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Times Leader 09-16-2013

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INTHISCORNER,BLOOD:
First glanceat the title of the newseason of“Survivor”would seem like it’s going to be a competi-tion betweenviscous substances.But thenagain,a literal translation of“Bloodvs.Water,would make for some seriouslybor-ingTV.No,“Survivor: Bloodvs.Water,whichpremieres at 8 p.m.Wednesdayon CBS,pitsformer“Survivor”players and other realityTVstars against their loved ones in a shock-ing twist I just totallyruined.Enjoy.
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To assist you in navigat-ingThursday’s“Talk LikeAPirate Day,we of-fer you these helpful hints.The Pirate phrase,“Arrrggghh,me hearties,I be keelhaulin’downto Neptune’s grog shoppe fer some vittles andfroth o’the ol’oaken barrel,”can be translatedto,“Would you care to accompany me todinner?”And the phrase,“Yarrr,by the beardon DaveyJones’craggy face,we be xin’fersome fresh blood on the ol’yardarm,”means,“Excuse me,can I have this dance?”
THEPARTYINGDEAD:
For some reasonscience has not fullyexplained,zombies are“in”these days.They’re on hitTVshows,in movies,commercials,video games,mybackyard …well,not that last one.And thisweekend,they’ll be all over Scranton.It’s thethree-dayundead fest called Infect Scrantonand it starts Fridaywith an attempt to breaktheworld record for the most“zombies”gathered in one place.(That’s at 6 p.m.at theThe Mall at Steamtown,ifyou’re undead andinterested.)There’s far more than that,withazombie pub crawl,zombie convention andzombie“survival challenge.Luckily,there’snozombie armwrestling,because that couldget awkward.
WELCOME‘AUTOMPNE’:
If you’re a fan ofsummer,you might want to give it a hug andsay your farewells for the year,because it’sout of here this weekend.Here comes theseason of fall foliage,football,turtle-necks,turkey,pumpkin spiceand cornucopias.Autumn makesits ocial NorthernHemisphere debutat 4:44 p.m.onSunday.Did youknow the wordautumn comesfrom the OldFrench word“autompne,”which means“grandpa’sgetting pick-led on thehard cider again.It’s true …sort of.
CIRQUE’SUP:
So,you have a choice foryour entertainment dollar:You caneither go see a performance of thephilharmonic,oryou can checkout the circus.What doyoudo?Ahhhh,choosing is forlosers! Ifyou go see“CirqueMusica”at 7 p.m.Sundayatthe Mohegan SunArena,youcan have both.The show,fromthose limber Canadianswhobroughtyou Cirque du Soleil,combines beautiful music andjaw-dropping acrobatics,which ifyoutried them at home,would leaveyou intraction for eternity.
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BEIRUT — A high-ranking Syrian official called theU.S.-Russian agreement on securing Syria’s chemi-cal weapons a “victory” for President Bashar Assad’sregime, but the U.S. warned Sunday “the threat of forceis real” if Damascus fails to carry out the plan. The comments by Syrian Minister of NationalReconciliation Ali Haidar to a Russian state news agen-cy were the first by a senior Syrian government officialon the deal struck a day earlier in Geneva. Under the
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Syrian medicstreat woundedchildren andmen, injuredfrom heavyshelling, ata makeshifthospital inMaaret al-Numan, Idlibprovince,northernSyria, onSaturday.
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MIAMI Dear seniors, yourMedicare benefits aren’t chang-ing under the Affordable Care Act. That’s the message federal healthofficials are trying to get out tosome older consumers confusedby overlapping enrollment peri-ods for Medicare and so-called“Obamacare.”Medicare beneficiaries don’thave to do anything differently andwill continue to go to Medicare.gov to sign up for plans. But advo-cates say many have been confusedby a massive media blitz directing consumers to new online insur-ance exchanges set up as part of the federal health law. Many of the same insurance companies areoffering coverage for Medicareand the exchanges.Medicare open enrollmentstarts Oct. 15 and closes Dec. 7,while enrollment for the new stateexchanges for people 65 and underlaunches Oct. 1 and runs throughMarch.“Most seniors are not at allinformed. Most seniors worrythey’re going to lose their healthcoverage because of the law,” saidA steady stream of property owners headedto the Luzerne CountyCourthouse last week topay delinquent taxes sothey wouldn’t risk los-ing their properties in Thursday’s back-tax auc-tion.A total 350 propertieswere removed from thesale by Friday afternoon,reducing the auctioninventory to 1,500, offi-cials said.Several property own-ers also are scheduled toappear in county court Tuesday and Wednesday,attempting to convincea judge to pull them outof the sale with prom-ises they will soon payup, said John Rodgers,president of NortheastRevenue Service LLC,the county’s tax claimoperator.
