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Plains Township resident Ni-coleBoyle’scommutetoherjobinthePoconoshasbeenmorecostlylately, and the rising gas pricesaren’ttheonlyreason.Her car pool mate, a fellow Sa-nofi Pasteur employee, has takenmaternity leave, requiring Boyletofoottheweeklygasbillalone.Anditcomesatatimewhengaspricesareclosinginontheirhigh-estlevelsever. The 28-year-old research tech-nician started sharing a ride witha coworker from Jenkins Town-shipthreeyearsago,thelasttimegaspriceswerethishigh.Sharing rides to work is not anew for money, but trends showthe more gas prices rise, workerssharerides.Somecompanies,includingSa-nofi, offer incentives for car-pool-ing employees. Lunch vouchers,discounted parking permits andprimo parking spaces are carrotsdangledtoenticeemployees.
Incentiveprograms
 While some of the companiesthat began incentive programs in2008 have scaled back the re- wards, Keystone College kept itintact and has seen participationgrow. The LaPlume school startedthe “Keystone Car Pool Crew” in2008whengaspriceslasthoveredaround the $4 mark. It neverlookedback. With eight “crews” participa-ting this semester, the college of-fers incentives for participation,spokesmanFranCalpinsaid.He said the parking pass is re-duced from $50 to $35 for enrol-lees, and they’re given preferredparkinginthecampus’mainlot.“For them theres a benefit(with the parking space and re-duced cost for a pass) and for usthere’sabenefitinthatitfreesupparking spaces and reduces ourcarbonfootprint,Calpinsaid.MarloMadrid,a22-year-oldse-
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Car pooling can cut the costs
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LAFLIN – Today two beaconsof Roman Catholicism merge,and for Cathy Mack of Pittston,thealignmentofspirituallightisa convergence of her own deep-est devotions. ThebeatificationofPopeJohnPaulII–thepenultimatesteptobecoming a saint occurs inRome on “Divine Mercy Sun-day,” a religious feast day creat-ed by the late pope in responseto his commitment to St. MaryFaustina – a religious sister inPolandattheturnofthecentury whom Pope John Paul himself elevated to sainthood. Why does such a confluenceresonatesorigorouslyforMack?Since 1996, she has held a pro-foundconvictioninthemessageFaustina is said to have receivedfrom God: That all can
R E L I G I O N
Sunday torememberat Oblates
Roman Catholic faithful willmark the beatification ofPope John Paul II today.
ByMARKGUYDISH
 mguydish@timesleader.com
S. JOHN WILKIN/THE TIMES LEADER
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Four dollars for one gallon of gas.It’s a barrier that once bro-ken sets off panic, causes shiftsin driving and spending habitsand could impact everything from vacations to college desti-nations.“This thing has a way of rippling through theeconomy inmany ways,”said AnthonyLiuzzo, pro-fessor of Busi-ness andEconomicsand the direc-tor of theMBA programat WilkesUniversity. Thatthreshold is within sight and could be reac-hed or surpassed as soon asthis week.It won’t be the first time, andeven it the prices recede backto the $3 realm, it won’t likelybe the last.
2008Revisited 
For 42 days in the summer of 2008, gas hovered at or above
The fear of going over four dollars
The threshold of payingmore for one gallon of gas iswithin sight.
ByANDREWM.SEDER 
 aseder@timesleader.com
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“When wesee that$4 mark,psycholog-ically … wethink we’llsee somemove-ment.”
JanaL. Tidwell
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ROME—Thousandsofyoung peoplefloodedanancientRomanfield Saturday for an all-nightprayer vigil honoring Pope JohnPaul II on theeveofhisbeatif-ication, remem-bering histeachings, trav-els and his ownsuffering.Pilgrimswav-ing flags fromPoland, SpainGermanyandBrazilfilledtheCir-cus Maximus, which twinkled withthelightofthousandsofcan-dlesaschoirsfromJohnPaul’sna-tive Poland, the Philippines andItaly sang. They listened as aFrench nun who suffered fromParkinson’s disease recountedhowshewascuredafterpraying toJohnPaul,whoalsobattledthesamedisease. The Vatican has decreed thatSister Marie Simone-Pierre’s in-explicable healing was the mira-
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Boback, ShirlBudzinski, PeterJr.Carwardine, LindaChesney, GilbertDevers, MaryDobzinski, JohnFlohr, Dr. JudyGill, MollieGoliash, ThomasJones, MaryKhoudary, AminKnapp, RonaldMazur, PeterMosher, CharlesNiznik, CeciliaPavone, MassimoRobinson, JamesSartorio, AntoinetteSimko, PhyllisSwiderski, JackTuck, HenryJr.
