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Nothing elementary about time spent with Watson


right under the email address and phone number. Both Watsons died young – Senior at 65 and Junior at 61. I worked under Senior for five years and Junior for 26 and bear their impress far more than that of any formal educator I’ve encountered. I find myself quoting them often. Watson Senior used to say he wrote his best stuff when he sat down at his typewriter with nothing to say. Saturday morning, I wished I could channel him. Mr. Watson was the prototypical newspaper editor: smart, loud, energetic, idealistic, skeptical, clever, intuitive, sensitive, surprisingly kind, and always on the job. Did I mention loud? His longtime friend and colleague Richard B. “Dick” Cosgrove can tell you about Mr. Watson and loud. Mr. Watson never made a point unless he made it loudly and those moments were not for the faint of heart. When Mr. Watson had the floor everyone cowered and no one dared make a peep.

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Except for Dick Cosgrove who would stand right up to him. Dick loves to tell about the many times Mr. Watson would call him into his office and say, “Dick, in about five minutes I’m going to come roaring out of here and blow my stack. None of it is meant for you. So, you can sit there and take it, or you can get lost until I’m finished, but either way I don’t need you answering me back.” Only one of Mr. Watson’s tirades was meant for me, but I was not there to experience it. It was after I’d put a bride’s photo in the paper a week before she got married. Mr. Watson, I’m told, went ballistic. I was a 17-year-old part-timer. By the time I came to work two days later, he had settled down. “I guess you heard about what you did,” he said and I just nodded with my head down. “That was a bad one,” he continued, “but remember this: there’s not a mistake you can make in this business that someone hasn’t already made before you. Don’t

make the same one twice.” He never mentioned it again. Mr. Watson was a hard news guy. He could write a feature story with the warmth of O. Henry, but his love was government and politics. His office was a revolving door of local and state leaders. Sometimes they sought his counsel and sometimes they felt the sting of his pen, but they always kept coming back. His own interests, however, made up only part of the newspaper. Mr. Watson knew people and created a publication that brought recognition to the common man, including something as simple as publishing children’s birthday photos. He’d tell the staff, “See that lady who just dropped off her child’s picture? Well in Sunday’s paper, that photo is more important to her than a story on a triple murder.” He meant that. “Names sell papers” is another thing he’d preach. “People like seeing their names in print,” he’d say. “Do you know

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how many people get their new phone book and look up their own name just to see it? Get names in the paper.” He was always thinking, always seeing things differently. When meeting notices included the words “All members are urged to attend,” he’d immediately delete that line. “If they don’t know enough to attend on their own,” he’d say, “they don’t belong in the club in the first place.” When funeral directors would add “In lieu of flowers donations may be made to …,” he’d say, “include the part about the donations, but don’t print ‘in lieu of flowers.’ Florists have to eat too.” I could go on and on about Mr. Watson and the education I gained at his hand. But yesterday morning that wasn’t going to get the job done. Somehow, a column had to be written and I was just hoping Mr. Watson was right, that you can come up with your best stuff when you have nothing to say.

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Waking up on Saturday without a single column idea is not unusual for me. In the same predicament a couple of cups of coffee later is. For a second yesterday I thought I’d found inspiration in the ingredients of a “health” bar my wife had for breakfast. Two of the first four were sugar and a third corn syrup, i.e. sugar. It featured a “chocolately drizzle,” – main ingredient, sugar – along with fructose and dextrose, or sugar and sugar. Interesting? Perhaps. 800 words there? Doubtful. A chance Mary Kay would think I was making fun of her? Definitely. Even if I said that’s why she’s so sweet? What do you think? So that was the end of that. I left for the office still with nothing and found myself thinking about William A. Watson Sr., founding editor of this publication. His name, along with that of his son, William A. Watson Jr., shares this page with me every Sunday,



Ed Ackerman, optimist


Coming soon

Artist's rendition of a new courtyard between the current location of Napoli Pizza, S. Main Street, Pittston, and the former location of Wayne's World, which will be refurbished as office space.

City tries to sell dreams to new Congressman Officials host Congressman Barletta at meeting last Wednesday

By Jack Smiles

Associate Editor


he will try to find ways to get money to complete the Streetscape Project through the next transportation bill. Barletta is on the Congressional Transportation Committee. “We’ll go back and see if we can find a way to get it done. That’s why we brought Shawn on, to be our grant writer and look ahead to see where we can find programs that will help us fund projects. We have to find different ways to get things done,” Barletta said referring to Shawn Kelly of his staff. After the meeting Moskovitz offered his take. “It’s difficult to lose a long-time congressman like Kanjorski, but the wonderful thing about Congressman Barletta is he’s a former mayor. We’re optimistic he’ll do everySee CITY, Page 4


he bad news is Congressman Lou Barletta visited Pittston fresh off casting a vote in Washington to cut federal spending by $61 billion. The good news is Barletta is the former mayor of Hazleton, so he knows the problems Pittston faces and he wants to find ways to help. Barletta was at City Hall on Wednesday meeting with a group of civic leaders including State Representative Mike Carroll, Pittston mayor Jason Klush, council members Joe Chernouskas and Michael Lombardo, former mayor and vice-chair of redevelopment Mike Lombardo, redevelopment board member Jim Zarra, city manager Joe Moskovitz, controller Chris La-

tona, Redevelopment Authority on a local project. I’m a huge trees, installing sidewalks, curbs Executive Director Gerard Mul- supporter of downtown revital- and turn-of-the-century-style larkey, Main Street manager ization and projects like this. You lamp posts and burying utility don’t have to sell me on the value lines along Main Street – is comRose Randazzo and others. plete from Mill to Barletta – a Broad Streets. Republican who ’I’m a huge supporter of downtown Phase II, the plans defeated Demofor which extend cratic incum- revitalization and projects like this. You the project from bent Paul Kan- don’t have to sell me on the value of it. I Broad to the River jorski for the totally get it.’ Street-Main Street 11th District of fork is funded only Pennsylvania Congressman Barletta from Broad to Congressional Market. Congressseat – checked man Kanjorski had earmarked out folios of maps and drawings of it. I totally get it.” While the meeting was in ef- $1.4 million for the final section, of ongoing and planned projects in Pittston and liked what he saw. fect a “state of the city” presenta- but it was never acted on. Now “I’m impressed with how ag- tion for Barletta and while the with the political shift in Washgressive a plan you have,” Bar- city didn’t go to the meeting hat ington and president Obama’s letta, who was sworn in last in hand, officials did have a spe- pledge to veto bills with earmonth, said. “And that you have cific funding request in relation marks attached, a different approach is needed. everybody on the same page be- to the Streetscape Project. Barletta said despite the antiPhase I of Streetscape – a procause it’s not easy to have everybody pulling in same direction ject which includes planting spending climate in Washington

SUNDAY DISPATCH, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011 Artist's rendition of the Siniawa apartment complex proposed along Kennedy Boulevard, overlooking the Susquehanna River.



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thing he can to return those funds in the next transportation bill. Congressman Barletta doesn’t have a crystal ball, but what is knowable is there will be a transportation bill in 2011 and there will be local projects in that bill.” Representative Carroll defended the project against the criticism that it’s wasteful to spend millions on lights, sidewalks, benches and trees. “Aesthetics matter,” Carroll said. “To quote Andre Agassi, image is everything. It’s nice to have new construction on the river, on William Street and demolition to remove blight, but there has to be a presentable downtown corridor. That speaks highly to the other activity of the town. It shows people care.” Former mayor Lombardo said it’s crucial for the city to complete Streetscape. “We don’t want to be left with a half-project. We have approvals from PennDOT, we’ve paid for the complete design, historic monitoring, environmental. As we get dollars in we don’t have to go back to the drawing board, it’s shovel-ready.” Carroll said spending cuts don’t mean no spending. “There

are still going to be projects and somebody’s going to decide where the money is spent,” Carroll said. “As somebody who put his name on the ballot I’d like to have a say on where some of that money is spent. Local government – state congressmen, mayors, councils – should have a say in how transportation dollars are spent rather than have a secretary in Harrisburg or Washington make that decision. We know what the needs are.” Discussion at the meeting also touched on the city’s sewer project, home rule in cities, local bridges, the riverfront and trail, the Water Street and Fort Jenkins bridges, the Siniawa project, crime, the 2010 census, façade and signage partnerships, efforts to attract new residents and the history of Pittston’s revitalization. To the later point former mayor Lombardo said a strength of the city is the continuity of its plan which hasn’t changed with political shifts. The vision for the city’s revitalization, such things as the river trail and Streetscape, go back several decades predating his own administration and remaining firm through Joe Keating’s term and currently in the Mayor Jason Klush administration. Lombardo also noted he, Klush and Zarra all have con-

struction experience. Lombardo is refurbishing an old Victorian home in the city and believes the availability of such homes can be an asset for the city. “We have some nice old housing stock. If you tried to replicate some of these houses we have here in suburbs you couldn’t afford to do it.” The administration is taking an inventory of the city’s housing stock. One idea is to find a way to encourage deconversions, that is, converting houses from multi units back to the original condition of single units to attract first-time home buyers. There is a nationwide trend of residential growth in small cities and active downtowns are becoming relative again. Moskowitz said Pittston is positioned to capitalize on that trend. “We’re lucky in that our residential neighborhoods border the downtown corridor. We can easily put people in the Main Street shops and restaurants.” It is expected the Siniawa project, a planned condominium on Kennedy Boulevard with units overlooking the river, will also put people downtown and increase the tax base. A drawing of the project is on the top of this page. The drawing on page three is an example of what Main Street could look like. It shows a small

courtyard where a building was demolished between Napoli’s Pizza and the former Wayne’s World. The authority acquired the Wayne’s World building after it was damaged during the demolition next door. “The benefit of a drawing like that is you can see a picture of the vision the city has for Main Street,” Moskovitz said. “Will it look exactly like that? Maybe not, but it’s illustrative of the potential development.” Most of the money for the façade and signage projects comes from the redevelopment authority fund, which was built up through municipal liens on demolished properties, flipping properties and other investments. “That’s the benefit of having an autonomous authority,” Moskovitz said. “It can do things the city can’t do. The state looks at the dollars the authority and the city and private investors are putting up as a match for state grants.” Authority façade grants are partnerships with business owners who agree to improve their properties to qualify. Rose Randazzo, a lawyer with an office at 39 South Main in a strip of buildings she owns, is a pro bono Main Street manager and real estate consultant. One of her favorite projects is signage.

“There’s a program though redevelopment where business owners can apply for a sign to replace an old sign or if they don’t have a sign. The grant is for up 80 percent of the cost, not to exceed $3,000. We’re not insisting on a particular sign company, but Fiesler stepped up to the plate to offer free graphic design work.” Randazzo said Palazzo 51, a restaurant on Main Street, will debut the sign project with a twostory retro, 1950s-style, stainless steel, neon sign. Yore Antiques is putting up an engraved wood village-style sign. Randazzo is also working on canopy grant. But, Randazzo said, finishing Streetscape is a must. “Jim Zarra of the redevelopment board said it’s like a half-built house. That’s a critical part of Main Street. It will be a huge improvement and add value to the properties.” Everyone agrees that everything that makes the city attractive – professional police, fire and ambulance, affordable housing, the riverfront, Randazzo’s Main Street vision, the new sewer system when complete – will be enhanced by finishing the Streetscape. ““I love small cities,” Barletta said. “I love Hazleton. I raised my family there. Everybody here feels the same about their city. I will work with you to accomplish your goals.”

Pittston Ambulance Association rolling out Advance Life Support system Instead of bringing people to the emergency room, the Pittston Ambulance Association will soon be bringing the emergency room to the people. That’s one way to describe the new paramedic-staffed Advanced Life Support system the association is implementing. While the official target date for the service roll-out is April 1, Mike Lombardo, the association’s solicitor and volunteer staffer, said the service could be ready by mid-March. Lombardo said Ed Szafran, who the association brought in to coordinate

the upgrade, deserves credit for keeping things ahead of schedule. “He’s enthusiastic, great ideas. We’re meeting and exceeding all our goals,” Lombardo said Szafran is a bit of a workaholic when it comes to public service. He’s a fulltime firefighter and paramedic with the Kingston Fire Department, an innovative department which was one of the first outside of Wilkes-Barre to offer community-based advanced life support. For the past month Szafran has been spending a lot of his off time here in Pittston ordering Advanced Life Support equipment and medications, inter-

viewing paramedic applicants and plowing through Department of Health paperwork to get the association ready for a final inspection. “The guys from Pittston brought me in to get everything up and running as a paramedic coordinator,” he said. “Paperwork should be done in a certain order to avoid hold ups or duplication.” The new equipment includes a 12-lead EKG, emergency breathing and airway devices, IV therapy, AED cardiac monitors and a radio system which can communicate with any hospital in a sixcounty area. Lombardo said the upgrade of

Chiropractic center event to aid Care and Concern Clinic Catalanello Chiropractic and Fitness Center will conduct a community fundraiser from 9 a.m. to2 p.m. March 5 at its Plains center, 190 S. River Street, Plains Township. For a $5 donation participants can choose a spinal exam, posture analysis and gait evaluation, laser treatment or use the fitness center and equipment. Proceeds will benefit the Care and Concern Free Health Clinic, Pittston and the Greater Pittston Food Pantry. Appointments are recommended. For more information, call 970-4076 or visit Organizing the event are, left to right, Dr. Michael Catalanello, Lisa Catalanello, Gloria Blandina, The Care and Concern Free Health Clinic and Peggy Burke, The Greater Pittston Food Pantry.

service is the next logical step for the association, which is 60 years old having been founded in1952. “We always wanted to move the organization forward and improve our level of service. It was a natural progression to upgrade from basic life support, which is basically an advanced level of first aid, to advanced life support which is paramedic service.” Pittston Ambulance becomes the second community-based ambulance to offer ALS in Greater Pittston. Wyoming Ambulance started one last summer. Geisinger Medic 303 on Main Street has been established for a number of years, first having been housed in the Hughestown. Medic 303 is a little different in that it is hospital-based and covers a wider area. Plains Medic 2 also has an ALS service. “Plains is only four and one-half miles,” Szafran said. “That seems close, but seconds matter.” Pittston Ambulance employs three full-time workers, Sabrina Ankenbrand, Jared Jorda and ToSALE CONDUCTED BY

ny DeGerolamo. The medical director is Dr. Russell “Skip” James. He provides general oversight, yearly reviews, and keeps the association apprised of new treatments. The association has three vehicles in service and a new Ford Exhibition on order. Fully equipped the new vehicle will be a virtual emergency room on wheels. We’ve accomplished our main goals,” Szafran said. “We’ve got mutual aid agreements and a good relationship with everybody on our borders. We’re not ending basic life support, we’re adding advanced life support.” The association relies on its annual letter drive and insurance billing for funding. The association will accept insurance payouts and waive co-pays for residents who respond to the letter drive and become ambulance association members. The association is accepting applications for part time paramedics and EMTs. To apply call the station at 654-1202 or email




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Associate Editor


‘An emergency room on wheels’


Past presidents honored by Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Past presidents and current officers of the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick gather for their annual Past Presidents' Dinner at the Knights of Columbus in Pittston Saturday night. First row, Paul Leonard Jr.(incoming secretary), Pat Gilligan (1st vice president), Mike Cadden (president), Jimmy Clancy (2nd vice president), Lee Monteforte (secretary). Second row, Bob Calpin, Joe Joyce Jr., Charlie Grimes, John Gilligan, Patrick M. Bilbow (current past president), Bill Burke, Jack Brogan, Joe Keating, Paul Leonard. Absent, Ed Hart (treasurer).



The Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick honored Past President Patrick M. Bilbow at the Annual Past Presidents Dinner on Saturday, February 19, at the Knights of Columbus in Pittston. The night was well attended by many of the organization’s past presidents and their families and also a large contingent from the Jacqueline’s auxiliary to JFK council, Knights of Columbus. Bilbow said he had an enjoyable year as president presiding over many outstanding achievements such as: the awarding of scholarships to deserving students from the Greater Pittston Area, a highly successful year of the Black Shamrock Open, a fun-filled Christmas gathering, a great day representing the group along with many other members at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Scranton, and culminating with a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day Banquet with Principal Speaker Paul Begala. “I would like to thank my family, friends, and all members of the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick for a terrific year as president. It is because of the support of all of these people that the G.P. Friendly Sons of St. Patrick is the great organization

Family members of Friendly Sons Past President Patrick Bilbow. From left, brother Bob Bilbow and his wife Maureen of West Wyoming, Patrick Bilbow and his wife Kim of Avoca, sister Kathy Bellas of Pittston, and father-in-law Gene Philbin of Avoca.

that it is,” Bilbow remarked at the dinner. Bilbow is a principal in the Pittston Area School District at the Martin L. Mattei Middle School and is also a past president and former Man of the Year for the Avoca Ancient Order of Hibernians. He resides in Avoca

with his wife Kim and their three sons: Ciaran Patrick (age 5), Brady Quinn (age 3), and Reilly Robert (age 2 months). Bilbow also said, “Current President Mike Cadden, his officers, past presidents, and active members of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick have been working

extremely hard to have an outstanding banquet this year and I know it will be a great night. I look forward to seeing many of my friends from the Greater Pittston Area on March 17 at the Woodlands.” Tickets are $65 per person and $50 for guests under the age of

21. Tickets can be purchased from any active member of the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick or at the Knights of Columbus on Main Street in Pittston every Wednesday night until the night of the banquet. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

To be recognized March 17 at 97th annual St. Patrick’s Day Banquet Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick President Michael Cadden announced that Bob Calpin is the recipient of this year’s Achievement Award. Calpin will receive his award at the 97th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Banquet held at the Woodlands Inn & Resort on March 17. Calpin was born in Minooka on April 2, 1951, the son of Patricia Calpin and the late Thomas Calpin from the Miner Hill section of Minooka. He received his early education at Woodrow Wilson # 47 Elementary school, South Scranton Junior High School, and later graduated from Scranton Central High School.

Calpin is a graduate of the University of Scranton and his work experience includes GEICO Insurance Co, Washington DC, RCA Picture Tubes, Dunmore, and in the OEM business with Karibe Inc., West Pittston. He currently works for the Penna. Dept of Welfare, Wilkes Barre, in the Nursing Home Division. He has been active in the community life of Greater Pittston. He is a sustaining member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick , he is a past president, and is the current membership chairman. He is a member of President John F. Kennedy Council #372 Knights

of Columbus and its Fourth Degree where he has served as an officer. He is active with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Wolf tone Division. He is also a member of the Minooka Notre Dame Club, Scranton Area Organized Runners, and the PIAA. Bob has also been a member of the SOAR and MND clubs. Calpin moved to the Pittston area in 1976 and along with his wife, the former Celestine Kelly, Falls, they live and work in the Pittston Area. They have three children, Robert, his wife Amanda and their daughter Mia Rose, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Dr. Meghan Calpin, Wilmington,

Delaware; and Celestine Marie, Bronx, New York. Bob and his wife have 16 siblings from the Pittston and Minooka areas, along with Celeste’s parents, Joseph and Rose Kelly long time Pittston Area residents. Tickets are $65 per person and $50 for guests under the age of 21. Tickets can be purchased from any active member of the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick or at the Knights of Columbus on Main Street in Pittston every Wednesday night until the night of the banquet. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


Calpin is Friendly Sons Achievement Award recipient

Bob Calpin

Saporito to chair C of C’s winter breakfast meeting Annual event March 11 at St. Anthony’s Center

The kitchen will be open for the evening for those wishing to purchase meals or items to snak on. “Rub yer Soul” is comprised of local musicians playing popular music from the ‘60s and ‘70s including groups like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Moody Blues, Eric Clapton and Kansas.

the former Giovanna Falcone, R.N., and they are the proud parents of two children Sarah and Joseph III. Invitations have been mailed to all members of the Chamber, and the breakfast is open to the general public. Reservations can be obtained by contacting the Chamber office at 655-1424.

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The Home Association of the Pittston Knights of Columbus, John F. Kennedy Council, will sponsoring and evening of music and dancing to the music of the band “Rub yer Soul” at the Council Hall at 55 S. Main St. Pittston, on Saturday, March 5, from 9 p.m. to midnight. All Council members and guests are welcome to attend to enjoy a pre-Lenten evening of fun.

ation (Luzerne County Bar Association); American Association for Justice; Pennsylvania Association for Justice; Knights of Columbus Council 732-Pittston; Holy Name Society and Parish Financial Council of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church; Board Member of Earthly Angels Autism Board; Board of Directors of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees of the Scranton Preparatory School and Board of Trustees of the Pittston Memorial Library Association. Attorney Saporito resides in Jenkins Township with his wife,


K of C presents band ‘Rub yer soul’

A principal in the law firm of Saporito, Saporito & Falcone, and he also serves as Assistant Public Defender of Luzerne County. Saporito is admitted to practice law before all courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Currently he is a member of the American Bar Association; Pennsylvania Bar Association; Vice-President of the WilkesBarre Law and Library Associ-


Atty. Joseph Saporito

Charles A. Adonizio III, president of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, announced that Joseph F. Saporito, Jr., Esq. will be general chairperson of the Winter Breakfast Meeting. The affair will be held on Friday, March 11, at St. Anthony’s Parish Center, 28 Memorial St., Exeter, with registration at 7:45 a.m. and breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Atty. Saporito received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Dickinson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Villanova University.



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Morgan Banaszek takes first in poster contest

Congratulations to Morgan Banaszek of Duryea for receiving a First Place: Ninth Grade Group Certificate of Achievement for recognition of artistic excellence. The poster contest was part of the Red Ribbon activities which were held at the Pennsylvania Cyber Chart School. In particular the poster theme honored "Enrique "KiKi" Camarena," a United States Drug Enforcement Agent who gave his life in 1985 for his drug free beliefs. Morgan’s ninth grade poster submission came in first. She is the daughter of Jackie Stefanowicz and the late Joseph Banaszek.

Pittston’s McGowan places first in MATHCOUNTS competition Connor McGowan of Pittston, a sixth-grade student at Wyoming Seminary Lower School, will be one of two area students representing Luzerne County during the state MATHCOUNTS competition in Harrisburg on March 18 and 19. McGowan placed first in the individual competition and second in the countdown round during the Luzerne County MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition held in February. The Lower School team finished in second place overall. McGowan is a member of the Greater Pittston Stoners, Riverfront Sports soccer and Jenkins Township baseball. He also participates in St. Maria Goretti’s Laflin community service programs. McGowan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay McGowan of Pittston. Celebrating its 27th anniversary, MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide math enrichment, coaching and competition program designed to increase interest and achievement in mathematics among all intermediate school students, to assist in developing a technically literate population essential to U.S. global competitiveness, and to improve the quality of life. More than six million students across the country have participated in the MATHCOUNTS program.


Happy BirthdayHappy birthday wishes go to Helen Chernesky of Avoca who celebrated her birthday on February 18. James Alfano of Pittston celebrated his18th birthday on February 23. Lisa Ann Pisano of Hughestown will celebrate February 28. Jeffrey Lotzi of Old Boston will celebrate on February 29. Briana Purdy of Hughestown will celebrate on February 28. Kim Gydish Davidson of Florida will celebrate on March 3. Rosalyn "Trixie" Fasciana will celebrate her 24th birthday on March 4. Mary Galuska of Avoca will celebrate on March 5. Deans ListAllison Booth of Dupont, a student at West Chester University has attained the dean’s list for the fall2010 semester. Allison is a junior majoring in English and Secondary Education. She is a 2008 graduate of Pittston Area High School. Matthew Panzitta of Pittston has been named to the dean’s list for the 2010 fall semester in Villanova University’s College of Engineering (Villanova, Pa.).

Panzitta is a junior. Lost CatA reward is being offered for a lost cat. The cat is very friendly and answers to the name Maci

Gray. It was last seen on February 16 in the area of Donnelly, Marcy and Ann Streets. Call 570-814-0721 with any information.

Red CrossThe Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will be holding CPR and First Aid Classes at the Chapter in March and April. All CPR/AED and first Aid classes are two year certifications. Pre-registration and payment are required. Registration can be done online at or by calling 823-7161 ext. 328. March is Red Cross Month. Citizen CPR for seniors will be held on Friday, March 11, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The purpose of this course is to teach untrained bystanders how to perform hands-only CPR. This class is not for certification. Building Blocks of Life: The Aging Process will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

These classes are free but you must call to pre-register. Certification Classes: Adult CPR/AED $45 Tuesday March 8 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Adult CPR/AED Review $40 Thursday, April 14 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Adult/Child CPR/AED $50 Wednesday March 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. First Aid and Adult CPR/ AED Review $45 Saturday, March 12 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. First Aid $40 Tuesday, March 8 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. CPR/AED for the Health Care Professional $70 Thursday, March 10 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday/Wednesday, April 12 and 13 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. CPR/AED for the Health Care Professional Review $50 (Participants must bring a resuscitation mask) Wednesday, March 9 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Lifeguard Training Tips Call the Wyoming Valley American Red Cross for more information 823-7161 ext. 328. Blood DrivesThe Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold blood drives: Tuesday, March 15 at VFW Post #4909, 403 Main St., Dupont, 12:30 – 6 p.m. with a goal of 28 pints. Wednesday, March 23 at Pittston Area High School (Closed), 5 Stout St., Yatesville, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a goal of 98 pints. Irish CelebrationJoin Miles for Michael in an Irish Celebration Happy Hour at the Banshee Irish Pub on 320 Penn Ave., Scranton on March 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Two bands will provide entertainment, and there will be free food, Irish gift baskets, and cash for gold. The celebration will benefit Miles for Michael. For more information, call 654-5505.


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Mt. Carmel Italian Festival next weekend Reverend Philip Massetti, O.S.J., Pastor, Reverend Jackson Pinheiro O.S.J., Assoc. Pastor and the Catholic Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/St. Rocco will present their annual Italian Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 & 6. Everyone is invited to celebrate Mass in Italian at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in Mt. Carmel Church. Mass will be celebrated in the Italian language to recall our parish’s cultural heritage, Father Massetti said. Mass will be preceded by an ensemble of musicians, Dominick DeNaples, Patrick Longo Sr. and Jr., as well as Nick Longo all playing beautiful Italian music on traditional instruments beginning at 3:15 p.m. along with the Senior Choir under the direction of Judy Samartzis. Father Daniel Schwebs, OSJ, will be celebrant and Father Philip Massetti, OSJ, will be homilist. A bake sale will be held after all Masses that weekend and until supplies lasts. “All You Can Eat” Pasta (in house only) Dinner will be available for $8.00 (adults), $4.00 (children under 12). (Take-outs will be available on Saturday from 4-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-noon fro pasta dinners only.) Doors open at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday until 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m. for grilled items and sit down dinners. The Italian Festival also features pizza fritta, sausage & pepper sandwiches, tripe, porketta sandwiches, foods from the grill and refreshments. Raffle tickets will also be available. Refreshment/dinner and raffle tickets will be available at the door. SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKES & SAUSAGE The centuries-old tradition of Shrove Tuesday will be celebrated by Trinity Episcopal Church of West Pittston with a pancake, egg and sausage supper. Shrove Tuesday is often known as Pancake Day in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and parts of the United

Holy Hour for Vocations Thursday The Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Route 315, Laflin, will host the monthly Holy Hour for Vocations on Thursday, March 3, starting at 7:00 p.m. The Holy Hour consists of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, private adoration, recitation of the rosary with vocation theme meditations, Scriptural reflection, general intercessions and

States because people traditionally used up ingredients like eggs, fat and sugar before starting the Lenten season of fasting in preparation for Easter. Trinity Episcopal Church will host the supper from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on March 8 in the undercroft of the church at the corner of Montgomery Avenue and Spring Street. The meal includes pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs, a dessert and beverage and costs $6 for adults and $4 for children ten and under, and takeouts are available. Tickets can be purchased from parishioners or by calling the church office at 654-3261. Tickets will also be available at the door while supplies last. CCW CONVENTION The Scranton Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its convention on Saturday March 5. The theme of the convention is Rejoice and Renew. It will take place at the Oblates of Saint Joseph, Pittston. Registration begins after 8:00 a.m. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Emeritus James T. Timlin at 11:00 a.m. Following this, there will be a buffet luncheon. To register, send check for $25.00 payable to Scranton DCCW (memo convention day) to Helen Oravec 814 Theresa St., Peckville, PA 18452. OBLATES LAITY MEETING The Josephite-Marellian Laity of the Oblates of St. Joseph will hold their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday,

benediction. Rev. Paul McDonnell, O.S.J., seminary rector, invites the area faithful to participate in this monthly devotion praying for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. For more information, contact the seminary office at 654-7542.

March 2, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Route 315 in Pittston. The meeting will follow the 7:00 p.m. mass and novena prayers to St. Joseph and St. Joseph Marello. The laity welcomes anyone who would like to support the local Oblate priests in their spiritual and apostolic work.

KRISPY KREME SALE The Worship and Music Committee of Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church is conducting a pre-Lenten Krispy Kreme Doughnut and Coupon Sale. Doughnuts will be sold for $6.50 per dozen. Also, you may choose to purchase a coupon for $6.50 and use it if you would like to pick up your doughnuts at the Krispy Kreme stores in Scranton or Clarks Summit. Doughnuts and coupons may be picked up on Saturday, March 5 between 1:00-3:00 p.m. on the lower level of the church at the corner of Rock and Center Streets in Hughestown. Please call655-1419 on or before February 27 to place your order. ALTAR AND ROSARY SOCIETY St. John the Evangelist Parish of Pittston Altar and Rosary Society meeting will be held March 2 at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. NIGHT AT THE RACES Our Lady of Victory Church,

Harvey’s Lake, will hold a “Night at the Races/Mardi Gras” on Sat., March 5. Doors open at 6 p.m. Post time is 7 p.m. Admission is $10 or free if you purchase a horse for $10. The deadline to purchase horses is Sunday, Feb. 20th. Winning Horse Owners will receive $50. Come join the fun and bring a friend. Free beer, soda, and munchies will be served. BYOB if you desire. The Church hall is handicapped accessible and there is ample parking. For more information or to purchase a horse, please call the Church at 6391535. PASTA AND SAUSAGE Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon and the Parish Community of the Church of St. Maria Goretti, Laflin Road, Laflin invite all to their Homemade Pasta and Sausage Dinner on Sunday, March 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Dinner includes salad, bread/butter, beverage, dessert. Takeouts from noon to 4 p.m. Containers will be provided. Tickets are $9 at the door. Children 5 years old and under are free for “eat in only”. Facilities are handicapped accessible with ample and free parking. SAN CATALDO BREAKFAST On Sunday, March 27, following a 9:30 Mass at St. Rocco’s Church in Pittston, the San Cataldo Society will serve a breakfast at their hall located at 111 South Main Street Pittston, to celebrate

the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door for $5. HAM DINNER The Moosic United Methodist Church, 609 Main Street, Moosic, will hold a Family Style Ham Dinner on Sunday, March 6 serving from noon to 3 p.m. Takeouts available. Ticket information or reservations call 4572499 or 457-3217.Adults are $8 and children $5. HOLY TRINITY CCW The Confraternity of Catholic Women of Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville, will hold a meeting today, Sunday, February 27, at 2 p.m. in the church hall. Members are urged to attend to review plans for the upcoming spring activities Everyone is reminded that an annual membership donation envelope was included in January in your parish packet box. Mrs. Madeleine Barush will preside. The Confraternity members will serve light refreshments on Saturday, March 5, to the First Reconciliation Class and their families following the 10:30 a.m. service in the church hall. BETHEL UNITED METHODIST Main St., Avoca 11:15 a.m. Worship BRICK UNITED METHODIST 905 Foote Ave., Duryea Pastor Michael Shambora Service: Sunday 9:45 a.m. Fellowship coffee hour afterward downstairs. CORPUS CHRISTI PARISH Holy Redeemer, Harding Immaculate Conception, West Pittston The Fundraising Committee will meet on Tuesday, March1, at 7:00 p.m. in ICC rectory at 7:00 p.m. See FAITH, Page 12


GREATER PITTSTON CHAMBER 2011 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE CONTINUES Officers and Board Members Encourage All businesses Old and New to join the Chamber and Discover the many Benefits we have to offer. Pictured above, seated left to right: Patricia F. Stella, 3rd Vice-President; Joseph D. Burke Esq. 1st Vice-President; Charles A. Adonizio III, President; Rosemary Dessoye, Executive Vice-President; Michael Vough Esq. Council and Joseph Durkin P.E., Immediate Past President. Second row, standing left to right: Thomas Amico; Brandi Bartush, Office Manager; Gerard W. Langan, Esq.; Representative Michael Carroll; James Powers; Michael Sowinski; John Wesolowski; Karen Sweeny; Janet Rosenbaum; Vincent Peck; Joseph F. Saporito Jr. Esq. and Edward Yencha. Third row, standing left to right: David Scalzo, DPM, PC; Shirley Bartos, Administrative Assistant; Judy Martinelli; Albert B. Melone III, CPA; Michael Kinger; Nolan Ayres and Charles Morgan CPA.

