest Area High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in environmental system engineering at Penn State University; her Master of Science degree in water resources and environmental engineering at Villanova; and her professional engineering license in civil engineering. She is an environmental, health and safety coordinator for BP Lubricants, Richmond, Calif. Andy is a graduate of Steamboat Springs High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado and a professional engineering license in electrical engineering. He is employed as an engineer at Randall Lamb, San Francisco, Calif. The couple will exchange their vows on May 5, 2012, at the Highlands in Dallas.

and approaching marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Kevin and Deborah Kendra, Mountain Top. She is the granddaughter of Michael Kendra and the late Anna Mae Kendra, Wilkes-Barre, and Joseph and Marie Moran, Mountain Top. The prospective groom is the son of Ronald and Kate Dewey, Mountain Top. He is the grandson of Doris Dewey and the late Paul Dewey, Geneva, Ala., and Betty Austin and the late James Austin, Mountain Top. Kayla is a 2006 graduate of Crestwood High School. She is a 2011 graduate of Misericordia University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in special education and elementary education. She is employed by the Luzerne Intermediate Unit as a special education substitute and by Weis Markets, Mountain Top, as a deli clerk. Matthew is a 2003 graduate of Crestwood High School. He is a 2008 graduate of King’s College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is employed by Catholic Social Services as an intensive case manager. Matt also volunteers on the Youth Aid Panel of Luzerne County. The couple will exchange vows on July 21, 2012, at St Jude’s Church, Mountain Top.

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Zapotoski, O’Donnell Parry, Barry ebecca Elizabeth Parry and Shawn William Barry, together R with their families, announce their

engagement and upcoming wedding. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Rebecca and James McFarland, Harding, Pa. She is the granddaughter of Rebecca P. Isaac, Dallas, Pa.; the late Lewis W. Isaac Sr.; and the late Grace and Edward Parry. The prospective groom is the son of Sandra and William Barry, Hanover Township, Pa. He is the grandson of Dolores E. Barry, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; the late Charles R. Barry; Bertha B. Aftewicz, Hanover Township, Pa.; and the late Edward J. Aftewicz Sr. Rebecca is a 2002 graduate of Wyoming Area High School. She attended Wilkes University and Millersville University. Rebecca earned her license in international event and wedding planning and is employed at the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Shawn is a 2004 graduate of Hanover Area High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from The University of Pittsburgh in 2008. Shawn is employed by TMS Health in Scranton. The happy couple will exchange vows at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Lehman, Pa., on Oct. 6, 2012, and will hold their reception at Irem Country Club, Dallas, Pa.

BIRTHS Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center Noble, Beth and Charles Shannon, West Pittston, a daughter, Dec. 1. Russell, Joanne and John Paul, Nanticoke, a son, Dec. 1. Marks, Patricia and Christopher Croman, Plymouth, a daughter, Dec. 1. Ruiz, Lizber and Genery Vergas, Hazleton, a daughter, Dec. 1. Rodriguez, Tia and Jonathan, Edwardsville, a son, Dec. 2. Foersch, Brittney and John McDermott, Pittston, a daughter, Dec. 3. Hartzell, Melissa, Hunlock Creek, a son, Dec. 3. Williams, Asiana and Abdur-Raheem McCoy, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Dec. 4. Kazimi, Amanda and Hussein, Forty Fort, a daughter, Dec. 4. Bozek, Tracey and Gary Leco Jr., Mountain Top, a daughter, Dec. 4. Smith, Robin and Thomas, Bear Creek Township, a son, Dec. 4. Mader, Lora and Christopher, Exeter, a son, Dec. 5. Crone, Christina and Sean Curto, Pocono Pines, a son, Dec. 5. Albee, Michele and Shawn, White Haven, a son, Dec. 5. Hershkop, Lauren and Motti, Kingston, a son, Dec. 5. Dotzel, Becky and Eric, Bear Creek, a son, Dec. 5. Brdaric, Carrie and John, Kingston, a daughter, Dec. 6.

r. Jill Marie Zapotoski and D Michael Anthony O’Donnell, Dallas, together with their fam-

ilies, announce their upcoming marriage. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Michael and Cheryl Zapotoski, Hanover Township. Jill is the granddaughter of Regina Langley, Wilkes-Barre; Leonard Orloski, Mountain Top; Maryann Zapotoski; Ashley; and the late John Zapotoski. The prospective groom is the son of Kevin and Denise O’Donnell, Emporium. Michael is the grandson of Dr. Thomas O’Donnell and the late Eileen O’Donnell, Hanover Township; Mary Smith, Luzerne; and the late George Smith. Jill is a 2003 graduate of Hanover Area High School and a 2009 graduate of the Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy with a Doctorate in Pharmacy. She is employed as a pharmacist with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, WilkesBarre. Michael is a 2001 graduate of Meyers High School; a 2006 graduate of Bloomsburg University; and a 2009 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law. Michael is an attorney with O’Donnell Law Offices, Kingston. The couple will exchange vows in Cape May, N.J., in June 2012.

Miss Palfey’s third-grade class representatives from Dallas Elementary School recently held a toy drive for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. Two members of the Corps came to their classroom to collect the new toys to be distributed to underprivileged children on Christmas. Some of the participants, from left, first row, are Rocco Catina, Joey Coolbaugh, Travis Martin, Colin Davis, Mia Reinert and Christopher Welch. Second row: Karly Milazzo, Dennis Dukinas, Abigail Blockus, Rachel Strazdus, Julia Macey, Katie Enz, Matthew Giampietro, Keira Williamson, Brooke Higgins, Megan Thomas and Joshua Schnable. Third row: Ryan Collins, class president; Declan Dixon, class secretary; Corporal Jose Valez; Corporal Christopher West; Evan Plank, class vice-president; and Daniel Cochran, class judge. Hanna Oldt and Abbagale West also participated.

Pacelli, Kelly, Wyoming, a son, Dec. 6. Oropeza, Michelle and Homero Gomez, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Dec. 7. Cotter, Jaqueline and Anthony Dunn, St. Johns, a daughter, Dec. 7. Gray, Amishia, Wilkes-Barre, a son, Dec. 7. Potsko, Sarah and Paul Miscavage, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Dec. 7. Bullaro, Laura and Stephen Pissarra, Plymouth, a daughter, Dec. 7. Williams, Kelley and Matthew, WilkesBarre, a son, Dec. 8. Eymer, Eileen and Patrick Hulbert, Old Froge, a daughter, Dec. 8. Lokuta, Stacey and Joseph, Bear Creek, a daughter, Dec. 9. Kalinchok, Danielle and James, Wapwallopen, a daughter, Dec. 9. Sager, Nicole and Harry F. Jr., Sugar Notch, a son, Dec. 9. Wagner, Holly and Kevin, Larksville, a daughter, Dec. 9. Smiga, Brandy and Oscar Allen Jr., Wilkes-Barre, a son, Dec. 10. Tlatenchi, Lizbeth and John, WilkesBarre, a daughter, Dec. 1 1. Saxon, Joan and Damon, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Dec. 1 1. Timpko, Tiffany and James West, Mountain Top, a daughter, Dec. 12. Bidding, Sharice and John David Lyons Jr., Plymouth, a son, Dec. 12. Bodnar, Jennifer and Michael Taylor, Plymouth, a son, Dec. 13. Bugjo, Amber and Joseph Clark, Plains Township, a daughter, Dec. 13. Decker, Kimberly and David, Hunlock Creek, a son, Dec. 13. Wilcox, Amanda and Brad Capwell, Tunkhannock, a son, Dec. 13.

Williams, Kerelle and Allen Mikell, WilkesBarre, a daughter, Dec. 6.

Norton, Rose, Wilkes-Barre, a son, Dec. 13.

Goguen, Lisa and Christopher, Drums, a daughter, Dec. 6.

Karrott, Debra and Leonard, Pittston, a son, Dec. 14.

Olson, Amie and Jamie, Shavertown, a daughter, Dec. 6.

Hartmann, Stephanie and Jarin McCants, Mount Pocono, a son, Dec. 14.

Robinson, Jennifer and Jorrell McFadden, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Dec. 6.

Armijo, Mia and Joel Foster, Edwardsville, a daughter, Dec. 14.


GLEN LYON: Catherine Fahey, a sophomore operatic performance major at the University of Connecticut, will sing in a free Christmas concert at St. Adalbert’s Church, 31 S. Market St., at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. She will be accompanied by Donna Repotski Walters. Fahey is a member of the Holy Spirit St. Adalbert’s Church choir and a resident of Nanticoke. The Newport Township Community Organization, sponsor of the concert, will provide refreshments in the church hall after the concert. For more information, call John Jarecki at 736-6620.

CONYNGHAM: Conyngham Valley Civic Organization recently announced the winners of its annual Holiday House Decorating contest. Winners are: Ann and Robert Yamulla, Seneca Drive, first place; The Fisher’s, Main Street, second place; Vicki and Jeff Wolfe, Myers Avenue, third place; Nancy and Rick Merrick, The Meadows, honorable mention; and Kelly and Tom Shaffer, Brookhill, honorable mention.

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Music students perform at honors recital The Northeast Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association recently presented piano, violin and voice students in an honors recital in Gies Hall at Wilkes University. Students were adjudicated in performance and written theory at the Sutton Festival held at Marywood University, Scranton, in order to perform in the honors recital. Pupils were awarded certificates and silver or gold medals for their audition and recital performance. Chairing the event were Andrea Bogusko, Valerie Grabiec and Judy Katra. Teachers whose students participated in the event included Bogusko; Grabiec; Katra; Laura Anderson, program design and printing; Pamela Carroll; Denise Knox; Irma Manasyan; Michele Millington; Patricia Paciotti; Diane Shuleski; and Narda Sperrazza. Many of the superior-rated students had the option of performing at Elizabethtown College and received certificates and gold medals from the state PMTA. Teachers who are interested in becoming a NEPMTA member may email Andrea Bogusko at Students performing at Wilkes (above), from left, first row, are Alice Zhang, Christian Shubzda, Aaliyeh Sagel, Leah Dietrich, Luke Trathen, Jonathan Renfer and Noah Stankinas. Second row: Justin Stefanowicz, Anthony Egidio, Wesley Mahler, Josh Edwards, Emily Fleming, Katie Karpinski, Nicole Piechota and Matthew Egidio. Third row: Sahil Garg, Anna Thomas, Celine Zhang, Emily Traficante, Anna Clark, Caleb Sweitzer and Ava Dettore. Fourth row: Adithya Pugazhendhi, Leanne Tabit, Megan Fleming, Bailey Piechota and Andrew Alday. Absent from photo: Melissa Fleming. More students (below), from left, first row, are Vivian Wright, Jordan Meyers, James Kelly, Owen Kline, Bobby DeLuna, Nicole Amoachi, Vaughn Kutish, Michala Dennis and Dmitri Yaczower. Second row: Alfredo Jimenez, Sienna Tabron, Kassondra Michno, Louis Jablowski, Alexis Ankiewicz, Mikayla Dove, Joanne Monfiletto, Shae Lyn Briggs, Alexander Kline, Eli Dove, Alyssa Kristeller and Dominic Wright.




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Hanover Area chili, soup contest to benefit food bank The Student Council at Hanover Area Junior-Senior High School is sponsoring its annual ‘Chili, Chowder and Soup Contest,’ to be held noon-2 p.m. Jan. 8 in the high school cafeteria. Proceeds from the event support the Ashley Food Bank. There will also be a bake sale and Chinese auction. Cost is $5 for adults; $3 for children 6-12; and free for children under 5. Admission price allows the sampling of all entries. Bowls of soup may be purchased for $1. Attendees are also asked to vote for their favorite entries and prizes will be awarded for the public’s favorite choices and the judges’ favorite choices. Entry forms are available on the school website at All entries must be dropped off at the main office by Jan. 3. If mailing, put ‘Attention: Soup Contest’ on the envelope. Soup Contest committee members, from left: Sabrina Rios; Maranda Keihl, chairperson; Marissa Keihl; Holly Saraka; Trevor Ahouse; Kaitlyn DeRemer; Joseph Dubinski, adviser; Jordan Zagora; and Chelsey Thompson.

HONOR ROLL Wyoming Valley West Middle School Miss Troy, principal, Wyoming Valley West Middle School, recently announced the following students who have attained Honor Roll status for the first marking period. Grade 8: High Honors with Distinction: Samantha F. Amato, Andrew J. Barney, Rhiannon M. Barron, Jacob D. Chalawich, James L. Dal Santo, Matthew Finnegan, Alexandria L. Hargrave, Gabrielle Hartzel, Joshua Hospodar, Allison Klach, Leeann Mahalick, Hunnter S. Maxwell, Megan A. Menzel, Jennifer N. Miller, Samantha N. Packer, Young Eun Park, Alexa Remakus, Donald M. Reynolds, Ethan Rosentel, William F. Stone III, Kaitlyn A. Stoodley, Nicholas Stuart, Emily Welgoss, Caitlin M. Westerholm, Kiersten Wiedwald, Jackson F. Williams, Elizabeth M. Wood, Tyler D. Wozniak, Kyra A. Yaglowski, Peter G. Yakoub. High Honors: Emma Bakewell, Sarah Ann Bannon, Brianna C. Bell, Jonathan A. Biller, Nicole M. Birosak, Alexa M. Biscotto, Matthew Bobkowski, Louis L. Brennan, Dorian I. Budziak-Featherstone, Katelyn Bytheway, Auston M. Chopick, Andriana Christoforatos, Erene C. Christoforatos, Nelson B. Colon, Sara M. D’Andrea, Gina M. Davis, Nicolas Delazzari, Mark W. Desilva, Kyle Deutschman, Philip R. Diaz, Maria R. Dibuo, Edward Doreskewicz, Kyle I. Dow, Tyler L. Edwards, Lorenzo M. Enriquez, Matthew S. Evans, Alyssa M. Ford, Connor W. Gaffney, Emelyn Galvez, Garrett M. Giza, Bryan M. Gourley, Alexandria N. Grablick, Christofer P. Granahan, Lauren R. Greenberg, Gabrielle N. Griffin, Michaela R. Haas, Christopher A. Heylek, Joseph J. Hodges, Ryan Hogan, Asdone A. Hooper, Brian Hritzak, Gianna M. Jannuzzi, Michael W. Johns, Benjamin Kaplan, Amethyst K. Keeler, Shaughn T. Kennedy, Morgan E. Kultys, Abdalla Laban, James M. Lapidus, Yvonne S. Laurito, Alexa D. Lesko, Wynter K. Libby, Alaena Lloyd, Prachi Majamundar, Madison Makarewicz-Korey, Samantha Malesky, Alejandro M. Martinez, David J. Mccue, Jahquan Mcintosh, Tyler McNulty, Kaitlyn Meighan, Kaitlin M. Melodick, Olivia L. Miller, Michaela L. Mills, Justin J. Montalvo, Ian M. Morgans, Christian M. Mountjoy, Samuel M. Nogin, Samantha M. Owens, Michael R. Paisley, August-Lane B. Palchanis, Thomas

J. Pashinski, Reiley A. Paulewicz, Emma K. Phillips, Karen M. Pickering, Matthew Pitcavage, Rebecca A. Podskoch, Jocelyn Polney, Mark J. Popson, Caitlin M. Prebish, Shannon M. Purcell, William P. Ramsey, Rafe M. Rickard, Savanna M. Robinson, Logan Rock, Hannah Rogers, Chloe S. Ruckle, Amanda Scarcella, Nicholas J. Scarpelli, Christopher Schneider, Courtney Schraeder, Kara M. Schwartz, Kelsey A. Shaffer, Dominic Shandra, Alyssa N. Simmers, Wayne J. Smith, Joshua T. Sokoloski, Melissa Solack, Ronny Sosa, Michael Tandoh Jr., Laura T. Thompson, Caleb C. Trojan, Emily M. Urbanovitch, Marc H. Volack, Jason J. Wall, Colin W. Warnke, Devon M. Weidman, Bailey M. Welki, Lawrence J. Wesneski, Drew Wilkinson, Clare M. Winton, Kristopher E. Wolfe, Alexandra V. Yanchick, Tyler R. Yankosky, Dillon J. Yuhas, Ryan T. Zaruta, Joshua D. Zavada, Jason Zavala, Aeryona Zim. Honors: Melody Aguilar, Mikayla Akulonis, Sage Auer, John P. Baker Jr, Anthony Barbose, Bethany Barker, Michael A. Bazadona, Cynthia L. Bednarski, Miranda Bienick, Mackenzie E. Bittle, Martha Bonilla, Timothy M. Brown, Amore’ B. Cameron, Christopher J. Chudoba, Olivia Colleran, Aubryanna M. Creasing, Taylor A. Crisano, Jonathan E. Derr, Courtney M. Donovan, Anthony Dutter, Adam C. Edwards, Kaley A. Ellard, Thomas Evans, Heaven-Lee C. Ewing, Kyle C. Federici, Dennis F. Gentry, Matthew T. Gilroy, David E. Hall, Eric J. Headley Ii, Katelyn M. Henninger, Dana M. Henry, Terrence Hinton, Nichollas A. Howell, Nicole A. Hunter, Mackenzie K. Janneh, Meenkyu Jung, Allison B. Karasinski, Kayla M. Kavetski, Nicholas R. Klimchok, Brittany L. Kodra, Daniel Kozick, Kyle A. Kulp, Ryan Kwastavich, Jonathan Lagoski, Zoe E. Lambert, Cassandra I. Laureano, Jonathan M. Letteer, Madeline G. Luff, Samuel J. Lukas, Matthew E. Mackiewicz, Brian M. Magoski, Priya Majamundar, Timothy B. Markert, Sarah L. Massaker, Dean B. Matalavy, Logan Matenus, Jennifer L. Mcdermott, Tyler Mckenna, Gabriella M. Mcmahon, Mariah L. Monseur, Kaitlyn M. Mudlock, Jonathan P. Mylott, Samuel Novas, Britany E. Pavone, Sherly Perez-Mejia, Joseph Phillips, Katie Pollick, Bradley M. Potoeskie, Grant R. Powell, Valerie Punt, Emily M. Raptis, Haley Sartin, Kathleen Shovlin, Ronald J. SimmonsWelles, Alaiyah M. Smith, Joel P. Sorber, Jamie L. Sromovski, Seth St Clair, Victoria M. Stasukinas, Nathan Studenroth, Crystal L.

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Forty Fort Shade Tree Commission plants new tree The Forty Fort Shade Tree Commission recently planted a new tree in the tree lawn in front of Wyoming Seminary Lower School in Forty Fort. The tree, an Ivory Silk lilac, is one of 15 trees that the commission is planting in the borough. Carol L. Seltzer, commission member, brought the tree to the school and planted it with the help of two Lower School students. With the new tree are, from left: Peyton Popple, first grade, Bear Creek Township; Seltzer; and Austin Sobie, fifth grade, Shavertown.

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Women’s Golf Assn. supports McGlynn Center The Wyoming Valley Country Club’s Women’s Golf Association recently held its annual holiday luncheon and presented a donation to The McGlynn Learning Center. The center is a non-profit organization that benefits at-risk children through education, recreation and social and health programs. At the check presentation, from left: Pat Alansky, WVCC Women’s Golf Association.; Linda Shypulefski, captain, WVCC Women’s Golf Association.; Sister Miriam Stadulis, director, McGlynn Learning Center; and Sister Elizabeth Brody, McGlynn Learning Center.

Wyoming Seminary Upper School supports Toys for Tots campaign The Wyoming Seminary Upper School community recently collected funds from students, faculty and staff to purchase new toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. Upper School student government representatives organized the project and raised approximately $750. Picking up the toys are members of MWSS 472 Detachment Alpha in Wyoming with student government members, from left: Pvt. Christopher Stine; Elizabeth Blaum, student activities office; sophomore Ben Hornung, Forty Fort; junior Devin Holmes, government vicepresident, Fleetville; senior Renata O’Donnell, government president, Wilkes-Barre; senior Hsin Hwang, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.; senior Sean Banul, government treasurer, Pittston; junior Caroline Reppert, government secretary, Kingston; freshman Qianyi Cheng, Shanghai, China, P.R.C.; and Cpl. Juan Torres Jr.

‘Safe Night Out’ benefits Domestic Violence Center The Student Council at Hanover Area Junior-Senior High School recently presented a check to Nina C. Dei Tos, development director of the Domestic Violence Service Center. The proceeds were from the ‘Safe Night Out’ Halloween project that offered a safe night of trick or treat fun for young children in the Hanover Area School District. Teachers and students offered a fun night of trick or treating, Halloween games, face painting and refreshments to raise money for charity. Student Council sponsors this project every year in conjunction with the Key Club, who supports UNICEF through its portion of the project. At the check presentation, from left, first row are Maranda Keihl, president, and Kaitlyn DeRemer, secretary. Second row: Joseph Dubinski, adviser; Dei Tos; Holly Saraka, secretary; and Sean Kyle Reilly, treasurer.

Redeemer students watch performance of ‘The Last Thoughts of Gino Merli’ Holy Redeemer High School students attended a theatrical tribute to Gino Merli, a local World War II hero who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his military service. ‘The Last Thoughts of Gino Merli’ was performed at the school by Michael Fallon, producer/director Robert Shlesinger and playwright Tom Flannery. The one-man play depicted Merli recounting his faith in God and his deep spiritual beliefs as he served his country during the war. Merli, who died in 2002, is remembered throughout our region for his service. His name can be found on buildings, parks and roads throughout the area. At the performance, from left: Anita Sirak, principal, Holy Redeemer; Anthony Gialanella, Dallas; Abe Simon, vice principal, Holy Redeemer, and veteran; Anna Kachmarski, Ashley; Michael Dubinski, Hanover Township; Shaina Dougherty, Shavertown; Joseph Szewczyk, Holy Redeemer faculty and veteran; John McKeown; Shlesinger; Fallon; Michael Booth, vice principal, Holy Redeemer; and James McDermott, director of religious formation, Holy Redeemer.



Jeanne Rossi, principal, St. Jude School, Mountain Top, recently announced the first quarter Honor Roll.

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Grade 8: High Honors: Erica Stuccio. Honors: Amanda Bohn, Patrick Ganter, Lauren Higgs, Kayla Hons, Charles Nudo, Christopher Nudo, Jordyn Pavelitz, Rachel Rinehimer, Neal Sowers, Sarah Thomas and Thomas Williams.

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Mark Anthony Oldziejewski III, son of Mark and Stephanie Oldziejewski, Kingston, celebrated his seventh birthday Dec. 22. Mark is a grandson of Mark and Trish Oldziejewski, WilkesBarre; Christopher Stemmer, Kingston; and JoAnn Stemmer, Forty Fort. He is a great-grandson of Joseph and Josephine Fluegel, Wilkes-Barre, and Rose Pembleton, Kingston. Mark has a brother, Dorian Christopher, 5, and a sister, Bella Victoria, 2.

Lauren Avery Benzinger, daughter of Bill and Corinne Benzinger, Paoli, celebrated her seventh birthday Dec. 23. Lauren is a granddaughter of Paul and Joan Micheletti, Plains Township, and Bill and Arlene Benzinger, Arizona. She is a great-granddaughter of the late John and Mary Parada and the late Raymond and Irma Micheletti. Lauren has two sisters, Katelyn, 1 1, and Emily, 9.

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WSCTC students earn honors at Skills USA competition Students from West Side Career and Technology Center recently participated in the Skills USA competition held at the Hazleton Area Career Center. First-place winners will participate in the state competition that will take place in Hershey in the spring. Award-winning students, from left, first row: Allisah Fuches, second place, criminal justice; Cassie Hivish; Emily Mansilla; Jia Torres, first place, crime scene investigation; Heather Kennedy, second place, first aid/CPR; Audre Edwards, second place, basic health care; Emilee Krasson, third place, job interview; Hannah Smith, third place, medical terminology; Sam Edmonds, first place, Knowledge Bowl; Shyann Church, first place, web design; Ariel Courter, first place, co-op logbook; and Devon Reich, first place, web design. Second row: Chris Cragle, first place, carpentry; Casey Condon, first place, automotive refinishing; Garrett Sirak, first place, collision repair technology; Emily Farver, third place, medical math; Nikki Mangan, first place, nurse assisting; Stanley Sopata, second place, extemporaneous speaking; Laura Bault, first place, Knowledge Bowl; Marc Orosz, first place, customer service; and James Wheeler, first place, Knowledge Bowl.

Michael J. Yeager, son of Mike and Justine Yeager, Mountain Top, celebrated his fifth birthday Dec. 22. Michael is a grandson of Gerald and Christine Nemshick and Ernie and Eleanor Yeager, all of Mountain Top. He has a sister, Taylor, 8.

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Jim Slocum of the Valley Auto Club recently trained Safety Patrol members of the Greater Nanticoke Area Elementary Center. The presentation covered safety on buses, on street corners and on the school campus. Advisers are Jennifer Williams, Theresa Jacopetti and Dr. Mariellen Scott, principal. Safety Patrol members, from left, first row, are Casey Lyons, Allison Williams, Elizabeth Redenski, Jillian Maute, Kendall Grimm, Garrett Dzugan, Trevor Grohowski, Aaron Marr, Gabrielle Bohinski, Kristen Jenkins, Leah Kubasek, Jennifer Orellana and Michael Panagakos. Second row: Slocum, Lauren Krause, Jarred Balliet, Trahjan Krupinski, Merly Marte, Mary Shemanski, Jilann Baron, Rebecca Mieczkowski, Ashley Rake, Kelsi O’Connor, Katelyn King, Joseph Mayewski, Issac Ali, Isaac Williams, Kelsey Przekop and Scott. Dillon Kruczek and Kaylee Simmons are also Safety Patrol members.

The Luzerne County Community College Adult Learners Association recently elected officers to serve for the 2011-12 academic year. New officers, from left: Ed Hennigan, adviser, Adult Learners Association and assistant director of admissions; Christin Feist, Edwardsville, secretary; Marilyn Curry, Forty Fort, vice president; Montie Perry, Swoyersville, president; and Douglas Newton, Wyalusing, treasurer.


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Q: How many transgender people are there? A: It’s not a question asked on the U.S. census, and even if it were, many in the transgender community are hesitant to open up about their gender identity. The National Center for Transgender Equality estimates that 0.25 percent to 1 percent of the population is transgender, a range in line with estimates from sex researchers.

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the brain tumors behave differently than any other tumor in the body. They don’t tend to spread into the rest of the body. It’s already kind of a contained cancer within the central nervous system.” And now, RJ is free from the disease. When it began to manifest itself more than two years ago, his parents were bewildered by his symptoms. On a family vacation to North Carolina in September 2009, RJ began vomiting profusely. He also had difficulty walking. Could this be a severe stomach virus? Did the little boy, one week into preschool, have a problem with his hip? “It took a good six weeks for diagnosis,” Lori Bell said, recalling blood tests and urine tests and, finally, a visit to an orthopedic surgeon at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville who quickly referred them to the neurological department. “He sent us downstairs immediately.” Then came the surgeries and all the anxious waiting. “I’m not a good waiter,” Lori Bell said, adding the medicalcenter personnel, from pastoral staff to Kershenovich, helped calm her fears. “For the parents, you just tell

them the truth completely,” the doctor said. “You can comfort them with your experience, with the knowledge most of the outcomes are successful. You have to be honest and tell them the risks and complications, too. You don’t always give complete comfort to families. The job is to do the surgery right.” Because of RJ’s illness, his parents wanted to be closer to medical care and to extended family members, so they moved from Sweet Valley to Swoyersville, where they live in a former rectory with a large, fenced-in yard, big enough for two boys and two large dogs. On a recent Saturday, it was also big enough for RJ’s sixth birthday party. “He wanted to invite all the boys in his class,” Lori Bell said. As a surprise to the boys, Santa made an appearance, too. “They’re a lovely family,” said Kershenovich, who expects to see RJ for follow-up visits, at least until he’s an adolescent. There’s a good chance now that RJ will enjoy a long and healthy life. He has no residual effects, other than a permanent shunt that removes excess cerebrospinal fluid from his brain. And if kindergarten classmates at Dana Street Elementary Center or T-ball teammates from the local Red Sox ever ask about it, he has a ready answer: “That’s where the doctors fixed my legs.”

tinue to fight for marriage and other rights, the next significant wave of legal action will involve transgender people. On Dec. 6 in Georgia, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a transgender woman who was fired from her state job in 2007 after telling her boss she planned to transition from male to female. In the court’s ruling, Judge Rosemary Barkett wrote: “An individual cannot be punished because of his or her perceived gender non-conformity.” In October, the Illinois Department of Public Health, pressed by a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, said transgender Illinoisans could change the gender on their birth certificates without undergoing genital-reformation surgery. Also this year: the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Wisconsin ruled it unconstitutional to deny transgender prison inmates hormone therapy; Connecticut became the 15th state to protect transgender people from discrimination; and Wal-Mart made changes to its employee nondiscrimination policy to protect workers based on both gender identity and gender expression. “I think it has been a good year,” said M. Dru Levasseur, transgender rights attorney for the national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender legal rights group Lambda Legal. “I think the key thing — and it’s very similar to the change that happened in the movement with gay and lesbian people — is that many people thought, ‘Oh that’s a choice, that’s a lifestyle.’ When people come to understand that this is who someone is, I think that’s when they can really take it into their hearts.” Despite progress with civil rights, transgender people still face considerable discrimination in public and in the workplace. The impact of that is crystallized in a national study released this year by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality. The survey of more than 6,000


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transgender and gender nonconforming people found that 41 percent of respondents had attempted suicide, compared with less than 2 percent in the general population. One of the primary psychiatric terms linked to transgender people is “gender identity disorder,” although it has been proposed that the term be changed to “gender dysphoria” in the upcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. “People with severe gender dysphoria, there’s a very high incidence of suicide if it’s not addressed,” said Randi Ettner, an Evanston, Ill.-based psychologist who specializes in gender conditions and wrote the book “Gender Loving Care.” Whether it’s Joan of Arc — executed in part for routinely wearing male clothing — or the Native American “berdache” — gendervariant people revered in certain tribes as “twin spirits” — the world has a long history of gender roles being blurred. Some cultures accept people whose gender identity doesn’t match their anatomical sex. A tribe in Samoa, for example, has a third gender made up of men who perform tasks otherwise reserved for women. But in America and most parts of the world, the binary system of gender identification is not friendly to those who don’t fit in. Experts like Ettner agree that the term “transgender” means, in essence: people who want to spend all or part of the time pre-

senting themselves in a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth. That said, sex researchers have found that there is tremendous diversity in the transgender community, so much so that many now view gender identity not simply as “male” or “female,” but as points on a spectrum between masculine and feminine. For Carmichael, who was serving as a woman in the Army National Guard, the time to think about gender identity came during the Iraq War. When a close friend was badly injured, the thin line between living and dying prompted him to address the confusing feelings that had plagued him since childhood: “I had hard questions to ask myself. And I did it.” While still in Iraq, Carmichael began, in his head, referring to himself using male pronouns. It felt right. After the war, he spent time reading extensively about what it meant to be transgender. He considered his lifelong journey — being a young girl who felt awkward in traditionally feminine roles; coming out in high school as a lesbian, hoping the disconnect he felt was a matter of sexuality; then recognizing that the problem was actually one of gender identity. When he decided to transition and began living his life fully as a man, Carmichael, at last, felt right. “I’m very comfortable being a trans man,” he said. “I’m sort of reveling in the idea of finally being content.”

Q: Is being transgender a mental illness? A: Gender identity disorder is a psychiatric condition listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. However, most transgender people bristle at the thought of having their identity pathologized. There is a push in the transgender community to have gender identity disorder removed from the DSM, much as homosexuality was removed decades ago. Many researchers say gender identity disorder is not a psychiatric illness that can be cured with treatment, but is a rarely occurring medical condition that has a strong psychological component. For most transgender people, a psychiatric or medical diagnosis is the only way insurance plans will deem hormone therapy and surgical procedures medically necessary. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health issued a statement in 2010 saying: “the expression of gender characteristics, including identities, that are not stereotypically associated with one’s assigned sex at birth ... should not be judged as inherently pathological or negative.” Q: What is a transvestite? A: The term “transvestite” is now considered offensive as it implies that a person wears opposite-sex clothing as a sexual fetish. The term “crossdresser” is more appropriate. Crossdressers are people who wear clothing associated with the opposite gender not for sexual arousal but because it gives them a sense of fulfillment and allows them to express a part of their identity. Though they dress in opposite-sex clothing, crossdressers may identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. Q: How do I know what pronoun to use with a transgender person? A: Never make assumptions. If you aren’t sure, ask the person which pronoun he or she prefers you use.

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Vick throws two touchdown passes in game rendered meaningless by Giants win.


By JAIME ARON AP Pro Football Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas — Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 20-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday in a game that had all the intensity of a preseason dress rehearsal. This game became somewhat meaningless midway through the first quarter. A victory by the Giants eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs and turned the Dallas-New York game next weekend into a showdown to decide the NFC East title. The Cowboys still had wildEAGLES card hopes to play for, but clearly were more concerned COWBOYS about getting ready for the “win and you’re in” route to the playoffs. Quarterback Tony Romo left after injuring his throwing hand on the first series and oft-injured running back Felix Jones hit the bench for good after the second series. They came within 7 seconds of getting shut out. Vick threw a touchdown pass on the opening series and again just before halftime. Alex Henery kicked field goals of 43 and 51 yards for the Eagles’ only points in the second half. Philadelphia (7-8) won its third straight, giving the preseason “Dream Team” the chance to avoid a losing record by beating the Redskins at home in its fi-

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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.



New York Giants’ Victor Cruz runs 99 yards for a touchdown while the New York Jets watch from the sidelines on Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Win over Jets helps Giants’ playoff push By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — As far as bragging rights go, this was far from one to boast about. Neither the Giants nor Jets looked much like playoff material after a week of trash talk about who ruled New York football. But the Giants kept their postseason hopes alive by winning 29-14 on Saturday, with Victor Cruz setting two franchise receiving records and Ahmad Bradshaw running for two touchdowns. The Giants (8-7) are now in posi-

tion to win the NFC East with a victory next week against Dallas. Meanwhile, the Jets’ playoff hopes took a serious hit, and at 8-7 they’ll need to win at Miami next week and get some help from several other teams. Cruz, who had three catches for 164 yards, broke Amani Toomer’s single-season mark for yards receiving — and the team’s record for longest touchdown reception, a 99yarder that gave the Giants the lead for good in the second quarter. Jets coach Rex Ryan set the tone early in the week, saying he be-

lieved his club was the better team in the area. Tom Coughlin responded by saying, “Talk is cheap. Play the game.” It was the Giants who did. “They were the better team today, and they’re the better team this year,” Ryan said. “Clearly, I was wrong.” The back-and-forth continued even before the game, when Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes and running back Brandon Jacobs both removed black curtains placed by the





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Steelers whip up a whole Batch of points Pittsburgh defense shuts down Rams to remain in contention for division.


By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH — Charlie Batch doesn’t know how many more games are left in his 37year-old legs. Given the way the veteran quarterback played in the Steelers’ ridiculously easy 27-0 victory over lifeless St. Louis on Saturday, it may be more than he thinks. The crowd chanting the name of Pittsburgh’s native son throughout, Batch played efficiently if not spectacularly




while subbing for an injured Ben Roethlisberger, passing for 208 yards to help the Steelers keep their hopes for an AFC North title very much alive. “Nobody wants to let this team down,” Batch said. “One thing about it is we just try to keep the ball rolling, whoever See STEELERS, Page 4C


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch (16) congratulates running back John Clay after Clay scored.


It’s time to dunk long memories of the lockout A shortened NBA season is finally set to tip off


Finally, the conversation changes. It’s time for the NBA to ditch the dollars and nonsense of the lockout for the alleys and oops in Lob City, the new nickname for the suddenly exciting Los Angeles Clippers. For months, all the talk was about lockouts, salary caps and mediation. Now there are games that count as a new season begins Christmas Day. For all practical purposes, Clippers fans have been locked out of competitive basketball for the better part of three decades. Now they get entertainment of the highest order — watching Blake Griffin throw down lob passes

first step for the league as it looks to bury a damaging offseason marred by a five-month labor dispute and several stars trying to force Noon, TNT: Boston at New York their way out of town. 2:30 p.m., ABC: Miami at The day begins with Boston and Dallas New York and then goes to an NBA 5 p.m., ABC: Chicago at Finals rematch with Miami at L.A. Lakers Dallas. Next up is Chicago at the 8 p.m., ESPN: Orlando at Lakers, followed by the smallOklahoma City 10:30 p.m., ESPN: L.A. market special — Orlando at Clippers at Golden State Oklahoma City — before CP3 makes his regular-season debut as a Clipper at Golden State in the nightcap. from Chris Paul. “The lockout was hectic for evThe 2011-12 season, shortened to 66 games, debuts Sunday when five mar- erybody,” Timberwolves forward quee games will be played from morning deep into the night. This marks a See NBA, Page 12C

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) looks for an opening against Portland Trail Blazers’ Nicolas Batum.

e was back home for Christmas last year, as usual, when Joe Maddon noticed something wasn’t quite right around his old hometown. The friendliness, the comaraderie, the willingness of townspeople to help one another was missing. That’s not the way he remembered it. The kindness Maddon knew and embraced growing up in Hazleton was replaced by racial tension and fear. He’s afraid it’s time to make a change. “I believe if we don’t,” Maddon, 57, said, “Hazleton’s going to go away.” He means the Hazleton he’s always known, vibrant with energy and affability, the place that molded him into a twotime American League manager of the year with the Tampa Bay Rays. While he’s been gone all these years, growing his baseball reputation as a coach for 31 years in Anaheim Angels organization and as manager of the Rays, his hometown has grown. Different nationalities moved in. Crime rates, especially violent ones, rose. Home invasions and holdups began to haunt Hazleton. The old mayor, current U.S. representative Lou Barletta, tried to deal with illegal immigrants in Hazleton by trying to enacting laws against them. His townspeople cheered the idea. Filled with Christmas spirit, Joe Maddon came up with his own idea of holiday cheer. He started the “Transforming Hazleton Through Immigration” project. “If we didn’t do a push-back now, I was afraid the push-back wasn’t going to come at all,” said Maddon, who resides in Tampa. “The city would eventually go away. It’d be a very unattractive place to live. It’s not going to attract businesses, commerce.” Why should he care?

