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Times Leader 02-05-2012

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Luzerne County Councilmembers often reached the endof a meeting during the firstmonthofthenewhomerulegov-ernment only to realize they’dhavetoscheduleyetanotherses-sion. They’d simultaneously con-sultcalendars,strugglingtopin-point weekdays not alreadybooked with county business. With up to 11 council mem-bers sharing their views and afrequent crowd of citizens who want to speak, meetings often went on for hours, sometimesending close to midnight.“I underestimated the enor-mous time commitment,” saidCouncilwoman Elaine MaddonCurry. “However, in a relativelyshort period of time, we havemade major accomplishments.”Sinceitsswearing-inonJan.2,the council has: hired Tom Prib-ulaasinterimmanagerandCali-fornia resident Robert Lawtonas permanent manager; estab-lishedapublicinterviewingpro-cedure for board and authorityapplicants and appointed mem-bers to several boards.
Members share their views of each other, the joband the governing process after one month.
“I under-estimatedthe enor-mous timecommit-ment.However, ina relativelyshort peri-od of time,we havemade ma- jor accom-plish-ments.”
 While Northeastern Pennsylvania is teeming  with fans rooting for the New York team in to-day’s Super Bowl, Chris Monko stands lonelybut proud as a Boston sports enthusiast. Andhe’s eager for some payback.“They beat us in the SuperBowl a few years ago, so we’reout for revenge,” the 43-year-old New England Patriots fan,fullofbravado,saidlastweekof his team’s rivalry with the Gi-ants.“They ruined our perfect season (in 2007-2008), so how fitting would it be to ruin the runthat they’ve been on? They got the better of usthen,soI’mlookingforsomesweetrevengethistime around,” Monko said.
Local followers of teams show fervor 
Cough-lin grad knowsSuper Bowl hostcity very well,
LAS VEGAS Republican presidential front-runnerMittRomneycruisedtovictoryintheNeva-da caucuses Saturday night,notching a second straight tri-umphoverafieldofrivalssudden-ly struggling to keep pace. TheformerMassachusettsgov-ernor held a double-digit leadoverhisnearestpursuerastheto-tals mounted in a state where fel-low Mormons accounted forroughly a quarter of all caucus-goers.FormerHouseSpeakerNewtGingrichandTexasRep. Ron Paul vied for a distant second. Former
Romney comes up aces,rolls to Nevada victory
 Associated Press
It’s Super Sunday and the players will take the field today. There’s nothing like it ... an eventso big, they use Roman numerals tomark each edition. A rookie willmake a big play, and perhaps walkoff with the MVP award.“Sunday is the big game, and did you know there’s also a version of the Puppy Bowl, but with humans?”asked Stephen Colbert on his TVshow Thursday. While many will watch a humansporting event today, more andmore are turning to the Puppy Bowlon Animal Planet. Puppy Bowl VIII,airing at 3 p.m. and rebroadcastthroughout the evening, is expectedto reach at least10 million viewers,another record for the continuallyevolving event. The Puppy Bowl is a two-hourdisplay of puppies frolicking, scam-pering and even napping. They run
Puppy Bowl scores big as alternative TV 
PAGE 2A SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2012 THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com
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Issue No. 2012-036
aomiElizabethDavis,87,ofIde-town, Harveys Lake Borough,passed away Saturday, February 4,2012 at Mercy Center, Dallas.Born in Idetown, she was thedaughter of the late Walter and El-izabeth Brown Smith. Naomi was agraduate of Lehman High School.Before retiring, she was employedat Native Textiles, Dallas for twen-ty-five years. She was a member of the Lehman-Idetown United Meth-odist Church, the Dallas AmericanLegion Auxiliary, and the IdetownFireman’s Association.She was preceded in death in1972byherhusband,CliffordDavis,and by siblings, Viola Smith, AliceSmith, Velton Smith, Lydia Seida,Clark Smith, Alfred Smith, the Rev.Harry Smith, and Kenneth Smith.Naomi loved her family with allher heart. Her