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FORTY FORT Temperatures havecrept toward record highs this week andpeople around the area are starting toshake off the cabin fever with some sum-mertime traditions.At the Forty Fort Pool, lifeguards saidtheir pool-watching duties on Thursday  were much more enjoyable than last week when temperatures hung around 70 de-grees, at best.“We were open last weekend, and it wasfreezing. We were wearing sweatpants. This is a lot better, though. We can actu-ally get a tan,” Katie Lord, the pool’s headlifeguard, said.Below the lifeguard’s perch, Lola Wood,5, and Emma Suppon, 8, splashed in thepool, undoubtedly finding relief from fromhumidity that peaked at 93 percent satura-tion Thursday, making the temperaturesfeel hotter.“We can go swimming now,” Wood ex-claimed. “When it was cold, we just stayedinside.”MaryBednarak,ofKingston,wenttotheForty Fort Pool as a child. Now as a senior,it takes her back. She said the water mightbe cold, but that isn’t stopping her.“I think everybody is ready for the warm weather and I am happy to get in the wa-ter. It’s freezing, but it feels good,” Bed-narak said of the water.
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Greyson Perzia, 3, of Forty Fort, cools off in the Forty Fort Poolon Thursday afternoon.
Heat is on and they like it
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KINGSTON — In the midstof a departmental review, PoliceChief Keith Keiper submitted a letter indicating he is retiring from the force, a source said Thursday.Kingston Mayor James Hag-gerty said he could not discussanything aboutKeiper becauseof an on-goininternal reviewof police proce-dures involving private security details.Keiper lastmonth volun-tarily placed himself on admin-istrative leave while the internalreview was being performed.Haggerty said the review is inits final stages and is hoping tobe completed by next week.“We can’t comment on any-thing because it is a personnelissue and the review is on-go-ing,” Haggerty said. “We’re notat liberty to discuss it at thistime. Hopefully, when the re- view is completed and a reportis issued, we can discuss every-thing.” The review involves officersperforming private security de-tails for events, such as schooldancesandathleticeventsatthe Wyoming Valley West SchoolDistrict.Haggerty previously ex-plained that all requests forprivate security details need ap-proval from the police adminis-tration and found a few instanc-es in which the policy was notcorrectly followed. Wyoming Valley West Super-intendent Chuck Suppon saidhe found one incident where of-ficers were paid cash for a dancethat was sponsored by the dis-trict.Police provide security forother dances hosted by the dis-
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Public in dark over whereabouts of explosive chemicals
 WASHINGTON — Fears of terrorism havemade it harder than ever for citizens to findout what dangerous chemicals lurk in theirbackyards, The Associated Press has found.Secrecy and shoddy record-keeping have keptthe public and emergency workers in the darkabout stockpiles of explosive material.A monthlong reporting effort by the AP,drawing upon public records in 28 states,found more than 120 facilities within a po-tentially devastating blast zone of schoolchil-dren, the elderly and the sick. But how many others exist nationwide is a mystery, as otherstates refused to provide data.People living near these facilities who wantto know what hazardous materials they store would also have to request the informationfrom state environmental agencies or emer-gency management offices. County emer-gency management officials would also haveit. The federal government does not have a central database, and while the Homeland
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A SUSQUEHANNA SOJOURN
River shows tranquil side
ON THE SUSQUEHANNA —You won’t see it from anywhere buthere, and yes, it’s a bit scary. Chunksof stone ripped from the piers as if by a giant claw, debris — including ironically, a boat trailer — piledhigh on the upriver side, and thebridge overhead thick with rust.“I always paddle under thatbridge pretty quickly,” VinnieCotrone said with a smile, adding that the only real threat to kayakersand canoers is inattentiveness whenthey pass under the bridge justnorth of Scovell Island. “Stay clearof the debris,” he shouted to his sonMichael. “I know you know that,but I’ve got to say it anyway.”Michael, 10, may be the posterchild for how accessible the riverreally can be. He joined his dad andsix others — mostly media types— on a two-hour float down theriver Thursday as a precursor andpromo for Riverfest 2013, set forJune 21-23 (his dad is president of the Riverfront Parks Committee of  Wilkes-Barre, which organizes theevent).A true newbie to river travel,Michael got a quick lesson ineverything from entering the kayakto holding the twin-blade paddle,then proceeded to master the craftso quickly that within 20 minuteshe paddled rings around his pop,literally.It’s an opportunity available toanyone interested and willing to pay a relatively modest rental fee ($45
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Photos, clockwise from left: 1. The flood of September 2011 hastened the deterioration of an old railroad bridge over the Susquehanna just north ofScovell Island in Exeter. 2. First-time Kayaker Michael Cotrone, 10, mastered a paddling technique within minutes. 3. The Fort Jenkins and WaterStreet bridges between Pittston and West Pittston. 4. A water-level view of the Susquehanna.
