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Times Leader 05-22-2011

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NANTICOKE – The heads of the Greater Nanticoke AreaSchool District and LuzerneCounty Assess-ment don’t thinkthe county andNanticokeshould have to wait indefinitelyfor a piece of thetax revenue windfall fromthe sale of MercySpecial CareHospital. The city of Scranton, Tunk-hannock Town-ship, and theScranton and TunkhannockArea school dis-tricts soon willreceive a com-bined total of more than $2.5million in realestate transfertaxes from thesale of Mercy’sproperties inScranton and Tunkhannock Township to subsidiaries of thefor-profit Community Health
Nanticokein limbofor salerevenue
Greater Nanticoke AreaSchool District still hasn’tseen cash from Mercy sale.
BySTEVEMOCARSKY 
 smocarsky@timesleader.com
“If Scran-ton col-lects thatmuch, Nan-ticokeshould beentitled toits fairshare.”
TonyPerrone
GreaterNanticoke AreaSchool Districtsuperintendent
SeeMERCY, Page15A
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LAINS TWP. – GregoryPrice stands near a pipegushingputridacidmine water into a pit on whathad been a family farmand seethes.“That’s 7,146 gal-lons a minute. Andthere are two pipes,”he says. The 59-year-old sonof a farmer drives hisGMC Jimmy along the muddy edge of aneighbor’s plowed acres to the farendofthesamepit,trudgesthroughriparian lowlands blighted by a Ja-panese Knotweed infestation, andpoints to a breach in a low earthendike that lets the acrid “yellow boy”minewatergushfranticallythroughan ever-eroding, winding pathstraight to the Susquehanna River, where it clings to the east bank,choking vegetation.A national conservation group just declared theSusquehanna thenation’s “Most En-dangered River” be-cause of the riskfrom natural gasdrilling. But Pricelooks at the discol-ored shoreline and asks a simplequestion. “What about
this
?”It’s bad enough the state Depart-ment of Environmental Protectioncameinsixyearsagoanddrilledtheholes that bring the mine water tothe pit – an excavation his father worked to sell topsoil, Price said.But when he tries to show off thesmall strip of still-arable land be-tweenthepitandtherailroadtracksin Plains Township, he’s stopped by
OUR ENDANGERED SUSQUEHANNA
DON CAREY/THE TIMES LEADER
GregoryPricestandsnearapitfull ofacidminewater. Priceandhismothercontendthestatewasonlysupposedtofill anearbyminesubsid-ence, notdrill theholesthatnowdumptheyellowwaterintothepitandthentotheSusquehannaRiver.
Harvest of anguish 
Mine drainage projectdisaster to family farm 
SeeDRAINAGE, Page16A
“They came in and madeour farm worthless.”
GregoryPrice
Farmer
MARKGUYDISH
mguydish@timesleader.com
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HANOVER TWP. One byone friends of Shana Bagley saidgoodbye with candles and words.Approximately 50 people at-tended a vigil Saturday night forthe 25-year-old woman who wasshot and killed the day before bythe ex-boyfriend of a neighbor inthe Hanover Village Apartmentscomplex. They lit candles and placedthem on the concrete landing outside Apartment 415, whereBagley lived with her husband,Brad, and three children. Theyalso wrote short messages on aposter with a picture of her in a wedding dress.“We miss you and your heart,”readonegoodbye.“Gonebutnotforgotten. God Bless you and your children,” read another.Dennice Minsavage, the sisterof Bagley’s husband, stood onthelandingholdingafamilypho-to showing him, Shana, BradleyJr., Ariauna and Analiese.“Her kids have no mother andit’s sad because she was such agood person,” said Minsavage of Nanticoke.On her 25th birthday, Bagleycame to the aid of her neighborShaundra Langille and paid for it with her life. Authorities saidJames Cooper, 39, of Scranton was upset about temporarily los-ing custody of his 9-month-olddaughter to Langille and cameto the apartment to shoot her.Before taking his own life with
Friends, family remember mom of 3 slain in shooting
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
CandlesflickerbeforeposterswithphotosofshootingvictimShanaBagleyatvigil fortheslainwomanSaturdaynightinHanoverTwp.
About 50 attend vigil forwoman killed the day beforeby ex-boyfriend of a neighbor.
