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wasincorrectly listed for LawrenceJ. Karnes of Nanticoke, a candi-date in the magisterial district judge race in11-3-02 district, in aSunday story on Page12B.Karnes, a Democratic, also wasnot included in the electionpreview listing on Page10B.
Democratic candidate WayneWolfe is listed as “No replyreceived” in the League ofWomen Voters Guide publishedMonday. The league mailed aquestionnaire to the candidateusing the street address Wolfesupplied to the Luzerne CountyBureau of Elections. The mailingwas returned to the league asundeliverable. On Monday,Wolfe said he normally gets hismail at a post office box and hewould have replied had he re-ceived the form.
Women Vot-ers Guide published Monday inThe Times Leader omitted thename of Luzerne County Coun-cil Republican candidate EdwardWarkevicz of Lehman Township.A member of The Times Leadermarketing staff inadvertentlyremoved the information whenassembling the page. The in-formation is:
Attended NevadaSouthern & Plattsburg State;PHD in Common Sense
Independent Insur-ance Agent
I will do whatever isin the best interest of the coun-ty taxpayers. In 2004 our coun-ty entered into the Common-wealth’s Early InterventionProgram for local governments.Our county government neverimplemented any recommenda-tions. Look at county historysince. My pledge is to the tax-payers of Luzerne County. Cutwaste, not services.
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LEHMANTWP.–Ina5-4vote,the Lake-Lehman School Board votednottoraisetaxesinthepro-posed budget for the 2011-12school year.BoardmembersAndrewSalko, Walter Glogowski, David Pau-lauskas and Kevin Carey votedagainst the measure at Mondaynight’smeeting,whileMarkKor-noski, Lorraine Farrell, Bo Krell-er, Moderno Rossi and HaroldCornell voted for keeping thebudget balanced. The proposed $25 millionspending plan sets the millagerate at 8.7062 in Harveys Lakeborough and Jackson, Lake, Leh-man and Ross townships in Lu-zerneCountyand56.4218inNox-en Township in Wyoming Coun-ty.A mill is $1for every $1,000 inassessed property value. Theseratesdifferslightlyfromlast year’s figures. The millagerate for the 2010-11 school year was 8.6906 in Luzerne Countyand 58.1316 in Wyoming County.Business Manager Thomas Mel-one said this can be attributed toarebalancingofmarketvaluestocreate uniformity within the dis-trict.Thisisrequiredannuallybythe state Department of Educa-tion in districts spanning morethan one county.“The beginning millage ratecould vary slightly from yourending due to the rebalancing,”he said. This does not translate to anychange to financial increases fortaxpayers. SuperintendentJames McGovern said a majorityof board members looked at dif-ferentwaysofbalancingthebud-get.He said the curtailment of sev-eral programs approved at lastmonth’s board meeting eliminat-ed some teaching positions, which helped to lower expendi-tures.Administration will also re-ceive a pay freeze, and otherfunding resources, such as feder-al stimulus funds and ACCESSfunds, will be utilized in other ways without affecting existing programs. In addition, he saidproviding in-house services forspecialeducationandtransporta-tion have also saved the districtdollars.“We looked at the increasing gas prices and everything else,andthoughtthiscouldeasesomepain,” he said.McGovern also said the dis-tricthada$200,000surplusonitsdelinquent taxes and a onemonth return on the districthealth trust money, both of which weren’t factors in the pre-liminarybudgetproposedinFeb-ruary.Thatinitialbudgetpropos-al would have raised taxes bymore than 4 percent in LuzerneCounty and more than 1 percentin Wyoming County.Salko said it would be “irre-sponsible” for the district tomakeanymorecutsinitsbudgetand programs.“Given the current financialsituation, I know people are in atough spot,” he said. “I’m con-cernedwiththesituationatLake-Lehman.”
With costs cut, L-L board holds tax steady
The proposed $25 millionspending plan passes by anarrow split decision.
The next School Board meetingwill be at 7 p.m. June 20 in the junior/senior high school library.
