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JOE PATERNO 1926 - 2012
1926 - 2012

‘He still guides me’

10011 JOE PATERNO 1926 - 2012 ‘He still guides me’ AP PHOTOS Jay Paterno, center, asks


Jay Paterno, center, asks the crowd to hold hands and say the Lord’s Prayer during a memorial service for his father, former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center on Thursday.

Cefalo shares his memories of mentor


STATE COLLEGE – Jimmy Ce- falo had made up his mind. As a

17-year-old football star at Pittston Area High School, he knew exact- ly where he was going to play in college. And it wasn’t Penn State. Cefalo had eagerly returned home to tell his

parents, Charles and Gertrude, of his decision. He was surprised, however, to find them in the kitchen when he

arrived. Sitting with Joe Paterno. As his mother ladled tomato sauce on Paterno’s pasta and his father poured the Penn State

coach some of his homemade wine, Cefalo never even got the

words out. “At the age of 17, Joe was at my



defense, Page


A son reflects on his father, Page 1B

defense, Page 1B A son reflects on his father, Page 1B “I only came to realize

“I only came to realize later that he wasn’t talking about football. Hustle (in life) – something good will happen. Keep going.”

Jimmy Cefalo Former Penn State star from Pittston

front door,” Cefalo said. “Pretty extraordinary for a kid from Pitt- ston, Pennsylvania. “I never had that conversation with my mother or father about the university I was going to go to. I was a Penn Stater from that mo- ment forward.” It was one of many stories that stood out in the mind of the Lu-

zerne County legend as he was in- vited to speak Thursday at “A Me- morial For Joe,” one final goodbye for Paterno, who died Sunday of lung cancer at age 85. Cefalo and five other Penn State lettermen – one from each decade that Paterno was a head

See PATERNO, Page 12A

High praise, anger mix at final tribute



iting him with building not just better athletes but better men, former Penn State football stars and others paid tribute to Joe Paterno in a huge campus memorial ser-

vice Thursday that exposed a strong undercur- rent of anger over his firing. In a 2 1 2-hour gathering that capped three days of mourn- ing on campus, Nike chairman

and CEO Phil Knight instantly brought the near-capacity crowd of 12,000 to its feet in thunderous ap- plause when he defended the coach’s handling of child-sex al- legations leveled against a for- mer assistant. Paterno was fired over the

Among the


were star


from each

decade of



See PATERNO, Page 12A



Raceway owner left a legacy


L ONG POND – “Nobody According to a Pocono Race-

way press release, he died at Le-

lives forever.”

Those now seemingly high Valley Hospital near Al-

prophetic words were offered lentown “surrounded by his by Dr. Joseph Mattioli in Au- loving family following a leng- gust during what would be- thy illness.”

On Aug. 5, Mattioli called an impromptu press conference to announce that he had decided to resign all of his positions at the track he helped found in the 1960s and brought to promi-

fore investing in a racetrack nence in the 1970s. built on former spinach fields,

died Thursday at the age of 86.

come the final NASCAR race weekend he attended at his be- loved Pocono Raceway. Mattioli, an Old Forge native who became a successful Phila- delphia dentist in the 1950s be-

See MATTIOLI, Page 12A

delphia dentist in the 1950s be- See MATTIOLI, Page 12A TIMES LEADER FILE PHOTO Dr. Jose


Dr. Jose ph Mattioli answe rs quest ions about the So lar Fa rm at Pocono Raceway on July 30, 2010.


106 jobs may be cut in county

But budget plan that officials OK in straw vote would not increase county taxes.


A majority of Luzerne County

Council agreed in a straw vote Thursday to support a 2012 bud- get amendment with no tax hike.

The $118.7 million spending plan will require an estimated

106 layoffs and contains no tem- porary fixes, such as the use

of capital fund- ing to repay debt. Council mem- bers have been debating options for weeks but had to reach con- sensus so Inter- im Manager Tom Pribula has time to plug fig- ures into thou- sands of catego-

ries that make up the county budget. The council plans to unveil the amended budget on Feb. 2, hold a public hearing on Feb. 9 and officially adopt the spending plan on Feb. 14. Pribula said the scenario will



The Luzerne County Coun- cil will hold a regular meet- ing at 6:01 p.m. Tuesday in the county Emergency Management Agency build- ing, Water Street, Wilkes- Barre.

See JOBS, Page 4A

Hillary Clinton stepping off the ‘high wire’

Secretary of state says she’s not staying in government should Obama win 2nd term.

By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she wants to step off the “high wire of American politics” after two decades and is again tamping down speculation that she might stay

in government if President Ba- rack Obama wins a second term. Clinton told State Depart- ment employ- Clinton ees on Thurs- day that she is ready for a rest and is paying no attention to the Re- publican presidential candidate debates. She said she wants to find out just how tired she is after working flat out as first lady, sen- ator, aspiring presidential candi-

date and finally the top U.S. diplo- mat.

“I have made it clear that I will

certainly stay on until the presi- dent nominates someone and that transition can occur” if Oba- ma wins re-election, she told a town hall meeting. “But I think after 20 years, and it will

if Oba- ma wins re-election, she told a town hall meeting. “But I think after 20

See CLINTON, Page 4A







Police said they investigated an assault in the 200 block of East Diamond Street just after 3 a.m. Thursday. Fanning fled

police reported the following: the residence and climbed

• Joseph Rutkoski, of Ed-

onto a roof where he threat-

wardsville, reported Thursday ened to jump, police said. He items were stolen after a win- was treated at Hazleton Gen-

eral Hospital and later ar- raigned by District Judge James Dixon in Hazle Town-

ship. Fanning was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is

dow was smashed on his car

in the parking lot at 40 W. Northampton St.

• Christopher Koerbis, of

Plains Township, reported Wednesday two guns were stolen after his car window was smashed in a parking lot

at Franklin and Linden streets, scheduled on Feb. 1. outside Wilkes-Barre General



• Police said they charged

State police at the Tunkhan- nock station reported the arrest of three people in con- nection with burglaries in Eaton, Lemon, Windham and Exeter townships between Dec. 28 and Jan. 12. Te levisions, je welry, coins

the break-ins. Charge d We dnesday we re :

Allen James Schmidt, 29, of So uth Welles Street , with defiant trespass and criminal trespass when he allegedly entered a Coal Street resi- dence to retrieve a couch on Wednesday.

Schmidt said he owned the and video games were taken in

couch that remained in the residence of a former girl-

friend, according to the crimi- Jacob Matthew Walter of Me-

hoopany, John Edward Barral of Tunkhannock and Jesse Ray Helwig of Mehoopany. They were arraigned and committed to the Wyoming County Cor- rectional Facility for lack of bail.

DURYEA – Two people were arraigned Thursday in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on

charges they illegally recorded

a telephone conversation. David Behm, 30, of Pond Street, Duryea, was charged with intercept communica-

tions, criminal conspiracy and was parked in the employee

harassment. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correc- tional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail. Christine Marseco, 37, of Church Street , Tayl or, wa s charged with criminal conspir- acy. She was released on $5,000 unsecured bail. Police allege David Behm

recorded three telephone con- Te mpo sometime after Ja n. 17 .

vers ations with Linda Weltz, who resides on Pond Street, on Wednesday. Behm was upset about Weltz calling his

mother, according to the crim- day after he was stopped for

inal complaint.

lot of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino between 7 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday and a case containing compact discs of music from the 1950s was stolen.

nal complaint. A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Feb. 2 in Wilkes- Barre Central Court.

PLAINS TWP. – Township

police reported the following:

• Martin Makowiec report-

ed a rear side window of his vehicle was smashed while it

• Mindy Pears of 43 Rose

Ave. reported Pennsylvania license plate GNV-5171 was removed from her 1986 Ford

• Samuel Morganti, 34, of

East Columbus Avenue, Pitt- ston, was arrested on a con- tempt of court warrant Tues-

speeding on South River

Police allege in the criminal Street. He was transported to

complaint Christine Marseco showed David Behm how to record the phone conversa- tions. Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Feb. 1 before

Senior District Judge Andrew We dnesday after he was found

Barilla in Pittston.

the Luzerne County Correc-

tional Facility and also issued

a citation for speeding.

• Thomas Lewis, 23, of East

Carey Street, was arrested on

a warrant around 1:40 a.m.

walking in the middle of Maf- fett Street. Lewis was wanted on a charge of possession of marijuana and transported to the Luzerne County prison.

• Michael Fox, 24, of St.

John Street, will be charged with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct after police

on the sidewalk on West Carey

HAZLETON – Police said they are investigating an armed robbery in the area of Alter and 20th streets at 6:45 a.m. Thursday. Alex McLean, 22, of Hazle- ton, told police he was walk-

ing in the area and approached said they saw him urinating

by two dark-skinned males.

One of the suspects displayed Street around 2 a.m. We dnes-


handgun and demanded



David Pentka of Thorn-

McLean said he disarmed the suspect before he was

hurst reported Pennsylvania license plate GZN-4562 was

assaulted. Police said McLean removed from his 2011 Chev-

was treated at Hazleton Gen- eral Hospital. The two suspects were de-

scribed as wearing black hood- Roof Inn on state Route 315. ed jackets, 15 to 19 years old,

5 feet, 4 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall with thin builds. One of the suspects wore a

yellow bandanna that covered East Liberty Street.

his face, and the other suspect

concealed his face with a black Street, Ashley, reported he


ro let Ta hoe between 12 :30

a.m. and 7:30 a.m. We dnesday while it was parked at the Red

HANOVER TWP. – Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash Wednesday night on

Robert Harris of Hazleton

was struck by a white Chev- rolet Suburban. The driver fled north on Hazle Street into Wilkes-Barre. The Suburban had damage to the driver’s side mirror. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hanover

HAZLETON – Police said they charged Brian Fanning, 27, of Hazleton, with three counts each of simple assault and harassment, and one count each of disorderly con-

duct and public drunkenness. Township police at 825-1254.


Township police at 825-1254. GOP PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AP PHOTO From left, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Mitt


From left, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul stand during the National An- them at the GOP debate Thursday at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.

Romney, Gingrich joust

“There may be some give and take. That’s always entertain-

Gingrich said Romney was ing,” he said. “If you all could

making money from invest- ments in funds that were “fore- closing on Floridians.”

By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent

Romney quickly noted that sponded that there were no Gingrich, too, was invested in more tickets, and Romney re-

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — mutual funds with Fannie Mae plied: “No tickets? Just storm

Newt Gingrich cast Mitt Rom- and Freddie Mac.

He then added that the former House speaker “was a spokes-

for the Republican presidential man” for the two. That was a into the debate.

He unleashed an attack remi-

Thursday night in Hispanic- of Gingrich’s businesses had for niscent of his rhetoric a month

consulting services. The firm was paid $300,000 in 2006.

There were some moments of sharply in the polls just before

levity, including when Paul, 76, was asked whether he would be

Romney quickly added that willing to release his Gingrich’s campaign had stop- medical records.

independent group, of dishonest ads, and said, “This is the des- perate last stand of the old order. This is the kind of gall they have, to think we’re so stupid and we’re so timid.” He later told re- porters he decided to sharpen his criti- cisms after Romney released his tax re- turns. “Here’s a guy who owns Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae stock,” Gingrich said. “He owns a

called on the two front-runners fall, and Romney can ill afford Goldman Sachs subsidiary,

to stop attacking one another another setback.

But Santorum drew applause Democratic President from the audience when he Barack Obama in the


Rep. Ron Paul, trailing far be- race to pick a Repub-

rum of Pe nnsylvania and Te xas weekend upended the

tenders, former Sen. Rick Santo-

close one, with two other con- ed victory in the South

ago when he was being outspent heavily on television and falling

nomination in campaign debate

reference to a contract that one

ney as the most anti-immigrant candidate of the four contenders

in.” Gingrich seemed far less con- fident as he campaigned his way

national foreclosure crisis that has hit Florida particularly hard.

Candidates knock each other on immigration and finances

as Florida primary nears.

get in there we’d love to see you all there cheering.” A voice from the audience re-

heavy Florida. “That’s simply inexcusable,” the former Massachusetts gover-

nor shot back, heatedly denying the accusation.

ped running a radio ad that

the Iowa caucuses.

He accused Romney and Re- store Our Future, the

Gingrich’s un- expected victory in the South Carolina primary last weekend upended the race to pick a Repub- lican opponent for Democratic President Barack Obama in the fall, and Romney can ill afford another setback.

