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 WILKES-BARRE For morethan 50 years, Anthony J. LupasJr. was among the most respect-ed attorneys in Luzerne County,garneringpraiseasacaring,dedi-cated professional, friends andcolleagues said. The son of a well-known in-surance agent,Lupas and his wife, Lillian,raised four chil-dren in theirclose-knitPlains Town-ship neighborhood as he built ahighly successful law practice. Theywatchedwithprideastheirchildren grew into successfuladults, including a son, David, who is now a Luzerne County  judge. Today the family’s reputationis in tatters, shattered by allega-tions that the 77-year-old family patriarchstolemillionsofdollarsin a Ponzi scheme that targetedfriends and clients.Federal prosecutors chargedLupas on March 29 with onecountofmailfraudinconnection with the alleged scheme. An in-dictment is expected to be filedsoon.AsLupasawaitsdevelopmentsin the case, family, colleaguesand friends are left to wonder what led to his downfall. Inter- viewswithpeoplewhoknowhimpaint a conflicting portrait of the veteran attorney.Some recall a dedicated publicservant who, driven by the men-tal disabilities of his daughter,Joanne, worked tirelessly in theearly 1970s to help form the Lu-zerne Intermediate Unit 18, which provides educational ser- vices to disabled children.
After federal charges, reputation of Lupas in turmoil
The East Mountain Apartments in Plains Township, where Antho-ny J. Lupas Jr., accused of stealing millions of dollars, now lives.
Lupas, 1965
Friends describe him as reallygood guy, but he has allegedlystolen millions of dollars.
See LUPAS, Page10A
 WASHINGTON—MittRomneyisstartingtohonehisappealtofemalevoters,acutelyawareasheturnstothegeneralelectionthathehaslittlechoice but to narrow President Barack Obama’scommandingadvantageamongthiscriticalcon-stituency.Nonetoosoon,saymanyRepublicanactivists. TheyexpectRomney,aswellashispopularwife,Ann,tomakeanexplicitpitchtofemalevotersontheeconomyandjobs,theirtopissues. The eventual nominee “needs to start recog-nizing the power that women voters have,” saidRaeLynneChornenky,presidentoftheNationalFederationofRepublicanWomen.Romney,onpaceto clinch the nomi-nation in June, if not earlier, ac-knowledges thattheGOPfacesahis-toricalchallengeinclosing the advan-tage Democratshave with women.Like Obama, heseespocketbookis-sues as the key to winningthem.“Wehaveworktodotomakesurewetakeourmessagetothe women oAmerica, so theunderstand how we’re going to getgood jobs and we’re going to have a bright eco-nomic future for them and for their kids,” Rom-neysaidthispastweekinMiddleton,Wis.By Friday, Obama was making the same argu-mentattheWhiteHouse,wherehehostedacon-ferenceonwomenandtheeconomy.Hepresent-ed a full review of the administration’s achieve-ments on equal pay and workplace flexibility asnew unemployment numbers showed an uptickinjobcreation.“Whenwetalkabouttheseissuesthatprimar-ily impact women, we’ve got to realize they arenot just women’s issues. They are family issues,theyareeconomicissues,theyaregrowthissues,they are issues about American competitive-ness,”saidObama,usinghisofficetocasthimself asadefenderofwomen.HisDemocraticalliesareputtingitmorebluntly,accusingRepublicansof  waginga“waragainstwomen.”
Romney infight to getfemale vote
Obama has huge lead over likely GOPpresidential nominee in this constituencyand Romney expected to make overt pitch.
 Associated Press
See WOMEN, Page10A
Republican presidentialcandidate Mitt Romneyspeaks on a roof in Har-risburg Thursday.
 WILKES-BARRE The shootindeath of 14-year-old Tyler Winsteadbrought together hundreds of peo-ple Saturday night for a vigil to re-member the teenager and secured apromise from them to watch out foreach other in their schools, neigh-borhoods and communities.At dusk a stream of people endeda short procession from the boy’shouse on Hill Street and poured intothe field in front of GAR Junior/Senior High School where he at-tended the eighth grade.En route, a young boy told anoth-er as they joined the line on thesidewalk, “We all got the same pur-pose.”Many were students and gradu-ates of the school. Many of themheld lit candles. Some pushed chil-dren in strollers. Others provided a
“DON’T LET HIS LIFE go in  vain. We have to do somethinabout it. It’s important that we dosomething about it.”
