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Two-year-old David Fallon plays with his Thomas the Tank Engine whistle while on the Annual Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride. For story, see PAGE 3.




Ed Ackerman, optimist

Live to give, and vice versa
The lesson learned in the days and weeks following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the local flood of Sept. 8, 2011, is that man is at his best when helping others, that people are happiest when they are giving. Unfortunately, it is a lesson easily forgotten. Think of the good will that permeated every aspect of American life following the attacks in New York and Washington and the heroism in western Pennsylvania. We nodded ‘good morning’ to one another, held doors for one another, waved motorists through the intersection first, offered our seats to others on buses and subways. It was as if “United We Stand” was emblazoned on our hearts. Think of that same good will right here a year ago: countless numbers of people preparing and delivering meals to flood victims, countless others aiding in the cleanup, all proceeding with smiles on their faces and kind words on their lips, all sleeping well at night. On both occasions, we were a true brotherhood of man. And we were happy. All of this came to mind last week while reading the book “The Celebration of Life” by Norman Cousins. It was given to me by a student, a welltattooed, heavily pierced 20something with the heart of an angel. I asked how he came across this little known work published in 1974 and he said he found it in a used book store. The title appealed to him. I was aware of Norman Cousins, the journalist, and vaguely remembered his writing something like “laughter is jogging internally,” but I had never read anything by him. I have this theory, borne out of experience, that books wind up in my hands just when I need them. Only a few pages into this one I was sure this was another such case. Cousins writes that there are no “mere” men which is something I’ve read before and embraced. “Each man has within him a vast potential for identification, dedication, sacrifice, mutuality,” he writes. “Each man has unlimited strength to feel human oneness and act upon it. If the use of this strength is genuine, the power will make itself felt.” To which he adds, “A man may have no jurisdiction over the fact of his existence, but he is not barred from imparting meaning to that existence.” It’s sad, of course, that it often takes tragedy for us to do that, but even sadder that we cannot seem to maintain it beyond the tragedy. The sadness lies in that by returning to our selfish, or at the least self-centered ways, we rob ourselves of the joy we experienced when we were other-focused. And we don’t even realize it. Christ told us: “If you want to find yourself, lose yourself.” And we found ourselves by losing ourselves in service to others: in comforting grieving families who lost loved ones on 9/11, or in reaching out to our hurting neighbors after the flood. Christ told us: “If you want to be first be willing to be last.” And we experienced the elation of “firstness” by making personal sacrifices of time and money so as to lighten the burden on others. And then we let it all slip through our fingers. It was back to “me first” and “look out for number one” and lying awake at night trying to figure out why we are not happy. Does the answer lie only in another attack? Another flood? Let’s hope not. Cousins believes the path to happiness lies in the person next to you and even in the person on the other side of the planet. “I am a single cell in a body of three billion cells,” he writes. “The body is humankind.” He also believes realizing this and acting on it is the path to eternal life. “The tragedy of life is not in the fact of death,” Cousins writes, “but in what dies inside man while he lives. “No man need fear death; he need fear only that he may die without having known the greatest power – the power of his free will to give his life to others. If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.” We’ve known that feeling of giving our lives to others. We, ourselves, did it on the occasions mentioned here, and man has done it throughout his history, from the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae to one man on a cross at Calvary. The challenge is to make it last.

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A passenger takes a cell phone picture of the Reading & Northern train on its way back to Duryea. Below, car attendant William Bubeck punches a train ticket.


What better way to get to historic Jim Thorpe than in historic rail passenger cars? That’s what 518 local folks did last Sunday on the annual Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride to

benefit the Greater Pittston YMCA, the Pittston Memorial Library and the Care and Concern Free Health Clinic. The excursion raised over $5,000 for the three charities. The Reading and Northern excursion train left from Duryea with two diesel engines pulling eight 72-passenger, early 20th century era “open-windowcoaches” as they are called. The huge windows, which offer great views, can be raised for ventilation. Conductors in period uniforms completed the historic ef-

fect. The coaches – built between 1913 and 1917 – have plenty of leg room, overhead storage racks and reversible seat backs. While conditions taking 2 1/2 hours to cover 71 one-way miles, as the train did last Sunday, might be frustrating, the passengers last Sunday enjoyed the leisurely pace and mountain scenery as the train negotiated over Penobscot Mountain and through Laurel Run, Solomon’s
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Gloria Blandina, left, Tina Fisher and Kelly Carroll pose in front of the Jim Thorpe train station.

Rose Ann Crisci, right, of Sweet Valley, Carter Coyle of Scranton, Ann Perez, of Lancaster, and Michele Carter, of Dallas, inside Rainbow's End Ice Cream Shop.

Passengers wait to board the train at Jim Thorpe's Josiah White Park.

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Gap, Crestwood, White Haven, Tannery and Hickory Run. A power failure in the coaches silenced the speaker system, so the passengers missed the narration on the way to Jim Thorpe. There With the were no power back lights in on for the the cars return ride and no warning to Duryea, as the the narra- train rumbled tor dethrough scribed the two onesights and quarter long told brief carvedrock tunhistories nels, of the throwing riders intowns along the to darkness so route. complete they could not see their seat buddies just inches away. With the power back on for the return ride to Duryea, the narrator described the sights and told brief histories of the towns along the route. He mentioned each of the three crossings of the Lehigh River and drew attention to whitewater rafters as the train rode over the steep, deep walls of the Lehigh Gorge State Park. As the train went back through the tunnels, the
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Michelle Stark, left, and daughter Hallie, both of Wyoming, pose for a photo after arriving in Jim Thorpe. Silhouettes of passengers in a window reflection as the Greater Pittston Charity Train passes a rock outcrop on its way to Jim Thorpe.

Margaret Rogo, right, of Pittston, buys a cherries jubilee cone from Rainbow's End Ice Cream Shop owner Mike Guy.

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narrator admitted it had been more exciting the first time. Trailing the coaches was a restored private car for Reading & Northern execTrailing the utives and their coaches was a families. With a marestored prihogany interivate car. or, decorative With a mahog- stained glass, any interior, plush chairs, private beddecorative rooms and pull stained glass, down sleepers, plush chairs, the car is deprivate bedscribed as the private jet of rooms and the 1890s. pull down Passengers sleepers, the spent three car is dehours in Jim scribed as the Thorpe. A popprivate jet of ular stop was the front veranthe 1890s. da of the Harry Packer Mansion Bed and Breakfast for a cocktail and a spectacular view of the town and the mountains where the top of the Penn’s Peak music venue could be spotted.

Car attendant James Danner, right, helps passengers board a car for the Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride to Jim Thorpe.

The Greater Pittston Charity Train passes over the Lehigh River on its way to Jim Thorpe.

Sightseers from the Greater Pittston Train Ride look around downtown Jim Thorpe.

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“We’ll take people down to the site, and we’ll talk about it,” Savokinas said. A lot can be learned from the The Greater Pittston HistoriSusquehanna River. cal Society will be providing inJust ask, Joe Savokinas, orga- formative signage for the tour at nizer of the 4th annual Pittston the actual break-in and Eagle Air Riverfest. shaft locations as well as other “There is so much culture, so sites along the river. much history in this area. And There will be hands-on educaeverything comes back to the riv- tional demonstrations in such er,” he said. things as gem and The Pittston River- I F Y O U G O mineral stone cutfest is set for Saturting and polishing, What: Pittston Riverday, Sept. 22, from 10 fest arrowhead making, a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain Where: Riverfront Park flintlock rifles and date is Sunday, Sept. in Pittston local Indian artiWhen: Sat. Sept. 22 23). facts. Also, historiLast year, the event Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. cal picture displays, Rain date: Sun. Sept. was cancelled be- 23 children’s mural cause of the devastat- Admission: Free painting, silver artiing flooding that ocfacts and quilting. curred in September. Various types of City crews worked Wednesday skills from Colonial times such cleaning up Riverfront Park. as rug making, wool spinning, Savokinas, the leader of the chair caning, soap making, Greater Pittston Cultural Coali- powder horn carving and much tion, Treasurer Al Pesotine and more will be demonstrated. Senior Pastor Samuel WashingSavokinas said Cooper’s has ton of Perspective Church on donated the use of their Cabana. Broad Street gathered at the RivBetween 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., a erfront Park to discuss the event. 35-minute video of the story of A highlight, Savokinas said, is the Knox Mine Disaster and a a hayride to the site of the Knox Mine Disaster. In January 1959, billions of gallons of water from the Susquehanna River broke through mining chambers dug too close to the riverbed, killing 12 miners in the Port Griffith section of Jenkins Township. By the time the hole was plugged, many of the area’s interconnected mines were flooded. The deep mining of anthracite in the northern coal fields ended quickly.



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Clark Switzer of the Greater Pittston Historical Society, left, explains the Knox Mine Disaster of January 22, 1959, during a tour of the site as part of the Pittston Riverfest held in 2010.

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Pastor Washington said members of his congregation will bring non-denominational song and worship. Washington said virtually all religions use water as a symbol of cleansing and washing. “The river is a place where something pure began,” Washington said. “That’s the idea of Riverfest. Regardless of your cultural background, you can come down to the river and find peace, whatever you perceive that to be.” A founding member of the GPCC, John Orlandini, recently passed away and Washington will preside over a short memorial service in Orlandini’s honor. Pittston Riverfest is free and open to the public.


Organizers of the Pittston Riverfest, from left, are Al Pesotine, the Rev. Samuel Washington and Joe Savokinas.

Emily Rinaldi, 7, left, Matthew Rinaldi, 9, and Connor Yencha, 6, all of Duryea, work on making bird boxes from orange juice cartons at the Pittston Riverfest in 2010.

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This past summer, Miranda Warunek from Pittston Area High School, participated in the 2012 National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/ MED) at Villanova University. Miranda was selected to join other high school students from around the globe who demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine. Throughout the 10-day forum, NYLF/MED introduced students to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice. In addition to site visits to medical facilities and clinics, scholars engaged in simulations using problem-based learning, an educational method in which students were presented with a fictional patient’s case history and must diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the patient. “Each student may very well be the face of the future of medicine,” said NYLF Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marguerite C. Regan. “The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine creates a virtual classroom with hospitals, clinical facilities and healthcare professionals. By shadowing key personnel, these students had a great opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on a medical career. The timing is critical as young people explore their career paths, just prior to immersing themselves in college coursework.” Visits to cutting-edge medical

Tom Lello of Dupont received an Antique Automobile Club of American Senior Award at the AACA Spring meet in Reading this April. Tom’s 1966 GTO Convertible, which he has owned for over 36 years, was his daily drive, then put away to be restored. Three years ago, the GTO went through an extensive rotisserie restoration. Tom acknowledges George Caswell of Caswell Enterprises, Dunmore, Jack Zikoski, Dan Zikoski and Jake Twardowski of Z&Z Restoration for their meticulous work in the restoration process. The GTO features 289 cubic inch motor, four-barrel carburetion and four-speed transmission.


schools and clinical facilities provided opportunity for scholars to hear from and interact with leaders within the medical field. Students engaged personally with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists, and medical educators as they watched those professionals at work. NYLF is an educational organization that brings various professions to life, empowering outstanding young people with the confidence to make well-informed career choices. NYLF had provided programming to more than 100,000 young people. Miranda Warunek is a senior at Pittston Area High School. She lives in Yatesville with her parents, Joseph and Patricia Warunek, and sister, Letitia. /

Master’s Degrees Five local students received their college degree from King’s College during the College’s recent summer commencement ceremony. Alyssa Jamie Aritz of Exeter, Erin Svilokos Shymanski of West Wyoming, and Samantha Ann Pisano of Hughestown received a master’s degree in reading. Corey John Roccograndi of West Wyoming received a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Michael L. Jordan of Hughestown received a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Recent graduate Kevin Boyanowski of Laflin, graduated with a Master of SciSee CHATTER, Page 10

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Friends and family come to Eric’s aid
Eric Speicher likes things most 13-year-old boys like. Baseball, basketball, street hockey. But a rare brain tumor has him in the hospital rather than out in the field or on the court. The 8th-grade student from West Pittston is in his second battle with Ependymoma and the cost of treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and travel and lodging for his family has taken a toll. So, Eric’s friends and extended family decided to help out, and are having a pasta dinner fundraiser and raffle from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Immaculate Conception Church in West Pittston. Eric’s grandmother, Rosalie Cullagh, discussed Eric’s condition. Eric’s arduous journey began in May of 2011, when he began to get dizzy and suffer from severe headaches. “He was out playing street hockey one day and he started vomiting,” she said. “We thought it was virus.” “A few days later, he fell down and had trouble with his right side,” she said. Doctors first treated it as an ear infection, but an MRI discov-

Eric Speicher, 13, pictured on his Little League card taken this year. Eric is recovering from surgery that removed a rare brain tumor and the cost of treatment at Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center in New York and travel and lodging for his family has taken a toll. Friends and family are having a pasta dinner fundraiser next week.

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and had surgery to remove the tumor, which was determined to be malignant. He underwent a severe round of cancer treatment and was doing well. “They say it’s a chronic condition,” she said. “So it could come back.” And come back it did. He underwent a second brain surgery on July 19, and is undergoing radiation therapy five days a week. The doctors said the surgery Eric’s grand- went well and mother, Rosa- the tumor, this time much lie Cullagh, smaller, practisaid Eric is cally “slid off ” doing well and his brain. even comes She said Eric home on some is doing well and even weekends. comes home on some weekends. “He’s a strong boy,” she said. Eric is also undergoing physical and occupational therapy because the treatment had wiped him out, Cullagh said. “Eric is quiet, but outgoing,” Cullagh said. “He has a lot of friends. A lot of faithful friends.” Eric’s parents, Eric and Jessica Speicher, have been very strong, she said. Eric has a 5-year-old brother, Chase, who is in kindergarten. Cullagh said it’s hard for Chase because he “misses his

Organizers are, from left, first row, Elaine Salus, Elaine Whipple and Peggy Balberchak. Second row, Nancy Answini, Lisa Bocci, Kory Angeli, Marilyn Johnson and Patti Wiatrowski.

mom” when she’s with Eric getting treatment in New York. But, she said, he realizes his brother is sick. The family had to get an apart-

ment in New York because the back-and-forth traveling was too much. “We thank God for all of our family and friends,” she said.

“They’re all so wonderful.” Tickets for the benefit pasta dinner are on sale for $8. Donations should be made payable to the EJS Fund and

mailed to Nancy Answini, 9 Cheryl St., Hudson, Pa., 18705. For more information, call 237-5999.

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ence degree in Health Care Administration from King’s College. Kevin is the son of Wendy O’Fier of Laflin and the late Joseph Boyanowski of Dupont. Happy Birthday Happy birthday wishes go to Anthony Botteon of Shavertown formerly of West Pittston who celebrated on September 11, and Tiffany Phillips of Duryea celebrating on September 16. Happy birthday wishes go out to Margy (Dillon) O’Malley of Tunkhannock, formerly of the Port Griffith section of Jenkins Township, who will celebrateher big day today Sept. 16.

Margy is a retired school teacher of the Tunkhannock Area School District in Wyoming County. Also to Carl Sarti, Hughestown who celebrated on September 18 and Jeff Merlino of Hughestown celebrating on September 21. Happy Anniversary Happy anniversary wishes go to Rock Street Music’s Bill and Lisa Kossuth who celebrated on September 15. They’re new A girl was born to Kimberly and Chris Schwartz of West Pittston on August 22. A girl was born to Jessica and Brian Budzak of Pittston on August 23

Battle of Wyoming tour slated today
The Luzerne County Historical Society will host a guided walking tour of the sites associated with the Battle of Wyoming at 1 p.m. today, Sunday, Sept. 16. Local historian Stephen Killian will conduct the tour, showing where the battle took place and explaining the various aspects of what happened on July 3, 1778. The tour will start at the corner of Fourth Street and Susquehanna Avenue in Wyoming, is two miles long and lasts two hours. Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes. Admission is $8 per person for members of the Historical Society and $10 for non-members. Each tour is limited to the first 30 people.


A detail of the Wyoming Monument commemorating the Battle of Wyoming.



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Come. Sit down. Have some wine. Eat something. Sounds like an invite into an Italian nonna’s kitchen, but it’s actually an invite from the Pittston Memorial Library as they hold their first Taste of Greater Pittston fundraiser. For a $30 Peculiar Culinary donation, Company , Ernie you’ll be able G’s Pub & Eatery, to sample an assortment My Sister’s of delicious Kitchen, Valley food from all over the area. Meat & Deli, Thomas’ Barbe- Appetizers, entrees and cue & Retro desserts. Restaurant, Cafe And that’s Italia, B3Q not all. In addition Smokehouse, to the food, Gramma Aita’s there will be Kitchen, Gramer- complimency Restaurant, tary wine tasting and Junior’s Pasta, you will vote Uptown II, Laon your faFratte’s Catering vorite artisan and Junior’s white and red Rustic Italian wines. All Cuisine and Pas- the wine is locally prota House. More duced. are expected. Carol Crane, the library’s fundraising director, hopes to have 20 restaurants signed up. So far, eateries that have committed are Peculiar Culinary Company , Ernie G’s Pub & Eatery, My Sister’s Kitchen, Valley Meat & Deli, Thomas’ Barbecue & Retro Restaurant, Cafe Italia, B3Q Smokehouse, Gramma Aita’s Kitchen,

Rob Musto, owner and chef at Junior's Rustic Italian Cuisine and Pasta House, prepares colossal diver scallops at his restaurant on Friday. Junior's, along with numerous other area restaurants will serve food at the Pittston Memorial Library's Taste of Greater Pittston on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. on the library grounds on 47 Broad Street.



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room with Smartboards and WiFi capability, a larger children’s section, an arts and crafts room, teen space, a senior citizen area, Continued from Page 11 a kitchenette, a vestibule, a coat Gramercy Restaurant, Junior’s room and additional rest rooms. Pasta, Uptown II, LaFratte’s Ca- A playground is planned for betering and Junior’s Rustic Italian hind the building adjacent to the Cuisine and Pasta House. More new children’s wing. are expected. The expansion is part of the liJunior’s owner and chef, Rob brary’s Cosgrove Capital CamMusto, said he’s happy to sup- paign. John P. Cosgrove, a Pittport a good cause. ston native, spent 70 years work“The library helps out so many ing in the media in Washington, people, it’s the least we could do D.C. He donated his personal lito help out the library,” Musto brary, including thousands of said. volumes, correspondence and He said he’s unmemorabilia, to his sure what he would hometown library be serving at the “The library helps three years ago. event, but there’s a out so many peoWhen the Pittston good chance it will ple, it’s the least library suggested it be covering in his expand in part to signature Bolog- we could do to display the collecnese sauce. tion, Cosgrove dohelp out the li“It’s very popnated $50,000 to brary.” ular,” he said. get the project Susquehanna Rob Musto started. Owner/chef at Junior’s Brewing Company The collection, Rustic Italian Cuisine and will also be there along with the doPasta House with some of their nation, prompted new brews includthe library trustees ing their fall line. to name the proposed project the Crane urges everyone to Cosgrove Annex and undertake “come down and see how Grea- a major capital campaign to pay ter Pittston tastes.” for it. “We’ll have food, wine, desMusic will be provided by Daserts, music,” she said. “We’ll vid and Ryan Joyce. Honorary have it all.” hosts will be WBRE’s Candice She said there will also be a Kelly and her husband, state 50/50 drawing trooper Tom Kelly. According to Crane, more As a Taste of Greater Pittston than 70,000 people visited the li- proceeds, the library will be brary in 2011. open and tours will be given. “Often, people are lined up out Tickets are only being sold in the door,” she said. advance and won’t be available She said the library’s comput- at the event. ers with internet are popular. Tickets can be purchased at All proceeds will benefit the the Pittston Memorial Library or library’s Capital Campaign for by calling Carol Crane at 654the construction of a 5,175 9565, extension 25 or by emailsquare-foot addition set to con- ing lisajoyce67@hotmail.com. tain a state-of-the-art conference



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A river runs through us
It’s been a friend. It’s been a foe. But it’s always been us. We may not have a sense of it today, except, as in last September, when it turns on us, but we are a river people, descendants of people who settled here primarily because of the Susquehanna running through this valley. We are here because the Susquehanna is here. It was the wont of Dr. Christopher Breiseth, former president of Wilkes University, when speaking in Wyoming Valley, to remind residents how lucky we are to live here. Throughout history, he would remind his audience, Native Americans fought Native Americans, settlers fought Native Americans, and settlers fought settlers, all for the right to live where we live. A lot of blood has been shed, he would say, for the privilege to live here. A small group feels quite the same, particularly Joe Savokinas, leader of the Greater Pittston Cultural Coalition, which has planned and will host The Pittston Riverfest on Saturday (see story, pages 6 and 7). The event, which was cancelled because of the devastating flooding that occurred in September, is all about our history and our culture as it relates to the river. Appropriately, a highlight of the event is a hayride to the site of the Knox Mine Disaster, where in 1959, 12 miners lost their lives when the Susquehanna broke into the mine chamber where they were working. “We’ll take people down to the site, and we’ll talk about it,” Savokinas said. The Greater Pittston Historical Society will be providing informative signage for the tour at the actual break-in and at the Eagle Air shaft location from where other miners dramatically scrambled to safety. Pittston Riverfest will also include hands-on educational demonstrations in such things as gem and mineral stone cutting and polishing, arrowhead making, flintlock rifles and local Indian artifacts, as well as historical picture displays, children’s mural painting, silver artifacts and quilting. Cooper’s Seafood Restaurant, from which patrons enjoy a majestic view of the river, has donated the use of their Cabana for the event. The owners of Cooper’s have always been best of friends of downtown Pittston, and the Susquehanna River.