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Social Concerns Meeting - All are invited to join us on Monday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. in ICC hall. Volunteer Recruitment Meeting - Monday, February 28th, in ICC rectory at 7:00 p.m. We need to explore ways we can tap into the talents of our parish community and recruit adults, as well as children and teenagers, who are willing to give a few hours of their time to help make this event, the first Corpus Christi Bazaar a success. Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner Wednesday, March 9, in ICC Hall. Take outs from 4:00 p.m. Dinner served from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Donation: Adults $8 Children $3. Enjoy freshly breaded deep fried haddock, baked potato, and coleslaw or applesauce. For the kids homemade macaroni & cheese, applesauce & roll & butter. All dinners include beverage, relish tray and home made desserts. Tickets will be available after masses this weekend or call the rectory 654-2753.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Pittston Rev. James H. Breese, pastor, First Baptist Church, Water Street, Pittston Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship and praise service/Children’s Sunday school, adult/teen Sunday school immediately following service. FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UCC 500 Luzerne Avenue West Pittston Pastor: the Rev. Wayne Shontz, Jr. Sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Worship Service FIRST UNITED PRESBYTERIAN West Pittston The Session of the First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston announces the following schedule for the week of February 27: Sunday, February 27 - 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 10:30 a.m., Worship; 11:40 a.m., Choir Rehearsal. Monday, February 28 - 8:00

Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon and the Parish Community of the Church of St. Maria Goretti, Laflin Road, Laflin, invite all to their homemade pasta and sausage dinner on Sunday, March 6 from noon to 5 p.m. in the banquet room. Pictured are some of the volunteers, from left to right are: Cayla and Briana Sebastian, Jeff Hamilton, Robin Long, Melissa Sodrosky, and Rachel Coassolo. Dinner includes salad, bread/butter, beverage, and dessert. Take-outs are available from noon to 4 p.m. and containers will be provided. Tickets are available at the door and the cost is $9 (Children 5 and under are ™Free for Eat in Only∫). The facilities are handicapped accessible and there is ample and free parking. Call the Parish Office at 655-8956 for additional information.


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On Saturday, February 19, 21 children from St. Monica's Parish received the Sacrament of First Penance. Parents, family members and friends were present for the service. First Penance is in preparation for their reception of First Holy Communion in May. First row, left to right, Jeffery Kocher, Abigail Oliver, Ethan Chesna, Kyra Britzke, Grace Ross, Sierra Smith, Grace Washney, Elizabeth Sheeder, Sammy Supey, Ava Gonzales. Second row, left to right, Jesse mikoliczyk, Dylan Ostroski, Olivia Lewis, Karly Milazzo, Maria Amato, Christina Kosco, Colby Gashi, Sydney Kruszka, Lydia Pealer, Amber Timinski, Cael Heck. Third row, left to right, Reverend Richard Cirba, Reverend Leo McKernan, Pastor.

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p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book meets in kitchen. Tuesday, March 1 - 7:00 p.m., Trustees. Wednesday, March 2 - Noon, 7:00 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous. Saturday, March 5 - 10:30 a.m., Overeaters Anonymous. The First United Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of Exeter Avenue and Warren Street. The Sanctuary is handicapped accessible and childcare is available during Worship. 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 HOLY MOTHER OF SORROWS PNCC 212 Wyoming Avenue, Dupont Fr. Zbigniew Dawid, Pastor Sunday Masses: 8:a.m. Traditional Mass, 10:30 a.m. Traditional High Mass, 9:00 a.m. School of Christian Living (SOCL) and First Holy Communion Class Daily Mass: 9:00 a.m. Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Thursday Confirmation Class

Reverend Philip Massetti, O.S.J., Pastor, Reverend Jackson Pinheiro O.S.J., Assoc. Pastor and the Catholic Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/St. Rocco will present their annual Italian Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 & 6. Everyone is invited to celebrate Mass in Italian at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5,. A bake sale will be held after all Masses . All You Can Eat Pasta (in house only) Dinner will be available for $8.00 (adults), $4.00 (children under 12). (Take-outs will be available on Saturday from 4-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-noon fro pasta dinners only.) Doors open at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday until 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m. for grilled items and sit down dinners. Refreshment/dinner and raffle tickets will be available at the door.

Ash Wednesday is March 9. Masses with distribution of ashes at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Lenten Fish Fry Dinner sponsored by the parish YMS of R men’s society will be held Friday, March 11. Take outs and dinners will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dinner includes fish, fries, vegetable, coleslaw, dinner roll and choice of coffee, tea, etc. Donation is $8.00 INKERMAN PRESBYTERIAN Main St., Inkerman Services: Sundays, 9 a.m. LANGCLIFFE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Main Street Avoca Sunday Worship at 11:15

The Langcliffe Presbyterian Church of Avoca is pleased to welcome new interim pastor Rev. Barbara Shaw Jenkins. She will be with us for one year as we begin our search for a permanent pastor.

The Langcliffe Church is handicap accessible and Sunday School/Nursery is provided for young children during worship. Up to and including February 27, the Langcliffe Church and their sister church, the Moosic

Presbyterian Church will join in fellowship by combining services for one month. The combined services will be held at the Moosic Presbyterian Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. This is a way to join with our sisters and brothers in Christ and is in no way a precursor to the closing of either church. The Langcliffe Church is pleased to continue with our care packages for soldiers. To date over 40 packages have been sent to our soldiers serving our country overseas. We also are happy to continue our “coins for comfort” program which assists the less fortunate or those who are struggling to pay for heating costs during the winter months.



MOOSIC ALLIANCE CHURCH 608 Rocky Glen Road, Moosic Pastor: Doug Jensen 457-6020 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 See FAITH, Page 19

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Picture this Pittston Hundreds of people milling around, chatting with one another while enjoying well-prepared ethnic foods, various entertainment options, and simply the good feeling of being with one another in a safe, friendly atmosphere. A scene from the annual four-day Pittston Tomato Festival? Well, that too. But how about a scene from any night of the week in downtown Pittston? That’s a picture city officials and others with a passion for the city attempted to paint for new Congressman Lou Barletta Wednesday evening at City Hall and, according to the Dispatch’s Jack Smiles (see story, pages 3 and 4) they did a pretty good job. While Barletta did not come to town toting one of those big photo-op checks, he did bring an open mind and said, as a former mayor of a small town, he appreciates the struggles the city faces. He also said he appreciates the vision for the city. While it may seem a slow process, the city has come a long way in the past 12 years or so. Phase I of a Streetscape project brought new sidewalks and lighting to the downtown and allowed for electrical and phone wires to place underground giving Main Street a clean, upbeat look. Some money for Phase II is in place and some must be approved, and that’s one of the things the city looks to Barletta for. No one anticipates a busy Main Street shopping district similar to days of yore, but many believe Pittston can become a desirable place to live for folks working anywhere in NEPA. City officials are banking on a trend of people re-thinking the concept of expensive homes on large lots in the country and favoring apartment and older home living in towns such as Pittston. That’s where projects like the Siniawa condominiums come in. Further, Pittston’s location makes it a desirable place for professional offices. Adding to the allure are an assortment of projects including an expansion campaign to make the library a community center and repository of Greater Pittston history; a park to the rear of the library including an amphitheatre for live entertainment and outdoor movie nights; and a full activity schedule at Riverfront Park. If the beautification of the town results in the filling up of offices and apartments, not to mention the many homes in the city, can an array of restaurants, coffee shops and specialty shops be far behind? Can you picture that Pittston? City leaders sure hope Barletta can.


Better make that SALLY Adonizio

Sally Adonizio and her husband Bob were kind enough to share the story of their incredible cruise on The Nile River with Dispatch readers. Sally and Bob provided breathtaking photos, including this one above at The Great Pyramid and The Sphinx. Sally Adonizio even penned a first-person account. We ran Sally’s wonderfully written story with accompanying photos in last week’s paper. Everything was perfect, or would have been if only we had called Sally Adonizio “Sally” and not “Sue.” How that error happened we have no idea, but we are truly sorry … not to mention most appreciative that Sally was quite understanding about the error.


Has suggestion for county regarding prison costs A news report on Monday, Feb. 21, addressed the open beds in the Luzerne County Prison. It speaks of taking in state prisoners to help offset the cost of operation. What bothers me is that in my mind, they don’t use proper calculations to determine daily prisoner costs. Why can’t the county take a real business approach to this? The first thing that must be done is to remove the cost of labor from the daily costs because the labor cost does not increase or decrease with the prison population unless the change is drastic. Once that cost is known, then they can do some real meaningful calculating as to the cost incarceration. Over a year prior to the hiring of Warden Piazza, I urged the county to remove non-violent (excluding drug related) prisoners and put them on home confinement. If that were done, the county saves the cost of food, clothing and most important, medical care. There is no health insurance coverage for prisoners so every penny spent on prisoner medical care comes from the coun-

ty’s general fund. If these prisoners were on home confinement, the health care burden would be their own and not county tax payers. The daily reporting center does help a great deal but it is half the loaf! The other half remains in the hands of the courts. Serious meetings should be held between the courts and the county to try to resolve this issue. With regard to housing state prisoners in the county prison, it only makes sense to first determine the actual cost and then a fair daily per head charge could be negotiated with the sate. Any medical care given to state prisoners should be billed directly to the state. I again urge the county to explore this suggestion and to change the current method of daily prisoner cost calculation to better reflect the actually cost. Wil Toole Dupont


Can’t make me

They were just warming up. On a proverbial roll, they search the card catalog of their minds and hit on more maternal irritants. My 16 year-old continues: “Also, if you won’t stop wearing the polar bear pajamas with your purple fluffy slippers, then please, for the love of God, DO NOT, get out of the car in front of the school after you drop us off! I’ll give you $5.00 a day for every time you don’t humiliate me in front of my friends.” “Make it a 10 spot and you’ve got yourself a deal, son! That’ll buy me a boatload of Hot Tamales!” “Okay, and that’s another thing. We are BEGGING YOU, MOM…stop saying things like: ‘Hot Tamales are my crack’ in front of our friends! It’s not funny and you scare them!” Me: “Well, perhaps they’ve never felt the pain of an addiction such as the one I fight every day with my Hot Tamale fetish…” Why do they care so much about my purportedly offensive antics and my dress code? Why? It’s not like I’m strutting down Wyoming Avenue in fishnets and pleather with an afro comb sticking out of my hair. I don’t wear a lot of makeup and I don’t expose my midriff. (Trust me. That’s a sight no one ever wants to see in this lifetime. Yuck. Picture a potato left in the cabinet for a few months.) I don’t know what all the fuss is about. They both heavily sigh and their shoulders sag. They shake their head sadly and turn on Jersey Shore to dull their disappointment. Talk about inappropriate and humiliating. If I’m happy and I want to sing …does it hurt anyone? If I like jeans purchased in the Juniors Department and use WD-40 to slide them onto my middle age body, who cares? And are my polar bear jammies really unlawful? I’m a lover of life. Well, I will be after tomorrow’s colonoscopy. But I want my kids to witness a happy, content and yes, perhaps somewhat joyfully deranged mother, every day. When they have children of their own, maybe they’ll remember me with fondness, hopefully without clutching their hearts …and realize that my goal was simple; to instill in their little black souls the credo that a day without laughter (and horrific singing) is simply a day wasted. In the meantime, they can’t make me act my age. I won’t! I won’t! And I’ll hold my breath until they see things my way. Na na na na na.

Maria Heck doesn’t act her age every other week in this space. And Sunday Dispatch readers love her for it.


Where do we cut? Whenever governments propose spending cuts on so-called “social programs” howls of protest and predictions of disaster are sure to follow. When Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Act in 1996 which he said “would end welfare as we know it,” the crybabies predicted starving children, homeless families, and increased crime. None of it happened. In Wisconsin – one of the first states to implement the reforms – follow up studies showed that most of the people the bill put off welfare found jobs. Many of them could not be found for the follow up, suggesting they left the state. Last week Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed cutting programs for prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol addiction to save $55 million in 2012. By the way, the federal government spent $5.4 billion in 2011 on similar programs. Predictably, Quinn’s proposal was called a “drastic measure” which will lead to increased law enforcement costs and hospital emergency room visits. It was also claimed the cuts will increase welfare rolls; the theory being drugs and alcohol abusers are less able to hold a job and wind up on welfare. Would these necessarily be the consequences of the cuts? How does anyone know the answer? Were law enforcement costs, hospital room visits and welfare rolls greater before the government got involved in treating drug and alcohol addiction? In other words does government spending decrease drug and alcohol use and addiction? It sure doesn’t seem that way. And who decided treating drug and alcohol addiction was the government’s business in the first place? Without or without government spending people who are motivated to get off drugs or quit drinking will. Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous are not for everybody, but they work for a lot of people and AA and NA do not accept or request government money. They are completely self-sustaining. Earmarks

“Earmark” may be a dirty word in Washington or Harrisburg these days, but not to State Rep Mike Carroll. He said when he secures a grant for a project that has merit, such as he did to fill mine voids under Pittston, he’s proud to stand up and say so. If someone wants to call it an earmark, go ahead, it won’t bother Mike. He told me this at a meeting with Congressman Barletta in Pittston on Wednesday. Mike, who is on the transportation committee, said the way roads and bridges are plowed after snowfalls around here is a study in government waste and inefficiency. For example, in Pittston, Broad and William streets are considered state roads and the state plows them even though the city plows have to drive on them to get to side streets the city must plow. In Wyoming and West Wyoming, Eighth Street is state responsibility. There are a lot of other examples. Crazier still is that the Fort Jenkins Bridge is considered a state bridge, while the Water Street Bridge is a county bridge. So the county has to send a truck to Pittston to plow Water Street on their way to where? Nanticoke? Speaking of Nanticoke, Carroll said that city’s home rule government is a good model and something Pittston might want to consider some day.


Another day, another opportunity to mortify the fruit of my loins. It begins with the car radio. I just can’t help myself. I twist and shout. I sing loudly and astoundingly off-key. I hoot, I holler and I whistle. I shimmy and I shake. Yes, while I am purportedly driving. And yes, you guessed correctly; everyone hates it. My 13-year-old son has reached his point of saturation with these theatrical performances. He covers his eyes, then his ears and then … he yells. It goes something like this: “MOM! Mommm! Stop. Please. Just stop. Act your age. I cannot handle this. Can you at least wait until you drop my friends off? They think there’s something, like, SERIOUSLY, wrong with you. It’s embarrassing! STOP!” And my response goes something like this: “Huh. Embarrassed? By me? Too bad. I guess it’s almost time for you to get a job and move out then, right?” He continues, and this is verbatim: “I’m telling you, lady, you need to just cut yourself off from everything that’s current and start to act like you’re 48 years old instead of, like, 18!” Me: “Ummm…you’ll have to kill me first.” He is debating a method that can’t be tracked back to him. When we get home, he begins to list the reasons he’s annoyed with me to his father. When his father begins the chicken dance around the kitchen table, he knows his pleas are falling on deaf ears. If my car-singing is bad, his father’s dancing is Armageddon. My 16 year-old son commiserates. “Seriously, Mom. You do need to act your age.” Me: “Why, specifically?” Him: “You. Are. Embarrassing. And, also, annoying. Like, for instance, you need to stop wearing those skinny jeans. You need to dress like a lady and not a girl. Also, those pink sweatpants? With the rhinestones on the rear? Victoria called and said that the Secret is you have to be under 21 years old to wear those pants.” “I stole them from your sister and they’re hip.” “Bu t… your butt! It glitters!” I cackle: “That’s the best part! It says ‘PINK’, not ‘Hot Mama’ for God’s sake! And, by the way, I will never dress like I’m an old lady. You can’t make me shop in the Misses Department. No way I’m wearing polyester mu-mu’s. You’ll have to kill me first.” Another child debating murderous methods that cannot be tracked back to him. Then, a light bulb goes on. He yells: “Well, if you’re killed, we can dress you in anything we want for your funeral. You’ll never know!” “Oh, don’t be so sure. You’ve seen Ghost Hunter, right?” That shut everyone up. But not for long.

Maria Jiunta Heck





A landing in Hoboken begins the final chapter after a few changes of clothes I finally got rid of the worse torture I ever had and I hope I have no more. When Margaret O’Boyle was cleaning out her While here a Doctor came and asked me if I had parents house in Avoca after selling it in the early any experiences on the front and I told him I had a 1980s one of the things she saved was a World War I little he asked me if I would come down to the combat memoir written by her father James J. Rockefeller Hospital in New York City with him McCarthy. McCarthy was a life-long resident of and let them examine me. Avoca. He died in 1959. The memoir was handThey wanted to know what those shells done to written on a legal pad and it was tattered and fad- us, if they made us crazy. ing. I guess after being satisfied there would be no Margaret’s daughter, Ann O’Boyle Grace, who harm done, I agreed. I went down and they gave me lives in New Jersey, typed her grandfather’s 12,000 my breakfast to start and I was ashamed I didn’t sit word manuscript letter-for-letter, including gram- at a table in a year and I could take all I wanted matical errors and misspellings. without no one watching me. The diary is edited only slightly for clarity by I wasn’t used to this and I was kind of timid but I Jack Smiles. made a good job of it Today’s is the final in- In a day or so we broke up we and not much left to stallment. away. were split in all directions. Well, in throw Then they took my We landed at Hobo- a way we were all lonesome bidclothes off and went ken, NJ Apr. 26, 1919 from one room and and our friends the coo- ding each other good-bye. My pal doctor to another until ties landed also. Still had the boy I fought and traveled with I was about played out. them and just as many. all over France, I hated to say They examined every We got in little boats bone in my body from and sailed up the East goodbye. Then I went to my Captoes to the top of my River. Here we was put tain Mr. P.A. Lansin of our compahead and the machines in a big place surroundthey had attached to ny and wished him luck and he ed by a wire fence. my body was wonderWe was like animals. shook my hand and wished me the ful. How the heat and People came over to the same. power of my body fence and talked to us. If made those machines they only knew we had run. cooties they would stay away. The Doctor told me I was in first class shape and After a while we got on a train and we went to had good lungs and heart so they gave me supper camp Repton. In a day or so we broke up we were and let me stay in the city until I had to get in camp split in all directions. before taps. Well, in a way we were all lonesome bidding So that was more experience I got that others each other good-bye. My pal the boy I fought and didn’t get. traveled with all over France, I hated to say goodWell my name got lost here at this camp again bye. and I was here for 2 weeks and no one seemed to Then I went to my Captain Mr. P.A. Lansin of our know who I was or no one seemed to care. At the company and wished him luck and he shook my end of 2 weeks I was sent to Camp Dix and in a few hand and wished me the same. days I was mustered out. I want to give this man all the credit in the world. Now for home sweet home. As a gentleman he can’t be beat and as a soldier he Now I want to say that this branch of service I was a dandy. served in, the Infantry, we had all kinds of men of Through his leadership I’m living today. He all creeds and nationalities one and all we fought would not ask us to do anything he would not do together and a braver body of men no country ever himself and he was brave, every bit of him. had. On different fronts when we could plow in GerOur people should honor those boys every time mans he always took the safe course. Let them re- they meet them, as they are the greatest body of treat don’t drive them and they won’t turn on you troops in the world. and in that way we took a lot of ground and would And to our other branches of soldiers each and not lose a man. all done his duty and done it well and with out their And our other Lieutenants was good also. Those help we in the Infantry would be useless. officers was taken out of the ranks and made officers and they knew their business also. Good offiJames J. McCarthy cers to lead the men is all that is needed and half the L. Co. 108 Infantry 84 Brigade battle. 42 Rainbow Division After leaving here I was sent to Camp Mirritt and By the late James J. McCarthy


Mary Ehret, MS, RD, LDN Penn State Cooperative Extension

The cost of food Each day I visit the grocery store I hear folks complaining about how food prices are rising! Interestingly enough, when looking at the cost of food around the world, the US spends approximately 7 percent of total household consumption on food, whereas India spends 35 percent and Mexico 24 percent. Once we examine what we spend our food dollars on, the next step to reduce rising food costs is to prepare low cost foods like soup in our own kitchens. Soup is a great way to pack in vegetables, beans with a bit of meat in a very cost effective way. Here are some tips from Dr. Kendall, Cooperative Extension, for even the most experienced cooks that help improve flavor and thickness of soups. First, if you are using soup bones, start them in cold water not boiling. Avoid letting the soup boil. Soup should simmer gently for several hours to bring out the best flavor. Add unthawed frozen vegetables during the last 15 minutes of cooking time to avoid overcooking them. Because dried spices give off their best flavor when heated while fresh herbs lose their flavor if cooked too long, it’s best to add dried herbs at the beginning of cooking and fresh herbs near the end. Always add seasonings in small amounts and taste after each addition. Some experts recommend using a stainless steel spoon for taste tests, because wood and sterling silver spoons can disguise the flavor. If you accidentally over spice your soup, add a few slices of potato, simmer for 30 to 45 minutes and then remove the potato slices and discard. To help reduce the fat content, place four or five ice cubes in a piece of cheesecloth and swirl it around in the soup, or place a few lettuce leaves in the soup, stir them around for a few minutes, then remove and discard. If time permits, you can also make soup a day ahead of time, chill it overnight and then remove the hardened fat that forms on the surface before reheating the soup. To make creamy, rich soups without adding a lot of fat, use mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, vegetable purees or low-fat tofu instead of cream. To thicken soup, use evaporated skim milk, instant mashed potatoes, rice flour, cornstarch, or pureed white beans. To begin, try this recipe: Middle Eastern Lentil Basil Soup

1 cup dried lentils 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon basil 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 cups water 1 Tablespoon lemon juice Fresh parsley 1/2 cup plain yogurt Rinse lentils. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium high heat until hot. Add onion and bell pepper, cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Add cumin, basil and pepper, cook and stir 1 minute. Add water and lentils. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Chop parsley, stir into yogurt. Serve soup topped with yogurt. Mary R. Ehret, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is with Penn State Cooperative Extension, Luzerne County, 16 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, Pa., 18643. (570) 825-1701/602-0600. Fax (570) 825-1709.

Peeking into the past

Ned Jones of Avoca called in to answer my question from last Sunday’s column, “what is a chingway?” Ned, who was president of the Avoca Dart With Judy Minsavage League, recalled that co-founder of the to the plate again to form the Pittston league and member of the Blue Angels Teeners League. Because of the successteam, Sam Dorn, would yell out each ful initial season in 1955, area Little time a player hit a number words like League fans endorsed the idea of again quatro for four, ocho for eight, and so enabling youngsters to play baseball on. His term for five was ching-way. after graduating from Little League. The Team members weren’t sure if the first season had Pittston Red Devils, terms he used were Spanish or Latin, Jane Hogan and Sunday Dispatch teams which gave me a clue. A quick search of onboard. In 1956 season, Argo hoped to Latin numbers shows that five is quininclude teams from neighboring towns. que, pretty close. Julio Motors, 295 S. Main Street, Ned reminisced that Sam’s antics added to the enjoyment the teams shared Pittston, advertised the “new roomy Big M Mercury Custom Commuter Station in their lighthearted verbal sparring Wagon” with its powerful 312-cubicwhile competing. Ned added the Avoca inch V8 engine and half-ton capability. teams gathered from 1975 to 1985 at the Sticker price was $2,788. American Legion in Avoca, had 40 team Mrs. S. Schellhammer, former Old players, and were members of the NaBoston resident, wrote a letter to the tional Dart League. Sunday Dispatch editor regarding the Thanks for calling in Ned and sharing Northeastern Pennsylvania Turnpike the colorful story. Extension. She was the daughter of Mrs. Edward Morris and granddaughter of John Moore of Old Boston. Mrs. Question Schellhammer was saddened that the In 1976, a question arose in Dupont as to the first residents to own automobiles. Morris estate, her family homestead, had Although the Model T is unarguably the to be razed in order to complete the extension. Her grandfather had built the most famous, it was not the first autohome in 1876. She wrote, “I just wanted mobile manufactured. The first selfto say the old landmark is 76 years old powered vehicles are said to have been this year. Now, may I wish all who travel invented in France in 1769. Who was the over the old landmark, God’s safety.” first to claim the invention in the United States? 1966 – 45 Years Ago Members of the Pittston High School Glee Club were busy rehearsing for the second annual “Showtime PHS”. The program under the direction of Elizabeth M.J. Brogna had 39 members. Donald “Danny” Brogna was president of the club. The term “glee” is said to have originated in England in the late 1700s when a group of men would sing a short, 3 minute song called a “glee” in various clubs. The glee club craze moved to America in the early to mid 1800s with Harvard University glee club being the first. It is still in existence. Casimir A. Kizis became the fourth generation of his family to enter the funeral service profession. A graduate of Exeter High School, he joined his father Casimir A. Kizis Sr. in the operation of the funeral home. Casimir’s great grandfather opened Kizis Funeral Home in 1901. The merging of the Pittston and Northeast School districts posed a problem for both schools sports programs.

1976 – 35 Years Ago An article in the Dupont news section of the Sunday Dispatch answered the question, “Who owned the first automobile in Dupont Borough before its 1917 incorporation?” The article quoted a reliable source as providing the following information. John Benedict drove the first car in 1898. Benedict owned a blacksmith shop at the rear of 606 Main Street. The Strucke family owned and operated a 1912 Model T and Peter Kulick reported that his family, who resided on Quality Row, purchased a 1913 Maxwell from Ziegler’s Garage. By 1914, Maxwell was ranked as the #3 automaker. After World War I, Maxwell wound up in serious financial trouble. Walter Chrysler bought enough shares in Maxwell to take control of the company. Angelo Marcino and Ray Savokinas, along with other members of the Pittston Jaycees, planned a speedboat exhibition race on the Susquehanna River. Two hundred boats were expected to race a 5-mile course between the Water Street Bridge and Wintermute Island. A race featuring Super C. Hydroplanes was expected to provide thrills as these machines could travel in excess of 100 miles an hour. The Jaycees hoped to show that the river could be used for recreation. Allan Rose, of West Pittston, after being named Republican registration chairman, announced that his focus would be to attract several hundred unregistered voters in West Pittston to register before the upcoming elections. He emphasized that spring is the only time voters may change parties. On March 13, Allan and his wife Rose will be honored at a luncheon held by the Sunday Dispatch to receive the Joseph F. Saporito Lifetime of Service Award. The Hughestown Sports Banquet, touted as the most exciting and popular affair of its kind in the region, was in the planning stages. General Chairman George Casey announced speakers would include Jack Conaboy, formerly of Pittston and All-State and All American at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Randy White of the Dallas Cowboys, and John Bunting, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker. Other special guests

included Simon Bernosky, Len Pesotini and Bob Para. 1996 – 25 Years Ago Tony Traglia of AT Auto Body in Pittston didn’t see anything wrong with keeping his pet snakes at his business in Duryea. After all he had his two rattlesnakes and one cobra securely housed in wooden cages. Residents were concerned, but city council couldn’t find a legal precedent in regard to keeping reptiles, so they cautioned Traglia to post warning signs. Wyoming Area students finished a reading unit on famous disasters. Anthony Shulde, Joseph Maheady, Nathan Williams, Timothy Hoban, Sam Orlando, Derek Thomas, Amanda Locascio, Stephanie Molenda and Matthew Saporito studied the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii in 70 A.D. Deidre Filchak, Kirby Kunkle, Jessica Malone, Marissa Gilligan, Deanna Verdine, Jennifer Naylor, David Seitzinger, Christina Aquilina, Justin Sciandra and Kaitlyn Thomas read about the Boston Molasses Explosion of 1919, one of the most unusual disasters in history. On a hot summer day in Boston, a giant tank filled with molasses stored by the United States Industrial Alcohol Company ruptured, emptying its entire contents. The sugary syrup used in the manufacture of rum flooded the streets. Twenty-one people were killed and many more injured as an eight-foot wall poured two and a half million gallons of the sticky substance into the street pulling buildings from their foundations, and covering unsuspecting victims. City residents say that on particularly hot days, the smell of molasses can still be detected in the air. Answer U.S. patent 549,160 was granted to George B. Selden as inventor of the automobile. Selden had filed his application on May 8, 1879, although he had not yet built an automobile. He was successful in an effort to keep the patent pending for 16 years. Most authorities credit Charles E. Duryea and J. Frank Duryea with creating the first successful American gasoline-powered automobile, in 1892–93. Henry Ford, manufacturer of the Model T, was the first to mass produce automobiles. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Anne Bradstreet


1956 – 55 Years Ago The Pittston Kiwanis Club celebrated its 33rd anniversary The club, chartered in 1923, began when a group of men gathered at Martin’s Restaurant, in West Pittston, and formulated the plans for organizing a local branch of Kiwanis. Rev. S. Ezra Neikirk, Hon. William H. Gillespie, Victor B. Luchsinger, and Bert W. Tennant were the first officers. The Kiwanis headed programs such as vocational assistance to students, a dental clinic, food, clothing and supplies to needy families. In 1956, the officers were Frank Ford, William Norris, Edward Spohrer and Phil Harris. Currently, the Kiwanis Club, under officers Donald Shearer, Ronald Faust and Frank Thomas, sponsor the Pittston Area Key Club and an annual turkey dinner to benefit homeless and underprivileged people in the area. “Weiner” Argo was asked to step up

School directors figuring the cost of maintaining two coaches and staff for each team would not fit budget constraints. Residents hoped for a competitive match up on Thanksgiving Day with the West Side merged district. However, West Side planned an event with Swoyersville and Forty Fort.


Ned Jones clears up ‘ching-way’ question


JLW Mt. Laurel Lions Book Fair is next weekend

JLW Mt. Laurel Lions plan for their book fair at Barnes 7 noble next weekend. Seated, from left, Lion Nancy Baiera, Past District Governor Joan Milligan, Lion Karen Daniels. Standing, Tony Mussari, Ph.D., Lions Leona Castor, and Lita Insalaco.