ByJERRYLYNOTT 
 jlynott@timesleader.com
SeeVIGIL, Page16A
KINGSTON – At its peak,acid mine drainage dumped somuch iron oxide – the stuff thatmakes the water a yellow orange– into the Susquehanna that thebottom of the river turned or-ange in spots.In a 2004 Times Leader arti-cle, King’s College Environ-mental Program Director BrianMangan noted such deposits inthe past had killed the riverinsects, crayfish and clams.At a1996 conference on acidmine drainage hosted by WilkesUniversity, experts warned thatsuch drainage was dumping 
 Acid water major perilfor a river 
ByMARKGUYDISH
 mguydish@timesleader.com
SeeACID, Page16A
 
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PAGE 2A SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011 THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com
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OBITUARIES
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D
olores “Dory” Giusti Daven-port,82,ofRoswell,Ga.,passedaway peacefully Wednesday, May18, 2011.Dory was born in Nanticoke andlived much of her life in Nanticoke,Levittown, Pa., and Newtown, Pa.SheretiredfromtheStateofNewJersey at age 62. While living inNewtown,shewasamemberoftheForest Grove Church.Shewasprecededindeathbyherparents, Julia and Edward Novak;and husbands, Joseph L. Giusti andJoseph H. Davenport.Dory is survived by her devoteddaughter and son-in-law, SharonandRodneyHinds.Shewasaloving “Grammy”tograndchildren,Ashlieand Jamie Weaver, and Kara andChristopher Wallace. She delightedin being “Great Grammy” to Lon-donandPresleyWeaver,andAmeliaand McLane Wallace. She is sur- vived by her much loved brotherandsister-in-law,EdwardandSylviaNovak; several cousins; nieces andnephews; and a multitude of friends.
A memorial Mass
will be at St.Ann’s Catholic Church in Marietta,Ga., at 2 p.m. Wednesday.Inlieuofflowers,pleasemakedo-nationstoSt.VincentdePaulMinis-try, care of St. Ann’s Church (inmemory of Dory Davenport), 4905Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062;or a charity of your choice.Arrangements are by the South-CareCremationSocietyandMemo-rial Centers in Marietta.
Dolores Giusti Davenport
May18, 2011
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oretta A. Steinruck, 75, of Old Tavern Road, Hunlock Creek,passed away Friday afternoon, May20, 2011, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.She was born on November 2,1935,inBloomingdale,Pa.,adaugh-ter of the late Loren and MargaretBowman Culver.Loretta was a graduate of Shick-shinny High School, class of 1953.Prior to retiring, she was employedby Luzerne Outerwear, Shickshin-ny, and Native Textiles in Dallas.Shewasprecededindeathbyherfirst husband, Arnold C. Smith; anda sister, Kathleen Hart.Surviving are her daughter Deb-orahSmith,withwhomsheresided;brothers, Delano Culver of SweetValley and James Culver of King-ston; sisters, Shirley Lewis of Still- water and Connie Ridall of Shick-shinny; longtime companion BobGrey; as well as nieces and neph-ews.
Privatefuneralservices
 willbeheld Tuesday from the Charles L.Cease Funeral Home, 634 ReyburnRoad, Shickshinny, with the Rev. C.Glenn Neely, of the Reyburn BibleChurch, officiating. Interment willbeinBloomingdaleCemetery,Bloo-mingdale. There will be no calling hours.
Loretta A. Steinruck 
May 20, 2011
MoreObituaries,Page12A
R
aymond Cannon, 79, of Park Towers, Nanticoke, passedawayThursday,May19,2011,atthe Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.He was a son of the late Andrewand Helen Wasilewski Cannon. He was a graduate of Nanticoke HighSchool.HehadbeenemployedbyBiscon-tini Coal Co., Alta Products, andPenn Footwear.Mr. Cannon was preceded indeath by brothers, Edward, Joseph,Eugene and Andrew; and sisters,Eleanore Crupi, Margaret Dycusand Stacia Zionczkowski.Surviving are sisters, Lois Pris-tas, Irene Crupi, Dorothy Fabian,andPatriciaJasonis;aswellasniec-es and nephews.
Funeral services
will be held at11:30a.m.MondayfromtheStanleyS.SteguraFuneralHomeInc.,614S.Hanover St., Nanticoke, with aMass of Christian Burial at noon inthe main site of St. Faustina’s Par-rish. Interment will be in St. Jo-seph’s Cemetery, Nanticoke.Friends may call from 10 a.m. untilthe time of services.
