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loria Lombard passed awaypeacefullyApril30,2011,afterabattle with cancer.She was born in New York City,N.Y., on December 5, 1934. Aftermarrying and starting a family, shemoved to Amityville on Long Is-land, N.Y. She eventually migratedtoPalmCoast,Fla.,wheresheresid-edforthepast19years.ShecametoDallasinthelastmonthofherlifetobe with family.Inadditiontoraisinghertwochil-dren, she enjoyed several stints of rather diverse employment, includ-ing salesperson, school librarian,and liquor store owner and oper-ator. However, she will best be re-membered for her zest for life andher infectious personality. Those who came in contact with her willnever forget her.Shewasprecededindeathbyherparents and two older sisters.Sheissurvivedbyadaughter,Dr.Sharon Lombard, an anesthesiolo-gist in Dallas, and her husband, Dr.J. Ronald McRipley; a son, MichaelLombard, in Silver Springs, Md.;grandchildren, Veronica McRipley,New York City, N.Y.; Alyson McRi-pley, Dallas; and Jasmine Garioni,Silver Springs, Md.; as well as andher friend and ex-husband, JulianLombard.
being han-dled by Davis-Dinelli FuneralHome,170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke.
April 30, 2011
ittoria “Victoria” Perugino, 98,of Dallas, passed away Tuesday,May 3, 2011, at her home.BorninNorwood,Mass.,onApril23, 1913, she was a daughter of thelate Joseph and Serafina BernardoGalati.She was a loving mother but anexceptional grandmother, and wasthe official potato pancake fryer un-tiltheageof86.Shewonabluerib-bonforherspaghettisauceatPoco-no Downs.Vittoriawasprecededindeathbyherhusbandof74years,JohnB.Pe-rugino; son James A. Perugino; andbrotherandsisters,AnthonyGalati,Mary Anania and Rosina Siciliano.She is survived by her daughtersand son, Betty and Danny Levitsky,Dallas;JoeandEllyPerugino,King-ston;andSaraandDonKinch,Endi-cott, N.Y.; grandchildren, Paul andKeeley;John,TomandSandy;Steveand Nancy; Vicki and Ray; Racheland Elmer; and Joey; great-grand-children, Zach, Lauren, Daniel,MeghanandRobin;aswellasmanynieces and nephews.
beat9:15a.m.Fridayfrom the Kopicki Funeral Home,263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston, withMass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.in St. Therese’s Church. Interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery,Pringle.Friendsmaycallfrom5to8p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
May 3, 2011
Barry CyrilMamola, of Plains Town-ship, passedaway Sunday,May 1, 2011, atthe Geisinger Wyoming Val-ley MedicalCenter, Plains Township, following a short ill-ness.Born in Wilkes-Barre on March16,1955,hewasasonofFredaFlisMamola and the late RaymondMamola.He was a graduate of CoughlinHighSchool,classof1973.HewasemployedbytheUnitedStatesPostalService for 27 years until his retire-ment in 2003.Barry was an avid outdoorsmanand loved fishing and hunting.Inadditiontohismother,heissur- vived by his sister, Marilyn MamolaMetzger, and her husband, Edward,of Plains Township; brother, BruceMamola of Plains Township; as wellas nieces and nephews, including Melissa, Maria and Edward MetzgerJr., and Zachary and Rhea Mamola.
Private funeral services
wereheldattheconvenienceofthefamily.Arrangements were by the Mi-chael J. Mikelski Funeral Home,Plains Township.
Barry Cyril Mamola
lice Oliver, 92, of Ardmore, Ok-la., and formerly of Plymouthand Indian Lake, died Saturday,April 30, 2011.ShewasbornJanuary16,1919,inPlymouth,adaughterofthelateZa-chariah and Laura HendersonJones. She was a graduate of Ply-mouth High School, class of1936.Aliceworkedasaschoollibrarianfor the Plymouth schools.She was a member of the Ply-mouth Cambrian Club, and the for-mer Welsh Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.Alice was preceded in death byher husband, Frank H. Oliver.She is survived by her sons, Tho-masE.Oliver,Miami,Fla.,andFran-cis H. Oliver, Ardmore, Okla.; and acousin, Laura Morgan, Wilkes-Barre.
will be held at11 a.m. Friday from the William A.ReeseFuneralChapel,Rear56Gay-lord Ave., Plymouth, with the Rev.Anita J. Ambrose officiating. Inter-mentwillbeinSt.Mary’sCemetery,Hanover Township. Friends maycallfrom7to9p.m.Thursdayatthefuneral home.