The JLW Mountain Laurel Lions Club will be participating in the Barnes and Noble Book Fair on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6. The Lions’ guest authors for the weekend will be: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tony Mussari, Ph.D. “Step Into My Heart;” Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Alice Baran “The Whitehall Detective on the Move,” “The Case of the Puzzled Driver;” from 2 to 7 p.m. Patti Kerr, “I Love You…Who Are You?”; also representatives of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Association. All will sign and discuss their writings. Stop by the Lions’ table and pick up your free voucher. Also, sign up for a free Barnes and Noble gift card. Shop on line March 5 to 11, use Lions voucher #01430494 when ordering Barnes and Noble items and Lions will receive the credit. JLW Lions are selling large cheese cakes for $35. Please

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By Dominick P. Pannunzio, Esq. A new law regarding non-compete agreements would bring Georgia in line with the majority of U.S. states with similar statutes. Under current law, if any one clause in such agreements is illegal, the whole contract is voided. Georgia is one of eight states where that is the case. The legislation that was enacted will, if voters approve a concomitant constitutional change, allow judges to strike specific clauses that are illegal from a noncompete or do-not-solicit agreement while holding the rest of it enforceable. *** Under the Patient’s Bill of Rights part of the Health Care Reform Bill, insurance companies are banned from cutting off coverage due to an unintentional mistake on an application, and can no longer put a lifetime limit on the amount of coverage they provide. The use of annual dollar limits will be restricted, and in 2014 will be banned completely. Young adults will be allowed to remain on their parent’s plan until their 26th birthday, unless they are offered coverage at work. *** A new California law will require students in junior high and high school in 2011 to receive a booster shot for pertussis, or whooping cough, which has infected more than 4,400 state residents this year. The new law also requires students entering seventh grade to get a whooping cough booster, starting in 2012.

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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: 9:30a.m.– 5:00 p.m., evenings and weekends by appointment. 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. Happy Birthday to Father Dan Schwebs, OSJ, vice-rector of the Oblates Seminary, who will celebrate his special day this Wednesday, March 2. Pittston Catholic Youth Group will meet this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. at the seminary and then travel to All Saint Church, Plymouth, for a special Teen Mass at 5:00 p.m., followed by a youth conference, with Mr. Joseph DeLucca, serving as principal speaker. Mr.DeLucca is a principal at the Wyoming Valley West Middle School and trained in dealing with various youth issues and problems. Youth groups from throughout the Wyoming Valley will participate.


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quiet reflective time, communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and will conclude with a celebration of Eucharist at 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered at the end of the retreat. This Lenten Day of Reflection is FREE and open to the public. Check out more information by turning to their website: OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL ST. ROCCOS Mt. Carmel Senior Choir has resumed practices on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome Altar and Rosary Society of Mt. Carmel Church has tickets available from any member for the annual Penny Auction which will be held on March 27 in Mt.

Carmel Parish Center. The public is invited. The Mt Carmel Italian Festival will be held Saturday, March 5 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 6, noon to 4 p.m. It will start with Mass in Italian on Saturday at 4 p.m. accompanied by the Mt. Carmel Senior Choir. There will be a bake sale, tickets and raffles and lottery basket. All You Can Eat Pasta dinner (in house only). $8 adults/ $4 children under12. Take out available Saturday 4 to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to noon for pasta dinners only. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday for grilled items and sit down dinners. Foods available during the festival: Pizza Fritta, sausage and peppers, food from the grill, See FAITH, Page 21

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Josephite-Marellian Laity Association will hold their monthly meeting this Wednesday, March 2, following the 7:00 p.m. Mass/ Novena to St. Joseph & St. Joseph Marello. Plans will be made for the Lenten Retreat (March 20) and other planned events. New members are always welcome to share in the spiritual and apostolic work of the Oblate Fathers. Mass/Novena this Wednesday evening, March 2, will be offered for the late Rev. Mario S. Buttini, OSJ, as we commemorate the first year anniversary of his passing away in Asti, Italy. Fr. Buttini served the Greater Pittston area for many years as pastor of St. Rocco’s Church and as provincial superior/rector of the Oblates Seminary. Monthly Vocation Holy Hour will be held this Thursday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. The Holy Hour consists of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, private adoration, recitation of the rosary with vocation-themed meditations, Scriptural reading with sermon, general intercessions & Benediction. All are welcome to participate in this hour of prayer for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, especially in the Oblates of St. Joseph and in the Diocese of Scranton. Blue Army First Friday Prayer Vigil will be held this coming Friday, March 4. Confessions begin at 8:00 p.m., Mass to the Sacred Heart at 9:00pm, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Next Saturday, March 5, the Oblates Seminary will host the annual Diocesan Council of Catholic Woman (D.C.C.W.) Con-






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with Rev. David Betts; and Wednesday, April 13, at St. John the Evangelist with Bishop James C. Timlin. On Wednesday, March 23, we will be hosting Road to Resurrection. In order to begin preparing for the reception which takes place after the Mass, we are asking parishioners to volunteer to help with all aspects of the reception. Please use the form found in the bulletin to sign up to help. We ask that you fill out and return the form so that we will be able to set up the necessary committees. Letitia Warunek, a senior at Pittston Area High School and a member of Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish is sponsoring this fundraiser for the Pediatric Health Clinic, housed in the former Seton Catholic High School building and sponsored by the Care and Concern Ministries of St. John the Evangelist Parish. Tickets will be available for purchase after all weekend Masses during the month of March and at the parish office during the week. We encourage all to come out and support this worth-while ministry, named in honor of our own parishioner, Colleen Shea. The parish website has been updated with regard to our parish closures and the inauguration of our consolidated parish. The individual histories of Blessed Sacrament, St. Mary’s Assumption and St. Mary, Help of Christians have been posted on the History page. The pictures taken at each of our closures have also been posted and are available for you to view and/or download. The address for the parish webpage is: You will find links to the Schedule for Liturgical Ministers, our weekly bulletins, monthly calendars, upcoming events and additional information. We hope that you will find the information useful and easily accessible. On the first Friday of each month Communion is brought to those 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. PRINCE OF PEACE PARISH Old Forge

On August 21, the Alumni of Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School poised for a photo one last time in front of their Alma Mater. The 1920 two stucco building was razed on September 9. The group photo is now available for purchase. Cost is $15.00 for an 8x10 color photo. Contact the rectory office at 654-3713. If you have any questions, please email Stan at: MontageStudio@Comcast.NET. You can view the razing of the old school building on you tube.

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 is: Monday through Friday at 7:00 a.m., Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Altar servers for next weekend are: 4 p.m., B. Twardowski and M. Twardowski, 8:30 a.m. I. Balavage and T. Balavage and10:30, S. Satkowski and J. Coyne. The Road to Resurrection Masses of Lent will begin on March16 at St. Maria Goretti’s in Laflin. The Women’s Society will meet on Tuesday, March 2 at

6:30 p.m. in the church hall. The Holy Name Society will meet on Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the church hall. All members are asked to bring their ticket returns for the 300 Club to this meeting. The Senior Outreach Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the rectory. The Choir will meet on Thursday, March 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the choir loft. CCD classes will be held on Monday, February 38 for all students. All members of the Last Confirmation class are invited to celebrate a mass together on Sunday, March 6. Please gather in the church hall by 10:15 a.m. If you would like to do a reading at mass, please contact the rectory at 654-3713. A new session of Adult Bible Study has begun. The next ses-

sion will be held on March 2 at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the rectory meeting room. The group meets every other Wednesday. New members are welcomed to join the group. It’s time to make the pierogi. Joe Lacomis has accepted to be chairman of the upcoming pierogi project. Requests have come in to make all three kinds of pierogi (potato, cabbage and cheese). Jobs available: Fry cabbage and onions (Friday 8 a.m.); Roll cabbage balls, shred cheese (Saturday 8:30 a.m.); Peel potatoes (Saturday thru Tuesday 8:30 a.m.); Cooking and mashing potatoes (Sunday thru Wednesday 7:30 a.m.); Making and cutting dough (Sunday thru Wednesday 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.); Rolling balls and pinching (Sunday 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Monday

ST. ANTHONY’S Memorial Avenue, Exeter Religious Education Classes this Monday afternoon and evening. Classes for all students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation will continue every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. After class the students will attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass. High School Students Sunday 9:30 a.m. All St. Anthony’s Church second grade children, Catholic and public school, will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation together on Sunday, March 13, at 2:30 p.m. Their parents are asked to attend a meeting which will be held this Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Parish Center. Friday is the First Friday of the month. Masses will be celebrated at 7 and 11a.m. with devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Confessions will be heard on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and before Masses. Saturday is the First Saturday of the month. A Mass will be celebrated at 7 a.m. with prayers to the Blessed Mother. Junior Choir will practice Monday from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. in the church choir. Children are welcome to join the junior choir. Senior Choir will practice on Tuesday from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. New members are very welcome. Weekday Masses: Monday through Saturday at 7 a.m. Also on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday an additional Mass at 11 a.m. Every Monday at 7 p.m. Mass with Novena prayers to the Miraculous Medal and Mother Cabrini. Confessions before Mass. Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Mass with Novena prayers to St. Anthony of Padua. Confessions before Mass. Every Wednesday after the 7 and 11 a.m. Mass, Novena prayers to Saint Joseph and St. Joseph Marello. Weekend Masses: on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., on Sunday at 7:30 See FAITH, Page 25


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and 10:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m. (the last Mass in the valley). Confessions are heard on Saturday at 3:30 pm and before Masses. Eucharistic Adoration is held every day from11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by the Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament.

The Corpus Christi Parish Youth Group recently enjoyed snow Tubing at Sno Mountain. First row, Casey Kasisky, Sarah Justave, Megan Wysocki, Lindsey Klinges, Emily Zielen, Sarah Coolbaugh, Kelsey Kasisky, Courtney Melvin, Morgan DeAngelo, Emily Bellanco; second row, Brian Berti, Antonio Rivera, Kyle Charney, Louis Esposito, Matt Hine, Dave Alberigi, Brandon Charney, Joe Fasciana, Mark Bugelholl, Kevin Carroll, Brian Wisowaty; third row, David Wisowaty, Ronald Klepadlo, Aaron Dobbs, Kevin Thornton, Jenny Borton, Adam Rivera.

on the first and third Wednesday 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 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. The Closet will reopen on Thursday April 7, 2011. The Closet accepts donations new and gently used. For information call the parish office. The Pittston Catholic Youth Group will meet on Sunday evenings at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Laflin at 6:30 p.m. The group is under the direction of Father Phil, Father Paul and Jeff McCabe. For more information call Father Paul 654-7542 or email An Ethnic Dinner will be held on March 20 at 1:30 in Seton Catholic cafeteria. The women of the Altar and Rosary will be organizing the event. An organizational meeting will be held on March 2 at 7 p.m. in the parish dining room

Sunday School 10:30 A Welcoming Brunch for Pastor and Nancy Castellani will be served after service. March 9, Ash Wednesday Service; Saturday, March 26, Pasta Dinner and Bake Sale; Sunday, April 17, Palm Sunday Breakfast; and April 24, Easter Sunday Service. Please remember everyone is welcome to attend Council Meetings which are held second Monday of each Month at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions comments or would like to join our church family, call 655-2505 and leave your name, phone number and a message and a member of our Church will get back to you as soon as possible. Our e-mail address is

ST JOHN’S LUTHERAN 9 Wood St., Pittston Pastor, John Castellani; organist, Marcia Colleran; Lay reader, Tracy Drummond; and Acolyte Katie Colleran. Church Service begins at 9:30

ST. MARIA GORETTI Laflin Road, Laflin Troop/Pack 485, affiliated with St. Maria Goretti Parish, will participate in our 8:30 a.m. celebration of Mass this Sunday. Homemade Sausage and Pasta

ST. JOHN’S P.M. CHURCH 316 Main St., Avoca Sunday Service 10:00 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study 6:007:30 p.m.

Dinner, Sunday, March 6, noon 5:00 p.m. Includes salad, beverage, dessert, bread & butter. Take Out: noon - 4:00 p.m. (containers will be provided). Children 5 years and under: free. Eat in Only donation $9.00 Wine available with eat-in meals for an additional cost. There will be two Masses on Ash Wednesday (8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.) with the distribution of ashes and there will be distribution of ashes only at noon. SAINT MONICA’S CHURCH Wyoming, West Wyoming Evening Prayer of Healing will be held on Thursday evening March 3 at 7 p.m. Parishioners are invited to become a Eucharistic Minister. Classes are forming at the Diocesan Center in Scranton. The dates are March 15, 22 and 29, Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. or at Good Shepherd Academy, Kingston on March 7, 14, and 21, Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call Father McKernan at the rectory 693-1991. Bible Study Adult Formation/ RCIA has been incorporated into the Thursday evening Bible Study Session. Father Leo J. McKernan will facilitate all sessions. Bible Study will be on Thursday, March 10, after the 7 p.m.

Mass. The current study is on St. Luke’s Gospel. The week of the First Friday of every month, Communion is brought to those who are unable to participate in Sunday Mass. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated with anyone seriously ill. Please notify the Parish office of any desiring these Sacraments. SAINT PETER’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 100 Rock Street, Hughestown Rev. Robert Mitchell Sunday - 9:00 a.m. Sunday School, Confirmation Class, 10:00 a.m. Worship Service SAINT MARY’S/SS PETER AND PAUL’S CHURCHES 715 Hawthorne St./1000 Main St., Avoca St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches will have daily Mass Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8 a.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, 1000 Main St., throughout March, April, and May. Eucharistic Adoration Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. See FAITH, Page 33


ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST PARISH COMMUNITY Pittston The Holy Name Society will meet on Sunday, March 6 at 11 a.m. in the Seton Catholic cafeteria. New members are always welcome Altar and Rosary Society meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 2 in the church hall. New members are always welcome Ash Wednesday, March 9 we begin our Lenten Journey. Services at 7 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. All parents anticipating Baptism of their first child are required to attend baptismal instruction. The next session will be held Tuesday, April 5in the parish center 7:30 to 8:30. Applications for the Holy Name Scholarship are now available at the parish center. The scholarship is open to all active parish members entering or attending college in the fall. Applications can be submitted to the parish office care of the Holy Name Society. All applications must be received by Tuesday April 5. If you are looking for help coping with the recent loss of a loved one consider joining St. John the Evangelist’s Bereavement Support Group. The group will continue meeting on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish center dining room. For more information call the parish office. 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 please call 654-9923. Distribution of food is by appointment only. The Free Health Clinic is open every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the former Seton Catholic High School, and on first come first serve basis. Pediatric Health Clinic is open








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decade old practice of law. Vough has practiced civil and criminal law from his firm, Vough and Associates, in Pittston, which employs ten people. Since 1992, he’s also been an assistant district attorney at the courthouse. “I’ve prosecuted well over 1,500 cases resulting in trial or plea. I’ve represented the commonwealth in over 150 jury trials

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Senior Citizens St. Patrick’s Day dinner set for March 17 play credit. For further information contact Connie. 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. Menu for the week: Monday - Sliced turkey breast, gravy, low sodium, steamed white rice, glazed baby carrots, multi-grain bread, fruited Jell-O,

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Temps in 30s for 18th annual Andy’s Café Ice fishing Derby Andy’s Cafe of Dupont held its 18th annual Ice Fishing Derby on January 29 at the Ironwood Access Area on Lake Wallenpaupack. Seventy-four participants enjoyed the relatively mild day with temperatures hovering around the 30 degree mark. The winner of this year’s derby was John Zielinski with a 24 3/4 inch channel catfish. Bob Jackson took second place with a 22 1/2 inch channel catfish. There was a three way tie for third place with Aaron Antal, Bob Piechota, and Pete Wiliams all landing 22 1/4 inch chain pickerel. The Copper Kettle Award, which is given to the fisherman who is judged to have prepared the best tasting meal, was won by Henry Piechota for his beef stroganoff. John “Fed Ex” Sakulich was once again voted Sportsman of the Year. Derby sponsor Rick Bekanich and Director Richard “Iggy” Golya thank all the judges and photographer John-o Tetlak for donating their time to make the derby the huge success that it is today.

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Derby Winners with their trophies, left to right, Iggy Golya, Pete Williams, Bob Piechota, John Zielinski, Rick Bekanich, Bob Jackson, and Aaron Antal.



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St. Vladimir pork & kapusta family dinner today Children’s story time Friday at Laflin Library Fr. Paul Wolensky and the parishioners of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Scranton, invite all to their observance of Meatfare Sunday at the annual Pre-Lenten Pork & Kapusta Family Dinner today, Sunday, February 27, at 12:30 p.m., at St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Avenue, between West Lackawanna Avenue and West Linden Street. Adults $11.00; students $5.50 (age 5-12); under age 5, free. Advance reservations: Kathleen at 570 346-2414 (please do not call the church). Takeouts: pick up between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Menu: Slow roasted pork loin, homemade pan gravy, Ukrainian kapusta (cabbage), real mashed potatoes, green and yellow beans, applesauce, rolls, butter, dessert, coffee, tea, beverages. Laflin Library

The Laflin Public Library will hold story time on Friday, March 4, at 4:00 p.m. for children ages 3 and older. All are invited to help celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a story and craft. Registration is required. Also, children visiting the library from Wednesday, March 9, through Saturday, March 12, may make ‘n’ take a craft for St. Patrick’s Day. The Laflin Public Library is located at 47 Laflin Rd., Laflin. Library hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 p.m.until 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Phone number 654-3323.

School 1955 will meet at Valenti’s Restaurant, Wyoming Avenue, Exeter at 6:30 p.m. All classmates are welcome to attend. For more information call Cataldo “Ky” Lazzari at 8252648. Clam Chowder Sale

St. Michael’s Orthodox Church Hall, Church and Winter Streets, Old Forge, is hosting a Manhattan Clam Chowder and Homemade Bread Sale. Friday, March 11, pick up orders from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Quart of chowder is $5.00; loaf of bread is $5.00 each. Place orders by March 7. Call Dorothy: 5621434, Mary: 586-2632, Sandra: 457-9280 or Church Hall: 4572875 Pittston Twp. Taxes

Rita Timonte, Pittston Township Tax Collector, announced the tax bills have been mailed. County/municipal taxes are at a rebate value until April 13. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 5:30 to 8 p.m. All tax bills are sent to the homeowner. If you have an escrow account, please forward your tax bill to the mortgage holder. Anyone not receiving a tax bill, please call the tax office. Anyone needing a special appointment call 654-8807. Postmark accepted on all payments. Miles for Michael

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Hour to Benefit Miles for Michael is scheduled at the Banshee Irish Pub on 320 Penn Ave., Scranton, on March 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Two bands will provide entertainment, and there will be free food, Irish gift baskets, and cash for gold. For more information, call 654-5505. Eye Bank Meeting

The Upper Valley Eye Bank is meeting on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at Holy Resurrection Church, 591 N. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. The Wilkes-Barre Lions Club is hosting the meeting Pittston Library

Storytime Registration Registration for the Spring Session of our Storytime programs will begin on Monday, March 7. All programs will feature age-appropriate stories, songs, activities, and free play in the children’s play room. Registration is required and space is limited. Please call or visit the library to register your child for one of the following programs: Preschool Storytime: For children 3 to 5 years old and their caregivers. Meets Tuesdays, March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 1 p.m. Toddler Time: For children 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers. Meets Wednesdays, March 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. (please choose one session). T.A.G. News T.A.G., Pittston Memorial Li-

The V.F.W. Post #4909 will hold their next meeting Monday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Post Home. Commander John Phillips will preside. The Home Association meeting will follow. Food, refreshments, and camaraderie will occur after both meetings. PCC Class of 1955 268704


pants bring their own supplies (crochet hook size I, J, or K and yarn) and learn to make simple projects. Open to ages 12 and up. Please call the library to register. Pittston Memorial Library is located at 47 Broad St., Pittston. Hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone number is 654-9565, or visit Civil War Round Table

The Wyoming Valley Civil War Round Table meeting will be held on March 10 at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the DaddowIsaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Speaker will be Jo Ann Bogdanovicz, in first person, as Mrs. Robert E. Lee. Mrs. Lee will reminisce about her youth and Arlington, her courtship and marriage to Robert E. Lee. She will discuss her lawsuit against the U.S. Government involving her great grandfather Washington’s personal possessions which were confiscated by the Union Army. See BRIEFS, Page 31

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St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance

The Dupont V.F.W. Post 4909 Association will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 12, at the Post Home 401-403 Main Street, Dupont. A scrumptious dinner buffet will be served from 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. The Fantastic “Gary Dee and Co” will be playing for your dancing and listening pleasure from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The bar will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Great door prizes will be awarded. For tickets and reservations call Bob Lopata at the V.F.W. at 654-9104 or see Bob any evening at the Post Home. Tickets are only $25 per person. Deadline is Friday, March 12th. A great evening of fun. All PLCB regulations apply. Polish Alliance Spelling Bee

Polish National Alliance District VII Northeastern Pennsylvania will hold its annual spelling bee at a time and place to be announced. All lodge financial secretaries are asked to check their membership for qualified 8th grade students only. The local winner will receive a trip for two to Chicago to participate in the Polish National Alliance (PNA) Spelling Bee to be held April 9. Contact Commissioner Bernard Dymond 5422337 or Commissioner Carol Matiko at 457-4209 with names of qualified contestants. PNA scholarships are also available to all members. To qualify a student must be a PNA member for at least two years if a parent belongs for five years under a permanent plan of insurance.

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One of the most important steps you can take to ensure the health and long life of your plants is to plant them correctly. Early spring or early fall are the best times to plant when days are relatively short, air temperatures are cool, and soil remains moist. Penn State Extension Community Forester, Vinnie Cotrone, will be talking about this and much more on Planting and Care of Trees and Shrubs in Home Landscapes on Wednesday, March 9, 1:00 - 2:00 pm. at the Luzerne County West Side Annex, 2009 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort. This presentation is sponsored by the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners Lu-

zerne County. Registration and a fee of $5.00 per person are required. Please contact Penn State Extension Luzerne County at 825-1701 or 602-0600 to register, or email You may also want to request the full year’s calendar of workshop topics, dates, and locations by calling or emailing as above. Education Task Force

The regular monthly meeting of the Local Right to Education Task Force of Luzerne/Wyoming Counties for the month of March will be held at Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18, 368 Tioga Avenue, Kingston, Pa 187040649 on March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the General Task Force Auditorium. All members of the public are invited. Craft Show

Dallas Eastern Star Building Association will hold its 9th Annual Spring Craft Show on Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 3

Wyoming Free Library is offering a four-part book discussion series at the library located at 358 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming.

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The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is sponsoring a trip to Dutch Apple Theatre in Lancaster to see The Unsinkable Molly Brown on Wednesday, May 18. If interested, please contact Anne Gerrity at 825-5747. The trip is open to auxiliary members and the public.

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at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, 1000 Main St., throughout March, April, and May. The youth group will meet today from 6:30-8 p.m. in St. Mary’s School auditorium, 742 Spring St. At this meeting, the date for the group’s annual outing to see the Scranton/WilkesBarre Yankees will be discussed. Lori Ostrowski is the youth group advisor. New members are always welcome. The implementation team will meet Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Ash Wednesday services March 9 at the following times and locations: 8 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church – Mass and distribution of ashes; noon at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church,1000 Main St. – Mass and distribution of ashes; 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church – ashes only; and 7 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church – Mass and distribution of ashes. The First Holy Communion class will meet Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church. St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ contemporary music group will participate in the Saturday, March12 and 26 5:30 p.m. Masses at St. Mary’s Church. St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches will have a children’s Lenten Mass Sunday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church. The pastoral council will meet Monday, March 14 at St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. The agenda meeting will begin at 6 p.m., and the council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The annual spring chicken dinner is Sunday, March 20 from 12-4 p.m. in SS. Peter and Paul’s Church auditorium, which is located in the lower level of the church, 1000 Main St. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children. To purchase tickets, please call the parish office at 4573412. Anyone who is interested in providing bake goods for this event may call the parish office at 457-3412. The worship committee and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will meet Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory. The social concerns commit-

Presbyterian Church, 143 Parsonage Street, Pittston announces the following schedule: Sunday, February 27 - 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Worship; Monday, February 28 - 6 p.m. Fellowship Committee Tuesday, March 1- 7 p.m. AA Meeting Wednesday, March 2 - 6;30 p.m. Choir rehearsal


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tee will meet Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory. St. Mary’s Church will have its annual St. Mary’s Classic golf tournament Sunday, May 15 at Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. This year’s tournament will be played in memory of Judge Thomas Gibbons. Registration information can be obtained by calling the parish office at 4573412. For sponsorship information, please e-mail St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches now has a page on Facebook. You can join it by typing in “St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches, Avoca” in the search bar at 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: During March, April, and May at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, 1000 Main St., at 8 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church. Miraculous Medal Novena: Wednesday following the 7 p.m. Mass Weekends Masses: Saturday at 4 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church and at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church; Sunday at 8 and 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church and at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church Confession: Saturdays 3-3:45 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church and 5-5:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church; anytime upon request by calling 457-3412. Prayer Chain: 457-5867




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Reminder issued on taxes, garbage stickers Avoca Tax Collector Therese Wrubel reminds residents the 2011 Luzerne County/Avoca Borough tax bills have been mailed. She also reminds residents that garbage stickers are still available. Residents may pay their taxes or purchase garbage stickers Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 Main St. The office will also be opened Fridays from 6-7 p.m. The rebate period for the taxes ends April 18. The garbage sticker fee is $160 until March 22. Residents who are unable to stop by the municipal building to pay their taxes or purchase a garbage sticker, can mail their payment to Avoca Borough c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment. If you did not receive your tax bill or have any questions please call Therese at 457-4891. Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Helen Chernesky who celebrated her special day February 18. Happy birthday to Laura Krafjack who is celebrating her special day today. Happy birthday to Mary Galuska who will celebrate her special day Saturday, March 5. Mass Schedule

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches will have daily Mass Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8 a.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, 1000 Main St., throughout March, April, and May.


Eucharistic Adoration

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches will have Eucharistic Adoration Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, 1000 Main St., throughout March, April, and May.



Missing Cat

Longtime Duryea resident Sharon Shotwell recently sent me an e-mail asking the community to help her in her search for her missing cat. Maci Gray, who is gray and white with a black spot on her nose and also has a very long tail, was last seen in the area of Donnelly, Marcy, and Ann Streets. Duryea. If you call her by her name, she will come to you. Anyone who has seen her is asked to call Shotwell at (570) 814-0721. There is a reward for her return. Youth Group

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ youth group will meet today from 6:30-8 p.m. in St. Mary’s School auditorium, 742 Spring St. At this meeting, the date for the group’s annual outing to see the Scranton/WilkesBarre Yankees will be discussed. Lori Ostrowski is the youth group advisor. New members are always welcome. Recycling Reminder

Avoca residents are invited to recycle newspaper and commingled glass, plastic, and metal bottles, cans, and jars every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Moosic Recycling Truck at the Avoca Municipal Garage, 1106 Plane St. Please note all lids should be removed and disposed of in your home trash. Containers should be rinsed, plastics and metals should be flattened, and glass should not be broken. Newspaper should not be placed in bags. All recyclables should be placed in the appropriate compartments of the truck. Residents can also recycle corrugated cardboard Thursday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Corrugated cardboard is cardboard with a ribbed section be-

tween two heavy layers of cardboard. All pieces should be collapsed and flattened. This collection does not include food contaminated noncorrugated or coated cardboard such as pizza, cereal, or soda boxes. Food Giveaway

The Avoca Lions Club will have their monthly food giveaway Thursday, March 4 from 46:30 p.m. at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Volunteers are needed to unload the truck at 1:30 p.m. Individuals who use this service are encouraged to bring boxes and bags with them for their goods. For more information, please call Mary Ann at 457-7619. Duryea Wildcats

The Duryea Wildcats will meet Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at the Duryea Sports Complex, corner of Kramer and Shaft Streets, Duryea. Anyone who is interested in becoming the head cheerleading advisor or treasurer for the 2012 season is encouraged to attend this meeting. Please note during the 2011 season, the selected individuals will shadow the people who are currently in these positions. Implementation Team

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ implementation team will meet Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Ash Wednesday

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches will have Ash Wednesday services March 9 at the following times and locations: 8 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. –

Mass and distribution of ashes; noon at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church, 1000 Main St. – Mass and distribution of ashes; 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church – ashes only; and 7 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church – Mass and distribution of ashes. First Communion

Parents of St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ First Holy Communion class will meet Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. Music at Mass

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ contemporary music group will participate in the Saturday, March12 and 26 5:30 p.m. Masses at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. Children’s Mass

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches will have a children’s Lenten Mass Sunday, March 13 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. Spay-neuter Program

Gracie Lyn’s Grooming House will host a low cost spay-neuter program Monday, March 14 at the grooming house, 408 Stephenson St., Duryea. The program is open to house pets and feral cats. The cost also includes rabies and distemper shots for house pets, and a rabies shot for feral cats. To make an appointment, please call the Eastern Pennsylvania Animal Alliance, Stroudsburg, at 994-5846. Pastoral Council

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches pastoral council will meet Monday, March 14 at St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. The agenda meeting will begin at 6 p.m., and the council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Chicken Dinner

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches will have their annual spring chicken dinner Sunday, March 20 from 12-4 p.m. in SS. Peter and Paul’s Church auditorium, which is located in the lower level of the church, 1000 Main St. Tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children. To purchase tickets, please call the parish office at 457-3412. Anyone who is interested in providing bake goods for this event may call the parish office at 457-3412. Worship Committee

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ worship committee and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will meet Monday, March 21at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Social Concerns

St. Mary’s/SS. Peter and Paul’s Churches’ social concerns committee will meet Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rectory, 715 Hawthorne St. Golf Classic

St. Mary’s Church will have its annual St. Mary’s Classic golf tournament Sunday, May 15 at Pine Hills Country Club, Taylor. This year’s tournament will be played in memory of Judge Thomas Gibbons. Registration information can be obtained by calling the parish office at 4573412. For sponsorship information, please e-mail 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 at 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!

Attention Duryea residents! One of our neighbors needs our help – stat! Longtime Duryea resident Sharon Shotwell recently sent me an e-mail asking the community to help her in her search for her missing cat. If you’re an animal lover like me, you can certainly understand the heartbreak she is experiencing right now. Maci Gray, who is gray and white with a black spot on her nose and also has a very long tail, was last seen in the area of Donnelly, Marcy, and Ann Streets. If you call her by her name, she will come to you. Anyone who has seen her is asked to call Shotwell at (570) 814-0721. There is a reward for her return. Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to Doris Smerdon who will celebrate her special day Tuesday, March 1. Happy birthday to Shirley Milazzo who will celebrate her special day Wednesday, March 2. Thank You Note

The officers and members of the Germania Hose Company thank everyone who attended their pancake breakfast last weekend. Because of your generosity and support, the members can use your donations to help maintain their buildings. For more information about the department, please visit Pack Night

Cub Scout Pack 375 will have pack night Monday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hall of Jesus, 529 Stephenson St. Ambulance Meeting

The Duryea Ambulance and Rescue Association will have its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the ambulance building, Marcy Street. Frank Bodosky, president of the association, will preside over the meeting. All members are cordially invited to attend.

