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The Dallas Post 03-17-2013

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 Vol. 122 No. 2
SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013
www.mydallaspost.comWILKES-BARRE, PA.
BMT rescuersaves twofrom drowning
Kingston Twp. EMS Fire and Res-cue volunteer responder Lieuten-ant Jason Rose worked to rescuefour people who fell through theice on March 6 at Frances SlocumState Park.
 Dallas Post Correspondent
ccording to Wycallis Elemen-tary School Principal PaulReinert, who introduced thesecond annual Family ScienceChallenge Night, the cafeteria was evennoisier than during a busy lunch period. ThankstoelementarysciencecoordinatorNicole Valkenburg, who also teaches fourthgrade at Wycallis, the huge space was filled with excited families set for the challenge.
Wycallis Elementary fourth-graderShelby Pocono, 10, left, celebrateswith her mom Diane, both ofShavertown, after her contructionpaper and masking tape structuresupported 39 books.Misaki Inoue 4, left, Wakana Inoue,6, and their dad Mitsuo Inoue, allof Dallas, watch their structuresupport a stack of 31 textbooks,equivalent to about 56 pounds.
The Cummings’ family construction paper and maskingtape structure that won the Wycallis Elementary FamilyScience Challenge. The structure supported 57 text-books, equivalent to about 103 pounds, before collaps-ing.The Gordon family, of Shavertown, works on making a ‘structure’ out of construction paper and masking tape to support a stack of textbooks duringthe Wycallis Elementary School Family Science Challenge Night. From left, are Sophis, 6, Diane, Bob and Derek, 11.
Building stronger families through science
 Dallas Post Correspondent
Over 70 families, including more than 250people, signed up for the PTO-sponsoredevent.Valkenburgexplainedthatshedreamedup the Family Science Challenge “to get kidsexcited about science.” She also said, “It’shard to get families together.” The excitement and noise were due in partto the mystery of the event. Each family hadbeen given a stapled brown paper lunch bag.No one, not even the other teachers, knew what was in the bags prior to the event. The bags contained a sheet of brown con-struction paper, a list of instructions and a 30-millimeter strip of masking tape. The challenge? To build a structure that would hold up as many textbooks as possible. The judging table held stacks of identicaltextbooks weighing 1.8 pounds each.Once the challenge began, the noise leveldropped as families conferred about how touse the paper to build their structure.Many families opted to fold the paper andcreate a ring with tape. But other familiesfolded their paper into a triangle shape oreven built a platform with feet.Andy and Chrissy Popielarz, of Dallas,participated in the event with their children,second-grader Mary, first grader Marie and5-year-old Andrew.Mary said she was there “to have fun.” The family also competed in the event last year and Chrissy Popielarz said they decided
Dallas students placeat Science Olympiad 
Scouts go all out for theBack Mountain Food Pantry
 Dallas Post Correspondent
See SCIENCE, Page 7ASee PANTRY, Page 7ASee RESCUER, Page 7A
Third-grader Morgan McAndrew, left,pets ‘Pepper,’ a Chihuahua owned byfifth-grader Bailey McCafferty at hertable on ‘Behavioral Differences inDogs.’