He said he was, then

made the “anti-immigrant challenged the other

charge” after Florida Sen. Marco

three men on the de-

Rubio called on him to do so. bate stage to a 25-mile

Romney said to Gingrich con-

cerning the ad, “I think you

should apologize for it.”

bike race. He got no takers. Romney and Gin-

The exchange came near the grich had clashed re-

beginning of the second debate

peatedly in the first de-

in four days in advance of next bate of the week, held

Tuesday’s Florida primary. Opinion polls make the race a

Monday in Ta mpa. Gingrich’s unexpect-

Carolina primary last

lican opponent for

which is foreclosing on Flor- idians. And on that front he de- cides to lie about my career?

In the days since his loss, he has tried to seize the initiative,

playing the aggressor in the There’s something about the hy-

was a member of Congress

and that Mitt Romney is a Ta mpa debate and ass ailing Gin- pocrisy that should make every

American angry.” Romney released his income tax returns for 2010 and an esti-

the stakes in the primary now support Romney has spent more mate for 2011 after declining to

do so in South Carolina. Gingrich, also under pressure,

signed to stop Gingrich’s cam- disclosed the consulting con- paign momentum before it is tract one of his firms had with

the four candidates discuss the too late to deny him the nomi- Freddie Mac, the government-

issues. The audience booed, as if in agreement with Gingrich, but

Romney jumped in, saying, are generally believed to have hard.

“Wouldn’t it be nice if people didn’t make accusations some- where else that they weren’t willing to defend here.” Moments earlier, Romney and Gingrich had exchanged jabs over investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two mortgage

giants that played a role in the the debate began.

crisis that hit Florida especially

pair of South Carolina debates

Gingrich’s performance in a played a role in the foreclosure

backed mortgage giant that

than his own campaign’s mil-

five days distant.

grich in campaign speeches and a TV commercial. An outside group formed to

wealthy guy?” he said in a tone of exasperation.

and “focus on the issues.” “Can we set aside that Newt

That seemed unlikely, given

Gingrich picked up on the lions on ads, some of them de-

theme quickly, calling on moder- ator Wolf Blitzer of CNN to let


helped him to his victory there, and Romney ’s aides have ex- pressed concern that the debate audience might benefit the for- mer House speaker. The issue was clearly on Rom- ney ’s mind as he campaigned at a factory several hours before

It showed payments of $300,000 in 2006 for unspecified consulting services. Romney has pummeled Gin- grich in the days since, calling him an influence peddler and a lobbyist who was taking money from the very organization that was harming Floridians.

Marijuana-based prescription drug seeks approval from the FDA

Sativex contains marijuana’s two best known components — delta 9-THC and cannabidiol.

two best known components — delta 9-THC and cannabidiol. tists. AP FILE PHOTO A British company,



A British company, GW

Pharma, is in advanced clinical trials for the world’s first phar- maceutical developed from raw

Additional med- icines derived from or inspired by the pot plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, accord- ing to drug com- panies, biotech firms and scien- tists.

diol — and already has been government to revisit its posi-

approved in Canada, New Zeal- and and eight European coun-

tries for a different usage, re- Pharma’s footsteps.

lieving muscle spasms associ- ated with multiple sclerosis. FDA approval would repre- sent an important milestone in the nation’s often uneasy rela- tionship with marijuana, which 16 states and the District of Co- lumbia already allow residents to use legally with doctors’ rec- ommendations.

tion and encourage other drug companies to follow in GW

“There is a real disconnect between what the public seems to be demanding and what the states have pushed for and what the market is providing,” said Aron Lichtman, a Virginia Commonwealth University pharmacology professor and president of the International Cannabinoid Research Society.

velop a drug that will help peo-

By LISA LEFF Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A quar- ter-century after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ap- proved the first prescription drugs based on the main psy- choactive ingredient in mari- juana, additional medicines de- rived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according

to drug companies, small bio- marijuana instead of synthetic two best known components prescription drug could in- ple and we will make a lot of

tech firms and university scien-

hopes to market in the U.S. as a

The U.S. Drug Enforcement “It seems to me a company Administration categorizes pot with a great deal of vision as a dangerous drug with no would say, ‘If there is this de-

medical value, but the availa- mand and need, we could de-

treatment for cancer pain. And it hopes to see FDA ap- proval by the end of 2013. Sativex contains marijuana’s

bility of a chemically similar

equivalents— a mouth spray it — delta 9-THC and cannabi-

crease pressure on the federal money.’ ”









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State AG to handle appeal

The state Office of Attorney General will handle an appeal of a Luzerne County judge’s ruling that lowered the grading of a charge filed against a

local attorney accused of fatally strik- ing a pedestrian. Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said the case in- volving Megan Panowicz had to be transferred because Salavantis had worked for the law firm of Panowicz’s father, Robert, prior to being elected dis- trict attorney. Megan Panowicz was charged with leaving the scene of an accident in the Aug. 7, 2008, death ofruling that lowered the grading of a charge filed against a Salava ntis Shaughnessy was killed


Shaughnessy was killed after she was struck on Wyom- ing Avenue in Kingston by three vehi- cles, including one allegedly driven by Panowicz. Panowicz and one of the other driv- ers left the scene before police arrived. Prosecutors are challenging a ruling issued in April by Senior Judge Char- les Brown Jr. that lowered the grading of one of the charge against Panowicz from a third-degree felony to a first- degree misdemeanor – a decision that reduces the potential prison sentence from a mandatory one year in prison to 90 days in prison.

Sharon Shaughnessy.


Gas drillers’ permits eyed

The Susquehanna River Basin Com- mission will vote a second time on project applications it first approved at its December meeting in Wilkes- Ba rre To wnship. Protesters opposing the use of sur- face water managed by the commis- sion in natural gas drilling brought that meeting to a raucous and abrupt end. The commissioners ended the pub- lic comment portion of the meeting after about two hours, prompting protesters to leave their seats and chant their opposition. The board of commissioners then hastily voted to approve 24 withdraw- al permits, mostly filed by gas drillers. “The commission has decided to reconsider its December action on those project applications because the disruptive behavior of certain individ- uals prevented interested persons from offering testimony at the time,” said SRBC Executive Director Paul Swartz. The commission will hold a public hearing in February to accept public comments on water withdrawal and consumptive-use project applica- tions scheduled for action by SRBC prior to its March meeting. The hearing is scheduled for Feb. 16 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Pennsylva- nia State Capitol, East Wing, Room


Persons planning to present oral testimony at the public hearing are asked to notify SRBC prior to the hearing of their intent to testify and to indicate the project application they plan to comment on. The list of project applications scheduled for comment and informa- tion on those applications are avail- able on SRBC’s web site,


Barletta backs post office

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta issued a press release Thursday saying that the Shickshinny Post Office should reopen within 60 days. Barletta, R-Hazleton, said office received a letter from the Central

Pennsylvania District of the U.S. Post- al Service indicating the post office damaged by Tropical Storm Lee in Se ptember 2011 “should be operation- al in 60 days.”

“This is great news for the people of Shickshinny. As I said before, a post office is often the focal point of small communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” Barlet-

small communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” Barlet- Barletta ta said. Shickshinny officials and citizens have


ta said. Shickshinny officials and citizens have been concerned about their town’s future because the borough has had no grocery store, bank or post office since the flooding. The Shickshinny post office was flooded with several feet of standing water on the first floor, resulting in heavy damage.


State legislature candidates unsure in what district their home municipalities will lie

Court ruling creates confusion


When the state Supreme Court threw out redistricting plans for state House and Senate districts, it created confu- sion and left candidates like Pete Mail- loux wondering what district he should be running in or whether he’ll run at all. Mailloux, a Republican from Fairview Township, initially entered the race for the 121st House District shortly after the new boundaries were approved by the state’ Legislative Reapportionment

were approved by the state’ Legislative Reapportionment lived in the 119th District the past 10 years

lived in the 119th District the past 10 years before Fairview Township was

Commission. But on We dnesday the court found the re- districting plan failed to meet the standards required by the state Constitution and or-

dered new districts be in effect – then Mailloux and others

If the old legislative districts are kept in place for another election cycle – the court order states that until a valid new map is approved, the 2001 districts are


drawn. But when that will happen and what those districts will look like are unclear, and that leaves candidates like Mailloux

unsure into what district their home unseat Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport

municipalities will be slotted. He had

builder form Rice Township, has al- ready announced he would be trying to

would have to make a decision.

Mailloux said he doubts Republican Party leadership would want a contest

designated to be part of the new 121st. in the primary, and he would “wait for

guidance from the party” to determine if he’d move ahead with his campaign.

Casey: Confusion created Te rry Casey, chairman of the Luzerne County Republican Party, said the

“This is quite a mess,” Casey said. Until the court determines how the

See RULING, Page 4A

Area man vows mass protest of Margolies

He says he hopes ‘hundreds, maybe thousands’ will oppose pro-choice former congresswoman at U of S.


When former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Mar- golies comes to Scranton on Saturday, James Burke hopes she will be met by “hundreds, maybe thousands” of protes- ters. Margolies, a women’s rights advocate who represented Pennsylvania’s 13th District in the Philadelphia area for one

term, will speak at the university ’s inau- gural Ready to Run Conference on Sat- urday. She will speak on how women with political ambitions should prepare to run for office, but it is her views on abortion that have drawn the outrage of Burke and other pro-life advocates. Burke, who splits his time between Bear Creek and Moorestown N.J., said he and others will pro- test the University of

Scranton’s invitation of Margolies and others with pro-choice views to speak at the confer- ence. Burke accused Uni- versity of Scranton President the Rev. Ke- vin Quinn of defying Bishop Joseph Bambe- ra, who in a statement last week called the in- vitation “dismaying and personally dis- heartening.” Burke said he wants Quinn’s vow to never again invite a pro- choice speaker to a uni- versity event, and if Quinn is unwilling to

do so, for Bambera to remove the college’s Catholic affiliation. University spokesman Stanley Zyg- munt said the institution would not re- spond to the protest specifically, but that a statement issued last week by Quinn still applies. “Speakers for this university event are experts chosen to provide women with information about the challenges of poli- tics; they are not chosen to engage in a discussion of abortion,” Quinn said. “By inviting these speakers to campus, the university is not endorsing their person- al views. … we, like Bishop Bambera, strongly oppose the pro-abortion views of Ms. Margolies.” Burke’s protest will run from noon un- til 1 p.m. in the Prayer Garden next to St. Peter ’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave. He believes hundreds will attend, and be bolstered in ranks by participants in two other events the same day. The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, a na- tional group claiming University of Scranton students among its members, is planning a demonstration opposing Margolies’ presence between 11 a.m. and noon at the corner of Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue. Spokesman John Ritchie said the

“By in-




to campus,

the uni-

versity is

not en-


their per-


views. …”

the Rev. Kevin Quinn U of S president

See PROTEST, Page 4A

Republican Rick Arnold, a home- court’s action created “confusion.”

Township, in the 119th.

action created “confusion.” Township, in the 119th. PETE G. WIL COX/THE TIMES LEADER Bob Kadluboski of


Bob Kadluboski of City Wide Towing pelts Wilkes-Barre City Council members with questions during the public com- ment portion of Thursday’s council meeting.

W-B council’s critics persist

Call for decorum comes before ex-tow contractor, others question actions.

questions – questions that were asked at council’s last meeting two weeks ago – Ka- dluboski got upset. “You’re a bunch of clowns,”

larger parcel where the bakery sits. Ham- mond said there are three parcels to the property that were al-

ways listed separate- ly, but are now being treated as one. Hammond and his wife want to pur- chase a strip of property behind their home where Mrs. Hammond had a gar- den. “Don’t go just by what the administra- tion tells you,” Hammond admonished council. “It’s important council gets in- volved with this.” Linda Urban of George Avenue asked Merritt to stop taking benefits offered

Kadluboski again aired his displea- to City Council members. Merritt is

paid $28,294 in salary and benefits as council chairman. Urban said taxpayers shouldn’t pay for Merritt’s health bene- fits. “Where is it written that we should pay for these benefits?” Urban said. “You have a job. Why don’t you take the

Mark Robbins of Forty Fort took it a


The next regular meeting of City Council is 6 p.m., Feb. 9.

he said. “This isn’t Iraq or Af- ghanistan. This isn’t Russia. Why don’t you have the police officers take me out- side and shoot me already?” It was the kind of scene Gagliardi warned council about. “We need civility and professionalism at these meetings,” he said. “When you serve the public, expect criticism. It’s part of your job. Listen to our concerns and solve our problems. And don’t ever expect any credit.”

sure over LAG Towing, the company that took over when the city fired Ka- dluboski. He said LAG charges exorbi- tant towing fees, doesn’t keep accurate records and the city does nothing to


WILKES-BARRE – Peter Gagliardi spent his five minutes Thursday in front of City Council asking for decorum at meetings because he and many other residents are concerned about the city ’s image and its prospects for a brighter fu- ture. Gagliardi, of South Hancock Street, said council needs to check the behav- ior at meetings to preserve the city ’s reputation. If things don’t change, Ga- gliardi said, council shouldn’t expect people or businesses to locate here. And then it was déjà vu all over again, as Yogi Berra would say.