A place in his heart Maddon realized his dream of becoming a major league baseball manager in 2005. He guided the once-lowly Tampa Bay Rays to the 2008 World Series, where they fell just short against the Philadelphia Phillies. His Rays have made the playoffs during three of the past four years, the first three postseason appearances in their history. And Maddon just won the AL manager of the year award for the second time in four years. Yet, he did a national interview about that award while sitting in Hazleton. “It’s where you’re from,” Maddon said. “A lot of who I am is because I was raised in that city.” So he took upon an endeavor that exemplifies the true meaning of Christmas. Maddon gave of himself to bring Hazleton the gift of hope. He spent his Christmas break working at a furious pace promoting his Hazleton Integration Project, HIP for short. He was never going to let his lowbudget Rays come up small, even in an American League East where the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox traditionally dominate. And Maddon wasn’t going to settle for watching his hometown become second rate, either. “I always dream big,” Maddon said. So he held a fundraising dinner in Hazleton. “If we can go to lunch with each other, good things will happen,” Maddon reasoned. “If we can’t even get to that point, it’ll never work.” He hosted a movie night with Spanish subtitles. He served a meal at the salvation army to a group of citizens with diverse backrounds, and on Monday, he signed autographs at Mohegan Sun Arena prior to a Penguins hockey game. All in the hopes of raising money to build a community center that Maddon hopes will bring people in Hazleton together again while dissolving the wedge that’s pulling them apart. “I think we got the message out there very clearly,” Maddon said. “That was just the beginning.” He knows you can’t turn a downtrodden baseball team into a contender in one season, and it’s tough to change a town’s fortunes in one week. But at a wondrous time like Christmas, there’s no better place to start. Paul Sokoloski is a Times Leader sports columnist. You may reach him at 970-7109 or email him at



L O C A L C A L E N D A R This Week's Events MONDAY, DEC. 26 HS BOYS BASKETBALL Tunkhannock at Forest City Tournament, 5:30 or 7 p.m. Angelo Schifano Holiday Hoops Tournament at Wyoming Area Dallas vs. Northwest at Wyoming Area Tournament, 6 p.m. Old Forge at Wyoming Area, 7:30 p.m. Hanover Area at Pittston Area, 6:30 p.m. Lake-Lehman at Holy Redeemer, 8 p.m. HS GIRLS BASKETBALL Nanticoke vs. West Scranton at Riverside Tournament, 6 p.m. Coughlin, GAR, Hanover Area at Meyers Tournament, TBA Wyoming Valley West at North Pocono Tournament, TBA HS HOCKEY Casey Classic (Coal Street) Pittston Area vs. Crestwood, 10:30 a.m. Back Mountain vs. Wyoming Valley West, 2:30 p.m. Scranton vs. Wyoming Area, 4:15 p.m. Susquehanna Valley vs. Holy Redeemer, 6 p.m. Wallenpaupack vs. Pittston Area, 7:45 p.m. TUESDAY, DEC. 27 HS BOYS BASKETBALL Abington Heights vs. Nanticoke at Meyers Tournament, 6 p.m. Munley Tournament at Crestwood Meyers Christmas Tournament at Meyers Coughlin at Meyers, 7:30 p.m. Princeton Day Academy vs GAR, 6 p.m., Crestwood H.S. Christian Academy at Crestwood, 8 p.m. North Pocono at Wyoming Valley West, 7 p.m. MMI Prep at Riverside, 7:30 p.m. HS GIRLS BASKETBALL Holy Redeemer vs. Wyoming Area at Pittston Area Tournament, 6 p.m. Judy Knorr Tournament, Freedom at Berwick, 7:15 p.m. Northwest at Benton Tournament, TBA Mountain View at Pittston Area, 7:30 p.m. HS WRESTLING Hanover Area at Bob Rohm Tournament HS HOCKEY Casey Classic (Coal Street) Holy Redeemer vs. Wallenpaupack, 12:30 p.m. Wyoming Area vs. Pittston Area, 2:15 p.m. Back Mountain vs. Susquehanna Valley, 4 p.m. Scranton vs. Wyoming Valley West, 5:45 p.m. Crestwood vs. Holy Redeemer, 7:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28 HS BOYS BASKETBALL Berwick at River Tournament at Selinsgrove Crestwood at Munley Tournament, 6 p.m. Hazleton Area at Hatboro-Horsham/Cougar Holiday Tournament, 6 p.m. Hazleton Area at Pleasant Valley Cougar Holiday Tournament, 7:30 p.m. Dallas, Northwest, Old Forge at Wyoming Area Tournament, 6 and 7:30 p.m. HS GIRLS BASKETBALL Lakeland at Dallas, 7:15 p.m. Judy Knorr Tournament at Berwick, 6 p.m. Coughlin, GAR, Hanover Area at Meyers Tournament, TBA Hazleton Area at Punxsatawney Tournament, TBA Nanticoke at Riverside Tournament, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Northwest at Benton Tournament, TBA Wyoming Valley West at North Pocono Tournament, TBA HS SWIMMING Wyoming Valley West at Winter Invite, Emmaus Winter Diving Invite at Wyoming Valley West HS WRESTLING Wyoming Seminary at Hurricane Classic Meyers, Hazleton Area, Wyoming Valley West at Bethlehem Christmas Tournament HS HOCKEY Casey Classic (Coal Street) Holy Redeemer vs. Scranton, 2:15 p.m. Susquehanna Valley vs. Wallenpaupack, 4 p.m. Wyoming Valley West vs. Wyoming Area, 5:45 p.m. Crestwood vs. Back Mountain, 7:30 p.m. COLLEGE WRESTLING Wilkes Open, 9 a.m. THURSDAY, DEC. 29 HS BOYS BASKETBALL Berwick at River Tournament, TBA at Selinsgrove Abington Heights, Coughlin, Nanticoke at Meyers Tournament, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Hazleton Area at Hatboro-Horsham/Cougar Holiday Tournament, 6 p.m. MMI Prep at Riverside Tournament, 6 and 7:30 p.m. HS GIRLS BASKETBALL Tunkhannock at Athens, 7:15 p.m. Hazleton Area at Punxsatawney Tournament, TBA Holy Redeemer, Wyoming Area at Pittston Area Tournament, TBA HS WRESTLING Kiwanis Tournament at Tunkhannock HS: Coughlin, Lake-Lehman, Nanticoke, Tunkhannock, Wyoming Area Wyoming Seminary at Hurricane Classic Dallas, Berwick at Berwick Duals, 9 a.m. Crestwood, Pittston Area at Conestoga Valley Tournament Meyers, Hazleton Area, Wyoming Valley West at Bethlehem Christmas Tournament HS HOCKEY Casey Classic (Coal Street) Semifinals, 5:45 p.m. WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Illinois Wesleyan at King’s, 4 p.m. Misericordia at Juniata, 5:30 p.m. FRIDAY, DEC. 30 HS BOYS BASKETBALL Wyoming Valley West at Dunmore, 7:15 p.m. HS GIRLS BASKETBALL Tunkhannock at North Pocono, 2:15 p.m. HS WRESTLING Kiwanis Tournament at Tunkhannock: Coughlin, Lake-Lehman, Nanticoke, Tunkhannock, Wyoming Area Crestwood, Pittston Area at Conestoga Valley Tournament HS HOCKEY Casey Classic (Coal Street) Championship, 5:30 p.m. MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Pittsburgh-Bradford at King’s, 7 p.m. WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Regis at King’s, 2 p.m. Misericordia vs. St. Vincent, 2 p.m. at Juniata

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MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Diamond Head Classic, third place game, Texas-El Paso vs. Auburn, at Honolulu 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Diamond Head Classic, championship game, Kansas St vs. Long Beach St, at Honolulu


Noon TNT — Boston at New York 2:30 p.m. ABC — Miami at Dallas 5 p.m. ABC — Chicago at L.A. Lakers 8 p.m. ESPN — Orlando at Oklahoma City 10:30 p.m. ESPN — L.A. Clippers at Golden State


8 p.m. NBC — Chicago at Green Bay

B O X I N G Fight Schedule Dec. 30 At Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, Calif. (SHO), Andre Dirrell vs. Darryl Cunningham, 10, super middleweights;Jermain Taylor vs. Jessie Nicklow, 10, middleweights. Dec. 31 At Yokohama, Japan, Takashi Uchiyama vs. Jorge Solis, 12, for Uchiyama’s WBA World junior lightweight title;Celestino Caballero vs. Satoshi Hosono, 12, for Caballero’s WBA World featherweight title. At Osaka, Japan, Kazuto Ioka vs. Yedgoen TorChalermchai, 12, for Ioka’s WBC strawweight title. At Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center (SHO), Tavoris Cloud vs. Zsolt Erdei, 12, for Cloud’s IBF light heavyweight title;Rico Ramos vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux, 12, for Ramos’ WBA World junior featherweight title. 2012 Jan. 6 At Key West, Fla. (ESPN2), Dyah Davis vs. Alfonso Lopez, 10, super middleweights. At Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, Calif. (SHO), Luis Ramos Jr. vs. Raymundo Beltran, 10, lightweights. Jan. 7 At Heredia, Costa Rica, Bryan Vazquez vs. Eugenio Lopez, 12, for Vazquez’s interim WBA World super featherweight title. Jan. 13 At Las Vegas (ESPN2), Teon Kennedy vs. Chris Martin, 10, junior featherweights. Jan. 14 At Offenburg, Germany, Arthur Abraham vs. Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias, 10, super middleweights;Robert Stieglitz vs. Henry Weber, 12, for Stieglitz’s WBO super middleweight title. Jan. 21 At Philadelphia (NBCSN), Eddie Chambers vs. Sergei Liakhovich, 10, heavyweights;Gabriel Rosado vs. Jesus Soto-Karass, 10, junior middleweights. Jan. 27 At Temecula, Calif. (ESPN2), Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Julio Diaz, 10, junior welterweights;Ji-Hoon Kim vs. Alisher Rahimov, 10, lightweights. Jan. 28 At Turning Stone, Verona, N.Y., Brain Minto vs. Tony Grano, 10, NABF heavyweight title eliminator. At Houston (HBO), Erik Morales vs. Danny Garcia, 12, for Morales’ WBC junior welterweight title;James Kirkland vs. Carlos Molina, 10, junior middleweights.








National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East W L T Pct y-New England .................... 12 3 0 .800 N.Y. Jets............................... 8 7 0 .533 Buffalo .................................. 6 9 0 .400 Miami .................................... 5 10 0 .333 South W L T Pct y-Houston............................. 10 5 0 .667 Tennessee ........................... 8 7 0 .533 Jacksonville ......................... 4 11 0 .267 Indianapolis.......................... 2 13 0 .133 North W L T Pct x-Baltimore ........................... 11 4 0 .733 x-Pittsburgh.......................... 11 4 0 .733 Cincinnati.............................. 9 6 0 .600 Cleveland ............................. 4 11 0 .267 West W L T Pct Denver..................................... 8 7 0 .533 Oakland ................................... 8 7 0 .533 San Diego ............................... 7 8 0 .467 Kansas City............................. 6 9 0 .400 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct N.Y. Giants............................ 8 7 0 .533 Dallas .................................... 8 7 0 .533 Philadelphia.......................... 7 8 0 .467 Washington .......................... 5 10 0 .333 South W L T Pct x-New Orleans..................... 11 3 0 .786 Atlanta................................... 9 5 0 .643 Carolina ................................ 6 9 0 .400 Tampa Bay ........................... 4 11 0 .267 North W L T Pct y-Green Bay ......................... 13 1 0 .929 x-Detroit................................ 10 5 0 .667 Chicago ................................ 7 7 0 .500 Minnesota ............................ 3 12 0 .200 West W L T Pct y-San Francisco................... 12 3 0 .800 Seattle ................................... 7 8 0 .467 Arizona ................................. 7 8 0 .467 St. Louis ............................... 2 13 0 .133 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division Thursday's Game Indianapolis 19, Houston 16 Saturday's Games Oakland 16, Kansas City 13, OT Tennessee 23, Jacksonville 17 Pittsburgh 27, St. Louis 0 Buffalo 40, Denver 14 Carolina 48, Tampa Bay 16 Minnesota 33, Washington 26 Baltimore 20, Cleveland 14 New England 27, Miami 24 N.Y. Giants 29, N.Y. Jets 14 Cincinnati 23, Arizona 16 Detroit 38, San Diego 10 San Francisco 19, Seattle 17 Philadelphia 20, Dallas 7 Today's Game Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. Monday's Game Atlanta at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1 Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. San Diego at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Seattle at Arizona, 4:15 p.m.


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EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA N.Y. Rangers............... 33 21 8 4 46 99 72 Philadelphia ................ 34 21 9 4 46 118 99 Pittsburgh .................... 35 20 11 4 44 114 91 New Jersey ................. 34 19 14 1 39 95 99 N.Y. Islanders.............. 33 11 16 6 28 77 108 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston.......................... 33 23 9 1 47 119 63 Toronto ........................ 35 18 13 4 40 110 113 Ottawa .......................... 36 17 14 5 39 111 122 Buffalo.......................... 34 16 15 3 35 92 101 Montreal....................... 36 13 16 7 33 88 101 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Florida ........................... 36 18 11 7 43 94 98 Winnipeg....................... 35 16 14 5 37 96 104 Washington .................. 33 17 14 2 36 98 101 Tampa Bay.................... 34 14 17 3 31 90 116 Carolina......................... 36 11 19 6 28 91 121 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Chicago........................ 35 22 9 4 48 118 102 St. Louis....................... 34 20 10 4 44 87 74 Detroit .......................... 34 21 12 1 43 111 78 Nashville ...................... 35 18 13 4 40 95 99 Columbus .................... 34 9 21 4 22 85 117 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Minnesota.................... 36 20 11 5 45 86 82 Vancouver ................... 35 21 12 2 44 115 85 Calgary ........................ 36 17 15 4 38 90 98 Colorado ...................... 36 18 17 1 37 96 105 Edmonton .................... 34 15 16 3 33 93 91 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose ....................... 32 19 10 3 41 95 77 Dallas ............................ 34 20 13 1 41 92 96 Phoenix ......................... 35 18 14 3 39 92 92 Los Angeles ................. 35 16 14 5 37 76 85 Anaheim........................ 34 9 19 6 24 80 113 Friday's Games New Jersey 4, Washington 3, SO San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1, SO Boston 8, Florida 0 Toronto 5, N.Y. Islanders 3 N.Y. Rangers 4, Philadelphia 2 Carolina 2, Ottawa 1, OT Pittsburgh 4, Winnipeg 1 Dallas 6, Nashville 3 Colorado 2, Tampa Bay 1, OT St. Louis 3, Phoenix 2 Calgary 3, Vancouver 1 Saturday's Games No games scheduled Today's Games No games scheduled Monday's Games Colorado at Minnesota, 6 p.m. Washington at Buffalo, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Carolina, 7 p.m. Dallas at St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Nashville, 8 p.m. Columbus at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Phoenix at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. NHL Leaders Through games of Friday, December 23, 2011 Goal Scoring Name Team........................................................GP G Marian Gaborik NY Rangers............................ 3321 Phil Kessel Toronto........................................... 3520 James Neal Pittsburgh ..................................... 3520 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay............................ 3420 Jonathan Toews Chicago ................................. 3520 Milan Michalek Ottawa...................................... 3119 Patrick Sharp Chicago ...................................... 3518 Claude Giroux Philadelphia ............................. 3017 Thomas Vanek Buffalo ..................................... 3417 Scott Hartnell Philadelphia .............................. 3416 Joffrey Lupul Toronto........................................ 3516 Matt Moulson NY Islanders .............................. 3316 Kris Versteeg Florida ........................................ 3516 Radim Vrbata Phoenix ...................................... 3516 Logan Couture San Jose.................................. 3215 Jordan Eberle Edmonton ................................. 3415 Marian Hossa Chicago ..................................... 3415 Evander Kane Winnipeg................................... 3415 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh ................................. 2815 Brad Marchand Boston..................................... 3315 Johan Franzen Detroit ...................................... 3414 Curtis Glencross Calgary ................................. 3414 Joe Pavelski San Jose ..................................... 3214 Corey Perry Anaheim ....................................... 3414 Tyler Seguin Boston ......................................... 3214 Assists Name Team........................................................GP A Henrik Sedin Vancouver .................................. 3531 Erik Karlsson Ottawa ........................................ 3629 Claude Giroux Philadelphia ............................. 3026 Jason Pominville Buffalo.................................. 3426 Daniel Sedin Vancouver ................................... 3426 Pavel Datsyuk Detroit ....................................... 3425 Patrick Kane Chicago........................................ 3525 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh ................................. 2825 Jason Spezza Ottawa....................................... 3625 Brian Campbell Florida ..................................... 3624 Teemu Selanne Anaheim ................................ 3424 Marian Hossa Chicago ..................................... 3423 Nicklas Backstrom Washington....................... 3322 Anze Kopitar Los Angeles ............................... 3522 Joffrey Lupul Toronto........................................ 3522 P.A. Parenteau NY Islanders ........................... 3322 Joe Thornton San Jose .................................... 3222 Kimmo Timonen Philadelphia ......................... 3422 Jamie Benn Dallas ............................................ 3421 Patrice Bergeron Boston .................................. 3321 Jordan Eberle Edmonton ................................. 3421 Phil Kessel Toronto........................................... 3521 Ryan Nugent-Hopkin Edmonton ..................... 3421 Mike Ribeiro Dallas........................................... 3421 Kris Versteeg Florida ........................................ 3521 Shea Weber Nashville...................................... 3521 Stephen Weiss Florida ..................................... 3521 Power Play Goals Name Team.......................................................GPPP James Neal Pittsburgh .................................... 35 10 Johan Franzen Detroit ..................................... 34 9 Corey Perry Anaheim ...................................... 34 8 Scott Hartnell Philadelphia.............................. 34 7 Thomas Vanek Buffalo .................................... 34 7 Ryan Callahan NY Rangers ............................ 33 6 Jordan Eberle Edmonton ................................ 34 6 Jason Garrison Florida .................................... 36 6 Taylor Hall Edmonton ...................................... 26 6








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VIRGINIA—Announced redshirt freshman basketball F James Johnson will transfer.

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2011 Final Baseball Payrolls NEW YORK (AP) — Final 2011 payrolls for the 30 major league teams, according to information received by clubs from the commissioner’s office. Figures are for 40-man rosters and include salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and cash transactions. In some cases, parts of salaries that are deferred are discounted to reflect present-day values. N.Y. Yankees...................................... $216,044,956 Boston ................................................. 174,116,280 Philadelphia ........................................ 165,313,989 L.A. Angels.......................................... 143,099,729 N.Y. Mets ............................................ 142,244,744 Chicago Cubs..................................... 140,608,942 Chicago White Sox ............................ 125,814,762 San Francisco..................................... 125,111,390 Minnesota ........................................... 115,419,106 Detroit .................................................. 113,230,923 St. Louis .............................................. 113,156,467 L.A. Dodgers....................................... 109,865,640 Texas ................................................... 103,967,140 Seattle.................................................. 98,067,684 Colorado.............................................. 96,145,529 Milwaukee ........................................... 93,234,011 Atlanta.................................................. 88,128,545 Baltimore ............................................. 86,856,480 Cincinnati............................................. 81,621,587 Houston ............................................... 81,139,621 Toronto ................................................ 75,851,382 Washington......................................... 72,022,999 Oakland ............................................... 70,476,206 Arizona ................................................ 65,603,602 Florida.................................................. 61,940,280 Cleveland ............................................ 53,533,393 Pittsburgh............................................ 51,784,810 San Diego ........................................... 45,620,873 Tampa Bay .......................................... 44,969,740 Kansas City......................................... 44,566,470 Total .....................................................2,999,557,280


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Armed Forces Bowl

National Basketball Association


Ticket City Bowl

Friday December 30



Capital One Bowl

National Hockey League

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Boston ............................... 0 0 .000 New Jersey....................... 0 0 .000 New York .......................... 0 0 .000 Philadelphia...................... 0 0 .000 Toronto.............................. 0 0 .000 Southeast Division W L Pct Atlanta ............................... 0 0 .000 Charlotte ........................... 0 0 .000 Miami................................. 0 0 .000 Orlando ............................. 0 0 .000 Washington ...................... 0 0 .000 Central Division W L Pct Chicago............................. 0 0 .000 Cleveland.......................... 0 0 .000 Detroit................................ 0 0 .000 Indiana............................... 0 0 .000 Milwaukee......................... 0 0 .000 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Dallas ................................ 0 0 .000 Houston............................. 0 0 .000 Memphis ........................... 0 0 .000 New Orleans..................... 0 0 .000 San Antonio ...................... 0 0 .000 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver............................... 0 0 .000 Minnesota ......................... 0 0 .000 Oklahoma City ................. 0 0 .000 Portland............................. 0 0 .000 Utah ................................... 0 0 .000 Pacific Division W L Pct Golden State..................... 0 0 .000 L.A. Clippers..................... 0 0 .000 L.A. Lakers ....................... 0 0 .000 Phoenix ............................. 0 0 .000 Sacramento ...................... 0 0 .000 Friday's Games No games scheduled Saturday's Games No games scheduled Today's Games Boston at New York, 12 p.m. Miami at Dallas, 2:30 p.m. Chicago at L.A. Lakers, 5 p.m. Orlando at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Monday's Games Toronto at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Detroit at Indiana, 7 p.m. Houston at Orlando, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Denver at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Memphis at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. New Orleans at Phoenix, 9 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Philadelphia at Portland, 10 p.m. Chicago at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.




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January 2

College Football Favorite


Chick Fil-A Bowl



Football Bowl Subdivision

By Roxy Roxborough







Tomas Holmstrom Detroit ............................... Marian Hossa Chicago .................................... Daniel Sedin Vancouver .................................. Henrik Sedin Vancouver.................................. Jeff Carter Columbus....................................... Zdeno Chara Boston........................................ Erik Cole Montreal............................................ Matt Duchene Colorado................................... Patrik Elias New Jersey ................................... Marian Gaborik NY Rangers........................... Claude Giroux Philadelphia ............................ Jaromir Jagr Philadelphia ............................... Olli Jokinen Calgary ......................................... Milan Lucic Boston ........................................... Joffrey Lupul Toronto....................................... Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh ................................ Milan Michalek Ottawa..................................... Matt Moulson NY Islanders ............................. Teemu Selanne Anaheim................................ Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia ..................... Shea Weber Nashville.....................................

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EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA St. John’s ............... 29 17 7 4 1 39 106 89 Manchester............ 31 18 11 0 2 38 83 79 Worcester .............. 27 13 8 3 3 32 76 70 Portland.................. 28 13 12 1 2 29 74 87 Providence............. 31 13 15 1 2 29 66 92 East Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Hershey.................. 30 17 8 3 2 39 111 88 Norfolk.................... 30 18 11 0 1 37 112 87 Penguins............... 30 16 9 1 4 37 90 80 Syracuse................ 28 12 13 2 1 27 90 95 Binghamton ........... 32 11 19 1 1 24 72 96 Northeast Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Connecticut............ 29 17 8 1 3 38 93 83 Albany ..................... 30 14 11 3 2 33 70 87 Adirondack ............. 29 15 12 1 1 32 84 78 Springfield .............. 29 14 14 1 0 29 85 81 Bridgeport............... 29 11 14 3 1 26 80 100 WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Charlotte................. 31 17 11 2 1 37 85 81 Milwaukee .............. 26 17 8 0 1 35 80 67 Chicago .................. 28 14 10 1 3 32 77 75 Peoria ..................... 31 14 15 1 1 30 95 93 Rockford ................. 29 11 15 1 2 25 90 106 North Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Toronto.................... 30 16 10 3 1 36 87 78 Rochester ............... 30 13 12 4 1 31 84 87 Grand Rapids ......... 29 12 13 2 2 28 87 91 Lake Erie................. 30 13 15 1 1 28 70 77 Hamilton .................. 28 11 13 1 3 26 60 85 West Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Oklahoma City........ 30 21 7 0 2 44 91 68 Abbotsford .............. 31 20 9 2 0 42 81 75 Houston................... 31 16 6 2 7 41 90 78 San Antonio ............ 28 14 14 0 0 28 66 80 Texas....................... 28 13 14 0 1 27 83 85 Friday's Games No games scheduled Saturday's Games No games scheduled Today's Games No games scheduled Monday's Games Hamilton at Toronto, 1 p.m. Worcester at Portland, 6:30 p.m. Connecticut at Bridgeport, 7 p.m. Providence at Manchester, 7 p.m. Albany at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. Rockford at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Chicago at Peoria, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Houston, 8:05 p.m.


Elmira...... Wheeling Reading .. Trenton ... Kalamazoo ........... Chicago ... Cincinnati. Toledo .....

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SL Pts 27 16 11 0 0 32 25 15 9 1 0 31 29 12 12 3 2 29 28 10 14 2 2 24 North Division GP W L OL SL Pts 28 28 23 26

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16 10 0 2 34 99 95 14 11 2 1 31 84 89 11 9 0 3 25 73 72 12 13 0 1 25 82 82 South Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Gwinnett. 30 13 8 6 3 35 82 86 Greenville.......... 26 15 9 1 1 32 85 84 South Carolina.. 28 15 11 1 1 32 76 67 Florida .... 30 15 13 1 1 32 102 95 WESTERN CONFERENCE Mountain Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Alaska.... 30 20 5 2 3 45 99 63 Colorado 29 18 8 0 3 39 115 95 Idaho...... 30 15 12 2 1 33 92 100 Utah ....... 29 14 12 0 3 31 69 91 Pacific Division GP W L OL SL Pts GF GA Las Vegas...... 29 16 9 1 3 36 94 81 Ontario.... 26 13 11 1 1 28 77 75 Stockton . 26 12 11 1 2 27 71 83 Bakersfield.......... 29 6 20 3 0 15 71 100 NOTE: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Friday's Games Florida 6, Trenton 3 Toledo 2, Kalamazoo 1 Reading 6, Greenville 4 Colorado 6, Utah 0 Idaho 4, Alaska 3, SO Saturday's Games No games scheduled Sunday's Games No games scheduled Monday's Games Wheeling at Elmira, 7:05 p.m. South Carolina at Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Stockton at Bakersfield, 10 p.m. Ontario at Las Vegas, 10:05 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Temple 37, Wyoming 15 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl At Boise, Idaho Ohio 24, Utah State 23 New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 32, San Diego State 30 Tuesday, Dec. 20 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl At St. Petersburg, Fla. Marshall 20, FIU 10 Wednesday, Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego TCU 31, Louisiana Tech 24 Thursday, Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl At Las Vegas Boise State 56, Arizona State 24 Saturday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu Nevada (7-5) vs. Southern Mississippi (11-2), late Monday, Dec. 26 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. North Carolina (7-5) vs. Missouri (7-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN2) Tuesday, Dec. 27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Western Michigan (7-5) vs. Purdue (6-6), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN2) Belk Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina State (7-5) vs. Louisville (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Dec. 28 Military Bowl At Washington Air Force (7-5) vs. Toledo (8-4), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Texas (7-5) vs. California (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Florida State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (8-4), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl At Dallas Tulsa (8-4) vs. BYU (9-3), Noon (ESPN) Pinstripe Bowl At Bronx, N.Y. Rutgers (8-4) vs. Iowa State (6-6), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi State (6-6) vs. Wake Forest (6-6), 6:40 p.m. (ESPN) Insight Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Oklahoma (9-3) vs. Iowa (7-5), 10 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 31 Meineke Car Care Bowl At Houston Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Northwestern (6-6), Noon (ESPN) Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Utah (7-5), 2 p.m. (CBS) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Fight Hunger Bowl At San Francisco UCLA (6-7) vs. Illinois (6-6), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Virginia (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl At Dallas Penn State (9-3) vs. Houston (12-1), Noon (ESPNU) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Nebraska (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Georgia (10-3) vs. Michigan State (10-3), 1 p.m. (ABC) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Florida (6-6) vs. Ohio State (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN2) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Oregon (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (11-2), 5 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Stanford (11-1) vs. Oklahoma State (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Jan. 3 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Michigan (10-2) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Jan. 4 Orange Bowl At Miami West Virginia (9-3) vs. Clemson (10-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Kansas State (10-2) vs. Arkansas (10-2), 8 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 7 BBVA Compass Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. SMU (7-5), Noon (ESPN) Sunday, Jan. 8 Bowl At Mobile, Ala. Arkansas State (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (10-3), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 9 BCS National Championship At New Orleans LSU (13-0) vs. Alabama (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 21 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, TBA, (NFLN) Saturday, Jan. 28 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFLN) Saturday, Feb. 5 Texas vs. Nation At San Antonio Texas vs. Nation, 2 p.m. (CBS)

Football Championship Subdivision

First Round Saturday, Nov. 26 James Madison 20, Eastern Kentucky 17 Old Dominion 35, Norfolk State 18 Stony Brook 31, Albany (N.Y.) 28 Central Arkansas 34, Tennessee Tech 14 Second Round Saturday, Dec. 3 Georgia Southern 55, Old Dominion 48 Montana 41, Central Arkansas 14 Maine 34, Appalachian State 12 Sam Houston State 34, Stony Brook 27 Montana State 26, New Hampshire 25 Lehigh 40, Towson 38 North Dakota State 26, James Madison 14 Northern Iowa 28, Wofford 21 Quarterfinals Friday, Dec. 9 Montana 48, Northern Iowa 10 Saturday, Dec. 10 Sam Houston State 49, Montana State 13 Georgia Southern 35, Maine 23 North Dakota State 24, Lehigh 0 Semifinals Friday, Dec. 16 Sam Houston State 31, Montana 28 Saturday, Dec. 17 North Dakota State 35, Georgia Southern 7 Championship Saturday, Jan. 7 At Pizza Hut Park Frisco, Texas Sam Houston State (14-0) vs. North Dakota State (13-1), 1 p.m.

S O C C E R Barclays Premier League England Team GP W Manchester City .............. 17 14 Manchester United.......... 17 13 Tottenham........................ 16 11 Chelsea ............................ 17 10 Arsenal ............................. 17 10 Liverpool........................... 17 8 Newcastle ........................ 17 7 Stoke................................. 17 7 Norwich ............................ 17 5 West Bromwich Albion ... 17 6 Everton ............................. 16 6 Aston Villa ........................ 17 4 Fulham.............................. 17 4 Swansea........................... 17 4 Sunderland....................... 17 4 Queens Park Rangers.... 17 4 Wolverhampton............... 17 4 Wigan................................ 17 3 Bolton ............................... 17 4 Blackburn ......................... 17 2

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GF 53 42 32 35 33 20 23 18 27 19 17 19 18 16 21 17 19 15 22 24

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The 10th Annual Paul McGloin Holiday Pitching Camp will be held at Riverfront Sports on Dec. 26, 27, 29 from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Cost is $145. For more information call 878-8483 or visit King’s College willbe hosting the Jerry Greeley’s Player Development BaseballAcademy onJan.29and Feb. 5,19, 26in the Scandlon Gymnasium. The academy will be divided into two segments: the "Grand Slam" segmentfor players in K to 6th grade and thethe "Stars of Tomorrow"segment for players in 7th to 12th grade. For additional information on dates andtimesor to register, go online towww.kingscollegeathletics.comand click baseball or email. LEAGUES Back Mountain Youth Soccer will host an indoor futsal/soccer league beginning Jan. 13 through March for ages U6 to high school age at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus gym. FIFA futsal ball and rules will be used, and games will be played on weekends. All area intramural and travel teams are welcome and all area individual players seeking a team can sign up online as well. Divisions will be set to insure fair competition. For more information and sign up sheets, go online to Registration closes Dec. 31. MEETINGS Nanticoke Area Little League, monthly meeting 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at Greater Nanticoke Area High School Cafeteria. Board member meeting will be held at 7 p.m. TRYOUTS The Rock Rec Center will be holding tryouts for Rock Solid AAU Basketball on Jan. 8 and 15. The cost is $10 per player and players may attend both tryouts for that price. The times for Jan. 8 are: 2 p.m., girls grades 5-6; 3 p.m., girls grades 7-8; 4 p.m. girls grades 9-10; 5 p.m., boys grades 5-6; 6 p.m., boys grades 7-8; 7 p.m. boys grades 9-10. Times for Jan 9 are: 2 p.m., boys grades 5-6; 3 p.m., boys grades 7-8; 4 p.m., boys grades 9-10; 5 p.m., girls grades 5-6; 6 p.m., girls grades 9-10; 7 p.m. girls grades 7-8. Contact the Rock Rec Center for more information at 696-2769 UPCOMING EVENTS Penn State Wilkes-Barre is accepting nominations for this year’s Athletics Wall of Fame inductees. To see the eligibility requirements and obtain a nomination form, please Nomination forms for this year’s inductees will be accepted up until Feb. 1. Should you have any questions, please contact Director of Athletics, Brian Stanchak, The 2012 Newport Boys Basketball Tournament will be held Feb. 17-19 at the Nanticoke Area Middle School for grades 4-7. For more information contact Eric at 570574-9845. Wilkes University will host its 12th annual Mid-Winter Softball Camp Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Pitching will begin at 9 a.m., hitting at 10 a.m., and fielding at 11 a.m. The camp will be held in the UCOM building on Main Street and the Marts Center (Wilkes Gym) on Franklin Street. For more information, contact Frank at 571-408-4031.

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C O L L E G E NCAA Men's Basketball TOURNAMENTS Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Seventh Place S. Illinois vs. Xavier, 2 p.m. Fifth Place Clemson at Hawai’i, 4:30 p.m. Third Place UTEP vs. Auburn, 7:30 p.m. Championship Kansas St. vs. Long Beach St., 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 No games scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 27 EAST Providence at St. John’s, 7 p.m. SOUTH Winthrop at Georgia, 7 p.m. Md.-Eastern Shore at Virginia, 7 p.m. Belhaven at Southern Miss., 8 p.m. MIDWEST Pittsburgh at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Illinois, 7:30 p.m. Texas Southern at Saint Louis, 8 p.m. Wisconsin at Nebraska, 9 p.m. SOUTHWEST New Orleans at North Texas, 8 p.m. CS Bakersfield at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. FAR WEST Vanguard at Loyola Marymount, 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 EAST American at Mount St. Mary’s, 4 p.m. Loyola (Md.) at Bucknell, 7 p.m. Bowling Green at Duquesne, 7 p.m. UAB at George Washington, 7 p.m. Monmouth (NJ) at Lafayette, 7 p.m. Columbia at Marist, 7 p.m. Fairleigh Dickinson at NJIT, 7 p.m. UMBC at Niagara, 7 p.m. Morgan St. at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. Lehigh at St. Peter’s, 7 p.m. Cornell at Stony Brook, 7 p.m. Seton Hall at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Temple, 7 p.m. Villanova at West Virginia, 7 p.m. Fairfield at Drexel, 7:30 p.m. SOUTH Siena at Florida Atlantic, 7 p.m. Georgetown at Louisville, 7 p.m. Army at Presbyterian, 7 p.m. Liberty at Richmond, 7 p.m. Wofford at South Carolina, 7 p.m. Erskine at Charleston Southern, 7:30 p.m. Albany (NY) at Maryland, 8 p.m. Lamar at Kentucky, 8:30 p.m. UConn at South Florida, 9 p.m. MIDWEST Northwestern at Ohio St., 5:30 p.m. Indiana at Michigan St., 7:30 p.m. Wichita St. at Bradley, 8 p.m. Purdue at Iowa, 9:30 p.m.





Dec. 10 at Hershey W, 4-2

Dec. 13 Binghamton W, 4-2

Friday at Syracuse W, 3-2

Dec. 17 Norfolk L, 5-2


Dec. 19 Albany L, 2-1

Tuesday Hershey 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday at Hershey 7 p.m.

Dec. 31 Bridgeport 5:05 p.m.

“I’D LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE more with points, but as a player I feel like I can contribute to this team in a number of ways.”

Jan. 4 Norfolk 7:05 p.m.

Jan. 6 Rochester 7:05 p.m.

Fantasy GM

BEN STREET Penguins center

If Ben Street was the general manager of a hockey team, chances are he’d rely on his University of Wisconsin roots to fill the roster. That’s what he did for this week’s edition of Fantasy GM. Not only did Street choose fellow Badger alums for his team, he also picked his old lacrosse coach to lead the way. For good measure, Street also has plenty of big name NHL stars in his lineup, creating a nice balance of youth and experience. And just to make things interesting, Street chose a goaltender as his top penalty killer (they always say your goalie should be your best penalty killer) and an agitator who spent his summer agitating.


Ryan Craig (22) of the Penguins tries to time a deflection directed at the Checkers goalie Mike Murphy in the first period during last season’s Calder Cup playoff game at Mohegan Sun Area. Other Checkers players Brett Bellemore (34) and Casey Borer (28) look on.

Still going forward

Only name of position has changed for Craig By TOM VENESKY

On the surface it seems that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Ryan Craig has undergone a major career change this season. After spending much of last season, and the majority of his AHL career for that matter, as the team’s top center, Craig has been used as a winger on the second and third lines this year. But that’s where the change ends. Craig is still used in crucial faceoff situations and he’s still the captain – a fitting responsibility for a player with nine pro seasons under his belt who has the natural ability to lead. “Ryan Craig being our captain and a leader is a credit to him and his ability to be a true professional,” said head coach John Hynes. Add versatile to the list. This season Craig, 29, has played all three forward positions and logged time on

the power play and penalty kill while skating on the top three lines. It may seem like a big adjustment for a player used to being a top line center, but for Craig it’s a change that not only is unavoidable but really isn’t a big deal. “For me it’s just a spot to try and find where you can be useful to the team,” he said. “Every year teams have different players that fit in different roles. With the injuries and call-ups, those roles can change daily.” But there is a change in Craig’s game this season that he doesn’t welcome. After registering 48 and 45 points in his last two AHL seasons, Craig’s point totals have taken a dip so far this year. After 23 games he has three goals and eight points this season, one in which Craig missed three weeks early on due to knee surgery. Craig says he is now 100 percent healthy and admits he’d like to contribute more

on the scoresheet. “I pride myself on that,” he said. But the low point total doesn’t mean Craig is struggling. “I’d like to contribute more with points, but as a player I feel like I can contribute to this team in a number of ways,” he said, “whether it’s playing center or wing, leadership, work ethic or trying to lead by example. I finally feel like I can play at the level I want to play.” Hynes agrees and said Craig or any player shouldn’t be judged by their stats alone. “His game has actually gotten better the last couple of weeks,” Hynes said. “He’s going in the right direction to get his game back to where it needs to be.” Even though Craig has been used primarily on the wing this season, he hasn’t entirely gotten away from his roots as a center. Hynes doesn’t hesitate to turn to Craig to win a big draw on the penalty kill in the defensive zone. It’s a responsibility that Craig cherishes almost as much as scoring a goal.

E V E RYO N E K N OWS C A P TA I N C R A I G One of the constants in Ryan Craig’s career has been his ability to lead. That quality has gotten the captain’s “C” stitched on his sweater with almost every team he’s played with. It all began in 1999 during Craig’s third season of junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings when he wore the C for the first time. Craig went on to serve as captain for the Norfolk Admirals in the 2009-2010 season and held the same post with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the last two seasons. The key to being a successful captain, Craig said, is to simply be yourself. “The worst thing you can do is change who you are. They name you captain because of the things that you’ve done to that point,” he said. “To think that all of a sudden you have to change because you’re a captain, that only hurts yourself and the people you’re trying to lead.”

“You take pride in that stuff,” he said. “Winning the battles that can have an influence on momentum or the final result, it’s something that drives you as a player.”

So far that drive has resulted in a nine-year pro career that includes 338 AHL games and 190 NHL contests. It’s also a career that shows no signs of ending anytime soon. When asked what the key toward a long career is in pro hockey, Craig reflects on his first NHL call-up in 2005 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He joined the team as a 23-year-old rookie who spent the previous three seasons in the AHL. In an instant Craig went from being a team leader in the AHL to playing with longtime NHL veterans such as Dave Andreychuk, Rob DiMaio and Tim Taylor. From them, Craig learned the secrets toward achieving longevity in hockey. It’s something that he still applies to his game today, both on and off the ice. “Guys like Andreychuk, DiMaio and Taylor, they were professionals with how they handled themselves,” Craig said. “They took care of themselves and were always ready to play. You take little things from guys like that and as you get older you realize this is your job and how much it means to you.”

FORWARD – Claude Giroux (Philadelphia), “He’s lighting it up this season. If he misses more time with an injury though, I might have to do a little more GM work and get someone else.” DEFENSEMAN – Justin Schultz (University of Wisconsin), “He’s leading the country in points.” GOALTENDER – Brian Elliot (St. Louis), “A former Wisconsin Badger as well. He’s leading the NHL in just about every goaltending category right now.” POWER PLAY SPECIALIST – Joe Pavelski (San Jose), “Good creativity, real good vision and he can play any position on the power play.” PENALTY KILL SPECIALIST – Tim Thomas (Boston), “Your goalie should be your best penalty killer anyway, so why not?” SHOOTOUT SPECIALIST – Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), “I’d want to see what he comes up with. If you watch the shootout videos on, he usually has two or three in the top 10.” ENFORCER – Steve MacIntyre (Pittsburgh), “No-brainer here. His fist is bigger than my head. Getting hit by that can’t be fun. He’s an awesome teammate, too.” AGITATOR/PEST – Adam Burish (Dallas), “Another former Wisconsin guy. He’s pretty good at getting you on the ice and in the media. I work out with him in the summer and he’s agitating guys then, too.” HEAD COACH – Curt Malawsky (assistant coach with the Calgary Roughnecks lacrosse team), “He’s my old lacrosse coach and we won the provincials with him. He’d be good in any sport. An unbelievable coach.” ALL-TIME GREAT – Peter Forsberg (Quebec, Colorado, Philadelphia, Nashville), “My favorite player. He got a ton of points and took care of things in the defensive zone. He’s the guy I’d want to build my fantasy team around.”


Nailers get all Torqued up The Nailers secured a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to Elmira on Wednesday. Zack Torquato had a goal and an assist for a two point night, as did Olivier Dame-Malka. Leading scorer Chris Barton was scoreless in his first game back since being reassigned by WilkesBarre/Scranton.










Tebow meets with QB who had leg amputated Jacob Rainey, who lost part of his leg after an injury, met with the Broncos’ QB Saturday. The Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Tim Tebow, meet Jacob Rainey. The Denver quarterback whose on-field comebacks have intrigued the nation, met Rainey, whose had part of his right leg amputated after an injury in September, before the Broncos faced the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. “I’m excited, I guess, to meet

someone that famous,” said Rainey, the highly rated Virginia prep quarterback who was hurt in a scrimmage. It’s nice that he can take time out of his day to help other people out. I appreciate it.” Rainey was flown with his family to Buffalo to watch the Christmas Eve game by Tebow’s Wish 15 foundation, which has brought a young fan to every Broncos game this year. Rainey’s story has been inspirational and heartbreaking. Regarded as a can’t-miss major college prospect out of Woodberry Forrest School, Rainey suffered a severe knee injury that also se-

vered an artery in his right leg. He underwent several operations until it was finally determined doctors had no choice but to amputate part of the leg. It’s his outlook and courage facing a life-changing incident that has so inspired family, friends and teammates. The fact that he’s taken his injury in stride, not laying blame at anyone or adapting a “why me?” attitude has drawn the attention of the likes of Alabama coach Nick Saban, who sent him a red Crimson Tide jersey with the message “Keep Fighting” on it.

Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews also sent him an autographed jersey. “I don’t feel that inspirational,” he said. “There’s no point in complaining about it. It is what it is.” On Saturday, Tebow trotted off the field and met Rainey and his family just after the Broncos finished pregame warm-ups. The Denver QB hugged Rainey’s entire contingent, and the two conversed for several minutes on the sideline. Tebow struggled against the Bills’ defense, throwing four interceptions in a 40-14 loss. “Hopefully I get to inspire that

kid or encourage him — or just give him the opportunity to hang out with his favorite players,” Tebow said. “What happened to him is a lot worse than a win or a loss on the football field,” he said. “He has one leg. I had a great opportunity to bring him here. That’s something that puts everything in perspective, of how we get flustered with one game. “Ultimately it’s just a game. I’m thankful I can keep things in perspective of what really matters,” Tebow said. Lee Rainey was pleased with Te-

bow’s generosity. “We’re just impressed with Tim, already having the foundation at such a young age, giving back to the community,” said Rainey’s dad, Lee. “He understands what it’s all about ... not just wins and losses. Tebow met with the family again after the game outside the visitors’ locker room. “We’ve always been big Tim Tebow fans before this,” the elder Rainey said. “Now that he’s reached out to bring Jacob up to the game, he made the effort to make a difference.”

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Jets over the Giants’ Super Bowl logos. The Jets said it was simply their standard practice to cover those logos for every one of the team’s home games, regardless of opponent, because it is the players’ entrance. It was a brutal game at times, with both offenses sluggish and prone to mistakes. The Jets were also penalized 10 times, including a late hit call on Aaron Maybin, who plowed into D.J. Ware in the fourth quarter — a play on which Coughlin was injured out of bounds. The Giants coach needed to be checked out on the bench briefly before limping back to the sideline. Eli Manning finished just 9 of 27 for 225 yards. Mark Sanchez completed 30 passes on a careerhigh 59 attempts but put up only 258 yards and was intercepted twice The sloppiest stretch came midway through the fourth quarter with wild swings of momentum. The Jets got new life after an incompletion on fourth-and-1 from the 47 when Deon Grant was called for pass interference. Two plays later, Plaxico Burress — playing against the Giants for the first time since they cut him in 2009 and he served a 20-month prison sentence on a gun charge — was called for offensive pass interference to negate a touchdown pass. On the next snap, Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Sanchez, who lost the ball, and it was recovered by Justin Tuck. Ryan challenged the play, and officials reversed the call, saying Sanchez’s arm was going forward. The Giants got their turnover moments later, though, when Sanchez fumbled the snap from center Nick Mangold in the end zone. The ball changed hands again when David Harris intercepted Manning’s toss that tipped off Hakeem Nicks’ hands. The Jets got yet another break after Sanchez was ruled to have been sacked by Linval Joseph, who forced a fumble that the Jets recovered. Ryan challenged again, and the play was reversed, with officials saying it was incomplete. On third-and-12 from the 13, Sanchez scrambled for 11 yards

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is in there.” Batch is now 5-2 as a spot starter with the Steelers and could get another shot next week against Cleveland when the Steelers go for their second straight division title. “We’ve won games with (Batch) in the past; if need be, we will win games with him in the future,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “We are very comfortable with our depth at the quarterback position.” The Steelers sure played like it. Rashard Mendenhall ran for 116 yards and a touchdown against the NFL’s worst rush defense, and John Clay and Ike Redman also scored as the Steelers cruised on a day Roethlisberger rested his badly sprained left ankle. The two-time Super Bowl winner was active and available in case of emergency. The defense


Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10).