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enna Neubauer, a Crestwood High School senior, was presented Monday with a flagfrom U.S. Reps. Lou Barletta, left, and Tom Marino. Neubauer was honored for herefforts in raising more than $6,200 to send about 85 area veterans to the nation’s cap-ital last month to visit the World War II, Korean and Vietnam memorials. The flag wasflown over the Capitol on the day of the veterans’ trip, April 4. Marino also held a townhall in LaPlume and announced a grant for the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. For thestories, see pages
HARVEYS LAKE – Two resi-dents expressed concern Mon-day night that the borough wasnotmovingfastenoughtoensurepublic safety and environmental well-being in con-nection with thegas drilling indus-try.Last month, bor-ough councilformed a subcom-mitteetoreviewin-formation andtighten regulations related todrilling. But it still has not met.Resident Michelle Boice saidshe was curious as to when thecommitteewillmeet,whoisonitand whether residents can at-tend.Council member Larry Radalsaidthesubcommitteehasmem-bers from the borough’s Environ-mentalAdvisoryCouncil,aswellas Jack Varaly, a borough plan-ning consultant, and some coun-cilmembers.Radalsaidheisalsotryingtoincludesomeoutsidere-sources, such as environmentalengineers.Because of scheduling con-flicts, the committee’s first meet-ing is tentatively scheduled forthebeginningofJune,Radalsaid. That didn’t sit well with resi-dent Carol Culver. “Maybe youhave the wrong people if theycannot make this a priority,” shesaid.CouncilchairmanFrancisKop-ko said the committee meetingsarenotopentothepublic,buttheminutes will be made available.He said the goal of the subcom-mittee is to research new regula-tions on the gas drilling industryfor possible implementation.Boice told the council manymore negative things have hap-pened since the beginning of the year, when the council voteddownanordinancewrittenbytheCommunity Environment LegalDefense Fund.She said Maryland and WestVirginia are looking at filing law-suits against gas companies up-stream in Pennsylvania.“More and more accidentshave occurred,” she said. “Theevidence is overwhelming.”Boice and Culver agreed thatonce pipeline work is finishedand the gas is flowing, the speed with which the gas companies will converge upon municipal-ities will be staggering.In other business, council ap-proved a motion to advertise amap designed to go with theMegan’s Law Ordinance. Themap will designate the distanceconvicted sex-offenders muststay away from parks, schools,playgrounds,busstopsandothergathering places for children.Also, Kopko reminded resi-dents the annual electronic recy-clingcollectionwillbe9a.m.to3p.m.June11attheHanoverAreaJunior/Senior High School inHanover Township.Accepted will be televisions,computers, CD players, harddrives, tape players, transparen-cy makers, typewriters, wordprocessors, camcorders, laptops,pagers, remote controls, scan-ners, monitors, keyboards, mice,modems, FAX machines, print-ers, radios, stereos, speakers, tel-ephones, telephone equipment,microwaves, answering ma-chines and cell phones. Thefollowingitemsarenotac-cepted: air conditioners, humidi-fiers, dehumidifiers, windowfans, satellite dishes, refrigera-tors, small electric tools, blen-ders, coffee makers, toaster ov-ens, toasters, hair dryers, irons,curling irons, drills and electrictoothbrushes.
Harveys Lake citizenspress drilling oversight
Subcommittee formed in Aprilto review information, tightenrules will not meet until June.
Times Leader Correspondent
The next borough meeting isscheduled for 7:30 p.m. on June21, in the municipal building.