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hirlA.Boback,60,ofFortyFort,passed away Friday, April 29,2011, in the Wilkes-Barre GeneralHospital.Her husband is Michael W. Bo-back of Forty Fort.Shirl was born June 18, 1950, inPittston, a daughter of the late Er-nestandEdith(Kern)GreenSr.She was a graduate of Wyoming AreaHigh School, the class of1968.Shirl was a certified nursing as-sistant at The Laurels, Kingston.She was formerly employed for 25 years at ManorCare, Kingston, for-merlyknownasLeader–EastNurs-ingandRehabilitationCenter,King-ston,inthephysicaltherapydepart-ment.Shirl was a caring and compas-sionate woman who instilled prideand motivation in the residents shecaredfor.Shealsowasgiftedwithasilly wit about her that was sure toput a smile on the faces of all whoknew her.In addition to her parents, shepreceded in death by her grandsonJacob Latoski.Shirl was a loving mother, wife,grandmother, sister, aunt, andfriend. Surviving are her husbandMichael; and daughters, AmandaBoback, at home, and Lisa Latoskiand husband, Scott, Carverton; hergranddaughter Olivia Latoski, who wastheappleofhereye;hersisters,BettyKasulanisandAlbertaSimon-son;andherbrothers,HaroldGreenand Ernest Green Jr., all of WestPittston;aswellasherdog,Mischa.
A memorial blessing service
 willbeheldat8p.m.MondayintheSimonS.RussinFuneralHome,136Maffett St., Plains Township, withtheRev.RichardJ.CirbaofSt.Johnthe Evangelist Catholic Church,Pittston, officiating. Private inter-ment will take place in Fern KnollBurial Park, Dallas. Family andfriends may call from 6 to 8 p.m.Monday.Her family requests that flowersbe omitted and memorial gifts bemade to the charity of your choice.Go gently now into the Light tobask in its warm rays, for this jour-ney has ended… alas another be-gins- Love you Mommy.
Shirl A. Boback 
April 29, 2011
M
ary E. “Molly” Devers, of WestPittston, passed away Friday,April 29, 2011, at The Jewish Homeof Scranton, where she resided forthe past three years.Molly was born on September 8,1925, in New York City, N.Y., and was a daughter of the late Michaeland Florence Boyle Rynne. She re-sided in Hazleton and was a gradu-ate of the Hazleton High School.ShewasamemberofImmaculateConception Church, West Pittston.Molly was preceded in death byherhusband,Joseph,onSeptember9, 2001.Surviving are children, Jamesand wife, Gail, of West Pittston,Cheryl, Wyoming, Jo Ellen Bell andhusband, James, Kingston, Mar-ianne, West Pittston, Joseph and wife, Andrea, Jenkins Township,and Patricia Prociak and husband,Michael, Jenkins Township. She isalso survived by grandchildren, Ali-son Arbacheski, Megan Devers, An-drew, Kristen, and Katie Bell, Jo-sephDevers,andMichael,Rebecca,Nicholas, and Matthew Prociak; asister, Regina Gannon of Raleigh,N.C.;aswellasniecesandnephews. The family would like to sincere-lythankthestaffofthethirdfloorof  The Jewish Home for their out-standing care and compassion dur-ing her stay.
Funeral services
will be at 9a.m.TuesdayfromthePeterJ.Ado-nizio Funeral Home, 802 Susque-hanna Ave., West Pittston, with aMassofChristianBurialat9:30a.m.in Corpus Christi Parish, Immacu-late Conception Church, West Pitt-ston. Interment will be held inMountOlivetCemetery,Carverton.Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m.Monday at the funeral home.Inlieuofflowers,thefamilyisre-questing that memorial donationsbe made to the Colleen Shea Chil-dren’s Foundation, 1086 Highway315, Wilkes-Barre, PA18702.Onlinecondolencesmaybemadeat www.peterjadoniziofuneral-home.com.