life revolved aroundthem. Playing a game of “ShanghaiRummy” with her family was thebesttimeeverforNaomi.ShewasalifelongYankeesfanandlovedPennState football. She was an activemember of the Lake-Lehman PTAfor 30 years, and worked for many years for the Band Parents Associ-ation of Lake-Lehman. Naomi wasan avid reader. She often talkedabout her favorite book “Heidi,” which she read and re-read as achild.Shewasadedicatedblooddo-nor. The family would like to extendtheir heartfelt appreciation to theMercy Center Staff and to Hospiceof the Sacred Heart for the wonder-fulcarethatNaomireceived.Every-one was sokind toher and her fam-ily.Surviving are children, GlendaLannan and her husband, Kirk,Clarks Summit; Gloria McAdara,Shavertown; Doreen Davis and herhusband, Robert Simmons, Haver-ford;ThomasDavisandwife,Cindy,Bonita Springs, Fla.; Jeff Davis and wife, Karen, Mechanicsburg; LisaSchutz and husband, Gerard (Jer-ry), Shavertown; sister KathrynMacario, Laguna Woods, Calif.; sis-ters-in-law,MiriamSmith,Werners- ville and Faye Smith, Irvine, Calif.She is also survived by grandchil-dren, Kimberly Ryon and husband,Samuel (Sam) Fleetville; Kirk E.Lannan and wife, Amber, Trevose;Kevin Lannan and wife, Lisa, Thorndale; Samantha Simmons,Haverford; Larry Fromhart, BonitaSprings, Fla.; Jeffrey, Adam, Tylerand Bethany Davis, all of Mechan-icsburg; Jonathan Schutz, Shaver-town, and Jeremy Schutz, Philadel-phia; and five great-grandchildren,CoryPotomis,MarissaFoster,Bran-don Foster, Jordan Lannan and LilyKlenkandnumerousniecesandne-phews.
Funeral will
be held Tuesday,February7,2012at11a.m.fromtheRichard H. Disque Funeral HomeInc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dal-las, with the Rev. Bob Ryder, offi-ciating.IntermentwillbeinChapelLawn Memorial Park, Dallas.FriendsmaycallMonday6to8p.m.Inlieuofflowers,memorialdona-tionsmaybemadeto:MercyCenterNursing Unit, P.O. Box 370, LakeStreet, Dallas, PA 18612, or to TheHospice of the Sacred Heart, 600Baltimore Drive #7,Wilkes-Barre,PA18702.
Naomi Elizabeth Davis
February 4, 2012
heodore J. Hughes, 79, of WestPittston, passed away Friday,February 3, 2012 at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Centersurroundedbyhislovingfamily.He would have celebrated his 80thbirthday April15.Born in Pittston, he was the sonof the late William and AdelaideMaslowski Hughes.Mr.HugheswasamemberofIm-maculate Conception Church (Cor-pus Christi Parish), West Pittstonand he had attended West Pittstonschools.HewasaU.S.Armyveteran,serv-ingintheheavymortarcompanyof the 109th Infantry Regiment of the28th Division.Heretiredin1994fromPowerEn-gineering Co. of Wilkes-Barre as anHVAC technician after 29 years of dedicated service. Ted was a man of great strengthin battling his health hurdles overtheyearswithoutevergivingacom-plaint.He was a devoted husband, fa-ther,grandfatherandgreatgrandfa-ther and also had a tremendouscommitmenttohisRomanCatholicfaith.He enjoyed fishing, working inhis yard, and took great pride in hishome improvement projects.Inadditiontobeinganexception-alman,healwayshadajoyoussmilefor everyone who crossed his path.Stayingtruetowhohewas,neveradaywentbythathisfamilydidnotcome first.He will be severely missed by hisfamily, friends, and all who knewhim, including his canine buddies,Marbles, Bailey and Holly.Preceding him in death was hisbrother-in-law Daniel DiPietro.Survivingarehiswifeof56years,the former Betty Marstell; daugh-ter, Cheryl Hughes, West Pittstonand her fiancé, John Carmadella;sons, Allen and his wife EvelynHughes, Harding; William Hughes,and Theodore Hughes and his fian-cée, Sherri Lentini, all of West Pitt-ston; a brother, Robert and his wifeDebbie Hughes, Duryea; sisters,Joan DiPietro, Wyoming; Barbaraand her husband Donald Fetsko, West Pittston; grandsons, Paul,Robert, and Michael Lentini, WestPittston; granddaughter, Jenniferand her husband Patrick Farrell,Dallas, and great-grandchildren,Kaylee and Olivia; many nieces andnephews. The family would like to expressheartfelt gratitude to Dr. ModaresandallofthegreatstaffatGeisinger Wyoming Valley for making Ted’slife a long and comfortable journey.
