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NAIROBI, Kenya — Helicopters circling oerhead, Kenya’s military launched a majoroperation Sunday at an upscale Nairobi mallandsaidithadrescued“most”ofthehostagesbeing held captie by al-Qaida-linked mili-tants during a two-day standoff that killed atleast 68 people and injured 175. The military assault began shortly beforesundown, with one helicopter skimming eryclose to the roof of the shopping complex asa loud explosion rang out, far larger than anypreious grenade blast or gunfire olley.Kenyan police said on Twitter that securityforces had launched a “MAJOR” assault toend the bloody siege.“This will end tonight. Our forces willpreail. Kenyans are standing firm againstaggression,andwewillwin,Kenya’sNationalDisaster Operation Centre said on Twitter. The Kenya Defense Forces later said ithad rescued “most” hostages and had takencontrol of most of the mall, though it did notproide details.Many of the rescued hostages — mostlyadults — were suffering from dehydration,Col.CyrusOguna,amilitaryspokesman,told The Associated Press. He refused to say howmany hostages were rescued or how manywere still being held. He said some of theattackers had “most probably” been killed inthe operation.A failed Wright Township townhouse deelopment linkedto former attorney Robert Powell and two past judgesinoled in a public corruption scandal is again on LuzerneCounty’s back-tax auction listing. The 37-acre tract along Church Roadis owned by W-Cat Inc., a company setup by Powell and former county pro-thonotary Jill Moran.Powell was released from a Floridahalfway house in April after complet-ing an 18-month prison sentence forfailing to report a crime relating tohis kickback payments to the two judges, Mark Ciaarella and Michael T. Conahan. Both ex-judges are both inprison.First National Community Bank of Dunmore has been in
Failed area development  in tax sale
The Sanctuaryis linked to former attorney,2 past countyjudges in corruption scandal
It’s time to startforechecking,ghting and freezing the puckagain.Or,ifyou prefer another alliterativeletter: breaking away,boarding and bodychecking.Yes,hockeyseason is ap-proaching and that means theWilkes-Barre/ScrantonPenguinswill be open-ing their exhibitionschedule this Fridaywith a game againstthe RochesterAmericans.(Wait.IthoughtwewereALLAmericans.)Thegame starts at7:05 p.m.atthe Mohe-gan SunArena.
Legend has it,an Ethiopian goat herder namedKaldi discovered coee when he noticed hisgoats jumping around after they ate some ofit.Is it true? Probably not,but one thing iscertain:The world sure loves its coee.So,to show this devotion,several countries areobserving National Coee Day on Sun-day.In Malaysia,they’ll be enjoying“kopi.In Sweden,folkswill be drinking“kae.And in Canada,it’s“ACup o’Joe,eh?”Some places evengive out free coeeto note the day,soyou might getyourself afreebie.
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WILKES-BARRE Despite recentstatistics that show alcohol-related incidentsare down on campus, Wilkes Uniersity wantsto be more pro-actie in preenting underagealcohol abuse.Wilkes recently receied a $31,582 grantfrom the Pennsylania Liquor Control Boardto help preent underage and dangerousalcohol use.Wilkes receied one of 20 college anduniersity grants to deelop strategies toreduce underage and dangerous alcohol use,including enforcement efforts.Recent sureys hae indicated that Wilkesranks below the national aerage in alcoholconsumption among first-year students. Allensaid targeting freshmen appears to be effectie. The grant application noted:
From 2008 to 2011 the percentage of 
moderate and high risk drinkers among first-year students dropped from 40 percent to29 percent. The national aerage among first-year students is 44 percent, Allen said.
The number of alcohol-related student
conduct offenses decreased from 107 in2009 to 65 in 2011.
Freshman-to-sophomore retention rates
improed from 77.9 percent in 2007 to morethan 82 percent in 2011.
An annual Residence Hall Survey
indicates that 93.7 percent (2010) and 96.2percent (2011) agreed, or strongly agreed,that policies were clearly explained and fairlyenforced.