Valenti touts ‘Blogfest 2012’ set for Friday
Mark you calendar. Blogfest is this Friday, September 21 beginning around 7:30 p.m. Fall Blogfest 2012 will be one to remember and is set at Rooney’s Pub in downtown Pittston. This past spring the only congressional candidate not to show was Tim Holden and see what happened to him. Not even Holden’s surrogate Tony Rostock made an appearance. I’m pretty confident those up here told him to stay away. Matt Cartwright, who won overwhelmingly, came early and stayed late and worked the crowd like a pro. He’ll square off against Lauren Cummings who also made an appearance. This year, I’m thinking you’ll see those who are seriously considering throwing their hat into the ring for the East Side District Justice seat there in full force with an accompanying entourage. Considering there will be a hotly contested US Senator’s race, we’ll probably see representation from the Casey Camp. I doubt we’ll see Tom Smith, the GOP candidate, in attendance. He has no idea where Pittston is. Anyway, this Blogfest will definitely be the precursor to the local elections in 2014 and will be quite telling by those in attendance. Joe Valenti


Impressed with Pittston City and Mayor Klush
As I drive through Pittston city, I can’t help but be impressed. The downtown area hasn’t lost its traditional look, but now it’s a bit bolder and brighter. With the addition of new businesses and an overall cleanup, the town my parents were born and raised in is something to be proud of. During the recent Tomato Festival, the town reminded me of Mulberry Street in historic Little Italy, NYC . I recently ran into Mayor Klush in a local business and I was impressed by his enthusiasm over the positive direction he believes the town is going in. Some are of the opinion that efforts are only revolving around the downtown area. The mayor stated that couldn’t be further from the truth. From the revitalization efforts to sewer maintenance to other city projects, Main Street is not the only priority. I got a different feeling talking to Klush than I had when talking to other mayors. Totally different. A politician? I’m not going to say anything. Talk to him yourselves and see what you think. If I were to add anything to the downtown area, I would bring back the old historic American Theatre. But nothing’s perfect, although Klush and Pittston officials keep striving for it. Keep up the good work, people! Looking good! John Disanferdinand West Pittston



50 Shades of Manners
You know I don’t like to preach. Oh, wait … yes I do. It’s being preached to I don’t enjoy. Once in a while, as you know, once I get a bug up my hiney, I must sermonize. I don’t do it nearly as well as our friend, Msgr. Sempa, but he has a longer fuse than I. That’s why he’s a priest and I’m a pain in the ass. I have a job I love, peppered with co-workers and patrons I adore. Most days. But some days, when Jupiter aligns with Mars, and there’s a full moon, I witness something I decidedly do not adore: blatant, Technicolor rudeness. And rudeness makes me frown. And frowning makes me look old. And that’s bad. Very, very bad. Sometimes, after a particularly thorny exchanges between myself and a disgruntled patron, I swear to God I look closely at the pen in their pocket, thinking maybe it’s a recording device and I’m a guest on Candid Camera. Because honestly, in my world, random acts of rudeness are as unwelcome and preposterous as a fast-moving case of early menopause. Don’t get me wrong, the good ones far, far outweigh the bad. And … if I deliver to their waiting hands a new copy of 50 Shades of Grey, they want to kiss me smack on the lips. Oh, it’s not only at work that I‘ve noticed how ill-tempered and disrespectful people are lately … it’s everywhere, like hoof and mouth disease. What in the hell is happening? I feel like I’m living in an alternate universe, where “please” and “thank you” have been replaced with “hurry-up” and “you suck”. I think it starts the second our kids formulate their first words. No one is born evil. They aren’t delivered into this word with a bad attitude, laziness, foul temper and disrespect. Children learn every bad habit they develop at their parent’s knee. It’s taught and emulated. You don’t inherit rudeness like you inherit a nose the size of a Buick or asthma or short, stumpy legs. (I totally just described myself). I’m consistently astounded with the absence of the most basic skills of good manners. And I mean basic…maybe throw a “please” or “thank you” my way. How about tossing me a “have a nice day” or “Great job, toots! “ Try: “You’re fabulous and I love your hair! Plus, great shoes!” (Too much?) All I know is that it takes just as much exertion to be kind as it does to be an idiot with atrocious manners. The advent of reality shows do little to elevate our society already infiltrated with boorish behavior. You know I love a good reality show – where would I be Sunday and Monday and Tuesday nights without my Real Housewives of Everywhere, USA?

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By Mary R. Ehret, MS, RD, LDN Penn State Cooperative Extension

But then, God help me, there are shows like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” which contains a family with no scruples, manners or deodorant. Even “Pawn Stars”, a personal favorite, illustrates the world of pawn coupled with the world of poorly spoken English and a complete disregard for niceties. It all makes me miss Thursday Night Polka Hour and Lawrence Welk Sundays with my Gramma. Lawrence was always so mannerly! And I have never met a rude polka dancer, have you? Life’s complicated. It’s a crap shoot, every single day of the week. But let’s give people in the business of serving the public a break. They deserve patrons who respect them and are simply appreciative of the services they render. No one deserves to be mentally b*&%h slapped or verbally accosted as they hand you a book or your change. Why, oh why, is it always the rule and not the exception to kill the messenger? Or in some cases … the cashier? Or waitress, or bank teller or crossing guard. I lecture my husband incessantly about the way he speaks to customer service representatives when he makes his once weekly calls to Verizon. He is not a stupid man, but something comes over him on these calls … and I think he truly believes the person on the other end of the phone has come here in the dark of night and personally screwed with his Blackberry. I feel so badly for them that I want to send them a Christmas card with my apologies and all his golf balls. Sigh. We all have our crosses to bear. The message this week is ridiculously simple. Remember your manners. Please. Thank you. Have a great day. You were a big help. I appreciate your assistance. Your nose does not look like a Hummer parked in the center of your face.You were so kind today. Thank you for finding that obsolete biography of Liberace. I realize it’s not your fault that your computers are broken and I apologize for screaming at you and assaulting your keyboard. I am really sorry. Of course I will put out my cigarette because you’re an asthmatic. Accept my condolences on the death of your 40’s. You are important. You are worthy. Let me get that door for you. After you. Our world is a puzzle, an enigma akin to a Rubik’s cube. Being kind is simple. As simple as waking up in the morning and deciding today is the day to make nice and show-off your good manners. Just do it. Then … we will polka. Thank you. And have a nice day.
Dispatch readers always thank Maria Heck for writing her column which appears in this space every other week.

Don’t cross-contaminate with your hands
September is National Food Safety Month. The theme is “Be Safe, Don’t Cross-Contaminate.” This month food handlers are paying close attention to how cross contamination may occur in their food service area. Cross contamination means moving bacteria, viruses or mold from one surface to another. Sometimes it’s our hands that become vehicles for cross-contamination. Think about it, shaking another person’s hand just before sitting down to dinner, then picking up a diner roll to eat. Or using the restroom at a fast food restaurant, then opening the door by touching the door face plate or turning a door knob, then sitting down to eat. Our hands easily pick up germs, luckily they are washable! Penn State Extension recommends this method of washing your hands to reduce the number of harmful microorganisms: 1. Have a paper towel ready. 2. Wet hands under running warm water, as warm as you can stand it. 3. Apply soap. Use enough to build up a good lather. 4. Scrub backs of hands, wrists, under fingernails, and between fingers for 20 seconds. 5. Rinse hands under running warm water. 6. Dry hands with paper towel. 7. Turn faucet off with paper towel. Hand sanitizers should not be used in place of proper hand washing, unless hand washing facilities are not available. Frequent use of hand sanitizers can also strip the outer layer of oil from your hands, leading to cracking and dryness, which can trap germs and bacteria. Penn State offers a free in classroom program on hand washing for grades Kindergarten to second grade. Interested teaches should email Mary R. Ehret at mre2@psu.edu<mailto:mre2@psu.edu> for available of the program through the 2012-2013 school year. For a free hand washing brochure to share with family and friends, call our office at 602-0600 and we will be happy to mail you a copy.

Still have zucchini in your garden? Try this recipe that fills you up with veggies! 1 can tomato juice (46 ounce) 1 can beef broth (10 1/2 ounce) 1/3 cup barley (regular) 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves (crushed) 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2 cups zucchini (coarsely chopped) 1 tomato (medium, chopped) 1/2 cup green pepper (chopped) In a Dutch oven or stock pot, combine tomato juice, beef broth, barley, sugar and seasonings. Bring to boil; reduce heat. 2. Cover; simmer 1 hour. 3. Add vegetables. Return to boil; reduce heat. 4. Cover; simmer 15-20 minutes or until vegetables and barley are tender. Source: University of Illinois, Extension Service
Mary R. Ehret, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is with Penn State Cooperative Extension, Luzerne County, 16 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, Pa., 18643. (570) 825-1701/602-0600. Fax (570) 825-1709. mre2@psu.edu.



Local woman honored as role model
Caitlin Best is blind but independent
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Pittston Township resident Caitlin Best was honored recently as a role model for independent living among the blind or visually impaired. The 26-year-old Pittston Township resident was one of three award recipients at the Association for the Blind’s annual dinner at The Woodlands Inn & Resort. Also honored were Rabbi Larry Kaplan and InterMountain Medical Group. Best, 26, has been legally blind since she was born three months premature on April 13, 1986, weighing less than two pounds. She was born with retinopathy of prematurity – an eye disorder that primarily affects premature infants. Her left eye sees only light. Her right eye can see shapes and colors and can distinguish the big "E" on an eye chart. Her third eye, she says, is a tattoo of an Egyptian-style eyeball on her wrist. Still, she graduated from Pittston Area High School and Misericordia University, having majored in Information technology. Now, when she’s not working at Tobyhanna Army Depot, she might be found serving her community as a volunteer firefighter or relaxing by watching movies, spending time with friends or learning to play bass guitar. Wanting to remain independent, Best contacted the Association for the Blind for support and guidance after her vision worsened. And she got help. Though moving home was an option after college, Best instead moved into an apartment in Pittston. “I wanted to be on my own and be independent,” she said. “My mom was kind of nervous. But both my parents were understanding and helpful.” After a year in the apartment, Best bought a house in Pittston Township where she lives with her roommate Teka, a female 3year-old black lab service dog. “I


Caitlin Best uses a special program on her computer so she can read the screen. Caitlin is self taught on the bass guitar and plays along with music from her computer. Best was honored with the Arline Phillips Award for her independence.

got my first guide dog in 2011. I flew to California to do three weeks training with her. It was tiring, but it was definitely a great experience,” Best said of the session days that began at 6 a.m. and ended around 9 at night. Best is grateful to the Association for the Blind for all the support she’s received, so much so that she decided to give something back. Best also contributes through her job – helping disabled workers through the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at the army depot. Because of her accomplishments, Best received the Arline Philips Achievement Award, named for the founder of the Association for the Blind and presented to a blind or visually impaired person whose lifestyle reflects a level of independence that sets an example for others.

Caitlin Best's parents, Ken and Susan Best, at the Association for the Blind's annual dinner at The Woodlands Inn & Resort recently.




Logan Cora, 1, of Plymouth, gets a bracelet with his mom Susan


Grace Klinges, 2, right, shows her grandfather Robert Kotulski, both of Wilkes-Barre, one of the planes in flight. They attended the Fallen Officers Remember's Airport Day and Pork BBQ Fly In Fundraiser on Saturday at Valley Aviation at the Wyoming Valley Airport. The event included food, a puppet show, scenic flights, raffles, vendors, face painting and a moon bouce.

Three-year-old Aiden Blizzard, left, gets a close-up view of a U.S. Navy T-28 trainer engine with the help of his dad


Volunteer Ryan Stephens of Harveys Lake, right, registers Brayden Pope, 9, and his grandmother Mary Pope, both of Luzerne, for a flight on Saturday.

A Boeing PT-17 Stearman comes in for a landing during Airport Day on Saturday morning at the Wyoming Valley Airport in Forty Fort.


Karen Conte a sewing champ in 1955
Question #1 On September 15, 1985, what caused the Pittston By-Pass to be cleared of all With Judy Minsavage automobile traffic? 1955 – 57 Years Ago Pittston Mayor Joseph F. Saporito signed a proclamation for residents to join the American Legion in celebrating I Am an American – Citizenship Days. Forty Legion posts joined in sponsoring ceremonies marking the occasion. Louis Greco, of West Wyoming Legion Post, Patrick Trischitta, commander of Charles V. Falzone American Legion Post 838, Pittston, and Sam Reggie, commander-elect of Falzone Post, attended the signing. Karen Ann Conte, of Pittston, won the first round in the Singer Sewing Machine $85,000 junior dressmaking contest. She moved on to New Jersey where she competed with 33 other regional winners. Out of those entries, judges would choose four winners who would be treated to a trip to New York, a gala fashion show and prizes. In 1908, the Singer Building at 149 Broadway in New York City opened. At the time of its completion, it was the first skyscraper and the tallest building in the world, standing 47 stories and 612 feet tall. It was headquarters for the executive office for 54 years. Spanish War veterans Bob Fox and Tom Boshard, of Pittston, traveled to Los Angeles to attend the 57th National Spanish American War Vet-

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erans Convention. Upon arriving, however, they disembarked their train at the wrong station. Fortunately, they had planned to meet up with former Pittston resident Phil Morgan at the correct station. The three men managed to make connections and Morgan was then able to collect the two men and take them to his home for a night before transporting them to their expected destination the home of Army buddy and former Pittstonian Frank Miller. The United Spanish War Veterans Organization existed until 1992. The last member, Nathan E. Cook, died one month before his 107th birthday at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Five dollars down and total purchase price of $179.60 would buy an ABC Model 409 wringer washer with “giant capacity tub, easy-roll casters and modern deep skirt” at Radio City on Broad Street in Pittston. Barton’s, South Main Street, Pittston advertised a 5-piece chrome dinette set with Formica top, a three-inch chrome apron on the table and chair handles for $1 per week or $79.95. 1965 – 47 Years Ago

The Wyoming-West Wyoming Little League held a dinner at which Joseph Barush, Ben Drozalis, Art Pocceschi, Frank Banko, John Korpusik, Rocky Confletti, Henry Morgantini, Delbert McDermott and Richard Roote, officers of the league, burned the mortgage held on their new field. According to the article written in The Sunday Dispatch, “The Wyoming Little League was originated by a small group of men and was situated on the flats near the Wyoming Bridge. Because of recurring flooding, the field was moved to the rear of Sixth Street. Due to possible development, the club was then required to move its field again. At a purchase price of $8,500, the new field located on Sixth Street in West Wyoming was valued at $15,000.” Dating back to April 16, 1953, the Wyoming-West Wyoming Little League original board of directors were Angelo Gatrone, Joseph Kleback, Peter Rutski, Daniel Zuba, Edmund Zekoski, Ernest Maruca, Chester Jendrzekewski, Dr Robert Stroh, Edward Cuba, Frank Zavacki, Dr. Sidney Beich, William Ridgley, Walter Suza and C.H. McCracken.

Teens Caroline Eckrote, Diane Dessoye, Ann Foster, Roberta Nolan, Sharon Stodlaski, Jeanne Runsky, Noreen Heffron, Linda Grabowski, Mary Jule Dessoye, Ann Reynolds, Sharon Boos, Sheila McLaughlin, Kathryn Sowa, Betty Scarmastro, Martha Heffers and Mary Ellen Reedy were busy knocking on doors throughout Greater Pittston seeking donations for a drive to combat leukemia. For participating in the drive, the teens were rewarded with free tickets to a Bobby Rydell concert. Rydell had numerous hit records on the Billboard Top 100 record chart. His recording career earned him 34 Top 40 hits, placing him in the Top 5 artists of his era. Members of the West Pittston High School cheerleading squad, Diane Serfoss, Mary Ann Evans, Bonnie Brodbeck, Sharon Cravatta, Roseann Russo, Lorraine Wisnosky, Sally Fear, Nadine VanTuyle, Roseanne Naples Erma Menn, Jane Trianni and Judy Starna were preparing to cheer their Rams teams to a winning season.

1985 – 27 Years Ago Both Pittston and Wyoming Area School Districts faced declining enrollment, leaving Pittston Area Superintendent Gerard Musto and Wyoming Area Superintendent Joseph Olesky considering teacher layoffs. Both schools, however, were planning to move ahead on instructional improvements. Wyoming Area had received a grant from the State Department of Education to fund a computer program. Over 300 school districts applied for the $39,775 grant. Question #2 In what sport did the Dealers, Gamblers, Hustlers, Spotters, Ringers and Bookies teams participate in 1985? 1995 – 17 Years Ago The Duryea Wildcats junior football league celebrated its 25th year. Frank Brosso, one of the original incorporators and first league president along with Woody Wudarski, Robert Ryzner, Richard Queeney, William Smaltz and Mike Pearage, attended a junior

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Girl Scout signups Wednesday at Greater Pittston YMCA
Two clowns from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Barnum Bash Circus will appear at West Pittston Library Monday, Sept. 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The clowns will read the Dr. Seuss Book “If I Ran the Circus” to the children during story hour. They will also interact with the children and do skits.
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nual Halloween Parade and Party that will be held in October. All members are invited to attend this meeting as it will be the first meeting after the summer break. Anyone wishing to become a member of the Lions Club can contact President Steve Golya at 655-4552 or any member of the organization.
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located between Pocono Downs and Fox Ridge Plaza. Guest speakers will be Candidate for Congress Gene Stilps and PA State Representative Gerald Mullery. The meeting is open to the public.
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Sokol Day picnic

The monthly regularly scheduled meeting of the Pittston Township Board of Supervisors on Sept. 17 has been rescheduled to Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 421 Broad Street.
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Girl Scout Junior Troop signups for girls in 4th and 5th grade will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pittston YMCA.
AFSCME meeting

Hughestown Lions Club will meet Monday, Sept. 17, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hughestown Hose Company, 30 Center St., Hughestown. President Steve Golya will preside. On the agenda will be the an-

AFSCME retirees and PARSE retirees of the Wilkes-Barre Chapter 13 Sub-chapter 8702 will hold a meeting on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the PSEA Northeast Region Headquarters, 1188 Highway 315, Plains Township Paul Lojewski, Ken Webb, John Martinelli, Tony Martin, Neil Orenich, Tony Lovenduski, Jim Balchune, Andy Gorzkowski, Danny Webb, Rick Duncan, Clarence Van Ness, Rich Vrable, Mike Carlin, Steve Chipolis, Neil Orenich, Bruce Moluski, Mike Mlodzienski, David Mlodzienski, Lonny Graziosi, Chris Balchune, Kyle Lambert, Bob Mehal, T.J. Hoeffner, Leonard Vrable, Ed Folckomer, Jerry Langan, Skip McGlynn, Paul Booth, Billy Scoda, Joseph Pakutler, Nick Radle, John Anderika and Roger Wesenyak. B team coaches were Gary Sworen, Woody Wudarski, Bob Ryzner and Ron Rugletic. Answer #1 The Pittston By-Pass was shut down for a time as 130 runners participated in the first Pittston By-Pass Run sponsored by the Mall Merchants Association. Joe Polansky, of Scranton, was the overall winner, covering the 3.1 mile course in 16 minutes 4 seconds. Among participating females runners were Jane Lucas, of Wyoming,

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7 Wood St, Pittston, will hold its 2nd Annual All You Can Eat Pig Roast on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2-6 p.m. The event will feature a basket raffle, bake sale, games, entertainment, and a large variety of food. Tickets are $20 for food and beer, $12 for food/ no beer, $7 for children ages 5-10, and children under 5 are free. For more information, or to purchase tickets in advance, please call (570) 510-1815. Susan McAndrew and Laurie Brogan, both of Avoca. Answer #2 The Moose Lodge Dart League reorganized to equalize their six teams and increase competition. Members of the Dealers were B. Davidson; P. Cawley, L. Brogna, B. Walsh and F. Green. Members of the Gamblers were J. Gillespie, E. Hurrey, B. Durkin, B. Scott and G. Nisky. Members of the Hustlers were J. Zezza, J. DeLucca, T. Nagle and G. Chonka. Spotters: J. Charney, L. Pribula, K. Dowse, G. Dankulich and B. Simonson. Members of the Ringers were J. Williams, B. Bender, J. Davidson and J. McCutchen. Members of the Bookies were C. Rosencrance, G. Kinsey, B. Holtz, B. Goldsworthy and J. Griswold. There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go. Reflections on September 11, 2001 - Author Unknown

The Slovak Catholic Sokol of Wilkes-Barre will hold its 77th annual Sokol Day picnic from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Plains Lions Pavilion, Clarke Lane, Plains. Slovak food, picnic fare and homemade baked goods will be served and there will be games for all ages. Any donations of baked goods or children’s toys are appreciated. Donations can be brought to the picnic. The public is welcome.
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football conference in Scranton, cementing their decision to organize the teams. Money donated by businesses and residents was used to purchase 52 blue and white uniforms. The colors chosen were in honor of the former Duryea High School Wildcats. Members of the first A team were Fred Tonkin, Ray Scoda, Danny Nawrocki, Joe Haduck, Ken Budnovitch, Ken Hodick, Ray Pintha, Robert Frutchey, Steve Swantkowski, Joe Giuntkowski, Alan Hoover, Ed Winn Andrew Vanyo, Joe Fahey, Mike Guarilia, Bob Moluski, Joe Chipolis, Kenny Guntkowski, Sam Capitano, Joe Grebeck, Harold Hatter, Peter Duncan and Mark Breymeier. A Team coaches were Bob Galuska, Carl Luder, Sam Capitano and Joe Murphy. Members of the first B Team were Sid Booth, Mike Birochak, Dave Rugletic, Robert Szewczyk, Dan Doran,

The Greater Scranton Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will be running a bus trip to the Ohio State home game on Saturday, October 27, at Beaver Stadium. Game time is 6 p.m. Bus trip does not include your ticket for the game. Price is $40 per person. Reservations close Oct. 1. Bus leaves PSU Worthington Scranton Campus at 10 a.m. Contact Candy for more info: cad202@psualum.com. Mail check made payable to Greater Scranton Penn State Chapter, Post Office Box 77

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cil Home beginning at 8 p.m. Missy Dougherty and Barbaba La Nunziata are program chairmen and have an interesting evening planned for all members. Those attending will be playing Pittston trivia with a little twist and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Refreshments will be served. The future of the organization has to be discussed and input is needed and welcomed. Those who have not paid their dues should contact the membership chairman Kathy Masulis, 17 Morgan Lane, Pittston 18640 Members are reminded to not leave dues at the council home. The Jacquelines thank all those who attended the Tomato Festival parade: Debbie and Melanie Murosky, LuLu (Debbies Grandaughter) Marilyn Montagna, Sue Cosgrove and Joan Mc Fadden. The Jacquelines play an active role in community and church affairs.
Mundy breakfast

The Third Annual Breakfast Fundraiser for State Representative Phyllis Mundy will be held on Sept. 29, 9-11 a.m. at Genetti’s Conference Center, 77 E Market St Wilkes-Barre. The 17th Congressional District Candidate Matt Cartwright will be the featured speaker at the event. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained by emailingphyllismundy2012@gmail.comor calling 570-407-0173.
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Fundraiser for Floss today
A fundraiser for cancer survivor Floss Babiarz will be held today, Sunday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Greenwood Hose Company, 3727 Birney Ave., Scranton. The afternoon will include food, refreshments, and music. Mary in the homes and the spiritual benefits.
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There will be a variety of specialty baskets to be raffled. All proceeds will be used to help defray the medical costs of Babiarz, 47, a native of Avoca who resides in Old Forge. She is pictured admiring one of the specialty baskets. odist Church on Mount Zion Road in Harding is having an All You Can Eat Soup and Salad Dinner on Saturday, October 6, from 4 until7:00 p.m. A variety of soups, chili, salads, breads, desserts and beverages will be offered. Cost for adults is $7 and for children 12 and under is $5. All are welcome
St. John’s Class of ‘72 Dutch Apple trip

The Sacred Heart Singers of Scranton Diocese will present a spiritual musical prelude at St. Joseph Marello Parish Community, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Tuesday, October 2, at 6:45 p.m. The program will include traditional devotional songs along with original compositions written by Ernest Papa, director of the singers. Rev. Joseph Siblano, pastor will officiate at mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus beginning at 7 p.m. The singers will assist at the mass with traditional responses. Mr. Ernest Papa will give a brief talk on the Enthronement of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and

The Big Band Society of Northeastern Pa will holdthe Big Band HarvestBallon Friday October 5, at Genetti’s Hotel and Convention Center Wilkes Barre. This event is open to the public. The cost is $30 for nonmembers. The doors will open at 5:45 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Music is by the Hazleton Philharmonic Orchestra. For reservations please callGlen at 570.586.5359 or Herman at 570.654.6454. Herman Castellani will preside.
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sary class reunion on Saturday, October 6 at Fox Hill Country Club at 3 p.m. Open bar and dinner will be followed by a night of dancing. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, October 7 at St. Joseph’s Marello, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, William Street, Pittston at 9:30 a.m. Friends and families of deceased members are welcome to attend. A breakfast for class members will be held at Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter following the Mass. Reservations can be made by calling Agnes at 693-2339, Jeannie at 654-6042 or Marion at 655-2026. Please RSVP by September 18.
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A 40th Anniversary Mass for the Class of 1972 St. John’s High School, Pittston will be held on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston, Pa. All classmates are invited to attend. For more information, please call Winifred Smalley Serfass at 655-1114 or e mail at bttrmn@verizon.net.

