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regory S. Kaminski, RN, 50, of Wilkes-Barre,passedawayMarch7, 2012 at the Wilkes-Barre GeneralHospital.Gregissurvivedbyhislifepartner,Brenda J. Harvey, with whom heshared 12 years of mutual love andsupport.Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was thesonofLeonardandRose(Fetzer)Ka-minski of Wilkes-Barre.Greg was a graduate of G.A.R.High School and Luzerne County Community College, where heearned Associate Degrees in Nursing andBusinessAdministration.Healsograduated with honors in September2011fromFortisInstitute,FortyFort.Greg loved his career in nursing andexcelledatcareoftheelderly.He was previously employed by Mercy Special Care Hospital, Nanticoke. Al-thoughhehadtoleavehisprofessionfollowing a back injury, he hoped tosomedayreturntonursing.Gregwasalways willing to help his neighborsandfriendswheneversomeoneneed-ed him.Surviving, in addition to his lifepartner,Brenda,andhisparents,Leo-nard and Rose, are his brothers, Leo-nard,Clayton,N.C.;Raymond,Nanti-coke, and Brian, Mountain Top; sis-ters, Linda Bradley, Waverly, Kansas;Suzanne Jackiewicz, Exeter; LauraSorokas, Plains Township, and Ro-sanneNiewinski,Nanticoke.Heisal-sosurvivedbyhisfive“babies,”Cloe, Tata, Sugar, Licorice, and especially Muffin.Hewillbesadlymissedbyhisgood friends, Peggy Sosnak and JimSnarski. Greg would also want tothank the Richard Macko family forthe care and support they gave himduring his early years.
bytheHughB.Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home,1044WyomingAvenue,FortyFort.InaccordancewithGreg’swishes,there will be no calling hours.Memorial contributions, if desir-ed,maybemadetotheBreastCancerResearch Foundation, 60 East 56thStreet, 8th Floor, New York, NY10022oronlineatwww.bcrfcure.org.
Gregory S. Kaminski
March 7, 2012
HANOVERTWP.–Tellingthestory of how someone tried toburn down the small market where Ray Black sells flowersand produce made him laugh.He wasn’t minimizing the seri-ousness of the crime, but instead was astonished at the ridiculousseriesofeventsthatoccurredlatelast month.“It was an arson,” Black, 71,said Saturday, showing the soot-covered walls inside Herold’sFarm Market on the Sans SouciParkway.It started as a burglary, howev-er.Possibly late on the night of Feb. 23 or early the next morn-ing, the glass entrance doors tothe market were smashed and apanel on the front wall was bust-ed, most likely to get at cash reg-ister inside, Black surmised.From there the register wascarried to a green house behindthe market and cut open with areciprocating saw.“There was nothing in it,”Blacksaid.Theregisterandpiec-esofitwerefoundonthefloorof the greenhouse.Black retraced the path of de-struction, saying the burglar, who might have been angry about not finding any money inthe register, went back to themarket and lit a fire, destroying coolers, inventory and damaging the ceiling.“The fire must have put itself out,” said Black.Aschoolbuspicksuphisniecein front of the market and thedriver noticed something was wrong when she stopped themorning of Feb. 24.“Boy, that’s a shame what they did to the building,” the drivertold Black’s brother Brian whountil then was unaware of thedamage. He then contacted hisbrother.Police investigated andbroughtinastatepolicefiremar-shal for assistance. To date noone has been charged.Blackplacedtheinitialdamageestimate at $15,000 and said it willcostanadditional$20,000toreplacetheequipment,including the two scorched coolers sitting in the parking lot in front of thebuilding.He’s covered against the lossby insurance. That wasn’t thecase when he lost more than 3acres of hardy mums when theSusquehanna River reached a re-cordlevelof42.66feetonSept.9and overflowed its banks, reac-hingallthewaydowntothemar-ket that took on about 8 feet of water.“We got hammered in theflood,” Black said.Hisfamilyhasbeenfarmingonthefertilelowlandsalongtheriv-er for nearly 120 years and hasbounced back from previous nat-ural disasters.He’ll recover from the latestman-made blunder and wantedhiscustomerstohearitfromhim.“IwantthemtoknowI’mgoing to be here,” he said.Painted in the windows of themarket was a sign reading,“Closed See You At Easter.”Black plans to be selling flow-ers the weekend before April 8.
Burglary, fire, flood don’t stop business
JERRY LYNOTT/THE TIMES LEADER
Despite setbacks, Herold’sFarm Market plans to reopenbefore Easter to sell flowers.
Contracts OK’d forinfrastructure projects
PLAINS TWP. – Townshipcommissioners approved con-tracts for two large infrastruc-ture projects during Thursday night’s regular meeting.Multiscape Inc., of Pittston, will be handling the First StreetCapital Improvements Projectfor $253,221. The work will include repav-ing and the addition of side- walks on First Street, whichruns between Mill Creek andthe former landfill in the Irish-town and Hudson sections of the township.Stell Enterprises, of Plains Township, will perform theAmesbury Street InfrastructureMaintenance Project for $237,861. This project will feature acomplete repaving after thestreet’s existing sewer pipes arereplaced with larger 30-inch and24-inch pipes.Also on Thursday, SolicitorStephen Menn advised theboard to table a vote for a condi-tional-use application that would have a junk yard andcrusher constructed at100 Sec-ond Street by Harry’s You-Pull-It.Menn cited the testimony volunteered by various residentsand involved parties at a publichearing held earlier in March.Despite the volume of opin-ions expressed at the two-and-a-half hour meeting, the commis-sioners felt no closer to a deci-sion for or against. Menn point-ed out the board had 45 days tomake a decision. He assured thepublic the matter would berevisited, likely at the nextboard meeting.In other news, CommissionerJerry Yozwiak urged residentsto be vigilant regarding litterand illegal dumping within thetownship.He referenced recent cleanupefforts at Cleveland, Maffett andSouth Main streets among oth-ers, before stating the problemis far from over. He noted policeofficers and township officials were already on high alert,particularly with regard to thearea around the “Oakes area” onSouth Main Street.Yozwiak also announced thePlains Township Recycling Center on Cemetery Street willbe open for yard waste drop-offson Saturdays from 8 a.m.through noon.Yard waste pickups will beginon the week of April 30.Recyclables can be droppedoff at the sight Monday throughSaturday from 8 a.m. throughnoon.
