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60-ft. tree on Union Street will be lighted tonight.
Fred DeSanto is recipient of 2011 Saporito Award.
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How it works Two things about which I am clueless – I can hear my wife saying, “Only two?” – are whether women think a guy is handsome and whether a column I’ve written is any good. I’ve pretty much given up on both. All right, I get George Clooney. And Brad Pitt. But Bill Clinton? As for columns? Forget it. Ones I think might get a response? Nada. Ones I’m almost afraid to publish for fear readers will think I’m a kook? Praise. Such was the case last week when I wrote about living in the moment. There were phone messages and emails and face-to-face comments enough to make me blush. Also enough to bring me to write a little more, particularly how this “being in the now” attitude can be put to work. But first, a couple of experiences that drove the point home for me. The first is the writing of the late George Sheehan. He was a
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cardiologist who became a long-distance runner at age 45 and wrote extensively about the value of strenuous activity. Two of his books – This Running Life and Running & Being – changed my life. Among the things I learned from Dr. Sheehan is this: “Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.” Another is to live in “the now.” When you are out on a country road in the middle of a tenmile run, he writes, if you think about how far you’ve run – five miles – you’ll become exhausted and find it impossible to go on. If you think about how far you have to go – five miles – you’ll become deflated and find it impossible to go on. But if you just keep putting one foot in front of the other ... The other contributor to the way I try to live is the late Bill Reel, former columnist for the New York Daily News. Many
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years ago I read a piece he did about a book which, I believe, was called “Feeding Timmy,” which I’ve tried to find online without success. The story was written by a man whose brother Timmy was severely mentally and physically challenged to the extent that he had to be fed all of his meals all of his life, and he lived to be 30 years old. That duty fell to Timmy’s dad who was self-employed and worked from home. When Timmy died, his brother asked his dad this: You fed Timmy three meals a day for 30 years, Dad. How were you able to do that? This was the dad’s response: The truth is I couldn’t do that. Nobody could that. So I never did. I didn’t feed Timmy three meals a day for 30 years. I just woke up every morning and asked myself, ‘Can I feed Timmy today?’ The answer was always ‘Yes.’ That’s being in the now, living in nothing more than the moment.
There was a situation last September when I almost forgot this and only remembering it got me through. It was Sept. 9, the day of the flood. When our parent newspaper, The Times Leader, had to leave its Wilkes-Barre offices as part of a general evacuation of all of Wyoming Valley, it brought the Sunday Dispatch operation almost to a standstill. Modern technology tying us to the Times Leader allows us to produce the quality newspaper we do, but it also handcuffed us when it was not available. Miraculously, the Times Leader got a temporary operation up and running at The Host motel and that meant we’d eventually be back in business as well. We did all we could Thursday night and throughout the day on Friday but the goahead to start producing actual newspaper pages did not come until 6 p.m. Friday night. Normally, the entire social section of the paper along with more
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than half of the main section is completed by then, with Friday night and all day Saturday left to go. But now we were just starting and our deadline was not the usual Saturday at 7 p.m. but 6 a.m. Saturday morning. It gets worse. Two staff members were off on previously planned vacations, so there were two people here – Rick Notari and I – to get out the paper. It was not until I completed a page – one single page – that panic set it. We’ll never make it, I thought, though I didn’t say it aloud Then I remembered to just put one foot – in this case one page – in front of the other. I did not notice the clock again until I glanced up and saw it was 10:45. The next time I looked, it was 2 a.m. When we finally finished at 4:15, neither Rick nor I left. We sat around and talked for about another half an hour. Together, side by side, we had struggled, and endured and accomplished. And we were happy.
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‘Our Flooded Neighbors’ are real heroes By Jack Smiles
The Holweg family of West Pittston, from left: Lauren, Sarah, 11, Erika, 8, and Bill, are joyful in spire of the flood.
Just before the flood GT was super busy. Just after the flood Geno Tighe said this: “We had 30 employees. Guys were working overtime and Saturdays. Now there’s no work at all. Now we’re in jeopardy.” Though they despaired of coming back then, today they are optimistic at GT. Though they still have a long way to go before the plant is cleaned up, the powder-coater is working, they replaced their laser-cutter and many of the employees are back at work. Lauren Holweg, of West Pittston, has not yet to move back into her Philadelphia Avenue home. Just in the past two weeks, after a long wait for an insurance settlement, renovations were started. They don’t expect the house to be ready until May. In the meantime, Lauren her daughters Sarah and Erika and husband Bill having been living in an apartment. A tragic complication hit Lauren. Not long after the flood, her mother Gloria Dobrowalski was diagnosed with lung cancer. She died on November 14 at age 62. The hits kept on coming. On Friday night the Holwegs flooded home on Philadelphia Avenue was one of several burglarized. Lauren’s jewelry was stolen.
Still, Lauren keeps a positive attitude, she says, by living in the moment, taking life minute by minute. Ann Edwards’ flood experience is different. She, her husband Gary and son Matthew are back living in their home at 65 Chittenden St. in Duryea and they are one of only three or four families of the 25 to 30 in that hard hit neighborhood to have moved back in. Ann said right after the flood they considered moving, but their son talked them into staying in the quiet neighborhood they love. Within a few days after the water receded – with the help of the Duryea Boy Scouts of which Ann is the committee chairwoman – they had the downstairs gutted. Within a month they were living upstairs. They were able to move quickly because Ann doesn’t work and her husband took vacation time. They had no flood insurance and rebuilt with a FEMA grant and at their own expense. Ann is glad to be back, but, she said, “I won’t do it again. If it floods again were out of here. I don’t think my heart could go though again. It was tough. There were days.” Vito Quaglia’s home at 1487 River Road in Jenkins Township
had taken basement water in 2004 and ‘06. Last September it was 7 1/2 into his first floor. Though it was devastating, he didn’t consider moving. “I have a mortgage and couldn’t walk away.” He and his wife Joanne and there three kids Dominique, 13; Vito, 11 and Sofia, 7 have been living with her parents in the Oregon section of Pittston. His is a familiar story. He had to gut the first floor down to the studs and rip out the hardwood floors and he had no flood insurance. With FEMA money and at his own expense he has been renovating. He expects to be back in as soon as this week. These folks represent the thousands of our neighbors who were flooded in September in the over 1,400 residences and 60 business which were affected, West Pittston was number one of the flood hit list with approximately 880 homes and 26 businesses flooded to varying degrees from basement only to 16 homes which had water up to the second floor flooding. Duryea was number two with 339 homes flooded at least 12 of which had foundation damage. In Jenkins Township “only” 91 homes were affected but many of those have major structural dam-
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age, especially in the Patch section of Port Blanchard which was one of the most damaged concentrated areas of all. In Exeter Township 36 single family homes, one multi-family building, 37 mobile homes and three businesses were flooded, a total of 77 among them 32 mobile homes which were destroyed. Exeter Borough estimated 2830 homes affected on Susquehanna Avenue with basement and first floor flooding. In Pittston City 16 businesses received basement flooding. Four homes on Towpath were flooded. One is unsafe and will be demolished. Another 8-10 homes on the other side of North Main got basement water. Wyoming had seven homes on Susquehanna Ave and one business in Bridge Plaza affected. Of the homes five had basement damage and two first floor. Past recipients of the Greater Pittston Person of the Year beginning with the year 2000 are: Mike Lombardo, Lori Nocito, Frank Bartoli, Our Fighting Men and Women, Ron D’Eliseo, Father Paul McDonnell; William, John, Joseph and David Joyce; Monsignor John Bendik, Peggy Burke, Trooper Joshua Miller and Richie Kossuth.
Even before the first nominations for our 12th Greater Pittston Person of the year made it certain, we had already decided in the news room that the selection would almost have to be someone connected with the September flood. But who? The people who came forward to help were legion. Would it be a volunteer fireman, a borough mayor or a pastor? Might it be a Red Cross, Salvation Army, service club or youth group leader? Could it be one of the restaurant owners who randomly provided free meals? Then one of the nominees, who asked to remain anonymous, suggested a different approach. Weren’t, the nominee asked, the real Greater Pittston Persons of the Year the folks whose homes, businesses and lives were radically changed by the flood? We agreed. And so it is that we are naming “Our Flooded Neighbors” as the Greater Pittston Persons of the Year. As there are thousands of Flooded Neighbors, we selected some representatives (pictured on page one). Representing Duyrea is Ann Edwards. Her home on Chittenden Street, the street visited by Vice-President Joe Biden, was flooded with seven feet of water from the Lackawanna River. Representing West Pittston is Lauren Holweg. Her home at 22 Philadelphia Avenue took on 5 1/2 feet of water from the Susquehanna River. Representing Jenkins Township is Vito Quaglia. His home on River Road had 7 1/2 feet. Representing business owners is Geno Tighe, of GT Fabrications on Bennett Street near Towpath Court. The plant was totally inundated with 15 feet of water. GT – a high-powered metal fabrication and powder coating company owned by the Tighe family – lost more than $2 million worth of equipment when the Flood of 2011 devastated the 35,000 square foot building.
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Oh, Christmas tree!
60-ft. tree on Union Street can be seen from W. Pittston Ed Ackerman
See the tree how big it’s grown … The way John Grill had it told to him, the spruce tree in his front yard started out as one of those sprigs school kids used to receive on Arbor Day. Well, you should see it today. In fact, you should make a point of seeing it today for come tomorrow it won’t look the same, at least not until next Christmas. The tree, now a full 60 feet tall, stands next to the Grill house at 85 Union Street, Pittston, and as it has been for the past 14 years, is lighted from top to bottom for Christmas. Grill says there are 3,800 lights on the tree and he should know because he put them there. Grill said he climbs the tree himself to string the lights and totes to the top the 10-ft. star which he fashioned himself from PVC pipe. The star contains an additional 800 lights. Grill, who has lived in the home for 24 years, said Bob Breza, a landscaper who grew up in the home which was the Breza homestead, told him his brother got the tree on Arbor Day when he was in elementary school and took it home and planted it.
When Grill bought the house, the tree was already rather tall and the electrical wires and telephone and television cables were run right through its branches. When Grill had the lines moved to the other side of the home, he decided to start lighting the tree for Christmas. Grill said the tree is visible from quite a distance. “Take a ride,” he said. “Go to Susquehanna Avenue in West Pittston and look east, or better yet go to Coxton, drive past the sewer plant and again look east.” He also encourages seeing the tree up close by driving northward on Main Street, Pittston, and turning right onto Union Street. Grill said he usually takes the lights down on Jan. 7, Russian Orthodox Christmas, but will kept it lighted tonight, Sunday, Jan. 8, for those who wish to see it. He said many former residents who enjoyed the tree when they were kids come back with their children. Grill, 56, and his wife, the former Nancy Lasota, of Yatesville, have two grown children. Looking toward the future he said “the tree keeps growing and I keep getting older but I will continue to light it up for Christmas as long as I am able.”
The giant star sitting on top of the 'Junction Christmas Tree' on Union Street in Pittston boasts 800 lights of its own.
The 'Junction Christmas Tree' and its over 3800 lights and 800-light star towers over neighboring homes on Union Street in Pittston on New Year's night. PHOTOS BY BILL TARUTIS
Grace O’Neill is a basketball, softball star, class president, straight A student By Jack Smiles
Pittston Area's Grace O'Neill in action for the Lady Patriots. PHOTO BY BILL TARUTIS
One of her earliest and favorite memories is dribbling a basketball on the back porch with her grandfather. They watched NBA games together and she rooted for Dennis Rodman because she liked his crazy hair. As a student, Grace has never gotten a B. “I’m scared of getting a B,” she said. “I do my work, but I don’t study for hours on end.” She is a reader, though, and likes Harry Potter. She went through a three-book series called “The Hunger Games” in less than a week. Her cousin Stephanie talked her into running for class president. She was reluctant, but she likes it. “I like planning dances and doing fund raisers,” she said.
Grace O'Neill is also a softball star.
“Amazing Grace” may sound like too easy of a lead for a story about female student-athlete by that name, but in the case of Grace O’Neill “amazing” fits. Grace is an 18-year-old Pittston Area senior who is a fouryear starter for the Lady Patriots basketball team. Come spring she will be fouryear starter for the softball team. But that’s not the amazing part. Grace is number one academically in her class. She’s never had a grade less than A. She scored 2,200 on her SATs. No, that’s not the amazing part. She’s been elected class president in every one of her high school years. In October she was on the homecoming court. No, not amazing. What’s amazing is Grace did all that without the two things which are most teenage girls’ greatest pillars of support – parents. Grace’s mother, Ann Marie, died when Grace 12 and just starting seventh grade. Her father, Tim, died in June just as seventh grade was ending for Grace. They were both in their 40s and died of natural causes. An only child she had no sibling support, but her parents’ deaths didn’t leave her alone and uncared for. Far from it. Grace lives in Avoca with her grandparents, James and Ann George. And she has plenty of love and support from her extended family like her uncle Pat O’Neill and paternal grandmother Peg O’Neill. And there are aunts and other uncles and cousins, too. Pat Ratchford, whose wife Maudeen is Grace’s great aunt, put it this way: “You’ve heard of the saying it takes a village to raise a child. As far as Grace is concerned, we like to say, it takes an Irish clan to raise a child.” Grace started playing basketball when she was five in the legendary youth league at the Avoca Legion were her mentors were men like Mike Joyce, Jim Blaskiewicz and Robbie Berlew.
Grace was predicting a hot season for the team since the summer. “I told everybody this is our best chance to win the district.” So far she’s been right. The team is off to a 10-0 start. Last week they beat defending District 2 champs Crestwood. They also gave Nanticoke its only loss. Grace – the team’s three-point specialist – is one reason for the Lady Patriots’ success. But junior Mia Hopkins – a doubledouble machine and strong conference MVP candidate – is the team’s star. They’ve been playing together since grade school and one of Grace’s jobs is to keep Hopkins cool. “She gets a little hot under the collar and I have to pull her in,” she said. “When I yell at her she knows it’s for her own good.” Hopkins scored 29 against Crestwood and as far as Grace cares Hopkins could score every point as long as the team wins. Grace doesn’t know her scoring average and doesn’t want to know it. She’s a team player all the way. She even asked if a team picture could be run with this story. The team’s third-year coach Kathy Healey agrees with the “amazing” tag for Grace. “I love Grace,” she said. “She’s an awesome person. She’s a leader. And she’s a good basketball player, too. That’s a plus.” The feeling is mutual. “I was not scared, but I guess apprehensive, to get a new coach,” Grace said of when Healey was hired. “After a few weeks I told her she can’t leave until I graduate.” When she does graduate she will be heading to either Pitt or Scranton University to major in pre-med. Grace’s biggest fans are her grandparents. They go to all the games and have been adopted as sort of team grandparents by Grace’s teammates. Grace thinks of her parents and believes they follow her accomplishments. “I’m sure they know,” she said. “It’s weird without them, but on Senior Night everybody will be cheering for my grandparents.”
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Fred DeSanto devoted 40 years to Little League Founder of Pittston Twp. League is champion of Challenger Baseball
By Jack Smiles
When a Pittston Township Little League was originally formed in 1962 a field was laid out on a rough patch of Orioles’ Park, the public address system was the hose company’s bull horn and the outfield was ringed with a rickety old highway snow fence. The league folded after one season. Some 12 years later at Christmastime in 1974 Fred DeSanto, who had been a player during that 1962 season, was the Pittston Township Municipal manager. He had two nephews, six and nine years old, and that gave him the idea to reform a Pittston Township Little League. The next February, 12 to 15 men met at the Pittston Township hose company to form the league. They asked DeSanto to be president. He was reluctant. After all, he was only 24 years old and really wanted to be a team manager, but they talked him into being president It’s a good thing they did, because the one-time reluctant Little League president turned into biggest advocate and innovator for Little League the Greater Pittston area has ever known. For his 40-year long devotion to Little League baseball Fred DeSanto is the 11th Joseph Saporito Lifetime of Service Award recipient. From the day in 1975 when DeSanto threw an old tire to determine where home plate would be on the Little League field he and the township volunteers would build on an old dump to today as DeSanto works to get his latest dream, Victory baseball, recognized as an official Little League division, Little League has been his passion. Under his leadership the Pittston Township Little League built a field without a penny of grant money. They sold fence signs, rounded up uniform sponsors, ran car raffles, stood on the corners with buckets and DeSanto and 11 other men put their names on the line for a
Fred DeSanto, founder of the Pittston Twp. Little League whose stadium bears his name, District 31 Little League administrator, champion of Challenger Baseball, and founder of Victory Baseball for challenged adults, is the recipient of the 2011 Joseph Saporito Lifetime of Service Award. PHOTO BY TONY CALLAIO
$15,000 bank loan. Every year they set a goal. Dugouts. Concession stand. Scoreboard. The field, appropriately, now bears DeSanto’s name. Within 11 years, the league and field were so highly regarded they were selected to host the state all-star tournament. It took six months of planning. Howard Johnson’s housed the players. Yatesville Bus bused the kids around. They ate at Marianacci’s, Savo’s and other area restaurants. The games drew 2,000 fans each. In 1991, Pittston Township was the first league in NEPA to form a Challenger League for handicapped players. In 1995, DeSanto was recognized for all his work by being named District 31 Administrator. The district was the largest in the state. Under DeSanto’s leadership District 31 has been an innova-
tive force. He instituted background checks for league volunteers, shepherded the district through a split creating Districts 31 and 16 and put in a GPS program where 9-1-1 has the exact latitude and longitude and address of all 131 District 31/16 fields. His latest venture is Victory Sports. It sprang from a 25th reunion of Challenger players last April. When DeSanto introduced the former players, now adults 20 to 25 years old, they chanted “we want to play.” A game was played and since then there has been a baseball game weekly from mid-August to late October and a weekly basketball game at West Side Tech in the winter. “These young adults have done remarkable things,” DeSanto said of the Victory players. “One is a teacher, one works at Tobyhanna, there’s a
PA cafeteria worker and an artist. “We’re in negotiations with Little League to make it an official division for handicapped adults. What we started could go international. We have the template. We’ll know in a month or two. Some day in Europe handicapped adults may play and it will be due to our idea. How about that?” Debbie Taroli, Patty Baumes and Bill O’Boyle are DeSanto’s officers in Challenger and Victory. Just some of the other people who have been instrumental in DeSanto’s Little League career from his days as a player in 1962 to the reformation of the League in 1975 to today, some of whom have passed, are: John Chimento, Jerry Ranieli, Joe Dietrich. John Doc Oliver, John Adonizio, Pete Adonizio, Frank Pagilante, Dan Maurizi, Al and Ray
Capazucca, Tubby LoPresto and Davey Morreale. Evidence of DeSanto’s unbounded love of Little League baseball is this: he never had any kids of his own. Yet in an era when most volunteers come and go with their children, DeSanto is coming up on 40 years of devotion to Little League. The Lifetime of Service Award was initiated by the Sunday Dispatch in 2001 and Joseph Saporito was honored posthumously. The next year his family came forward to sponsor future awards and it became known as the Joseph Saporito Lifetime of Service Award. The recipients of the Saporito beginning in 2002 were: Tom “Kubby” Kobeski, Charles “Cugsy” Adonizio, Betty Miller, Warren Pollard, Janet Delaney, Joseph Tavaglione, James Steer, Maria Caporella-Montante and Alan and Ann Rose.
By Ed Lewis
The Times Leader
A partially nude man was taken into custody Friday afternoon after he allegedly discharged two rounds from a rifle, striking a residence used as the municipal tax office, township police said. The man identified by neighbors as Michael Kozloski, 28, was wearing only a T-shirt when he was apprehended by police near his apartment at 14A E. Oak St. around 2:30 p.m. Police Sgt. Lena Angelella said at least two rounds passed through the tax office of Rita
Timonte at 12 E. Oak St. A driveway separates the tax office from Kozloski’s apartment. Police do not believe the tax office was targeted, calling the shooting an isolated incident. Timonte and other people were inside the tax office when the shots were fired. “As far as her being in danger, she was in the house and the bullet went through the house,” Angelella said. “Everybody in the house was in danger.” Police said they recovered a rifle from Kozloski. Kozloski was transported to the township police department, where he was evaluated by para-
medics. Angelella said it appeared the gunman was under the influence of an unknown substance. “That’s probably going to be a factor in this situation,” Angelella said. Angelella said it remains unknown why Kozloski was partially nude and fired the shots. Police from multiple departments in the greater Pittston area, including several police agencies on the West Side of the Susquehanna River, converged onto the neighborhood near the Pittston Bypass. “When we got on scene, we located the male standing in the
road and were able to take him into custody peacefully,” Angelella said. Michael Grady, 23, who lives in the neighborhood, said his 5year-old son and former girlfriend reside with Kozloski inside the East Oak Street apartment. Grady said he was pleased to learn his son was not home at the time of the gunfire. Police suspect Kozloski fired a round inside his apartment that passed through a window and into the tax collector’s office. The second round was fired from the street, police said. Police seized a Chevrolet Lumina that Kozloski frequently
drove. The car was parked in a dirt lot about 100 feet from the apartment. A state police forensic services unit was expected to process the scene. Charges are expected upon the completion of the investigation. No injuries were reported. Luzerne County Court records indicate Kozloski was twice found guilty of harassment in 2010, and pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served in jail in November 2009 on a disorderly conduct charge when he struck another man with a baseball bat.
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Local students make King’s College Dean’s List Dr. Nicholas A. Holodick, vice president for academic affairs at King’s College, recently announced the students who have qualified for the Fall 2011 dean’s list. Greater Pittston residents on the list are: Amanda Daczka, Avoca William Joyce, Avoca Mingtong Lu, Avoca Jarryd Lokuta, Dupont Omar Tasgin, Dupont Kayleigh DeMace, Dupont Stephanie Perrins, Dupont Michel Hughes, Duryea William Preston, Duryea Jenna Oley, Exeter Amanda Carey, Exeter Michael Deangelo, Exeter Kelly Klaproth, Exeter Karissa Kross, Exeter Danielle Lombardo, Exeter Tyler Serbin, Exeter Ryan Szwast, Exeter Kevin Taylor, Harding Carissa Welles, Harding Joseph Antosh, Harding Andrew Panzitta, Harding Amy Oliveri, Hughestown Brandon Lombardo, Jenkins Township Kaitlen Jones, Laflin Maryann Marselles, Laflin Matthew Malak, Laflin Amanda Ryan, Laflin Michael Brannon, Old Forge Robert Davis, Old Forge Mario Martinelli, Old Forge Brian Morris, Old Forge Lauren Suchecki, Old Forge Mark Zambetti, Old Forge Kristin Ahearn, Pittston Jason Herman, Pittston Eric Kotch, Pittston Tina Lispi, Pittston Jillian Luckasavage, Pittston Tina Magowan, Pittston Nicole Pierson, Pittston Brandon Senese, Pittston Lauren Shovlin, Pittston Amanda Yakobitis, Pittston William Ardoline, Pittston Peter Kmec, Pittston Amanda Knowles, Pittston Shawn Senese, Pittston Brittany Driscoll, Pittston Andrew Lafratte, Pittston Township Alexandra Mazaleski, West Pittston Gabrielle Thomas, West Pittston Debra Gross, West Pittston Amanda Hamstra, West Pitt-
Family Service donates to WP Library
Family Service Association has taken the theme of “From One Family to Another” as their focus for 2012. In keeping with that mission, the employees of FSA decided to make a donation to the West Pittston Library, which was ravished by the recent flooding in September, instead of exchanging Christmas gifts with each other this year. Cathy Hoover Mericle, LCSW, a Senior Licensed Clinician and Rosemary Gallagher, MSW.LSW, Director of Luzerne County Children and Youth Contract Casework Services for the agency, Co-chaired the project. Keeping the FSA theme of “From One Family to Another” in mind, a check for $300 was given to help the library as they work diligently to bring back this wonderful resource to families. Pictured from left to right, Michael Zimmerman, Executive Director, Family Service Association; Maria Jiunta Heck, Circulation Coordinator, West Pittston Library; Rose Gallagher, Director, LCC& Y Contract Casework Services, Family Service Association; Cathy Hoover Mericle, Senior Clinician, Family Service Association; Tony Orlando, Chief Financial Officer, Family Service Association; Anne Bramblett Barr, Director, West Pittston Library. ston Brianna Jacobs, West Wyoming Elyse Laneski, West Wyoming Gary Stavish, West Wyoming Matthew Kolbeck, West Wyoming Kayla Strach, West Wyoming Preston Balavage, Wyoming Sarah Bolton, Wyoming Mary Kate Lambert, Wyoming Alexandra Shinert, Wyoming Kayla Solomon, Wyoming Ali Abualburak, Wyoming Sem Honors Interim Dean of Wyoming Seminary Middle School, Wil-
liam Davis, has announced the Greater Pittston area students named to the Academic High Honor Roll and Academic Honor Roll for the first trimester of the 2011-2012 academic year. High Honor Roll: Grade 7: Dominick D’Alessandro, West Pittston; Reeya Lele, Pittston; Nicole Lukesh, Wyoming; Connor McGowan, Pittston; Katherine Romanowski, West Pittston; Alexis Sokach, West Pittston. Grade 8: Jody Karg, Pittston; Stefan Olsen, Pittston; Kira Zack, Dupont. Honor Roll: Grade 7: Connor Switzer, Harding.
Grade 8: Megan Obeid, Pittston. Misericordia Grads Recent local graduates from Misericordia university are: David Booth, Exeter, Psychology, BS; Lori Charney, Duryea, Occupational Therapy, MS; Christopher Dunbar, Forty Fort, Occupational Therapy, OTD; Theodore Giovannini, Hudson, Business Administration, BS; Anthony Goncalves, Forty Fort, Sport Management, BS; Renae Gondella, Taylor, Elementary Education, Special Education, BS; Lauren Griffin, Swoyersville, Social Work,
BSW; Timothy Hoban, Exeter, Sport Management, BS; Jolene King, West Pittston, Psychology, BS; Kimberly Kishel, Pittston, Health Care Management, BS; Alison Lloyd, Forty Fort, Business Administration, BS; Sharon Mazzeo, Wyoming, Professional Studies, BS; Christian Myers, Pittston, Health Care Management, BS; Brei Patience, West Pittston, Biology, BS; David Chaudoin, Forty Fort, Nursing, BSN; Alyssa Rush, Pittston, Nursing, BSN; Dora Samartzis, West Pittston, Education, MS; Amanda Semian, Taylor, Health Care Management, BS; Kimberly Serafin, Exeter, Occupational Therapy, MS; Holly Wilk, Duryea, Professional Studies, BS; and Matthew Wisniewski, Old Forge, Health Care Management, BS. Birthday Notes Happy birthday wishes go to Dorothy Strubeck, Hughestown who celebrated on January 3; Mary Hrab who celebrated January 6; Joe Lizza, Exeter celebrating January 9; Pat Lizza, Pittston celebrating January 10; Dr. Charles Gorey, Hugestown celebrating January 10; Hughestown Councilwoman Marie Griglock celebrating Janaury 11; Sherry Dougherty, West Pittston, celebrating January 12; Libby Harned Mullen, Hughestown celebrating on January 13; and Tina Grieco Calub, Hughestown celebrating January 13. New Arrivals A son, Brayden James, was born on December 29, to Dr. Christopher Yonki and Allison Zielinski who reside in Duryea. Web Page Course Luzerne County Community College is offering a new online course on web pages. “Advanced Web Pages” will teach students how to master advanced Web design skills. To register, call LCCC at 740-0495 or (800) 377LCCC extension 7495 or go towww.ed2go.com/lccc.
Tim Holden will visit libraries, ‘Open Space’ on Main Street to what was then Lackawanna County Stadium for a WilkesBarre Barons and Scranton Red Sox reunion at a Red Barons game in 1989. Joe Holden also served four terms as a Schuylkill County Commissioner. Tim’s great grandfather, John Siney, was founder of the Miners Benevolent Association, which evolved into the United Mine Workers and is the subject of a book, “The Miners’ Martyr.” Tim was a high school football and baseball player. His father told him to stick to football. “He said I couldn’t hit a curveball if my mother threw it,” he said with a chuckle. Tim went to the University of
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Research. Tim is also the senior Pennsylvania member serving on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He is working hard to make sure Pennsylvania gets its fair share “or more,” as he said, of transportation infrastructure money. Asked if he has a message for his new constituents in Pittston he said, “My message would be I pride myself in staying out of petty partisan bickering and looking for solutions to our problems. And I pride myself in trying to enhance economic development for the district I have the honor and privilege of representing.”
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seph “Sox” Holden had a brief career as a major league baseball player and a 50-year career as a minor league player, coach and manager and a major league scout. Joe Holden got in 17 games as a back up catcher for the Phillies in the mid 1930s. He played in the minor leagues, including a stint with the Wilkes-Barre Barons, until 1946. He later coached and managed in the minors and was a major league scout into the 1980s. Tim said he brought his father
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While Democratic United States Congressman Tim Holden sees the redistricting of Pennsylvania legislative districts for what it is – an attempt by Republicans to protect their 12 incumbent congressmen – he is nonetheless looking forward to representing Pittston and he’s coming here on Tuesday to make that known. Preliminary plans are for Holden to visit the Pittston Library and West Pittston Library, where he will check out the progress the library and the borough are making in flood recovery, in the afternoon. Tuesday evening Holden will visit Pittston’s Open Space with State Rep. Mike Carroll tentatively at 6 o’clock. Under the redistricting that shifted Pittston from Lou Barletta’s 11th District to Holden’s 17th District, Holden also picked up Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Easton. Holden, who will be 55 on March 5, is a native and resident of St. Clair in Schuylkill County. St. Clair is near Pottsville about 60 miles down I-81 from Pittston. In a telephone interview Holden said he hasn’t been to Pittston in years, but he’s not unfamiliar with the area, and certainly doesn’t feel like an outsider. “St. Clair is in the WilkesBarre-Scranton TV market,” he said. “I’m familiar with current events up there and when people here are asked where St. Clair is they’ll say Northeastern Pennsylvania. I haven’t spent a lot of time up there, but Luzerne, Lackawanna, and Schuylkill Counties share a lot culturally and our heritage is the same. Most of our ancestors were immigrants who came here to work in the mines.” Holden has been doing some home work on the area. “Since this new alignment, I’ve been reaching out to business leaders, union leaders. Mike Carroll and John Yudichak have been helping me lay the ground work.” Holden has an interesting family background. His father Jo-
Richmond on a football scholarship. “I was a slow linebacker. I could go from tackle to tackle, but if they pitched the ball out I was out of it.” A bout with tuberculosis cut short his football career and he later graduated from Bloomsburg. With Tim as her Congressman Pittston will be represented by the dean of the Pennsylvania delegation. “Unfortunately,” he said, “with Paul Kanjorski defeated and Murtha passing away that’s the case. I’m starting my 20th year.” Holden is a Ranking Member of the house Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and
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Feast of Holy Spouses celebration Jan. 22 Hoagie sale orders due today United Methodist Church, corner of Broad & Church streets, Pittston, is offering a hoagie sale on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Choices are: ham, salami and cheese or tur-
The Congregation of the Oblates of St. Joseph will host the annual Feast of the Holy Spouses, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, on Sunday, Jan. 22, with a special Mass at noon at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary Chapel, Route 315, Laflin. All are welcome to attend, especially married couples, as a special blessing will be bestowed upon them at the Eucharistic celebration. Serving as principal celebrant and homilist will be the Very Rev. Philip V. Massetti, OSJ, provincial superior, assisted by Rev. Paul A. McDonnell, OSJ, seminary rector. A social will follow the Mass in the seminary community room, hosted by the JosephiteMarellian Laity Association. The Feast of the Holy Spouses is a particular liturgical celebration on the proper calendar of the Congregation of the Oblates of St. Joseph since 1989, but the actual feast dates back as early as the 15th Century, and was first introduced into the Oblate Congregation by their Founder, St. Joseph Marello (1844-1895) ST. BARBARA’S WOMEN St. Barbara’s Parish Christian Women’s Society will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, Jan.17, at 7:00 p.m. at the Church Hall. Upcoming events will be discussed. New members are invited to attend. PAGE 10
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PEDIATRIC CLINIC The Care and Concern Pediat-
ric Health Clinic will be open the first and third Thursday of each month. The clinic is located in the former Seton Catholic School Building on William Street, Pittston. Free health care is provided for infants through age 11. Registration is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Please bring your child’s immunization records with you. Parents or guardians must be present to have their child examined. All services are free and confidential. The clinic is sponsored by the Care and Concern ministries of the Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist, Msgr. John Bendik, Pastor. For more information call 855-6035. REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF WYOMING VALLEY 1700 Wyoming Avenue, FortyFort Pastor Rev. R.F. Dymond Morning Worship: 10:30 a.m. Bible School: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday evening prayer service: 6:30 p.m. every other Wednesday Visitors are welcome. For additional information call 570693-1918 BENNETT PRESBYTERIAN 501 Bennett Street, Luzerne Everyone is welcome. The church is handicap accessible. BETHEL UNITED METHODIST Main St., Avoca 11:15 a.m. Worship BRICK UNITED
key and cheese with or without onion. Price of the hoagie is $4. Orders must be in today Sunday, Jan. 8. To place and order call 654-3936 or 693-1572.