 While driving on Carverton Roadpast the Frances Slocum State Parkboat launch on March 6, Peter Swa-boski, of Dallas, saw two girls on theice. Seconds later, he saw only one.Swaboski pulled a U-turn, stoppedand called 911. The 911 dispatchertold Swaboski to stay off the ice andonthephone.Thegirlscriedforhelp.He threw them a “tie down” from histrunk, but it was too short.Five or six miles away at his homeon Dug Road, Jason Rose drank cof-fee and watched afternoon TV beforehis graveyard shift at Cargill in Wy-alusing.“I got the call on my pager thatthere was a water incident at FrancesSlocum,” Rose said.As a trained EMS responder, hismindwentintowaterrescuemode.“Ikept my sneakers on - boots would betooheavy-grabbedmylifejacketand100feetofrope.IknewIhadminutesto get down there and figured they  would have been in the water 10 to15 minutes before I got there.” Time, Rose knows, is critical in  water rescue. The three–year veteran volunteerfrom the Kingston-Trucksville EMSFire and Rescue threw his truck intooverdrive, his body pumped withadrenalin.Swaboski was only too happy tosee Rose about three minutes afterhe made the 911 call. “He knew just what to do,” Swaboski said of Rose.But by then, another passerby, while trying to help, had gone outon the ice and fallen in. Now, there were three people in the water whoneeded to be rescued. Thoughtfully, Rose went for thegirl who had been in the water thelongest and who was screaming “Help me, help me.” The other girlhad gotten herself out but now Rosehad another ice victim to help.Keeping in mind that he neededto leave 10 to 15 feet between every-body he was trying to save (so thatthe ice wouldn’t give out), Rose wassurprised when Kingston Twp. Of-ficer Michael Huntzinger came upbehind him. While trying to lift one of the girls,Huntzinger fell in the water, too, put-ting four people in the water.Methodically working the scene,Rose kept his focus on the girl, gother to shore then went back for theother passerby. The girl was numb,had no feeling and was pre-hypother-mic was Rose’s evaluation.Meanwhile, Kingston TownshipPolice Chief Jim Balavage, rope inhand, arrived at the scene and fol-lowed his own officer onto the ice. The rescuers made sure all weresafe and on shore before they helpedOfficer Huntzinger out. “He said he was fine and that the water wasn’tall that cold anyway,” said Balavage,Approximately 1,000 studentsfrom 50 schools in northeastern andcentral Pennsylvania competed in in-dividualandteameventsatthePenn-sylvania Northeast Regional ScienceOlympiad on March 6 at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. The Science Olympiad is devotedto increasing student interest inscience, recognizing outstanding achievement and improving the qual-ity of science education. Winners of this regional contest will advance to state competition atDylan Pilger arrived at the DallasUnited Methodist Church basement with his right arm in a sling.“It’s okay,” he joked, “I can always work with one hand. The soon-to-be 18-year-old Boy Scout had jammed his arm at hockey practice the day before, ending up inthe emergency room.On this day, his fellow Scouts fromBoy Scout Troop 281 of Dallas werefinishing up the collection of over3,300 food items they had solicitedfrom 17 neighborhoods for the BackMountain Food Pantry and Pilger wasn’t missing any of it.“I know there are people in needout there and I’m going to help outand give as much as I can,” he said The annual project started the weekend before when small bands of Scouts assigned to various neighbor-hoods distributed 3,400 door hang-ers. Running from door-to-door washard enough in the wind and coldest weather yet this year.Drake Dettore had another per-spective.
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 The following Back Mountain real estate property transfers have been recorded in the Luzerne County Of-fice of Recorder of Deeds for the week of March 4, 2013:
Rosalyn Subarton Howard (executrix), NormaJean Pluskie (estate) to Valerie J. Fusco,
126 ManorDrive, Lot 24, Kingston Township; $153,000
Joseph R. Shonk (executor), Joseph Shonk (es-tate) to Christine Linsinbigler,
76 Cemetery Road,Lake Township; $20,000
DLJMortgageCapitalInc.,SeleneFinanceLP(at-torney in fact) to Richard Fassett,
5274 Main Road,Ross Township; $35,000
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, OcwenLoanServicing,LLC(attorneyinfact)toEHPooled1212, LP,
481 Old Beaumont Road, Harveys Lake Bor-ough; $13,050
Dolores Burge (executrix), Paul L. Hydock (es-tate) to Jason Boice,
15 Washington St., Harveys LakeBorough; $1
Kristin J. Bello to Catherine R. and Daniel J. Lee,
1 acre, Lot 3, Gordon Subdivision, Lake Township;$149,500
Sketcher is still looking for hisfurever home! He is 5 years old andloves women. He’s a real ladies man.Sorry, gentlemen - Sketcher doesnot like men. He would do best witha woman and no small children.Sketcher is a sweetheart and lovesto sit on your lap.You can visit Sketcher and hisfriends at
974 Lockville RoadDallas
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday andSundayNoon to 5 p.m.Other hours by appointmentPhone: 333-5265Email: questions@bcfanimalrefuge.org
Answers on Page 5A
“The TV Guide Musical,” a musical revue featuring favoritetheme songs and commercialsfrom popular TV shows fromthe 1950s to the present, willbe held today, March 17 at theMusic Box Dinner Playhouse,196 Hughes St., Swoyersville.A spaghetti dinner and showis $20. Show only is $16.Call 283-2195 for informationand reservations.