Raymond Cannon
May19, 2011KINGSTON Drug agentsseized 15 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $45,000 when they arrested two peopleon Thursday.PolicesaidthemarijuanawasmailedfromTexastoanassistedliving facility on North DawesAvenue.Keith B. Hayes, 19, of CoalStreet, Wilkes-Barre, and To-neshaM.Chalmers,31,ofSouthSherman Street, Wilkes-Barre, were charged with possession with intent to deliver a con-trolled substance, possession of a controlled substance, posses-sion of drug paraphernalia andtwo counts of criminal conspir-acy.TheywerearraignedbyDis-trictJudgePaulRobertsinKing-ston and jailed at the LuzerneCountyCorrectionalFacilityforlack of $35,000 bail each.According to police:An investigation by Kingstondrug agents and the LuzerneCounty Drug Task Force withthestateOfficeofAttorneyGen-eral learned a package contain-ing15 pounds of marijuana wasgoing to be delivered from Tex-as to a private assisted living fa-cility.Surveillancewassetupinthearea and watched the packagegetdeliveredbyapostalworker.Chalmers, who authoritiessaid is employed by the compa-ny that operates the facility, ar-rived and conducted her ownsurveillanceinanattempttoseeif the package was bein watched by authorities, accord-ing to police.Chalmers met up with Hayesin a company-owned van. Chal-mersstoppedthevaninthemid-dle of the street and Hayes re-trieved the package. They werearrested during a traffic stop. The package was addressedto a fictitious name, according to police.Preliminary hearings arescheduledonMay25beforeRo-berts.
Two arrested, jailedin Kingston drug bust
ByEDWARDLEWI
elewis@timesleader.com
 WRIGHT TWP. – Almost ev-eryone has been touched by can-cer, according to organizers forthe ninth annual American Can-cer Society’s Relay for Life of MountainTopheldthisweekendat Crestwood High School.About 150 walkers represent-ing 16 teams gathered at the 24-hour event to honor the memoryofthosewholosttheirbattleandto support survivors.Vicky Serhan and Sandy Hu-dock from the relay committeeco-chaired the event with thehelp of local volunteers, Crest- woodSchoolDistrictadministra-tors, and others who donatedtheir time and talents. It caps off the year of the committee’s fun-draisingefforts. Serhansaidtheyhope to top last year’s total of $72,000 raised for cancer re-search.“Thethemeoftheeventis‘Cel-ebrate. Remember. Fight Back,’”said Hudock. TheopeningceremonyonSat-urdaysetthetonewithafocusonrecent accomplishments in thefight against cancer. The objec-tive is to “inspire hope,” accord-ing to the committee. Survivors walked a victory lap whethertheirsurvivalistwentyyearslong or two days long.Startingat10a.m.,therelayin-cluded a survivor and caretakersbreakfast, a flag football game,massages, zumba, Irish dancing,music from several performers,raffles, a massive fireworks dis-play and an emotional luminaryceremony held at dusk.Approximately 350 luminariesliningtheCrestwoodfootballsta-diumwerelittohonorlovedones whosufferedfromcancer,Serhansaid. In addition, the word“hope” was lit on the stadiumseating area, she said. The luminaria ceremony pro- videsparticipantsanopportunityto grieve, reflect and find hope,she said. TheButterfliesteamdreamsof a cancer-free world. Lisa Ayers,member of the Butterflies andchairwoman of the luminariacommittee said the participantsnot only honor those who’vefacedcancerbutalsoseektohavea good time.“We ask the community tocomeoutandbepartofthiswithus,” she said. The teams compete for mostmileswalked,mosthoursandforan overall “team spirit” award. The Butterflies won the spiritawardlastyearanddon’twanttogive it up, Ayers joked. When thinking about the sig-nificance of the luminaria cere-mony, Ayers became emotionalsaying it is “very moving.”“It makes everyone pause tothinkaboutwhywearehere,”shesaid. This morning, a closing cere-monywastobringtheeventtoanemotional end, reminding every-onetogetreadyforthenext364-day fight.
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
JaneJefferyofWyomingwalksthetrackatCrestwoodHighSchoolduringSaturday’sRelayForLife.Jefferywalkedforfriends,family,andco-workerswhoeitherhavecancerorhaveovercomeit.
Stepping up to the battle
A Mountain Top event honorscancer victims and survivorswhile raising vital funds.
ByRALPHNARDONE 
Times Leader Correspondent
WEST WYOMING
– Resi-dents are advised that week-ly trash pickups will bescheduled for May 31 next week due to the MemorialDay holiday.Containers or bags shouldbe placed curbside on Mon-day evening.Also, yard waste pickup will be scheduled for June 3.Residents are reminded toplace open containers curb-side on Thursday evening.Pickup will be AthertonPark up to, but not includ-ing, 8th Street.