Owners try to halt  tax sale
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Wallace Cunningham,left,AARP South Carolina associate state director for multicultural outreach presents a workshop earlier this month on theAffordable Health CareAct in Bishopville, S.C.
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WASHINGTON Motorists coming ofthe Frederick DouglassMemorial Bridge intoWashington are treatedto a postcard-perfect viewof the U.S. Capitol. Thebridge itself, however, isaboutasuglyasitgets:Thesteel underpinnings havethinned since the structurewas built in 1950, and thespan is pocked with rustand crumbling concrete.District of Columbia offi-cials were so worried abouta catastrophic failure thattheyshoredupthehorizon-tal beams to prevent thebridge from falling into theAnacostia River.And safety concernsabout the Douglass bridge,which is used by more than70,000 vehicles daily, arefar from unique.An Associated Pressanalysis of 607,380 bridgesin the most recent federalNational Bridge Inventoryshowed that 65,605 wereclassified as “structurallydeficient” and 20,808 as“fracture critical.” Of those,7,795 were both — a com-bination of red flags thatexperts say indicate signifi-cant disrepair and similarrisk of collapse.A bridge is deemed frac-ture critical when it doesn’thave redundant protectionsand is at risk of collapse if 
Drivers are uneasywith troubled spans
Multibillion-dollarproblem plaguesmany states
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HAZLETON Police on Sundaynight were searching for a man wantedinthe shooting of anothermanSaturday.A “be on the look out,” or BOLO,was issued around 8:10 p.m. by LuzerneCounty 911 for Fernando Torres witha last known address of Mark Drive,Hanover Township.He was being sought in the shoot-ing of 40-year-old man from Hazleton,according to police. The victim wasbrought to Hazleton General Hospitalaround 4:35 p.m. Saturday after being shot elsewhere. The unidentified victimwas flown by helicopter to a regionaltrauma center.Police did not identify the locationof the shooting, but media reports saidpolice responded to a garage on NorthPoplar Street. Torres was considered armed anddangerous, and possibly traveling in thecompany of a woman and another manin a white Hyundai Sonata, according topolice.SCRANTON Communityorganizations gathered Sundayto raise awareness and funds tohelp local youths at the inauguralMusic, Motors and More festivalat the Toyota Pavilion at MontageMountain.Brian Fischer, one of the eventorganizers, said the communitygroups took advantage of the gen-erosity of the facility’s owners,Live Nation, who donated use of the pavilion, to hold the festivalwith an overarching goal to pro-mote anti-bullying programs. The Bridge Youth Services andthe Wyoming Valley Children’sAssociation were involved, hesaid. The event included eight musi-cal performers, with The Badleesperforming as the final act. Theyall volunteered their time for thecause. In addition, the CorvetteClub of Northeast Pennsylvaniabrought more than 150 cars anda long list of vendors participated.A teacher in the Wilkes-BarreArea School District, Fischersaid bullying is a threat for stu-dents that can have “life altering”effects.“Bullying is a major problemand we have to be ‘hands-on’ withittostop it,” Fischersaid. “Itcan’tbe tolerated,” he said.Fischer organized car shows atthe Solomon Plains ElementarySchool for years and decided itwas time to expand. He said hesaw the Toyota Pavilion as theperfect place to do that.“This is a great place for thistype of community event and weplantomakeitanannualfestival,”he said. He thanked Live Nationfor donating the venue and thepersonnel.Alan Stout, who works toeducate local students through The Bridge Youth Services Anti-Bullying program, stressed anti-bullying programs are becoming increasingly important in areaschools.Hesaidoneofthemostdifficulttype of bullying to fight is cyber-bullying, which he called the most“cowardly” type.“It’s not like in the past where abully pushed somebody and couldget pushed back,Stout said.“Nowbullyingisdoneincompleteanonymity and from a distance,where the victim is defenseless,”he said.Stout said he believes the anti-bullying efforts in local schoolsare having a positive effect, but headmits more has to be done. Heemphasized involvement from thestudents might be the most effec-tive way to fight it.“The students are the greatestasset. If we get enough of theminvolved,theycanmakeanimpacton bullying,” he said.Joe Lazzaro, president of the Corvette Club, said hisgroup was willing to partici-pate in the festival because itwants to help local youth.He hoped a large number of fes-tival-goers would appreciate theassortment of Corvettes lined updating from the 1950’s to present.Fischer said he hoped thou-sands of people would attend thefirst Music, Motors and More fes-tivalbytheendofthedayandsaidhe looks forward to further expan-sion of community events at thepavilion in the future.