 willbeheldon Tuesday at 9 a.m. from theGubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, with a Massof Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. atImmaculate Conception Church(Corpus Christi Parish), West Pitt-ston.IntermentwillbeinWestPitt-ston Cemetery. Relatives andfriendsmaycallMondayfrom5to8p.m. at the funeral home.Donations may be sent to theCorpus Christi Parish.
Theodore J. Hughes
February 3, 2012
ohnEdwardPuchalsky,89,aresi-dent of Trucksville, passed awaypeacefullysurroundedbyhisloving family on Friday afternoon, Febru-ary3,2012,attheMeadowsNursinand Rehabilitation Center, Dallas, wherehehadrecentlybeenaguest.His loving wife is Lena Ann (Or-landini) Puchalsky. Together, JohnandLenacelebratedtheir63rdwed-ding anniversary on April 24, 2011.BornonJuly25,1922,inSwoyers- ville,JohnwasthesonofthelateEd- ward and Anna (Shalata) Puchal-sky.Raised in Swoyersville, John wasa graduate of the former Swoyers- ville High School, Class of1940.A United States Army Air ForceVeteran, John honorably served hiscountry during World War II. Throughout the war, John was agunnerwithaB-17BomberCrewinthe 8th Army Air Force, serving inthe European Theater. During histimeofservice,Johnwasdecorated withtheAmericanTheaterRibbon,the European-African-Middle East-ernRibbonwithonebronzestar,the WorldWarIIVictoryMedalandtheGoodConductMedal.Uponhisdis-charge from active service in World WarII,Johnhadattainedtherankof sergeant.After being discharged from theservice, John went on to further hiseducation at Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, where he studiedbusiness.John began his career with theDepartment of Veterans AffairsMedical Center, Wilkes-Barre, whereheworkedforfouryears.Lat-er, he became employed as an ad-ministrative technician for the De-partment of Army, at its facility inAshley. John retired from the De-partment of the Army in1980, after30 years of dedicated service. Throughout his employment with the Department of the Army,Johncontinuedtoservehiscountryas an Army Reservist with the322nd M.P. Det. (CI), located inAshley. Within the Detachment, heservedasspecialagent/criminalin- vestigator and was assigned as theoperations officer. During the Cu-ban Missile Crisis in 1962, he wascalled back to active duty with theArmy, serving for 10 months. In1979, John retired from the 322ndCriminal Investigation Detach-ment, having attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4.John was a faithful member of Saint Francis Xavier CabriniChurch, Carverton. Also, he was amember of the American Legion,Andrew Lawrence Post 644,Swoyersville.Asayoungman,Johnexcelledinbaseball and was a well-respectedinfielder,playinginvariouscommu-nity leagues. In his later years, oneof his pastimes was golfing, whichhe greatly enjoyed. He was also anavid football fan who always en- joyed watching his beloved PennState Nittany Lions play.Most of all, John was family man who always treasured the times hehadwithhislovedones.Hewillfor-everberememberedasalovinganddevoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather,brother, uncle and friend. His spirit will forever live on in the hearts of his family and friends.In addition to his parents, Ed- wardandAnnaPuchalsky,Johnwaspreceded