MUNICIPAL BRIEF
WILKES-BARRE
– The 6thDistrict Republican Committee will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday atGOP Headquarters, 41S. MainSt, across from the Park &Lock.For information, contactPatrick Umbra, District 6 sec-retary, at 822-3597.
POLITICAL BRIEF
WILKES-BARRE
– Citypolice reported the following:• Mark McDermott of BarneyStreet said Friday that his blackand silver1995 Kawasaki Vulcanmotorcycle was stolen. Themotorcycle has Pennsylvanialicense plate 4052E.• A window was reportedsmashed Friday at PLD Associ-ates on Scott Street.• Police arrested James Rush-ton, 20, of Glen Lyon, on harass-ment, public drunkenness andpossession of false identificationcharges at1:06 a.m. Saturday at,Rodano’s, 53 Public Square.Police said Rushton struck a28-year-old woman in the face, was found carrying anotherperson’s identification card and was intoxicated.• Police said a man was as-saulted by several males onMurray Street at 2:19 a.m. Sat-urday.• Police charged CharliChamberlain of Wilkes-Barre with driving under the influencefollowing a traffic accident at2:09 a.m. Saturday at the in-tersection of Coal Street andNorth Sherman Street.Police said Chamberlaincrashed her vehicle into anotherthat was stopped at the trafficsignal.Chamberlain submitted to abreath test which found herblood alcohol content to be .177percent. An adult driver inPennsylvania with a blood alco-hol content of .08 percent orhigher is considered legallyintoxicated.• Three vehicles collidedafter the traffic signal at theintersection of East Market andPennsylvania Avenue lost powerand stopped functioning at10:10p.m. Friday.Police said vehicles driven byAaron Adams of Wilkes-Barreand Erica Luzetski of Dallas didnot stop at the intersection andcollided. The impact sentAdams’ vehicle into a third vehicle, which was stopped,police said.
HAZLETWP.
– State policesaid someone removed approxi-mately150 pounds of scrapcopper fittings and pipe fromthe HVAC/plumbing shop of the Hazleton Area Career Cen-ter,1451West 23rd St.• A student at Hazleton AreaHigh School said her cell phone was removed from her purse while in class between11a.m.and12 p.m. May11.• An18-year-old student atHazleton Area High Schoolfaces a charge of possession of a weapon on school property,state police said.Johnny M. Gomez dropped a7-inch folding knife while exit-ing a restroom on May11, statepolice said. A school securityofficer saw Gomez drop theknife and secured the knife andthe student, state police said.
POLICE BLOTTER
Lottery summary 
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 A VIEW TO A THRILLING GALA 
PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER
B
ond. James Bond. That was the theme for the spring gala for Osterhout Free Libraryin Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. The event, which featured entertainment, food anddrinks, honored the work of famed 007 author Ian Fleming. All proceeds will go towardthe library and its mission to provide free books, CDs, DVDs and educational programs forarea residents.
 
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FORTY FORT
Forty Fort pool to open
 The Forty Fort Community Pool willbe open from noon to 6 p.m. May 28-30for Memorial Day weekend.It also will be open Saturday, June 4,and Sunday, June 5. The pool will opendaily starting June11. The membership and daily rates are:• Residential family, $90• Resident individual, $60• Non-residential family, $125Non-residential individual, $75Daily pass, $3Call Denise Syms at the Forty FortBorough Building at 287-8586, exten-sion 24; or visit the website www.forty-fort.org for information.
 WILKES-BARRE
Parsons parade scheduled
 The Parsons Lions Club host itsannual Memorial Day Parade on Mon-day, May 30th at10 a.m. to salute theservice and sacrifices of the men and women of the military.Participants will meet at 9:30 a.m. inthe parking lot next to the AnthraciteCafé, 804 Scott Street, formerly theV.F.W. Hall. The parade will proceeddown Mill Street to George Ave. andconclude at the Scott Street Park, where a memorial service will be heldby the Wyoming Valley DetachmentMarine Corps League.Following the parade there will be anantique car show from noon to 5 p.m.at the Bears football field in ScottStreet Park.
 WILKES-BARRE
Cookout schedule set
 The Tyre Square Club Inc. will behosting its Barbecue Cookoutsthroughout the year at their storefront,corner of Wilkes-Barre Boulevard andHill Street. The dates of the barbecue dinners will be Saturdays and Sundays, begin-ning May 21and 22, then continuing June11and12, July 9 and10, July 30and 31, Aug.13 and14, Aug. 27 and 28,Sept.17 and18, and Oct.1and 2, fromnoon to 6 p.m.
