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It’s the most wonderful time of theyear … For Uncle Sam, that is. It’s time to pay up today inthat annual pocket-emptying ritual known as Tax Day. Or, asit’s known in some circles: (Unprintable words) Day. Makesure you have your1040,1099, WD-40 and C3P0 forms allin order and remember to smile as you file by midnighttonight.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scran-ton Penguins won 58 games in the regular season. Thatwas11more than the second-best team. But unless they canfind a way to win four out of their next five, they’ll bewatching the rest of the playoffs from home. The Pens,down 0-2, go on the road for Game 3 in Norfolk.Action starts at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and can beheard locally on102.3 FM.
It startedout on April 22,1970, as an event meant toraise awareness and inspire people to takecare of the environment. Now, 41years later,Earth Day has become an international event,with celebrations planned in more than175countries. And for that, you can thank Sen.Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin, who was aprime force behind the first EarthDay. You don’t have to go so faras hugging a tree to celebrate,but maybe you can do yourpart by picking up somelitter in your travels.
One of mu-sic’s true superstars makes an area appearance this weekat the Mohegan Sun Arena. No, not Men Without Hats. OneReginald Kenneth Dwight will be taking the stage on Fridaynight at 8. You may know him better as Sir EltonJohn. From “Your Song,” to “Philadelphia Free-dom,” to “Empty Garden,” to … . Well, with a 40-plus-year career under his diamond-encrustedbelt, he’s got too many classic hits to mention.
For awholegeneration,watching“TheTenCommand-ments”onHolySaturdayisasmuchanEastertraditionaseggs,candyandfakeplasticstraw.The1956CecilB.DeMilleextravaganzaaboutthelifeofMoseshadawesomespecialeffectsforitsday.ThepartingoftheRedSeaaloneiswellworththepriceofadmission.Which is free, of course, since it’s onWNEP-16 Saturday starting at 7 p.m.
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Rochester pitcher getsrevenge on SWB Yankees.
No prayer against Wings
Wiffle Ball tourney; EasterEgg hunt; Road clean-up.
Cheese! Smilefor the camera 
HANOVERTWP.ThegroupopposedtonaturalgasdrillinginLuzerne County took its fightSunday night to the people wholive near a proposed treatmentplant of waste water from thegrowing numberof gas wells in theNortheasternPennsylvania.Approximately75 people turnedout for a presenta-tion by the GasDrilling Awareness Coalition onhow to stop the plant proposedto be built on the grounds of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Au-thority along the SusquehannaRiver. The sanitary authority is con-ducting a feasibility study onconstructing a plant to treat the water mixed with chemicalsused in the hydraulic fracturing process to extract natural gasfrom the Marcellus Shale forma-tion.Mostofthewaterwouldbeshipped back to be reused fordrilling and approximately 20percent would be cleaned tomeet drinking water standards,
Group states anti-frack water case
Scott Can-non of theGas Drill-ing Aware-ness Coali-tion re-viewssome ofthe toxicchemicalspresent inhydraulicfracturingwater.
Hanover Township residentsattend anti-drilling group’spresentation on waste water.
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 WASHINGTON—Asmillionsofpro-crastinators scramble to meet today’stax filing deadline at midnight, ponderthis: The super rich pay a lot less taxesthan they did a couple of decades ago,and nearly half of U.S. households payno income taxes at all. The Internal Reve-nueServicetracksthetax returns with the400 highest adjustedgross incomes each year. The average in-come on those re-turns in 2007, the lat-est year for IRS data, was nearly $345 mil-lion. Their averagefederal income taxrate was17 percent, down from 26 per-cent in1992.Over the same period, the averagefederalincometaxrateforalltaxpayersdeclined to 9.3 percent from 9.9 per-cent. Thetopincometaxrateis35percent,so how can people who make so muchpay so little in taxes? The nation’s taxlaws are packed with breaks for peopleat every income level. There are breaks
Rich feelless of a tax bite
Taxes on super rich way down. 45%of households pay no tax to feds.
 Associated Press
See TAXES, Page14A
How canpeople whomake somuch payso little intaxes?