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The Giants’ Dave Tollefson (71) sacks Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter Saturday.

— and Antrel Rolle was called for holding, putting the ball at the 1. Sanchez rolled right on the next play and dived into the end zone, making it 20-14 with 7:17 left. But the Jets wouldn’t get any closer. Chris Canty sacked Sanchez for a safety, and after an onside free kick by the Jets was recovered by the Giants, Bradshaw had a 19-yard TD run with 2:04 left. Cruz’s 99-yard catch — the longest scoring pass in team his-

made sure there wasn’t one, dominating the NFL’s lowestscoring offense to pitch its second shutout of the season. “It’s about playing good ball at the right time,” defensive end Brett Keisel said. “We need to build off this win and hopefully get one next week and carry that into the dance.” St. Louis’ Steven Jackson rushed for 103 yards to top 1,000 for the seventh straight season, but backup quarterback Kellen Clemens sputtered in place of the injured Sam Bradford. St. Louis (2-13) managed just 232 yards while getting blanked for the second time in 20 days. A season after going 7-9 and appearing to be a team on the rise, the Rams head into their finale next week against San Francisco tied with Indianapolis for the worst record in the league. Clemens, signed less than three weeks ago, completed 9 of 24 passes for 91 yards. He didn’t turn it over, but he couldn’t make anything happen against the league’s top-ranked defense. “There’s a few throws that I

tory — came with the Giants in dire straits facing third-and-10 from the 1. Manning, standing in the back of the end zone, zipped a pass to Cruz, who dodged tackle attempts by Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson and took off down the right sideline. Eric Smith was the only one with a chance to get him, but Cruz outran him to give the Giants a 10-7 lead with 2:12 left in the opening half. It was also the longest offensive play against the Jets in team

just should have hit,” Clemens said. “You can’t leave opportunities on the field against a defense like that, and we did today.” Batch, making just his seventh start since 2001, had no such issues. He completed 15 of 22 passes, his only hiccup coming on a second-quarter interception on which intended receiver Antonio Brown slipped. While Batch lacks Roethlisberger’s big-time arm, he did get the ball downfield on a couple of occasions, including a 46-yard pass to Mike Wallace in the fourth quarter that set up Mendenhall’s 1-yard plunge that put Pittsburgh ahead 20-0. It was more than enough cushion for a defense that looked just fine even without injured outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who continues to nurse a strained right hamstring. James Harrison collected his ninth sack of the season in his return from a one-game suspension for a series of illegal hits, and Pittsburgh never let St. Louis get within 10 yards of the end zone. “The goose egg is nice,” Keisel

history. The Giants nearly had another huge play moments later when Sanchez completed a short pass to Jeremy Kerley, who was spun down by Rolle and lost the ball. Aaron Ross picked it up and raced into the end zone. But the play went to video review and officials reversed the call, saying Kerley’s elbow was down — although it looked as if the ball might have come out when the receiver’s elbow hit Rolle’s shoe.

nale next weekend. The Eagles also swept the season series against the Cowboys for the first time since 2006, having clobbered Dallas 34-7 in October. The Cowboys (8-7) lost for the third time in four games, and are guaranteed another losing record after Thanksgiving. If they end up missing the playoffs, that flop at the finish will loom large all offseason. Of course, if they win the division, it’ll only be a footnote. The upcoming week will be filled with all sorts of similar high-stakes ramifications that will be riding on the finale for both Dallas and New York. When this game kicked off, the Giants were up by only six points midway through the fourth quarter, so the Cowboys and Eagles still had a lot to play for. Philadelphia got the ball first and Vick picked up where he left off the last time these teams met, cruising 80 yards in eight plays for a 7-0 lead. Then the Eagles snuffed Romo, forcing a punt from around midfield. On the final play of that series, Romo rushed a third-down pass to avoid a sack. On his followthrough, he smacked his passing hand on Jason Babin’s helmet. That’s when things got about as interesting as they’d be the rest of the afternoon. While Romo was in the locker room getting X-rayed, the Giants began pulling away. Soon after, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones ar-


Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) pulls in a pass for a 46-yard gain in front of St. Louis corner Josh Gordy (38).

said. “Anytime you can hold an NFL team to nothing is nice.” The Rams were able to move the ball at times, mainly on the legs of Jackson, one of the few bright spots in a miserable season that has left coach Steve Spagnuolo’s future very much in doubt. “Let’s face it, the man is a war-

rior,” Spagnuolo said of Jackson. “That’s one of the weapons we have and we’re going to use it as much as we can, knowing we can’t run every down.” It might not have been a bad idea. Each time the Rams appeared ready to make things interesting, they would find a way to let the

rived on the sideline from his midfield viewing booth, presumably to discuss or demand the play-it-safe approach. Jones returned to his booth about the same time that Romo returned to the sideline, doctors having determined he had no broken bones, just a bruise. Romo threw a few wobbly warm-up passes, spoke to a trainer, then got his wrist wrapped. About the same time he was trading his helmet for a baseball cap, team vice president Stephen Jones arrived on the sideline and spoke with trainers. Felix Jones then joined Romo as being done for the day. Vick was 18 of 32 for 293 yards, with the touchdowns going to Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek. Jason Avant nearly had another TD, but fumbled inches before touching the pylon, resulting in a touchback for the Cowboys. DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 90 yards, and he ran for 27 yards on a pair of end arounds, both coming on consecutive plays. Dallas’ Stephen McGee — who moved up from third-stringer to backup when Jon Kitna went on injured reserve — was 24 of 38 for 182 yards, and ran four times for 28 yards. McGee beat the Eagles in last season’s finale, but he struggled to even sustain drives this time. It didn’t help that his running backs were Sammy Morris (pulled from retirement before last week’s game) and Chauncey Washington (signed off the street this week). McGee averted the shutout by hitting Miles Austin for a 4-yard touchdown pass.

Steelers off the hook. Spagnuolo opened up the playbook in the second quarter, with punter Donnie Jones pulling the ball down and looking to pass on a fake punt. Pittsburgh covered it well and Jones took off, only to be tackled a yard short of the first down, a frustrating season summed up in one play. “It was an aggressive call — we got the right look and thought we could get it,” Spagnuolo said. “They did a nice job taking it away.” St. Louis put together a steady drive late in the first half but got conservative after moving into Pittsburgh territory, milking the clock so Josh Brown could attempt a 52-yard field goal at a stadium where 22-yarders aren’t a given. The ball sailed wide left, and Brown later missed wide right in the fourth quarter with the game still somewhat competitive. Emphasis on the somewhat. Mendenhall’s 52-yard run in the second quarter set up Clay’s first NFL carry, a 10-yard burst over right tackle.



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The Bills’ Aaron Williams intercepts a pass by the Broncos’ Tim Tebow in the end zone on Saturday.

Tebow runs out of miracles as Bills roll tight end. Maurice Jones-Drew, the ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — NFL’s rushing leader, ran for Tim Tebow and the Denver 103 yards and a TD for the Broncos’ comeback train were Jaguars (4-11). He now has a derailed by an opportunistic career-high 1,437 yards this Buffalo Bills defense. season. Safety Jairus Byrd and linebacker Spencer Johnson returnBengals 23, Cardinals 16 ed Tebow interceptions for CINCINNATI — Andy Daltouchdowns on consecutive ton threw a pair of touchdown plays from scrimmage in the passes, and Cincinnati withfourth quarter to seal Buffalo’s stood yet another fourth-quar40-14 rout on Saturday. The Bills snapped a seven-game skid ter comeback by Arizona that and stalled the Broncos in their kept the Bengals in playoff contention. bid to secure their first playoff Another small crowd at Paul berth since 2005. Tebow finished with a career- Brown Stadium saw the Bengals (9-6) secure only their worst four interceptions as the third winning record in the last Broncos (8-7) lost their second 21 years and stay in the running in a row and fell into a tie with for the final AFC wild card. Oakland for first place in the AFC West. The Broncos close Vikings 33, Redskins 26 the season at home against LANDOVER, Md. — The Kansas City next week, while Minnesota Vikings survived Oakland hosts San Diego. injuries to Adrian Peterson and Patriots 27, Dolphins 24 Christian Ponder on back-toback plays to end a six-game FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — losing streak. Tom Brady ran for two touchToby Gerhart filled in for downs and threw for another Peterson and set up a touchand New England rallied to down with a 67-yard run, and clinch a playoff bye. Joe Webb threw for two TDs The Patriots trailed 17-0 at and ran for another while subhalftime then scored on their bing for Ponder. first five possessions in the second half. The Dolphins helped when Matt Moore lost a Panthers 48, Buccaneers CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam fumble at his 38-yard line then Newton broke Peyton Manthrew an interception that Dening’s rookie record for yards vin McCourty picked off at the passing in a season and set a Patriots 2. franchise record with a 91-yard New England (12-3) won its seventh straight game. After the touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell. Texans lost to the Colts on Newton threw for 171 yards Thursday night, the Patriots needed a win or a tie to lock up and three touchdowns and one of the AFC’s top two spots. scored on a remarkable 49-yard run up the middle in which he Raiders 16, Chiefs 13, OT outraced smaller defensive backs to the end zone. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 36-yard field goal 2:13 into over- Ravens 20, Browns 14 BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco time, eliminating Kansas City threw two touchdown passes, from the playoff race and keepand Baltimore moved one step ing Oakland’s AFC West title closer to winning the AFC hopes alive. Carson Palmer threw for 237 North. Ray Rice ran for 87 yards and yards and a touchdown for the caught a TD pass for the RavRaiders (8-7). His perfectly ens (11-4), who led 17-0 at halfthrown 53-yard pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey early in overtime time and held on against the bumbling Browns. Baltimore set up Janikowski’s winning kick, allowing Oakland to avoid completed its first unbeaten season at home (8-0). a second straight late-game meltdown. Lions 38, Chargers 10 Kyle Orton threw for 300 DETROIT — The Detroit yards for Kansas City, his only TD pass going to Dwayne Bowe Lions made the playoffs for the first time since 1999 as Matwith 1:02 left to tie the game. thew Stafford threw three The Raiders went three-andout, giving Kansas City the ball touchdown passes in the first back, and Orton hit Bowe for 25 half to beat the San Diego Chargers 38-10 Saturday. yards and Terrance Copper for Detroit (10-5) has won three 11 more to set up Ryan Succop straight after a seven-game for a potential winning field slump to earn a wild-card spot goal on the final play of the in the playoffs. game. The Associated Press

Titans 23, Jaguars 17 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Matt Hasselbeck threw for 240 of his 350 yards in the first half as Tennessee tried to keep its faint playoff hopes alive. The Titans (8-7) snapped a two-game skid, and head to Houston with a chance at their first winning record since 2008. Rob Bironas kicked three field goals, including a pair of 51-yarders, and Jamie Harper ran for a touchdown. Jared Cook had a 55-yard TD catch and finished with 169 yards receiving, a franchise high for a

49ers 19, Seahawks 17 SEATTLE — David Akers kicked four field goals, including a 39-yarder with 2:57 left to give San Francisco the lead, and the 49ers held on for a 19-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. Larry Grant sealed the win by forcing Tarvaris Jackson’s fumble that was recovered by Donte Whitner with 1:07 left. San Francisco, which already clinched the NFC West, remained in position for the No. 2 seed in the conference and a first-round playoff bye.

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Giants 29, Jets 14 N.Y. Giants ......................... 0 10 7 12 — 29 N.Y. Jets ............................. 7 0 0 7 — 14 First Quarter NYJ—Baker 5 pass from Sanchez (Folk kick), 7:56. Second Quarter NYG—FG Tynes 21, 11:51. NYG—Cruz 99 pass from Manning (Tynes kick), 2:12. Third Quarter NYG—Bradshaw 14 run (Tynes kick), :13. Fourth Quarter NYG—FG Tynes 36, 13:18. NYJ—Sanchez 1 run (Folk kick), 7:17. NYG—Canty safety, 2:13. NYG—Bradshaw 19 run (Tynes kick), 2:04. A—79,088. NYG NYJ First downs............................. 11 22 Total Net Yards...................... 332 331 Rushes-yards ........................ 26-115 25-105 Passing ................................... 217 226 Punt Returns .......................... 3-7 4-74 Kickoff Returns ...................... 3-77 5-110 Interceptions Ret. .................. 2-47 1-20 Comp-Att-Int .......................... 9-27-1 30-59-2 Sacked-Yards Lost ............... 2-8 5-32 Punts ....................................... 9-43.4 9-42.1 Fumbles-Lost ......................... 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards ..................... 5-45 10-95 Time of Possession .............. 23:54 36:06 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—N.Y. Giants, Bradshaw 15-54, Jacobs 7-42, Ware 3-20, Manning 1-(minus 1). N.Y. Jets, Greene 14-58, Tomlinson 5-29, Sanchez 4-13, Kerley 1-6, Holmes 1-(minus 1). PASSING—N.Y. Giants, Manning 9-27-1-225. N.Y. Jets, Sanchez 30-59-2-258. RECEIVING—N.Y. Giants, Cruz 3-164, Nicks 1-20, Jacobs 1-13, D.Thomas 1-11, Bradshaw 1-8, Ware 1-5, Barden 1-4. N.Y. Jets, Keller 8-77, Tomlinson 6-36, Kerley 5-36, Holmes 4-50, Burress 3-34, Greene 3-20, Baker 1-5. MISSED FIELD GOALS—N.Y. Jets, Folk 44 (WR).

Eagles 20, Cowboys 7 Philadelphia ............................ 7 7 3 3 — 20 Dallas ....................................... 0 0 0 7 — 7 First Quarter Phi—Celek 13 pass from Vick (Henery kick), 11:30. Second Quarter Phi—Maclin 5 pass from Vick (Henery kick), :05. Third Quarter Phi—FG Henery 43, 4:30. Fourth Quarter Phi—FG Henery 51, 13:25. Dal—Austin 4 pass from McGee (Bailey kick), :07. A—84,834. Phi Dal First downs ........................... 20 16 Total Net Yards .................... 386 238 Rushes-yards ....................... 26-105 23-81 Passing.................................. 281 157 Punt Returns......................... 2-20 4-18 Kickoff Returns..................... 1-3 3-95 Interceptions Ret.................. 0-0 0-0 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 18-32-0 24-40-0 Sacked-Yards Lost .............. 2-12 3-25 Punts...................................... 6-42.7 9-38.1 Fumbles-Lost........................ 1-1 0-0 Penalties-Yards.................... 5-47 6-47 Time of Possession ............. 27:37 32:23 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Philadelphia, McCoy 13-35, Brown 8-33, D.Jackson 2-27, Vick 3-10. Dallas, Morris 13-29, McGee 4-28, Jones 4-24, Fiammetta 1-1, Washington 1-(minus 1). PASSING—Philadelphia, Vick 18-32-0-293. Dallas, McGee 24-38-0-182, Romo 0-2-0-0. RECEIVING—Philadelphia, D.Jackson 5-90, Maclin 5-72, Celek 2-52, Avant 2-35, Cooper 1-28, McCoy 1-10, Harbor 1-9, Hall 1-(minus 3). Dallas, Bryant 6-62, Austin 4-40, Witten 4-24, Morris 4-10, Bennett 3-28, Washington 2-13, Robinson 1-5. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

Steelers 17, Rams 0 St. Louis ................................ 0 0 0 0 — 0 Pittsburgh.............................. 3 7 3 14 — 27 First Quarter Pit—FG Suisham 21, 4:43. Second Quarter Pit—Clay 10 run (Suisham kick), 6:50. Third Quarter Pit—FG Suisham 49, 9:19. Fourth Quarter Pit—Mendenhall 1 run (Suisham kick), 8:58. Pit—Redman 2 run (Suisham kick), 3:14. A—60,081. StL Pit First downs............................. 15 17 Total Net Yards...................... 232 377 Rushes-yards ........................ 36-164 28-169 Passing ................................... 68 208 Punt Returns .......................... 3-31 1-5 Kickoff Returns ...................... 3-72 1-30 Interceptions Ret. .................. 1-7 0-0 Comp-Att-Int .......................... 9-24-0 15-22-1 Sacked-Yards Lost ............... 3-23 0-0 Punts ....................................... 7-40.1 4-47.8 Fumbles-Lost ......................... 1-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards ..................... 4-21 7-50 Time of Possession .............. 30:45 29:15 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—St. Louis, S.Jackson 24-103, Williams 9-42, Clemens 2-10, Jones 1-9. Pittsburgh, Mendenhall 18-116, Redman 8-35, Clay 1-10, A.Brown 1-8. PASSING—St. Louis, Clemens 9-24-0-91. Pittsburgh, C.Batch 15-22-1-208. RECEIVING—St. Louis, Lloyd 3-29, Alexander 2-25, S.Jackson 2-24, Kendricks 2-13. Pittsburgh, Wallace 4-82, Ward 4-32, A.Brown 3-34, Mendenhall 1-35, Miller 1-18, Redman 1-5, Johnson 1-2. MISSED FIELD GOALS—St. Louis, Jo.Brown 52 (WL), 33 (WR).

Raiders 16, Chiefs 13 Oakland.............................. 3 0 7 3 3 — 16 Kansas City ....................... 3 0 3 7 0 — 13 First Quarter Oak—FG Janikowski 28, 13:20. KC—FG Succop 23, 3:06. Third Quarter Oak—Moore 61 pass from Palmer (Janikowski kick), 8:52. KC—FG Succop 20, 3:30. Fourth Quarter Oak—FG Janikowski 31, 2:57. KC—Bowe 3 pass from Orton (Succop kick), 1:02.

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Monday's Game Atlanta at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1 Chicago at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Detroit at Green Bay, 1 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m. Buffalo at New England, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. San Diego at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Seattle at Arizona, 4:15 p.m.

Overtime Oak—FG Janikowski 36, 12:47. A—70,803.

Oak KC First downs ........................... 13 26 Total Net Yards .................... 308 435 Rushes-yards ....................... 25-71 30-135 Passing.................................. 237 300 Punt Returns......................... 2-1 1-19 Kickoff Returns..................... 3-149 1-25 Interceptions Ret.................. 2-65 2-22 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 16-26-2 21-36-2 Sacked-Yards Lost .............. 0-0 0-0 Punts...................................... 4-54.3 3-48.7 Fumbles-Lost........................ 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards.................... 15-92 11-88 Time of Possession ............. 29:34 32:39 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Oakland, Bush 23-70, Reece 2-1. Kansas City, Battle 14-56, Jones 11-51, McCluster 3-15, McClain 1-11, Orton 1-2. PASSING—Oakland, Palmer 16-26-2-237. Kansas City, Orton 21-36-2-300. RECEIVING—Oakland, Moore 4-94, HeywardBey 4-70, Bush 2-24, Houshmandzadeh 2-19, Tonga 2-12, Reece 1-10, Cartwright 1-8. Kansas City, Bowe 6-80, McCluster 5-89, Breaston 4-41, Copper 3-61, Pope 1-13, Baldwin 1-10, Becht 1-6. MISSED FIELD GOALS—Oakland, Janikowski 59 (SH). Kansas City, Succop 49 (BK), 49 (BK).

Patriots 27, Dolphins 24 Miami................................. 3 14 0 7 — 24 New England .................... 0 0 17 10 — 27 First Quarter Mia—FG Carpenter 47, 10:59. Second Quarter Mia—Marshall 19 pass from Mat.Moore (Carpenter kick), 13:45. Mia—Clay 1 pass from Mat.Moore (Carpenter kick), 6:31. Third Quarter NE—FG Gostkowski 45, 11:39. NE—Branch 1 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 7:10. NE—Brady 1 run (Gostkowski kick), 2:17. Fourth Quarter NE—FG Gostkowski 42, 8:55. NE—Brady 1 run (Gostkowski kick), 2:56. Mia—Bess 15 pass from Mat.Moore (Carpenter kick), 1:48. A—68,756. Mia NE First downs ........................... 20 26 Total Net Yards .................... 381 400 Rushes-yards ....................... 27-115 31-119 Passing.................................. 266 281 Punt Returns......................... 2-25 4-19 Kickoff Returns..................... 3-73 3-83 Interceptions Ret.................. 0-0 1-0 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 17-33-1 27-46-0 Sacked-Yards Lost .............. 5-28 4-23 Punts...................................... 6-44.8 6-52.3 Fumbles-Lost........................ 4-1 1-0 Penalties-Yards.................... 6-39 5-50 Time of Possession ............. 29:04 30:56 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Miami, Bush 22-113, Thomas 2-3, Mat.Moore 3-(minus 1). New England, Ridley 13-64, Woodhead 4-20, Brady 9-17, Green-Ellis 3-10, Welker 1-7, Hernandez 1-1. PASSING—Miami, Mat.Moore 17-33-1-294. New England, Brady 27-46-0-304. RECEIVING—Miami, Marshall 7-156, Hartline 4-72, Bess 3-39, Bush 2-26, Clay 1-1. New England, Welker 12-138, Gronkowski 7-78, Hernandez 4-36, Branch 3-37, Ochocinco 1-15. MISSED FIELD GOALS—New England, Gostkowski 51 (WL).

Bills 40, Broncos 14 Denver................................. 7 0 7 0 — 14 Buffalo ................................. 0 17 6 17 — 40 First Quarter Den—Tebow 1 run (Prater kick), 7:13. Second Quarter Buf—FG Rayner 28, 6:06. Buf—McKelvin 80 punt return (Rayner kick), 4:05. Buf—Spiller 4 run (Rayner kick), :19. Third Quarter Den—Fells 17 pass from Tebow (Prater kick), 11:42. Buf—FG Rayner 25, 6:19. Buf—FG Rayner 25, 2:32. Fourth Quarter Buf—FG Rayner 29, 13:26. Buf—Byrd 37 interception return (Rayner kick), 8:03. Buf—Sp.Johnson 17 interception return (Rayner kick), 7:45. A—45,112. Den Buf First downs ........................... 18 14 Total Net Yards .................... 293 351 Rushes-yards ....................... 35-133 28-160 Passing.................................. 160 191 Punt Returns......................... 1-3 3-135 Kickoff Returns..................... 9-165 3-101 Interceptions Ret.................. 0-0 4-69 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 13-30-4 15-27-0 Sacked-Yards Lost .............. 3-25 1-5 Punts...................................... 7-43.7 4-50.3 Fumbles-Lost........................ 1-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards.................... 7-58 8-69 Time of Possession ............. 30:31 29:29 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Denver, McGahee 15-64, Tebow 10-34, Johnson 6-23, Ball 4-12. Buffalo, Spiller 16-111, Choice 9-27, Fitzpatrick 3-22. PASSING—Denver, Tebow 13-30-4-185. Buffalo, Fitzpatrick 15-27-0-196. RECEIVING—Denver, D.Thomas 4-76, Rosario 2-46, Fells 2-22, Johnson 2-19, Willis 1-11, Green 1-9, Royal 1-2. Buffalo, St.Johnson 4-92, Nelson 3-41, Spiller 2-27, Hagan 2-9, Brock 1-21, B.Smith 1-8, Caussin 1-6, Choice 1-(minus 8). MISSED FIELD GOALS—Buffalo, Rayner 45 (WL), 31 (WL).

Bengals 23, Cardinals 16 Arizona.............................. 0 0 0 16 — 16 Cincinnati .......................... 10 10 3 0 — 23 First Quarter Cin—FG Nugent 24, 10:55. Cin—Gresham 11 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick), 6:24. Second Quarter Cin—Simpson 19 pass from Dalton (Nugent kick), 2:46. Cin—FG Nugent 41, :00. Third Quarter Cin—FG Nugent 32, 3:09. Fourth Quarter

Ari—Fitzgerald 30 pass from Skelton (Feely kick), 11:25. Ari—King 2 pass from Skelton (run failed), 7:39. Ari—FG Feely 29, 3:16. A—41,273. Ari Cin First downs ........................... 17 21 Total Net Yards .................... 316 301 Rushes-yards ....................... 18-59 34-165 Passing.................................. 257 136 Punt Returns......................... 2-(-3) 2-6 Kickoff Returns..................... 4-69 2-40 Interceptions Ret.................. 0-0 3-17 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 23-44-3 18-31-0 Sacked-Yards Lost .............. 5-40 2-18 Punts...................................... 6-38.3 5-43.0 Fumbles-Lost........................ 1-0 2-2 Penalties-Yards.................... 6-87 6-47 Time of Possession ............. 28:21 31:39 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Arizona, Wells 14-53, Skelton 4-6. Cincinnati, Benson 16-57, Dalton 5-48, Scott 10-28, Green 2-25, Peerman 1-7. PASSING—Arizona, Skelton 23-44-3-297. Cincinnati, Dalton 18-31-0-154. RECEIVING—Arizona, Fitzgerald 6-105, Roberts 6-75, Doucet 2-47, Heap 2-29, Taylor 2-19, Housler 1-11, Wells 1-8, King 1-2, Stephens-Howling 1-2, Peterson 1-(minus 1). Cincinnati, Gresham 5-56, Simpson 5-42, Whalen 3-20, Green 2-25, Benson 1-8, Hawkins 1-3, Lee 1-0. MISSED FIELD GOALS—Cincinnati, Nugent 35 (WR), 48 (WR).

Titans 23, Jaguars 17 Jacksonville .......................... 7 3 0 7 — 17 Tennessee ............................ 10 7 3 3 — 23 First Quarter Ten—FG Bironas 51, 7:05. Ten—Cook 55 pass from Hasselbeck (Bironas kick), 4:39. Jac—Jones-Drew 10 run (Scobee kick), :19. Second Quarter Ten—Harper 1 run (Bironas kick), 12:03. Jac—FG Scobee 39, :31. Third Quarter Ten—FG Bironas 51, 6:16. Fourth Quarter Ten—FG Bironas 35, 12:29. Jac—G.Jones 1 run (Scobee kick), 3:41. A—69,143. Jac Ten First downs ........................... 18 20 Total Net Yards .................... 300 407 Rushes-yards ....................... 28-113 25-65 Passing.................................. 187 342 Punt Returns......................... 1-5 6-44 Kickoff Returns..................... 5-97 4-90 Interceptions Ret.................. 2-27 1-0 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 21-42-1 24-40-2 Sacked-Yards Lost .............. 1-11 1-8 Punts...................................... 9-45.1 4-43.0 Fumbles-Lost........................ 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards.................... 6-28 0-0 Time of Possession ............. 29:01 30:59 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Jacksonville, Jones-Drew 24-103, D.Harris 2-5, Gabbert 1-4, G.Jones 1-1. Tennessee, C.Johnson 15-56, Harper 4-6, Hasselbeck 5-2, Hall 1-1. PASSING—Jacksonville, Gabbert 21-42-1-198. Tennessee, Hasselbeck 24-40-2-350. RECEIVING—Jacksonville, Jones-Drew 6-21, Dillard 5-61, Thomas 3-26, Cloherty 2-33, G.Jones 2-9, Potter 1-22, West 1-14, Lewis 1-12. Tennessee, Cook 8-169, Williams 8-83, Washington 4-71, L.Hawkins 2-5, Stevens 1-17, Harper 1-5. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

Vikings 33, Redskins 26 Minnesota ......................... 3 7 13 10 — 33 Washington ...................... 0 10 10 6 — 26 First Quarter Min—FG Longwell 36, 7:11. Second Quarter Min—Peterson 1 run (Longwell kick), 14:56. Was—Stallworth 5 pass from Grossman (Gano kick), 10:46. Was—FG Gano 26, 1:02. Third Quarter Was—FG Gano 53, 10:40. Min—Webb 9 run (Longwell kick), 9:23. Was—Gaffney 4 pass from Grossman (Gano kick), 5:57. Min—Rudolph 17 pass from Webb (kick failed), 2:41. Fourth Quarter Was—FG Gano 25, 12:41. Min—Harvin 8 pass from Webb (Longwell kick), 10:06. Min—FG Longwell 23, 4:05. Was—FG Gano 47, 1:25. A—68,370. Min Was First downs ........................... 20 23 Total Net Yards .................... 389 397 Rushes-yards ....................... 38-241 24-141 Passing.................................. 148 256 Punt Returns......................... 1-4 3-14 Kickoff Returns..................... 7-145 3-80 Interceptions Ret.................. 1-31 0-0 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 12-18-0 26-41-1 Sacked-Yards Lost .............. 2-4 3-28 Punts...................................... 3-44.3 2-39.5 Fumbles-Lost........................ 2-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards.................... 4-40 8-64 Time of Possession ............. 29:34 30:26 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Minnesota, Gerhart 11-109, Harvin 4-39, Peterson 12-38, Webb 5-34, Ponder 4-20, Booker 2-1. Washington, Royster 19-132, Torain 4-8, Banks 1-1. PASSING—Minnesota, Webb 4-5-0-84, Ponder 8-13-0-68. Washington, Grossman 26-41-1-284. RECEIVING—Minnesota, Harvin 5-65, Aromashodu 2-36, Rudolph 2-23, Peterson 2-14, Camarillo 1-14. Washington, Gaffney 6-77, Stallworth 5-59, Moss 4-46, Austin 3-39, Young 2-33, Royster 2-15, Torain 2-4, Armstrong 1-6, Paulsen 1-5. MISSED FIELD GOALS—Minnesota, Longwell 49 (SH).

Ravens 20, Browns 14 Cleveland .............................. 0 0 7 7 — 14 Baltimore ............................... 10 7 3 0 — 20 First Quarter Bal—Dickson 5 pass from Flacco (Graham kick), 9:12. Bal—FG Graham 48, :58. Second Quarter Bal—Rice 42 pass from Flacco (Graham kick), 8:57. Third Quarter Bal—FG Graham 43, 5:50. Cle—Cribbs 84 punt return (Dawson kick), 3:07. Fourth Quarter Cle—Moore 6 pass from Wallace (Dawson kick), 8:22. A—71,083. Cle Bal First downs ........................... 18 15 Total Net Yards .................... 256 284 Rushes-yards ....................... 25-117 37-162 Passing.................................. 139 122 Punt Returns......................... 1-84 2-0 Kickoff Returns..................... 5-113 2-54 Interceptions Ret.................. 1-0 1-4 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 19-33-1 11-24-1 Sacked-Yards Lost .............. 2-8 1-10 Punts...................................... 6-41.8 5-44.6 Fumbles-Lost........................ 0-0 1-0 Penalties-Yards.................... 6-95 5-51 Time of Possession ............. 27:42 32:18 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Cleveland, Hillis 24-112, Wallace 1-5. Baltimore, Rice 23-87, R.Williams 10-45, Flacco 4-30. PASSING—Cleveland, Wallace 19-33-1-147. Baltimore, Flacco 11-24-1-132. RECEIVING—Cleveland, Moore 5-35, Little 4-40, Cribbs 2-28, Massaquoi 2-17, C.Mitchell 2-12, Hillis 2-0, Ogbonnaya 1-12, Cameron 1-3. Baltimore, Rice 3-48, T.Smith 2-38, R.Williams 2-21, Dickson 2-14, Leach 2-11. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

Panthers 48, Buccaneers 16 Tampa Bay........................ 0 10 0 6 — 16 Carolina ............................ 10 10 21 7 — 48 First Quarter Car—D.Williams 8 run (Mare kick), 10:12. Car—FG Mare 21, 8:27. Second Quarter TB—Benn 4 pass from Freeman (Barth kick), 14:07. Car—LaFell 91 pass from Newton (Mare kick), 13:06. TB—FG Barth 42, 5:33. Car—FG Mare 19, :25. Third Quarter Car—D.Williams 22 run (Mare kick), 11:55. Car—Stewart 11 pass from Newton (Mare kick), 3:24. Car—Newton 49 run (Mare kick), :24. Fourth Quarter Car—Shockey 8 pass from Newton (Mare kick), 14:53. TB—Freeman 1 run (pass failed), 11:08. A—70,363. TB Car First downs ........................... 22 20 Total Net Yards .................... 317 433 Rushes-yards ....................... 19-59 31-270 Passing.................................. 258 163 Punt Returns......................... 1-9 1-1 Kickoff Returns..................... 5-101 1-17 Interceptions Ret.................. 0-0 1-20 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 28-38-1 12-17-0 Sacked-Yards Lost .............. 3-16 1-8 Punts...................................... 1-59.0 2-46.5 Fumbles-Lost........................ 3-3 0-0 Penalties-Yards.................... 7-64 8-77 Time of Possession ............. 32:57 27:03 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Tampa Bay, Lumpkin 7-24, Madu 4-20, Blount 2-11, Freeman 6-4. Carolina, Stewart 7-88, D.Williams 7-66, Newton 6-65, Vaughan 7-24, Smith 1-23, Brockel 2-5, D.Anderson 1-(minus 1). PASSING—Tampa Bay, Freeman 28-38-1-274. Carolina, Newton 12-17-0-171. RECEIVING—Tampa Bay, Winslow 6-63, Stroughter 4-52, Madu 4-42, Williams 4-39, Lumpkin 4-38, Stocker 3-14, Parker 1-16, Briscoe 1-6, Benn 1-4. Carolina, LaFell 3-103, D.Williams 2-18, Shockey 2-14, Naanee 2-12, Stewart 1-11, Smith 1-9, Brockel 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

Lions 38, Chargers 10 San Diego ......................... 0 0 10 0 — 10 Detroit................................ 10 14 7 7 — 38 First Quarter Det—Pettigrew 7 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick), 10:52. Det—FG Hanson 50, :33. Second Quarter Det—K.Smith 3 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick), 7:11. Det—Johnson 14 pass from Stafford (Hanson kick), :31. Third Quarter SD—Floyd 11 pass from Rivers (Novak kick), 8:38. SD—FG Novak 22, 4:53. Det—K.Smith 6 run (Hanson kick), :16. Fourth Quarter Det—Avril 4 interception return (Hanson kick), 2:28. A—62,469. SD Det First downs ........................... 20 24 Total Net Yards .................... 367 440 Rushes-yards ....................... 16-70 23-87 Passing.................................. 297 353 Punt Returns......................... 1-17 2-7 Kickoff Returns..................... 3-69 1-29 Interceptions Ret.................. 0-0 2-47 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 28-53-2 29-36-0 Sacked-Yards Lost .............. 1-2 3-20 Punts...................................... 4-41.5 3-41.3 Fumbles-Lost........................ 0-0 1-0 Penalties-Yards.................... 1-10 3-8 Time of Possession ............. 27:39 32:21 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—San Diego, Mathews 11-58, Tolbert 4-9, Hester 1-3. Detroit, K.Smith 15-49, Morris 5-22, Burleson 1-11, Stafford 2-5. PASSING—San Diego, Rivers 28-53-2-299. Detroit, Stafford 29-36-0-373. RECEIVING—San Diego, Floyd 6-95, Tolbert 6-32, Gates 4-40, Mathews 3-16, Jackson 2-41, V.Brown 2-34, Crayton 2-20, McMichael 2-18, Hester 1-3. Detroit, Pettigrew 9-80, Burleson 6-83, Johnson 4-102, T.Young 4-39, Scheffler 3-47, K.Smith 2-12, Morris 1-10. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.

49ers 19, Seahawks 17 San Francisco....................... 0 3 10 6 — 19 Seattle.................................... 7 3 0 7 — 17 First Quarter Sea—Baldwin 13 pass from Jackson (Hauschka kick), 11:35. Second Quarter SF—FG Akers 53, 14:28. Sea—FG Hauschka 19, 1:30. Third Quarter SF—Gore 4 run (Akers kick), 11:01. SF—FG Akers 29, 4:04. Fourth Quarter SF—FG Akers 44, 12:37. Sea—Lynch 4 run (Hauschka kick), 6:41. SF—FG Akers 39, 2:57. A—66,697. SF Sea First downs ........................... 21 14 Total Net Yards .................... 349 267 Rushes-yards ....................... 40-178 27-126 Passing.................................. 171 141 Punt Returns......................... 2-41 1-24 Kickoff Returns..................... 3-86 5-107 Interceptions Ret.................. 0-0 0-0 Comp-Att-Int ......................... 14-26-0 15-28-0 Sacked-Yards Lost .............. 2-8 3-22 Punts...................................... 3-36.0 5-45.4 Fumbles-Lost........................ 1-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards.................... 6-77 6-51 Time of Possession ............. 32:54 27:06 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—San Francisco, Gore 23-83, Hunter 12-73, Ale.Smith 5-22. Seattle, Lynch 21-107, Washington 2-9, Jackson 3-5, Forsett 1-5. PASSING—San Francisco, Ale.Smith 14-26-0-179. Seattle, Jackson 15-28-0-163. RECEIVING—San Francisco, Crabtree 5-85, V.Davis 4-54, Gore 1-13, Hunter 1-11, Edwards 1-9, K.Williams 1-4, Miller 1-3. Seattle, Tate 3-16, Lynch 2-24, Forsett 2-20, Obomanu 2-20, Baldwin 2-17, Butler 2-13, Lockette 1-44, Miller 1-9. MISSED FIELD GOALS—San Francisco, Akers 52 (SH).

N F L M O S T F I E L D G O A L S , S E A S O N Though Dec. 24, 2011 42 — David Akers, San Francisco, 2011 40 — Neil Rackers, Arizona, 2005 39 — Olindo Mare, Miami, 1999 39 — Jeff Wilkins, St. Louis, 2003 37 — John Kasay, Carolina, 1996 37 — Mike Vanderjagt, Indianapolis, 2003

Rams, Colts are feeling very ‘Luck-y’ The Associated Press

Indianapolis and St. Louis are the last teams standing for the NFL draft’s top pick next April. Minnesota eliminated itself Saturday by winning its third game, 33-26 at Washington. Because its schedule was stronger than either the Colts or the Rams played, the Vikings can’t select first even if all three teams finish 3-13. The Colts remain the frontrunner and if they lose at Jacksonville (4-11) next Sunday, they have the chance to choose Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, considered the top prospect in the draft. The Rams would get the No. 1 spot if Indy wins and they lose at home to San Francisco. St. Louis selected quarterback Sam Bradford atop the draft in 2010, so if the Rams earn the top pick, they should get lots of offers for Luck, or they might choose a dangerous receiver — something the Rams have lacked since Bradford arrived. The Colts have won two straight games, beating Tennessee and Houston, to place in doubt their hold on the top draft pick. With Peyton Manning out for the season with a neck injury, the Colts lost their first 13 games of the season, and most figure Luck will be their selection if they go first. Beating the Jaguars, who fell 23-17 at Tennessee on Saturday, isn’t a stretch. Yes, the Jaguars won 17-3 at Indy in mid-November, but Curtis Painter was the quarterback then, not Dan Orlovsky. The Colts won in Orlovsky’s past two starts. Plus, Jacksonville has dropped five of its past six since beating Indy.











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GAR quarterback Darrell Crawford, right, roars into action last month.


Wyoming Valley West quarterback Eugene Lewis, left, avoids a sack during the past football season.

Crawford, Lewis both earned right to be called the best By JOHN ERZAR

There’s one difference between Eugene Lewis and Darrell Crawford. At 6-foot-3, Lewis is a half foot taller than Crawford. But on the football field this past fall, the two measured up so closely that for the first time The Times Leader has selected Wyoming Valley Conference Co-Players of the Year. Consider the similarities between the two senior quarterbacks. · Lewis’ and his Wyoming Valley West teammates won the WVC Division 4A title and finished 9-2 in earning the District 2-4A runner-up spot. Crawford and GAR won the WVC Division 2A-A championship and finished 11-2 in winning the D2-2A crown. · Lewis rushed for 1,410

yards and 27 touchdowns during the regular season. Crawford had 1,308 yards and 24 rushing TDs, but those numbers would have been higher had he not missed a game due to injury. · Both were also outstanding defensive backs. Lewis had 53 tackles and two interceptions. Crawford had 47 stops and six interceptions. · Crawford had the edge as a returner, bring back four punts and two kickoffs for scores, because teams rarely kicked to Lewis. But as similar as they were this season, neither really likes to be compared to the other. “We’re two different people,” Crawford said. “But we both have big impacts in the game and are both great athletes.

PAST TIM ES LEADER PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Anytime I get on the field, 2010: Adam Forgatch, RB, Hanover Area 2009: Adam Goeringer, QB, Dallas 2008: Ryan Womack, RB, GAR

2007: Nate Eachus, RB, Hazleton Area 2006: Tyler Serbin, RB, Wyoming Area 2005: Dave Paveletz, RB, Hanover Area

He’s a great player and I’m sure he works just as hard as I do to be successful.” Lewis echoed Crawford’s sentiment. “I hear it a lot,” Lewis said. “He and I are probably the biggest athletes in the area the last couple years. People like to compare us. Everybody is going to have their own opinion. But everybody has their own style. We both bring our own flavor to the game.” Their paths to becoming signal-callers followed similar lines. Both were running backs until junior

high school when they were moved to quarterback. Neither assumed the role full time until their junior years and they were considered great athletes who happened to play quarterback. With hard work, both turned around that view. Crawford and Lewis became quarterbacks who happened to be great athletes. “I played quarterback these past two years and got the experience to know what it’s all about,” Lewis said. “I played it to the best of my ability.

I try to do the best I can for my team to win.” “These past few years, I had to work on my throwing ability and my decision making, throwing the ball down the field,” Crawford said. “Coach (Paul Wiedlich Jr.) has helped me out with that, and watching films has helped out a lot.” Despite the greatness of both, Lewis and Crawford have likely thrown their final passes on a football field. Lewis has verbally committed to Penn State, where he’ll be moved to receiver. He is still leaving the door slightly ajar, though, until the Penn State coaching situation is sorted out. Oregon recently took in a basketball game where Lewis played. Crawford could also end

up at receiver on the next level. Colgate, Lafayette and Lehigh are looking at him at that position. Pittsburgh and Temple are considering him as a defensive back. Crawford and Lewis never had the chance to be on the football field at the same time. That lone opportunity – in the UNICO All-Star Classic on Thanksgiving Eve – was dashed because GAR qualified for the PIAA 2A playoffs prohibiting Crawford from participating. But twice this basketball season, because Lewis transferred to Meyers recently, they’ll be on the hardwoods together. And since GAR and Meyers are the favorites in Division III, the rare opportunity to see Crawford and Lewis at the same time is worth the trip.

INSIDE: Player capsules for every member of the All-Star Team. Pages 8B, 9B










T I M E S L E A D E R F O O T B A L L A L L- S T A R S : O F F E N S E

Darrell Crawford

Eugene Lewis

Ryan Zapoticky

Parrish Bennett

Jeremy Freeman

GAR QB Senior Crawford led the WVC in points with 190. The two-time All-WVC pick rushed for 1,308 yards and 14 TDs, returned four punts, two kickoffs and an interception for touchdowns. He also passed for 673 yards and nine TDs during the regular season.