in death by his brother, WilliamPuchalsky;hissisters,AnnaYonkondy,MarcellaGowisnockandElizabeth Vanyo.Inadditiontohislovingwife, Le-na Ann Puchalsky, John is survivedby his children, Christine Mathersand her husband, Gary, of Trucks- ville; John Puchalsky and his wife,Beth Ann, of Trucksville; David Pu-chalsky and his wife, Jane Ashton,of Harveys Lake; his grandchildren,Michael Mathers; Nina Van Materandherhusband,Steve;HenryJackPuchalsky, and Tara Coughlin andher husband, Kris; his great-grand-daughters, Mia and Claire Van Ma-ter; his brothers, Thomas Puchal-sky, of Mechanicsburg; LawrencePuchalsky, of Kingston; his sisters,BarbaraRipa,ofSwoyersville;Thel-ma Evanko, of Allentown, New Jer-sey; and Lorraine Bebey, of Levit-town; numerous nieces, nephewsand friends. Thefamilywishestoextendtheirsincere thanks to Elaine Blessing,LoriChunelyandBelindaHartman, who took such special care of John whilehewasathome.Also,thefam-ily wishes to extend their sincerethanks to the doctors, nurses andstaff at the Meadows Nursing andRehabilitation Center, Dallas, forgivingJohnrespectfulanddignifiedcare while he was a guest there.
Relatives and
friends are re-spectfully invited to attendthe funeral, which will be conduct-ed on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at9:15 a.m. from the Wroblewski Fu-neral Home Inc., 1442 WyominAvenue, Forty Fort, followed by aMass of Christian Burial to be cele-brated at 10 a.m. in Saint FrancesXavier Cabrini Church, 585 MountOlivet Road, Carverton, with theReverend Vincent Dang, his Pastor,officiating.Interment with the Rite of Com-mittal will follow in Saint Mary’sCemetery, Swoyersville, where Mil-itaryHonorswillbeaccordedbytheUnited States Army.Family and friends are invited tocall on Monday, February 6, 2012from5to8p.m.atthefuneralhome.For additional information or tosendthefamilyofMr.JohnEdwardPuchalskyanonlinemessageofcon-dolence, you may visit the funeralhomewebsitewww.wroblewskifun-eralhome.com. The family kindly requests thatflowers be omitted and memorialcontributions be made in John’smemory to the American DiabetesAssociation, P.O. Box 11454, Alex-andria, VA 22312; or to the charitythat John supported, NAMI-PA, Wilkes-Barre Office, 100 E. UnionStreet, Second Floor, Suite #6, Wilkes-Barre,PA18702;ortoachar-ity of the donor’s choice.
John Edward Puchalsky 
February 3, 2012
rthurBates,86,ofMidtownVil-lage, Larksville, passed away Thursday at the Wilkes-Barre Gen-eral Hospital.Born on Nov. 24, 1925, in WhiteHaven, England, he was the son of the late James and Beatrice HaileyBates. He resided for many years inAskam and was a graduate of Ha-noverHighSchool. Mr. Bates was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having servedasamotormachinistmateinthe Pacific Theater during World War II. He was awarded the VictoryMedal, the American Theater Med-al and the Asiatic-Pacific Medal.Mr.Bateswasemployedasawel-der for Lynweld Corp., Lyndwood.He was preceded in death by hisformer wife, Florence; sisters, Ger-trude and Gladys, and grandson,James Edward Bates.Surviving are son James and his wife, Elaine; daughters, Linda Wil-liams, Lisa Pinkowski and LoriBates; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;niecesandnephews.