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 WILKES-BARRE Themayor questioned whethera shooting that injured twopeople and left bullet holesin the rental car they drove to Wilkes-Barre General Hospitallast weekend occurred in thecity.Mayor Tom Leighton hadfewdetailstoofferwhenaskedabout the incident during City Council’s regularly scheduledmeeting Thursday night. “Ibelieve there’s very little infor-mation to give,” he said.“Where did it happen in thecity?” Leighton asked a report-er who inquired as to why po-lice have not released informa-tion about it. “Our police areinvestigating to see if it evenhappened in the city,” he said. The shooting purportedly happened around 5 a.m. Sat-urday; beforehand, the injuredmen might have been at an af-ter-hours club on South MainStreetthatthecityalsoislook-ing into.A city health inspector for- warded a complaint about theproperty earlier in the week,Drew McLaughlin, city mu-nicipal manager, stated in ane-mail after the meeting. Thecity is investigating to see if itisproperlyzonedandlicensed.Frank Sorick told council hecalled the number he was pro- vided for the club and the manhe spoke to said it is open. “Idrove by last night and theplace is in full operation,Sorick said.James Gallagher wantedto know about the legality of putting a banner that read“Nothing Fails Like Prayer” ondisplay on Public Square. Gal-lagher, who often addressescouncil, said he supports freespeech. “But that banner is a shot at the Christian and Cath-olic religions,” he said.He suggested that it betaken down. “It’s not a goodcharacter to have that flying in our downtown, especially  when we start off our councilmeeting by having a prayer,”Gallagher said. The mayor responded by telling Gallagher that peopleof faith, such as him, Gallagh-er and council, shouldn’t let itoffend them. “We live in a freecountry; unfortunately every-body has the rights to what-ever what they want to say,”Leighton said.Justin Vacula paid the city $50 to hang the banner sup-plied by the Freedom FromReligion Foundation. Vacula, who described himself as anatheist, said the banner wasdone as a response at the Na-tional Day of Prayer and Circlethe Square with Prayer eventsheld on the Square earlier thismonth.
 WILKES-BARRE In anemotionally charged accep-tance speech, Keith Benjamintold the story of how Ruth’sPlace shelter for homeless women came to be.Benjamin, 64, and his wifeJulie, 66, were honored Thurs-day night on the 10th anniver-sary of Ruth’s Place, the proj-ect they co-founded in 2003. The Commission on Eco-nomic Opportunity also washonored for its continued sup-port of the agency that hasserved 1,513 women since itsinception, representing some31,739 nights of lodging. GeneBrady, executive director atCEO, quoted an Irish proverbin his acceptance speech. “It isin the shelter of each other in which we all live,” he said. The Benjamins, now retiredand living in Rochester, N.Y.,said they are proud of howthe shelter has grown froma seven-bed unit in a churchbasement to a full-standinprogram that last year servednearly 300 women. The shelter was necessary to keep women from makin“the 4 o’clock decision,” saidKeith Benjamin, who foughtback tears as he explained.“Too many women wereforced to make that 4 o’clockdecision — to decide who tosleep with to have shelter forthe night,” he said. “The factthat anybody would have tomake that decision made methink — and it still does.”So on Dec. 1, 2003, Ruth’sPlace opened with two cli-ents. Keith Benjamin said thenumber gradually grew as theagency’s credibility becameestablished. Julie Benjaminsaid as many as 36 women were cared for on a nightly ba-sis in the early years, and theBenjamins spent long hours atthe shelter because volunteers were hard to find.“But we cared,” said KeithBenjamin. “Poverty bothersme; it bothers me a lot.”A retired minister, KeithBenjamin told the story of  young couple of Biblical times who arrived in a town withno room in the inn and foundshelter in a stable. “The law of Moses called on that family tobe taken in,” he said. “And thisshelter does just that.”Gloria Edwards, 67, washomeless in 2007 when hermarriage broke up. The Ben- jamins took her in and shenow lives on her own in Kings-ton. “Ruth’s Place gave me thetools and the fundamentalthingsneededtomakeitinthereal world,” she said.Kristen Topolski, 38, isthe shelter director and shesaid 20 women currently stay at Ruth’s Place. She said 86 women were placed in perma-nent housing in 2012 and 39more in transitional housing.“We’re proud of our programand our successes,” she said.“And when they leave us, wehave a 96 percent success rateof knowing exactly where they go.”Ruth’s Place was founded by the Methodist Urban Ministry. The shelter provides shelterand case management servic-es for homeless women whilehonoring their dignity, its sup-porters said.“Not only does Ruth’s Placedo what it’s supposed to do, itdoes it well,” said Rabbi Larry Kaplan of Temple Israel and a board member.“It provides just about ev-erything they need to exceland support themselves andto take advantage of their ownstrengths.”