HARVEYS LAKE -- Pam Kidd was once a hard-working woman with concrete goals, ready to en-ter into married life. She was vi-brant, full of life, and always onthe go – until it was all suddenlyripped away from her.She did marry and had chil-dren, Sarah and Kyle, and she watched the same thing happento two young adults ready to em-bark on the journey of their ownlives.Pam, Sarah and Kyle all losttheir former selves to chronic fa-tigue syndrome, a disease thatKidd said is widely misunder-stood, misjudged and something thatevendoctorsknowverylittleabout.In 1987, CFS hit Kidd after about of mononucleosis. Theproblem was that she didn’tknowwhatitwas,andneitherdidany of the doctors she went tosee. In fact, it took 20 years untilshe was officially diagnosed by adoctor in Rochester, N.Y.“They would say it was in myhead,thatIwasdepressed,itwasmyhormones,”theHarveysLake woman said. “I knew that wasn’tit,becauseIknewwhatIwaslikebefore and what I had become. I
A mombattlesunseenadversary
Chronic fatigue syndrome, anoften misunderstood illness,hits woman, her two children.
See CFS, Page14A
 WILKES-BARRE--PalmSundaymarksthebeginningofHolyWeekforChristiansandcelebratesJesus’tri-umphantentryintoJerusalem. ThepeopleofGoodShepherdLuth-eranChurchinWilkes-Barretooka journeythemselvesduringtheirannualPalmSundayProcession. Theprocessionconsistedofchurchmemberscarryingpalmsandsinging  whilefollowingaminiaturehorsethatrepresentedthedonkeyJesusrode. ThegrouptraveleddownMainStreet,aroundpartofPublicSquareandreturn-edtothechurchviaWashingtonStreet. Theywantedtomakethemselves visibletothepublic.“It’seasyasaChristiantobepriv-atizedwithourfaithandstaywithinthe wallsofourchurch,”saidtheRev.PeterKuritzofGoodShepherd.“AstheScripturessayforthisSunday,asJesustriumphantlyenteredthecityandpeoplepraisedhimandannouncedhiscoming,wefeltitwouldbeagoodopportunitytotakeourfaithoutsideof ourbuilding.“It’sagoodmessageforallpeoplethatourChristianfaithisnotaprivatefaith,butonethatisengagedinthecommuni-
 Area church celebrates Palm Sunday with symbolic procession
Ariana Saxe and Ruth Ann Sweeney help Cheyenne Zyskowski of Laurel Run onto a miniature horse named PreciousFaith on Sunday for the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ‘Walk of Faith,’ which marked the beginning of Holy Week.
Taking path of faith 
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No player matched all fivewinning numbers drawn inSunday’s “PennsylvaniaCash 5” game so the jackpotwill be worth $1,000,000.Lottery officials said138players matched four num-bers and won $295 each;5,302 players matchedthree numbers and won $13each; and 67,672 playersmatched two numbers andwon $1each.
None of the tickets soldfor the Powerball gameSaturday evening matchedall six numbers drawn, whichwere:
Power Play:
Players matching all fivenumbers and the Powerballwould have won or sharedthe $43 million jackpot. Theprize goes to an estimated$56 million for Wednesday.Tickets that match thefirst five numbers, but missthe Powerball, win$200,000 each, and therewere three of those. Theywere sold in: Illinois (1), Mi-chigan (1) and Missouri (1).There were two PowerPlay Match 5 winners inColorado (1) and Indiana (1).
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John J.“Jacko” Yosh,83, of Kingston,died Saturday,April16,2011,atHospice Com-munityCare,In-patient Unit,GeisingerSouth Wilkes-Barre.He was born in Larksville, onJune 2, 1927, a son of the late Ste-phen “Skeets” and Mary WrightYosh.JohnwasagraduateofLarksvilleHigh School, class of1945.He was employed as a surveytechnician for the Department of Environmental Resources of theCommonwealthofPennsylvaniaun-til his retirement in1987.John was a member of St. Ignati-us of Loyola Church, Kingston.He was preceded in death by hisbrother, James “Shoes” Yosh.John is survived by his sisters,Mary “Nanny” Antall, Plains Town-ship, and Anna “Gerry” Lipski,Kingston; brothers, Stephen “Skip-per”YoshJr.,Cohassett,Mass.,Wil-liam“Bill”Yosh,Saugerties,N.Y.;as well as numerous nieces, nephews,great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews,and several cousins.