METHODIST 905 Foote Ave., Duryea Pastor Michael Shambora Service: Sunday 9:45 a.m. CORPUS CHRISTI PARISH 605 Luzerne Ave, West Pittston All children are welcome to join the Youth Choir. Practices are Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in ICC. Contact Mary Supey at 2372275. Adult choir practices are Saturdays, following the 4 p.m. Mass in ICC. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Rev. James H. Breese, pastor, Water Street, Pittston FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UCC 500 Luzerne Avenue West Pittston Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor Sunday at 11 a.m. Memorial Sunday Worship Service with Holy Communion. Rev. Gordon Wilson will lead the service today. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Diaconate meeting; 7:30 p.m. Church Council meeting FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 14 Broad Street Pittston Sunday Worship 9:15 a.m. with Rev. William N. Lukesh. FIRST UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH West Pittston Rev. James Thyren 654-8121 Jan 8 – 10 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Worship and Holy Com-
munion, Ordination/Installation of officers. Jan 10 – 7 p.m. Deacons. Jan 11 – 9 a.m. Morning Circle Jan 12 - 7:30 p.m. Session Services are being held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church, Wyoming Ave., Exeter, as the church recovers from the flood of September 2011. There is parking on Wyoming Avenue and in the parking lot behind the church. FULL GOSPEL CHAPEL Avoca Weekly church schedule is: Adult Sunday School, 9:30; Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service at 7:00. The church also hosts the Rose of Sharon Church with Rev. Vincente Torres on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for the Hispanic community. GLENDALE GOSPEL CHURCH 105 Church Drive Glendale/Pittston Township Sunday Service 10:45 a.m. HARDING CHURCH OF CHRIST RR 1 Box 187A, Falls Sunday services: 10:00 a.m. Sunday School and 11:00 a.m. Church Service. Call 388-6534 www.hardingchurchofchrist.org HOLY MOTHER OF SORROWS PNCC 212 Wyoming Avenue, Dupont Rev. Zbigniew Dawid, Pastor Sunday Masses: 8:00 a.m. Traditional Mass; 9:15 a.m.
School of Christian Living (SOCL) and Confirmation Class; 10:30 a.m. Traditional High Mass Daily Mass: 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday Today, Jan. 8, the Ladies ANS Society will have their Annual Installation Meeting at noon at Agolino’s Restaurant in West Pittston. YMS of R will hold their Annual Installation Meeting and Dinner on Jan. 17, Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. All members are invited to attend. The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Jan. 29. All parishioners are invited to attend. The meeting will take place after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. That Sunday there will only be one Mass at 9:00 a.m. and no School of Christian Living or Confirmation Class. Father Dawid is having Blessing and visitation of Homes (Kolenda). You can see the schedule of visitations in the weekly bulletin or on the website. INDEPENDENT BIBLE CHURCH 328 Main Street Duryea, PA 18642 (570) 451-0346 Home/Office JLaCava@TheBibleChurch.org INKERMAN PRESBYTERIAN Main St., Inkerman Services: Sundays, 9 a.m. LANGCLIFFE PRESBYTERIAN 1001 Main St Avoca Sunday worship 11:15 a.m. The Langcliffe Church is handicap accessible. Nursery is provided for children during worship. The Care for Soldiers program continues. To date over 50 care packages have been sent to servicemen and women overseas.
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The Miner Congregational United Church of Christ/First Congregational UCC charge announced the appointment of Rev. Joan Mitchell as their new spiritual leader. She is replacing Rev. Wayne Shontz who after many years of dedicated service to both churches retired in June. Rev. Mitchell graduated from New Brunswick Theological
Seminary in NJ in 1997 and was ordained in the Reformed Church in America in September 1998. She served as co-pastor with her husband, for 7 years in Hudson Valley, NY. Rev. Mitchell has served as Intentional Interim Minister in the Reformed and Lutheran congregations. Her previous education was in voice and opera at the
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MOOSIC ALLIANCE CHURCH 608 Rocky Glen Road, Moosic Pastor: Doug Jensen 457-6020 firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday evening Bible Study at 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening Worship at 7:00 p.m. Sunday morning Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning Worship at 10:45 a.m. Prayer meeting, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Ministry, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. OBLATES OF ST. JOSEPH Highway 315, Pittston Masses are held daily in the seminary chapel at 7:00 a.m. (Monday – Friday) and on Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. There are no weekend Masses. Confessions are heard daily from 9:00 a.m. – noon and from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Office hours are Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., evenings and weekends by ap-
pointment. Office phone number is 654-7542. Every Wednesday evening Mass is celebrated at 7:00 p.m. in conjunction with the Novena to St. Joseph & St. Joseph Marello. Novena prayers and the blessing of the first-class relic of St. Joseph Marello, Founder of the Oblates of Saint Joseph Congregation, immediately follow the Mass. All are welcome to participate! Tune into Catholic Radio 750 AM. The radio studio is located in the seminary building and is broadcast daily from dawn to dusk. For more information about this station, contact Ed Niewinski at 287-4670. National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in our country Jan. 9-14. Oblate Fathers will be making their monthly retreat this Thursday afternoon, Jan. 12, at the seminary. Feast of the Holy Spouses, honoring the Blessed Virgin MaSee FAITH, Page 12
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ry & St. Joseph, will be celebrated on Sunday, January 22, with a special Mass at noon in the seminary chapel (see above). Check out more information about the seminary and the Oblates of St. Joseph locally and worldwide by turning to their website:www.oblates-stjoseph.com ST. JOSEPH MARELLO PARISH OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL ST. ROCCO’S Pittston The Holy Name Society will meet on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center. New members are welcome. Volunteer Christmas party will be held on Friday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall for lectors/commentators, choir members, Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, Religious Education teachers/aides, Festivals/Picnic volunteers For reservations please call the rectory 654-6902 before January 9. St. Joseph Marello Parish Raffle is now underway. Buy your tickets now for a chance to win 2012 Chevrolet Cruz or $20,000.00! $20.00 each and only 2,000 tickets to be sold. Seller of the winning ticket receives $500.00. If you would like to sell a few, just let us know. Call Con-
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prayers to the Miraculous Medal and Mother Cabrini. Every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Holy Hour at our Lady of Mr. Carmel Church. Every Wednesday after the 7:30 & 11:30 a.m. Mass, Novena prayers to Saint Joseph and St. Joseph Marello. Weekend Masses: At Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, on Saturday at 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 8:00 & 11:00 a.m. At St. Rocco Church, on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Anyone wishing to rent the Parish Banquet Hall or Meeting Room should call Christine Silinskie, Hall Manager at 7048861 for details and/or a tour of the facility. Great for wedding receptions, bridal showers, graduations, office parties, seminars, birthday parties, etc. The parish is closing the financial year of 2011. If you still have Church envelopes for 2011, use them by January 15. After this date all envelopes 2011 will be posted as a donation for 2012. If you need your individual financial statement for your tax purposes call the Rectory 654-6902 and it will be prepared for you. Children’s envelopes are located at the entrance of the church. Please fill out the form located on the table before taking a set.
OUR LADY OF THE EUCHARIST PARISH 535 N Main Street, Pittston Mass Schedule Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Daily Mass: 8:00 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and by appointment All Religious Education classes are held for grades 1 thru 7 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Religious Education Center. The parish will sponsor a Night at the Races on Saturday, February 11. Audra Casper and Cindy Vough will serve as chairpersons. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with post time at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served. There will be an organizational meeting for volunteers on Thursday, January 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. All parishioners are invited. Lucky Number Calendars are available for purchase. The calendar runs from February 1 through January 31, 2013. If you would like to participate, call the parish office. The parish is grateful to the following for serving as sponsors of the 23rd Annual Lucky Number Calendar: Angel/Sponsor: Paul F. Leonard Funeral Home, Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, Yashinski Lawn
Care, Wilkes-Barre Window Cleaning, Inc., The Learning Station Child Care and Pre School, First Fidelity Bank and Trust, and GT Fabrication (Gene & Debbie Tighe);Apostle/Sponsor: Gerard Musto, Esq., Hiscox & Musto, Attorneys at Law, Stell Enterprises, Inc., and Bernard J. Pointek Funeral Home, Inc.; Evangelist/Patron: H. A. Smith Painting, West Side Auto Service, Kizis Lokuta Funeral Home, and Mondlak Printery; Disciple/Friend: Dente’s catering & Tent Rental, Dupont Monument Shop and Fino’s Pharmacy. Parish Scripture Study - The Spirituality of the Gospels: Our study will consist of five sessions beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 24. There will be two programs, one on Tuesday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and one on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In order to be able to order the necessary materials, call the parish office (654-0263) or email@example.com register. The new Children’s Envelopes for 2012 are available for pickup in the back of the Church. Cluster Youth Group - The next meeting for all the youth, grades 8 through 12 will be held See FAITH, Page 13
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this Sunday, Jan. 22, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Religious Education Center at Our Lady of the Eucharist. The address for the parish webpage is:www.eucharist-pittston.org. Check out our parish Facebook page for all the latest information. On the first Friday of each month Communion is brought to those who are unable to participate in Sunday Mass because of age or health. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated with anyone seriously ill, anticipating a serious operation, or quite elderly. Please notify the parish office of anyone desiring these Sacraments, as well as anyone in the hospital or a nursing home. PRINCE OF PEACE PARISH Old Forge St. Mary’s Church, Lawrence Street, Saturday Vigil 4 p.m. Sunday, Mass 8 and 10 a.m. St. Lawrence’s Church, Main Street, Saturday Vigil 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass 11:15 a.m. SACRED HEART OF JESUS Lackawanna Ave., Dupont The mass schedule for the week will be Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. There will be no morning masses this week. Your help is needed to take down and put away the Christmas decorations. Workers will begin right after the 10:30 a.m. mass today.
CCD class resumes on January 9. There will be no class on Jan. 16 and class and report card distribution will take place on Jan. 23. The Parish Pastoral Council will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the rectory. The Senior Outreach Committee will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the lower level of the rectory. ST. BARBARA PARISH 28 Memorial Avenue, Exeter Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Evenings, by appointment. Phone: 654-2103 St. Barbara’s Parish Christian Women’s Society will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, Jan.17, at 7 p.m. at the Church Hall. Upcoming events will be discussed. New members are invited to attend The Mass Book for 2012 is available. Mass Offerings are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The envelopes for January and February have been ordered and you should be available this month. The children’s envelopes and the 2012 St. Barbara Parish calendars are available in the back of each church. One calendar per family please. ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST PARISH COMMUNITY 35 William Street Phone: 654-0053 Pittston Parish office will closed on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King Holiday. If in need of priest services call the office
and leave a message. One of the priests will return you call. The Greater Pittston Food Pantry is accepting donations of gently used adult winter coats, hats, scarves and gloves for the annual winter coat giveaway. Holy Name and Altar and Rosary Society members breakfast will be held on January 8 following the 10 a.m. Mass. For more information and reservations call Joe Walsh 6558097. Holy Name Society Meeting will be held January 22 at 11 a.m. at Seton Catholic Auditorium. Holy Name and Altar and Rosary Night at the Races will be held Feb. 18 at Seton auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bereavement Support Group will begin meeting on Jan. 24 and will continue Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish center dining room. The Holy Name Society is holding their annual February 2012 lottery. Tickets are $10 each and available in the parish office Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. also at the front entrance of the church. Ticket returns must by in by January 31. Proceeds benefit Holy Name and parish community projects. A breakfast for the Holy Name and Altar and Rosary Society members and guest will be on Sunday, Jan. 8 following the 10 a.m. Mass. For more information call 654-8097, The Greater Pittston Food Pantry is sponsored by the Care and Concern Committee of St. John the Evangelist Parish. If you are in need of food call 6549923. Distribution of food is by ap-
pointment only. The Free Health Clinic is open every Wednesday from 5:30 in the former Seton Catholic High School, and on first come first serve basis. Pediatric Health Clinic is open on the first and third Thursday of the month. Registration is held in the Seton building from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bring your child’s immunizations records. Greater Pittston Kids Closet is open Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. The Closet accepts donations new and gently used. For information call the parish office. ST JOHN’S LUTHERAN 9 Wood St., Pittston Pastor John Castellani Organist Marcia Colleran Lay Reader – Michelle Cherney Acolyte - Justin Peterson Ushers – Frank Capobianco and Darwin Perschau There are openings for Votive Candle and Bulletin January 29 and February26. Leave a message for Doris Mersincavage. There is a increase of 5 dollars for the Votive Candle which is now $10 while the bulletin $ 5. Monday, Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. Council meeting. 2011 Memorial Poinsettias in Memory of Edward, Minnie & George Savitsky by Ken & Lorraine Lutz; in Memory of Ira & Dorothy, Beverly Sullivan by Ken & Lorraine Lutz; in memory of loved ones by Erma Huhn; in memory of loved ones by Delores Renfer; in memory of loved ones by Jean & George Renfer; in memory of loved ones by Sharleen Palaima.
If you would like to join our Church Family have any questions or comments please call 655-2505 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ST. JOHN’S P.M. CHURCH 316 Main St., Avoca Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study 6:007:30 p.m. ST. MARIA GORETTI Laflin Road, Laflin, PA. 18702 email@example.com www.stmariagoretti-laflin.org Confessions are heard at St. Maria Goretti Church every Saturday between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. or anytime upon an individual’s request. The American Red Cross will hold its annual Blood Drive on Sunday Jan. 22, in the Parish Center from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CCD classes will resume today Jan. 8. The next meeting for the Pittston Catholic Youth Group will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the religious Education Center at Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish.
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OUR OPINION Let’s make 2012 the year of the comeback In Greater Pittston – especially in Duryea, West Pittston, Jenkins Township and Exeter Township – 2011 will go down as the year of the flood. Here’s hoping 2012 will go down as the year of the flood recovery. We believe, given the resilience of GP folks, that it will. During the holiday season the flooded stretch of River Road in Port Blanchard, Jenkins Township was eerily dark at night. Understandably there was little light or decoration to note Christmas, except for one house. There in the middle of the block in an upstairs window the curtains were pulled back each night revealing a lighted Christmas tree. We like to think of that tree as a beacon of hope, a symbol of determination. While some of the homes in the flooded areas were utterly destroyed and will likely be demolished, over 1,000 more will be lived in again. As the stories of a representative few of our Flooded Neighbors on page 3 illustrates, getting back into a flooded home is a long slow slog. It’s not for the fainthearted. It’s not for the cynical. It must be hard, however, for some homeowners not to be cynical when their flooded homes are being robbed. West Pittston has seen a rash of such burglaries. On Friday night thieves robbed several homes on Philadelphia Avenue in West Pittston. One of the victims, Lauren Holweg, is on our front page today. Yet she and her family are remaining steadfast in their determination to recover. We salute her and all those who are fighting back against Mother Nature, slow moving insurance companies, unscrupulous criminals and whatever else impedes their progress We have a feeling that as our Flooded Neighbors win that fight, the Christmas season of 2012 will be brighter in Greater Pittston than any before. 2012 won’t bring the end of the world – it will bring the new beginning of Greater Pittston.
Wrong number Correction in a story about Sorella Hair Salon’s recovery from the flood: the salons phone number was wrong. The number is 825-4555. Sorry about that.
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That’s a line from the 1967 Buffalo Springfield song “Bluebird.” But in this case, she, and her companion, didn’t fly away. At least not before Susan Mundy – a Dispatch mail subscriber from Tolland, Conn. – photographed this pair of bluebirds on a feeder in her backyard. She wrote that bluebirds have been visiting her yard lately every day, sometimes as many as seven at a time. Your Space is a space for readers to submit their photos. To make a submission send a jpeg to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Your Space” in the subject line and a description of the photo.
YOUR OPINION Writer apologizes for misunderstanding over previous letter This letter is a follow-up to the letter I wrote recently about decorating our churches for Christmas. The letter was not meant to hurt anyone. Consider this an apology to anyone who was offended.
Thank you for reading this and please accept my apology. Have a happy, healthy and blessed New Year. John Rygiel, Wyoming
West Pittston auditor congratulates councilmen On Tuesday evening, January 3, I had the privilege to be sworn into office as an Auditor for West Pittston Borough. I would like to thank our community for allowing me the opportunity to serve you again. Since I have been a bit under the weather for the last week or so, I left the meeting after my own swearing in and was unable to offer my congratulations to Councilmen Albano, Hood and Rose
as they were sworn in for their new terms in office. Best wishes, gentlemen, for a productive 2012, and thank you for your kind applause at my swearing in, as well as your understanding of my hasty departure. Bill Rowe West Pittston
SMILES AND FROWNS Maria Jiunta Heck
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He’s decided he’d happily travel two hours in silence, rather than play the radio and have me jam to his songs. It makes him physically ill. I can’t help myself. I listen and hum and squawk the wrong words and then I do the unthinkable. I car-dance. I bob, I weave I head bop… which to him is akin to me mooning the car next to me.(Which, p.s., I haven’t attempted since college). He no longer asks me to give his friends ride a home, either. I think I may’ve ruined a good portion of his social life based on my disjointed car-dancing. So I promise not to get down with my bad old self any longer. I won’t shake my tail fathers, raise the roof nor get my groove on. These kids have wrung every ounce of fun and frivolity from my life. I can still sing and dance in my head though. I curse and yell and burp in my head all the time. It’s a gift. Lastly…and to my oldest son…the one most significant thing I need to work on this year is my propensity to scream like I’m being bludgeoned with a baseball bat during his wrestling meets. My husband made the rookie mistake of asking me to film his last meet. They think if I’m taping, I can’t scream. If I yell, they theorize, I would ruin the tape, making it hard to pick it apart post-mortem, as they do following every. Single. Meet. Well, stupid them. I can’t stop myself. I swear to you, it would be easier to turn water into wine. Why don’t they ask me not to breathe or crack my gum? It’s that impossible. I defy anyone to watch their kid wrestle and not make a peep. The only people that can do it are those spectators in the audience who are sporting hearing aids. Apparently my special edition of cheering/ bellowing has been met with a combination platter of disgust/embarrassment…and that doesn’t even include my sobbing and fist pumping. So, to my sons: I promise to calm the hell down this year. So…here’s to an angst-free, drama-free, more sedate 2012. I promise to shut it down more often, simmer down more effectively and try to be seen more and heard less. Unless Beyonce is on the radio. Then, they can bet their whiny little asses, all bets are off. Oh, and I’m going to spout less profanity this year, too. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Maria Heck also resolves to continue writing her column which appears in this space in the Dispatch every other week. Aren’t we lucky?
“Penn State.” I about burst with pride when my daughter made her college choice and said those two words. And I loved it whenever anyone asked me where she was going and I got to say “Penn State.” Yeah, football was part of the reason I was so happy. While I could and did root for Penn State and went to some of the games without being a Penn State parent, being a parent made it better. Made me feel connected to the school and by extension the football team. And it gave me an excuse to go to more games and stay overnight. You know, to spend time with the kid. But football was really only part of the reason I was so proud to be a Penn State parent. I was proud because, as I learned, those two words were golden. Everywhere. Anywhere. All over the world. But then what happened, happened. Now those two words seem tainted. Just a month after my wife and I took Sadie to Penn State for her first semester I had a birthday and she gave me a Penn State sweatshirt We laughed and she said, I hope you know you’re going to be getting Penn State stuff for the next four years. Now I look at all that gear and ask myself, “should I even wear this?” But then I do. I do because I’m still proud to be a Penn State parent. And I’m proud of my daughter who will graduate with a 3.5 a semester early. I’m confident the degree will serve her well. And I’m proud and happy about Bill O’Brien agreeing to be the head football coach and disgusted with Brandon Short and some of the other Letterman. If you haven’t heard, former Penn State All-American linebacker Brandon Short said to ESPN and USA Today after Bill O’Brien agreed to be the Penn State head football coach that members of the Lettermen’s Club were considering asking current players to transfer and recruits to de-commit to protest the hiring. Short also said the Lettermen were considering a lawsuit baring Penn State from using their likenesses or images for marketing purposes. “It appears as if it is Dave Joyner’s (the Penn State AD) intent to disassociate himself with everything related Penn State,” Short told ESPN.com. “Then a group of former players will now disassociate ourselves from everything related to Penn State.” Of O’Brien he said, “He doesn’t have support of the vast majority of former Penn State players and the vast majority of the student body and the faculty won’t support him. I feel sorry for him.” Yeah, well instead of feeling sorry for him, Short and the Lettermen ought to be feeling love for O’Brien. Instead of treating him like a pariah because he’s not part of the Penn State “family” they ought to be planning a hero’s parade for him down University Drive when he gets to town. Even if it’s true that Tom Bradley, Jay Paterno or Larry Johnson, all of whom applied, didn’t know about the alleged dirty Sandusky business, it doesn’t matter. Joyner and Penn State did exactly the right thing for once by hiring an outsider with zero connection to the Not-So-Happy Valley. The allegations are so putrid they had to throw the baby out with the bathwater and flush it all far, far away. I don’t know much about O’Brien except what I’ve read in the past few days, but in my view he showed guts and integrity just by agreeing to take the job. And though they hired a guy with no head coaching experience, that doesn’t mean they weren’t thinking about the football program’s competitiveness. They hired a quarterback guy. I hear that’s kind of an important position in football, so maybe it should be important at Old State U. If O’Brien is good enough for Tom Brady, he ought to be good enough for Penn State. Anyway, I don’t care if Penn State drops down to Division II and goes 0-10 for five years, I’ll still root for Bill O’Brien and the team.
My son gave me an amazing Christmas gift this year. I won’t embarrass him by talking about it here in detail, but it was something that required a lot of thought and he purchased it unprompted, thereby touching me profoundly. When I teared-up and thanked him and told him what a great kid he was…he told me it would be nice if I said that more often and not dwell so much on the negative things. Well…crap. When did that start? I can’t give him kudos for every stinking thing he does, every day, now can I? I distribute compliments judiciously to coincide with life’s larger events…like, you know, stellar potty training, shooting a BB gun without losing an eye, cutting their own toenails…and most important…getting excellent grades. It’s not the mandatory clear backpacks, not the earlier start time, not the three late slips and detention, (even if you’re on the honor roll…which, as a punishment for being tardy just befuddles even me, the Master Punisher)…but it’s the online progress reports that have become the bane of my children’s existence. I love it. It’s like hacking into their Facebook account, but not quite as salacious. With a few keystrokes I’m on the inside of all that transpires during their day, with the exception of what they’ve eaten for lunch…and I think that may be doable in the near future. (Although I’m willing to wager that the mashed potato bowl is their daily go-to feast. Ugh). I have become one of those mothers I used to despise…I POUR over that report daily. I dissect class by class, assignment by assignment, and grade by grade. It’s a full-time job. And when these poor kids walk in the door, after seven hours of school and another three hours of wrestling practice, they are met by a crazed mother who greets them, not with a “How as your day today honey?”...but with a “How the hell did you get an 82% on the easiest test of the stinking year?!” Look, in my book, grades need to be the number one priority in this life. Sure, I want them to be happy and healthy…but happy and healthy won’t get them into a top college! It won’t, will it? Just tell me now, because I think I’m sort of blowing the whole “joyful” thing so far this year and I’ll need to re-arrange a few antics in order to board that happy train. But, I really did think about what my son said for days…and I decided this adjustment would be my #1 New Year’s resolution for 2012. I’m going to streamline my ridiculousness and give more praise…but only if it’s deserved. No sense lulling them into that false sense of security and well-being this late in the game. Moving on to another forced resolution: This is a small item, but not to my 14 year-old.
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SAINT MONICA’S CHURCH 363 West 8th Street, West Wyoming, PA 18644 Office Hours - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri. Phone: 570-693-1991 Email: email@example.com website: www.stmonicanepa.com. Father Leo J. McKernan, Pastor. Mass Schedule: Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m. OLOS Sunday: 8:30 a.m. STJ; 11:00 a.m. OLOS Daily Mass at OLOS Mon-Tues-Fri: 7:00 a.m. (Please note: no Wed. a.m. Mass – starting 1-11-12); Thurs: 7:00 p.m. followed with Bible Study & Night Prayer. Bible Study has resumed and all are welcome. Meetings: January 9 – Religious Education Teachers at 6:00 p.m. in the Center. January 14 - Guardian of the Redeemer will meet in the Rectory at 8:00 a.m. January 15 – St.Monica’s Women’s Group Christmas Party at 5:00 p.m. CCD classes on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. will resume on January 8, (today) H.S. Theology Group will meet in the Rectory with Father McKernan at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday (Resuming on January 8.) This new program offers Teens the opportunity to learn more about the Catholic Faith as it relates to important issues of today. The focus is on Jesus and the Scriptures. Registration is on going so if you want to attend, please call Father McKernan at 693-1991. R.C.I.A. – The Rite of Christian Initiation (Education) for Adults: Perhaps your New Years Resolution might be to consider learning more about your faith or looking into the R.C.I.A. Program. This program is for anyone interested in learning more about their Catholic Faith as well as anyone interested in preparing to become a Catholic and receive the Sacraments. Call the Rectory (693-1991) and speak to Father McKernan. These classes are held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. on the back porch of the Rectory.
QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES PARISH 715 Hawthorne St. (570) 457-3412 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stmaryavoca.4lpi.com The Rev. Phil Sladicka, pastor of Queen of the Apostles Parish, is available to bless your home for the New Year. In addition to this opportunity, the parish also has Holy Water and Blessed Chalk available to the public to conduct their own blessing service. While many people are familiar with the use of Holy Water, Blessed Chalk is used in many countries including Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Sweden. Individuals use the Blessed Chalk to inscribe the first two digits of the current year followed by the letters C, M, and B (placing a cross between each letter) and then finishing the line with the last two digits of the year above the doorway to their home on Epiphany (example: 20 C + M + B 1220 C + M + B 12). This blessing is a way to commemorate the wise men being led by the Star of Bethlehem to the infant Jesus. The names of the Magi were Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. Many people interpret the three letters as the ini-
tials of those names. For more information or to schedule a date and time for Father Sladicka to visit your home, please call the parish office at 457-3412. Queen of the Apostles Parish’s pastoral council will meet Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. The women’s guild will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Rectory. Queen of the Apostles Parish will not have religious education classes January 15 and 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The worship committee will meet Monday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Rectory The social concerns committee will meet Tuesday, Jan.17 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Rectory. Queen of the Apostles Parish has gone green! Any person who would like to drop off aluminum cans may place them in a container in the empty bayof St. Mary’s Rectory garage which will be open on the weekend during Mass times: Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8, 10, and 11 a.m. To have your cans picked up, please call Jason at 351-5062. Become a fan today! Queen of the Apostles Parish now has a page on Facebook. Anyone who is interested in renting St. Mary’s School for child care, parties, or other useful activities is invited to call the rectory at 457-3412 to learn more about this opportunity. Daily Masses: 8 a.m. (Wednesday at 7 p.m.) Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Miraculous Medal Novena: Wednesday following the 7 p.m. Mass Weekends Masses: Saturday
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The Pittston Area Varsity Cheerleaders have won a bid to the National High School Cheer Championship in Orlando, Fl. Those interested can help them get there by taking part in A Night at the Races on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Jenkins Twp. Fire Hall. The event includes all you can eat soup, salad, pasta, meatballs, chicken strips, potatoes, vegetable, deserts, and much more. Must be 21 to attend. Cost:
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There will be a meeting of the Dupont Lions on Monday, Jan.9 at 6:30 at the VFW on Main St. in Dupont. They will pass out coffee and doughnuts to Vets on Saturday, Jan. 14, 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Skin Cancer Screening
On Saturday, Jan. 28, students of the Dermatology Interest Group of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will host a free skin cancer screening from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street in Scranton. Six dermatologists will be on hand to screen individuals who have never been screened for skin cancer. Space is limited and appointments are required. Please call 570-504-7000 to reserve your appointment today and find out if you are at risk for skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma Websitewww.umcpittston.org Phone 655-4340 leave message Hoagie Sale on Tuesday, January 10. Choices are - ham, salami and cheese or turkey and cheese with or without onion. Price of the hoagie is $4. Orders must bein today Sunday, January 8. To place and order call 654-3936 or 693-1572. Wednesday, January 18 - Ad. Council meeting at 7 p.m.
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The National Association of Retired Federal Employees NARFE will hold their regular monthly meeting on Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at the V.F.W. hall in Dupont. All retired employees are invited to attend. Considering the cost-cutting measure proposed by Congress, NARFE officers suggest that all required Federal employees join this organization by calling John Ryan 654-3722. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be postponed until Feb. 9.
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Save money and calories The holiday and heating bills have hit our checkbooks and January historically is the time to find ways to save money. With just a bit of organizational skills and determination to stick to a budget, there are ways to save money and calories. Most people don’t consciously keep track of each and every dollar that they spend on food. Beyond the grocery store receipts there are the coffee shops, cafeterias, gas stations, and fast food registers that add to our food bill. Even an order as small as a 99 cent coffee adds up throughout the week when purchase two to three times a week. To begin saving money, first start with a simple food record. The record needs to include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. For one week, make note on whether the food was eaten out of the home or in the home. If it was eaten out of the home, including take out, jot down a rough estimate of the cost of that meal, beverage, and or snack. This will give you an idea of your cost of food eaten out of the home. Most people can save $10-15 dollars a week by making more conscience decisions on food purchased out of the home. Next make a list of foods that you would like to eat for a week. Include breakfast and lunch. Being more conscientious of foods that you purchase for meals in the home and all foods that you purchase to eat out of the home saves money and calories. Planning meals also gives you time to include fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables. The current dietary advice encourages all to eat half of their plate filled with fruits and vegetables. Including fruits and vegetables in the meal planning step is a must for managing a healthy diet. Once you are at the store with a list in hand based upon the menu plan, you are ready for combat. Combat against impulse buys that is. It is important to strategically plan your shopping trip. If you need to bring young children along, make sure they have had something to eat. Set up rules for shopping before entering the store and then reinforce them. Only visit the aisles that you need. It’s January, a time for new beginnings. To start off with a lower cost meal, try this meatless easy to make dinner. Make extra, as “planned over’s” can be used for lunches. See NUTRITION, Page 27
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January 5, 2012 Thomas J. "Tom" Tishler, 71, of Old Tioga Turnpike, Benton, died Thursday, January 5, 2012 at his home. He had been in ill health for the past six weeks. Born December 11, 1940, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Kenneth Nelson Tissue and Irene (Linn) Tissue. He and his wife, Sharon May (Bronson) Tishler, would have celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on April 27. Mr. Tishler was the Senior National Sales Training Manager for the Allstate Insurance Company, in Northbrook, Illinois. He retired in 1995 after 35 years of service. He was a 1960
graduate of Wyoming High School and a 1965 graduate of Kings College. He also proudly served his country in the U. S. Marine Corps. Mr. Tishler was an active member of Christ The King Catholic Church of Benton; the Knights of Columbus of Christ the King and the Shickshinny American Legion Post #495. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Mill Race Golf Club. His hobbies included gardening and landscaping. He also shared a love for family genealogy with his wife, Sharon. He was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas Nelson Tishler and by a sister, Tanya Tissue. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Sharon, are his two children, Tanya M. Pfeiffer and her husband, Daniel J., of North Bar-
rington, IL; Ryan D. Tishler, of Exeter; and a granddaughter, Emma G. Pfeiffer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, Mendenhall Lane, Benton. Burial Creveling Cemetery, Almedia. A viewing will be held today from 2 to 5 p.m. at the McMichael Funeral Home, 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton (Rt. 487). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Columbia Montour Home Hospice, 410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, 17815 or to the Christ The King Catholic Church, P. O. Box 297, Benton, 17814. For online condolences, visit www.mcmichaelfuneralhome.com.