PLCB moneyis aimed at preventingunderage and dangerous drinking
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Civilianswhohadbeenhidingduringagunbattleholdtheirhandsintheairasaprecautionarymeasurebeforebeingsearchedbyarmedpoliceleadingthemto safety inside the Westgate Mall in the capital of Kenya.
 At least 68 are killed in attack on mall in Keny
Wash your hands.
Drink plenty of water.
Stay physically active.
Avoid cigarette smoke.
Follow a healthy diet.
Get enough sleep.
Avoid people who are sick.
Get vaccinated.
Healthy living is the bestway to avoid getting acold or the flu.
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An unfinished building is seen in the Sanctuary community.First NationalCommunity Bank of Dunmore has been in litigation seeking payment ofmillions of dollars in loans for the Wright Township townhouse project.Powell
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TheTimes Leader strives tocorrect errors,clarifystoriesand update thempromptly.Correctionswill appear in thisspot.If you have information tohelp us correct an inaccuracyorcover an issue more thoroughly,call the newsroomat 829-7242.
— Police reported the following:
• Paul Lazzaro of Madison Street was cited withpublic drunkenness Saturday after a ght in front of ahouse in the 200 block of North Washington Street.Police responded to a report of two men ghting around 4 p.m. and arrived to break it up. Sean Zingaletold police he invited Lazzaro over and his guest gotintoxicated and became aggressive. Zingale said Lazzarorefused to leave when asked to do so.Zingale said that when he tried to shove Lazzaro outof the house a ght ensured. Police spoke to Lazzaroand saw that he was under the inuence of alcohol to adegree that he was a danger to himself and others. Hewas arrested, taken to police headquarters and held untilsober.• Brian Luke of Stroudsburg was taken into custodyafter police used a Taser on him Friday night along SouthWilkes-Barre Boulevard. Two girls reported around 7:25 p.m. that a whitemale who had been following them in the area of theMcDonald’s was hiding in a tree along the boulevard.Police located the male, later identied as Luke, in thetree and saw that he had a hand inside the front of hispants. They ordered him to put his hand in the air andcome out of the tree.He walked out but had his hands down by the front of his pants. He complied with a second order to put up hishands and police saw that his pants were open. He puthis hands down and tried to pull a brown object from hispants, prompting police to use a Taser on him.He was taken into custody and transported to theWilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment of injuriessuffered in an earlier incident on the Market StreetBridge.• Raechel Murray of Hillside Avenue, Edwardsville,said her Apple iPhone 5 was taken from her by one of themen who surrounded her in the parking lot of the PantryQuik, 161 Carey Ave. around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.She said four black males, short in stature with thinbuilds and between the ages of 19 and 21 were walking south on the avenue. They entered the parking lot andone of the started talking to her. The others surroundedher and one of them grabbed her phone from her hand.They ran north on the avenue with Murray chasing them.She said they went into an apartment building onSusquehanna Avenue.• Gunmen took a purse and cellphone during arobbery Saturday at a residence on Carbon Lane. The suspects were described as three black malesbetween the ages of 18 and 25 with thin builds andbetween 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet. 11 inches tall. Theywore blue jeans and blue, black and gray hooded tops. The victim said three men knocked on the front doorand asked for “Jimmy” around 7:45 p.m. Two of thempulled out handguns and rushed into the residence beforetaking the items. The suspect wearing a gray hoodedtop had a black handgun. The suspect wearing the blackhooded top had a silver revolver. The suspect wearing the blue hooded top did not show a weapon.Police questioned a person of interest after thereported robbery but he was released pending furtherinformation.• A homeless man was cited early Sunday morning with public drunkenness after police on patrol saw himharassing Wilkes University students on South MainStreet. Melvin Minkler, 49, was taken into custodyaround 2 a.m. and transported to police headquarters.He was unable to contact a sober adult for his releaseand was held until sober.
