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The Dallas Post 03-31-2013

The Dallas Post 03-31-2013

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D
ALLAS
P
OST
 Vol. 122 No. 4
THE BACK MOUNTAIN’S NEWSPAPER SINCE 1889
MARCH 31-APRIL 6, 2013
The
50¢
ANEDITIONOFTHETIMESLEADER
www.mydallaspost.comWILKES-BARRE, PA.
FOR THE DALLAS POST/CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK
River Morgan found a golden egg at the Dallas Borough Annual Easter Egg Hunt. For more photos of the egg hunt, please turn to
page3.
Finding a golden egg
 When Pastor Dan Miller arrivedin the Back Mountain in 1993to resurrect the then-fledgling Back Mountain Harvest Assem-bly Church, he predicted the area behind the church building wouldbecome known as a “city on a hill.” What Miller didn’t know at thetime was what kind of “city” that would be. Today, the area known as theRock Recreation Center, or RockRec, brings people of all ages to-gether through sports. The build-ing behind the church on Carver-ton Road in Trucksville offers full-size gymnasium, a stage area,a cardio room, a multi-purposeroom, a lounge with a pool table,an air hockey table, a TV and a kitchen area.Rock Rec also includes the Val-ley Tennis and Swim Club, a 15-acrepropertybehindtherecreationcenter that was built in 1960 andpurchased by the recreation orga-nization in February 2010. Thatpurchase added to the rec center’srepertoire eight clay tennis courts,an Olympic-size inground pool, anoutdoor pavilion and a clubhousethat accommodates 140 people forgraduation parties, weddings andfamily reunions.Now,thefacesbehindRockRecssuccess are looking ahead.Elijah Miller, development direc-tor and Pastor Dan’s son, and Doug Miller, center director and no rela-tion to Elijah and Pastor Dan, arespearheading a $4 million capitalcampaign to transform the recre-ation center into a sports complex.Included in the plan are a mutli-purpose field, major renovations tothe swimming pool to add mush-room sprinklers and collapsiblerock climbing walls, as well as anaddition to the current recreationbuilding, adding a second full-sizebasketball court with drop-downnets. Trees have already begun to becleared for the field which will bethe size of a regulation footballfield with artificial turf and mark-ings for soccer, field hockey andlacrosse.“The 10-year mark means a lot,”Elijah, 26, said of the Rock RecCenter which started in 2003 witha simple vision. “We had no idea of the impact on the community this place would have. But in the
Rock Recreation Center tackles expansion
ByDOTTYMARTIN
dmartin@mydallaspost.com
CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK/ FOR THE DALLAS POST
The Rock Recreation Center on Carverton RoadinTrucksville plans to almost double the existingfacility plus add an artificail turf field for footballand soccer, say directors Elijah Miller, left, andDoug Miller.
See ROCK, Page 7
Will Dallas High Schoolsenior play finally play?
Amanda Foote, a backstagehand/actress in the upcoming Dallas Senior High School pro-duction of Rick Abbot’s pla“Play On!wonders, on stageand off, if the high school group“will ever get it right” or if theplay will finally be presentednext week.“Really, for the first twoscenes everybody is freaking out,” Foote said. “There arehuge technical problems and wego home every night and re-doeverything.”But that’s the idea of this pro-duction and the veteran senior, who will major in musical the-atre at Muhlenburg University next year, is up to the challenge. The murder mystery - a play  within a play - tackles the com-plications, problems and perilsof producing a play. In her roleas a protagonist stage hand,Foote is up against the strong- willed writer of the play, playedby Catherine Blankensop, whochanges sets, cues, lighting andscript randomly, angering andupsetting the rest of the cast.Blankensop, a shy freshmanbefore auditioning for this play,took on the challenge as theantagonist playwright, and isenjoying the role. “I just love itand guess I just took to it andit had really transformed me,”she says of herself. “Everything in the play goes wrong becauseofmeandIlovetogoallthewa with it.”Could there be a theatre ca-reer in her future? “It’s too early for me to say, right now. I’m tak-ing it all in, let’s say.”Play advisor Harry McKeown wants Blankensop to explode,be bubbly and almost obnox-ious. He says the students have worked exceptionally hard onthis complicated story within a story.On the other hand, there is a stark reality to the drama. Thisis the first time Nate Kalo hasbeen on stage as an actor. “Itis very stressful,” he said. “I’m whipped, but it’s very reward-ing and I am sure stretching my abilities pretending to be otherpeople.”
ByCHARLOTTEBARTIZEK
 Dallas Post Correspondent
To see if the DallasHigh School theaterstudents get their acts/play together, the publicis invited to the DallasSenior High School at8 p.m. on Friday andSaturday, April 5 and 6.There is a $5 admission.
Nate Kalo, left, andAnastasia Beney arecharacters in RickAbbot’s comedy ‘PlayOn!’ at Dallas HighSchool.
CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK/ FOR THE DALLAS POST
Alssa Horvath, left, and Steven Nave rehearse their roles in Dallas HighSchool’s rendition of Rick Abbot’s comedy ‘Play On!’
Dallas Post photographer Charlotte Bar-tizek has won a first-place Keytone PressAward for a feature photo of a kids’ annualfishing day in the Back Mountain.In addition to Bartizek’s award, The Times Leader and associated community publicationswon27KeystonePressAwardsthis year in a number of categories, includ-inginvestigativereporting,pagedesignandsports event coverage.Bartizek has won three awards from PAKeystone competitionsover the years for photosbut is most proud of first-place award she re-ceived in 1995 for a sportsphoto from the NationalNewspaper Association. The Times Leader gar-nered 11 awards, TheSunday Dispatch receivedthree awards and The Abington Journal won 12 awards. The Abington Journal also was named the “sweepstakes winner” forits division.“Once again the staff at all of our publica-tions showed why they are considered thebest in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” saidJoe Butkiewicz, vice president and execu-tive editor. “The Times Leader won first-place awards for investigative and ‘spotnews,’ areas of news gathering crucial toour readers but not a high priority for otherpapers. The sportswriters and news andfeaturepagedesignersatTheTimesLeaderdoterrificworkeveryday,andit’sgreatthathas been recognized.“The Abington Journal continues toprove that our attention to community news is worth the effort,” Butkiewicz said.“For the fourth consecutive year the staff atthe Journal won the sweepstakes award forthe best paper of its circulation size in all of Pennsylvania. I’m proud to work with suchtalented and hardworking journalists.” Winners of the contest will be honored atthe Pennsylvania Press Conference May 18in Harrisburg. Times Leader reporter Terrie Morgan-Besecker won first place in investigativereporting for a series of articles revealing attorney Angela Stevens had double-billedthe county for delivering fee petitions relat-ed to her representation of parents whosechildren are in the custody of Children andYouth Services.Morgan-Besecker and staff writer EdLewis also won a first place “spot news”awardfortheircoverageofanOctober2012shootout involving a Wilkes-Barre city po-lice officer whowas shot and injured andanattempted-homicide fugitive who was shotand killed during a gunfight in the city.Staff writer Bill O’Boyle won a second-place award for a personality profile of a  woman and her battle with cancer.Sports writer Paul Sokoloski won a sec-ond-place award for a column regarding thelate Penn State coach Joe Paterno and the
See PLAY, Page 7
IF YOU GO
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BySHEENADELAZIO
 sdelazio@timesleader.com
Bartizek
See KEYSTONE, Page 4
The murder mystery - a playwithin a play - tackles the com-plications, problems and perilsof producing a play.
 