Kennard Johnston
A friend of the family
Tyler remembered 
A well-wisher signs a mural hanging on Tyler Winstead’s front porch on Hill Street in Wilkes-Barre before the start of a vigil for the14-year-old on Sat-urday night. Below, hundreds pour out to Wilkes-Barre’s Hill Street for the vigil for shooting victim Tyler Winstead on Saturday night.
 Vigil held for shooting  victim Tyler Winstead 
See VIGIL, Page10A
PAGE 2A SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2012 THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com
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ettyL.MacCartney,64,ofPlains Township, passed away Friday,April 6, 2012 at the Wilkes-BarreGeneral Hospital due to complica-tionsfromachronicillness.Shewassurrounded by her loving family.She was born September 29,1947, the daughter of the late Ge-orgeandSophie(Haczewski)Baltu-savich of Plains Township.She was a graduate of Plains Me-morial High School, class of 1965, where she was a majorette. Betty  was employed at several area banksasaDataProcessorandlastworkedat TRL trucking prior to her retire-ment in 2007.Betty enjoyed the simplest of pleasures in life coffee withfriends, visits to Atlantic City, morerecently Mohegan Sun, and family.She was always ready to take a tripanywhere. She took an interest inthehistoryofRussianTzarNicholasII, so in 2002 she and her husband,Jack, along with her Aunt Joz trav-eledtoSt.Petersburg,Russia.They also visited the city of Moscow dur-ingthejourney.Sheenjoyedtripsto watchPennStateplayormadesureher Saturdays were free to watchthemontelevision.Beingawifeandmother were her priorities in herlifeandshegavesomuch,neverask-ingforanythinginreturn,butbyfar,her greatest joy was her grandchil-dren. Her wit and laugh will be re-membered by those who knew her,andthevoidcreatedinourheartsby her loss will never be filled.Surviving are her husband, John,PlainsTownship;daughters,Joanne Wychock and her husband, James,Pittston; Dianne Kasisky and herhusband,Andrew,PlainsTownship;grandsons,JamesThomasandRob-bie John Wychock, Andrew JohnKasisky and step-granddaughterKylaSundayKasisky.Alsosurviving are her sister, Joan Stroup, Harris-burg,andherbrother,GeorgeBaltu-savich, Plains Township; severalnieces, nephews, aunts, uncles andmany cousins. The family would like to thankDr. Kevin Carey, Dr. Delehanty, andDr. Elis for the excellent care they provided Betty over the years. Shetrulygavethemarunfortheirmon-ey.Theywouldalsoliketothankthestaff at the Wilkes-Barre GeneralHospital, especially Ken and Mar-leneintheCCUfortheoutstanding and compassionate care they pro- vided.
Funeral services
will be held Wednesday at10 a.m. from the Cor-coran Funeral Home Inc., 20 SouthMain Street, Plains Township. In-terment will be held at the conve-nience of the family. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.Inlieuofflowers,memorialdona-tions in Betty’s memory may bemadetotheAmericanHeartAssoci-ation, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago IL60693 or the American Lung Asso-ciation, 3000 Kelly Lane, Spring-field IL 62711.Onlinecondolencesmaybemadeat www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
Betty L. MacCartney 
April 6, 2012
Edward A.“Boone” Piont-kowski, 80, of the Honey Potsection of Nan-ticoke, passedawayonThurs-day at home.Hewasbornin Nanticoke, on Sep. 22,1931. He wasthesonofthelateStanleyand Theresa Ekker Piontkowski.Boone was a U.S. Army veteranof the Korean War, serving fromNovember 1952 to October 1954,attaining the rank of Corporal.HewasemployedbyPennFoot- wearforover36years,servingasaforeman, until his retirement in1993.Boone was a PIAA umpire forsoftball. He was a member of theHoney Pot Volunteer Fire Co. andthe Fraternal Order of Eagles No.834, Nanticoke.HewasamemberofSt.FaustinaParish, formerly of St. StanislausChurch, Nanticoke.Boone was preceded in death by asister, Theresa Victoria, and a broth-er, Stanley Piontkowski.Boone was a good man who lovedspending his time with his wife,daughters and granddaughter. He will be sadly missed by his loving family.Surviving are his wife of 52 years,the former Theresa Wineski Piont-kowski, at home; daughters, Diane Weiss and her husband, Ralph, with whomheresided;KarenHughesandher husband, David, White Haven;granddaughter, Michelle Bukofski,Nanticoke; several brothers and sis-ters; nieces and nephews.