Bus trip to Dutch Apple Dinner Theater in Lancaster on Thursday, Nov. 29 to see "A Swingin’ Christmas". The show provides beautiful singing, breath-taking dancing, gorgeous costumes, rib-tickling fun and a commitment to the real meaning of the holiday. Price of the trip is $80 which includes a buffet dinner, bus seat, show ticket and bus driver tip. A $40 payment is required with reservations and the balance is due by October 15. For additional information or to make a reservation call 6542310 or 654-8775. The trip is being sponsored by the Women’s Group of the United Methodist Church Pittston.

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Walgreen's cut the ribbon on their new location at the Pittston Commons shopping center last Sunday. Left to right, Hank Aftewicz, Walgreens pharmacy manager; Ron Marcellini, Pittston Twp. supervisor; Allan Capozucca, Pittston Twp. fire department chief; Richard Prebish, Pittston Twp. firefighter; Shannon Hawk, Walgreens store TONY CALLAIO/FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH manager.

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Local students help provide service to non-profit
Among 600 in ‘Orientation Day of Service’ at The Lands
It’s early fall and Guy Kroll of The Lands at Hillside Farms in Kingston Township is waiting to welcome 50 members of Misericordia University’s freshman class for a morning of service work at the historic nonprofit educational dairy farm nestled among the mountains and streams of the Back Mountain. With roosters crowing and goats grazing in the backMore than ground, Kroll 600 students, explains how faculty and he coordinates staff partici- efforts to restore the suspated in Mitainable living sericordia farm to its forUniversity’s mer glory in the 19th centuOrientation Day of Service ry. On this day, in which he plans for transfer stu- Misericordia dents and students to remove old soil members of and plants from the freshman the greenhoustransfer class es and resoil provide their them in prepatime and ration for the talent for the next growing betterment of season and the planting of letthe greater tuce. Members community. of the football team split and stacked wood, while other students cleaned the community house and the museum. More than 600 students, faculty and staff participated in Misericordia University’s second annual Orientation Day of Service in which transfer students and members of the freshman transfer class provide their time and talent for the betterment of the greater community. Misericordia volunteers worked at Camp Orchard Hill, Mercy Center, the Back Mountain Trail, Meadows Nursing Center, Frances Slocum State


Misericordia University students cleaned the barns, swept the floors and blew away the leaves at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds in Lehman as part of the freshman class Orientation Day of Service. From left, are James Connors, Pittston; Anna Hopkins, Dallas; Bree Grzech, Mountaintop; Victoria Freda, Hazlet, N.J.; Matt Horoski, Allentown; Mason Moher, Clarks Green; Parker McArdle, Catonsville, Md., and Max Greenberg, Kingston.


Park, Blue Chip Farms, Commission on Economic Opportunity, Adventures in Learning, Back Mountain Recreation Center, Luzerne County Fairgrounds and the Lands at Hillside Farms. The Orientation Day of Service introduces incoming students to the communities surrounding campus and gives them the opportunity to give back to the community as well. A few hundred yards away, members of the Misericordia University football team are selected and carried stumps to be split and stacked in a shed for storage. Teammates form a line, so they can easily hand the split wood off to each other until it reaches the shed, while other players take turns splitting wood.
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Misericordia University freshmen John Ameen, of Pittston Township, foreground, and Christian Foley, of Hunlock Creek, put up an electric fence at the Blue Chip Animal Rescue Farm in Orange during freshman service day.

Jenkins Lions annual ham dinner slated Sept. 30
Public welcomed, asked to bring canned goods
The Jenkins Township Lions annual ham dinner is set for Sunday, September 30 at the Jenkins Township Hose Company. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. In addition to the ham the dinner is served with scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, bread, cake and coffee. For advanced tickets call 9058627. Those attending the dinner are asked to bring a canned goods for the Greater Pittston Food Pantry.
Members of the Jenkins Lions are planning their annual ham dinner. Seated, left to right, Stephen Vitek, Jack Albert, John Baloga, Sandy Kozich, Jerry Kozich. Standing, Bob Jones, Victor D'Souza, Betty Dantone, Sue Baloga, Nancy Pappas, Nike Dantone, Ross Laffoca, Stan Rovinski.


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A few miles away, Misericordia students helped to prepare for the annual Luzerne County Fair in the fall. Teams of students cleaned the main section of the grounds, while others set fence posts around the perimeter of the grounds. About 80 students dug ditches, installed a memorial bench, and painted weather coating on new wooden stairs and railings along the Back Mountain Trail, a seven-mile rails-to-trails project near campus. They completed projects organizers say would have taken months to finish without the students’ help. Some students spent a morning at the Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge,a non-profit sanctuary where stray, abandoned, and abused animals are housed and offered for adoption. The refuge had more than 100 cats and dogs, numerous horses, rabbits, and an abused pot-bellied pig on-site. The students walked dogs, cleaned cages, repaired fencing, and worked in the feed room. The 2012 freshman class is the largest in the university’s history. Along with the 513 freshmen, 127 transfer students and campus chaperones participated.

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Wyoming Area Homecoming set Friday
Queen to be announced Thursday at pep rally
Wyoming Area Homecoming festivities are set for Friday, September 21. The following girls were recently selected by a vote of the seniorcClass to represent the Class of 2013 on the Wyoming Area 2012 Homecoming Court. The nominees are: Gabrielle Alberigi, daughter of Davidand Nancy Alberigi of West Wyoming; Kalene Belles, daughter of Richard and Lynn Belles of West Wyoming; Brittany Lemardy, daughter of James and Debbie Lemardy of West Pittston; Anna Malsky, daughter of Leo and Gina Malsky of West Pittston and Brianna Rominski, daughter of

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ball game. Following the game, the court will be honored at the Homecoming Dance, which will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Secondary Center cafeteria.

Pictured from left to right are: Brianna Rominski, Brittany Lemardy, Gabrielle Alberigi, Kalene Belles, and Anna Malsky.

LCCC students participate in Nanticoke cleanup
The Luzerne County Community College Student Government Association and the college’s recycling committee recently held Green Week at the college’s campus. Students, staff and community members participated in a cleanup of downtown Nanticoke as part of the Green Week activities. Shown at the clean up are, from left, first row, Machelle Smith, Ashley, member, LCCC recycling committee; Dan Shaw, Nanticoke, Nanticoke Ambulance; Ben Barchik, Cambra, LCCC student; Rob Armillei, Plains, member, LCCC recycling committee; Julie Schechter, Exeter, chair, LCCC recycling committee; Leah Kowalski, Nanticoke, LCCC student; Andrew Kempchinsky, Freeland, LCCC student; Seth Brakefield, Trucksville, LCCC student; and Pam Heard, Mountain Top, City of Nanticoke. Second row, Jason Norieka, Nanticoke, administrator, Nanticoke Ambulance; Jeffrey Levandowski, Glen Lyon, secretary, Nanticoke Skatepark


Committee; Walter Pavelit, Nanticoke, public work supervisor, City of Nanticoke; Thomas P. Leary, Kingston, president,

LCCC; Kimberly Hinton, Pittston, LCCC student; Maureen Ryneski, White Haven, clean-up volunteer, LCCC; Rainy Ann

Boyle, Pittston, LCCC student; Stephen Housenick, Nanticoke, clean-up volunteer; Dave Ehrensperger, Nanticoke, member,

LCCC recycling committee; and Patricia Zenlaski, Nanticoke, refuse clerk, City of Nanticoke.

PPL grants support education in local communities
Teachers encouraged to apply; deadline Nov. 9
As part of its continuing relationship with the communities it serves, PPL Corporation is once again offering grants to teachers to help their students learn more about energy, the environment and resource conservation. Through the competitive “Empowering Educators” grants, teachers can receive up to $2,000 for educational projects that focus on energy issues like renewable energy demonstrations, energy efficiency and the greening of schools. The program focuses on science, technology, engineering and math projects to encourage action in schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey near company facilities. “The students who will benefit from these grants are the homeowners and leaders of tomorrow,” said Meg Welker, PPL manager of Education and ’s Public Outreach. “Continued support of education will help communities thrive in the future.” Applications must be postmarked or received on or before 4 p.m. Nov. 9. Grant awards will be announced Dec. 10. For more information, and for grant application forms, visit the Empowering Educators page. If you have a project in mind or need more information about PPL grants program, please ’s contact Alana Roberts, community affairs specialist, at aroberts@pplweb.com or call 570542-2886. PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), headquartered in Allentown, through its affiliated companies, owns or controls about 19,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets, and delivers electricity and natural gas to about 10 million customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. More information is available at www.pplweb.com.


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Misericordia supports new preschool in Pittston


The Misericordia University Department of Information Technology (IT) donated computers and related equipment to the Campus Kidz Academy, a new preschool recently opened by MisericorThe Academy dia alumna received five Leilani Cabrera in Pittston. personal The Acadecomputers, a my received computer five personal screen and a computers, a computer digital screen and a projector. digital projector. Cabrera, of Wilkes-Barre, is a 2011 graduate of the early childhood education and elementary education program at Misericordia University. She saw a need to offer preschool students in the middle-income range access to computer technology as they prepare for school. Cabrera started the preschool program in her home and has been able to expand, thanks to Pastor Charles Washington and his wife, Co-pastor Annette Washington, who donated space in the Perspective Church at 66 Broad St., Pittston.

The Misericordia University Department of Information Technology (IT) donated computers and related equipment to the Campus Kidz Academy. From left, first row, are Corey Spahle, member of Perspective Church; and Leilani Cabrera, director of Campus Kidz Academy. Second row, David Johndrow, manager of PC services in the IT Department at Misericordia; and Matthew LaPorte, West Pittston, IT work study student at Misericordia.


PSU hockey team at arena
Penn State hockey team will play American International on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. All tickets are $10 . Deadline for tickets is Sept. 21. Campus representatives are Carole Shearer, chs14@psu.edu (Penn State Hazleton), Karen BraceHodle, klb14@psu.edu (Penn State Wilkes-Barre), or Deborah Johnson, dxj7@psu.edu (Penn StateWorthington Scranton).

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sented by Deb & John Tighe Stephen “Pat” Hudock; “Autopsy of War”, presented by Grandchildren: Matt, Mike, Stephen & Families Dolores LaBrutte; “Doc Martin-Series 5 ; presented by Marion Ciampi & Family In Honor of Atty. Joseph Burke; “A Chance in the World”, presented by Sara Radzwilka Monetary Donations In honor of Winifred Serfass JULY 2012 In memory of Joseph Casey, Jr., “Lulu, the Big Little Chick”, presented by Nick & Kristen Martin Mary Falzone; “Canada”, presented by Angeline Falzone Mr. & Mrs. Mahalsky; presented by Paula Mahalsky & Bradley Mahalsky: The Year of the Gadfly, Immortal Bird, Song of Achilles, Thirteen Gifts, Secret Garden, Horses, Sam Tells Stories, The Technologists, A Game of Thrones, The Dressmaker, Who Turned up the Heat?, SkippyJon Jones in the Doghouse,Three Little Kittens, 10 Valentine Friends, A Little Bit of Trouble, Come Fly with Me, Snow Place Like Home, Amelia Bedelia, LMOP, Time for a Hug, SkippyJon Jones, A Good Man, Lafayette and the American Revolution Joseph Casey, Jr.; “The Aurora County All Stars, presented by Stella Martin AUGUST 2012 In memory of Monsignor F. Allan Conlan; “The President’s Club”, presented by John & Beverly Williams Barbara Parrino, “Dorchester Terrace”, presented by Pauline & Pete Albano James Franklin; DVD Collections: Baa Baa Black Sheep, Destination Moon, Stargate Seasons 1-9, The Very best of The Ed Sullivan Show, JAG-Seasons 2 &3, Hunter – Seasons 1 & 3, Hogan’s Heroes – First Season, Remington Steele- Season 1, Cheers – Season 1, Moonlighting; presented by Jeffrey & Karen Franklin Arianna Faith Lavelle; “Cindy Moo” & “Moon Dreams”; presented by The Frisbie Family Stanley Hanczyc; “The Storm” & “A Nation of Wusses”: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts…”, presented by Dr. Robert Fumanti Margaret (Peg) Hricenak; “The Undertow”, presented by Mary Ann & Ron Faust Joe Macarchick; “The Twilight War”, presented by Mary Ann & Ron Faust Sophie O’Neal; “So Far Away”, presented by Mary Ann & Ron Faust Rita Stanley; “The Receptionist”, presented by Mal Faust Jeanette Whaley; “The First Warm Evening of the Year”, presented by The Sokach-Minnick Family Michael Butera; “Out of the Blue”, presented by Dr. Robert Fumanti Cy Frankovich; “The Bellwether Revivals”, presented by the staff of the West Pittston Library. Charles Yarick; “Long Road to Antietam”; presented by Mr. & Mrs. R Faust Jane Haschak, “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake”, presented by Mr. & Mrs. R. Faust Roberta Petrucci; “The Solitary House”, presented by Mr. & Mrs. E. Krubitzer Carl Jones; “Stolen Prey”, presented by Mr. & Mrs. P. Sammon Ben Jones; “Dream Team”, presented by WP Class of 1948 The Deceased Members of the Class of 1950; “The Kingmakers Daughter”, A City of Broken Glass, The Care & Handling of Roses with Thorns, Tuesday’s Child, presented by The WP Class of 1950 Frank Mattei; “Heading Out to Wonderful”, presented by Diane & Antonio Mansi & Family William Sorokin; “Full Body Burden”, presented by Diane Turonis Mansy & Family Stanley Hanczyc; “Alone Together”; presented by The WP Cherry Blossom Festival Stanley Hanczyc; “Father’s Day”, presented by Faust & Toni Valenti Paul Casiero; “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” presented by Mal Faust In honor of Margaret Grimes; “The Violinist’s Thumb” & “The Letter”, presented by The Castanaro Bachelor Party 2012 Summer Belles & The 2012 Summer Reading Program; “The Night Sky”, presented by The Bocker-Chickson Family Mia Belles; “ Tangled”, presented by Mommy, Daddy & Andie Rose Stone; Plant a Kiss; presented by the Sokach Family Anna Wierbowski; “A Sunless Sea” Presented by Mr. & Mrs. R. Yunkunis George & Louise Bidwell; “The Age of Miracles”, presented by The WP Class of 1950 Leonard & Carmell Insalaco Dixon; “The good Dreams”, presented by the WP Class of 1950 Monetary donation In memory of Jeanettte Irene Whaley; presented by Marie Marranca


The following memorial books have been placed on the shelves of West Pittston Library: JUNE 2012 In memory of Nicholas Mozal; “Super Heroes Collection” presented by The Family of Robert and Marie Williams Stephen (Pat) Hudock; “The Big Miss”, presented by Dino & Dorothy Pieri George B. Sordoni; “The Street Sweeper”, presented by Mr. & Mrs. P. Sammon Gary J. DelSerra; “Waiting for Sunrise”, presented by Mr. & Mrs. P. Sammon Keith Dzanis; “The Fear Index”, presented by Barbara & Leonard Insalaco Keith Dzanis; “Heading Out to Wonderful”, presented by Mrs. Dorothy Adrian Michael J. Butera; “Pacific Crucible”, presented by John Grimes & Joyce Pavlick Michael J. Butera.; “Little Century”, presented by Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Sammon Michael J. Butera; The Third Gate”, presented by Mr. & Mrs. K. Sorick & Family Michael J. Butera; “Watergate”, presented by Louise & Sam Falcone Michael Butera; “A Conspiracy of Friends” & “The Fiddler”, presented by Drew & Sandi Whyte Michael J. Butera; “Work Happy”, presented by Dominick Aritz & Family Gary DelSerra; “An Unexpected Guest”, presented by The Dominick Aritz Family Kenneth Coleman; “Illusion”, presented by The WP Class of 1948 Karen Cella; “An Available Man”, presented by Mr. & Mrs. K. Sorick & Family Charles (Dankulich) Coolidge; “The Gift of Fire” & “On the Head of a Pin”, presented by The WP Class of 1944 Justin Burns; “One Love”, presented by Sue Nat and Grandchildren: Dylan, Dominik and Bella Suzanne Princic; “The Darlings”, presented by Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Ragantesi James Hudleson; “Against Wind & Tide”, presented by Valley Lodge #499 F & Stephen “Pat” Hudock; “George Washington’s Military Genius”, pre-


Brooks Estates residents picnic
More than 50 residents of United Methodist Homes’ Brooks Estates attended the annual Brooks picnic on July 27. Participants enjoyed pork sandwiches, chicken skewers, pasta salad, fruit and cake. Brooks residents Earl Loch, left, and Del Kishbaugh shared a moment at the coffee table during the event.




State Rep. Mike Carroll offers welcoming remarks at the beginning of the memorial Mass.

Retired U.S. Army Capt. T.J. Hromisin, left, and his mother Mary Ellen attend the September 11th memorial Mass Tuesday in Avoca.

The parishioners of Queen of the Apostles Parish and the Avoca Fire Department paid tribute to the victims of the September11terrorist attacks at their11th Annual September 11 Memorial Mass Tuesday, Sept.11, at St. Mary’s Church. Members of local fire and police departments, emergency medical personnel, military personnel, veterans, Avoca Boy Scout Troop 316, Cub Scout Troop 316, Venture Crew 3701, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Avoca Division; American Legion Post 607, V .F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Post 8335; state Rep. Michael Carroll,

The memorial procession approac in Avoca.

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Duryea Asst. Fire Chief James Brody holds his son Aidan, 4, during the memorial Mass.

Bagpiper Jim Sweeney of Scranton along Hawthorne Street in Avoca to



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former state Rep. Thomas Tigue, borough officials and bagpipers processed from the Avoca Fire Department to St. Mary’s Church. The procession route began at the Avoca Fire Department, 740 Main St., passed under a fire truck ladder arch raised over Hawthorne Street and ended at St. Mary’s Church. During the Mass, all of the participants received a special blessing from the Rev. Phillip J. Sladicka, pastor. Following the Mass, participants attended a reception in St. Mary’s School auditorium.

Members of the Avoca Fire Department say the Pledge of Allegiance at the September 11 Memorial Mass.

Queen of the Apostles Pastor Rev. Phillip Sladicka incenses a memorial shrine for the victims of the September 11th attacks.

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n, center, leads the procession o Queen of the Apostles Parish.

Members of the Avoca Fire Department, EMTs, and the Luzerne County Sheriff's Department present the gifts to Rev. Phillip Sladicka.


Meet the Teachers Wednesday at PA Intermediate
Pittston Area Intermediate Center news: Fall Fund-raiser The Annual Fall PTO Fundraiser packets with the company Gift and Things were sent home with your child on Friday, Sept. 7. Although there is no obligation to sell, all students are encouraged to participate. The proceeds benefit our PTO which provides activities and program for our students. Orders are due by September 24, 2012. If you have questions, please contact Heather Cebula at Heather @pittstonareaPTO.com. Meet the Teacher Night The annual Meet the Teacher Night is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. This an opportunity for teachers to discuss their classroom policies, procedures and curriculum with parents. The Fall Book Fair will be open to parents on this night as well. The Nutrition Group, Children Service Center, and PTO will also have display tables in the lobby to answer parent questions/concerns. If parents bring their child to the Meet the Teacher Night, all children must be accompanied with his/her parents at all times. Parents are to directly report to their child classroom. Constitution Day On Monday, Sept 17, the Intermediate Center will celebrate National Constitution Day with a variety of classroom activities. The Preamble will be read during the morning announcements. Girls basketball Intramurals The girls’ basketball team will conduct their intramural program for girls in grades 3-8. Registration forms were sent home and are to be returned to the high school gymnasium on Monday, Sept. 17, between the hours of 7-9 p.m. Please do not return the registration form to the school. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact Coach Kathy Healey at coachhealey20@aol.com or at 510-9044. 2012 Annual Pittston River Fest On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Annual Pittston River Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Riverfront Park on Kennedy Blvd. (behind Cooper’s Seafood). Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 23. Information was sent home with your child. Instrumental Night On Monday, Sept. 17, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., the Pittston Area Intermediate Center will be hosting a special 4th Grade Band Instrument Rental night for all parents of 4th grade students who are interested in joining the 4th Grade band. Vendors from local music stores will be in attendance to answer any questions concerning the rental of musical instruments. It is an open house format and parents can attend at any time between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Information was sent home with your child. Act 80 On Friday, Sept. 21, there will be an Act 80 two hour early release. Car and walker students will be dismissed at 1:20 p.m. through the Middle School Main Entrance. Bus students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. Book Fair The Annual Intermediate Center Fall Book Fair will be held from Sept. 19 - 24 in the lobby. The Book Fair will be open during Meet the Teachers’ Night. Career Development The Intermediate Center has implemented a new program entitled Career Development. Career Development is being taught to all students in grades 3 through 5. The program is designed to give students opportunities to build self esteem, examine strengths, become independent thinkers, and encourage them to be lifelong learners. Currently, the classes are participating in an “All About Me” theme. During the school year, students will learn about and explore different careers and the opportunities that are available. Fifth grade students will participate in Junior Achievement’s Biztown. School pictures School pictures will be taken at the Intermediate Center on Sept. 25 and 26. Information was sent home with your child. Food Service The Food Service offers nutritious party and classroom food packages to parents, faculty and staff events. For more information contact Food Service Director Sue Rudalavage at 654-7770 or Nutrition@pittstonarea.com. PTO news The first PTO Meeting for the 2012-2013 school year will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School’s cafeteria. The PTO officers are: Heather Cebula, President; Kelly Copp, Vice President Intermediate Center; Amy Merlino, Vice President Kindergarten Center and Primary Center; Jenna Gronka, Secretary; and Michelle Christ, Treasurer. Free and reduced lunch Free and reduced lunch applications were sent home with your child on the first day of school. Applications are due by October12. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Daniel Mancini at 654-2415 ext. 2111. Morning arrival All parents who drive their child to school in the morning are reminded to use the driveway in front of the Intermediate Center’s Main Entrance. In order to keep students safe, they are not allowed to be dropped off in the parking lot. Dress code The Pittston Area School District has a structured dress code for all students. Parents and students are reminded to review and to observe the district’s structured dress code policy. The policy is available through the district’s website at www.pittstonarea.com or a copy can be obtained in the Intermediate Center’s Office.