Mary E. ‘Molly’ Devers
April 29, 2011
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hyllis R. Simko, 51, of Tunkhan-nock, passed away Friday, April29, 2011, at home.Born January 13, 1960, in Pitt-ston, she was a daughter of PhyllisDovin Redmond and the late Do-nald Redmond.She was employed most of herlifeasaprivatepersonal careassist-antandnursingassistant.Shelovedanimalsandenjoyedreadingbooks.Her life revolved around her family.Phyllis was preceded in death bya brother, Lawrence Redmond; anda granddaughter Taylor Dupras.Surviving are her husband of 15 years, Ronald; sons, James of Pitt-ston and Eric of Tunkhannock;daughter Amy Dupras of Tunkhan-nock; grandchildren, Tyler Jawor-ski,JamesDuprasJr.,andKaylaDu-pras; brother, Harry Redmond of Pittston; as well as several nieces;nephews; aunts and uncles.
Funeral service
will be held at7:30 p.m. Monday at the BednarskiFuneral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming,withtheRev.Dr.GordonE.WeightmanoftheWyomingUnit-edMethodistChurch,Wyoming,of-ficiating. Friends may call from 6 to9 p.m. Monday.Inlieuofflowers,memorialdona-tions may be sent to the AmericanCancerSociety,190WellesSt.,Suite118, Forty Fort, PA18704.
Phyllis R. Simko
April 29, 2011
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eter Mazur, 91, died peacefullyat his home Tuesday, April 26,2011,withlovingfamilypresentandsurroundedbyallthathadmeaning in his life.He was born May 30,1919, a sonto the late Stephen Mazur and Pau-line Delet-Kanic Mazur of Larks- ville.Peter was a graceful man withmovie star good looks in his youth.Showing promise as an artist, hemoved to New York to study paint-ing after attending school in Larks- ville.In1941,heenteredthemilitarytoserve his country in World War IIand was posted to Austria and Ger-many.HewasasergeantintheOrd-nancebranchandacadetintheU.S.Air Corps. While in the military hisinterest in music led him to take upthe trumpet.Following the war, he wed Flo-renceRosemaryMazur,whodiedaf-terasuddenillnessinMarchofthis year. They were married for 67 years, always devoted to their chil-dren and to each other.Peterwasinventiveaswellasart-isticandaninspirationtohisfamily.He worked for a time at KearfottCorporation followed by a supervi-sory position with Eberhard FaberinMountainTop.Hisloveofartandmechanical engineering eventuallyled to a career as a jeweler and watchmaker. He kept a shop in Ply-mouthadjacenttohishomefordec-adesandwasknownfarandwideasa master of his craft.Peter Mazur is survived by hischildren, Suzan Mazur, Linda Ma-zur, Janet Boylan and her husband,Kevin, and Peter Mazur Jr., and his wife, Patricia; and by Peter’s sister,Pauline Haaf. Peter has five grand-children, Lauren Mazur, NatalieMazur, Shannon Medico, JosephBoylan and K. Clancy Boylan; andthreegreat-grandchildren,KCMed-ico, Quinn Medico and MadelineBoylan.
A memorial Mass
will beheldatSt.JohntheBaptistOr-thodox Church in Edwardsville at 6p.m.TuesdayforbothPeterandFlo-rence Mazur.Memorial donations in his mem-ory may be made to Candy’s Place,190WellesSt.,Suite120,FortyFort,PA18704.Arrangements are by AndrewStrish Funeral Home,11Wilson St.,Larksville.
Peter Mazur 
April 26, 2011
M
assimo “Mace” T. Pavone, 80, of Nanticoke, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at hishome.BorninNanticoke,hewasasonof the late Cesare and Maria GobdettiPavone.Mace was employed by ParrishOptical as a lab foreman, until retir-ing in1995. He was a member of theformer St. Francis Church and was a veteranoftheKoreanWar,servinginthe U.S. Air Force.In addition to his parents, he waspreceded in death by a sister, IreneGeorge.Surviving are his wife of 57 years,theformerLouiseRicci;sons,David,Plymouth, and Michael, Effort, Pa.;brothers, Joseph and Ralph, both of Nanticoke; sisters, Jennie Rosen-crans, Nanticoke, and Mary Hoopes,Ephram, N.J.; and four grandchil-dren.