 The Noxen Volunteer FireCompany will hold a breakfastbuffet from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.today, March 17 at the fire hallon Stull Road, noxen.Price is $8 for adults and $4for children under 12 years of age.Bring a non-perishable fooditem for the Noxen Food Pantry and receive a raffle ticket for a ham.
 The Wyoming Valley Audu-bon Society will present“Oceans of North America” at7 p.m. on Monday, March 18 at Trinity Presbyterian Church,Irem Road, Dallas. The presentation is free.
A representative of Rep.Karen Boback will be availableat noon on Wednesday, March20 at the Benton Senior Centerin the Northern Columbia andCultural Center, 42 Community Dr., Benton.For more information, call477-3752 or 836-4777.
Members of the NEPA CoastGuard Veterans Assoc. willmeet at 6:30 p.m. on March 20at the Dallas American LegionPost on the Dallas highway.For more information, con-tact Neil Morrison at 288-6817.
 The Meadows Nursing andRehabilitation Center will holda Spring EGGstravaganza from10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday,March 23. This free, family event willfeature vendors, childen’sgames, crafts, prizes, refresh-ments, an Auxiliary-sponsoredbake sale and visits with theEaster Bunny.For more information, call675-8600, ext. 115 or 195.
A New England Contra dancefeaturing music by fiddlerRyck Kaiser and friends along  with calling by Ted Crane willbe held at 7 p.m. on Saturday,April 6 at the Church of ChristUniting, 776 Market St., Kings-ton. No partner or previousexperience is necessary.Admission is $9 for adults with reduced admission forfamilies.Further information is avail-able at 333-4007.
An all-day Bingo will beheld on Sunday, April 14 at theNorthmoreland Twp. Fire Hallin Centermoreland.Doors open at 12:01 p.m. andearly birds begin at 1:30 p.m.A dinner will be served at ap-proximately 4:30 p.m..For reservations, call Jim orCarol at 333-4906.
Promoting the Lake-Lehman Band Sponsors Annual Spring Craft Show are, from left, firstrow, Lacey Carey, Kayleigh Konek, Lila Szabo, Sierra Titus, Stephanie Konek. Second row,Deanna Szabo, James Cihocki and Mikayla Kidd.
 The Lake-Lehman BandSponsors Annual Spring CraftShow will be held from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March23 at the Lake-Lehman Jr./Sr.High School, Old Route 115,Lehman.Up to 100 crafters will beon site, offering items for thehome, garden, Easter andspring.A wide variety of vendors will sell handmade Eastercandy and fudge, handcraftedsilver and beaded jewelry, mat-ted pictures, soaps and lotions,candles, pottery, wood crafts,spring floral wreaths, dollcloths, pet-related gift items,apparel,quilted and crochetedpieces, folk art, upcycle art,hand painted items and muchmore.A bake sale and a variety of hot foods will be served all day in the cafeteria.Admissionisfreeandallpro-ceeds benefit the Lake-Lehmanband programs. For more infor-mation, call 477-2935.