April 30, 2011
HARRISBURG — Gov. TomCorbett said Tuesday inspec-tors for the state Departmentof Environmental Protection were not required to get ap-proval from the department’stop brass before citing Marcel-lus Shale drilling operators for violations — contradicting ahighly publicized internal e-mail.Corbett said the agency isreviewing the violations forconsistency, but his adminis-tration always told inspectorsto go ahead and submit no-tices of violation. The agency in-stituted a reviewprocess inMarch. A top de-partment officialtold agency staff-ers in an e-mailto seek approval for actions in- volving Marcellus Shale drill-ing from two top agency depu-ties, with final clearance fromDEP Secretary Michael Kran-cer.Environmental advocacygroups suggested such a proce-dure would undermine publicconfidence in the independ-ence of agency inspectors.
Gov. backs DEP’sdrilling citations
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BALTIMORE — Maryland’sattorney general said he plansto sue a gas-drilling companyover a spill of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing fluid into a Susquehanna Riv-er tributary last month.Douglas Gansler said Mon-day he has filed a notice of in-tent to sue Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake EnergyCorp. for allegedly violating federal anti-pollution laws.A company spokesman told The Baltimore Sun that theApril 19 spill into TowandaCreek in Leroy Township,Bradford County,had a limited en- vironmental im-pact with no ad- verse effects onaquatic wildlife.He said thespill had no effect on the Sus-quehanna River, which emp-ties into the Chesapeake Bay.Gansler said the fluid con-tained toxic chemicals. Drill-ing companies use it to frac-ture the bedrock and releasenatural gas from the Marcel-lus Shale, which underliesparts of Pennsylvania and Ma-ryland
Maryland mulling lawsuitover area fracking spill
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HARRISBURG — State wild-lifeofficialssaidTuesdaythey’lluse$11millioningasleasemon-ey in its operating budget anduse the remaining $7 millionmore to replace lost acreage. The Pennsylvania GameCommission said most of themoney gained from the leasesinvolving state-owned gamelands will help fund programsthat had to be trimmed due tobudget considerations.Last month, thegame commissionapproved leaseagreements withgas drillers tap-ping the Marcel-lus Shale forma-tion.Threeagreementswereforthe rights to gas that can betapped by wells on adjacent pri- vatepropertyandoneallowsforthe construction of three drill-ingpadsongamelandsinTiogaCounty.
PGC details gas money plans
The Associated Press
Candidate for Luzerne County judgeJimHaggertyisupinarmsabout signs telling voters not toelecthim. The signs reading “HaggertyNo”beganpoppinguparoundthe Wyoming Valley last week, Hag-gertysaid,andseveralarepromi-nentlydisplayedontheshouldersoftheCrossValleyExpressway.Haggerty said he thinks thesignsareinviolationofstateelec-tion law because they do not dis-play the name of the person orgroupthatpaidforthem.“It’s a violation of election law,andit’snotfairtovoterswhoseethe signs and don’t know wherethey came from,” he said, adding he has received numerous callsaboutthesigns.“Itdoesn’tbothermepersonal-ly, but it bothers my supporterstremendously,” hesaid.“There’snose-cretcampaigning.… Thevotersareentit-ledtoknowwho’sfi-nancingcampaignads.” The state election code re-quiresdisclosureofanyexpensestotalingmorethan$100inayearfor items “expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearlyidentified candidate or questionappearing on the ballot, otherthanbycontributiontoapoliticalcommitteeorcandidate.”Luzerne County Director of Elections LeonardPiazza Jr. saidprofessionally printed campaignsignsdisplayedonpublicproper-ty would definitely require suchdisclosure, but homemade signs wouldlikelyfailtomeetthe$100threshold. The Haggerty No signs on theCross Valley Expressway appearto be homemade painted ply- woodplacards.Piazza said he hasn’t seen thesigns and that Haggerty has notfiledacomplaintaboutthemwithhis office. He said it is within hisoffice’s power to order the signsbetakendown,butnoactionwillbe taken without a formal com-plaint.“If he files one I could talk alook at it and find out who’s re-sponsible for it and take it fromthere,” Piazza said, “but it’s hardfor my office to police campaignsigns when they pop up likespringflowershere.” Thesignsappeartobethefirstblackmarkonajudicialcampaignotherwise untainted by negativeadvertising.“As a candidate, it’s prettyshocking to see, but that being saidI’mgladtoseethattodateit’sbeen amicable,” said county judge candidate Jennifer Rogers, whoalsoranforjudgein2009.“I think that there was very lit-tle negativity in the last electionand there is virtually no negativ-ity among the candidates in thiselection,” added candidate MikeBlazick, who is also making hissecondrunatthecountybench.“Ithink we all respect each otherandhopethatthepublicchoosesthebestcandidateforthejob.”