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Ellen Bujnowski, 69, of Hanover Green, died Fridayafter a courageous battle withovarian cancer.Ellen was a 1962 graduate of Hanover Area High School andreceived both her bachelor’sand master’s degrees in SpeechPathology from BloomsburUniversity.Ellens faith and herdetermination to contribute tothe lives of those around herguided her. She was a devotedmember at the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church andimpacted the lives of thousandsof children in her nearly 40years as a speech pathologistat Wyoming Valley Children’sAssociation.Ellen’s passions, hobbies andinterests all involved selesslygiving to those around her —especially her family. She wasa role model and source of strength for her children. Hercompassion, resolve and joy forlife, particularly after the deathof her husband and during herbattle with cancer, will foreverinspire.Ellen was preceded indeath by her beloved husband,John Bujnowski, and herparents, Stanley and EleanorCzajkowski. She is survivedby daughter, Stacia, of Acton,Mass.; son Bo and his wife,Liz, of Middletown, Del., andson David and his wife, Kim, of Faireld, Conn. Ellen cherishedher grandchildren, Grace,Emerson and Jack.She is also survived by herdevoted sister, Jean, and herhusband, Stanley Semcheski,of Hanover Township; niece,Rachael Hammond; great-nephew, Colin Hammond;nephew, Matthew Semcheski,of Norfolk, Va.; aunts, uncles,cousinsandfriendswholovinglysupported her throughout herght … and by the children shetouched at the Wyoming ValleyChildren’s Association.A visitation will be 5 to 8p.m. Tuesday at Charles V.Sherbin Funeral Home, 630Main Road, Hanover Township,and a Mass of Christian Burialwill take place at 10 a.m.Wednesday in Exaltation of theHoly Cross Church, 420 MainRoad, Hanover Township.In lieu of owers, the familyrequests that donations inEllen’s name be made to eitherthe Abramson Cancer Center atthe University of Pennsylvaniaat 215-898-0578 (or http://www.penncancer.org/patients/giving/) or the Wyoming ValleyChildren’s Association at 570-714-1246 (or http://wvcakids.org/giving/).
Virginia I. Pieczynski, 88,Doylestown, formerly of Dallas,passed away Friday at HolyRedeemer, St. Joseph’s Manor,Meadowbrook, Pa.She was the daughter of thelate William and Anna PhillipsWasser. She attended DallasHigh School. Virginia was ahomemaker. She was a mem-ber of Gate of Heaven Church,Dallas, and the church’s Altarand Rosary Society. For a shorttime, she had worked at CollegeMisericordia in the housekeep-ing department and was a mem-ber of RSVP with the seniorcenter in Kingston.Virginia was preceded indeathbyherhusband,BenjaminPieczynski, in 1995 and a broth-er, William Wasser.Surviving are a son,Benjamin, and his wife, MaryJo, Doylestown; daughters,Rita and her husband, ThomasWalpole, Bensalem, Pa.; Annand her husband, JosephHometchko, Largo, Fla.; MaryLou and her husband, RichardStefanovich, Kingston; sis-ter, Lorraine Hawk, Dallas;grandchildren, Jennifer Brown,Ben Pieczynski, MichellePieczynski, Erin Walpole, RyanWolpole, Michael Wolpole, KyleWalpole, Victoria Tomberlin,Michael Hometchko, JaimeKarpovich; great-grand-children, Marielle Brown,Londynn Tomberlin, Brooklyn Tomberlin, Braydon Noble.Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at The Richard H.Disque Funeral Home, 2940Memorial Highway, Dallas,with funeral Mass at 10:30a.m. at Gate of Heaven Church,Dallas, with the Rev. Daniel Toomey ofciating. Friendsmay call 6 to 8 p.m. today atthe funeral home. Donations inVirginia’s name may be madeto The American DiabetesAssociation, c/o 71 N. FranklinSt., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701or to St. Joseph’s Manor,c/o 1616 Huntingdon Pike,Meadowbrook, PA 19046.