PSTI holds EMT awareness day
The Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute recently held an EMT awareness day at the college’s kiosk at the Wyoming Valley Mall. Members of the PSTI Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program provided free blood pressure screenings and as well as program information, EMT wristbands and child/pet locator reflective stickers for homes. From left, first row, Julie Schechter, Exeter, coordinator, PSTI, LCCC; Lori Amos, Larksville, instructor, PSTI EMT program; and Samantha Burd, Slocum Township, instructor, PSTI EMT program, LCCC. Second row, Ed Hennigan, Exeter, assistant director, admissions, LCCC;


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Fall festival planned at Nativity of Our Lord


The Nativity of Our Lord Parish will hold its second annual Indoor fall festival from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 and from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Holy Rosary Church Hall and Holy Rosary School cafeteria and gym, 125-127

Stephenson Street in Duryea. Featured will be homemade ethnic foods, potato pancakes, pierogi, haluski, piggies, soups and a bake sale. There will be a cash raffle, games and chance and basket raffle. Committee members are, from left,

first row, Decker, Michelle Piontek, Theresa Macuga, Rev. Andrew Sinnott, Administrator; Bill Decker, Paul Echalk, Christa Murman, Janet Palladino and Dennis Palladino. Second row, Ann Frances Kurzweil, Beverly Dulny, Rose-

marie Rava, John Koytek, Patricia Murman, Judy Nowakowski and Kath Kamor. Third row, Ceil Groblewski, Ruth Pernot, Ceil Koytek and Karen Piontek. Fourth row: Marty Hanczyc and Frank Groblewski.




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During the last Hughestown Borough Council meeting, it was reported the Centennial Pavilion is currently being painted, thanks to the efforts of Carmen Ambrosino and Councilwoman Marie Griglock.
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year only three containers of grass will be picked up. Tickets can be purchased for additional amounts.

Police report

Hughestown Police Department reported 43 incidents, 10 traffic citations, five criminal,

two K-9 responses, four EMS calls and one accident.

Borough Council announced that Berkheimer will collect county taxes.
Garbage collection

Residents with identified problem properties will be sent letters regarding the condition of their properties. It was also reported that a property on Washington Terrace would be addressed.
Used tire collection

It was also announced that the borough is accepting proposals at the borough building for garbage collection and towing services.
Auditor needed

A truck will be available on Oct. 11, 12 and 13 for the collection of used tires. The borough will accept five tires per household and will not accept rims or extremely dirty tires.

Hughestown is also in need of an auditor as Patsy and Charles McHale are relocating in Florida.
Progress on compost

Progress has been made concerning a new contract with Greater Pittston Compost. Next




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Other Columbus Day activities listed
The Italian American Association lists the following Columbus Day festivities: Friday, Oct. 5 – 9:30 a.m., Luzerne County Courthouse ceremony at the courthouse rotunda. Flag-raising ceremony will immediately follow the Courthouse program. Refreshments will be served. Chairperson is Judge Joseph Augello. Sunday, Oct. 7 – 11 a.m., an Italian Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Marello Parish at Mount Carmel Church, 237 William St., Pittston. Immediately following Mass, participants will proceed by car to the Christopher Columbus Statue on South Main Street. Chairperson for the Columbus Statue Ceremony is Judge Joseph Augello. Sunday, Oct. 7 - The 35th Annual Columbus Day Banquet will be held at Genetti Hotel & Convention Center, Wilkes Barre. This is our Person of The Year Award Dinner. Cocktails will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. with a cash bar followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Music will be provided by Danny Argo and “Friends” with dancing to 10:15 p.m. Cost is $35 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advanced as no tickets will be sold at the door. Attorney Girard J. Mecadon, of Pittston has been chosen as the Italian American Association’s Person of The Year for 2012 and will be honored at this event. The “Lifetime Achievement Award” for 2012 will be presented to Charles A. Adonizio III, owner/ broker of Atlas Insurance, Inc and Atlas Realty, Inc. This year’s special guest speaker will be Attorney Joseph Giovannini of Kingston. Toastmaster for the evening will be Leo Sperrazza of Sperrazza Insurance. Co-chairmen for this event are James Deice and Herman Castellani. For reservations, call Judy Deice at 654-7600 or Louise Castellani at 654-6454. Reservation deadline is Friday, Sept. 28. Anyone who wishes to place an advertisement in the 2012 book can call James Deice at 654-7600 or Herman Castellani at 654-6454 for information. Deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 19.


Jenkins Township tax deadline reminder
Jenkins Township Tax Collector Jean Mudlock reminds residents that the discount period for payment of the 2012 school tax will expire on Thursday, Sept. 20. The second payment for homeowners that selected the three-payment option is due by Oct. 29. Office hours at the municipal building will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday during the discount period only. The tax office at the municipal building will also be open from 1 to 3p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. Taxes can be paid at 3 Laflin Road, Inkerman between 4 and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday or by special appointment by calling the tax collector at 654-9710. After June 30, county and municipal taxes are payable at the penalty amount until Dec. 31. Property owners who have not received a bill or received one in error or new homeowners are urged to complete the Homestead Exemption Form to receive the reduction on future bills.

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Yard waste, household items collection dates
Avoca Borough will have a yard waste collection on Tuesday, Sept. 18, weather permitting. In addition to collecting grass clippings and leaves, borough workers will also collect other yard waste, including shrubs, hedge clippings and tree limbs. Grass clippings and leaves can be placed in the same container; however, brush must be placed in a separate container. The recycling center will not accept grass and leaves that are combined with yard waste. Tree limbs should not exceed three feet in length and one-half inch in diameter. Rocks, stones, dirt and animal waste are not acceptable forms of yard waste and will not be collected. A maximum of three open containers, not exceeding 30 pounds, will be allowed per collection. Residents are asked not to put collection items in plastic bags. Collection items should be placed curbside by 8 a.m. Ashes will be collected every Wednesday. Residents are asked to place them curbside by 8 a.m. on the collection date. Waste Management will collect three household items for each Avoca Borough household displaying a valid 2012 garbage sticker. Construction materials, items containing Freon, paints, pesticides, brick or concrete, tires, batteries and white goods are not included in this collection. Items should be placed curbside in the evening on Thursday, Sept. 20 for collection throughout the borough on Sept. 21. Please note this is a one-day collection.
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Corrugated cardboard is cardboard with a ribbed section between two heavy layers of cardboard. All pieces should be collapsed and flattened. This collection does not include food contaminated noncorrugated or coated cardboard such as pizza, cereal or soda boxes. The recycling area will be monitored and violators can be fined or banned from future recycling privileges. Recycling calendars are available in the lobby of the Avoca Municipal Building and at the recycling truck.
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apart but share the same birthday on Sept. 7. Amy resides in Avoca and Bill resides in Hughestown with his wife, Monica, and their son, Andy.
Happy anniversery

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All lids should be removed and disposed of in home trash. Containers should be rinsed, plastics and metals should be flattened and glass should not be broken. Newspaper should not be placed in bags. All recyclables should be placed in the appropriate compartment of the truck. Avoca residents can also recycle corrugated cardboard from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the Moosic Recycling Truck at the Avoca Municipal Garage. Avoca residents can also recycle corrugated cardboard from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month in the Moosic Recycling Truck at the Avoca Municipal Garage.

Happy anniversary to Betsy and Carl Craig who will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Fire dept. fund drive

Happy belated birthday to sister and brother Amy and Bill Reap who were born 10 years

The Avoca Fire Department’s fund drive is underway. All property owners have been sent a donation packet. Only 40 percent of Avoca’s property owners participated last year, causing the department to operate at a deficit. The firefighters ask residents to please support this year’s drive in order to keep the department running and the town safe. In addition to submitting donations via mail, they can also be made online at www.avocafire.net.

Avoca residents are invited to recycle newspaper and commingled glass, plastic and metal bottles, cans and jars from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Wednesday in the Moosic Recycling Truck at the Avoca Municipal Garage, 1106 Plane St.

Frank Roman Jr. of the Pittston Fire Department and James Brody of the Duryea Fire Department hang the American flag over Hawthorne Street in Avoca between truck ladders in preparation for the annual September 11 Memorial Mass and Procession. More photos appear on pages 32, 33.

The back to school and Catechetical Sunday Mass will take place at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 16 at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. Students and teachers will receive a special blessing from Father Sladicka at this time. A special thank you is extended to the following individuals for serving in the parish’s religious formation program: Lori Bradley, kindergarten; Jenny Long, first grade; Deborah Callahan, second grade First Communion class; Charlene Andruzis, third grade; Christine Nossavage, fourth grade; Marie Quinn, fifth grade; Leo Maxfield and Lori Ostrowski, Confirmation class; Deborah Yuschovitz, director of religious formation; and Betty Shimko, director of RCIA. The youth group will sponsor a “Make Your Own Smoothie Party” in St. Mary’s School auditorium, 742 Spring St., following the Mass. There will be a Catholic Charismatic Renewal Mass at 7 p.m. today, Sept. 16 at the church. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. The worship committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 in the rectory. The social concerns committee will meet at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 in the rectory. The choir practices from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at St. Mary’s Church. New members are welcome. Please use the handicapped entrance on the right side of the church. The parish has Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at the church. Eucharistic Adorers are needed for the 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. time slots. The Rosary and the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is prayed for the intentions written in the adoration and lobby books
See AVOCA, Page 41


SUNDAY DISPATCH, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 201 Dupont Borough recently took ownership of a new Peterbilt natural gas recycling truck. Council members shown with the truck are, from left, Bernie Zielinski, Mark Kowalczyk, Stan Knick, Mayor Dan Lello, Jeff Kaminski, Solicitor Eric Dingle and Stan Golembiewski.

New natural gas compactor to save money
Council opened up its monthly business meeting with President Stan Knick, Jr. announcing the arrival of the new eco-friendly natural gas compactor currently on display in front of the municipal building. The 25-yard, 360 horse power recycling truck, will be put into service by the end of September. Knick reported the borough is waiting on a refueling appliance for the truck, which is coming from Italy and should arrive by the end of the month. President Knick noted that Dupont is going greener plus paying less for fuel at $2 a gallon for natural gas as compared to current cost of regular gas near $4 a gallon. The cost of the truck was $200,508. The borough received a grant from DEP in the amount of $149,132 for the recycling truck and Dupont was responsible for
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the remaining $51,376. A special thank you was given both by President Stan Knick and Mayor Dan Lello to borough resident Joanne Dahmns who was instrumental in securing the grant money for the new vehicle. Borough Engineer Bob Naegele reported that the OCD paving project for Lidy, Oak and Walnut Streets is ready to be bid. Luzerne County officials are interested in getting the project started by Oct. 31. With the next Council meeting scheduled for Oct. 9, Naegele suggested having a special meeting to open and award the bids to meet the deadline of Oct 31. He also proposed that he would like to hold a public meeting to do


a presentation with an overview projector on the new flood maps prepared by PEMA, DEMA and DCED, giving residents an opportunity to review new maps and help with any concerns or questions they may have. Council agreed to have a special meeting and will announce the date in the near future. Council passed a motion to appoint Berkheimer Associates as the borough’s collector for earned income tax, putting an end to the troubled relationship with the Centax/Don Wilkinson Agency. Mayor Dan Lello reported that Centax went out of business in
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Stanley Golembiewski was sworn in at the September meeting of Dupont Borough Council. Golembiewski is shown here with Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Fred Pierantoni.


Sons of the Legion clam sale today
The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 585 will have a clam sale beginning at noon today, Sept. 16 at the Brennan Regan Post home, 329 Main St. Clams are $6 per dozen. There will also be other food items for sale. Takeouts will be available.
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The Sons will also host a children’s Halloween costume party from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Brennan Regan Post home. Children and grandchildren of members of the Legion, S.A.L.s, the ladies auxiliary and social members are invited to attend. Attendees will be treated to food, beverages and a treat bag. There will also be a costume contest. The winners will receive prizes. Reservations are required. Call the post home at 457-4242 for details
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forgot to mention in last week’s article other businesses who graciously donated to Party in the Park. A big thanks to Arcaro and Genell, Dino and Francesco, Gracie Lyn’s and Phoenix Performing Arts. The next event is Movie in the Park on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Community Park. The movie will be “Halloween Town,” and it will start at 7:45 p.m. Treats and beverages will be served. It’s free and open to all. The Halloween Spooktacular is Saturday, Oct, 27 at Healey Park, with a rain date of Sunday, Oct. 28. Details will come at a later date.
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Debbie Davis at 451-1762.
Craft Fair

ent must be present to join. The Pack will sponsor a Krispy Kreme Doughnut sale on Monday, Oct. 15. Doughnuts are $6 per dozen or for a gift certificate. Orders must be placed with Ann Edwards by Oct. 8. For more information, contact Edwards at 457-8402.
Duryea Class of ’57 meeting

The Holy Rosary Craft Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Holy Rosary School, 125 Stephenson St. There will be vendors on hand as well as food, raffles and goodies. For more information or to reserve vending space, call Debbie Davis at 451-1762, Sharon Chase at 457-4450 or Holy Rosary School at 457-2553.
Little League meeting

The Duryea High School Class of 1957 will have reunion planning meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Tony’s Pizzeria & Wine Cellar, City Line Plaza, Pittston, to finalize plans for the 55th anniversary class reunion set for Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Dupont Hose Company. For more information, call Lois at 457-9401 or Judy at 4573406.
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day, Oct. 5 and from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Holy Rosary Church hall and the Holy Rosary School cafeteria and gym, 125-127 Stephenson St. At the festival, there will be a cash raffle, baskets, games, bake sale, variety of chance stands, Bingo and instant Bingo. There will also be ethnic foods including potato pancakes, pierogi, haluski and piggies as well as homemade soup.
Germania breakfast

The 2012 school tax bills have been mailed. Anyone who did not receive one should call Duryea Tax Collector Marty Hanczyc at 4572482. The discount period ends on Sept. 20.
Rec board news

The Duryea Rec Board thanks all who helped and donated to its Party in the Park, which was a huge success. The organization

Holy Rosary School will have its fourth annual golf classic today, Sept. 16 at Edgewood in the Pines, Drums. Registration for the captain and crew event is at noon and the shotgun start begins at 1 p.m. Singles will be placed on a team. The cost is $100 per player which includes lunch and dinner at the club. Awards will be given for several golfing contests. There will also be prizes awarded throughout the day. For more information, contact on Monday, Sept. 24 in the rectory. Parishioners are currently selling the harvest edition of their “Pot of Gold Match the Daily Number” raffle tickets. For just $10 per ticket, you will have a chance to win $75 daily and $100 on Fridays throughout October. There will also be $250 prizes on Oct. 1 and 10 and $1,000 on Halloween. The winning number is based on the evening daily number of the Pennsylvania Lottery. To purchase a ticket, call the rectory at 457-3412, and it will be mailed to you. The Women’s Guild will spon-

The Duryea Little League will have its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today, Sept. 16 at the Duryea Little League field, corner of Kramer and Shaft Streets.
Cub 375 news

Duryea Cub Scout Pack 375 will have Pack night for all dens at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Hall, 529 Stephenson St. The Webelo Scouts will host the meeting. Boys who want to join may do so after the meeting. Registration is $16 for the year and a parsor its annual Harvest Tea from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21in St. Mary’s auditorium. Tickets for the tea are $10 per person. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Jane Maxwell at 335-8678 or Patricia Kwiatkowski at 457-7117.
Voter registration

Duryea Boy Scouts Troop 285 has several activities coming up: the Main Street cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 22; the Court of Honor Reception on Thursday, Sept. 27; and the NEPA Council Traveling Camporee to Boston in October. For more information, contact Troop Chairman Ann Edwards at 457-8402.
Nativity fall festival

The members of the Germania Hose Company will have an allyou-can-eat country style breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 7 at the hose company, 430 Foote Ave. The menu includes eggs, bacon, home fries, biscuits, sausage, gravy, coffee and juice served buffet style. Tickets, which are $9 for adults and $6 for children, can be purchased from any hose company member or at the door. For more information, visit www.germaniafire.net.
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Nativity of Our Lord Parish will have its annual Indoor Fall Festival from 4 to 9 p.m. on Fri-

St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church will host Damian the Magician at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 in the parish hall, 200 Stephenson St. At the event, Damian will present his Halloween show. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Refreshments will be sold. Call 457-2291 for tickets.

along with the special intentions of those present at 7:30 p.m. followed by Benediction. If you can help, call Ann Jake at 457-3521 or the parish office at 457-3412. The junior choir will resume practices following the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the church. The junior choir is under the direction of Debbie Brady and Veronica Yuschovitz. The buildings and grounds committee will meet at 6:30 p.m.

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Queen of the Apostles Parish will conduct a nonpartisan voter registration drive at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22 and at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon on Sunday, Sept. 23 in St. Mary’s School auditorium, 742 Spring St.

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August and hopes that tax revenue payments will be received at a much faster pace now that Berkheimer Associates had taken over. Upset residents reported to Council on the ongoing issues with neighbors not in compliance with the yard maintenance ordinance and are asking Council to correct the problem. They have reported the problems at several meeting and still nothing has been resolved. Knick directed Solicitor Eric Dingle to take the necessary legal action against the property owner to bring them in compliance of the ordinance. Mary Susan Riccetti was appointed to serve a 5-year term on the Board of the LLVSA -Lower Lackawanna Sanitary Authority LLVSA. Three bid proposals were opened and read at the meeting for the 2013 refuse calendars and window stickers. The low bid was awarded to Corcoran Printing with a bid of $1,543 for the calendars and $120 for the window stickers. Also bids for the 88,400 refuse bags were reviewed and awarded to Waste Zero at 22 cents per bag for a total bid of $19,536.40. The next regular meeting of the Dupont Borough Council will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Crime Watch

necessary. Most insurances are accepted.Any questions call 8839581 for further information.
Polish club meeting

The Polish American Citizens Club regular monthly meeting will be held today, Sept. 16 at the club home. PACC active members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
Sacred Heart Parish

Cathy has been put on the waiting list for a new kidney and you can help by bringing in the tabs from your soda/beer cans! There will be a basket in the church lobby or you can drop off your tabs on back of the rectory porch. For more information, contact Carol at the parish office at 6543713.
Holy Name ziti dinner

on Wyoming Avenue. All qualifying residents from Dupont and Suscon are eligible.
VFW blood drive

The Dupont Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the James Coco Council Chambers at the Dupont Municipal Building.
St John’s Class of ‘62

Members of the Class of 1962 of St. John the Evangelist High School are making plans for their 50th anniversary class reunion. If you know of any class members in or out of the area who would like to attend the reunion please call Millie at 388-0935, Bob or Mary at 654-1070 or Tom at 654-7974.
Flu shots


Flu shots will be given at the office of Superior Health Services, 224 Main Street, Dupont Mon thru Fri. from the hours of10 a.m. until 2 p.m. No appointment is

Senior Citizens Outreach Committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept.18 in lower level of the rectory. If you, or a parishioner you know, is homebound or in a nursing home and would like to receive a copy of the weekly bulletin, call the rectory at 654-3713 with the person’s name and address, or drop the information into the collection basket on Sunday. Choir Rehearsal is set for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Sacred Heart of Jesus CCD classes will begin on Monday, Sept. 24. All students will meet in the church at 6 p.m. and will then process to their classrooms with their teacher. Dismissal will be at 7:15 p.m. into the courtyard between the school building and the rectory. Please note the later dismissal time. Anyone interested in assisting the program as a classroom aide, substitute teacher or helping with making phone calls or special projects is asked to call Elaine Starinski 654-6952. CCD teachers are Barbara Melnick, first grade; Elaine Starinski, second grade; Brittany Driscoll, third grade; Debbie Wruble, fourth grade; Kathy Krawczyk and Cathy Wruble, fifth grade; Jimmy Renfer, sixth grade; Liz Kaminski and Gerri Coolbaugh, seventh grade. Anyone interested in assisting the program as a classroom aide, substitute teacher or helping with making phone calls or special projects is asked to contact Elaine Starinski at 654-6952. Sacred Heart of Jesus Church Parish Family is helping friend and fellow parishioner Cathy Wruble and is asking for your help.

The Annual Holy Name Ziti Dinner at Sacred Heart Church sponsored by the Holy Name Society will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 in the church hall. Take-outs are from 3 to 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years of age and may be obtained from any Holy Name member or by calling the rectory office at 654-3713.

The VFW Post 4909 will host a blood drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 for the American Red Cross. Walk-ins are welcome. To donate blood and platelets through the American Red Cross, individuals must be at the least 17 years of age, weigh at least110 pounds and be in general good health. For additional information regarding donor eligibility, call 1800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.
School tax reminder

Here is Joey Jones’ eco-tip of the week: Instead of drying your clothes in your dryer, use a clothes line or drying rack. This will save energy.
Gas service applications

Tax Collector Bill Elko announces the last day for rebate for the 2012 school taxes is Thursday, Sept. 20. Office hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. that day. Face Value will begin on Friday, Sept. 21 and office hours will be from 3 to 4 p.m. on Mondays only or by special appointment. For additional information, call the tax office at 6556241.
Bowling scores

Applications for gas service are available at the Dupont Municipal offices during regular business hours. UGI representative Mike Trussa stated at the April Council meeting that for the company to have program approval for placement of gas lines residents’ applications must be filed with UGI. For more information you can contact Trussa at 829-8664.
Tree removal tip

Dupont Borough is asking any residents considering tree removal or tree trimming to register with the borough office. In an effort to help the community, the office is contacting a number of tree-cutting service companies for proposals to give a better rate to residents based on the number of people registering for the service.
Lions food distribution

The monthly food distribution sponsored by the Dupont Lions will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish Hall

Elko’s Bantam/Prep Mixed High Scratch Series Score Boys Division: Jacob Dobrowalski, 239; Aiden Hindmarsh, 126; Ryan Kane, 93; Ryan Peck, 91; Robert Davidson, 83; Gary Vest, 66; Jimmy Soroka, 60; Alexander Chilson, 60; Ayden Thomas, 59; Beau Widdick, 57. Girls Division: Kacie Fisk, 156; Madison Mesaris, 124; Makenzie Kaminski, 82; Sophia Gronka, 26. Elko’s Prep Boys High Scratch Series Scores: Connor Morris, 345; Anthony DePascale, 328; Zachary Elko, 328; Jeremy Lavelle, 324; Joey Wruble, 306; Ozzie Dobrowalski, 263; Martin Kuna, 255; T J Connors, 252; Tyler Cegelka, 252. Elko’s Junior/Senior Friday High Scratch Series Scores Boy’s Division: Peter Kulick, 698; Spencer Saxon, 686; Conrad Chapple, 594; Austin Elko, 530. Girls’ Division: Courtney Osiecki, 566; Michelle Grossbauer, 391; Erin Donnelly, 354; Danielle Zydko, 352; Jessica Wesolowski, 287.