HAZLE TWP.
Two arrested in theft
State police arrested John Paul Ed-strom, 30, of Hazleton, and StaceyHvizda, 24, of Hazleton, on theft andconspiracy charges Friday following a vehicle chase that ended with policeramming the fleeing vehicle into agarage.State police said a manager at J CPenney in the Laurel Mall reportedthat Edstrom and Hvizda fled the store with 21pairs of Arizona brand jeansand 25 polo shirts at12:35 p.m. Thurs-day.At12:50 Thursday, state police saidthey located the vehicle with Edstromand Hvizda inside and initiated a trafficstop. The vehicle fled, and state policeused a PIT maneuver to stop the flee-ing vehicle, which came to rest afterstriking a garage, state police said.State police charged Edstrom withone count of felony retail theft, onecount of felony criminal conspiracy tocommit retail theft, one count of felonyfleeing or attempting to elude policeofficers, one count of misdemeanorresisting arrest and three summarytraffic violations.Hvizda was charged with one countof felony retail theft and one count of felony criminal conspiracy to commitretail theft.Both are being held at LuzerneCounty Correctional Facility in lieu of $7,500 straight bail.
PLAINS TWP.
Fight, chase bring arrest
Joseph Fortune, 28, of Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Friday on charges heresisted arrest by swinging at policeofficers following a large fight behindthe Carriage Stop Plaza, 2500 East EndBlvd.Police responding to the reportedfight Thursday said Fortune fled into a wooded area behind the plaza and waspursued by police. During the pursuit,police said Fortune swung at an officer,Sgt. Dale Binker, twice with a closedfist. Fortune was shot with a Taseronce but escaped from police, fleeing into a creek between the Carriage StopPlaza and the Melody Motel, wherepolice again shot him with a Taser andarrested him, police said.Fortune faces one charge each of simple assault, resisting arrest, dis-orderly conduct, harassment and pub-lic drunkenness. He is being held atLuzerne County Correctional Facilityin lieu of $5,000 straight bail.
I N B R I E F
 where as cash-strapped districts strug-gle to find ways to plug massive budgetholes.In Pennsylvania, the CoatesvilleSchool District in Chester County andKeystone Oaks School District near WILKES-BARRETheWilkes-BarreArea School District would be among thefirstdistrictsinthestatetoresorttoafour-dayweekshouldschooldirectorsdecide to go with that option. There are currently about120 schooldistricts in the nation, most located inthe West and South, that utilize a four-day week, according to Educational Re-search Service, a nonprofit group thatconductsresearchforeducatorsandthepublic.No district in Pennsylvania currentlyoperatesonafour-dayschedule,buttheissue is gaining attention here and else-Pittsburgh recently announced they were considering the option. Wilkes-Barre Area’s finance commit-tee on Thursday floated the idea of thefour-day week as one of several optionsto consider to help the district over-come a $6 million deficit.Superintendent Jeff Namey saidrough estimates suggest the districtcould save up to $1.6 million by having the school buildings closed one day a week. About $500,000 of that, possiblymore, would come from not having toheat and light the buildings. The rest would come from cutting costs to bus
E D U C AT I O N
Not everyone’s sold on the idea, but Wilkes-Barre Area is looking to a budget aid that’s being studied elsewhere
Four-day school gaining traction
DON CAREY/THE TIMES LEADER
Coughlin student Michaela Katesdoesn’t like a four-day school week.
ByTERRIEMORGAN-BESECKE
tmorgan@timesleader.com
“It’s a long week. I don’tthink the kids would mindgoing to school as much ifthey knew they had a three-day weekend.”