LL Band Sponsors plan craft show
Cheerleading coaches come under fire
Dallas School District cheerleadersand their parents addressed the schoolboard at its March 11 meeting regard-ingvarsitycheerleadingcoachSuzannePowell.Jennifer Sorber, a middle schoolcheerleading coach in the district andparent, said her daughter was bulliedby Powell and Sorber felt forced to pro-tect her from verbal taunts during prac-tices and games.“I’m also a coach and it is importantto motivate those we coach but thereis a line we, as coaches, do not cross,”said Sorber, questioning the appropri-ateness of Powell sending text messag-es directly to those she coached.Lisa Cummings, parent of cheerlead-er Aneilla Cummings, 14, said many cheerleaders were afraid of the coachand many would not be trying out forthe cheer team next year because of itsreputation of negativity and drama.Several varsity cheerleaders Powellhad coached addressed the board, in-dicating they had successfully cheeredunder other coaches but that Powellhad labeled them as “starting drama”or not working hard enough.Powell, who limited her commentsto the board, said that often it wassometimes necessary to offer strong di-rectives to those she coached and citedimprovementsinthevarsitycheerteamduring the 2 ½ years during which shehad coached.Karen Sebolka, who spoke in defenseof Powell, said, “my daughter cheeredunder Powell and, although she wasn’talways happy, she learned responsibil-ity and respect.”Several board members lauded thosestudent cheerleaders who spoke beforethem as having courage and compo-sure.Parent Lisa Alves, whose daugh-ter Ashlie had originally addressedthe board at a prior meeting, said she wouldhavepreferredtohaveaddressedthe issues in a private forum but thatadministrators had not responded toher request for a meeting betweenadministration and parents of districtcheerleaders.In another matter, a plaque was pre-sented in memory of Gary Mathers, who served the board as both a teacherand a board member.“His vision changed our traditionalindustrial arts program into a techno-logically advanced one,said FrankGalicki, superintendent.“He was truly a front runner in that area.”Addressing security, Bill Gartrell, di-rector of technology, presented a videodemonstratingtheuseofcamerastoin-crease awareness within district schoolbuildings.Board members commented on theclarity and resolution of the streaming  video.Gartrell said when the project wascomplete there would be 111 cam-eras within district buildings. Gartrell would then move on to assessing andrefining the outside camera system. The district will utilize Ipads, cellphones and other devices, allowing ad-ministration, staff and local police ac-cess to the information streaming fromthose cameras.In another matter, Charles Preesecongratulated Forensic team membersfor advancing to the Forensic NationalQualifiers in Philadelphia in May. The next work session of the DallasSchool District will be held at 7 p.m.on April 8.
Dallas Post Correspondent
Turf bid approved by Lake-Lehman
Dallas Post Correspondent
Plans for improvementsto the Lake-Lehman athleticgrounds made progress at theschool board’s March 11 meet-ing at Lake-Noxen Elementary. The board awarded the bidfor replacement of the district’sartificial turf to A-Turf, Inc., of Lancaster. The bid was not toexceed $468,000 and includesthe removal of existing turf and installation of a new 10mmelastic rubber pad with a 25-year warranty and artificial turf with a 12-year warranty. The board also approved motion to advertise for bids toresurface the artificial running track.School District Superinten-dent James McGovern urgedparents and residents to con-tact their state representativesaboutthegrantpackagethedis-trict has submitted in conjunc-tion with Jackson Township.The gaming grant would pay for the replacement of the turf as well as for other improve-ments, including a sand vol-leyball court and pavilion, twopractice fields, an ice skating rink and a walking trail. Thefacilities would be used by thepublic as well as by the district.After the meeting, McGov-ern stated the bid was $35,000to $40,000 under what hadbeen expected for the replace-ment turf.McGovern was asked abouthis hopes for obtaining thegaming grant.