Private funeral
services wereheld at the convenience of thefamily from the George A. Strish Inc.Funeral Home,105 N. Main St., Ash-ley. Interment with military honors washeldinSt.Mary’sNativityCeme-tery, Plymouth Township.
Edward A. Piontkowski
April 5, 2012
John J. Du-da, 90, Ply-mouth Manor,Plymouth, for-merly of Larks- ville, died Wednesday,April4,2012inthe Wilkes-Barre GeneralHospital.Born in Edwardsville, he wasthesonofthelateJosephandMar-thaPinchockDuda.Hewasagrad-uate of Edwardsville High School,Class of 1940. He was a carpenterby trade and worked at SordoniConstruction Company until hisretirement in1984.He was a Bronze Star Army vet-eran of World War II.He was a lifelong member of Swoyersville American Legion,Post 644.He was a member of St John theBaptist Church, Larksville.He was preceded in death by hisbrothers, Stephen, Mickey and Jo-seph,andsisters,JuliaStefanko,Mar-thaLease,KatieDuda,BettyQuarte-roni and Josephine Erwine.Surviving are his wife of 60 years,theformerFlorenceJanoski;sonanddaughter-in-law, John and Ellen Du-da, Wilkes-Barre; granddaughters,Melissa and Alison Duda; brother,Matthew Duda, Edwardsville, andsisters, Mary Michaels, Luzerne,AgnesRossick,Edwardsville;numer-ous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services
will be heldMonday at 10:30 a.m. in theChapel at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ha-noverTownship,withtheRev.JamesQuinn officiating.Arrangements are by the Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Wash-ington Ave., Plymouth.
John J. Duda 
April 4, 2012
arol M. Johnston, of Kingston Township, daughter of John J.and Carol Space Kearns, passedaway on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 6p.m.Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Attorney Ralph J.Johnston Sr., and her sisters, Mrs.Edward Ruane and Mrs. Leo Brady.Survivingareherchildren,Attor-ney Ralph J. Johnston Jr. and his wife, Beverly Jean Johnston; Dr. Ju-dith Johnston, AUD; James John-ston and Thomas Johnston.
of Carol’s Life willbe held in a private Funeral Mass inthe Church of Saint Mary of the Im-maculate Conception. Interment will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery inHanover Township.Memorial donations in lieu of flowersinherhonormaybemadetothe charity of your choice, or, if de-sired, to St Joseph’s Center, 2010Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA18509.Carol’s family expresses theirheartfelt appreciation to Dr. David W. Greenwald, Dr. Bruce H. Said-man, their colleagues and staff fortheir caring professional service.Carol’s family also wishes to ex-press their gratitude to the nurses,caregivers and supporting staff as-signed to the Fifth Floor East at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital fortheir compassion and kindness. Therewillbenovisitationhours.Privatefuneralarrangementswillbe at the convenience of the family.Arrangements are by McLaugh-lin’s – The Family Funeral Service.Permanent messages and memo-ries can be shared with Carol’s fam-ily at www.celebrateherlife.com.
Carol M. Johnston 
April 3, 2012
acqueline Karazia, 80, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed awa Thursday in Geisinger Wyoming Valley. She most recently resided with her daughter and family inExeter.Born in Laurel Run, she was thedaughter of the late Wilbur and Be-ssy Belles Griffith. She graduatedfrom Laurel Run School and previ-ously worked at Atwater Throwing Company. She retired as a floor su-pervisor at Kmart.Jacqueline was a loving wife,mother and grandmother, who en- joyed scratching lottery tickets andbingo. As mentioned by her grand-son, Cody, she also loved cheating at solitaire.Preceding her in death were herhusband, Charles; son, Charles;brothers and sisters.Surviving are daughter, SusanKaraziaandhusband,GregVogelge-sang; grandson, Cody; sisters, La- verne Lenkaitis, West Pittston; Be-tty Heffron, Olyphant; Leslie Holt,Laurel Run; numerous nieces andnephews.