Wyoming Valley West QB Senior Lewis posted his second consecutive season where he passed and rushed for over 1,000 yards each and led Division 4A with 1,410 rushing yards and the entire WVC with 27 rushing TDs. The Penn State recruit and three-time All-WVC selection also scored 170 points.

Dallas QB – Junior The first-year starter led the WVC in four categories with 96 completions, a 58.5 completion percentage, 1,378 yards and 19 touchdown passes. Despite throwing a WVC-high 164 passes, he was picked off only four times.

Hanover Area RB – Junior Despite being just 5-8 and 140 pounds, Bennett proved to be extremely durable. He rushed a WVC-high 264 times for a WVC-leading 1,715 yards and 14 touchdowns. He led all running backs with 19 receptions for 378 yards and three touchdowns.

Berwick RB – Senior The 205-pound Freeman was considered one of the toughest backs to bring down. The between-the-tackles pounder rushed for 1,441 yards and 18 TDs, the latter tying for the Division 3A lead. He was second in the division with 108 points.

Joe Parsnik

Shane Dunn

Jordan Houseman

Shaliek Powell

Nick Bartoli

Coughlin RB – Senior Parnsik led Division 3A in rushing with 1,483 yards and points with 114 and tied for the most rushing touchdowns with 18. The two-time All-WVC pick had nine 100-yard performances in 10 regular season games and was also an outstanding linebacker.

F.J. Costantino

Dallas OL – Senior Costantino wasn’t among the biggest linemen in the WVC, but once again proved his value at the center position. The two-time All-WVC pick also handled long snapping duties on punts, extra points and field goals.

Dallas WR – Senior The 6-foot-4 Dunn had the knack for making big plays every week. He led the entire WVC with 39 receptions and caught a WVC-leading nine touchdowns. His 567 receiving yards were second most in the conference. He was also considered a force on defense.

Pittston Area WR – Junior Houseman helped a dormant Pittston Area program headed in the right direction by grabbing 36 passes for 468 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned two punts and an interception for a touchdown.

Cliff Francis

Tony Morgante

Coughlin OL – Senior The 6-1, 260-pounder was a force on both sides of the ball. On defense, Francis had 36 solo tackles and 16 assists. He also added a pair of sacks. On offense, he finished with five pancake blocks.

Jordan Houseman

Crestwood OL – Senior The two-time All-WVC selection was one of the best drive blockers in the conference. He used his 6-4, 295-pound frame to constantly blow open holes from his guard position. He has drawn interest from Division I programs.

Shaliek Powell Capsules compiled by John Erzar

GAR WR – Senior Powell was a big-play performer on both sides of the ball. He caught 32 passes for eight touchdowns to lead Division 2A-A in both categories. His 611 receiving yards was best in the entire conference. He also had four interceptions and forced five fumbles.

Matt Reams

Wyoming Area OL – Senior Bartoli brought experience to an offensive line that had some new faces on it this season. The 6-1, 280-pounder helped the Warriors average 267.3 yards on the ground and score 40 or more points in nine regular-season games.

Wyoming Valley West OL – Senior The 6-2, 285-pound Reams returned to the starting lineup and helped two Valley West players rush for over 1,000 yards each and the Spartans score 46 or more points six times. He was also a run clogger on defense from his tackle spot.

Martin Steve

Hanover Area OL – Senior One of the biggest players in the WVC at 6-7, 300 pounds, Steve has drawn interest from Division I programs for obvious reasons. The two-time All-WVC selection blocked for the WVC’s top rusher once again. On defense, he finished with 42 tackles.

Shane Dunn











T I M E S L E A D E R F O O T B A L L A L L- S TA R S : D E F E N S E

Tony Dennis

Hanover Area DL – Senior The 6-2, 250-pounder led the Hawkeyes in tackles with 58, including 40 solos, and in sacks with four. He also recovered two fumbles and was a key member of the offensive line once again.

Garrett Artsma

Dallas LB – Senior Artsma really came on this season, recording 112 tackles, six tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a sack. After serving mainly as a blocker on offense, he showed his running ability late and rushed for 224 yards and 8.3 yards per carry.

Brad Emerick

Adam Harrison

Tony Le

Shakir Soto

Coughlin DL – Junior The 6-2, 265-pound Emerick was a standout on both sides of the ball. He recorded five sacks to tie for the team lead and finished with 61 tackles, including 36 solos. On offense, he led the linemen with 10 pancake blocks.

Berwick DL – Junior Harrison’s level of play corresponded with Berwick’s sudden surge to an eight-game winning streak to end the season. He finished third on the team in tackles with 63 and had nine stops in each of the two Eastern Conference games.

Wyoming Valley West DL – Junior The 6-1, 240-pound returning starter turned in an outstanding season on both sides of the ball, especially on defense. He recorded 61 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, seven sacks and seven quarterback hurries while causing two fumbles and recovering one.

GAR DL – Junior The 6-3, 230-pound Soto has drawn interest from Division I programs and should continue to do so after making a team-high 114 tackles and nine sacks. He also returned an interception for a touchdown and blocked a punt.

Tashawn Bunch

Yousef Guzman

Jim Roccograndi

Nick Aigeldinger

Wyoming Valley West LB – Senior A 1,000-yard rusher on offense, Bunch also made a huge impact on defense. He finished with 117 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 17 quarterback hurries and six sacks. He also caused four fumbles, broke up seven passes and had an interception.

Hazleton Area LB – Senior Guzman led the Cougars in tackles with 74, including 57 solos, and picked off two passes. On offense, he opened holes from his fullback position and finished with 308 yards and three TDs on the ground.

Dallas LB – Senior Roccograndi made 89 tackles, including five for loss, and recorded two sacks and broke up three passes. On offense, the two-time All-WVC selection rushed for 1,177 yards and 16 touchdowns during the WVC season.

Crestwood DB – Senior A four-year starter and three-time All-WVC selection, Aigeldinger intercepted six passes and had his hand in 77 tackles. He also passed for 1,097 yards and 11 TDs, rushed for 647 and six TDs and kicked 34 extra points.


Paul Brace

Dallas DB – Senior A four-year starter and three-time All-WVC pick, Brace missed time with a foot injury. Upon his return, he made an immediate impact as he had three interceptions and returned one for a TD. He also caught 16 passes for three TDs and was the UNICO Game MVP.

Nick O’Brien

Wyoming Area DB – Junior O’Brien led the team in tackles with 74, including 38 solos. He also intercepted two passes and returned one for a score. On offense, he rushed for 1,204 yards and 23 TDs and passed for 651 yards and nine TDs. He also returned a punt for a touchdown.

Tashawn Bunch

Brett Wanek

Dallas DB – Senior Wanek has been sort of an unsung hero for the past few seasons. He finished the year with 82 tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery and broke up four passes. He also saw all-purpose duty on offense.

Dwayne Wright Capsules compiled by John Erzar

Dwayne Wright

GAR DB – Senior Wright had an impact on both side of the ball in his first season as a regular. He finished with 52 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. On offense, he averaged 7.1 yards per carry in rushing for 410 yards and four TDs.

Alex Oliver

Berwick K – Senior Oliver led all kickers with 45 points. He hit on field goals of 19, 30, 33, 36, 40 and 45 yards. The 45-yarder set a school record, breaking the record of 42 yards he set during the 2010 season.


Nick Aigeldinger





BERWICK (9-3) Sept. Crestwood (8-3), L 19-6 Sept. 12 ............North Pocono (0-10), W 38-28 Sept. 17 ...................... at Dallas (10-2), L 53-20 Sept. 23 .Wyoming Valley West (9-2), L 46-22 Sept. 30....................Selinsgrove (1-9), W 45-0 Oct. 7............... at Tunkhannock (1-9), W 35-13 Oct. 14 Williamsport (3-7), W 43-0 Oct. 21 ..................Pittston Area (3-7), W 42-31 Oct. 28.........................Coughlin (5-6), W 26-21 Nov. 4 Hazleton Area (4-6), W 30-27 Eastern Conference 3A playoffs Nov. 11 ........................Coughlin (5-6), W 29-28 Nov. 18 ..........Southern Lehigh (7-5), W 57-46 COUGHLIN (5-6) Sept. 2 .............................Dallas (10-2), L 28-14 Sept. 13 ........... at Tunkhannock (1-9), W 48-11 Sept. 17 ....................Valley View (11-2), L 28-0 Sept. 23...................Williamsport (3-7), W 28-0 Sept. 30 Wyoming Valley West (9-2), L 33-19 Oct. 8 .....................Stroudsburg (9-3), W 24-21 Oct. 14 Pittston Area (3-7), W 27-14 Oct. 21................Hazleton Area (4-6), W 28-21 Oct. 28 Berwick (9-3), L 26-21 Nov. 5 ........................Crestwood (8-3), L 28-16 Eastern Conference 3A playoffs Nov. Berwick (9-3), L 29-28 CRESTWOOD (8-3) Sept. 2 .............................Berwick (9-3), W 19-6 Sept. 9...... at Pocono Mtn. West (2-8), W 21-6 Sept. 16 ................Pittston Area (3-7), W 54-31 Sept. 23 East Stroudsburg North (6-5), L 26-11 Oct. 1......................Tunkhannock (1-9), W 49-0 Oct. 8..................Hazleton Area (4-6), W 48-14 Oct. 17 Dallas (10-3), W 7-6 Oct. 21at Wyoming Valley West (9-2), L 54-20 Oct. 28...................Williamsport (3-7), W 40-20 Nov. 5 Coughlin (5-6), W 28-16 District 2 Class 3A playoffs Friday Valley View (11-2), L 49-7 DALLAS (10-2) Sept. 2 Coughlin (5-6), W 28-14 Sept. 10 .............Scranton Prep (7-4), W 48-20 Sept. 17.........................Berwick (9-3), W 53-20 Sept. 24 Pittston Area (3-7), W 21-14 Sept. 30 Williamsport (3-7), W 41-6 Oct. 8....Wyoming Valley West (9-2), W 28-27 Oct. 17 ...........................Crestwood (8-3), L 7-6 Oct. 22.Pocono Mountain East (5-6), W 43-13 Oct. 28 Tunkhannock (1-9), W 42-14 Nov. Lake-Lehman (5-5), W 42-7 District 2 Class 3A playoffs Nov. 12.................Scranton Prep (7-4), W 39-6 Nov. 19 ....................Valley View (11-2), L 18-12 GAR (11-2) Sept. Mid Valley (6-5), W 34-12 Sept. 12 ...................Old Forge (10-3), W 29-14 Sept. Lakeland (5-6), L 34-31 Sept. Northwest (6-5), W 21-6 Oct. 1 .............Holy Redeemer (0-10), W 68-26 Oct. 7 Hanover Area (3-7), W 53-20 Oct. 14 ................Lake-Lehman (5-5), W 37-23 Oct. 22 ..............Wyoming Area (7-4), W 37-30 Oct. 28.........................Nanticoke (3-6), W 68-0 Nov. Meyers (3-7), W 38-6 District 2 Class 2A playoffs Nov. 12 ........................Lakeland (5-6), W 41-21 Nov. 18..............Wyoming Area (7-4), W 53-44 PIAA Class 2A playoffs Nov. 25 ......................Pen Argyl (13-1), L 50-20 HANOVER AREA (3-7) Sept. 2.................Susquehanna (5-5), W 15-12 Sept. Western Wayne (3-7), W 36-34 Sept. Mid Valley (6-5), L 35-27 Sept. 24................Wyoming Area (7-4), L 48-0 Sept. Northwest (6-5), L 42-28 Oct. 7..................................GAR (11-2), L 53-20 Oct. 14..............................Meyers (3-7), L 21-15 Oct. 22 Holy Redeemer (0-10), W 34-12 Oct. Lake-Lehman (5-5), L 42-7 Nov. 4 ..........................Nanticoke (3-6), L 24-21 HAZLETON AREA (4-6) Sept. 3 Abington Heights (3-7), L 28-14 Sept. 10 .................Williamsport (3-7), W 32-21 Sept. 16 Delaware Valley (7-4), L 44-7 Sept. 24...............Tunkhannock (1-9), W 35-28 Sept. 30................Pittston Area (3-7), W 27-13 Oct. 7 Crestwood (8-3), L 48-14 Oct. 14 at Wyoming Valley West (9-2), L 66-21 Oct. Coughlin (5-6), L 28-21 Oct. 28.East Stroudsburg South (3-9), W 19-0 Nov. 4 .............................Berwick (9-3), L 30-27 HOLY REDEEMER (0-10) Sept. 3 ........................Northwest (6-5), L 38-24 Sept. Susquehanna (5-5), L 32-22 Sept. 17.....................Holy Cross (4-6), L 49-24 Sept. Lake-Lehman (5-5), L 56-6 Oct. 1 GAR (11-2), L 68-26 Oct. 8 ..........................Nanticoke (3-6), L 52-36 Oct. 14 Wyoming Area (7-4), L 44-12 Oct. 22..................Hanover Area (3-7), L 34-12 Oct. 29 Meyers (3-7), L 36-6 Nov. 5....................Tunkhannock (1-9), L 33-22 LAKE-LEHMAN (5-5) Sept. 2 Old Forge (10-3), L 21-15 Sept. 10 .........Lackawanna Trail (8-3), L 48-28 Sept. 16 ..............Wyoming Area (7-4), L 43-10 Sept. 23...........Holy Redeemer (0-10), W 56-6 Sept. Meyers (3-7), W 42-14 Oct. 8...........................Northwest (6-5), W 35-7 Oct. 14 GAR (11-2), L 37-23 Oct. Nanticoke (3-6), W 41-20 Oct. 28 ..................Hanover Area (3-7), W 42-7 Nov. 4 ................................Dallas (10-2), L 42-7 MEYERS (3-7) Sept. 3.......................Holy Cross (4-6), L 37-14 Sept. Dunmore (10-1), L 45-0 Sept. Lackawanna Trail (8-3), L 55-7 Sept. 23 Nanticoke (3-6), W 14-8 Sept. 30................Lake-Lehman (5-5), L 42-14 Oct. 7 ..................Wyoming Area (7-4), L 44-17 Oct. 14 Hanover Area (3-7), W 21-15 Oct. 21 Northwest (6-5), L 28-7 Oct. 29.............Holy Redeemer (0-10), W 36-6 Nov. 4 ...................................GAR (11-2), L 38-6 NANTICOKE (3-6) Sept. 2 ......................Montrose (0-10), W 48-14 Sept. 9 .......Col-Mon Vo-Tech (3-6), cancelled Sept. 17 Susquehanna (5-5), L 26-7 Sept. 23 .............................Meyers (3-7), L 14-8 Sept. 30 Wyoming Area (7-4), L 48-6 Oct. 8 Holy Redeemer (0-10), W 52-36 Oct. 15 ........................Northwest (6-5), L 34-30 Oct. 21 ..................Lake-Lehman (5-5), L 41-20 Oct. 28 GAR (11-2), L 68-0 Nov. Hanover Area (3-7), W 24-21 NORTHWEST (6-5) Sept. 3 Holy Redeemer (0-10), W 38-24 Sept. 12 Montrose (0-10), W 30-8 Sept. 16 Old Forge (10-3), L 35-8 Sept. 23 ................................GAR (11-2), L 21-6 Sept. 30..............Hanover Area (3-7), W 42-28 Oct. 8 Lake-Lehman (5-5), L 35-7 Oct. 15 Nanticoke (3-6), W 34-30 Oct. 21..............................Meyers (3-7), W 28-7 Oct. 28 ................Wyoming Area (7-4), L 50-17 Nov. 3....Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech (3-6), W 56-0 Eastern Conference Class A playoffs Nov. Mahanoy Area (8-4), L 41-0 PITTSTON AREA (3-7) Sept. 2 Tunkhannock (1-9), W 45-6 Sept. 12........................Scranton (8-4), W 21-14 Sept. 16 Crestwood (8-3), L 54-31 Sept. 24............................Dallas (10-2), L 21-14 Sept. 30 Hazleton Area (4-6), L 27-13 Oct. 7 ................Williamsport (3-7), L 20-14 OT Oct. 14...........................Coughlin (5-6), L 27-14 Oct. Berwick (9-3), L 42-31 Oct. 28 ...Wyoming Valley West (9-2), L 37-14 Nov. Wyoming Area (7-4), W 24-21 TUNKHANNOCK (1-9) Sept. 2 .....................Pittston Area (3-7), L 45-6 Sept. 13 .........................Coughlin (5-6), L 48-11 Sept. 17 Abington Heights (3-7), L 35-6 Sept. Hazleton Area (4-6), L 35-28 Oct. Crestwood (8-3), L 49-0 Oct. 7 ..............................Berwick (9-3), L 35-13 Oct. 14 .Pocono Mountain West (2-8), L 28-13 Oct. Williamsport (3-7), L 43-7 Oct. 28 .............................Dallas (10-2), L 42-14 Nov. 5 Holy Redeemer (0-10), W 33-22 WILLIAMSPORT (3-7) Sept. Central Mountain (2-8), W 23-13 Sept. 10 Hazleton Area (4-6), L 32-21 Sept. 16 ..............Stroudsburg (9-3), L 14-7 OT Sept. 23 Coughlin (5-6), L 28-0 Sept. 30 .............................Dallas (10-2), L 41-6 Oct. Pittston Area (3-7), W 20-14 OT Oct. 14 ..............................Berwick (9-3), L 43-0 Oct. 21 ...................Tunkhannock (1-9), W 43-7 Oct. Crestwood (8-3), L 40-20 Nov. 4.....Wyoming Valley West (9-2), L 49-18 WYOMING AREA (7-4) Sept. 2..............Western Wayne (3-7), L 40-34 Sept. West Scranton (3-6), canceled Sept. Lake-Lehman (5-5), W 43-10 Sept. 23 Hanover Area (3-7), W 48-0 Sept. 30.......................Nanticoke (3-6), W 48-6 Oct. Meyers (3-7), W 44-17 Oct. 14 ...........Holy Redeemer (0-10), W 44-12 Oct. GAR (11-2), L 37-30 Oct. Northwest (6-5), W 50-17 Nov. 4.....................Pittston Area (3-7), L 24-21 District 2 Class 2A playoffs Nov. 11......................Mid Valley (6-4), W 35-28 Nov. 18 GAR (11-2), L 53-44 WYOMING VALLEY WEST (9-2) Sept. 2 Scranton (8-4), W 21-7 Sept. 12...........Abington Heights (3-7), W 51-0 Sept. 16 ...........Pleasant Valley (5-5), W 47-28 Sept. 23 Berwick (9-3), W 46-22 Sept. 30.......................Coughlin (5-6), W 33-19 Oct. 8 Dallas (10-2), L 28-27 Oct. 14................Hazleton Area (4-6), W 66-21 Oct. 21 .....................Crestwood (8-3), W 54-20 Oct. Pittston Area (3-7), W 37-14 Nov. 4 Williamsport (3-7), W 49-18 District 2/4-11 Class 4A playoffs Friday ..............................Scranton (8-4), L 36-7




Cmp 64 55 38

Pct. Yds TD Int QBR 57.7 1016 10 11 144.45 47.8 870 3 5 111.29 36.2 560 7 9 85.85

Division 3A.................................................................................. Att Cmp Nick Aigeldinger, Crestwood ..................................................... 86 50 Ryan Zapoticky, Dallas ............................................................... 164 96 Anthony Schwab, Pittston Area................................................. 162 93 Jared Pierce, Berwick ................................................................. 126 68 Luke Seaberg, Tunk ................................................................... 84 37

Pct. Yds TD Int QBR 58.1 1097 11 2 202.85 58.5 1378 19 4 162.47 57.4 1096 10 10 122.26 54.0 666 5 3 106.70 44.0 654 3 11 95.04

Division 2A-A.............................................................................. Darrell Crawford, GAR ................................................................ Nick O’Brien, Wyoming Area ..................................................... Gunner Majer, Northwest ........................................................... David Gawlas, Holy Redeemer.................................................. Joe Ksiazkiewicz, Hanover Area ............................................... Jared Novitski, Lake-Lehman .................................................... Jimmy Strickland, Holy Redeemer ............................................ Teaguen Labatch, Meyers ..........................................................

Pct. 51.3 50.6 38.8 43.6 39.7 38.1 45.0 37.4

RUSHING Division 4A........................ At Eugene Lewis, WVW ........ 169 Tashawn Bunch, WVW..... 131 Devin Miller, Will ................ 223 Brian Campbell, Haz Area 169 Chad Hoffman, Haz Area . 136 Yousef Guzman, HazArea 58 Sadiq Burkholder, Will ...... 62 Derrick Simms, WVW ....... 29 Terell Bolling, WVW .......... 11 Mike Baur, WVW................ 19 Josh Ortiz, WVW ............... 6 Zach Zukoski, Haz Area ... 22 Saabir Gibson, WVW........ 6 Glenn Zukoski, Haz Area . 16 Nick George, Haz Area..... 17 Caleb Belle, Will ................ 17 Knowledge Frierson, Will . 10 Shakyil Murphy, Will.......... 8 Jeff Fendrick, Haz Area .... 4 Nail Beyah, Will.................. 7 Isaac Foust, Will ................ 8 Troy Yashinski, WVW ....... 5 Carmn Beltrami, HazArea 3 Denzel Adams, Will ........... 7 Josh Brody, WVW ............. 4 James Boggs, Will............. 1 Dale Berkheimer, Will ....... 5 Taron Dinkins, Will ............ 1 Mike Kilhenney, WVW ...... 2

Yds 1410 1283 1073 969 687 308 291 167 164 82 78 78 70 62 57 54 49 45 44 43 31 29 28 24 20 19 12 10 10

Avg 8.3 9.8 4.8 5.7 5.1 5.3 4.7 5.6 14.9 4.3 13.0 3.5 11.7 3.9 3.4 3.2 4.9 5.6 11.0 6.1 3.9 5.8 9.3 3.4 5.0 19.0 2.4 10.0 5.0

TD 27 15 8 10 11 3 2 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1

Division 3A........................ Joe Parsnik, Coughlin....... Jeremy Freeman, Berwick Jim Roccograndi, Dallas... Zac Evans, Coughlin ......... Josh Robinson, Tunk ........ Roger Legg, Crest ............. Zack Edmundson, Tunk ... Nick Aigeldinger, Crest ..... Mrk Romanczuk, PittArea Jared Pierce, Berwick ....... Justin Wilk, Pitt Area ......... Ryan Zapoticky, Dallas ..... Anthony Survilla, Crest ..... Nick Powell, Crest ............. Kyle Gattuso, Pitt Area...... Garrett Artsma, Dallas ...... Kota Kishel, Crest.............. Matt Cashman, Berwick .... Evan Callaghan, Crest ...... Eric Pickett, Crest.............. Andy Muckin, Tunk............ Jeff Steeber, Berwick........ Brett Wanek, Dallas .......... Kris Roccograndi, Dallas .. Russell Monroe, Coughlin Jordn Housemn, PittArea . Shane Edmundson, Tunk. Rich Snyder, Berwick........ Zach Macosky, Dallas ...... Colton Coolbaugh, Tunk... Paul Brace, Dallas ............. R.J. Haas, Pitt Area........... Joe Giambra, Pitt Area ..... Mike Pardusky, Tunk ........ Mike Shutlock, Dallas ....... C.J. Curry, Berwick ........... Anthny Schwab, PittArea . Logan Brace, Dallas.......... Paul Cole, Coughlin .......... Josh King, Coughlin .......... Shane Dunn, Dallas .......... Keifer Rogers, Dallas........ Brian Beauchemin, Tunk .. Felix Dolman, Dallas ......... Mike Legg, Crest ............... Kyle Trenholm, Berwick.... Barry Schiel, Coughlin ...... Dante Zurenda, Dallas...... Brandon Cole, Crest.......... Bill Gately, Dallas............... James Emmett, Pitt Area.. Frankie Mahmoud, Cou .... Corey Stegman, Dallas.....

At 185 225 140 149 138 119 123 101 112 124 134 62 45 47 43 27 12 32 33 19 38 17 20 11 14 10 28 18 10 20 16 4 10 8 4 11 28 6 7 8 6 10 18 5 7 4 5 2 5 6 2 3 3

Yds 1483 1441 1177 847 757 689 680 647 619 594 589 402 321 315 227 224 165 162 151 143 138 132 104 89 79 78 78 72 64 59 55 52 51 44 42 40 36 35 32 29 24 24 24 23 18 17 16 15 13 11 10 10 10

Avg 8.0 6.4 8.4 5.7 5.5 5.8 5.5 6.4 5.5 4.8 4.4 6.5 7.1 6.7 5.3 8.3 13.8 5.1 4.6 7.5 3.6 7.8 5.2 8.1 5.6 7.8 2.8 4.0 6.4 3.0 3.4 13.0 5.1 5.5 10.5 3.6 1.3 5.8 4.6 3.6 4.0 2.4 1.3 4.6 2.6 4.3 3.2 7.5 2.6 1.8 5.0 3.3 3.3

TD 18 18 16 8 6 9 3 6 3 13 8 5 6 2 1 3 0 2 5 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Division 2A-A.................... Parrish Bennett, Hanover . Darrell Crawford, GAR ...... Nick O’Brien, Wyo Area.... Tony Politz, Northwest...... Brian Maslowski, Nant....... Nick Shelley, Lehman ....... Dustin Jones, Lehman ...... Jared Novitski, Lehman .... David Gawlas, Redeemer Lucas Benton, GAR .......... Fabian Smith, Meyers ....... Jeff Skursky, Wyo Area .... Pat Hempel, Nanticoke ..... Dwayne Wright, GAR........ Austin Mazonkey, Nwt ...... Shacore Proctor, Meyers . Ahmad Bouie, Wyo Area .. Brady Butler, Lehman ....... John Zuder, Hanover ........ Gunner Majer, Northwest . Matt DeMarco, Meyers...... Corey Popovich, WyArea . Josh Sayre, Lehman ......... Tom Donovan, Lehman .... Cole Barbacci, Lehman..... Tom Vitale, Nanticoke....... Vince Villani, Redeemer ... Rashaun Mathis, GAR ...... Matt Kintz, Wyo Area......... Ivan Jackson, GAR............ Dillon Ropietski, Hanover . Dalton Tomko, Northwest Mykel Dempsey, GAR ...... Dakota Owens, Meyers .... Bill Hillman, Lehman.......... Cody Schmitz, Wyo Area . Marty Michaels, WyoArea Crmn Mauriello, WyoArea Rayquan Watt, GAR .......... Ian Murphy, Hanover......... Geno Suda, Hanover ........ Brandyn Cole, Hanover..... Shaliek Powell, GAR......... Mike Lumley, Wyo Area ... Rich Dillon, Northwest ...... Zak Matulewski, Nant ........ Zck LaNunziata, WyoArea Mike Colatosti, Nanticoke . Tyriek Steward, Meyers.... Mike Martin, Redeemer .... Teaguen Labatch, Meyers Dave Johnson, Northwest Tyler Kastendieck, Redmr James Wright, Lehman..... Zachary Jayne, Lehman ... Jake Brominski, Meyers ... Johntae Nelson, Meyers .. Justin Langdon, WyoArea Nate Mahalak, Meyers ...... C.J. Yurkin, Nanticoke ...... Jordan Zezza, Wyo Area .. Klay Kasprzyk, Nanticoke.

At 264 120 129 166 213 127 109 86 161 81 127 70 62 58 54 68 28 35 40 87 43 22 25 24 17 31 30 10 19 11 22 10 31 20 11 10 9 14 8 9 5 16 4 6 8 22 8 7 5 10 28 5 4 4 3 5 6 3 5 4 4 7

Yds Avg TD 1715 6.5 14 1308 10.9 24 1204 9.3 23 1143 6.9 13 1041 4.9 15 876 6.9 12 769 7.0 8 673 7.8 9 582 3.6 10 535 6.6 5 473 3.7 4 440 6.3 9 430 6.9 2 410 7.1 4 311 5.8 5 306 4.5 4 256 9.1 3 244 7.0 3 193 4.8 2 176 2.0 4 168 3.9 1 161 7.3 0 141 5.6 1 137 5.7 0 120 7.0 4 116 3.7 0 110 3.7 1 96 9.6 1 95 5.0 1 89 8.1 1 87 4.0 1 84 8.4 1 79 2.5 1 78 3.9 0 61 5.5 0 60 6.0 1 56 6.2 0 53 3.9 0 52 6.5 0 39 4.3 0 37 7.4 0 33 2.1 0 32 8.0 0 32 5.3 0 32 4.0 0 31 1.4 2 27 3.4 0 25 3.6 0 22 4.4 0 22 2.2 0 22 0.8 1 20 4.0 0 18 4.5 0 18 4.5 0 17 5.7 0 16 3.2 0 16 2.7 0 15 5.0 0 15 3.0 0 14 3.5 0 11 2.8 1 11 1.6 1

Att 78 87 129 117 136 84 120 99

Cmp 40 44 50 51 54 32 54 37

Yds TD Int 673 9 1 651 9 4 912 9 5 893 6 7 833 7 6 547 4 9 642 6 13 396 5 6

RECEIVING Division 4A......................... Rec Dylan Flayhart, WVW......... 17 Derrick Simms, WVW ........ 17 Jeff Fendrick, Haz Area..... 17 Sam Person, Will ................ 16 Lucky Williams, WVW........ 15 Sadiq Burkholder, Will ....... 14 Brian Campbell, Haz Area. 14 Chris Coleman, WVW........ 8 Yousef Guzman, Haz 8 Area...................................... Zach Diemer, Will ............... 6 Josh Ortiz, WVW ................ 5 Zack Kehler, Haz Area ...... 4 Devin Miller, Will ................. 4 Ryan Palko, Haz Area........ 3 Eugene Lewis, WVW ......... 3 James Boggs, Will.............. 3 Jeff Ochs, Haz Area........... 2 Sam Grohol, Haz Area....... 2 Zach Zukoski, Haz Area .... 2 Erik Johnson, Haz Area..... 2 Ryan Hostrander, Will ........ 2 Quincy Patrick, WVW......... 1 Dale Berkheimer, Will ........ 1 Julius Ward, Haz Area....... 1 Marcus Thompson, Will..... 1 Mike Kilhenney, WVW ....... 1 Glenn Zukoski, Haz Area .. 1 Jimmy Hischar, Haz Area . 1



Nick O’Brien, Wyo Area..... Pat Hempel, Nanticoke ...... Mike Martin, Redeemer .....

F I N A L W Y O M I N G VA L L E Y C O N F E R E N C E S TA T I S T I C A L L E A D E R S PASSING (Minimum 50 attempts) Division 4A.................................................................................. Att Eugene Lewis, Wyo. Valley West ............................................. 111 Chad Hoffman, Hazleton Area................................................... 115 Jordan Whaley, Williamsport ..................................................... 105


QBR 159.27 138.37 113.42 112.66 99.32 87.08 84.77 75.52

Yds 303 227 200 253 214 268 232 145 90

Avg TD 17.8 2 13.3 4 11.8 0 15.8 3 14.2 3 19.1 4 16.6 2 18.1 0 11.3 0

101 115 121 45 79 24 22 60 32 25 20 11 13 10 9 6 5 5 2

16.8 23.0 30.3 11.3 26.3 8.0 7.3 30.0 16.0 12.5 10.0 5.5 13.0 10.0 9.0 6.0 5.0 5.0 1.0

1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Division 3A......................... Shane Dunn, Dallas ........... Jordan Houseman, PA....... Joe Starinsky, PA ............... Jake Pecorelli, Berwick ..... Jason Simonovich, Dallas. Paul Brace, Dallas.............. Jeff Steeber, Berwick......... Alex Klinger, Berwick ......... Kota Kishel, Crest .............. Vinny Genoble, Crest ........ Josh Colley, Tunk............... Evan Hahn, PA ................... Josh Robinson, Tunk ......... Brett Wanek, Dallas ........... Ian Ashford, Crest............... Anthony Survilla, Crest...... Brian Delaney, PA .............. Frankie Mahmoud, Cou ..... Zack Edmundson, Tunk .... Zach Landonis, Berwick .... Jeremy Freeman, Berwick Eric Pickett, Crest............... Colton Coolbaugh, Tunk.... Jim Roccograndi, Dallas.... Tiler Black, Crest ................ Joe Parsnik,Cou ................. Russell Monroe, Cou ......... Corey Keen, Cou................ Mark Romanczuk, PA ........ Mike Chisdock, PA ............. Zac Evans, Cou .................. Jake Jones, Berwick .......... Keifer Rogers, Dallas......... Andy Muckin, Tunk ............ Wes Custer, Tunk .............. Tyler Roman, PA ................ Steve Ash, Tunk ................. Nick Powell, Crest .............. A.J. Vandermark, Berwick. Mike Stankoski, PA ............ Will Updegrove, Berwick ... Bill Gately, Dallas................ Garrett Artsma, Dallas ....... Chris Cinti, Cou .................. Jordan Stout, Berwick........ Mike Pardusky, Tunk ......... Don Behm, Dallas .............. Matt Cashman, Berwick ..... Kyle Gattuso, PA ................

Rec 39 36 27 26 24 16 15 15 14 14 12 11 10 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Yds 567 468 290 297 433 161 156 98 345 315 358 182 127 122 96 95 54 79 79 54 47 209 75 30 34 53 93 40 17 16 10 38 25 22 20 15 8 41 33 31 20 18 15 13 10 8 7 6 2

Avg TD 14.5 9 13.0 6 10.7 1 11.4 3 18.0 5 10.1 3 10.4 1 6.5 1 24.6 3 22.5 2 29.8 2 16.5 1 12.7 0 15.3 1 13.7 1 13.6 2 7.7 2 13.2 1 13.2 0 9.0 0 7.8 0 41.8 3 15.0 1 6.0 0 8.5 0 13.3 0 31.0 1 13.3 0 5.7 0 5.3 0 3.3 0 19.0 0 12.5 0 11.0 0 10.0 0 7.5 0 4.0 0 41.0 0 33.0 0 31.0 0 20.0 1 18.0 0 15.0 0 13.0 0 10.0 0 8.0 0 7.0 1 6.0 0 2.0 0

Division 2A-A .................... Shaliek Powell, GAR.......... Tom Cosgrove, Redeemer David Gawlas, Redeemer . Parrish Bennett, Hanover.. Eric Kerr, Redeemer .......... Jalen Miller, Meyers ........... Geno Suda, Hanover ......... Christian Foley, Northwest Collin Shandra, Redeemer Jeff Jezewski, Nanticoke ... Tony Politz, Northwest ...... Lucas Benton, GAR ........... Rob Conklin, Hanover........ Seth Tarselli, Redeemer ... Nick Shelley, Lehman ........ Vince Villani, Redeemer .... Cody Schmitz, Wyo Area .. Jeramie Rittenhouse, Nwt. Joe Adonizio, Wyo Area .... Mykel Dempsey, GAR ....... Fabian Smith, Meyers........ Tyler Pegarella, Northwest Tyriek Steward, Meyers .... Cole Barbacci, Lehman...... Trent Grove, Wyo Area ..... Ahmad Bouie, Wyo Area... John Zuder, Hanover ......... Rob Reilly, Meyers ............. Chris DeMarco, Meyers .... Matt DeMarco, Meyers ...... Cody Poepperling, Lehman ................................ Zak Matulewski, Nanticoke Curt Barbacci, Lehman ...... Kyle Gavrish, Nanticoke .... Justin Langdon, Wyo Area Sinclair Saunders, Hanover ............................... Dustin Jones, Lehman ....... Eric Ligotski, Redeemer .... John Yashkus, GAR .......... Jacob Brominski, Meyers.. Zck LaNunziata, Wyo Area Josh Dunay, Northwest ..... Kyle Romanofsky, Lehman ................................ Darrell Crawford, GAR....... Dillon Ropietski, Hanover.. Tyler Kastendieck, Redmr Matt Kintz, Wyo Area ......... Jimmy Strickland, Redmr .. Jordan Zezza, Wyo Area... Austin Mazonkey, Nwt ....... Corey Popovich, Wyo Area...................................... Matt Crofchick, Redeemer Pat Villani, Redeemer......... Bill Hillman, Lehman........... Dwayne Wright, GAR......... D.J. Scavone, Lehman ...... Dylan Pegg, Wyo Area ...... Dalton Tomko, Northwest . Brady Butler, Lehman ........ Joe Sipsky, GAR ................ Matt Swartz, Northwest...... Mike Faruolo, Northwest ...

Rec 32 27 20 19 16 16 14 13 12 11 11 11 11 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 8 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 4

Yds 611 459 196 378 212 172 159 247 142 282 253 226 127 201 187 68 223 182 142 109 40 122 142 77 147 120 83 58 54 41 78

Avg TD 19.1 8 17.0 5 9.8 1 19.9 3 13.3 2 10.8 3 11.4 2 19.0 3 11.8 0 25.6 2 23.0 1 20.5 3 11.5 1 20.1 3 18.7 1 6.8 0 24.8 2 20.2 3 15.8 3 12.1 2 4.4 0 15.3 0 20.3 2 11.0 0 24.5 1 20.0 1 13.8 0 9.7 0 9.0 1 6.8 1 19.5 1

4 4 4 3 3

75 66 45 61 57

18.8 16.5 11.3 20.3 19.0

2 0 0 1 1

3 3 3 3 3 2 2

55 47 39 18 16 64 46

18.3 15.7 13.0 6.0 5.3 32.0 23.0

0 0 0 0 0 1 0

2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

43 37 30 30 27 18 13 1

21.5 18.5 15.0 15.0 13.5 9.0 6.5 0.5

0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

34 19 17 16 15 12 12 7 7 6 3

34.0 19.0 17.0 16.0 15.0 12.0 12.0 7.0 7.0 6.0 3.0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


SCORING Division 4A..................... TD Eugene Lewis, WVW ..... 27 Tashawn Bunch, WVW.. 15 Brian Campbell, HzArea 12 Chad Hoffman, HzArea . 11 Devin Miller, Will ............. 8 Sadiq Burkholder, Will ... 7 Derrick Simms, WVW .... 6 Lucky Williams, WVW.... 4 Nick Singer, WVW.......... 0 Dylan Flayhart, WVW..... 3 Sam Person, Will ............ 3 Yousef Guzmn, HzArea. 3 Corey Joseph, HazArea 0 Terell Bolling, WVW ....... 2 Zach Diemer, Will ........... 2 Ian Ultsh, WVW............... 0 Brett Good, WVW........... 1 Ryan Hostrander, Will .... 1 Josh Ortiz, WVW ............ 1 Denzel Adams, Will ........ 1 Mike Baur, WVW............. 1 Carmn Beltrami, HzArea 1 Dale Berkheimer, Will .... 1 Kyle Bissol, Haz Area .... 1 Jeff Fendrick, Haz Area. 1 Saabir Gibson, WVW..... 1 Sam Grohol, Haz Area... 1 Mike Kilhenney, WVW ... 1 Quincy Patrick, WVW..... 1 Austin Robinson, Will ..... 0 Glenn Zukoski, HzArea . 1 Zach Zukoski, Haz Area 1

2 -1 -7

2.0 -1.0 -7.0

0 0 0

2pt Kick


Division 3A..................... TD Joe Parsnik, Cou ............ 19 Jeremy Freeman, Ber .... 18 Jim Roccograndi, Dal..... 16 Jared Pierce, Ber............ 13 Nick Aigeldinger, Cre ..... 6 Shane Dunn, Dal ............ 11 Jordan Houseman, PA... 9 Roger Legg, Cre ............. 9 Zac Evans, Cou .............. 8 Anthony Survilla, Cre ..... 8 Justin Wilk, PA................ 8 Alex Oliver, Ber............... 0 Eric Pickett, Cre.............. 7 Josh Robinson, Tunk ..... 6 Chris Musto, PA.............. 0 Jason Simonovich, Dal.. 5 Ryan Zapoticky, Dal ....... 5 Aaron Napkora, Dal ....... 0 Evan Callaghan, Cre ...... 5 Hnter Bednarczyk, Cou . 0 Paul Brace, Dal ............... 4 Matt Cashman, Ber......... 4 Zach Edmundson, Tunk 4 Anthony Schwab, PA ..... 4 Colton Coolbaugh, Tunk 1 Garrett Artsma, Dal ........ 3 Kota Kishel, Cre.............. 3 Russell Monroe, Cou ..... 3 Jake Pecorelli, Ber ......... 3 Nick Powell, Cre ............. 3 Mark Romanczuk, PA .... 3 Josh Colley, Tunk........... 2 Vinny Genoble, Cre........ 2 Andy Muckin, Tunk......... 2 Brett Wanek, Dal............. 2 Kyle Gattuso, PA............. 1 Evan Hahn, PA ............... 1 Zach Macosky, Dal......... 1 Frankie Mahmoud, Cou . 1 Kris Roccograndi, Dal .... 1 Joe Starinsky, PA ........... 1 Ian Ashford, Cre.............. 1 Brian Beauchemin, Tnk . 1 Don Behm Dal................. 1 C.J. Curry, Ber ................ 1 Brian Delaney, PA .......... 1 Bill Dixon, Dal.................. 1 Josh King, Cou ............... 1 Jay Popson, Cre ............. 1 Keifer Rogers, Dal.......... 1 Mike Pardusky, Tunk ..... 1 Luke Seaberg, Tunk ...... 1 Nick Snyder, Ber............. 1 Mike Stankoski, PA ........ 1 Jeff Steeber, Ber ............ 1 Will Updegrove, Ber ....... 1

2pt Kick


Division 2A-A ................ TD Darrell Crawford, GAR ... 31 Nick O’Brien, WA............ 25 Brian Maslowski, Nan..... 15 Parrish Bennett, Han...... 17 Jared Novitski, LL........... 9 Tony Politz, Nwt.............. 15 David Gawlas, HR .......... 11 Nick Shelley, LL.............. 13 Jeff Skursky, WA ............ 9 Shaliek Powell, GAR...... 9 Lucas Benton, GAR ....... 8 Christian Foley, Nwt ....... 3 Dustin Jones, LL............. 8 Tom Cosgrove, HR ........ 7 Luke Height, GAR .......... 0 A.J. Lenkaitis, WA .......... 0 Jrmie Rittenhouse, Nwt . 5 Gunner Majer, Nwt ......... 4 Joe Ksiazkiewicz, Han ... 4 Zak Matuleski, Nan ......... 4 Shacore Proctor, Mey.... 4 Cody Schmitz, WA ......... 4 Dwayne Wright, GAR..... 4 Cole Barbacci, LL............ 4 Ahmad Bouie, WA.......... 4 Pat Hempel, Nan............. 4 Cal Lisman, Mey ............. 1 Austin Mazonkey, Nwt ... 4 Fabian Smith, Mey ......... 4 Mykel Dempsey, GAR ... 3 Joe Adonizio, WA ........... 3 Brady Butler, LL.............. 3 Matt DeMarco, Meyers... 3 Jalen Miller, Mey............. 3 Jeff Jezewski, Nan ......... 3 Seth Tarselli, HR ............ 3 Jeff Albert, Han ............... 0 Jimmy Strickland, HR..... 2 Dalton Tomko, Nwt......... 2 Klay Kasprzyk, Nan ........ 2 Eric Kerr, HR ................... 2 Tyriek Steward, Mey ...... 2 Geno Suda, Han ............. 2 Jordan Zezza, WA.......... 2 John Zuder, Han ............. 2 Robert Conklin, Han....... 1 Curt Barbacci, LL ............ 1 Connor Borden, Han ...... 1 Chris DeMarco, Mey ...... 1 Josh Dunay, Nwt............. 1 Peter Feno, Nwt.............. 1 Bill Hillman, LL ................ 1 Ivan Jackson, GAR......... 1 Teaguen Labatch, Mey .. 1 Mike Martin, HR.............. 1 Rashaun Mathis, GAR ... 1 Corey Moore, GAR......... 1 Cody Poeppering, LL ..... 1 Dillon Ropietski, Han...... 1 Sinclair Saunders, Han .. 1 Josh Sayre, LL ................ 1 Collin Shandra, HR......... 0 Shakir Soto, GAR ........... 1 Vince Villani, HR ............. 1 Logan Womelsdorf, Nwt 1

2pt Kick

4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2 2 8 3 2 2 6 0 5 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0

0 170 0 90 0 72 0 68 0 50 0 42 0 36 0 24 23 23 0 20 0 20 0 18 17 17 0 12 0 12 11 11 0 8 0 8 0 8 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 6 6 0 6 0 6

0 114 0 108 0 96 0 82 34 70 0 68 0 54 0 54 0 48 0 48 0 48 45 45 0 42 0 38 35 35 0 34 3 33 31 31 0 30 29 29 0 24 0 24 0 24 0 24 13 19 0 18 0 18 0 18 0 18 0 18 0 18 0 12 0 12 0 12 0 12 0 8 0 8 0 8 0 8 0 8 0 8 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 41 0 1 0 0 0 0 28 0 0 43 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


190 154 106 102 99 94 79 78 64 56 52 48 48 44 43 30 30 28 26 26 26 26 26 24 24 24 24 24 24 20 18 18 18 18 18 18 16 14 14 12 12 12 12 12 12 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6


Berwick quarterback Jared Pierce is a second team All-WVC selection.