Magic Circle High Scratch Series Scores Men’s Division: Don Whiting, 654; Harry Nicholoson, 635; Matt Charney, 631; John Colarusso, 612; Chris Renfer, 595; Rich Sr. Aston, 595; Rich Jr. Aston, 592; Paul Chmiel, 590; Wally Zieminski, 584; Francis Pupa, 580. Women’s Division: Marytheresa Pupa, 533; Lisa Heck, 418; Courtney McKitish, 386; Ashley Fuller, 340. Universal High Scratch Series Scores: Edward Collins, 672; Dale Reese, 622; Nicholas Berlinski, 585; Jerry Coggins, 578; Raymond Silveri, 566; Billy Jr. Elko, 566; David Titton, 559; William Elko, 558; Francis Pupa, 555; Richard Arditi, 555. Warehouse Mixed League High Scratch Series Scores: Tom Clark, 747; Ron Shaw, 687; Dale Reese, 650; Jim Golden, 650; Ed Cologie, 645. National High Scratch Series Scores: Matt Felter, 746; Lisa Menichini, 655; Neal Elko, 634; Dale Reese, 629; John Kulick, 625; Allyn Jr. Ferretti, 608; Joe Campanella, 600; Jerry Coggins, 598; Edward Collins, 591; Mark Kulick, 591. Pittston Township VFW High Scratch Series Scores: Joe Argenio, 608; Jack Casper, 592; Gene Wasko, 580; Steve Wasko, 575; Joe Dalessandro, 532; Rich Russian, 529; Jim Chimento, 529; Frank Solano, 518; Larry Jr. O’Brien, 518; J. Spiccioli, 517. Elko’s Mixed High Scratch Series Scores Boys Division: Michael Elko, 548; Evan Elko, 453; Charles Kulick, 426; Anthony Zimmerman, 424; Justin Coyne, 395; Alex Scaramastro, 386; Joey Jones, 355; Dominic Falzone, 334; Zachary gargarino, 329; Dylan Kelly, 327; Jesse Carlen, 327. Girls Division: Gina Kirkpatrick, 371; Samantha Piechota, 338; Janelle Dudek, 294; Loren Gronka, 240; Kiena Vest, 237; Kacie Gedrich, 199; Halle Gronka, 193; Alyssa Bulford, 131.
Public works schedule

The Dupont Public Works service schedule for the week of Sept. 9: Monday, Sept. 17 - Refuse Tuesday, Sept.18 -Yard waste Wednesday, Sept 19 – Commingle (cans, plastics and glass)

Openings for Cosmopolitan Seniors trip to Mount Airy
The Cosmopolitan Seniors, a Project HEAD Club, will meet again at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept, 18 at St. Anthony Center in Exeter. Host/hostesses are Lou Bryja, Virginia Craig, Sam Ferrara, Rose Gunsior and Eva Naples. Forty five members attend the previous meeting. After the call to order by President Malinowski, VP Kleback led the group in prayer, Pledge of Allegiance and a patriotic song. Secretary Terri Mislan read the minutes of the last meeting. Treasurer Amy Alpaugh announced the bank balance. After the meeting the group enjoyed refreshments and Bingo was played. Tony Matreselva won the special game prize and Edith Jones won the Bingo jackpot. Fifty/fifty winners were Marcella Fountain. Rosemary Golenski, Toni Hall and Kay Haddock. Travel coordinator Johanna is accepting reservations for a trip to Mount Airy Casino on Wednesday, Oct. 10 with pickups


in Exeter and Pittston. Nonmembers are welcome. Details can be obtained from Johanna at 655-2720.
Borough notes

Scholarships sought

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up and will be cited by the police and subjected to a fine. Anyone who has a private dumpster must report their tonnage to Karen Szwast, recycling coordinator, at 654-0933.
Reunion notice

Student sought for Junior Councilperson
West Wyoming Borough Council seeks a borough high school student interested in becoming a Junior Council Person (JCP). The Junior Council Program was established and fostered by the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) and seeks to encourage high school age borough residents to participate in the workings of their local government by becoming a Junior Council Person. The borough is looking for a student to serve a two-year term as a representative of the youth of the municipality to bring forth issues and information from their prospective. Candidates for the office shall submit a written application to borough council with a one-page cover letter highlighting the applicant’s interest in the position by Nov. 1. After considering all submissions, borough council shall appoint a student at a regularly scheduled meeting. The Junior Council Person shall be a resident of West Wyoming Borough and a student in his/her junior year of high

Street sweeping is conducted the first Friday of every month. There will be a parking ban in effect on Wyoming Avenue. Cars will be ticketed by the police department if not moved. Residents are not to take their recyclables to the recycling building. They are to be placed curbside for pick-up on Mondays. Yard waste is to be placed curbside on Thursdays. Businesses in town that have not purchased a recycling or refuse sticker for 2012 will no longer have recyclables picked

The Wyoming Area Class of 1977 will hold its 35th anniversary reunion from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 29 at The Checkerboard Inn, Carverton Road, Trucksville. Cost is $40 per person. Reservations can be made by sending checks payable to WA Class of ’77, c/o Cindy Yudiski Lynch, 355 Susquehanna Ave., Exeter, PA 18643 or by visiting the Wyoming Area Class of ’77 Facebook page.

Wyoming Area School District is beginning to make plans for its fourth annual scholarship and award celebration which will be held on May 23, 2013. Any civic organization, business, athletic group, individuals or families that would like to offer a scholarship or graduation award are welcome to join the celebration. For further information and/or help in developing a scholarship/ award, call Mrs. Rabel in the guidance office at 655-2836, ext. 2339.
St. Barbara’s news

The Knights of Columbus have embarked on a pilgrimage with Our Lady of Guadalupe, bearing her image from parish to parish, to spread her message and love. Her image will be displayed in St. Anthony’s Church through Sept. 18. The September Wedding An-

niversary Mass will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. All couples celebrating their wedding anniversary in the month of September are invited to receive a special blessing. Monthly movies will be held in the Parish Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for these movies and participants can bring popcorn and drinks. The movie, “For Greater Glory” will be shown on Saturday, Sept. 29 and “October Baby” will be shown on Saturday, Nov. 3. Religious education classes for grades one through eight will begin on Sunday, Sept. 23. Classes will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and end at 10:15 a.m. Meetings for parents and teachers will be scheduled soon. Students must be registered to attend classes. Anyone not currently registered must do so immediately by dropping off the registration form and payment of $16 at the parish office.

school. The Junior Council Person shall be sworn in upon appointment and take an “oath of office.” The Junior Council Person shall not receive compensation. The Junior Council Person shall be permitted to attend all meetings of Council and shall be permitted to participate fully in those proceedings, EXCEPT that he/she shall not be afforded the right to vote and shall not be permitted to attend executive sessions.
Shade trees

arborist. Please contact the borough hall at 693-1311 or ecipriani@comcast.net if you are interested.
Tire recycling

There will be a 15 tire limit per vehicle for all residents. Any resident who wishes to participate must have a registration number. Any resident who wishes to participate is asked to call 1-800821-7654. Tires will not be accepted without a registration number.
Birthday wishes

pert must be taped to the item. Freon items include air conditioners, refrigerators, etc.
Flood risk mapping

West Wyoming Borough, in conjunction with the borough’s Shade Tree Commission, will once again this year offer free shade trees to residents. The trees will be planted by the Shade Tree Commission members and can only be planted in the residents’ tree lawn. There will be a limited supply of trees and the species will be selected by the Shade Tree Commission

The Luzerne County Solid Waste Management Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will conduct two separate tire recycling collection events during October 2012. Collection will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are free of charge to all residents of Luzerne County only. Dates are Oct. 6 at the Butler Township Road Department 14 W. Butler Drive, Drums; and Oct. 13 at Hanover Area JuniorSenior High School 1600 Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Twp . Tires eligible for collection include regular size automobile, motorcycle, pick up truck and SUV All tires must be removed . from rims, free of liquids and heavy mud and cannot be cut.

Happy 87th birthday to Frank Perfinski, of West Wyoming who is celebrating his birthday today, Sept. 16. Wishes from his daughter Linda Bucci, Mike, Bryan, Kayla, son Frank and family and friends..
Bulk item pick-up

West Wyoming Borough will have a bulk item pick-up on Monday, Oct. 15. The pickup is limited to two bulk items per household. Residents may not put out any building materials, ammunition, electronics, car parts or tires or any hazardous type waste. For items containing Freon, the Freon must be extracted and a certificate stating so from a licensed refrigeration ex-

To help residents and businesses to be better prepared for the risk of flooding, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has launched a website containing the new Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). West Wyoming Borough will adopt the new FIRM mapping in November along with an updated Flood Plain Ordinance. The new website, www.pafloodmaps.com, contains a digital version of FEMA’s floodplain maps which were established to designate specific areas that are special hazards or risk premium zones in order to determine whether flood insurance is required. The site provides information to municipal officials, residents and insurance agencies



Library lists slate of autumn programs
West Pittston Library lists the following autumn programs: Tutto Italiano – Sept. 19, Oct. 16, Nov. 27 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10 each session or $25 for three; Sept. 19, Italian Wine ; Oct.16, Italian Food; Nov. 27, Italian Travel. Downloading Free E-books From the Library - Oct. 24, Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The Titanic and its Pennsylvania Passengers - Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Beginner Yoga -Mondays 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Intermediate Yoga - Wednesdays - 6:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga classes are available. Contact Corinne at corinne@yogawithcorinne.com or call at 407-2300 for more information on session dates and times. All classes are held on the top floor of the former American Legion Building, 316 Linden St. next to Montgomery Avenue Elementary School. Book Club - First Tuesday of each month, 6:45 p.m. Basic Computer Classes : Session 1, Thursdays, Oct. 4 to 25, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Session 2, Thursday, Nov. 1 to 15 and Nov. 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $50. New York City’s Sullivan Street Bakery Bread Making

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Class – Held at the Assembly Room in the First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave. Session 1: Sept. 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Sept. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Session 2: Oct. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Session 3: Oct. 30 from 6 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Make Your Own Pasta – Held at the Assembly Room in the First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave., Session 1, Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Session 2, Oct. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Session 3, Nov. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m., $20. Charming Charlie sale – Oct. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. BonTon Community Day – Nov. 9, all day. All tickets and passes are available at the library desk. Join the Friends of the Library - The Friends of the Library will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 and Nov. 5 at the library. Save the Date - The Barnes & Noble Book Fair will be on Dec. 7, 8 and 9. What is a Reverse Mortgage Sept. 19 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Children’s Programs

West Wyoming
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Art Extravaganza – Saturday, Sept. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. for ages 7-11. Jack-o-Lantern Display Oct. 24, any time Halloween Bash - Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Introducing ... Library Laboratory! (Lib Lab) - Session 1, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., Color Coral; Session 2, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m., Gore and More; Session 3, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., Sweet Treats. Weekly Story Time - Fridays at 1 p.m. Ringling Clowns Story Time – Monday, Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Story Time with Skippy Jon Jones – Sept. 28. PNC For Me, For You, For Later Story Time Series - Oct. 12 and Nov. 9. Events require registration, except for the Jack-o-Lantern. Stop by the circulation desk or call the library at 654-9847 to sign up. If a cost is associated with the program, the fee will be required at the time of signup to reserve your spot. For more information about upcoming library programs, visit the library’s website at www.wplibrary.org.
Rams News

tling a brain tumor. The dinner will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in West Pittston. Tickets are currently on sale for $8. The fundraiser will help defray medical costs for Eric. Donations should be made payable to the EJS Fund and can be mailed to Nancy Answini, 9 Cheryl Street, Hudson, PA 18705. For more information, call 570-237-5999. Call Elaine Sales at 570-829-2717 with any baskets for raffle.
Thank You note

hanna Avenue on Tuesdays. Residents are asked to place yard waste in open containers. No plastic bags will be picked up. Tree limbs should not exceed four feet in length or 1/2-inch in diameter and must be tied in bundles. Any resident requesting chipping of tree limbs is asked to call the Public Works Building at 655-7786 to be placed on a schedule.
Tax collector

and brokers. It also alerts users to the potential risks and responsibilities associated with being located in a floodplain. T he website also features an interactive risk-identification tool that allows users to enter an address and access information relating to that property. Users will also be able to determine if a property is in a floodplain, specific building code regulations that pertain to a property and if there is a mandatory flood insurance requirement for that address
Compost yard

days. Yard waste containers should not exceed 30 pounds. No plastic or recyclable bags, stones or dirt are allowed. Residents are asked not to dumb their yard waste outside the fence.
Recycling reminder

The West Pittston Rams will conduct an open board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 a.m. at the concession stand at Sobeski Field, West Pittston. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Women’s Club


The compost yard will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Satur-

West Wyoming recycling containers are located behind Hose Company #1. Recycling can be dropped off any day of the week. The following is the list of acceptable items for recycling: commingled food and beverage containers, plastic containers (all number recyclables are accepted), cardboard, newspaper and office paper.

The West Pittston Women’s Club will hold a monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m. at the Methodist Church, Wyoming Avenue. This meeting will honor the past presidents. Chairwoman is GeorgeAnn Neff. Dues will be taken at this meeting. Friends are welcome.
Fundraiser for Eric

If you missed the Wine and Cheese event at the West Pittston Library this past Sunday, never fear. There will be another one again. But you did miss a great event. It was a fundraiser, but most importantly it was a community get together. The place was fully staffed and well attended. Library staff personnel, library board members and friends members were there to meet and greet everyone. There were plenty of smiles to go around and it indicated a huge success, because it was. It was a community get-together as well as showing off the library and letting the ladies of the friends work their magic. Snacks, including chocolate covered strawberries, cookies and a wonderful assortment of cheeses brought the whole thing to life. The fall decorations, courtesy of Diane Melvin, were spectacular. One special feature was that so many people were able to walk from their homes to the library and the weather was spectacular. President Sara Kelly, the food staff of Edythe Kepics and Jazz Mikita as well as all friends officers and members, the library board and library Director Ann Barr and her staff want to thank all who participated in any way towards this hugely successful project.
Street Department

George L. Miller, tax collector, announces the Wyoming Area school taxes have been mailed. The rebate period is until October 3 and the face value until December 3. The Borough tax penalty period will be honored through December. Office hours during rebate are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. It is the property owner’s responsibility to forward their tax bills to their financial institution for payment. If a receipt is requested, please include a self addressed stamped envelope with payment. For appointments, call 6553801 or 655-7782 ext. 232.
Birthday notes

Celebrating this week: Josette Yakobitis, Kevin Murphy, Andy Kudasik, Sept. 17; Morgan Kane, Tommy Romanelli, Sept. 18; Connie Andrews, Angela Coco, Jason Berti, Sept. 20; Audrey Heidacavage, Freddie Melvin, Nick O’Brien, Sept. 21.
Thought for the Week

Perhaps nobody ever accomplishes all that he feels lies in him to do; but nearly every one who tries his power touches the walls of his being.
Quote of the Week

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl
Bumper Sticker

There will be a Pasta Dinner for Eric Spiecher, 13, who is bat-

Yard waste will be picked up from Montgomery Avenue to Erie Street on Mondays and from Montgomery Avenue to Susque-

The light at the end of the tunnel is just the light of an oncoming train.

Battle of Wyoming walking tour today
The Luzerne County Historical will host a guided walking tour of the sites associated with the Battle of Wyoming at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 16. Local historian, Stephen Killian will conduct the tours, showing where the battle took place and explaining the various aspects of what happened on July 3, 1778. The tour will start at the corner of Fourth Street and Susquehanna Avenue in Wyoming. The tour is two miles and lasts two hours. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling the Historical Society at 823-6244 ext. 3. Admission is $8 per person for members of the Historical Society and $10 for non-members. Each tour is limited to the first 30 people.
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For reservations, call Mark Sobeck at 760-1644 or Mike Kelly 237-5063. Cost is $35 per person.
Wyoming/West Wyoming Seniors

Wyoming Daisy Troop 30516 for girls in kindergarten and first grade will meet the first and third Monday of each month at the borough building. The first meeting of the year will be at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1. to sign up, call Jacki Kasa at 693-0230.
Wyoming Ambulance

The Wyoming Ambulance Association reminds residents to send their subscription requests for ambulance membership as soon as possible. The drive is close to ending and response is down from last year. Subscription helps the ambulance association to provide medical service and saves medical billing costs associated with being transported by the ambulance service.
Rotary Crab Fest

The Wyoming/West Wyoming Seniors will meet on Tuesday Sept 18 at St. Monica meeting rooms with Frank Perfinski presiding. Servers are Armonde Casagrande, Paul Delaney and Frank Perfinski, The 50/50 winners from the last meeting were Sam DeSalvo, Vicky Mecklavage, Stanley Mulesky and Angie Zagursky. September birthday celebrants are Fr. Leo McKernan and Frank Perfinski. At the Oct. 2 meeting, guest speaker will be Beth Lutz from the Dept of Aging who will speak on Medicare enrollment period, changing prescription drug plan, information on copayer and Pace. Plans were completed for the Halloween social to be held on Oct. 16 with a special menu. There will be refreshments after the meeting and Bingo will be played.
Night at the Races

board Inn, Carverton Road, Trucksville. Cost is $40 per person. Reservations can be made by sending checks payable to WA Class of ’77, c/o Cindy Yudiski Lynch, 355 Susquehanna Ave., Exeter, PA 18643 or by visiting the Wyoming Area Class of ’77 Facebook page.
Farmers’ market

There will be fresh local produce this Saturday at the Farmers’ Market in the Park. The market opens at 9 a.m. every Saturday in the Butler Street Park off Eighth Street. Craft and food vendors will also be on hand. Additional vendor spaces are still available. Call the borough office at 693-0291 to register. The event is sponsored by Wyoming Borough and the Wyoming Recreation Board.
Compost yard schedule

The Wyoming Rotary Crab Fest will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 at the West Wyoming Fire Hall, Shoemaker Street. The event will be limited to the first 185 people who make reservations. The event includes allyou-can eat Baltimore hardshell crabs, clam chowder, hot dogs, beer and soda.

Members of West Wyoming Hose Company #2 will hold a Night at the Races on Saturday, Oct. 6. Doors open at 6 p.m. and post time is 7 p.m. Members are currently selling horses for $10 each. Horse owners receive admission to the races as well as free food and drink for the evening. Horses can also be purchased by calling the fire department at 287-1182. All proceeds will benefit the fire department.
Reunion notice

The West Wyoming compost yard will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays for residents of West Wyoming and Wyoming Boroughs. The compost yard accepts brush, branches, leaves and grass. Residents are reminded to take care that yard waste does not contain plastic or recyclable bags. The compost yard does not accept stones or dirt. Compost is also available free of charge to residents of both towns.
St. Monica’s news

The Wyoming Area Class of 1977 will hold its 35th anniversary reunion party from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 29 at The Checker-

The Parish sponsors Cub Scout Pack 366 for boys in first to fourth grades. For more information, call Mrs. Stahley at 6931425. The Cub Pack will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept.16 in OLOS Church Hall. Dinner and a Movie Night will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 after the Vigil Mass at St. Monica’s Parish at 5:30 p.m. with the movie “October Baby” sponsored

by the parish and the Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish to share it would be appreciated. For more information, call Father McKernan at 693-1991 or email at monicaww@verizon.net. The 36th Annual Rosary Rally: Wyoming Valley Knights of Columbus Plan Rosary Rally will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish at Holy Trinity Church, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville will host this years’ Rosary Rally. The theme is “Praying for Our Country.” The Rosary procession will begin at 2:15 p.m. from the American Legion grounds at 259 Shoemaker St., Swoyersville and process to Holy Trinity Church where Marian Devotions will begin at 3 p.m. Mass will follow with John M. Dougherty Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus serving as principal celebrant and homilist. Wyoming Valley Chapter ProLife Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at Genetti’s in Wilkes-Barre. Cost is $25 per person. Call 816-1819 for more information. Anyone interested in attending or sponsoring a teen from the Parish is asked to call Ada Magni at 693-1388. A Lancaster bus trip to Sign & Sound Theater to see the theatrical musical “Jonah” will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10. The bus will leave at 10 a.m. form the O.L.O.S. parking lot and includes a shopping trip Rockvale Outlet Mall, lunch and snack. For information and reservations, call Brenda at 693-0920. JMJ Radio 750 AM will hold the first-ever Catholic Radio Banquet on Nov. 11. A special Mass will be followed by a dinner with the featured speaker Fred Berretta, a survivor of US Airways Flight 1549 which crashed in the Hudson River in 2009. The event will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Hall, Exeter. Holy Mass is at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For information and reservations, call 654-7542. The Music Ministry at St.

Monica, under the direction of Ninarose Lewko, announces the following music schedule: Junior and Teen Choirs: Sundays, 9 to 9:43 a.m., meet at the grand piano; Junior and Teen Orchestra, Sundays, 8:30 to 9:43 a.m., meet at the grand piano; Cantors and Cantor Choir. Mondays, 7 p.m. and/or at appointed times in the choir loft; Senior Choir and Senior Orchestra, Mondays , 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the choir loft. The Music Ministry at St. Monica’s is sponsoring a concert by the Catholic Choral Society at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 in the church. The group will perform Advent and Christmas music under the direction of Ann Manganiello. A Social in the hall will follow. The men of the Parish will hold a Communion Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 followed by a breakfast and conference on “The Year of Faith” with Father David Cramer as keynote speaker. There is no charge for the affair but a free will offering will be asked. For more information, call Father McKernan at 6931991 or email at monicaww@verizon.net.
Library news

The Wyoming Free Library will have story time on Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 9, 16 and 30. The programs are for ages 3-5 and run fro m10 to 11 a.m. The program, entitled “For Me, For You, For Later” is part of the Grow Up Great initiative sponsored by PNC Bank and Sesame Workshop. The five-session program will teach preschoolers and their parents financial concepts such as making choices, needs and wants, learning to wait, value and spending, sharing and saving money. Each session will offer a story, craft and snack. Space is limited, so please call the Wyoming Free Library at 693-1364 to register. The Friends of the Wyoming Free Library will hold a Mixed Bag Designs Fund Raising Party at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 t the library, 358 Wyoming Ave. Refreshments will be served.



4th quarter rally falls short
Two-point conversion thwarted


Dispatch correspondent

The Pittston Area Patriots football team could not overcome their mistakes and missed opportunities in their 14-12 loss to the Crestwood Comets. Pittston began the game committing many penalties which kept them out of establishing any drives down the field. In the first quarter, Crestwood forced PA to punt and the Patriots fumbled the snap and was forced to fall on the ball giving the Comets great field position at the Patriots 25 yard line. “Mental mistakes are killing us and we’re trying to stress that with the kids,” said Patriots head coach Mike Barrett. “You can’t have that many penalties and expect to win the game.” On first down, Crestwood quarterback Jay Popson threw the ball to the end zone to a double covered Rich Golden, but Golden jumped up between the two defenders to make the touchdown catch. That put Crestwood

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Pittston Area's Michael Schwab, right, runs back a punt as Crestwood's Andrew Chang closes in Saturday afternoon in Yatesville.

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Pro Rehab downs Miles for Michael for title


The Greater Pittston YMCA’s Men’s Basketball Season came to an end on Tuesday, Sept. 4. For the second season in a row the championship was fought out between The Pro Rehab sponsored team and the Miles for Michael sponsored team. It really could have been anyone’s game right up to the last 30 seconds. Pro Rehab sponsored team came out on top, as they claimed their second Pittston YMCA Men’s Basketball League championship this year. Final Score was Pro Rehab -73, Miles for Michael - 71 Upcoming basketball dates: The Greater Pittston YMCA will hold two weekend 3 v 3 tournaments coming up this fall. The first tournament will be held Sept. 29 and 30, the second Nov. 17 and 18. There will be a Women’s Division on Saturday and a Men’s division on Sunday. The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. each of the days. Only take ten teams for each gender division will be accepted.