Funeral services
will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from theStraubKaneFuneralHome,55ParkAvenue,Wilkes-Barre,withtheRev-erend Krup, Laurel Run PrimitiveMethodist Church, officiating. In-terment will be in Mt. GreenwoodCemetery,Trucksville.Friendsmay call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at thefuneral home.Memorial donations may bemade to the charity of the donor’schoice.
Jacqueline Karazia 
April 5, 2012An elderly couple wasbound and robbed during ahome invasion early Saturday morning in Bear Creek Town-ship, state police reported.Police said two black malesand one white male kicked inthe back door to 270 PittstonBlvd. at approximately 12:30a.m.Once inside, the intrudersbound the hands and feet of the home’s residents, 74-year-old Bernard Gryskevicz andhis 73-year-old wife, Patricia,and covered their heads withblankets.Reached by phone Satur-day, Patricia Gryskevicz saidher husband was in the bath-room when the break-in oc-curred. She heard a thumpand, worrying that he fell, went to investigate, leadinher to the intruders.She was too distraught tocontinue the story.“I hope the police would just catch them,” she said.State police said the intrud-ers ransacked the home, re-moving $390 in cash, severalguns and two diamond rings. The intruders were inside thehome for about and hour anda half, police said. They fled in Bernard Grys-kevicz’s vehicle, a gray 2008Nissan Frontier pickup bear-ing Pennsylvania licensenumber YWH-9686. The intruders were lastseen wearing dark-coloredhooded sweatshirts andgloves. Their faces were cov-ered throughout the home in- vasion, police said.Police are asking anyone with information to contactstate police at Wyoming at697-2000.
Senior duo tied up, robbed in Bear Creek Twp. home
Bernard Gryskevicz, 74, andhis 73-year-old wife, Patricia,victims of home invasion.
aster traditionslived on in areaevents Saturday.Above, parishion-ers at St. Leo’s/Holy RosaryChurch in Ashleytake part in anEaster Vigil Mass inthe evening. Atright, Father JamesHayer blessesEaster basketsfilled with eggs,butter, ham, saltand other treatsfor Easter dinner atSt. Mary’s Byzan-tine CatholicChurch in Wilkes-Barre.
Daily Number, Midday
Sunday:1-7-0 (7-8-1, double draw)Monday: 0-0-7Tuesday: 4-1-8Wednesday: 8-0-6Thursday: 4-7-3Friday: 7-2-3Saturday: 5-2-5
Big Four, Midday
Sunday: 7-1-1-8Monday:1-3-0-6Tuesday:1-6-7-0Wednesday: 8-2-0-1Thursday: 2-8-4-2Friday: 0-5-6-7Saturday: 5-5-7-6
Quinto, Midday
Sunday: 6-5-4-4-2Monday: 5-4-4-8-6Tuesday:1-3-4-9-6Wednesday: 8-6-4-8-0Thursday: 2-6-4-6-3Friday: 2-8-9-5-0Saturday: 2-0-2-5-9
Treasure Hunt
Sunday: 01-10-19-21-28Monday:17-21-22-23-30Tuesday: 09-10-15-23-28Wednesday: 01-12-16-17-29Thursday: 04-16-17-22-23Friday: 01-07-13-19-29Saturday: 04-05-12-23-29
Daily Number, 7 p.m.
Sunday: 3-9-0Monday: 5-8-5Tuesday: 7-4-5Wednesday: 0-3-7Thursday: 8-6-6Friday:1-7-5Saturday: 0-1-5
Big Four, 7 p.m.
Sunday: 8-1-4-4Monday: 4-6-5-0Tuesday: 8-9-6-4Wednesday: 0-2-4-3Thursday: 6-1-3-4Friday: 4-3-6-1Saturday:1-9-3-7 (8-1-8-0, doubledraw)
Quinto, 7 p.m.