Gagliardi finished his presentation stop it.

about 20 minutes before former city

towing contractor Bob Kadluboski was step further. He charged that LAG is benefits offered there?”

gaveled out of order by Council Chair- man Mike Merritt and two city police officers came forward to escort him out of council chambers. “You’re becoming disruptive,” Mer- ritt told Kadluboski. “I talk loud, I know that,” Kadluboski said. “I’m frustrated.” When he couldn’t get answers to his

towing cars and not returning them to the owners. He suggested a conspiracy involving Mayor Tom Leighton, city po- lice and LAG owner Leo A. Glodzik. Tyler Hammond, who has filed a law- suit against the city regarding the for- mer Old River Road Bakery building, asked council why a portion of the prop- erty can’t be sold separately from the

Betsy Summers, South Welles Street , asked council to examine the city ’s ordi- nances regarding rental properties. She recently was fined $1,000 by the city and wants to appeal, but it costs $100 to file, she said. “This is the kind of stuff that stops people from fighting City Hall,” she said.

Friends recall a true ‘Buddy’

Friends recall a true ‘Buddy’ TIMES LEADER FILE PHOTO Alvin Rothstein talks about landing a crippled


Alvin Rothstein talks about landing a crippled B-17 bomber during World War II in a 2002 interview.

Alvin S. Rothstein was a war hero, Realtor and community leader.


In his 90 years, Alvin S.

Wednesday after a year- long fight with cancer, as a man who always went above and beyond. “Buddy was larger than life,” said Gene Ross, an old friend and sometimes attorney for Rothstein. “…He was the kind of guy

“Buddy” Rothstein was that when you spoke to

him you felt like you were his lifelong friend.” Rothstein was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three air combat

many things – a war hero, a successful Realtor and en- trepreneur, a community leader and a devoted hus- band and friend. Friends recalled Roth- stein, who passed away

See BUDDY, Page 4A






ent Living. Sandra Katalenas, 43, of South Main Street, pleaded guilty to a charge of Medicaid fraud and was sentenced by Luzerne County Senior Judge Hugh Mundy. According to court papers, Katalenas was receiving care through the ARCIL and by

nas, in early 2009. In August 2010, workers at ARCIL began noticing pay periods for which checks were signed by Thomas Katalenas, but his

Investigators later learned that Sandra Katalenas was submitting falsified payroll sheets, totaling more than

$2,000, for just under a year. Thomas Katalenas, 22, of

Ta maqua, is awaiting trial in

Luzerne County Court on similar charges.


ston woman was sentenced Thursday to three to six years in state prison on several drug-related charges. Renee Morinelli, 50, of Schuyler Avenue, was sen- tenced on five related charges in four different cases in which police say she sold suspected heroin to a police informant on a number of occasions. Morinelli received over 300 days credit for time already served. According to court papers, in January, February, April and December last year, Mori-

nelli sold suspected heroin to

a police informant.

WILKES-BARRE – A Ha- zleton man pleaded guilty We dnesday to two counts of robbery stemming from two separate incidents in the Ha- zleton area. Leonel Ortiz Colon, 28, of

Alter Street, entered the plea her nephew, Thomas Katale-

before Luzerne County Senior Judge Hugh Mundy, who said Colon will be sentenced March 13. According to court papers,

on Sept. 3, police were called signature did not match with to Craig ’s Fo od Mart on We st previous payroll checks.

Broad Street, where a clerk said a male with a mask en- tered the store, displayed a knife and demanded money. The clerk said the man fled with money and a pack of cigarettes. According to court papers, on Sept. 5, a clerk at the Puffs N Pic’s convenience

store on West 15th Street said

a Hispanic male entered the

store and asked where the restroom was located. The same male, according to court papers, again ap- proached the counter, bran- dished a handgun, later deter- mined to be a BB gun, and demanded money.

WILKES-BARRE – A She- nandoah woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced We dnesday to 18 months probation in a case in which the state Attorney General’s Office says she falsified pay- roll sheets for services provid- ed through the Anthracite Region Center for Independ-

torney and public defender. “This budget is austere but extremely honest,” Bobeck said of the plan that has majority support. McGinley said he can’t vote for the no-tax option because he believes 106 layoffs will hamper

cut this year through retire- services and may still prompt ments, terminations and the litigation from the court, dis-

require an estimated 129 layoffs, but 23 people have already been

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Luzerne County’s three assess- ment appeal board members will be paid $150 per session, for a maximum of $8,000 annually, the county council agreed Thursday. Appeal board members had been paid $29,777 to $32,509 annually

plus benefits until the former county commissioners reduced the compensation to $15,000 without benefits last year. Donald Warren, Neil Allen and Patrick Musto were recently ap- pointed to the board.

Maddon Curry said she couldn’t ask property owners to pay more until council members

elimination of several elected posts under the new home rule government.

He will quickly present each not at the meeting. He said he ered raising taxes but returned have demonstrated the county

manager with their overall dol-

She repeatedly urged fellow

with departments “holding a council members to add $1.4

million in capital funding bor- rowed with interest to the bud- get to soften the blow of no tax

ferred other options, the follow-

ing council members ultimately and a 10-day furlough and in- defender – they don’t intimidate hike but couldn’t sell the idea.

agreed to support the no-tax- creased health care contribu- me,” Brominski said.

hike budget: Edward Brominski,

Harry Haas, Rick Williams, not receive majority support about litigation.

Elaine Maddon Curry, Stephen from council members in straw

A. Urban and Stephen J. Urban. Council members Jim Bo- beck, Tim McGinley, Linda

McClosky Houck and Eugene version accepted by council be-

cause it restored some funding.

a 2 percent hike while using

capital funding to help pay debt,

which would have required 56 receive $20.7 million under the the new government is imple-

new budget, or $1.9 million less. The budget adopted by commis- sioners reduced spending in court branches to $18.9 million,

er had to leave the meeting be-

fore the straw vote, but Bobeck

believes they will all consider or a loss of $3.7 million.

the no-tax-hike budget because

reverting back to the commis- lieves Chief Public Defender Al ment to get off the “high” of excellence and best practices

and customer service,” Williams

Kelleher were willing to support

“I know you’re not for one- time fixes, but this one is not disturbing to anybody,” Maddon Curry said. “It’s horrible,” Williams said,

gets within those amounts.

to tailor their department bud- fixes to reduce layoffs.

lar allocations and allow them had hoped for other temporary said he’s not going to put up

trict attorney and public defend- er. Councilman Rick Morelli was

does not want a tax increase but

However, several alternatives

new if there’s a “lack of cooper- ation.” Brominski, who had consid-

to his original no-hike stance, has its “house in order.”

hammer over my head” with li-

“The DA, courts and public

Haas said he can’t worry

“It is what it is. We ’re a strapped county. Frankly, I find

Though they may have pre- proposed by Morelli, including tigation threats.


McClosky Houck and Kelleh-

a cash advance on back-tax liens

tions for non-union workers, did

votes Thursday.

Pribula said the courts may it ridiculous that we’re suing with others agreeing.

be willing to accept the budget

Court branches spent a total $22.6 million in 2011 and will

Pribula told council he be-

Flora will sue the county “no

the options considered by coun- cil would provide the funding

He noted the public defender is selected by the manager with council confirmation, leaving

ourselves,” Haas said. Haas asked Pribula about the impact of 106 cuts. Pribula said he believes it will “hurt the process a little bit” as

good portion of those people end up being probably the bet- ter workers,” he said. Pribula continued his advise-

one-time fixes but was unable to

raise taxes. He bannered his sheet of bud- get options with Albert Ein- stein’s definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting differ-

Williams said he supports unions but was disappointed with their unwillingness to con- sider a freeze on pay raises or a 12-day furlough. “In lieu of that we have to adopt a serious austerity con-

hired are often furloughed. “A cept, and that’s what we’re

mented. He said the last people

about to do, and hopefully we’ll pull through this and come out of it leaner, stronger, more effi- cient and will begin a culture of

“That’s the hope. It’s going to a painful year,” he added. Stephen J. Urban said manag- ers are replaceable if they don’t rise to the challenge to do more with less, saying it’s an “employ- ers’ market.”

sioner-approved budget is the

only other remaining alterna- matter what” because none of convince enough members to said.

tive. Pribula said the budget inher-

ited from commissioners con- he’s requesting.

tains exaggerated revenue, re- quires 119 layoffs and would likely lead to litigation from

court branches, the district at- the option to appoint someone ent results.


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medals for his service as a B-17 bomber pilot in World War II. His plane was shot down four

who did extraordinary things and always put service above self, which is our Rotary mot- to,” Sedor said. Rabbi Ro ge r Lerner of Te m- ple B’nai B’rith said Rothstein was one of the first people he met upon arriving in Wilkes- Barre four years ago, and he helped make his move as easy as possible. “I didn’t know him as a young man, but I think tena- cious would be a good way to describe him,” Lerner said. “The epitome of tenacious- ness … The American Dream to me is, you don’t hope and pray; you put your nose to the grindstone and do it. That was Buddy to me.” Rothstein is survived by his wife, Beuhla, sister Harriet Pooley, brother Paul, children James, Robert, Daniel and Gail Forstater, and seven grandchildren. He will be laid to rest in B’nai B’rith cemete- ry, Hanover Township, after a

“I can only say one thing ston, the Greater Wilkes- nize a 1989 speaking tour of funeral at 1p .m. toda y at Te m-

ple B’nai B’rith. Shiva will be observed 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the family home, 4 Valley Lane, Mountain Top.

After the war, Rothstein married Beulah Spitz, of Oly- phant, his wife of 66 years, and operated a soda bottling plant in York. He later returned to Wilkes- Barre and in 1963 founded Rothstein Inc. Realtors, a land

Ba rre and in 1963 founded Rothstein Inc. Realtors, a land SUBMITTED PHOTO Alvin ‘Buddy’ Rothstein


Alvin ‘Buddy’ Rothstein in his World War II bomber pilot’s uniform.

Pennsylvania and the Jewish Community Center. Donna Sedor, president of the Wilkes-Barre Rotary Club, said Rothstein helped orga-

Sri Lanka and hosted numer- ous students from other coun- triesvisitingtheUnitedStates over the years. “He was a wonderful man

times, once landing in the development company and

North Sea and another time in Soviet-occupied Poland. “You condition yourself,” Rothstein said, recalling his wartime experience in a 2002 Times Leader interview. “You have to control the fear. If you

residential construction firm. Rothstein built housing de- velopments in Mountain Top, Pittston and Dupont, remain- ing active in the company un- til recently. “He had a real passion for

can’t control yourself, you the real estate profession,”

can’t control the plane. The crew depends on you.” Joseph Brown of Scranton,

a lifelong friend, served in the same plane as Rothstein, and

said Carol Leighton Gray, ex- ecutive director of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association of

Realtors. “He was a passion- ate man; he cared about ethics

the pair hitchhiked back to and was just always, always London after the plane was giving.”

downed in Poland, visiting air bases around Europe and North Africa where they had friends stationed along the way.

about him,” Brown said. “The fellows used to say, ‘Why do you still go up with him?’ And we said, ‘He always brought us back.’ ”

Rothstein was active in many community and profes- sional organizations, formerly serving as board president of Te mple B’nai B’rith of King-

Barre Association of Realtors and the Wilkes-Barre Rotary Club, and holding leadership roles in the Building Industry Association of Northeastern


Continued from Page 1A

be 20 years, of being on the high wire of American politics and all of the challeng- es that come with that, it would be probably a good idea to just find out how tired I am.” But, she appeared to leave the door open for a possible eventual return, add- ing to laughter from the crowd that “ev- eryone always says that when they leave these jobs.” As secretary of state, Clinton is barred from partisan politics and she acknowl- edged that it is unusual not to be partici- pating in this election season. But, she said she is enjoying being away from the fray and hasn’t watched any of the GOP debates. “It is a little odd for me to be totally out of an election season,” she said. “But, you know, I didn’t watch any of those debates.” Clinton said she expected the cam- paign for November’s election to “suck up a lot of the attention” normally devot- ed to foreign policy issues but she joked that that might actually help the State Department. “The good news is maybe we can even get more done if they are not paying attention, so just factor that in.”