at9a.m.onTuesdayfromtheAndrewStrish Funeral Home,11Wilson St.,Larksville.AMassofChristianBuri-alisat9:30inSt.IgnatiusofLoyolaChurch, Kingston. Interment willfollow in Sacred Heart Cemetery,Dallas. Family and friends may callfrom4to8p.m.todayandfrom8to9 a.m. on Tuesday.
John ‘Jacko’ Yosh 
April16, 2011
rances Bencho, our belovedmother and friend, 81, of Ply-mouth, passed into eternal rest,Sunday, April 17, 2011, at the Hos-pice Community Care InpatientUnit of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.Born June 1, 1929, she was adaughter of the late Ignatz, andCatherine Stanavage Laukaitus.Frances resided in Plymouthmostofherlife,andshewasagradu-ate of Plymouth High School.She was employed at Gent J.Manufacturing, Plymouth. Frances was a member of S.S. Peter & PaulUkrainian Catholic Church, Ply-mouth.Shewasprecededindeathbyherhusband,Dimitri,whopassedawayin 2001; brothers, Andrew Laukai-tus, Anthony Malesky, Joseph Ma-lesky, George Malesky, and CharlesLaukaitus; sisters, Aldona Laukai-tus,DellaCallahan,AnnaJanovitch,Eleanor Wanyo, and Margaret Lu-kas.Survivingareherlovingchildren,Rebecca Molecavage and her hus-band, Thomas, Luzerne; JamesBencho, Wyoming; John Bencho,Nanticoke; David Bencho, Ply-mouth; Susan Stahley and her hus-band,John,HunlockCreek;LisaAl-lan,Berwick,Pa.;andKimberlyDe-Muzzio and her husband, Charles,Larksville; grandchildren, ThomasMolecavage Jr. and his wife, Juli,Kingston; John Bencho Jr., Nanti-coke; AaronBencho, Exeter; NicoleBencho, Wyoming; Christina andJohn Stahley, Hunlock Creek; andEvan DeMuzzio, Larksville; great-grandchildren, Isabella Molecavageand Ryder Bencho; brother AlbertLaukaitus, Spain; as well as numer-ous nieces and nephews; and herloyalcompanionandpetdog,Oreo.Frances will be sadly missed byall who knew her. She loved to gar-den, shop, and spend time with herchildren and grandchildren. Hersmile, laugh and wit will live in ourhearts forever.
Funeral will be held
at 11 a.m. WednesdayfromtheS.J.Grontkow-ski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St.,Plymouth, followed by funeral ser- vice at 11:30 a.m. in S.S. Peter &Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church,Plymouth. Interment will be in theParish Cemetery, Plymouth Town-ship. Family and friends may callfrom 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evening.ParastasServicewillbe6p.m.Tues-day evening with the Rev. RomanPetryshak officiating.
Frances Bencho
April17, 2011
arry L. Spaide, 58, of SlocumRoad,Wapwallopen,diedSatur-day, April16, 2011, at home.BornonJanuary13,1953,inNan-ticoke, he was a son of Helen Eck-roteSpaide, andthelateWilliamO.Spaide Sr.He was a graduate of CrestwoodHigh School.Mr. Spaide was employed as ashippingandreceivingclerkforBri-don American Corp., Hanover In-dustrial Park.HewasamemberofFaithUnitedMethodist Church, Slocum Town-ship.In addition to his father, Mr.Spaidewasprecededindeathbyhisbrother-in-law Jerry Baratta andniece Sara Rose Feisel.Surviving, in addition to hismother, are his wife of 31years, theformerSusanOlzinski;brother,Wil-liam O. Spaide Jr., Nanticoke; sis-ters, Wilma Baratta, Slocum; Mar-tha Feisel and her husband, Paul,Slocum; and Ann Payne and herhusband,Donald,Houston,Texas;aniece, and nine nephews.
at10a.m.WednesdayattheStanleyS.Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S.HanoverSt,NanticokewiththeRev.Scott Ryan, Pastor of Faith UnitedMethodist Church, officiating. In-terment will be in Slocum Cemete-ry, Slocum Township. Friends maycall from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Thefamilyrequeststhatinlieuof flowers, donations be made to theSlocum Ambulance Association orthe Faith United Methodist Churchin Barry’s memory.