Funeral services
will be pri- vate.Arrangements are by the KearneyFuneral Home Inc.,173 E. Green St.,Nanticoke.
Massimo ‘Mace’T. Pavone
April 27, 2011EDWARDSVILLE – “My leg  was shaking the whole time,”said 8-year-old Jonah Pascal,of Forty Fort, after his solo vo-cal performance of “Sweet andLow” during the 122nd Cynon-fardd Eisteddfod festival at Dr.Edwards Memorial Congrega-tional Church Saturday.Pascal, a second-grader at Wyoming Seminary LowerSchool, recited a poem and al-so played a piano solo of “MyCountry tis of Thee” at the tra-ditional Welsh competition.Competitors, who ranged inage from under 5 to adult, re-ceived modest monetaryprizes presented in small,handmade cloth sacks, drapedover their necks. Unlike“American Idol,’’ Carol Evans,adjudicator of music, cri-tiqued each performance withpositive words of encourage-ment.You have a very richsound,” Evans told 11-year-oldDanica Mits of Bear Creek.Mits, a fifth-grader at Wyom-ing Seminary Lower School,sang “Grandfather’s Clock. “I was nervous at first,Mitssaid. “But once I got up thereand started, I felt happy.” This was the fourth yearMits competed in the competi-tion. “The songs and poemshave gotten harder and loner,’’she said. The festival, which originat-ed in Wales as early as the12thcentury, was brought to theUnited States in 1889 by Dr. Thomas C. Edwards, who in-stituted the Cynonfardd Liter-ary Society as a way to teach Welsh immigrant children theEnglish language by reading and memorizing music,hymns, songs and poetry andother literary selections in thetradition of the Welsh Eistedd-fod. The festival is believed tobe the oldest of its kind in theUnited States.
At an age-old festival, young talent carries the day
S. JOHN WILKIN/THE TIMES LEADER
MadisonWoods, left, CarinaD’Souza, AudreyGlickertandJonahPascal singtheirselectionfromthemusicandpoetrycompetitivefestival attheDr. EdwardsMemorial Congregational ChurchinEdwardsvilleSaturdayafternoon.
Tradition and spirit are strongat the 122nd CynonfarddEisteddfod festival.
ByCAMILLEFIOT
Times Leader Correspondent
Competitors, who ranged in agefrom under 5 to adult, receivedmodest monetary prizes pre-sented in small, handmadecloth sacks, draped over theirnecks. Unlike “American Idol,’’Carol Evans, adjudicator ofmusic, critiqued each perform-ance with positive words ofencouragement.
 WILKES-BARRE Unionizednurses at Wilkes-Barre GeneralHospitalhavereachedatentativeagreement with managementand called off a planned one-daystrike that was to begin at 7 a.m.today. The Wyoming Valley NursesAssociation and the Pennsylva-nia Association of Staff Nursesand Allied Professionals issued a joint statement with the Wyom-ing Valley Health Care Systemaround 8:30 p.m. Saturday to an-nounce the progress in their ne-gotiations that have been going on for nearly two years.“The parties have reached atentative agreement. The sched-uled 24-hour work stoppage no-tice has been rescinded by theunion and no strike or picketing  willoccuratthehospital,there-lease said. “Union members will vote on the ratification of theagreement on Tuesday. No de-tails of the tentative agreement willbereleaseduntilaftertherat-ification vote on Tuesday.”Emily Randle, a spokeswomanfor the union, and hospitalspokesman Jim McGuire con-firmed the statement, but de-clined further comment. The tentative agreement sig-naled a possible end to the nego-tiations that began shortly afterthe hospital and other assets of the WVHCS were acquired byCommunity Health Systems Inc.on May 1, 2009 for $271 million. The sale removed the non-profitstatus of WBGH and it becameone of the holdings of for-profitCHSofFranklin,Tenn.,thelarge-st publicly traded hospital com-pany in the country.CHSrecognizedtheunionrep-resenting more than 400 regis-tered nurses, but not the collec-tive bargaining agreement inplace before the sale. The twosides worked out a 60-day laboragreement that lasted until June30, 2009. However, until the an-nouncement of the tentativeagreement they had been unableto come to terms on a new deal.Sincethechangeinownership,the union has filed a number of complaints with the National La-bor Relations Board, claiming  WVHCS has bargained in badfaith.TheNLRBsetahearingforJune 21 in Philadelphia on theunion’s claim that the WVHCSstopped collecting members’duesinviolationofthecollectivebargaining agreement. The lack of a new agreementled the union to stage a one-daystrikeonDec.23.Priortothatthenurses went on strike and werelocked out in a 15-day labor dis-pute in 2003. The hospital brought in re-placement nurses in 2003 and was prepared to do the same forthe strike that was to take placetoday. The pending purchase by CHSofthreehospitalsinLackawanna,Luzerne and Wyoming countiesfrom Mercy Health Partners hasraised concerns for unionized workers at those facilities.A Lackawanna County judgeapprovedthe$150millionsaleinMarch.Inanticipationofthepur-chase, Mercy Hospital in Scran-ton announced it would changeits name to Regional Hospital of Scranton. Mercy Special CareHospital in Nanticoke will becalled Special Care Hospital andMercy Tyler Hospital in Tunk-hannock will be renamed TylerMemorial Hospital.