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group will join Burke immediate- ly afterward, bringing signs, ban- ners, bagpipes and drums. Ritchie said nearly 8,000 peo- ple have signed an online pet- ition on the group’s website op- posing the invitation of Margo- lies. Burke is also hoping members of the Scranton Chapter of Penn- sylvanians for Human Life will attend the meeting following their annual Prayer Breakfast, which concludes at noon Satur- day. President Helen Goshler said her group opposes the invitation of pro-life speakers but that as a non-sectarian group its point of view is somewhat different from Burke’s. Goshler said depending on the nature of the protest, an announcement about the protest might be made at the breakfast, but the group isn’t planning on participating en masse. “I can’t anticipate how many people will go,” she said. “I imag- ine some will. Will there be a cou- ple of hundred? I don’t think so.”


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A three-week period to gath- er signatures to get on the bal- lot got under way Tuesday, and

Mailloux will continue circu- tle with Mailloux.

lating his nominating pet-

Arnold called the news “a signatures from each district the four-justice majority opin- plan unfairly treated many

communities and would have had a negative impact on their representation in the General Assembly,” Mullery said. “The

Deputy court administrator court apparently agreed that

the plan didn’t meet constitu- tional requirements. Other than that, I will reserve addi- tional comment until I’ve had a chance to look at the court’s opinion once it is issued.

“I said from the start that the

kick in the teeth” and said he couldn’t foresee a primary bat-

to avert dropping below the minimum. State Rep. Karen Boback, R-

ion that lays out why the new legislative district maps were invalidated won’t be issued be-

To m Darr sa id Thursday the written opinion is at least sev- eral days away, but the justices realize it’s important they re-

“In the end it will come Harveys Lake, said legislators fore next week.

thing,” he said. But in the meantime, he said his campaign’s plan is to col-

Written opinion coming

new lines will be drawn and itions in what was to be the down to a coin flip or some- will have no direction to make

what rules candidates will be 121st District.

“It’s an unfortunate situa- tion that it occurred after nom-

strategies for races or candi- inating petitions are already lect signatures from the old


out,” Mailloux said. “A lot of and the proposed 119th dis-

playing under, he said it’s pre- mature to discuss specific

adjustments until the court is- sues its opinion.

According to an Associated lease it quickly.

“We’ll have to play the cards plans might have to be al- tricts and make sure it has at Press story, a spokesman for

least double the 300 required the state Supreme Court says

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The face of protest in Poland

Lawmakers from the leftist Palikot’s Movement cover their faces with masks Thursday as they protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement during a parliament ses- sion in Warsaw, Poland, after the Pol- ish government signed the agree- ment. Poland’s plans to sign ACTA sparked attacks on Polish government websites and street protests in several Polish cities this week.


Iran said ready for talks

I ran is ready to revive talks with the U.S. and other world powers, Presi-

dent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday, but sug ge sted that Tehran’s foes will have to make compromises to prevent negotiations from again col- lapsing in stalemate. Iran’s insistence that it will never give up uranium enrichment scuttled negotiations a year ago and still looms as a potential deal breaker even as tougher Western sanctions target Iran’s critical oil exports. The European Union recently adopt- ed its toughest measures yet on Iran with an oil embargo and freeze of the country ’s central bank assets.


Medical group halts work

Doctors Without Borders has sus- pended its work in prisons the Libyan city of Misrata because it said torture was so rampant that some detainees were brought for care only to make them fit for further interrogation, the group said Thursday. The announcement was compound- ed by a statement from Amnesty In- ternational saying it has recorded wide- spread prisoner abuse in other cities as well, leading to the death of several inmates. The allegations, which come more than three months after former leader Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed, were an embarrassment to the governing National Transitional Coun- cil, which is struggling to establish its authority in the divided nation.


NYPD chief’s son charged

The son of New York City ’s police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, also a co-host of a popular New York City morning television show, has been accused of sexually assaulting a wom- an, a person familiar with the investiga- tion said Thursday. Greg Kelly, 43, was absent Thursday morning from his job as anchor of “Good Day New York” and through a lawyer denied the allegations. The woman said she had drinks with him on Oct. 8, then went back to her office, where she was assaulted, the person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.


Guilty plea in bomb plot

A Maryland man pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to detonate what he thought was a car bomb outside a military recruiting center in suburban Baltimore, saying he was motivated by what he saw as an American war on Islam. Antonio Martinez entered the plea to the charge of attempting to use a weap- on of mass destruction against federal property. The plot to bomb the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Catonsville in December 2010 was foiled by an FBI sting. The 22-year-old had also faced a charge of trying to kill U.S. officers and employees, but prosecutors agreed to drop the second charge at sentencing. The deal calls for a 25-year prison term. The U.S. citizen born who was born abroad preferred to be called Muham- mad Hussain after his conversion to Islam and signed the plea using both names. Public records are unclear about when Martinez, who was born to a Nicaraguan father and an African- American mother, moved to Maryland.


Son of U.S. transportation secretary among 10 told they cannot leave country

U.S. official’s son kept in Egypt

By BEN HUBBARD Associated Press

twined with Egypt’s political turmoil since the fall of Hosni Mubarak nearly a year ago. The generals who took power have accused “foreign hands” of being behind protests against their rule and

Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, they frequently depict the protesters

CAIRO — Egypt banned at least 10 Americans and Europeans from leaving the country, including the son of U.S.

hiking tensions with Washington over a campaign by Egypt’s military against groups promoting democracy and hu- man rights. The United States warned Thursday that the campaign raised concerns about Egypt’s transition to democracy and could jeopardize American aid that Egypt’s battered economy needs badly after a year of unrest. The travel ban was part of an Egyp-

themselves as receiving foreign funds in a plot to destabilize the country. Egyptian opponents of the military say the generals are trying to smear the protesters in the eyes of the public and silence organizations they fear will un- dermine their managing of the country. Also startling is the military ’s willing- ness to clash with its longtime top ally, the United States, over the issue, partic- ularly since the army itself receives

tian criminal investigation into foreign-

more than $1 billion a year from Wash-

funded democracy organizations


ington. The December raids brought

soldiers raided the

offices of 10


sharp U.S. criticism, and last week Pres-

groups last month, including those of two American groups. The investigation is closely inter-

ident Barack Obama spoke by tele- phone with Egyptian military chief Fi el d Marshal Hussein Ta nta wi to em-

military chief Fi el d Marshal Hussein Ta nta wi to em- AP PHOTO A shouts



shouts slogans Thursday during a protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of Egyp- tians have marked the first anniver-

sary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak with rallies

in major squares

across Egypt.


phasize “the role that these organiza- tions can play in civil society,” accord- ing to State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Thursday. The ban became public after Sam La- Hood, Egypt director of the Washing- ton-based International Republican In-

stitute, went to Cairo’s airport Saturday to catch a flight and was told by an im- migration official that he couldn’t leave. “I asked her why I was denied, she said she didn’t know. I asked how to fix it, and she said she didn’t know,” said LaHood, 36.


know,” sa id LaHood, 36. VERMONTER IS ONE BUSY LADD AP PHO TO M elvin Ladd


M elvin Ladd cuts logs in his woodpile Thursday in Berlin, Vt. Ladd says he burns about 5 cords of wood for the winter heating season.

Somali captors move US hostage

Wake of U.S. Seal raid brings worries for those who are still in captivity.

By ABDI GULED Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A group holding an American hostage in Somalia moved him at least three times in the day since U.S. Navy SEALs rescued an American and a Dane and killed their nine kid- nappers, pirates said Thurs- day. The abductors said they would kill the hostage if they are attacked. The high-profile rescue early Wednesday raised ques- tions about whether the many other Western hostages held in Somalia have a greater chance at release — or are in greater danger. “If they try again we will all die all together,” warned Has-

they try again we will all die all together,” warned Has- AP PHOTO Somali traders gather


Somali traders gather in the remnants of their marketplace Thursday after it was destroyed in a fire in Mogadishu.

san Abdi, a Somali pirate con- nected to the gang holding the American. “It’s difficult to hold U.S. hostages, because it’s a game of chance: die or get

huge money. But we shall Poul Hagen Thisted, a 60-

stick with our plans and will never release him until we get a ransom.”

year-old Dane. A shootout en- sued and nine captors were killed. Buchanan, Thisted and

U.S. Navy SEALs parachut- ed into Somalia early Wednes- day and hiked to where cap- tors were holding American

the U.S. troops were all un- harmed. The two aid workers had been kidnapped by gun- men in October while working on demining projects for the Danish Refugee Council. Buchanan and Thisted on Thursday were at the U.S. Na- val Air Base at Sigonella, Sici- ly as part of their reintegration process, undergoing more complete medical examin- ations and debriefing. Offi- cials could not immediately say how long they would stay there before returning home. The U.S. government said the raid was prompted by Bu- chanan’s deteriorating health. An ailing Frenchwoman kid- napped by Somali gunmen died in captivity last year after not having access to her medi-

Jessica Buchanan, 32, and cation.

“Holding hostages in one place is unlikely now because we are the next target,” Abdi said, referring to the raid.

Ga. woman gets $52M from winning Mega Millions ticket

The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Lottery officials say a

headquarters Thursday. Adams selected

the cash option, which gave her $52 mil-

woman from suburban Atlanta has lion.

claimed the $72 million Mega Millions jackpot.

Adams said she discovered she had won on her way to work Thursday when

Officials said that 33-year-old Marcia her boyfriend checked the results of

Tuesday’s drawing on his cellphone. Adams said she “almost lost my mind”

Adams from College Park turned in her winning ticket at the lottery ’s Atlanta

when she heard the news. She said she and her boyfriend plan to get married and buy a house with the money. The accountant said she plans to keep working. The winning numbers in the multi- state lottery were 10-22-24-36-49 and the Mega Ball was 33.

Pentagon eyes new reductions

Defense secretary says plan shifts focus to Asia, the Mideast and in cyberspace.

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Pentagon leaders outlined a plan Thursday for absorbing $487 billion in de- fense cuts over the coming decade by shrinking U.S. ground forces, slowing the purchase of a next- generation stealth fighter and re- tiring older planes and ships. In a bid to pre-empt election- year Republican criticism, De- fense Secretary Leon Panetta said

the plan shifts the Pentagon’s fo- cus from the

wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to future challeng- es in Asia, the Mideast and in cyberspace. More special operations

forces like the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden will be available around the world, he said. “We believe this is a balanced and complete package,” Panetta told a news conference, with Ar- my Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair- man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at his side. Some lawmakers were quick to dispute him. “Taking us back to a pre-9/11 military force structure places our country in grave danger,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Armed Ser- vices Committee that will hold hearings on the Pentagon budget plan. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the Panetta plan “ignores the les- sons of history.” He said it pro- vides for a military that is “too small to respond effectively to events that may unfold over the next few years.” Dempsey, however, said the military is united in its support for the new approach. “This budget is a first step — it’s a down payment — as we transi- tion from an emphasis on today’s wars to preparing for future chal- lenges,” he said, adding, “This budget does not lead to a military in decline.” Panetta announced that the ad- ministration will request a 2013 budget of $525 billion, plus anoth- er $88 billion for operations in Af- ghanistan. Combined, those to- tals are about $33 billion less than the Pentagon is spending this year. Panetta said, however, that the Pentagon’s base budget will grow to $567 billion in 2017.

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Swoyersv ille man announces run in 11th district

.c om Swoyersv ille man announces run in 11th district DON CA RE Y/ THE TIMES


Ted Gumina is a candidate for the 11th Congressional District.

Thief gets 4 years in program

Wilkes-Barre woman was involved in string of thefts to support a drug habit.