Sunday: 5-9-3-0-5Monday: 2-9-5-5-4Tuesday: 0-6-6-2-6Wednesday: 3-8-1-4-2Thursday: 3-4-1-8-7Friday:1-5-9-0-4Saturday: 0-7-5-4-5
Cash 5
Sunday: 02-08-24-30-39Monday: 03-07-18-20-26Tuesday: 08-10-26-29-33Wednesday: 26-27-34-40-43Thursday: 06-14-34-35-37Friday: 03-10-12-14-42Saturday: 03-06-09-15-16
Match 6 Lotto
Wednesday: 01-24-33-45-49powerball: 06Saturday: 05-13-17-20-30powerball:18
Mega Millions
Tuesday:11-35-38-41-52Megaball: 40Megaplier: 04Friday: 02-19-20-24-33Megaball: 39Megaplier: 04
Policearrest-edMatthewVitalofWilkes-BarreonSaturdayonanarrestwarrantforaprobationviolationstem-mingfromachargeoftheftby unlawfultaking.Policesaidthey encounteredVitalwhileheandanothermanwereloadingscrapmetalintoapickuptruckonPethickDriveat12:40p.m.Sat-urday.
Citypo-licereportedthefollowing:PolicesaidtheychargedJoseMoralesofWilkes-Barre withdrivingundertheinfluencefollowinganautomobileacci-dentat12:52a.m.Saturdayonthe200blockofNorthMainStreet.A12-year-oldboysustainedminorinjuriesafterhewasstruckbyavehiclewhileridingabicycleattheintersectionof HortonandSouthFranklinStreetat5:40p.m.FridaPolicesaidtheboypulledinfrontofthevehicledrivenby JohnKoury,72,ofParneyStreet,andKourywasunabletostop.Nochargeswerefiled,policesaid.ThreevehiclescollidedattheintersectionofSouthMainStreetandWoodStreetat3:40p.m.Friday.PolicesaidDonaldDecolum-na,24,ofKingston,drovehis vehicleintotherearofaFord TaurusdrivenbyAnnMacFar-land,81,ofHanoverTownship. TheimpactpushedMacFar-land’scarintoathirdvehicledrivenbyBarryPerrin,58,of  Wilkes-Barre,policesaid.MacFarlandwastakento Wilkes-BarreGeneralHospitalfortreatmentofbackpain,policesaid.Nootherinjurieswerereportedbypolice.
THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2012 PAGE 3A
Infant dies in trailer fire
A 4-month-old infant died in a trailerhome fire early Saturday.Lackawanna County Coroner TimRowland said an autopsy Saturday afternoon concluded Cindy Williams of Hillside Park, Madison Township, diedas a result of carbon monoxide poison-ing from smoke inhalation. The man-ner of death is pending the results of the ongoing state police fire marshalinvestigation, Rowland said. The fast-moving fire was reported at9:10 a.m. Saturday. Township Fire Chief Kevin Emerson said the trailer wasengulfed in flames when he arrived.Several other children and adults wererescued by neighbors or got out ontheir own, fire officials said.Emerson said they were taken by ambulance to a Scranton hospital. The cause of the fire has not beendetermined, but it isn’t believed to besuspicious.
Conference at Wilkes
“Women Across The World” is thetheme of Wilkes University’s annual Women’s and Gender Studies Confer-ence on April16 and17 in the HenrStudent Center. Hours for the confer-ence, which is free and open to thepublic, are from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. onMonday and to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The event includes over 30 sessions with a focus on thediversity of womenaround the globe. Theconference is co-sponsored by King’sCollege, with studentsand faculty fromKing’s and Wilkesmaking presentations. The keynote addressis at King’s, with all other events heldat Wilkes.Ashley Mears, assistant professor of sociology at Boston University, willpresent the lecture “Pricing Looks,Pricing Gender” Monday at 7 p.m., atBurke Auditorium, McGowan Hall,King’s College. As an ex-fashion model,Mears researched the global context of culture and beauty, recently publishing her book “Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model.” Mears’ presenta-tion will focus on the use of thin, al-most exclusively white, models infashion. Wilkes alumnus and stand-up comic Teri Granahan of the class of1994presents “A Conversation with a Come-dian – Who Just Happens to Be a Fe-male” in the Miller Room on Tuesday from 4 to 5:15 p.m.