YMCA basketball champs, left to right, first row, Mike Brannnon, Matt Zaleski, Jerry Booths, Bill Callahan; second row, Michael Brannon Jr., Al Collejas, Mike Tubridy.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st place team and runner-up of each gender division. Only

three people per roster and the cost of the tournament is $60 per team.

Call Mike Labagh, senior program/aquatic director, to sign up or for more information at 655-

2255 x 104 or mlabagh@greaterpittstonymca.org.

Patriots will need help for team playoff slot
Shoot 168 one day and win by 20 strokes. Shoot 171 another day and lose by 19. That’s what happened to Wyoming Area this week. In the second match they ran into the top two players in the area in Redeemer’s Mariano Medico and Chase Makowski. Meanwhile the Patriots won two matches beating Hazleton and Coughlin to keep their playoff hopes alive, though they need some help. The Patriots are 4-4 in second place behind Coughlin 5-3 in AAA Division I with two matches left this week. The Patriots have Tunkhannock at Shadowbrook on Tuesday and Dallas at Fox Hill on Thursday. Coughlin is at Irem against Dallas on Tuesday and home at Wilkes-Barre Muni on Thursday versus Tunkhannock. The Patriots have to win both their matches and home Coughlin loses at least one. If both teams finish with the same records as co-champs of the division both will make the team playoffs. The best chance for a Coughlin lose is probably Tuesday at Irem. Wyoming Area is 6-2 with both losses to Redeemer 8-0.
Wyoming Area 168, Lake Lehman 188


O’Boyle added a 40 for Pittston Area and Chris Lynch contributed a 42. Rich Gawel topped the Cougars’ with a 39, Dave Mehalick had a 42, Rich Kuzmitsky shot a 43 and Josh Provost checked in with a 47.
Holy Redeemer 152, Wyoming Area 171

Hill Country. Shamus Gartley led Coughlin with a 37.

Matt Carroll 36, Calvin O’Boyle 41 and Chris Lynch 43 shot well for PA.

On Monday Wyoming Area defeated Lake Lehman 168 – 188 at Fox Hill. Zack Mulhern led the way taking medalist with a 36. Courtney Melvin 43, Colin Herron 43 and Madeline Wharton 46 also scored for WA.
Pittston Area 155, Hazleton Area 171

Mariano Medico and Chase Makowski each shot one over par 36s at Fox Hill. Courtney Melvin led Wyoming Area, shooting a 39. Also scoring for WA were Courtney Melvin 39, Zach Mulhern 40, Madeline Wharton 44 and Colin Herron 48.
Pittston 154, Coughlin 157

Ashleys and Bryans advance to semi finals
Ashley Machine and Bryan Construction advanced into the semi finals of the Emanon Golf League playoffs. Ashley defeated Powers 3 - 0 with Al Brown 33 and Al Brogna 37 leading the winners. Jack Vasil had 42 for Powers. Bryan Construction defeated Adonizio Funeral Home 3 -0 with Tom Bryan Jr. 37 and Mike Fiscus Sr. 39 leading the winners. Mike Chiampi led Adonizio with a 41. Ashleys will play #2 seed O’Connor Plumbing and Bryans will face #1seed Red Mill Thursday. Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. to decide who plays in the finals.
Hole in one


At Sugarloaf on Monday, the Patriots’ Ryan Tracy and Matt Carroll finished one-two with a 36 and 37, respectively. Calvin

Ryan Tracy shot a 1-under 34 to win medalist honors and help Pittston Area edged Coughlin 154-157 on Wednesday at Fox

Tony Pisano recently recorded a hole in one on the #9 hole at Emanon Country Club using a gap wedge on the 91 yard hole. Witnessing his feat were playing partners Dave Begliomini, Chuck Ferraro and Jim McCann.




Wyoming Area running back Zack LaNunziata stretches for yardage as he is tackled by Lake-Lehman Friday night in Lehman Township.

Warriors lose heartbreaker
Last second TD, 2-point conversion gives WA loss at Lehman


Dispatch correspondent


All of the Nick O’Briens in the world could not make up for the late mistakes made by the Wyoming Area Warriors football team Friday night allowing

Lake Lehman to stage an unthinkable comeback with 1:10 left in the game for a 15-14 win. The first half was a quick one. Both teams seemed a nice, timeconsuming drive going only to be forced to give the ball back to the other side.

The Warriors got on the board first. O’Brien took the snap at quarterback and threw a perfect 36-yard strike over the shoulder of Cody Schmitz down the right sideline for the touchdown. That put WA up 7-0 going into the half.

In the third quarter, WA was set up nicely by a bad punt by Lake Lehman. The Warriors took the ball with good field position and took advantage of it. O’Brien took the handoff, ran up the middle, and found nothing. Then he cut to the right,

found the hole and ran down the right sideline for a 20 touchdown giving WA a 14-0 lead. O’Brien finished the game with 84 rushing yards with a touchdown and 83 passing yards
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with a touchdown. The fourth quarter is where hearts were broken. Wyoming Area was having trouble with Lake Lehman’s fullback Dustin Jones. He was finding the holes and gaining yards against. Lake Lehman was faced with a fourth and goal on the three yard line. They gave it to Jones and he pounded it into the end zone for the score. That cut the lead to 14-7. The Warriors played good defense from there and took over with 1:49 left. Then, the unimaginable happened. O’Brien fumbled and gave the ball back to Lake Lehman with 1:10 left in the game. “We had to run a couple of extra plays. It wasn’t for a lack of effort,” said Warrior coach Randy Spencer. Lake Lehman ran mostly pass plays to march down the field but it gave the Warriors trouble because they were running the plays out of the “I” formation and that forced WA to respect the run as well as the pass. Lake Lehman scored a touchdown with 24 left in the game. Then, after a WA penalty put Lake Lehman closer to the end zone, the Knights decided to go for two. That meant Jones again and he ran in for two, giving them a 1514 lead and a victory. “Lehman ran hard. Dustin ran hard. They did what they had to do,” said Spencer. “They shortened the game and limited what our big players could do. So hats off to them.”

Quarterback Jordan Zezza takes off on a keeper for the Warriors.


WA's Cody Schmitz, left, tackles Lake-Lehman's Tom Donovan.

Wyoming Area's Trent Grove, left, brings down LakeLehman's Josh Van Scoy.

WA quarterback Nick O'Brien, left, gets off a pass under pressure from Lake-Lehman's Brian Derhammer.


Field hockey teams are ‘beautiful’ for game
Charity event next Sunday
The Pittston Area and Wyoming Area field hockey teams are not scheduled to meet this season in the WVC, but Pittston Area National Honor Society students Meredith Yozwiak, Alexa Danko and Nicole Chaiko and the Lady Patriots will host the Lady Warriors in the third annual charity field hockey game at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Bucky Harris Sports Complex, Rock Street, Hughestown. The Patriots will take on the Warriors of Wyoming Area in a non-conference exhibition field hockey game. Other features will be a Pittston Area boys seniors vs. juniors game, a 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction. Admission is $3 and all proceeds will go toward Eating Disorders Awareness. Donations can be sent to Pittston Area National Honor Society, 5 Stout St., Pittston 18640. Checks can be made payable to Pittston Area National Honor Society and in the memo I Am Beautiful.


Pittston Area National Honor Society student planning the third annual charity field hockey game are, from left, Nicole Chaiko, Meredith Yozwiak and Alexa Danko.

Lombardo, Johnson pace 5-0 Lady Patriots
Catherine Lombardo and Tara Johnson ran to a 1-2 finish for Pittston Area as the Patriots earned wins against Tunkhannock (24-31), Lake-Lehman (1550), and Meyers (18-37). Maggie Toczko finished third in a time of 20:28 for the Tigers, one of four in the top 10 for Tunkhannock in 15-50 wins against GAR and Wyoming Area. Top 10: Catherine Lombardo (PA) 19:49; 2. Tara Johnson (PA) 20:12; 3. Maggie Toczko (TUN) 20:28; 4. Erin Rome (TUN) 22:00; 5. Florence Kwok, (MEY) 22:02; 6. Abby Sheerer (PA) 22:15; 7. Alexa Prebola (TUN) 22:39; 8. Emily Seamon (PA) 23:27; 9. Katie Heindel (LL) 23:47; 10. Morgan Manglavirti (TUN) 23:52. The Lady Patriots are 5-0 tied for first place with Dallas and Hazleton, both also 5-0.


Tunkhannock had seven of the top 10 finishes in a six-team cluster meet, sweeping GAR (15-50), Wyoming Area (15-50) and Pittston Area (15-50). The Tigers’ Jack Tidball had the second-fastest time of the meet at 17:24. Dimitri Shea had the fastest time for Pittston Area, which beat Lake-Lehman 23-30 and Meyers 17-38, finishing 10th in 19:02. Wyoming Area, victors over Meyers (19-36) and Lake-Lehman (22-27), placed Eric Fil-

ipiak 13th after his time of 19:44. Lake-Lehman and Meyers each scored a 15-50 win against GAR. Dominick Hockenbury paced the group for the Black Knights. Top 10: 1. Dominic Hockenbury (LL) 17:03; 2. Jack Tidball (TUN) 17:24; 3. Alex Nole (TUN) 17:53; 4. Carson Ayers (TUN) 18:02; 5. Kieran Sutton (LL) 18:05; 6. Ben Siegel (TUN) 18:07; 7. John Loomis (TUN) 18:41; 8. Jake Toczko (TUN) 18:58; 9. James Proulx (TUN) 19:01; 10. Dimitri Shea (PA) 19:02.
This week’s meet


Coughlin/Holy Redeemer/ Wyo. Sem at WA/GAR/PA

Three Pittston Area cross country team runners recently took home trophies at the 38th Annual Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial High School Invitational in Dallas Township. Ali Carroll placed 23rd in a time of 14:37 in the girls junior varsity race. In the girls varsity race, Catherine Lombardo placed fourth in 19:58 and Tara Johnson took home the ninth-place trophy in a time of 20:35. Katie Conlon is the junior varsity team coach and Joe Struckus is the girls varsity team coach. From left, are Ali Carroll, Tara Johnson and Catherine Lombardo.


Patriots, Warriors each earn wins over GAR


Dispatch correspondent

Pittston Area’s tennis week started off with a bang when head coach Kim Collins and her husband Jeremy welcomed the arrival of child number three, Alexandra Mary last Sunday. Alexandra joins big brother Marcus and sister Emily to the family. On the hard courts this week, Pittston Area garnered another win by downing GAR, 4-1. No.1 singles Miranda Warunek and No.3 singles Tatiana Supinski both won in straight sets. No.1 doubles of Alicia Chopyak/Mikaela Moher took a tough three-set victory 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 7-5. No.2 singles was a forfeit for GAR grabbing the fourth point. The Lady Patriots were upended by Hazleton 4-1 with Tatiana Supinski winning at No.3 singles in straight sets. On Friday, the Pats were home with tough Dallas team dropping the match to the Mountaineers 5-0. No.1 doubles of Chopyak/ Moher stretched Dallas’ team of Patel/Belskis, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. The Lady Patriots season now stands at 2-8.

Pittston Area will face Wyoming Valley West away on Tuesday and MMI on Thursday. The Warriors were on the road this past week two of the three matches where they improved their record to 4-6 on the season. WA faced a buzz saw in the Crestwood Comets at Mt. Top losing 5-0. The Warriors only managed to get 8-games in 10sets. On Wednesday, they traveled to Wilkes-Barre to square off with GAR managing to take three-matches out of five with GAR forfeiting No.2 singles. Valerie Bott and Kiersten Grillo were victorious at No.1 and 3 singles while Anna Thomas/Julia Gober pulled off a three-set victory at No.1 doubles. WA walked away with their only victory of the week. On Friday, WA hosted the Crusaders of Coughlin picking up only one victory at No.1 singles. Valerie Bott managed to take a tough three-set match, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5. Bott fought hard through the wind and the unconventional style of Coughlin’s Becca Elmy. The Lady Warriors will face Berwick at home on Tuesday and at Hazleton on Thursday.

WA No.2 singles player, Kiersten Grillo moves in for a short ball to her backhand during the second set of her match against Coughlin.


Mikaela Moher hits a volley at net with partner Alicia Chopyak looks on at No.1 doubles against Dallas.

PA's No.3 Tatiana Supinski hits a forehand wearing her hot pink, mirrored shades on a sunny day against Dallas.



By excelling at camp, team invited to New Year’s Day bowl game

‘Capital’ job by Warrior cheerleaders
Florida. The girls were invited to the bowl based on the team and individual awards they won at the Trail’s End camp. They placed first in the home pom dance and cheer division and were second in the extreme routine division. The home pom dance where the girls placed first was choreographed by the cheer captains Rachel Leandri, Alex Dougherty, Brittany Lemardy and Anna Malsky with the help of Lauren Timek, a WA cheer alumnus
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Wyoming Area cheerleaders pose with their trophies after winning camp champs. From left, first row, are Dominique Denisco, Anna Malsky, Rachel Leandri, Alex Dougherty, Brittany Lemardy, Kiersten Gregorio, and Jennie Skursky. Second row, Alli Sitkowski, Lauren Maloney, Brittney Eramo, Karyssa Gregorio, Kayla Radle, Erin Maloney, Danielle Bulger, Nickarena Gilpin, Emily Connors, Abby Gibbs, Mari Taggart, Alexa Malloy, Hannah Begley, Jackie DeNardi, Julie DeNardi and Maria Pelliccia.



Did you hear about the team that worked out in the weight room, ran two-a-day practices and won the big game? It wasn’t a football team. It was the Wyoming Area cheerleading squad. The girls put on a knockout performance at the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA) Pine Forest Trail’s End Cheerleading Camp last month and earned an invite to perform at the Capital One Bowl, a major college football New Year’s Day bowl game in Orlando,

Warrior cheerleaders practice a pyramid at camp. From left, group one members are Kiersten Gregorio, Erin Maloney, Rachel Leandri and Julie DeNardi. Group two, Brittany Lemardy, Jackie DeNardi, Lauren Maloney and Danielle Bulger. Group three, Mari Taggart, Kayla Radle, Nickarina Gilpin and Alexa Malloy. Group four, Alex Dougherty, Anna Malsky, Jennie Skursky and Hannah Begley. Group five, Abby Gibbs, Karyssa Gregorio, Emily Connors and Alli Sitkowski.

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who is a member of the New York Jets cheer squad known as the Flight Crew, and the Wyoming Area cheerleader coach Josette Cefalo. The extreme routine was something the team had to put together spontaneously. “The extreme routine,” Cefalo said, “is a dance the teams have to learn in a day at the camp. At the end, you have to add your own choreography and a stunt.” The WA girls’ stunt was a pyramid. Cefalo said the girls exceeded her expectations. “They worked hard all summer long. We started in June going four days a week for three hours, including time in the weight room for strength training. Then we did a week of doubles before the camp. I knew we could do well, but I was overwhelmed by what they did.” In addition to the girls being rated number one and two by judges in the competition divisions, the Wyoming Area girls also got some respect from their peers. The 39 cheer squads at the camp were asked to vote for a squad other than their own for a Leadership Award and Wyoming Area was the top vote-getter. And coolest of all the squad was voted “Top Banana” the first night of camp for demonstrating the most spirit and enthusiasm. Thirteen members of the team were named All-American AllStar Cheerleaders. In addition to being selected All-Stars, three of the team captains, Alex Dougherty, Brittany Lemardy and Anna Malsky, were also invited to try out for UCA Staff. The bowl game is at the Orlando Centroplex in the Florida Citrus Bowl at1p.m. on New Year’s Day. The bowl was originally known as the Florida Citrus Bowl prior to being sponsored by Capital One. An invite is one thing, getting there is another. Cefalo said it’s going to cost about $1,500 per girl to make the trip. Of the 23 on the squad, 18 are going as the remaining five have other holiday commitments. Fundraisers in place include coin drops on Sept. 23 at the Corner of Boston Avenue and Wyoming Avenues in West Pittston, Schooley Street at the Back Road in Exeter and at the Mid-

Warrior cheerleaders outside their cabin at Trail's End Cheerleading Camp are, from left, first row, Danielle Bulger, Brittney Eramo, Emily Connors, Abby Gibbs, Lauren, Maloney, Hannah Begley, Kayla Radle, Julie DeNardi, Alli Sitkowski, Dominique Denisco and Alexa Malloy. Second row, Jackie DeNardi, Erin Maloney, Nickarena Gilpin, Karyssa Gregorio, Kiersten Gregorio, Brittany Lemardy, Anna Malsky, Alex Dougherty, Rachel Leandri, Mari Taggart, Jennie Skursky and Maria Pelliccia.

Captains of the Wyoming Area cheerleading squad are, from left, Alex Dougherty, Anna Malsky, Brittany Lemardy and Rachel Leandri.

way Shopping Center in Wyoming. The same day there is also a fundraiser planned in conjunction with Gerrity’s Super Markets. September 25 will be Wyom-

ing Area Cheerleader Night at Sabatini’s Pizza in Wyoming. Sabatini’s will donate a portion of the pizza sales that day to patrons who mention the Wyoming Area cheerleaders.

The Moose Lodge will host a Night at the Races Fundraiser on Nov. 19. Cefalo said other fundraisers are in the works, including one in conjunction with Januzzi’s Pizza

in Wyoming. Monetary donations can be made by contacting Gina Malsky at 332-7817 or lmalsky@aol.com.



Bridge point on the line Friday
Wyoming Area at Pittston Area kicks off at 4:15 on Friday
The Pittston Area Patriots boys soccer team will have homefield advantage when they take on the rival Wyoming Area Warriors at the Bucky Harris Complex in Hughestown Pittston Area on Friday afwon at MMI on ternoon at 4:15. Monday, 7-2. A Bridge On Thursday Award point at Hazleton will be on the the Patriots line with the lost 3-2 in Patriots having a chance to tie overtime. the Bridge standings. So far this fall Wyoming Area has a 2-1 lead having won in girls tennis and boys cross country. Pittston Area won the girls cross country meet. Last week in boys soccer Wyoming Area was shut out twice during the week on the road. On Monday in Plains against Holy Redeemer they went down 3-0. On Wednesday in Berwick it was 7-0. The Warriors were outshot 1916 against Redeemer. Goalie Aaron Carter kept it close with 16
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Wyoming Area's Brian Waisowaty, left, heads the ball in front of Holy Redeemer's Matt Nicholas. A Bridge Award point will be on the line with the Patriots having a chance to tie the Bridge standings. So far this fall Wyoming Area has a 2-1 lead having won in girls tennis and boys cross country.
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Mark O'Malley saves the ball from going out-ofbounds for the Warriors. Last week in boys soccer Wyoming Area was shut out twice during the week on the road. On Monday in Plains against Holy Redeemer they went down 3-0. On Wednesday in Berwick it was 7-0.

Last week in boys soccer Wyoming Area was shut out twice during the week on the road. On Monday in Plains against Holy Redeemer they went down 3-0.

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saves. All three HR goals came in the first half by Brendan Leahigh, Kenny Rexer and Chris Pawlenok. The Warriors were back home yesterday, Saturday, hosting Nanticoke. Pittston Area won at MMI on Monday, 7-2. On Thursday at Hazleton the Patriots lost 3-2 in overtime. Pittston Area was home Saturday, yesterday, hosting Dallas
This week’s games

PA at Crestwood Tuesday Berwick at PA Friday WA at PA

Monday WA at Hanover

(Not including Saturday) Division 2 Tunkhannock.................... 4-0 Holy Redeemer.............. 3-1-1 Wyoming Sem.................. 3-1 Pittston Area ................... 1-3 Meyers 0-3 Division 3 Berwick ............................ 4-1 Nanticoke ........................ 2-1 Wyoming Area................ 2-4 GAR.................................. 1-3 MMI.................................. 1-4 Hanover ............................ 0-4


Wyoming Area's Brian Buckman, right, plants for a shot on goal as Holy Redeemer's Robert Dougherty defends Monday afternoon in Wilkes-Barre. At left, Wyoming Area's Gared Zaboski looks to make a pass against Holy Redeemer.

Meet WA cross country runners today
Wyoming Area’s Cross Country Meet the Warriors is today, Sunday, September 16 in the Wyoming Area high school cafeteria from 2 p.m to 5 p.m. The event is open to the public. The JV and the Varsity teams will be introduced.
WA Field hockey


for Wednesday September 19 at 7 p.m. at the high school.
Duryea LL meeting

The Duryea Little League will be holding its regular monthly meeting today Sunday, September16 at 7 p.m. at the Duryea Little League field.
PA Swim and Dive boosters

WA Field Hockey Parent’s Association meeting is scheduled

The Pittston Area Swim and

Dive Booster Club will hold it’s first parent’s meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Tony’s Pizza, Main St. Pittston. Plans for the upcoming season will be discussed. All parents are invited to attend. Pittston Area Wrestling Booster Club will meet Monday, Sept 24 at 6:00 p.m. Nomination of officers will take place. All parents are urged to attend. Plans

for the upcoming season will be discussed.
PA basketball Happy Hour

The public is invited.
PA wrestling boosters

The Pittston Area Boys Basketball Booster Club will host a Happy Hour fund raiser for the program at the Red Mill Tavern on Friday night September 21 from 9 to 11 p.m. Raffles and other give-a-ways will be part of the Happy Hour.

Pittston Area Wrestling Booster Club will meet Monday, Sept 24 at 6:00 p.m. Nomination of officers will take place. All parents are urged to attend. Plans for the upcoming season will be discussed.




WWWE "B" team's James Sheridan veers to the outside and looks upfield.

WWWE's Noah Valdez breaks through the line for a 10yard gain against Dallas during the "C" game.

No.45 Darren Rodney cuts right for WWWE against Dallas during the "B" game.

Local teams win five of eight in WVW league
Last week in the Wyoming Valley West Junior Football Conference the local teams won five of eight games. Duryea defeated Ed-Lark in the B game, 30-6, and the C game, 12-6. Ed-Lark won the D game 26-22. West Pittston split two games with Kingston Township winning the B game 30-0 and losing the C game 26-24. Wyoming/West Wyoming/ Exeter (WWWE) won two of three against Dallas. WWWE won the B game 2012 and the D game 8-6. Dallas won the C game 28-6. The Wyoming Valley League the Pittston Junior Patriots defeated the Heights in the A game, 26-0. Heights won the B game 28-6 and the C game 14-6.
Today’s schedule

Valley West League Kingston Twp. At WWWE Plymouth at Duryea West Pittston at Ed-Lark Valley League Pittston at South Scranton
Dimitri DePietro races for a touchdown in the "B" game against Dallas.



WWWE's No.33 Leonardo Haros jumps on an onside kick to keep control of the ball during the "C" game against Dallas.

No.17 Jacob Williams crosses the goal line to score for the WWWE "C" team against Dallas.