Barry Spaide
April16, 2011
earl Schwartz, of Naples, Fla.,died Saturday, April16, 2011, inAvow Hospice, Naples.Born in Plains Township, he wasa son of the late Jacob and KatieRashewsky Schwartz and was agraduate of Plains Township HighSchool.Mr. Schwartz served in the U.S.Army during World War II, andownedandoperatedTheGlenMar-ket, Moosic, with his brothers.BearlwasamemberofCongrega-tion Ohav Zedek, the Jewish Com-munity Center and other civic andreligious organizations.He was preceded in death by hisbrothers, Irving “Ozzie,” Aaron,Asher and Sam.He is survived by his loving wife,Bernice, Naples Fla.; daughters,Deborah Marcus and her husband,Dan, Amherst, Wis.; Karen Mousa,Owings Mills, Md.; four grandchil-dren;onegreat-grandson;aswellasnieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral service
 will be held at1:30 p.m. todayin Ohav Zedek Cemetery, Hanover Township.Memorial contributions, if desir-ed, may be made to Avow Hospice,or charity of donor’s choice.Condolences may be sent by vis-iting his obituary at www.rosen-bergfuneralchapel.com.
Bearl Schwartz
April16, 2011
– The Dallas EasternStar Building Association willhold an inside and outside craftand flea market May 7, from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.During the craft and flea mar-ket the association will be serving lunch, and will be selling its“famous” Welsh cookies. For vendor information, call DianneCorby at 570-675-4893.
– The hosecompany’s annual Good FridayFish Fry will be held on Friday atthe fire station banquet hall.Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. andthe last seating will be at 8:30p.m. The annual dinner featuresfish, fried in the hose company’ssecret beer batter recipe, withhand-cut French fries, homemadecoleslaw and a dinner roll. Fresh-ly made pizza will also be avail-able. Pizza will also be availableby the tray for take out only. There will also be a gift basketraffle, Holland Lopps RabbitRaffle, and a guest appearance bythe Easter Bunny. Tickets are $8 for adults andchildren. Children under 8 arefree.
– TheRepublican Party will be selling barbecue chicken dinners noon to4 p.m. May1, at the fire hall. Tickets will be available from allmembers and at the door. Eventis dine in or takeout.Mayor Carol Kuren would likeany resident or past residentlooking to buy a memorial brickto be displayed on a wall in themunicipal building to leave theirname with Maria at (570) 208-4635 ext. 248.One wall has already beenfilled and the township they would like to start another wall,but it needs to know if there isenough interest to begin thesecond wall. Bricks cost $35, $50,and $100 for different sizes.
– State Rep.Karen Boback announced herplan to reintroduce legislationthat would increase the requireddistance between natural gas wells and waterways, and re-quire well operators to notifylandowners within a certainproximity of proposed gas wells.Boback’s legislation wouldrequire that any drilling permitapplication contain the names of all surface landowners with water supplies within 5,500 feetof a proposed well. It would alsorequire permit applications toinclude: the zone of influence of groundwater, an analysis of thetravel time of a release to thenearest waterway, and the in-clusion of an emergency con-tingency plan. The legislation enumeratescertain stipulations for the DEPas well. The department wouldbe required to notify all publicdrinking water operators withinthe watershed of drilling permitapplications within10 days of receipt. The also directs DEP to con- vene a meeting among the welloperator, the department andthe public water supply operator within 25 days to review theapplication, and publish a noticeabout the permit in the PA bul-letin.Finally, the legislation wouldplace limits on the proximity of proposed wells to waterways. Itspecifies that no well site thatuses hydraulic fracking or hori-zontal drilling may be drilled within 3,000 feet of or underany drinking water reservoir,community water system, orlake that is located within theboundaries of a borough orsecond-class township. The distance between a gas well and the nearest building or waterway is also increased to1,000 feet.