Nurse strike averted by tentative pact
ByJERRYLYNOTT 
 jlynott@timesleader.com
WILKES-BARRE
– Citypolice reported the following:• Richard R. Prettyman of High Street was charged withpublic drunkenness after hefell off a bicycle he was riding in the area of Ross and South Washington streets Saturdayafternoon, police said. Officersresponded to the area to assista medic unit and found thatPrettyman was highly intox-icated, police said. Prettyman was taken into custody, trans-ported to police headquartersand held until he was sober,police said.• Officers dispatched toassist King’s College securityearly Friday morning near theintersection of East Jacksonand North Main streets foundAshley Long of Oak Street tobe highly intoxicated. Long  was charged with publicdrunkenness, taken into custo-dy, transported to police head-quarters and held until she was sober, police said.• Joe Pascavage of NorthGrant Street told police Sat-urday that a security light onhis property was shattered.• Anthony Decinti of SouthGrant Street was charged withdisorderly conduct Friday af-ternoon after he was involvedin a landlord-tenant dispute,police said. Decinti blocked histenant’s vehicle from leaving and was attempting to force atenant to remove garbage fromhis apartment on South GrantStreet when police arrived onthe scene. He refused to movehis vehicle when told to do soby police and demanded thathe be arrested, police said. Heresisted arrest and had to bephysically taken into custody,police said. Decinti latermoved his vehicle, police said.
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NEW COLUMBUS
Man, 24, killed in crash
A 24-year-old man was killed and two21-year-old women were transported bymedical helicopter to a hospital after anearly morning, single-car crash on Old Tioga Turnpike.State police said Warren DavenportJr., 24, of Shickshinny, was driving a1997 Chevrolet pickup truck south onOld Tioga Turnpike and exited a rightcurve in the roadway near AcademyStreet, where he lost control of thetruck at1:49 a.m. Saturday. The truck swerved over the centerline then back off the right side of theroad, striking a large tree with its driv-er’s side.Davenport was pronounced dead atthe scene, state police said. Two passengers in the vehicle, both21-year-old females, suffered unknowninjuries in the crash, state police said. They were flown to Geisinger MedicalCenter in Danville for treatment.It is unknown whether Davenport orthe two passengers were wearing seat-belts, state police said. State police saidthey are continuing investigation of theaccident.State police were assisted at thescene by Berwick Ambulance and Para-medics, Huntington Township FireDepartment and Ambulance and Ben-ton Fire Department and Ambulance.Funeral arrangements for Davenportare being handled by the Clarke PiattFuneral Home, 6 Sunset Lake Road,Hunlock Creek.
