Vol.121 No. 44
THE BACK MOUNTAIN'S NEWSPAPER SINCE 1889
An edition of The Times Leader
MadisonBirth,left,andBraceRootesingduringtheRossElementarySchoolkindergartenholidayprogram.Formorephotosfrom the program, please turn to page 8.
BILL TARUTIS/ FOR THE DALLAS POST
Terri Besecker tries to wearsomething - a piece of jewelry,an article of clothing - every day to remember her daughter, Ceci-lia, who died in a car accidenton June 28, 2012.Now family, friends and com-munity members can do theirpart to keep the memory of Ce-cilia, affectionately known as“CC,” alive while helping others.A blood drive in memory of Cecilia will be held at St. There-se’s Roman Catholic Church inShavertown from noon to 6 p.m.on Thursday, Jan. 10. The blooddrive will benefit the Wyoming Valley Chapter of the AmericanRed Cross.An employee of St. Therese’sChurch, Terri said the churchhosts blood drives throughoutthe year. She thought it mightbe a good way to keep Cecilia’smemory alive.Participants, in addition tomaking an appointment withthe Red Cross, are encouragedto wear polka dots and pearls, which were staples of Cecilia’s wardrobe.“I used to call her Pearl be-cause she used to have pearls onall the time,” Terri said. “Whatkid wears pearls? But she lovedthem.” The 22-year-old Dallas HighSchool graduate was attending Indiana University of Pennsylva-nia and studying fashion mer-chandising at the time of herdeath.“She kind of set her own path with fashion,” Terri said. “Shecould put anything together and just really pulled it off.”Courtney Besecker, Cecilia’stwin sister, said Cecilia was al- ways the brave one, and sheeven attempted to give bloodonce in high school, though shehad a fever at the time and couldnot donate.“I was too much of a chickento do it,” Courtney said. Though the twins had theirdifferences - Courtney is study-
Remember ‘CC’by donating blood
By SARAH HITEDallas Post CorrespondentPeople who knew Cecilia ’CC’Besecker say she knew how tohave a good time. Besecker waskilled in an automobile accisentin June 2012. Her memory willbe kept alive at a blood driveset for Thursday.
See CC, Page 7
NineDallasHighSchoolgrad-uates, along with many other volunteers, took the opportuni-ty this Christmas season to lookbeyond their own holiday wish-es, reaching out to care for theneeds of a group of people whootherwise may not have had a merry Christmas: the homeless.Rebecca Stull and Emily Col-lins, both freshmen at TempleUniversity, gathered a group of friends, including Kaylin Rus-sell, Kelly Healey, CatherineCoslett, Dana Jolley, MorganDingle, Elizabeth Hoover andYael Chodosh to volunteer dur-ing Christmas at Camp OrchardHill. The event, now in its fourth year,ranfromDec.17to31,dur-ing which time a group of about25 homeless men were givenbedstosleepin,aplacetoshow-er,threemealsaday,recreation-al opportunities, Christmas pre-sents and friendly people with whom to share the holiday. Thecamp’s event was one stop in anongoingprogramrunbyMother TheresaShelter,asubdivisionof Catholic Social Services.Stull,Collinsandtheirfriends volunteered Dec. 27, working inthekitchen.Stullexplainedthey helped out with whatever need-ed doing, such as serving food,cleaning up and simply sitting andtalkingwiththeguests.Thegroup also volunteered during lastyear’sevent,doingthesamethings. The year before, Stulland Collins volunteered during a similar Easter event at thecamp for their senior project whentheywerejuniorsatDallasHigh School. When asked why they keepcoming back, Collins said, “We just enjoyed being around themen and doing something forthem.”Stull said the best part of the
Looking beyond their own wish lists
ELIZABETH BAUMEISTER PHOTOS/ THE DALLAS POST
Bill Ackerman, of Dallas, serves Christmas dinner to a homeless man at Camp Orchard Hill. Join-ing Ackerman are, from left, Masha Ackerman, Yuri Ackerman and Kaylin Russell.Dallas High School graduateswho volunteered their time atCamp Orchard Hill during theChristmas holiday are, fromleft, kneeling, Elizabeth Hooverand Morgan Dingle. Standing,Emily Collins, Kelly Healey,Catherine Coslett, RebeccaStull, Kaylin Russell, DanaJolley and Yael Chodosh.
DHS graduates give up partof Christmas vacationto serve homeless men.
By ELIZABETH BAUMEISTERlbaumeister@theabingtonjournal.com
See BEYOND, Page 7
Players from the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Penguins hockey team visited the Back Moun-tain Memorial Library during “Christmas with the Pen-guins” to read Christmas sto-ries to local children and pro-mote the importance of litera-cy among youth. Team mascot, Tux, camedressed in a festive Santa suit,red hat and all, shaking hands with children and the adults who accompanied them. Hedanced around and shookbells, conducting the crowd ina rendition of “Jingle Bells.” The children, as well as mostadults, joined in singing theChristmas carol to get in the
BILL TARUTIS/ FOR THE DALLAS POST
Three-year-old Ryan Crawford, of Dallas Township, receives aPenguins bobblehead from radio announcer Mike O’Brien.
Santa Tux is big hitwith kids at library
By GIA MAZURDallas Post Correspondent
See TUX, Page 7
“[The kids] get excitedto see us, but then Tuxshows up and it’s likewe’re in the background.He cracks me up,though. He’s so funny.”
Penguins hockey player