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Display Advertising Deadline: Tuesdays at 12 noonContact Diane McGee at 970-7153The Dallas Post has a variety of advertising rates and programs.The Dallas Post satisfies most co-op ad programs and offers creative services at no charge. Combination rates withThe Abington Journal, Clarks Summit and the Sunday Dispatch, Pittston are available.Coverage Area: The Dallas Post covers theBack Mountain community which includes theDallas and Lake-Lehman School Districts. Wetry to get to as many events as possible, butstaff and space limitations make it impossibleto cover everything. If you have news aboutyour family, town or organization please sendit to us and we’ll try to get it in. Photographsare welcome. Send them two ways, by mail to15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 or bye-mail to news@mydallaspost.com. E-mail isthe best and most timely method for submis-sion. E-mailed photos should be in JPEGformat with a resolution of at least 200 dpi. Thedeadline for all copy is Tuesday at noon. priorto publication. Corrections, clarifications? TheDallas Post will correct errors of fact or clarifyany misunderstandings, call 675-5211. Havea story idea? Please call, we’d like to hearabout it. Letters: The Dallas Post prints lettersof local interest. Send letters to: Editor, TheDallas Post, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA18711. All letters must be signed and include adaytime phone number for verification.You can now purchase any photothat appears in The Dallas Postfrom The Times Leader photo store.Simply log onto www.timesleader.com/photostore and click on the linkfor The Dallas Post.Orders for subscriptions received by
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The following Back Mountain realestate transactions have beenrecorded in the Luzerne CountyOffice of the Recorder of Deedsfor the week of March 18, 2013:
Elizabeth M. Dorris to Home-workz Construction,
HarveysLake Borough; $5,500
Joanne A. Skevofilax to Marga-ret J. Lunger,
Unit 605, BuildingA, Dallas Township; $95,000
Daniel Tuck (executor), HenryC. Tuck Jr. (estate) to MichaelG. and Linda M. Somoga,
Lot9, 42nd Street, Meadows, DallasTownship; $170,000
Fannie Mae (per attorney infact), Phelan Hallinan, LLP(attorney in fact) to Christo-pher Barna,
856 Demunds Road,Franklin Township; $95,129
Edward J. Ciarimboli to MarekKopczynski,
Lot 16, AmberWoods II Subdivision, LehmanTownship; $385,000
Albert T. and Denise M. Kernsand Denise M. Duquette toJamie A. Fisher,
1.58 acres,Lehman Township; $140,000
EP Pooled 1212 LP to Erich H.Sprau and Jill Marchakitus,
481Beaumont Hill Road, HarveysLake Borough; $21,500
Michael Orlowsky to Robert A.and Jennifer L. Murphy,
2430Lower Demunds Road, Lot 1, Dal-las Township; $297,000
Land Tycoon Inc. to DoonHoldings, LLC,
371 Bodle Road,Franklin Township; $50,000
John Simon to Anthony andLois Sayre,
Ross Township;$30,000
PROPERTYTRANSFERS
PUZZLE ANSWERS, Page 7
T H E D A L L A S P O S T
PAGE 2SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013
 