Ruth’s Place founders honored for service
Keith and Julie Benjaminreceive recognition 10 earsafter startup of area shelter.
ByBILLO’BOYLE
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W-B Council askedabout shootings
Maor Tom Leighton had fewdetails to offer when askedabout the incident.
ByJERRYLYNOTT
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Russians find mammothcarcass with liquid blood
MOSCOW — A perfectly pre-served woolly mammoth carcass with liquid blood has been foundon a remote Arctic island, fuel-ing hopes of cloning the Ice Ageanimal, Russian scientists said Thursday. The carcass was in such goodshape because its lower part wasstuck in pure ice, said SemyonGrigoryev, the head of the Mam-moth Museum, who led the ex-pedition into the Lyakhovsky Islands off the Siberian coast.“The blood is very dark, it wasfound in ice cavities bellow thebelly and when we broke thesecavitieswithapollpick,thebloodcame running out,” he said in a statement released by the North-Eastern Federal University in Ya-kutsk, which sent the team. Wooly mammoths are thoughtto have died out around 10,000 years ago, although scientiststhink small groups of them livedlonger in Alaska and on islandsoff Siberia.Scientists have decipheredmuch of the woolly mammoth’sgenetic code from their hair,and some believe it’s possibleto clone them if living cells arefound.
ByVLADIMIRISACHENKOV
 Associated Press
Jennifer Sidari, a 26-year-oldgraduate in the first class of  The Commonwealth MedicalCollege who had been dubbeda medical doctor only a few weeks ago, died Wednesday at Geisinger Medical Center,Danville, the same hospital where she was beginning herresidency.Her brother, Pete, 17, saidhis sister did not pursue medical career for the money.“I think she would have been a pioneer,” he said.Jennifer Sidari, a WestPittston native, had recently returned from a trip to Haiti,and the family spent a lot of time Thursday night talking about her adventures there.Her father, Peter Sidari, saidhis daugh-ter made hermark durinthe medical-aid trip.Many chil-dren JenniferSidari worked with thereneeded morethan medical care, they need-ed someone to make them feelloved. Some children carriedmites, and the other doctorshesitated to get close. Sidarididn’t think twice, and pho-tos from the trip show howcommitted to the cause she was, hugging the children andreaching them at their level.Sidari’s boyfriend, JohnBrunza, remembered her re-turn and his surprise that shehad left almost everything be-hind. Sidari felt the Haitiansneededherclothesandbelong-ings morethanshedid, Brunza said.Her friends and family filledthe front porch Thursday andfilteredinandoutofthehouse,offering covered dishes andlong hugs. The Sidari family said friends had been stopping by all day to offer condolencesandtalkabouttheirlostdaugh-ter and sister.Victoria Sidari, 16, remem-bered a sister who was neverembarrassed by her youngersibling. Only last week, Jenni-fer Sidari had invited Victoria to go for dinner with a bunchof the elder’s friends, she said.After growing up with a sister who was more like a parentin some ways, Victoria asked,“What sister would bring her younger sibling on a girls’night out?”It is unclear what causedSidari’s untimely death, buther brother, Pete, said it’s im-portant to know she passedpeacefully with her family by her side.