BillTarutis | ForTheTimes Leader
People gather to listen to the music of Miz at the Music & Motors and More ontheMountaincarshowaidedbytheCorvetteClubofNortheasternPennsylvaniaat theToyota Pavilion in Moosic on Sunday afternoon.
Music, motors and more, oh my!
Horsepower,tunes aim to aid areayouths
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TimesLeaderCorrespondent
POLICE BLOTTER
WILKES-BARRE
— City police reportedthe following:
• Daniel Harthausen of Suffolk, Va., was
cited with public drunkenness, underagedrinking and disorderly conduct after King’sCollege security officers said they saw himurinating on the doorway of a building onNorth Main Street around 7 p.m. Saturday.
• James Snarski of Vulcan Street said his
residence was burglarized between midnightand 4 p.m. Saturday. He was in the process of determining what was stolen.
• Police found shell casings and a bullet
in the front door of a residence on Old RiverRoad after responding to a call of shots firedon Maffet Street around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.No suspects were found after a search of thearea and there were no reported injuries.
• A 23-year-old man said a 32-inch Dynex
flat-screen television, two Xbox 360 gam-ing consoles, a PlayStation and a DirecTVtransmitter box were stolen during a burglaryat his residence on South Franklin Streetbetween 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday.
• A 39-year-old Forty Fort woman said
her 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix was stolenfrom Bowman Street. The car is gold andhas Pennsylvania license plate JHJ8103. The woman said she parked the car near herfather’s residence and returned at 9:30 p.mSaturday to find it was gone.
HAZLETON
— City police reported thefollowing:
• Dennis Hall, 51, of Hazleton was arrest
-ed at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of SixthStreet and Lafayette Court on outstanding warrants from the Luzerne County Sheriff’sDepartment and committed to the LuzerneCounty Correctional Facility.
• Amanda Dibonifazio, 32, of Sugarloaf,
was restrained by police shortly after1:35 a.m. Sunday at Hazleton GeneralHospital during a disturbance.Police responded to the hospital and wit-nessed her screaming and yelling at hospitalstaff.She was eventually restrained and calmed.Persistent disorderly conduct and othercharges will be filed against her, police said.
• Jennifer Vasquez, 28, of Hazleton was
cited with harassment after allegedly caus-ing a disturbance in the 400 block of EastDiamond Avenue around 3 p.m. Saturday.
• Donan Lombert, 37, of Hazleton, was
cited with disorderly conduct and publicdrunkenness after he was seen urinating inthe street near a food truck on East DiamondAvenue around 2:40 a.m. Saturday. Whenpolice confronted Lombert he became aggres-sive with officers and was detained, policesaid.
• Several items were taken from a 2013
Honda Pilot while it was parked in the 200block of East Elm Street between 11 a.m. Thursday and 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Kurt Mumie, 27, was taken into custody
on a charge of possession of a controlled sub-stance shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday in thearea of Second and North James streets.
• A at-screen television was stolen from
the residence of Linda Peifer in the 600 blockof Alter Street between 7:30 p.m. Friday and1:30 p.m. Saturday.
BillTarutis | ForTheTimes Leader
Self-proclaimed‘bestfriends’BenSebensli,right,andSamanthaAlaimo,bothsecond-gradersatDallasElementarySchool,workondecorat-ingpumpkinsatthe11thannualDallasHarvestFestivalonSundayafternoon.Otherfestivalactivitiesincludedanopen-miketalentcontest,a farmers market, a competition of floral displays, the chance to ride an old-fashioned firetruck and the opportunity to watch a differenttheatrical skit every hour on the hour.