The members of the Duryea High School Class of 1961 will


have a 50th reunion planning meeting Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at V.F.W. Post 1227, 492 Stephenson St. All class members who are interested are encouraged to attend. Excelsior Meeting

The members of the Excelsior Hose Co. No. 2 will have their monthly meeting Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at the hose company, 798 Foote Ave. All members are urged to attend. Wildcats Meeting

The Duryea Wildcats will meet Tuesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at the Duryea Sports Complex, corner of Kramer and Shaft Streets. Anyone who is interested in becoming the head cheerleading advisor or treasurer for the 2012 season is encouraged to attend this meeting. Please note during the 2011 season, the selected individuals will shadow the people who are currently in these positions. Lenten Food Sales

Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have their annual Ash Wednesday food sale Wednesday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, Stephenson Street. The items for sale include potato pancakes, the parish’s famous homemade red clam chowder, vegetarian vegetable soup, seafood bisque soup, and homemade pierogi, haluski, and pizza. Nativity of Our Lord Parish also will have their annual Lenten

food sale Friday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, Stephenson Street. The items for sale include the parish’s famous homemade red clam chowder, seafood bisque soup, and homemade pierogi, haluski, and pizza. There will also be a bake sale. Takeouts will be available too. Spay-neuter Program

Gracie Lyn’s Grooming House will host a low cost spay-neuter program Monday, March 14 at the grooming house, 408 Stephenson St. The program is open to house pets and feral cats. The cost also includes rabies and distemper shots for house pets, and a rabies shot for feral cats. To make an appointment, please call the Eastern Pennsylvania Animal Alliance, Stroudsburg, at 994-5846. Crime Watch Meeting

The Duryea Neighborhood Crime Watch group will meet Tuesday, March15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Duryea Municipal Building, 315 Main St. The public is invited to attend. Nights at the Races

The Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 will host its fifth annual “Night at the Races” Saturday, March 26 at the Germania Hose Company, 430 Foote Ave. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the races will begin at 7 p.m. The cost of a horse is $10 plus $2 admission. Horses can be purchased in advance from any

member of the Excelsior Hose Company. Food and beverages will be available too. For more information please call 9563043. The third annual “Night At The Races” to benefit The 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund Luzerne Foundation will take place Saturday, March 26 at the Seton Catholic Auditorium, Church St., Pittston. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the races will begin at 7 p.m. Admission, which includes food and beverage, is free with the purchase of a horse and $5 without the purchase of a horse. To purchase a horse, please send your name, address, the name of your horse, and $10 check made payable to The 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund to 401 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, PA 18644. Court of Honor

Boy Scout Troop 285 will have their annual Court of Honor spaghetti dinner Thursday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Brennan Regan Post 585, 329 Main St. The boys will receive their new positions of responsibility, rank advancements, merit badges, and summer camp papers at this time. The Troop will attend Goose Pond Boy Scout camp the week of July 31. Any boy in fifth grade or higher can join in the Scouting fun. Registration is $16. For more information, please contact Ann Edwards at 457-8402.

Charity Basketball

The fifth annual “Guns ‘N’ Hoses” charity basketball game will take place Saturday, April 9 at Pittston Area High School, 5 Stout St., Yatesville. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and tip-off time is 5 p.m. During this game, the area’s finest police officers and firefighters will hit the hardwood to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And District Judge Fred Pierantoni will toss the ceremonial jump ball. At the event, there will also be door prizes, raffles, face painting, and halftime shows by the University of Scranton dance team and the West Side Stars cheerleading team. There will also be a food and refreshment stand catered by My Sister’s Kitchen, Duryea. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for students 5-18. Children under 4 will be admitted for free. Businesses and individuals can send donations to Chief Nick Lohman Duryea Police Department, 315 Main St., Duryea, PA 18642. Make checks payable to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and in the memo area list “Guns ‘N’ Hoses 2011”. Be sure to include your name with your gift in order to have it included on the acknowledgement poster which will be displayed at the game. Businesses that would like to supply door prizes can mail or drop them off at the Duryea Police Department. See DURYEA, Page 37

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March a busy month, starting with pancake breakfast The month of March has several great community events scheduled. Let’s start with: the Dupont Volunteer Hose Company 46th annual All You Can Eat Breakfast to be held next Sunday, March 6, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Dupont Hose Company hall located at 308 Main Street in Dupont. The breakfast features freshly made pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Tickets for the breakfast are $7 for adults, $4 for children under 12. Tickets for the annual lottery tree raffle are $2 each and feature a top prize of approximately$200 worth of lottery tickets. Tickets for Match the Daily Number are on sale for $10 each and run Monday through Friday with prizes of $100 and $500 for Saturdays, from April 4 through May 7. Tickets for any of these can be purchased from any member, or by calling the hose company at 654-4222 Lenten Fish Fry

Also in March, Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Catholic Church on Wyoming Ave. will hold their annual Lenten Fish Fry Dinner sponsored by YMS of R on March 11 from 4 -7:30 p.m. Dinner includes fish, fries, vegetable, coleslaw, and dinner roll. Donation is $8.00. Tickets can be purchased from any member of the YMS of R or by calling the rectory office. ‘Oldies’ Dance

And The Dupont Lions Club will sponsor a “Night with the Oldies” Dance on Saturday, March 26, at the Dupont Hose Company from 7 to 11. Tickets are $18.00 per person or two for $35. 00. Tickets can be purchased from any member of the Lions Club.


St. Patrick’s Dance

In addition the Dupont VFW Post 4909 Association will hold its annual St Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 12, at the Post Home on 401-403 Main St. A delightful dinner buffet will be served from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. The fantastic “Gary Dee and Co.” will be playing for your dancing and listening plea-



sure from 9:00 to 12:30 a.m. Great door prizes will be awarded. For tickets and reservations call Bob Lopata at the VFW at 654-9104 or see Bob any evening at the post home. Tickets are $25.00 per person and the deadline is March 12. Night at the Races

Another worthwhile event coming in March is the Third annual Night at the Races to benefit the 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund Luzerne Foundation, to be held March 26th at the Seton Catholic Auditorium, Church St. Pittston. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with post time at 7 p.m. Admission with purchase of a horse is free, without $5. Food and beverage is included. To buy a horse, send name of horse, owners name and address, and$10 check made out to 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund, Night at the Races, 401 Wyoming Ave. W. Pittston, PA 18644. Council Meeting

Dupont Borough Council meeting is scheduled for March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Dupont Municipal Bldg in the James Cocco Council Chambers. Presentation of the 2010 borough audit will be on the agenda. VFW Auxiliary

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Przybytek-Kundlas VFW post 4909, Dupont will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at the post home. Madam President Peggy Best will preside. Hostesses are Evelyn Tetlak and Evelyn Healey VFW Meeting

The VFW Post 4909 will hold their next meeting Monday, March 7 at 7:30pm at the Post Home. Commander John Phillips will preside. The Home Association meeting will follow. Food and refreshments will be served after both meetings.

Lions Meeting

The Dupont Lions will hold a meeting on Monday Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW on Main St in Dupont. Softball/Teeball

Dupont Softball/Teeball signups: Sundays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dupont field house, Elm St., Dupont. Last signup date is Wednesday March 16. All kids from Greater Pittston Area welcome; the leagues have no residence boundary or restriction. Teeball - boys and girls ages 4 to 7, $15 per player plus fundraiser. Softball - girls ages 7 to 17, $40 per player plus fundraiser. Softball brackets include: Pony League ages 7 to 8 , similar to coach pitch,10u for 8 to 10 years old, 12u for 11 to 12 years old, 14u for 13 to 14 years old (junior high)and 17u for 15 to 17 year olds (high school). For more info call Bob 8818744 or check out our website @ 300 Club Raffle

The Holy Name Society of Sacred Heart of Jesus has begun selling tickets for their annual 300 Club raffle. Tickets are $10.00 and are available from any member or stop by the rectory during regular business hours to purchase your winning ticket. First drawing is March 20. Here is your Eco-Tip of the Week from Joey Jones: If you are a teacher and need to make a lot of photocopies, copy on both sides of the paper when you have more than one page. This will save trees. Sacred Heart Church

Meetings scheduled for March at Sacred Heart Church are: Women’s Society on Tuesday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall. Holy Name Society on Wednesday, March 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the church hall. All members are asked to please bring

your ticket returns (either sold or unsold) for the 300 Club to the meeting. Senior Outreach on Wednesday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the rectory. Choir on Thursday, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. New members are most welcome. WAC Family Night

In celebration of “Read Across America Week” the Wyoming Area Catholic School Family is hosting a night at the library for all Pre-K and Kindergarten students. Library night will be held on Monday, February 28 from 6 to 7pm. Seton Catholic Graduate and published author Angie Demuro will be guest reader. Students will also make a craft and have a snack. Please call the school Monday, February 28 at 654-7982 ext. 3 to register. Wyoming Area Catholic is located at 1620 Wyoming Ave, Exeter. PennDOT Projects

Dupont Borough has received updates from Penn DOT regarding the following projects: Traffic signal for Heidleberg Bridge - Construction start date June 2011. Traffic signal Lackawanna/ Main/Chestnut - Construction start June 2011.Start date for project is April 14. Borough Street Paving Project - Construction starts April 4 and completion June 30. Project includes construction of concrete curb and sidewalk, milling and paving. The streets include Coolidge, Atwell, Wood, Pine, Oak, Skytop, with additions pending for Ruck and Gedding. Municipal Garage Project pending confirmation of funding. Once confirmation received, the bid will be awarded and notice to proceed issued. Commerce Road Entrance currently waiting a change order confirmation through contractor for entrance signs and street signs - should be complete by June. DPW Schedule

Dupont street department employees will be working on drain cleaning and pothole patching as weather permits. As always win-

ter weather takes a toll on borough streets and workers will do their best to address major issues as weather and schedule permits. Please forward concerns to the borough office. Ordinance Reminders

2011Refuse Stickers - All residents are required to purchase the 2011 window sticker and bags. Delinquent Sewer Payments Council is pursuing with the solicitor collection of past due balances and liens for accounts in arrears. Yard Maintenance - This year Dupont Borough will be site visiting properties and issuing citations for those residents in violation of the yard maintenance ordinance. All properties should be maintained and free from piling of trash and refuse. Dog Ordinance -Residents are again reminded to clean up after their pets. Sidewalk Maintenance - Residents cooperation is needed in maintaining clear flow of water into drains. Residents are asked to clean any debris including antiskid material, recycling material etc. that would be blocking the drains. All sidewalks should be clear and clean for pedestrians. Spring Cleanup

Dupont is planning a Spring Cleanup at the Park on Elm Street. Any group or organization or resident interested in volunteering to help clean the park can contact the borough office. The date is tentatively being scheduled late Mach early April. Also, this year Great PA Cleanup will take place during March and May. Anyone with ideas on an area within the Borough where illegal dumping is a problem should notify the office for possible project cleanup. Service Schedule

Dupont service schedule for the week of Feb. 27: Monday, Feb. 28 - Purple refuses bags Tuesday, March 1 - Ashes Wednesday, March 2 - recycling cans and bottles

See DUPONT, Page 37

The Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club’s third annual Mardi Gras Party is Tuesday, March 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Gober’s Deco Lounge, Wyoming Avenue, Exeter. The Kiwanis Club invites the public to join in the celebration of the last day before Lenten sacrifice. Tickets are limited to the first 100 people and are available from any Kiwanis member or at Gober’s Deco Lounge. Tickets are $20 and includes a grand Cajun buffet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., including jumbalaya, creole chicken and King cake, along with beer and soft drinks. A full cash bar will be available. The public is invited to attend in mask or costume. Live entertainment by CNR will be provided from 7 to 11 p.m. President Kate Mangan said, “The club conducts this event to primarily have a good time while raising some funds to continue their program of service to children. If you are tired of winter

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and need a good excuse to have some fun, consider helping the Kiwanis Club’s program of service by attending.” Garbage Stickers

Exeter residents are reminded to purchase their 2011 garbage sticker. Stickers can be purchased at the Exeter Borough Municipal Building, 1101 Wyoming Avenue, Exeter. Hours of service for sticker purchase will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you wish to have a sticker mailed to you please send a check addressed to Exeter Borough for the appropriate amount and a self addressed stamped envelope to Exeter Borough Refuse,1101 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, Jesse Carlen, 389; Michael Walsh, 329; Jimmy Dillon, 297; Dylan Kelly, 296; David Noble, 287; Charles Kulick, 279; Bryan Shupp, 263; Calvin Sutcliffe, 261. Bantam/Prep Boys High Scratch Series Scores: Anthony DePascale, 239; Jared Dickson, 214; Jacob Morreale, 198; T J Connors, 169; Tyler Cegelka, 157; Nicholas Aschenback, 152; Matthew Stetz, 149; John Jr. Colarusso, 148; Martin Kuna, 136; Joe Wruble, 132. Bantam/Prep Girls High Scratch Series Scores: Samantha Piechota, 238; Leah Hodick, 235; Hannah Maruhnich, 221; Morgan Mesaris, 203; Piper Kane, 202; Kayla Hindmarsh, 193; Jayme Yockey, 175; Nikki Price, 169; Isabella Halapin, 167; Ashlyn O’Donovan, 153. Dupont Mixed Girls High Scratch Series Scores: Katie Kuna, 402; Jordan Cegelka, 390; Katie Wynn, 383; Erin Donnelly, 371; Brianna Ketcho, 338; Rachael Solano, 324; Katrina Dillon, 315; Autym Stoss, 309; Gina Kirkpatrick, 308; Danielle Zydko, 305. Dupont Mixed Boys High Scratch Series Scores: Stephen Yuhas, 631; Zachary McKitish, 532; Peter Kulick,

PA 18643. Please note Seniors must be 65 before March 31. Businesses are reminded to purchase their $150 recycling sticker by March 31. Crossing Guard Sought

Exeter Borough is accepting applications for a school crossing guard. Applications can be picked up at the Borough Building, 1101 Wyoming Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Exeter Borough Council is seeking a interested individual to help in the design and upkeep of the borough’s web site. Please call the borough secretary at 654-3001 extension 4. Cosmopolitan Seniors

526; Spencer Saxon, 493; David Zydko, 466; Dave Pacovsky, 459; Paul Greco, 453; Jason Roche, 448; Alex Ferretti, 429; Evan Esposito, 428. American High Scratch Series Scores: John Grohowski, 740; Dave Kern, 715; Mark Kulick, 662; Edward Collins, 660; Chris Kasa, 658; Neal Elko, 657; Pete Latona, 649; Gary Jr. Magdon, 648; Rich Kuligowski, 648; Rob Vanness, 641. Dupont Bowlerettes High Scratch Series Scores: Kim Kishel, 605; Donna Kasa, 602; MaryTheresa Pupa, 523; Connie Berlinski, 513; MaryAnn Shugdinis, 499; MaryLou Fereck, 490; Debbie Stevens, 483; Rose McDade, 474; Irene Jemiola, 443. Warehouse Mixed Men’s Division: John Doran, 612; Scott Schramm, 609; Ron Shaw, 594; Matt Charney, 547; Ed Markovich, 530. Women’s Division: Sandra Sands, 433; Melony Yurek, 393; Ann Kopeck, 351. National High Scratch Series Scores: Chris Yonki, 733; Mark Kulick, 731; Neal Elko, 726; Jerry Coggins, 721; Edward Collins, 672; Rich Gorzkowski, 671; Allyn Sr. Ferretti, 647; Bruce Rydzy,

Fifty members and guests attended the February 15 meeting of the Cosmopolitan Seniors. After the call to order by President Malinowski, Vice President Joe Kleback led the group in prayer, pledge of allegiance and a patriotic song. Secretary Terri Mislan read the minutes, and a report was rendered by Treasurer Amy Alpaugh. The club will celebrate the coming of spring, with a luncheon at the March 29 meeting. After the meeting the group enjoyed refreshments and bingo was played. 50/50 winners were: Marie Cheskiewicz, Mary Dirhan, Antionette Manganello, Ann Sleboda, and Lee Verbyla. Irene Parini won the special game and Lee Verbyla the bingo jackpot. Travel coordinator Johanna is accepting reservations for a trip to Mount Airy Casino on WednMarch 16. The trip is open to the public. Details can be obtained from Johanna at 655-2720. 647;Matt Felter, 628; John Pisano, 610. Universal High Scratch Series Scores: Mark Prebish, 702; Jim Lavelle,III, 693; Michael SPece, 674; Jerry Coggins, 671; David Titton, 670; Edward Collins, 657; Richard Arditi, 627; Ryan O’Malley, 624; Raymond Silveri, 624; Francis Pupa, 623. Pittston Twp VFW High Scratch Series Scores: Jack Casper, 671; Anthony Grieco, 584; John Blattner, 574; Joe Jr. Walsh, 574; Joe Sr. Walsh,

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‘Elvis’ Concert

Pittston’s very own Shawn Klush will perform “A Tribute to Elvis Concert” Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Mellow Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. The opening act is “The Hammocks.” Tickets, which are $50, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Mellow Theater Box Office, by calling 955-1455, or online at schedule.html. All proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Assumption School, Pittston.

Potato Pancake Sale

Exeter Hose Co #1 will hold a potato pancake and pierogi sale starting on March 9, Ash Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will be held every Friday during Lent. Deliveries will also be available. Call 602-0739. Night at the Races

Third annual Night At The Races to benefit The 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund Luzerne Foundation, will be held March 26 at the Seton Catholic Auditorium, Church St. Pittston. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with post time at 7 p.m. Admission with purchase of a horse is free, without $5. Food and beverage is included. To buy a horse, send name of horse, owners name and address, and$10 check made out to 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund, Night at the Races, 401 Wyoming Ave. W. Pittston, PA 18644. 560; Joe Scaratino, 558; Jim Stefanowicz, 547; Jody Marranca, 537; Tom Judge, 535; Joe Argenio, 531. Sunday Night Mixed High Scratch Series Scores: Men’s Division: Francis Puap, 594; Joe Argenio, 558; Paul CHmiel, 547; Russ Stevens, 541; Ray Wasko, 479. Women’s Division: Alice Foley, 668; Trisha Chmeil, 557; Irene Jemiola, 476; MaryLou Fereck, 475; Gracelynn Williamson, 441. Blue and Gold Banquet

Duryea Cub Scout Pack 375 will have its 21st annual Blue and Gold banquet Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. at the V.F.W. Post 1227, 492 Stephenson St. Following the dinner, there will be a monetary drawing sponsored by the National Slovak Society Leaf 75 of Duryea (NSS). NNS President Gary Edwards and NSS Vice President Lucy Piccoletti, who are also members of the Cub Scout Pack committee, will conduct the drawing. In addition to the drawing, there will also be a Chinese auction. Pack members will receive their reservation forms at the pack night meeting on February 28.


Magic Circle High Scratch Series Scores: Edward Collins, 672; Rich Jr. Aston, 651; John Pupa, 638; Greg Brugnes, 630; Bill Pupa, 623; Michael SPece, 620; Joseph Chmiel, 619; Paul Chmiel, 614; Russ Stevens, 597; Francis Pupa, 571; Joe Sr. Wruble, 571. Friday Junior/Senior High Scratch Series Scores: Men’s Division: Billy Jr. Elko, 656; Michael Lenchak, 604; Kevin Boone, 601; Michael Szumski, 565; John DeLeo, 547. Women’s Division: Courtney Osiecki, 480; Irene Magdon, 370; Chantel Cebula, 184. Dupont Prep Boys High Scratch Series Scores: Joey Jones, 428; Evan Elko, 405;



Wyoming Area Kiwanis Mardi Gras Party March 9


Wyoming Masonic Hall Lenten meals scheduled Members of Wyoming Masonic Hall, Wyoming Ave., will serve Lenten meals from 3 to 7 p.m. starting Ash Wednesday, March 9, and every Friday until Easter including Good Friday. Good Friday’s hours are noon to 7 p.m. Meals include, clam chowder, haluski, pot pancakes, pierogies. Eat in or take out. For more information, call 885-1441. LL Sign-ups Today

The Wyoming/ West Wyoming Little League will hold registration on Sunday, February 27, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Stites Street Fire Hall. Registration is $70 per player for t-ball thru majors, $95 per family for t-ball thru majors and $95 per player for jr/sr division. Ham and Cabbage

Wyoming United Methodist Church will hold its annual Ham and Cabbage Dinner on March 12. Dinner will be served from 4 pm to 7 pm. Tickets are adult, $9 and children, $5. Church is located at 376 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming. May dine in our social room or use our convenient drive thru pickup for take out orders. Included with the dinner is fresh baked desserts. Info/tickets 693-2821 or 693-1303.


will follow. Plans were also made for the St. Patrick’s day social to be held at March 15 meeting. Due to the death of Vice President Marie Mattina, nomination and election was held to fill the office. Sam DeSalvo was nominated and accepted the position. New Members are always welcome and handicapped parking is available. Bowling Fundraiser

A bowling fundraiser will be held on March 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Chacko’s Family Bowling Center in honor of Rick Mizenko to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Rick was just 60 years old when he lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer related death

tended this event. Tickets, available from any senior or at the door, will go on sale in March. Tickets cost $6 in advance and $8 at the door.

in the United States. The 5-year survival rate is only 6%, with limited treatment options. Cost to register is $20, which includes two hours of bowling, pizza, soda, prizes and raffles. For more information contact Robyn Williams 4742013

Family Movie Day

Donkey Basketball

Night at the Races

On Saturday, March 26, Donkey Basketball makes a return to Wyoming Area. The event, sponsored by the 2011 Senior Parents Association, features a basketball contest between senior students, WA teachers, coaches and local celebrities to raise money for the Senior Class All-Night Party. This event promises great food, raffles, and a lot of fun. In 2009, over 2,000 people at-

Third annual Night At The Races to benefit The 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund Luzerne Foundation, will be held March 26 at the Seton Catholic Auditorium, Church St. Pittston. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with post time at 7p.m. Admission with purchase of a horse is free, without $5. Food and beverage is included. To buy a horse, send name of horse, owners name and address, and$10 check

The Wyoming Free Library is holding Saturday Family Movie Day. Upcoming movies include, Tangled on April 2; Alice in Wonderland on April 9; Beauty and the Beast on April 16; Bambi on April 23 and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on April 30.


Senior Citizens

The Wyoming/ West Wyoming Seniors will meet Tuesday March 1 at St. Monica Parish meeting center at 1 p.m. with Frank Perfnski presiding. The servers for the meeting are Charmaine Potenza, George C. Yurek Sr. and Betty OHara. Dues for the year 2011 will be collected. There will be refreshments and bingo will be played. At the previous meeting February birthday were celebrated for Armond Casagrande, Vicki Meckalavage, George Kraynak and Mary Stanton. Fifty-Fifty winners were Joe Shymanski, Angie Zagursky and Stanley Mulesky. Bingo jackpot winners were George Kraynak, and Mickey DeSalvo. Plans were made for the upcoming 35th Anniversary dinner to be held on May 3. The committee selected Ann Voitek as the Caterer. Details

made out to 1st. Lt. Jeffrey DePrimo Memorial Fund, Night at the Races, 401 Wyoming Ave. W. Pittston, PA 18644. Parish of St. Monica

Children 4 years and up will be able to attend CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) at St. Monica’s Parish which will begin on March 6.Registration is on-going. Please contact Elaine Kelley at 693-1521 for additional information. Girls in Grades 3 thru 12 who are interested in joining the Blessed Mother Sodality are asked to call Sandy Nardell at 693-0416 or they can email her A startup Meeting was held on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 9:15 a.m. before the regular CCD Class. Teens in grades 9 a.m. to noon who are interested in participating in the Living Stations which will be held in St. Monica’s Parish at the Our Lady of Sorrows site on April 14 and 15 can contact Elaine Kelley. Practices will be held at OLOS Church every Sunday from 4-6 p.m. There is an urgent need for food for the St. John the Evangelist’s food pantry. Please continue your generous giving to this worthy cause. If everyone who attends Sunday Mass would bring one non-perishable item think of what a powerful gift that would be. The children of the Parish bring the gifts to the Altar during the Offertory Procession. Have you visited our website recently? Why not make There is something for everyone Human Life Chapter

Wyoming Valley Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life located at 32 Hanover Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18702 (Phone 826-1819 or is in need of volunteers. Reminder

St. Monica's Parish installs new Acolytes (Altar Servers) A new group of Altar Servers, under the direction of Howard Kelley, were recently installed by Father Leo McKernan at St Monica's Parish. Shown in the photo left to right are: Kristy Skok, Bruce Rowlands, Addison Orzel, Father Leo, Maxwell Kneeream and David Alberigi.

That’s all for this week; remember if anyone has any Wyoming news or special events, such as birthdays or anniversaries, I would like to hear from you. You can contact me at 287-3349, Fax 287-3349 or

West Pittston Library has a full schedule of spring programs planned. Adult Programs Beginner Yoga: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3/1-5/31, 8:30-9:30 a.m. - $7.00 drop-in; discounted punch passes available. Classes are held in the former American Legion Building at 316 Linden St. next to the Montgomery Ave. Elementary School. West Pittston Library Book Club: First Tuesday of Each Month, 6:45 p.m. Basic Computer Classes: Session 1: Thursdays, 3/3-3/31, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Session 2: Thursdays, 4/28-5/26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $35.00. Beginner Knitting Class: Session 1: Mondays, 3/14-3/28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Session 2: Mondays, 5/9-5/23, 6:00-8:00 p.m. New York City’s Sullivan Street Bakery Bread Making Class: The Assembly Room in the First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave. Session 1: 3/10, 6:00-7:00 p.m. & 3/ 11, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Session 2: 5/ 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m. & 5/13, 6:009:00 p.m. - $20.00. Friends of the Library Meeting & Fundraisers: The Friends of the Library meet once a month at the Library. Call the Library

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for information about their upcoming meetings. Getting Started with Genealogy: 3/12, 9:00-11:30 a.m. Financial Courses: Basic Investing 101: 3/23, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Retirement Fundamentals: 4/6, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Estate Planning 101: 5/17, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Pysanky Egg Demonstration: 4/2, 2:00 p.m. Resume and Cover Letter Workshop Series: General Resume Workshop: 4/18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Resume Workshop for Education Applicants: 4/27, 6:307:30 p.m. Cover Letter Workshop: 5/4, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oneon-One Resume & Cover Letter Review: 5/18 & 5/25, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Facebook 101: 3/30, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Twitter 101: 3/23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Intro to Ebooks and the Library: 5/24, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Photography Workshop: Learning to See: Discovering the Possibilities for Creative Vision:

5/21, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. $40.00. Earth Day Riverbank Clean Up: 4/16, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Children’s Programs Weekly Story Time: Every Friday, 1:00 p.m. Meet the Author Story Time: Cynthia W. Post: 3/16, 6:30 p.m. Easter Bonnet Decorating: 4/ 18, 6:30 p.m. Egg Drop: 4/20, 6:30 p.m. American Girl Tea: 5/15, 1:00 p.m. One Book Every Young Child: 5/18, 6:30 p.m. Most 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. For detailed program information, please visit, join our mailing list, or give the Library a call! Class of 1961

The West Pittston High School Class of 1961 is trying to locate the following class members, to inform them of the 50th Reunion scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2011. Members being sought are: Harold Bulford, Carol Butts,Virginia Dare, Tom Graboski, Phil Howe, Bill Lagoda, Sue Levin, Melanie Menichetti, Cynthia Miller, Dave Norris, Geraldine Salinsky, Ben Smith, John Stanko, Bill Van Auken, Ed Wachs, Marc Walter, Sidonia Wegner, John Wierbowski, Cathryn Yaletsko. Please contact Anita Montante at 654-1581 or Connie Rosencrance at 654-9554. Mardi Gras Party

Members of the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club have planned their third annual Mardi Gras Party to be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Gober’s Deco Lounge, Wyoming Avenue, Exeter. Tickets are $20.00 and includes a grand Cajun buffet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., including jumbalaya, creole chicken and King cake, along with beer and soft drinks. A full cash bar will be available. The public is invited to

attend in mask or costume. CNR will provide live entertainment. The Kiwanis Club invites the public to join in the celebration of the last day before lenten sacrifice. Tickets for the Mardi Gras Party will be limited to the first 100 people and are available from any Kiwanis member or at Gober’s Deco Lounge. The club conducts this event to primarily have a good time while raising some funds to continue their program of service to children.


Spring programs listed at West Pittston Library

Street Dept. Notes

Recycling materials are picked up curbside on the first and third Thursdays of each month and include newspapers (in covered containers only) and commingled glass and aluminum cans. Residents can also bring their recycled materials to the Public Works garage Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. until noon. During snowfalls, residents are requested to comply with all Snow Emergency Route signs by not parking along that side of the street. Plowing and clearing of snow from the streets is quicker and more effective if residents could park in driveways whenever possible.


The Inaugural Corpus Christi Parish Bazaar will be held on June 16, 17 and 18, 2011 at the Holy Redeemer Church grounds located on Route 92 in Harding. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the Immaculate Conception Church on Luzerne Ave. in West Pittston. All parishioners are welcome to attend. Corpus Christi Parish is led by Monsignor John Sempa, pastor, and Reverend John O'Bell, assistant pastor. Pictured are some of the committee members at the most recent planning meeting.



Patriots send seven to semis Schutz lone Warrior with shot at D2 gold By Rick Notari

Dispatch Staff

Pittston Area sent seven grapplers into Saturday’s District 2 Class 3A Championship semifinals with a big night of wrestling on Friday at Hazleton Area High School. The Patriots also trailed D2 Class 3A Duals champion Delaware Valley by just a point, 73-72, entering Saturday’s action. The Warriors beat PA in the final bout of the Duals Championship last week. Defending 103-pound champion Jamie Scarantino (28-5) led the way for Pittston Area with two wins to get to the semis. The junior pinned Tunkhannock’s Brad Seward in just 33 seconds before taking a 9-0 major decision from Wallenpaupack’s Nick Demchuk. Scarantino was set to take on Berwick’s Peter Talanca (2613) in the semis. Top-seeded Michael Domarasky (29-5) followed Scarantino’s lead, winning his opening bout at 112 pounds with a 9-0 major decision over Ed Ciproch of Coughlin. The Patriots senior, who won the112 silver medal in 2010, faced Crestwood’s Bob Gray (31-9) in the semis. Sophomore Angelo Lussi made his mark at130 pounds with a 2-0 decision over fellow sophomore Declan Haggerty of West Scranton. Lussi (24-9) is the topseed in the weight class and took on Fran Mahmoud (31-7) of Berwick for a chance to wrestle for gold. Justin Wilk who won bronze at 135 pounds as a freshman is in position to do no worse at 140 pounds as a sophomore. Wilk (25-6) pinned Zac Kyttle of Berwick in 2:33 to open the championships and then won a 4-0 decision over Casey Evans of Scranton to advance to the semis. Wilk faced Delaware Valley senior Joe

Stellatto (30-13) in a final-four matchup. Top-seed and defending silver medalist Matt Ritz (35-4) of Crestwood wrestled West Scranton’s Jon Kobrynich in the other semi. PA senior Brandon Dolan advanced to the 145-pound semis with two wins on Friday. Dolan (25-7) pinned Del Val’s Evan Wagner in 3:04 and followed up with a pin of Steve Turner of Coughlin in 2:57. Dolan faced second-seeded Adam Jaworski (28-9) of Valley West in the semis. Top-seed and defending bronze medalist Kyle Hankinson of Crestwood (27-6) advanced to the other semi. He will take on Zach Smith (31-6) of Honesdale. Dom Lussi joined his brother in the semis with a 2-1 decision over Tunkhannock Charlie Genorotti at 160 pounds. He faced Scranton’s Mark Granahan (25-3), the second-seed, in the semis. Defending 189-pound bronze medalist Jason Laboranti (13-3) wrestled his way to the 215-pound semis with two pins. The senior pinned Myles Robbins of Scranton in 4:21 in a first-round bout and then pinned Rich Kucharski of West Scranton in 3:50 in the quarterfinals. He wrestled Dylan Berardelli (9-18) of Abington Heights in the semifinals. Besides having seven wrestlers in the semifinals, Pittston Area also had five wrestlers alive in the consolation quarterfinals. After pinning Tunkhannock’s Mike Pavlichko in 5:13 at 119 pounds, Tyler Lutecki (16-13) was bounced to the consolation bracket second-seeded Kyle Krasavage of Valley West. Lutecki rebounded with a 4-3 decision over Zach Smith of West Scranton and was set to wrestle Chris Duff of Wallenpaupack (7-25) in an elimination bout. Kevin Wesolowski (15-15) lost his opening bout of the tournaSee SCHUTZ, Page 46

Top, Tyler Lutecki of Pittston Area wrestles Mike Pavlichko of Tunkhannock during District 2 Class 3A preliminaries friday night. Above, Kevin Wesolowski tries to escape from Ryan Kline of Hazleton.