“If it goes by ambition and work, I’m 100 percent sure,” hesaid. He added that he realizedthere are many grant applica-tionsbutsaid,“We’reextremely hopeful.”McGovern also said that,evenifthegrantisawarded,thedistrict will continue with theplanned “Knight of Mayhem”fundraiser set for June 1.Resident Kevin Salaway ad-dressed the board by making  what he called “an appeal forfairness.” He told the boardabout damage to his daugh-ter’s vehicle by a snow plow onschool district property. Sala- way said he had been told theschool district’s insurance didnot cover the incident but thatSalaway’s $500 insurance de-ductible would be paid by thedistrict’s insurance.Salaway said the claimagainst his insurance wouldadversely affect his rates. It wassuggested by several membersof the board to have the ve-hicle repaired by the West SideCareer and Technical Ccenterauto repair department.Kevin Koziol, of HarveysLake, made a presentationabout theSMARTsub, a com-pany which assists school dis-trictsinfindingandadminister-ing substitute teachers. Koziolis COO of theSMARTsub andexplained benefits of the sys-tem to the board members andassembled residents.Koziol said the sub program would make calls to potentialsubstitute teachers, keep accu-rate records of all sub activity and charge school districts only for the actual number of sub-stitute days used. A big part of Koziol’s program is his plan toreturn half the cost of the pro-gram to the district.Boardmembersapprovedthefollowing coaching positions:John Sobocinski, head coachfor track and field at a stipendof $3,843; C. Wayne Oplinger,head coach for softball at a sti-pend of $4254; D. Corey Brin,head coach for volleyball at a stipend of 4,254; and MatthewIde, junior high assistant at a stipend of $2650. The board accepted, withregret, the retirement noticeof Regina Modrovsky, schoolnurse, effective the end of thisschool year. The next board meeting willbe held at 7 p.m. on April 8 atRoss Elementary School.
Center Street project expected to be completed in April
 Dallas Post Correspondent
 The Kingston TownshipBoard of Supervisors at itsMarch 13 meeting announcedan anticipated completion dateofitsEastCenterStreetreplace-ment project of April 28, 2013.“It is something that we will want to celebrate,” said supervi-sor Jeffrey Box. “It’s been a long road.” The board also approved payment of $33,511 towardsthat project, of which the town-ships responsibility will be$6,702.40.In another matter, KathleenSebastian, township manager,read a letter of commendation written by Chief of Police JamesBalavage, commending OfficerMichael Huntzinger for bravery in rescuing two residents at therisk of drowning.“Atonepoint,hehimselfwentundertheice,”saidBox,“buthecontinued in his effort until heknew everyone was safe.”In another matter, the boardapproved a motion to sign anagreement with PennsylvaniDepartment of Transportationpursuant to a grant of $50,000directed toward upgrading pe-destrian crossing signals. The board also approved transfer of $26,670 from its gen-eral fund to its state liquid fuelfund, necessitated by the needfor additional salt because of  winter weather.A motion to appoint a resi-dent to the Planning Commis-sion to serve a four year term,ending December 2016 was ap-proved.Sebastian announced her in-tent to advertise for summerrecreation staff which will in-clude a supervisor and severalcounselors. The next regular meeting of the Kingston Township Board of Supervisors will be held at 7:30p.m. on Wednesday, April 10.
Annual rummage salebenefits DHS Lock-In
 ThegymnasiumattheDallasMiddleSchoolwasaseaofbargainson March 9 and 10 as the Dallas High School Lock-In Committeestaged its annual rummage sale.
Dallas High School seniors Amanda Foote, left, and Rebecca Darling, both of Dallas, hang clothesfor display at the Dallas Middle School gymnasium during a rummage sale to benefit the 2013Dallas High School Lock-In.Four-year-old Jack Daly, left,checks out a toy with his sis-ter Leia, 10, both of Dallas, ata rummage sale at the DallasMiddle School.Volunteer Pam Mingey, right,of Dallas, checks out an itemfor 5-year-old Jeiamer Bran-don, left, of Wilkes-Barre, ashis grandmother Jean Neely,of Plymouth, looks on.Lori McIntyre, of Pittston, sifts through piles of clothing at theDallas High School Lock-In Rummage Sale.

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