. –Leonard William Jurewicz Jr. was charged Friday with steal-ing two handguns from hisfather’s residence on GrossRoad, state police at Hazletonsaid. The son admitted taking theguns and was charged with theftand receiving stolen property,state police said. Jurewicz isheld in the Luzerne CountyCorrectional Facility on un-related charges and will be ar-raigned today.
– Citypolice reported the following:• Raymond Simon said Sun-day morning that his apartmenton West Chestnut was brokeninto and an interior door wasdamaged.• Patricia Thomas of HortonStreet said Sunday morning thather dark blue, 2000 ChevroletCavalier coupe was stolen. Thecar’s Pennsylvania license plate was GTB-7072.• Daniel Wunner, 30, of SouthMemorial Highway, Trucksville, will be charged with harassmentfor allegedly grabbing ChristinaLevandosky during an argumentat her apartment on West Chest-nut Street on Wednesday.• A man wanted on a war-rant from Lackawanna County was taken into custody Sat-urday morning after a trafficstop in the area of NorthPennsylvania Avenue andNorth Street. Timothy White,30, West Mary Street, OldForge, also had drug par-aphernalia in his possession,police said. White was com-mitted to the Luzerne CountyCorrectional Facility on the warrant and will be charged with possession of drug par-aphernalia, police said.
LOS ANGELES Moviefans are going to "Rio" in big numbers, but they’re not quitescreaming over the latest in-stallment of a horror-comedyfranchise. The 20th Century Fox ani-matedfamilyflick"Rio,"featur-ing the voices of Anne Hatha- way and Jesse Eisenberg, ledthe weekend box office with ahealthy $40 million debut, ac-cording to studio estimatesSunday.It was the best debut so farthis year, topping another ani-mated comedy, "Rango," byabout $2 million. The slasher comedy "Scream4," released by the WeinsteinCo. banner Dimension Films,opened at No. 2 with just $19.3million. That’s a fraction of thebusiness for the previous twosequels, which both debuted atmore than $30 million morethan a decade ago.Business finally climbed forHollywood,whichhasbeeninaprolonged slide. Revenues rosefor only the second time sincelast November, coming in at$134 million, up 12 percentcomparedtothesameweekendlast year, when "Kick-Ass" led with $19.8 million."I’m going to be so bold as tosaythismaybethebeginningof the turnaround," said Paul Der-garabedian, box-office analystforHollywood.com."Summer’salmost here and it’s the mostimportant movie-going season.Itcouldn’tbecomingatabettertime."After two weekends in theNo.1spot,RussellBrand’sEast-er bunny tale "Hop" slipped tothird-place with $11.2 million.Released by Universal, "Hop"raised its total to $82.6 million. The weekend’s other new wider release, director RobertRedford’sLincoln-assassinationdrama "The Conspirator," pre-miered at No. 9 with $3.9 mil-lion. The movie stars Robin Wright and James McAvoy in acourtroom tale of a woman ac-cused of aiding Lincoln assas-sin John Wilkes Booth."Rio" opened well above Foxstudio expectations. A tale of romance and smuggling involv-ing rare birds, "Rio" openedoverseas a week earlier and hasclimbed to a $168 million total worldwide."It’sworkingineverycountryon the planet," said Fox distri-bution executive Bert Living-ston."It’sG-rated,whichmeansit’s for everybody." With many children out of school over the next week lead-ing into Easter, "Rio" has solidplayingtimeaheadofit,Living-ston said.Receiptsfor"Scream4"camein a bit under industry expecta-tions and well below the $30-million-plus openings for"Scream 2" and "Scream 3.""Scream 4" reunites the starsof the original three movies —Neve Campbell, Courtney CoxandDavidArquette—andaddsnew young cast members in-cluding Emma Roberts, Hay-den Panettiere and Rory Cul-kin.