Fourth juvenile is charged
A fourth juvenile was charged in theongoing investigation into the discov-ery of .22-caliber ammunition in theHazleton Area 9th Grade Center on Tuesday.State police Saturday said a14-year-old boy from Kelayres, Schuylkill Coun-ty stole a .22-caliber revolver in a bur-glary in Kline Township and sold it to a16-year-old boy near the Hazleton AreaHigh School. The gun was not takeninto any of the three schools on cam-pus. The14-year-old boy was charged with possession of a firearm by a mi-nor, receiving stolen property, firearmsnot to be carried without a license, saleand transfer of firearms and possessionof a weapon on school property.He was lodged in the NorthamptonCounty Juvenile Detention Center toawait adjudication in Luzerne County Juvenile Court.
Trail project is session topic
 There will be a public meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the West Wyoming Borough Hall, 464 W. EighthSt., to discuss the West Side Trail pro- ject.Residents living on West EighthStreet from the Wyoming border toCharney Park and from West EighthStreet to Dailey Park in West Wyom-ing, residents along West Eighth Streetfrom the West Wyoming border to Wyoming Avenue, residents who liveon Tenth Street from Wyoming Avenueto Tenth Street Elementary School,Exeter, residents that live along ErieStreet from Wyoming Avenue to Me-morial Street and residents who live onMemorial Street from Erie Street toJFK School are urged to attend.For information, call Karen Szwast at654-0933.
HARRISBURG – The stateSenatewillsoonconsiderabill, which received overwhelming supportintheHouselastweek,that could lead to a constitu-tional amendment reducinthe size of the legislature.On Wednesday, the House voted140-49 to approve HouseBill 153. The measure seeks tocut the number of House dis-tricts from 203 to 153 and re-duce the number of senatorsfrom50to38.Everystaterepre-sentative from NortheasternPennsylvania, except for Rep.KarenBoback,R-HarveysLake, voted in favor of the measure.At least three local senatorsalso support the proposal,though they aren’t set on theoptimum size of the chambers.“There are several compet-ing numbers that have beenproposed, and I will vote for areasonable reduction,saidSen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township. “Larger districts will make legislative servicemore challenging, but it is anecessary adjustment.”Sen. John Yudichak, D-Ply-mouth Township, agreed the“size and cost of the GeneralAssembly needs to be evaluat-ed, particularly in these toughbudgetarytimes.Healsostop-ped short of supporting a setnumber for reductions at thispoint.“There is no magic formulafor the right size for a state leg-islature, but clearly the timehas come for Pennsylvania toseriously examine this issueand address the efficiency of state government operations,”he said.Pennsylvania has the largestfull-time legislature in the na-tion and the second-largestoverall, trailing only NewHampshire, which operates with part-time lawmakers.Sen.JohnBlake,D-Archbald,said that while he personally believes the Senate is “right-sized” at 50 members, he be-lievestheoverallsizeoftheleg-islatureistoobig,andhewouldsupport House Bill153 as writ-ten.
House-approved bill and some kind of cut favored by several local senators
Senate eyes assembly downsize
Yudichak Baker
A state transportation head hopes toconvinceHazletonofficialsthatmerging the city’s public transit system with Lu-zerne County’s will be in the best inter-est of bus riders and taxpayers.Hazletonofficialsareeagertofindoutif the state can back up its cost-saving claims, address questions they say haveso far gone unanswered and provide as-surances that Hazleton area bus riders won’t get the short end of the stick if amerger materializes. The Times Leader on Wednesday re-ported that city coun-cil was set to rescind aresolution it passedlastyeartomergeoper-ations with the Lu-zerne County Trans-portation Authority.Pennsylvania De-partment of Transpor-tation Deputy Secreta-ryTobyL.Fauverrefer-encedanewspapersto-ry on council’s planned vote in a letter he sentelectronically thatsame day to Mayor Jo-seph Yannuzzi andcouncil members be-fore the council meet-ing.“I was disappointedto read in the paper to-daythattheMayorwascalling for a vote … torescind the previousdecision to move for- ward with a merger without discussing  with PennDOT or thecountythefactsrelatedto consolidation,” Fauver wrote.He said it would be “a travesty” forstateandcountytaxpayersandcityresi-dents if Hazleton opted to continue ma-naging its own service with administra-tion that duplicated LCTA’s. Fauver of-feredtomeetwithYannuzziandcounciltodiscusstheconsolidationandaddresslocal concerns. He urged council to de-lay a vote until after a meeting.Council on Wednesday followed Yan-nuzzi’s recommendation to table the vote.