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Lois J. Naugle January 5, 2012 Lois Jean Naugle, a longtime resident of the Spike Island section of Moosic, died suddenly Thursday morning, January 5, 2012, after a brief illness. She is survived by her beloved husband, Duane Naugle Sr. She is also survived by her son, Duane Naugle Jr., and wife,
Delaina, of Blossburg, and her daughter, Lori Naugle-Norris and husband, Anthony of Moosic; her brothers, James VanLuvender and wife, Janet, of Moosic and Robert VanLuvender and wife, Maryann, of Duryea; four grandchildren, Caitlin Naugle of Durham, NC, Meira Naugle of
Blossburg, Anthony and Addisyn Norris of Moosic. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. at the Kearney Funeral Home, 517 North Main Street, Old Forge. Relatives and friends may pay their respects today between 2 to 4 p.m.
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Peeking into the past
A Mystery In 1949, Pittston Township approved the purchase of a new fire escape for the Barry School in the Browntown section With Judy Minsavage replacing the one that had been stolen. Meanwhile in HughClaire Burke, chaplain and Nora Murestown there was another mystery evolv- tha, social chairman. The club began as ing, the case of the missing... a civilian defense unit and after the war 1949 – 63 Years Ago The end of World War II began with the surrender of Germany on May 8, 1945, and concluded with the surrender of Japanese forces on August 15, 1945. According to an article published on January 9, 1949, “when most people had forgotten the servicemen and women and their sacrifice” the Dupont Hose Company continued to honor the veterans by offering free admission to them for their many dances and events. The invitation included new enlistees as well. The Jenkins Township Women’s Club was entering its ninth year as a community activity with Mary Mangan as its new president, Mary Lynch, vice president; Pauline Spadi, secretary; Phyllis Zebretsky, treasurer; Mary
converted to a charity organization with 45 members. The men of the Niagara Hose Company were proud of their fire truck even though it had been in service for about 25 years. The American LaFrance pumper had a gold trim design on the body and fenders. Although the men admitted they would have liked a new truck, they did not want people to complain about their “old faithful”. The LaFrance Manufacturing Company joined with the American Fire Engine Company to become the American LaFrance Fire Engine Company. Many of the models produced during the early to mid-20th century are considered prized collector’s items, and have found proud places in museums and private displays all over the world. The compa-
ny, still in operation today, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1973. To read more about the company’s history go to americanlafrance.com. 1959 – 53 Years Ago Joseph Taylor of Duryea received designation as a special aide on the staff of United Spanish War Veterans Commander in Chief, Thomas H. Hammon. Mr. Taylor served in the army for three years and in the navy for four. During that time, he saw duty in China, the Philippines and Cuba. He was awarded a citation for his participation in rescue efforts after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, logging 72 straight hours aiding firefighters. The earthquake, which registered between an estimated 7.7 or 8.25, is perhaps remembered most for the resulting fire that devastated the city. The economic forecast for Greater Pittston was not so rosy in 1959. Fred Peters, Manager of the Pittston Bureau of Employment Security, announced that unemployment rose 10.1 percent in 1958 bringing the total figure to 16.8 percent. In comparison, the unemployment rate for state leveled off at 9.7 percent and the national average posted at 7.1 per-
cent. New businesses such as Jenkins Sportswear, Alma and Pittston Fashions, Gar-Wood, JoNita Dress Co., Earle Hardware, Universal Electronics, Marvell Kitchens, Prospect Iron Works, and Duchess Coat and Suit Company were expected to create a turn-around in the local job market. Residents were concerned with the number of indecent motion pictures showing in area theaters. The Knights of Columbus on South Main Street decided to hold a forum on movie censorship, invited the public and WPTS radio to broadcast.
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Local unemployment rate 16.8% in 1959
1969 – 43 Years Ago At a time when calendar girls were the norm, Henry Burke of Avoca changed the trend. After traveling 3,000 miles to Canada on a fishing expedition and pulling in four Arctic chars, a representative of outboard motor manufacturer Kiekhaefer Mercury snapped a photo. The photographer quickly identified himself as a representative of the company and stated his wish to publish the photo on the company’s upcoming calendar. See PEEKING, Page 24
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Peeking Continued from Page 23
Arctic char or Arctic charr is both a freshwater and saltwater fish in the Salmonidae family. Elmer Carl Kiekhaefer, a consummate inventor, resigned as president of the company in 1969, the company name changed to Mercury Marine. One of the fish weighing 20 pounds and measuring 40 inches was displayed at Zambor’s Sporting Goods in Pittston. Paul Cadden, manager of the Bureau of Employment Security, announced that the economic picture was bright citing 3.3 percent unemployment in the Greater Pittston Area. A significant increase in wages offered by local industries contributed to the positive outlook for 1969. John P. Corcoran, Employment Service Manager, stated a demand for workers was at an all time high. Many businesses implemented on-the-job training to entice applicants. The bureau in cooperation with the Pittston Area School District offered vocational training. The project was financed under the Manpower Development Training Act of 1962. The Act authorized a three-year program aimed at retraining workers displaced by new technology, 200,000 people were recruited. Rather than renewing MDTA, Congress passed The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which created the Job Corps and the Work Incentive Program in 1967. Ninth grade students Karen Pliska, Mary Ann Pintha,
Carol Salvo, Maureen McLaughlin, John Russin, Patricia Gross, Eileen McAndrew, Glenn McArdle, Mary McLaughlin, Arlene Cellucci, Joseph Iannuzzo, Pamela Pokorney, Cynthia Heffron and Mary Novak were awarded certificates for performing in the top ten cent on the National Educational Development Tests. 1979 – 33 Years Ago Insurance agent Cyril M. Bosak presented a check for $10,459 to assistant fire chief, William Yedesko, vice president Stephen Scoda and president David Polak of the Duryea Excelsior Hose Company. The firehouse, four trucks, and equipment were lost in a devastating fire. Hose company officials were scouting possible sites to rebuild. Area men, Joe Gorman, Dan Conte, Allan Glodzik, Rick and Walter O’Haire decided to form a hunting club, which brought them some luck. The men bagged four bucks ranging from four to ten points in the Mt. Springs area of Red Rock. Bill Pope had carried mail for the Pittston Post Office for 35 years and was training a substitute for his job. He didn’t mind though, the substitute was his daughter Cathy who became the first female letter carrier at the Pittston Post Office. . 1989 – 23 Years Ago A new wing of the Holy Rosary School was dedicated accommodating kindergarten,
“All Americans really have quite a lot to be thankful for, I know I am! I am glad that I was able to reach this conclusion at such an early age. I will cherish this experience as long as I live.” Tretha Milkanin,, My Impressions of the Soviet Union, Straz Magazine
Senior centers menu Senior Citizens Centers, sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming counties, offer hot noon meals Monday through Friday to people 60 years of age or older. Donations from participants are gratefully accepted and needed in order to expand this program. The following is the menu for the week of January 9: Monday - Meatball stew (carrots, peas & potatoes), whole wheat dinner roll, buttered noodles, fruited Jello, margarine, milk and coffee. Tuesday - Herbed whitefish, broccoli/cauliflower medley in cheese sauce, multi-grain bread, wild rice pilaf, tangerine, chocolate chip cookie, margarine, milk and coffee. Wednesday - Meatloaf w/chunky tomato sauce, green beans, au gratin potatoes, rye bread, cinnamon applesauce cake with raisins, margarine, milk and coffee. Thursday - Martin Luther King Special Dinner: Beef bracciole, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, dinner roll, Boston crème pie, margarine, milk and coffee. Friday - Sloppy Joe’s, chicken noodle soup, carrot raisin salad, sandwich roll, crackers, orange, Oreo cookie vanilla pudding parfait, margarine, milk and coffee.
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first and second grade students. The school opened in September of 1934. Its first teachers and administrators were “drawn from” the Bernardine Sisters. As enrollment steadily increased, the school switched to a full day kindergarten In September of 1988, and worked toward a seamless transition to upper grade levels. Tretha Milkanin of Plains and 15 other students of Wyoming Seminary traveled to Russia for a two-week tour. She noted the people seemed “tense” and not very friendly in the capital city of Moscow. In Uzbeckistan, she found the Soviets more responsive to American tourists. Tretha enjoyed the culture and warmth of Leningrad where she and a friend were invited unexpectedly to join a wedding reception held in their hotel. The cleanliness of the cities and the people’s curiosity of anything American impressed her the most. The Prime Bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church asked Tretha to write an article of her experiences, she did and it was published in Straz the Polish National Union weekly.
Coming home and starting anew 12 Step products business opens on South Main By Alexandria Antonacci
Darlene DeBiasi displays a T-shirt at her new business, The 12 Step Store, which opened on Wednesday at 77 South Main PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRIA ANTONACCI
said DeBiasi. “I thought what a great concept; set up a business, you don’t have to be there and you can still bring a little bit of what you want to the local area,” said DeBiasi. After a year of being in that market she discovered that it wasn’t the proper location for what she wanted to do and she considered closing the business. “My customers expressed a lot of sadness and disappointment and because of that, I thought if the right home came along I would continue on in the business.” That’s when her idea started to take on a life of its own and guided her to make the move to Main Street, Pittston. “I started to take a look at different retail spaces and I was intrigued with the plan that Pittston has for the development, the building facade and the down-
town improvements,” DiBiasi said. That guided her to becoming an active member of the Pittston Chamber of Commerce. “I am excited about it, I am going to provide products to people that otherwise would have to go to the internet to purchase them or drive at least 100 miles. I’m exclusive to the local area, there’s no other retail walk-in place that you can go in and touch and feel and buy and take home with you. “In addition to the 12 step products I also carry products the average person may be looking for to buy a gift for a family member. It’s based on, again, self improvement. I’m going to have a lot of books. I have sterling silver. I carry tree of life, there’s going to be different CDs and mugs and hats and shirts.” DiBiasi expressed her excite-
ment towards looking forward to being interactive with her customers and being able to take special orders. She wants to have face to face relationships with the people who are going to be doing business here. But why carry these specific products? She, herself has been in recovery for a number of years. “I’m passionate about it,” she said. “I myself have gone to continuing education programs. I do volunteer work in the field of substance abuse. I’m passionate about being able to pass the message onto other people that may have an interest in knowing about it.” The products that she sells affiliated with the 12 step program will make her no profit. In the future she plans on donating a portion of the other proceeds from
her business to local organizations that support 12 step programs. “I picked Pittston because I grew up here and when I was a little girl I used to take the bus for a nickel to the five and dime on the Main Street in Pittston and it was like going to New York City. Those childhood memories they kind of diminished,” she said. When she came home and saw the changes to her old home of Pittston like the cobblestone crosswalks and period street lamps, she got excited. “I thought I really didn’t want to miss out on this.” The 12 Step Store is open during the week Wednesday thru Saturday and Tuesdays by appointment only. www.stepstore.org www.facebook.com/pages/12-stepstore/101115003327611
Pittston native Darlene DeBiasi had two careers which a lot of people might think of as exotic and exciting. She was a blackjack dealer in Atlantic City and flight attendant for US Airways. But now that she’s retired, she is back in the area opening a new business and hoping for a bit of normalcy. The business, The 12 Step Store, opened Wednesday at 77 S. Main Street, next to the Open Space/Boden outlet. DeBiasi’s products are primarily inspirational and self improvement related. She specifically caters to the recovery community selling 12 step products “My interests changed and my lifestyle changed and so I decided to move back to Pennsylvania and that’s when I took on the interest of sales and marketing,” said DeBiasi. She educated herself through different business programs in the industry. “And when consignment shops weren’t so popular in this area I opened an upscale consignment boutique in 2000,” she said. She decided to open that particular type of business because of her travels throughout the country from her previous job as a flight attendant. “When I was on the road as a flight attendant I would go to different airports like Chicago or LA even Philadelphia, New York and I was intrigued with the consignments that they had there. They were all over and there weren’t any in this area so that’s why I had an interest in bringing it to the local people.” When that business hit tough times she resumed her duties as a flight attendant, but she never quite forgot about the joys of owning a small business. “After I retired I saw an advertisement on television about an indoor market that was coming to Pittston. The attraction for me was that you didn’t have to be there to operate your business,”
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Fair is open and free to the public. WA Drama
The Wyoming Area Drama Parents Association is sponsoring a Nite at the Races on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the West Wyoming Hose Co. #1. Doors open at 6 p.m. with post time at 7 p.m. Horses are $10 a piece and include two free admissions. Food and refreshments are also included. Contact any Drama Parent or Lisa at 883-0693 to purchase a horse or if you have questions. PHS Class of ‘57
Pittston High School class of 1957 will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Tony’s Pizza, City Line Plaza. Plans are underway for the 55th anniversary class reunion to be held on Sept. 2 at Fox Hill Country Club. All members are invited to attend the meeting.
Boy Scouts Meeting
Crochet Club Crochet club will meet on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and on Thursdays at 6 p.m. New members always welcome Lego Club The library is forming a LEGO club and is currently seeking donations of LEGOS and LEGO accessories to build a supply. Look for future announcements about the club, open to children age 6-12beginning in 2012. Story Time Toddler and Preschool story time will begin the week of January 9 and will run for 6 weeks. There are 3 sessions. Please call the library to register your child. Wii Football Tournament On Saturday, Jan.14, there will be a Wii Football tournament from 10 a.m. to finish with bracket style match-ups. Age 14 and up. Please call the library to sign up. Teen Events T.A.G., the library’s teen advisory group, meeting will be held on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. Open to students grade 6-12. New members always welcome. The Library is open Monday and Thursday 12-8 Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9-5 Saturday 9-4
There will be a meeting of Boy Scouts religious award counselors for Ad Altare Die and Pope Pius XII on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre. More information call Ky Lazzari at 825-2648. WA Trip to Greece
Wyoming Area history teacher, Barbara Bullions, and Spanish teacher, Christine Marianacci, are planning an EF Educational tour of Greece for summer 2013. After three days in Athens, they will board a cruise ship with stops in Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, and Patmos. The ship will also stop in Kusadasi, Turkey. Returning to the mainland, the students will next travel to Epidaurus, Mycenae, Argolida, Pilos, and Olympia. This will be Mrs. Bullions’ seventh trip through EF Tours. She previously accompanied students to England, Italy, and France and Spain. All interested students and their parents are invited to attend. For further information, call 655-2836 x 2180. K of C Raffle
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Council 372 is sponsoring a raffle for recent flood victims. Purchase tickets at the Knights home at 55 S. Main St. or by contacting Grand Knight Greg Serfass 655-1114 or Committee Chairman Fran Ankenbrand (451-1415) IAA Membership Drive
The Italian American Association of Luzerne County is conducting its 2012 membership drive. This membership is open to Luzerne and surrounding county residents. For information, call Judy Deice at 654-7600 or Louise Castellani at 6546454. JTHS Class of ’62
The Jenkins Township High School class of 1962 is planning its 50th anniversary reunion for June 9. For more information, call Stan Gelaszus at 609-306-6939 or Paul Donahue at 510-1399. Sierra Club
Sunday, Jan. 15 - Cross country ski Bruce Lake Natural Area at the Promised Land State Park. 4 mile total out/back in about 3 hours. Moderate rolling terrain hike if no snow. Meet at Dunmore Y at 10:00 a.m. Call Dave
at 388-2338 for additional information. All welcome, free. Sunday, Jan. 29 - X-Country Ski at Lackawanna State Park; two and a half miles total in about 3 hours. Some upward grades but mostly flat skiing hike only if no snow. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at first parking area off Lake View Dr. (the park’s main road) after you turn into the main entrance of the park off PA 407. Call Dave Byman at 5861930 for additional information and to confirm snow conditions. All welcome, free. Head Start
Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. is accepting applications in Luzerne and Wyoming counties for the 2012-2013 school year. A federally- and state-funded comprehensive preschool program, Head Start gives 3 and 4 year old low-income children a chance to achieve their full potential and attain school readiness. Free services are offered, including education, health, social services, parent involvement, nutrition, transportation on a limited basis, and opportunities for children with disabilities. In addition, full-day, full-year child care partnership services are proSee EVENTS, Page 30
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Judge Tina Polacheck Gartley hugs Judge Jennifer Rogers after the swearing in ceremony.
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New Luzerne County District Attorney Stephanie Salavantis poses with her father Harry Salavantis, West Pittston native, following her swearing in ceremony at the Luzerne County Courthouse last Friday morning.
President Judge Thomas Burke, West Pittston, administers the judicial oath to Michael Vough, West Pittston, as wife Cindy holds the Bible.
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Free blood pressure screenings on Wednesday at Senior Center On Wednesday, Jan. 11, Hospice of the Sacred Heart will conduct free blood pressure screenings at the Pittston Senior Center from 11 a.m. to noon. The public is invited. On Thursday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m., Brent Parry from the Department of Trauma at Geisinger, will present a program entitled Watch Your Step, Being Safe and Sensible at Home. The public is invited to attend. There are a few openings for Tuesday and Thursday Zumba Gold Classes with Anita. Cost is $2 for center members and $3 for non-members. If you love to dance but hate to exercise this
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West Wyoming Borough Council held its reorganization meeting last week. The Honorable Lesa Gelb swore in council members Eileen Cipriani, Daniel Gadomski and Gary Stavish. Gelb also swore in the first West Wyoming Junior Council member Jared Saporito. Saporito, 17 is a junior at Wyoming Area Secondary Center and his class president. He is also active in the SADD and Drama clubs and a lector at St Monica’s parish. Sewer System
West Wyoming Borough Council asks residents to refrain from disposing of paper towels, hand wipes and other disposable cloths into toilets. These items have caused blockages in the sewer system.
Visit the West Wyoming Website atwww.westwyoming.org. If any residents are interested in receiving a monthly e-newsletter from the borough, please visit the website for more details.
West Wyoming Council reorganized last week. Pictured are Gary Stavish, Council Vice Chairman, Judge Lesa Gelb and Eileen Cipriani Council Chairman. Second row, Council Member Dan Gadomski and Jr Council Member Gary Stavish.
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In the towns
Council sets work session, meeting for Thursday While national politics are certainly heating up, we have plenty of business cooking right here in town. To learn more about our local government, why not attend a council meeting? The Avoca Borough Council will have its work session and regular monthly meeting Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 Main St. Council President Joseph Satkowski will preside over the meeting. The public is invited to attend. Piontek is Back
Like many Duryea businesses, the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc. was deeply impacted by the September floods. Although they remained open and continued to have services offsite at the Sacred Heart of Jesus
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Rectory for the past several months, Funeral Director Michelle Piontek is happy to announce the funeral home’s onsite visitation room has been completely restored. Anyone who is in need of their services may call the office at 457-4301. Blessing of Homes
The Rev. Phil Sladicka, pastor of Queen of the Apostles Parish, is available to bless your home for the New Year. In addition to this opportunity, the parish also has Holy Water and Blessed Chalk available to the public to conduct their own blessing ser-
vices. While many people are familiar with the use of Holy Water, Blessed Chalk is used in many countries including Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Sweden. For more information or to schedule a date and time for Father Sladicka to visit your home, please call the parish office at 457-3412. Pastoral Council
Queen of the Apostles Parish’s pastoral council will meet Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St.
The Duryea Wildcats will have their monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at the P.A.C.C. Club, Dupont. Important details will be discussed about next season at this time. The by-laws will also be reviewed and a date will be selected to get the helmets reconditioned. The public is invited to attend. The organization is still in need of a treasurer. Women’s Guild
Queen of the Apostles Parish’s women’s guild will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. CCD Schedule
Queen of the Apostles Parish will not have religious education
classes January 15 and 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Worship Committee
Queen of the Apostles Parish’s worship committee will meet Monday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Social Concerns
Queen of the Apostles Parish’s social concerns committee will meet Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Garbage Stickers
The 2012 Avoca Borough garbage stickers can be purchased from Therese Wrubel at the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 See AVOCA, Page 33
Avoca council re-organized on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Sworn-in were veterans Mike Fuller and Joe Satkowski along with newcomer Gary Halagarda. Susan LeLack was absent. Left to right: Mike Fuller, Joe Satkowski, and Gary Halagarda taking the oath administered by Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni, III. PHOTO BY TONY CALLAIO
The reorganization meeting of Dupont Borough Council was held on Monday, Jan. 2, with Mayor Daniel Lello officiating. First order of business was to administer the Oath of Office to Council members Jeffrey Kaminski and Brian Nesgoda. Dupont’s native son and newly appointed Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni administered the oath to the recently elected members of Council. Judge Pierantoni noted that this was his first official duty as Judge and he added that he can think of nothing more fitting than to come to his home town and administer the oath of office as his first duty. 2012 members of Council are: Stanley Knick, Mark Kowalczyk, Bernard Zielinski, Brian Nesgoda and Jeff Kaminski. Stanley Knick was elected to serve as President of Council and Mark Kowalczyk will serve as Vice-President. President Knick motioned to appoint the following personnel to Borough Offices: Borough Manager, Patty McDonald and Borough Clerk, Joan Vogue. The motion was approved. The Borough Solicitor and Engineer appointments were tabled until the next meeting on Jan 17. Sewer Collection and Refuse Collection Officers appointed were Patty McDonald and Joan Vogue. Code Enforcement Officer will be Stan Knick and Patty McDonald with the police de-
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partment handling citations and complaints. Sewer Enforcement Officer will be Stanley Knick. The Dupont Public Work Department Road Commissioner appointment went to Paul Houdysell. Drivers appointed are: Edmund Yedesko and Bruce Wheeler; Laborer - Joseph Goula. The Chief of Police appointment was tabled and will be revisited at a later date. Sgt and Officer in Charge of the Police Department will be John Saranchuk. Other appointments: Health Officer - Eleanor Babonis; Fire Chief - Don Hudzinski; EMA Coordinator - Dave Bojnowski; Business Consultant - Albert Melone, CPA and Auditor Mike Fiorelli. Committee Assignments: Finance: Stan Knick and Patty McDonald; Recreation: Brian Nesgoda and Bernard Zielinski; Street Department: Mark Kowalczyk and Jeff Kaminski; Police/Safety/Community Relations: Stan Knick and Mark Kowalczyk. The January regular monthly meeting of Dupont Borough Council has been changed to Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the James Cocco Council Chambers.
chased between May 22 and June 21. Please note delinquent accounts will be referred to district court after June 21, and all Avoca home owners and renters are obligated to purchase a garbage sticker. Residents who are unable to stop by the municipal building to purchase a garbage sticker or would like to purchase one before Wrubel’s office hours begin, can mail a check made payable to Avoca Borough and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Avoca Borough c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641. If you have any other ques-
Yard Waste Rules
New rules and regulations have taken effect for the New Year regarding curbside collection of yard waste. Yard waste picked up curbside on Tuesdays will be limited to grass, leaves and small trimmings, and must be in open containers for curbside pickup. These items will be taken and processed at the compost facility within the borough. Other clean fill material such as ashes, dirt, stone, rock, etc., will be picked up on Fridays. Please remember the weight limit for containers which must be lifted and loaded into our dump trucks, is 30 pounds. Larger lawn renovations projects, tree removal, stumps and large branches will require special removal by a contractor. The Borough is considering continuing the truck rental for property owners to load larger project material for a fee. Contact the borough office for more information. Also residents are reminded that by borough ordinance, recyclables once put curbside for pickups are property of Dupont Borough. It is illegal for anyone to remove recyclable materials (aluminum cans) from residents’ curbside property. Also it is illegal for anyone to pick up metal items that have been placed curbside and scheduled for bortions please call Wrubel at 4574891. Christmas Trees
Waste Management will collect Christmas trees on Friday, Jan. 20. In case of inclement weather, the collection will be Friday, Jan. 27. Place trees at curbside on Thursday evening. Residents will not be charged for this service. This is strictly a one-day collection. Dance Planned
The Northeast Social Dance Club will sponsor a dance Satur-
ough pickup or metal items that have a bulk sticker which was purchased at the borough for removal. Citations will be issued to those in violation of this Ordinance. Extended Hours
Patty McDonald, Borough Manager, announced that municipal office hours have been extended for the month of January as follows: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the exception of Thursday when office hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Borough residents can now purchase their 2012 refuse bags, window sticker and calendars, at the municipal office, no billing notices have been mailed. The 2012 refuse fee must be paid by January 30. Dupont landlords must notify the borough office of the tenants’ names for all their properties. Ordinance requires all landlords to report the names of tenants so that all can be properly billed for refuse collection as well as have contact information should an emergency arise. Sportsmen’s Club
Elm St. Sportsmen’s Club will meet tonight, Sunday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Polish American Citizens Club, Dupont. Elections of Officers will be held. All members are invited to attend. Refreshments will follow meeting. John Lizak will preside.
There will be a dance on Saturday, January 21, from 8:30 p.m. until midnight sponsored by the Northeast Social Dance Club at The DAV Hall, 516 Storrs Street in Dickson City to benefit Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care Program & Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc., Duryea. Admission is $5.00 per person. Music will be provided by Jerry Dreater Productions. In addition there will be refreshments and numerous basket raffles, a 50/50, and a trip to Cove Haven in the Poconos. For more information you can call event coordinator, Nicole McDonald, at (570) 466-7930or if you cannot make the dance and wish to purchase raffle tickets for the Cove Haven trip, you can contact Tracey’s Hope Director, Denise Kumor (570) 457-1625. Raffle Tickets for Cove Haven are $2.00 each or 3 for$5.00. Mother of Sorrows
Holy Mother of Sorrows Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Jan. 29. This meeting is an open forum to all parishioners and takes place only once a year. Every Parish is governed by the people, so all are invited to be a part of every important decision. Holy Mother of Sorrows Church’s Nominating Committee is in process of gathering names of individuals who would be willing to serve on their Parish Board in 2012. See DUPONT, Page 36
day, Jan. 21 from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the DAV Hall, 516 Storrs St., Dickson City. Admission is $5 per person. In addition to music provided by Jerry Dreater Productions, refreshments will be served. There will also be numerous basket raffles, a 50/50 raffle, and a chance to win a trip to Cove Haven Resort in the Poconos. For more information, please call Nicole McDonald at (570) 466-7930. If you are unable to attend the dance but you would like to purchase raffle tickets for the Cove Haven getaway, please call Denise Kumor (570) 4571625. The raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5. All proceeds
benefit Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc., Duryea. Until Next Time
That’s about it for this week! If you would like something to appear in next Sunday’s edition of the Avoca News, please e-mail or call me with your information by Thursday at noon. You can email me email@example.com call me at 457-3351. Please be sure to include your name and phone number with any correspondence in case I need to reach you. Have a great week!
Main St., beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17. The office will be open Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m. and Fridays from 6-7 p.m. The fee schedule for purchasing the window sticker in order to have up to three bags collected weekly is as follows: $155 if purchased by February 21; $160 if purchased between February 22 and March 21; $170 if purchased between March 22 and April 21; $180 if purchased between April 22 and May 21; and $190 if pur-
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Kaminski, Nesgoda sworn in as council members
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Al Akulonis, Jr., Lois Hanczyc and Audrey Roberts Yager were sworn-in at the Duryea council re-organized on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Duryea Borough Council will have its monthly work session and council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend. Special Meeting
You’ve been searching for answers. Have them met this Thursday when Duryea Borough Council will have a joint meeting with the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of General Services, and state and local officials. The meeting is Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The Duryea Borough flood control project will be discussed at this time. The public is invited to attend. New Arrival
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Alan Fine on the birth of their son on Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. in Harrisburg. This little guy was truly the best gift this “fine” family could have received on the final day of their Hanukkah celebration. This new arrival is the grandson of Saundra (Goldstein) Fine, and the great-grandson of proud Duryea resident Lillian Goldstein. This little bundle of joy is Lillian’s 14th great-grandchild.
Piontek is Back
Like many Duryea businesses, the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc. was deeply impacted by the September floods. Although they remained open and continued to have services offsite at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Rectory for the past several months, Funeral Director Michelle Piontek is happy to announce the funeral home’s onsite visitation room has been completely restored.
Anyone who is in need of their services may call the office at 457-4301. American Legion
The members of the American Legion Post 585, Duryea, would like to thank the community and other organizations for their help in making their activities and events in 2011 a success: Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Pearl Harbor Day services; placing more than 800 flags at the graves of veterans in local cemeteries with the aid of members of V.F.W. Post 1227 and the Boy Scouts; conducted military cemetery services for 16 deceased veterans; Little League team sponsorship for more than 50 years; Santa Claus visit and children’s Christmas party; monetary donations to members impacted by September 2011 floods; and coordinated providing over 1,500 meals in three days to individuals impacted by the September 2011 floods courtesy of Schiff’s Market, Komensky’s Market, Rehoski’s Market, and the Family Prescription Counter. The Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.s) also provided physical assistance for the cleanup of those areas affected by the flood. The S.A.L.s also participated in the Little League and Tomato Festival Parades. Speaking of Little League baseball, the American Legion also sponsored a free bus trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport for the Duryea Little League. The members of the American Legion Post also had coloring contests for elementary school students for many years. Winners received U.S. Savings Bonds as prizes. The Ladies Auxiliary of the post is to be commended not only for their help in the joint projects that the Legion has but also for the following endeavors they sponsor: Veterans Day luncheon for disabled vets from the VA See DURYEA, Page 35
Albert Akulonis, Jr. is sworn-in by Luzerne Country Judge Fred Pierantoni, III with Albert, Sr. holding the Bible. PHOTOS BY TONY CALLAIO
Lois Hanczyc is sworn-in by Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky, Jr. Lois' grandson, Austin Killino is holding the Bible.
All proceeds benefit Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals, Inc., Duryea.
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Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre; raised funds to purchase a DVD player, book shelf, and discs for the VA Medical; and raised over $5,000 to send five disabled veterans to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Pittsburgh. The ladies also provided free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at the post home. They also gave 25 Christmas food baskets to needy families in our area. These programs are made possible for the community via membership and their annual ziti dinner in April***
The 2012 Duryea Borough garbage stickers are on sale now. Stickers can be purchased Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. at the Duryea Municipal Building,315 Main St. Stickers can also be purchased Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5-8 p.m. at the municipal building. Prices of the garbage stickers are one bag – $80, two bags – $135, three bags – $175, and four bags – $215. Residents are asked to remove their old garbage sticker when they place their new one in the window. Please note garbage stickers are due by February 1. Sons of the Legion
The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585 will have their monthly meeting today at 3 p.m. at the post home, 329 Main St. Upcoming fundraisers will be discussed at this time. All members are invited to attend. Sewer Authority
The Duryea Borough Sewer Authority will have its regular monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend. Germania Bingo
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jackpot. The doors open at 5 p.m., and the early bird jackpot is at 6:30 p.m. Transportation is available by calling 451-3750 or 407-4236. Legion Auxiliary
The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 585 will meet Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the post home, 329 Main St. All members (senior or junior) are encouraged to attend. 2012 dues for the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 585 are due. Anyone who has not paid their dues or updated their information is asked to do so as soon as possible. Also any female, adult or child, who is interested in becoming a member of the auxiliary, is welcome and encouraged to inquire about the application process. To be eligible, the applicant must be a relative of a veteran, living or deceased. For more information, please call the post at 457-4242 or stop by the post home. Wildcats Meeting
The Duryea Wildcats will have their monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at the
P.A.C.C. Club, Dupont. Important details will be discussed about next season at this time. The by-laws will also be reviewed and a date will be selected to get the helmets reconditioned. The public is invited to attend. Please note the organization is still in need of a treasurer. Christmas Trees
The Duryea Borough Street Department will collect Christmas trees January 13 and 27. Please place your tree curbside the evening before the collection date. Clam Sale
The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585, will have a clam sale Sunday, Jan. 15 beginning at 11 a.m. at the post home, 329 Main St. The clams are $6 per dozen and $6.50 per dozen for takeouts. Please note there will also be other food items for sale. Benefit Dance
The Northeast Social Dance Club will sponsor a dance Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the DAV Hall, 516 Storrs St., Dickson City. Admis-
sion is $5 per person. In addition to music provided by Jerry Dreater Productions, refreshments will be served. There will also be numerous basket raffles, a 50/50 raffle, and a chance to win a trip to Cove Haven Resort in the Poconos. For more information, please call Nicole McDonald at (570) 466-7930. If you are unable to attend the dance but you would like to purchase raffle tickets for the Cove Haven getaway, please call Denise Kumor (570) 4571625. The raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5.