Dallas Festival:Where best friends meetAll aboard for charity!
Pittston native CaydenWeller gets his train ticketstamped Sunday for hisfirst coal-powered steamlocomotive train ride.TrainNo.425 left Duryea Stationon Sunday morning for itsspecial fourth annual ride tohelp benefit Pittston-areacharities.The classic steamengine and its passengercars traveled toJimThorpe,where passengers wereallowed to disembark andsite-see in the historic town.Proceeds from this year’strip will benefit the PittstonMemorial Library,GreaterPittstonYMCAand the Careand Concern Free HealthClinic,also in Pittston.
Eric Seidle |ForTheTimes Leader
 
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WILKES-BARRE — ClaytonKarambelas joined the Wilkes-BarreYMCAin1951andhehasbeen a member ever since.When the South FranklinStreet facility was undergoing a$15 million renovation over thelast two years, Karambelas andhis wife, Theresa, decided theywanted to help — they donated$50,000 to the campaign.For their generosity andlong service to the YMCA,the new Clayton and TheresaKarambelas Fitness Center wasnamed in honor of the couple’sdedication to the facility’s mis-sion to promote the importanceof frequent exercise to reviving the body, restoring the spirit,and fostering friendship.“The YMCA is an integralpartofthecommunity,”Theresasaid.“This is the most essentialpart of the downtown,”Clayton added. The couple are life-lonYMCA members and volun-teers, serving in several leader-ship positions over many years.Karambelas said the YMCAis a place for young and old tomakefriendshipsandgetagoodworkout and to learn.“Parents who need child carecan bring them here and feelsafe,” Clayton said. “The peoplehere are most trustworthy. Andchildren can learn how to swimby certified instructors.” Theresa Karambelas said par-ents can drop their children off and have “peace of mind.” Shesaid the YMCA has numerousprograms beneficial to all ages.“And you find all nice peoplehere,” she said.Clayton and TheresaKarambelas are former own-ers of C.K. Coffee and for yearsbefore that they operated theBoston Candy Shoppe.Jim Thomas, YMCA execu-tive director, said the men’s fit-ness center named in honor of Clayton and Theresa has themost up-to-date fitness equip-ment. He said the generousgift to the Our Y, Your FutureCapital Campaign will helpto restore and renovate theYMCA’s historic 1934 building and upgrade facilities at theorganization’s beautiful 1,100acre YMCA Camp Kresge inWhite Haven. The Men’s Fitness Centerhas assigned lockers and offersmembers laundry and towel ser-vice, a steam room and whirl-pool, a lounge area with TV andWIFI, cardio equipment andshowers.Clayton serves as a trusteeand has served as board mem-ber in the past. In 2002 hereceived the Y’s Layperson of the Year Award.Clayton is involved with theNortheastern PennsylvaniaPhilharmonic and WilkesUniversity the school hegraduated from in 1949. Healso started a flight squadronthroughtheIremTemple,flying sick children to big city hospi-tals. Theresa taught at a modeling agency and did some televisionwork, including dance recitalsfor the David Blight Studio. Sheis also an accomplished water-color painter. They love to travel and Theresa paints scenes fromplaces they visit, such asSpain, Greece, France, Africa,New York City and elsewhere. The Karambelases’ home inKingston is adorned with herartwork.
WILKES-BARRE
Goodwill Salepromotes donations
 The Bon-Ton’s semi-annual GoodwillSale,takingplaceSept.19throughOct.5,will reward shoppers for donating gentlyused clothing at any Bon-Ton location.For each donation, donors will receivea coupon to purchase the latest fall fash-ions at their local Bon-Ton, Bergner’s,Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman,Herberger’s or Younkers stores. Bon- Tons in Luzerne County are at theWyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township and the Midway Shopping Center in Wyoming.Customers will receive discounts upto 25 percent on nearly everything in thestore, such as apparel, shoes, handbags,home items and luggage, and 15 percentoff cosmetics and fragrances.Bon-Ton donates all items receivedto Goodwill Industries, where theywill be sold in Goodwill stores in thecommunities where they are collected. The revenues will fund job training andcommunity-based services to help peoplefind jobs and build their careers.