Robert A. Crawford Sr., 87, of Dallas, passed away Saturday athis home.Born in Philadelphia on Jan.17, 1926, he was a son of thelate Thomas and Annie DuncanCrawford. Robert was a gradu-ate of Northeast High School,Philadelphia. He was an ArmyAir Corps veteran of World WarII, serving in China. After thewar, Robert attended DrexelUniversity in Philadelphia.Robert started out as a toolmak-er and would nish his career asa sales engineer for Lemuel R.Lance Inc., Philadelphia, wherehe worked from 1968 until hisretirement in 2001. He had beena resident of the Back Mountainarea since 1963.Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former IreneStevenson, Dallas; children,Susan Crawford, Washington,D.C.; Thomas Crawford,Woodbury, N.J.; MargaretCrawford duBell, Doylestown;Lisa Quetsch, Mantua, N.J.; andRobertA.CrawfordJr.,Valencia,Calif.; grandchildren, Stirling Dubell, Robert A. Crawford IIIand Phoebe Dubell; and severalnieces and nephews.A memorial servicewill be at a future dateto be announced. The Crawford familywishes to thank the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Mercy Centerand the loyal caregivers for thecare, kindness and support pro-vided throughout Robert’s ill-ness. Arrangements have beenentrusted to the Harold C.Snowdon Funeral Home Inc.,140 N. Main St., Shavertown.
Walter Fudjak Jr., 85, of GlenLyon, fell asleep and went tothe Lord on Saturday at theGuardian Elder Care, Sheatown,where he had been a patient forthe past six weeks.Walter was born in GlenLyon on Nov. 13, 1927, the sonof the late Walter and Pearl(Wengryn) Fudjak Sr. He was alifetime resident of Glen Lyon,where he graduated from theNewport High School, Class of 1945. He was a lifetime mem-ber of St. Nicholas UkrainianCatholic Church, Glen Lyon,where he also served as a formertrustee. Walter was employed at Tobyhanna Army Depot from1954 until his retirement in1983. Later, he was employed asa courier for the Hanover Bank,Glen Lyon. He was a veteranof World War II, serving in theArmy from 1946 to 1947, andwas a recipient of the World WarII Victory Ribbon.HewasalsorecognizedbytheAmerican Red Cross for donat-ing 14 gallons of blood whileemployed at Tobyhanna. He wasa member and former treasurerof the Italian American Sporting Club, Glen Lyon, a member of the American Legion Post 350,Nanticoke. He served one termas a Newport Township com-missioner from 1986-1990. Healso served as an auditor forNewport Township from 1992-2003.Walter was an avid NotreDame and New York Yankeesfan. He enjoyed going on bustrips to Notre Dame and NewYork to see the games.Preceding him in death washis sister, Rosemary (Fudjak)Chest.Surviving are his wife of 58years, the former Bernadine(Yablonski) Fudjak, at home;daughters, Deborah, Glen Lyon,and Ann Louise Cragle and herhusband, Donald, Alden; onegranddaughter, Sarah Cragle.Also surviving are nieces, neph-ews and cousins.Funeral services willbe on Tuesday begin-ning with PanachidaServices at 9:30 a.m.at the George A. Strish Inc.Funeral Home, 211 W. MainSt., Glen Lyon. Mass of DivineLiturgy is at 10 a.m. at St.Nicholas Ukrainian CatholicChurch, East Main Street, GlenLyon, with the Rev. John Seniwofciating. Interment will be St.Nicholas Cemetery, Glen Lyon.Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m.today. Parastas services will beat 7 p.m.In lieu of owers, contribu-tions can be made in his mem-ory to St. Nicholas UkrainianCatholic Church, P.O. Box 62,Glen Lyon, PA 18617. The fam-ily would like to express theirgratitude to Dr. Richard Hiscoxand to the staff at GuardianElder Care for their kindnessand compassion provided toWalter during his stay.