A memorial
service will beheld Monday evening at theStanley S. Stegura Funeral HomeInc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, with the Rev. Timothy Hall of theNebo Baptist Church officiating.FriendsmaycallMondayfrom5to7p.m.
 Arthur Bates
February 2, 2012
– A Nanti-coke man will be issued a cita-tion for driving with a suspend-ed license after the vehicle he was driving Friday afternoonpulled into the path of another vehicle near Scott and Spring streets, police said.Kyle Rogers, 21, of East Wash-ington Street was attempting tomake a left turn from the park-ing lot of the Dunkin Donuts totravel north on Spring Street just after 5 p.m., police said. His vehicle pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by StephanieBerndt, 35, of Canter Drive,Dallas traveling north on Spring Street, police said. Berndt hadthe right of way, police said.Neither she nor a 5-year-old girlin her vehicle was injured.Rogers suffered a small cut onhis head, but did not want med-ical treatment from paramedics,police said.Both vehicles were towedfrom the scene.
– Policereported windows weresmashed on five vehicles parkedin the downtown late Fridaynight and early Saturday andpurses were taken from four of them. The purses were recoveredfrom three of the four vehicles,but all of the contents werestolen.Reporting break-ins were:Jennifer Harnischfeger of  Wilkes-Barre; Patricia Vanchureof Pittston; Anthony Macri of Dallas; Judith McGovern of Dallas; and Morgan Sorber of Shickshinny. The damage andthefts occurred between 9 p.m.Friday and 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
– A dairy farm-er’s barn burned to the ground Thursday night, but the cattleinside escaped.Sweet Valley Deputy FireChief Daniel Rood said fire-fighters were called to the barnon Mooretown Road around8:10 p.m. Thursday, and that thebarn was already fully engulfed, with flames shooting throughthe roof, when firefighters ar-rived.Rood said the barn was fueledby hay stored in the barn, mak-ing it hard to extinguish. Fire-fighters were at the scene until6:30 a.m. and returned laterFriday to extinguish rekindledhotspots.Rood said the barn owner wasable to get his cattle out of theburning barn, and that no cowsdied in the blaze.A state police fire marshalinvestigated the cause of thefire, but Rood said Saturday thatthe cause could not be deter-mined due to the extent of theburn. State police do not consid-er the fire to be suspicious,Rood said.In addition to Sweet Valleynine other fire companies re-sponded to the fire. No fire-fighters were injured.
– Policearrested Thomas Simonson, 38,of Exeter, on simple assault andharassment charges Saturdaymorning. Police said Simonsonallegedly assaulted Scott Kowa-leski, 42, in a residence on ElkStreet at approximately 2:30a.m. Saturday.Kowaleski was taken to a localhospital for treatment of hisinjuries, police said.
– State policeare investigating a smash-and-grab burglary at the AT&TMobility store at 586 Susque-hanna Blvd. Friday.According to state police, twomen wearing masks smashedout a side window of the store with a large rock and enteredthe store through the window. They then removed13 smart-phones and fled within a minuteof entering.A witness reported seeing agold Saturn sedan with a blackfront bumper cover in the areaprior to the incident, state po-lice said.State police said the phonestake are valued at approximately$1,500.Anyone with informationabout the burglary is asked tocontact state police at Hazletonat 459-3890.
– Townshippolice reported the following incidents:• Police said ChristopherBravyak, 21, of Forty Fort, willbe charged with criminal tres-pass and public drunkennessafter he allegedly trespassed atthe Mohegan Sun Casino Friday.Police said Bravyak, who isbanned from the casino, wasissued official notice of trespassbut returned to the casino.• William Mcglynn of Hazle-ton reported that trash wasthrown onto his parked vehiclefrom an upstairs balcony area atthe Red Roof Inn, causing somedents, at approximately 3 a.m.Friday. Police said JonathanBenjamin, 21, of Nanticoke, willbe cited for scattering rubbishand criminal mischief.• Police arrested Sarah May-hoff, 22, of Dupont, on suspicionof DUI charges following a sin-gle vehicle accident near theMohegan Sun Casino at approxi-mately1:38 a.m. Friday.Police said Mayhoff was exit-ing the casino parking lot to- wards Route 315 and struckseveral objects, causing her vehicle to roll over severaltimes.Mayhoff’s passenger, AmyLyback of Avoca, was trans-ported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for treat-ment.Mayhoff was transported to Wilkes-Barre General Hospitalfor a blood alcohol test. Chargesare pending the blood test re-sults.