LEHMANTWP.
Land trust oferinglocal harvest tasting
 The public is invited to a “Taste theLocal Harvest” fundraiser presented bythe North Branch Land Trust 5 to 9 p.m.Oct. 6 at the Huntsville Golf Club. The casual event will give attendeesan opportunity to taste the harvest fromlocal farms prepared by TV celebrityChef Michael, try local brews and watchtelevised Sunday football games. TheCoal Town Rounders will entertain withbluegrass music. Tickets are $50 per person and areavailable by going to www.nblt.org andclicking the “Events” tab under “News &Events.” Call the land trust at 570-696-5545 or the golf club at 570-674-6545for more information, or email romanan-sky@nblt.org or lpross@golf-huntsville.com.
WILKES-BARRE
Councilman holdstown hall meeting
Councilman George Brown will hold atown hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24at the Firwood United Methodist Churchto follow up one held in August.Brown urges residents to contact himat 570 991-1156 about the meeting orother issues that he can assist them with.
AVOCA
Crime watchmeeting set
 The regular monthly meeting of theAvoca Neighborhood Crime Watch willbe held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the bor-ough building on Main Street.Plans will be discussed for a member-ship drive in October. For more informa-tion, call Jim 457-8446, Ned 457-6109 orGene 457-0776.
WILKES-BARRE
 Wilkes U. honorsConstitution Day 
Wilkes University will commemorateConstitution Day on Tuesday with a talkby associate professor and chair of politi-cal science Kyle L. Kreider. Keider willspeak on “The Voting Rights Act and theConstitution: What’s Next?” at 11 a.m. inBreiseth 107. The event is free and open to thepublic. Constitution Day commemoratesthe signing and adoption of the U.S.Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
HANOVERTWP.
Crime Watchgroup will meet
Hanover Township NeighborhoodCrime Watch Meeting will be at 7 p.m.Wednesday at the Hanover TownshipAmerican Legion Post 609, 320 LeePark Ave.
LAPLUME
Speaker, author
focuses on biz nance
 The Keystone College Concerts andLectures Series will feature nationalspeaker and author Cheree Warrick for“Creating Business Plans that ActuallyGet Financed” at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 inBrooks Theatre. The free presentationwill explain how start-up or small busi-nesses can raise capital.Warrick is a frequent speaker atbusiness seminars and previously man-aged the Vienna Tysons Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. She holds abachelor’s degree in international busi-ness from American University and amaster’s degree in finance from GeorgeWashington University.
ClarkVan Orden |TheTimes Leader
Clayton and Theresa Karambelas donated $50,000 to the Wilkes-BarreYMCA recently, and the Men’s Fitness Center was named in their honor.
KarambelasesdonatetoYMC
BILLO’BOYLE
boboyle@timesleader.com
Countytalkswithunionstobegin
Closed-door contract negotiations are setto begin this week with Luzerne County’s300-member, rank-and-file residual union,which is represented bythe American Federation of State, County and MunicipalEmployees, or AFSCME.Bargaining issues willinclude council’s new direc-tive to convert all full-timeemployees to at least 37.5hours per week. Residualmembers work 32.5 hoursexcept Road and Bridge and911 employees, who work 40hours. The contract expires theendofthisyear,andtheunionhastherighttostrikeifnego-tiations fail. Four of the county’s 10 unionscan strike. Residual workers discussed astrike in 2009 when its current contract wasunder negotiation, but a pact was approved.County officials and unions have managedto avoid strikes in recent years. UnionizedAging and Children and Youth employeeshadafive-dayworkstoppagein2001.Formercounty chief clerk/administrator EugeneKlein said the last full-scale strike was in theearly 1980s involving AFSCME workers.
Five county employees retired in
August,accordingtocountyManagerRobertLawton’s latest personnel report: Childrenand Youth caseworker Sandra Moosic, pro-bation officer Brian Leighton, prison cor-rections officers Alex Rynkiewicz and AnnaWrightandassistantpublicdefenderWilliamRuzzo.
• Council will hold a public budget work
session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the councilmeeting room at the courthouse focusing onthe judicial services and records division.
Senior auditor Brian Swetz said the
county is still awaiting final audits fromtwo outside boards — Flood Protection andRetirement — that are needed to finish thecounty’s 2012 audit, which was supposed tobe competed by June 30 under home rule.