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That’s about it for this week! If you would like something to appear in next Sunday’s edition of the Duryea News, please e-mail or call me with your information by Thursday at noon. You can e-mail me at email@example.com or call me at 457-3351. Please be sure to include your name and phone number with any correspondence in case I need to reach you. Have a great week!
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Audrey and Jake Munley hold the Bible while their grandmother, Audrey Roberts Yager, is sworn-in by Luzerne County Judge Jennifer Rogers.
The Duryea Little League will have registration sessions for the 2012 season January 24, 25, 26, and 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. These sessions are for any child interested in playing Little League, softball, or teeners (junior/senior league). The registration fees to play are as follows: individual sign up for Little League or softball - $55; family sign up for Little League or softball - $65; individual sign up for teeners (junior/senior league) $65; family sign up for teeners (junior/senior League) - $75. Please note there will be not be any separate fundraisers this season. Coaches are reminded to please bring their driver’s license to any of the registration sessions in order to complete the background check. For more information please call Ron Ralston at 655-0203.
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The Polish American Citizens Club of Elm Street, Dupont, will hold its regular monthly meeting at 2 p.m. today, Sunday Jan. 8, at the Club home. PACC Active members are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. Active members are reminded that in accordance with the bylaws 2012membership dues must be submitted before Jan. 31.
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Submit your name to Alex Dubeck (954-0476) or Helen Jendrey (655-1448) prior to the Annual Meeting, Eco-Tip
Here is Joey Jones’s Eco-Tip of the week: When it snows, use a shovel instead of a snow blower. This gives you exercise and saves energy!
Sacred Heart Church
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Pastoral Council will meet Tues., Jan. 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the rectory. Senior Outreach will meet Wed., Jan. 11, at 6:00 p.m., in the lower level of the rectory. Senior Citizens’ Outreach Committee of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church continues to reach those senior members of our parish who cannot attend Mass by mailing the church bulletin to them weekly and providing them with a small gift at Christmas and Easter. If you have a family member or know of a parishioner who is homebound or in a nursing home who would like to receive the weekly bulletin, contact the rectory at 654-3713. Blood Drive
VFW Post 4909, Main St. will host a blood drive on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment call 1800-RED CROSS. To be eligible to donate blood, an individual must be 17, meet height and weight requirements and be in generally good health. Parental permission is required for 16 yr. old donors. Walk-ins are always welcome.
Santa Claus waves from the top of a fire truck as he rides along New Street in Dupont on Sunday night, Dec. 18 PHOTO BY BILL TARUTIS
The Dupont Lions Club will meet on Monday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 at the VFW Post Home. The Lions Club will serve refreshments on Jan. 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. RAMP Classes
Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) classes for server and seller training will be held at Dupont V.F.W. in January and February on Monday, Jan. 16, and Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. Those attending will have to bring establishment’s lid number. For more information or to register call Dupont VFW at 654-9104. VFW Meeting
V.F.W. Post #4909 will hold its next meeting on Monday, Feb. 6,
at 7:30 p.m. at the post home. Dave Burrier will preside. The Home Association meeting will follow. Food, refreshments and camaraderie will occur after both meetings. Valentine’s Day Dance
The Dupont V.F.W. Post 4909 Home Association will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, Feb.11, at the post home 401-403 Main Street Dupont. A dinner buffet will be served from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Hickory Rose will be playing for your dancing and listening pleasure from 9 p.m. to1a.m. The bar will be open from 7:30 to 12:30 a.m. Door prizes will be awarded. Tickets and reservations call Bob Lopata at 654-9104 or see Bob at the post home any evening. Tickets are $25 per person. Deadline is Friday, Feb. 10. PACC Meets Today
Dupont Service Schedule for the week of Jan. 8: Monday, Jan. 9 - Refuse Tuesday, Jan. 10 - Yard waste and Christmas trees; ashes Wednesday, Jan. 11 – Recycling mixed papers Friday, Jan. 13 - Clean fill of ashes,dirt, stone, rock Fridays have been added to the schedule for picking up of clean fill material: ashes,dirt, stone, rock, etc.; however, residents can put ashes out on Tuesdays and Fridays until the compost facility is up and running. Bowling Results
Dupont Lanes Bowling Leagues scores: Universal High Scratch Series Scores: Jerry Coggins, 684; Edward Collins, 677; Francis Pupa, 553; Dale Reese, 632; Peter Chodnicki, 600; William Elko, 575; David Titton, 570; George Gulia, 537; Richard Arditi, 514; Tom Titton, 496. National High Scratch Series Scores: Keith Weinschenk, 776; Jerry Coggins, 756; Dale Reese, 755; Matt Felter, 688; Mark Kulick, 641; Edward Collins, 638; Joe Burns, 629; John Pisano, 618; John Kulick, 609; Joe Campanella, 584. Junior/Senior High Scratch Series Scores:
Men’s Division: Billy Jr. Elko, 664; Tyler Spurlin, 643; Peter Kulick, 599; Christian Curtis, 569; Kyle Magda, 560. Women’s Division: Michelle Grossbauer, 381; Katie Wynn,318. Warehouse Mixed High Scratch Series Scores: Men’s Division: John Borgia, 684; Chris DeHaas, 597; Frank Obitz, 562; Matt Charney, 561; Dom Tafani, 550. Magic Circle High Scratch Series Scores: Men’s Division: Paul Chmiel, 669; Don Whiting, 661; John Colarusso, 650; Joseph Chmiel, 625; Rich Jr, Aston, 625; Wally Zieminski, 624; Francis Pupa, 620; Rich Sr. Aston, 600; Joe Sr. Wruble, 600; Kyle Wagner, 581. Women’s Division: Lisa Heck, 440; Marytheresa Pupa, 432; Denise Gordon, 375; Sarahy Helcoski, 363. Dupont Bowlerettes High Scratch Series Scores: Kim Kishel, 517; MaryAnn Shugdinis, 501; Debbie Stevens, 494; Gracelynn Williamson, 481; Helen Zapotoski, 468; MaryTheresa Pupa, 467; Irene Jemiola, 461; Trisha Chmeil, 448; Rose McDade, 402. American High Scratch Series Scores: Scott Kowalczyk, 755; Gary Jr. Magdon, 713; Rich Kuligowski, 640; John Grohowski, 636; Mark Kulick, 635; Dave Kern, 622; Rich Sr. Aston, 621; Francis Pupa, 609; Pete Latona, 607; Tom Spurlin, 601. Got News?
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Councilmen Quick, Strubeck, and Falvo are sworn in Mayor Paul Hindmarsh swore in councilmen Wayne Quick, Eddie Strubeck and Phil Falvo Tuesday night. A copy of the 2012 budget is available in the borough building. Taxes will be raised 1.4326 to 1.6326 for the year 2012. A roll call vote was taken on the tax raise and all council members were in agreement.
HUGHESTOWN Council issued a special thanks to Mary Golya and Mary Ann Quick for their Craft and Gift Event which netted over $1,700 in profit for Hughestown Park and Recreation. The check was presented to council by Councilman Strubeck.
Council said progress was made throughout the year on street repairs. Chairman of the committee David Stefanoski said more will be accomplished. This year a project on Rock and Center streets and problems on Parsonage Street will be addressed. Wayne Quick will once again be Chairman of Council; Robert
Gable, Vice President; Angela Acierno, Secretary-Treasurer; Moon Copp, Street Supervisor; Mirium DeLia, Solicitor; Steve Golya, Chief of Police; and PNC Bank, bank depository. Council meetings will be held the second Monday of the month at 7:30 and work session on the Thursday before the meeting at 7 p.m.
A new map was drawn showing information on the new Walgreen building located in Hughestown. Council thanks Phil Cocco and John Merlino for coming to the aid of Jean Doughtery. Sympathy is extended to Chief Steve and Mary Golya on the passing of Steve’s brother.
Refuse stickers for Exeter Borough are available at the municipal building. Stickers are $150 and $110 for senior citizens 65 years or older by March 31. These are the rebate prices until Feb. 28. From March 1 to March 31, the price will be $180 for anyone under 65 and $130 for senior citizens 65 years or older. From April 1 to April 30, the sticker will be in penalty and the charge will be $250 for everyone. On May 1 the delinquent list will be turned over to the chief of police and citations will be issued for a fine plus the $250 refuse bill. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. until. Beginning Jan. 4, the refuse office will be open Wednesdays 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. through March. Pay by mail to: Refuse Office, 1101 Wyoming Avenue, Exeter, 18643 and a sticker and calendar will be mailed to you. Please include self addressed stamped envelope with your payment. Pay with cash, check, money order or credit card but no American Express.
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Any questions call Lynda at 654-3301 Ext. 2. WA Senior Parents
The WA Senior Parents will meet Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Secondary Center in Room 164. Planning for the All-Nite Party continues. The next fund raiser will be Januzzi’s Pizza starting Monday, Jan. 16. All Senior Parents are invited to attend. Cosmopolitan Seniors
The Cosmopolitan Seniors will meet Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. in St. Anthony’s Center, in Exeter. Vic Malinowski will preside. Hosts/Hostesses will be contacted. Forty-eight members braved the first wintry snap to attend the previous meeting. After the call to order by President Malinowski, Marge Zinkavich, filling in for VP Kleback, led the group in prayer, pledge of allegiance, and
a patriotic song. Secretary Terri Mislan read the minutes and a letter of thanks from Monsignor Bendict of the Pittston Care and Concern Ministry regarding the Club’s Christmas contribution. Amy Alpaugh reported on the finances. President Vic thanked Amy Alpaugh and her committee for hosting the Christmas party. 50/50 winners were: Maryann Kull, Johanna Malinowski, Jane Mikolosko, and Frances Poluske. Kay Haddock won the special Bingo game, and the jackpot was won by Marcella Fountain. Travel coordinator Johanna is accepting reservations for a trip on Thursday, January 19 to Sands Casino with pickups in Exeter and Pittston. Non-members are welcome. Details can be obtained from Johanna at 6552720. Recycling Reminder
Exeter residents are reminded to call recycling coordinator Karen Szwast at 570-654-0933 to report missed recycling. She asks residents to please be patient with the street department workers as the different materials are sometimes collected in separate trucks. Wait until the afternoon and call Szwast with your address and your materials will be collected. Be sure to place the recyclables curbside by 6 a.m. and prepare them as described on your recycling calendar. Ensure the proper paper recyclable is placed curbside on the appropriate week. St. Barbara Parish
St. Barbara’s Parish Christian Women’s Society will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, Jan.17, at 7 p.m. at the Church Hall. Upcoming events will be discussed. New members are invited to attend The Mass Book for 2012 is available. Mass Offerings are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
The envelopes for January and February have been ordered and you should be available this month. The children’s envelopes and the 2012 St. Barbara Parish calendars are available in the back of each church. One calendar per family please. His Excellency The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton and the Office for Parish Life & Evangelization/Family Life invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2012 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 3. The event includes a 2:30 p.m. Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address that will be accurate in March, should be made through the pastor before March 1.
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Refuse stickers on sale at the borough building
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Wyoming/West Wyoming Little League meets tonight The Wyoming/West Wyoming Little League Board is meeting tonight, Sunday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Wyoming Borough Building. Anyone interested in managing or coaching for the 2012 season is invited to attend. Legion Meeting
The American Legion Post 904 will meet on Jan. 12, at the West Wyoming Hose Co No 1, meeting room at 6:30 p.m. Garbage Stickers
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Please send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your payment to Wyoming Borough, 277 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, PA 18644. WA Senior Parents
The WA Senior Parents will meet Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Secondary Center in Room 164 to plan the All-Nite Party. The next fundraiser will be Januzzi’s Pizza starting Monday, Jan. 16. All Senior Parents are invited to attend. Library News
John Roberts, Librarian and
the Staff of the Wyoming Library, said to watch for new events, new books and programs in January. The Scrabble Club meets on the first Monday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The next session will be Monday, Jan. 2. Bring your Scrabble board. Newcomers are welcome. The Library has a Book Club Discussion Group that meets on the second Wednesday of each month at noon in the Miller Room. The Friends of the Wyoming Free Library meet on the third Wednesday of the month. The Friends of the Library are always looking for new members. The membership dues are $5
Monday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Monica’s Parish
St. Monica’s Parish’s “Night at the Races” is Friday, Feb. 10, in Our Lady of Sorrows’ Church Hall at 363 West Eighth Street, West Wyoming. Dave Kuharchik, WBRE news personality, will be the Master of Ceremonies. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Post-time is 7:00 p.m. Admission is $10 and advance ticket sales will be available only until 175 seats are sold. There will be no paid admission accepted at the door. Admission includes food, beer and soda the entire night. See WYOMING, Page 38
Wyoming Borough 2012 Garbage stickers are now on sale at the Borough office. The cost remains $200 per year/$190 for seniors. Half year stickers are available. First half stickers are due by January 31, 2012. On Feb. 1, a $50 late fee is attached. Payment by mail is welcome.
per year. The group plans events, parties and many different fundraising programs for the Library. Visit the Library located at 358 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming. For valuable information, access the Library on the web at www.wyominglibrary.org or call 570-693-1364. “The Crafty Ant” has a collection of hand-made clothes for the American Doll. The collection includes: dresses and skirts, pants and tops, slacks and wrap around skirts, coats and jackets, hats and booties, sweater vests and hats…everything for the well-dressed doll. For information and prices on all the items and many more, contact her email@example.com. All proceeds are donated to the Wyoming Free Library. Library Hours:
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West Pittston Rams board to meet Wednesday The West Pittston Rams next board meeting will be January 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Golf Course. All parents whose children will be rostered for the 2012 season are invited to attend. If you ordered pictures and have not received them please contact the treasurer at westpittstonrams.com to make arrangements to pick them up. All-Night Party
WA Senior Parents will meet Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Secondary Center in room 164. Planning for the All-Night Party continues. The next fundraiser will be Januzzi’s Pizza starting Jan. 16. All Wyoming Area Senior Parents are invited to attend. WA Drama Parents
The Wyoming Area Drama Parents Association is sponsoring a “Nite at the Races” on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the West Wyoming Hose Co. #1. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with post time at 7:00 p.m. Horses are $10.00 a piece and include two-free admissions. Food and refreshments are also included. Contact any Drama Parent or Lisa at 883-0693 to purchase a horse or if you have questions. Student Credit Union
UFCW Federal Credit Union is in its second year with its Warriors Student Run Branch. The school branch, located in
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the Secondary Center cafeteria, lists hours as: Thursdays - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students Kendra Radle and Nicole Olaviany are the branch tellers. At present, the branch is running a membership drive. If a student opens a savings account, they will receive a movie ticket and personal pizza. Library Programs
Yoga - Beginner Yoga - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Anne Bramblett-Barr, library director and certified yoga instructor, leads a class for all experience levels. By building a strong foundation in classical yoga postures, proper breathing and alignment, you will increase your strength, flexibility, range of motion, balance and feel more focused and relaxed. Vinyasa Yoga (All Levels) Mondays, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Get ready to deepen your practice. This class will allow you to open your hearts fully to whatever the universe has in store for you, while remaining rooted in the Earth. Come prepared for a strong asana with upbeat fun music and relaxation. Softening into Strength: The Art of Letting Go (All Levels) -
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The hall is handicapped accessible with ample lighted parking. Horses are $10 each and race. Sponsor advertising at $50 to $100 is available in the program and on the projection screen before the race. Forms can be obtained at St. Monica’s Parish churches following the weekend masses or you can also contact Tom Tomsak at 237-2188 or by e-mail at email@example.com to purchase advance tickets, horses or advertise as a race sponsor.
The owner of the winning horse for each race will win $50 and does not need to be present to win. A Chinese Auction of gift baskets and gift cards will also be held. Donations of any type are greatly appreciated and can be forwarded to St. Monica’s Parish c/o “Night at the Races”, 363 West Eighth Street, West Wyoming, PA. C.C.D. Teachers meeting is Monday, Jan. 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rectory.
Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m. By letting go of tightness and contraction in the body and mind, we release into inherent and unlimited healing potential. Ann will lead you through this gentle restorative yoga of long release intended to quiet the mind, relieve tightness in connective tissues throughout the body, in order to open the self into calm delight, radiant pureness of being and innate strength of spirit. Classes are held in the former American Legion Building at 316 Linden St. by the Montgomery Ave. Elementary School. $7 drop-in; discounted punch passes available. Book Club - First Tuesday of Each Month, 6:45 p.m. Grab a cup of coffee and join the WPL Book Club in an informal discussion of member-selected books. There’s no need to purchase the books; just ask at the circulation desk for an available copy of the month’s selection. The club will not meet during the month of January. The book club is currently meeting off-site. Please call the library for details. Join the Friends of the Library! The next meeting is on 1/9 at 12:30 p.m. at the library. Children’s Programs Weekly Story Time - Every Friday, 1:00 p.m. Wind, money Check out www.stmonicanepa.com. Updates are posted and listed on the Home Page. Photos of various events are in a special folder under Happenings. The Links give valuable sources of information regarding Church life and opportunities for spiritual advancement. If you do not receive the Catholic Light in the mail, you can read it on line. You can even pray the Rosary on Line. JMJ Radio 750 AM is located on the second floor of the Oblates of Saint Joseph, in Pittston is approaching four years of broadcasting the very best in Catholic Radio.
fish, sunshine, birds, picnic, bugs. What do these things have in common? They’re all prior Story Time Themes. Each week, Summer, the Youth Services Coordinator, chooses a fun, kidfriendly theme, reads a few books aloud to the group, and gathers the children and adults to complete a related craft. Please sign-up each week by Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Some activities require registration. Stop by the circulation desk or call the library at 6549847 to sign up. If a cost is associated with the program, the fee will be required at the time of sign-up to reserve your spot. Penalty Phase Over
West Pittston Tax Collector George L. Miller announced the penalty period phase is now over. If you are paying the town tax and the school tax, please make out two separate checks for each tax. Office hours are: Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and by appointment. If a receipt is requested, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with the entire bill. For an appointment, call 570-655-3801. Any property owners not receiving a tax bill are requested to contact the tax office at 6557782 ext. 232. Birthday Notes
Celebrating this week: Ann You can access the station on the Internet by going to www.jmj750.com. There you can pull up Stations in the U.S. and “Listen Live.” Ed and Carol Niewinski own the station. Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The station is 100% dependent on listener support. The 2012 PA Pro-Life Essay Contest is open to all students in grades 7 to 12. Students must write a pro-life essay about abortion, euthanasia or stem cell research with a word limit of 500 for grades 7-9 and 750 for grades 10-12. Deadline is March 1. Each essay must include a cov-
Wadika, 1/8; Jordan Johnston, 1/8; Erica Peck, 1/9; Kimberly Thomas, 1/10; Ahmad Bouie, 1/ 10; Eddie Martin, 1/10; Nancy Janczewski, 1/10; Jerry Yakobitis, 1/11; Linda Schartzer, 1/11; Tom Campenni, 1/11; Meredith Mead, 1/12; Bonnie Edwards, 1/ 14, Paige Musinski, 1/14. Number two daughter, Ashley Callaio celebrates her birthday on Friday, Jan. 13. Ashley will be a quarter of a century old. Special wishes this week to Madeline Menchi, a lifelong resident of West Pittston. She will celebrate her 98th birthday on Jan. 6. Madeline and her husband, the late Lando Menchi, were owners of Lando’s Twin Restaurant on South Main Street, Pittston, until 1963. Following the closing of the Diner, they both managed Louden Hill Farm Store in West Pittston until their retirement. She’s a great faith-filled lady who is a friend to all who have been blessed to know her. Thought for the Week
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PA rocks Redeemer for Holiday title Undefeated Lady Patriots winners of 10 straight
15.8 seconds remaining in the period. “She (Hopkins) is just amazing and she is only getting better,” Healey said. The Lady Patriots sealed the deal in the fourth quarter and both teams were able to get some of their bench in the game as Pittston Area won in blowout fashion. Prior to the game, the Lady Patriots wanted to dedicate the game to Van Rose, a Times Leader reported who passed away unexpectedly the night after the Patriots won their first round game. “Before the game started we said we wanted to win this one for Van,” Healey said. “He was always good to me and Mia and I were so saddened to hear of his passing.” Hopkins scored 22 points, and added 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in the victory. She was named Tournament MVP for her efforts. Allie Barber and Grace O’Neill also made the tournament All-Star team. Barber added 15 a careerhigh 15 points for the Lady Patriots. “It feels awesome to win the MVP,” Hopkins said. “I was pretty disappointed when I got into foul trouble, but everyone played so good for us and I was just happy we won.”
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PA 48, Berwick 32 Above, Amy Jesikiewicz of Crestwood blocks the shot of Liz Waleski of Pittston Area during the Lady Patriots 10th victory on Thursday. Below left, Kelly Mitchell makes a pass cross court for PA. Below right, Mia Hopkins scores two of her season-high 29 points. PHOTOS BY DON CAREY
Playing its first road game in nearly three weeks, Pittston Area ran out to a quick lead before cruising to a 48-32 win over Berwick in a Wyoming Valley Conference crossover to open the league season on Tuesday night in Columbia County. The Lady Patriots opened the game with a 19-6 first quarter before taking a 32-13 halftime lead. Mia Hopkins led Pittston Area (9-0, 1-0 WVC) with a game-high 13 points. Freshmen guards Allie Barber and Liz Waleski followed with 12 and 11 respectively for the Lady Patriots. PA 73, Crestwood 50
Pittston Area continued to roll as they remained unbeaten in a 73-50 rout of Crestwood on Thursday night in a WVC Division I game in Mountaintop. The Lady Patriots poured in 27 points in the opening eight minutes and steamrolled to 46 first-half points as Mia Hopkins scored 19 of her season-high 29 See OLD, Page 44
Facing a highly regarded team in the finals of its own tournament, the Pittston Area girls’ basketball team was out to prove they do indeed belong in the conversation of the area’s top teams. And they did it emphatically. The Lady Patriots continued its winning ways, and cruised to a 71-48 victory over Holy Redeemer to hoist the championship trophy in the Pittston Area Holiday Tournament final at the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium in Yatesville on December 29. A total team effort by the Lady Patriots was just too much for the Lady Royals to handle as unbeaten Pittston Area jumped out to a huge lead and never looked back. “The girls were fired up,” PA head coach Kathy Healey said. “It’s the Holiday Tournament in our own gym and we were undefeated coming in so they wanted to keep it rolling. They were excited in the locker room so I knew it was going to be a great night for them.” The Lady Patriots won the tip and went on a 13-2 run in the first 4:20 of the game. The main focus for the Lady Royals seemed to be to contain Mia Hopkins. This was about the only thing the visitors did in the first quarter. Holy Redeemer held Pittston Area’s leading scorer to just two points in the quarter, but teammates Allie Barber, Liz Waleski, and Kelly Mitchell provided more than enough scoring as the Patriots took a 13-4 lead. Pittston Area (8-0 overall) really picked up the pace in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Royals 22-12 to take a 41-16 lead into the locker room at the half. Coach Healey told her team in the locker room to be prepared for a big punch from the Redeemer squad. The punch did indeed come as the Royals outscored the Lady Patriots 18-11. “In the locker room we talked about them having one last punch left in them,” Hopkins said. “We knew we would have to punch back and punch back hard. They are a good team.” One punch was all the Patriots would receive as Mia Hopkins outfoxed the Lady Royals defense and exploded for 12 third quarter points before coming out of the game after picking up her fourth foul with
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Scialpi, Nardone lead Lady Patriots in pool Duo combined for 14 wins in victory over Meyers, loss to Dallas Dispatch Staff
Samantha Scialpi and Mia Nardone contributed four victories each as Pittston Area swam past Meyers, 118-66, in a Wyoming Valley Conference meet on Wednesday afternoon in Yatesville. Scialpi and Nardone both had a hand in the Lady Patriots victories in the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Relay. In the 200 Medley Relay, the duo teamed with Antoinette Antonacci and Sarah Kosick to take a victory with a time of 2:07.62. They then paired with Tiffany Smith and Lauren Senese to win the 200 Free Relay in a time of 1:53.37. Individually, Scialpi won the 50 Free race for the third time this season with a season-best 26.39. She also won her third 100 Back race of the year with a time of 1:10.34. Nardone won the 200 Free in her first attempt this season with a time of 2:10.97. She also took home her third 100 Fly event of the year in 1:08.62. Smith contributed a victory in the 100 Free – her second of the year – with a season-best time of 1:04.70. She also added a second-place finish for the Lady Patriots in the 50 Free. Antonacci added a secondplace finish in the 100 Breast, and Senese finished third in the 200 IM. PA 90, Dallas 96
Scialpi and Nardone then paced another season best time in the 200 Free Relay with a 1:50.00 as the duo teamed with Sarak Kosik and Tiffany Smith for the victory. Nardone added an individual victory in the 200 IM, her third of the season, in a time of 2:28.00. She also added a second-place finish in the 100 Fly. Smith added an individual win in the 100 Free with a seasonbest time of 1:03.00. She also added a second-place finish in the 50 Free. Antonacci also added a second-place finish in the 100 Breast, and Kosik placed third in the 50 Free.
By Rick Notari
Pittston Area won six of 12 events but the depth of Dallas was too much to over come in a 96-90 loss to the Lady Mountaineers in a WVC non-league crossover on Thursday afternoon in the Back Mountain. Samantha Scialpi and Mia Nardone continued to lead the Lady Patriots in the pool by contributing three wins each. Scialpi won the 50 Free for the fourth time in four races, taking the event in a time of 26.4. She then teamed with Nardone, Lauren Senese and Antoinette Antonacci to win the 200 Medley Relay in a Pittston Area season-best time of 2:05.00.
WA swims past Nanticoke
Above, Pittston Area's Mia Nardone wins the Butterfly in the 200 Medley Relay against Dallas on Thursday. Below left, Pittston Area's Ashley Beers concentrates on her dive against Dallas, Below right, Sierra Williams performs a dive against the Lady Mountaineers. PHOTOS BY CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK
The Lady Warriors earned a victory over Nanticoke on Wednesday afternoon but event results and times were not provided to the Times Leader or the Sunday Dispatch. BOYS PA 44, Dallas 115
In an exhibition event in the Back Mountain, Pittston Area was swept in a115-44 loss to Dallas on Thursday afternoon. The Patriots managed just three second-place finishes and five thirds. Brandon Winters and Tyler Cummings led the way for PA with each garnering a second and third place finish. Winters finished second in the 50 Free and took third in the 100 Back. Cummings placed second in the 100 Free and finished third in the 50 Free. Nick Remsky earned two third place finishes, placing in the No. 3 spot in both the 100 Free and 100 Breast. Keith Tonte placed second in the Diving competition with Jaret Monteforte finishing third. This week’s schedule
Wednesday PA at Dunmore WA v. Coughlin Friday PA at Wyoming Area
Old Forge succumbs to unbeaten Vikes Riverside uses 31-3 run to put away pesky Blue Devils By Rick Notari
Above, Old Forge's Colin Carey tries to drive past Riverside's Jerry Kincel during the Blue Devils loss to the Vikings on Tuesday night. Below right, Dave Argust pulls up for a shot over Riverside's Nico Munley. Below left, Old Forge's Brenden Wahl dribbles past Riverside's Michael King, and Brian Tomasetti drives the lane for the Blue Devils. PHOTOS BY BILL TARUTIS
OF 53, Western Wayne 40
Sophomore Jimmie Aversa scored a career-high 18 points to rescue Old Forge in a 53-40 victory over Western Wayne in a Lackawanna League Division II game on Friday night in the Elio Ghigiarelli Gymnasium in Old Forge. Aversa scored all nine of the Blue Devils points in the first quarter on three three-pointers to keep Old Forge (5-4, 1-2) within two points of the Wildcats. Jake Manetti – who along with fellow starter Brian Tomasetti battled the flu in the later part of the week – shouldered the scoring load in the second quarter, scoring six of his 11 points as the Blue Devils took a 21-20 halftime lead. Old Forge extended its lead in the third to 35-29 as Aversa buried two more triples and Colin Carey added four points. The Blue Devils then took command in the fourth as Tomasetti scored seven of his11points, and Manetti added five in the final eight minutes. Aversa finished with six threepointers – one short of tying the school record held by John Yanniello, Stephen Semenza and Kyle McMyne. Manetti added three assists, and Tomasetti checked in with six rebounds. Dave Argust chipped in with seven points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. PA 69, Berwick 41
Pittston Area buried eight shots from long distance in a 6941 rout of Berwick on the opening night of Wyoming Valley Conference Division I basketball on Tuesday in the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium in Yatesville. Led by Shaun McDermott’s See PITTSTON, Page 45
A back-and-forth affair between arch-rivals turned into a blowout when Riverside went on a 31-3 run during an eight-minute span between the second and third quarters to take a 71-45 victory from Old Forge in a Lackawanna League Division II contest on Tuesday night in the Patrick C. Riviello Gymnasium in Taylor. Playing before a spirited crowd, the Blue Devils and the undefeated Vikings went toe-totoe for the first11:08 of the game. Old Forge (4-4 overall, 0-2 LLD2) took a 6-2 lead as J Argonish, Brian Tomasetti, and Colin Carey answered a Mat Donahue basket to start the game. The Vikings came back with five straight points from Michael King and Jerry Kincel to take a 7-6 lead with less than three minutes left. Argonish gave the Blue Devils the lead back with a reverse layup, but Kincel scored eight straight to give Riverside a 15-8 lead with 59 seconds left in the opening period. Old Forge did not go away. Argonish scored inside with 30 seconds left in the quarter to spur an 8-0 run by the Blue Devils as Tomasetti scored before Argust hit two foul line jumpers to give the visitors a 16-15 lead with 5:20 left before halftime. King made one-of-two free throws to tie the score before Brenden Wahl scored on a short bank shot to give the Blue Devils its last lead at 18-16 with 4:52 remaining in the second quarter. From there, the Vikings dialed up the defensive pressure and finished the first half with an 11-1 run to take a 27-19 halftime lead as Jaron Vishnesky scored four points during the spurt. Riverside (9-0, 2-0) then opened the third quarter with a 20-3 run which King capped with a three-pointer at the 4:30 mark of the quarter for a 47-22 advantage. King scored 10 points during the run, and Kincel added six as the Vikings put the game away.
Argonish led the Blue Devils with a career-high 11 points. Tomasetti added seven points, eight rebounds and three assists, and Argust chipped in with six points and four assists. Kincel led the Vikings with 21 points, and King added 18.