West Pittston Rams B Team running back Pat Musinski scores a touchdown during a shutout against the Kingston Township Raiders

Duryea Wildcat C team players gang tackle an Ed-Lark ball carrier



PA, WA at Tenth Street Friday
4-0 Patriots to face rivals in matchup in Wyoming
While the WA and PA boys soccer teams are going at it in Hughestown on Friday, it will be Ladies Day at Tenth Street in Wyoming where the Lady Patriots visit the Lady Warriors. The Lady Patriots were 4-0 tied for first place with Dallas (4-0) going into yesterday’s game against Meyers (0-4.) PA’s game versus Dallas scheduled for September 8 was postponed and has not yet been rescheduled. The Lady Warriors are 3-1. A Bridge point will go to the winner. Of Friday’s game.
PA 15, MMI 0

Allie Barber scored a hat trick in just over 4 minutes as PA routed the MMI Prep 15-0 at the Bucky Harris Complex on Monday First half:1. PA, Allie Barber 1:33; 2. PA, Barber 3:01; 3. PA, Barber (Madison Cardinale) 4:08; 4, PA, Maddy Mimnaugh 4:58; 5. PA, Samantha Mayers


PA forward/midfielder, Allie Barber dribbles down field against MMI. Barber scored the first three goals for Pittston Area in the 15-0 rout.

Lady Patriots lose a tough one to Valley West
The Lady Patriots are still looking for their first win, but they won a set and came can close to pulling off the match on Wednesday at home versus Valley West losing in four sets 2927, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17. Jackie Rabender had 18 service points, 3 aces, and 10 assists; Kaitlyn Simiyan, 11 kills and Alyia Gestl, 15 service points and 10 digs for Pittston Area. Monday the rivals clash when Pittston Area visits Wyoming Area in Exeter with a Bridge point for a prize
Dallas 3, Pittston Area 0


11, 11 and 9 in a straight set defeat. Alia Gestl had 9 digs, 2 kills and Irene Maydon 5 service points, 5 digs, 3 assists.
Nanticoke 3, Wyoming Area 0

Exeter.. Katie Kross had 10 service points for WA..
Tunkhannock 3, WA 0

and Audrey Hiedacavage 12 assists.
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Kaitlyn Simyan had eight kills, five service points and two aces for the Patriots who scored

The Warriors nearly pulled out the first set losing 27-25 and stayed closein the second scoring 21 in a straight set loss in

The Warriors played three tough games in a straight set defeat scoring 18, 16, 13 Sam Acacio had seven kills for Wyoming Area, Gabby Bohan had 4 kills; Mallory Bohan, 6 service points

Monday PA at WA Wednesday Lake Lehman at PA WA at Valley West

The Pittston Girls varsity cross country team took first place at the Lackawanna County Commissioners Cross Country Invitational held Saturday morning at McDade Park in Scranton. Catherine Lombardo, a senior, took second place with a time of 19:37 while teammate Tara Johnson, a freshman, placed third. The team celebrated after the awards ceremony.



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7:54; 6. PA, Mayers (Barber) 13:44; 7. PA, Mimnaugh (Barber) 16:00; 8. PA, Tiffany Tubioli 39:56. Second half:1. PA, Tubioli 40:38; 2. PA, Megan Karuzie (Tubioli) 45:01; 3. PA, Karuzie (Antonette Scalpi) 48:07; 4. PA, Scalpi 52:36; 5. PA, Nicole Mayerski (Jenny Meck) 62:15; 6. PA, Meck 75:48; 7. PA, Meck (Shannen Brady) 78:26Shots:MMI 3, PA 36;Saves:MMI 10 (Alexandria Van Hoekelen), PA 3 (Jordan Cumbo, Mikala Borino); Corners: MMI 2, PA 7. The Patriots played yesterday, Saturday at Meyers.
Holy Redeemer 4 Wyoming Area 2

First half: 1. HR Emily Schremm (Lydia Lawson) 1st minute;2. HR Lydia Lawson (Olivia Gregorio) 34th minute; 3. WA Lizz Jones (Myiah Custer) 38th minute; 4. WA Jenn Bone (Sam Acacio) 42nd minute; 5. HR Lydia Lawson (Olivia Gregorio) 43rd minute Second half:1. HR Olivia Gregorio (Lydia Lawson) 48th Minute Shots:HR 10, WA 13;Saves:visitor 11 (Gabby Tomasura), WA 5 (Jordan Chiavacci); Corners:HR 3, WA 5 Monday Crestwood at PA Berwick at WA Wednesday Berwick at PA Coughlin at WA Friday PA at WA

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Lydia Lawson scored twice and added an assist as Holy Redeemer earned a win on the road at Wyoming Area. Lizz Jones and Jenn Bone scored for the Warriors.


Liz Waleski, PA midfielder, takes possesion of the ball during the first half against MMI.


John T. Clark
September 11, 2012 John T. Clark, 76, of Pittston, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2012, in Hospice Community Care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre surrounded by his family. Born in Pittston on April 15, 1936, he was a son of the late John and Elizabeth Long Clark. He was a graduate of Pittston High School and served in the U.S. Army. He had been employed for 33 years with the Container Corporation of America in Philadelphia. Upon retirement, he fulfilled his lifelong dream and opened Clarks’ Lounge on Main Street in Avoca, which he operated for 20 years. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston, and the Duryea VFW. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lou Clark. Surviving is his wife of 50 years, Ann Marie Mulhern Clark; daughter, Kim Clark, Plymouth Meeting; son, John Clark, Pittston; grandchildren, Tyler John Clark and Kathryn Ann Clark; nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff and nurses of Hospice Community Care and Compassionate Care Hospice, especially Lorraine, Mary and Julie for the exceptional care they provided him during his stay there. According to Mr. Clark’s wishes, he donated his body through the Humanity Gifts Registry to the Commonwealth Medical College. A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. Arrangements are entrusted to the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston. Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.


Pittston Area quarterback James Emmett throws a pass against Crestwood Saturday afternoon at Charley Trippi Stadium in Yatesville.

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up 7-0 with 5:58 left in the quarter. Crestwood had another goal-line opportunity near the end of the second quarter but on fourth and goal from the seven Popson’s pass was intercepted by Patriot defensive back Steve Starinsky. PA failed to get anything going on the drive, though, which kept the score at 7-0 at halftime. The Patriots got their first good drive going in the third quarter. QB James Emmett threw a perfect pass to the back left corner of the end zone to a wide open Joe Starinsky. PA missed the extra-point but cut the score to 7-6. On a Crestwood drive in the third quarter, Popson’s pass was intercepted by Sam Falcone and brought back to the 17 yard line. The Patriots could not capitalize on the opportunity though, and they turned the ball over on downs with 3:30 left. Crestwood regained momentum on their next drive. Comets’ running back Frank Aingeldinger found a hole up the middle and ran

Pittston Area's Justin Wilk, right, runs the ball as Crestwood's Kota Kishel (1) and Tyler Robinson (22) close in for the tackle.

Nancy Anna Gross
September 12, 2012 Nancy Anna Gross, 76, of Harding, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born December 26, 1935 in West Wyoming, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Bessie Fitzer Connors. Nancy was preceded in death by her son, Charlie; grandson, Martin Carrasco; son-in-law, Mark Kuhar; brothers and sisters. Surviving are her husband, Donald C. (Ducky), with whom she celebrated 58 years of marriage on August 14; sons, Donald III and his wife, Jill, Harding; daughter, Flo Kuhar, Harding, Bill and his wife, Carolyn, FortyFort, John and his wife, Bonnie, Harveys Lake; daughter, Ruth Atherholt, Dallas; nine granddaughters, a grandson; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the Outlet Bible Tabernacle, Outlet Lehman Road, Lehman Township, with Pastor Carl Howie officiating. Funeral arrangements by Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.

for a 52-yard touchdown giving the Comets a 14-6 lead. PA came to life in the fourth quarter. Patriot defensive lineman RJ Gabello forced a bad pass which was intercepted by Hassan Maxwell and brought back to the Crestwood 33 yard line. But on fourth and goal from the two Justin Wilk was stopped. “We’re playing with a very inexperienced line and a young line,” said Barrett. “We missed a couple of blocking assignments there but I thought we ran hard. We had three downs to punch it in and we

couldn’t.” Crestwood took over on the one and Pittston held and forced a bad that went out of bounds at the 15. On third down quarterback Kyle Gattuso threw off of his back foot to Rich Weinstock who fell in the end zone for an 18 yard touchdown cutting the Comet lead to 14-12. PA had no choice but to go for two and the attempt failed. That sealed it for Crestwood giving them the win. “I’m proud of our guys. They really fought hard. They fought hard right to the end,” said Barrett.

Francis J. Krokos Jr.
August 21, 2012 Francis J. Krokos Jr. passed away unexpectedly on August 21, 2012, at his home in Milwaukee, Wis. Born September 2, 1956, Frank was a son of Francis J. Krokos and Mildred Novinski Krokos of Wilkes-Barre. He was a graduate of Coughlin High School, class of 1974, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard for seven years as navigator aboard the icebreaker, Westwind, throughout the Great Lakes. During his enlistment, he served with distinction, receiving numerous awards and commendations. After his honorable discharge from the Coast Guard, Frank attended the Milwaukee Area Technical College where he received two associate degrees, one in civil engineering and one in business. Most recently, he had been doing much work with the local Milwaukee Veterans Association, particularly the Guitars for Vets program, where he taught guitar lessons to veterans from the Milwaukee area. He also participated in several programs with the Badger for the Blind organization in Wisconsin. Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Kerry; daughters, Brittany, age 27, and her husband, Steven, Staci, age 24, and her husband, Nick, all of Milwaukee. Also surviving are his sister, Lois Ann Kruzlik and her husband, Thomas, Forty Fort; brother, Richard and his wife, Maureen, West Wyoming. Funeral services were held with military honors at the time of his death in Milwaukee. In addition, the Milwaukee VA has scheduled a memorial service on September 24 to honor Frank for the work he did with the Milwaukee veterans. A funeral Mass of remembrance for his Pennsylvania family and friends will be held Friday, September 21 at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict’s Church, 155 Austin Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Online condolences may be made at www.hartsonfuneralhome.com.


Shaileshkumar H. Patel
September 10, 2012 Shaileshkumar H. Patel, 38, of Duryea, passed away Monday, September 10, 2012. Born in Bhiwandi, India, he was a son of Madhuben Patel of Duryea and the late Hareshkumar Patel. He was educated in India. He was currently employed by Letica Corp., Pittston. Surviving are his wife, Zaranaben, daughter, Krishna; son, Om; brother, Dharmeshkumar H. Patel of Lynchburg, Va.; and uncle Suman Patel of Moosic. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Maple Hill Cemetery Chapel, 68 E. Mary’s Road, Hanover Township. Funeral Arrangements are by the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea.

Regina (Wilk) Lavelle
September 12, 2012 Regina (Wilk) Lavelle, 89, of Avoca, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at Riverside Rehab and Nursing Center, Taylor. She was born in Avoca, December 7, 1922, and was a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary (Fedderson) Wilk. Regina was a member of Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca. She was a 1941 graduate of Avoca High School, and was a member of the VFW Avoca Ladies Auxiliary Post 8335. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James “Bucky” Lavelle, who passed away January 5, 2008; daughter Eileen Palmentieri; brothers Stanley and John Wilk; sisters, Catherine and Helen Wilk, Anne Eidell, Veronica Housh and Lorraine Johnson. Regina is survived by her son, James Lavelle, Avoca; daughters Ann M. Lavelle, Scranton, Jeannie Lavelle, Avoca. Also surviving are four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are made by Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.

Glenn A. Cooper
September 5, 2012 Glenn A. Cooper, 45, of Exeter, passed away at his home Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of Edward and Elizabeth Marsland Cooper, Dallas. Glenn was a 1984 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School. He was a roll tender with Kappa Graphics, Pittston. Glenn’s favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing and spending time with his two dogs, Lucy and Molly. Glenn was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Edwardsville. Glenn was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Donald and Elizabeth Cooper; maternal grandparents, Albert and Emily Marsland. Surviving are sister, Karen, and her husband, John Ford, Shavertown; nieces, Nicole and Rebecca Ford; and a nephew, Michael Ford, all of Shavertown. Funeral service were held Monday, Sept.10, 2012, at Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas, with the Rev. James Quinn, pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas.

June L. Eaton
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was preceded in death by her brothers, William, Raymond and James, and her step-father, Vincent Meeat Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with the Rev Edward O’Mara of the Lighthouse Fellowship Church, West Pittston, officiating. Interment was in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, 8th Street, Carverton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lighthouse Fellowship Church, 718 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, PA 18643. Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.

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June L. Eaton, 78, of Pittston Township, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 7, 2012, at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. She was born in Hughestown, on June 5, 1934 and was the daughter of the late William Eaton and Hanna (Morris) Eaton Meehan. June was a member of the Lighthouse Fellowship Church, West Pittston, and attended Pittston schools. She worked for many years in the local garment industry and retired from Lori Fashions, Avoca. In addition to her parents, June

han. She is survived by her dog, Toby; her cousins, Shirley Harmer and Herman Lewis; she is also survived by her borrowed family, Sharon Telban; Ronald, Mary and Hunter Geise; Stephen, Alison and Sean Wagner; and many friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday September 12, 2012,



Frank J. Kaminski
September 13, 2012 Frank J. Kaminski, 82, of Plains Township, passed away Thursday evening, September 13, 2012, surrounded by his family with the support of staff from Erwine Hospice Inc. He was born in Dupont on December 21, 1929, son to the late Michael and Anna Lentowski Kaminski. He was one of six brothers who owned and operated Kaminski Brothers Inc. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War with several commendations. In his past time, Frank would enjoy trout fishing in the Poconos, as well as enjoying his daily coffee at the McDonald’s Kidder Street location. Frank was an avid Philadelphia Eagles Football and Phillies Baseball fan. Frank was also devoted to his job as a drag line operator. He was preceded in death by brothers, John, George, Michael and Ted Kaminski; Walter and Joseph Kozak; and sister Mary Goula. Frank is survived by his wife, the former Helen Lulis, formerly of Plymouth Township. They would have celebrated 54 years of marriage on October 25, 2012. Also surviving are his daughters, Sharon Kaminski, Plains Township; Patricia Mark and her husband, Alex, Pittston Township; two grandsons, Andrew and Lucas, Pittston Township; sisters, Helen David, Irene Kielb; and a brother, Edward Kaminski Sr., all of Pittston Township. The funeral will be held on Monday, Sept.17, 2012, at 9 a.m. from the Mark V Yanaitis Funer. al Home, 55 Stark St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township. Interment will be in Saint Mary’s Nativity Cemetery, Plymouth. Friends may call at the funeral home on today, Sept. 16, 2012, from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Frank’s family asks that memorial donations are made to the SS. Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township, 18705, or the Ronald McDonald House, P.O. Box 300, Danville, PA, 17821.

Mariea Luketich
September 12, 2012 Mariea Luketich, age 83, of Noxen, passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Mrs. Luketich was born May 15,1929 in Wilkes-Barre, daughter of the late Wallace and Marie Williams Traver. Prior to retiring, she was employed at RCA, Mountain Top, for nine years. She was a member of St. Luke’s Reformation Lutheran Church, Noxen. Mariea enjoyed her family and was a loving wife to her late husband of 62 years, Joseph, who died December 31, 2010. She also dearly loved and cared for her children and grandchildren. She liked to sit on her porch and talk to those who passed by. She is survived by her children, Dawn Shook and her husband, Terry, of Noxen; Kathy Saba and her husband, Robert, of Kingston; Gayle Patla and her husband, Charles, of Sweet Valley; Joseph Luketich Jr. of Noxen; Lynnette Stonier of Hunlock Creek; Wallace Luketich of Noxen; sister, Lillian Lukasavage of Wyoming; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a time and date to be announced for both Mariea and her husband, Joseph, from St. Luke’s Reformation Lutheran Church, Noxen, with Pastor Marty Everhart officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to St. Luke’s Reformation Lutheran Church, 196 Main St., Noxen, PA 18636. Online condolences can be made at clswansonfuneralhome.com.

Dr. Richard P. Schell
September 7, 2012 Dr. Richard P. Schell, 74, of Nanticoke, passed away, Friday, September 7, 2012, at WilkesBarre General Hospital. Born on March 17, 1938, in Nanticoke, he was a son of the late Marcel and Marcella (Wisinski) Sokolnicki. He was raised in Glen Lyon, a town that has always remained very close to his heart, and was a graduate of the former Newport Township High School, class of 1956. He later received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from East Stroudsburg State College. Dr. Schell taught biology and chemistry in the Gouverneur, N.Y. School District while attending Syracuse University, where he earned his master’s degree. He later earned a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Temple University School of Dentistry, Philadelphia, in 1970. Dr. Schell practiced dentistry on East Green Street in Nanticoke for 39 years, retiring in 2009. He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Glen Lyon, and had been a member of St. Adalbert’s Church before the consolidation. He was a former member of the American Dental Society; and had served as a member of the first Nanticoke Municipal Authority. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the White Eagle Club, Lee, Newport Township. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Trudy Murphy; daughters, Attorney Kara DeMarco, West Wyoming; Kristin Smith, Nanticoke; grandson, Derek DeMarco, Kingston; brother, Robert Sokolnicki and his wife, Margaret, North Dakota; sister, Christine Poharski and her husband, Martin, Slocum Township; aunts, Gertrude Sokolnicki, Matilda Shelhamer, both of Glen Lyon; mother-in-law, Gertrude Murphy, Glen Lyon; brother-in-law, James Murphy and his wife, Mary Ann, Bear Creek Village. Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, from DavisDinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Spirit Parish/St. Adalbert’s Church, Glen Lyon, and the Rev. Donald Williams as celebrant. Interment was in St. Adalbert’s Cemetery, Glen Lyon. The family would appreciate contributions in Dr. Schell’s memory made to your favorite charity.

John C. Yazurlo
John C. Yazurlo, 78, of Flagler Beach, Florida died peacefully at home after a long illness. Originally, from Old Forge, Pa, he was a graduate of Penn State University and a member of the Penn State Club. He retired as Director Inspector General of the Department of education in 1986. He then accepted a position as Finance Director of Daytona Beach Shores. John was a United States Army Veteran. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Charlene and two daughters, Lory and Leslie. Preceding him in the death were two daughters Lisa and Len. He is survived by five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A nephew, Michael Yazurlo, III, was “the son he never had”. A memorial mass will be held at St Mary’s Church in Old Forge on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 10 a.m. followed by a mercy meal at Arcaro and Genell. .

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Frank J. Palmasani
September 5, 2012 Frank J. Palmasani, 87, formerly of South Scranton, a resident of Wesley Village, passed into eternal rest and peace on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. His wife of 63 years was the late Laura Modeste Palmasani. He was born in Scranton on June 19, 1925, son of the late Michael and Angela Salalmida Palmasani. He was educated in Scranton public schools. He joined the U.S. Marines at age 16, and proudly served his country in World War II. He was a decorated war veteran. He was employed as the business manager of Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 100 of Scranton for many years. He later worked as a plaster instructor at Keystone Job Corps. Until he retired, he was the coordinator for Plasterers and Cement Masons Job Corps Training Program. Frank served as Treasurer of the Lackawanna Human Development Agency for over 30 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather. Frank loved to garden, spend time with his grandchildren and watch his favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees. Also surviving, daughter-inlaw, Millie Palmasani, Pittston; son Gary and wife Rosanna, Pittston; son Frank Palmasani, Scranton; four grandchildren, Dr. Ariane Conaboy and husband Atty. Kevin Conaboy, Moosic; Joshua Ceres and wife Christine, Clarks Summit; Gary and Christian Palmasani, Pittston; two greatgrandchildren, Claire and Kevin Conaboy Jr., Moosic. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael J. Palmasani. A blessing service was held Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, by Msgr. Philip A. Gray. The family will receive friends from 4 to 4:30 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, preferred memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Gary Palmasani, 400 Westport Circle, Pittston, PA 18640, in lieu of flowers or prepared foods. To send the family an online condolence or for further information, please visit www.DunmoreFuneralHome.com


William B. Bulford
September 8, 2012 William B. Bulford, 80, a resident of West Wyoming Borough, died Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Commonwealth Hospice Care, St. Luke’s Villa, Wilkes-Barre, following an illness. Mr. Bulford was born in Tunkhannock, son of the late Thomas Bulford and Dorothy Brown Bulford Ridley. He attended West Pittston High School and had been employed in the mining industry for some time. He was a veteran of Army service during the Korean War and served as a Private First Class at FortMcClellan,Alabama,earning the National Defense Service Medal. He had worked for American Chain and Cable Co., West Pittston, and had been a distributor for Ma’s Old Fashioned Root Beer Co., Wilkes-Barre, until its closing. He also owned and operated a butcher shop in Kunkle and later, a grocery store in Wilkes-Barre Township. Bill had an intense entrepreneurial spirit and in addition to his other endeavors, he also operated a flea market on Wyoming Avenue, Exeter, prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and of the Eagles, both of Wyoming and of Wyoming Hose Co., #2. He enjoyed country and western music and dancing and was a member of the Country and Western Association, which held several jamborees at the Genetti Hotel, Wilkes-Barre. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Rosemary McDonnell Bulford, and by his second wife, Dolores Koscelansky Bulford; sons, William Bulford and George Zarychta; daughters, Norina Gaydos Olerta; Cindy Capristo and Georgianne Terry; grandsons, Michael and Karl D. Terry and son-in-law, Karl O. Terry; brothers, Thomas, Lionel and Ronald Bulford, and sister, Annamae Lawerence. Surviving are children, Nancy Masher, Dorothy Leake, Jeanie Terrell, Francis Bulford, Raymond Masher and Michael Zarychta brothers, Ernest Bulford; David Bulford, John Ridley and David Ridley; sisters, Barbara Stanczyk; Carolyn Ridley, Ellen Van Luvender and Mary Ann Faust;. 22 grandchildrenand22great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and his companion, Linda Hobbs, and her son, James McGrath. Funeral was held Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home, Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 211 Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston,withtheRev.JamesP.Stevenson, retired Episcopal Priest, officiating. Interment was in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations be made to S.P.C.A. of Luzerne County, Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Bernardine T. Novack
September 13, 2012 Bernardine T. Novack, 65, of Avoca passed away, Thursday, September 13, 2012, at the Commonwealth Hospice, Scranton. She was born in Moosic, February 23, 1947, and was a daughter of the late Andrew and Lottie (Babkowski) Cosmark. Bernardine was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. She attended Northeast High School, Duryea, and was a graduate of Taylor-Moosic High School. Bernardine was a 1971 graduate of Marywood University. She worked as an elementary teacher for 30 years and was employed by the Moosic Elementary School and the Riverside School District. For many years, Bernardine served as a Catechism teacher for SS. Peter and Paul Church, Avoca and was a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. Bernardine loved to bake and enjoyed shopping. Most of all, she loved to be with her loving family. She will be deeply missed. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Gabriel “Buddy” Novack; her son, Jody and his wife, Jennifer, Delaware; and her daughter, Raubin, at home. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Julia, Jillian and Jaison. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 17, at 9:30 a.m. from Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont, with the Rev. Joseph Verespy officiating. Friends may call this evening, September 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be held at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Moosic. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.

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Reardons celebrate 25 years
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Reardon, of Wilkes-Barre will celebrate their 25th anniversary on Sept. 26. They were married by the Reverend Daniel Olszewski in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont on Sept. 26, 1987. Denise Dulny served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Dr. Julianne O’Boyle and Jane Schilling. Kevin Chiumento served as best man. Groomsmen were Jack Reardon and Joe Pupa. Mrs. Reardon, the former Cheryl Dulny, is the daughter of Dorothy Dulny and the late Joseph J. Dulny, of Dupont. Mr. Reardon is the son of the late Jane Reardon and the late John A. Reardon, of Pittston. A celebration with family and friends will mark the occasion.