Michael Petyo, 85, of Mountain Top, passed away onSunday morning at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.He was born in Wilkes-Barre Township on Oct. 31, 1927, asonofthelateGeorgeandHelenDanko Petyo. Michael attendedWilkes-Barre Township HighSchool and served with the U.S.Marine Corps during WorldWar II. Prior to his retirementin 1990, he had been employedfor many years as postmasterwith the U.S. Postal Service inNuangola. Mike was a memberofSt.Leo’s/HolyRosaryChurchin Ashley, and he was a memberof the Lithuanian Social Club inWilkes-Barre Township.He was preceded in death byhis brothers, John and GeorgePetyo, and by his sisters MaryGrula and Helen Domanski.Surviving are his wife of 63years, Mary D. Kumor Petyo;children, Denise Jacono andher husband, Frank, Milford,Del.; Michael Petyo and hiswife, Claudette, Allentown;Edmund Petyo and his wife,Corinne, Wilkes-Barre; sevengrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister AnnMcManamon and her husband, Thomas, Levittown; nieces andnephews.Funeral services willbe at 9 a.m. Tuesdayat the Nat & GawlasFuneral Home, 89 ParkAve., Wilkes-Barre, with a Massof Christian Burial to followat 9:30 a.m. in St. Leo’s/HolyRosary Church, 33 ManhattanSt., Ashley. Interment will be inSt. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may 5 to 8p.m. today at the funeral home.Online condolences may besent by visiting Michael’s obitu-ary at www.natandgawlasfuner-alhome.com.
COLUMBUS,OhioGettingfacetime with the family doctor couldsoon become even harder.A shortage of primary care physi-cians in some parts of the countryis expected to worsen as millions of newly insured Americans gain cover-age under the federal health care lawnext year. Doctors could face a back-log, and patients could nd it difcultto get quick appointments.Attempts to address the providergap have taken on increased urgencyaheadofthelaw’sfullimplementationJan. 1, but many of the potential solu-tions face a backlash from inuentialgroups or will take years to bear fruit.Lobbying groups representing doctors have questioned the safetyof some of the proposed changes,arguedtheywouldencouragelesscol-laboration among health profession-als and suggested they could createa two-tiered health system offering unequal treatment.Billsseekingtoexpandthescopeof practice of dentists, dental therapists,optometrists, psychologists, nursepractitioners and others have beenkilled or watered down in numerousstates. Other states have proposedexpanding student loan reimburse-ments, but money for doing so istight.As xes remain elusive, the short-fall of primary care physicians isexpected to grow.Nearly one in ve Americansalready lives in a region designatedas having a shortage of primary carephysicians,andthenumberofdoctorsentering the eld isn’t expected keeppace with demand. About a quartermillion primary care doctors work inAmerica now, and the Association of American Medical Colleges projectsthe shortage will reach almost 30,000in two years and will grow to about66,000 in little more than a decade.In some cases, nurses and physicianassistants help ll in the gap. The national shortfall can be attrib-uted to a number of factors: Thepopulationhasbothagedandbecomemore chronically ill, while doctorsand clinicians have migrated to spe-cialty elds such as dermatology orcardiology for higher pay and betterhours. The shortage is especially acute inimpoverished inner cities and ruralareas, where it already takes manymonths, years in some cases, to hiredoctors, health professionals say.“I’m thinking about putting ourhuman resources manager on thestreet in one of those costumeswith a ‘We will hire you’ sign,” saidDoni Miller, chief executive of theNeighborhood Health Associationin Toledo, Ohio. One of her clinicshas had a physician opening for twoyears.In southern Illinois, the 5,500residents of Gallatin County haveno hospital, dentist or full-time doc-tor. Some pay $50 a year for an airambulance service that can y themto a hospital in emergencies. Womendeliver babies at hospitals an houraway. The lack of primary care is botha fact of life and a detriment tohealth, said retired teacher andcommunity volunteer Kappy Scatesof Shawneetown, whose doctor is20milesawayinaneighboringcounty.“People without insurance or amedical card put off going to the doc-tor,” she said. “They try to take careof their kids rst.”In some areas of rural Nevada,patients typically wait seven to 10days to see a doctor.“Many, many people are not tak-ing new patients,said Kerry AnnAguirre, director of business devel-opment at Northeastern NevadaRegional Hospital, a 45-bed facility inElko, a town of about 18,500 that is afour-hour drive from Reno, the near-est sizable city.Nevada is one of the states withthe lowest rate per capita of activeprimary care physicians, along withMississippi, Utah, Texas and Idaho,according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The problem will become moreacute nationally when about 30 mil-lion uninsured people eventually gaincoverage under the Affordable CareAct, which takes full effect next year.“There’s going to be lines for thenewly insured, because many phy-sicians and nurses who trained inprimary care would rather practicein specialty roles,” says Dr. DavidGoodman of the Dartmouth Institutefor Health Policy and ClinicalPractice.Roughly half of those who will gaincoverage under the Affordable CareAct are expected to go into Medicaid,the federal-state program for thepoor and disabled. States can opt toexpand Medicaid, and at least 24 andthe District of Columbia plan to.