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CANONSBURG — An officialsays a fire at a landmark south- western Pennsylvania candy fac-tory destroyed nearly 20,000pounds of chocolate. The 6:30 a.m. Friday blazestruck a second-floor packaging area at Sarris Candies in Canon-sburg in Washington County.Plant manager Dennis SrokatoldThe(Washington)Observer-Reporter on Saturday that ahealth inspection determinedthat Sarris must destroy thecandy, which either melted orhad smoke damage.Canonsburg Mayor DavidRhome said officials will inspectthe damage Monday, but theblazedoesnotappearsuspicious.Sroka said Monday’s inspec-tion will also determine whetheranother 5,000 pounds of choco-latepackagedforsaleinthestore will also have to be destroyed.Buthesaidmostofthecompa-ny’s stock survived because it isstored in an off-site warehouse.
Almost 20,000 pounds of chocolate lost in Pa. fire
The Associated Presss
rs. Sophie (Zos) Dulny, 90, of Duryea,passedawayThursdayat her home.BorninDuryea,shewasadaugh-ter of the late Joseph and AntoninaHanczycz Kapish. She was the lastsurviving member of the first grad-uating class of Holy Rosary School,Duryea. She was a graduate of Du-ryea High School.She was employed by the JacobsAircraft Company, Pottstown, dur-ingWorldWarII.Priortoherretire-ment,shewasemployedintheareagarment industry. She was a mem-ber of Nativity of Our Lord Parish,Duryea. She was a former memberoftheChristianWomenandtheSo-cialActivitiesClubattheHolyRos-aryChurch,Duryea,priortoitsclos-ing.Shewasanavidbowler.Shewasaloving mother and grandmother.Shewasprecededindeathbyherhusband, Henry (Doc) Dulny, whopassedawayonMarch14,1989;twobrothers, Stanley and Edward Kap-ish,andtwosisters,MaryPlisgaandHelen Kaporch.Surviving are daughter, BeverlyDulny, of Duryea; son, Jerry Dulnyand his wife, Donna, of Dupont;granddaughters, Carolyn and Jessi-ca; nieces and nephews.
A Mass
of Christian Burial willbe held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. inHoly Rosary Church, Duryea, withthe Rev. Charles Rokosz officiating.Interment will be in Holy RosaryCemetery,Duryea.FriendsmaycallMondayfrom5to8p.m.atthePion-tek Funeral Home, 204 Main St.,Duryea. Family and friends areasked to go directly to the churchthe morning of the funeral.In lieu of flowers, memorial con-tributionsmaybemadetotheSoph-ie Dulny Award for Service at HolyRosary School, Duryea, or to theHospice of the Sacred Heart.
Mrs. Sophie (Zos) Dulny 
February 2, 2012
THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2012 PAGE 3A
Nominees are named
U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycoming  Township, has announced the nomi-nation of 21men and women to fourU.S. service academies for the coming academic year. Four of the nomineesare from Luzerne County. The nominees were chosen following a review by Marino’s10th DistrictService AcademyNomination Boardcomposed of veter-ans, academy gradu-ates, business owners,educators and othercommunity leaders.Lt. Cmdr. Susan Al-len, U.S. Navy retired,of Dallas, chaired thepanel. The next step in the process is ac-ceptance into a military academy, adecision that is made by each academy. The local high school seniors nomi-nated by Marino are: Alex Himlin, sonof David and Gretchen Himlin, FortyFort, Wyoming Valley West, NavalAcademy; Alexander Severns, son of Gary and Yvonne Severns, Kingston, Wyoming Valley West, Naval Academy;David Gallagher, son of Patrick andMichelle Gallagher, Dallas, Dallas HighSchool, West Point; Jacob Berger, sonof Matthew and Susan Berger, King-ston, Wyoming Seminary, West Point.