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Warriors, PA open WVC season with wins WA gets by Hanover; Patriots outlast Crestwood By Josh Horton
Despite a landslide 42-25 victory in his team’s Wyoming Valley Conference Division II opener, Wyoming Area head coach Steve Mytych feels his squad was outwrestled on Wednesday night at home against Hanover. “I mean I know we won by a lot on the scoreboard,” Mytych said. “I honestly feel we got outwrestled tonight.” The Warriors received 30 of their 42 total points thanks to Hanover Area forfeits. The Hawkeyes had many of its wrestlers out due to various injuries and sickness. Wyoming Area took full advantage of the depleted Hanover lineup to earn a big victory. “Hanover is a lot like us,” Mytych said. “They are trying to rebuild their program and so are we. They were a good team and wrestled hard. It is a good win for us.” Shaun Vasquez put Wyoming Area on the board with a forfeit win in the 106-pound bout. Hanover Area’s Brad Glezenski pinned Shaun O’Malley to knot the match at 6-6 after two bouts. Eric Filipiak was awarded a victory by forfeit at 120, Carmen Mauriello won by forfeit at 126 and Andy Schutz earned the forfeit win at 132 to give Wyoming Area a lead, 24-6. One of Wyoming Area’s best wrestlers Nick Heck added to the lead when he pinned James Lukachinsky at the 1:32 mark of the 138-poun bout. Ryan Filipiak kept the Warriors success going as he pinned Chris Jones at the 4:17 mark of the 145pound match. After the Filipiak pin the Warriors lead swelled to 36-6, Hanover Area struck back. In the 152 pound weight class, Dominick Eck pinned Mike Harding at the 3:47 mark of the match. Eck controlled the match from the first whistle and had a big lead before gaining the eventual pin. The Dominick duo proved to be tough to solve for the Warriors as Dominick Vitale earned a 9-3 decision over three-sport star Nick See PITTSTON, Page 46
Above, Wyoming Area's Corey Popovich is in control during his bout against Hanover Area on Wednesday. Below left, WA's Nick O'Brien has a hold of his opponent in a match against the Hawkeyes. Below right, the Warriors Ryan Filipiak tries to get to his feet in his bout against Hanover, and Nick Heck is on top of his opponent during Wyoming Area's win over Hanover. PHOTOS BY TONY CALLAIO
Little Leagues beginning registration process Duryea LL holding registration
LP Hoops Boosters meeting Tuesday
The Duryea Little League will hold registrations for 2012 season on Jan.24, 25, 26, 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the Duryea Borough Building. This includes Little League, Softball, and Teeners (junior/senior League). Fees are as follows, individual sign up for Little League or Softball $55, Family sign up Little League or Softball $65, Individual sign up Teeners (junior/senior League) $65, Family sign up Little League or Softball, and Teeners (junior/senior League) $75. There will be no fundraiser. Coaches please bring your Driver’s License at this time so we can process your background check (no fee required). If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ron Ralston at 570-655-0203
The Lady Patriot Basketball Booster Club will have its’ monthly meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the High School lobby. Upcoming events will be discussed. The Booster club is still selling $1 raffle tickets that will be raffled off at Monday’s home game. The Booster club is also selling tickets to win a 32 inch flat screen TV. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The TV will be raffled off on January 30. All parents are encouraged to attend Tuesday night’s meeting.
Open to students in grades 9-12, the camp will feature instruction from Pittston Area Head Coach Paul Zaffuto and Old Forge Head Coach Tony DiMattia. Other instructors on staff include, Old Forge pitching coach Gary DiMattia, Abington Heights asst. coach Chris Davis, Lackawanna College pitching coach Brian Minich, Dunmore asst. coach Mike Hallinan, and Scranton Miners Head Coach Mike Guy. The cost of the camp is $150. Contact Chris Davis at 499-2717 or CDD027@aol.com to register or for more information.
PA boys hoop boosters meeting Wednesday
PA Cheer Night at the Races
JTLL registrations start Saturday
Jenkins Twp Little League will hold registrations for the 2012 Little League season on Saturday, January 14 from 1-3 p.m. at the Jenkins Township Municipal Building. Fees due at sign up are $65 for Major/Minor Baseball/ Softball, $55 for Coach Pitch, $50 for T-Ball and $75 for Teeners. Additional child cost is $30 with no rebate for Teeners. Please bring a copy of child’s Birth Certificate and three Proofs of Residency. Information and forms can be found atwww.jenkinstwplittleleague.com. The monthly meeting will take place on Saturday, January 14 that 12 p.m. at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building. Items to be discussed are 2012 signups, opening day preparations, golf tournament and fund raising. All officers and parents are urged to attend. A/D LL meeting Monday
The Avoca/Dupont Little League will hold a meeting this Monday at 7 p.m. at the upper Avoca Little League field clubhouse. All officers are asked to attend. Plans for registrations will be discussed. Old Forge hosting Coaches v. Cancer Night
The Old Forge Boys’ Roundball Club (OFBRC) will posthumously honor former Athletic Director Rich Notari - who passed away in June of 2011 after battling Pancreatic Cancer - on Monday, January 23 when the Blue Devils host a Coaches v. Cancer Night against arch-rival Riverside. The two schools are set to meet in a varsity game on Saturday, January 28 at Marywood University as part of District 2’s Coaches v. Cancer Day, but Old Forge Head Coach Al Semenza and the OFBRC has set up a doubleheader on January 23 at Old Forge High School featuring the Blue Devils and Vikings freshman and junior varsity teams. The freshman game will start at 6 p.m. with the junior varsity game following at 7:30 p.m. A collection will be made for donations to benefit Coaches v. Cancer and the Richard P. Notari Sr. Scholarship Fund.
The Pittston Area Boys Basketball Booster Club is meeting at Lizza’s Mezzo Mezzo on Wednesday, January 12 at 7 p.m. PA Wrestling Boosters meeting Monday
Pittston Area Wrestling Booster Club will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. All parents are urged to attend. WA softball parents meeting
The Wyoming Area Softball Parents Association (WASPA) will be meeting Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Sabatini’s Pizza, Wyoming Avenue, Exeter. Plans for the upcoming softball season in addition to fund raisers will be discussed. Parents of students in grades 7th thru 12th who have signed up for the upcoming softball season are urged to attend and participate in the planning process. WAGBPA meeting January 10
The Wyoming Area Girls Basketball Parents Association will be having its monthly meeting on Jan. 10 at the High School in Room #133 at 7 p.m. All parents of girls playing basketball in grades 7th thru 12th are encouraged to attend. Pittston Senior Center forming Bowling League
The 2012 Pittston Senior Center Bowling League is now forming. This league will run for 14 weeks and begin on Friday, January 20. Bowling will be held at Modern Lanes in Exeter and begin at 1:15 p.m. If you would like to join this league or would like further information please contact Connie Andrews at 655-5561. This is a fun league and open to anyone 60 years of age or older whether you are an experienced bowler or have not bowled in years. Following the 14 weeks a Bowling Banquet will be held. A special meeting and registration will be held on Friday, January 13 at 1 p.m. Sandlot Baseball Academy
The Sandlot Baseball Academy High School Baseball Camp will begin Sunday, January 29, and run for the next six Sundays until March 4. The camp will be held at 719 Capouse Ave., Scranton from12-2 p.m. and feature pitching, hitting and positional breakdowns.
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The Pittston Area Varsity Cheerleaders have won a bid to the National High School Cheer Championship in Orlando, FL Please help them get there by taking part in "A Night At the Races" on Saturday, January 21, at 6 p.m. at the Jenkins Twp. Fire Hall. The event is “All you can Eat” including, soup, salad, pasta, meatballs, chicken strips, potatoes, vegetable, deserts, and much more. Must be 21 to attend. Cost is $10 cost for a horse and $5 at the door. Warrior Legacy
The Wyoming Area Football Alumni Association is collecting old Warrior football programs, Sunday Dispatch Goalpost editions, and other printed memorabilia for posting on the internet. The Warrior Legacy Project can be viewed at www.wyomingareafootball.org Thus far, with the exception of 1981 and 1985, all programs since 1980 have been posted. Programs and printed materials from1966 to1979 are needed. Pictures of cheerleaders and coaches are also being captured and will be posted at a later date. Anyone who has a 1981 or 1985 Warrior football program, or programs printed from 1966 to 1979, is asked to contact Nick Perugini at email@example.com. Materials will be scanned and returned promptly to the owner. Gynmastics Signups
Shooting Starz Gymnastics is accepting enrollment for 2012 session dates. The dates for 2012 are Feb. 27-April 14, April 23-June 11, June 25-Aug. 18, Aug. 27-Oct. 15, Oct. 29-Dec. 22. For more information, contact Joelle Rose at 822-1212. The gymnastics school is located on 250 Johnson St., Wilkes-Barre. Rock Solid AAU Tryouts
Rock Solid AAU Basketball try-outs for the Spring Travel Basketball Season are today and on Sunday, Jan.15 for girls and boys 5th to 10th grade. Cost is $10 per player. The tryout schedule is as follows: Today, January 8: Girls 5-6, 2 p.m.; Girls 7-8; 3 p.m.; Girls 9-10, 4 p.m.; Boys 5-6, 5 p.m.; Boys 7-8, 6 p.m.; Boys 9-10, 7 p.m. Jan. 15: Boys 5-6, 2 p.m.; Boys 7-8; 3 p.m.; Boys 9-10, 4 p.m.; Girls 5-6, 5 p.m.; Girls 7-8, 6 p.m.; Girls 9-10, 7 p.m. For more information contact Doug Miller at (570) 696-2769 or email TheRockRecCenter@bmha.org.
Send your sports news, scores, photos and info to Rick Notari by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 602-0184
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points in the first 16 minutes of the game. Hopkins also added 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks to her totals but she was not the only one to put in a great performance. Freshman Liz Waleski scored a career-high19 points and added eight rebounds for Pittston Area (10-0, 2-0), and Grace O’Neill broke out of a mini-scoring slump with 14 points – including eight in the paint.
WA 41, Mt. View 30
After dropping its first round game in ugly fashion to Holy Redeemer, Wyoming Area came back for the consolation game ready to play, and it showed as they defeated Mountain View, 41-30, to claim third-place in the Pittston Area Holiday Tournament last Thursday night at the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium in Yatesville. The Lady Warriors came out a little flat and were down 12-10 at the end of the first half. After a stern message from Head Coach Ryan Kennedy, Wyoming Area kicked it in gear defensively and offensively. The quick Lady Warriors turn around gave them a 22-20 lead going into halftime. The Lady Warriors then held the Eagles to just 10 points in the second half to win the game by a solid margin.. “I asked them to play some real strong defense in the second half and they did just that,” Kennedy said. “We held them to just three points in the third quarter, and that was huge. All five girls were working together on defense. It felt good to get the win.” Ashlee Blannett led the Lady Warriors with 16 points. Nicole Turner added11points, and Serra Degnan had six, before fouling out of the game. “Serra was in foul trouble all game and one of our mottos is, ‘Next man up,’” Kennedy said. “Today one of our starters gets in foul trouble and the rest of the team steps it up.” Degnan and Turner were also key components on defense for the Warriors as they caused many turnovers, which led to easy Wyoming Area baskets. Degnan was also named to the Tournament All-Star Team. WA 22, Holy Redeemer 59
Wyoming Area faced Holy Redeemer for the second time in a week and the results were the same as the Lady Warriors dropped a 59-22 decision to the Lady Royals in the opening game of the WVC Division II schedule on Tuesday night in Exeter. The Lady Warriors managed just nine field goals on the night and went 3-for-11 from the free throw line. Serra Degnan scored a teamhigh six points for Wyoming Area (4-6, 0-1). Nicole Turner added five points for the Lady Warriors, and Abby Thornton and Ashlee Blannett chipped in with four points each. WA 19, Tunkhannock 48
Wyoming Area had a tough time with undefeated Tunkhannock, converting just eight field goals in a 48-19 loss on Thursday night in a WVC Division II game in Wyoming County. The Lady Warriors trailed by just five, 12-7, after the first quarter of action, but the Lady Tigers went on a 26-5 run over the next 16 minutes to take command of the game. Serra Degnan and Valerie Bott were the leading scorers for WA, tallying four points each. Sara Radzwilka drilled the Lady Warriors only three-pointer of the game for her only points.
Above, Old Forge's Taylor Nemetz drives past Riverside's Rebecca Mekilo during first-half action of the Blue Devils win on Monday night. PHOTOS BY BILL TARUTIS
OF 48, Riverside 37
Off to a slow start with its star player saddled with foul trouble, Old Forge turned to its young guards and experienced post player as it started the new year off right with a 48-37 win over arch-rival Riverside in a Lackawanna League Division II game on Monday night in the Elio Ghigiarelli Gymnasium in Old Forge. Nursing a 7-5 lead with 5:48 left in the first half when leading-scorer Lauren Carey went to the bench with three personal fouls, the Blue Devils went on a 12-2 run over the next 3:26 on the play of sophomore guards Teri Vieira and Rhyan Barnic. Vieira – who had scored just 20 points in Old Forge’s first eight games – canned two threepointers, and Barnic added a basket and two assists during the run which saw the Blue Devils take a 19-7 lead with 2:26 left before inSee VIEIRA, Page 46
Above, Old Forge's Vicki Lee goes to the hoop past Riverside's Kellie Nash.
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three triples, the Patriots used a 37-16 run during the middle quarters to take control of the contest. McDermott finished with 13 points. Steve Stravinski added two three-pointers among his gamehigh 16 points for Pittston Area (8-1, 1-0). Steve Sklanka chipped in with 11 points for the Patriots, and Jordan Houseman scored 10. PA 50, Crestwood 52
Above, Pittston Area guard Steve Sklanka eyes the basket as Crestwood's Josh Jones defends. Below left, Shaun McDermott puts back a rebound in the Patriots loss to Crestwood on Friday night. Below right, PA's Jordan Houseman drives to the basket ahead of Crestwood's Mike Judge. PHOTOS BY BILL TARUTIS
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Walking out of the locker room at halftime the Pittston Area boys’ basketball team was on a mission. Trailing 31-19 at the half, the Patriots made a late push to tie the game before eventually falling, 52-50, to Crestwood in a WVC Division I matchup on Friday night at the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium in Yatesville. Despite the loss which broke a four-game winning streak, PA Head Coach Al Kiesinger was pleased with his team’s secondhalf effort. “They’re a lot of good things to take out of this,” Kiesinger told the Times Leader after the game. “The last time we were down (in a loss to Holy Cross) we looked like deer in the headlights. Tonight, instead of having that look again we battled back. “We went possession by possession and made some big plays to get back into the game.” The first half was all Crestwood as they jumped out to a15-1 lead in the first six minutes of the game. The Patriots didn’t make a shot from the field until the 1:12 mark of the first quarter when Mason Gross hit a layup to make it a 15-3 game. Pittston Area came out in the second quarter with a little more fire as Steve Sklanka converted from downtown and then made an acrobatic layup to pull the Patriots within 20-11. Crestwood responded with two buckets of its own to push the lead to 25-11 midway through the second quarter. Jordan Houseman then caught fire with a couple of buckets, an assist and a steal to get the Patriots within 12 to end the half. Pittston Area’s offense awoke in the third quarter as they outscored the Comets 15-8. Shaun McDermott and Steve Stravinski buried triples and Houseman chipped in with a
three-point play of his own on a beautiful crossover move. Sklanka then brought the Patriots to within three points when he drove from the right side to his left and tickled the twine as he fell to the floor. The Comets answered with a layup as time expired to end the third quarter with a 39-34 advantage. Stravinski fired a three to start the fourth quarter, but missed. Gross corralled the rebound and tried to go right back up with it and caught the front of the rim, but Stravinski came flying in for the rebound and the put back put the Patriots within 39-36. The teams traded baskets, before Crestwood nailed a threepointer to go ahead 44-38. Michael Schwab then made a steal at half court, passed to Houseman who then dished it to Sklanka for the easy lay in. Schwab then made another great pass to Gross for another layup and all of a sudden the Patriots were down 44-42 with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Houseman then tied the game at 44-44 with 4:32 remaining, but Justin Fazzini gave Crestwood the lead for good with a beautiful spin move to the basket. He then added two free throws to extend the Crestwood lead to 48-44. Houseman hit one of two free throws and later in the quarter Sklanka hit both of his to bring the Patriots to within 48-47 with just under two minutes remaining in the game. Trailing 51-47, Stravinski worked off of a pick to hit a huge three from the top of the key to pull the Patriots within 51-50 with 24.5 seconds remaining in the game. But Pittston Area could get no closer despite three attempts to send the game to overtime. Sklanka was the leading scorer for the Patriots as he went for 17 points. The senior guard also added four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Stravinski scored 11 points and added eight rebounds and a block, while Houseman was the third Patriot in double digits with 10 points. The junior also added five assists. Gross chipped in with six and Chris Kovaleski rounded out the scoring with two points.
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Febbo’s 45(Dean Nalaschi 18, Trevor Brown 12, Kevin Welsh10), OF Roundball 42 (Joey Verespey 16, Shane Smith 14) OFEA 39 (Ben Grochowski16, Brandon Née 10), GI’s 34(Mason Boettger 12, Brenden Mozeleski 11).
Mtn. View Care Center 24 (Debbie Sekol 9, Trisha Renna 9), DeAngelo Landscaping 15 ( Lexi Coval 10).Mystique Hair Studio 41(Gabby Verespey 16, Maya Florovito 12), Godfathers Sportswear 32 ( Kierstyn Breig 23).
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By Josh Horton, Dispatch Correspondent WA 49, Holy Redeemer 56
Wyoming Area got off to a fast start in its WVC Division II season-opening game against defending champ Holy Redeemer, but the Royals recovered in the middle quarters to hold off the upsetminded Warriors, 56-49, on Tuesday night in WilkesBarre. The Warriors led 11-8 after the opening stanza, however Holy Redeemer outscored Wyoming Area (1-8, 0-1) by 12 points during the second and third quarters as they took control of the contest. Lou Vullo led the Warriors with a game-high 17 points, but he was the only WA player to reach double-figures. Joe Adonizio, Jordan Zezza and Mike Carey each added seven points for the Warriors who were outscored at the free
throw line, 22-8, in the loss. Pittston resident Mike Prociak scored eight points for Holy Redeemer. WA 42, Tunkhannock 74
Wyoming Area dug itself into a first-half hole it could not recover from in a 74-42 loss to Tunkhannock in a WVC Division II matchup on Friday night in Exeter. The Warriors fell behind 35-12 after the first 16 minutes of action against the Tigers. Lou Vullo led Wyoming Area (1-9, 0-2) with 17 points, and Jordan Zezza chipped in with 10 as the Warriors played its third game without injured forward Bart Chupka. Mike Carey added nine points for Wyoming Area. This week’s schedule
Tuesday PA v. Coughlin WA at Berwick OF v. Valley View Friday PA v. Hazleton WA at Dallas OF v. Dunmore
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termission. Riverside responded with a 9-0 run to end the second quarter and get within 19-15 at the break as Alex Buffton scored seven of her eight points for the Lady Vikes. Old Forge (7-2 overall, 2-0 LLD2) then went inside to senior Morgan Malia to open the third quarter. Malia scored six of her season-high 10 points during a 13-2 run which saw the Blue Devils open a 32-20 lead with 7:09 left in the game. The 5’11 center then expanded the lead to 36-23 with 5:20 left on two free throws. Riverside answered with six straight points to get within 3629 with 4:05 left, but Malia stopped the run with a bucket and Vieira turned two steals into a bucket and two free throws as Old Forge kept a double-digit lead, 42-29, with 2:46 remaining. Vieira finished with a careerhigh 16 points as she canned three from behind the arc to go with a 5-for-6 night at the free throw line. The 5’4 guard also added six steals and two rebounds for the Blue Devils. Barnic finished with eight points, three assists and two steals, while Malia added six rebounds. Sophomore guard Taylor Nemetz played an outstanding floor game in the second half, contributing four rebounds, two steals and two assists in the final 16 minutes of action. Carey finished the night with a season low
Old Forge's Tori Tansley shoots over a Riverside's Brianna Burnside during the Blue Devils victory over the Lady Vikes. PHOTO BY BILL TARUTIS
three-points, but did contribute five rebounds and three steals to the victory. Riverside leading scorers Rebecca Mekilo and Kellie Nash were held way below their season averages as the duo managed just 13 total points against the Blue Devils. OF 38, Western Wayne 32
Old Forge moved into a firstplace tie in the Lackawanna League Division II race with a 38-32 victory over Western Wayne on Thursday night at the Varden Garden in Lake Ariel. The Blue Devils are even with Valley View – who they face on Monday in Archbald - atop the LLD2 standings. The Cougars beat Old Forge, 42-29, in the opening round of the Camoni Tournament two weeks ago. Old Forge took a 14-6 lead after the first eight minutes of action before blowing the game open in the third quarter with a
13-4 run to take a 32-16 lead into the final period. Western Wayne tried to rally in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Blue Devils, 16-6, in the final eight minutes, but it was not enough to take the victory. Lauren Carey led Old Forge (8-2, 3-0) with a career-high 20 points to account for more than half of the Blue Devils total. Rhyan Barnic and Vicki Lee added five points each for Old Forge. Dispatch Staff Writer Rick Notari contributed to this report This week’s schedule
Monday PA v. Coughlin WA v Berwick OF at Valley View Thursday PA at Hazleton WA v Dallas OF v Dunmore
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O’Brien. Vitale controlled the majority of the match and walked away with a victory. The Warriors earned their final six points when Jude Polit-Moran won by forfeit in the 182-pound class. The Warriors dropped the final two bouts when Steve Radzwilla pinned Shaun Whiting in the 195pound bout, and Dillion Ropietski defeated Corey Popovich by a 12-4 major decision at 220 pounds. Mytych is happy with the progress his team is making, but he feels they can be even better as the
season goes on. “You know, I am pretty happy with how we have been doing,” Mytych said. “The guys who have bought in to the system have been doing really well and you can tell by how they are wrestling. Unfortunately there are some who haven’t bought in and hopefully they will soon, because the results they will see can only help the team.” Mytych is just trying to implement his system at Wyoming Area. “We are rebuilding from the ground up her and once we implement our system we are going to
be a scary team,” Mytych said. PA 46, Crestwood 28
Pittston Area used pins from Frank Ardo, John Minich, Pat Nallin and Chris Wesolowski to come away with a 46-28 victory over Crestwood on the road Wednesday evening in the WVC Division I opener for both teams. Minich picked up the quickest pin for the Patriots, as he dropped Matt Dexter in just 56 seconds in the 195-pound bout. Nallin followed with a pin of Mike Sweeney in 1:18 in the 182pound match, and Wesolowski pinned Will Womer in 1:30 in the
285-pound bout. Ardo took a little longer – albeit just 55 seconds longer than Wesolowski – when he pinned Tim Carl in 2:25 in the 152-pound class. Both Jamie Scarantino (113) and Kevin Wesolowski (138) added decisions for Pittston Area. Scarantino won a major decision, 11-0, over Robert Gray, and Wesolowski got a tough 13-9 victory from Mike Legg. Tyler Lutecki (120) and Brad Rush (132) added forfeit wins for the Patriots. Quickest Pins
1. Corey Popovich, WA .....0:21
2. Andrew Schutz, WA.....0:25 3. Nick O’Brien, WA........0:55 4. John Minich, PA ...........0:56 5. Jamie Scarantino, PA ....1:04 6. Pat Nallin, PA.................1:18 7. Eric Danaher, PA...........1:24 8. Justin Wilk, PA..............1:25 9. Nick Heck, WA .............1:26 10t. Nick Heck, WA ..........1:30 10t. Chris Wesolowski, PA1:30 12. Carmen Mauriello, WA1:33 This week’s schedule
Wednesday PA v. Coughlin Saturday PA v. Valley West
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how many people carry cellular phones these days). The companion can also attempt a rescue if one of you are carrying rope or other survival gear. Leave information about your plans with someone such as where you intend to fish and when you expect to return. Carry a cell phone with you to provide updated information on where you are, or to call for help. Ice varies in thickness and condition. Always carry an ice spud or chisel to check ice as you proceed. Be extremely cautious crossing the ice near river mouths, points of land, bridges, islands, and springs. Current causes ice to be thinner over these areas. Avoid going onto the ice if it has melted away from the shore. This indicates melting is underway, and ice can shift position as wind direction changes. Waves from open water can quickly break up large areas of ice. If you can see open water in the lake and the wind picks up, get off! Carry a set of hand spikes to help you work your way out onto the surface of the ice if you go through. Holding one in each hand, you can alternately punch them into the ice and pull yourself up and out. You can make these at home, using large nails, or you can purchase them at stores that sell fishing supplies. Carry a safety line that can be thrown to someone who has gone through the ice. A day of ice fishing should be both safe and enjoyable. Remember to dress in layers and take along some extra clothing. Gloves and a warm ski cap will also help keep you warm. If you’re taking out a younger angler be sure to pack a hot drink and enough food. Take the fishing trip to the ultimate by taking some of your catch home for dinner. Panfish (bluegills, perch and crappies) caught through the hard water are my favorite fresh water fish to eat. Make this adventure as enjoyable as possible and you might have a fishing buddy for life. But more importantly, come home safely. Don’t walk out on thin ice. See JAKE, Page 49
What do you say we start the year off on a positive note? This is my first article for the year 2012 and I want to be upbeat about things. I could write about the fact that I have hunted deer with my flintlock four times and have yet to squeeze the trigger, but I won’t. That’s a negative thought. I could write about the two invitations I had to hunt rabbits but was forced to turn down because of a bad head cold, but I won’t. Once again that’s not the way I want to start out the year. The list of things to be negative about extends from a huge car repair bill to the Penn State Bowl Game loss and yet I insist on being upbeat and positive. It is for that reason that I won’t complain about the recent subfreezing temperatures and the fact that my furnace hasn’t turned off since last weekend. You may remember that last year’s winter arrived just after thanksgiving and didn’t move on until early spring. So for that reason I will not complain. I will instead look forward to days on the hard water (ice covered lakes) for a little ice fishing. Ice anglers have been patiently awaiting these cold winter temperatures and it looks like they might have finally landed on Northeastern Pennsylvania. But hold on for a little while it might not be safe enough to wonder out on. Most of the bigger lakes in our area need a good two weeks of freezing temperatures in order to have safe fishable ice. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recommends you wait for at least four inches of good solid black ice. Me on the other hand, I won’t venture out until an ice measurement of six or better. I have provided an ice safety chart from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. This is a good base line but not true in every case. The best advice is to practice a little common sense. No fish regardless of its size is worth going through the ice for. I have also collected the following safety tips for you to follow to assure a safe return from an enjoyable day on the ice. Wear a personal floatation device and don’t fish alone. Go out with a buddy and keep a good distance apart as you walk out. If one of you goes in the other can call for help (it’s amazing
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Warriors gridiron seniors, parents honored
Wyoming Area football held its annual Senior Parents Night at a home game this past season. Pictured above, from left to right, kneeling Joe Adonizio, Trevor Alder, Nick Bartoli, Ahmed Bouie, and EJ Driving Hawk; standing, Alicia and PJ Adonizio, Cindy and Kip Alder, MaryAnn and Lou Bartoli, Cara Evans-Kaplan, and Brenda and Ed Driving Hawk. Pictured middle, from left to right, kneeling, Ryan Filipiak, Stephen Gamble, Mike Gentile, AJ Jones, and Matt Kintz; standing, Tracey and Chet Filipiak, Carol and Darin Gamble, Annette Gentile, Tammie Jones, and Debbie Kintz and Jeff Simko. Pictured below right, from left to right, kneeling, Justin Langdon, Robert Lewis, Brett Miller, Cory Popovich, and Jacob Smith; standing, Lori and Marty Michaels, Bob Lewis, Tammy and Dennis Wall, Helen Popovich, and Chrissy Thomas and Carol Smith.
YMCA announces Meet the WA Ice Hockey team Winter I slate The New Year will bring exciting changes to the Greater Pittston YMCA including online registration for youth and adult Aquatics and Sports Programs.Online registration began on January 1. Members and nonmembers will be able to register for sports and aquatics programs by visiting the Greater Pittston YMCA website at www.greaterpittstonymca.org. The Winter I 2012 Sports Session begins January 9 and runs to February 25. The expanded roster of programs is due largely to the work and dedication of new Wellness and Sports Director Mike Labagh. Youth Soccer and Youth Martial Arts have been added to the Winter I 2012 program roster. Gymnastics and Youth Boxing will also return in the New Year. For adults, the YMCA will kickoff 2012 with a Winter Men’s Basketball League and a new round of Military Meltdown. Adult Boxing is also returning. New to the roster is Adult Martial Arts. In addition to online registration, area residents and members can register now for the Winter I session at the Front Desk of the YMCA or by calling 570-6552255 ext.107.
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Youth Soccer Preschool (ages 3-5) Saturdays, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Elementary (ages 6-10) Saturdays, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Instructor: John Kielbasa (Pittston Area Soccer Team) Youth Martial Arts Youth (ages 8-14) Tues. and Thurs., 5-5:45 p.m. Instructor: Dennis Fritzinger Gymnastics Preschool Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. Beginner Saturdays,10-11a.m. Intermediate Saturdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Advanced (at Wilkes-Barre YMCA Gymnastic Room) Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. Youth Boxing Tues. and Thurs., 7:30-9:30 p.m. Instructor: Jim Scarantino Adult Sports Military Meltdown Mon. and Fri., 7-8 p.m. Wed. 7:15-8:15 p.m. Instructor: Rich Kalpalka Martial Arts Adult (15 and up) Tuesdays, 66:45 p.m. Advanced Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. Boxing Mon. and Wed., 8-9:30 p.m. Tues. and Thurs., 7:30-9:30 p.m. of hunting opportunities to pursue yet as well. Resident Canada Geese can be hunted from now until February 25 and a snow goose is now open and runs until April 27. If you are a deer hunter with a flintlock hunting license or an archery stamp then you can still be chasing whitetails for another week. That season closes on Monday, January 16. So you see there a quite a few good reasons to be upbeat and positive. Good luck if you’re heading out. Be sure to watch Pennsylvania Outdoor Life tonight at 6:30 on WNEP. We’ll meet up with a Waterways Conservation Officer from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for a lakeside lesson on ice safety. Have a great day!
Pictured are players from left to right, kneeling, Aaron Dobbs, Brittani Shearer, Allyson Tokar, Keegan Thomas and David Alberigi; standing Alex Chronowski, Mark Paluski, Zach Lahart, Brain McNew, Dakota Thomas, Daulton Shearer, Zach Scrobola, Eric Smith, Evan Rider, Tyler Yarick, Mike Dolan, David Hawk, Dalton Thomas, and Bill Romanowski. Coaches are Frank Hawk, Rich Terran and Mike Kopec.
Pictured, from left to right, are alternate captain Dave Hawk, captain Eric Smith, and alternate captain Billy Romanowski.
The Wyoming Area Ice Hockey team recently held their annual Meet the Warriors in the high school multipurpose room.
The Warriors play their games at the Revolution Ice Center in Pittston on Friday and Sunday nights. The season runs until the beginning
of March. You can access the entire hockey schedule on our website, http://www.orgsites.com/pa/wyomingareaicehockey/
I will continue my positive first article of the year with a reminder that there is plenty of hunting left to do this winter. Small game seasons have been adapted over the years to allow for quite a bit of winter hunting. Squirrels and rabbits can be hunted until the end of February. They go out on February 25. The ruffed grouse season remains open for a few more weeks. It closes on Saturday, January 28. The pheasant season in our area also remain open until the first weekend of February. It closes on February 4. . Waterfowl hunters have plenty
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January 5, 2012 Marshall “Nello” Cappelloni, 93, of Scranton, died January 5, 2012 at Green Ridge Health Care Center, Scranton. His wife of 55 years was the late Mary McLaughlin who died in 1996. Born in Gowen, OK, he was a son of the late Angela (Martinni) and Nichola Cappelloni. Prior to his retirement, Marshall was employed as an iron worker in Union 489. He was a parishioner of St. Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton, and volunteered his help for many years with the summer parish picnics at Sacred Hearts of Je-
sus & Mary Church, Scranton He is survived by three sons, Marshall and his wife Eileen, Lords Valley; Robert and his wife Joan, Avoca; and John and his wife Linda, Scranton; three daughters, Mary A. Jones and her husband Lance, Plains; Ann Barrett and her husband Joseph, Scranton; Barbara Lynch and her husband Thomas, Moscow; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Frank, and a sister, Mary Gallagher. The family would like to thank the staff of Green Ridge Health Care Center for their excellent care and concern over
January 4, 2012 the past few months during Marshall’s stay. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Paul of the Cross Parish at Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary Church, 1221 Prospect Ave., Scranton with the Rev. Scott Sterowski officiating. Interment at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to ARC of Northeastern Pa., 115 Meadow Ave. Scranton, or The Salvation Army. Arrangements are by Ruane & Regan Funeral Home, Avoca. To leave an online condolence, visit www.ruaneandregan.com.
