WILKES-BARRE — Members of theUniformed Units of the Irem Shrine worked Saturday morning to prepare forthe upcoming 64th annual circus. Many of the volunteers had hammers in hand,and all seemed to have smiles on theirfaces, knowing their efforts would ben-eﬁt members of the community, young and old. Thisyearthecircus,withperformanc-es starting April 1 by the Hanneford Cir-cus, will include tigers, elephants, mo-torcycles and a refreshed grand ﬁnale.Glen Kraft is delighted to be able toserve as a clown for the event. “I con-sider the circus a holiday,” Kraft said,“and everyone here is a kid, no matter what age.”Shriner Hank Gordy, 93, who wasseated in the middle of all the activity at the 109th Field Artillery Armory, hasparticipated in the event throughoutits history. “The circus has changed insome ways, and in some ways it hasstayed exactly the same,” Gordy said.“But everyone every year always has a good time.”Noel Conrad, the group’s circus chair-man, said Saturday morning’s prepara-
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April 1 — 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.April 2 — 6:30 pmApril 3-5 — 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.April 6 — 1:30 p.m., 7 p.m.
General admission, $6; reserved seating:$11, $15 and $20; and family package forfour on Tuesday night, April 2: $25Tickets available at the 109th Field Artil-lery Armory, Market Street, Wilkes-Barre
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Holistic Moms offer seminar
The Holistic Moms Network of the Wyoming Valley is presenting an April 6seminar titled “Boosting Children’s Self-Esteem.” The event, which will run from 10:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hoyt Library, 284 WyomingAve.,willincludeguestspeakersJill Price and Susan Doty.Participants will hear about tips andtricks of encouragement for children froma community organizer and an experi-enced grandmother.Meetings are for members only, butnewcomers are welcome to join one freemeeting. The Holistic Moms Network is a non-proﬁt support and resource network forparents interested in holistic health andgreen living. Fathers and children alsoare invited . A tax-deductible member-ship is $45 per year. For more information,contact Nicole at 466-1347 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. wyomingvalleypa.holisticmoms.org.
Poet Ulerio to give reading
The Penn State Hazleton Spanish Cluband Faculty Lecture Committee will wel-come Dominican poet Eddy Ulerio, who will read from his recently published bookof poetry during a book signing and read-ing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Penn StateHazleton. The free event will take placein Room 115 in the Evelyn Graham Aca-demic Building.Ulerio’s book, “Travesía: Estacionesdel alma,” is a collection of 63 poems inSpanish about life, the Dominican Repub-lic, love and family. The book is availablethrough Amazon.com.For more information, contact BeatrizGlick at 450-3059 or Máximo Toribio email@example.com.
Taxpayers group will gather
The Wilkes-Barre Taxpayers Associa-tion will have its monthly meeting at 7:30p.m. April 2 at St. Andrew Church, 316Parrish St. Residents are invited to attendand sign the petition for “The Property Tax Independence Act.” The public is wel-come.
Meet new library director
Jennifer Moran, the new director of theMill Memorial Library, 495 E. Main St.,invites the community to “Meet the Direc-tor Night” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday todiscuss the changes and events planned atthe library. Refreshments will be served.Events scheduled for April include Am-nesty Month, in which any patron can re-turn an overdue item from the library andhave the ﬁne waived, and Face-Off for theMill Library in conjunction with the Wil-kes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on April 6.Order forms to buy tickets to that eventare available at the library, with a portionof proceeds from each ticket sold beneﬁt-ing the library.National Library Week is April 14-20,anda“communityconversation”hostedby the United Way will take place from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 16. The Friends of the Mill Memorial Library will have its an-nual “Book and Bake Sale” from 10 a.m. to2 p.m. April 17 and 18. Paul Miller of FlowCircuswillbeatthelibraryat10a.m.April23. Storytimes take place at noon Wednes-days and at 11 a.m. April 4 and 18. The library will have registration for the“GroundbreakingReads”bookclubduring National Library Week. The club will be-gin in May with the “The Great Gatsby”by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Eleanor Roosevelt discussed
Kathleen Durham, executive director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, will speak about “Achieving Equity in the21st Century” in a 4 p.m. lecture Tues-day at Wilkes University. The free publiclecture will take place in Gies Hall in theDorothy Dickson Darte Center. Durham’stalk will address the legacy of EleanorRoosevelt, the center’s leadership training initiatives and the importance of empow-ering women and girls to become full par-ticipants and active citizens of the world.Durham, a graduate of Howard Univer-sity, holds a law degree from PepperdineUniversity.Durham’s talk is part of a collaborationbetween Wilkes and the United Nations.Presented in partnership with the HigherEducationAlliancefortheUnitedNations,the program brings U.N. ofﬁcials to cam-pus throughout the year for lectures andinformal meetings with students. Wilkesis the only Northeastern Pennsylvania col-lege participating in the program.