WILKES-BARRE – A city woman who was involved in a string of thefts since Novem- ber 2010 to support a drug hab- it was sentenced Thursday to four years in the county ’s Inter- mediate Punishment Program. Debra Ann Spry, 46, of Hill Street, was sentenced by Lu- zerne County Judge Tina Pola- chek Gartley on five theft-relat- ed charges and one count of criminal use of a communica- tion facility. The judge said Spry must serve the first two years of her sentence in the Restrictive In- termediate Punishment pro- gram and is to participate in in- patient care for drug abuse. Spry said Thursday she com- mitted the crimes because of her dependency on drugs, lead- ing Polachek Gartley to sen- tence her to programs that would help her recover and “get her life back.” Polachek Gartley said that, after completing inpatient treatment, Spry will then be moved to a halfway house, where she will be able to con- tinue counseling services. Spry received 92 days credit for time already served and must complete 30 hours of community service. According to court papers, on Nov. 12, 2010, police were called to Kmart in Wilkes- Barre Township, where a loss prevention officer said a wom- an, later identified as Spry, at- tempted to take five pairs of jeans. On Jan. 19, 2011, police said they responded to the Kohl’s department store in Wilkes- Barre Township, where Spry tried to steal a $200 waterproof jacket. Three months later, on April 7, police were dispatched to the Turkey Hill on Carey Ave- nue in Wilkes-Barre for the re- port of Spry leaving the store with two bags full of items. Po- lice said Spry was in posses- sion of a hypodermic needle. Spry said she had taken Klo- nopin, a drug used to control seizures in epilepsy and for the treatment of panic disorder, and police said she had trouble answering questions and keep- ing her eyes open. The following month, police said, Spry and a confidential in- formant arranged the purchase of $140 of heroin in a recorded conversation. In June, police were called to the Rite Aid on East North- ampton Street in Wilkes-Barre for the report of a woman try- ing to take a bag of over-the- counter pharmaceuticals and makeup. Police said Spry was later questioned about the attempt- ed theft and said she “didn’t take anything from there.” Lastly, on Nov. 8, Wilkes- Barre Township police said Spry tried to take $266 in mer- chandise from the Walmart .


Anyone interested in learning more about the candidate can contact him at tedguminaforcon-


can be met to unseat U.S.

middle class take action,” he said. The family still struggles to re-

tending classes one night a week for four hours at Misericordia

Rep. Lou Bar-

cover from the economic crisis

University to earn a degree in sec-

letta, R-Hazle- that put him among the unem- ondary education in history.

ployed for a while and it relies on food stamps to put meals on that table. Neither Gumina nor his wife has health care coverage, but

surance Program. “We’ve had to buckle down. We went from solid middle class to like low middle,” he said. Gumina has returned to the work force, handling logistics for

Knowing how hard it was to find work, Gumina said job cre- ation is the main issue in the cam- paign. “There has to be a discussion

the government, and corporate America,” he said.

“I am all for companies making

money, but there comes a moral point where we need to stand and say, ‘OK, at what point is enough

Blackstone Healthcare LLC in enough?’ ”

Wilkes-Barre and has been at-

Acknowledging he sounds like

SWOYERSVILLE – When de- ciding to run fo r Congress, Te d Gumina considered the knocks against him. The 34-year-old Democrat has neither run for nor held political

office. He has no campaign man- night at the dinner table of his their children are covered under

ager or staff, little money and Slocum Street home, while his the state’s Children’s Health In- between us, the people providing muddled.”

needs 1,000 signatures to get on the ballot to challenge Wilkes- Barre attorney William Vinsko in the May primary for the seat in

the 11th Congressional District. that the only way that people of

But compared to what he and his family have been through, he’s confident those challenges



ton, in Novem- ber. Gumina an- nounced his candidacy Thursday

wife Natalie and their 2-year-old daughter Violet and son Leo, 4, played in the basement. “We’ve come to the conclusion

the middle class are going to have an opportunity to actually make an impact is if people from the

one of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, Gumina said some- times their message is a “little

His, on the other hand, is clear. He’s not looking to get elected

just to get a better-paying job, fed- eral health care or the perks that come with the office. “I’m looking to run because I know I can do this job for the peo- ple,” he said. “I am one of them.”




T he Riverside Re habilitation Ce nter on River St re et in Plains Township held a ribbon cutting to mark its reopening after the recent flooding. The center reopened for busi-

ness Jan. 3. It offers physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as aquatic therapy. From left are Dana Menzel, Dr. Michael Banas, Melissa McLaughlin, Dr. Thomas Byron Jen- nie Kelleher, Miriam Thomas, Nancy Jeffery and Charlene Cross.

Half Dome hikers face lottery system

Officials say some people were scalping the $4.50 tickets needed.

say some people were scalping the $4.50 tickets needed. AP FILE PHOTO A hiker inches towards


A hiker inches towards the edge of a precipice at the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

the details. "It’s hard to assume a party of six is all going to hold hands and show their permits at Subdome," he said. "Some peo- ple are going to rest more. And other people are going to want to go faster."

A limited number of permits

will be available on short notice through an online application lot- tery, which will grant same-day results two days in advance of the hiking date. Hikers applying for backcoun- try wilderness permits also can

clude the Half Dome hike on their trip. Up to a quarter of the total day-passes will be reserved

Dome,” Cobb said. “And our wil-

derness ranger will look over the application and determine whether a permit is appropriate for the hiking itinerary.”

for permits could get even steep-

By JOSHUA EMERSON SMITH McClatchy Newspapers

MERCED, Calif. — When you think of the final 400-foot ascent of the Yosemite Valley ’s Half Dome Trail, what words come to mind? “Majestic?” “Breathtak- ing?” “Crowded?” How about “expensive”? Last year, visitors paid as much as $100 to hike the famous trail. Over the past two years, to ad- dress dangerously overcrowded conditions, park officials have cut in half the daily number of Half Dome hikers by instituting an ad- vance-sales permitting process. After officials capped Half Dome hikes at 400 people a day, some abused the system by scalp- ing the $4.50 tickets. This year, the permitting proc- ess will continue with a few changes to curb the resale of tick- ets. “To help make the system fair and to limit scalping, we are im- plementing the lottery system,” said Kari Cobb, park spokeswo- man. "So everyone puts in at one time, and then in April we send notification to tell people if they were successful." Starting in March, people will be able to throw their name — and an application for up to six guests — in the digital hat for a nonrefundable fee of $4.50 online and $6.50 over the phone. If se- lected, a $5 fee is charged for each person in the group. The per-per- son fee is refundable if the trip is canceled two days in advance. Under the new rules, the "trip leader" can’t sell or give his ticket to anyone else.

ers, stationed at Subdome, will check a trip leader’s ID and the approved number of guests he has before allowing a group to proceed up the rock.

siast and author of the "Mr. Half Dome" blog, has been following these issues closely. Last year, to his frustration, his moniker was used by at least one scalper. He said he approves of the lot- tery system but hopes park offi-

Recently, park officials re- leased for public review an envi- ronmental analysis of the effects of allowing various numbers of daily hikers on the Half Dome trail. Park officials endorsed a draft

proposal to reduce the number of visitors to 300 per day, stating on the park’s website that the stric- ter limit “provides the optimum visitor experience while protect- ing wilderness character along the trail.” However, officials are consid-

Using a smartphone, park rang- stipulate they would like to in- ering several options, including

the current cap of 400 people a day, Cobb said. “The Half Dome hike is the most popular hike in

for these multiday backpackers. the park,” she said. “Because of

its popularity, we’ve seen cases of

“You have to have an itinerary

Rick Deutsch, Yosemite enthu- that reasonably includes Half concern for safety. By imple-

menting a permitting program, we not only are providing for the safety of our visitors, but also pro- viding a genuine wilderness ex- perience.” The comment period for the Yosemite Half Dome Trail Stew- ardship Plan ends March 15.

In coming years, competition

cials will continue to work out er.

Toys for Tots in need of toy chest

said. Jones said he learned that the storage area, in Pittston, was going to be taken over by a business renting the space. “We don’t have the money to spend on rented facilities,” Jones said. Jones said if a space isn’t lo-

rine Corps Toys for Tots pro- cated by Feb. 1, the toys will gram helps needy children en- have to be temporarily stored

joy holidays as they might not have before the program found them.

Now, the Toys for Tots pro- enough space there for 8,000

gram is in need itself – for stor- age space to house about 8,000

of toys is left over from the non-

of those toys.

Toys for Tots Coordinator, profit’s Christmas distribution

and donations that came in af-

Gunnery Sgt. Dennis Jones,

said Thursday the program is ter the holidays.

toys. Jones said the accumulation

at the U.S. Marine Corps train- ing facility on Wyoming Ave- nue in Wyoming, but there isn’t

Program that helps needy children is running out of storage space.


WYOMING – The U.S. Ma-

looking for donated space to store the toys collected through the program. The space the toys now are

housed in, a 1,400-square-foot cause it’s a government facili-

ty.” Jones said he hopes that by reaching out to the public he’ll

ble to the program only until find an individual or business

willing to donate space to store

Feb. 1.

warehouse donated to Toys for Tots by Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services, is availa-

“We don’t have the extra space,” Jones said. “And, we can’t allow people to come here (to donate or pick up toys) be-

“We’re days away from hav- the toys.

ing to pack up and reroute the

toys somewhere else because toys for Toys for Tots,” Jones

said. “We can’t spend money on

a certain time period,” Jones

“Any (funding) we have is for

(Mericle) only gave it to us for

trying to find a place.”

(Mericle) only gave it to us for trying to find a place.” AIMEE DILGER FILE PHOTO


Sgt. Dennis Jones, coordinator of the local Toys for Tots pro- gram, accepts a donation from Paige Meade in December.

Businessman sues Second Mile

The Associated Press

center it was to go toward won’t

BELLEFONTE — A busi- be built.

nessman has sued the charity The Second Mile, a charity founded by the former assistant football coach at the center of the Penn State sex abuse scan- dal, saying he wants $250,000 returned because the project it was donated for is no longer planned. Former board member Lance Shaner and his wife sued in Cen- tre County Court this week. They say they want the money

back now that the recreation burg.

The charity was founded by former Penn State assistant Jer- ry Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys. Au- thorities say he met them through the charity. He says he’s innocent. The charity said Thursday it will review the lawsuit and re- spond appropriately when it has done so. The lawsuit was first reported by The Patriot-News of Harris-

Bishop rapped for Hitler comparison

The Associated Press

one way of doing things.” McFadden told The Patriot- News in an email We dnesday he

Catholic bishop in Pennsylvania

is drawing criticism for compar-

ing the public school system to

those under Adolf Hitler and tration” of how public schools

curtail parental choice during

Harrisburg Bishop Joseph an interview about school

vouchers. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is calling McFadden’s comments inappro- priate. Legislative director An-

Benito Mussolini.

didn’t mean to offend. He said he was making a “dramatic illus-


McFadden said in an interview last week with WHTM-TV that totalitarian governments “would love our system” of edu- cation. He said Hitler and Mus-

solini also tried to set up sys- dy Hoover noted the control of tems that would educate chil- public schools is a democratic

dren “in one set of beliefs and






Guns, $60,000 in drugs are seized

“The drug task force had been conducting an investigation into the trafficking of massive quanti- ties of cocaine and heroin throughout the city and surround- ing communities,” Leighton said from a prepared statement. “The three individuals were identified

WILKES-BARRE – A large as associates from Long Island,

amount of raw heroin and cocaine – including several guns with am- munition – were seized in a coop- erative undercover drug investi- gation by city police, Plains Town- ship police and the state Attorney General’s Office. The arrests of three people and the drug and gun seizures were announced at a Thursday after-

noon news conference inside Barre city narcotics unit and

Wilkes-Barre Police Headquar- Plains Township police and the

Attorney General Drug Task Force with the excellent job they have done,” said Luzerne County

mond Davis, 30, continued to

peddle illegal narcotics after he District Attorney Stefanie Sala-

vantis. “This is why I ran for dis- trict attorney to see that all de- partments work together to fight crime in Luzerne County.” “This is pure heroin and pure cocaine, which is very rarely seen,” First Assistant District At- torney Sam Sanguedolce said. “It hasn’t been cut. It’s 100 percent pure.” Raymond Davis was arrested

known, were charged in the

ry, 40, of Wilkes-Barre, and Antho- ny Davis, age and address un-

was convicted in November in an unrelated drug case, an undercov- er drug officer said. Officials said Leon Edward Ber-

N.Y., who were conspiring to dis- tribute controlled substances throughout the Wyoming Valley.” Leighton and Police Chief Ge- rard Dessoye said the heroin, co- caine, ecstasy and oxycodone with a street value in excess of $60,000 were seized, along with $15,000 cash. “I want to thank the Wilkes-


Three are arrested in probe involving Wilkes-Barre and Plains Twp. police and state.