Lucy M. Gelatka January 6, 2012 Lucy M. Gelatka, 84, of Pittston, died January 6, 2012, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. She was the wife of William Gelatka. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on December 31, 2011. Born in Port Griffith, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Sophie Surma Vaxmonsky. She was a graduate of Jenkins Township High School, Class of 1945. Prior to retirement, she worked as a secretary for the Jenkins Township Municipal Office. She was a member of St.
John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Marjorie Griglock and her brother, Gerald Vaxmonsky. Lucy is also survived by her two beloved sons, David Gelatka, of Lititz, and William Gelatka, of Prince Frederick, MD; three grandchildren, Brooke Magni, Mary Clare Gelatka, and Jason Gelatka; one great grandson, Carter Magni; several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Monday at 9 a.m. from the Baloga Funeral Home,1201Main Street, Pittston
(Port Griffith), with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. Interment St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Schooley Avenue, Exeter. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diocese of Scranton, 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, 18503. For directions or to send an online condolence, please visit www.BalogaFuneralHome.com.
George E. Coolbaugh, Sr.
January 6, 2012 George E. Coolbaugh Sr., 82, Trucksville, died January 6, 2012 at his residence in Trucksville. Born in Jackson Township, he was the son of the late Charles Tripp and Emma Snyder Coolbaugh. George attended the Lehman schools. He had worked in the farming industry most of his life, with Hillside Farms in the dairy barn and later with Nesbitt Tree Farms, retiring in 1993. George loved woodworking. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Donald and Ralph Coolbaugh; sisters, Louis and Jenny.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Ann Fox; sons, George Jr., and his wife, Sharon, Pittston, Daniel, South Carolina, Charles and his fiancée, Chandra Hunlock, Dallas; daughter Jenny Lyn Coolbaugh and her partner, Noel McCay, Harveys Lake; stepsons, Bernard Fedorchak Jr., Michael Fedorchak, Joseph Fedorchak, all of Nanticoke; Alan Lee and his wife, Susan, Luzerne; stepdaughters, Christine Lyons and her fiancé, James Stone, Nanticoke; Jackie Weidow and her fiancé, Gary Cooper, Trucksville; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grand-
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children; sisters, Minnie Miller, Isabelle Hoyt, both of Dallas, and Marion Teters, California; brother William and his wife, Marion Coolbaugh, WilkesBarre; sister-in-law Shirley Demmien, Louisiana. Funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. from the Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with the Rev. Lawrence D. Reed, pastor, Emmanuel Assembly of God Church, Harveys Lake, officiating. Interment Memorial Shrine Park, Wyoming. Friends may call Monday 10 a.m. until time of service.
June Marie (Culver) Hoover, 85, of Wesley Village in Jenkins Township, died on January 4, 2012. Born in Dallas Township, on November 11, 1926, to Chester and Jenny Culver, she grew up in Huntington Mills, Pa., and graduated from its high school in 1943. As a teenager, she sang alto in the Huntington Mills Choral Group, which performed at various venues in the area until gas rationing prevented their continuing travels. During World War II, June attended Penn State University and worked grinding periscope prisms in Rochester, N.Y. She bore three sons, and after they were grown, she returned to college and graduated summa cum laude from Bloomsburg University. Thereafter, she taught sixth grade at Hunlock Creek Elementary School until retiring in 1986. While married to Sherman Hoover,
they built Shickshinny Lake and Hidden Lake and created Cosmic Cable TV, which she continued to operate until her husband’s death in 1989. She was a longtime member of the Calvary Bible Chapel in Muhlenberg. June was also preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sherman Hoover; her youngest son, Scott Hoover; brothers Robert Culver and Ronald Culver, and sister, Roseadeline Vosler. She is survived by her sons Dr. Eric D. Hoover and wife Mary, Ballston Lake, NY, and Mark Reiber, Nanticoke; brother Richard Culver, Sweet Valley; grandchildren, Amy Hoover, Aaron Hoover, Olivia Hoover and Chloe Hoover; plus four great-grandchildren. Calling hours were held Jan. 7 at the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home, Hunlock Creek. Interment at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.
Robert Giza January 5, 2012 Robert Giza, age 59, of Spring Brook Township, died early January 5, 2012, at home. His wife of three years as of November 2, Edwina Aston-Giza, survives. Born in Wilkes-Barre, on July 13, 1952, son of the late Edward and Theresa Giza and a graduate of Coughlin High School, Robert worked
as a forklift operator for Warp Processing Inc., Exeter. Also surviving is his stepdaughter, Linda Aston of Moosic. Private arrangements are under the care of the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Old Forge. Condolences at www.KearneyFuneralHome.com.
Patricia A. Adomiak December 29, 2011 Patricia (Patty) Ann Adomiak, 56, of Old Forge, died Dec. 29, 2011, at the Community Medical Center in Scranton. Her husband of 34 years, her rock of love, and her perpetual companion, Robert Adomiak, survives. She is also survived by her only child, her son, Brant Adomiak, at home; her sister,
Donna Michaylo, and husband Andrew, of Old Forge; a niece, a nephew, and several greatnieces and great-nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 31 in St. Lawrence Church, Old Forge. Private interment Marcy Cemetery in Duryea. Arrangements by the Kearney Funeral Home, Old Forge.
January 3, 2012 Dorothy Ann Strubeck, of West Pittston, died January 3, 2012 at Wesley Village Nursing Facility,
Pittston. She was born July 7, 1920 in Plymouth, and was the daughter of the late William and Rebecca Stubblebine Ertz. She was a1938 graduate of Plymouth High School and also a graduate Registered Nurse from the Pittston Hospital School of Nursing. She was a WWII Veteran serving as an Ensign with the US Navy Nurse Corps. She later worked at New York Post Graduate Hospital in NY City and was also on staff at Cornell University Infirmary Ithaca, New York. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of West Pitt-
ston. Surviving Dorothy are her daughter, Gloria Echalk and husband Al of Duryea; son Douglas Strubeck and wife Beth of Norfolk, MA; four grandchildren, Corinne Harrington and husband Tyler, Matthew and Michael Echalk and Adam Strubeck. She was also preceded in death by her husband Warren E. Strubeck former Funeral Director of West Pittston, a sister, Mary Jones of Forty Fort, and brothers John and William both of Plymouth. A Funeral service was held Jan. 7 at Kiesinger Funeral Services, Duryea, with Rev. Josh Masland of the First United Methodist Church, West Pittston, officiating. Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.
Mary M. Cicon January 4, 2012 Mary M. Cicon, 96, of Exeter, died January 4, 2012 at the Highland Manor Nursing Home, Exeter after a brief stay. Prior to that, her niece, Barbara Konopka, cared for her on a daily basis. Born in Exeter, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna Pavlik Cicon. She was a graduate of St. John’s High School, Pittston and was a former member of St. John the Baptist Church, Exeter. She was also a former member of the Confraternity of Christian Women and a member of Our Lady of Charity. She also belonged to the Cosmopolitan Club. She had worked at the Consolidated Cigar for 31 years and prior to that at the General Cigar, Kingston. She re-
ceived a certificate from the Smith’s School of Practical Nursing and was a volunteer at Wesley Villagefor over 20 years. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Joseph, Charles and Michael, and John Cicon and sisters: Anna Kowalewski, and Helen Hudak and a niece, Maryann Lynn. Surviving are her sister, Irene Cerza, Exeter, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Jan. 7 from the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, Exeter, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony of Padua Church (St. Barbara Parish), Exeter. Interment St. John the Slovak Cemetery, Exeter. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Bernard Klime January 4, 2012 be announced by the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home, West Pittston, later next week.
December 31, 2011 Joseph P. Elko, 82, of Dupont, died December 31, 2011, at Hospice Community Care, South Wilkes-
Geisinger Barre. He was born in Dupont, on August 18, 1929 and was the son of the late Charles and Victoria (Lentowski) Elko. Joseph was a member of Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church, Dupont. He was a 1947 graduate of Dupont High School. Joseph was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War as a Medic and was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He worked as a
dock foreman for Friedman Trucking, and also for Geisinger Hospital. Joseph was a member of the VFW Post 4909 of Dupont. Joe’s passion for the outdoors fueled his interest in gardening and hunting. His dexterity combined with his creativity made him a gifted woodworker. The absolute center of his life -- his main priority and love -- was his family, by whom he will be missed beyond measure. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Theresa Waskiewicz Elko; his daughters, Karen Haberek, of Moosic, and Patricia and her husband, Joseph Haberek, of Moosic; grandchil-
dren, Phillip, Ross and Jennifer Haberek; Sarah LaMotta and her husband, Jeffrey, and great-grandson, Koby LaMotta; brothers, Edward, of Arlington, TX; William Elko, of Suscon; his sister, Mary Wasmanski, of Plains, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Jan. 3 from Kiesinger Funeral Services, Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. Interment parish cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.
Genevieve Gretz December 31, 2011 Genevieve Gretz, age 92, a 63-year resident of Spring Brook Township, died Decem-
ber 31, 2011. Born in Old Forge, on April 8, 1919, daughter of the late Isaac and Elizabeth Harris Dawes, she was educated in the Old Forge School District. She was a lifelong member of the Moosic Assembly of God Church. She was a very loving mother who will be greatly missed
by her children. She was also preceded in death in 1988 by her late husband of 41 years, Peter Gretz; two brothers, Albert and Augustus Dawes; and nine sisters, Beatrice Dawes, Helen Francis, Violet Asher, Elizabeth Dawes, Dorothy Francis, Emily Woodmancy, Daisey Wright, Ethel Chatwin and Edith Riddle. She is survived by her daughter, Judy; her son Paul and wife Pat and their daughter, Amy Gretz, her son Duane and wife Donna and their children, Peter and
Thomas Derenick, and her son David and wife Lisa and their children, Matthew and David Derenick; and longtime family friend Fred Hirsch; all of whom reside in Northeastern Pennsylvania The funeral was held Jan. 4 in the Moosic Assembly of God Church, Moosic, conducted by the Rev. David O’Brien, pastor. Interment Spring Brook Cemetery. Visit www.KearneyFuneralHome.com to leave an online condolence.
Evalyn Alise January 1, 2012 Evalyn (Wierbowski) Alise, 93, died January 1, 2010. Born in West Pittston, Evalyn moved to Madison, NJ in the early 1960s with her husband, the late Stephen Gulbicki. She married the late Louis Alise Sr. in 1971 and worked as an executive secretary for the Automatic Switch Co. before her retirement. She was the mother of four children, two step-children and the proud grandmother of 22 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren
who will all remember her for the wonderful Sunday dinners she served. She was also preceded in death by a son, William Gulbicki, and his wife, and Nora Lee. She will be greatly missed by her beloved brother, John Wierbowski of West Pittston; her children: Mary and Gennaro Libretti of Naples, FL; Rita and Edward Hand of Florham Park, NJ; Donald and Karen Gulbicki of Madison, NJ; Theresa and Patrick
Bianco of Florham Park, NJ, and Louis Alise, Jr. of Madison, NJ. A Funeral Mass was held Jan. 6 at St. Vincent’s Church, Madison, NJ followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hanover, NJ. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in her name. Funeral arrangements by the Madison Memorial Home, New Jersey.
Bernard Klime, 59, a resident of the Pittston area, died January 4, 2012. Funeral arrangements will
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December 30, 2011 Cynthia Louise Culver, beloved sister, mother, and grandmother, of Dallas, died Friday the 30th of December, 2011, at Guardian Elder Care Center, Nanticoke, after a two-year battle with cancer. She had four children and 13 grandchildren. Born in1949 in Kingston, Cindy graduated from Dallas High School in 1966. Cindy worked most of her adult life as a horticulturist and landscape designer. She was employed by Huntsville Nursery and Varsity Landscaping. Her love of gardening and animals were apparent when you
were with her. She was a naturalist at heart. Her interests included gardening, nutrition, and books on many topics such as finance, philosophy and inner strength. She is survived by her mother, Marjorie Holdsworth Fisher, St. Louis, MO; brother, Clem Culver, Trucksville, James Culver and wife, Carol, Hershey’s Lake, Derek Culver, Dallas; sister, Suzanne Culver, Nanticoke; son, Mark Young and wife, Barbra, Pittston; daughter, Anne Pastore and husband, Michael, Powell, OH; son, R. David Young and
December 31, 2011 wife, Allyson, Clayton, NC; son, Michael and wife, Rachel, Hanover Township; grandchildren, Jacob, Matthias, Joshua, Maria, Veronica, Madelyn, Gabrielle, Thomas, Therese, Andrew, James, Abigail and Ruth. Cynthia was preceded in death by her father, Richard Culver, and step-mother, Joyce Culver. Her memorial service will be announced at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial gifts can be made to Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge at www.bcfanimalrefuge.org/donate.php.
January 1, 2012 Nellie (Carmella) DeRosa Butera, 100, a resident of Wesley Village, died January 1, 2012. Born on October 6, 1911 in Serradifalco, Sicily, she came to America at the age of 5 months. She was the spouse of Angelo Butera, who died on January 30, 1992. She was the eldest of five daughters of the late Anna (Rollo) and John DeRosa. She was also preceded in death by sons, Gasper, Blue Bell, and John, Pittston; sisters Rose Pe-
lonero, Carrie DeGennaro, Bessie DeRosa and Mary Barrette. Nellie was a longtime resident of Frothingham Street, Pittston. She later resided with her son John and his wife, Joyce, prior to becoming a resident of Wesley Village in 2008. She is survived by daughterin-laws, Antoinette, Blue Bell, and Joyce, Pittston; grandchildren, Angelo and wife Nancy, Michael, George and wife Laura, Carmella and husband Albert Fereck; Christine and husband Sam Parry; John and wife Rose. She had 10 great-grandchildren. Nellie was a loving and caring
woman who loved to take walks in the Oregon Section of Pittston. She was also an avid reader of newspapers and novels. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday with family and the staff of Wesley Village. The family would like to thank Dr. Gerald Gibbons, the nurses and staff of Wesley Village for their care. Funeral services are entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home, Pittston Township. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph Morello Parish (St Rocco’s R.C. Church), Pittston, on Jan. 3. Interment St. Rocco’s R.C. Cemetery, Pittston Township.
Catherine Akers December 25, 2011 Catherine Akers, 94, of Port Griffith, died December 25, 2011, Christmas morning, at the home of her daughter in Bear Creek Twp. She was the widow of Harry Akers, who passed away in 1958. Born in Port Griffith, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Svec Vincek. She was educated in St. John the Baptist School, Pittston. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Wright Aeronautical and Botany 500 in New Jersey and later for Topps Co., Duryea. She was a former member of St. John the Baptist Church and current member of St John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Catherine
was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother who was cherished by both family and friends and will be dearly missed. She was a member of the Jenkins Twp. Senior Citizens and a past member of the Avoca VFW Post 8335 Ladies Auxiliary. Surviving are her beloved daughters, Christine AkersMack and her husband, John Mack, Bear Creek Twp; Theresa Griguts, Henderson, Nevada; sister, Elizabeth Evitts, Jenkins Twp.; three grandchildren, three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son, Ronald Akers, three sisters, Anna Terpak,
Ronald Golya, 55, died December 31, 2011 at home. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Stephen and Irene Klutchko Golya. Ron was a graduate of Pittston Area High School, Class of 1974, and was formerly employed by H.K. Jones & Sons and Duggan & Marcon Inc. He was a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union Local 5. Surviving are brothers, Ste-
phen and wife Mary, Hughestown; John and wife Wendy, Hanover Township; Joseph and wife Kathy, Laflin; sister, Diane, St Louis; former wife, Diane M Golya, WilkesBarre; nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family from the Yeosock Funeral Home, Plains. Memorial donations may be made to R.E.A.S.O.N., RR2 Box 379, Harveys Lake, 18618.
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Elizabeth Vincek and Mary Waldinger and two brothers, Andrew and Frank Vincek. The funeral was held Dec. 29 from the Baloga Funeral Home, Pittston (Port Griffith), with a Mass of Christian Burial in St John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Memorial contributions may be made to St John the Evangelist Care and Concern Ministries 35 William St., Pittston, 18640 or the American Heart Association 613 Baltimore Dr., Suite 3, Wilkes-Barre, 18702. To send an online condolence, visit www.BalogaFuneralHome.com.
Edward F. Boland Jr., 83, a former resident of North Washington Street, North Wilkes-Barre, died, December 10, 2011 in Hampton House, Hanover Township. Mr. Boland was born in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Edward F. Boland Sr., and Anna Kelly Boland. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Wilkes-Barre. He served with Company C, 32nd Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army in Korea during World War II. Following his military service, he was employed by the former Craftsman Engraving Company, North State Street, WilkesBarre, as a printer/engraver for more that 20 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the former St. John the Evangelist Church, WilkesBarre, now, St. Andre Bessette parish, Wilkes-Barre. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Nosek. The family would also like to extend their thanks to Dr. Leonard Kuchemba and the staff of Hampton House and Hospice of the
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Nadia Marinangeli, 15, a resident of West Wyoming, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving mother and family on December 29, 2011, at her home, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born on May 23, 1996, in Kingston, Nadia was the beloved daughter of Denise (Serbin) Marinangeli, of West Wyoming and the late Louis M. Marinangeli, who passed away on March 13, 2008. Nadia was currently enrolled as a 10th grade student at Wyoming Area
High School, where she was active with the school’s volleyball team. She enjoyed many things in life, but most of all, Nadia enjoyed traveling with her mother and family. She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Irene Serbin and her paternal grandfather, Louis Marinangeli. Nadia will be deeply missed by her mother, Denise Marinangeli; her paternal grandmother, Kay (Rostock) Marinangeli, of Pittston; her uncle, Thomas Ser-
December 28, 2011 bin and his wife Betty, of Dallas; her aunt, Laura Durkin and her husband Thom, of Pittston; her special cousins, Kelly Vincelli; Rita Capone; Regan, Sadie, Payton and Colin Quinn; as well as numerous other cousins, friends, her dog "Blu" and her cat "Boo." A private funeral service for Nadia was held for her immediate family. There were no public calling hours. Funeral arrangements for the Marinangeli family have been entrusted to the care of the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Forty Fort.
Rosarie Lewis January 2, 2012 Rosarie Lewis, 88, of Pittston, died January 2, 2012, in Hospice of the VNA at St. Luke’s Villa, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Pittston, on April 29, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Rose Ross Solano. She was a graduate of Pittston High School and was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Rosarie was a
loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by family and friends. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack Lewis; son-in-law, Richard Musto; brothers, Joseph and Frederick Solano; sister, Anna Marie Argento. Surviving are her daughter, Rosarie Musto, Pittston Township; sons, Jack Lewis and his wife Betty, Towanda; Bob (Stretch) Lewis and his wife Mary Ruth, Pittston; and Thomas Lewis and his wife, Josephine, Binghamton, NY;
brother, Francis X. Solano, Pittston Township; sisters, Louise Rizzo, New York, and Rita Zangardi, Pittston; grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Jan. 5 in the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph Marello Parish in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston. Interment St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Pittston. Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.
Angie Burnside December 28, 2011 James, and Ernest Silviano and sister, Ann Marie Silviano. Surviving are her son Thomas Burnside, Pittston; brother-inlaw, James Burnside and his wife, Lourdes, Port Griffith; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services were held
Jan. 3 from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, Pittston with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph Marello Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston. Interment Denison Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.
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death by her grandson Kevin Newberry and her brother Vincent Stanczyk. Her husband of 57 years, Edward Matt; her daughters, Diane Freas and her husband, John, of Duryea, and Patricia Stevens and her husband, Joseph, of Luzerne, survive her. Her brother Joseph Stanczyk, of Florida, her grandchildren, David, Michael, Stephanie and Maria; 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive Mary. Funeral services were held Jan. 2 from Kiesinger Funeral Services, Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Duryea. Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.
Russell R. Kerns, Jr. December 27, 2011 Russell Ray Kerns Jr., 57, died in Florida on December 27, 2011. Born in Johnstown, on August 2, 1954, he was a son of Charlotte Strine Kerns, Pittston, and the late Pastor Russell Kerns Sr. Russell was a graduate of West Perry High School in Pennsylvania, and Messiah College. He was employed by the Hilton Hotel Corporation, and worked and lived in various cities in
the U.S. He was recently employed by Hilton Hotels in Mexico City, Mexico. He is survived by his brother, Clarence, West Pittston; sisters, Valerie Weaver, Hanover Township, and Bonnie Hunter, Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews. A service was held Jan. 6 by Pastor Castellani in the Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, Pittston. Interment Mt. View Cemetery, Harding.
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Angie Burnside, 74, of Pittston, died December 28, 2011 in Regional Hospital of Scranton. Born in Pittston, on January 6, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Giacomo and Mary Caillio Silviano. She was a graduate of Pittston High School and completed several college courses. She was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where she had been a member of the church choir and the Altar and Rosary Society. Angie was also a member of the Lioness Club and volunteered at the Pittston Senior Center. She had worked for many years as a server at the former Convention Hall, Pittston. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Burnside, in 2010; brothers, Tony,
Mary J. (Stanczyk) Matt, 77, of Duryea, died December 28, 2011 at the Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. Born in Moosic on January 6, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Ignatius and May (Helcoski) Stanczyk. Mary was a member of Nativity of our Lord Parish, Duryea. She attended Moosic schools. Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. Everyone who knew her was touched by her special kindness; Mary will be deeply missed by all. She was also preceded in
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Dolores M. Pazuhanich
January 1, 2012 Mrs. Dolores M. "Dolly" Pazuhanich, 79, of East Chestnut Street, in the North End section of the city, fell asleep in the Lord New Year’s Eve, January 1, 2012, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following a prolonged illness. Born March 1, 1932 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Kavka) Mendusky. Educated in the city schools, she was a graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School, WilkesBarre. In her younger days, she worked as a business clerk for the former Percy A. Brown Company of Wilkes-Barre. More recently, Dolly worked as
a homemaker for former noted Wilkes-Barre attorney, the late John Hessel, esquire, in his home, now known as Hessel Hall at King’s College. Dolly was most proud of and is remembered by those who knew and loved her for her most current role as a devoted, loving mother to her beloved family, raising her children and grandchildren into adulthood. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Peter Pazuhanich, in 1999; by her daughter, Janet Marie Alishusky, in 1988; and most recently by her brother, John Mendusky, in 2002. Surviving are her son, Mark P. Pazuhanich, and his companion, Linda Terrell, East Stroudsburg; grandchildren, including Justin Alishusky, Ashley Alishusky, both at
December 30, 2011 home, and Bethany Pazuhanich, Howell, N.J.; several nieces and nephews; beloved friends, Colleen DeFazio, Pittston, and Linda Balara, Wyoming. Funeral services with Panachida were held Jan. 7 in the John V. Morris Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre, followed by the Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy in Holy Assumption of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, WilkesBarre. Interment with Rite of Committal parish cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas. Memorial contributions may be made to the Breast Cancer Awareness fund of the American Cancer Society, 190 Welles St., Suite 118, Forty-Forty, 18704. To send an online condolence, visit www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.
Helen Nalewajko December 29, 2011 Helen Nalewajko, 75, of Wyoming died December 29, 2011 in the Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Plymouth, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Helen Barauskas Matovchak. She was a graduate of Plymouth High School class of1954. She was employed at the Paramount Studio, formerly of Plymouth, ILGW and B.F. Goodrich, formerly of Exeter. Helen was a member of St. Joseph’s Church of St. Monica’s Parish, Wyoming. She was a member of the Wyoming V.F.W. Post 396 Auxiliary and held the office of President and Secretary, VFW District 11 President, Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service Wilkes-
Barre, where she volunteered for more than 500 hours, American Legion Post 452 Auxiliary of Mildred, and secretary of the SlovakLeague,FraternalOrderofEagles and the Senior Citizen Center of Pittston. Helen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all. The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors that supported Helen at Geisinger, Riverstreet Manor and especially to Dr. Sordoniwhoshowedcompassionduring Helen’s care and the Rev. Don Strope who would visit Helen daily and pray over her. Also preceding her in death were her son Daniel Nalewajko, brothers, Andy Matovchak, Francis and Joseph Stanitis. Surviving are her husband, Stephen (Cheb), with whom she cele-
brated 57 years of marriage; children, Stephen Nalewajko and his wife, Sandy, Baltimore, MD; Kathy Leary and her husband, John, Englewood, FL; Jean Manganaro and her husband Mark, Pittston; Pamela Nalewajko, Wyoming; grandchildren, Stephen IV, Chris and Brittany Nalewajko; great-granddaughter, Kylie Nalewajko; nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Jan. 3 from the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home, Wyoming, with Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Church of St. Monica’s Parish, Wyoming. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Wyoming. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tuesday Night Bowling League c/o Fran Pudim, 469 Shoemaker Avenue, West Wyoming, 18644.
Dorothy M. Phillips
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Dorothy Mikelski Phillips, 69, formerly of Laflin, died December 30, 2011 in Kingston. Born in Plains Township, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Viola Yukasavage Mikelski. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, in 2003; daughter Jo-Anne, earlier this year; sister Joan Kivler; brothers, Joseph, Anthony.
Surviving are daughters Nancy Lee Reese, Laflin; Rebecca Phillips, Forty Fort; grandchildren, Rachael Lee and Michael Noah Reese; sisters Ann Pyryt, Forty Fort; Jean Verbitski, Plains; Patricia Radle, West Wyoming, Elaine Young, Plains. Funeral will be held at the convenience of the family from the Yeosock Funeral Home, Plains Township.
Margaret Murphy January 3, 2012 Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Murphy, 81, of the Crossin Towers, Duryea, died January 3, 2012, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Pittston, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna Bednar Reback. She was a graduate of Wyoming schools. She was formerly employed in the area garment industry. She was a member of the former St. John the Baptist Church, Pittston, and its Christian Mothers prior to its closing. She was a member and past president of the Friendly Social Club in the Crossin Towers, Duryea. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Murphy Jr., who passed away on August 16, 1982; and two sisters, Rose Buday and Mary Steransky. Surviving are daughter, Peggy Basara, and her husband, Leonard Sr., Hughestown; grandson, Leonard Basara Jr., and his wife, Kerrie; James Basara and Robert Basara; granddaughter, Laura Ann Basara; great-grandson, Austin Basara; great-granddaughters, Trinity and Chasity Basara; brother, Joseph Reback, West Wyoming; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral was held Jan. 7 in the Piontek Funeral Home, Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Stanley E. Kudey December 30, 2011 Stanley E. Kudey, age 82, of Murray Street, Forty Fort, died on December 30, 2011 at the Wilkes Barre General Hospital. He was born in Dupont, on May 29, 1929 the son of the late Stanley and Anna (Stupak) Kudey. Stanley attended the Dupont Area Schools and resided most of his lifetime in Forty Fort. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army from 1951-53. He was employed by the Dury Clothing Co., West Pittston, for 32 years, retiring in
1991. He was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, the former Mercedes Mital, at home; son, Edward Kudey, at home; daughters, Joanne Zaruta and her husband, George, of West Wyoming, and Mary Lynn Kudey of Phoenixville; brother, Joseph Kudey of Duryea and sisters, Rita Jordan of Scranton and Anna Grabowski of Old Forge; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Jan. 3 from the Strish Funeral Home, Ashley, with a Mass of Christian Burial from Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville. Interment St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Lehman.
December 5, 2011 Jeremy Walsh, 21, of Salem Boulevard, Berwick, died, December 5, 2011, at home. Born August 2, 1990, in Bloomsburg, he was a son of John and Maria Klinger Walsh. A graduate of Berwick High School in 2008, he also attended Luzerne County Community College. He was employed at Keystone Starches and also worked for his father at ICU Surveillance, Berwick. Jeremy lived life to the fullest, loved sports, video games, fishing and loved helping others. He will be sadly missed by those who loved him. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Berwick.
Also surviving are his two brothers, John T. Walsh III, Tannersville; Joshua M. Walsh, Berwick; his paternal grandparents, John T. and Josephine Walsh, Berwick; maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Hazel Klinger and her husband, Harry Conaway, Morrison, TN. A visitation was held at Mayo Funeral Home, Berwick, on Dec. 8, with a Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 9 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Berwick, with the Rev. Francis J. Tamburro, his pastor, officiating. Interment was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.mayofh.com.
December 31, 2011 Matthew V. Zaluski, 20, Dickson City, died December 31, 2011 at the Moses Taylor Hospital, after a brave, two-year battle with cancer of the liver. Born April 20, 1991, in Scranton, the son of Kimberly Bubblo Trubia and step-dad Carmen Trubia, Dunmore, with whom he resided for the past few months, and Matthew J. Zaluski, Bradley Beach, NJ. He spent most of his life in Dickson City and the Mid Valley
Robert M. Roeber, 60, of Pittston, died on January 1, 2012 in Hershey Medical Center. Born on Sunday, August, 5, 1951, in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of Rosemary (Healey) Roeber and the late Robert W. Roeber. Robert was married to Sharon (Novak) Roeber. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 477, of Pittston. Preceding him in death was a sister, Rose Ann Roeber. Surviving him are son, Thomas Roeber, New York; daugh-
ters, Michele and husband Rob Rent, Florida; Robin Roeber, New York; step-son, Kevin Gallagher, Pittston; brothers, Raymond Roeber, Pittston; Richard Roeber, Pittston; sister Rita Reed, Pittston; granddaughters, Rachael and Robin Rent, of Florida; grandsons, Brian and Dustin White, Florida; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services are entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home, Pittston Township. Funeral Services were held Jan. 6 in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Pittston.
Leonard Chernouskas January 3, 2012 nard C., and his fiancée Lee Ann Fleming, Pittston; grandson, Joseph L. Scripkunis, and fiancée Tiera Sompel, Exeter; greatgrandson, Noah Sompel; sister, Leona Koblinski, Moosic; brothers, Edward and Casimir Chernouskas, Pittston; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held Jan. 5 in the Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment St Casimir’s Cemetery, Pittston.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandfathers, John Bubblo and Vince Zaluski, and recently his greatgrandmother, Helen Hudanick. He is also survived by a brother, Zachary Zaluski, at home; his maternal and paternal grandmothers, Delores Bubblo, West Wyoming, and Frances Zaluski, Mt. Cobb, as well as several aunts, uncle and cousins. The funeral was held Jan. 4 from the Yurkanin Funeral Home, Dickson City, with Mass in St. Mary’s Visitation, Dickson City. Interment St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Dickson City.
January 2, 2012 Suzanne M. (Brooks) Slesinski, 57, resident of Pittston, died January 2, 2012 in Wilkes-Barre. Born on Saturday, May 8, 1954, in Detroit, MI, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Alma (Ponczek) Brooks. She was member of the PTA at St. James School while living in Montague, Mich., where she was also a Girl Scout leader. She was a secretary at St. Margaret’s School in Kalamazoo, Mich., where she was also a school bus
driver. She then went on to become a booster club president at Wyoming Area Catholic. During her time as a member of St. Maria Goretti Parish, she was a Eucharistic Minister as well as a CCD Teacher. She also ran the bingo tent at church picnic. She enjoyed being a part of the yearly Christmas Follies in the parish community. Surviving her are her husband, Mike Slesinski; son, Matthew Slesinski; daughters, Marianne and her husband, Charles Montagna; Rebecca Slesinski and her husband, Joseph Maslar; brother,
Douglas R., and his wife, Margaret E. Brooks; granddaughters, Ava Montagna and Caitlyn Maslar; grandsons, Christopher Maslar and Cory Maslar; niece, Irina Brooks; and nephew, T.J. Shatzel. Funeral services were held Jan. 7 from the Graziano Funeral Home, Pittston Twp., with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Maria Goretti R.C. Church, Laflin. Interment St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Exeter. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Maria Goretti Youth Ministry, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin, 18702.