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Blue Devils on drive for five Old Forge seeks unprecedented fifth straight District 2 crown By Rick Notari

Dispatch Staff

The Old Forge boys’ basketball team seeks to set a District 2 record this week as it starts its trek to a possible fifth consecutive District 2 Class 1A title. No other district school has won five consecutive Class 1A titles. The Blue Devils have won the last four small-school titles and continue to be just the second public school in the history of the Class 1A Tournament to wear the crown. Lake-Lehman was the other in the early 1980s. Old Forge is once again the top-seed in the field. The Blue Devils (14-7) will face Forest City (5-18) on Tuesday at Scranton High at 6 p.m. The Foresters beat St. Michael’s on Friday night at Pittston Area High School. Forest City plays in Division III of the Lackawanna League – a division which saw two of its top three teams ousted in the LL Class 2A play-in tournament by Division II lower divi-

Old Forge's Tony Goodall leads the Blue Devils in their quest for a fifth consecutive District 2 Class 1A title this week. FILE PHOTO

sion teams, Carbondale and Mid Valley. The Foresters however are no stranger to playing David versus the Blue Devils Goliath. Forest City pulled off one of the biggest upsets in district play when they beat Old Forge in 2006. It’s the last time the Blue Devils lost a District 2 playoff game – a string of nine straight games. Those nine games include three wins each over the other semifinalists, Susquehanna (715) and Freeland MMI Prep (616). Old Forge has beaten MMI in the past two title games, and Susquehanna in the one before that. This year’s title game is scheduled for Friday at a time and place to be announced. The Blue Devils are led by senior guard Tony Goodall. Goodall who has scored over 750 points in his three-year career is averaging 13.8 points per game this season. Senior point guard Mario Martinelli checks in with 8.3 points per game and has handed out 52 assists. Forwards Connor Fultz (6.4 ppg)

and Dom Avvisato (6.1) lead Old Forge on the board, averaging six rebounds each per game. OF 26, West 37

Old Forge traveled to Scranton High School to take on West Scranton in a non-league game on Tuesday night. Both teams left their offenses in their home gyms. The Blue Devils held the Invaders without a double-figure scorer but managed just 10 field goals in a 37-26 loss. West led from the start but Tony Goodall did his best to keep Old Forge within striking distance in the first half. The senior guard scored all nine of his points in the first 12 minutes of the game, including a driving layup to get the Blue Devils with 14-13 with 3:48 left in the second quarter. But the Invaders reeled off 14 straight points over the last 3:48 of the first half, and the first 5:37 of the second half to



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‘Four’ in the forecast for Old Forge Blue Devils seek four straight District 2 Class 1A crown By Rick Notari

Dispatch Staff

Dana Bilski leads a group of OF seniors looking for their fourth gold medal. FILE PHOTO

f inal matchups. Old Forge will face Northwest (614) on Wednesday at a time and place to be determined, and Forest City takes on division-rival Susquehanna (0-20), also on Wednesday. The championship game will be held Saturday at a time and place to be determined. Marianelli leads the Blue Devils in scoring with 10.4 points per game followed by Regan (9.6 ppg) and Alsalahat (8.2 ppg). Old Forge also features freshman guard Lauren Carey and junior centers Morgan Malia and Brittany Souryavong.


In a year which many believed would be a rebuilding season for the Old Forge girls’ basketball team, the Blue Devils showed that all of the winning that took place during past three years wasn’t lost on this group of seniors. Led by seniors Andi Alsalahat, Nicole Marianelli, Lindsay Regan and Dana Bilski, Old Forge has put itself in position to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive District 2 Class 1A championship. Coming off a season in which the

Blue Devils won 11 games, including six in the rock-solid Lackawanna League Division II, Old Forge enters the district playoffs as the second seed behind top-seed Forest City (15-9). The Lady Foresters went 13-1 in the LL Division III and won the second-half title before falling to Montrose in the league title game. Forest City beat the Blue Devils early in the season, 51-30, but Old Forge has won its three consecutive titles with three straight championship-game wins over the Lady Foresters. But before the two teams can set up a rematch they must win their semi-



DiMattia named new Blue Devils manager State championship catcher returns to alma mater By Rick Notari

Dispatch Staff

It has been almost 19 years since Old Forge’s Tony DiMattia led the Blue Devils to the 1992 PIAA Class 2A State Baseball Championship as a player. Now he’s ready to lead his alma mater there as its coach. DiMattia was unanimously named the Blue Devils skipper at the district’s monthly school board meeting on Feb.16. He replaces Rich Beviglia who left after just two seasons because of a conflict with his full-time employment. “I am really overwhelmed (in being hired),” said DiMattia. “It is something I have always wanted to do ever since I graduated high school. It’s the only uniform I have ever wanted to

wear. I am really excited to get started.” DiMattia inherits a program that has won four DiMattia straight District 2 Class 1A crowns and reached the PIAA Eastern Final twice during that time span. But that success is something the former threetime Lackawanna League allstar catcher knows a thing or two about. “The expectations are always there at Old Forge,” said DiMattia of the program’s success. “From the point we won the state title we were expected to battle for division and district titles and move on in state playoffs.

“I think its every coach’s dream to get to the state title game and win it. As a player that is your goal, and was our goal in ’92. Once you get to the state playoffs everyone has an equal shot. But our first goal is to win the first game, and then the second and after that we will go from there.” Besides his resume as a player, DiMattia brings with him the experience of coaching at the junior college and collegiate level as both an assistant and head coach. The King’s College graduate served as an assistant coach at Lackawanna Junior College for two years under Mike Bartoletti before taking over as the head coach for five years when Bartoletti moved to the University of Scranton. DiMattia then fol-


lowed Bartoletti to the U of S and served as a Royals assistant coach for the past six seasons, where he was in charge of game-day preparation for hitters and catchers, and also coached both first and third base. “At Scranton we wanted to move the game along, force the game,” said DiMattia of his baseball philosophy. “We are going to be the same way at Old Forge. I am pretty aggressive and want us to put pressure on the defense. We will play high tempo.” Assistant coaches Gary DiMattia – Tony’s younger brother by a year – and Bill Smedley will return to be part of the staff, allowing for an easier transition. Both were a part of Beviglia’s staff the past two years, and the younger DiMattia has served as

the Blue Devils pitching coach for the past six seasons. “Keeping the staff will help my transition and the kids transition in getting to know each other,” said DiMattia. “I will lean on them in the beginning, but I believe that being from Old Forge and knowing how my teammates and I played the game, and how this team plays the game, we have the same mentality. That will take some of the pressure off me. “My personality won’t be any different than what is already there. I am really excited and chomping at the bit to get started.” Practice starts March 7 for the Blue Devils with their first Lackawanna League Division II game scheduled for April 4 at Dunmore.

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Give your back some TLC Gilhooleys honored by PA By Kelly McCabe


Fitness Director, Greater Pittston YMCA

Rounded shoulders, slouched back, forward head. This is how most people spend their day sitting at their work desk or computer. Poor posture can cause tension and stress in your neck, shoulders, or back to accumulate. Often we are unaware of our posture – how we are sitting, how much tension we are holding in our shoulders, how tight our necks are – until the pain is unbearable. We wait until we are in pain before we take action to relieve it. Spending day after day with this kind of tension and stress can lead to chronic pain which can not only ruin a productive, feelgood day but eventually lead to more serious medical problems. While we all know that regular exercise is important for overall health, stretching is an often overlooked component of our routine. For people with back pain, stretching exercises are especially important because they can help reduce pain and may even prevent future episodes of pain or injury.

Greater Pittston YMCA instructor, Judith Lettieri, will be leading a specialty class, “Healthy Back, Healthy Body,” that focuses on stretching and flexibility, primarily of the back. The back is the main support structure of the entire body. Along with your muscles and joints, it allows you to sit, stand, twist, bend, and keep you erect. For a healthy back, it’s important to keep it strong, mobile, and flexible. “Stretching benefits anyone, regardless of age or flexibility,” says Lettieri. “It feels good, it’s easy, and it doesn’t require a huge time commitment to see results!” So give your back the TLC it deserves! “Healthy Back, Healthy Body” is held on the first and last Sunday of every month from 11:3012:15am at the Greater Pittston YMCA. The first class will be held February 27. Please contact Kelly McCabe, Fitness Director, at 6552255 ext 104 with any questions. Lettieri is confident her participants will see improvements in their overall flexibility. “Be nice to your muscles and they will be nice right back!”

Senior center Shannon Gilhooley poses with her parents Pat and Nancy Gilhooley during Senior Parents' Night at Pittston Area. PHOTO BY BILL TARUTIS

Powerhouse programs await Lady Patriots, Lady Warriors District 2 Class 2A field loaded with talented swimmers By Rick Notari

Dispatch Staff

The Boys

Four boys will represent Greater Pittston at the D2 Class 2A and 3A Swimming championships this weekend .

Pittston Area’s David Whispell, Tyler Cummings and Nick Remsky will swim in the Class 3A meet, and Wyoming Area’s Ryan Flynn will swim in the Class 2A meet. Whispell and Cummings – two Patriot juniors – will each swim in the 50 Free and 100 Free events. Remsky, also a junior, will swim in the 50 Free. Matt Runtas of Williamsport is the top seed in the 50 Free with a time of 22.45. Cummings has the best time of the locals with a time of 25.99. Runtas is also the top seed in the 100 Free with a time of 49.85. Cummings swam a 57.97 during the year, and Whispell swam a 1:03.22. Flynn, a freshman will swim the 50 Free and 100 Back. In the 50 Free, Flynn has posted a time of 26.34. Jake Chielli of Dallas has the top time of 22.22. In the 100 Back, Flynn has posted a time of 1:13.02. The top seed is Brian Stepniak of Dallas with a time of 59.74. WA 113, Coughlin 70

Wyoming Area won every race in a 113-70 victory over Coughlin last Wednesday in Exeter. Melissa Cruz, Ellie Laffey and Macawley Brown led the way for the Lady Warriors with four wins each including the 400 Free Relay which the trio swam with Lauren Deluca in a time of 4:28.16. Cruz also teamed with Brown, Deluca and Tia Brown to win the 200 Medley Relay before winning the 100 Free and 100 Breast events. Cruz’s 1:01.63 in the 100 Free as her best time of the season. Laffey teamed with Tia Brown, Kierstin Lasher and Lauren Frisbie to win the 200 Free Relay, and then won the 200 Free and 500 Free individually. Her time in the 200 Free – a 2:23.89 – was a season best. Macawley Brown added individual wins in the 50 Free and100 Fly, and Tia Brown added a win in the 100 Back. Lasher also won the Diving competition for Wyoming Area.

Individual Wins

1. Samantha Scialpi, PA......18 2t. Michelle Fernando, PA..16 2t. Macawley Brown, WA ..16 4. Melissa Cruz, WA...........11 5t. Alyssa Scatena, PA..........7 5t. Kaylene Sutkowski, PA...7 5t. Lauren Deluca, WA ........7 8. Tia Brown, WA ................6 9t. Ellie Laffey, WA..............5 9t. Kierstin Lasher, WA........5 Best Winning Times

200 Free 1. Sutkowski, PA.........2:17.25 2. MBrown, WA..........2:21.10 3. Fernando, PA..........2:22.68 4. Laffey, WA .............2:23.89 5. Laffey, WA .............2:24.52 6. Potosky, WA ...........2:29.33 200 IM 1. Fernando, PA ..........2:32.33 2. Fernando, PA..........2:34.00 3. Fernando, PA..........2:34.82 4. TBrown, WA ..........2:38.22 5. Cruz, WA................2:41.00 6. TBrown, WA ..........2:43.49 50 Free 1. Cruz, WA ...................25.46 2. Scialpi, PA .................26.20 3. Scialpi, PA .................26.54 4. Scialpi, PA .................26.99 5. MBrown, WA ............27.25 6. Cruz, WA ...................28.19

5. Deluca, WA.............1:10.44 6. Cruz, WA .................1:11.71 100 Breast 1. Cruz, WA.................1:18.00 2. Cruz, WA ................1:18.84 3. Cruz, WA.................1:19.10 4. MBrown, WA .........1:24.37 5. Antonacci, PA.........1:27.54 6. Zurek, PA................1:29.88 Relay Wins

200 Medley Relay 1. Cruz, MBrown, TBrown, Deluca, WA...........6 2. Fernando, Scialpi, Sutkowski, Zurek, PA...........4 200 Free Relay 1. 10 tied with 1 400 Free Relay 1. Fernando, Scialpi, Sutkowski, Zurek, PA...........6 2. MBrown, Cruz, Deluca, Laffey, WA ..............3 Best Relay Times

200 Medley Relay 1. MBrown, TBrown, Cruz, Deluca, WA ......2:04.95 2. Fernando, Scialpi, Sutkowski, Zurek, PA 2:07.22 3. Fernando, Kosik, Scialpi, Sutkowski, PA2:09.06

100 Fly 1. MBrown, WA ..........1:06.01 2. MBrown, WA .........1:07.29 3. MBrown, WA .........1:07.79 4. Fernando, PA ...........1:10.31 5. TBrown, WA...........1:12.35

200 Free Relay 1. Fernando, Smith, Sutkowski, Zurek, PA.1:53.58 2. Fernando, Scialpi, Sutkowski, Zurek, PA.1:55.98 3. MBrown, TBrown, Cruz, Ferrence, WA....1:57.97

100 Free 1. Scialpi, PA...............1:00.44 2. Zurek, PA................1:00.68 3. Cruz, WA................1:00.69 4. Cruz, WA ................1:01.63 5. Sutkowski, PA ........1:02.42 6. MBrown, WA .........1:02.50

400 Free Relay 1. Fernando, Scialpi, Sutkowski, Zurek, PA.4:15.48 2. MBrown, Cruz, Deluca, Laffey, WA ....4:19.44 3. MBrown, Cruz, Frisbie, Potosky, WA..4:28.77

500 Free 1. Fernando, PA...........6:16.27 2. Fernando, PA...........6:18.19 3. Laffey, WA .............6:35.92 4. Laffey, WA .............6:36.68 4. MBrown, WA.........6:39.72 6. Frisbie, WA .................6:57

* school record

100 Back 1. Scialpi, PA..............106.66* 2. Scialpi, PA ...............106.80 3. Scialpi, PA ...............107.84 4. Lasher, WA .............1:10.22

Stats and times are compiled by The Dispatch Staff through submitted reports by coaches to The Sunday Dispatch and The Times Leader. To make a correction, email Rick Notari at PAGE 43

The District 2 Class 2A Swimming Championships will take place Friday and Saturday at the Wilkes-Barre CYC. Both Pittston Area and Wyoming Area will compete with15 other schools, including powerhouses Scranton Prep, Holy Redeemer and Dallas. The Lady Patriots and Lady Warriors will each have representatives in each race with the exception of 50 Free and 500 Free. The event begins Friday at noon with the 200 Medley Relay kicking things off. Both PA and WA will race in the second heat with top qualifier Scranton Prep who turned in a time of 1:54.95 this season. The Lady Warriors qualified with a 2:04.95, and the Lady Patriots with a 2:05.22. Kaylene Sutkowski (PA, 2:17.25) and Ellie Laffey (WA, 2:18.46) will compete in the second heat of the 200 Free. Top seed Megan Carey – a freshman from Holy Cross – turned in a time of 2:03.18. Michelle Fernando (PA, 2:32.33) is the top Greater Pittston-seed in the 200 IM with Wyoming Area’s Melissa Cruz, Tia Brown and Lauren Deluca also swimming the event. Prep’s Mia Nonneneberg is the top seed with a time of 2:12.13. Pittston Area’s Samantha Scialpi, Emily Zurek, Sarah Kosik and Tiffany Smith will all swim in the 50 Free for the Lady Patriots but the Lady Warriors will not send a representative to the event despite the fact Melissa Cruz (25.46) and Macawley Brown (27.25) would both have had times to put them in the Top 10 seeds. Prep junior Rebekah Campo is the top seed with a time of 24:54. Both Scialpi (26.20) and Zurek (27.21) will swim in the final heat. Campo also has the top seed in the 100 Fly with a time of 58.21. Macawley Brown is seeded fourth in the event with a time of1:06.01. Fernando (1:09.26) and Tia Brown (1:10.25) will also swim

the event in the second heat. The 200 Free Relay caps off Friday’s Class 2A event with Pittston Area seeded seventh with a time of 1:53.58. Prep is the top seed with a time of 1:43.02. WA (1:55.83) will swim in the first heat. On Saturday at noon, Zurek (1:00.68) will lead a contingent of six Greater Pittston swimmers in the 100 Free. Macawley Brown (1:02.50), Sutkowski (1:01.47), Smith, Kosik and Megan Potoski of Wyoming Area will also swim. Stephanie Dymond of Tunkhannock is the top seed with a time of 56.07. Scialpi, who posted a time of 1:00.44 during the season, will not participate in the 100 Free. Laffey (6:25.02) will be the only representative in the 500 Free. Fernando (6:16.27) will not swim. Nonneneberg – a freshman - is the top seed with a time of 5:17.90. Scialpi leads a trio of local swimmers in the 100 Back. The PA junior posted a time of1:06.66 during the season to seed herself fifth in the event. Prep seniors Lauren Mayurnick – who has roots in Old Forge – is the top seed with a time of 1:03.00. Deluca (1:10.44) and Ashley Menichini (PA, 1:19.74) are also seeded. Cruz is seeded seventh in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:18.60 behind top seed Maggie Germain of Prep who posted a time of 1:14.69 during the season. Freshman Antoinette Antonnacci of Pittston Area will also swim. Her best time this season was a125.84. The 400 Free Relay will conclude the championships on Saturday with the Lady Patriots and Lady Warriors both swimming in the second heat. PA is seeded seventh with a time of 4:15.48 and WA is seeded eighth with a time of 4:19.44. The top seed is Prep with a time of 3:48.99.

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Johnson earns silver medal for Warriors Cummings, Danaher win bronze for Pittston Area By Rick Notari

Staff Writer

Wyoming Area’s Charlie Johnson pinned two opponents on his way to earning a silver medal at the 2011 District 2 Junior High Wrestling Championships last Saturday at Lake-Lehman High School. Johnson – the Warriors 115-pounder – pinned Chad Sives of Wallenpaupack in 3:22 and then did the same to Tyler Baress of West Scranton in 2:37. But another gold medal was not to be for the D2 West Section champ. Johnson was pinned in the final by undefeated Crestwood eighth-grader Dan Ritz in 31seconds. Johnson finished the season with a 30-2 record. Also at the event, Chris Cummings was knocked into the 155-pound consolation bracket in an opening round, 2-1, loss to eventual champion Matt Wagner of Delaware Valley, but managed to wrestle all the way back to a third-place finish for Pittston Area. Cummings defeated Anthony Eck of Hanover and Jared Wehmann of Wallenpaupack before taking an 8-0 major decision from Derek Dragon of Lake-Lehman for the bronze medal. Eric Danaher also captured bronze for Pittston Area after losing his opening bout at 210 pounds. Danaher lost a 9-7 decision to Sidonio Castero of Coughlin to start the

tournament but finished his run through the consolation bracket with a1-0 decision over Castro in the third-place match. The Patriots eighth-grader who finished the season 27-5, defeated Alex Berlew of Tunkhannock and Vince Rinaldi of Valley View in the consolation quarters and semis. Pittston Area heavyweight Jake Vaxmonsky won his opening bout in a 2-1decision over Paul Stefani of West Scranton before falling to eventual champ Kenny Roman of Wallenpaupack. Vaxmonsky then lost a tough 3-2 decision to eventual bronze medalist Cameron Lindquist of Blue Ridge. The Patriots 95-pound Dave DeLeo went the same route with a 4-1 win over Nick Yankoski of Coughlin to start the tournament before falling to eventual silver medalist James Smith of West Scranton, 4-3, in the championship semis, and to eventual bronze medalist Brad Glazenski, 9-5, in the consolation semis. Pittston Area’s Ryan Joyce lost a 3-0 decision to Nyaz Bakradze of Scranton in the opening round of the 138-pound tournament and bounced back with a 3-1win over Dahir Dunell of Meyers before losing 2-0 in overtime to Nathan Maczuga of Berwick. Pat Heck (90) and Michael Saggua (145) of Wyoming Area both lost two bouts at the championships, as did Pittston Area’s Alan Thomas (90), Dylan Ratzin (105) and

Braulloi Garcia (100). West Sectionals

Wyoming Area’s Charlie Johnson won four bouts – all by pinfall - to earn gold at 115 pounds for the Warriors. Johnson (28-1) pinned Pittston Area’s Nike Cinqueagrani in1:15 in a pigtail match to start the championships, before dispatching of Storm Butts Weaver of Blue Ridge in 2:35; Chad Sives of Wallenpaupack in 2:14; and Matt Judge of Valley View in 1:08. Eric Danaher (24-4) earned a silver medal for the Patriots at 210 pounds. The PA light heavyweight pinned Mike Mihal of Dallas in 30 seconds in the quarterfinals, and Vince Rinaldi of Valley View in 2:00 in the semis before falling to champ Dustin Jones of Dallas in the title bout. Pittston Area’s Dave DeLeo also earned a silver medal at 95 pounds. DeLeo pinned Wyoming Area’s Kevin Pish in 54 seconds in his opening bout before pinning David Gardner of Montrose in the semis. DeLeo fell to Chase Gallick of Wallenpaupack in the title bout. Alan Thomas finished third for Pittston Area in the 90-pound division, beating Wyoming Area’s Patrick Heck along the way. Heck finished fifth. Thomas pinned Mark Gray of Lake-Lehman before falling to Eliot Hammersly of Tunkhannock in the championship semis.


He then defeated Heck, 4-0, before beating Jeremy Kochovos of Wallenpaupack, 8-7, in overtime to take bronze. Heck lost to Kochovos in the opening round of the tournament, before pinning Gray in 1:57 to place fifth. Pittston Area’s Ryan Joyce also won a bronze medal at138 pounds for the Patriots. Joyce beat Dylan Broschart to open the tournament before falling to eventual champ Cody Cordes of Valley West in the semis. Joyce rebounds in the consolation round with a 20 decision over Austin Yearer of Tunkhannock and a 3-0 decision over Austin Bennett of Abington Heights in the third-place bout. Jake Vaxmonsky was the third Patriots wrestler to win a bronze after the eighth grader won three matches in the consolation bracket. Vaxmonsky pinned Alex Zelna of Tunkhannock, won a 6-3 decision over Jakub Rowe of Valley View, and a 2-0 decision over Chad Swift of Montrose for the third-place finish. Wyoming Area’s Damien Vanderlick also wrestled at 138. He defeated Valley View’s Steve Patrick in the opening round, 12-0, but then fell to Bennett in the championship quarters, and to Yeager in the consolation first round. Braullio Garcia of Pittston Area earned a See PITTSTON, Page 47

Wyoming Area honors senior wrestlers Wyoming Area senior wrestlers AJ Lemardy, Trevor Skene, John Rataczak, and Mitch Payne were honored recently before a Warriors match.



Lady Warriors raise money for Coaches v. Cancer


G I R L S ’ VA R S I T Y B A S K E T B A L L

The girls basketball teams of Wyoming Area and Holy Redeemer collected money for the Coaches vs. Cancer fund raising program. $1,000 was raised in the effort. Tonyehn Verkitus, Coaches vs. Cancer Regional Lead accepted the check on behalf of the organization. Shown are members, coaches and administration from the Wyoming Area girls' basketball squad. Kneeling, left to right, Sara Radzwilka, Lexi Coolbaugh, Michelle Gitkos, Geena DiMattia, Nicole Turner, and Serra Degnan; standing, Vito Quaglia, principal secondary center; Tonyehn Verkitus, Coaches vs. Cancer; Ashlee Blannett, Jen Bone, Kate Kross, Becca Zielen, Lauren Wysocki, Kate Scalzo, Audrey Wargowski, and Frank Parra, WA athletic director; back row, Ryan Kennedy, assistant basketball coach; and Mike Judge, head basketball coach. PHOTO BY TONY CALLAIO


Wyoming Area hoop seniors, parents acknowledged The Wyoming Area Boys' Basketball and Cheerleading seniors were honored recently with the parents before a home basketball game. Pictured from left to right, kneeling, Cody Gates, Ryan Carey, Jessica Olejnik, Randy McDermott, and Kevin Thompson.; standing, Joseph Gates, Dean and Tracy Carey, Ann Olejnik, Charlie and Michelle McDermott, Kevin and Sharon Thompson.




Schutz leads eight WA wrestlers in quest for D2 medals Continued from Page 40

ment at 135 pounds, but won his opening consolation bout with a 12-5 decision over Wallenpaupack’s Keith Tsuhako. He was to wrestle Valley West Steve Matttello (18-8) in the conso quarters. Sam Falcone, the Patriots 171pounder, also lost his opening match but the sophomore wrestled back to the conso quarters with two wins. The sophomore won a 3-2 decision over Troy Vannucchi of Coughlin in a firstround consolation and then took a 1-0 decision over Mitch Wiernusz of Tunkhannock. Falcone faced Ethan Wehman (14-14) of Wallenpaupack in the conso quarters. At 189 pounds, Bob Falvo also wrestled back to put himself in position to medal. Falvo won his opening bout with a 24-second pin of Kolton Lynn of Berwick. Falvo then fell to second-seeded Adam Manzoni of Delaware Valley before winning a 12-3 major decision over Pat Kearney of Abington Heights. Falvo wrestled Tyler DiBenedetto (5-17) of Honesdale in the conso quarters. Finally Chris Wesolowski needed just a win over secondseeded Shane Smith in Saturday’s consol quarters to assure himself of a medal. Smith (30-7) was upset on Friday by West Scranton’s Kevin Lewis. Wesolowski (16-12) lost a tough 3-2 UTB decision to Wallenpaupack’s Frank Bruno (29-9) in his opening bout before dismissing of Valley West’s Antonio Corres in a 4-2 SV decision.


D2 Class 2A Championships

Wyoming Area’s Andy Schutz was the only Warriors wrestler to have a shot at a District 2 Class 2A gold medal heading into Saturday’s action at Lake-Lehman High School. But seven other WA grapplers had a shot to medal by working their way through the consolation rounds. Schutz, the 2010 119-pound champ, was the top-seed coming into the 125-pound tournament. The sophomore pinned Kevin Zamorski of Montrose in 33 seconds to open the tournament, and then beat Victor Rosa of Lackawanna Trail with a 19-4 technical fall. Schutz was set to take on Andrew Barrow of GAR in the semis. Sophomore Eric Fillipiak lost his only bout on Friday, a major decision to second-seeded Dom Degraba of Dallas at 103 pounds. Fillipiak was set to wrestle Nick

Above, Wyoming Area's Nick Heck looks to be in control of Lackawanna Trail's Billy Lee at Lake Lehman High School Friday night during the District 2 Class 2A championships. But Lee fought back for a triple overtime victory. Below, Eric Fillipiak of WA tries to get out of the grip of Dom Degraba of Dallas. PHOTOS BY S. JOHN WILKIN

Chesko (16-14) of Valley View in the conso quarters. With only seven entrants in the 112-pound tournament, Carmen Mauriello was in position to win a medal despite falling in his only match to top-seed and defending champ Vito Pasone (38-2) of Meyers. Mauriello was set to wrestle the Pat Creedon-Zach Edwards loser. Creedon of Scranton Prep is an Old Forge resident. Nick Heck, the 2010 103pound silver medalist, was upset in his opening bout at 119-pounds by Lackawanna Trail freshman Billy Lee (21-20). Lee won a 7-4 decision in triple overtime. Heck bounced back with a 15-0 technical fall victory over Lewis Esposito of Blue Ridge in the consolation bracket. He was set to face Mason Maye (13-10) of Elk Lake in the conso quarters. Steve Barush had a tough opening draw at 130 pounds, facing top-seed and defending champ Devin Fiorentino of Elk Lake in his first bout. Fiorentino pinned Barush, but the Warriors sophomore bounced back with a 13-1 major decision victory over Ray Ashford of GAR. Barush wrestled Raphael InGaglio of Western Wayne (17-18) in the consol quarters. John Ratajczak won a 19-3 technical fall over John Munley of Valley View in his opening match at 145 pounds but then lost to top-seed Kurt Pericci of Hanover to fall into the consolation bracket. Ratajczak was set to face Eric Cart of Meyers to open Saturday’s event. Shawn Whiting, the Warriors 215-pounder, lost his only bout of the championships to secondseed Matt Rosensweet of Western Wayne. Whiting was to take on John Shaffer (7-12) of Montrose in the conso quarters. Sophomore heavyweight Carl Zielinski lost a tough 3-2 triple overtime decision to Lake-Lehman’s Mark Bullock in his opening bout before coming back with a pinfall victory over Nick Moore of Montrose in 2:44. Zielinski was set to wrestle Jarrett Coleman of Susquehanna in the conso quarterfinals. For complete results of Saturday’s District 2 Class 3A and Class 3A tournaments, check Sunday’s Times Leader and next week’s Sunday Dispatch editions.

Pittston Area girls’ hoop boosters set meeting The Lady Patriots Girls Basketball Booster club will hold a meeting at the Pittston Area High School gym on March 6 at 7 p.m. This brief meeting will discuss the upcoming Sports Banquet on March 20.Tickets for the banquet can be purchased at this meeting and also items will be collected for the team baskets. All parents of girls in the basketball program are encouraged to attend. For information on the banquet or the team check our website, WABSP meeting Monday

PA Track Parents to meet

The Pittston Area Track Parents will hold an important meeting on Wed., March 9 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. All parents with team members from grades 7-12 are urged to attend this meeting. The upcoming season, fundraisers, Patriot Relays and clothing sale will be discussed. PAFBC meeting next Monday

The Pittston Area Football Booster Club will hold its next meeting on Monday at the Cefalo Athletic facility. Final arrangements for our upcoming Night at the Races fundraiser will be planned. All parents with children involved with the Pittston Area football team are urged to attend.