Art entries being accepted
Pennsylvania American Water isaccepting entries for its10th Annual“Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest.All fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade stu-dents in schools served by Pennsylva-nia American Water are eligible, as wellas individual students who live in thecompany’s service area. The contestencourages students to draw on theirartistic talents to convey the impor-tance of protecting Pennsylvania’s watersheds and water resources.All students from northeast Penn-sylvania who participate in the artcontest will have their artwork dis-played during RiverFest at Nesbitt Parkand the River Common along the Sus-quehanna River. The event, which runsJune 22-24, will feature environmentalexhibits, three river sojourns, children’sactivities, nature walks and entertain-ment on both banks of the river. Penn-sylvania American Water is sponsor of the annual RiverFest celebration.Pennsylvania American Water ismailing contest applications to teach-ers in nearly 500 schools in its serviceterritory. Winners will be selectedbased on creative vision, artistic talent,understanding of watershed protectionand the ability to communicate thatunderstanding. As part of their entry,students must write a brief narrativeon the personal impact of watershedprotection. The deadline for artworksubmissions is March 30.
Mobile center for veterans
State Reps. Karen Boback, R-HarveysLake, and Sandra Major, R-Bridgewater Township, and Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, are inviting veter-ans and their dependents to speak with veterans benefit experts at a U.S. De-partment of Veterans Affairs mobile veterans center when it visits Luzerneand Wyoming counties this month. The veterans center will be in Tunk-hannock10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb.13 inthe area of the Route29 and Route 6 By-pass, across thestreet from Gay’s True Value.On Feb.17, from10a.m. to 2 p.m., it willbe available at theDallas Shopping Cen-ter on Memorial High- way in Dallas.It will be stationed at Boback’s office,608 Hunter Highway, Suite110, in Tunkhannock on Feb. 27, from10 a.m.to 2 p.m.Appointments are not required.Some services include: individual,group, family and bereavement coun-seling; medical referrals; help in apply-ing for VA benefits; employment coun-seling, guidance and referrals; alcoholand drug assessments. The mobile veterans center featuresa 38-foot mobile counseling center, twoprivate offices, satellite communicationand Internet service with the VA Med-ical Centers, video conferencing andtele-health capabilities, and is wheel-chair accessible.
PLAINS TWP. – A fast-mov-ing fire Saturday afternoon de-stroyed a house on HenryStreet,andtwofirefightersbat-tling the blaze were hospital-ized.Owner Joe Rogalski said his wife, Nancy Osterman, escap-ed with their three dogs, and arestored 1967 Pontiac GTO heparked in an adjacent garage was moved to safety.Rogalski was at work whenOstermancalledtotellhimthehouse was on fire. She alsocalled in the fire.“It went up in a matter of minutes,” he said. Rogalskisaid he has insurance on theproperty.PlainsTownshipDeputyFireChief Mark Ritsick said a statepolicefiremarshalwasenroutetothescenefromTowanda.Rit-sick did not know where thefire started, saying “It’s underinvestigation.”Firefighters Andy Shedlockand Frank Colonna were takenby ambulances from the sceneto local hospitals.Shedlock was inside thehouseonthefirstfloorwhenhe was hit in the head by debrisfrom a falling ceiling, said Rit-sick.Shedlockwaslistedinsta-
Blaze puts 2 firemen in hospital
Fire destroyed a house at 28Henry St. in Plains Township on Saturday afternoon. One fire-fighter was injured when a ceiling fell on himand another suffered chest pains.