Hazleton Area’s Brian Campbell is a second team All-WVC selection at runningt back.

T I M E S L E A D E R A L L- W V C S E C O N D T E A M Jared Pierce Brian Campbell Lucas Benton David Gawlas Jason Simonovich Jalen Miller Kyle Bissol Ryan Hoyt Jake Jola John Karazia Buddy Shutlock Chris Musto


Berwick Hazleton Area GAR Redeemer Dallas Meyers Hazleton Area Lake-Lehman Berwick Coughlin Dallas Pittston Area

Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr.

Jamie Aldrich Joe Olejar Corey Popovich Curt Barbacci Zac Evans Brett Good Anthony Survilla Matt Cashman Frankie Mahmoud Jeramie Rittenhouse Nick Shelley


Lake-Lehman GAR Wyoming Area Lake-Lehman Coughlin Wyo. Val. West Crestwood Berwick Coughlin Northwest Lake-Lehman

Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

2 0 S F O S C

1 2 C H O T H E



This is the preliminary schedule and subject to change. WEEK ONE Friday, Aug. 31 Berwick at Crestwood Central Mountain at Williamsport Hazleton Area at Scranton Holy Redeemer at Northwest Mid Valley at Hanover Area Nanticoke at Lackawanna Trail Old Forge at Lake-Lehman Scranton Prep at Wyoming Area Saturday, Sept. 1 Meyers at Holy Cross Pittston Area at Abington Heights Wyoming Valley West at Dallas Fri., Aug. 31 or Sat., Sept. 1 Lakeland at GAR Tunkhannock at Coughlin WEEK TWO Friday, Sept. 7 Col-Montour Vo-Tech at Nanticoke Coughlin at Hazleton Area GAR at Dunmore Hanover Area at Lackawanna Trail Montrose at Lake-Lehman North Pocono at Crestwood Pittston Area at Scranton Pottsville at Berwick Susquehanna at Northwest West Scranton at Tunkhannock Williamsport at Mifflin County Wyoming Area at Mid Valley Wyoming Valley West at Delaware Valley Saturday, Sept. 8 Abington Heights at Dallas Fri., Sept. 7, or Sat., Sept. 8 Holy Cross at Holy Redeemer Old Forge at Meyers WEEK THREE Friday, Sept. 14 Coughlin at Western Wayne Crestwood at Pittston Area Dallas at Berwick Delaware Valley at Hazleton Area GAR at Carbondale Holy Redeemer at Old Forge Lackawanna Trail at Meyers Lakeland at Hanover Area Scranton at Wyoming Valley West Susquehanna at Nanticoke Tunkhannock at Montrose Wyoming Area at Lake-Lehman Saturday, Sept. 15 Northwest at Holy Cross Williamsport at Abington Heights WEEK FOUR Friday, Sept. 21 Berwick at Wyoming Valley West Hazleton Area at Williamsport Hanover Area at Wyoming Area Tunkhannock at Pittston Area Wallenpaupack at Crestwood Saturday, Sept. 22 Coughlin at Dallas Fri., Sept. 21, or Sat., Sept. 22 Lake-Lehman at Holy Redeemer Nanticoke at Meyers Northwest at GAR

WEEK FIVE Friday, Sept. 28 Berwick at Selinsgrove Crestwood at Tunkhannock Dallas at Williamsport Hanover Area at Northwest Hazleton Area at Pittston Area Meyers at Lake-Lehman Wyoming Area at Nanticoke Fri., Sept. 28, or Sat., Sept. 29 GAR at Holy Redeemer Wyoming Valley West at Coughlin WEEK SIX Friday, Oct. 5 Coughlin at Williamsport Crestwood at Hazleton Area Nanticoke at Northwest Tunkhannock at Berwick Wyoming Valley West at Stroudsburg Saturday, Oct. 6 Pittston Area at Dallas Fri., Oct. 5, or Sat., Oct. 6 Hanover Area at Meyers Lake-Lehman at GAR Wyoming Area at Holy Redeemer WEEK SEVEN Friday, Oct. 12 Crestwood at Pocono Mountain West Dallas at Hazleton Area GAR at Hanover Area Holy Redeemer at Nanticoke Lake-Lehman at Northwest Meyers at Wyoming Area Pittston Area at Coughlin Tunkhannock at Wyoming Valley West Williamsport at Berwick WEEK EIGHT Friday, Oct. 19 Berwick at Pittston Area Dallas at Crestwood GAR at Wyoming Area Holy Redeemer at Hanover Area Nanticoke at Lake-Lehman Williamsport at Tunkhannock Wyoming Valley West at Hazleton Area Fri., Oct. 19, or Sat., Oct. 20 Pocono Mountain East at Coughlin Northwest at Meyers WEEK NINE Friday, Oct. 26 Crestwood at Williamsport Dallas at Tunkhannock Hazleton Area at East Stroudsburg South Lake-Lehman at Hanover Area Northwest at Wyoming Area Pittston Area at Wyoming Valley West Fri., Oct 26, or Sat., Oct. 27 Berwick at Coughlin Meyers at Holy Redeemer Nanticoke at GAR WEEK TEN Friday, Nov. 2 Carbondale at Tunkhannock Coughlin at Crestwood GAR at Meyers Hanover Area at Nanticoke Hazleton Area at Berwick Northwest at Montrose Williamsport at Wyoming Valley West Wyoming Area at Pittston Area Saturday, Nov. 3 Lake-Lehman at Dallas Fri., Nov. 2, or Sat., Nov. 3 Holy Redeemer at Pottsville Nativity





N B A EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC DIVISION Boston Celtics Last season’s finish: 56-26/ lost East semifinals to Miami Key moves: Added free agents Marquis Daniels and Chris Wilcox, and traded for Brandon Bass. Traded Glen Davis and lost Delonte West to Dallas. Best-case scenario: The foursome of Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen is capable of playing with anyone. Upsetting Miami or Chicago come postseason is within the realm. Worst-case scenario: GM Danny Ainge decides it’s not going to happen and begins the inevitable rebuilding process. He’s got to some nice pieces to deal. Losing Jeff Green (heart condition) is a big blow. New York Knicks Last season’s finish: 42-40/ lost first round to Boston Key moves: Tyson Chandler changes the team’s entire complexion. Free agent Mike Bibby adds depth. Waived veteran Chauncey Billups. Best-case scenario: Mike D’Antoni has a defensive backbone in Chandler behind Broadway bookends Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. The Knicks won’t win a title, but they’re going in the right direction. Worst-case scenario: Chandler is the only guy playing any defense, making the New Yorkers into a mismatched unit without an identity.

aim. Deron Williams and Brook Lopez should be good for 35 wins, although Lopez will be out until at least February because of a broken right foot. Worst-case scenario: Williams wants out and is gone by the trade deadline and Lopez’s foot takes longer to heal than expected, rendering the last season in New Jersey a waste. Toronto Raptors Last season’s finish: 22-60/ missed playoffs Key moves: Former Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey takes the reins as head coach. Free agency brought a bunch of bodies, but no difference makers. Best-case scenario: Getting Casey’s defensive system down would be good start for a young team. The franchise is armed with cap room, so it’s looking to the future. Worst-case scenario: The nightly beatings wear on guys such as Ed Davis and Andrea Bargnani, while the lack of practice time frustrates Casey.

SOUTHEAST DIVISION Miami Heat Last year’s finish: 58-24/lost NBA Finals to Dallas Key moves: The Super Friends added Shane Battier and underachieving Eddy Curry, plus re-signed Mario Chalmers, James Jones and Juwan Howard. Best-case scenario: No reason to think the Heat can’t make a return trip to the Finals. Maybe this time LeBron James doesn’t shrink in the spotlight. Worst-case scenario: The Philadelphia 76ers Last season’s finish: 41-41/lost cart goes before the horse again and Miami’s destiny gets first round to Miami squashed in the East playoffs. Key moves: Re-signed free agents Tony The Bulls are the most likely hammer. Battie, Spencer Orlando Magic Hawes and Last season’s finish: 52-30/ Thaddeus lost first round to Atlanta Young. Key moves: Keeping Dwight Drafted Howard ... for now. Brought forward back Jason Nikola Vucevic with Richardson 16th pick. and Earl Best-case scenario: The Sixers Clark, tradshould be a lower-seeded played for Glen off squad with the youthful Davis and energy of Jrue Holiday and waived Evan Turner, plus veterans Gilbert Thaddeus Young and Elton Arenas. Brand. Best-case scenario: Howard Worst-case scenario: Not remains happy and the Magic much separates Philly from contend again. Remember, they bottom feeders in the East, so were in the Finals just three the postseason is hardly guaryears ago. anteed. Worst-case scenario: GM Otis Smith gets tired of listening to New Jersey Nets Howard’s personnel advice and Last season’s finish: 24-58/ jettisons Superman to some missed playoffs other NBA galaxy. Key moves: Signed a pair of former Knicks in Shawne WilAtlanta Hawks liams and Last season’s finish: 44-38/ Shelden lost East semifinals to Chicago Williams. Key moves: New owners added Traded vets Tracy McGrady, Vladimir forward RadmaBrandan novic Wright to and the MaverJason icks, and Collins, Sasha Vuand lost jacic split for Turkey. Picked up Jamal All-Star center Mehmet Okur in Crawford. a trade with Utah. Best-case scenario: The verBest-case scenario: Unable to satile Hawks made it a round lure any big-time free agents — deep into the playoffs. Led by again — coach Avery Johnson Josh Smith, Joe Johnson, heads into another season Marvin Williams and Al Horford, where growth is a top-four seed is the goal. the Worst-case scenario: Remaining a notch or two below the







East’s elite, Atlanta is gone after the first round. Charlotte Bobcats Last season’s finish: 34-48/ missed playoffs Key moves: The draft brought top-10 picks Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker. Traded for Corey Maggette to make up for loss of Stephen Jackson. Bestcase scenario: Take a step back into the playoffs after last season’s absence. It’s still a year devoted to development of their rookies. Worst-case scenario: For all the postseason hopes, another shot at lottery talent isn’t a bad deal. Washington Wizards Last season’s finish: 23-59/ missed playoffs Key moves: The draft delivered Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton. Josh Howard bolted for Utah. Best-case scenario: John Wall continues to grow, adding maybe 10 wins to the ledger. Worst-case scenario: Wall begins to feel the dissatisfaction of other superstars without much help and starts wondering about life elsewhere. CENTRAL DIVISION Chicago Bulls Last season’s finish: 62-20/ lost Eastern Conference finals to Miami Key moves: Unlike last year’s free-agent haul headlined by Carlos Boozer, the Bulls haven’t done much this time around other than lose bench depth in Rasual Butler and Kurt Thomas. Best-case scenario: Chicago had the NBA’s best record last season and Derrick Rose is the defending MVP. They’re talking title in the Windy City. Worst-case scenario: Other than major injuries, it’s hard to imagine finishing outside of the top four in the East.

Last season’s finish: 30-52/ missed playoffs Key moves: Surprised some by re-signing Tay8shaun Prince. Cut ties to Rip Hamilton, another link to their glory years. Lawrence Frank takes over as coach. Best-case scenario: Young pieces such as Greg Monroe, Austin Daye, Jonas Jerebko and rookie Brandon Knight thrive under Frank. Get consistency from vets Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon. Worst-case scenario: Falling short of the playoffs for a third consecutive year might finally cost GM Joe Dumars his job. Cleveland Cavaliers Last season’s finish: 19-63/ missed playoffs Key moves: The draft yielded the first and fourth picks in Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. Promising forward Omri Casspi acquired from Sacramento. Baron Davis was waived under the amnesty clause. Best-case scenario: The kids are allowed to play without any unnecessary pressure or expectations. The Cavs are going to lose. Worst-case scenario: Dan Gilbert sends out another angry e-mail asking David Stern to expand the playoffs to 15 teams in each conference.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SOUTHWEST DIVISION San Antonio Spurs Last season’s finish: 61-21/lost first round to Memphis Key moves: Traded away George Hill, a young and quickly improving combo guard with Rajon Rondo potential. Rookie forward Kawhi Leonard is being counted on to make up for the Richard Jefferson disaster. Best-case scenario: The Spurs did own the West’s best record last season, and the Three Amigos — Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker — are Indiana Pacers still intact. A deep playoff run is Last season’s finish: 37-45/ entirely possible. lost first round to Chicago Worst-case scenario: Duncan Key moves: Big-time upgrades is clearly on the downside of a to the frontcourt and backcourt Hall of Fame career, and come with the acquisitions of twoplayoff time the Spurs will be time All-Star David West and five years removed from their George Hill. last title. Time isn’t an ally. Best-case scenario: Dallas Mavericks Another Last season’s finish: 57-25/ trip to the NBA champions playoffs Key moves: Tried to offset with a relosses of Tyson Chandler and cord creep- J.J. Barea by stealing Lamar ing over Odom from the Lakers, and .500 is on the table in Indy. The signing newcomers join Darren ColliVince son, Roy Hibbert and Danny Carter and Granger on an exciting roster. Delonte Worst-case scenario: No one West. emerges as the team’s leader, Best-case and the Pacers remain one of scenario: those clubs without a prayer to A repeat is get out of the first round. possible in a wateredMilwaukee Bucks down Western Conference. Last season’s finish: 35-47/ Brendan Haywood is no Chanmissed playoffs dler, but he should be enough Key moves: The new faces most nights. The Mavericks include Mike Dunleavy, Stephen have depth and, oh yeah, Dirk Jackson, Shaun Livingston, Nowitzki. Beno Udrih and rookie Tobias Worst-case scenario: An old Harris. squad playing a condensed Best-case schedule could lead to nagging scenario: injuries and/or a tired bunch Brandon come playoff time. That spells a Jennings possible early exit against the and Andrew West’s young guns. Bogut appear to New Orleans Hornets have some Last season’s finish: 46-36/ scoring lost first round to LA Lakers help, giving Key moves: The Chris Paul era the defenis over. sive-minded Bucks much-needWelcome 2010 MVP ed punch. to the Big Derrick Rose Worst-case scenario: Guys Easy, Eric of the Chica- such as Dunleavy, Jackson, Gordon, go Bulls Livingston and Udrih were Chris Kaavailable for a reason. Don’t be man and surprised by another stroll Al-Farouq down lottery lane. Aminu. The Hornets also lost David West. Detroit Pistons Best-case scenario: The fran-

chise can move on and start an injury-plagued disappointlooking to the future. The NBA ment, but was re-signed. Added hopes the fans don’t turn on free agent the team and a legitimate Jamal buyer can be found to place the Crawford. Hornets on solid ground. Best-case Worst-case scenario: The scenario: losses pile up quickly and New LaMarcus Orleans Arena becomes a lifeAldridge is less zone, prompting a new an All-Star round of relocation talk. piece to build Memphis Grizzlies around. Last season’s finish: 46-36/ Count on coach Nate McMillan lost West semifinals to Oklaho- to steer this ship back into the ma City playoffs. Key moves: Re-signing Marc Worst-case scenario: With a Gasol is huge for the frannumber of players on last-year chise’s deals and a new GM coming present and aboard, a slow start could open future. the trade floodgates as PorLosing tland tries to shed salaries for stopper next year. Shane Battier is a Utah Jazz blow. Last season’s finish: 39-43/ Best-case missed playoffs scenario: Key moves: Brought in two Gasol and rookies — Enes Kanter and Alec Zach Randolph continue to Burks — punish frontlines, Mike Conley drafted in continues to develop and Rudy the top 12 to Gay fits back into the mix. aid GM Homecourt in the first round is Kevin doable. O’Conner in Worst-case scenario: Chemthe rebuildistry issues have blown up ing effort. young teams before with plenty Josh Howard signed in free of potential. You never really agency. know with guys like Z-Bo. Best-case scenario: There’s talent in Salt Lake City, espeHouston Rockets cially in the frontcourt with Last season’s finish: 43-39/ Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap, missed playoffs and Al Jefferson. A winning Key moves: Yao Ming retired record and playoff berth would and Kevin McHale was hired as be a success. coach. Worst-case scenario: O’ConTraded ner starts moving his overfor point priced vets and commits to guard another swim through the Jonny lottery. Flynn. BestMinnesota Timberwolves case scenario: McHale gets Last season’s finish: 17-65/ something big out of former missed playoffs No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet. Key moves: Run, Rickey, run. Perhaps trading some young Ricky Rubio joins the point assets for a difference maker guard party, along with Maversqueezes the Rockets into the icks ex playoffs. J.J. Worst-case scenario: It’s a Barea. rebuilding year, so the younger No. 2 pick players load up on valuable Derrick experience as the front office Williams plans for the lottery. is another buildNORTHWEST DIVISION ing block for new coach Rick Oklahoma City Thunder Adelman. Last season’s finish: 55-27/ Best-case scenario: Is a winlost West finals to Dallas ning record and/or postseason Key moves: Stayed relatively trip in reach? Kevin Love and pat other than re-signing 3Michael Beasley round out a point spetalented, if unproven, nucleus cialist Dae- that should start an upward quan Cook climb in the West. and draftWorst-case scenario: If Rubio ing guard turns out to be more flash than Reggie substance, the setback for the Jackson. franchise could be devastating Also parted considering how much is inways with vested in the Spanish playNate Robinson. maker. Best-case scenario: ChamPACIFIC DIVISION pionship-caliber club in the making. Two-time scoring Los Angeles Lakers champ Kevin Durant is a future Last season’s finish: 57-25/ MVP, while Russell Westbrook lost West semifinals to Dallas is closing in on top-five point Key moves: Gave away Lamar guard status. Odom to Worst-case scenario: WestDallas brook takes a step back in his after the development by trying to do failed too much. Low-post scoring Chris doesn’t materialize, forcing too Paul bid. much reliance on jumpers. Mike Brown has some long suspenDenver Nuggets ders to fill with Phil Jackson Last season’s finish: 50-32/ out to Montana pasture. lost first round to Oklahoma Best-case scenario: You can City win a title with Kobe Bryant, Key moves: Re-signed Nene to Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum patrol the middle, and traded as your starting base. The Paul for Corey deal died, but it’s obvious the Brewer front office is poised to deal for and a superstar partner for Kobe. Rudy Worst-case scenario: They Fernanstrike out on Dwight Howard, dez Gasol pouts due to trade fiasco, (from and Brown doesn’t form a Zen Dallas), connection with Bryant. and Andre Miller. Free agents Phoenix Suns Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith and Last season’s finish: 40-42/ Wilson Chandler are playing in missed playoffs China. Key moves: Brought back Best-case scenario: Playoff string somehow gets extended Grant Hill, signed Shannon Brown and to nine consecutive years with Sebastian some serious coaching from Telfair, and George Karl. lost Aaron Worst-case scenario: Look for Brooks to Karl not to finish the season if China and he’s fed up with the craziness Vince Carand the Nuggets are flounderter to the ing. Mavs. Best-case Portland Trail Blazers scenario: Steve Nash wills this Last season’s finish: 48-34/ collection of role players tolost first round to Dallas Key moves: Bum knees forced gether to sneak into the botfranchise stalwart Brandon Roy to retire. Greg Oden has been See NBA, Page 12C



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tom of the West playoff bracket. Worst-case scenario: The Suns finally part with fan favorite Nash, trading the two-time MVP to start the inevitable retooling process.

Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry light it up, with David Lee getting it done down low. Worst-case scenario: If Jackson can’t sell this outfit on playing some defense, the losses will pile up with the points.

Los Angeles Clippers Last season’s finish: 32-50/ missed playoffs Key moves: After the league shot down their Staples Centers Golden State Warriors neighLast season’s finish: 36-46/ bors, missed playoffs the NBA Key moves: Armed with cap deliverroom, the Warriors couldn’t ed Chris sign a difference-making big Paul to man and L.A.’s settled on other team. CP3 is a gamehas-been changer. Don’t forget the Clips Kwame Brown. New signed Caron Butler, re-signed coach Mark DeAndre Jordan and added Chauncey Billups. Jackson Best-case scenario: Winning and conthe Pacific isn’t as crazy as it sultant Jerry West sounds. Teaming franchise player Blake Griffin with anothjoin the er franchiser in Paul, and surfold. Best-case scenario: New own- rounding them with veteran ers Joe Lacob and Peter Guber know-how has the Clips thinking big. reignite the league’s best fans.








Worst-case scenario: The lack of practice time this season slows the jelling process, leaving the Clippers on the road in the first round. Sacramento Kings Last season’s finish: 24-58/ missed playoffs Key moves: Prepare for the Jimmer Fredette experience. Kings also added depth via trades and free agency with Chuck Hayes, J.J. Hickson and John Salmons. Best-case scenario: A healthy Tyreke Evans, a more mature DeMarcus Cousins, plus Marcus Thornton lead a 10-game improvement, energizing the city to get a new arena built. Worst-case scenario: Lameduck coach Paul Westphal can’t get his team to defend, which could cost him his job. Relocation to Anaheim or elsewhere follows.


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Michael Beasley said. “We were bored! Now we feel like we’ve got a purpose in life. We can do what we do best.” It’s time. It’s time for Derek Fisher to be seen in Lakers gold, not Brooks Brothers gray. It’s time for postgame news conferences with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, not postmeeting sessions with David Stern and Adam Silver. It’s time for Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks to defend their title on the court, not for Jeffrey Kessler and the players’ union to defend their decision to disband in the courts. “I don’t even want to talk about the lockout any more, man!” Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant said. “It was just so frustrating to go through that and everything that went on, us meeting and not meeting and not coming to an agreement and fans getting upset with us. It was tough. But I’m glad we got through it.” It didn’t look so good for a while. Once the dispute was finally settled, a whole new drama broke out with Paul and Dwight Howard looking for trades out of New Orleans and Orlando. Howard eventually softened his stance, but his future is still the focus in Orlando. “I don’t think our situation is going to go away,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “But I think it’ll be a lot more focused on the games than there has been (focus) on the lockout.” The Lakers thought they had a deal for Paul, but Stern, acting as the owner of the Hornets, nixed that, and another crisis was born. The Clippers swooped in at the end, seizing some of the spotlight

from Kobe and the Lakers for the first time since, well, ever. “Hey, that’s got to be driving Kobe,” Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson said. “That should drive (Pau) Gasol and (Andrew) Bynum and those guys and Derek Fisher to say, ‘Hey, no way I’m going to let them take over Los Angeles.”’ The two teams met twice in the preseason, and the rivalry quickly escalated. Bryant injured his wrist on a hard foul in the first game and Lakers agitator Matt Barnes shoved Griffin to the court in the second game. That wasn’t the only miniseries infused with more intensity and energy than any exhibition game in recent years. The Timberwolves were buoyant after finishing their second game against the Bucks with a 12-0 run to finish the preseason 2-0. James and Quentin Richardson were seen trading shoulder blocks all the way down the floor in Miami’s preseason finale against Orlando. “That’s our sanctuary. When we get out between the lines and we’re playing, that’s all that matters,” Richardson said. “And that’s definitely our escape from anything going on, or anything negative or anything like that.” The melodrama surrounding Paul’s request to be traded from New Orleans could have ripple effects throughout the Western Conference. The Lakers have been grousing since losing out on Paul and sending Lamar Odom to Dallas, but they weren’t the only team hurt by that decision. The Rockets had agreed to send Kevin Martin and Luis Scola to the Hornets as part of a threeteam deal that would have landed them Gasol. Instead, they had to abandon any designs on signing Nene, go with Sam Dalembert in the middle and do some serious damage control with Scola and Martin.

While all the drama was unfolding, the Thunder have been playing the role of the young, hungry contender, ferociously working while no one was watching and preparing to throw nothing but haymakers as soon as the bell rings. The Heat are back for another run at the title. James, Wade and Chris Bosh had the whole league against them after a presumptuous welcome ceremony on South Beach. But the spotlight hasn’t been quite as bright while everyone has been looking toward the Clippers and Magic, where Howard’s wishes seem to change by the day. “It’s good to see other guys around the league get that attention,” Wade said. “I think they got enough of us last year. It’s good to see other teams, other franchises, get that spotlight for a while. Hope they enjoy it.” The fan hunger is there as well. The Clippers sold out their game against the Lakers, and the first in that series was the most viewed preseason game in NBATV history. The Timberwolves had 15,000 people attend their home preseason game against the Bucks, and another 2,500 turned out for a free practice on a Monday afternoon just to get a glimpse of Ricky Rubio. More than 10,000 fans watched a free practice with the New York Knicks, and the Thunder’s rabid fan base packed the arena for Durant’s return to the court. “We had to sacrifice a little bit of time and there were some harsh words thrown our way, but at the end of the day, everybody got what they wanted, which was basketball,” Durant said. “That’s what we worked hard for, is to play the game of basketball. We had to work the business part out and now we’re just back to basketball.” Let the games begin.


Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher (2) drives around Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday.











Winter Classic will take Flyers back

Sales process stops for Dodgers

Some Philadelphia players have cool memories about playing outdoor hockey. By SAM CARCHIDI The Philadelphia Inquirer

Team’s plans to sell media rights to future games halted by Delaware judge. By RANDALL CHASE AP Business Writer

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A U.S. District Judge in Delaware on Friday dealt a significant blow to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ plans to sell the media rights to future games, halting the sales process while he consider an appeal by Fox Sports. Judge Leonard Stark also said he likely will agree with Fox’s position that a bankruptcy judge who authorized the sale process erred when he determined that certain protections granted to Fox in its existing contract with the Dodgers were unenforceable in bankruptcy. “The court is also likely to conclude that the bankruptcy court opinion and/or order are based on one or more clearly erroneous findings of fact,” wrote Stark, who said he would issue an opinion on Tuesday further explaining his reasons for granting Fox’s request for an emergency stay of the bankruptcy order. Attorneys for the Dodgers and the team’s creditors committee had warned Stark at a hearing Thursday that issuing the stay could torpedo plans to sell both the team and the media rights by the April 30 deadline included in a settlement between the Dodgers and Major League Baseball. But Stark noted in his order that it is “undisputed” that the team itself will be sold by April 30, even with entry of the stay, and that the stay will not substantially injure the Dodgers or the creditors committee. “LAD has no comment other than that it will be reviewing the court’s opinion when issued on Tuesday,” a Dodgers spokeswoman wrote Friday in an email replying to a request for comment. Fox Sports spokesman Chris Bellitti also had little comment. “We’re letting the legal process play out,” he said. Lawyers for Major League Baseball and a spokesman for the league did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Stark is set to hear arguments on the merits of Fox’s appeal at a Jan. 12 hearing, but Thursday’s hearing on whether to issue the emergency stay offered a prelude to next month’s arguments. Fox attorney Catherine Steege argued Thursday that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross exceeded his authority in authorizing the media rights sale, saying Gross effectively rewrote the existing contract between Fox and the Dodgers. That contract gives Fox an exclusive 45-day period starting in October 2012 to try to negotiate a contract extension with the Dodgers. The contract also prohibits the Dodgers from talking to other potential buyers of the media rights before Nov. 30 of next year and gives Fox a limited right of first refusal on competing offers received after that date. But in his order, Gross said those “no-shop” provisions were unenforceable in bankruptcy, a finding that Stark indicated likely will not pass legal muster. Stark said Fox had met its burden of showing that it would be irreparably harmed without the stay because the media rights sale process approved by Gross gives Fox a lesser chance of winning the right to televise Dodgers games after 2013 than it had before Gross entered his order.


Boston Bruins’ Dennis Seidenberg, center, celebrates in a huddle with teammates Joe Corvo (14) and Tyler Seguin (19) as Florida Panthers’ Tomas Kopecky, left, skates away Friday.

Bruins are back on top After slow start, defending Stanley Cup champs took off on a torrid stretch.

The Associated Press

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins got off to a horrid start to their Stanley Cup championship defense, winning just three of their first 10 games and landing in last place in the Eastern Conference. After an incredible two-month surge, they’re back on top. “They deserve a lot of credit for that and they worked hard to accomplish that and I think it’s important that they enjoy the three days of the Christmas holiday they have,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Boston beat Florida 8-0 on Friday night for its 20th win in 23 games. It’s easy to see why the Bruins have been nearly unbeatable since losing two in a row to Montreal at the end of October. They enter the NHL’s three-day Christmas break with the most goals scored (119) and the fewest allowed (63) in the NHL. A recipe for success for any team — not just defending champs. During the Bruins’ rough stretch, the players heard complaints and some boos from the hometown fans. They sensed the disappointment and feel as if they’ve responded with a similar effort that saw them win the organization’s first title in 39 years.

“We were sitting at the15th spot in October with a lot of criticism on us so we realize that this is a game that things change quickly and oftentimes things change through hard work and that’s what I think we did the last two months,” forward Gregory Campbell said. “We worked hard, we played our game and we played consistent. It’s a tough league. Every night is a battle and every night you have to compete. Wins aren’t always going to flow as easily, or not as easily, but I think as pure as they have, but as long as we’re competing and playing our game, I think that’s our goal right now.” The big offensive night against Florida was hardly unusual for the Bruins this season. They’ve scored six or more goals nine times — eight coming in their last 22 games. Quite a run for a team known for its defense under Julien. “I think it goes to show that we have probably more talent than sometimes people give us credit for,” Julien said of the team’s offensive outburst. “We play a good team game, we create our scoring chances and right now our guys are scoring some pretty nice goals.” Behind Boston’s offense is the top goalie tandem in the league. Both Tim Thomas — last season’s winner of the Vezina and Conn Smythe trophies — and Tuukka Rask have goals against averages

under 1.85, making the Bruins the NHL’s only team with two goalies allowing under two goals a game. The pair have combined for three shutouts in Boston’s last five games and held opponents to two goals or less 22 times this season. “It’s a big-time luxury. I’m not going to hide that fact. It doesn’t matter who you put in net right now, you know you’re going to get good goaltending,” Julien said. “Both guys have been at the top of their game, which allows you to put in one or the other. The other guy gets a rest and the other guy stays sharp. They’re both very supportive of that approach and they’re OK with it. That just makes us such a better team by having that situation right now. We’re extremely fortunate because most teams in this league don’t have that approach or luxury.” The players talked after Friday’s win about how they realize now what it took to recover from the rough start but they hardly seemed content with where they’re at — considering that the calendar hasn’t even turned to 2012. “We’re feeling good about ourselves. We’re confident, but we can’t, we always said it before, we can’t be satisfied,” forward Patrice Bergeron said. “Now we have a couple days to rest and make sure we get ready for the second half of the season because it’s going to get tougher.”

PHILADELPHIA — The Winter Classic is easily the most eagerly anticipated regular-season game on the Flyers’ schedule. For several reasons. For one, the national buildup and accompanying HBO series, “24/7,” have given the matchup — the Flyers face the rival New York Rangers on Jan. 2 at Ryan Howard’s favorite ballpark — a Super Bowl-like feel. For another, playing outdoors takes the players back to the innocence of their youth, back to when they skated on neighborhood ponds, screaming with glee during pickup hockey games. Or, perhaps, just screaming. Maybe “screaming” is a slight exaggeration, but Andrej Meszaros, the Flyers’ dependable 26-year-old defenseman, admits he is one of the few NHL players who despised playing on a river or a pond during his younger days. The player known as “Mez” didn’t fear getting hit with a puck or stick. He feared falling through the ice. “I was always scared and terrified of going on the river because I wasn’t sure if it was going to be frozen enough, so I just played street hockey,” he said the other day, laughing. “It was safer, you know! “I tried to always play inside,” added Meszaros, who grew up in Slovakia. “I never played outside, but my buddies used to play on the river.” He paused. “Actually, I did play outside. It was like a basketball court and they put water on it and it froze. It wasn’t a river, so I wasn’t afraid of falling through.” There will be no fear, of course, when the Flyers skate at Citizens Bank Park. “Hopefully the weather will be good, and it’ll be nice and sunny and a full house,” Meszaros said. “I never dreamed of doing this. My dream was to play in the NHL, and to play outside is special. My family is going to be here, so I’m really excited for them to be here and watch me play outside.” This will be Meszaros’ first outdoor game, but many Flyers played in the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park, where the Boston Bruins were outplayed for most of the game but rallied for a 2-1 overtime win. “It will be very cool. I can’t wait,” Flyers center Danny Briere said. “The first time around, I thought it was going to

be a gimmicky kind of game, but looking back, it was one of the best experiences of my career. And it’s not just the game itself. It’s everything around the game — the practice outside the day before, the family skate, the preparation. “You walk in and look up at the sky. That’s one of the things that’s so cool about it. I was totally wrong in my first impression I had when I found out we were playing at Fenway. So this time round, I’m really looking forward to it and I’m a lot more excited.” A lot of the Flyers, including Briere, said the highlight of the 2010 Winter Classic was having an outdoor practice that was accompanied by snow the day before the game in Boston. When you watched the giggling, smiling players throwing snowballs at each other as they practiced breakaways, it was like a time machine had taken them back to their youth. It was a scene that Norman Rockwell would have enjoyed painting. “It started snowing and that was the most perfect setup you could possibly hope for,” Briere said. “I don’t know the forecast for this year’s game” — 50 degrees and mostly clear was predicted entering the weekend — “but that’s what I remember the most from the first one.” Defenseman Matt Carle said the Winter Classic “has taken on a life of its own. I don’t want to say it’s compared to the Super Bowl or anything, but it’s a pretty important game and you want to win it. To be able to play in one was great, and to be able to play in two is even more special, especially to play it in Philly. It’s going to be unbelievable.” Because the rink is set back from the stands, the players feel as if they are in their own little world. “When you’re on the ice out there, it’s almost like you’re in your own surroundings. The crowd is so far away. You can hear them, but it’s pretty quiet on the ice,” Carle said. “It’s pretty cool. It’s almost like a calm out there and you can communicate, but at the same time, there’s 50,000 people there, so it has a pretty special feel. I don’t know if it’s like that in the football stadiums because obviously I’ve never played there, but in the baseball stadiums, that’s how it seems to work. And it’s a big thrill to be out there." Carle playfully used an Ilya Bryzgalov-ism when describing what it’s like to play outdoors. “It’s pretty rare when you look up and you can see the sky — or the ‘whole universe, if you want to quote Bryz,’” Carle said with a grin. “It’s neat.” Bryzgalov hopes rain doesn’t affect the game.






Take off the tags and go fish Catch this, displaying fishing licenses may soon become thing of the past.


Right message is delivered in a small dose


Earlier this month the state legislature passed a bill that removes the requirement for hunters and trappers to display their licenses and anglers may not be far behind. Gov. Tom Corbett signed HB 735 into law on Dec. 15, meaning as of Feb. 13, 2012 hunters and trappers will no longer need to pin their licenses on the back of a coat while in the field. Pennsylvania Game Commission executive director Carl Roe said the Gavlick new law will make hunting less complicated and limit the inconveniences that come with lost or misplaced licenses. “Since 2003, the Game Commission has been supporting various drafts of legislation to remove this antiquated requirement,” Roe said. Members of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board have had preliminary discussions to remove the display requirement with fishing licenses as well, although such a change likely wouldn’t take effect until 2013 at the earliest. Removing the display requirement for a fishing license could be just one facet of a three-part process, however. PFBC commissioner Norm Gavlick of Kingston, who represents the northeast region, said there are financial considerations along with enforcement issues that need to be considered when removing the display requirement. “We were shown stats from another state that went from display to not having to display a fishing license, and they lost sales,” Gavlick said. “I don’t know if it was solely because of the removal of the display requirement of if there were other factors.” One of the concerns, according to Gavlick, is if anglers aren’t required to display their fishing license, some will take their chances and not buy one. But the package of proposals that Gavlick supports could resolve the issue. Gavlick would like to see a proposal that gives anglers the option to display their license or not, along with a lower license fee and increased fines for those who fish without a license. All those proposals together would encourage anglers to still purchase licenses after the display requirement is removed, he said.




The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission board may look to remove the license display requirement this year as part of a package of changes.

Gavlick added the PFBC board has the ability to remove the display requirement, while there is pending legislation to lower the cost of a fishing license. An increase in fines would have to be approved by the legislature, he said. Gavlick doesn’t believe the display requirement does much to aid enforcement because each year’s license looks the same and anyone can copy one

and display it, creating the appearance of a valid license. “The Waterways Conservation Officers used to be able to look at the color and year digits on the license, even from a distance, to determine if it was valid,” Gavlick said. “To me it’s more likely if somebody doesn’t want to buy a license, they can copy one and display it. “Just because you have some-

thing displayed doesn’t mean it’s valid. The potential for fraud is still there.” An increase in the fine for fishing without purchasing a license would put a little more bite in the law, Gavlick said, while reducing the cost makes it less likely that anglers won’t want to purchase one even if they don’t have to display it. “If we can get a license package like this through, we’ll have

the ability to come up with new license options down the road,” Gavlick said. While Gavlick doesn’t anticipate a formal vote on the display issue when the PFBC board meets in January, he does anticipate the issue being discussed and possibly voted on this year. The earliest that could happen, he said, would be the April meeting.

OUTDOORS NOTES The 2012 Northeast Regional Coyote Hunt, sponsored by District 9 of the PA Trappers Association, will be held on Feb. 3, 4 and 5. A $2,000 grand prize will be awarded for the heaviest coyote, a $250 prize for the heaviest coyote turned in each day and $100 will be awarded for all coyotes turned in during the hunt. Coyotes taken in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Pike, Luzerne and Sullivan counties during the three-day hunt are eligible. Coyotes must be taken by legal hunting methods only and not with traps or cable restraints. Weigh-in will be held at the Triton Hose Co. in Tunkhannock from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Weigh-in ends at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5. A weigh-in dinner, included in the entry fee, will be held for all entrants on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. A $25 entry fee is due by Jan. 21 (fee includes dinner). After Jan. 21 the fee is $30 and entries will not be accepted after 10 p.m., Feb. 1. For more information call 570-9426895, 570-679-2318 or email Include “coyote hunt information” in the subject. Huntington Mills United Sportsmen will hold their 10th Annual Coyote Hunt on Friday-Sunday, Jan. 20-22. Weigh-in will be at the clubhouse on 251 Waterton Road in Huntington Mills. The hunt begins on Friday, Jan. 20 at 12:01 a.m. Weigh-in times are Friday and Saturday (Jan. 20 and 21) 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded for heaviest coyote and second place will be $500. There will also be a smallest coyote pool, gun raffle and 50/50 drawing. A breakfast buffet will be served on Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee is $25 and must be in by Jan. 18. Entries can be mailed to United Sportsmen Camp 271, P.O. Box 85, Huntington Mills, PA 18622 or emailed to For more information call 2563933 or 683-5472. Nescopeck Hunting and Rifle Club will

hold a firearms and outdoors sports show Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nescopeck Township Volunteer Fire Co. The show will offer opportunities to buy, sell and trade firearms, archery, knives, handloading, military, antique and related items. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Admission is $3 and children under 12 are free. For more information, call Robert Hettinger at 759-1783. The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first meeting of 2012 on Jan. 22-24, in the auditorium of the agency’s Harrisburg headquarters at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Ave. exit of Interstate 81 in Harrisburg. A copy of the agenda for the upcoming meeting will be posted on the agency’s website in mid-January. An ice fishing derby will be held at Lake Jean on Jan. 15 – rescheduled from Jan. 8 due to unsafe ice conditions. Registration fee is $10 per person and there’s

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hey got off easy. Everett H. Leonard and his son, Everett Tyler Leonard, are two of the group of five Maine residents who went on a killing spree in Bradford County in October and December of 2010. When it was over, or more accurately busted, 32 deer were dead. They did it all during the early muzzleloader season in October and the second week of the rifle deer season. After the group was arrested, the case figured to be a good test for the new poaching laws in place thanks to House Bill 1859, which was adopted in July 2010. The law increased the punishment for illegally killing multiple deer from a summary offense to a misdemeanor or felony in some cases. It also increases fine and allows for jail time in some instances. But there’s a problem with the fines and jail time: there’s no mandatory minimum. That means it’s up to the judge to impose fines and jail sentences that can range from zero to several thousands of dollars and years in jail. The Leonards received closer to the low end on both accounts when they were sentenced earlier this month after pleading guilty. Everett H. Leonard pleaded guilty to one felony count, four misdemeanor counts and 10 summary counts. He faced up to seven years in prison and $43,000 in fines and costs. Here’s what he got: 15 to 60 days in prison, 18 months probation and a $2,300 fine. The younger Leonard pleaded guilty to seven felony counts, four misdemeanor counts and 14 summary counts. He faced up to 24 years in prison and $100,000 in fines and costs. Here’s what he got: 105 days to 14 months in prison, 18 months probation and a $3,550 fine. Dan Figured, law enforcement officer for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Northeast Region, said his first reaction to the punishments was disappointment. “We were expecting more,” Figured said. At least it’s something But the more he thought about it, Figured determined that the Leonards’ punishment is still no walk in the park. Both will have to come down from Maine to spend time in a Bradford County jail cell, answer to a probation officer for the 18 months and the guilty pleas will have an impact when they face other poaching and drug-related charges in their home state. “They’ll be out of their comfort zone for quite a while,” Figured said. The lack of mandatory minimums gives judges leeway when it comes to sentencing convicted poachers. The new law is still in the early stages, so the fines and jail time could increase as sentencing guidelines are established. When the law was passed it was hoped it would send a massage to potential poachers that jail time is a real possibility if they get caught. Despite the short sentences in the Leonards’ case, Figured believed a message was still sent. “These individuals are going to spend time in jail for illegally killing deer. We hoped for stiffer penalties, but this is just a start,” he said. “It’s uncharted waters. This is the first time we ever had people sent to jail for killing deer. It’s going to take time for the judicial system to get used to a new law.” The law will get another test soon. In January, preliminary hearings will be heard for seven employees of a natural gas pipeline company who were arrested for poaching deer earlier this month in Wyoming and Susquehanna counties. Let’s hope an even louder message is sent this time.