Editor’s note: 
THETIMESLEADER www.timesleader.com Monday,September232013 PAGE3A
Recent confusion overLuzerne County contractorsserving on outside boardsand authorities has prompteda bylaw amendment that’sup for approval at Tuesday’scouncil meeting. The county’s home rulecharter says employees of businesses that have contractswith the county are prohibitedfrom serving on the county’soutside boards and authori-ties. However, county Chief Solicitor C. David Pedriand Councilwoman LindaMcClosky Houck said thecharter wording does notexpressly ban individual inde-pendent county contractorsfrom serving, even thoughthat appears to be the intent.Drew Mamary, who hadbeen appointed to the author-ity overseeing the MoheganSun Arena, was disqualifiedbefore Pedri became chief solicitorbecauseMamary worksas a contracteddeputy coronerfor the county. Two othercouncil appoin-tees — ElaineCook and FrankBognet — gaveup countycompensationas independentarbitratorsto keep theirseats on the Luzerne CountyCommunity College Board of  Trustees. The proposed bylaw amend-ment says no county authorityor board member shall serveas a county independent con-tractor “in any capacity.”
• At least seven people
applied for a newly createddeputy election director posi-tion by Friday’s deadline. Theposition, which pays $35,000,was added as part of recentrestructuring that resulted inthree union furloughs.
• County Operational
Services Division HeadChristopher Belleman hadplanned to start his newposition as county FloodProtection Authority execu-tive director today but said heagreed to remain in the divi-sion head post through
Oct. 15 to assist with 2014
county budget preparations.
• Tuesday’s council meet
-ing starts at 6 p.m. in thecouncil meeting room at thecourthouse in Wilkes-Barre.Council is scheduled to voteon a two-year contract exten-sion with BI Inc. to handle thecounty’s day reporting center.Participating offenders mustreport to the Wilkes-Barrecenter for drug testing andmandatory treatment plans,reducing the prison inmate
count by an average 100 per
day, officials say.
• The county is expectedto receive about $1 million in
unanticipated revenue in thenear future due to a past loanthat was paid off early.A prior county administra-tion obtained a cash advanceon unpaid back taxes, a pro-cess known as “monetization.” The loan required to providethis cash advance was paid off,which means roughly
$1 million in back tax revenue
that won’t be needed for theloan can be turned over to thecounty.Councilman Rick Morelliasked Lawton about the“windfall” during last week’sbudget work session. Lawtonsaid any receipts from the pastmonetization will be put in acontingency reserve.
• Lawton told Morelli he
has not reached a decision onwhether he will ask council tocomplete a monetization thisyear. The option was included
in the 2013 budget adopted bycouncil to address a $4.3 mil
-lion void, but Lawton said hewould try to find cuts and newrevenue to avoid or reducethe amount of a cash advancebecause of the fees involved.
Juvenile resetters workshop is set
Children’s Service Center, inconjunction with Luzerne CountyCommunity College, will hosta juvenile firesetters workshopfor social workers, marriage andfamily therapists, and professional
counselors 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Oct. 11 at the school at 1333
Prospect St., Nanticoke. There isno charge to attend, and three CEUcredits will be awarded. The workshop will focus onthe criminal, psychological andtreatment perspective.Attendance is limited to the the
rst 100 registrants. To RSVP, pleasecontact Valerie May at 570-825-6425,
ext. 399 or vmay@ecsc.org.