 Jennifer Sidari’s obituary ap- pears on Page 9A.
Recent med school grad dies at 26
Jr.Achievementhonorsbestowed
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unior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania held its 26th Annual Busi-ness Hall of Fame dinner Thursday night at Genetti Hotel & Conference Cen-ter. Inducted into the Hall of Fame this year were Lou Ciampi Sr. of IndependentGraphics Inc. and Anthony J. Dixon, partner, Rosenn, Jenkins and Greenwald LLP.Maureen Mangan Mills and Bob Mills of Craft Oil Corp., a PetroChoice Co., receivedthe Entrepreneur of the Year award. From left to right are Bob Mills and MaureenMangan Mills, Ciampi and Dixon with their awards.
LOTTERY
MIDDAY DRAWING
DAILY NUMBER
- 1-7-9
BIG 4
- 6-6-2-5
QUINTO
- 5-7-1-4-8
TREASURE HUNT
05-08-12-15-20NIGHTLY DRAWING
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- 0-3-8
BIG 4
- 5-1-9-3
QUINTO
- 0-8-9-8-0
CASH 5
02-09-23-25-33
MATCH 6
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Two players matched all fivenumbers in Thursday’s “Cash5” jackpot drawing, winning$250,000 each. Friday’s jackpotwill be worth $125,000.Lottery officials reported 110players matched four numbers,winning $263.50 each; 4,772players matched three numbers,winning $10 each; and 56,267players matched two numbers,winning $1 each.No player matched all sixnumbers in Thursday’s “Match6” jackpot drawing. Monday’s jackpot will be worth $750,000.
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
Julie and Keith Benjamin make a few remarks as they are hon-ored Thursday for founding Ruth’s Place, a homeless shelterfor women in Wilkes-Barre.
Sidari
Jennifer Sidari, of W. Pittston,had attended The Common-wealth Medical College.
ByJONO’CONNELL
 joconnell@timesleader.com
 
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Lemmond Award honors set
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he first recipients of the Charles D.Lemmond Jr. Community SpiritAward, established this year by TheDallas Post, one of The Times Leader’ssister newspapers, will be announcedin this Sunday’s edition of The DallasPost. The award is named after the former judge and statesenator who passedaway in 2012 and isdesigned to recognizeresidents of the BackMountain for his orher leadership andadvancement of com-munity spirit. The award honorsthose who endeavorto improve the lives of Back Moun-tain residents through outstanding community service, public serviceor philanthropy and embody the latestate senator’s commitment to doing the right thing, in the right way, forthe right reason.An awards reception will be 5:30 to7 p.m. June 18 at Lemmond Theaterat Misericordia University in Dallas Township.It is free and open to the public butreservations are necessary. To makea reservation, call The Dallas Post at675-5211 or email Dallas Post EditorDotty Martin at dmartin@mydallas-post.com.
HARRISBURG
Jewelry burglar pleads guilty
A New York City man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to the May 2008 robbery of Dunay Jewelers in Wilkes-Barre.Huby Ramkissoon, 37, pleadedbefore Senior U.S. District Court JudgeJames M. Munley. The charges and guilty plea are partof a continuing investigation into a scheme to rob Luzerne County jewelry stores. Four others have been chargedin connection with that scheme in which they robbed Steve Hydock Dia-monds, Kingston, and Dunay Jewelers.In December last year, FBI agentsarrested Ramkissoon in New YorkCity. He pleaded guilty to one countof interference with commerce by robbery and a second count of using a firearm to assist a robbery.Ramkissoon’s maximum penalty under the federal law is life imprison-ment. Under federal sentencing stat-utes, the judge is required to considerthe seriousness of the offense andRamkissoon’s history before imposing a sentence.
HUGHESTOWN
Park celebration is set
Hughestown Borough residentscelebrating renovations at the RobertYaple Memorial Park are asked to beat the field at the park on Cemetery Street at 11 a.m Saturday. The renovations are being paid forby developer Robert Mericle. Improve-ments include new mulch, new swingsand other playground equipment; pic-nic benches; garbage cans; a renovatedtennis court and walking trail andsign. A basketball court at the park hasalready been completed.Borough officials ask that anyone who helped put equipment together toattend. Food and refreshments will beavailable.