Candidate criticizes signs
Jurist hopeful Jim Haggertysays “Haggerty No” signsviolate election law.
SCRANTON – A state appel-latecourthasupheldaLackawan-naCountyjudge’srulingthatdis-missed a lawsuit filed by a man who sought to recover rent mon-ey that retired state Sen. RobertMellow paid to a business that waspartlyownedbyhisspouse.Joseph Pilchesky of ScrantonfiledsuitagainstMellow,alleging thatfrom2001to2008heviolatedthe state Ethics Act by using hispositionforfinancialgainbyrent-ing his district office from BradInc., which at the time was co-owned by Mellow’s now ex-wife,Diane. The suit sought to force Mel-low,whoretiredinNovember,torepay $240,277tothestateSen-ate as well as$250,000 in pu-nitive damagesthat would bepaidtoacharityof Pilchesky’schoice.A Lackawanna County judgedismissedthesuitinAugustafterdetermining Pilchesky lacked le-galstandingtobringthesuit.Thecourt held the state Senate andtheEthicsCommissionwerebet-tersituatedtoasserttheclaim. The Superior Court agreed. ThecourtnotedtheEthicsCom-missionwasthemoreappropriateagencytofileaclaimagainstMel-lowsinceitisvestedwiththelegalauthoritytoinvestigateethicalvi-olationsofpublicofficials.Mellow’s rental of his officefromBradInc.firstbecamepublicin 2009, when The PhiladelphiaInquirerreportedonthedeal.Thenewspapersaidfederalagentsin-terviewed Diane Mellow as partof an inquiry into the rental ar-rangementMellow’s legislative office inPeckville and home in Archbald were raided by agents with theFBI and IRS in June 2010. At thetime, Frank Burton Jr., a specialagentwiththeFBI’sPhiladelphiaoffice,saidthesearcheswerepartof an ongoing investigation into“allegedillegalactivities”ofMel-low. No charges have been filedagainstMellow.
Mellow lawsuit dismissal upheld
WILKES-BARRE – Wilkes-Barre Area School Board gri-dlocked for months, failing to fillthe seat left vacant by the resig-nation of Teresa McGuire andtossing the choice to LuzerneCounty courts. Though it took some time,eight people sought appoint-ment by the court – including the two men who had dividedthe board into deadlock votes.Citingplanstomoveoutofthearea, McGuire submitted her re-signation in December and theboard voted to accept it in Janu-ary. By state law, the board hadfirst crack at appointing some-one to finish her term, which ex-piresthisDecember.ButaFebru-ary vote on two nominees -- for-mer GAR High School PrincipalDino Gallela and former boardmemberJamesSusek.–split4-4.AMarchvoteonthesamecan-didates went 4-2 in Susek’s favor with two prior Gallela support-ers absent, but Assistant Solic-itor Ray Wendolowski said anyappointment had to be by major-ity of sitting members, not mere-ly majority of those present.After 30 days without a boardchoice, county court had the le-gal right to intervene, but Wen-dolowski noted a citizen had topetitionthe courts totake onthetask, and no one had gathered10needed signatures to begin theprocess. City resident and long-time educator Richard Holodickfiled the appropriate paperworkearlyinApril,andappliedforthepost, as did Susek a dentist, andGallela.Monday was the last day tosubmit applications to the court,and five others had done so:• Mark Schiowitz, a surgeonat Wilkes-Barre General Hospi-tal, who has held multiple lead-ership roles there.• Louis Elmy, a LuzerneCounty corrections officer andcorrections counselor, with twochildren attending districtschools.• Jack Jones, a former boardmember, who currently runsJack Jones Family Hairstyling.• Thomas Unvarsky, a retired Wilkes-Barre city police officer, working in security at King’sCollege.• Sam Troy, a yoga instructorand frequent critic of districtspending at school board meet-ings.Legal objections to any of theapplications must be filed by 4p.m. today at the courthouse. If necessary, a hearing on any ob- jections will be held Thursday at10 a.m. With or without objec-tions, the court will meet
8 hopefuls seek vacant W-B Area seat
KINGSTON – Police respon-ded to a reported armed rob-bery at Convenient FoodMart, 283 Pierce St., at ap-proximately 10:30 p.m. Tues-day.According to a LuzerneCounty 911 supervisor, twomen entered the store,showed a weapon and madeoff with an undeterminedamount of cash, fleeing byunknown means. The men were described asdark-skinned, wearing darkclothing, dark gloves and skimasks. The investigation con-tinued past press deadline Tuesday.