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TL products win 27 state awards
WILKES-BARRE – The Times Leader and associatedcommunity publications won27 Keystone Press Awards this year in a number of categories,including investigating report-ing, page design and sportsevent coverage. The Times Leader garnered11 awards, The Sunday Dis-patch received three awards, The Abington Journal won 12awards, and The Dallas Post won one award. The AbingtonJournal also was named the“sweepstakes winner” for itsdivision.“Onceagainthestaffatallof our publications showed why they are considered the bestin Northeastern Pennsylva-nia,” said Joe Butkiewicz, vicepresident and executive edi-tor. “The Times Leader wonﬁrst-place awards for investiga-tive and ‘spot news,’ areas of news gathering crucial to ourreaders but not a high priority for other papers. The sports- writers and news and featurepage designers at The TimesLeader do terriﬁc work every day,andit’sgreatthathasbeenrecognized.“The Abington Journalcontinues to prove that ourattention to community newsis worth the effort,” Butkie- wicz said. “For the fourth con-secutive year the staff at theJournal won the sweepstakesaward for the best paper of itscirculation size in all of Penn-sylvania. I’m proud to work with such talented and hard- working journalists.” Winners of the contest willbe honored at the Pennsylva-nia Press Conference on Satur-day May 18 in Harrisburg. Times Leader reporter Ter-rie Morgan-Besecker won ﬁrstplaceininvestigativereporting foraseriesofarticlesrevealing attorney Angela Stevens had
The Keystone Press Awardsrecognize The Times Leaderfor investigative, other work.
Just call itthe pariahof electedpositions
Why do so few run for schoolboard? Maybe because eitherway you lose, a professor says.
When it comes to schoolboard races in Luzerne County,competition can be a rare com-modity.Voters in four districts haveno real choice. Hanover Area and Lake-Lehman have fouropenseatsandfourcandidates,according to the primary-elec-tion slate recently released by the county Election Bureau.Northwest Area and Wyo-ming Valley West are even lesscompetitive: Each has only three candidates for four seats. Two other districts — Crest- wood and Dallas — have only one candidate more than thereare open seats. Why such a scarcity of con-tenders?In Lake-Lehman and Wyo-ming Valley West, the answermight stem from the electionof members by region, saidKing’s College political scienceprofessor David Sosar, who hasserved on Hazleton City Coun-cil in the past and is running for that post this spring.“I think electing by regiondoes take a bit of the competi-tion out of races,” Sosar said.“You really narrow your scopeof potential candidates when you talk about regions.”At Lake-Lehman, three in-cumbents are running on bothparty tickets unopposed: KevinCary in region one and AndrewSalko and David Paulauskasin region three. Region 2 in-cumbent Bo Keller opted notto seek re-election, and only one person, Robin Wesley, ﬁlednominating petitions. Unlesssomeone makes a strong write-in showing or popular indepen-dents enter the general elec-tion in November, that meansthe district’s race is over beforeit starts.At Wyoming Valley West,incumbents from regions two,ﬁve and six — James Fender,Gordon Dussinger and Gary Evans, respectively — are thesole candidates on both party tickets. According to the coun-ty’s candidate list, no one ﬁledto ﬁll the open region 8 seat.
Sosar suspects the same dy-namics — small pools of eli-gible voters available to begin with — might be one reasonsmall districts have troubleﬁelding much of a slate. AtNorthwest Area, the county’ssmallestdistrictbyenrollment,fouropenseatsdrewonlythreeincumbents:PeterLanza,Alton
Bloomin’ cold weather no barrier to ﬂower sales
Temperatures barely crawled above freezing Sat-urday, but The Flower Tentdelivery truck drivers madetheir rounds for those shop-ping for a sure-ﬁred indica-tor of spring.Display tables weresparsely stocked at TheFlower Tent on BlackmanStreet, Wilkes-Barre, in themorning, but one operatorsaid they will be ﬁlled withblossoms and emptied againby Easter.“By Wednesday, it’s go-ing to be full in here and by (Easter) Sunday, everything willbegone,”saidKimiReis-inger, a longtime ﬂower ven-dor who is just returning tothe seasonal business after a seven-year sabbatical.Like nearly a dozen or soother striped-yellow tents inthe area, Reisinger receivedher ﬁrst shipment of ﬂowersfrom Wyoming Greenhous-es, The Flower Tent’s parentcompany, Saturday morning. With only three ﬂower va-rieties avail-able now atthe Wilkes-Barre tenton Black-man Street,customersstill showedup to gettheir blos-soms evenastheywerebeing un-loaded fromthe truck.Holding outfor warmertempera-tures, Re-isinger said she will get an-other shipment Monday andagain on Wednesday withthe anticipated Easter lillies,mums and hydrangeas.Reisinger began working with The Flower Tent ven-dors when they started withtwo tents, one in Wyoming and the other in Kingston
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Maria Ansilio of Dallas handles ﬂowers Saturday in thesales tent operated by her father and uncle, Tim Ansi-lio and Tom Ansilio, across from the Midway ShoppingCenter in Wyoming.
Roadside tents brace forshoppers seeking Easter,spring merchandise.
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Members of the Irem Shriners erected bleachers Saturday morning in preparation for the 64th annual circus, whichwill take place April 1-6 at the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Wilkes-Barre.
Suiting (and seating) up for a circus
Times Leader Correspondent
The Irem Shriners’ Eastertimetradition, which this ear will boastbears, is all about service.
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“BWednesda,it’s goingto be fullin here andb (Easter)Sunda,everthingwill begone.”
A longtimeﬂower vendor