‘Rio’ arrives at top of box office
The slasher comedy "Scream4" opened at No. 2 with just$19.3 million.
 AP Movie Writer 
LANCASTER — Animal wel-fare advocates are celebrating astateSenatecommitteevoteonameasure that would outlaw pi-geon shoots and other targetshoots with live animals, whichthey say is the first such vote ontheissueinalmostadozenyears. The Senate Judiciary Commit-teevoted11-3infavorofthemea-sure, which prohibits "use of liveanimalsorfowlfortargetsattrapshootorblockshoot"gatherings.Anyone who organizes, operatesor conducts such an activity would be guilty of a summary of-fense under the state’s animalcruelty statute. The measurenow heads to the full Senate."I’m elated," said Heidi Pres-cott,seniorvicepresidentofcam-paignsfortheHumaneSocietyof the United States, which says it’sthe first time such a bill has been votedoninthecommonwealthin11 years. She said she isn’t sure why such measures have stalledfor so long, given how much op-position there is to pigeon shoot-ing among the general public.“They see it as cruelty, likedog-fighting or cockfighting,”she said. “It’s a horrifying prac-tice.”If the bill becomes law, Pres-cott said she expects Pennsylva-nia pigeon shoots to become ob-solete,becausetheytakeplaceintheopen.Unlikecockfighting,forexample, pigeon shoots can’t oc-curbehindcloseddoors,shesaid.A 1999 Pennsylvania SupremeCourt decision ruled that crueltyofficers could bring chargesagainst pigeon-shoot participa-nts, which led to the end of theHegins Labor Day Pigeon Shootin Schuylkill County, Prescottsaid.“But that was not enough toshut them (all) down,” she said.Pigeon shoots still took place atprivate clubs in Berks, Dauphinand Bucks counties.“Pennsylvania is the only state where live pigeon shoots areopenly staged,” Prescott said. The National Rifle Associ-ation’s Institute for LegislativeActionreleasedastatementafterthe vote calling bird shooting a"historic and legitimate activitysteeped in tradition with manyparticipantsthroughoutthecom-monwealth and around the world."Severalstatesenatorssaidthey willbestudyingthemeasureandtalking to constituents.
State bill would outlawevents like pigeon shoots
Senate committee approvesmeasure to make target shootswith live animals illegal.
The Associated Press
THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011 PAGE 3A
JCC will hold Seder
he Jewish Community Center will hold its annual Seder onthe first night of Passover at 6tonight at the JCC, 60 S. River St. The ritual dinner is an inter-active meal filled with prayer,songs, storiesand symbols,according to arelease from theJCC. The Seder willbe led by RabbiLarry Kaplan of  Temple Israel.Passover, orPesach, is the Jewish holiday thatcelebrates the Israelites’ freedomfrom slavery in Egypt to thePromised Land.Many Jews celebrate with twoSeder dinners, one on the firstnight and one on the secondnight.Passover will be observed this year for eight days from tonightthrough April 26.For reservations for the dinner,contact Barbara Sugarman at824-4646.
Earth Day at King’s
 The Green Initiative at King’sCollege will host an Earth Dayprogram on Monarch Court oncampus. The event runs from11a.m. to2 p.m. Tuesday and features food,music, prizes and educationaldisplays.Attendees can participate in a“Batteries for Brownies” recycling drive and trade in dead batteriesfor a free brownie. In addition, aseed and plant exchange will beconducted in which attendees canbring, take, or trade seeds andplants.Members of the college’s Envi-ronmental Club will tie-dye shirtsusing iron oxide recovered fromlocal coal mines.A number of vendors will bepresent including Friendly Com-post, Delaware and Lehigh Na-tional Heritage Corridor and theGas Drilling Awareness Coalition. The Mark Manta trio will providemusic, and the Hillside Farms icecream truck will be on site. The Green Initiative wasformed to promote social respon-sibility by fostering greater envi-ronmental awareness and actionamong the members of the King’scommunity.For more information, contactBridget Costello, assistant profes-sor of sociology at 570 208-5900ext. 5745 or bridgetcostel-lo@kings.edu.