Red Cross Holiday Cra Show on way 
 The Wyoming Valley Chapter of 
the American Red Cross will hold
its 20th Annual Holiday Craft Show
on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 30
and Dec. 1, at the 109th Armory in
More than 100 vendors will
have a wide variety of uniquehandcrafted items including jewelry,fine art, holiday and country crafts,glassware, handmade soaps andlotions, clothing and pet accessories. This year the event will also featurewine tastings from Pennsylvania
wineries including O’Donnell
Winery, Ferrone Family Winery,Capra Collina Winery and MaiolatesiWinery. Door prizes, concessionsand free parking will be available.Catering will be provided by Maer’sBBQ.Applications for new craft vendorsare available online at www.redcross.
org/pa/wilkes-barre or by calling 570-823-7161 ext. 336.
General admission is $5 per
person. Children 18 and under are
free. Sunday special admission
pricing is $3 per person after 2 p.m.Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the programs
and services of the Wyoming Valley
Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Fund directornamed at Keystone
Heather A. Schield was recentlynamed annual fund director atKeystone College.Prior to join-ing Keystone,she servedas executivedirector of the MuscularDystrophyAssociation inScranton.She graduatedfrom Bloomsburg University with abachelor of artsdegree in mass communications. Sheresides in Taylor with her husband,Reade. They are the parents of a3-year old son, Ryder.
State rep. partners with Legion for vets
State Rep. Karen Boback,R-Harveys Lake, announced apartnership with the PennsylvaniaAmerican Legion to make servicesavailable to local veterans on amonthly basis. The first in the series of outreach
meetings will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Oct. 2 at Boback’s district ofce, 608Hunter Highway, Suite 110, Eaton
 Township, Wyoming County. Areaveterans may seek assistance andinformation pertaining to specificbenefits and programs at that time.Additional meetings will be on thefirst Wednesday of every month.“I’m very proud to be able to offereven more services to our localveterans,” Boback said. “We owethese men and women a great debtof gratitude for their service to ournation.”Kerry Schemilfenig, a serviceofficer with the American Legion,will be there to address individualconcerns of veterans. Anyoneinterested in meeting with himshould make an appointment inadvance by contacting Boback’s
district ofce at 570-836-4777.
Outside contractor confusion to be addressed 
Leona Elko would tell you, to beatcancer, you’ve gotta fix your eyes onthe sunny side.
 The 42-year-old mail carrier from
Nanticoke was diagnosed with breastcancer in March and, since then, hasplowed through waves of strugglesto where she is now, going for radia-tion treatments daily at Geisinger
Wyoming Valley Medical Center.“My life did a complete 180
everything’s a challenge,” Elko said.“I keep my spirits up and try to getthrough it.” The mother of two expects she’ll beable to return to work in about a year.She is grateful for health insurancethrough the U.S. Postal Service, butshe said the cancer touches every partof her life; not just her body. It wreakshavoc on her emotions and her wallet.Lisa Atkinson, a close friend whomanaged a fundraising event forElko, connected her with DanielleCavanaugh and the Think PinkFoundation. Cavanaugh, a cancersurvivor, started the foundation withthree friends to help women with can-cer pay medical bills, buy groceriesand gasoline, and cover daily expens-es.Elko, the foundation’s first candi-date, received money for due bills andto reimburse past bills.“Whatever I had paid, they refundedthat. They said, ‘No, that’s yours. Payyour rent or whatever you need topay.’ I was so grateful,” Elko said. The Think Pink group used to be arunning team that worked toward theRelay for Life each year in Mountain Top, raising money for cancer patientsaround the country.“We ended up being the top fund-raising team. I think our final yearof the relay we definitely raised over
$20,000,” Cavanaugh said.