Lentz has complete career without the NBA Baltimore Bullets called, but former war vet was content playing pro basketball in York. By JIM SEIP York Daily Record/Sunday News

YORK, Pa. — The telephone call came in 1950 or 51. The Baltimore Bullets offered York’s Art Lentz the opportunity to play basketball in the National Basketball Association. Lentz had been one of the top players for the York Pros in the Eastern Professional Basketball League, a league with teams in such towns as Lancaster, Sunbury and Williamsport. He didn’t accept the opportunity to play in the NBA. He knows, it sounds crazy. But try to think of the NBA in terms of what it was, not what it has become. The NBA was still in its infancy. Games weren’t televised. Lentz didn’t even know what a basketball was until he tried out for his high school team at West York in ninth grade. The NBA had no shot clock. And almost all the players used a twohanded set shot. “The players were old GIs, and many of them had more eyes than teeth,” Terry Pluto wrote of the NBA in the late 40s and early 50s in his book, “Tall Tales.” “They liked basketball, but they’d rather drink beer than play ball. And they’d rather fight than drink. Pro basketball merged all these interests: They played some ball, fought on the court, then went out for beer. If enough of the suds flowed, they got to fight again.” On top of it all, the money wasn’t amazing. “I played here in York and made $35 a game,” Lentz said. “Freddy Scolari called me from the Baltimore Bullets, and he offered me $600 a month. When you were away from home, they paid for everything. Well, when you came home you had to take

care of everything. I decided to stay, I made $105 a week playing in York because we usually had three games a week. And it wasn’t just that, I was home too.” He has no regrets. He and his wife, Ruth, raised their five children — Steven, Michael, Larry, Jane and Mark. After playing three years for the York Pros, team owners brought in a group of players from Philadelphia, and the local team soon folded. Lentz went to play for the Pottsville Packers, commuting 90 miles. And soon after he started his family, he quit playing pro ball. Lentz remained in local community leagues, playing baseball and basketball. The family ran Central Bowling Lanes on the corner of Grant and Clark for 10 years. “For me to change anything,” Lentz said, shaking his head, “I like everything the way it turned out. “I love my family.” On the dining room table in front of him, his wife continued filling the goodie bags for their 14 grandchildren. Making his own memories He says he’s no different from all the other men his age. Lentz graduated from West York in 1944 and entered military service. He enlisted in the Army, worked as a company runner during World War II Art Lentz of West York has kept many old programs, photos and newspaper clips as records of his tenure on the York Pros basketball team, a member of the Eastern Professional Basketball League. He fought his way across the Rhine, where he was shot by a Nazi sniper. He recovered from the facial wound after 30 days and rejoined his company. But the war in the European theater ended May 8, 1945. Lentz and his fellow soldiers figured they had more battles to fight. They boarded the U.S.S.


Art Lentz of West York describes a basketball trip to Pottsville he made when he played professionally for the York Pros basketball team, a member of the Eastern Professional Basketball League.

General Black and prepared to make their way to the South Pacific to fight Japan. Somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Lentz and the rest of the men learned that Japan had surrendered Aug. 15, 1945. “They changed all our orders and we docked in Boston,” Lentz said. He already had been awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster — symbolizing he had been decorated twice for bravery or meritorious deeds. “The first one was because I carried a radio, ammunition and everything else up to my buddies,” Lentz said. “I was shot in Oerlinghausen, Germany, doing the same thing.” Later in the interview he looked up at the ceiling in his house, recalling some of his memories of the war. “Believe me, I’ve seen a lot of people die,” he said. “Don’t ask me to say anything more.”

said he didn’t even know what a basketball was, but after being cut by West York during his freshman season, he grew 12 inches in one year. Standing at 6 feet, 5 inches, basketball became his best sport. “If you would have seen him in high school, you would never believe how much he improved -especially when he was a pro,” West York’s Darwin Bupp said. “He was a big guy, and he could shoot. Now he grabbed a lot of rebounds too, but he had a real nice touch.” After his commitment to the Army ended, he returned home and kept playing basketball. He played at what was then York Junior College, but he left to pursue a professional career, playing for the maroon and white York Pros in the Eastern Professional Basketball League. He led the league in scoring during the 1948-49 season (578 He grew on the game points in 29 games for a 19.93 There was a time when Lentz points-per-game average), and

Stationed in Fort Knox after the end of the war, he joined the base’s basketball team and played for Fort Knox in games against the University of Cincinnati, Louisville and Bowling Green (Ky.). The highlight for Lentz, however, came when Fort Knox played Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky Wildcats. Kentucky rolled to a 59-36 victory. Art Lentz played for the Red Lion American Legion basketball team that won the state championship in 1953 and traveled to play in a national tournament in Beaver Falls. “I remember I shot one from almost half court and that sucker went right through,” Lentz said, laughing. “I didn’t know it at the time, but Rupp would be one of the biggest winners in college basketball.” Rupp remained at Kentucky until 1970, compiling 876 victories.

he earned first-team honors. The next season he placed third in the league in scoring, taking home second-team honors. Lentz left the York Pros after the 1951-52 season, but he remained in the league, playing for the Pottsville Packers for two seasons. He played for Red Lion’s state championship team in the Pennsylvania Department of American Legion tournament. And he played in local church leagues for years, before he became a PIAA basketball official for 15 seasons. He pitched in local adult baseball leagues until he injured his shoulder, tearing his rotator cuff. But he just switched positions, moving to the infield. He would later switch to softball. “And you hit a home run on your 60th birthday,” his wife Ruth announced. After working at H.M. Rehmeyer — a retail store in York — for 25 years, he took over his father’s business, Central Bowling Lanes, in 1969. The entire Lentz family worked at the bowling alley on the second floor of a warehouse owned by Snyder Trucking. And despite taking over a business in serious debt, they put the bowling alley back in the black. “My wife and my sons and my daughter all worked the place,” Lentz said. “You could bowl three games for $1, and this is between 1970 and 80. But we made out because people came out to bowl instead of the lanes sitting empty. “We did very well.” And as far as looking back at his shot to play in the NBA, he doesn’t give it a second thought. He played in games against the Harlem Globetrotters and Philadelphia Warriors. “It was the same type of basketball we were playing (in the Eastern league),” Lentz said. “And what the heck, you wouldn’t want to leave your own home for that type of thing.”


Pa. man rises in mixed martial arts Scott Heckman recently competed for a spot on “The Ultimate Fighter.”

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“You have to be modest. Every day I’m thankful because I might be getting that call, but until then, I keep myself in fight shape. I’ve been blessed that I’m very healthy.” Valley a wrestling culture Long before Heckman became interested in a professional career in mixed martial arts, he was a household name in the world of Lehigh Valley wrestling. Heckman was a three-time state medalist at Bangor Area High School, posting a 142-19 career record. He placed eighth nationally during his senior season. He then went on to star for Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg universities, qualifying for nationals as a true freshman and getting a win over the current UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar. Heckman said the quality of wrestling in the Lehigh Valley is second to none. “I think (the) Lehigh Valley is a wrestling culture,” Heckman said. “You can’t match this area. You can get (good) wrestling from anywhere.”

The former standout Slater says he’s received a lot of local support. Pen Argyl Pizza and Dietzi’s Tavern have provided him with sponsorships. While training for a spot on the highest stage in mixed martial arts, there is no such thing as a normal day for Heckman. After a day of construction at his parents’ business in Pen Argyl, Heckman meets his friend and fellow mixed martial artist Harry Dickey to drive to Levittown, Pa., where he’s trained since turning pro. On you like crazy Heckman recently became engaged and said his fiancee supports his career despite his rigorous schedule. She helps him maintain his strict training diet. “She’s the greatest,” Heckman said. “She’s the best supporter that I could ask for.” Heckman said the hard work means it’s a matter of flipping a switch when the fight gets under way. “I turn it on,” Heckman said. “I train so hard and when I get in that cage I know I’m prepared. I’ll go 10

rounds. I’ll go all day and I’m going to be on you like crazy, and I feel like I’m a caged animal trying to get out. Once that door is locked, it’s on and only one man is walking out with his hand raised.” Despite the violence of the sport, Heckman contends that once two fighters step out of the octagon-shaped cage, what happened inside is behind them. “Nothing is personal,” Heckman said. “I’m friends with about 75 percent of the people I fought, after the fight. Not too many sports you can say that (about).” While Heckman’s professional future may now rest in the hands of Las Vegas judges, he said, he’s sticking with the sport no matter the outcome. “I’ll keep fighting. It’ll happen,” Heckman said. “There’s people around here that I know personally that are making UFC, and I’m right there with them. It’s just a matter of time.” Gerald Grube, Heckman’s longtime friend, said Heckman “will no doubt make it big. I have no doubt in my mind that he will be successful for a very long time.”

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Beware of the cyberthief WASHINGTON — In midSeptember, a European hacker nicknamed Poxxie broke into the computer network of a U.S. company and, he said, grabbed 1,400 credit-card numbers, the account holders’ names and addresses and the security code that comes with each card. With little trouble, he sold the numbers for $3.50 each on his own seller’s site, called, to underworld buyers who have come to trust the quality of his goods, he said. “The main thing in any business is honesty,” Poxxie said, without a trace of irony. The Traverse City, The Traverse Mich.-based Ponemon In- City, Mich.stitute, which based Poneresearches data security, mon Instiestimates tute, which that thieves researches annually steal 8.4 mil- data securilion creditty, esticard numbers in the United mates that States alone. thieves anHow do cynually steal berbandits, who have 8.4 million turned hacking into a vol- credit-card ume busi- numbers in ness, unload all those the United numbers? A States alone. lot like, it turns out. Customers on CVV2s can search for card numbers by bank, card type, credit limit and zip code, loading them into a virtual shopping basket as they go. The site offers the ability to search by bank identification number. That means customers can choose cards by institutions known to have weak security, Poxxie said. CVV2s even has an automated feature that lets clients validate the numbers in real time, to make sure the bank hasn’t canceled the card. Sites like Poxxie’s make up the cyberunderworld’s version of a pirate’s cove, offering their online booty at cut-rate prices. Hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen data are bought and sold in underground chat rooms and forums every year, a fencing operation that becomes more robust annually, according to RSA, the security division of EMC Corp., one of the sites, even mimics EBay Inc., rating buyers and sellers with starred reviews. Symantec Corp., the cybersecurity firm, estimates that cyberthieves steal data worth $114 billion a year. By comparison, the FBI said the take from




‘Angels’ spirit makes season much brighter

By MICHAEL RILEY Bloomberg News

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Top business story in ’11: Europe’s financial crisis By JONATHAN FAHEY

AP Business Writer


EW YORK — Europe took the financial world on a stomach-churning ride in 2011. • The rising threat of default by heavily indebted European countries spread fear across financial markets and weighed on economies worldwide. As the year came to a close, banks and investors nervously watched Europe’s political and financial leaders scramble to prevent the 17-nation eurozone from breaking apart.

Several of the other biggest business stories of the year highlighted the global economy’s linkages: A British phonehacking scandal shook the foundations of Rupert Murdoch’s U.S.-based media empire; a nuclear disaster in Japan stymied auto plants in the U.S. and beyond; and the price of gasoline surged See TOP TEN, Page 3D

Keep the caffeine flowing, after-holiday sales are everywhere ANDREW M. SEDER

WELL THE gift giving for most has STEALS & DEALS concluded and now you ions and newest models. Sales are everywhere, infind yourself cluding at stores like Rite Aid, with plenty Target, CVS and Walmart of ugly sweaters, pants that aren’t the looking to clear out holiday merchandise from candy to right size and movies and games you already own. What gift wrap at up to 75 percent to do? Well, return them obvi- off. The longer they stay on the shelves the cheaper they’ll ously. Stores across the region will get. Not only should you be be filled tomorrow with shoploading up on cards, wrap, pers wanting to exchange trinkets, lights and ornaments unwanted items, get newly received gift cards out of their for next year, but the best wallets and capitalize on after- deals are often those on food items like candy and chocolate Christmas sales as stores try because they’re wrapped in to unload their overstock to holiday colors. Chocolate make way for the spring fash-

wrapped in red and green doesn’t taste any different in January or February. Need a place to store those new holiday trinkets? Both Target and Kmart have sales on storage containers including wreath holders and ornament bins. And bring those coupons found in many of today’s store circulars to retailers to really take advantage of the sales. Macy’s has a Wow Pass for $10 off a $25 purchase good all day Monday and Tuesday until 1 p.m. but there are lots of exclusions listed in the small print. J.C. Penney has a $10 off a $25 purchase coupon too, but it’s good all day Monday and

Tuesday and the exclusions are limited. The retailer also has plenty of doorbusters Monday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. No coupon needed for the buy-one, get-one-free sale going on at Fashion Bug. Mix and match most items in the store. Unfortunately clearance items, intimate apparel, new arrivals, MVP items and items of the week are excluded. CVS has a great offer on Zyrtec for ExtraCare Card holders. Get a five-pack of the 24-hour tablets for $5.99 and you’ll get $5.99 in Extra Bucks printed out on your receipt. Stock up for your New Year’s or football bowl parties at Weis this week. Get two bags of Snyder’s of Hanover

pretzels, Lance sandwich crackers or Grande tortilla chips for $5 and get two 2-liter bottles of Weis brand soda for free. Don’t forget the dip. Dean’s dips are buy-one, get-one-free, and Weis Quality salsa is $1.50 a jar. Safe travels readers. Make sure you’re well caffeinated and do it on the cheap at Sheetz. All day today and again from 4 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 1, get a free 16 oz. self-serve coffee. 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

omething strangely wonderful happened in retail stores across the nation this Christmas. No, it wasn’t that LEGO Ninjago Lightning Dragon Battle was on sale at 70 percent off, or that the perfect sweater in your spouse’s size and favorite color didn’t sell out. It was way better than that, and for once the top story of the season wasn’t how much or little sales rose or fell, or the injury report from a scrum over the hot new toy. (Remember the Cabbage Patch doll incident at a local Zayre store?) No, the best and most heartwarming news this Christmas was the “Layaway Angels,” people who flocked to Kmart and other stores to pay off the balances on complete strangers’ accounts. The random acts of generosity began in the Midwest, and quickly spread around the nation. At the Kmart store in Wilkes-Barre Township, “It’s amazing how many people are coming in,” said an assistant manager. As news reports grew, “it just got infectious.” Mostly, benefactors are paying for toys and children’s clothes, making the logical assumption that young families struggling to get by put the items on layaway because they couldn’t come up with the cash all at once. And, in another blow to cynicism, they aren’t looking for credit. “They don’t want to know (the identity of the family) and they don’t want them to know (their names) either,” the Kmart manager said of the givers. Aside from taking the Secret Santa concept to a whole new level, this outpouring of charity illustrates something I’ve long suspected and that has been statistically proven; the poor are more generous than the rich. Not in absolute terms, of course – just as the super-wealthy make hundreds of times more than most of us, their multi-million dollar gifts dwarf someone paying off a $50 layaway bill. I don’t think it’s a leap to assume that most Layaway Angels are regular folks and not corporate titans. One reason people at the bottom of the income ladder give proportionally more to charity is they’re more likely to have needed and received help in the past. So my guess is that most of the people paying others’ bills at Kmart probably shop there more often than at Bloomingdale’s. The simple and selfless acts of these anonymous angels is in stark contrast to the seemingly unrestrained miserliness of people who’ve become rich and powerful by working the levers of America’s economy but resist calls to pay a little more into the system that helped them succeed. In the end, giving is about gratitude, whether by choice or social compact. The Layaway Angels help others because they appreciate the gifts they’ve been given, or the opportunities they’ve had to improve their lives, no matter how modest or great. As for the Scrooges who cling to the misguided belief they’ve earned and deserve every cent they grasp so tightly to, I wish them a gift worth more than gold — the realization that their good fortune is something to be shared, not hoarded, and the genuine satisfaction that comes from helping others.

Ron Bartizek, Times Leader business editor, may be reached at or 570-970-7157.



CORPORATE LADDER MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY Darci Brown has been named director of clinical education and assistant professor of physician assistant studies for the new Physician Assistant program. The five-year Master of Science program, which is offered Brown through the College of Arts and Sciences, begins classes in late August 2012. Brown graduated magna cum laude from Buffalo State College, Buffalo, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in forensic chemistry and holds a Master of Science in physician assistant studies from Arcadia University, Glenside, Pa. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants, where she serves as Region V representative. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and holds a Pennsylvania State Physician Assistant License. Scott L. Massey has been named Founding Department Chairperson, Program Director and Professor of the new Physician Assistant program. Massey comes to Misericordia University from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Manchester, N.H., where he was Massey the assistant provost of academic affairs and associate professor in the School of Physician Assistant Studies. Massey holds an Associ-

BUSINESS AGENDA OSHA’S IMPACT ON RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION: Jan. 10, 9-1 1 a.m., Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, 20 W. Broad St. Information on how OSHA regulations affect residential contractors. Chamber members $25; nonmembers, $30 non members, includes materials and Continental breakfast. Reservations required online at, by calling 570-455-1509 or by email at CEO LUZERNE ROUNDTABLE: Jan. 12, 1 1 a.m.-1 p.m., Top of the 80s, Hazleton. Robert T. Sweet, economist and managing direc-

HONORS & AWARDS Kip Tutorow, facility maintenance manager at the State Correctional Institution at Retreat, has been named the facility’s “Employee of the Quarter.” TutoTutorow row was selected for his outstanding performance during the September flood. Mary Ann Gardner, assistant vice president/ compliance officer at First National Community Bank, was recently awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager Gardner designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers, a subsidiary of the American Bankers Association,

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all bank robberies in the U.S. in 2010 was just $43 million. The global market in cocaine is an estimated $85 billion, according to the United Nations. “The problem is getting worse faster than we’re getting better,” said Tony Sager, chief operating officer of the Information Assurance Directorate at the National Security Agency, which includes some of the U.S. government’s best cyberexperts. “We’re not keeping pace.” As recently as 2008, the fight between those who protect computer networks and

ate of Science in physician assistant from Kettering College of Medical Arts, Kettering, Ohio; a bachelor’s degree from the Regents College External Degree Program at The State University of New York at Albany, N.Y.; a Master of Science in education from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio; and a Ph.D., in leadership from the Andrews University Leadership Program, Berrien Springs, Mich. He also completed the management development program at the Harvard University School of Education.

LUZERNE NATIONAL BANK Gary Lamont has been named to the board of directors of Luzerne National Bank Corporation, holding company for Luzerne Bank. He is the current principal of the Conyngham Pass Co., a managementconsulting firm. He has Lamont held governance and senior management positions in banking, including a seat on the corporate boards of First Heritage Bank, Hazleton National Bank and First Federal Savings. He is a past chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Public Affairs Committee, Pennsylvania Bankers Association Group III, Greater Hazleton Clearinghouse, American Bankers Association and Pennsylvania Bankers Association.

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tor of MTB Investment Advisors, will discuss the economic outlook for 2012 and the outlook for capital markets. $36 for Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association members; $72 for non-members, includes lunch. To register, call 622-0992 or email OSHA TRAINING IN GENERAL INDUSTRY: Jan. 12-13, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, 20 W. Broad St. For general industry workers, supervisors, safety managers, or other individuals responsible for safety in their organizations. Chamber members $175 members; nonmembers, $225, includes training materials and lunch.

in Washington, DC. Gardner has been with FNCB for 35 years. The CRCM designation is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of bank regulatory compliance. Philip A. Burne Jr., and the late Ralph J. Lomma, who died on Sept. 12, will be honored for their long-time board service to Allied Services. Burne’s name will be affixed to the main lobby entrance at Burne Allied Services corporate headquarters. Allied Services has established the Ralph J. Lomma Lecture Series. Both Burne Lomma and Lomma joined Allied Services board in the mid-1980 sand served in leadership roles through 201 1 on both the parent and subsidiary boards.

those who attack them was about evenly matched. That’s no longer the case, according to the cybercops. The defenders are losing the battle because of a combination of their opponents’ technical achievements and rapid advances in a global supply chain of theft. In 2009, Symantec cataloged 2.8 million new viruses infecting computers. A year later, that number had jumped to 286 million. One reason for the hundredfold growth is that sophisticated viruses now change their digital signatures as they infect new machines. Because anti-virus software uses a catalog of known signatures to stop infections, the dominant cybersecurity technology in many cases is use-










Scranton Dodge ready to renovate Scranton Dodge has received a $250,000 loan from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance to assist in the renovation of the former Crystal Soda Water Co. at 421 Franklin Ave., Scranton. Matt and David Pompey, owners of Scranton Dodge Chrysler Jeep and Tunkhannock Auto Mart dealerships, plan to convert the abandoned building into a facility for credit processing, parts distribution, reconditioning and repair of vehicles. Rehabilitation of the building will include exterior and facade improvements, roofing and electrical work. The project is currently under construction. The company could create up to 15 new jobs at the site.

Pictured, from left: Cathy Wechsler, chief legislative assistant, Rep. Ken Smith; Stefanie Pollock, district director, Congressman Lou Barletta; Jack McNulty, NEPA Alliance board member; Tom Donohue, NEPA board member; Jeffrey Box, President & CEO, NEPA Alliance; Nicholas Parise, business relationship manager, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank; David Pompey, co-owner, Scranton Dodge; Dave Nat, business finance manager, NEPA Alliance; Lackawanna County Commissioner Michael Washo; Senator John Blake and Phil Condron, NEPA board member.

Still working at 60? Try toiling past 90 By ZLATI MEYER Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — Al Churchill’s first car was a Model T. These days, he’s driven to work in a 2012 Lincoln Navigator. Work? The 97-year-old Royal Oak, Mich., resident goes to his office every day — and has no plans to stop. Churchill owns Troy, Mich.based Magnetool, a company he founded 60 years ago using training he got at the long-shuttered Henry Ford Trade School. “It’s more fun to work,” he said. “Do I have a hobby? Yes, magnets.” Churchill is one of a handful of nonagenarians still earning paychecks full-time. The number of older Americans who choose to work later and later in life is growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.2 million Americans age 75 or older were working last year, up from 787,000 in 2001. “Some of these young people, kids, have a lot more vitality. They can work longer hours than I can, but ... all I can do is bring my own experience,” said Robert Halperin, 90, a loan officer at John Adams Mortgage in Southfield, Mich. “It’s important for people to realize they can keep productive for a long time. They don’t have to sit on the stoop and rock.” Numerous studies have shown that staying on the job later in life has numerous advantages, such as decreased dementia, longer


Al Churchill doesn’t let being 97 years old slow him down as he still reports for work five days a week at Magnetool in TROY, Mich., which he founded and has been president of for six decades.

lifespan and greater happiness, according to Cathy Lysack, deputy director of Wayne State University’s Institute of Gerontology, whose almost-80-year-old father is a full-time surgeon. “There’s small portion of older adults who are amazingly great at what they do. They have the abilities to perform at a very high level in late life, and it’s meaningful for them to work. They’re still rewarded,” she said. Dick McNeilly, who has worked in the membership office of the Better Business Bureau in Southfield for 35 years, agreed. Working “takes all my time. I don’t want to have to sit around and watch TV,” the 92-year-old Detroiter said. “I plan to work as

long as I can. ... The work we do is very important to the community.” For the senior-senior set, having a sense of purpose, staying busy and keeping cognitive skills sharp is worth it. “I have no real outside hobbies that would challenge me and keep my gray matter from disintegrating too quickly, because it does go downhill after a certain age,” Halperin said. “People I know who retired who had no real interests, they died earlier. This is a stimulant for me.” That’s why at 87, he decided to take the loan officer licensing exam. “It’s a sense of accomplishment. They don’t want to be a

burden on society, so they work,” this former home-builder said. “People at these ages, 75 and above, are younger than they used to be.” Employers see the benefits, too. “He brings a ton of experience. He’s still very productive, and he brings a lot of joy to people here. People love speaking to him. He’s got a ton of stories,” explained Larry Bsharah, president of John Adams Mortgage. Another example of that kind of added value? Leo Keeps, who, after he sold his hotel-restaurant food business 33 years ago, went to work in sales for Detroit’s Wolverine Packing, one of his former suppliers. “I’m working with 17 other young salesmen, and I stay in the loop,” explained the 92-year-old Southfield resident. “What keeps me going is getting up every morning and knowing there’s a place to go, a place I enjoy and the challenge of the sales every day is one I’ve enjoyed every day all my life. Why quit?” Churchill sure won’t anytime soon. “I feel sorry for them, because it’s necessary for people to have something important to do or something they think is important to do,” he said about his fellow “oldest old” Americans who gave up commuting decades ago. “If I didn’t work? There’s no such thing. ... Work is important, because without work, you’re nothing.”

Church appeals for help in Adidas dispute By STACY ST. CLAIR Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — A Lake County, Ill., pastor is imploring professional basketball player Derrick Rose to help end Adidas’ legal attack on his congregation over a trademark dispute involving the company’s popular AdiZero line. The trouble started last year after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the German sports apparel manufacturer’s trademark request for AdiZero — the sub-brand which includes the highly publicized Rose 2 series of shoes — because Zion, Ill.-based Christian Faith Fellowship Church had already claimed it. The church trademarked the phrase “Add A Zero” in 2006 as

less as a result. Some of the market’s most advanced malware — stealth software that steals data or lets hackers take remote command of a computer — can be bought for a few thousand dollars. Sophisticated spam operations implant the malware in computers for pennies per victim. Distribution of goods and services is organized through thousands of illicit chat rooms and invitation-only forums. Some are publicly accessible: Any beginner looking to learn the basics of a so-called SQL injection hack — a basic attack on the security of a website —can join a forum like OpenSC and ask for tips. Others are private and access is strictly pro-

part of a campaign to boost the congregation’s donations to church. If members gave $100 annually, Pastor E. James Logan was encouraging them to “add a zero” to that amount and make it $1,000. The church uses its offerings to, among other things, run a food pantry and day-care center, according to its website. After losing an appeal in November 2010, Adidas asked

tected. Public hacker sites, including CrackHackForum and HackForums, usually have rules against selling stolen data. Enforcement of sales postings is often weak and varies widely. Poxxie has been in business long enough to see the price for a stolen credit card plummet because of over-supply and more sophisticated safety precautions by banks. Why charge $3.50 for a stolen card number with the purchasing power to buy a car? The card could be canceled at any time after purchase, he said, and there are inherent risks in using it. “In this whole carding scene, nothing is guaranteed,”

the Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the church’s trademark because it didn’t use the name enough. The request is currently pending. Christian Faith Fellowship offers “Add A Zero” T-shirts and hats in its gift shop, but it does not sell a large volume, said attorney Richard W. Young, who is representing the church in the trademark dispute. In some years, they may only sell two or three items with the slogan, he said. Adidas — which won a $300 million jury verdict against Payless Shoesource Inc. for trademark infringement in 2008 — offered the church $5,000 to give up its trademark, Young said. The church rejected the offer.

In a letter to Rose dated Dec. 2, Pastor Logan urged the Chicago Bulls star to ask Adidas to abandon its efforts. The AdiZero line has released three pairs of shoes in Rose’s line since November. All three pay tribute to his South Side roots and Chicago upbringing. “We are not an affluent congregation, but a working-class church in a working-class community; and given the state of the economy we are working hard to keep our doors open,” Logan wrote to Rose, who just signed a fiveyear, $94.8 million extension with the Bulls. An Adidas spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.

Poxxie said via ICQ, the online messaging network that is a common platform for doing business in the cyberunderground. Poxxie’s business is a boutique firm in an industrialscale crime wave. Although the targets of cybercrime are still concentrated in the U.S. and Europe, the perpetrators are global. Some are independent operators who make a few thousand dollars a month, often supplementing their income with a day job. Others are members of large criminal organizations. Hex Nightmare falls somewhere in between. When you conduct business with the 20something cyberthief, the first —- and only — thing you see is

an avatar on ICQ: an anime version of a girl in hip huggers and a tank top. A person who has tracked her over several years said Hex Nightmare has managed to gain an impressive pedigree in the cyberunderground, learning quickly and moving in some of the most trusted circles of top cyberthieves. Her take-home from cybertheft, which concentrates mostly on stealing credit-card numbers and online banking credentials, compares with the pay of some lower-level corporate executives, she said via ICQ — keeping her true identity secret. “I can possibly make an extra $8k a month on top of my regular income,” she said.



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because of unrest in the Middle East and growing demand in Asia and Latin America. In the U.S., political squabbling led to the first credit downgrade for government debt, the economy suffered its fourth straight disappointing year and Apple founder Steve Jobs died. The European financial crisis was chosen as the top business story of the year by business editors at The Associated Press. The sluggish U.S. economy came in second, followed by the death of Jobs. 1. EUROPEAN FINANCIAL CRISIS. The government-debt crunch rattled Europe’s financial system and weighed on the global economy. Portugal became the third European country, after Greece and Ireland the year before, to require a bailout as its borrowing costs soared. And investors grew worried that countries with much larger debts, such as Spain and Italy, would also need help. Financial markets were volatile all year as hopes rose and then were dashed that forceful steps would be taken to prevent the financial crisis from becoming Europe’s version of the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, which triggered a global financial panic and deepened the Great Recession. Analysts estimate the slowdown in Europe, America’s No. 1 trading partner, will cut U.S. economic growth next year. 2. BAD U.S. ECONOMY: YEAR FOUR. The Great Recession may have ended, but the economic recovery continued to disappoint. For the first six months of the year, the economy grew at an annual rate of just 0.9 percent. Growth improved to a 2 percent rate in the third quarter and a 3 percent growth rate is forecast for the fourth quarter. Still, 2 ½ years after economists say the recession ended, 25 million people remain unemployed or unable to find full-time work. The unemployment rate fell from 9 per-



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Former MF Global Holdings Ltd. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Corzine testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Financial Services Committee. Gasoline is delivered to a station, in Oakland, Calif. The retail price of gasoline averaged $3.53 per gallon for the year. AP FILE PHOTOS

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, right, and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos react at the parliament in Athens. Greece’s ruling Socialists were in open revolt against their own prime minister ahead of a confidence vote, in a political free-for-all over a new European plan to keep the deeply indebted country afloat.

crime, but an investigation by British authorities raised questions about Murdoch’s ability to run his worldwide media empire. News Corp. fired several executives and closed the newspaper at the center of the scandal, the News of the World. 6. JAPAN EARTHQUAKE: An earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor, owned by Tokyo Electric Power Co., cut off supplies of crucial Japanese parts and idled factories thousands of miles away. Auto companies, especially Toyota and Honda, were hit hardest. The worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl led countries around the world to reconsider nuclear power. Germany decided to abandon nuclear by 2022. 7. GASOLINE PRICES HIT ANNUAL RECORD: The retail price of gasoline averaged $3.53 per gallon for the year, eclipsing the 2008 record of $3.24 per gallon. Americans drove less and switched to

more fuel-efficient cars, but it wasn’t enough to offset the higher prices. A bigger percentage of household income went into the gas tank in 2011 than any year since 1981. Economists say the high prices shaved half a percentage point off U.S. economic growth. 8. SOCIAL MEDIA IPOs TAKE OFF: Shares of the business social networking site LinkedIn more than doubled when it went public in May, recalling the froth of the dot-com boom. LinkedIn was followed by large IPOs from online radio company Pandora Media, online discount site Groupon and social gaming site Zynga. But the market is treacherous: shares of Pandora, Groupon and Zynga all traded below their offering prices soon after they were listed. Market anticipation is high for a Facebook IPO in 2012. 9. OCCUPY WALL STREET: On Sept. 17, several hundred protesters gathered at a small plaza

Demonstrators hold signs in front of Bank of America in San Jose, Calif., during a rally protesting thousands of bank foreclosures in San Jose.

about a block from the New York Stock Exchange. They slept in tents, ate donated meals and protested income inequality and the influence of money in politics. The movement inspired protesters around the world who camped in city centers and business hubs to complain about unemployment, CEO pay and a decline in upward social mobility. 10. THE DOWNFALL OF MF GLOBAL AND JON CORZINE: The former governor, senator and co-chairman of Goldman Sachs

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New owners must Adjustment period will ease new-job fears learn budgeting By MARIE G. MCINTYRE McClatchy-Tribune News Service

NEW YORK — Many brandnew entrepreneurs learn quickly that they have to create a budget for their new companies. It can be a daunting experience for someone who doesn’t have an accounting background or never maintained a personal budget. Business owners who don’t create a budget and stick to it are likely to find they don’t know how much money is coming in, and how much is going out. If they keep trying to run the business that way, they’re likely to run into trouble. There is plenty of help for budget neophytes. If you’re one of them, it’s a good idea to give yourself a quick education about budgets, and to meet with an accountant or other financial adviser to learn about what items you need to have in your company’s budget. To get a grounding in budgets, you can start with the Internet or a bookstore. There are websites that explain the basics and guide you through creating a very simple plan. There are books that explain the process too. If you buy accounting and recordkeeping software, you can get a feel for what budgeting requires. When you start a budget, at the very least you need to list your income and expenses — what you expect each to be, and then the actual numbers. Subtracting one number from the other will let you know if you’re staying within your budget. You can keep a weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly budget. The more you work on your budget, the better a handle you’ll have on your business. But you also need to consider what to put into your budget — in other words, you need to know all the costs of running your business as you put your budget together. For example, do you know all the taxes you have to pay for running a business in your state? If your business is the sort that’s licensed, have you included that fee in your budget? Did you budget for insurance? You need to have an accountant or financial adviser who understands the needs of small businesses. And who can help you start thinking about run-

ning a company on a budget. Many small business owners realize that while they’re great at running the substance of their business — operating a restaurant or a design firm — they know little about how to conduct the financial side of things. Many decide to get some schooling. Small Business Development Centers provide training and advice to small business owners. Many of these centers, sponsored by the Small Business Administration, offer low- or nocost courses on financial management, including budgeting. The Wilkes Universtity SBCC can be reached at 408-4340 or Colleges that offer continuing education classes are another resource. These may cost more than SBDC classes, but can also be fairly low-cost. The service known as SCORE offers one-on-one help for small businesses. The organization consists of retired executives and business owners. You can find a SCORE counselor who can help you with budgeting by visiting or by calling 826-6502. You can work with a counselor online, or find one that you can meet with in person. One reason that many small business owners don’t have a budget, or have a very haphazard one, is they don’t have the time to work on it. They’re busy trying to build the business, meet with customers and deliver their product or service. This is another instance where you need to get help. After you’ve met with an accountant and created a budget, you need a bookkeeper to keep track of your income, receipts and expenses. You also need a report — weekly is best, but certainly monthly — that lets you know whether you’re staying within your budget or are running into trouble. You can get a bookkeeping service without spending a fortune. Your accountant will be able to help you find one. You could also hire an accounting student as an intern. If you’re insisting on doing the work yourself, invest in software. Your accountant can suggest some. Or ask other small business owners about the program that works for them.

tub of ice water. Sinceyouappeartohaveanunderstanding manager, talk with her aboutyourconcerns.Explainthereasons for your fears, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and ask hertohelpyoucreateadevelopment plan. You were obviously hired becauseyourbosshadfaithinyourabilities, so perhaps she can transmit some of that confidence to you. Q: My wife works in a production department where only a few employees have permission to work overtime.Everyoneelsemustleave at the end of the shift. The people whoreceivetheseextrahoursseem to have close ties with the supervisor. Does my wife have any recourse in this situation? A: Although these decisions may appear to be driven by favoritism,

theymightactuallybebasedonpersonal requests. Many people despise working overtime, so managers sometimes assign extra hours only to those who have expressed an interest. To check this out, your wife should simply ask to be added to the overtime list. If the supervisor denies or ignores this request, then she and other concerned employees may want to ask human resources for a clarification of the company’s overtime policy. If no such policy exists, it would seem quite reasonable to suggest that one be created. 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

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By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer

Q:After20yearsinthesamejob,I recently had to look for work when our family moved to a different city. Finding a position in my field took several months, but I was finally hired five weeks ago. The problem is that I’m already having serious thoughts about quitting. I dread going to the office every day, because I feel totally out of my comfort zone. The work is very different from what I did before, and I’mbeginningtodoubtmyabilities. I was recently terrified when a seriousproblemoccurred,eventhough my manager assured me that it wasn’t my fault. Although I feel an obligation to fulfill my commitment here, I sometimes wonder if perhaps I should be totally honest with my

bossandtellherthatIneedtoleave. On the other hand, there are very few positions available in my field, and it took me a long time to find thisone.I’mnotsurewhattodo,because I just don’t like this job. A: Before making any rash decisions, allow yourself a little more time to adjust. Given that you have spent the past twenty years in a familiar, comfortable environment, your anxiety about this new position is hardly surprising. Theswitchtoaneworganization inevitably brings differences in culture, management style, and job expectations. People who frequently change companies learn that this period of discomfort is both predictable and short-lived. For you, however, it undoubtedly feels as though you have been taken from a nice, warm bed and dumped into a












MarketPulse MORTGAGE RATES FALL — TO NO AVAIL The average interest rate on a week, according to the Mort30-year fixed-rate mortgage gage Bankers Association. You fell to a record low 3.91 permight think that people were cent last week. But mortgage distracted by the holidays and applications also fell, down 2.6 so they weren’t applying for percent from the previous new mortgages or to refinance their existing ones at a lower rate. But Michael Fratantoni, the MBA’s vice president of research and economics, says the weak job market and consumers’ struggles with credit are to blame. And many of those who want to refinance have found that they don’t have enough equity in their homes to draw on. “Low rates are not enough,” Fratantoni says.

BUYBACK BONANZA What would you do with nearly $1 trillion? Strong profit growth means S&P 500 companies were sitting on a collective $998.6 billion in cash at the end of September. That’s up from $976.1 billion three months earlier, and it doesn’t include banks and others that hold cash as part of their normal business. Americans in the unemployment line wish they would use the cash to hire workers, but much of it is going to repurchasing stock. S&P 500 companies bought back $118.4 billion last quarter in stock, up 49 percent from a year earlier. They bought more during the quarter than they issued because of stock options, says S&P Indi-

JOB MARKET IMPROVES — BUT NOT FOR FINANCIAL FIRMS fits the last few weeks. That’s a The government has reported a sign that companies are laying off drop in the number of people who fewer workers. But the good news applied for unemployment beneisn’t extending to the financial industry, according to outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas. Challenger says financial companies announced more than 56,000 job cuts through November. That’s more than twice the 21,430 in the same period of 2010. CEO John Challenger forecasts more job cuts in the financial business into the first quarter of 2012. One reason: The weak economy and volatile stock market means less business for investment banking and trading operations.

ces. That means earnings will be spread over a smaller number of shares in the fourth quarter.

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Staying nimble

The great bull market for bonds is coming to a close, and stocks will remain volatile for years, says Barry James, president of James Advantage Funds. But he says investors can still make money in the interim. There will still be small rallies within the malaise that will benefit investors. His Balanced Golden Rainbow fund invests in both stocks and bonds. It ranks among the top 2 percent of its category for 10-year returns.



Over the last 10 years, stocks are close to where they started. What do you see going forward? We see another five to 10 years of this sideways (market). I wish it weren’t so, and eventually that’s going to change. And that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a 100 percent rally in that time frame. But we don’t think we’re in the clear yet for a new, big bull market. You need to be active in adjusting your equity levels, your fixed income levels, not be a passive, just buyand-holder. Your fund is now 50 percent stocks, after being only 35 percent in the spring. Why the increase? We have interest rates, which are very favorable. The (dividend) yield on the S&P 500 is better than a 10-year Treasury. The Fed is essentially saying: Take a risk and see what happens. It’s pushing people to find something with some higher potential. So if you can get paid the same as a bond and have the potential for a bigger return, that’s a positive. For bonds, do you think we can expect another strong year like 2011? No, no, no, no. This is the thing that scares me when it comes to bonds: the history after a great year. In 2008, long-term Treasurys were up over 30 percent. In 2009, they were down 21 percent. So far in 2011, we’re up 30 percent so .... historically, the (average return) is still positive after big gains, but not much. Have interest rates hit bottom? Right now, we think there’s still room for rates to go down more. That goes back to the dollar and safety. (Investors have flocked to the safety of Treasurys because they’re worried about Europe’s debt crisis). The great bond bull market over the last 30 years is coming to a close, but we may not be there yet, and it always goes longer than you expect. So we could get down to 1.5 percent on the 10-year Treasury, maybe lower, you know with panic in Greece. What stock industries look good now? We’ve been positive on utilities and staples. We’re just starting to pull back on utilities. They’ve had a great year this year. Staples we still like, companies like an Eli Lilly or Pfizer. We want to see earnings. Not projected earnings, because nobody is very good at that. But if they’ve had a history of good earnings, that’s a tale that we like to follow. And we look at something called price strength – how is the stock doing versus the market. We like stocks that are outperforming the market over the last year. It doesn’t bother us if a stock gets to a new high. Hey, that’s great. It can keep going. The problem is most people sell their winners, and all they have left is a portfolio of losers. In any given portfolio, it’s only a few of the positions that pull the whole portfolio along. And if you keep cutting the heads off your flowers, all you’ve got is a garden of weeds.