Street sweeping begins
 The Plymouth Township RoadDepartment will begin streetsweeping Monday on PoplarStreet in the West Nanticokesection and continue throughoutthe township in subsequent days.Residents are asked to cooperateby moving their vehicles to anoth-er area during this time.
Shale expo session set
 The 2011Northern Tier Marcel-lus Shale Business to BusinessExpo is being held June 25 atAlparon Park in Troy.Reservations are being taken forbooth spaces, sponsorships andadvertising. With major sponsors such as Talisman, this event will providebusinesses and entrepreneurs with the opportunity to networkamong some of the natural gasindustry’s contacts and support-ing industries.For more information, visit www.ntmarcellusexpo.com.
Rights conference set
 The University of Scranton isholding a Justice Watch “Know your Rights” Conference from1to5:30 p.m. Saturday, in the De-Naples Center. The keynote speaker will beattorney Lisette McCormick,executive director of the Inter-branch Commission for Gender,Racial and Ethnic Fairness.
FORTY FORT -- Six highschoolstudentsshowcasedtheirtalentsduringtheMusicalThea-terGalaSundayNightatWyom-ing Seminary Lower School. Thestudentswerecompeting for three available scholarshipstoattendSem’sPerformingArtsInstitute in the summer. Thehalf dozen performers were se-lectedfromagroupofmorethan20 students who auditioned forthe chance to perform in theevent.Juliana Pillets of Dallas wonthefirst-placescholarship,whileHarold Roberts of New York won second and Noah Sunday-Lefkowitz of Shavertown wonthird. The winners of the scholar-shipsweredeterminedbyapan-elofthreejudgeswithextensivemusical backgrounds.David Canary is an EmmyAward winning actor who alsoappeared in numerous Broad- way productions. Jane Ridley isa professor of theater at PennState University and Janet Jack-sonisachoreographerandown-er of a dance studio. The top performer will beawarded a full scholarship to at-tendthePAIprogramwhilesec-ond and third places will begranteda$1,000and$500schol-arship respectively. The gala, now in its fifth year,couldn’thavecomeatamoreap-propriate time, when arts pro-grams across the country arerisking budgetary cuts."To have programs like thesecut is an absurdity," said PAIMusical Theater Director BillRoudebush, making the pointthat events like these can showsolidarityforthearts."Theonlypossible way to develop imagi-nation is through the arts. Thisprogram is important to ourcommunity."Several PAI alumni also per-formed. While the judges delib-erated,theaudiencewastreatedtoaspecialperformancebyCar-rie Manolakos, a singer/song- writer who appeared in the na-tional tours of "Mamma Mia"and "Wicked."
3 rise to top in Sem arts competition
Keland Sarno and Kevin Hourigan take a final look over the the-ater programfor the Performing Arts Institute Gala at theWyoming Seminary Lower School.
Gala event awards studentswith opportunity to attendPerforming Arts Institute.
Times Leader Correspondent
 WILKES-BARRE -- Many residents of Lu-zerne County have developed a love affair -- with trails. The area’s existing trails are well used andcared for by residents and organizations, butthe relationship withthem is about to changebecause of a proposedexpansion project that would link trailsthroughout the Wyom-ing Valley. Two master plan pro-posals, called the Lu-zerne County Trails andGreenways ExpansionProject, will be revealed7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday inthe ballroom of the Hen-ry Student Center in Wilkes-Barre.Event coordinatorCarol Hussa said thegoaloftheeventistogetinformation out to thepublic on what currenttrails exist and plans tolinkthemtoprovidebet-ter access to communi-ties.“The goal is to celebrate what we have, what we are planning and how to get in- volved,” Hussa, coordinator of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA’s ACHIEVE project, said.By using old inactive railroad beds andsome passages along streets, the proposals would allow pedestrians and bicyclists to weave their way through Kingston and it’sneighboringmunicipalitiesaswellasWilkes-Barre, Plains Township and Wilkes-Barre Township.“About100 miles of trail are already devel-oped,”Hussasaid.“Plansaretoconnectthemall.”Designconsultant,GeorgeWhiteofKemp-
Sean Robbins runs regularly on the BackMountain Trail in Shavertown.