There will be a meeting for the Wyoming Area Boys Soccer Parents on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Wyoming Area High School, Room 193. Items to be discussed will be fund raising, and newly organized Association. Parents of boy and girl players in 7th and 8th grades are also invited to attend this meeting. Contact Patsy Carter at 5747105 orcarter124@comcast.netfor more information.

K of C bowling tourney set

Red Devils

OFLL meeting today

The Pittston Red Devils Sportsmen’s Club is meeting Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Dr. Ruggerio’s home in West Pittston. Spring and summer events are on the agenda. JTLL meeting today

The Jenkins Twp Little League will hold a monthly meeting today at 6:30 p.m. at the Jenkins Twp. Municipal Building. This meeting is open to all existing and new members of the league and all present members are encouraged to attend. Letters from anyone wanting to manage at any level will be due at this meeting.

Knights of Columbus Council 372 is hosting its annual Tom Redding Memorial bowling tournament today at 1 p.m. at Chacko’s Lanes. Dinner will follow at the council home. The Old Forge Little League will hold its monthly meeting today at 1 p.m. at Old Forge High School. John Belko will preside. WASPA hosting softball clinic

The Wyoming Area Softball Parents Association will be hosting an elementary softball clinic on today from 1-4 p.m. at the Wyoming Area Secondary Center Gymnasium, Exeter. Registrations are still being accepted. Signups will be held from 12-1 p.m. The clinic is open to girls in grades 3-8 from all area districts. Fundamentals of

throwing, pitching, fielding, catchers skills, hitting and bunting will be taught by coaches and players from the WA Varsity and Jr. Varsity teams, in addition to coaches and instructors from various local travel teams. Fee is $20 per child. Checks should be made payable to: WASPA. Parent or guardian must be present at sign-up. For further information, please contact Lisa DeAngelo at Dupont Teeball/Softball signups

Dupont Teeball/Softball signups will be held Sundays 4 to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. at the fieldhouse on Elm Street until March 16. For more info call Bob at 881-8744 or check our website Hughestown Softball signups

The Hughestown Girls Softball league will have sign-ups for the 2011 season on Sundays, Feb. 27 and March 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 1-2 p.m.; and Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the borough building on the 2nd floor. Staff and coaches meetings will follow each Thursday signup period at 7:30 p.m. All girls ages are 7 to 14 from the surrounding areas can join. The league has two fields, there is no traveling. There will also be a coaches and staff meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, all are asked to attend. Any questions call Don Sr at 655-0879 or Joanne 313-0321 or email us at Donkey Basketball returns to WA

On Saturday, March 26, Donkey Basketball makes its return to Wyoming Area. The event, sponsored by the 2011Senior

Parents Association, features a basketball contest between senior students, WA teachers, coaches and local celebrities to raise money for the Senior Class “AllNight Party”, held the night of graduation. Tickets, available from any senior or at the door, and will go on sale in March. Tickets cost $6 in advance and $8 at the door. WA Booster collecting programs

The Wyoming Area Football Booster Club is trying to compile all programs from all Warrior football teams since 1966. Contact Nick Perugini if you have an old program and would like provide it for scanning. It will be returned to you after



Pittston Area Baseball Booster Club

A reminder that Lottery Tickets are now due. High School players can return their tickets to Mr. Richards, and 8th grade players can make returns to Mr. Lopresto. Any player needing additional tickets can contact Joe Bone (654-6734). All Lottery Tickets must be returned no later that January. A/D LL registering this week

The Avoca/Dupont Little League will hold registrations at the upper Avoca Little League field clubhouse from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday. Registration fee is $50 per player and $60 per family. Teener baseball sign-up fee is $50 each player. Programs include: tee-ball (ages 4-6), coach pitch (ages 7-8), minor softball and baseball (ages 8-10), major softball and baseball (ages 10-12), junior baseball (ages 13 & 14), senior baseball (ages 15 & 16), and big league baseball (ages 17 & 18).

Pittston Area wrestlers win 10 medals at West Sectional Continued from Page 44

las in the championships semis. Wyoming Area’s Michael Saggua placed fourth for the Warriors at 145 pounds. Saggua won his opening match, 3-0, over Wallenpaupack’s Jake Haupt but fell to eventual champ Mike Pugh of Tunkhannock in the championships semis. Saggua then defeated Zack Campell of Abington Heights in the consolation quarters before falling to Haupt in the bronze-medal bout. Pittston Area’s Brandon Macrae finished fifth for the Patriots at 110 pounds. Macrae pinned Josh Bullock of Lake-Lehman and won a 5-2 decision over

Brandon Lowe of Valley View in the consolation bracket. Justin Glasgow advanced to the championship semis for Pittston Area at 130 pounds but ending up settling for fifth place after defeating Ryan Wilkes of Valley View, 2-0. Glasgow pinned Jeremy Crane of Elk Lake and Wilkes in the championship round before falling to eventual champ Cooper Rosiak, 8-0, in the championships semis. He was then upset by John Loomis of Tunkhannock, 4-2, in the consolation quarterfinals. Chris Cummings finished fifth for Pittston Area at 155 pounds

with a 2-0 decision over Addison Parsons of Blue Ridge. Cummings advanced to the championships semis with a pin of Valley West’s David Casterline, and an 11-0 win over Rob Nast of Tunkhannock before losing a 2-0 decision to eventual champion Jared Wehmann of Wallenpaupack. Cummings was then upset by Nick Luzetski of Dallas in the consolation quarters before beating Parsons. Pittston Area’s Thor Balavage finished sixth at 185 pounds for the Patriots. Balavage beat Matt Baker of Montrose in the consolation first round before falling to

Kevin Malone of Abington Heights and Phil Hettes of LakeLehman. Evan Skene his opening bout at 130 pounds for Wyoming Area with a pin of Tommy Williams of Lake-Lehman in 3:26. He then lost to Rosiak in the championship quarters and to Wilkes in the consolation first round. Chris Starinsky (85), Mike Minich (122), Carmen Falcone (145), Dakota Blake (165) also participated for Pittston Area while Gabe Valdez (110), Michael Scalzo (122), Matt Crawford (155) also participated for Wyoming Area.


fourth-place finish at100 pounds. Garcia beat Brandon Swift of Montrose, 10-2, in the consolation semis before losing 5-4 to Collin White of Abington Heights in the bronze medal bout. Dylan Ratzin also earned a fourth-place finished for the Patriots in the 105-pound class. Ratzin defeated Montrose’s Jacob Hayes, 3-2, in the consolation semis before falling to Patrick Gilligan of Wallenpaupack in the bronze medal bout. Ratzin also won his opening match against Blue Ridge’s Mike Kelly, 4-0, before falling to Cole Dixon of Dal-



Pittston Area honors senior swimmers, parents Pittston Area honored its senior swimmers and their parents recently. Pictured from left to right, kneeling, Letitia Warunek, Annie Llewellyn, Kaylene Sutkowski, Alyssa Scatena, Carly Falcone, and Emily Zurek; standing, Joseph and Patricia Warunek, Annie Llewellyn, Bob and Maureen Sutkowski, Christine and Louis Scatena, and Susan Falcone. Absent from photo George Falcone, Christine (Zurek) Gilroy, and Alan Zurek.


Senior swimmers, parents honored at Wyoming Area


Wyoming Area recently honored the senior members, and their parents, of the 2011 swim team. Pictured from left to right, front row, Kim Meighan; Joe and Tracey Cebula; George and Carol Ference; Mike and Grace Laffey; Edward and Nancy Brown; Albert Strish; Joanne Messina; Dave and Judith DeLuca; and Robert Messina; second row, Zach Meighan, Courtney Santee, Holly Ference, Ellie Laffey, Macawley Brown, Lauren DeLuca, Bobby Messina.


Steve Stravinski

Serra Degnan

Kiel Eigen

PA Basketball

WA Basketball

OF Basketball

Playing in their final game of the season, Pittston Area junior Steve Stravinski made sure the Patriots went out on a high note. Stravinski scored 12 points and had six rebounds as PA beat Cross River Rival Wyoming Area, 6654, to finish the 2010-2011 season. For his effort, Steve has been named The Sunday Dispatch Pittston Area Athlete of the Week for the week Feb. 14-20. Twice, Stravinski played a major role in offensive runs by PA after the Warriors had gotten to within striking distance of the lead. Posters of Steve can be seen at Tony’s Pizza, Pittston, and Smart Designs and Graphics, Wyoming, sponsors of the Pittston Area Athlete of the Week.

Wyoming Area’s Serra Degnan has had her struggles from the free throw line this season for the Lady Warriors and in its final game of the season against Cross River Rival Pittston Area, the Lady Patriots knew this. But when PA sent Degnan to the line in hopes of getting back into the game in the final six minutes, the sophomore came through. Degnan scored all 12 of her points from the charity stripe in leading Wyoming Area to a 56-48 win. Forherefforts,SerrahasbeennamedTheSundayDispatch Wyoming Area Athlete of the Week for the week Feb.14-20. Degnan went 12-for-17 from the line and also handed out three assists in the fourth quarter of play. PostersofSerracanbeseenatJanuzzi’sPizzainWyoming, and Smart Designs and Graphics in Wyoming, sponsors of the Wyoming Area Athlete of the Week.

For the past four years, Old Forge’s Kiel Eigen has watched his teammates run for touchdowns, bury threepointers, make tackles and win many, many games and championships on the gridirons and hardwoods. OnTuesdaynight,Eigenoutdidthemallintakinghisfirst steps in public for the first time since he broke the C5 vertebrae in his neck as an eighth grader playing football. Forhisefforts,KielhasbeennamedTheSundayDispatch Old Forge Athlete of the Week for the week Feb. 14-20. Eigenhadasold-out,standingroomonlycrowdonitsfeet ashewalkedtohalfcourtwherehemethisparentsforSenior Parents Night festivities in The Devils Den. Posters of Eigen can been seen at Revello’s Pizza in Old Forge, and Smart Designs and Graphics in Wyoming, sponsors of the Old Forge Athlete of the Week.




PA leads WA by five with five left Patriots will host all five scheduled events this Spring Spring Schedule

March 24 ....................................................................Boys’ Tennis April 13 .................................................................Boys’ Volleyball April 13.......................................................................Girls’ Soccer April 25..............................................................................Baseball April 26...............................................................................Softball *The Track & Field teams are currently not schedule to meet during the 2011 season. PAGE 49

Pittston Area maintained its five-game lead on Wyoming Area in the race for the annual Bridge Award. The Lady Warriors cut the deficit to four with a win in the season-finale on the hardwoods with a victory over the Lady Patriots, but the Patriots came right back the next night for a victory over the Warriors on the boys’ side. Pittston Area took control of The Bridge during the Winter season with six wins in eight matchups with Wyoming Area. It looks as if the Warriors can do no better than tie for The Bridge by winning all five scheduled events. But it won’t be easy as all five meetings are schedule to take place on Pittston Area turf in the Spring.



OF to play for D2 title Blue Devils upset GAR to get to final By Rick Notari

Dispatch Staff

Playing in a foreign gym in front of a raucous home crowd, the Old Forge freshman team rallied for a 39-37 victory over GAR in the District 2 Boys’ Freshman Championship semifinals on Friday night in Wilkes-Barre. The Blue Devils will face Lackawanna League Division I champion Scranton Prep on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at Pittston Area High School. The Cavaliers beat Hazleton White, 59-37. The teams battled back and fourth in the first quarter with the Grenadiers taking an 11-8 lead after the first seven minutes. The Wyoming Valley Conference Division II champs used a 10-5 run over the next 2:40 to take a 21-13 lead with 4:20 showing on the second quarter clock. But Old Forge was able to battle back with a 12-2 run as Jimmy Aversa buried two three-pointers and scored seven of his 10 points as the Blue Devils took a 25-23 lead into halftime. Old Forge opened the second half with a free throw by Ryan Paulish to take its biggest lead of the game at 26-23, but GAR scored 10 of the next 12 points to take a 33-28 lead with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter. From there the Blue Devils

closed the game with an 11-4 run, fueled by back-to-back threepointers from Jordan Ohler and Robert Donovan to give Old Forge a 37-35 lead with 1:35 left. GAR would tie the game on its next possession, but the Blue Devils scored with 6.8 seconds left when Donovan found Jorden Sekol breaking to the basket for a layup, and a 39-37 lead. The Grenadiers missed a three-pointer at the buzzer for the win. Aversa and Sekol scored 10 points each to lead Old Forge. Aversa also added five assists, and Sekol five rebounds. Ohler added nine points and four assists for the Blue Devils, and Paulish chipped in with six points. Brandon Yescavage and Paul Piemontese put in a solid defensive effort for the Lackawanna League Division II champs. OF 40, Valley View 31

The Old Forge Freshman Boys’ Basketball team won its second Lackawanna League Division II Freshman title in the past four seasons when it defeated Valley View, 40-31, last Friday in a special playoff game at Mid Valley High School in Throop. The Blue Devils, who won the first-half championship, got 17 points from center Ryan Paulish to be the second-half champion Cougars.

Drive for five Continued from Page 41

take a 28-13 lead with 2:24 left in the third quarter. Dave Argust stopped the run with back-to-back three-pointers to end the third as Old Forge got to within 29-19 to start the fourth quarter. West opened its lead up to 37-20 before Bill Nocera canned two three-pointers in the final two minutes for the Blue Devils. Goodall’s nine points led Old Forge. Argust and Nocera finished with six points each. PAGE 50

JV beaten just twice

The Old Forge junior varsity enjoyed a successful season by posting a 15-2 record this year

despite not having one player average double figures for the season. The Blue Devils two losses came to Riverside and Holy Cross in the first-half of Lackawanna League Division II play. The LL does not crown champions at the junior varsity level. Brian Tomasetti led Old Forge with 8.7 points per game while Dave Chromey and Jake Manetti averaged 7.5 and 7.4 points per game respectively. J Argonish added 6.4 points per game and Colin Carey chipped in with 6.2 points per game. Sixth-man Dave Argust scored 6.6 points per game. Old Forge won nine straight to end the season.

OBITUARIES Elizabeth A. Colonna February 24, 2011 Elizabeth A. "Betty" Colonna, 83, of Laflin, died February 24, 2011, surrounded by her family at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, following a short illness. Her husband of 48 years was the late Anthony N. Colonna Jr., who passed away on February 29, 2000. Born on October 24, 1927, in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late John and Nellie (Kulyeshie) Davis. She was a graduate of the former St. Mary’s High School, Wilkes-Barre, and also was a graduate of the former Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Wilkes-Barre. During World War II, she was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. She and her husband owned the Sunshine Market Inc., and Betone Realty Inc. She was a member of St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin. She also previously served on the board of the Catholic Youth Center

(CYC), Wilkes-Barre. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Marion Davis; and her brother, Joseph Davis. She is survived by her sons, William Davis and his wife, Sue, of Laflin, and Anthony Colonna III and his wife, LouAnn, of Laflin; her daughters, Gina Klug and her husband, Jerry, of Mountain Top, and Bridget Leary and her husband, Michael, of North Wales; her foster daughter, Marta Boyer; grandchildren, William Jr., Jonathan and Jennifer Davis, Anthony IV, Nicholas and Marissa Colonna, Amy, Jerry III, and Stephanie Klug, Justin, Colin and Jenna Leary, and John Thomas; her great-grandchildren, Tyler Robinson, Anthony Colonna V, Gavin and Parker Davis; her brother, Jack Davis Jr., of Laflin; many nieces and nephews; and longtime caregivers, Maureen Bucavich and Gayle Haggerty. The funeral will be held 9:15 a.m. Monday from the Wroblew-

ski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Dr., Laflin. Entombment with the Rite of Committal in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends are invited to call from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The St. Maria Goretti Bereavement Group will recite the rosary at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church. For additional information, or to send the family of Mrs. Elizabeth Colonna an online message of condolence, visit the funeral home website at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to the Catholic Youth Center, 36 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, 18701, or to St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin, 18702.

Stanley W. Korzenski February 23, 2011 Stanley W. "Stu" Korzenski, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died February 23, 2011, at The Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre. Born August16,1912, he was a son of the late Boleslau and Sophia Jachimiak Korzenski. He attended Wilkes-Barre Area schools and was employed for many years as a Mill Wright in Bristol, Pa. He worked at various shoe factories in Wilkes-Barre, at TOPPS baseball cards, Duryea, and bartended at the Wilkes-Barre Republic Club. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps vet-

eran of World War II, receiving the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Services Medal with 6Bronze Stars. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Olga Horos Koshinsky Korzenski, in 1982; sisters, Sophie Bilski, Jeanette Wnorowski, and Rose Fetzer; and half-brothers, Chester and John Kulesza. Surviving are half-brothers, Edward Kulesza, Florida, and Joseph Kulesza, Wilkes-Barre; sisters-in-law, Marion Tokach

and Helen Horos, both of Wilkes-Barre; caregivers, Gene Wnorowski and his wife, Tina, numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 26 in the Chapel at Little Flower Manor, WilkesBarre. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Memorial donations may be made to Little Flower Manor, 200 S. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, 18702. Arrangements by the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, WilkesBarre.

LLVSA sponsoring poster contest The 2011first quarter bills have been mailed and will be due for payment by March 31, 2011. Anyone paying the LLVSA bill in full for the year 2011will receive a $12 discount on the full bill of $240. Businesses do not qualify for the paid in full for the year discount. The LLVSA Rules and Regulations require bills to be mailed to

the owner of the property and not the tenant. The LLVSA payment can also be made at the Medicine Shoppe in Old Forge, Llewellyn’s in Avoca or The Hub in Dupont. The LLVSA can now accepts over the telephone payments with Master Card and Visa credit/debit cards. The LLVSA is sponsoring an

Earth Day Poster contest in April for for grades1st through 5th. Old Forge, Riverside and Pittston Area will participate. The business office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The business office is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Any questions, please contact LLVSA at 655-1665.

February 24, 2011 Catherine R. (DelPriore) Fasciana, of West Pittston, died February 24, 2011, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre. She was married to the late Dr. Joseph A. Fasciana. Born March 7, 1921, in Pittston she was a daughter of the late Elizabeth (Mack) DelPriore and Ralph DelPriore. She graduated fromPittstonHighSchool,andshe started and ran the kitchen at Doc’s Sports Bar for 20 years, which was owned by her son, Guy Fasciana. She was a member of the Christian Mothers of St. Anthony’s Parish, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy RosaryGroupwhereshewasdedicated to divine mercy devotions. She was also preceded in death

by brothers, James DelPriore and Joseph DelPriore; and sisters, Donata Francello and Mary Melone. Surviving are her daughter Maria Catherine Fasciana, West Pittston; sons, Guy Joseph Fasciana, West Pittston, and Joseph Francis and his wife, Charleen Fasciana, Dunmore; grandson Nicholas Fasciana, Dunmore; brothers, Carmen and his wife, Helen DelPriore, Plains Township, and Dr. Ralph DelPriore, Tenafly, NY; as well as sister-in-law Josephine DelPriore. Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Graziano Funeral Home, Township Blvd., Pittston Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at10 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, Exeter. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Viewing hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Mary T. Schrader February 23, 2011 Serniak; and brothers, John, Frank, Joseph, Andrew, and Edward Czahur. Surviving are her daughter Louise Cannon and her husband, David, Plains Township; bother, Louis Zach and his wife, Dorothy, Pittston; sister, Helen Czahur, Wilkes-Barre; two grandchildren, David Cannon Jr., and Linda Centrella and her husband, John; three great-granddaughters, Adrhianna, Gianna, and Lorelei Centrella; several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from the Yanaitis Funeral Home, 55 Stark St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township. Interment parish cemetery, Plains Township. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Sunday by the members of the former Christian Mothers of St. Joseph Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to ASERA CARE, 749 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, 18411. Condolences and directions can be accessed at

February 19, 2011 Agnes T. Grochal, 83, of Duryea, passed away Saturday afternoon, February 19, 2011, at the WilkesBarre General Hospital. Born in Exeter, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Pastor Stelma. She was a graduate of Exeter High School. She was formerly employed in the Area Garment Industry. She was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea, formerly Holy Rosary Church. She was a member of the Confrater-

nity of Christian Women and enjoyed making pierogies with them. Agnes was a loving mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry P. Grochal Sr.; grandson Henry J. Grochal III; brothers, Thomas, Stephen, Joseph, John, Adam, and William; and sisters, Margaret Mazurkivich, Mary Salitis (Yesalitis), and Irene Hadley., Cassidy, Tyler, Emily, Natalee, and Austin; brother Michael Stelma, Hughestown; sister Anna Mae Mevic, New York; and nieces and nephews. Surviving are son, Henry Gro-

chal Jr. and his wife, Mary Ann, Duryea; daughter, Nancy and husband, Bruce Kreig, Moosic; grandson John Grochal and his wife, Bonnie; great-grandchildren, RJ, Paige, Olivia, and John Joseph; grandson, Nicholas Grochal and his wife, Nicole; greatgrandchildren, Matthew and Jacob; grandson, Larry Grochal; grandchildren, Heather Paglianite, Nicole, Bruce, and Kyle Kreig; great-grandchildren, Isabella, Anthony, and Lilliana. Private funeral services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the Piontek Funeral Home, Duryea.

Louis C. Braccini February 24, 2011 Louis C. Braccini, 69, of Pittston Township, died February 24, 2011, surrounded by his family. Born in Exeter on January 8, 1942, he was a son of Wanda Paolucci Braccini, of Exeter, and the late Gino Braccini. He was a graduate of Exeter High School. He was the owner of Steel/Con, Inc., a construction equipment sales company. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church,Pittston.Hewaspastpresident of the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of UNICO; was involved with the

Exeter Booster Club many years ago;andwasoneofthefoundersof the Pittston Township Little League. He had been a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Frank Braccini; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Marie D’Auria. Also surviving are his wife of 40 years, Ann D’Auria Braccini; daughters, Donna Bittman and her husband, Frank, and Lori Cook and her husband, Tony, all of PittstonTownship;fourgrandchildren who were the light of his life, Alyvia Marie Cook, Andrew Ryan Bittman, Nicholas Louis Cook andPaigeLaurenBittman;aniece,

Lisa Barletta; numerous cousins and friends. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. MondayfromthePeterJ.Adonizio Funeral Home, 802 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston, with a Mass of ChristianBurialat9:30a.m.inOur Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston. Entombment Denison Mausoleum, Swoyersville. Friendsmaycallfrom4to8p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be made at

Corinne C. Roche February 24, 2011 Corinne Cummings Roche, 79, of Endwell, NY, died February 24, 2011, at her home after an illness. She was a Pittston native and a graduate of Pittston Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. She worked at the University of Pennsylvania, did private duty and worked for over 30 years at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY, retiring in 1988, and did volunteer work in the admitting and ER for 18 years. She was a member of St. Ambrose Church, Endicott, NY, where she was instrumental in starting the St. Jude’s Novena. She was preceded in death by

her husband of 47 years, Thomas J. Roche; her parents, William T. and Margaret Ruschel Cummings; her in-laws, Thomas and Catherine Roche; a sister-in-law, Sister Mary Roche, IHM; and brother-in-law Jack Roche. She is survived by her cousins, Romayne and Russell Adrian, Pittston; her nieces Michele Roche, Georgia, Kim Roche, Georgia, Kathy Kemp and Kim Rice, Georgia; nephew Thomas Roche, Georgia; special people, Debra Adrian, godchildren, Donna Adrian and John Kelly; and special friends, Edward and Claire Bohan, William and Mary Evelyn

McDonald and Patricia Roche. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Ambrose Church, 203 Washington Ave., Endicott, NY, at10 a.m. Monday. Burial Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City, NY. The family will receive friends at St. Ambrose Church from 9 to 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Lourdes Hospice Program, 4102 Old Vestal Rd., Vestal, NY 13850. Arrangements by the McCormack Sons Funeral Home, Binghamton, NY.


Mary Theresa Schrader, 95, of the Hudson section of Plains Township, died February 23, 2011, surrounded by her family in the Hospice Unit of the Golden Living Center, Wilkes-Barre. She was born in Hudson, a daughter to the late Michael and Rose Ziemba Czahur. She attended local schools in Plains Township. She was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul’s Church, Plains Township, a former member of the St. Joseph Church, Hudson, and a charter member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers of St. Joseph Church. She was a past member of the I.L.G.W.U., Wilkes-Barre Local, and worked at the Bob Ellen’s Sportswear Dress Factory until her retirement at the age of 62. She also worked in the Gorts Dress Factory, Hudson, and the Leon Firmback Silk Mill. She was a member of the Senior Citizens, Plains Township, and a charter member of the Polish American Congress. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Louis, September 23, 1967; sisters, Valerie Kluk, and Bertha

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Irene T. Craig February 21, 2011 Irene T. Craig, 88, of WilkesBarre, died February 21, 2011, in the Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit following an illness. A resident of Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late George and Mary (Monko) Koreny. Until her retirement, she was a supervisor for the PA Department of Public Assistance. She was also preceded in death by husband, Edward J. Craig; and

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sister Mrs. Marie M. Gomelko. Surviving are her daughter, Virginia (Ginny) Craig, at home; and her sister Florence Kappers and her husband, Herman, Exeter. Private funeral services will be held from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre. Online condolences may be sent to

Paul Everet Antonishak, 31, of Kingston, died February 17, 2011, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born June 13, 1979, in Kingston, a son of Michael and Mary Sarah Antonishak. He was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and attended Penn State University. He was preceded in death by

Robert J. Logan February 18, 2011 RobertJ.Logan,74,aresidentof OldForge,diedsuddenlyFebruary 18, 2011, at his home. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, a sonofthelateRobertE.andE.Marie Sanderson Logan, and was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School, class of1954. He had been employed in the sheet metal trades forseveralyearsand,priortohisretirement, he worked at Topps Chewing Gum Co., Duryea, and Scranton. When Topps opened a new plant in Ireland, he helped with the basics of the opening of the plant in County Cork, Ireland. Hewashonoredasthe"PlantMan-

ager of the Year" in1987 to1988 by the American Institute of Plant Managers, Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter 156. He had also served with the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a member of the 92nd Aerial Port Squadron, Wyoming, for some time. He was a member of the Elm Park United Methodist Church, Scranton, and had been active in the United Methodist Church for many years. He was a 50-year-member of Landmark Lodge No. 442, F & AM, WilkesBarre, and was also a member of Keystone Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons,

Scranton. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Marlene Hooper Logan, at home; sons, Robert G. Logan, Lake Como, NJ, and Ronald J. Loganandhiswife,Laura,Lawrenceville, NJ; two grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Ruth Hotchkiss, WilkesBarre;severalniecesandnephews. Funeral was Feb. 22 from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre, with interment in Mountain View Cemetery, Harding. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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his grandparents, Stephen and Veronica Antonishak and Joseph and Theresa Morris. Also surviving are his brother, Michael Antonishak, Harding; and aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial service was held

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February 22, 2011 accounting department until her retirement. She was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptists Church, Pittston, until its closure, and she was now a member of St. Cecilia’s Church, Exeter. She was also preceded in death by her sisters Vera Weckel, Margaret de Ronde, and Elizabeth Schydlowski; and brothers John, Andrew and Stephen. She is survived by her brother Dr. William A. Rusin, Dallas;

and sister Kathryn Janoski, Easton. The funeral was held Feb. 26 from the Bednarski Funeral Home, Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Cecilia’s Church, Exeter. Private interment. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Contribution Services, 10 Brookline Plaza West, Brookline, MA 024457226.

John W. Miles, 65, of Old Forge, died February 19, 2011, in Scranton. Born in Scranton, he was a son of the late George W. and Clair Ann King Miles. He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Nee; sons, Joseph Barchak, Michael Barchak, John Olfano, James Olfano and wife, Rose, and A.J. Miles; daughters, Melissa Miles and

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February 21, 2011 Nino J. Martini, 84, of Old Forge, died February 21, 2011, at home. He was married to the former Genevieve Harowicz. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 18, 2010. Born May 15, 1926, in Old Forge, he was a son of the late

Dominic and Francesca Angeli Martini. He attended the Old Forge schools. Prior to retirement, he was employed at the Romulus Army Air Base, Detroit, MI, then at Potlatch Paper Co., where he completed 43 years of loyal service. He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish/St. Mary’s Church, Old Forge. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Angelo.

Also surviving are a daughter, Donna Kane, and husband, John; two grandchildren, Erica and Joshua Kane, all of Old Forge; a sister, Septa Harowicz, Wilkes-Barre; nieces and nephews. The funeral was Feb. 23 from the Ciuccio Funeral Home, Old Forge, followed by a Mass at Prince of Peace Parish/St. Mary’s Church, Old Forge. Interment Marcy Cemetery, Duryea.

Mary T. Ceccoli February 23, 2011 Mary T. Ceccoli, 97, a resident of Wesley Village for the past eight months, died February 23, 2011, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Toth. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township, and had worked in the garment industry, where she belonged to the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. She

was also associated with her son in Ceccoli’s Pizza, Wilkes-Barre. She was also preceded in death by her infant son, John; a daughter, Lillian Januszko; and a brother, Stephen Toth. Surviving are her daughter Alice Nastawa and her husband, Frank, Toms River, NJ; and sons Daniel R. Ceccoli and his wife, Carolyn, Hastings, and Gerimo J. Ceccoli and his wife, Anna, of Marie; nine grandchildren; 12

Gayle Snyder and husband, Chris; brothers, Jimmy and Brian Miles; sisters, Judy Choby and husband, Andy, and Karen Lewis and husband, Dave;11grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 23 from the Kearney Funeral Home, Old Forge, with a Mass of Christian Burial followed by committal in St. Ann’s Basilica, St. Ann’s Street, West Scranton.

great-grandchildren; 13 greatgreat-grandchildren; one greatgreat-great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Feb. 26 from the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, Exeter, with a Mass of Christian Burial at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery, Plains Township. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Harold Birnbaum February 21, 2011 Harold Birnbaum, of Old Forge, died February 21, 2011, in the Hospice by the Sea, Boca Raton, FL. Born in Old Forge, a son of the late Samuel and Anna Mertz Birnbaum, he was a graduate of Old Forge High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. He was the owner of Birnbaum’s Grocery, located on Oak Street in Old Forge. A member of Bichor Cholem Congregation, Old Forge, he was a good friend to many. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Earl J. Birnbaum. Surviving are a sister, Connie

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Michael P. Grefski, 42, of Exeter, died February 22, 2011, at his home. Born in Teaneck, NJ, he was a son of Robert and Sharon Turner Grefski. He was a graduate of Vernon Township High School, New Jersey, and William Patterson College, New Jersey, where he received his bachelor of arts degree.