T H E D A L L A S P O S T
PAGE 3SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2013
Misericordia University ishostingthe2013BackMountainChamber Business and Commu-nity Expo and the spring meet-ing of the Back Mountain His-torical Association beginning at4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17.Both events are open free tothe public and business com-munity. The Expoisbeingheldfrom4to 7 p.m., while theHistorical Associa-tion’s presentationis from 7 to 9 p.m. The Expo willoffer more than60 Back Mountainbusinesses and en-trepreneurs consid-ering establishing or relocating their businesses to the regionan opportunity to showcasetheir wares and services withprospective clients and fellowbusiness owners. The Expo also provides busi-nesses a community platformto outline how they contributeto the economic, social andcultural well-being of the BackMountain.Student volunteers in Miseri-cordia Universitys BusinessProfessional Association, as well as students in Penn State- Wilkes-Barre’s Ambassador’sClub are assisting with organiz-ingandrunningtheevent. The MU andPSU mascots also will make a specialappearance along  with the mascotfrom the Wilkes-Barre/ScrantonPenguins andScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.Anarrayofdoorprizeswillbeawarded to attendees and a dis-play of refreshments will be pro- videdbyGerrity’sSupermarketsand Fire and Ice Restaurant.Businesses can register forlimited exhibit space by log-ging on to www.BackMountain-Chamber.org 
BMT Business andCommunity Exposet for April 17
 T 
he annual Dallas Borough Easter Egg Hunt was held March 23 at the KennethYoung Memorial Park on Burndale Road andLuzerne Avenue in the borough. Children ages1-10 hunted for eggs, played games, enjoyed facepainting and a chance to win a raffle basket.
on the hunt
Marissa Schul-er, left, andAlaina Harkins,of Dallas, fillout registrationforms and takea chance at thebasket raffleduring theannual DallasBorough EasterEgg Hunt.Madelyn Gonzales and Sage Morgan rush onto the tenniscourt for the annual Dallas Borough Easter Egg Hunt.A kind bunny helps Landon Pollock, of Dallas, find some eggs at the Dallas Borough Easter Egg Hunt.Steven Carr,of Dallas, andbehind him, Sa-brina Dourand,Edwardsville,have the great-est affectionfor the guy in awhite suit at theannual EasterEgg Hunt.Young KyraKivler, of Dal-las, isn’t happywith the bigwhite bunnynext to herat the DallasBorough EasterEgg Hunt.Maybe she’lllike him nextyear.
S
tudents at Wycallis Elementary Schoolcombed the school library Monday, look-ing for Easter eggs that had been hidden for theschool’s annual Easter egg hunt. Although thestudents found lots of eggs, it was kindergartenteacher Victoria Flynn who got the best surprise. When Flynn opened an egg marked “Mrs. Flynn,”she found a note that said, “Hatching One Kinder-garten Child At A Time.”
Eggs hunted atWycallis Elementary
Madison Eastman and her class-mates look for Easter eggs in theWycallis Elementary Library.Ashlynn Wolfe, a kindergar-tener at Wycallis Elementary,shows off her dyed egg.
CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK pHOTOs/ FOR THE DALLAs pOsT
Carter Vidumsky and his classmate Alex Cavanaugh check out what’sin the Easter eggs they found during an Easter egg hunt at the Wy-callis Elementary School Library.Carolyn Comitz, a kindergartener at Wycallis Elemen-tary School, counts her eggs after an Easter egg huntin the library.
 T 
he annual Kings-ton Twp. EasterEggHuntwasheldMarch23 in Center Street Park.
hig ggs i Kigs twp.
pETE G. WILCOX pHOTOs/THE TIMEs LEADER
Cousins Ella Fleschut, 7, left, and Madison Fleschut, 8, both ofKingston Township, wear rabbit ears and Wilkes-Barre/ScrantonPenguins jerseys to the March 23 Easter egg hunt at CenterStreet Park in Kingston Township.Jason Puza, 8, of KingstonTownship, participates inthe egg toss during an Eas-ter Egg Hunt in KingstonTownship.Children are off and running to hunt Easter eggs at the CenterStreet Park in Kingston Township on March 23.
Dallas borough easter egg hunt
CHARLOTTE BARTIZEK pHOTOs/ FOR THE DALLAs pOsT
The Expo also providesbusinesses a communityplatform to outline howthey contribute to theeconomic, social andcultural well-being ofthe Back Mountain.

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