Stocks for a stronger dollar

Mortgage rates hit new low The dollar is rising on anxiety about Europe’s debt crisis. That means U.S. companies earn less when money made overseas is translated back into dollars. But a rising dollar makes no difference to a company that does business only in the U.S. It also can benefit companies like oil refiners. Here are stocks that can do well when the dollar is up:


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Altria (MO)

UnitedHealth (UNH)

CVS Caremark (CVS)

Southern Co. (SO)

Altria sells cigarettes like Marlboros exclusively in the U.S. It’s selling fewer cigarettes because fewer people smoke. But it has raised prices and cut costs. Investors like it because its dividend yield is more than double the average of S&P 500 stocks.

The health insurer’s business is entirely in the U.S. Financial analysts like its prospects. It has expanded into businesses like pharmacy benefits management, which helps employers cut prescription drug costs. Some analysts expect those businesses to double in the long term.

CVS’s drugstores are in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It should benefit as drugs lose U.S. patent protection the next few years. It earns more from generics than from name-brand drugs. New generics could add up to 15 cents in earnings per share in 2012, Citi investment research says.

All of the utility’s revenue comes from the U.S., and customers continue to use power regardless of the economy. Southern has a 4.1 percent dividend yield, nearly twice the average of S&P 500 stocks. Utilities are attractive because their dividend yields are higher than bonds yields.

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Stocks on autopilot

China’s cheap labor is getting more expensive. Wages in China are rising by 15 percent to 20 percent per year, Credit Suisse analysts say. That means Chinese manufacturers are losing their cost advantage over factories in other countries. So they’re looking at robots and other automation to replace human workers and lower their costs. Foxconn Technology Group, for example, is building a manufacturing complex in Taiwan to make factory automation equipment. Several U.S. companies will likely benefit as more factories around the world turn to automation. The table to the right shows stocks that

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Barbershop owner Jermaine Johnson discusses President Barack Obama in Charlotte, N.C., which will host the Democratic National Convention next year.

STRONG SUPPORT Loyal black base backs Obama to win second term By MARK Z. BARABAK


LINT, Mich. — Growing up poor and black in




learned there was a meanness in the world, a set of laws and customs aimed at people like her, which her mother tried to explain once when they were forced to stand aside and let a white lady use the sidewalk.

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“Honey,” Hall remembers her mother saying, “that’s just the way it is in Mississippi.” But there was also love and pride and determination in rural Greenwood, along with a belief that things could and would eventually change — and the way to change them was within her grasp. “In order to make a difference,” Hall says her father often told her, “you’ve got to understand politics and get involved.” Fifty years later, there is a black man in the White House and Hall is firmly rooted in the middle class, with a nice home in a leafy neighborhood, a pension from her

30-year job at General Motors and enough savings to help her grown son buy a starter place of his own. “Things have definitely gotten better,” she allows, “in terms of tolerance and coexistence and people getting along.” Hall is not, however, satisfied. For the next year, she has one overriding goal: to see that President Barack Obama wins a second term, to show his victory was no fluke, to silence his critics and give him more time to implement the policies she sees thwarted, heedlessly and incessantly, by his ReSee SUPPORT, Page 7E

N.H. relishes role as political proving ground By TODD J. GILLMAN The Dallas Morning News

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Just about this time every four years, voters from New Jersey to Oregon wonder why New Hampshire gets such an outsized say in picking the next president. Candidates turn up at diners, living rooms, factories and country clubs. It’s hard to find a voter who hasn’t met a future president. “I don’t know why it’s OK. It just seems to be,” said Tom O’Malley, 50, an insurance agent in Peterborough, the picturesque village that playwright Thornton Wilder used as the model for “Our Town.” The state’s partisans insist that voters earn its disproportionate influence every four years, by tirelessly interro-

The state’s partisans insist that voters earn its disproportionate influence every four years, by tirelessly interrogating candidates and debating their relative merits.

seurs at a recent Peterborough Rotary Club meeting to size up Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor. Still, he said, “it’s a very highly educated populace.” Had Wilder been more politically inclined, he might have worked a few would-be presidents into the plot as he sketched the fictional Grover’s Corners, because like most of the state’s towns and hamlets, Peterborough gets plenty of traffic. Then-Sen. Barack Obama ordered chocolate pie at the Peterborough Diner four years ago, avoiding the “Hillary wrap,” named for his rival. Sen. John McCain held key town hall events in 2000 and eight years later in the city.

gating candidates and debating their relative merits. Given how fiercely New Hampshire defends its spot at the front of the line, no other state ever gets a chance to show it would be a better proving ground. “Demographically, we’re what, 97 percent white? It is a little bit of an oddball,” conceded retiree David Simpson, one of a few dozen political connois- See PROVING, Page 6E



“He came from where the majority of minorities came from, from meager beginnings. He can relate like no other president before, and that’s what keeps him strong in the African-American community.”


AS A bumpy 2011 plays out the final moments of its remaining six calendar days we see American servicemen and women returning home from Iraq, a stubbornly high unemployment rate showing faint signs of receding, while friends and neighbors make steady progress against the Susquehanna’s September rampage. On this day of days, “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” – Alexander Pope. In March a cataclysmic earthquake launched a mountainous tsunami upon the island nation of Japan claiming upwards of 20,000 lives. And in December we received NASA’s stunning announcement that it had discovered “a planet in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star.” NASA went further to state that its discovery of “Kepler-22b” — 600 light years away — brings it “a step closer to finding Earth-like planets.” In 2011, this planet lost Nobel Peace Prize nominee, poet, philosopher and former President Vaclav Havel of Czechoslovakia, Steve Jobs of Apple and Andy Rooney of CBS; but Seal Team-6 found the leader of al-Qaida and made the entire world a bit safer. We said goodbye to Jane Russell, 89, Elizabeth Taylor, 79 and the acclaimed saxophonist of the E Street Band, Clarence Clemons, at 69. But today we can still wish singer, sailor and songwriter Jimmy Buffett a very happy 65th birthday. “Hope is the dream of a soul awake.” – Aristotle Yes, the Luzerne County commissioners, faced with an expiration date of Dec. 31, drafted a phony and cynical budget to make things more difficult for the new county government about to take office. But most members of the new councilelect are intelligent and conscientious individuals, mindful of the magnitude of the mess awaiting them. Yes, the congressional redistricting plan approved last week by the Republican state Legislature does disservice to Northeastern Pennsylvania by gerrymandering and diluting the once compact and influential 10th and 11th districts. The lawmakers did so to protect one Republican congressman in the 11th District who in April voted to eliminate the Medicare guarantee and replace it with a coupon, forcing future recipients (now 55) to go hat in hand in an attempt to get health insurance at 65 with a coupon that won’t buy the care seniors require. They did so by thrusting the northern tip of the 17th District, which now includes the city of Harrisburg, up into the heart of Northeastern Pennsylvania simply to remove from the 11th District the traditionally Democratic cities of Wilkes-Barre, Pittston and Scranton. But on Monday prominent attorney Matt Cartwright told “In the Arena” that Northeastern Pennsylvania deserves to have a strong voice in Congress and that he is seriously considering a run for the Democratic nomination in that 17th congressional district. Cartwright, 50, is a graduate of Hamilton College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He studied for a year at the London School of Economics. A resident of Moosic, Cartwright and his wife Marion Munley are the parents of two sons: Jack, 19, and Matthew, 16. Well-known and respected throughout the region, Cartwright lives in Lackawanna County on the border with Greater Pittston. He maintains the law offices of Munley, Munley and Cartwright in Plains Township immediately adjoining the city of Wilkes-Barre. A brilliant advocate for working families, Matt Cartwright immediately would become a very formidable candidate. “Hope is the ability to work for something because it is good.” – Vaclav Havel On this special day of celebration and prayer, family and friends, Santa and lights, presents under the tree and enduring hope for a better and brighter 2012, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah. “God bless us, every one.” – Charles Dickens



A quiz on 201 1’s politics of the absurd WAS 2011 WACKY, or what? See what you remember, and no fair peeking at the answers! 1. Donald “The Donald” Trump, commander in chief of “Celebrity Apprentice,” said that if he ran against Barack Obama, “there’s a good chance I won’t win.” He said that he would be victimized by: a. “A mystery president who was weaned on dirty tricks as a child in Kenya.” b. “Bloodsucking politicians.” c. “A stupid, stupid cabal of wimps who wouldn’t last a day in the casino business.” d. “Bloodsuckers and their celebrity acolytes, like Robert DeNiro, who’s not the brightest bulb on the planet.” 2. An Obama flip-flop, true or false: In 2010, he opposed anonymous campaign donations, but in 2011, he has stayed mum while his Democratic allies have taken anonymous campaign donations. 3. Rick Perry told Parade magazine, “Yes, ma’am, right in the shoulder.” Which of these references is correct? a. A flesh wound he received while flying an Air Force plane during the ’70s. b. A serious wound he inflicted when he shot a burglar with a .357 Magnum. c. A fatal wound he inflicted on a coyote that he shot while jogging with a .380 Ruger. d. A stab of pain he felt while trying to remember which federal agencies he wanted to kill. 4. Newt Gingrich told a Christian broadcasting network that his serial adulteries were: a. “A lot more inexpensive than shopping at Tiffany’s.” b. “A welcome break from worrying about the profound existential threat of Islamic fundamentalism.” c. “An inexcusable opportunity to not think about the science of cyber warfare.” d. “Partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country.” 5. An Obama flip-flop, true or false: Even though his health-care-reform law requires Americans to buy health coverage, and even though his government lawyers are preparing to defend the concept in the U.S. Supreme Court, he actually opposed the concept during the ’08 campaign. 6. Tea party darling Christine O’Donnell, who cost the GOP a winnable Senate seat last year in Delaware, has resurfaced with a ringing endorsement of Mitt Romney. Which statement is correct? a. “He’s been consistent since he changed his mind.” b. “I’m not a witch, and neither are his Mormons.” c. “He’s as deeply knowledgeable about the Constitution as I am.” d. “I would tea-party with Mitt anytime.” e. All of the above, except b. 7. Someone stood at a lectern this year and said, “If you are looking for any deep explanation, I don’t have one.” Name the politician. a. Congressman Christopher Lee, on his decision to send shirtless photos of his manly chest to a woman he’d met on Craigslist. b. Sen. John Ensign, on his decision to sleep with an aide’s wife and then have his dad pay $100,000 to the cuckolded aide. c. Sen. Harry Reid, on his DOA proposal to ban prostitution in the libertine state of Nevada. d. Congressman Anthony Weiner, on his decision to tweet photos of his crotch to women he’d never met. 8. Complete this sentence with the accurate quote. Alleged Herman Cain extramarital paramour Ginger White said that, during sex with the pizza mogul: a. “He would talk incessantly about the various drafts of his 9-9-9 plan.” b. “We would playfully debate the pros and cons of deep dish vs. thin crust.” c. “I was telling myself, ‘This was immoral behavior for the future leader of the Free World.’” d. “I was looking up at the ceiling, thinking about, ‘What am I going to buy at the grocery store tomorrow?’” 9. An Obama flip-flop, true or false: During the ’08 campaign, Obama said he was fine with state legalization of medical marijuana (“I’m not going to be See POLMAN, Page 6E


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Let us take heart in season of hope


OPE DIDN’T INSPIRE Hugh Martin to pen the lyrics to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The songwriter’s original words for the 1943 tune were downright gloomy, but he acquiesced to his collaborators’ advice and came up with the uplifting lines we recognize today. Have yourself a merry little Christmas Let your heart be light From now on, our troubles will be out of sight This December, as the nation’s long war in Iraq wanes, the region’s flood victims slowly reassemble their lives and the U.S. economy drops hints of restored vitality, dare we be so bold as to truly believe our “troubles will be out of sight”? It’s a long shot. But as the late Mr. Martin discovered, hope often finds a way of tiptoeing or tromping in when – and where – it wasn’t expected. Hope inspires. Hope soothes. Hope endures. May you be fortunate enough today to experience it, or amplify it, in your life. Below are a few quotations intended to help stoke the feeling. ••• “It is certainly wrong to despair; and if despair is wrong, hope is right.” – John Lubbock ••• “The hopeful man sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storm.” – O.S. Marden ••• “Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach ••• “There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” – Proverbs 23:18

QUOTE OF THE DAY “No one on staff currently knew we had it. I pulled it out and all the pieces started falling out. It was just a mess.” Peter Carini The archivist at Dartmouth College last year stumbled upon a long-overlooked scrapbook that had been donated by alumnus Robert L. May, a former advertising copywriter for Montgomery Ward who wrote the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Early considerations for the reindeer’s name included Rodney, Rollo, Reginald and Romeo.


Teen drivers safer under new rules


ARENTS OF TEEN es for young motorists. Harrisburg missed a chance drivers can give them a lifesaving gift this to save even more lives by exholiday season: a full tending the passenger limits briefing, followed by a stern to all drivers under 18. But the warning, on the new restric- hope is that, early on, new tions for 16- and 17-year-old drivers will get the message motorists that take effect early that too many buddies along for a ride can be next week. On Tuesdeadly. day, Pennsylvania These rules will Of course, simjoins a growing num- save lives, but ply passing new ber of states, includrules won’t ing New Jersey, that only if there’s a change how limit teen drivers’ partnership teens drive. passengers, bar between young While police young drivers’ use of drivers and the have new authorhandheld phones and ity to pull over get tough on those adults who care teens for these inwho don’t buckle up. for them. fractions, realistiBefore qualifying for cally, it will be up a license, teen permit holders also will need to to teens and their parents to spend 30 percent more time promote compliance. For starters, parents must behind the wheel, with an emphasis on driving at night and insist their child gets the full 65 hours of on-the-road pracin poor weather. The aim is to assure young tice. Then, they need to estabdrivers are more experienced, lish take-away-the-keys rules while removing driving dis- on complying with the new retractions that too often prove strictions. These rules will save lives, deadly. Beyond wearing a seat belt, but only if there’s a partnerthe key safeguard will be a pro- ship between young drivers vision limiting teenage first- and the adults who care for time drivers to one child pas- them. The Legislature has givsenger for the first six months. en parents valuable new tools The rule is a smart response to to forge that partnership and data showing that, with every help keep their teen drivers additional passenger, the like- safe. lihood of a fatal wreck increasThe Philadelphia Inquirer

Proceed with caution when covering sex ‘scandals’ THE ACCOUNTS of sexual predation involving coaches at Penn State and Syracuse universities haven’t yet boiled over into a fullfledged moral panic, but there’s good reason for the news media to be mindful of that potential. It happened before, notably in the wave of hysteria – and prosecutions – in the 1980s and 1990s over sweeping accusations of ritual sexual abuse at child day care centers from South Florida to the Pacific Northwest. The scale of that lunacy is rarely discussed now, and to people who weren’t around it’s almost unimaginable. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, in a tough 1998 series by reporters Andrew Schneider and Mike Barber, summed it up this way: “During a prosecutorial fury that swept the country from 1980 to 1992, there were at least 311 alleged child sex rings investigated in 46 states ... Children told stories that were appalling ... sex rings were run by Satanic cults, dozens of children raped by scores of adults, dozens of babies were killed and eaten, horses slaughtered in playrooms, children raped by men in black cloaks while the women waited in line for their turn.” The scathing P-I series was prompted by an especially egregious case that broke in 1994 in the small central Washington town of Wenatchee, where 60-some people ended up charged with 29,726 counts of abuse involving 43 children. By then, a national pattern had emerged of inquisitorial fervor and investigative contrivance: Triggered by fears with paper-

allegations must be taken seriously. If anything, the media apparently deserve reproach not for chasing imaginary witches but for ignoring real ones – enabling other EDWARD WASSERMAN boys to be hurt. But the potential is worrisome. Sexual abuse of the young is an utterly incendiary thin support, panicky parents – some of topic. All parents harbor a knot of suspicion them unstable – would demand action. Preschool-age children would be coaxed by from that first day of school, when they send off the dearest and most fragile person so-called experts to recall, or imagine, exin their lives to be cared for by strangers. travagant sexual atrocities from months or The wider danger from the current scaneven years before. Physical evidence was dals is in the plausibility they might confer rare. Scores of people were convicted and on more hysterical and farfetched accusasentenced to outlandish terms; many eventions, in the credibility that other accusers tually were freed on appeal, some are still who shouldn’t be believed might now be behind bars. Now occasionally, the news media – nota- given, and in the vast deterrent effect they might have on the next generation of menbly reporters at the Los Angeles Times, spurred by the six-year McMartin preschool tors. Those are people we will need to help raise the young, and who won’t if their trial, and Wall Street Journal columnist motives and proclivities will be doubted Dorothy Rabinowitz, disgusted by a New groundlessly, and if even a caring hand on a Jersey case – showed enough spine to ask whether everybody had gone nuts. But this youngster’s shoulder will be suspected as was rare. For the most part, newspapers and signaling suppressed yearnings. So the media should proceed with care TV performed their customary, credulous into the next phase of this scandal, and roles as prosecutorial assets, soapboxes for the most colorful denunciations, dispensers there’s certain to be one. Their temptation, having deferred unwisely to the men now of learned counsel to worried parents. The news media’s complicity in this witch accused, might be to regard the journalistic sin they should most avoid as restraint. The hunt constituted, to me, one of the worst lesson of the satanic child abuse hysteria is instances of professional dereliction in that zeal too has its costs. contemporary journalism, although I’ve never seen it mentioned in media ethics texts. Edward Wasserman is Knight professor of journalNone of that is meant to suggest the ism ethics at Washington and Lee University. He Syracuse and Penn State cases are baseless. wrote this column for The Miami Herald. Readers These accusers aren’t tiny kids wheedled may write to him at: The Miami Herald, 1 Herald into confirming grotesque fantasies. The Plaza, Miami, FL 33132; website: www.edwardweight of evidence is alarming, and the


New Year resolution: Weather awareness, preparedness DURING THESE last 12 tumultuous months we’ve experienced more than 1,000 weather-related fatalities, more than 8,000 injuries and at least 12 – a record for a single year – separate disasters with economic losses greater than $1 billion. Numbers like these have served as a wakeup call, a jolting realization that our society is increasingly vulnerable to the weather as a result of a growing population and sophisticated infrastructure that continues to expand. And while we witnessed an unmatched succession of extremes in nearly every weather category this year, climate scientists have pointed to the likelihood that such extremes are not an anomaly but might be the new normal. This doesn’t mean we wave the white flag and bow to nature’s whims. It means now is the time to take bold steps to build a weather-ready nation: one in which the public understands the threat of weather; communities prepare in advance; timely and credible warnings are issued; and people take

COMMENTARY JACK HAYES prompt, effective action. The result: fewer deaths and economic losses from severe weather. Our call to become weather-ready resonates with an invaluable network of partners in emergency management and the commercial weather enterprise who help identify, prioritize and set in motion actions to improve the nation’s resiliency against severe weather. But a truly weather-ready nation requires that our entire society improve the way it responds when extreme weather threatens. As a part of this effort, NOAA’s National Weather Service will work to increase weather awareness through continued investment in research and technology to enhance the nation’s ability to monitor our world and predict its near-term changes and longer-term evolution. This includes deploying new radar advancements and securing the latest satellite technology.

Awareness also requires the integration of two different, yet complimentary, disciplines: environmental science and social science. Combined we can ensure the forecast and climate information critical to personal safety and economic vitality are fully understood and applied effectively. Greater awareness will breed greater preparedness. With reliable weather and climate predictions spanning timescales of hours to years, sound decisions can be made. From prepared residents taking safe shelter more than a half hour before a tornado tears through a community, to farmers ready to adjust the schedule for planting crops, to business owners armed with information to improve existing revenue streams and even create new ones. The bottom line is more lives and livelihoods will be saved. We must make 2012 a less destructive and deadly year by becoming a more weather-ready nation through awareness, preparedness and action. Let’s hope for the best, but have a plan for the worst. Jack Hayes is the director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. Visit


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GOP plays right into Dems’ payroll tax ploy NOW THAT Congress finally has reached a compromise on what must be one of the worst pieces of legislation in years – the temporary payroll tax holiday extension – let’s survey the damage. To begin with, what even minimally rational government enacts payroll tax relief for only two months? As a matter of practicality alone, it makes no sense. The National Payroll Reporting Consortium, representing those who process paychecks, said of the twomonth extension passed by the Senate just days before the new year: “There is insufficient lead time to accommodate the proposal,” because “many payroll systems are not likely to be able to make such a substantial programming change before January or even February,” thereby “creat(ing) substantial problems, confusion and costs.” The final compromise appears to tweak this a bit to make it less onerous for small business. But what were they thinking in the first place? What business operates two months at a time? The minimal time horizon for business is the quarter – three months. What genius came up with two? U.S. businesses would have to budget for two-thirds of a onequarter tax-holiday extension. As if this government has not already heaped enough regulatory impediments and mindless uncertainties upon business. But making economic sense is not the point. The tax-holiday extension – presumably to be negotiated next year into a 12-month extension – is the perfect campaign ploy: an election-year bribe that has the additional virtue of seizing the tax issue for the Democrats. When George McGovern campaigned on giving every household $1,000, he was laughed out of town as a shameless panderer. President Obama is doing exactly the same – a one-year tax holiday that hands back about $1,000 per middle-class family – but with a little more subtlety. Obama is also selling it as a job creator. This takes audacity. Even a one-year extension isn’t a tax cut; it’s a tax holiday. A two-month extension is nothing more than a long tax weekend. What employer is going to alter his hiring decisions – whose effects last years – in anticipation of a one-year tax holiday, let alone two months? This is a $121 billion annual drain on the Treasury that makes a mockery of the Democrats’ reverence for the Social






A photograph by Pete G. Wilcox and words by Mark E. Jones

COMMENTARY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER Security trust fund and its inviolability. Obama’s OMB director took Social Security completely off the table in debt-reduction talks under the pretense that Social Security is self-financing. This is pure fiction, because the Treasury supplies whatever shortfalls Social Security faces. But now, with the payroll tax holiday, the administration openly demonstrates bad faith – conceding with its actions that the payroll tax is, after all, interchangeable with other revenues and never actually sequestered to ensure future payments to retirees. The House Republicans’ initial rejection of this twomonth extension was therefore correct on principle and on policy. But this was absolutely the wrong place, the wrong time, to plant the flag. Once Senate Republicans overwhelmingly backed the temporary extension, that part of the fight was lost. Opposing it became kamikaze politics. Note the toll it is already taking on Republicans. For three decades Republicans owned the tax issue. Today, Obama leads by five points, a 12-point swing since just early October. The payroll tax ploy has even affected his overall approval rating, now up five points in six weeks to 49 percent. The Democrats set a trap and the Republicans walked right into it. By rejecting an ostensibly bipartisan “compromise,” the Republican House was portrayed as obstructionist and, even worse, heartless – willing to raise taxes on the middle class while resolutely opposing any tax increases on the rich. House Republicans compounded this debacle by begging the Senate to come back and renegotiate the issue, thus entirely conceding the initiative to Majority Leader Harry Reid. Having finally realized they had trapped themselves, House Republicans quickly caved, thanks to a fig leaf contrived by Sen. Mitch McConnell. The GOP’s performance nicely reprises that scene in “Animal House” where the marching band turns into a blind alley and row after row of plumed morons plows into a brick wall, crumbling to the ground in an unceremonious heap. With one difference: House Republicans are unplumed. Charles Krauthammer’s email address is

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Handel’s ‘Messiah’ reaches out to human spirit IT’S ONE of the most famous and widely shared pieces of music in history. Handel intended his oratorio “Messiah” for Lent, and it was first performed just after Easter 1742. But over the centuries, public performances of the masterwork became a rite of Christmas. It is 270 years since Handel composed the classic, yet crowds continue to gather and listen, once again, for hours. Today’s audiences typically reserve that kind of time for a Lady Gaga concert or the opening of a new “Mission Impossible” movie. What explains the enduring attraction of Handel’s “Messiah”? For one thing, the sheer beauty of the music. For another, the incredible skill of the composer. In one of history’s most astounding creative feats, Handel produced the 260-page score in just 24 days. Beethoven – whose Ninth Symphony’s final movement (“Ode to Joy”) rivals the “Hallelujah Chorus” of “Messiah” for widespread emotional appeal – is said to have revered Handel as the greatest of composers. The lasting popularity also owes to the work’s moving text, drawn from the Bible. From prophecy to incarnation to death and resurrection, the life of Christ has been called the great-

est story ever told. Indeed, Leland Ryken and other Christian literary scholars have noted how the narrative qualities of biblical revelation are finely tuned to the way we’re made as humans. Together, the music and subject of Handel’s “Messiah” reach the sublime status of great art that speaks to “what is permanent in the human soul,” as the 19th-century poet and cultural critic Matthew Arnold wrote. No wonder we love to hear it at Christmas, the time of year that calls us back to the permanent things. Master artists and authors create a “unity and profoundness of moral impression,” Arnold wrote, “which constitutes the grandeur of their works, and which makes them immortal.” That kind of moral impression is grounded in the conviction that human nature persists, truth exists and life has meaning and purpose. Such courage of conviction has been waning for some time. A century ago, the great English writer G. K. Chesterton diagnosed that “what we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place.” Modesty used to rein in our ambition; it shifted to constrain conviction, “where it was never meant to be.”

Things haven’t improved since Chesterton’s time. Today’s radical postmodernist academics teach young people there is no universal human condition or transcendent morality. Reality is culturally determined, they say, a mere social construct erected by personal background and identity. This relativism leaves some philosophers skeptical about the nature of rationality and truth altogether. To be sure, experience does influence our perspective on reality. Whether a child grows up in Bedford Falls or Berkeley or Bahrain will shape her outlook. So will racial, socioeconomic and religious characteristics. Just as eyeglasses are shaped by a sanding process, many factors grind the lens through which each of us sees reality. But it remains a lens. It does not change reality itself. Great art helps continue to refine and polish that lens with accounts of truth that transcend our own outlooks. Wise voices across generations have urged a perennial return to classic works to gain perspective on our age and experience. “Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes,” C.S. Lewis explained. We need to read “old books,” he said, to correct the blind spots of our day. Lewis didn’t idealize the past, though.

Together, the music and subject of Handel’s “Messiah” reach the sublime status of great art that speaks to “what is permanent in the human soul,” as the 19th-century poet and cultural critic Matthew Arnold wrote.

“It’s a simple procedure,” Dr. Bernstein assured me. “We put you under with a light sedative, work on you for about 20 minutes … You’ll be in recovery for a short while and then we will send you home to rehabilitate.” I told the doctor: “I have a problem with that. I am a 72-year-old bachelor. I live alone and have no one to take care of me. “Could I go to a nursing home or rehab center for a week or so?” I asked. The doctor told me that Geisinger South has a rehabilitation unit. “I’ll see what I can do.” The nurses who prepped me and the anesthesiologist made me comfortable and kept me well-informed. However, as I went to the “twilight zone,” I still didn’t know where I would be later that afternoon. What I didn’t know is that Dr. Bernstein had made contact with Mary Lou Kotch, nurse manager of the Geisinger South Rehabilitation Center. She agreed to evaluate me after the operation. Within minutes following the operation, I was wide

awake. “I’m Theresa from rehab,” said the smiling face peeking around the curtain. “I’m here to evaluate you and see if we want you in our rehab unit.” Thus began a most pleasant 10-day stay with some of the most professional and caring caregivers for whom I could ever ask. Each day I was taken into the rehab center for three hours, where I was given exercises designed to build up my stamina and upper body strength. My undying thanks goes to Theresa, Brenda, Rosie and the two Pattys. They made rehab fun and interesting. They exuded attitudes that made patients want to succeed in getting well. The nurses who took care of my every need were equally efficient, professional and compassionate. I was particularly fond of Sandra, Fran and Andrew. The aides Michelle, Sally, Betty and Sara also rate high on my list of people who helped me get well. Doctor Bondi and his physician assistant Nancy took special attention to my medi-

cations and blood sugar. Even the phlebotomists found my veins on the first stick. I even thought the food was good. What made it better was good-natured Frankie, who would whisk in with the tray, a smiling face and a pleasant comment. Another man who made my mornings cheerful was 84-year-old Joe. A retired school teacher and principal, he has been volunteering at the Mercy/Geisinger hospital for 22 years. I looked forward to our conversations. Considering that I apparently was the first of Dr. Bernstein’s patients to be admitted directly into that rehab unit after such an operation, I guess I was somewhat of a guinea pig. I’d like to think that we proved that with tender loving care, smiling faces and dedicated therapists, minor miracles of healing are possible. I had anticipated being off my feet for four to eight weeks, and here I was bipedal within 21 days. Thank you one and all.


“People were no cleverer then than they are now; they made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes,” he wrote. “Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction.” The well-aged insights of great works of art, literature and music help us sift today’s culture, as Arnold explained, to identify what will “cultivate what is best and noblest” in us as human beings. Plenty of entertainment will lose its popularity long before the end of the century – if not the decade. But great works endure because they appeal to universal longings of the human spirit. Nearly three centuries since its debut, crowds continue to gather for Handel’s “Messiah” because the stunning crescendos and familiar choruses draw us toward answers to “the hopes and fears of all the years.” Jennifer A. Marshall is director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. Visit


In a time of need came much help


e thank the local volunteer firefighters and ambulance services that responded to our recent house fire. Their courageous efforts are greatly appreciated. Our gratitude goes out to the person who called 911. Also, we thank everyone who extended a hand to help in any way in our time of need. As they say, in times of need you find out on whom you can really count. Paul and Michelle Nichols Dorrance Township

Daughter’s family thanks caregivers



e extend our gratitude to the many health care professionals who recently aided our daughter in her darkest hour. First and foremost, to Dr. William Krywicki, the consummate orthopedic surgeon

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

whose skills made my daughter’s operation a success. To Dr. Gerry Maloney, a physician whom I did not meet until my daughter’s hospitalization, a doctor whose compassionate and genuine interest in our daughter’s case made us extremely comfortable. To our family physician, Dr. William Boyle, whose constant advice and words of encouragement meant so much. To our dear friend Jay Amory, who guided us through our difficult process. Last, but certainly not least, to the nursing staff, doctors and other health care providers who assisted our daughter through these trying times. To all of you, thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for making our daughter’s stay so much easier. Robert and Nancy Phillips Kingston

Rehab unit earns high accolades


oo often, too many of us are critical of the medical system. However, when praise is due, I think it should be celebrated. Such is the case of my recent experience with the people at Geisinger South, in Wilkes-Barre. From the instant I checked in, with a cheerful receptionist named Debbie, to the moment I was discharged and wheeled to my cousin’s car, by an extremely dedicated aide Michele, I was treated with the utmost respect, kindness and professionalism. Podiatrist Dr. Barry Bernstein had decided it was time to operate on my toe, which had developed a diabetic ulcer. I had suffered with this affliction for four months, and losing a toe was a possibility.

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Take the holiday out of Christmas



irst off, I am a Christian and a believer in Jesus Christ. That said, I have had my fill of those people who do not like the Christmas holiday. The following is my solution to the problem, which should satisfy everyone. Christmas was started as a religious holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We do not know that Christ was born on Dec. 25, so we should move the date to the third Sunday in December – without the exchanging of gifts between people. This should satisfy the stores that are trying to change Christmas to a generic holiday, as there will be none to worry about. Second, it will end “Black Friday.” No one will have to camp out in the cold waiting for stores to open at some weird hour to purchase items at a reduced price. No one will be killed or injured in the rush to obtain these items. No extra police or security protection necessary. No one will complain about stores rushing the season by putting up displays earlier and earlier each year, as there will be no need for the displays to entice people to shop. No long lines in stores of people returning gifts after the holiday. Millions of trees saved from the woodsman’s ax as no trees will be displayed in homes. Other businesses will not have to close early the day before, lose employee productive time to exchange gifts, have a party or pay “holiday pay” – as the holiday will be eliminated on a work day. Businesses will not have the expense of sending cards to clients, friends and associates. They also will save the time usually spent in decorating their offices and the time employees spend online shopping for gifts. Now, to the true meaning of Christmas. We Christians can send a card to those we choose, acknowledging the

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birth of Jesus Christ. Give an additional gift to our church on the third Sunday in December. Give a gift to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, local food pantry or any other charity that assists the poor. We all should realize that the poor have it harder during the winter than the rest of the year, as large heating bills are added to their expenses. This should satisfy all nonbelievers and end the dispute over the Christmas holiday, as there will be no interference to the nonbeliever’s world in the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Oh, and one more group that should be happy: the children whose birthdays fall on Dec. 25 who have been getting shortchanged on gifts and parties for years. Frank Sherman Swoyersville

Raise your voice against drilling


tate Sen. Lisa Baker recently submitted a letter to the editor (“Legislator seeks accord on drilling regulation bill,” Dec. 2) summarizing a number of proposals she has worked on over the last few years related to Senate Bill 1100. The bill addresses community and environmental protections that the senator would like to see included as regulations for natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. Sen. Baker states that “one of the more contentious items discussed relates to the pre-emption of local zoning.” I think it is appropriate for this

aspect of the bill to be contentiously discussed. It is the only section of the bill that can provide the public with a voice in gas drilling decisions. Most of these decisions seemingly already are being made by self-serving political officials who have been manipulated by natural gas corporations into pursuing the gas drilling agenda. Pennsylvania, due to its current political configuration, is on a path that will make it a carbon copy of the great gas drilling state of Texas. The opportunities for the citizens to address gas drilling issues in their own communities are being eliminated. Senate Bill 1100 stipulates that if gas drilling corporations feel they are being treated unfairly by local municipalities, they are to request the services of the Attorney General’s Office to determine if local ordinances allow for the reasonable development of oil and gas as stipulated in the Municipalities Planning Code. If it is determined that local zoning laws are inadequate to facilitate the continued growth of the gas industry, the zoning laws of local communities will be forced to come in line with the State Planning Code. The code will dictate what will be considered reasonable development of oil and gas throughout the state. The Attorney General’s Office will be acting as counsel for the natural gas companies in any disputes involving local zoning regulations. Gas companies will be using paid public servants to argue against the public. Other strategies still being discussed to exclude individuals from the decision-making

process include “pooling” and “eminent domain.” These political inventions suggest that if private land owners decide they do not wish to lease their lands for gas drilling purposes, but are surrounded by people who do, they will have to acquiesce to the wishes of the others and the gas corporation. Individuals will not be allowed to stand in the way of others who wish to make money from the resources that belong to everyone. It’s time for Pennsylvania citizens to become very concerned and contentious in their opposition to state efforts designed to eliminate their voices in local gas drilling decisions. Bill Burns Shavertown

Declare a state of emergency


here is a need to declare an emergency in the region. Declaring an emergency is perhaps the most well known way that presidents and governors react to a natural disaster. Declaring an emergency for a geographic area in economic distress is not as common, yet the situation has the implications of a natural disaster, and this region has had many such occurrences in its history. Thus, there should be a way to secure a designation that will provide the necessary publicity and drama to the rising tide of economic and social needs across the Wyoming Valley and its environs. We need to somehow work to close the gap that has caused Congress and the president to be so far apart in how they approach the needs of a nation “at war” with slow economic conditions. Each region needs to find its way out of the negative forces that have enveloped them. The negatives have been compounded in this era, and here are a few of these adverse

indicators: · Very poor fiscal conditions that have led many governments to drop or reduce programs. · Insufficient dollars being available to meet the needs of low-income families as well as a middle-income families finding it extremely difficult to meet their needs. · The startling impact of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee on many families. · Communities under siege by the astonishing changes that have impacted many local governments across the Valley. · The decrease in funding for many nonprofit organizations and the increase in requests for services to assist the aforementioned families. · High unemployment and underemployment continuing to be major impediments to an equitable quality of life for many people and families. These, and many other elements, represent the challenges ahead in the next few years. To meet these difficult times, here are a few suggestions. Declare that a regional emergency exists. Create a regional emergency needs fund that would enable critical needs to be met, with the fund being administered by The Luzerne Foundation. Critical needs can range from the inability to pay a mortgage, to insurance payments, to automobile payments and other consumer needs. Reach out to as many community and private foundations as possible, as well as high-level grant opportunities that can assist in helping to correct this situation. Develop a “best practices manual” that showcases how other geographic areas have initiated new techniques to meet their challenges. Create an atmosphere that relates to the way we meet challenges of natural disasters and apply the same level of commitment to current, and

likely future, economic and social issues in this region. The time is now to take the first steps. Howard J. Grossman Executive director Jewish Family Service of Greater Wilkes-Barre

Barletta supports community health


o often headlines focus on negative politics, but as a loyal reader of The Times Leader, I think it’s also important to let people know about one of the advocates who looks out for us in Washington. At a time when budgets are tight, Congressman Lou Barletta understands that community health centers are a sound investment that improve the health of working families and actually save the government money. As the U.S. House and Senate continue to deliberate the nation’s spending, we are grateful to have an advocate like Congressman Barletta who has worked hard to protect funding for health centers like ours and will, we hope, fight for some resources in the final bill to help us expand and meet the pressing need for health care in our community. At Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern PA, we are opening our doors to people who need affordable health care. Cutting our funding would not make that demand go away. In fact, it would shift patients with non-emergency conditions to local hospitals, where the cost of care is more expensive. When that happens, we all pay the consequences in higher health care costs and crowded ER waiting rooms. In these tough economic times, people need access to affordable care, and communities need good jobs. Edward P. Michael President Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern PA

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Drillers dedicated to transparency



he Times Leader’s Dec. 16 editorial (“End the secrecy regarding drilling”) advances a narrative that is fundamentally unsupported by the facts, suggesting that natural gas producers are secretive and “tight-lipped.” The truth, however, is that our industry is continually taking steps to enhance and increase transparency across all of our operations, particularly on the issue of hydraulic fracturing. First, readers should know that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has testified before Congress that hydraulic fracturing – a tightly regulated, 60-year-old production process – has never impacted groundwater. As relates to disclosing the fluids used in the fracturing process, which are made up of more than 99.5 percent water and sand and less than 0.5 percent of other additives, our industry is required to provide the state Department of Environmental Protection with the exact additives and volumes used. Indeed, DEP lists the entire universe of additives on its website. But our industry understands that it can, and must, do more. In fact, our members have proactively taken action to list this information, well by well, on the Groundwater Protection Council’s database, reinforcing our commitment to safe development, environmental stewardship and transparency. At the same time, we’re working closely with regulators and the public to ensure the safe and responsible development of job-creating American natural gas. Yet misguided legislation, such as the FRAC Act, represents a topdown, one-size-fits-all “Washington solution” in search of a problem that will simply not provide any added environmental safeguards. The Marcellus Shale repre-

sents a historic opportunity for our region, the commonwealth and our nation – it’s one that we have to get right. We need common-sense regulatory policies, not duplicative and unnecessary red tape, to build upon the positive progress we’re continuing to make. Steve Forde Policy and communications director Marcellus Shale Coalition Canonsburg

Allow recovery without obstacles


’m a retired general contractor working for Wendy, who I’ve known since she was 9 or 10 years old. I consider her family and care a lot for her, so I can imagine the pain and grief she, her husband and three children endured when they came home after September’s flooding to find everything on the first floor that they loved replaced with filth and mud. They had no heat, electricity, furniture or appliances, just walls waiting to be torn down. There are hundreds of families suffering now, with parts of their lives piled in front of their homes in the form of debris. I call them piles of sorrow. Through the efforts of many people, we will put Wendy’s home and the lives of she and her family back to better than they were before. Have their been obstacles? Yes! No. 1: an insurance company telling them what it is paying for and when it is paying. No. 2: a code enforcement officer and city council that are imposing permit and inspection requirements. Talk about kicking someone when they’re down. I’m staying here until the job is complete. You want to be paid for permits and inspections? See God. He started this. I’m there when Wendy comes home from work. I hear her laughing on the porch with her husband as they

approach the front door. Once inside, the laughter stops, the smile goes away, reality sets in. After reading this, please show your support by writing to or emailing West Pittston Borough Council. Let these people rebuild and get on with their lives without disturbing municipal letters. The residents have to know that people care. Joseph Spak Wilkes-Barre

Collected data explains events


n Bob Russin’s well-written letter to the editor titled “Writer: Dogma limits rationalists” (Dec 4), he asserts that Justin Vacula limits his hypotheses concerning miracles and then uses a quote from G.K. Chesterton to support his position. Chesterton’s statement and the point that Mr. Russin tries to make with it raise some misconceptions about science. In the history of scientific inquiry, natural phenomena were frequently accounted for by miracles and supernatural explanations. For example, lightning was commonly associated with Zeus hurling bolts down from the heavens. As thousands of years passed, data collected from systematic observations revealed that our questions were best explained by natural means. In lightning’s case, electrical fields build up in the clouds and electricity is discharged. Our understanding of the world through divination was soon replaced by methods that yielded more accurate results. Thus, methodological naturalism was born. Methodological naturalism (MN) is the core of scientific research. It arose from the ashes of methods that failed to offer accurate descriptions of our world. MN is far from dogma. Its use is justified by the results that it produces. MN does not dictate what hypotheses we can consider; it

only instructs us in the best method we have discovered for answering them. Nothing about the scientific method excludes the hypothesis that God saved our valley from the flood. Yet, as Mr. Russin admits, the “obvious weight” favors the natural explanations that Mr. Vacula alluded to, namely that the waters eventually receded on their own and that most of the valley was protected by a levee system. Now, does science immediately dictate that we dismiss God as a possible explanation? Absolutely not. An extreme example might be God’s sudden appearance over the Susquehanna, who then demonstrates her power by causing the flood waters to recede. That event might call into question MN’s ability to account for all of the observed phenomena, as God’s appearance might not be explained by natural means alone. Until such evidence presents itself, Mr. Vacula is safe to accept the preponderance of data suggesting the absence of a miracle. And unlike Chesterton’s misrepresentation of science and rational thought, the reality is that science does take miracles seriously in both controlled studies and indepth investigations of narrative accounts; however, it also seriously considers the dearth of data to support them. Brian A. Zaboski II Sugar Notch

Samaritans help dog hurt in attack


n Dec. 8, at about 11:30 a.m., my four-legged pal Barley and I were on our walk. We picked Wilkes-Barre as our site because of all the people around and the beauty of the levee. Halfway across the Market Street Bridge, our walk turned tragic when a pit bull (no collar or tags) lunged at my dog’s throat. Barley is 75 pounds, and this pit bull shook him as if he

were a rag doll. A young man who had been walking stopped to help me. Also a woman and a young female college student stopped and exited their cars. All four of us were hitting this pit bull; the dog never even flinched. At one point Barley’s cries stopped. I thought he died. The only thing I could do was rip my boy away from the pit bull, taking flesh. The young man laid on top of the pit bull to contain him, and the young girl put Barley in her car for safety. You three beautiful people are true heroes. Barley and I send you all our thanks and praises. If it weren’t for all of you, my husband and I would be burying our pal Barley. Thankfully, we are nursing him back to health after his surgeries. Karen Sypniewski Hemenway Plymouth Township

USPS ignoring input from public


n Nov. 22, two days before Thanksgiving, I attended the Postal Service’s “public input meeting” at the Scranton High School. It was a dog-and-pony show, as expected. As was the case two years ago in Wilkes-Barre – when the meeting was held during Easter week, another inconvenient time – any questions outside of the postal P.R. statement were not answered. With the Postal Service announcing the reduction of delivery standards, and the recent interview with David Williams, a USPS vice president of network operations, stating most of the facilities will be shuttered and the adjustments have got to be made today, it appears the decisions have been made. It’s time to realize the Postal Service is being privatized from the inside. The question is this: Does a crisis actually exist or is the USPS the Enron of the 21st century.