One of the men charged, Ray-

sweep. Mayor Tom Leighton said the charges are the result of a year- long investigation.

the charges are the result of a year- long investigation. CLARK VA N ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER


Wilkes-Barre Chief of Police Gerard Dessoye talks about the drugs and guns that were confiscated during a drug raid early Thursday.

by state police vice and narcotic troopers in June 2010 on charges he was peddling heroin and co- caine from a residence on Dough- er Lane in Wilkes-Barre, accord- ing to court records. Court records indicate a Lu- zerne County jury on Nov. 18 con- victed Raymond Davis on several

drug offenses. He was released on Nov. 23 after posting $100,000 bail and was required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet. Raymond Davis continued to traffic and sell illegal drugs, an un- dercover officer said, until he was sentenced on Jan. 18 to five to 10 years in state prison.

Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 welcomes new members to board

The board also OK’d an agreement with The Keystone Community Resources Inc.

Ba rre Area; Carl Yo rina, Wyoming Area, and David James Usavage, Wyoming Val-

Greg Koons, LIU director of special education, said the in- termediate unit was looking forward to working on its teacher evaluation process and

The board also decided to following personnel: special would be spending several

The board also approved the

The board approved trans- portation contracts as recom- mended by LIU Executive Di-

ley West , were welcomed by rector Hal Boss.

fellow members.

By GERI GIBBONS Times Leader Correspondent

KINGSTON – President of

enter into an agreement with education teacher substitute hours reviewing it.

The Keystone Community Re- sources Inc. to provide facility-

“The intermediate unit is making great strides in the ar-

the Luzerne Intermediate Unit based service to operate a Meghan Williams and special ea of these evaluations. With

18 Board of Directors accepted new members of the board on Wednesday night . Robert Mehalick, Hazleton Area; Dino Galella, Wilkes-

and achievement,” said Koons.

gram for disabled student be- time educator Deidre Limon- being better student education

cooperative work-study pro- education temporary part- our ultimate goal ultimately

Lee Pugh; special education para-educator substitute


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Nuclear plants put water at risk, state groups say


Two Pennsylvania-based non- profits are warning of the threat nuclear power poses to drinking

water in light of the ongoing nu- clear crisis in Japan. The Pennsylvania Public In- terest Research Group Educa- tion Fund and PennEnviron- ment Research & Policy Center in a study released Tuesday said 49 million Americans, among them 6.7 million Pennsylvania residents, drink water sourced from within 50 miles of a nucle- ar power plant. After the March 11

30 years has never detected triti- um above normally occurring background levels, and that the plant has stepped up its

tsunami, the crippled Fukushima Daiichi re- actor released hun- dreds of times the legal limit of radioactive iso- topes into the sea. The Japanese gov- ernment required resi- dents within 12.4 miles of the plant to evac- uate, and encouraged residents within 18.6 miles to leave, while

part of the community and public safety is a priority for us, so we want to do everything to make sure we can operate as safely as we can, and this water quality monitoring system is part of that.” The study authors contend that inherent risks of nuclear power should compel the feder- al government to retire existing plants at the end of their current

the U.S. government urged its citizens to leave areas within 50 miles. Drinking water sources as far as 130 miles from the plant were found to be contaminated with radioactive iodine, according to the study. The study authors believe the drinking water of thousands of Americans could be jeopardized by an accident, and may already have been affected on a smaller scale by releases of tritium, a ra- dioactive form of hydrogen. A June report by The Associ-

ated Press found that tritium, production from renewable which can cause cancer and sources.

In the meantime, the United States should take policy steps reduce the risks nuclear power poses to water supplies, the

raise the risk of birth defects if consumed regularly, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 American nuclear sites examined.

operating licenses at latest, abandon plans for new nuclear power plants and adopt policies to expand energy efficiency and

monitoring since The Associated Press raised the tritium issue. All water taken into the plant and dis- charged is monitored to comply with regulatory standards, Scopelliti said. “We want to have safe operation of the plant,” Scopelliti said. “We look at our self as a vital

that 59 American nuclear power plants are located within 50 miles of a reservoir or other site where surface water is with- drawn for consumption. Ac- cording to the study, 848,626 people drink surface water from within 50 miles of PPL’s nuclear plant in Salem Township, about 17 miles from Wilkes-Barre. Joseph Scopelliti, spokesman for the Salem Township plant, said a groundwater monitoring system in place at the plant for

A June report by The Asso- ciated Press found that tritium has leaked from at least 48 of 65 American nuclear sites examined.

The PennPIRG study found study states.





MARY KLOGY, 85, of the Min- ers Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospi- tal. Born in Plains Township, she was the daughter of the late John and Julia (Hludzik) Pazahanich. Mary was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Miners Mills. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank G. Klogy, sister, Helen Lokuta; brothers, Peter Pa- zahanich and Michael Balla. Sur- viving are her daughter, Frances Stacey Klogy-Deal, West Chester, Pa., and Priscilla Klogy. A Blessing Service was held with the Rev. Joseph Kearney offi- ciating. Arrangements are by the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., Plains Township.

MILDRED E. SAUER, 92, of Ha- nover Township, passed away Wednesday evening, January 25, 2012, at VNA Hospice Unit at St.

Luke’s Villa, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Hanover Township, she was the daughter of the late John and Bea- trice Sauer. She was educated in Hanover schools and was a gradu- ate of Hanover High School, class

of 1937. She was employed at Met-

ropolitan Wire for many years. Sur- viving are a brother, Joseph, Ha- nover Township, her sisters, Geral- dine Sauer and Claire Preston, both of Hanover Township. Funeral services will be held 9:45 a.m. Saturday from the Desi- derio Funeral Home Inc., 679 Ca- rey Ave., Hanover Township, with

a Mass of Christian Burial at 10

a.m. in St. Aloysius Church, St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Wilkes-

Barre. Interment will be in St. Ma-

ry ’s Cemetery in Hanover Town-

ship. Friends may call Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.


Levittown, Pa., passed away quiet-

ly Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at St. Mary

Hospital in Langhorne, Pa. Born June 8, 1923 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a 1941 graduate of Plymouth High School. William was preced- ed in death by his mother, Jane Thomas, in 1957; his father, Wil- liam, in 1963; and by his son Scott Thomas in 2002. During World War II, he served as a purser and pharmacist’s mate with the U.S. Merchant Marines. Following the war, he continued to sail for 17 years with the Esso. Upon leaving the sea, he became a representa- tive with Franklin Life Insurance, until he retired.

Bill will be greatly missed by his devoted wife, Betty, of 61 years; two sons; and a daughter.

EDMUND A. KONDRASKI SR., 73, of Harding, passed away Thurs- day, January 26, 2012 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending from Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyom- ing.

SUSAN A. WILBUR, 70, of Exe- ter, passed away Thursday, Janu- ary 26, 2012 at her home surround- ed by her family. Funeral arrangements are pending and have been entrusted to the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.

JOSEPH ZIOLKOWSKI, 67, of Port Griffith, passed away Sunday morning, January 22, 2012, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in Pittston, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Laskow- ski Ziolkowski. He was a graduate of St. John’s High School, Pittston. Joseph was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. He was known to many as “Port Griffith Joe.” He is survived by sev- eral cousins.

A Blessing Service will be held

on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Baloga Funeral Home, Inc., 1201 Main St., Pittston (Port Griffith). Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends and relatives may pay their respects on Saturday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memo- rial contributions may be made to ACS Christian Manor 100 Over- look Drive Pittston, PA 18640. For directions or to send an online con- dolence, please visit www.Baloga-

RONALD G. PETRISHIN, 55, a resident of Huntington Township, passed away at his home on Thurs-

day, January 26, 2012. He was born in Wilkes-Barre on June 4, 1956, a son of Lorraine Zapusek Petrishin, Shickshinny, and the late George Petrishin. He was a member of St. Martha’s Church, Stillwater. Sur- viving, in addition to his mother, are his sister, Linda Leftwich, Shickshinny, and nephew, Austin Leftwich, Shickshinny.

A Mass of Christian Burial will

be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Martha’s Church, Stillwater, fol- lowed by interment in Pine Grove

Cemetery, Harveyville. There will be no calling hours. Funeral ar- rangements are by the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek.


of Mt. Lookout Park, Exeter, died Friday, January 20, 2012 at Wilkes- Barre General Hospital after sur- gery. Born in Hollenback, he was the son of Edith May Altemose of Exeter and the late Charles E. Alte-

mose. Charles lived most of his life in Exeter and was formerly em- ployed as a cabinet maker. Surviv- ing, besides his mother, are broth- ers, Darel, Harding; Gary, Exeter; sisters, Yvonne Lambert, Pittston; Maureen McGeinnis, Baltimore, Md.; Lisa Earlley, Pittston; and he leaves behind his beloved cat, Doo- ley.

A Memorial Service will be held

at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Ar- rangements are by Ye osock Fu ner- al Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township.


of Dupont, died Friday, January 6,


Funeral arrangements are pending from the Ye osock Fu neral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Town- ship.

MARY DOLORES PIATT, 88, a resident of Danville, passed away on We dnesday, Ja nuary 25, 2012 , in the Emmanual Center, Danville. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Clarke Piatt Fu- neral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek.


BILBY – Ellen, funeral 11 a.m. today in the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes- Barre. CHUDOBA – Marie Sanders, funeral 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, 136 Maffett St., Plains Township. Divine Liturgy and Requiem Services at 10 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today. CULVER – Cynthia, memorial ser- vice 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. Friends may call 9 a.m. until time of service. CZAJKOWSKI - Mathew, funeral 11 a.m. today in the Chapel of Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Town- ship. The family will receive friends 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service DELBALSO – Caroline, celebration of life 9:30 a.m. today in McLaughlin’s – The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Concep- tion, Wilkes-Barre. GAUGHAN – Nancy, funeral 9 a.m. Saturday in the Maher-Collins Funeral Home, 360 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Saviour Church, Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. GOSS – Dennis, visitation 5 to 8 p.m. today in the First United Methodist Church, 6 E. Butler St., Shickshinny. HONKO – Mary, funeral 11 a.m. today in the Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 679 Carey Ave., Hanover Township. Friends may call 9: 30 a.m. until time of service. KASPRISKIE – Doris, funeral 9:30 a.m. today in the Graziano Funer- al Home Inc., 700 S. Township. Blvd., Pittston Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Mother of Sorrows P.N.C.C., Dupont KERNITSKY – Josephine, funeral 9:30 a.m. today in the Kizis- Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston. Friends may call 9 a.m. until the time of service. MOLL – Marian, funeral 11 a.m.

Saturday in the Episcopal Church of Ss. Clement and Peter, Wilkes- Barre. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. today in the Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. OSENKARSKI – Edward, memorial service 2 p.m. today in the Yeo- sock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township. Friends may call 1 to 2 p.m. ROTHSTEIN – Alvin, funeral 1 p.m. today in Temple B’nai B’rith, 408 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. SOLOMON – Stella, funeral 10 a.m. today in the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Plymouth. WILLIAMS – Connie, funeral 3 p.m. today in the Kielty-Moran Funeral Home, 87 Washington St., Ply- mouth. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. ZUBRIS – Joseph, friends may call 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, Plymouth.


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Barry Elwood Matthews 1st

January 26, 2012

B arry Elwood Matthews 1st, age 61, a resident of South Wilkes-

Barre and Lady Lake, Florida, died Thursday, January 26, 2012 after a long illness and a brief stay at Cor- nerstone Hospice, The Villages, Florida. Mr. Matthews was born in

Wilkes-Barre, son of Elwood George Matthews, Wilkes-Barre, and the late Lucy Alberta Wolfe Matthews. He was a graduate of the Class of 1968 of Elmer L. Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre, and also at- tended Te mple and Wi lkes universi- ties. He had been employed as a body- and-fender mechanic most of his life and was co-owner of Matt’s Auto Body, Holland Street, Wilkes-Barre. He was also the auto body shop manager at Valley Chevrolet , Wilkes-Barre, for some time. Active in the community, Mr. Matthews was a member of Fir- wood United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, and had been a mem- ber of the Firwood United Metho- dist Church’s Men’s Bowling Te am. He was also assistant troop lead- er of Boy Scout Troop 55; president and coach of Skyhawks Youth Soc- cer organization; coach and goalie for “The Killer Rabbits” Adult In- door So ccer League Te am at Coal

Street Park Surviving, in addition to his fa- ther, are a son, Barry Elwood Mat- thews 2nd, and his wife, Stephanie Matthews, Wilkes-Barre; daugh- ters, Sara Matthews, Tunkhannock, and Lisa Marie Matthews and her husband, Ryan Brow n, We st Pitt-

Marie Matthews and her husband, Ryan Brow n, We st Pitt- ston; grandchildren, Nicholas Mat- thews,

ston; grandchildren, Nicholas Mat- thews, Wilkes-Barre; Andrew Mor- rison, Lucy Williams, David Brown and Ryan Brow n, all of We st Pitt- ston; several aunts, uncles and cou- sins. Funeral will be held Tuesday, Ja- nuary 31, 2012 at 11 a.m. from the Firwood United Methodist Church, Old River Road and Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Barbara Pease, pastor, and the Rev. James Pall, pastor, Huntsville United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Pike’s Creek. Friends may call Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Gold- en Rule Funeral Home, 451 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Tues- day at Firwood Church from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that donations be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Michael J. Silver

January 22, 2012

M ichael J. Silver, 91, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012.