MOUNTAINTOP
Damenti’s airs fundraiser
 The patio bar at Damenti’s Restau-rant in Mountain Top will donate half of all bar sales to fundraisers this sum-mer. The bar opens June 7 and is look-ing for area organizations to partner with it to host fundraisers.For more information, contact Kevinat kevin@damentis.com or call 788-2004.
WESTNANTICOKE
Fire house event set Sunday
 The Plymouth Township Fire andRescue is holding an open house noonuntil 4 p.m. Sunday at the 11 E. PoplarSt., fire house in West Nanticoke toshare fire safety and prevention infor-mation with the public.Firefighters and paramedics will bestanding by to teach about the toolsthey use during rescue operations andalso about the importance of smokedetectors, driving safely and safety athome. The event is free to the public.
IN BRIEF
Red Cross is honoring local heroes
 WILKES-BARRE Whileattending services at OurLady of the Eucharist Churchin Pittston on Dec. 2, Loretta Amico of Pittston had to puther nursing skills to the test. When her daughter noticeda 66-year-old had man passedout, she started CPR andhooked up a defibrillator torevive him. When the ambulance ar-rived, the man was starting tocome around. She saved hislife.For her deed, the nurse of 40 years will receive the RedCross Adult Good SamaritanAward on June 12. Amicois one of eight who will getawards for heroism at the 5thAnnual Heroes Awards Break-fast benefiting the WyominValley Chapter of the Ameri-can Red Cross.“It makes you feel really good. Everything happenedreally fast and it comes natu-ral to you. You do what youhave to do,” Amico, directorof surgical services at BucciEye Surgery Center, said. “If it was my husband or father,I would want someone to dothe same.” The Red Cross honors ev-erydayheroesintheWyominValley who have performedextraordinary lifesaving acts,said agency spokeswomanJolene Miraglia.
Spirit of Heroism Award
Gina Pocceschi Boyle andher sister Jaclyn PocceshiMosely founded Fallen Offi-cers Remembered in 2004 inhonor of their brother, policeofficer Rodney Pocceshi, who was shot and killed in the lineof duty in Virginia Beach onJune 23, 2003, despite wear-ing a bullet proof vest.For eight years, Boyle andMosley have made it theirmission to help the commu-nity by protecting its policeofficers by giving them bulletproof vests that are not al- ways provided. Their missioncomes alive through fundrais-ing and sponsors who canAdopt-a-Cop.Because of their effort intrying to save lives, Boyle andMosley will receive the Spiritof Heroism Award. The twoare honored to receive theaward, but they believe policeofficers are the real heroes.“They go out every day andput their lives on the line. That is why we do what wedo. They are the heroes and we want to protect them,”Boyle, a Sweet Valley native,said.In addition to honorineveryday heroes, The RedCross also honors a business
ByTESSKORNFELD
Times Leader Intern
$7 millionsettlementreached in’12 crash
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 sdelazio@timesleader.com
Jesse Prebola, disabled after2012 incident, to receivedistribution for medical care.