Using history and management patterns as a guide, here is what I predict will happen and what the USPS spokesman will say to the media: The USPS will find a solid business case for the consolidation, “finding significant cost savings and productivity gains.” Due to the sparse turnout, with most of the attendees being postal employees, and limited public opposition, “we recommend proceeding with the consolidation of mail processing operations from the Scranton plant to Lehigh Valley.” The Wilkes-Barre Post Office is planning to eliminate 12 customer service positions, thereby further degrading service, within one to two years; the customer service in Scranton will go through the same procedure. Has anyone in the WilkesBarre delivery area seen delays in getting mail-order medications or check reorders? Has anyone seen the mail carriers out after dark? Has anyone not received mail for two or three days? How is charging high rates for less service a “good business practice”? Will this be what happens? Will service be further degraded by poor “business decisions” in the Scranton area, and the Postal Service be pushed further to the brink of destruction? Or will management’s “no decision has been made yet” statement be true? I challenge postal management to realize this is not a cost-saving strategy and will not improve service or productivity, and keep the Scranton processing center intact. I also challenge management to increase service, not reduce it, and restore the USPS to the fine organization it once was. I believe the decision was made to move the mail when this study was announced, so one of two things will happen here: they will prove me right or prove me wrong. Let’s see what happens. Constantine Wayda Ashley

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up her mind yet. “Bush called me a tire-kicker,” she recounted. “We’re not really a typical slice of America. But the people who are here really relish it.” She recently visited Peterborough Town House, as did 500 or so others, to hear from Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Her husband, Bob, 53, a middle school computer teacher, recalled when Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the high school four years ago. She arrived by helicopter. “It was quite the buzz,” he said. He worries that if New Hampshire ever loses its role, politicians could bypass real-life interactions. Voters could only see them on TV, and that’s not a good way to weed the field. “In New Hampshire, we can still do that,” he said. “It’s kind of like we’re doing that for the rest of the country. So we take that seriously.”







c. The popular HPV vaccine causes mental retardation. (There has not been a single case.) d. Paul Revere rode at midContinued from Page 1E night to warn the British. (He rode to warn the Americans.) using Justice Department ree. All of the above, except sources to try to circumvent state Revere. laws”), but now his Justice Def. All of the above. partment is saying that “commer11. True or false: Jon Corzine, cial marijuana operations are whose MF Global investment illegal under federal law, and we firm recently collapsed, is only will enforce federal law.” the second ex-senator in history 10. Which of these falsehoods to be hauled in front of his former was uttered by Michele Bachcolleagues, via a subpoena. mann? 12. Mitt Romney said recently a. The first shots of the American Revolution were fired in New that he once told a landscaping company not to hire any “illegals” Hampshire. (It was Massachuto work on his Massachusetts setts.) lawn, because: b. Founding father John Quina. “I’m running for office, for cy Adams worked tirelessly to end slavery. (He was a college kid Pete’s sake.” b. “I have a net worth of $200 in Boston when the nation was million, and it would look bad.” founded in Philadelphia — and c. “I bet my neighbor 10,000 the founding document prebucks that I would enforce the served slavery.)


law.” d. “I have made a solemn promise, unlike President Obama, never to apologize for America.” 13. Sen. Jon Kyl said abortions make up “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” The actual figure is 3 percent. Asked to explain the discrepancy, a spokesman for the senator served up some spin. Name the real quote: a. Kyl “trusted the 90 percent figure because he’d heard it on Fox News.” b. Kyl’s Senate floor remark “was not intended to be a factual statement.” c. Kyl “loves America and resents the implication that he does not.” d. Kyl “always speaks from the heart, regardless of the left’s so-called facts.” 14. An Obama flip-flop, true or false: For years, he opposed using

military tribunals to prosecute terrorists, but now he supports them. 15. And finally, how did I variously describe Gingrich’s presidential candidacy last spring (although not in this column)? a. “Dead man talking.” b. “Smoking wreckage.” c. “Crash-and-burn.” d. “A shard of scorched crust.” e. All of the above. ANSWERS: 1. b, although Trump did say that about DeNiro; 2. True; 3. c; 4. d; 5. True; 6. a; 7. d; 8. d; 9. True; 10. e, the Revere falsehood was uttered by Sarah Palin; 11. False, Corzine is the first; 12. a; 13. b; 14. True; 15. e. Dick Polman is a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Readers may write to him at: Philadelphia Inquirer, P.O. Box 8263, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101, or by email at; blog:

Holiday liday Greetings Ho, Ho, Ho

Delivering wishes merry and bright to 5 of our neighbors at Christmastime! This holiday season, the staff at Birchwood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center conducted a holiday donation drive. Birchwood’s Martha Hazus, Director of Nursing, organized the event. Debbie Rule of the local Nanticoke Area Head Start Program, provided Birchwood with a list of items needed for Christmas, for 5 families of the children that attend the local head start program. All of the items were donated by staff and presented to Ms. Rule on December 21 for delivery to those families. Birchwood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is dedicated to helping and giving to the local community.

Sherry Finogli, Staff Coordinator • Debbie Rule, Head Start Kathy Monick, RN Staff Development • Paul Valack, CNA Deborah Recek, Restorative Aide • Janelle Titus, CNA Tara Fayash, Admission Coordinator • Richard Hazus, Facilities Director Scott Andrews, Director of Human Resources • Les Schnee, RN Supervisor


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An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll done with, a black-oriented website, found that 49 percent of African-Americans felt the country was on the right track, compared with nearly 3 in 4 overall who felt otherwise.

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publican foes. Like many black Americans, Hall, 60, looks at the president and sees a reflection of herself: joys and triumphs but also challenges and adversity, a good part of it, she suggests, owing to the color of his skin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we look at President Obama, we can relate to what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experiencing because of the experiences in our own backgrounds,â&#x20AC;? Hall says over lunch at an Irish-themed restaurant, where she stands out as one of the few black patrons. The sentiment may explain why Obama still enjoys commanding support among blacks, even though they have suffered the worst of the deep recession that soured so many others on the incumbent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He came from where the majority of minorities came from, from meager beginnings,â&#x20AC;? says Reggie Smith, a local head of the United Auto Workers union, who laughingly recalls how he, like Obama, once drove a car with a rusted hole in the floor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He can relate like no other president before, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what keeps him strong in the African-American community.â&#x20AC;? Obama won 95 percent of the black vote in his first presidential race and will likely match that next year. The question is whether 2008â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record black turnout can be repeated, or even exceeded, now that the heady days are long gone. Even Obama, speaking this fall in Los Angeles, conceded his re-election bid â&#x20AC;&#x153;will not be as sexyâ&#x20AC;? as his first run. But Hall, who keeps a grinning photo of Obama on her key chain, is adamant Obama will surpass that performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not just sayingâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; here she adopts a mincing tone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elect an African-American president.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; We already have a black president. What we need to do is give him support so he can work his plan.â&#x20AC;? A lifelong Democrat, Hall is vice chairwoman of the local party and its black caucus, a fixture in Flint politics and a field marshal in the huge get-out-the-vote


Damian Johnson grooms Jason Vicks, left, as Jermaine Johnson cuts the hair of Carl Neely and they all discuss President Barack Obama in Charlotte, N.C. Even though black Americans have suffered the worst of the deep recession, they still have strong support for the president.

operation Obama is building in Michigan, a state vital to his reelection hopes. She is a regular at senior centers, block meetings and community events â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 15 Democrats in a room, Gerri will be one of them,â&#x20AC;? says local state Sen. John Gleason â&#x20AC;&#x201D; talking up the importance of voting and, lately, re-electing the president. She stays relentlessly on message in a way some candidates might envy. When a neighbor and Obama backer says others in the black community may be somewhat disappointed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;It turns out he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk on waterâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hall leaps in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, you know,â&#x20AC;? she says, friendly but firmly, â&#x20AC;&#x153;if he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have Congress blocking him, things would be a whole lot better.â&#x20AC;? For Hall, re-electing Obama is more than a political mission. It is personal, a debt repaid to her mother and father, a down payment for her son and granddaughter. She takes no pay. A voice inside says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is what you need to do, Gerri, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re paid or not.â&#x20AC;? The statistics are grim. The poverty rate for African-American children has increased under Obama, along with black joblessness. Nationally, black unem-

ployment was 15.5 percent in November, almost twice the overall rate. For black teenagers it was just under 40 percent. Even so, African-Americans remain far more upbeat than the rest of the country. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll done with, a black-oriented website, found that 49 percent of African-Americans felt the country was on the right track, compared with nearly 3 in 4 overall who felt otherwise. Most African-Americans blamed congressional Republicans, rather than Obama, for the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic ills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get assistance from the people in those domes,â&#x20AC;? said David Jackson, 39, a guidance counselor at Flintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community college, â&#x20AC;&#x153;then his policies get watered down or polluted ... to where they never have the effect he intended.â&#x20AC;? Unemployment is officially 16.5 percent in Flint, where fortunes soared and, for the last several decades, plummeted with the near collapse of the auto industry. Local analysts believe the true jobless rate is more like 45 percent, once those who have quit looking are counted. Still, in several days of interviews not one black voter blamed Obama for the hard times. Flintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

problems, they say, have long been building, like the ones the president inherited. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just dealing with everything that was waiting for him when he walked in the Oval Office,â&#x20AC;? said auto repair shop owner Edward Williams, 39. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a big pile.â&#x20AC;? In perhaps the brightest news for Obama, 59 percent of AfricanAmericans surveyed nationally said they were more enthusiastic about voting in 2012 than four years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about party,â&#x20AC;? said Herman Marable, a district judge who joined Hall for an open house at Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Flint campaign office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is about having somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back who is under attack.â&#x20AC;? The president may need all the help he can get. Barring a dramatic shift, the 2012 election is likely to be much closer than 2008. Several states that Obama won, including North Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Ohio, will be competitive only if black supporters turn out again in big numbers. In 2008, Obama won Michigan with 57 percent support, the best Democratic showing in 44 years. In the 2010 midterm vote, about 700,000 Democrats and party supporters stayed home and the GOP won every statewide office, a legislative majority, and two

previously Democratic congressional seats. In Genesee County, which includes Flint, the drop-off was nearly 38,000 Democratic votes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; each one viewed by Hall as almost a personal affront. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People need to step it up,â&#x20AC;? she says. When Hall was 13, she sneaked out of her house to hear civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer talk about the importance of voting, which was nearly impossible then for blacks in Mississippi. Hall recalls little about that 1964 night, save her parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concern for her safety â&#x20AC;&#x201D; people were killed agitating to vote â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the fervor of the grown-ups crowding the small church. The time had come, they said, for black people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially young ones â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to claim the full promise of their citizenship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so passionate now,â&#x20AC;? Hall says, stabbing the tabletop with a finger. As the second of eight children, Hall helped raise her siblings while her father, a factory foreman, and mother, a housekeeper, worked to scrape by. To this day, Hall has the manner of one accustomed to being in charge: her diction precise, her dress fastidious and her case for Obama outlined in PowerPoint and carefully sorted fact sheets. As his children grew, Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father took a second job, as a handyman, to pay for college. Through a process of elimination â&#x20AC;&#x201D; teaching paid too little, law school cost too much â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hall ended up studying finance. Armed with a business degree, she followed countless blacks who left the South to work at GM. She met her future husband, an assembly line worker, and they had a son, who now works for the city of Flint. Hall and her husband eventually divorced. For 31years, she was an auditor and GM analyst, and even though Mississippi was in her past, there

were reminders of the old meanness. Once, a West Virginia car dealer wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand for a black woman (not his words) going over the books, so headquarters sent a white accountant to help. Throughout, Hall dove into campaigning: licking envelopes, making phone calls, walking precincts. In 2008, she was one of Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early Michigan supporters, when most establishment Democrats backed Hillary Rodham Clinton. Among other things, he struck her as electable like no black presidential candidate before. She traveled to Denver for Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nomination and to Washington for his inauguration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;something I had to witness in personâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and though her parents never lived to see the day, Hall shared photos with her 102year-old great-grandmother. Today, Hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life is carefully segmented: two days of substitute teaching (to supplement her pension); two days with her granddaughter, Cyana; two days for politicking; Sundays in church. It is a balance she expects to shift heavily toward campaigning in 2012. Some years ago, Hall switched churches to join a more youthful congregation, hoping to inspire younger people the way Fannie Lou Hamer and others once fired her imagination. On an autumn Sunday, Hall sat at the rear of the sanctuary, alongside Cyana, 4, smiling as one of her PowerPoints flashed on a big screen, reminding worshippers of local elections. When the service ended, Hall dashed for the exit and passed out copies of Flintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s black newspaper â&#x20AC;&#x201D; featuring a front-page article touting Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jobs plan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as members of the choir filed past in black and gold robes. With less than a year until the election, her work was just beginning.

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A curious horse greeted Dr. Henry F. Smith at The Lands at Hillside Farms.

12 months of scenic settings By MARY THERESE BIEBEL

By AMY LONGSDORF For The Times Leader


fter exploring the scary side of nature in “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park,” Steven Spielbergunreelsadifferentkindofanimal story with “War Horse,” the saga of a steed sofearlessheinspiresnearlyeveryonewho crosses his path.

The filmmaker credits his 15-year-old daughter Mikaela with helping him develop an appreciation forhorsesandtheoften-remarkablebondtheyshare with their owners. “I live with horses because my daughter is a competitive jumper,” says Spielberg, who is married to actress Kate Capshaw, with whom he’s raised more than six children, including Max, his son from first marriage to Amy Irving. “My daughter travels the country in competition, jumping her horses. We have stables for as many as 12 horses. Right now we have eight on our property living with us. … When I found ‘War Horse’ I was more than ready to tell this story.” Spielbergfirstencountered“WarHorse”afewyears ago when his producing partner Kathleen Kennedy urged him to see a West End production of the play, based on Michael Morpurgo’s children’s’ book. The movie, which opens today, pivots on Joey, a feisty colt purchased by a farmer (Peter Mullan) and his wife (Emily Watson) on the eve of World War I. Joey is trained by the farmer’s son Albert (newcomer Jeremy Irvine) and eventually sold, against Albert’s wishes, to the British army. Albert joins the Army, too, in hopes of finding Joey. In the meantime, the horse goes through a series of harrowing and heartwarming adventures. He’s sent into battle, sheltered by a French farmer

(Niels Arestrup ) and his granddaughter, and is captured by the Germans and forced to drag massive cannons up mountains. “WhenIrealizedIwasabouttodirect‘WarHorse’ because I’d been so moved by the play and by the book, I actually went out to our stables, and I just stood there with my iPhone photographing the horses from all angles,” says the filmmaker, who also oversaw the animated “Adventures of TinTin,” which opened earlier this week. “I tried to see how many expressions I could get out of the horses. “And then I realized that I couldn’t get expressions fromtheeyesandthefaceofthehorsealone.Irealized by standing back that the horse expressed himself in his entire bearing. The horses needed all four legs, the tail,theearsespecially.…Youreallyneededtogetback to see the magnificence of the horse.” In the end, 14 horses were drafted to play Joey as he progresses from a colt to an adult. The horse who’s in the most scenes is Finder, who starred in “Seabiscuit,” which, coincidentally, also was produced by See WAR HORSE, Page 4F





When Dr. Henry F. Smith Jr. stalks a butterfly in a field of goldenrod, he emerges with the eye-catching photo he wanted – and finds himself covered in a kind of goldenrod fuzz. When he trudges on snow shoes through deep, unbroken snow to a secluded canopy of old-growth trees, he steadies his camera lens against crossed ski poles “to dampen the effects of a bounding heartbeat.” For some people, these factors would be drawbacks. To Smith, they simply TO BUY A enhance the ad- CALENDAR venture of explorWhat: Allied Sering Northeastern vices – Heinz Pennsylvania. Rehab Pediatric “This region has Calendar so many beautiful Who: With photogplaces,” said raphy by Dr. Henry Smith, 54, of Glen F. Smith Jr. Cost: $7 each, Summit, director plus $2 shipping of pulmonary ser- for quantities up vices at John to five; $5 shipHeinz Institute of ping for quantities six to 15. Rehabilitation Medicine in To order: Wilkes-Barre or 570-830-8935 Township. “There’s a tendency to be so busy that we don’t look around, but I always keep an eye out.” An avid kayaker, cyclist and hiker as well as photographer, Smith has brought back thousands of images from his trips. This year marks the fourth time he and a committee of advisers have carefully chosen12 scenes to grace a calendar that Allied Services sells to benefit pediatric patients. “We try to spread them around geographically,” said Smith, whose array for the 2012 calendar includes a former train station in Hunlock Creek, the “Forest Temple” area of old-growth conifers in a remote section of Ricketts Glen State Park and spring blossoms in Butler Township. Also adding variety are photos of a farmer driving a tractor past young cornstalks in Hamlin, a wall in Lackawanna State Park, the butterfly in the field of goldenrod at Nescopeck State Park and snow scenes at Bear Creek Lake and The Lands at Hillside Farms, where a horse came to the fence to check out the visitor with the camera. “Horses are curious, and as soon as theysenseyou,theycomeuptothefence line or wherever you are to see what’s going on,” Smith said, explaining the tendency often ruins the shot a photographer wants. “If you want to get a good shot of horses, you have to be sneaky about it.” Even though one particular horse came much closer than he wanted, Smith said, he liked the expression on its face enough to put that picture on the cover.

NYC: It’s the most wonderful town this time of year By BILL REED The Philadelphia Inquirer

NEW YORK — For a day or a weekend sparkling with the season’s spirit, there’s no topping the Big Apple, with a twinkling Norway spruce towering over the iceskating rink at Rockefeller Center, story-telling departmentstore windows and the breathtaking Santaland. With the aroma of roasting chestnuts, the sight of choreographed light shows and the spectacle of Gaga’s Workshop, you can’t help but get swept up in the excitement of the season. You’ll have money to spend,

too, because other than about $30 for parking, most of the sights are free. Yes, you can splurge and see the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, but there’s a way to save a few bucks on those tickets. So, slip into comfortable walking shoes and take a walking tour of the city’s Christmas spectacles. A classic beginning Start at Macy’s Herald Square at 34th Street and Broadway, the setting for the classic movie, “Miracle on 34th Street.” The story is told each year in scenes de-

picting Kriss Kringle winning over 6-year-old Susan Walker, and his lawyer proving in court that there is a Santa Claus. This year, the display has been moved from windows along two sides of the landmark department store to the eighth floor, near Santaland. In the windows along 34th Street, you can hear and read the story, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” a newspaper’s response to an 8-year-old girl’s letter. And new this year is Make-AWish, a series of window displays that take you on a magical and whimsical journey to experience

the season’s wishes and dreams. Next, head inside to visit Santaland. Ride the wooden escalators, which date to 1902, instead of waiting for the more modern elevators to reach the eighth floor. Perky elves direct you to a seat on the Macyland Express and along a path through the Enchanted Forest, surrounded by decorated Christmas trees, model trains, ice-skating polar bears, bags of toys, and child-sized lollipops and candy canes. The trail ends at the North Pole, where the See NYC, Page 8F


A Norway spruce towers over ice skaters at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan.



















The Sunday Crossword

Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis


ARIES (March 21-April 19). This is as much your day as it is anyone else’s, so just ease into it. No one is keeping score, so you can relax and have a wonderful time, no pressure. Enjoy yourself. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll handle the details of a project while others work in broad strokes. Work with those who have different skill sets and strengths. You’ll create something beautiful together. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Knowing what is essential and what is superfluous is a kind of talent in and of itself. Also, importance is subjective, so don’t let anyone else tell you how to prioritize. If it’s important to you, it’s important. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’re careful to give credit where credit is due. But don’t be overly concerned with spreading the attention and praise evenly, because what happens naturally will be quite fair in some odd way. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll make events more special with your reaction to them. Everyone will want to know your opinion, and you’ll state it in such a way that others will remember your words and take them to heart. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). A light bulb goes on, but not above your head or even inside it. It’s as though your heart has the idea instead. All will be illuminated when you act on this loving impulse. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You never have to worry about being without resources. You have a knack for finding people who can and will help you accomplish what you want to do. Attracting good people is your special brand of luck. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There will be some solemn aspects to your day, but you’ll also be joyful as you take part in spiritual or religious practices that you’ll either pursue on your own or as part of a like-minded spiritual community. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The funding for your future will show up right when you need it most, as if by magic. You don’t have to believe in magic for it to happen to you, but it certainly helps. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your self-control is truly amazing. You’ll hold back input that is unnecessary or tension-provoking, and you’ll set a tone for others to be on their best behavior, as well. It’s because of you that things go well. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll be feeding people in some way that may or may not be food related. You’ll stir love and appreciation into everything you make, and the results will feed people on many levels at once. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll feel so much better than you did yesterday. You’ll have the peace of knowing you’ve done all you can. Your job now is to relax and witness the lovely unfolding. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 25). You’ll be in full bloom. You’ll surround yourself with the people you want to resemble in more ways than one, and you’ll pick up the qualities you desire. January brings more money and something important to invest it in, as well. February and April are most romantic. You’ll sweat for a cause in March. Sagittarius and Pisces people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 2, 14, 39, 19 and 6.

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Proof of mom’s love is found in simple treasures Dear Abby: After a long battle with cancer, my beloved mother died. After we got over the initial shock of Mom’s passing, we were looking through her room. On her dresser was an old jewelry box one of us had given her for Christmas years ago. The latch was rusty, but we finally managed to get it open. There was no jewelry inside. Instead, nestled in the threadbare red velveteen, were the treasures of a lifetime of loving. There were the hospital bracelets each of us had worn as infants, a lock of my baby hair, the first Mother’s Day card ever given to her, an old school photo of me framed in popsicle sticks, a gift card written to her by my father before we were born along with other items that probably wouldn’t be worth 50 cents to anyone else. But they were priceless to our mother. My sister and I were amazed. Our mom knew that love isn’t something you wait for or something that comes to you from elsewhere, but rather that it’s a behavior, a way of being in the world. Her personal treasures were evidence not of the love she’d received, but tokens of the love she had given.




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Kathleen Kennedy. Spielberg doesn’t take any credit for Finder’s performance. “The horse didn’t listen to me very often,” the filmmaker says. “Bobby Lovgren, our horse whisperer, listened tome,though,andhe’stheonethat’s responsible for getting the performance out of (the horses).” While Finder was a natural to play Joey, Spielberg had a much harder time locating the right actor to play Albert. “We saw hundreds of possible Alberts,” says the director, 65. “I wantedanunknown.Ifiguredifthehorse could be an unknown so should Albert. … So I went trolling through not just the UK but Ireland and Scotland and Australia. We looked everywhere, and halfway through the process Jeremy came in. He was to-



Jeremy Irvine is shown with director Steven Spielberg during the filming of ’War Horse.’

tally untested, but he had a certain honesty, and all I look for is honesty in any young person that I direct.” Spielberg compares the 21-yearold Brit to his other discoveries, including Christian Bale, Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore. “When I found Christian (for ‘Empire of the Sun’), he was so honest I couldn’t deny the fact


that there was an actor in this kid. Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas, there was an honesty with them in ‘E.T.’ Henry had a little experience. Drew had practically none. … Jeremy was the most real kid we saw. Also, the horse liked See WAR HORSE, Page 5F

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him a lot. That was important.” Budgeted at $70 million, “War Horse” has an epic sweep to it. Spielberg oversaw more than 6,000 extras and 100 horses for sequences shot in a handful of locations, including a farm in Devon, England, and mud-logged trenches in the Somme in France. Spielberg recently told Entertainment Weekly that he hasn’t made such use of the physical world since he shot ‘Jaws’ 36 years ago. “I wanted to make sure that the land was a character in the story,” he adds. “We used a lot more wide shots than close-ups, which lets the audience actually make choices about where and when to look. That was the dynamic of most movies that were made in the 1930s and the 1940s, not just by John Ford, but by (Akira) Kurosawa and by Howard Hawks too. “Those directors celebrated the land, and they made spaces and environments characters, too. (Cinematographer) Janusz (Kaminski) and I just pulled our cameras back.


Sabres drawn, the British cavalry charges toward a German encampment in this scene from ’War Horse,’ director Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War.

… But it wasn’t a conscious homage. I wasn’t making a homage to John Ford or to D.W. Griffith or any other filmmaker. I was making a homage to Joey and to the effect that animals often have on people, changing their lives for the better.” While “War Horse” includes some brutal battle scenes, Spielberg doesn’t consider the film a war movie like “Empire of the Sun,” “Saving Private Ryan” or his acclaimed HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.” “This is a story about the ways

that animals can actually connect people together,” Spielberg says. “That’s what Joey does. Joey’s miracles are really in his great sense of optimism and hope. “All the people he encounters, he brings something new into their lives. ‘War Horse’ is, I think, much more focused on the characters. The war certainly was a horrendous backdrop and created tremendous tension and drama. But unlike ‘Private Ryan,’ the war’s not in the foreground of ‘War Horse.’ ” Through the years, Spielberg’s

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The best crime mysteries of 2011 By CAROLE E. BARROWMAN Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

One of my family’s New Year’s traditions is called “first-footing.” For good luck, the first person to set foot in your home in the new year must have dark hair (no clue to the roots of this), a glass of whiskey (it’s a Scottish tradition), and carry a slice of black bun (a dense currant cake). I’ve blended that tradition with this column. I’m calling it “first-booking,” the best debut crime novels I read this year. “Those Across the River” by Christopher Buehlman (Ace Books, 368 pages). When this wonderfully disturbing debut rose to the top of a stack in my office, I swear I could hear dueling banjos. Set in Georgia after WWI, this is a gripping genre-bender: an ode to the American wilderness contained in a historical thriller and steep-

ed in pure terror. Buehlman’s literate narrator and his lyrical language mean the horror creeps up on you. Frank Nichols, a survivor of trench warfare, has been dismissed from his faculty position in the North. He settles with his wife in an inherited “fine yellow” mansion where he plans to research the Civil War and his slave-owning ancestor. Instead, Frank faces the battle of his life with something horrible across the river. “The Goat Woman of Largo Bay” by Gillian Royes (Atria Books, 320 pages). I’m always keen on mysteries that explore a world far from my own and Royes’ debut did that

with its warm tropical setting and its population of highly original characters. Set in Jamaica, this novel exposes “the flip side of paradise” when ex-con bartender Shadrack Myers, a pious and pragmatic hero, gets involved in a suspenseful cocktail of corrupt island politics and death. “The Return of Captain John Emmett” by Elizabeth Speller (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 448 pages). This elegant first is written as a Golden Age mystery with the themes of WWI poets like Wilfred Owen and the language and plotting of Agatha Christie. The main character may be a survivor of the generation of

doomed youth, but he is no less lost. His journey to discover why a fellow soldier killed himself becomes a way for him to face his own mor-

tality. “These Dark Things” by Jan Merete Weiss (Soho Crime, 224 pages). The most appealing element in this distinctive first is the fascinating contradictions between modern Naples, Italy, and its medieval past that Merete Weiss knits into an original mystery. The novel opens with an elderly bone cleaner (an ancient ritual performed for souls trapped in purgatory) discovering a recently dead body displayed like a “Pre-Raphaelite” angel in the

city’s catacombs. Even Captain Natalia Monte of the Carabinieri and her Buddhist partner are intriguing opposites in their temperaments and their approaches to an investigation. “Bent Road” by Lori Roy (Dutton, 368 pages). I reviewed this debut early in the year, and I continue to herald its merits to readers. Roy’s language is spare, her story fraught with festering secrets, and the suspense palpable from the opening pages. With a backdrop of the racial tensions of the late 1960s, Arthur Scott returns his family to their hometown in Kansas, a “dark valley” where a girl has gone missing.









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elves will take your picture with Santa. “Mrs. Claus likes to see everyone who’s visiting him,” they explain. You can buy their photo, but they’ll also capture the moment with your camera for free. And you’ll get a little gift — sorry, I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

Can’t miss delis By now, you’re probably hungry and running out of gas, but there’s still a cluster of seasonal sights near Central Park that are worth the eight-block walk. So, reward yourself with a late lunch or early dinner at the Stage Deli of New York or Carnegie Deli, both on 7th Avenue between 53rd and 55th streets. The Carnegie has been around for 74 years, the Stage Deli for 70, and both are known for their triple-decker sandwiches heaped with pastrami, corned beef, turkey and other deli delights. You might want to share, because you don’t want to walk around with a doggie bag, and you do want to leave room for their renowned cheesecake. Wash it all down with an egg cream. Know that the Carnegie does not accept credit cards, but there’s an ATM out front. Now you’re ready to walk off all those calories.

Ubiquitous eats Back on the street, grab a hot dog with sauerkraut from one of the many vendors. Walk east to Fifth Avenue, then north to 38th Street, where Lord & Taylor has been decorating its windows with holiday displays since 1938. Keep strolling north along Fifth Avenue for some window shopping and people-watching. If you have young girls in the family, head into the American Girl Place at 49th Street to shop for a doll and everything that comes The stars align with them. If you have the time and the energy, walk one block west to A spiritual stop, a Pa. tree Eighth Avenue, then north a few Just farther north, step into St. streets to Columbus Circle to see Patrick’s Cathedral. The Gothic Time Warner Center’s Holiday church is worth visiting in any Under the Stars. A dozen 14-foot season, for its dramatic sanctustars hanging from the ceiling of ary, side altars, statues and the Great Room are lit up from 5 stained-glass windows. p.m. to midnight, choreographed Across Fifth Avenue, you can to holiday songs by Wynton Mareasily spend a day at Rockefeller salis and members of the Jazz at Center. Lincoln Center Orchestra. The main attraction is the 74Make your way back to Fifth foot Christmas tree, which is Avenue, walking along 59th from Mifflinville, Pa., this year, Street past horse-drawn carriagtopped by a Swarovski crystal es ready to take you for a ride in star. Central Park. Watch the ice skaters, or rent At 58th Street, doormen skates for $10 and circle the rink dressed as Toy Soldiers welcome for 90 minutes for $12.50 (chilthe children in all of us to FAO dren under 11 and seniors) to $21 Schwarz. Three floors are packed (adults). If you’d rather be entertained, with toys for children of all ages make your way to Sixth Avenue and interests. Giraffes, bears and and West 51st Street for the show other stuffed animals are as big as at Radio City Music Hall, show- an adult; a Lego section has a lifecasing the traditional “Parade of sized Lego Santa; and dolls called the Wooden Soldiers” and a new Brownstone Buddies represent 3-D video-game adventure. Tick- children around the world. You ets cost $45 to $165 (more if you can even hop on the floor piano want your picture taken with like Tom Hanks did in the movie Santa or a Rockette), but look for “Big.” Check out the gourmet cupdiscount coupons handed out cakes at the cafe. around Rockefeller Center. As you head back downtown, You also can find discount tickets for the Top of the Rock obser- make sure to stop at Saks to see vation deck (full price is $16 to The Snowflake and the Bubble $38), where you can get a bird’s- light show. The sidewalks and streets, just eye view of the city from 70 stoas lively at night, are invigoratries up. For an update on the events of ing. You won’t want your holiday the day, read the news ticker on tour to end. Don’t worry — the the front of the NBC building. dazzling, heartwarming displays You can buy tickets to tour the will fill you with holiday spirit the studios (you might have to plan whole season long. that in advance), and gifts for fans of “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Psyche” and other NBC and


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EW YORK — Light wallet or big spender, window shopping is something almost everyone can enjoy. Manhattan’s most famous Midtown retailers are known for splashy displays that have become as much a holiday tradition here as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree or sidewalk Santas.

Store executives say they see the windows as their seasonal gifts to the city. “I think New York being what New York is — it’s the window capital of the world — it sees people from all over the world come to New York to experience the holiday,” says Paul Olszewski, Macy’s director of windows. Some stores have added high-tech twists in recent years. At Bloomingdale’s, cameras have been incorporated into displays, and photos will beam from the windows as well as from the retailer’s Facebook page. At Macy’s there are touch screens to design a 3-D ornament that be sent back to your cell phone. “It’s all the kids who totally get how to do this,” Olszewski says. Still, it’s largely left to the reindeer, snowmen and jolly St. Nick to spread the cheer. Some highlights: • Tiffany & Co.: Using the familiar (and nearby) Central Park as its reference, Tiffany fashioned a miniature wonderland anchored with a carousel. The carousel animals, including zebras, lions and giraffes, take off in the Christmas Eve sky to deliver holiday gems to presumably good girls and boys. • Bloomingdale’s: The flagship store on 59th Street uses as its centerpiece some of its vintage shopping bags — made bigger and better with movement that allow passers-by to peer inside. Some of the bags have been reproduced, and a different one went home with shoppers each week through today. • Lord & Taylor: Inspired by a 1941 illustration by Carl S. Wilson called “What is Christmas Made Of?” the store asked local children to draw just what they think constitutes the holiday. The favorites: picking out a tree, trimming it with all the bells and whistles, ice skating in Central Park, building a snowman

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The windows of Bergdorf Goodman were inspired by fantasy travel to far-flung places and are titled ‘Wish You Were Here.’

and waiting for Santa. They’re among the themes incorporated into windows. • Macy’s: Designers used many shades of white as both the backdrop and decoration for each scene, encouraging each passer-by to imagine his or her own magical holiday moment. The story that moves from window to window starts with a mysterious ship headed to the North Pole, by takes a few detours by the Tree of Wishes and a wish factory before reaching its destination. • Bergdorf Goodman: Bergdorf always weaves high fashion into its holiday story,

but this year it shares the coveted Fifth Avenue space with wild animals visiting the urban jungle. The theme of “Carnival of the Animals” puts a black-and-white lace gown by Marchesa within striking distance of a life-size paper zebra, ostrich, panda bear, aardvark and peacock. A tropical forest made of metals and mirrors is home to a giant brass birdcage and a dress by Naeem Khan, and a mannequin modeling J. Mendel’s gown surrounds herself with polar bears, a moose, wolves, a seal and a mountain goat.



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blue, auto V6 07 BUICK LUCERNE CXL silver, grey leather 07 Hyundai Sonata GLS navy blue, auto, alloys 07 CHRYSLER 300 LTD AWD silver, grey leather 06 MERCURY MILAN PREMIER Mint green, V6, alloys 06 NISSAN MAXIMA SE Silver, V6, sunroof 06 DODGE STRATUS SXT, Red 05 DODGE NEON SXT Red, 4 cyl., auto 05 CHEVY IMPALA LS Burgundy tan 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 VW JETTA GLS Black. Auto. Sunroof. 03 AUDI S8 QUATTRO Mid blue/light grey leather, Navigation, (AWD) 02 MUSTANG GT V8, Green, black leather, 5 speed, 01 CHEVY LUMINA LS 4 door, burgandy, 72K 01 VW JETTA GLS green, auto, 4 cyl 01 VOLVO V70 STATION WAGON, blue/grey, leather, AWD 98 MAZDA MILLENIA green 98 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS black


08 JEEP COMPASS SPORT Silver, 4 cylinder, auto, 4x4 08 DODGE RAM 1500 QUAD CAB, white, 5.7 Hemi, 4 door, 4x4. 08 CADILLAC ESCALADE Blk/Blk leather, 3rd seat, Navgtn, 4x4 07 CHRYSLER ASPEN LTD Silver, 3rd seat, 4x4 07 DODGE DURANGO SLT blue, 3rd seat 4x4 07 CHEVY UPLANDER silver, 7 passenger mini van 07 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SXT Blue grey leather, 7 pax mini van 06 MITSUBISHI ENDEAVOR XLS, Blue auto, V6, AWD 06 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN ES, red, 4dr, entrtnmt cntr, 7 pass mini van 05 FORD F150 XLT Extra cab, truck, black, V8, 4x4 05 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER LT, blue, grey leather, 4x4 05 JEEP LIBERTY SPORT blue 4x4 05 BUICK RANIER CXL gold, tan, leather, sunroof (AWD) 04 DODGE DAKOTA CLUB cab, black, auto, V-8, 4x4 04 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER, silver, black leather, 3rd seat, AWD 04 MERCURY MOUNTAINEER, 4x4 black, black leather, 3rd seat, 04 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE OVERLAND Graphite grey, 2 tone leather, sunroof, 4x4 04 CHEVY SUBURBAN LS, pewter silver, 3rd seat, 4x4 03 CHEVY TRACKER ZR2, blue, auto, 4x4 03 FORD WINDSTAR LX green 4 door, 7 pax mini van 02 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY 7 passenger, mini van, gold AWD 02 CHEVY 2500 HD Reg. Cab. pickup truck, green, auto, 4x4 01 F150 SUPERCREW XLT, green, 4 door, V8, 4x4 truck 00 CHEVY BLAZER LT Black & brown, brown leather 4x4 96 CVEVY BLAZER black 4x4 89 CHEVY 1500 4X4 TRUCK

4 door. 4 cylinder. Power windows. 59K. Looks & runs well. $4,495 DEALER 570-868-3914


Metallic gray, sunroof, leather, Bose Satellite with CD radio, heated seats, traction control, fully loaded. Remote Start. 50k miles. $16,995 or trade. (570) 639-5329

CHEVY ‘11 MALIBU LT Moonroof. 7K miles. $15,880

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SS2. Fully load, V8, jewel red with white stripes on hood & trunk, list price is $34,500, Selling for $29,900. Call 570-406-1974

CHRYSLER `06 300 4 door sedan in per-

fect condition. Full service records. All luxury options and features. 25.5 MPG. $12,800. Call 570-371-1615


Silver, 2nd owner clean title. Very clean inside & outside. Auto, Power mirrors, windows. CD player, cruise, central console heated power mirrors. 69,000 miles. $4900. 570-991-5558


Leather. Heated seats. DVD Player. $11,880

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


700 Sans Souci Highway WE SELL FOR LESS!! ‘10 Dodge Caravan SXT 32K. Silver-Black. Power slides. Factory warranty. $17,499 ‘09 Jeep Libery Limited Power sunroof. Only 18K. Factory Warranty. $19,899 ‘09 DODGE CALIBER SXT 2.0 Automatic, 24k Factory Warranty! $12,099 ‘08 CHEVY IMPALA LS Only 18K! One Owner - Estate Sale. Factory Warranty. $13,799 ‘08 SUBARU Special Edition 42k, 5 speed, AWD. Factory warranty. $13,299 ‘08 CHEVY SILVERADO 1500 4x4, Regular Cab, 63K, Factory Warranty $13,299 ‘08 CHEVY IMPALA LS 4 door, only 37K! 5 Yr. 100K factory warranty $11,699 ‘08 CHEVY IMPALA LS 60k. Factory warranty. $9,699 ‘05 BUICK CENTURY Only 48K. $5,699 ‘05 HONDA CRV EX One owner, just traded, 65K. $12,899 ‘05 Suzuki Verona LX Auto. 64K. Factory warranty. $5,399 ‘01 LINCOLN TOWN CAR Executive 74K $5,799 ‘99 J EEP G RAND C HEROKEE Limited. 74K. Estate Sale. $5,999 TITLE TAGS FULL NOTARY SERVICE 6 M ONTH WARRANTY


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CHEVROLET `03 IMPALA 97,000 miles,

DODGE `02 DURANGO SLT all All power, 4.7,

$3,300. 570-592-4522 570-592-4994


Silver beauty, 1 Owner, Museum quality. 4,900 miles, 6 speed. All possible options including Navigation, Power top. New, paid $62,000 Must sell $45,900 570-299-9370


Beautiful, 4 door. Power steering & brakes. 8 cylinder. Excellent condition. $3,000. Negotiable. 570-762-3504

leather, 7 passenger, running boards, 80,000 miles, CD player, new tires. $7,000. 570-877-9896

DODGE `02 NEON SXT. 4 door. Auto-

matic. Yellow with black interior. Power windows & locks. FWD. $3,500. Call 570-709-5677 or 570-819-3140


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


Blue metallic. 4 door. Grey interior. Auto. A/C. Power windows, locks, steering, brakes & mirrors. Alloys. Dual air bags. Non-smoker, extra clean. 98K miles. Must see. $4,995. Clean PA title. Trade Welcome 570-829-3929

DODGE `02 STRATUS SE PLUS 100,000 miles, auto-

matic, front wheel drive, 4 door, antilock brakes, air conditioning, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, power seats, all power, cruise control, CD player, keyless entry, rear defroster, new 2.7 engine.timing set, water pump, oil pump, $2,999. (570) 604-5277

FORD `95 CROWN VICTORIA V-8, power windows

& seats, cruise control. Recent inspection. Asking $1,000. Call 570-604-9325

FORD 00 ESCORT ZX2 2 door. 53K. 4

cylinder. Looks and runs well. $3,195 DEALER 570-868-3914


4 door. 4 cylinder. Power windows. 78K. Looks and runs well. $3,695 DEALER 570-868-3914

FORD ‘07 MUSTANG V6, 5-speed auto-

matic, leather interior, steel exhaust, keyless entry, new inspection, bumper to bumper warranty, expires 08/23/15. 36,400 miles, security window louvers, rear spoiler with brake light. Perfect condition. $17,000, negotiable. 570-451-