But they wanted to see the moneyyield immediate results for women inLuzerne County. They realized theyhad raised a sizable pot of cash inonly a few years but never saw it helpsomeone directly.“When we did the math, we found
we had raised more than $70,000 in
four years,” Davis said. “That’s a lotthat we cannot account for.”So they hung up their running shoesand gained non-profit status at thebeginning of the year.Elko’s response confirmed thewomen are on the right track,Cavanaugh said. After receiving acheck in the mail, Elko called in tears,thanking them for the money.“It made us feel like, oh my God,all of this is worth it just for that onephone call,” Cavanaugh said. The foundation uses Cavanaugh’sexperiences with the illness to deter-mine base needs for cancer patients.It wants to help women whereverthere’s need, even paying for extrahelp around the house, she said.“Cleaning, gas cards, grocery bills.
 That’s what we wanted. We want
people to realize we’re not just raising money. We want to be able to get (themoney) out now,” Cavanaugh said.
Think PinkFoundationmembers meetwith breast cancerpatient LeonaElko of Nanticoke,center right, andher friend LisaAtkinson, centerleft, during agathering at theWright TownshipRecreation Park onThursday evening.From left areThink Pinkmembers DaniellePetros and KeelinGeisler,Atkinsonand Elko, andmembers KimDavis and DanielleCavanaugh.
BillTarutis |ForTheTimes Leader
PLAINS TWP. — Here thedummiestalk,thoughtheirlipsdon’t move. They can bleed, ooze, raspand go into cardiac arrest. Youcan insert an intravenous line,apply oxygen and measure thepulse. And if you mess up, theywon’t complain, they’ll let youtry again. In fact, that’s whatthey’re for.Some seven years in themaking, the Wilkes-Barre AreaCareer and Technology Centerunveiled its new nursing wing for adult students taking theyear-long course that can makethem licensed practical nurses.Well, more like seven years inthe dreaming and one year inthe actual construction. The new wing cost about$900,000 and part of that camefrom a bond the Center’s Joint
Operating Committee oated,
but School of Practical Nursing and Health Careers DirectorMary Beth Pacuska stressedseveral times during arecent tour — that program-generated money was saved upfor years to cover the costs.“No tax dollars were spenton this,” she said.Along with more classroomspace with state-of-the-artcomputers and interactivesmart boards, the wing nowhas a student lounge — “theyare adults and they had noplace to wait between classes,”Pacuska said — and high-techmannequins that can providea pulse, breathing and fake
bodily uids such as blood and
urine. There’s even one simula-tion room where students canbe observed through a one-waymirror and video-recorded forcloser review later. The staff can also talkthrough speakers in the man-nequins, though Pacuskaadmitted the effect can be alittle “eerie” because the lipsdon’t move. And the staff canchange the vital signs of the“patient” in reaction to a stu-dent’s treatment (or simply tothrow a wrench into the assess-ments).“We can make them ‘die,’ ”Pacuska said, “which meansthe student has to performCPR.”While there are simplifiedstations on one side of the newlab with basic beds and no realhospital equipment (for begin-ner students), the other sidehas cubicles that closely mimica real hospital room, with oxy-gen and suction equipment
on the walls. IV machines and
electronic medicine carts simi-lar to those used at local hospi-tals can be rolled in as needed.Diana Johnson worked anasalfeedtubeintoonemanne-quin, then reached to get someequipment. Teacher CristenWalker admonished, “Be care-ful. You shouldn’t let go yet, itcould slip out.” Walker demon-strated it would help to have asecond person nearby to holdthe tube until it was secured.In the next station, whereteacher Rita Carey-Nita washelping students work with dif-ferent oxygen masks, DanielleMcGlynn, who was in the pro-gram last year before the newwing was complete, said theimprovements are a big help.“We didn’t have the hands-on experience before.”Maria Buchleitner took amoment from the lesson to bemore succinct.“I love it,” she said of thefacility, then, before turn-ing back to the teacher, shemouthed the words again for
emphasis: “Love it.”
mguydish@timesleader.comClarkVan Orden |TheTimes Leader
Nursing student DianaJohnson practices putting in a feeding tube as herclass watches in one of the nine bed simulation labs at the new practicalnursing wing of the Wilkes-Barre Area CTC Practical Nursing Center.

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