Debbie Ozark
Parent
See FOUR-DAY, Page10A
BEAR CREEK TWP. – The shores of anarealakewerepackedfullofyouthfulanglers,castingtheirluckandtheirluresin hopes of taking home prizes. TheWilkes-BarreTownship’s10thAn-nual Mayor’s Fishing Derby was heldSaturday morning under overcast skiesanidealsituationforfishingatMoun-tain Lake, with more than 100 childrenparticipatinginthetwo-hourevent heldat the Settlement Camp. The age groups of the anglers werebroken down to newborn to 5, 6 to 10,and11to15.Mayor Carl Kuren, who has hostedthiseventsinceitsinception,beganthisfishingderbyadayearlier,helpinginthestockingoftheapproximate1,500trout.“There’s a big crowd, but I think the weather put the numbers a little lowerthan expected,” said Kuren. “The firstone (fishing derby) wehadtherewere17kids,and now we are up toabout 150 kids, along  withtheirparents.Thecamp is a beautifulplace to be.”Oneoftheparentsof the derby participants was Joe Williams of Edwardsville. He andhis 6-year-old son, Lo-gan Williams, dodgedthe casts of their sur-rounding competitors.Logan, who Joe en-dearingly referred toas “Bubba,” lost a fewfish but landed a fewmore. His father encouraged his everymove.Childrenwererequestedtobringsafe-ty goggles to the event, and if they didnotbringthempairswereprovided.Thegoggles were to keep the children fromsnagging one another due to the natureof the hooks used in the sport.Joe Weiss and his daughter, Jolie Weiss, 5, of Mountain Top, also partici-pated. She came out big with a 15 inch-plus palomino trout. “We run this eventsokidscanget involvedduringtheirde- velopmentalyears,”saidKuren.“It’srun with the help of a lot of organizationsand people helping behind the scenes,likethefireandpolicedepartments,andthe ambulance and municipal workers.”
Derby eventprovides reelfun for kids
Prizes were awarded to younganglers in W-B Twp. competition.
JOHN KRISPIN/THE TIMES LEADER
Anglers hope for a bite during fishingderby at Mountain Lake.
ByJOHNKRISPIN
 jkrispin@timesleader.com
“We runthis eventso kids canget in-volved dur-ing theirdevelop-mentalyears.”
Carl Kuren
Wilkes-BarreTwp. Mayor
 WILKES-BARRE Parishionersfrom the Sacred Heart of JesusChurch, slated to shut its doors inJune, made a late-game attempt topreserve their place of worship Sat-urday.About 25 members of the SacredHeart Wilkes-Barre Foundation, agroup of church members fighting to keep the church open, rallied onthe steps of the church on NorthMain Street before 4 p.m. Mass.“My grandparents helped buildthis church,” said Ann Dougher, 77,of Wilkes-Barre. “When people sayit’s just a building, I hate that, be-cause it’s not just a building. Iraised 10 children. They had theirsacraments here. They were mar-ried here. And my grandchildren. If they were all here there would be 50people here.”In 2009, former Scranton DioceseBishop Joseph Martino announcedthat the church would be
At Sacred Heart, a fight for survival goes on
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Parishioners ofSacred Heart ofJesus Roman Ca-tholic Church inWilkes-Barre hold arally to protest itsscheduled closing.Though one appealhas been turneddown, they arecontinuing theircampaign.
Parishioners of the Wilkes-Barrechurch, set to close, hold a rally aspart of their campaign.
ByMATTHUGHES 
 mhughes@timesleader.com
See CHURCH, Page10A
HANOVER TWP. – About 20 “dog-testants” pranced and preened infront of a panel of judges and theiradoring owners at Saturday’s fourthannual “Hawkeye-minster Dog Show”at the Hanover Area Junior-SeniorHigh School. The show provides local dog own-ers the opportunity to show off theirfour legged pride-and-joys while alsoadding more than $200 to theschool’s Leo Club, according to orga-nizers. The first dog show was inspired bya Leo Club member who saw it as a way to “give back” to the community,said organizer Rich Gavlick, a teacherat Hanover Area. Since then it hasbeen increasingly successful, growing in popularity with this years’ roster of contestants being the largest.Awards were given for the dog  with the most personality, coolestbark, best tricks, coolest walk, cool-est fur, toughest look, boldest atti-tude and for the overall “best inshow,” Gavlick said. The moneyraised is used to support the LeoClub, which Gavlick described as acommunity minded and service-group.Club member Dave Gagliardi, 18,said the Leo group is a part of thelocal Lions Club International. Mem-bers visit local nursing homes during the holidays and choose a student of the month announced at each boardof education meeting, among otheractivities, he said. The dog show isthe biggest and most popular of thegroup’s fundraisers.
Hanover Area Junior-Senior High School hosts dog show 
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Lt. Joe Petrovich of the Luzerne County Correctional Facility wears a bite suit as he is ‘apprehended’ by Brutusduring a demonstration at a dog showSaturday morning at Hanover Area Junior-Senior High School.
Doggone good time
ByRALPHNARDONE 
Times Leader Correspondent
Tory Matric, 8, holds his dog Tinker-bell, a mixed breed, as they wait forthe judging.
See DOGSHOW, Page10A
‘The dog show gets the kidsinvolved.’’
Tony Gagliardi
Leo Club board member

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