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BEAR CREEK TWP. -- BearCreek Community CharterSchool students and parentsalike are happy with the plannedchanges to the schedule and cur-riculum for next year’s fifth-through eighth-graders, theschool’s principal reported Mon-day.Margaret Foster told theschool’sboardoftrusteesshehasmetwithstudentsandparentsinseparate meetings to lay out thechanges, which include 70-min-ute class periods to allow formore in-depth instruction, as well as new elective courses.“We’ve gotten an overwhelm-ingly positive response,” Fostersaid, adding that scheduling of individualstudents’classesisun-derway and progressing nicely. The board also reviewed the2011-12draftbudget.Theprelim-inaryspendingplanofmorethan$4.6millionincludesa12percentincrease in Blue Cross/BlueShield costs, they were told, andthe amount the school will re-ceive in tuition reimbursementsfrom the school districts whosestudentsattendtheschoolisstillup in the air, as are title programfunds that pay for several staff members.Inotherbusiness,theboardre- viewed and approved a new stu-dent handbook that includedchanges to the cyber-bullying policy and the honor roll. Thebullying policy now addressescyber attacks on teachers andstaff, while membership in thehonor roll will now be based onanoverallaverageofgradesinallsubjects instead of the currentsystem, which requires studentstohaveBaveragesinallsubjects. The board also announcedthat its next regularly scheduledmeeting will be June 2 at 6 p.m.in the newly remodeled commu-nity center in the former St.Christopher’s Church at 2000Bear Creek Boulevard.Besides the school boardmeeting, the building is sched-uled to host the school’s JuniorNational Honor Society induc-tion ceremony, a school danceand a volunteer recognitionevent.
Changes at charter discussed
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– Kingstonpolice are investigating anarmed robbery of the Sunocoservice station on MarketStreet over the weekend.Police said two men en-tered the store at about10:33p.m. and demanded moneyfrom the clerk while armed with a semi-automatic hand-gun. The suspects fled thestore on foot with an un-determined amount of cash.Police said the suspects’last known direction of travel was westbound towards Rut-ter Avenue. The suspectsshould be considered armedand dangerous. Anyone withany information is asked tocontact 911and/or the King-ston Municipal Police Depart-ment at 288-3674. The two men are describedas being 6 feet tall, both wear-ing blue jeans, hooded sweat-shirts, black bandanas andblack gloves with white dots.
– James Ratch-ford, 25, of 878 Suscon Road,Pittston Township, was ar-rested and charged with crim-inal attempt to commit bur-glary, criminal trespass, stalk-ing and making terroristicthreats after a string of in-cidents on Winter Street, citypolice said.According to the criminalcomplaint:Police said they were dis-patched to119 Winter St. at6:50 p.m. Sunday for a reportof Rathchford trying to enterthe residence. Police saidCrystal Fuller told them she was at the American Legion when Ratchford arrived theredrunk and began arguing withher. She left and went homeand Ratchford came to theback door yelling and scream-ing for her to let him in.Police said she called 911and Ratchford then tried toenter through the front doorand then a window.Ratchford left before policearrived and a search for him was unproductive. About10minutes later, police weredispatched to the addressagain because Ratchford wasback on the scene, but he wasnot there when they arrivedand a second search wasunproductive, the complaintstates.Fuller then told policeRatchford was on the phoneand put the call on the speak-er. Police heard Ratchfordallegedly threaten to beat andsqueeze Fuller’s neck “sotight your head will turn blueand pop” before he hung up.A minute later, he allegedlycalled back and asked if police were there. Told that they were and advised by an officerto turn himself in, Ratchfordallegedly said he would fight with and kill all responding officers before he was arrest-ed, according to the com-plaint.After another phone callfrom Ratchford, police ad- vised Fuller to stay elsewhereovernight, the complaintstates.Police said Ratchford had previ-ously been served with a letterfrom the Pittston Housing Author-ity advising him to stay off author-ity property, including the WinterStreet property. They noted hehad been arrested on assault andcriminal trespass charges in thepast. The complaint does not detailRatchford’s arrest, but an officialat county prison confirmed thathe was imprisoned there on Mon-day night for lack of $5,000 bail.His preliminary hearing is set for1p.m. on May 25 before DistrictJudge Fred Pierantoni.
– Zaine Mitch-ell, 30, of Freeland, was charged with simple assault and harass-ment after he allegedly assaulteda 20-year-old female on NorthBuck Mountain Road at about8:30 p.m. on Saturday, state policein Hazleton said.Mitchell was jailed at countyprison for lack of $3,000 bail,police said.