Marie T. Rusin died February 22, 2011, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Port Blanchard, Jenkins Township. She was a daughter of the late Stephen and Catherine Halupka Rusin. She was a graduate of Jenkins Township High School. She had been employed at several banking institutions in the Wyoming Valley. She was most recently employed by the Leslie Fay Corporation in the

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February 19, 2011 Barre Township High School and Wilkes-Barre School of Business. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston, and its Alter and Rosary Society. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Joseph D. Renfer, who passed away May 30, 2008. She is survived by her daughter Nadine and husband, Matthew Giampietro; daughter Heidi Renfer and husband, Bill Duffy; granddaughter Alicia Adams and husband, Jeff; granddaughter

Tara McCann and husband, Robert; a great-grandson, Jeffrey Adams; great-granddaughter Falin McCann; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services were held Feb. 23 from Kiesinger Funeral Services, Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment St. Mary’s of the Maternity Cemetery, West Wyoming. Online condolences may be made to

February 21, 2011 Mildred Loyack, 86, formerly of Port Griffith, died February 21, 2011, at Little Flower Manor, WilkesBarre. Born in Port Griffith, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Pavlica Loyack. Mildred was the family historian. She could remember the birthdays of all of her family members. She also passed on some wonderful stories that her mother shared with her. She spent her early years helping

run the family household and then taking care of her aging brothers and sisters. Later, she was a housekeeper in local rectories and a Eucharist minister. She was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Church in Pittston, but attended Mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Port Griffith. Thirteen of her siblings preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister, Margaret Loyack, a guest in the Special Care Unit at St. Therese in Wilkes-Barre.

Her extended family includes nieces, nephews, and greatnieces and great-nephews. She was especially close to her niece, Regina (Jean) Kozokas, who took care of her and her sister Margaret for the past five years. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 24 in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Schooley St., Exeter. Arrangements by the Bednarski Funeral Home, Wyoming.

Anthony F. Amato February 21, 2011 Anthony F. Amato, 74, of West Wyoming, died February 21, 2011, at home surrounded

by his family. Born in West Wyoming on May 8, 1936, he was a son of the late Antonio and Lena Furino Amato. He was a high school graduate and graduated from Wilkes-Barre Business College. He continued his education by taking classes in the insurance industry. He retired as an insurance adjustor from Harleysville Insurance Co. After retiring, he was self-employed working for numerous attorneys as an investigator. He had served in

the U.S. Army Reserves and was a former West Wyoming council member. He impersonated Elvis at all the West Wyoming Memorial Day parades. He was also preceded in death by brothers Charles Amato and Menzion Amato, sister Vivian Pugh, and grandchild Adam Miller. Surviving are wife of 45 years, Irene Marks Amato; children, Cheryl Amato, West Wyoming; Tony Amato, at home; Mark Amato, at home; and Tina Amato, Wyoming; grandchildren, Brooke Miller, Lena Miller, Lily Walton, Jake Walton, Megan Amato Miller, Nina Amato, Mark Amato Jr., Jaeden Amato, Eric Gustitus, Ariel DePietro

and Dimitri DePietro; brothers Michael Amato, West Wyoming; Frank Amato, Wyoming; and Joseph Amato, West Wyoming; sisters Rosemarie Ranieli, West Wyoming; Marion Heck, West Wyoming; and Antoinette Cheskiewicz, Virginia; and sister-in-law, Alberta Coolbaugh, Harding. Funeral services were Feb. 25 from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial in the Parish of St. Monica at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, West Wyoming. Interment Italian Independent Cemetery, West Wyoming. Online condolences may be made at

Eleanor Steer, 96, of Duryea, died February 22, 2011, at Riverside Rehab, Taylor. Born in Pittston, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Navitsky Viscavage. She attended Pittston Schools, and, prior to retirement, she was employed for over 40 years by the V.F.W. Post 1227, Duryea. She was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea (formerly Sacred Heart of Jesus Church). She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Steer who passed away on July 5, 1982; one brother, Frank Viscavage; three sisters, Anna Demby, Mary Hall

and Della Olsen; and daughter-inlaw Yvonne Steer. Survivingaresons,GeraldSteer of Woodbridge, CT, and James Steer and his wife, Marcia, of Duryea; daughter Virginia Steer of Duryea; two grandchildren, Richard Steer and Yasmine Cronin; three great-grandchildren, James Steer,ChristopherSteer,andCraig Cronin; nieces and nephews. Funeral services, interment and viewing were private for the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Rosary School Technology Fund,125 Stephenson St., Duryea, 18642. Arrangements by the Piontek Funeral Home, Duryea.

Anna M. Basta February 22, 2011 Anna Madeline Basta, 89, of Wyoming, died February 22, 2011, in the Riverstreet Manor,

Wilkes-Barre. Born in Algiers, Algeria, she was a daughter of Madeline Scala Izzo. She was educated in the Algiers schools. She relocated to the United States at age 24 and married her late husband, John Basta Sr. She was a member of St. Monica’s Parish. Also preceding her in death was one sister and five brothers. Surviving are children, Linda Baltusavich and her husband, George J., Plains Township, and

John Basta Jr., Wyoming; grandchildren, George M. and Cecilia Baltusavich, both of Plains Township; great-grandson, David Allan; and sister, Nanette Artuori, Paris, France. Funeral services were held Feb. 25 from the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home, Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Church, Wyoming, of St. Monica’s Parish. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. In Loving M em ory O f

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Harriet Falcheck Renfer, 87, of the Suscon section of Pittston Township, died February 19, 2011, at her home. She was born in WilkesBarre, August 17, 1923, and was a daughter of the late Walter L. and Cecylia (Washeleski) Falcheck. She was educated in St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s parochial schools and a graduate of Wilkes-

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February 17, 2011 Loyd R. Zinck, 75, of Exeter, died February 17, 2011, in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township. Born November 29, 1935, in Watson Township, he was a son of the late Lawrence and Marie Zinck. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Vietnam and Korean Wars. He retired from the Army in 1977. He was proud of his Native American Heritage and all of his Native Amer-

ican brothers and sisters. Surviving are his wife of 29 years, the former Elizabeth Jamrowski; children, Robert, Loyd Jr., and Robin; stepchildren, Sharon, Elizabeth, Linda and Martin Jr.; and his baby, Molly. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Arrangements entrusted to Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre. Send condolences

Rose C. Worosilla February 20, 2011 Rose C. Worosilla, 91, died February 20, 2011, in The United Methodist Homes Wesley Village Campus, Pittston. She was born in Dupont, September 21, 1919, a daughter of the late George and Julia Kuckla Jakubczyk. She attended Dupont schools. Prior to her retirement she was employed in The Greater Pittston Garment Industry and was a member of the ILGWU. She was a member of Corpus Christi Parish, Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; infant

daughter, Dolores Rose Worosilla; brothers, Adam, Jack, Anthony, and Joseph Jakubczyk and Stanley Jacobs; and sisters, Mary Wasson and Sophie "Joan" Malik. She is survived by son Richard Worosilla and his wife, Francine, Pittston Township; daughter Carol W. Wasley and her husband, John, Port St. Lucie, FL; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Feb. 24 from the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Immaculate Conception Church, Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston. Entombment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

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February 21, 2011 Veronica (Jadus) Yuschovitz, 82, of Avoca, died February 21, 2011, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. She was born in Avoca on April 25, 1928, and was a daughter of the late George and Barbara (Chowonczyk) Dziadosz Jadus. She was a member of SS Peter and Paul Church, Avoca. She attended Avoca schools. She was a member of SS Peter and Paul’s Altar and Rosary Society, and St. Cecelia’s Choir. She spoke, wrote and read Polish fluently. She was also preceded in death

dren; Jason and his wife, Melissa; Jessica; Beth; Lenny; Christopher; Mark; Tina; Jamie and her husband, Kris; Josh; Sean; Maddie; Brianne; Laura and Mark; four great-grandchildren, Maggie, Hannah, Jakob, and Jemma; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Feb. 25 from Kiesinger Funeral Services, Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at SS Peter and Paul Church, Avoca. Interment parish cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made to

February 20, 2011 Marian E. Waymire, 82, of Swoyersville, died February 20, 2011, at Hospice Care of the VNA, Wilkes-Barre. She was born in Pittston and was a daughter of the late John and Frances (Matusavage) Zikosky. She graduated from Pittston High School. She had resided in Swoyersville for many years. She was also preceded in death by her sisters Helen Wasileff and Ann Ochs, and her brothers Walter Zikosky and Joseph Ziskoski. Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Eugene; daughter,

Debbie, and son-in-law, Joseph Tressa, and her granddaughter, Anna, and great-grandson, Ryder; son, Douglas, and daughterin-law, Beth Waymire, and granddaughters, Caitlin and Holly; sisters, Betty and brotherin-law, Larry Miller, of Kingston; Bernice and brother-in-law, Joe Kichilinsky, of Wyoming; Frances Cappelini of New Jersey; and Dorothy Worth of Hatfield; brothers Robert and sisterin-law, Mary Zikosky, of Pittston; John and sister-in-law, Anna May Zikosky, of Exeter; sister-in-law, Susan Ziskoski of

Falls; sister-in-law, Marion Zikosky of Arizona; brother-inlaw, Malcolm Ochs of Erie; several nieces and nephews, and several grand-nieces and nephews. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family from the Hughes & Son Funeral Home, Forty Fort. The interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Kingston Township. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Care of the VNA, 667 N. River St., WilkesBarre, 18702.

Charles A. Mendola February 18, 2011 Charles Angelo "Woody" Mendola, 76, of Wilmington, DE, died February 18, 2011. Born in Pittston on July 4, 1934, a son to Charles and Thelma Mendola, he was married to his high school sweetheart and soul mate, Bernice (Winslow) Mendola, for 55 years. Before moving to Wilmington in 1957, he was employed by Chain and Cable Co. In Delaware, he was a bread man, worked as a laborer at Eastern Auto, owned and operated an amusement ride company, was employed by Del Rel as the General Manager of the rail yard, and later as the Vice

President. He then started C & M Service Co., which provided trucking services at Chrysler and GM, and also C & M Service Inc., which handled the importation and distribution of Fiats and Ferraris from Italy at the Port of Wilmington. He retired in 1996. In his youth, he was the WilkesBarre-Scranton Golden Gloves Champion, and he moved to New York City, NY, to pursue a pro boxing career and fought at Madison Square Garden. He was an original parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Church. He is also survived by his sons and their wives, Ron and Cindy,

and Chuck and Keva of Hockessin, DE, and Mark and Julie of Newark, DE; his grandchildren, Pam Dorman, Kathy Cunningham, Tom and Mike Mendola; his brother, Sam Mendola; and sister, Carrie Guzenski of Pittston; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and numerous friends. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 22 in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Wilmington, DE. Burial All Saints Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine of Siena Church, 2503 Centreville Road, Wilmington, DE 19808.


Judith, Forty Fort; daughters, Judy Hendry, Pittston, and Theresa Micknick and her husband, Thomas, Jermyn; grandchildren, Erin and Timothy White; Tiffany, Eugene and Courtney Hendry; and Nathan and Natalie Micknick; greatgranddaughter, Lilly Hendry; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass was held Feb. 26 in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment at the convenience of the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, West Pittston. Online condolences may be made at

by her brothers, Casimir, Joseph, Stanley, and John Jadus; and her sisters, Jennie Waleski, Wanda Skorupski, Frances Lesniak, and Stephanie Kuna. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, John Yuschovitz; her children, John and his wife, Debby, of Avoca; Rosann and her husband, Leonard George, of Avoca; Veronica and her husband, Mark Seber, of Scranton; Diane Yuschovitz and her husband, Robert Charette, of Avoca; David and his wife, Madlyn, of Scranton; and Debbie and her husband, Mark Brady, of Pittston; her brother, Peter, and his wife, Mary Ann Jadus, of Avoca; and her sister, Mary Augustyniak of Pittston; 14 grandchil-

Marian E. Waymire

February 17, 2011 Francis White, 75, of Pittston, died February 17, 2011, at Heritage House, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Olyphant on October 18, 1935, he was a son of the late Thomas and Beatrice Durkin White. He was a high school graduate and had worked at the former Atlas Chain and Cable. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Thomas, Joseph, Walter and James White; and sisters, Louise Meyers and Joan Wellet. Surviving are his wife, Lillian Czar White, Pittston; son Thomas White and his wife,

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Student teachers at Wilkes University receive assignments

Thirty-six Wilkes University education majors are completing student teaching assignments for the spring 2011 semester. These student teachers are working in high schools and elementary schools in districts throughout northeast Pennsylvania. Their areas of specialization range from sec-

ondary English and history to early childhood and special education. Pictured in front row, left to rightare Suzanne Murray-Galella, instructor of education at Wilkes; Taryn Hallowell, Belvidere, N.J.; Kristen Pechulis, Plymouth.; Shannon McDonald, Lumberton, N.J.; Rachel

Cannuli, Jobstown, N.J.; Sarah Simon, Kingston.; Jessica Gen, Archbald; Tara Sheluga, Scranton; Alison Weidman, Lititz, PA.; Emily Parks, Hanover Township; Kelly Glodzik, Old Forge; Brittany Puckett, Old Forge; Katie Wolcott, Duryea. Second row: Barbara Bellucci, assistant professor of educa-

tion and director of student teaching at Wilkes; Frank O’Shea, Freehold, N.J.; Charlene Nye, Tunkhannock; Alexandria Briggs, Larksville; Sherilyn Jones, Coplay, PA; Anthony Ferrese, Pittston; Sara Rosenberg, Kingston; Stephanie Branas, Scranton; David Mahalak, Wilkes-Barre; Stacy Math-

is, Newport, N.J.; Allison Butash, Throop; Kate Murtaugh, Whitehall, PA; Nicole Capoocia, Throop; Jason Homza, Kingston. Third row: Matthew Duffy, Shavertown; Kirk Jones, Pittston; Mike Skumanick, Tunkhannock; Matthew Navin, Harveys Lake; Jack Lewis, Pitt-

ston; Joseph Lemoncelli, Scott Township, PA; Shane Keister, Middleburg, PA; Michelle Dubbs, Millville, PA; Aubrey Madara, Elysburg, PA; Samantha Zastko, Lehighton, PA; Benjamin Tkach, Lehighton, PA; Caroline Maurer, associate professor and chair of education at Wilkes.

Misericordia awarded Students in Free Enterprise Chapter

DALLAS, Pa. — The Department of Business at Misericordia University has formed the Misericordia University Students in Free Enterprise Chapter (SIFE) to bring MU students together with “the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.’’ SIFE is an international organization that brings together a di-

verse network of university students, academic professionals and industry leaders around the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. By contributing their talents to projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, SIFE participants are demonstrating that individuals with a

knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change, according to SIFE. The Misericordia chapter will enable students to partner with regional businesses and civic organizations to share their talent and vision for a better and more prosperous world for everyone. Overall, SIFE is active in 39 countries, including China, Netherlands, Russia and the

United Kingdom, and features more than 1,500 college and university chapters with more than 52,000 collegians. The national chapters also participate in business competitions with the winners participating in the SIFE World Cup. Working with leading corporate partners, like BIC, Campbell’s, Hershey’s, Microsoft, The Coca Cola Company and Walmart, and member universities, SIFE establishes student programs on campuses around the world. With the support and encouragement of their faculty advisors and a local business advisory board, SIFE students apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need, according to SIFE. Team projects address a variety of topics, such as market economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, personal success skills, environmental sustainability and business ethics. Rather than mandating a uniform set of

projects, teams are encouraged to work within the framework of these topics while adapting their approach to the diverse needs of people in different communities. The result is a program that is global in scope and purpose with the flexibility and responsiveness of a community-based organization. At Misericordia University, the chapter — with 16 student members — is reaching out to the region to address the issue of workforce development. In preparation, students have participated in resume and interviewing skill workshops. The chapter has begun plans to create a professional clothes exchange for the community to assist people who are looking for work, but may not have or cannot afford to buy the proper attire for an interview. “We are looking for ways to help the community in small ways, which will have a larger impact on individuals at first,’’ said Kathryn Semcheski of Shavertown, Pa. “Since there is so much that can be done, we want

to make sure we address the needs of our immediate community before we change the world.’’ Pictured are Students in the local SIFE Chapter, first row from left, Jonathon Zaremba, Weatherly, Pa.; Jillian Bowen, Port Monmout, N.J.; Karen Sickler, Factoryville, Pa., vice president; Christina Kolmansperger, West Pittston, Pa.; Robert Williams, assistant director, Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education at Misericordia University. Second row, Tyler White, Allentown, Pa., president; Kristina Hrabcak, Wyoming, Pa.; and Lisa Zator, Olyphant, Pa. Missing from photo are: Andrew Ward, Royersford, Pa.; Alison Lloyd, Forty Fort, Pa.; Andy Bardua, Pawling, N.Y.; Brittany Vetrini, Shickshinny, Pa.; Christopher Riccio, Drums, Pa.; Kayla Chappell, Hunlock Creek, Pa.; Marqus Hunter, Patterson, N.J.; Sara Borbacs, Allentown, Pa.; and Kathryn Semcheski, Shavertown, Pa.

LCCC students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society

The Luzerne County Community College Phi Theta Kappa honor society recently held an induction ceremony at the College’s Educational Conference Center. One hundred seventytwo students were inducted into the LCCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate degree students. PTK is the only internationally-acclaimed honor

society serving institutions which offer associate degree programs. Shown are students who were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa who were in attendance at the induction ceremony, from left, first row: Stacy Ann Dunkle, Berwick; Heather Rothman, West Pittston; Jenny Rizel, Kingston; Salina Sachetti, Hazleton; Nancy Atkinson, Avoca; Mary Jo Mellas, Mountain Top; Pat Brennan, Jenkins Township;

Stephen Swicklik, Nanticoke, chapter vice president; Mary Buckley, Wilkes-Barre; chapter vice president; Marc Incitti, chapter president; and Mary Nickle, Strasburg, PA state president, PTK. Second row: Jennifer William, Swoyersville; Kevin Perrins, Kingston; Nathaly Rojas, Mountain Top; Claire Bennett, Sugarloaf; Shea Vought, Bloomsburg; Betty Anne Hughes, Hanover Township; E. Blandon Langdon,

Bear Creek; Meredith Capuano, Blakeslee; Jeanette Gadison, Plymouth; Rachel Merth, Hunlock Creek; and Sarah Kennelly, Trucksville. Third row: Kathleen L. McKenzie, Cambra; Erin Malone, Bear Creek; Matt Dixon, Plains; Stephanie Young, Taylor; Michele Giedosh, Lattimer Mines; Joe Earley, WilkesBarre; Renae Novitski, Kingston; Tracy Eveland, Berwick;

Kaylene Schan, Hawley; Walaa Mahmoud, Plains; and Thomas P. Leary, Kingston, president, LCCC. Fourth row: Robert Hess, Ashley; David Arbizu, Wapwallopen; Heather Paradise, Scranton; Bill Hizny, Wyoming; Deborah Kowalczyk, Plains; Deborah Price, Hunlock Creek; Susan Gurka, Mountain Top; John Lopez, Hazleton; Jenny Choi, Scranton; Mary Sullivan, Swoyersville, director, student

life and athletics, LCCC; and Dr. Stephen Housenick, Kingston, advisor, LCCC PTK chapter. Fifth row: Shawn K. Kellmer, Hazleton; Stephen Scheers, Hazleton; Tracey Sands, Pittston; Sean Malone, Wilkes-Barre; Nikolas Butrej, Berwick; Austin Emenyonu, Luzerne; Kofi Adjen-Bohyen, Wilkes-Barre; Robert Reeder, Larksville; Allison Reeder, Larksville; and A. Marie Reeder, Larksville.











Open house at Misericordia scheduled for April 16 Misericordia University invites high school students and their parents to an open house program at the Back Mountain campus on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the Anderson Sports Center. Misericordia is offering students the opportunity to spend a fun and informative day touring the 123-acre campus, meeting Misericordia students, faculty and coaches, and talking with admissions and financial aid counselors. The open house schedule includes registration, refreshments, campus tours, a faculty session and lunch, and meetings with representatives of student services, athletics and financial aid. For those interested, a session will also be held on the university’s Alternative Learner’s Project for students with learning disabilities. Misericordia offers a liberal arts curriculum with 32 academic majors leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. This year’s freshman class was the largest in the school’s 86-year history and brought the number of full time students to 1,700

and a total enrollment of more than 2,800. New academic programs being offered to undergraduate students include the bachelor’s degree in Government, Law and National Security, designed to prepare them to enter the homeland security workforce within the government and private sector. The university is also admitting the first class of freshmen to the proposed new master’s degree program in physician assistant studies. The program will prepare students to become healthcare professionals who are licensed to practice medicine with supervision of a licensed physician, and are able to diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Prospective students will have the opportunity to tour the new 40,000-square-foot College of Health Sciences facility at 100 Lake St. that houses the nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech-language pathology programs. The tours will also offer a look at the new, state-of-theart fitness center that opened recently in the Anderson

Sports and Health Center. The university added football to its roster for the 2012 season and is just one of two schools in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) to offer all 23 varsity sports sponsored by the conference. In the 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement, 92 percent of Misericordia freshmen gave the school a high grade and 86 percent of seniors said they would choose Misericordia again if they could start their college career over, both scores higher than the average of all other schools surveyed. Misericordia is also ranked in the top tier, Best Regional Universities - North category of the 2010 U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Colleges and is also ranked as a Best Northeast College by the Princeton Review. For more information about the open house or to register, please contact the Misericordia University Admissions Office at (570) 675-4449, or toll free at 1-866-262-6363, or by e-mail at Students can also visit Misericordia University online at

Redeemer holds test results night

Holy Redeemer High School held its annual test results night for incoming freshmen and their families. Current eighth grade students who took the school’s placement test received results and were able to schedule appointments for course selection meetings with school staff. Eighth grade students in the eight elementary schools that are part of the Holy Redeemer System took placement tests earlier

this year at their schools. Students in public and private schools who are interested in attending Holy Redeemer as freshmen took the test during a special testing day. All prospective freshmen then were able to meet with school officials to register and select courses for the upcoming school year. Holy Redeemer is now accepting registrations for the 2011-2012 school year. Students in grades 8

through 11 not currently enrolled who wish to explore their future as Holy Redeemer Royals may call Holy Redeemer at 829-2424 for registration information. Shown with Holy Redeemer High School Vice Principal Michael Booth at test results night are Pittston residents in first row are Diane Swanek, Kaya Swanek, and Maureen Conlon. Standing are Mr. Booth, Bill Conlon, and Jerry Renfer.

Warrior News By Debbie Gross

Meet the Seniors

Michelle Gitkos, daughter of Mary Gitkos, resides in West Pittston. She is a member of the Key Club, student council, diversity club, film club, yearbook committee, and is the vice president of the Wyoming Area Class of 2011. Michelle has competed on the school’s soccer, basketball, cross country, field hockey, and track teams. Her special interests include rollerblading and flying in her uncle’s airplane. Michelle’s favorite school subjects are sociology, Spanish, and physics. She plans to major in education or nursing after graduating, and hopes to become an Michelle Gitkos elementary or special education teacher, if not a pediatric nurse. Gitkos’s most prominent role model is her mom, whom Mi-

chelle describes as “a huge part in my life.” Among her teachers, Michelle names Mrs. Rutledge as her most influential educator. Gitkos is self-described as hardworking, outgoing, and athletic. Senior Parent Meeting

A senior parent meeting will be held on February 28 in Room 164 at 7 p.m. Quote of the Week

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks. --Herodotus

Local students participate in annual leadership conference

LCCC hosts annual Luzerne Regional College Fair Luzerne County Community College recently hosted the Pennsylvania Association for College Admissions Counseling (PACAC) Luzerne Regional College Fair at the College’s Campus Center. Representatives from close to 100 colleges, universities, post-secondary technical schools, and the armed services were present to speak with prospective college students and parents about educational opportunities and admission requirements. Representatives from the College’s financial aid office were available to discuss federal and state financial aid programs. The annual fair is co-

ordinated by PACAC with the assistance of LCCC and the Luzerne County Counselors Association. Shown at the college fair are, from left, first row are Rachael Lohman, Plains, eastern regional manager, PHEAA; Mary Kosin, Kingston, director, financial aid, LCCC; Patty Cegelka, West Wyoming, assistant director, financial aid, University of Scranton; Crystal Ondrick, Clarks Summit, assistant director, financial aid, LCCC; Phyllis Johnson, Kingston, admissions data processing assistant, LCCC; Karen Race, Berwick, admissions office assistant, LCCC; and

Francis Curry, Forty Fort, director, admissions, LCCC and member, college fairs committee, PACAC. Second row: James Domzalski, Mountain Top, director, enrollment management, LCCC; Joe Alaimo, Wilkes-Barre, director, financial aid, Wilkes University; Charles Salvo, Pittston Township, counselor, Luzerne Intermediate Unit; Ed Hennigan, Wyoming, assistant director, admissions, LCCC and member, college fairs committee, PACAC; Kathy Woronko, WilkesBarre, admissions clerk, LCCC; and Krista Nice, Swoyersville, admissions recruiter, LCCC.

Misericordia University hosted 110 undergraduate students from 15 colleges and universities during the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Leadership Conference: Leadership University in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The conference was sponsored by the Association for Undergraduate Leadership Development and was developed in collaboration with numerous faculty and staff members and students. The students, from Elizabethtown and Lebanon Valley colleges, and Bloomsburg, DeSales, LaSalle, Lehigh, Marywood, Misericordia, Penn State, Philadelphia, Rider, Saint Joseph’s, Scranton, Seton Hall and Wilkes universities, were offered multiple breakout sessions in their areas of interest and presented by faculty and staff from institutions of higher education throughout Pennsylvania. The conference’s special keynote address was presented by state Sen. Lisa Baker. Subjects addressed in the breakout sessions included leadership and study abroad, learning, working and thinking styles on leadership, leadership and meditation, and authentic leadership. The goal of Leadership University is to aid in the development of tomorrow’s leaders so

they can make a positive impact on their lives and the lives of others. Through a variety of leadership development opportunities, Leadership University strives to develop exemplary qualities, including a stronger understanding of self, team and true authentic leadership. Misericordia University students who participated in the program included Abby Heintzelman, Hellertown, Pa.; Brittani Brown, Hanover Township, Pa.; Kate Hahn, Dallas, Pa.; Marianne Guarnieri, Pittston, Pa.; Kaila Augustine, Kulpmont, Pa.; Jillian Bowen, Port Monmout, N.J.; Colleen Dean, Scranton, Pa.; Shannon Kowalski, Glen Lyon, Pa.; Evan Scott, Shavertown, Pa.; Jennifer Foley, Baltimore, Md.; Krista Shenk, Lancaster, Pa.; Rebecca Kranz, Middlesex, N.J.; Meghan Lee, Clarks Green, Pa.; Caitlin Day, Oak Hill, Va.; Sarah Munley, Sussex, N.J.; Dayna Richter, Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; Laura Bennett, Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; Lisa Zator, Olyphant, Pa.; Kathryn Semcheski, Shavertown, Pa.; Brittany Reilly, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Jessica McLaurin, Dunmore, Pa.; Steve Burnett, Tobyhanna, Pa.; and Tyler White, Allentown, Pa. For more information about Misericordia University, please log on to

or call (570) 674-6400. For more information about the Association for Undergraduate Leadership Development, please log on to Students participating, first row from left are Sen. Lisa Baker, Abby Heintzelman, Hellertown, Pa.; Brittani Brown, Hanover Township, Pa.; Kate Hahn, Dallas, Pa.; and Marianne Guarnieri, Pittston, Pa.. Second row: Kaila Augustine, Kulpmont, Pa.; Jillian Bowen, Port Monmout, N.J.; Colleen Dean, Scranton, Pa.; and Shannon Kowalski, Glen Lyon, Pa. Third row: Evan Scott, Shavertown, Pa.; Jennifer Foley, Baltimore, Md.; Krista Shenk, Lancaster, Pa.; Rebecca Kranz, Middlesex, N.J.; and Meghan Lee, Clarks Green, Pa.. Fourth row: Caitlin Day, Oak Hill, Va.; Sarah Munley, Sussex, N.J.; Dayna Richter, Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; Laura Bennett, Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; and Kathleen Foley, dean of students. Fifth row: Lisa Zator, Olyphant, Pa.; Kathryn Semcheski, Shavertown, Pa.; Brittany Reilly, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; and Jessica McLaurin, Dunmore, Pa. Sixth row: Michael A. MacDowell, president; Steve Burnett, Tobyhanna, Pa.; and Tyler White, Allentown, Pa.



Morgan Parliman Morgan Rae Parliman, daughter of Lisa and William Parliman of Lehighton will celebrate her fourth birthday on February 27, 2011. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Mead of Exeter and Mr. and Mrs. William Parliman of Lehighton. She is the great granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Evans of Exeter, Mr. Sherman Mead and the late Alice Mead of Gouldsboro. Morgan has a sister Alyssa Paige Ashton who is 11 years old.











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Emma Krenitsky, daughter of Susan and James Krenitsky of Old Forge celebrated her fifth birthday on February 25. Emma has a younger sister, Nora, who is three years old.

The Sunday Dispatch 109 New Street Pittston, PA 18640 Pictures can run in black 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.

Cassondra Chesniak Cassondra Chesniak, daughter of Frank and Tami Chesniak, Duryea celebrated her third birthday on February 26. She is the granddaughter of Sylvia and Bernard Vilchock, Old Forge; Gloria Chesniak, Dupont and the late Frank Chesniak. Cassondra’s godparents are her Aunt Cindy Chesniak and Uncle Bill Stone, Old Forge.

Billy Dessoye Billy Dessoye, son of Bill and Kim Dessoye, Pittston, celebrated his third birthday on February 24. Billy is the grandson of Anne Thomas, Hanover Twp., and the late Betty and Fran Dessoye. Billy has a brother, Tommy, eight years old and a sister, Emily, five years old.

Tyler and Ryan Martin Tyler Martin, pictured at left, is celebrating his tenth birthday on February 27, Ryan Martin, pictured at right, celebrated his fifth birthday on February 22. Tyler and Ryan are the sons of Robert and Susan Martin, Falls. Maternal grandparents are Charlotte Lubinski and the late Edward Lubinski, Yatesville. Paternal grandparents are Helene Martin and the late Joseph Martin of Scranton.

Lucia Campenni

Lucia Grace Campenni, daughter of Tommy and Chrissy Campenni, West Pittston, will celebrate her third birthday on March 3. Lucia is the granddaughter of Sam and Josie Mantione, West Pittston, and the late James and Rosemary Campenni. She is also the great granddaughter of Frances Bellanco, Pittston. Lucia has two sisters, Samara, five years old and Ella, eight months.

Holy Redeemer names Diocesan Scholars

Scholarship deadline extended at WA The complete scholarship application for all the scholarships found on the guidance website and which were described during the recent Scholarship Information Night are due on Monday, February 28 and should be handed to Mrs. Rabel. This is an absolute deadline. It has been extended a few days due to the snow days, delays, etc. This is a wonderful opportunity for seniors to ob-

tain money for college expenses(books, transportation, etc). The community offers these awards and we hope the seniors will take advantage of this opportunity which is not available in many other schools. Students can apply for various scholarships by completing only one application. Indicate on the first page the scholarships for which you want to be considered.

Seven Holy Redeemer High School students have been selected as Diocesan Scholars, enabling them to take college level courses at King’s College. Students selected are either seniors or second semester juniors who have demon-

strated maturity of character, academic excellence, and leadership potential. The program is sponsored by the Diocese of Scranton. Students may take college courses as electives during the summer, fall, and/or

February 1 and 2, 2011. Snow make up days per school calendar- Fifth snow make-up day June 10, and sixth snow make-up day June 13.