He was a native of the Wyoming Valley, the son of the late Frank and Philomena Cardone Silver. The long-term resident of Hugh- estown was a 1939 graduate of Hughestown High School and a World War II veteran.

He was employed at the Murray Corporation, and for 28 years at the Tobyhanna Army Depot until his re- tirement. Preceded in death by his wife, Grace Agati Silver, he is remem- bered by his step-daughters, Jacque- line Amico and her husband, Ri-

A blessing service was held Thursday in the Metcalfe and service was held Thursday in the Metcalfe and

chard, We st Pittston; Geraldine Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504

Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming. The Rev. Richard J. Cirba, of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pitt- ston, officiated. Interment was in the Mount Ol- ivet Cemetery, Carverton. In lieu of flowers, memorial con- tributions may be made to The Care and Concern Free Health Clinic, 35 William Street, Pittston, PA 18640.

Shane and her husband, Fran, Mt. Laurel, NJ; and grandchildren, Grace Marie Amico, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Atty. Michael A. Am- ico, Winter Haven, Fla.; and Nicho- las D’Angelo, New York, NY; and sis- ter; Minnie Vici, and her husband, Zel, Nanticoke; nieces and neph- ews.

Vici, and her husband, Zel, Nanticoke; nieces and neph- ews. Charles William DePiero April 2011 C

Charles William DePiero

April 2011

C harles William DePiero, 29, of Kingston, and formerly of Sweet

Valley, passed away in April 2011. He was the beloved son of Helene DePiero Kowalski, the late Francis John DePiero, and the father of Ca- leb DePiero. He was a 2000 graduate of Lake- Lehman High School and was em- ployed by Benco Dental at the time of his death. Besides his mother and son, he is survived by his brother, Frank De- Piero; sister-in-law, Deidre, nephew,

Patrick; niece, Faith, and his moth- er’s husband, Rick Kowalski. Chuck will always be remem- bered as an amazing father whose love for his son was unsurpassed. He would make a simple trip to the grocery store an adventure for Caleb. He spent many hours playing with his son, teaching him and watching him ride his bike, making clay models, doing crafts, coloring, reading and just being a great father. Chuck was a very thoughtful, sensitive, and loving son and will be forever missed.

William Hancock

January 25, 2012

W illiam Hancock, 67, of West Pittston, passed away We dnes-

day, January 25, 2012 at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. He was born in Winter Haven, Florida, on November 1, 1944, and was the son of the late William and Eleanor (Osinski) Hancock. Bill was a former member, Dea- con and Treasurer of the Luzerne Avenue Baptist Church, We st Pitt- ston. He was a 1963 graduate of We st Pittston High Sc hool, and at- tended local technical college. He served with the United States Na- tional Guard for several years. Bill was retired from PPL Electrical with over 45 years of service. Bill was very mechanically inclined and enjoy working with his hands. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. William is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Carol (Garrett)

survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Carol (Garrett) Hancock, his son, William Jr.,

Hancock, his son, William Jr., of We st Pittston, and his daughter, Sandra, and her husband, Ralph Mi- nella, of Pittston. Bill is also sur- vived by his granddaughter, Sarah Minella, his sisters, Mary Lou Kir- kland, of West Pittston, and Nancy Hancock, of Forty Fort, and two ne- phews, Gary and Glen Miller. Funeral services will be pri- vate. Friends may call Su nday, January 29, from 5 Funeral services will be pri- vate. Friends may call Sunday, January 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kies- inger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. In lieu of flowers memorial con- tributions may be made to Compas- sionate Care Hospice, 960 North Main Ave., Scranton, PA 18508. Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices- .com.


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t $7.9 5 p er p erson HotelBereavementRates 825.6477 AP PHOTO President Barack Obama is greeted


President Barack Obama is greeted by UPS employee John Muller before speaking Thursday in Las Vegas. Obama pitched the use of abundant natural gas.

Obama makes push for natural gas use

and Arizona on Wednesday, the second day of the tour took him to Nevada and Colorado. By day’s end he was scheduled to travel to another battleground state, Mi- chigan. Obama is promoting incen- tives as one of several proposed

LAS VEGAS — Declaring the changes to the tax code. The

changes would require the ap- proval of Congress, including the GOP-controlled House, which

for greater use of the fuel re- most observers feel is unlikely to

source under domestic soil as he pitched his economic plan on a

tour of two battleground states. But the president’s team believes

it will be difficult for Republicans to reject proposals that prove popular with the public, or at least that opponents could pay a political price in November. Some industry advocates ar- gue that the Obama administra-

Parcel Service workers at a facil- ity here, Obama said the govern- ment should encourage U.S. ship- ping companies and other large users to reduce reliance on for- eign oil to power their fleets.

tion hasn’t put a high enough pri-

the U.S. could “power our cars ority on expediting fuel projects.

and our homes and our factories

in a cleaner and cheaper way,” troversial Keystone XL project

Obama said. “We, it turns out, are the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. We’ve got a lot of it .” The president rolled out a plan that offers tax incentives for com- panies that buy natural gas-pow- ered trucks. He promoted the idea in a visit to a UPS hub, where company officials were, he said, among the first to respond to his call for increased use of natural gas vehicles. Even with the additional oil production, Obama told the crowd, “We only have about 2 per- cent of the world’s oil reserves. So we’ve got to have an all-out, all-in, all-of-the-above strategy that de- velops every source of American energy.” Obama made his remarks as

part of a five-state tour to pro- the gulf is rebounding healthily

mote the economic blueprint he since the BP oil spill in April

unveiled in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. He is selling his energy strategy as an “all of the above” approach that he says would promote the use of domes-

tic sources. After visiting Iowa applications.

Some industry advocates have suggested the administration is holding back offshore drilling by taking its time reviewing permit

United States the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas,” President Barack Obama began pushing Thursday

By CHRISTI PARSONS Tribune Washington Bureau

The president encourages U.S. companies to reduce reliance on foreign oil.

support major initiatives from the president in an election year.

Speaking to a crowd of United

Ta pping natural ga s sources in

Obama recently delayed the con-

while developers come up with an alternative route around envi- ronmentally sensitive areas. The president’s own jobs coun- cil recommended a week ago that the government act quickly on energy projects in the interests of encouraging more of them. Re- publicans complained this week that Obama didn’t address Keys- tone in his State of the Union ad- dress. On Thursday, Obama an- nounced that his Interior Depart- ment is preparing to open up 38 million acres in the Gulf of Mex- ico for more exploration and de- velopment. The lease sale is the final one scheduled as part of a five-year plan for drilling in the central gulf. Aides say drilling in


‘Kotter’ TV actor dies at age 60

Los Angeles Times

Robert Hegyes, an actor whose Jewish-Puerto Rican character Juan Epstein was one of the Sweathogs on the 1970s TV sit- com "Welcome Back, Kotter,"

died Thursday of a heart attack in New Jersey. He was 60.

May 7, 1951, in Perth Amboy, N.J. He graduated from what is now Rowan Univer- sity in Glassboro, N.J., and

Hegyes arrived at JFK Medical Center in nearby Edison in full cardiac arrest and died there,

hospital spokesman Steven worked as a substitute teacher

Weiss confirmed. Hegyes, who had a mop of dark curly hair, played Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on "Welcome Back, Kotter," which also starred John Travolta, Law- rence Hilton-Jacobs and Ron Pal- illo as wise-cracking students at a Brooklyn high school who were mentored by their teacher,

between acting jobs before land- ing the part in “Kotter.”

acting jobs before land- ing the part in “Kotter.” Hegyes played by Gabe Kaplan. It aired


played by Gabe Kaplan. It aired on ABC from 1975 to 1979. Of Hungar- ian and Italian descent, He- gyes was born

A resident of Metuchen, N.J.,

In Loving Memory of

Lynn Venetz

resident of Metuchen, N.J., In Loving Memory of Lynn Venetz 3/13/1958-01/27/2011 It broke our hearts to


It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

Sadly Missed Michael, Mike, Matt, Sarah, Bobbie, Parker and Mom

In Memory Of EDWARD W. DREVITCH January 27, 2009 Deeply Loved & Sadly Missed Daughter,
In Memory Of
January 27, 2009
Deeply Loved & Sadly Missed
Daughter, Sons
Daughters-in-law, Son-in-law
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Attorney eyes seat as PSU trustee

John P. Rodgers would seek to posthumously rescind Paterno’s firing.

By JOE DOLINSKY Times Leader Correspondent

A Hazleton attorney is tak-

ing the fight outside the cour- troom. John P. Rodgers, an attor- ney at Caverly, Shea, Phillips and Rodgers LLC is in the early stages of an election process that he hopes will se- cure him one of three alumni seats on the Penn State Board of Trustees in the May elec- tion. The board has come under scrutiny in recent weeks fol- lowing the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scan- dal that saw the dismissal of several prominent university officials, including head foot- ball coach Joe Paterno, who died Sunday. Rodgers called the “high- light of their mismanage- ment” the board’s firing of Pa- terno just 12 days after he be- came the winningest coach in

Division I football history. That didn’t sit well with many former players and alumni, including Rodgers. “They sent the wrong sig- nal,” he said. “They sacrificed coach Pa-

terno to get rid of the media scrutiny and cover them- selves.”

If elected, Rodgers says, he

would entertain a motion that would rename Beaver Stadi- um “Joe Paterno Stadium.” Calling Paterno’s death “tru- ly upsetting,” Rodgers also said he will seek to posthu- mously rescind the board’s rul- ing that fired Paterno and in- stead grant the late coach re- tirement. Rodgers said he is seeking a spot on the board to restore transparency to the university. “They’ve mismanaged the university for years,” he said, adding “they operate more like a corporation than a uni- versity.” The 32-member Board of Trustees includes nine alumni seats. Of those, three become available each year and are voted on by the alumni during spring commencement. The three candidates receiv- ing the most votes are elected to three-year terms. “I’m a candidate that will represent the true-blue Penn Stater,” Rodgers said, citing

his love for the university, his credibility and his perspective as qualities that will separate him from current board mem- bers.

A lifetime member of the

Penn State Alumni Associ- ation, Rodgers is a dual-gradu- ate of the university, with an undergraduate degree in eco- nomics and a juris doctorate from the university ’s Dickin- son School of Law. He has practiced locally in several areas of law including real estate, commercial and civil litigation since 1997. He also is head of Northeast Revenue Service LLC, Lu- zerne County ’s tax-claim oper- ator.

Charges in shotgun slaying bound over

tax-claim oper- ator. Charges in shotgun slaying bound over CLARK VA N ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER Stanley


Stanley Davis Jr., 45, allegedly killed Carlotta Springer-Howard in December.

Homicide suspect Stanley Davis Jr. charged in the shotgun death of his girlfriend, Carlotta Springer-Howard, in Wilkes-Barre.

City police allege Davis and “You know what he got,” refer-

ring to a sawed-off shotgun. City police Detective Ralph El- ick said Davis admitted to the shooting, giving four different de- scriptions of how it happened. Elick testified Davis initially claimed he blacked out and did not remember the shooting, but changed his story, saying the shotgun fired when he picked it up. Davis also claimed he meant to shoot at a wall and only fired the shotgun to scare Springer-Ho- ward, Elick said. Davis’ lawyer, William Ruzzo, asked that first- and second-de- gree murder charges be dismis-

residence in Wilkes-Barre on mother and Davis were arguing sed, citing the absence of pre-

for several hours about her mak- ing phone calls to another man. At one point during the argu- ment, Lassiter said Davis left the apartment but later returned. Lassiter said he was sitting

Thursday, District Judge Rick next to his mother on a couch the apartment.