B. Garret Rogan
PLAINSTWP.–Somefamilieshave ties that bind over decadesof time and thousands of miles. The family of Wilkes-Barre na-tiveandWorldWarIIveteranJoeProeller is one of those families.FordecadestheymettocelebratehisbirthdayanddidsoagainSat-urday night at Andy’s Diner inPlains Township.Proellerturned99,spawningagatheringofmorethan60friendsand family coming from townsaround Northeastern Pennsylva-nia, as well as neighboring statesNew Jersey and Maryland, andnot so-neighboring ones as faraway as Colorado and Georgia.“It’s always great to see thefamily like this for a happy occa-sion,” Proeller said, enjoying hisdinner.Julie Dennis from SilverSpring, Md., Proeller’s grand-daughter, helped set up theevent, along with her mother, El-lenDennis,andsisterBecca.“It’slikeourfamilyreunion,”shesaid. Theygatheredathis70th,80thand 90th birthdays, then starting making it an annual event afterhis 95th birthday, she said. Thelast few were at Andy’s Diner.Dennis, who calls herself a“history buff,” researched hergrandfather’s youth to learn hespent48monthsintheSouthPa-cific during the war stationed allover the region. Most important-ly, he made it back, she said.He is the last surviving of 10siblings who were all born be-tween1906 and1924, she added.Proeller remains active by walkingthroughWilkes-Barreona daily basis and by staying in- volved with the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and his church.Hismilitaryfriendsalsojoinedthe festivities, bestowing Proell-er with a birthday plaque in hishonor for the evening.Paul Poepperling, 95, fromKingston,saidheandProellerre-mained friends since the end of the war, marching in local pa-radesandattendingothermemo-rial functions over the years.“He’s a good man,” Poepper-ling said of Proeller.AndyHornick,whohasoperat-ed Andy’s Diner for the last 23 years, said the diner crews were working hard over the last few weeks to reopen after taking in 6feet of floodwater last fall. They reopened on Tuesday.
Wilkes-Barre man celebrates birthday and ties that bind
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Times Leader Correspondent
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ly in Missouri, where he spentthe day campaigning. Santorumhandily won Missouri’s primary last month, but the state’s dele-gates will be awarded in upcom-ing caucuses.Santorum spokesman HoganGidleysaidKansasshowsvotersare responding to his appeal."This is a great win for the cam-paign and further evidence thatconservatives and tea party loy-alists are uniting behind Rick asthetrue,consistentconservativein this race," he said.Santorum won 33 of the 40Kansas delegates; seven went toRomney. But Romney gained 22delegates Saturday from Guam,the Northern Mariana Islandsand the Virgin Islands. He alsoadded seven delegates and San-torum took three in the Wyom-ing caucuses, which concludedSaturday."In what was hyped as a big opportunity for Rick Santorum,he again fell short of making adent in Mitt Romney’s already large delegate lead," the Rom-ney campaign said in a state-ment.InKansas,Santorumreceived51percent of the votes, Romney 21 percent, Gingrich 14 percentandTexasRep.Ron Paul 13percent.Romney andGingrichdownplayedtheir chancesin the dark-redstate, whereabortion re-mains a touch-stoneissueandcaucus voters tend to be thestate’s most conservative. Gin-grich canceled half a dozenevents in the state last week.Santorum visited Wednesday and Saturday.Paul, who campaigned Satur-day in the suburbs near KansasCity, told reporters that he hadno intention of exiting the race.Santorum’s triumph did notsurprise Joe Aistrup, a politicalscience professor at KansasState University who has writ-ten books on politics in Kansasand the South."To me, this is more aboutGingrich vs. Santorum, and thisis another nail in Newt Gin-grich’s coffin," he said."He is not the favored candi-date among evangelicals; Santo-rum is. Eventually this will paredowntoatwo-manrace.Theon-ly thing Santorum has to worry about is will it be soon enough."Aistrup said Alabama andMississippiaredo-or-dieforGin-grich, who moved toGeorgiaasateenagerand represented thestate in Congress fortwo decades.He has won only two states: Georgiaand neighboring South Carolina."The only thing that Newt has overRick is frankly thefactthathe’sfromtheSouth,andmaybe that might not beenough," Aistrup said."If he can’t win those twoSouthernstates,hiscandidacyisgone. He has nothing else to gofor."Gingrich, who has repeatedly pledged to take his campaign allthe way to the Republican presi-dential convention in Tampa,Fla., campaigned in Alabama onSaturday.Playing on his Southern ties,he mocked Romney for saying hewaslearningtosay"y’all"andlike grits.Kansas held caucuses in 96sites.More than 30,800 Republi-cans voted, 50 percent morethan in 2008 when Arizona Sen.John McCain had essentially wrapped up the nomination.Kansans, however, went theirownconservativeway,votingforformer Arkansas Gov. MikeHuckabee.
Santorum won 33 of the40 Kansas delegates;seven went to Romney.But Romney gained 22delegates Saturday fromGuam, the NorthernMariana Islands and theVirgin Islands.