Evelyn M. Barborek January 2, 2012 Evelyn M. (Salvo) Barborek, 71, of West Pittston, died January 2, 2012 in the Hospice Care of the VNA Inpatient Unit, WilkesBarre. Born July 9, 1940, in Swoyersville, she was the daughter of the late John L and Geraldine Sullivan Conden. Residing in Wyoming for the majority of her life, she was one of the original organizers and also a past president of the former West Wyoming Jr. Warriors. She was also instrumental in forming the first Cub Scout pack in West Wyoming,
Pack 366; she worked with West Wyoming Brownies and girls softball teams. For many years, she was employed at Rex Shoe Company and Riverstreet Manor. Also preceding her in death was her brother Gerald Conden. Surviving are her husband, James Barborek; children, Robert Salvo and wife Donna of Harding; Linda S. Salvo of Delaware; Denise Spoon and husband Michael of Wyoming; grandchildren, Amanda Cruise, Amber Lynn and Robert John Locascio-Salvo; brother John Conden and his wife, Norina, Wyoming; great granddaughter Angelina Faith; stepchildren,
John Barborek, Pittston; Lori Ann Perrego, Pittston; stepgrandchildren, Sara Lynn and Haley Marie Perrego; Crystal, John and Jennifer Barborek; Jessica Felker-Barborek; nieces, Tara Bonin, Jessica Bonomo. A blessing service was held Jan. 4 in the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home, Wyoming, with the Rev. Leo McKernan, of Our Lady of Sorrows Church of St. Monica’s Parish, West Wyoming. Interment Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mental Retardation Program of Luzerne County, 111 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, 18711.
Leonard Chernouskas, 78, of Pittston, died, January 2, 2012, at Golden Living Center, WilkesBarre. Born December 22, 1933, in Pittston, he was a son of the late Alex and Anna Dovin Chernouskas. Leonard attended Pittston schools, and prior to his retirement, was employed in the local garment industry. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Florence Kolankiewicz Chernouskas. Surviving are his daughter, Linda, and husband Joseph Scripkunas, Exeter; son, Leo-
area, attending St. Mary’s School, Dickson City, then Valley View, where he was on the Cougars wresting team. He was a member of St. Mary’s Visitation, Dickson City. He had worked at the Dickson City Civic Center as an assistant youth counselor for a short period. For a time, early on in his illness, he attended Lackawanna College in the nursing program. Matt loved outdoor sports, including football, and was an Eagles fan. He enjoyed spending time with his brother, Zac, playing video games. He also enjoyed writing poetry.
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Pittston Red Hats Chapter Christmas luncheon The Red Hats Society, Blooms and Bubbles of Greater Pittston, got together for a Christmas luncheon at Fox Hill Country Club. Edythe Kepics was hostess. Continuing with tradition, the group made annual contributions to the following, The Pittston Library, The Salvation Army and the West Pittston Library.
Members attending included, seated left to right, Sara Walker, Mary Doran, Ann Alaimo and Carolee Aycock. First row standing, Dolores D’Elia, Darlene Wheeler, Kay Thornton, Edythe Kepics, Eileen Burns, Maria Montante and Ann Rose. Second row standing, Barbara Insalaco, Red Hat Queen and Dr. Alyce Zura.
Colleen and Adam Kerchner
United in Marriage Colleen Celeste Connell and Adam Christopher Kerchner were united in marriage, Sept. 10, 2011 in St. John the Baptist RC Church, New Freedom, Pa. by the Reverend Deacon Michael Bahn. Colleen is the daughter of Dan and Ann Redding Connell, New Freedom. She is the granddaughter of the late Joseph “Cork” and Jean Redding and Michael and Helen Connell, all of Pittston. Bridget Connell, sister of the bride, was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Heather Karstetter, sister of the bride, Catie Flaherty, cousin of the bride, and Nilam Trivedi and Jamie Oberlin, friends of the bride. Delaney Bowles, cousin of the groom, was the flower girl. Adam is the son of Alan and Joan Kerchner, Glen Rock, Pa. Mark Rill was the best man, and groomsmen were Howard Snow, Cameron Sterner, Jarad Spence, and Andrew Lander, all friends of the groom. Ring bearers were Tanner and Hunter Jackson, nephews of the bride. The evening reception was held at the Crowne Plaza in Timonium, MD. Colleen and Adam both graduated from Susquehannock High School, Glen Rock, Pa. Colleen is a 2005 graduate from Penn State University. Colleen is an account manager at Enterprise Holdings and Adam is an IT specialist at Southern York County School District. The couple honeymooned on a cruise and reside in Glen Rock.
Riverside students visit Oakwood Terrace Riverside High School’s Family and Consumer Sciences, Inde- nity in Moosic, and “decked the halls” and trees as well, for the pendent Living, Teen Living, Family Living and Culinary Arts holiday season. Teachers Stephanie McManus and Megan Gerlach Classes students visited Oakwood Terrace, a memory care commu- assisted the students in this project.
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WAC kindergarten class presents Nativity The kindergarten Class of Wyoming Area Catholic celebrated the true meaning of Christmas with the school community with the presentation of the Nativity. Seventh grade students were the narrators for the play. The presentation was held at the school liturgy at St. Cecilia’s Church, attended by the students, faculty, staff with parents and relatives in attendance. First row, Melanie Moran, Joseph Breck, Vincent Contardi, Shane Cegelka,Valerie Werhun, Koy Olejnick, Stephen Renfer and Michael Casey. Second row, Mia Risley, Kendall Hadley, Alexis Romanowski, Holly Cox, Olivia Latoski, Lilianna Bubblo, Talia Laota, Marissa Miller, Nicole Yencha. Mrs. Eileen Barney is the kindergarten teacher.
Mrs. Valya Pace Vacula, daughter of the late Tony and Rose Pace, celebrated her 85th birthday on Friday, January 6. She was married 55 years to the late Andrew “Sooner” Vacula and is blessed with two children, Thomas Vacula and wife Mary, and Rosemary Gitkos and husband Ron, along with three grandchildren, Keri Ann and Joyell Gitkos and Tracie Vacula. She also has a great granddog, Bella, whom she loves very much and is referred to by her son-in-law as the best mother-inlaw in the world. A surprise family dinner was held in her honor to celebrate the special occasion.
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Cookie Corner children participate in ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ The pre-school children attending pre-kinder- “Holiday Mail for Heroes” project. The children teacher, conducted the project assisted by Mrs. registration for the fall. Interested parents are asked to call the school weekdays at 693-3556 for garten nursery school classes at Cookie Corner re- designed Christmas cards to send a touch of home Anne Schwartz and Mrs. Theresa Guzik. The Cookie Corner is currently accepting new more information cently participated in the American Red Cross to servicemen and women. Mrs. Toni Tabone,
Pre-K morning session left to right Juliana Gonzales, Phaedra Erzar, Sarah Gallagher, Savino Sabatini, Tristan Visneski, Tyler Sciandra, Sara Katsock, Emily Kostik, Brady Mullin, Blake Elick and Andrew Steinberger. Second row Kendall Day, Michael Janosky, Mario Belza, Colby Walsh, Matthew Rutkoski, Nina Callahan, Owen Klaproth, Natalia DeSena, Renee Haddock, Anthony DeLucca and Max Bowen, Absent are Jennifer Passeri and Abigail Sokaloski.
Pre-K afternoon session left to right Cassidy Gallagher, Jenna Petrillo, Olivia Limongelli, Kyleigh Carey, Keean Roulinavage, Christian Abromovage, Gage Speece, John Roberts, Olivia Bassolino, Marissa Giardina, Jessica Shaffer and Addyson Dragwa. Second row Abigail Sellers, Nina Barrouk, Mia Piccolino, Gianna Colarusso, Abby Kowalczyk, Michail Oncay, Cody DeFrain, Nicholas Lussi and Michael Tonkin. Absent are Brennan Smith and Jacob Morgan.
Old-fashioned Christmas noted at Wesley Village
OF Honor Students provide gifts for needy
Partridge-Tippett Nursing Facility residents, standing, left to right, Rose Ambrosino, Betty Jane Cooper and Bertha Kuckla, took part in the preparations for Old-fashioned Christmas 2011 on United Methodist Homes’ Wesley Village Campus in Jenkins Twp. The Old Forge Blue and Gold Chapter of the National Honor So- my. Pictured are the honor society officers and the gifts, left to right, The event included crafts for sale, refreshments, musical entertainment and photos with Santa. More than 450 people visited the ciety raised money through the Angel Project to buy gifts for chil- Michael Phan (president), Colin Carey (treasurer), Ian Nemetz (vice dren in the community for Christmas. Names of needy children were president), Michelle Giacometti (secretary) campus for the event. provided by Penn Security Bank and sponsored by the Salvation Ar-
New Certified Food and Wellness Volunteer Program by Penn State Extension A new opportunity to learn and grow while giving back to the community is available through Penn State Extension’s new Certified Food and Wellness Volunteer Training Program. According to Mary R. Ehret, MS, RD, LDN, Penn State educator, “We are looking for people with some knowledge and interest in foods, nutrition and food safety who want to become more involved with community wellness”.
This is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the new program. Applications are now being accepted for the very first volunteers to be trained in this pilot program. The Certified Food and Wellness Volunteer course is a comprehensive course offering forty hours of training, using on-line training modules for much of the education and ending with a full day of on-site training at Penn State University in State College on March 29. Participants will
need computer access and the ability to travel to State College for the on-site training. The cost for the training program and certification is $125. Partial scholarships are available for those with financial need. “This is a great opportunity for people who would like to be more involved in promoting good health and wellness in their communities. Some knowledge of nutrition and experience in working with foods is desirable, but the most important qualifi-
cation is a strong desire to learn more about nutrition, diet and health and having a desire to help others in the community improve their lives,” Ehret said. Upon completing the program, Food and Wellness Volunteers will give back 40 hours of service to Penn State Extension Programs in nutrition and wellness. Volunteers will be able to use educational tools such as MyPlate, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Nu-
trition Facts Label to help others plan, buy, store and prepare foods within their budgets. Volunteers will work with the public by making presentations, assisting with Penn State Programs and answering consumer questions, using research based information. Individual interests will be considered in service hours. This new training program is based on the model of the highly successful Master Gardener Training Program offered by
Penn State Extension. The application deadline for the Food and Wellness Volunteer Training Program is Monday, Jan. 23. Interested people should contact Mary R. Ehret at 1-888825-1701 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org the application and a description of the position. A brochure is also available. Short interviews will be scheduled in late January or early February for final selection of volunteers for the training program.
Emilie Stofko, daughter of Rick and Nicole Stofko, of Mountain Top, celebrated her 4th birthday on Jan. 5. Paternal grandparents are George and Peggy Stofko, of Harding. Maternal grandparents are Tom and Marion Paul, of WilkesBarre. Emilie attends preschool at the YMCA of Wilkes-Barre. She will celebrate her birthday with a party at Chuck E. Cheese. Emilie has a sister Alexis who is six. Her grandfather George will celebrate his 75th birthday on Jan. 12.
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Liliana Catherine Hintze, daughter of Scott and Alicia Hintze, of Hughestown, celebrated her 4th birthday on Jan. 7. Lili is the granddaughter of Donna Kutchkus and the late George Kutchkus, of Hughestown, and William Hintze and the late Catherine Hintze, of Pittston. Lili has a big sister, Cassandra, who is six.
Olivia Jean Brady, daughter of Gene and Laura Brady, Wyoming, celebrated her 3rd birthday on Dec. 31. Olivia is a granddaughter of Nipper and Judy Nowakowski, Duryea, and Gene and Grace Brady, West Pittston. Olivia has an older sister, Ava, who is 5 years old. Olivia will have a baby brother in a few weeks.
Joshua A. Orkwis, the son and stepson of Alfred and Kimberly Orkwis, Pittston, and son of Arlene Keegan, Pittston, is celebrating his 8th birthday today Jan. 8. He will ring in his 8th at home with family. Friends will enjoy a Chuck E. Cheese celebration later this month. Josh is a second grade student at P.A. Primary Center, attends CCD at St. John’s in Pittston and is a student of Master Sheridan at Sitara Karate School, Pittston.
Avoca HS Class of ’56 Christmas Party
Happy Birthday! Stop by or mail your birthday photo to: The Sunday Dispatch 109 New Street Pittston, PA 18640 Pictures can run in back and white for $2 or color for $10. Deadline is Wednesday at 5 p.m., but space is limited, so pictures will be published on a first-come, first-served basis. Any questions, please call 602-0168. Checks can be made payable to The Sunday Dispatch.
Zevan Valvonis Zevan Jordan Valvonis, son of Stephen and Kimberlea Valvonis, LaJolla, California, is celebrating his seventh birthday on Jan. 11. Zevan is the grandson of Robert and Jacquie Jordan, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Joseph and Dolores Valvonis, Westminster. He is the great grandson of Sophie Valvonis, Plains Township.
he class of 1956 of Avoca High School had such a great time at their 55th class reunion recently they decided to hold a Christmas Party along with their spouses. The party was held at the Moosic Diner and everyone reported having a great time. Guitarist Bill Fry, supplied the entertainment for the evening with everyone singing all the songs they remembered from their high school days and Christmas Carols. The “Cherry Sisters” added to the fun. Santa and Mrs. Claus handed out boxes of candy and bayberry good wealth candles to all in attendance. The next meeting of the class will be held in the spring. Top photo are all who attended: Ann Brennan, Rose and Ed. Carlin, Tom and Ann Craig, Mary Janet Gilroy, John Golden, Mary Ann and Pete Jadus, Joe Konopka, John and Delores Lampman, Betty (White) Lewis, Lorraine Lokuta, Joe and Dawn Major, Al and Louise Moore, Paul and Florence O’Hop, Mary Ann Ruane, Barbara and Bob Sherwood, Irene and Frank Tokash, Thelma and Richard Thygar and Bob Young. Tom and Ann Craig, who portrayed Santa and Mrs. Claus, are shown in the bottom photo.
Pittston Area High school band entertains at Primary Center Band members from the Pittston Area High School played Christmas music at the Pittston Area Primary Center on Monday, Dec. 19. The students learned the names of the instruments that were played as each band member was introduced
by High School Band Director, Mr. Burdett. Pictured, left to right, first row, Augustin Sosa, Isabella Pisano, Antonio Santiago, Kaden Whispell, Colby Sarfine, Gianna Richards, Megan Simkonis, Kalista Armitage, Gloria Tabone, Eddie
Rosiak, and Vincent Quinones; second row, Mrs. Theresa McAndrew, Principal; Elina Vangelatos, Ashlyn Urbanski, Gino Triboski, Kevin Roby, Sal Turonis, Olivia Sennett, Zoe Scott, Samantha Quinn, Ryan Peck, and Cara Walsh; third row, Kie-
ra Wells, Chelsea Smith, Mia Nardone, Irene Magdon, Sarah Velehoski, Katlyn Jumper, Kristen Santey, Ginny Kriete, Matt Bukevicz, and Mr. Adam Burdett, Band Director.
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LCCC pastry arts students make gingerbread houses
Students in the pastry arts management program at Luzerne County Community College recently made gingerbread houses as part of a class project. The gingerbread houses were on display at the Joseph A. Paglianite Culinary Institute and those who viewed the display were able to vote for their favorite house. Shown with the winning gingerbread houses are, from left, Rich Nemetz, Wyoming, instructor, pastry arts, LCCC; Emily Kania, Tunkhannock, third place; Allison Masters, Shickshinny, first place; and Sam Allen, Berwick, second place.
LCCC PSTI participates in fire prevention program The Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute (PSTI) recently participated in Fire Prevention Week at the Wyoming Valley Mall. “Fire Prevention Week Protect Your Family from Fire” provided educational and safetyoriented information about smoke alarm maintenance and
installation. Shown at the LCCC kiosk at the Wyoming Valley Mall are, from left, Julie Schechter, Exeter, coordinator, PSTI; Ed Hennigan, Wyoming, assistant director, admissions, LCCC; and Susan Spry, Wilkes-Barre, vice president, workforce and community development, LCCC.
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The 1st grade classes of Old Forge Elementary recently celebrated the holiday season by making gingerbread houses. The students used a variety of candy to create gingerbread masterpieces to enjoy during the Christmas season. Pictured in some of the activity.
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‘Night at the Races’ to raise funds for cheerleaders’ trip PA Kindergarten News
In the event of inclement weather, school cancellations, early dismissals and morning delays are broadcast over local T.V. station and radios. You can also check the media’s websites for the information. The Kindergarten Center is included with “Elementary” Picture Make Up Picture make-up day will be on Thursday, Jan. 12. Any student not here for original day will have opportunity to have picture taken on that day. Dr. Martin Luther King Day There is no school on Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School will resume Tuesday, Jan. 17. Act 80 Day Friday, Jan. 20, is an Act 80 Day. Early dismissal is as follows: Car students – 1:30 p.m.; Vans/pink Bus – 1:25; Green/ blue/yellow/red buses – 1:30. Healthy Snacks Birthday and holiday treats should be healthy and nutritious. A list of ideas for a healthier classroom celebration was sent
home. The school’s food service can provide safe portion controlled food items for a reasonable cost. Contact Sue Rudalavage, Food Service Director at 6547770 Boxtops for Education The Kindergarten Center is collecting General Mills Box tops for Education logos for 2011-2012. Parents are asked to cut the box tops and place in bundles of 50 before sending them to your child’s teacher. Cheerleaders to Orlando
The Pittston Area Varsity Cheerleaders have won a bid to the National High School Cheer Championship in Orlando, Fl. Residents can help them get there by taking part in: A Night At the Races on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Jenkins Twp. Fire Hall The evening includes all you can eat including: soup, salad, pasta, meatballs, chicken strips, potatoes, vegetable, deserts, and much more. Those attending must be 21 or older.
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Cost: $10.00 cost of a horse was born on October 19, 1993, and $5.00 at the door. and is the daughter of Jane and Patrick Hadley. Her most memorable part of Senior Interviews high school was homeroom, and the most challenging part was By Jessica Baker the classes. If Jennifer was to teach any McKenzee Shea, of Pittston, subject in the world, it would be was born on July 14, 1994, and is either English or Algebra. Her the daughter of Cheryl and Do- favorite teachers include Mrs. nald Shea. Koss, Ms. Conlon, and Mrs. If she had the opportunity to Saunders. start high school over again, she Her high school experienced said she would have studied can be summed up into one work more and tried harder in classes. – Amazing! Her favorite teacher is Mrs. As far as favorites go, her faVincelli. vorite food is sushi, her favorite Summed up in one word, celebrity is Lea Michele, and the McKenzee’s high school experi- Rocky Horror Picture Show is ence was crazy. her favorite movie. McKenzee’s best friend is seHer best friends are Kara Konior Shelby Shimkoski, and her zar, Devon Davis, and Ciera idol is her mom. Callahan. If McKenzee was able to teach Jennifer’s plans for after high any subject, she said she would school are to attend college. She teach American Cultures. is most looking forward to beMcKenzee’s plans for after coming an adult for the freedom graduation are to attend college that comes with it. and become an x-ray technician. When an adult, she is most lookJosh Zurek, of Pittston Towning forward to having a well pay- ship, was born on August 13, ing job and a successful life. 1993, and is the son of Lisa and Stan Zurek. Jennifer Hadley, of Pittston, If he was able to start high
Chairperson needed for school talent show There will be no PTO meeting for the month of January. The PTO thanks all who participated with Santa’s Workshop. A chairperson for the Talent Show is needed. If you are interested with helping out with the
school over again, he said that he would study more and join more clubs. His most challenging part of high school was Spanish. If he was able to teach any subject in the world, he would teach music class. In one word, his high school experience was interesting. Josh’s loves to play guitar and write songs. His favorites include Chinese food, the band Say Anything, and his favorite song is “Yellow Cat (Slash) Red Cat” by Say Anything. After high school, Josh plans to go to The University of Scranton. He is looking forward to more freedom as an adult. Christine D’Agostino is the daughter of Jean Ann and Eric D’Agostino. She was born on April 16, 1994 and resides in Duryea. Her favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs and her best friends include Ali Quinn, Ellen Renfer and Danielle Corcoran. Although she is involved in Key Club, Stand Tall Club and National Honor Society, she regrets not joining more clubs her freshman year. Christine plans to go to college
and pursue a career in Early Childhood Education, a choice that was helped along by favorite teachers: Mrs. Vincelli, Ms. Conlon, Ms. Oliver, Mr. Caprari, Mr. Devlin, Mrs. Koss, and Ms. Kotula. The daughter of Alma and William Arias, Sara Arias was born on March 21, 1994. She lives in the city of Pittston. Sara enjoyed being a member of the Young Lawyers Club, the yearbook, and the Stand Tall Club. Her best friends are Lyndzee Artmont and Ariel Ardo, and her most memorable moment was participating in the mock trial her junior year. Sara idolizes her sister who is “a mom, wife, and amazing sister.” She hopes to attend law school in the near future Bianca Bolton was born September 16, 1993. She lives in Pittston with her father, Dave Bolton. In high school she participated in track and cross country and found that honors classes were the most challenging part of her high school experience.
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event, speak to a PTO officer. Please keep saving your box tops and labels for education. Smencils are available in the school office. Anyone interested please see Rachelle.
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Dress Down Day Jan. 11 for students with birthdays Dates to remember: Jan. 11 Holy Hour Grade 4 will lead us in prayers. Jan. 11 Dress Down Day for students who have birthdays in January. Jan 16 School Closed – Martin Luther King Day. Jan. 23 Liturgy at 1:00 p.m. St.Cecilia’s Church, Third Grade will lead in prayer. Jan. 24
2nd Quarter ends CANDY SALE Students at Wyoming Area Catholic School will sellGertrude Hawk Chocolates. Brochures have been sent home with all the students. Orders are due Friday, Feb. 24, with an estimated delivery March 20-1. LABELS Please keep sending in Campbell Soup Labels and Box Tops for Education. The containers for the labels are in the main hallway.
National Honor Society officers installed Holy Redeemer High School’s National Honor Society installed officers for the 2011-2012 school year. Officers were selected by a faculty committee based on qualifications and the candidates’ presented platform. As officers, they will coordinate club service projects under the direction of advisor Mrs. Maureen Janoski. National Honor Society officers shown from left are: Jeff Capaci, vice president, Mountaintop; Sara Cavanaugh, treasurer, Plains; Nicole Phillips, secretary, Pittston; Dalton Ell, president, Plains. Holy Redeemer High School is located in Wilkes-Barre on South Pennsylvania Blvd. and is the largest Catholic high school sponsored by the Diocese of Scranton. Mrs. Anita Sirak is principal.
SCHOOL MENUS Wyoming Area Elementary Menu
Monday Rotini with meatballs or pasta w/ butter- string cheese bread tossed salad/dressing cinnamon applesauce Alternate - cheese sandwich, or PBJ, or 4oz. yogurt and animal crackers all w/ choice of string cheese or sunflower seeds Breakfast - whole-wheat cinnamon roll, cereal, juice, milk Tuesday Mini corn dogs or rib a que on a bun sliced pickles baked beans sliced peaches Alternate - cheese sandwich, or PBJ, or 4oz. yogurt and animal crackers all w/ choice of string cheese or sunflower seeds Breakfast - Scrambled eggs w/bacon, toast, juice, milk
Friday High School and Middle School A. Bosco Sticks w/ marinara sauce Monday: meatball hoagie, corn, peaches, fruit, B. Italian hoagie, lettuce Wyoming Area Secondary Menu C. Grilled cheese sandwich chicken noodle soup milk. D. Rib-a-que, cheeseburger or chicken patty on Tuesday: Italian dunkers, peas, fruit, low fat bun tossed salad/dressing Tossed salad /dressing Monday Sides - crispy baked colossal fries diced pears milk A. Rotini pasta w/ meatballs or butter-cheese, bread Wednesday: macaroni & cheese, wheat bread, B. chicken parm, side pasta Pittston Area School District carrots, fruit, low fat milk C. chicken fajita w/ lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream Intermediate, Primary, Kindergarten Thursday: Italian panini, mixed vegetables, D. Rib-a-que, cheeseburger or chicken patty on Menu for Week of Jan. 9 fruit, low fat milk bun tossed salad/dressing Sides - C & D- Seasoned Spiral Potatoes, CinnaMonday: macaroni & cheese, bread slice, or hot Friday: hot chicken hoagie, roasted potatoes, mon Applesauce ham & cheese on bun, green beans, mandarin or- fruit, low fat milk anges, low fat milk Tuesday High school breakfast A. Tyson Hot ‘n Spicy chicken sandwich on a Tuesday: cheeseburger fajita or hot dog on bun, Grab & go at cafeteria store has hot breakfast bun mixed vegetables, applesauce, low fat milk sandwiches, breakfast pizza, bagels & cream B. Pizza bagel cheese, cereal with toast, breakfast bars, fresh C. Philly double-cheese steak hoagie Wednesday: chicken parmesan with noodles, or fruit, juice & low fat milk. D. Rib-a-que, cheeseburger or chicken patty on fish sticks, bread slice, carrots, peaches, low fat bun tossed salad/dressing tortilla chips /Salsa milk Middle school breakfast Sides - sweet pickle slices juicy peaches
cheese or sunflower seeds
Wednesday Taco w/ Beef, cheese, lettuce & tomato Or cheeseburger on bun golden sweet corn seasoned rice mixed Wednesday Alternate - cheese sandwich, or PBJ, or 4oz. yoA. Asian sesame chicken, rice gurt and animal crackers all w/ choice of string B. Turkey, bacon, cheese & lettuce on honey cheese or sunflower seeds Breakfast - Warm pizza slice, cereal, juice, milk wrap C. Taco bowl w/ beef, rice, corn tortilla chips, cheese, toppings Thursday D. Rib-a-que, cheeseburger or chicken patty on Chicken fryz/ dipping sauce bread mashed potatoes / gravy garden peas & carrots, chocolate pud- bun tossed salad/dressing wedges Sides - B&D- baked potato golden corn mixed ding. fruit Alternate - cheese sandwich, or PBJ, or 4oz. yogurt and animal crackers all w/ choice of string Thursday cheese or sunflower seeds. A. Baked chicken fryz, Bread Breakfast- bagel w/ jelly, fruit juice, milk B. Hot pork sandwich C. Meatball hoagie w/ mozzarella cheese Friday D. Rib-a-que, cheeseburger or chicken patty on Bosco Pizza Dunkers w/ Marinara Sauce Tossed bun tossed salad/dressing Peas and Carrots Salad /Dressing Diced Pears Oatmeal Cookie Sides - Mashed potatoes / gravy chocolate pudAlternate - cheese sandwich, or PBJ, or 4oz. yogurt and animal crackers all w/ choice of string ding
Thursday: corn dog bites or, bacon cheeseburgMonday: egg & cheese on bagel or French toast er, baked fries, corn, pears, low fat milk sticks with syrup Friday: “fruity Friday” pizza day or chili taco, Tuesday: sausage & cheese on English muffin bread slice, peas, pineapple tidbits, low fat milk or scrambled eggs with toast Alternates: turkey wrap, chicken Caesar salad, Wednesday: pancakes with syrup or egg, bacon ham & cheese hoagie, popcorn chicken with bread & cheese on bagel Breakfast: Thursday: breakfast pizza or egg & cheese on Monday: hot pockets bagel Tuesday: pancake sausage wrap Wednesday: sausage, egg & cheese on bagel Friday: waffles with syrup or ham & cheese on Thursday: scrambled eggs with toast bagel Friday: waffles with syrup Available daily: plain and specialty pizza, whole Available daily: breakfast pizza, assorted cereals grain chicken patty, salads, assorted hoagies and with buttered toast, juice and low fat milk wraps
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HR students win technology awards in LIU competition Mrs. Melissa Skutack and her sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who entered technology projects in anticipation of the LIU #18 Technology Fair to be held in March. Students entered projects in the area of Graphic Design, Web Page Design, Digital Movie, and Animation. First place awards were earned by Cecelia Newhart and Kayla Stelma for Web Page design, Edward Sankus for Digital Movie, and Nina Mucciolo for Animation. Second place awards were earned by Kyle Zapko and Trevor Tigue, and Ashton Ashby and Courtney June earned Third place awards in Graphic Design. Cali Scavo and Ava Angeli earned Honorable Mention awards in Graphic Design. All first place winners will have the opportunity to participate in the Regional Technology Fair sponsored by the Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18 in the March. Catholic Schools Week Holy Rosary School, along with all Catholic Schools across the nation, will celebrate THE annual Catholic Schools’ Week from January 29 to February 4. Information on the Opening Mass and Open House, along with the other activities that celebrate faith, academics, and service, will be sent home within the next few weeks. Gift Certificates Vouchers sales will continue
to be held in Sacred Heart Church Hall in Duryea each Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. School families may send in orders on Wednesday to be filled on Thursday. Recycling In addition to cartridge recycling Holy Rosary also has cell phone recycling. Select cell phones can be dropped off in the same location and recycled for credit. For more information or for a list of qualifying cartridges, visit www.fundingfactory.com or contact Mrs. Skutack at 4572553. Labels & Box Tops Campbell’s Soup labels and Box Tops for Education are being collected at Holy Rosary School. These programs enable the school to provide educational resources that may be unaffordable through the regular budget. They offer exciting merchandise like computers, software, sports equipment, reference materials, science and art items, even musical instruments. Parents and students are asked to continue their support of these programs by sending in labels to the school office or by placing them in the church vestibule. If you have any questions, contact the school’s office. Also, check labels for expiration dates. They can be sent in immediately and processed before they expire; there is no need to wait until you accumulate a quantity.
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Hard Top. AM/FM. 6 disc CD. 117 K miles. Stage 2 Dinan suspension. Cross drilled rotors. Cold air intake. All maintenance records available. $11,500 OBO. 570-466-2630
BUICK `05 LACROSSE
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black and red interior. 9,700 miles, auto, HUD, removable glass roof, polished wheels, memory package, Bose stereo and twilight lighting, factory body moldings, traction control, ABS, Garage kept - Like New. $25,900 (570) 609-5282
Metallic Gray. Heated leather seats. Traction control, 6 way power front seats, remote start. Rear park assist. New tires. 41,400 miles. $11,000 570-696-2148
CADILLAC `05 SRX All wheel drive,
traction control, 3.6 L V-6, power sunroof, autostick, leather interior, auto car starter, factory installed 6 CD disc changer, all power, memory seat. 39,000 miles. $21,000 570-453-2771
Low miles - 54,000. V6. FWD. Leather interior. Great shape. A/C. CD. All power. $7,200. Negotiable (570) 760-1005
EAGLE `95 TALON
Only 97,000 Miles. Full custom body kit, dark green metallic with gray interior. Dual exhaust, 4 coil over adjustable struts. All new brakes, air intake kit, strut brakes, custom seats, custom white gauges, 2 pillar gauges, new stereo, alarm, custom side view mirrors. 4 cylinder automatic, runs excellent. $8,500. Call 570-876-1355 or 570-504-8540 (evenings)
FORD ‘02 MUSTANG
GTRedCONVERTIBLE with black
top. 6,500 miles. One Owner. Excellent Condition. $17,500 570-760-5833
HONDA `07 ACCORD
V6 EXL. 77K miles. 1 owner with maintenance records. Slate blue with leather interior. Sunroof. Asking $12,500. Call 570-239-2556
HONDA `09 CIVIC LX-S
Excellent condition inside & out. Garage kept. Regularly serviced by dealer, records available. Option include alloy wheels, decklid spoiler, sport seats, interior accent lighting (blue), Nose mask and custom cut floor mats. Dark grey with black interior. 56K highway miles. REDUCED! $13,300. Call 570-709-4695
JAGUAR `00 S TYPE
4 door sedan. Like new condition. Brilliant blue exterior with beige hides. Car is fully equipped with navigation system, V-8, automatic, climate control AC, alarm system, AM/FM 6 disc CD, garage door opener. 42,000 original miles. $9,000 Call (570) 288-6009
JAGUAR ‘94 XJS CONVERTIBLE
Mint Condition Magnolia red, with palomino beige leather interior. This car rates a 10 in & out. 4 new tires and services. Florida car. $10,500. 570-885-1512
LEXUS `98 LS 400
Excellent condition, garage kept, 1 owner. Must see. Low mileage, 90K. Leather interior. All power. GPS navigation, moon roof, cd changer. Loaded. $9,000 or best offer. 570-706-6156
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VOLKSWAGEN `04 Beetle - Convertible
GREAT ON GAS! Blue. AM/FM cassette. Air. Automatic. Power roof, windows, locks & doors. Boot cover for top. 22k. Excellent condition. Garage kept. Newly Reduced $14,000 570-479-7664 Leave Message
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CHEVY ‘30 HOTROD COUPE
OLDSMOBILE `68 DELMONT
FORD ‘76 THUNDERBIRD
All original $12,000
MERCEDES ‘76 450 SL $24,000
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DESOTO CUSTOM ‘49 4 DOOR SEDAN
3 on the tree with fluid drive. This All American Classic Icon runs like a top at 55MPH. Kin to Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Imperial Desoto, built in the American Midwest, after WWII, in a plant that once produced B29 Bombers. In it’s original antiquity condition, with original shop & parts manuals, she’s beautifully detailed and ready for auction in Sin City. Spent her entire life in Arizona and New Mexico, never saw a day of rain or rust. Only $19,995. To test drive, by appointment only, Contact Tony at 570-899-2121 or penntech84th@ gmail.com
FORD `52 COUNTRY SEDAN CUSTOM LINE
STATION WAGON V8, automatic, 8 passenger, 3rd seat, good condition, 2nd owner. REDUCED TO $6,500. 570-579-3517 570-455-6589
FORD ‘28 MODEL A Sport Coupe.