ChiefSolicitorC.DavidPedritoldcoun
-cil he is finalizing contract negotiations witha financial institution to handle all countybanking and plans to present the proposedcontract to council Sept. 24.
• Collection letters were sent last week to
morethan400peoplewhodidnotpaycourt-ordered fees for protection-from-abuse cases,Pedri said. The $108 fee covers county coststo process the PFAs.
• In an attempt to beef up revenue, the
administration has asked the county court toapprove fee increases in the criminal courtrecords department because the fees havenot been raised in eight years, Pedri said.
• Councilman Harry Haas did not have
enough council support Tuesday to sched-ule a security summit on crime. Lawtonagreedtoinitiatediscussionsamongworkerson ways to reduce crime. Councilman JimBobeck said Haas can still independentlygather feedback from law enforcement agen-cies.
During the discussion on crime,
CouncilmanStephenJ.Urbansaidtwoyouthrecentlykickedinoneofhisapartmentdoorsat his Wilkes-Barre property.
Council approved Councilman Rick
Williams’ request to the county Planning Commission to require bike lanes, sidewalksand public transportation accommodationsin certain developments seeking subdivisionand land development approval. The com-mission must hold a public hearing on theproposed changes.
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WILKES-BARRE Hundreds of people gath-ered at Kirby Park onSunday afternoon to raiseawarenessofsuicideduring the seventh annual Out of the Darkness CommunityWalk. The three-mile walk ben-efits the Greater NortheastPennsylvania chapter of American Foundation of Suicide Prevention forresearch, education andsurvivorsupportprograms.Don Jacobs, host of WNEP-TV’s “PennsylvaniaOutdoorLife,”saidthemis-sion of AFSP, a national,not-for-profit organization,istohelppeoplewhomightbe contemplating suicide,and for those who’ve lost aloved one.WNEP sponsors thelocal chapter’s walks eachyear and Jacobs is one of the co-sponsors.“Its OK to talk aboutwhat’s on your mind, what-ever you’re feeling, what-ever you’re hurting about,”Jacobs said. The chapter’s first walkwas held Sept. 16, 2007,exactly one year afterthe 26-year-old wife of Jacobs colleague, BrianHollingshead, took herlife. Hollingshead is theproducer of “PennsylvaniaOutdoor Life,” and wasmarried only two monthswhen he lost Erin.Hollingshead organizedthat first walk as a way tohelp local survivors of sui-cide loss.“Itwouldhavebeentheirfirst wedding anniversary,”said Louise McCabe of Kingston. “They got mar-ried on Sept. 16 and wewere back in the church onNov. 16 for her funeral.”McCabe and her daugh-ter and son-in-law, Maryand Shawn Dunn, were onhand to provide supportand information about theAFSP to attendees. Shawnalso works at WNEP withHollingshead, and Jacobsand Mary had been friendswith Erin for 20 years.“All of these people arehere because they lost aloved one to suicide,” saidMary, who serves on theboard of directors of theGreater Northeast Chapterof AFSP.“The survivors are thepeople that are left behind.It’s something that’s diffi-cult to talk about and thisevent puts them in thecompany of other peoplewhounderstandtheirloss,”she said.More than 38,000Americans died by sui-cide in 2010, according toAFSP statistics, with near-ly 1,600 of those deaths inPennsylvania.Suicide is also the sec-ond-leading cause of deathfor people between theages of 15 and 24, said PatGainey, regional coordina-tor for the AFSP.“People need to wake upand understand that we’redealing with a nationalhealth crisis,” Gainey said.“Depression is the mostdiagnosable and treatableof all of the mood disordersand most people who diefrom suicide were suffering from depression,” Gaineysaid.For more information onASSP, visit: www.afsp.org.
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Holly Hoffman of Mountain Top carries a sign for her late sister Chrissy during the Out of Darkness walk sponsored by theAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Kirby Park on Sunday afternoon.
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CAMILLE FIOTI
TimesLeaderCorrespondent
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A woman sobs as she reads the poem ‘We Remember Them’before the start of the Out of Darkness Walk sponsored by theAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention at Kirby Park onSunday afternoon.
JenniferLearn-Andes
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