Hazleton has concerns
After the meeting, Yannuzzi and Ha-zleton Public Transit Director SteveHahn shared their concerns.Hahnsaidhecan’timaginehowPenn-DOT is projecting a half-million dollarsin savings when Hazleton employs only him and a secretary to run the program.“Where is that (savings) coming from? There are only two employees downhere.We’renotthecauseofthosecosts,he said.He suspects a majority of any savingsmust come from merging the county’ssharedrideprograms,buthehasn’tbeenprovideddetailsfromatransitstudyup-
State headlooking tomerge transitoperations
PennDOT secretary says mergingHazleton system with LCTA is in bestinterest of riders, taxpayers.
“If theydon’t con-tact us, ifthey don’ttalk to us,how are wesupposedto knowwhat theissuesare?”
Stanley Strelish
LCTA ExecutiveDirector
See TRANSIT, Page 7A
PLAINS TWP. – Resi-dents of Plains Townshipsaw significant improve-ment to the public parksin the last few years, ac-cording to local govern-ment officials. On Satur-day, the largest one,Plains Municipal Park onClark Lane was officially rededicated by townshipofficials with a new stoneplaque bearing the namesof the commissioners andthe township’s recreationboard. The dedication was tiedin with the township’sEaster egg hunt whichabout150 children attend-ed. Township Commission-er Robert Sax said the to-tal cost incurred to up-grade the township’s fiveparks topped $250,000. Apercentage was coveredby casino-generatedfunds, the rest throughthe taxpayer revenues.
Plains Township rededicates Municipal Park
Plains Township officials around the rededication plaqueClockwise, from left: Robert Sax, Ciro Cinti, Lou Cardoni,John Kozerski Jr., Clarence Ozgo, Jerry Yozwiak, JohnMillion, Ron Filippini, Emilio Aritz, Maureen Riley andJoe Spagnuolo, former commissioner.
Casino-generated fundspaid portion of costs toupgrade township’s parks.
See PARK, Page 5A
Times Leader Correspondent
PLAINS TWP. – Harold Golomb Sr.has endured 22 floods at his farm andgreenhouse complex along the flatsof the Susquehanna River.But those disasters haven’t prevent-ed him from stay-ing in business.Despite thedevastation of lastSeptember’sflooding, Go-lombs Green-house has reco- vered and is openfor business forthe 55th Easterseason.Golomb, 74, as-sumed the busi-ness from his father in the mid-1950s.It sells fresh plants and flowers to aloyal following of local customers.“There are no dikes in Plains,” saidGolomb. “So every time the river ris-es, our fields get flooded.”Golomb, his wife, Audrey, and sonHarold Jr., decided to stay in theirlow-lying home during the most re-cent flood. He said the family took arow boat to their relatives’ house onhigher ground each day to showerand gather necessary staples and sup-plies.A photo album he has of the 2011flood graphically shows the rising flood waters and ensuing damagefrom the Susquehanna, which crestedabove 40 feet.According to Harold Jr., the family homestead also suffered significantdamage in the floods of 1996, 2004and summer 2006.“This flood was worse than ’72,”stated the older Golomb. “We hadover 12 feet of water in our green-houses and 8 feet of water on the firstfloor of the house.”Golomb’s Greenhouse will be opendaily through July. The Golombs alsosells fresh produce at local farmersmarkets until November.
Golomb’s Greenhouse in Plains Twp. again open for Easter 
Still blooming after 22 floods
Audrey Golomb and daughter Laura Kosco replant begonias at the PlainsTownship greenhouse off River Road at the end of McCullough Road.
Times Leader Correspondent
“There areno dikes inPlains. Soevery timethe river ris-es, our fieldsget flooded.”
Harold Golomb Sr.

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