Cronauer determined prosecu- tors established a case against the Virginian man, sending an open count of criminal homicide and a charge of illegal possession of a

firearm to Luzerne County second-floor bedroom, where


Lassiter said his mother told him,

when she leaned toward him and said, “If anything happens to me, everything in this house goes to you.” The argument continued in a

Dec. 16. “The defendant had an oppor- tunity to walk out the door; he didn’t,” Ferentino said. After an hour of testimony at Davis’ preliminary hearing on

meditation and no other felony committed. Ferentino countered that Davis held the shotgun for several min- utes and had an opportunity to put the weapon down and leave

WILKES-BARRE – Stanley Da- vis Jr. had a choice to either leave the apartment or pull the trigger of a sawed-off shotgun, a Luzerne County prosecutor said. Assistant District Attorney Jar- rett Ferentino alleged Davis, 45, fired the shotgun that killed his girlfriend, Carlotta Springer-Ho- ward, inside their Sterling Street


Springer-Howard were arguing before he picked up a shotgun and fired the weapon in front of her 18-year-old son, Fred Lassiter. Her two younger children also were in the apartment. Davis was captured by police when he was stopped driving a van on Academy Street minutes after the shooting. Springer-Howard died at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Acting County Coroner Bill Lis- man said the cause was a gunshot wound to the chest. Lassiter, now residing in New- port News, Va., testified his

A conviction of first- and sec- ond-degree murder can lead to life in prison, while a third-degree murder conviction can carry a prison sentence of 20 to 40 years. Davis remains jailed at the county prison without bail.

Berwick Area Authority gets $5.3 million state loan

Money will be used in storm water project designed to prevent sewage from getting into the river.


The Berwick Area Joint Sanitary Au- thority will receive a $5.3 million state loan to update storm water drainage sys- tems and prevent sewage discharges into the Susquehanna River.

The low-interest loan was part of a $28 million package of grants and loans for wa- ter-infrastructure projects announced Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Infrastruc-

ture Investment Authority. The sanitary authority, which serves five municipalities in Columbia and Lu- zerne counties including Berwick and Sa- lem Township, plans to install approxi- mately two miles of storm water collection piping and 151 storm water manholes and inlet structures, capping off a storm-water project that has been planned and imple- mented over a decade. The project will separate the sewer lines feeding into the authority treatment plant from storm water drainage pipes. Older storm drains drain into the sewage lines when they become overloaded from heavy rainfall. This can force untreated sewage into the river. Numerous direct sewage dis- charges into the river led the state Depart-

The authority is currently installing similar pipelines and drains in Berwick in a companion project, also funded through PennVEST. It plans to advertise and bid this project in the spring. The authority will have 20 years to pay back the loan on a fixed-payment schedule with a variable interest rate. It will accrue

ment of Environmental Protection in 2001 to require the authority to separate the sys- tems, according to funding application documents. State Sen. John Gordner, who aided the authority in securing the funding, said completing the drains should bring the au- thority into compliance with environmen-

tal regulations, including federal initia- 1.007 percent interest over the first five

years. The rate will then increase to 2.013 percent in the final 15 years, according to PennVEST. PennVEST also announced funding for 22 other drinking water and wastewater projects in 19 counties Tuesday, totaling $71 million in low-interest loans and $27 million in grants.

tives protecting water quality in the Che- sapeake Bay. “It also helps during flooding and flash flooding,” Gordner said. “This area is so prone to flash floods, and even flash flood- ing would create problems for the system, which would create sewage overflow into the river.”

Man denied Liquor Control job over tattoo appeals dismissal of case

Cynthia Pollick of Pitt- ston, said Scavone in- quired about having the tattoo removed, but was told by medical profes- sionals that it was impos- sible to completely re- move it. The lawsuit claimed state police violated Scavone’s right to free speech by retaliating


SCRANTON – A Luzerne Coun- ty man who sued state police after he was denied employment for re- fusing to have a tattoo removed has

appealed a federal judge’s ruling against him by refusing

that dismissed the case. Ronald Scavone filed a federal lawsuit in 2009 after he was turned down for a job in the Liquor Con- trol Enforcement division based on a tattoo of a “jester” that was on his upper arm. State police have a policy that states tattoos must be reviewed and approved by a committee be- fore an applicant is offered employ- ment. Scavone’s suit, filed by attorney

to hire him because he spoke out against the pol-

He sued in 2009 after he was denied job based on tattoo of ‘jester’ on his upper arm.

determined there was no causal link between his speech and the denial of his employment. Caputo noted Scavone was first informed in June 2008 that he would not be considered for employ- ment because of the tat- too. He did not question the policy until several months after state police made that determination, Caputo said. “The court fails to see

how the PSP’s decision to deny Mr. Scavone em- ployment for questioning the tat- too policy could be conceptualized as retaliatory when the decision was made before he questioned it,”

Caputo also denied Scav- one’s due process claim, saying the state police had shown there was a rational basis for its deci- sion.

icy. He also claimed his rights to due process were violated because he was treated differently than other applicants who also had tattoos but were hired.

U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo said.

Caputo dismissed the case in De- cember. Caputo agreed Scavone’s questioning of the tattoo policy was constitutionally protected, but

Caputo also denied Scavone’s due process claim, saying the state police had shown there was a ratio- nal basis for its decision because li-

Cabot CEO knocks EPA investigation in Dimock

The Associated Press

DIMOCK— The head of a nat- ural gas driller blamed for pollut- ing residential water wells in a Sus- quehanna County village took is- sue Thursday with federal regula- tors who are testing the water supplies of dozens of homes in the area. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. CEO Dan Dinges says the Environmental

Protection Agency is wasting taxpayer money by launching

shown Dimock’s water is safe to drink. He also said the EPA is ap- pearing to undercut President Ba-

an expanded inves- rack Obama’s support for shale

gas. State regulators have said Cabot polluted the aquifer with methane gas in 2008, but the company has since fulfilled the terms of a con- sent order.

tigation of the con- tamination in Di-

mock Township. Dinges wrote Thursday to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, say- ing extensive testing has already

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THE TIMES LEADER www.t imesleader .c om HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Olivia N. Moore Olivia Nicole Moore, daughter

Olivia N. Moore

Olivia Nicole Moore, daughter of Daniel and Jennifer Moore, Drums, is celebrating her second birthday today, Jan. 27. Olivia is a granddaughter of David and Susanne Blount, Middletown, Va.; Pamela Badin, Lansing, N.C.; and Victor and Sherri Moore, Gaines- ville, Fla. She is a great-grand- daughter of Elfriede Nadelin- Seebich, Ebersbach, Germany.

daughter of Elfriede Nadelin- Seebich, Ebersbach, Germany. Andrew J. Gryskevicz Andrew Jarek Gryskevicz, son of Edward

Andrew J. Gryskevicz

Andrew Jarek Gryskevicz, son of Edward and Suzanne Gryskevicz, Shavertown, celebrated his ninth birthday Jan. 13. Andrew is a grandson of Edward Gryskevicz, West Pittston; Margarette Kear- ney Gryskevicz, Wilkes-Barre; and George Nocek, Sue McGuire and the late Marilyn Nocek, all of West Wyoming. He has a brother, Ryan, 27.

Nocek, all of West Wyoming. He has a brother, Ryan, 27. Sophia L. Schraeder Sophia Lynn

Sophia L. Schraeder

Sophia Lynn Schraeder, daugh- ter of Chad and Abigail Schraed- er, is celebrating her second

birthday today, Jan. 27. Sophia is

a granddaughter of Dave and

Lynn Hurst, Forty Fort, and Jerry and Donna Schraeder, Dallas. She is a great-granddaughter of Anna Hurst, Rochester, N.Y.

She is a great-granddaughter of Anna Hurst, Rochester, N.Y. Conlon D. Purcell Conlon Daley Purcell, daughter

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Kingston, is celebrating her first birthday today, Jan. 27. Conlon is

a granddaughter of Brian Hann,

Kingston; Susan Schlesing, Pittston; and the late Roger and Mary Alice Purcell. She is a great-granddaughter of Ketora Hann, Kingston. Conlon has a sister, Riley, 5, and a brother, Rorey, 3.

Conlon has a sister, Riley, 5, and a brother, Rorey, 3. Young girls raise money for

Young girls raise money for Candy’s Place

Alijah Zielecki, Abigail Zielecki and Emily Demko, all from Ben- ton, raised money for Candy’s Place, The Center for Cancer Well- ness, throughout the summer by selling lemonade. The girls want- ed to show their devotion and dedication to their grandmother, who has been battling cancer for four years, and to all cancer pa- tients who need help, support and care that can be given by Candy’s Place. Participants, from left, first row, are Alijah Zielecki, Abigail Zielecki and Demko. Second row: Nicole Farber, center coor- dinator, Candy’s Place.

row: Nicole Farber, center coor- dinator, Candy’s Place. Red Hat Rollers celebrate holiday with party at

Red Hat Rollers celebrate holiday with party at Marianucci’s

The Red Hat Rollers recently held a Christmas party at Marianucci’s in Wyoming. Instead of ex-

changing gifts, they collected donations for Cori’s Place in Hanove r Township, a non-profit organiza- tion which provides recreation and therapy for disabled adults. At the party, from left, are JoAnn Olejnick; Dr. Leona Castor; Queen Nancy Ratajczak; Peg Basta, vice-president; Loretta Wilski; Inez Stefonko; Dorothy Kosmala, photographer; Eleanor Nowinski; Rachel George; Vickie Vissotski; Mary Ann Drust; Mary Ann Kress; Fran Hoffer; Rita DePasquali; Camilla Fennan; Mary Simoncavage; Nancy Krincek; Dorothy Shea Yazurlo; and Rose Siemon.

Nancy Krincek; Dorothy Shea Yazurlo; and Rose Siemon. Black Diamond American Legion holds children’s Christmas

Black Diamond American Legion holds children’s Christmas party

The Black Diamond American Legion, Kingston, recently held its annual Christmas party for the children. The children had lunch with Santa; received a gift and treats; and had their photo taken with Santa. At the party, Rebecca and Jessica visit with Santa, Jeff Sebolka, SAL com- mander.

and Jessica visit with Santa, Jeff Sebolka, SAL com- mander. A&A Auto Stores collect $1,234 for

A&A Auto Stores collect $1,234 for Salvation Army

Thanks to the support of the community, area A&A Auto Stores raised $1,234 for the 2011 Salvation Army Kettle Campaign during the holi- day season. Some of the participants, from left, first row, are Don Shorten, Rudy Forlenza, Rose Klepaski and Lew Shank. Second row: Steve Stefanowicz, Patty Botsford, Jeff Singer, Dan Arnold, Dave Burke, Rob Venetz, Alberto Ortiz, Lon Zimmerman and John Sellers. Third row:

John Bake r, Bob King, Fred Kolb, Lenny Bonczews ki, Matt Slavinsky, Pat Riley, Tom Pe rlis and Joe George.

ki, Matt Slavinsky, Pat Riley, Tom Pe rlis and Joe George. Father Nahas Senior Citizens Club

Father Nahas Senior Citizens Club elects off icers

The newly elected officers of the Father Nahas Senior Citizens Club were installed at the annual Christmas party held at Vander- lyn’s, Kingston. Regular meetings of the club are held 1:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the church hall of St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, 905 S. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. New members are welcome. New officers, from left:

Marion Licata, membership; Candy Abraham, vice-president; the Rev. John Leo, chaplain; Betty Leo, publicity; the Rev. David Hes- ter, chaplain; Joan Kauffer, refreshments; George Morrash, presi- dent; Sadie Bergstrasser, secretary; and Louise Clark, treasurer.

Sadie Bergstrasser, secretary; and Louise Clark, treasurer. Daisy Scouts sing carols at Tiffany Court Home Junior

Daisy Scouts sing carols at Tiffany Court Home

Junior Troop 33932 and Daisy Troop 33670 from Kingston recently sang Christmas carols at the Tiffany Court Nursing Home in King- ston. The girls also served cookies and juice to the residents. Partici- pants, from left, are Cally Williams, Autumn Gaylord, Sarah Lechak, Molly McGuire, Brooke Taylor and Destiny Taylor.


Children’s birthdays (ages 1-16) will be published free of charge

Photographs and information must be received two full weeks before your child’s birthday. To ensure accu ra te publi- cation, your information must

be typed or computer-generat- ed. Include your child’s name, age and birthday, parents’, grandparents’ and great-grand- parents’ names and their towns

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