SCRANTON
Adoption Mass planned
 The public is invited to a Mother’sDay Adoption Mass at10 a.m. May 8 atSt. Peter’s Cathedral to be concelebrat-ed by Bishop Joseph C. Bambera.Planning is coordinated by the Adop-tion: A Choice for Life Committee, which promotes adoption as an alterna-tive to abortion and ameans to preventchild abuse. TheMass is co-sponsoredby Catholic SocialServices, which pro- vides a wide range of adoption and fostercare services. The Rev. PhilipAltavilla, a committee member andadoptee, will concelebrate and give thehomily. Other committee membersinclude Sandra Dempsey, director of the Scranton School District’s School-age Mothers Pro-gram; RosemaryGallagher, commit-tee founder andchairwoman; BishopBambera, and DavidClarke, DiocesanSecretary for ParishLife and Evange-lization.Participants in theliturgy will include adoptees, adoptiveparents and professionals who facilitatethe adoption process.Other participants are concelebrantsMonsignor Joseph Kelly, director of Catholic Social Services, and the Rev.Andrew Kurovsky, an adoptee; SisterMaryalice Jacquinot, director of St.Joseph’s Center in Scranton, and NeilOberto, director of Catholic SocialServices in Greater Hazleton.
 WILKES-BARRE
Truck operator arrested
 The driver of a pickup truck thatstruck a porch of a house on EastNorthampton Street early Saturdaymorning was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said.Police said they responded to a reportaround 2:50 a.m. of a vehicle into ahome and found the pickup trucklodged under a porch. Jason Zych, 20,of South Walnut Street, Wilkes-Barre,the driver of the truck, was standing beside it with his female passenger,police said.After determining that neither Zychnor the passenger was injured, policesaid they spoke to the driver who saidhe swerved to avoid an animal, jumpedthe curb and ran into the porch, policesaid.In the process of investigating thecrash, police said that Zych presentedthe classic signs of intoxication. He wastaken into custody and transported topolice headquarters where he was givenan alcohol breath test that registeredpositive, police said.Zych was released into the custody of a responsible adult. The city building inspector was con-tacted and allowed the pickup truck tobe removed from the property.
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NEWPORT TWP. – When Staff Sgt.James Horning of the Pennsylvania Ar-my National Guard heard150 veterans’grave markers were stolen from threecemeteries two weeks ago, it was a callto action.“IfeltlikeIhadtodosomethingaboutit,” Horning, a recruiter with the109thFieldArtilleryinNanticoke,said.“Thisis my area; I’m in charge of the recruitsin this area.”Saturday, Horning accomplished hismission, replacing each stolen brassmarkerwithanewoneculledfromareaAmerican Legion and VFW posts.“These markers represent muchmore than just a piece of brass,” Horn-ingsaid,addressingacrowdofrelatives whose loved ones’ markers were taken.“They represent an eternity of remem-brance for these veterans who haveserved our great nation… Althoughthese markers were stolen, no one caneverstealthehonor,dignityandrespectthat our veterans have earned. It willstay with them forever.”Cemetery officials discovered last weekthatthieveshadpilferedthemark-ers from three adjoining cemeteries inGlen Lyon: St. Adalbert’s, St. Michael’sandItalianIndependent.Brassmarkersaresometimestakenfortheirscrapmet-
Dedication rights a wrong at veterans’ graves in Newport Township
Mission of honor accomplished
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Sgt.1stClassJohnMorganofthePennsylvaniaNational GuardreplacesdamagedflagsandmarkersSaturdayafternoonatSt. Adalbert’sCemetery.
ByMATTHUGHES 
 mhughes@timesleader.com
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 WILKES-BARRE – The Cross ValleyFederalCreditUnion,EntercomCommu-nicationsandKing’sCollegepartneredtoraise money to help improve arts pro-gramsatlocalschooldistrictsonSaturdayatthesecondannualKickin’ItheldattheScandlonGymnasium.Morethan400stu-dents from about 20 different school dis-tricts across Northeastern Pennsylvaniashoweduptohearnationalrecordingart-istsandtogetachancetoplayinakickballtour-nament.ColleenPhillips,vicepresidentformarketing forthecreditunionsaidthe money raised willbe put in a “Kickin’ ItFund.” It will then beprovided as grants tothemostdeservingpro-grams.Sheexpectsthis year’s grants to surpassthe $3,000 amountstheyofferedtothreelo-calschoolsin2010.Schoolscanapplyforthe grant money in thenext few weeks, shesaid. The only stipulation is the moneymust be used for arts programs such astheater lighting or musical instruments,shesaid.“It’sreallyforthekids,”shesaid.Phillips made a point to thank the stu-dents that participated for how well theyacted during the event. “They get a badreputation,buttodaytheywereverywell-behaved,” she said. The students’ agesrangedfromelementarygradestocollegestudents,Phillipssaid.Shethankedthethreebandswhopartic-ipated, Hot Chelle Rae, The DowntownFiction, and The Ready Set. They weregood sports offering to donate their per-formances, she said. They agreed to run
Giving thearts a kickof support
Kickball tournament raises funds tomake grants available for localschool districts.