SAT classes offered at Wyoming Area Wyoming Area is offering SAT Math Prep classes on the following Wednesdays: March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6 from 2:35 to 4:35 p.m. The Verbal Prep classes will be held on the following Tuesdays from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m.: March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5. Verbal classes will also be offered on the following Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.: March 9, 16, 12, 20, and April 6. Cost is $35.00 for residents

and $50.00 for non-residents for 10 hours of instruction. At least 10 students must enroll for a class to run. Call Mrs. Rabel at 655-2836 extension 2339 if interested and to enroll. The next SAT test will be given on May 7 (deadline to register is April 8. After that date there is a late fee attached to the original fee). This class will provide an excellent background for this test date. Students are urged to apply on line to take the test in May.

Township; Danielle Phillips, Pittston; Daniel Geraghty, Shavertown; Rachel Simon, Pittston. Standing: Mrs. Anita Sirak, principal; Meagen Benner, Mountaintop; Samantha Martin, Mountaintop; Allison Muth, Wilkes-Barre.

‘The Ned Show’ held at OF Elementary

Wyoming Area school calendar updated The Wyoming Area School Board announces the approved and updated revisions to the 2010-2011 school calendar. School closed for snow days

spring semesters, earning credits toward both high school and college graduation. Holy Redeemer students named Diocesan Scholars are shown, seated, from left: Rebecca Richards, Hanover

The Old Forge Elementary Guidance Counselor Mr. Chris Gudia presented "The Ned Show" to all students and faculty in the Elementary on Thursday, February 10. The Ned Show is an assembly designed to help kids become champions at school and in life. Amanda Williamson from the Ned Show treated the

students to yo-yo tricks and talked to them about positive motivations and specific directions that will lead them to success. Pictured at left are Amanda Williamson and Mr. Chris Guida, guidance counselor. At right are Zackary Weaver a second grade student with Amanda Williamson.











SCHOOL MENUS School menus for the week of Breakfast available daily - AsFebruary 28 sorted whole grain cereals w/ toast, breakfast pizza, buttered Pittston Area toast. Kindergarten, Primary and Middle and High Schools Intermediate Centers Monday –Meatball hoagie Monday –Chicken tenders or with pasta, cauliflower, peaches, grilled cheese sandwich, corn, low fat milk pineapple tidbits, low fat milk. Tuesday–Chicken tenders, Breakfast: French toast sticks mashed potatoes & gravy, bread 100% fruit juice, low fat milk slice, pears, low fat milk. Tuesday –Pasta with meatballs Wednesday –Beef taco salad or cheeseburger on bun, brocco- with fixings, rice, peas, mandali, applesauce, low fat milk. rin oranges, low fat milk Breakfast: Ham, egg and cheese Thursday –Italian Stromboli, on bagel 100% fruit juice, low fat corn, mixed fruit, low fat milk milk Friday –Grilled cheese with Wednesday –Dr. Seuss’s chicken noodle soup, green Birthday, Green eggs 7 ham with beans, applesauce, low fat milk toast or hot dog, carrots, peachDaily at High School - Favores, low fat milk. Breakfast: Pan- ites - Plain Pizza. cakes with syrup 100% fruit Grill Specials - Cheeseburgjuice, low fat milk. ers, Buffalo chicken patties, PaThursday –Roast pork dinner nini Sandwiches, grilled chicken or chicken nuggets, mashed po- patties (T-Th only) and breaded tatoes & gravy, pears, Breakfast: chicken patties (M-W-F only). Scrambled eggs & toast 100% Deli Specials: Salad assorted fruit juice, low fat milk "made to order" hoagies and Friday -White pizza or corn wraps. dog nuggets, cauliflower, mixed Daily at Middle School - Fafruit, low fat milk vorites - Plain Pizza; Weekly choices -Italian wrap, Grill Specials - CheeseburgChef salad, Bologna and cheese ers, hot dogs, Buffalo chicken sandwich ,Turkey hoagie. patties, grilled chicken patties plain pizza available daily.

(T-TH-only) and breaded chicken patties ( M-W-F only ) Deli Specials - salads, assorted hoagies and wraps. This weeks specials: Pizza Monday -Hot chicken wing Tuesday and Thursday -Pepperoni Wednesday -Fresh tomato white pizza Friday -Hot chicken wing Panini Monday -Steak and cheese Tuesday -Hot chicken wing Wednesday -Ham and cheese Thursday -Hot chicken & cheese Friday - Turkey and cheddar Monday -Egg & cheese on bagel or French toast sticks with syrup Tuesday -Sausage & cheese on English muffin or scrambled eggs with toast Wednesday - Pancakes with syrup or egg, bacon and cheese on bagel. Thursday – Breakfast pizza or egg and cheese on bagel Friday –Waffles with syrup or ham and cheese on bagel

Sandwich, Chicken Noodle Soup, Applesauce Tuesday – Pizza & Ice Cream Wednesday –Rigatoni, Meatballs, Roll, Peaches Thursday – Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Corn, Roll, Pears Friday – Grilled Cheese Wyoming Area

Elementary Monday-Mozzarella breadsticks w/marinara sauce or chicken nuggets, bread, tossed salad w/ dressing, mixed fruit cup. Alternate Cheese sandwich or PBJ or 4 oz yogurt and Animal Crackers all w/choice of string cheese or sunflower seeds Breakfast-Waffle w/syrup, fruit, milk Tuesday-Ham slice w/pineapple, bread, buttered noodles, green beans, sliced peaches Alternate Cheese sandwich or PBJ or 4 oz yogurt and Animal Crackers all w/choice of string cheese or sunflower seeds Breakfast-Whole wheat English muffin w/jelly, fruit juice, milk Wednesday -Baked popcorn chicken, bread, mashed potaSt. Mary’s Assumption toes/gravy, seasoned green peas, Monday – Ham & Cheese pears. Alternate entrée Cheese

sandwich or PBJ or 4 oz yogurt and Animal Crackers all w/ choice of string cheese or sunflower seeds. Breakfast: Warm pizza slice, cereal, juice, milk Thursday -Hot dog on a bun, shell macaroni ’n cheese, brown sugared carrots, applesauce. Alternate entrée Cheese sandwich or PBJ or 4 oz yogurt and Animal Crackers all w/choice of string cheese or sunflower seeds. Breakfast: Scrambled eggs w/ sausage, toast, juice, milk Friday -Pizza bagel, or tuna salad on bun, tossed salad/dressing, juicy sliced peaches, cinnamon Teddy Cubs. Alternate entrée Cheese sandwich or PBJ or 4 oz yogurt and Animal Crackers all w/choice of string cheese or sunflower seeds. Breakfast: French toast syrup, juice, milk. Secondary Center Monday- A. Asian sesame chicken, rice. B. New Tempura style chicken nuggets. C. Mozzarella breadsticks w/marinara sauce. D. Rib-a-que, cheeseburger or chicken patty on bun. Sides: Line B,C,&D Baked colossal fries, tossed salad/dressing, mixed fruit. Tuesday . A. Meatball hoagie

w/mozzarella cheese, B. Taco hard/soft shell w/meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, rice. C. Buffalo chicken sub. D. Rib-a-que, cheeseburger or chicken patty on bun. Sides: Green beans, Line A.C.7D. Smile potatoes, pineapple. Wednesday -A. Popcorn chicken, bread. B. Southwest chicken wrap w/lettuce. C. Hot Turkey sandwich. D. Rib-a-que, cheeseburger or chicken patty on bun. Sides: Mashed potatoes/ gravy, seasoned green peas, pears. Thursday - A. Hot dog w/chili sauce and or cheese sauce. B. Shell macaroni ’n cheese. C. Tyson Hot ’n Spicy chicken sandwich D. Rib-a-que, cheeseburger or chicken patty on bun. Sides: Garden peas & carrots, tortilla chips/salsa, applesauce. Friday -A. Philly double cheese steak hoagie. B. Bosco sticks w/marinara sauce. C. Italian hoagie w/ cheese, lettuce, tomato or tuna hoagie/wrap w/lettuce. D. Rib-a-que, cheeseburger or chicken patty on bun Sides: Tossed salad/dressing, seasoned potato spirals, juicy sliced peaches.

Pittston Area Middle School announces dates for PSSA testing Science Olympiad

There will be a meeting for students participating in the Science Olympiad on Wednesday after school from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. in Ms. Quinn’s room (145). Students must provide their own transportation home, and all rides must be in front of the Middle School no later than 4:00pm. March Act 80 Day

tween 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. So fast on exam days. come out, have a great meal, and support this worthy cause. Tips for Parents and Communications Club

MID-TV’s schedule for 2/8 through 03/04: Members of the Blue Team should report to the TV Studio first thing in the morning. All members are reminded to check in with their homeroom teachers prior to reporting to the studio.

Friday, March 11 is an Act 80 Day. Middle School stu- PSSA Writing Assessments The PSSA Writing Assessdents will be dismissed at 1:00 ments will be given to all p.m. on this day. eighth grade students on Monday, March 28 through Talent Show Wednesday, March 30. Tryouts for the middle school talent show will be held on Tuesday, March 8th PSSA Science Assessments The PSSA Science Assessafter school. The Talent Show will be held on Thursday, ments will be given to all April 7 in the High School eighth grade students on Auditorium. Stay tuned for Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5. more information. Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Scholarship Program

The Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick along with the McDonalds on 315 are sponsoring a scholarship fundraiser benefitting Pittston Area High School students. From 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, McDonalds will donate 20% of their sales to the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick scholarship program. You can even meet Ronald if you dine be-

PSSA Reading and Math Assessments

The PSSA Reading and Math Assessments will be held from Monday, March 14 through and including Monday, March 21. They will be given to all students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. It is of extreme importance that all students attend school on the days of the test unless excused due to serious illness. In addition, students should have a good night’s sleep and a nutritious break-


Provided by: Martin L. Mattei Middle School Here are tips from each of the reporting categories in reading and math to enhance your child’s understanding of some of the target skills on the PSSA Test. Here are some ways to help prepare: Reading Reporting Category: Comprehension and Reading Skills After reading a story, ask your child what the main idea of the selection is and to support it with two details from the story. Underline five words in the passage. Ask your child the meaning of each word as used in the text. Yourchild should use context clues to figure this out. Take the five underlined words again and ask your child to give an antonym or synonym for each. Reporting Category: Interpretation and Analysis of Fiction and Nonfiction After reading a story, ask your child the author’s purpose for writing the selection. Ask your child to describe the characters, setting, plot, theme, mood, and tone of the passage. Ask your child to find a fact and an opinion in the passage.

Ask your child to identify from which point of view the passage is written. Math Reporting Category: Numbers and Operations While shopping, compare and order prices of items. Ask your child to figure out how much tax will be added on to the item. Have your child provide a reasonable estimate for the total amount of items purchased. Reporting Category: Measurement Calculate the area of your child’s bedroom. Using a recipe, convert measurements from cups to pints, gallons to quarts, etc… Using a map, interpret and apply the scale shown to calculate distances between cities. Reporting Category: Geometry Identify basic geometric shapes that appear in buildings or homes (rectangles, circles, cubes, etc...) While walking outside, have your child find examples of perpendicular and parallel lines. Take apart a cereal box to illustrate nets of figures. Reporting Category: Algebraic Concepts Play a number game using questions such as, “What number added to 4 equals 19?”

Make flashcards using index cards with an equation on one side and the correct answer on the other. Use magazines or newspapers to find tables or graphs for which a variable expression or pattern can be determined. Reporting Category: Data Analysis and Probability Use a dice or a spinner to find probabilities of certain events. Ask questions such as, “What is the chance that the next number rolled will be odd?” Use magazines or newspapers to analyze and interpret graphs and charts. Have your child conduct a survey of friends and family on a topic of interest and then create an appropriate graph with the results. Look for patterns that emerge and make predictions based on the results. For more information, call Mrs. Rebovich or Dr. Keska, PSSA Coordinators, at 6552927. Winter Sports’ Uniforms

Any student who participated in a winter sport is reminded to return their uniform and any other equipment to their coach or to Mr. Lopresto in room 231 as soon as possible. Uniforms must be washed prior to being returned and any player failing to return their uniform or equip-

ment will not be allowed to participate in a spring sport until they do so. Note - Please make sure to mark the bag you return your uniform and equipment in with your name and the name of your sport. Spring Sports’ News

Any seventh or eighth grade boy or girl planning to participate in baseball, softball, or track & field should see Mr. Lopresto in room 231 as soon as possible in order to complete necessary paper work. Students are reminded, if they participated in a fall or winter sport, they will not need another physical, but must see Mr. Lopresto and complete spring sport paperwork in order to be eligible for participation. Spring sports’ physicals will be held on Wednesday, March 2, and students will not be given a physical unless their paperwork is complete. Weight Training

Attention sixth, seventh, and eighth grade boys; If you are planning on playing football for the Patriots next year, the Cefalo Center will be open Mondays through Fridays from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. for weight training. Anyone attending the weight training sessions is responsible for their own transportation to and from the Cefalo Center.

SAT testing scheduled for May 7 at Pittston Area High School Attention Juniors

The SAT Reasoning test will be given at Pittston Area Senior High School on Saturday, May 7. The registration deadline is Friday, April

8. Interested juniors should register online at The cost is $47. Please make sure to mark the Pittston Area High School Code as 395417 and

the Pittston Area Test Center Code (Pittston, PA) as 39590. Only juniors who have completed a least Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II (or are currently enrolled in Algebra

II, Pre-calculus, or Trigonometry), should take the May SAT. Fee-waivers are available upon request in the Guidance Office. Students receiving free or

reduced lunch plans are eligible. Also, paper applications are available in the Guidance Office. If you do not have any form of photo ID for the day of the testing, please see Ms.

Darbenzio for a SAT ID form. You will not be admitted to the testing site without proper ID. Any questions/concerns, please call Ms. Darbenzio at 654-2415 extension 2251.

Kindergarten Center students celebrate 100th day of school On Tuesday, February 15, the Kindergarten Center celebrated the 100th day of school. In some classrooms teachers had students bring 100 of the same items in a baggie, such as buttons or Skittles. Other classrooms worked with 100 stickers for the day. All the students along with their teachers and educational assistants gath-

ered in the cafeteria and did lots of activities involving the number 100. They counted to 100 by ones, twos and fives while doing a form of exercise. They did 100 jumping jacks and stayed quiet for 100 seconds. The adults then surprised the students by spraying them with Silly String.

tion logos for the 2010-2011 school year. We are asked parents to please begin collecting these box tops over the summer. Please cut the box tops and put in bundles of 50 before you send them to your child’s teacher.

missed early due to the weather, please be sure to make arrangements on picking up your child either from school or at the bus stop. The Kindergarten Center will follow the procedure on the back of the Information Box Tops Sheet that you filled out in September. If any of this inThe Kindergarten Center is School Delays and formation has changed, going to be collecting Gener- Cancellations In the event school is dis- please call the school immeal Mills Box Tops for EducaFundraiser

The PTO would like thank everyone who participated in the Gertrude Hawk Chocolate fundraiser. The candy will be delivered on Tuesday, March 29.

diately. Cancellations are broadcast over the local T.V. stations and radios. You can also check the media’s web sites for the information. The Kindergarten Center is included with "Elementary". If there should be a two hour delay, children report at 11 a.m. A limited breakfast will be served, with first lunch beginning at 11:50 a.m

PTO meeting scheduled for Feb. 28 at Montgomery Avenue at 7:00 PM in the Montgom- DARE Program program. The program dis- Students write an essay on receive an award. Graduation The next PTO meeting will ery Avenue cafeteria. All parThe Fifth Grade Students cusses good choices, drugs what they learned and the 3 will be announced soon. be on Monday, March 7, 2011 ents are welcome to attend. have completed the DARE and alcohol and gun safety. top essays in each class will

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JFK students receive visit from WBRE’s Dave Skutnik WBRE Channel 28 Meteorologist Dave Skutnik treated the student of JFK Elementary School to a program related to meteorology and the weather. The children enjoyed learning about what a meteorologist does and how they can predict the weather. Students were also informed about the different types of weather. At the end of the assembly students were able to ask Mr. Skutnik questions related to the program. PTO Meeting

The next JFK PTO meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30. The PTO is looking for individuals to chair the third grade dance and the third grade gifts. There is also a co-president position open for next year with a three year term. Anyone interested in the co-president position or in chairing an event please speak to an officer. Talent Show

The JFK Talent Show will

take place in March. More information will be available soon. Sabatini’s Night

The next Sabatini’s Night will take place on Thursday, March 3. JFK PTO will receive 10% of the profit when you mention JFK. Thank you to Sabatini’s Pizza for their continued support. Tools for Schools

Please register your cards for the Tools for Schools program. Once you sign up, everything you purchase at Price Chopper with your AdvantEdge Card earns points to help our school. Every dollar you spend earns a point for our school, which helps us earn free equipment. You can also register your Sure Save cards to earn rewards for when our school redeems them. Tyson Program our school. Thank you for your support. Clip and save labels from participating Tyson products Box Tops Smencils earns us 24 cents for each laPlease remember to save Smencils are available in the bel. We will announce a date your Box Tops for Education. school office. Anyone interest- for collecting the labels in the Each one is worth 10 cents ed please see Ms. Rachelle. future.

Pennies for the Playground

The playground committee is collecting spare change to help upgrade our playground. You can help out by sending in any spare change you may have into school with your child.

Thank you for your support. Please visit the Wyoming Area website at and click on JFK for more PTO information. Click on Mr. Pollard’s name to view PTO information.

Holy Rosary students named Holy Redeemer Scholars


Registrations for the 20112012 school year are due on March 4. If you have not already done so, please return your forms this week. Thank you, as always, for your support of Holy Rosary School and Catholic Education!

PTO Meeting

The March PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

First Friday Mass

First Friday Mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 4th at 9:00AM. We invite all families and friends to join us.

Good Luck

The school would like to wish good luck to our basketball teams who are beginning their tournaments this week, and to our Varsity cheerleaders who will be participating in their last two competitions in March

Gift Certificates

Gift certificate sales are held in the Holy Rosary Church Hall each Thursday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. School families may send in orders on Wednesday to be filled on Thursday. We have been informed that a few stores have recently lowered their percentages. The stores affected are: Wendy’s and Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, Sunoco, and Exxon. The new order forms will reflect the changes. Please remember that Sears gift cards can be used at Kmart and Lands End, and several new stores have been added to the pre-order form. They are Ace Hardware, Advance Auto Parts,, Auto Zone, Ulta Salons, and Subway. If you have any questions, you may contact Teresa at 457-9001. Recycling

In addition to cartridge recycling we also have 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 or contact Mrs. Skutack at 457-


Labels & Box Tops

Campbell’s Soup labels and Box Tops for Education are being collected. These programs enable us to provide educational resources that may be unaffordable through our regular budget. They offer exciting merchandise like computers, software, sports equipment, reference materials, science and art items, even musi-

cal instruments. Please continue your support of these programs by sending in your labels to the school office or by placing them in the church vestibule. If you have any questions, please contact the school’s office. Also, please 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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The administration of Holy Redeemer High School is pleased to announce the recipients of scholarships for the incoming freshman class for the 2011-2012 school year. Scholarships are determined by the results of the placement exam which was administered in December. This academic recognition and distinction is given to those students who placed in the top ten percent of all eighth grade students in the Holy Redeemer System as well as students in public and private schools who took the test. Holy Rosary School is honored to have four Holy Redeemer Scholars, who are pictured with their eighth grade homeroom teacher, Mrs. Debbie Brady: Michael Gorski, Kaylyn Kashuba, Joseph Rutledge, and Brianna Mazzaccaro. Congratulations to you and to your families on this wonderful accomplishment.











WA 2010 Homecoming Court ondary Education. Her escort, Alex Ellsworth, resides in Harding. He is the son of Eugene and Lois Ellsworth. Alex has been selected to the Nation Honor society. He is also active in Student Council, SAVE and the Future Business Leaders of America Club. In addition to his school activities, Alex is active in the Corpus Christi Parish Youth Group. He also works part-time for Ellsworth Disposal. Alex’s future plans include attending college to major in Business Communications or Business Administration. Katie Scalzo was escorted by Randy McDermott. Katie resides in Harding and is the daughter of Sal and Mary Ellen Scalzo. Katie serves as the kicker for the Football team and is also a member of the Basketball team and Soccer Team. She has been selected to the National Honor Society and Junior Lead-

ership Wilkes-Barre. She is also a member of the Student Council and the Key Club. In addition to her school activities, Katie volunteers at the Care and Concern Clinic and St. Vincent de Paul’s Soup Kitchen. She also works part time at Old Forge Pizza Express in West Pittston. After graduation, Katie plans to attend Temple University to major in communications. Her escort, Randy McDermott, resides in West Wyoming and is the son of Charlie and Michelle McDermott. Randy is a member of the Student Council Executive Board and the baseball team. He has been selected to the National Honor Society. In addition to his school activities, Randy works part-time at Thomas’ Food Market in Kingston. After graduation, Randy plans to attend Lock Haven University and major in Secondary EducaAlyssa Zekoski, Megan Yurek, Katie Scalzo, Alicia Palmentera, Jessica Olejnik. tion and Sociology.

Donny Flannelly, Jessica Olejnik, Dustin Harris, Megan Yurek, Randy McDermott, Katie Scalzo, Carissa Belles, Matt Reedy, Alyssa Zekoski, Alex Ellsworth, Alicia Palmenteri, Zach Meighan

Congratulate The Winners! 2010 Greater Pittston

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On October 8, Wyoming Area held their annual homecoming game. The following girls were on the homecoming court: Alyssa Zekoski, Megan Yurek, Katie Scalzo, Alicia Palmentera, and Jessica Olejnik. The 2009 Homecoming Queen, Miss Carissa Belles, crowned Katie Scalzo as the 2010 Homecoming Queen. She was escorted by Matt Reedy. Jessica Olejnik was escorted by Donny Flannelly. Jessica resides in West Wyoming and is the daughter of Ann Olejnik. She serves as Captain of the Cheerleading Squad and Vice president of the Future Business Leaders of America Club. Jessica is also a member of Student Council and the History Club. Jessica has been selected to the National Honor Society and Youth Salute. In addition to her school activities, Jessica is an active member of Holy Trinity Parish in Swoyersville. She works part-time at MacDonald’s. Jessica has volunteered at the MDA Telethon, Toys for Tots and Feed-a-Friend. After graduation, Jessica plans to attend the University of the Science in Philadelphia and major in Pharmacy. Her escort, Donny Flannelly, resides in Exeter with his parents Marcy and Don Flannelly. Donny is a member of the Ice Hockey Team and the Student Council Executive Board. He volunteers as an Altar Server in his church and assists with the Youth Hockey Program. Donny also participates in Toys For Tots. In addition to his school activities, Donny has a part-time job at Play-itAgain Sports. After graduation, Donny plans to attend Penn State University to major in Criminal Justice. Alicia Palmentera was escorted by Zach Meighan. Alicia resides in Harding and is the daughter of Ray and Lori Palmentera. She serves as a member of Student Council and has been selected to the National Honor Society. In addition to her school activities, Alecia works part-ime at Wolfgang Puck Express. After graduation, Alecia plans to attend the Penn State University to major in Nursing. Her escort, Zach Meighan, resides in West Pittston. He is the Kim Meighan. Zach is a member of the Hockey Team and the SwimTeam. In addition to his school activities, Zack works part time as a cashier at Thomas’s Foodtown. After graduation, Zack plans to attend Bloomsburg University to major in education. Megan Yurek was escorted by Dustin Harris. Megan resides in Exeter and is the daughter of John and Terry Yurek. She serves as the Treasurer of SAVE and is a member of the Student Council Executive Board. Megan is also a member of the Spanish Club, Film Club, and Yearbook Staff. She has been selected to the National Honor Society. In addition to her school activities, In addition to her school activities, Megan is an active member of St. Cecilia’s Church in Exeter. She also works part time at PNC Field at Montage Mountain. After graduation, Megan plans to attend either the Penn State University or University of Pittsburg to major in Orthodontics. Her escort, Dustin Harris, resides in West Pittston with his parents, Ted and Denise Harris. Corey is an active member of the Student Council Executive Board where he serves as Treasurer. He is a member of the Baseball Team, and has been selected to the National Honor Society. After graduation, Dustin plans to attend Penn State University to major in Marketing. Alyssa Zekoski was escorted by Alex Ellsworth. Alyssa resides in Harding and is the daughter of Ken and Cheryl Zekoski. Alyssa has been selected to the National Honor Society. She is also a member of Student Council and the History Club. In addition to her school activities, Alecia is an altar Server at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Pittston. She also dances ballet. After graduation, Alyssa plans to attend college and major in Sec-











St. Mary’s Assumption seventh graders study dissection

Mrs. Snyder’s seventh grade biology class at Saint Mary’s Assumption School has been participating in a dissection program. Students have been studying different species of animals and get a hands-on experience with the dissection program. Each quarter, students dissect two specimens. The most recent specimens that were dissected were a worm, grasshopper and sea star. Pictured: Jeffrey Dowd and Thomas Day dissecting an earthworm Abbey Bradigan and Meghan Corridoni dissecting a sea star. Mass

Our next school Mass will be on Thursday, March 3rd at 10:30 a.m. Eighth grade is preparing the Mass and Msgr. VanLoon will be our celebrant. All parents and families are invited to join us.

26. Spring Picture Day

The Life Touch people will be here on Monday, March 14 to take spring pictures of the children. Order forms and more inMake-up Day formation will go home as we reTo date we have one snow day ceive it. to make up. The other five days were worked into our yearly cal- Registration Registration forms were sent endar. We will be making the day up on Tuesday, April 26. This was home with the oldest child in the supposed to be part of our Easter family on Friday, January 28. break, but we will now be in Please complete the form (both school. Our Easter break will be- sides) and return it to the office gin on Wednesday, April 20 with along with your $100.00 registraan early dismissal at 11:00 a.m. tion fee. If you do not intend to reand we will return on Tuesday the turn next year please mark that on

the form. This way we will know how many seats will be available for next year. Deadline for registration is Friday, March 4. We are looking forward to 100% re-enrollment! Don’t forget that the vouchers can still be used for tuition. And vouchers are sold year round (even in the summer). Shawn Klush Event

Shawn Klush, a SMA graduate, will hold A Tribute to Elvis on Saturday, April 16 at the Mellow Theatre, 501 Vine St. Scranton. To get your tickets go on Edline and click “Buy Shawn Klush tickets. Anyone wishing to attend the “meet and greet” prior

to the concert can send their gym. money to the school office. Please call if you have any ques- Private School Aid Service The PSAS Application for the tions. 2011-2012 school year is now Eighth Grade Parent Meeting available online at the following There will be an eighth grade directions: 1. parent meeting on Tuesday, 2. Catholic Schools March 1, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. The 3. Apply for Assistance meeting will be held in Mrs. 4. PSAS Student Aid ApplicaWalsh’s classroom. Among some of the items to be discussed tion 2011-2012 You will need to complete the will be the Sports Banquet and application on the computer. Class Night. However, you must print the HSO Meeting completed application and mail There will be a HSO Meeting to PSAS along with the approprion Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. ate forms. The mailing address The meeting will be held in the for PSAS is on the application.

Library Night scheduled for February 28 at WA Catholic In celebration of Read Across America Week, February 28 to March 4, the Wyoming Area Catholic School Family is hosting a night at the Library. Library night will be held on Monday, February 28 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for all Pre-K and Kindergarten students throughout the community. We are happy to have a Seton Catholic graduate and published author Angie Demuro as our guest reader. Students will make a craft and have a snack. To register please call the school Monday February 28 at 654-7982 ext. 3. Wyoming Area Catholic is located at 1690 Wyoming Avenue in Exeter: behind St. Cecilia’s Church. Pictured, sitting are Nicole Yencha, Sarah Satkowski, Caitlyn Maslar, Nathan Coates, and Isabella Grudzinski. Standing are Mrs. Lucille Procopio, principal at Wyoming Area Catholic; Lily Bubblo, Molly Holmes, Mrs. Theresa Sabetta, Librarian at Wyoming Area Catholic; Zach Voitek, Michael Pelligrini, David Staskiel, Ben Byers and Mrs. Josephine Toomey, reading teacher.

March 7: PTG Meeting at 7 brate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Tuesday, March 1: Pre-K to p.m. third grade will be treated to a Read Across America Week story and craft presented by our The Wyoming Area Catholic eighth grade students. School Teachers and students Wednesday, March 2: Happy will be celebrating “Read Across Birthday Dr. Seuss! All students America” from February 28- will be treated to Green Eggs and March 4. The following activ- Ham for breakfast and a special ities are planned: ice cream treat for lunch. It is alMonday, February 28: A story so crazy hat day and mismatch Dates to Remember hour in the school library from day. February 28: Story Hour/Li- 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. All Pre-K and Thursday, March 3: We will K students are welcome to cele- have a special visitor that will brary, 6– 7 p.m.

cole Cirelli, Molly Holmes, Emily Jobson, Timothy Murphy, Audrey Oakschunas, Zachary Patterson, Madelyn Pavlico, Madelyn Ross, Brenna Satkowski, Sarah Satkowski, Steven Ulichney Seventh Grade, Honors: Nick Allardyce, Christian Coassolo, John Paul D’Amato, Eric Fritz, Stephen Hannon, Justin Januszko, Emily Johnson, Jack Patterson, Rebecca Prociak Eighth Grade, Honors: Nicholas Anderson, Mark Cantafio, Jordan Fritz, Ian Madigan, Madonna Mantione, Michaelene Mecadon, Erica Oakschunas, Alexander Rowan, Victoria Sidari, Katherine Stonikinis, Zachary Voitek Chess Club

read to us. GUESS WHO? Marissa Moran, Vanessa Musto Seventh Grade, High Honors: Friday, March 4: Fourth and fifth grades will attend the play Juliana Buonsante, Abigail Burge, Matthew Clemow, Noah “Pippi Longstocking.” Heck, Emily Kolojejchick, JenSecond Quarter Honor Roll nifer Loughney, Alyson Manley, Mrs. Lucille Procopio, princi- Alexia Mazzarella, Brandon Ripal of Wyoming Area Catholic chards, Isabella Romani announces the Second Quarter Eighth Grade, High Honors: Honor Roll for the 2010-2011 Mary Pat Blaskiewicz, Gaetano school year for grades sixth, sev- Buonsante, Peter Kulick, Megan enth and eighth grades. Moran, Anamarie Rogers Sixth Grade, High Honors: Sixth Grade, Honors: Allison Rachael Cochran, James Kosik, Burge, Taylor Chronowski, Ni-

The Holy Redeemer Royal Chess club will meet on the following days at St. Peter’s and Paul School in Plains from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22 and March 29 Labels

Please keep sending in Campbell Soup Labels and Box Tops for Education. The containers for the labels are in the main hallway.

Wyoming Area Catholic students create dioramas of ecosystems The third Grade students from Wyoming Area Catholic Elementary School in Exeter, PA created dioramas of various ecosystems of the world. This project was a part of their science class on different systems. Projects were proudly displayed during Catholic Schools’ Week. Pictured is the third grade class and their ecosystems: Standing are Ryan Reedy, George Chronowski, Carl Yastremski, Mark Ranieli, Ethan Cegelka, Ryan Gardjulis, Jonathan Price, Kristopher Latoski, Anna Bagnall, Jillian Foley, and Jolene Ulichney. Seated are Valentina Cararelli, Tessa Romani, Jessica Hafner, Samantha Yencha, Camryn Cassetori, Cassandra Benderavich, and Leah Natt. Mrs. Brenda Kolojejchick is the third grade homeroom teacher.

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