 WILKES-BARRE – A lawsuitin Luzerne County Court involv-ingaKingstonmanwhowasleftdisabled after a collision with a tractor-trailer has been settledfor $7 million. The suit was filed by DeborahPrebola on behalf of her 30-year-old son, Jesse Prebola, in Janu-ary 2012 against the driver of the tractor-trailer and severalcompanies.After an agreement reachedon April 16, according to courtpapers, thePrebolas andthe nameddefendantscame to a $7million settle-ment in insur-ance proceedsapproved onMay 17 by a county judge.“We wereconfident thatif the case hadproceededto trial, theaward wouldbe in excessof the $7million,” said attorney JosephQuinn, of Kingston, who repre-sented the Prebolas. “If we canobtain a favorable settlement, we’ll agree to it. This will allow(Deborah Prebola) to be a momrather than the sole caretaker of Jesse.”According to the suit, on Oct.27, 2010, at 11:30 p.m., JessePrebola, who was 27 at the time, was driving north on Route 29outside of Tunkhannock. Thomas Punko, of Plymouth, was operating a tractor-trailerapproaching in the southboundlane with a load of auto parts tobe delivered to TunkhannockAuto Mart, according to thesuit. The suit states Punko wasgiven specific instructions onhow to deliver the parts but “ig-nored” them, pulling the truckinto the northbound lane.In testimony, police said JessePrebola would not have beenabletoseethetraileruntilitwastoo late for him to react, causing his vehicle to strike the rig.Court papers indicate JessePrebola was immediately ren-dered unconscious and sufferedFORTY FORT — Danielle Griffith-Sims sat across the street as firefightersdoused the flames at her Bidlack Streethome Thursday afternoon wondering  what she will see when allowed backinside.“I’m still trying to comprehend allof this,” she said, fighting back tears with her children and other family andfriendsatherside.“Iwanttolookattheback of the house, but I’m scared to.”Forty Fort Fire Chief Frank Guidosaid a preliminary investigation indicat-ed the fire started in the kitchen area atthe rear of the two-story, yellow-sidedhome at 65 Bidlack St. and rose to thesecond floor. State police fire marshals were on the scene to determine thecauseoftheblaze,butofficialssaidthey  would not make a ruling until today.“The damage is extensive,” Guidosaid.Several windows were smashed anda ladder rested against a second-floor window frame. Hoses were strewnthroughout the property to battle thefire that broke out around 2 p.m. and wastappedoutat2:36p.m.,Guidosaid.Firefighters were seen downinbottles of water and Gatorade to helpreplenish fluids lost while fighting thefire. Edwardsville Assistant Fire Chief Frank Slymock said each firefighter cango for 20 minutes in hot weather beforeneeding liquids .Griffith-Sims and her husband, Mi-chael, own the property and they werebusy contacting their insurance compa-ny to report the fire. Officials were as-sistinginfindingshelterfortheeveninfor the family, consisting of the parents,three daughters and a son ranging inagefrom6to16,andthreecatsandtwodogs.Firefighters carried two cats out of the house and administered oxygento both before handing them over toGriffith-Sims.“My daughter called me scream-
Former United Hebrew Institute building is sold
KINGSTON — A real es-tate holding company withties to the administrator of a special-education elemen-tary school in Luzerne haspurchased the former UnitedHebrew Institute building inKingston for $475,000.According to a deed filedthis week at the LuzerneCounty Recorder of Deeds,NGO Realty LLC purchasedthe 1.629-acre property at Third Avenue off of PierceStreet on Tuesday. NGO Re-alty is listed with the state with a Shavertown address,and the deed was signed by Nicholas G. Ouellette, wholisted himself as a managing member.Ouellette is the building administrator at the GrahamAcademy on Miller Street inLuzerne. He’s also the son of the academy’s owner, Tina Ouellette.Efforts to reach Nicholasand Tina Ouellette were notsuccessful Thursday.It’s unclear what the newowners have planned for the18,434-square-foot building that served as the home of the United Hebrew Institutefor more than 50 years beforethat school moved into theJewish Community Centerin Wilkes-Barre in 2011.As long as the building has new life, it’s viewed as a positive by Kingston MayorJames Haggerty. “It’s an im-portant building in a niceneighborhood,” Haggerty said. “We’ll be delighted tosee it put back to good use
AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADER
This former school property in Kingston recently sold for$475,000, according to a deed.
ByANDREWM.SEDE
 aseder@timesleader.com
Plans not et announcedfor 1.629-acre propert onThird Avenue, Kingston.
CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER
Firefighters from Forty Fort and Kingston give oxygen to a cat rescued from a house fire on Bidlack Street in FortyFort on Thursday afternoon.
Fire leaves family of 6 homeless
ByBILLO’BOYLE
boboyle@timesleader.com
Afternoon blaze in Fort Fortapparentl originated near kitchen,fire chief said.
Several area people will be recognized for their selfless deeds
See HEROES, Page 6A
Boyle Mosely
See SETTLE, Page 6ASee FIRE, Page 6ASee SOLD, Page 6A
Lemmond
This willallow(DeborahPrebola) tobe a momrather thanthe solecaretakerof Jesse.”
Joseph Quinn
Attorney

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