ByRALPHNARDONE 
Times Leader Correspondent
Along withthe fun, therewas an educa-tional aspect.The creditunion provid-ed some ma-terials aboutgood ways tomanage per-sonal financesamong othertopics.
PITTSTON TWP. – Jen-nifer Dorosky, a 28-year-old teacher at WyominValley West School Dis-trict, told the crowd atChallenger Little League’s20th reunion Saturdaythat she now knows howLou Gehrig felt some 72 years ago.On July 4, 1939, Gehrig told the crowd at YankeeStadium that despite be-ing diagnosed with a ter-minal disease, he felt like“the luckiest man on theface of the Earth.” Doros-ky, who has spina muscu-lar atrophy, said she couldrelate.“Now, 20 years after thatfirst Challenger LittleLeague game, I know ex-actly what Lou Gehrimeant,” Dorosky said.Dorosky and 21 othermembers of the 1991 Chal-lenger League were honor-ed at Pittston TownshipLittle League for starting the organization that hasserved hundreds of othermentally and/or physical-ly challenged kids.After introductions of all the players, each re-ceived a commemorativegift, were treated to hotdogs, hamburgers andcake and then they playedan “oldtimer’s” game.“This is amazing,” saidDan Berry, whose sonChris played in the inau-gural league. Chris Berryre-enacted his trademarkmove of sliding into home,standing up and bowing tothe crowd.Joey Wychoskie, now26, was the inspiration be-hind the formation of Challenger. His mother, Theresa, approachedleague president Fred De-Santo and asked if there
CHALLENGER LITTLE LEAGUE
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ChallengerLittleLeague1991memberEricDavis, right, getsahighfivefromteammateMatthewEchalkafterbeingintroducedduringtheleague’s20thanniversaryreunionatthePittstonTownshipLittleLeagueFieldSaturday.
Strike out obstacles
Chance to get in the game
Joey WychoskieShannon BaileyChristopher BerryVictoria BrownChristina CapitanoEric DavisMatthew EchalkGina GardjulisCharles HillardJennifer DoroskyBilly SukusDaniel KumarCharles MakarEdward OrloskyTony PassettiChristina WesleyStephanie WhispellDarryl HermannBobby JonesJennie McCuneJoey Bubblo
M E M B E R S O F T H E19 91 C H A L L E N G E RL I T T L E L E AG U E
ByBILLO’BOYLE 
boboyle@timesleader.com
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 WEST HAZLETON – St. Francis of Assisi Parish closed its doors for thefinal time on Saturday after having served as a place of worship in thecommunity for nearly 50 years. The congregation is merging with Transfiguration Church in Hazleton tobecome The Holy Name of Jesus at Transfiguration Church. The closing, which will affect 280 families, comesamid a series of similar decisions byScranton Diocese officials to reducethe number of churches and schoolsthroughout Northeastern Pennsylvaniain response to dwindling membership.“The closing signifies a closure in alifelong relationship between the par-ish and her parishioners,said St.Francis secretary, Donna Pancurak.“People here have dedicated a lot of their lives to this parish. We’re literallyclosing a chapter in all our lives.“Most of our membership is elderlyand they remember what it was likeover the years,” Pancurak continued.“Many of these people help establishthis church and kept it alive throughfundraisers and hard work.”St. Francis’ final Mass was celebrat-ed by the Rev. Leonard Butcavage,now retired, with the Rev. PhilipRayappan as his co-celebrant. At closeof service, long-time parishionersJoann Karchner and Neal Grazianolocked the church doors to signify theofficial closing.Following the service, a reception of Catholic fellowship was hosted by Transfiguration Church to welcomethe new members.“At the moment, our people feel ve-ry displaced.Pancurak explained.“But in the end, God will take care of them. We all pray to the same God.”
West Hazleton church closes, but people’s faith remains strong
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WalterandJoAnneKarchner, infront, wereamongthosetakingpartinthelastMassatSt. FrancisofAssisi ParishinWestHazletonSaturday.
BySTEVENFONDO
Times Leader Correspondent

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