Fast-moving Plains Twp. firedestroys house on HenryStreet Saturday afternoon.
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 WILKES-BARRE – Serving as a ref-erence point for doctors for 150 years,the Luzerne County Medical Societyplans to celebrate a milestone on Feb.24insupportingthehealthcareprofes-sionandcommu-nity.Since1861, thesociety has givenarea doctors anopportunity tocometogethertoshare treat-ments, researchailments and so-cialize, said Dr.Nicholas Giorda-no, M.D., pastpresident of theboard of direc-tors and chair-man of the anni- versary event. The anniver-sary dinner also is serving as a fun-draiser for the affiliated Medical Heri-tage Foundation scholarship, said Ma-ry Lou Miller, executive administratorof the group.“The very first scholarship will bepresented at the dinner to a studentfrom The Commonwealth MedicalCollege,” she said. While celebrating their past, societymembers also are preparing to meetthefutureneedsofthecommunityandarea physicians.In October, the society sold thebuilding that had been its home since1913 to the Wyoming Valley ArtLeague.Dr. Haragopal S. Penugonda, M.D.,presidentoftheboardofdirectors,saidthe society will still have an office and
Luzerne County Medical Society celebrates milestone
Dr. Nicholas D. Giordano and Dr. Haragopal Penugonda of the Luzerne County Medical Society plan the anniversarydinner, which is serving as a fundraiser for the affiliated Medical Heritage Foundation scholarship.
150 years of care
Some of the early medical instruments on display on the medical society’ssecondfloor insidelocked displaycases.
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“The med-ical societybecame ahub of med-ical informa-tion untilabout WorldWar II.”
Dr. NicholasGiordano
Chairmanof theanniversaryevent
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LUZERNEOrganizersfromtheGra-hamAcademyinLuzerneuseAmerica’spastime as a great winter activity for lo-cal children. On Saturday, they held thethirdAnnualFreeBaseballClinicfortheautism and special needs communities.About 30 children showed up toswing, bunt, pitch and run with mem-bers of the Lackawanna College men’sbaseballteamandhadagreattimedoing it, according to event coordinators andparents.Scott Hall, Graham Academy’s inter-nal operations coordinator and origina-tor of the event, said the school saw theclinicasawayto“givebacktothelocalautism community.“It’s a great way to get the kids andtheir families out this time of year,” hesaid.“Itgivesthemphysicalactivityaswellas a chance to socialize,” he added.Hall said Graham Academy, a privateschoolforchildrenwithautismorsocial
Baseballclinic letschildrenbe players
Graham Academy in Luzerne hostsevent for autistic and special needschildren in the area.
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LaVance Anderson and Joel Castilloplay with Ryan Wasko,12, of Swoyers-ville during wiffle ball game.
 WILKES-BARRE–Deepcrimsonwasthe theme of the annual Heart Ball tobenefit the American Heart AssociationheldattheWestmorelandClubonSatur-day. Well-dressed couples in formal dressof red and black strolled through thedarkwoodinterioroftheclubtobrowsethe eclectic selection of donated itemsofferedforbidattheball’ssilentauction.Followinganopenbarcocktailhour,the185 guests enjoyed a formal dinner andliveentertainment.FebruaryisNationalHeartAwarenessmonthandthelocalchapteroftheHeartAssociation hopes to raise awareness of heart health issues throughout North-easternPennsylvania."We had a very successful Heart Balllast year," said Julanne Hogan, the localchapter’s special events director. "We’rehopingtoraiseover$100,000thisyear."
Heart Ball’s aim is to raise fundingand awareness of heart health issues
American HeartAssociation volun-teer Tasha Lauden-slager, left, fixes thecorsage of occupa-tional therapistDeborah Roszkowskiof Port Griffith be-fore the start of the2012 Luzerne Coun-ty Heart Ball at theWestmoreland Clubin Wilkes-Barre onSaturday night.
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