Rumble Seat. Professionally Restored. Ford Blue with tan canvas top. $15,225 570-339-1552 after 5:00pm
FORD SALEEN ‘04 281 SC Coupe
1,000 miles documented #380 Highly collectable. $28,500 570-472-1854
MAZDA `88 RX-7 CONVERTIBLE
1 owner, garage kept, 65k original miles, black with grey leather interior, all original & never seen snow. $7,995. Call 570-237-5119
MAZDA `88 RX-7 CONVERTIBLE
1 owner, garage kept, 65k original miles, black with grey leather interior, all original & never seen snow. $7,995. Call 570-237-5119
Good interior & exterior. Runs great! New tires. Many new parts. Moving, Must Sell. $2,300 or best offer 570-693-3263 Ask for Paul
MERCEDES-BENZ `73 450SL with Convertible
removable hard top, power windows, AM /FM radio with cassette player, CD player, automatic, 4 new tires. Champagne exterior; Italian red leather interior inside. Garage kept, excellent condition. $28,000. Call 825-6272
MERCURY `79 ZEPHYR
6 cylinder automatic. 52k original miles. Florida car. $1500. 570-899-1896
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Commercial Trucks & Equipment
CHEVY ‘08 3500 HD DUMP TRUCK 2WD, automatic.
Only 12,000 miles. Vehicle in like new condition. $19,000. 570-288-4322
BMW 2010 K1300S
Only 460 miles! Has all bells & whistles. Heated grips, 12 volt outlet, traction control, ride adjustment on the fly. Black with lite gray and red trim. comes with BMW cover, battery tender, black blue tooth helmet with FM stereo and black leather riding gloves (like new). paid $20,500. Sell for
NEWER 31-10-15 HANKOOK TIRES. 4WD, AUTO, POWER WINDOWS LOCKS. TRUCK RUNS LIKE NEW. 5 CYLINDER GREAT ON GAS HAVE LEER CAP & NERF BARS AND BED LINER, CD, AIR LIGHT BLUE WITH BLUE INTERIOR. $14,500 570-575-5087 OR 570-718-1834
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BUICK `05 RENDEZVOUS BARGAIN!!
AWD, Fully loaded, 1 owner, 22,000 miles. Small 6 cylinder. New inspection. Like new, inside & out. $13,000. (570) 540-0975
CADILLAC `99 ESCALADE 97k miles. Black with beige leather interior. 22” rims. Runs great. $8,500 Call 570-861-0202
FORD `04 EXPLORER
Eddie Bauer Edition 59,000 miles, 4 door, 3 row seats, V6, all power options, moon roof, video screen $12,999. 570-690-3995 or 570-287-0031
GMC `05 SAVANA
1500 Cargo Van. AWD. V8 automatic. A/C. New brakes & tires. Very clean. $10,750. Call 570-474-6028
DAELIM 20064,700 150 CCs.
JEEP `02 GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO
Call 570-262-0914 Leave message.
miles. 70 MPG. New battery & tires. $1,500; negotiable. Call 570-288-1246 or 570-328-6897
HARLEY 2011 HERITAGE SOFTTAIL Black. 1,800 miles. ABS brakes. Security System Package. $16,000 firm. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY 570-704-6023
HARLEY DAVIDSON `03
100th Anniversary Edition Deuce. Garage kept. 1 owner. 1900 miles. Tons of chrome. $38,000 invested. A must see. Asking $18,000. OBO 570-706-6156
HSoft ARLEY DAVIDSON ‘80 riding FLH. King of the Highway! Mint original antique show winner. Factory spot lights, wide white tires, biggest Harley built. Only 28,000 original miles! Never needs inspection, permanent registration. $7,995 OBO 570-905-9348
HYOSUNG `04 COMET
250. 157 Miles. Excellent Condition. $1,200. Call 570-256-7760
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FLAGSTAFF `08 CLASSIC NOW BACK IN PA.
Super Lite Fifth Wheel. LCD/DVD flat screen TV, fireplace, heated mattress, ceiling fan, Hide-a-Bed sofa, outside speakers & grill, 2 sliders, aluminum wheels, , awning, microwave oven, tinted safety glass windows, fridge & many accessories & options. Excellent condition, $22,500. 570-868-6986
SUNLINE SOLARIS `91
25’ travel trailer A/C. Bunk beds. New fridge & hot water heater. Excellent condition. $3,900. 570-466-4995
Installation/ Maintenance/ Repair
Triple black, economical 6 cylinder. 4x4 select drive. CD, remote door opener, power windows & locks, cruise, tilt wheel. 108k highway miles. Garage kept. Super clean inside and out. No rust. Sale price $6,495. Scranton. Trade in’s accepted. 570-466-2771
JEEP `03 LIBERTY
SPORT. Rare. 5 speed. 23 MPG. 102K highway miles. Silver with black interior. Immaculate condition, inside and out. Garage kept. No rust, maintenance records included. 4wd, all power. $6,900 or best offer, trades will be considered. Call 570-575-0518
NISSAN `10 ROGUE SL AWD. Gray. Sunroof. Bose stereo system. Black, heated leather seats. Sunroof 6,800 miles. $24,000 (570) 696-2777
RANGE ROVER ‘07 SPORT Supercharged
59,000 miles, fully loaded. Impeccable service record. $36,000 570-283-1130
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We have Part Time Day Shift Openings For Weekdays (9AM - 5PM or 10AM-6PM) This is fast-paced physical work requiring the ability to clean cars and make windows sparkle. If you enjoy cars, working in a first class facility and a team atmosphere, you’ll earn above average pay and free car washes. We can work around school schedules or work with your availability. Apply in person at the area’s finest car wash!
Building/ Construction/ Skilled Trades
GasSearch Drilling Services Corporation is looking for the following positions:
HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS
- Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance - 401K - Quarterly Safety Bonus - Paid Holidays - Paid Vacation
Apply within or online: GasSearch Drilling Services Corporation 8283 Hwy 29 Montrose, PA 18801 570-278-7118 www. gassearchdrilling. com
HIRING: HYDROVAC OPERATOR
Starting rate: $21/hour. Must be physically fit and reliable with a friendly attitude. Call Monday-Friday 1pm4pm. 570-477-5818
Position open in survey department. Ideal candidate would be experienced/trained in survey field procedures and AutoCAD 2011 survey drafting techniques. Working knowledge of Trimble GPS Equipment, TDS Data Collection & Microsoft Office a plus. Full time position with a Dynamic firm expanding in Northeast Pa. We offer a competitive salary with full Benefits including but not limited to health insurance, paid holidays, paid vacation, 401(k) Plan, Salary commensurate with experience. Send all replies, e-mail, or fax in confidence to:
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Start the New Year off Right! Due to our continued growth, Bolus Freight Systems is expanding its fleet of company drivers. Company drivers will enjoy dedicated runs or regional runs. You can be home every night or every weekend, the choice is yours. You can earn in excess of $1400 per week, and you will be driving a new or late model truck. Part time and weekend work also available. This is a career opportunity for dependable drivers to work for an industry leader and one of the highest paying companies in the business. We offer a performance bonus, paid vacations and holidays, medical and life insurance as well as 401K. For more information call: 1-800-444-1497 ext 721 Drivers - CDL-A: Local Dedicated route! Home every night! Great Pay, Benefits! Estenson Logistics. Apply: www.goelc.com 1-866-336-9642 Drivers: Great Hometime. $.40 CPM plus Bonus, Benefits, 99% No-Touch, 24 hour Dispatch, Late Model Equipment. CDL-A 2 years tractor/trailer experience required. Logistics One: 1-888-598-4233 x 120.
SERVICE DRIVER & GENERAL LABORER
For local portable restroom company. Good pay & benefits Call 570-388-6352 Monday - Friday 8am to 4pm.
Reilly Associates 49 S. Main Street, Suite 200 Pittston, PA 18640 Fax:(570) 654-6880 cgmiter@reilly engineering.com EOE/M/F/V/H
527 Food Services/ Hospitality
Workers Full Time week on / week off (including 7 asleep overnight shifts) working with intellectual disabilities in a community home in the WilkesBarre area. Experience is helpful, paid training is provided. Valid drivers license is required. For information or application, call IMPACT SYSTEMS, Inc. at (570) 829-3671. Starting Salary is $22,048 + benefits Drug free workplace. EOE
Gerrity’s Supermarkets currently has an immediate opening for a Day Shift Professional Cook. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years experience in Banquet style and Production Cooking. We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefit package. Apply at: 2020 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming or at: www.gerritys.com E.O.E
Experienced only Full time. Day 1 benefits - Medical, Dental, Eye. 401k program Meal plans. Apply in person from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Red Lobster 10 East End Center Wilkes-Barre or Apply Online at redlobster.com
SURGICAL TECH/ MEDICAL ASSISTANT Part time position
Orloski’s Wash & Lube
295 Mundy St. Behind the W.V. Mall
with adoptive parents and pregnant women & outreach in Scranton/WilkesBarre. Home studies, post-placement visits, and information meetings. BSW/ MSW required, Adoption experience preferred. Must have flexible schedule. Fax resume and hourly requirements to (610) 432-8200 Attention: Tammy or TammyC@afth.org EOE
NURSE CASE MANAGER For hospital in Wilkes-Barre Area. Full time. Email resume to rsimon@mri-corp. com or contact Rich Simon 800600-3638 ext. 300
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Antiques & Collectibles
COINS. Walking Liberty halves, 1936D, 1939P,1939S,1938p1947p $80. 570-287-4135 YEARBOOKS: From most area schools. 1930’s to recent years. $25 and up 570-825-4721
MICROWAVE GE over range, 7 months old, white, excellent condition $75. 570-474-0281 570-371-1866
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Full time. Wholesale distributor requires person for delivery to retail dealers + general warehouse duties. Clean driving record required. Benefits include: Paid Health Insurance & Vacation. No Phone Calls Please Apply in person at GALLAGHER FLORAL SUPPLY 10 Gallagher Drive Plains, PA (Behind M&T Bank)
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CERAMIC FLOOR TILE Davinci brand new, never used maui color, 12 x 12” 11 boxes of 11 tiles each. $40. 570-287-5358
DECK treated wood. you pick up FREE Harding area. 570-287-8410
MEMORIAL SHRINE CEMETERY 6 Plots Available
May be Separated Rose Lawn Section $450 each 570-654-1596
LOTS FOR SALE 6 lots available at Memorial Shrine Cemetery. $2,400. Call 717-774-1520 SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY
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CLOTHING boys size 2T blanket sleepers; 9 total; $12. excellent condition Men’s large long sleeve dress shirts (Chaps, Eddie Bauer, Natica, Perry Ellis) excellent condition; asking $5 each 570-333-0966
COMPUTER DESK oak, 25 3/4dc60 1/2 wx301/4H, removable hutch, excellent condition $200. 570-829-1454 COMPUTER DESK, like new L shaped used 2 months paid $500 sell for $200. Wood/walnut. 570-287-3934
KENNETH COLE Beige, size 6, hardly worn. $75. 570-855-5385
DESK, wood computer desk , pull out keyboard tray, lower shelf to hold tower off the floor, has rollers for easy moving 31 1/2”w x 19 1/2”d x 55 1/2 “h $40. Maple 3 shelf open back book stand 9 p3/4”w x 23 1/2”l x 28 1/2”h $20. Wooden lamp with shade hangs on wall, $20. Kaz cool moisture humidifier with air cleaning filter, 20-24 hour operation, on-off switch, directional spout $15. 570-288-8689
COAT men’s Columbia warm green color coat size xl $10. Girls brown London Fog jacket, hood & flowers embroided on 1 sleeve, size 7-8 asking $10. 570-650-8710 Designer Clothes at Discount prices. Your favorite current styles. Convenient, local fashions, with no shipping or return hassles. Wed., Fri. & Sat. 11 - 5 Thurs. 12 - 6 100 Wyoming Ave. Wyoming, PA
Say it HERE in the Classifieds! 570-829-7130 DINING TABLES 3 2 with extensions for $35. each. 1 dark finish oval for $25. Antique dressing table $35. 570-825-3888
Computer Equipment & Software
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, oak, $60. Call Mark at 570301-3484 or Allison at 631-6635.
CD Burner/DVD player for pc. Hewlett Packard model ts-h493 sata combo drive. $35 call rick 283-2552
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, oak, 46” h, 40”w. Will hold up to 26” TV, has drawers & shelves, excellent condition. $50. 570-696-1703
LAPTOP Used Gateway P4 XP Pro 3Ghz w/1 Gig RAM, 80Gig HD, DVD Burner and 15” Screen. Loaded with Office 2007. $225. 283-2552
FURNISH FOR LESS
LAPTOP: Dell XPS Laptop computer (15) includes cooling pad/mouse $550. 570-266-2923
* NELSON * * FURNITURE * * WAREHOUSE * Recliners from $299 Lift Chairs from $699 New and Used Living Room Dinettes, Bedroom 210 Division St Kingston Call 570-288-3607
TREADMILL Lifestyler Expanse 2000 0-10 MPH speed, 2.5 hp motor, power incline, programmable speed & incline. Paid $1,000. Sacrifice for $400. 570-675-4777
Furniture & Accessories
KITCHEN SET solid light wood with white legs, excellent condition, asking $125. 570-639-3151 LAMPS (2) parlor stand up, grey metal & black. $25 each. 570-740-1246
Furniture & Accessories
LAMPS 2 large living room lamps, brass base with cream colored shade, brand new asking $30 each or $50 for pair. Call 570-239-9945
BED FRAME classic style, queen size raised panel, headboard, footboard & side rails. Black wood finish. Asking $200. assembly required, easy instructions included. 570-283-3086
CANES & walking/ hiking sticks made from slippery maple trees, different shapes & sizes, 30+ available $4 & $5. each. CHRISTMAS ITEMS & household items over 200 available, flowers, vases, wreaths, lights, glasses, knick-knacks, lamps, candles, 4 piece luggage set, electric watches, belt trimmer all for $55. 570-735-2081.
SNOW BLOWER Ariens Model SS 322, electric start $175. 570-574-9633 SNOW THROWER Ariens 7hp electric start, tire chains, 24” cut just serviced, runs well $395. 570-636-3151
PHONE: hearing impaired phone (MiracleEar) $25 Opentech (miracle phone) for the hearing impaired l, instructional video also included, $25. Milk can with lid, painted black has decal, good condition $30. Hamilton Beach slow cooker $10. Soup tureen & ladle $8. Electric Mr Coffee 12 cup $8. Micro Perk microwave coffee maker makes 4 cup, additional glass maker $5. Beautiful 2 piece wall planter by syrocco $25. 570-650-8710
SNOWBLOWER ATTACHMENT 42” for the FASTATTACH lawn tractor includes chains & weights. Free to go. Used one season. 570-563-3081
POWER CHAIR Jazzy Select, $500. WALKER with wheels $45. 570-829-2411
758 Miscellaneous BEDLINER & tailgate cover, 5 star, over rail, 7’ bed, great condition, off 83 Ranger, fits others, White Haven. $50. 570-443-9766
RAMPS pair of aluminum loading ramps for loading quad/lawn tractor, like new $100. KerSun Omni 104 kero heater 18,500 BTUs, good condition $50. 570-574-9633
BEDLINER: 89 Chevy S10 truck bedliner, standard 6’ cab $15. Battery charger 6/12 volt, 2/6 amp, new $25. Chevy small block headers with gaskets $20 both. Holley 4 barrel carb 600 cfm rebuilt $90. Gong Show movie DVD $10. Large frameless mirror 36”X42” $40. 5 storm windows $15. 570-740-1246
RECORDS LPs, 78s, 45s, 60s, 70s, 80s & 90’s. $1. each.. 829-2411
Line up a place to live in classified! SANITIZING STEAM CLEANING SYSTEM, Hahn multi function Model MS30 numerous attachments, mint condition $75. 570-829-1454
BEDROOM SET Thomasville 7 drawer bureau with mirror, 2 matching night stands $300. obo 570-994-7921
776 Sporting Goods BIKE ProForm XP70 exercise bike & Proform 675 cardiocross trainer elliptical both like new. $75. each. 570- 696-9979 EVERLAST HEAVY BAG with chain $40. 570-954-2712 FOOSEBALL TABLE, very good condition, $75. OBO. 570-262-7923 GOLF CLUBS Callaway X-20 Flighted 5.5 iron set 4-PW steel shafts $125 Ben Hogan BH-5 iron set 3-PW graphite shafts $75. Taylor Made Burner 2.0, 6 iron, new. $35.498-4556 INSTANT FISHERMAN (2) & 2 travel cases never used with additional knife. Paid around $100. sell $65. 788-6654 Snowboard Millennium 3 with Bindings with Burton snow board boots, size 9. $199. Nike Mercurial’s Soccer Spikes size 10 paid $159 will sell $50. Call Mark at 570-3013484 or Allison at 631-6635. TONY LITTLE AB lounge extreme paid $160. sell $90. still in box.288-9889
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Specializing in waterprooﬁng basements with stone walls. 570-468-3988 • 570-780-8339 Lic. & insured.
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We were there for you in the flood of -72 & will help you get your home back together after the -11 flood.All your flooring needs: carpet, vinyl, laminate, hardwood; Window treatments: blinds, shades, custom drapes. 498-0977, 822-3494, or 592-4060
TV BRACKETS, wall mount, 1 holds large set $39. 1 for smaller set $29. 570-636-3151
Video Game Systems/Games
RAGE Anarchy Edition for PS3. Brand new in factory packaging. Comes with 2 codes to download Wasteland sewer mission & Anarchy Edition Pack $50. 570-793-7085
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XBOX 360 firmware installed. 4 games included-$350. DVD player Toshiba, remote excellent condition $15. 570-472-1646
796 Wanted to Buy Merchandise WILL BUY stationary bike in good working condition. call cell #’s 845-2249151/845-380-2490
Candidates must be 23 years of age with at least 2 years tractor trailer experience. Drivers paid by percentage.
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Wednesday, April 11, $150 (Front Mezz)
Wednesday, May 2, $169 (Orchestra)
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We are seeking highly motivated, part-time sales people. The positions consist of inbound and outbound phone calls to businesses discussing websites and online marketing strategies. Performing estimates and follow up are part of the position as well.
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EDUCATION We are looking for qualified, dedicated individuals to join the Head Start Team: Full Time Preschool TEACHER, Edwardsville, AAS/BS Degree in Early Childhood Education REQUIRED; Part Time ASSISTANT TEACHERS, Pittston; Full Time REGIONAL NURSE, Nanticoke area. Visit our website at www.lchs.hsweb.org for more details. Qualified candidates must possess current clearances: ACT 34 PA State Police Criminal Record Check, ACT 151 Child Abuse History and FBI Fingerprints. Send resume/cover letter, 3 written letters of reference and proof of education, copy of degree/transcripts/license to LCHS, ATTN: Human Resources, PO Box 540, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703-0540; Email LCHSHumanResources@hsweb.org; Fax #570-829-6580. E.O.E. M/F/V/H. NO PHONE CALLS.
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Wii - (2) Bowling Balls, brand new $5 each. CHARGER, Nyko for Wii, 4 ports with batteries and covers. Like new $15. 570-693
Efficiencies available @30% of income
TV Phillips 32” HD wide screen, flat front, tube $50. 570-696-0187 TVS 36” Super Scan color TV measuring 34” W, 29 1/2” H, 25” D manufactured by Sears $75. 14” RCA color TV $20. 14 w X 13” h X 14” D. 570-288-8689
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Home daily Benefit package includes: paid holiday and vacation; health, vision, and dental coverage.
$125 EXTRA IF DRIVEN, DRAGGED OR PUSHED IN!
• Windows • Siding • Enclosures • Fiberglass Doors
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TELEVISION: GE. 28” works good, needs remote $80. 570-740-1246
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POPCORN BUTTER SERVER automatic $295. 570-636-3151
PIANO/UPRIGHT FREE. MOVING 570-479-1810
TIRES 2 used Winterforce 215/70R15 tires on rims from 2000 Chevy Venture $80. 570-474-0935
TV STAND black, glass shelves top & bottom 44”l x 22”w x 20”h, like new condition $75.654-
TV Armoire with lighted curio on top $75. 570-954-2712
CARRIER Sears Black X-Cargo Sport 20 car top carrier with lock and key. Measures 67 1/2 x 26 1/4 x 20 1/4. Excellent condition. Asking $125. 570-829-4776
LOVE SEAT, white $100. Kitchen Table marble top $300. Queen Waterbed mattress & heater $100.570-655-8598
END TABLE $20. 570-654-4113
Machinery & Equipment
ENGINE 3 HP Briggs & Stratton engine in good condition mounted on a 2 wheel sprayer with hose & nozzle that needs work. $75. 570-693-1918
LAMPS set of 2 brass table lamps with cream color shades. Paid $85 each asking $50 for pair. Great condition. Call 474-0753
CAPTAIN bed, twin maple, headboard, 2 large drawers on side & 4 small in back $100. EdenPure Heater gen4 1000 very new, hardly used $100. 570-256-7943 or 570-266-9155 (cell)
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Tile/Hardwood Floors Kitchen Cabinets Interior Woodwork Closet Systems
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SUNDAY DISPATCH 796 Wanted to Buy Merchandise
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VITO’S & GINO’S Wanted: Junk Cars & Trucks Highest Prices Paid!! FREE PICKUP
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KITTEN FREE 7 months old, male orange tabby, neutered, shots, declawed. Indoor cat only. 909-6248
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Parents on premises Shots Current. $500 570-250-9690
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362 Susquehanna Ave Completely remodeled, spectacular, 2 story Victorian home, with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, new rear deck, full front porch, tiled baths and kitchen, granite countertops, all Cherry hardwood floors throughout, all new stainless steel appliances and lighting, new oil furnace, washer dryer in first floor bath. Great neighborhood, nice yard. $174,900 (30 year loan, $8,750 down, $887/month, 30 years @ 4.5%) 100% OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE Call Bob at 570-654-1490
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65 W Pettebone St. Beautiful remodeled home in desirable neighborhood. 4 bed, 3 bath, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, deck, private driveway with 2 car garage A must see. $163,000 RENT TO OWN OPTION AVAILABLE 570-881-8493
TOTAL BEAUTY 1 ACRE- PRIVACY Beautiful ranch 2
bedrooms, huge modern kitchen, big TV room and living room, 1 bath, attic for storage, washer, dryer & 2 air conditioners included. New Roof & Furnace Furnished or unfurnished. Low Taxes! Reduced $115,900 FINANCING AVAILABLE
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52 Barber Street Beautifully remodeled 3 bedroom, 1 bath home in the heart of the town. With new carpets, paint, windows, doors and a modern kitchen and bath. Sale includes all appliances: refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Nice yard and superb neighborhood. Priced to sell at $89,900 or $433.00 per month (bank rate; 30 years, 4.25%, 20% down). Owner also willing to finance 100% of transaction with a qualified cosigner Call Bob at 570-654-1490
438 Tripp St
OPEN HOUSE Sunday 12pm-5pm
Completely remodeled home with everything new. New kitchen, baths, bedrooms, tile floors, hardwoods, granite countertops, all new stainless steel appliances, refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, free standing shower, tub for two, huge deck, large yard, excellent neighborhood $154,900 (30 year loan @ 4.5% with 5% down; $7,750 down, $785/month) 100% OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE Call Bob at 570-654-1490
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915 Manufactured Homes Laurel Run & San Souci Parks, Like new, several to choose from, Financing &Warranty, MobileOneSales.net Call (570)250-2890
1 AKC Registered. Tail docked. 1st shots. $650. Ready now. Call 570-821-5635
Adorable ACA registered fawn pug puppies. Shots, wormed, and vet checked. 5 female and 2 male. Ready to go 01/08/12. $450. 570-837-3243
92 Tompkins Street Totally remodeled 2-story; 7 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car garage, deck, rear fence. MLS# 11-2770 NEW PRICE! $99,900 CALL JOE OR DONNA 570-613-9080
Brand new 2 bedroom, washer/dryer hookup, $550 month + utilities 4 bedroom, full basement, washer / dryer hookup, $500 month +. OTHER APTS AVAILABLE IN NANTICOKE 570-868-6020
AVOCA APARTMENTS 2 2 2 2 2 2 1008 or 1010 Main St.
Brand new ½ Double. Gorgeous luxury living. Gas heat & central air. ½ basement. Hardwood floors throughout. Brand new appliances. Tons of private off street parking. 2 bedroom 1 ½ bath with rain shower. Large yard with Back deck. $900 month + utilities 2 2 2 2 2 2 1014 Main Street
Downstairs Unit. 2 bedroom, living room, eat-in kitchen, 1 bath, front porch. Appliances included. Off street parking. Full Basement. Hardwood throughout. Fresh paint. Gas/Central Air. ConvenientClose to 81. WOULD CONSIDER COMMERCIAL TENANT. $650 month + utilities 1014 Main Street Upstairs Efficiency Clean. Hardwood. Low maintenance. Kitchen, full bath, living room, bedroom, storage area. Appliances included. Hardwood & tile. Off street parking. Gas/Central air. WOULD CONSIDER COMMERCIAL TENANT. $500 month + utilities. 2 2 2 2 2 2 ALL APARTMENTS: Non Smoking No Pets Appointment only
Two 1 bathroom apartment on Apple St. $600/month + utilities. Available 1/15. (570) 815-5334
1st floor, newly remodeled 1 bedroom, central heat and air, off-street parking, wall to wall, washer/dryer hookup, No pets. $475. Call 570-288-9507
KINGSTON Cozy 1st floor, 1
bedroom apartment Heat, hot water & electric included. Laundry in basement, non-smoking, no pets. Off-street parking available. $650. + 1 month security, lease & $40 credit check required. Call for appointment 570-762-3747
NANTICOKE 2 bedroom, 1st
floor. Large eat in kitchen, fridge, electric stove, large living room, w/w carpeting, master bedroom with custom built in furniture. Ample closet space. Front/back porches, off street parking, laundry room available. No dogs, smoking, water, sewer, garbage paid. $525/mo + gas, electric, security, lease, credit, background check. (570) 696-3596
NANTICOKE 603 Hanover St
2nd floor, 1 bedroom. No pets. $500 + security, utilities & lease. Photos available. Call 570-542-5330
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AVAILABILITY FIRST FLOOR $465 + utilities. Managed. 1 Bedrooms. Small, efficient, modern, appliances, laundry, gas fireplaces, courtyard parking. 2 YR SAME
Assistant Clinical Director
To provide Clinical oversight to the emotional and behavioral issues pertaining to children in the program by working in unison with the Clinical Director in assuring quality services. Board Certified Behavior Analyst and or Professional License required. 5 Years supervisory experience, BHRS/Autism Experience preferred. Full time position available.
Assistant Director Administration
Responsible to oversee all program operations and related administrative activities provided by the Autism program. Master’s Degree in Social Work, Human Resources, Administration or related field required. Minimum 5 years experience in working in a behavioral health care setting required. Previous leadership/supervisory experience required in a social services setting, previous experience with autism population preferred. Full time position available.
Nice clean 1 bedroom. Heat, hot water, garbage fee included. Stove, fridge, air-conditioning, washer/dryer availability. Security. $525 per month Call (570) 736-3125
PITTSTON 2nd floor, 2 bed-
rooms, 1 bathroom, refrigerator & stove provided, washer/ dryer hookup, pets negotiable. $525/ month, water and sewer paid, security and lease required. Call after 4pm. 570-237-6277
1 bedroom loft style apartment. Off street parking. Water & sewer included. $425. Call 570-855-6957
WEST PITTSTON Cozy 1st floor 3
room apartment like brand new! Tile bath, stove & fridge. $425/month + utilities, security deposit & lease. No pets. 570-654-2738
155 W. River St. 1 bedroom, some utilities & appliances included, hardwood floors, Pet friendly. $600/month. Call 570-969-9268
WILKES-BARRE NORTH 815 N Washington
Street, Rear 1 bedroom, wall to wall carpet, new paint & flooring, eat in kitchen with appliances, enclosed front & back porch, laundry facilities. heat, hot water and cable included. $520 + electric & security. No pets. Call 570-814-1356
WILKES-BARRE SOUTH SECURE BUILDINGS 1 & 2 bedroom
apartments. Starting at $440 and up. References required. Section 8 ok. 570-332-5723
151 W. River St. NEAR WILKES 1st floor. 2 bedrooms, carpet. Appliances included. Sewer & trash paid. Pet friendly. Security deposit & 1st months rent required. $700. All utilities included except electric. 570-969-9268
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SWOYERSVILLE Completely remodeled Large 2 story, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, single family home including refrigerator, stove, dishwasher & disposal. Gas heat, nice yard, good neighborhood,. Off street parking. Shed. No pets. $995 / month. 570-479-6722
2,000 square feet of Warehouse Space for storage only. $600/month, 1 year lease. Call 570-760-3779, leave message.
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2 bedroom, 1 1/2 baths. Wall to wall carpet. Backyard. Washer dryer hookup. $450 + security. Call 570-472-2392
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570-580-0797 FREE CONSULT 3 bedroom, 1 bath. Located on Academy St. $650 + utilities & security. Small pet OK with extra security. Call 570-262-1577
3 bedrooms, remodeled, washer/dryer hookup, stove, no pets. Security deposit. $600 + utilities. Call Call (570) 574-5690
WEST WYOMING 3 bedroom, 1.5
bath, quiet area, off street parking. ABSOLUTELY NO PETS. $650/mo + security and references. Utilities by tenant. 570-430-3851 leave message
176 Charles St TOWNHOUSE STYLE, 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, Not Section 8 approved. $550/ month + utilities. References & security required. Available now! 570-301-2785
953 Houses for Rent EXETER 1812 Scarboro Ave Completely remodeled 1/2 double, 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath, all hardwood floors & tile, modern kitchen including fridge, stove, dishwasher, disposal, modern baths, gas heat, washer dryer hookup in private basement, large porch, driveway, nice yard, great neighborhood, $795 + $1000 security, no pets. Call 570-479-6722
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NEAR LILY LAKE AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bath, Farm house. Modern kitchen, hardwood floors. $950/month + security & 1 year lease Call 570-379-2258
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