Trails projectproposals tobe revealed
Aim is to connect existing trails to allowcitizens to have better access to them.
Times Leader Correspondent
See TRAILS, Page14A
Luzerne CountyTrails and Green-ways expansionproject, 7 to 9 p.m.Tuesday in theballroom of theHenry StudentCenter on WilkesUniversity’s cam-pus, 84 W. SouthSt. Parking isavailable behindthe building. Formore informationcall 823-2191ext.140.Master plans areavailable for view-ing at www.wenvi-ro.com/Wilkes-Barre.html andwww.wenvir.com/Kingston.html.
 WILKES-BARRE – A fireSaturday night on the backporch of an apartment shutdown by the city last monthis under investigation.Firefighters knockeddown the flames quickly onthe back porch of a third-floor apartment at 13 E.Chestnut St., said AssistantChief Ed Snarski.A fire inspector will beaskedtofindthecauseofthefire that was reportedaround 7:30 p.m. The apartment has been vacant since the city’s com-munityactionteamclosediton March 30 under the“threestrikes”ordinancefornuisance rental units. There were arrests in theapartment and it was de-clared unlivable due to un-sanitary conditions. The ordinance allows thecity to close the apartmentfor up to six months. In or-der for it to reopen, it mustpassinspectionsbythecity’shealth and code depart-ments. The ground-floor and sec-ond-floor units were occu-pied. The property is owned byRepacom LLC of Bergen-field, N.J.Rebecca Seman, a tenantonthesecondfloor,saidshesawflamescomingfromtherear of the building.Shesaidshewasreluctantto return to her apartmentafter the fire and would stay with her parents.“I don’t feel safe,” said Se-man.
Wilkes-Barre porch fire is under investigation
Wilkes-Barre firefighters quickly put out a fire on theback porch of an apartment building at13 E. ChestnutSt. on Saturday night.
Apartment has beenvacant since communityaction team closed it.
tournament.Lake-LehmanjuniorKevinKatchko called a few of the balls andstrikesbehindtheplate.JuniorLeadershipWilkes-Barreuniteshighschooljuniorswithadultleadersintheareaandintroducesthemtocommu-nityneeds,issuesandresources. The program stresses teambuilding,communication skills, and encouragesdevelopmentof students’ ownpotentialandleadershipskills. Two Meyers teams squared off in thefinals with Meyers No.1, Beware of thePrideHood,winningthetrophy. WILKES-BARRE – A backyard game was the focus of a big league benefit foranareaprogramforkids.JuniorLeadershipWilkes-Barrehelda wiffleballtournamentonSundaytoben-efit the Wilkes-Barre Peace and JusticeCenter’sPeaceCampforKids. The six-team, round robin style tour-namentwillhelpchildreningradeskin-dergarten through sixth grade. Despite whippingwinds,thegamewentoffwith-outahitch.Junior Leadership participant Anshu-man Sethi, a junior at Scranton Prep,thinksit’sextremelyimportantforyoung peopletonotonlybeawareofcommuni-tyissues,butalsobeactiveinthem.“Itsniceforthemtoseethattherearepeople around in the community thatcare and that want to be involved,” hesaid,ashetwirledaplasticwiffleballbatbehindhisback.He wasn’t the only one working hardonSunday.AntoniaDienerofMMIPrepplayedakeyroleintheset-upandorganizationof the event and was even able to snapsomephotosoftheactionwhiledealing  withthestrong,swirlingwindsatKirbyPark.Leah Majdic of Crestwood, Ryan TwardzikofMMIPrep,andArisaGredaofHolyRedeemerwerealsoinvolvedinthe preparation and supervision of the
Brittany McNair of Hanover Township gets hit by a pitch during a wiffle ball tournament to benefit the Wilkes-BarrePeace and Justice Center’s Peace Camp for kids in Kirby Park on Sunday afternoon.
Wiffle ball gives peace (camp) a chance
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