Cassidi Grace Quinn baptized
Cassidi Grace Quinn, daughter of J.J. and Marie Quinn, of Avoca, was baptized on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont by Father Verespy. She is the granddaughter of Mike and Ann Marie Kusmierz, of Wyalusing and the late John and Dolores Quinn, of Friendsville. Her godparents are Shannon Joyce, of Avoca and Patrick Joyce, of Avoca. Cassidi has a sister Ali, 18, brothers, Austin, 17; and Jack, 2 months old. She also celebrated her third birthday on Sept. 2. A party with family and friends was held in her honor.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Colella Sr.

Golden anniversary noted
Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Colella Sr., of West Pittston, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 22. They were married on Sept. 22, 1962 in Immaculate Conception Church; West Pittston by the late Rev. Julio Serra O.S.J. Mr. Colella is the son of the late Sam and Connie Forlenza Colella. He is retired from the UFCW union where he served as a union representative for 37 years. Mrs. Colella is the daughter of the late Leo and Rose Cordora Fasciana and is the owner of Fashion Ceramics in Pittston. The couple has been blessed with two children, Christine Turoni R.N. and Dr. Frank Colella. They have five grandchildren, Nikki, Adam and Amanda Turoni; Danielle Colella and Myles Dellarte. T he Colellas celebrated with a trip to Tuscany, Italy in the spring with all of their children and grandchildren. A Mass of celebration will be held in their honor at Corpus Christi Church (Immaculate Conception) on Sept. 23.

Four generations gather
Four generations of the Antonello family gathered recently. Standing is Harry Jr., of Duryea, with his mother Stella, of Pittston, seated on the right. His daughter Danielle Antonello Smolly, of Throop, on left, is holding little Stella, and son Johnny is in the front.

The Antonello family

Guy and Jacqueline Fasciana

Fascianas married 40 years
Guy and Jacqueline Fasciana, of West Pittston, are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today, Sept. 16. They were married at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Exeter by the late Enrico Giovetto, O.S.J. on Sept.16, 1972. Their attendants were Anita Simko, RN, cousin of Mrs. Fasciana; and Victor Guliano, friend of Mr. Fasciana. Flower girl was Christine Turoni, RN and ring bearer Frank Colella, DC, niece and nephew of Mr. Fasciana. Mrs. Fasciana is the daughter of the late Florence and Frank DiMaria and is retired from Blue Cross. Mr. Fasciana is the son of the late Leo and Rose Fasciana and is a member of the popular local musical group, Somethin’ Else. The couple has two children, Jill McCoy, MD and her husband, Brian, Duryea; and Matthew Fasciana, West Pittston. They have been blessed with three grandchildren, Aiden, Evan and Kira McCoy. The Fascianas are celebrating with a family dinner and vacation getaway.

The Guariglia family

Guariglias celebrate 20 years
Harry and Deborah Antonello
Tony and Jane Guariglia, of Pittston, will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary on Sept.19. Jane is the daughter of David and Arlene Clifford, of Avoca. Tony is the son of the late Dr. Angelo A. Guariglia, MD. and Janet C. Guariglia, of New Jersey. They were married Sept. 19, 1992 at Saint Mary’s Church in Avoca. The couple has been blessed with four children, Anthony, Jr.19, Pittston Area class of 2011 valedictorian and currently a dean’s list sophomore at The University of Scranton majoring in Biology; Angelo,18, Pittston Area graduate class of 2012 and currently a freshman at The University of Scranton majoring in Biology; Alyvia, 14, a freshman at Pittston Area High School; and James, 9, a fourth-grade student at Pittston Area Intermediate Center.

Antonellos celebrating 35 years
Harry and Deborah Antonello, of Duryea, will celebrate their 35th anniversary on September 17. They have been blessed with two children, Anthony and Danielle, and three grandchildren Isabella, John Jay and Stella. They will celebrate the occasion with at trip to the Florida Keys.













Wyoming Area teachers, students plan Greece trip
Wyoming Area High School
Wyoming Area history teacher Barbara Bullions and Spanish teacher Christine Marianacci are planning an EF Educational tour of Greece for summer 2013. After three days in Athens, they will board a cruise ship with stops in Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete, Santorini, and Patmos. The ship will also stop in Kusadasi, Turkey. Returning to the mainland, the students will next travel to Epidaurus, Mycenae, Argolida, Pilos, and Olympia. This will be Mrs. Bullions’ seventh trip through EF Tours. She has previously accompanied students to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, France and Spain. An informational meeting will Sarah J. Dymond be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 in room 180 of the high Elementary School Teachers In-service school. Schools are closed for stuParents should be aware that there will be a price increase for dents on Monday, Sept. 17 due to anyone registering after Sept. 30. a teachers in-service. Classes will resume on TuesFor further information, call day, Sept. 18. 655-2836 x 2180. meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, es in school rules and policies. Sept. 19 followed by the “Get When the teacher session is concluded, parents are invited into Acquainted Night” at 7 p.m. the cafeteria for refreshments Get Acquainted Night compliments of the PTO. Sarah J. Dymond School will Picture Day hold its annual Get Acquainted Students at Sarah J. Dymond Night at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Elementary will have their indiSept. 19. Teachers will give a 15-minute vidual and class pictures taken PTO meeting overview of curriculum, class- on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The PTO will hold its first room procedures and any chang-


WACtoberfest fundraiser scheduled for Oct. 12 at brewery
In conjunction with the Parent Volunteer Association, the Wyoming Area Catholic School community announces its firstever WACtoberfest fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 at Susquehanna Brewing Company on Main Street in Jenkins Township. Cost is $30 and only adults are invited. The ticket includes beer tasting, adult beverages, soft drinks, hors d’oeuvres, raffle chances and music by Frankie Warren. Raffle items include a $250 WAC tuition credit, Martz bus trip to Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants Stadium on Dec. 30 (includes ticket and transportation), tickets to Eagles game, tickets to Penguins hockey game and a Mt. Airy overnight package. Parents have received a note with all the information and a reservation form. Adults in the community who wish to attend may call the school at 654-7982 to order tickets.
Dates to remember Intramural sports program


Sept. 19 – 7 p.m., Family Mass. As a school community, we will celebrate the beginning of the new school year. Refreshments will be served after the liturgy. Sept. 26 – 11 a.m. dismissal for teacher in-service.

Our Intramural sports Program will run until Nov. 2. The programs offered will be flag football (boys and girls) and volleyball (co-ed). Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to participate. The Parents Release Form and Physician’s Certificate sent in August mailing (also available on Edline) must be in the school office prior to beginning any sport. The schedule is as follows: Boys flag football – 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday Girls flag football – 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Friday

Volleyball – 3 to 4 p.m. Monday Students will bring their change of clothes to school the day of the sport to change after dismissal. Parents are asked to pick their children up from these activities promptly at 4 p.m. Mr. Jerry Renfer will be the coach for all of the above sports. For more information, call the school at 654-7982.
Book Fair

Sept. 15 and 16 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Cecilia’s Church Hall Sept. 17-19 – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., shopping hours for students, scheduled by class. Sept. 19 – Book Fair will be opened after Family Mass Mrs. Theresa Sabetta, librarian, is the coordinator of the Book Fair.
After school care program

p.m. and will run until 5:45 p.m. on regular school days and from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on early dismissal days.
Gertrude Hawk candy sale

The Gertrude Hawk Christmas Candy Sale began on Sept. 4. Brochures and order forms will be sent home with students. Orders are due on Oct. 12.
Labels and box tops

The book fair is scheduled for Sept. 14- 19. The theme is “All Star Readers.” The schedule is as follows: Sept. 14 – Student preview day

The After Care Program will provide supervision in an atmosphere of cooperation and responsibility. Time will be provided for snack, play, rest and homework. For snack time, each child must bring his/her own snack. After care starts at 2:45

Campbell’s soup labels and Box Tops for Education Programs will continue at Wyoming Area Catholic for the 2012-13 school year. Labels and box tops can be sent into the office.

St. David’s Male Chorus performs for Falls seniors
Anyone age 60 or over is invited to the following activities: • Mondays at 11 a.m., low impact toning exercise program • Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m., walking group • The center offers the following daily activities: Wii, Scrabble, UNO, shuffleboard and other games. Free unlimited coffee. Anyone wishing to enjoy a hot meal at noon for a suggested donation of $2 should RSVP to Twila at 388-2623 by 12:30 p.m. the day before. The center is located on State Route 92 and is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.


Falls Senior Center

The Cosmopolitan Seniors, a Project HEAD Club, will meet again at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at St. Anthony Center in Exe- Pittston Senior ter. Host/hostesses are Lou Bry- Center ja, Virginia Craig, Sam Ferrara, The Pittston Senior Center is Rose Gunsior, and Eva Naples. offering crochet classes with Forty five members attend the Katherine beginning at 10 a.m. previous meeting. After the call on Monday, Sept. 17 and continto order by President Malinow-

Cosmopolitan Seniors

ski, VP Kleback led the group in prayer, pledge of allegiance and a patriotic song. Secretary Terri Mislan read the minutes of the last meeting. Treasurer Amy Alpaugh announced the bank balance. After the meeting, the group enjoyed refreshments and Bingo was played. Tony Matreselva won the special game prize, and Edith Jones won the Bingo jackpot. Fifty/fifty winners were Marcella Fountain. Rosemary Golenski, Toni Hall and Kay Haddock. Travel coordinator Johanna is accepting reservations for a trip to Mount Airy Casino on Wednesday, Oct. 10 with pickups in Exeter and Pittston. Nonmembers are welcome Details can be obtained from Johanna at The members and friends of the Falls Senior Center sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne/Wyoming counties recently 655-2720.

enjoyed a vocal concert by the St. David’s Male Chorus. From left, first row, are Les Smith, Tim Norton, Bill Keller, Daniel Morgan, Gene Schultheis, Bob Vandenberg, Bob Davis and Fran Justin, director. Second row, from left, Chuck Weber,Jim Justin, George Zumbach, Warren Grill, Bill Lindberg and Gene Hopkin, accompanist.

uing until noon every Monday. Reservations are open for the following trips sponsored by the center: Viva Italia! on Tuesday, Oct. 9; Penn’s Peak on Wednes-

day, Oct. 24. Trips include roundtrip motor coach transportation, dinner and show. To make reservations and for further information, call Connie or Hazel

at 655-5561. The Pittston Senior Center is seeking new members. The Pittston Senior Center is inviting those 60 years of age or older to

be come a member. A complimentary dinner voucher will be given to each new member when joining as well as a free gift.

Library to present program on Civil War field hospitals
Officers of the Laflin Library Association are planning a cultural event from 7 p. m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at St. Maria Goretti banquet hall in Laflin. Smadar Shtuhl, Commonwealth Speaker, will present a lecture depicting the life in field hospitals as seen through the eyes of Anna Morris Holstein, a nurse and matron during the Civil War. Shtuhl uses Holstein’s viewpoint to demonstrate how gender and racial assumptions were compromised to answer the demands of a major conflict. This cultural event is brought to the public through the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Laflin Library Association. The event is free of charge and refreshments will be served.


Wine, cheese a hit at library
If you missed the Wine and Cheese event at the West Pittston Library this past Sunday, never fear. There will be another one again. But you did miss a great event. It was a fundraiser, but most importantly it was a community get together. The place was fully staffed and well attended. Library staff personnel, library board Members and Friends members were there to meet and greet everyone. There were plenty of smiles to go around, indicating the event was a huge success. It was a community get together as well as an opportunity to show off the library and let the ladies of the Friends work their magic. Great snacks, including chocolate-covered strawberries, cookies and a wonderful assortment of cheeses brought the whole thing to life. The fall decorations, courtesy of Diane Melvin, were spectacular. One special feature was that so many people were able to walk from their homes to the library and the weatherman cooperated. President Sara Kelly, the food staff of Edythe Kepics and Jazz Mikita as well as


Planning a cultural event at the Laflin Library are, from left, first row, Ann Marie Durako, treasurer; and Mary Ann Pinkos, book procurement. Second row, Nancy Coassolo, librarian; and Dr. Leona Castor, president.

Barbara Insalaco, left, and Sara Kelly greet guests as they arrive at a wine and cheese event held at the West Pittston Library.

all Friends officers and members, library ted in any way towards this hugely sucboard members and Library Director Ann cessful project. Barr and her staff thank all who participa-













Leia Jopling
Leia Morgan Jopling, daughter of Thomas and Carly Jopling, celebrated her fifth birthday on Sept.12. She is the granddaughter of Ray and Joyce Jopling and Jude and Susan Kellett and the late John McNulty. Her great- grandmother is Agnes Lacomis. Leia has two older brothers, Brandon and Sidan.

Paul Dominick
Paul Alfred Dominick, son of Joseph and Maria (Gubitose) Dominick, of Tampa, FL, celebrated his second birthday on September 15. He is the grandson of Freddy and Patty Gubitose, of Pittston; Paul and Helen Dominick, of Dunellen, NJ; and Robert & Marlene Kosenak, of Swoyersville. His godparents are Kendra Scaz and Robert Glenn. Paulie loves playing with Legos, trucks, coloring and playing with his big sister, Giuliana, 4. A Spiderman birthday party was held in his honor and he also celebrated with a trip to Walt Disneyworld Resort.

Mia Nardone
Mia Gloria Nardone, daughter of Kathy Kostiak and Joe Nardone, of Old Forge, is celebrating her eighth birthday today, Sept. 16. Her grandparents are Gloria and Paul Kostiak, of Avoca and Joe and Jean Nardone, of Old Forge. Mia has two sisters, Maria Cary and Elizabeth Nardone; and a brother, Joseph Nardone. Shewill celebrate her birthday with family and friends at Rich’s Golf Course, Wyoming.

Brianna Pizzano
Brianna Taylor Pizzano, daughter of Steve and Tiffany Pizzano, of Exeter, celebrated her 11th birthday on Saturday, Sept.15. She is the granddaughter of Tom and Carol Matinas, of Swoyersville, and Carmen and Irene Pizzano, of Exeter. She is the great-granddaughter of Ann Novroski, of Kingston; the late Henry Novroski, the late Leo and Margaret Matinas and Mary Pizzano, of Exeter; the late Carmen Pizzano and Jean Yurek, of Wyoming; and the late John Yurek. Brianna enjoys playing softball, tennis, basketball and soccer.

Cousins celebrate birthdays
Erin Thornton, left, will celebrate her sixth birthday on Sept. 29, her cousin Emma Cassady, center, will celebrate her third birthday on Sept. 26, and Emily Thornton, right, celebrated her fourth birthday on Sept.12. Erin and Emily are the daughters of Bill and Susan Brogan Thornton, of Irvine, CA. They have a sister, Allie, 1 ½ years old. Emma is the daughter of Skip and Stacy Brogan Cassady, of Stroudsburg. Their cousin, Kyle Bryan, of Ft. Benning, GA will be 18 years old on Sept. 26. Grandparents are Jim and Helen Brogan, of Avoca; Bill Thornton and Kathy Elchko, of West Pittston; and Lee and Mary Cassady, of Savannah, GA. A summer party was held in their honor at the home of their Aunt Mary Ann.

‘I Am Beautiful’ charity game set
High School
Game reminds everyone they are “beautiful” Pittston Area’s Third Annual “I Am Beautiful” Charity Field Hockey Game will be held on Sunday, September 23. The event was started in 2010 by Pittston Area graduates Mallory Yozwiak and Gabby Vaxmonsky in order to raise awareness about eating disorders. In 2010, Yozwiak’s younger sister and field hockey player, Meredith Yozwiak, was diagnosed with an eating disorder. To show their support for Meredith and her ongoing struggles with her condition, her teammates, Nicole Chaiko and Alexa Danko, are joining her in the running of this year’s event. Julia Shandra, a senior field hockey player, said about the event, “It’s beautiful. The support and the outcome hasn’t failed to help those people out there who’re still struggling. It’s sad to think we can only spread this through a couple of schools, but I’m extremely proud of myself and my teammates for coming together for such a cause.” Since 2010, the charity game has raised several thousand dollars for eating disorder awareness. Every penny of the proceeds not only goes to the National Eating Disorder Association, but the Hershey Medical Eating Disorder Center as well. On September 23, for a fee of $3, fans can show their support at the Bucky Harris Sports Complex at the Pittston Area Primary Center on Rock Street in Hughestown. The game will start at 2 p.m. as a nonconference exhibition game between Pittston and Wyoming Areas. Along with the game, there will also be an “All for Fun” field hockey game between the Pittston Area senior and junior boys. Besides the games, there will also be a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction. Donations to the cause are being accepted. Please send a check to the Pittston Area National Honor Society. Be sure to write in the “memo” space “I Am Beautiful,” because as everyone should be told often, you are beautiful. By Alex Serafin


Middle School

Annual Middle School Fundraiser Our annual middle school fundraiser will begin this Monday.Students not only will have the opportunity to sell Gertrude Hawks chocolate as we have in previous years, but also items from “Kidz First”. Although there is no obligation to sell, all students are encouraged to participate.All proceeds will benefit our middle school. Prudential Spirit of the Community The search is on to find our Top Youth Volunteer at the Martin L. Mattei Middle School. If you are selected, you could receive $1000.00, an impressive silver medallion, and a trip to Washington D.C. next May.If you feel you have made a positive difference through a volunteer activity during the past year, please see Mr. Bilbow for details on how to apply for the Prudential Spirit of the Community Awards. September Act 80 Day

Friday, September 21stis an Act 80 Day.Middle school students will be dismissed at 1:00pm. Middle School Math Club The Middle School Math Club will have its first meeting on Monday, September 24th, after school from 3 –3:45 p.m. in room 243 with Dr. Keska.Any interested 6th, 7th, or 8thgrade student is invited to join. Please bring your permission slip to Dr. Keska before the first meeting. Students attending the meeting must provide their own transportation home. Rides should be at the front of the school no later than 3:45. Students who participate in the Math Club will be preparing for the MATHCOUNTS competition. MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide coaching and competition program organized at four levels: school, chapter, state, and national. The mission of MATHCOUNTS is to increase interest and involvement in mathematics among middle school students. Based on their performance on the MATHCOUNTS school

competition, students will be selected to represent our middle school at the Keystone Northeast Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition in February. Cheerleading Pasta Dinner The PA Cheerleaders will be hosting a pasta dinner on Sunday September 30 from 12-3:00. The cost is $8 per adult or $5 per child (under 10 years old), and includes a salad, dinner, bread, and dessert. The event will be held at the Germania Hose Company in Duryea.Take outs are available!To purchase tickets please see Ms. Morgan in room 236 or any PA Cheerleader! Sports and Activities Girls’ Basketball Intramurals The girls’ basketball team will be conducting their intramural program for girls in grades 3 through 8.Any girl interested in participating should bring their completed registration form to the High School Gymnasium on Monday, September 17thbetween the hours of 7pm and 9pm.For more information please contact Coach Kathy

Healey atcoachhealey20@aol.comor call 5109044.

Kindergarten Center

Act 80 Day Friday, September 21 has been designated Act 80 day by the school district. Students will have early dismissal as follows: Car /Walkers – 1:20 p.m.; Van/ Pink Bus – 1:25 p.m.; Red/Blue/ Green/Yello Bus – 1:30 p.m. Fall Fundraiser For the annual PTO Fall Fundraiser students will be selling items from Gifts ‘N Things. Students are asked to sell at least one item. This helps fund activities throughout the year. The top three sellers from the school will receive a Toys R Us Gift Card. Two winners from each school will win an MP3 player. The sale end on Monday, September 24. PTO Meeting The first PTO meeting of the school year will b held Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria.

LCCC dental grads recognized
Luzerne County Community College recently awarded associate degrees to graduates of the college’s dental hygiene program. Members of the graduating class attended the annual dental recognition ceremony at the college’s Educational Conference Center. The graduates were presented with a dental hygiene pin by the LCCC Alumni Association. From left, first row, are Jill Keating, Hunlock Creek; Carol McGowan, Mountain Top; Christine Mill, Lakeville; Chelsea Glaser, Nuangola; Alana Fleming, Pittston Township; Jessica Jones, Scranton; Diane Duca, Hanover Township; and Ashley Kmetz, Nesquehoning. Second row, Alexa Campbell, White Haven; Kari Rinehimer, Mountain Top; Steph Sellers, Orangeville; Nicole Mastrini, Forty Fort; Alicia McMonigle, Mocanaqua; Maigyn Francioni, Berwick; Mary Tomedi, Mount Carmel; Heather Stich, Hanover Township; Ericka Law, Kingston; Cherie Hendry, WilkesBarre; and Erin McNamara, Greentown.

Students complete EKG program
Students in the EKG technician training program at Luzerne County Community College recently completed their training. Students successfully completing the program will receive a certificate of achievement. Recent graduates of the program are, from left, first row, Erin Letteer, Benton; Megan Elias, Pittston; Scott Tomkins, RN/RT, Bear Creek, instructor, LCCC; and Anne Richards, Sugar Notch. Second row, Shannon Slavick, Wilkes-Barre; Adam Bilder, Harveys Lake; and Tanya Krause, Harveys Lake.











PA cheerleaders conduct camp
The Pittston Area cheerleaders, under the direction of Tara Sinclair, varsity coach Kim Morgan and Assistant Evelyn Moyer, held their annual cheer camp during the month of July.
Members of the Pittston Area varsity cheerleading squad varsity squad who attended cheer camp are, from left, first row, Julie Kalinas, Tabitha Filipski, Maria Capitano, Katrina Lutecki, Trina Davila, Samantha Hoban, Morgan Shea and Kayla Vogue. Second row, Hunter Antal, Alex Cawley, Maria Lussi, Marissa Facciponti, Allie Anastasi, Kaitlynn Wolfram, Marina Maida. Third row, Nicole Psaila, Leann Para, Alyssa Adkins, Bridget Starinsky, Alesha Reynolds, Carly Walker, Katie Wynn, Jennifer Matioli and Shelby Rinaldi.


Seniors on the Pittston Area cheerleading squad are, from left, first row, Maria Capitano, Allie Anastasi, Kaitlynn Wolfram and Trina Davila. Second row, Alex Cawley and Alyssa Adkins. Third row, Katrina Lutecki, Shelby Rinaldi and Samantha Hoban.

Juniors who attended the Pittston Area Cheer Camp are Bridget Starinsky, front. From left, second row, Leann Para, Maria Lussi, Kyla Balchune, Carly Walker and Jennifer Matioli. Third row, Kayla Vogue, Alesha Reynolds and Julie Kalinas.

Sophomores who attended the Pittston Area Cheer Camp are, from left, first row, Tabitha Filipski and Marissa Facciponti. Second row, Morgan Shea, Katie Wynn and Nicole Psaila. Third row, Hunter Antal and Marina Maida.

Golf tournament today to raise funds
Holy Rosary School on Stephenson Street in Duryea announces the following: Labor Day put our students in the mood to work! In each classroom, students from the youngest to the oldest “hit the books.” Their hard work will “add up” to a great year, however, they certainly hope to have “sum” time for fun, too.
Return to School Mass


Thank you to everyone who made our “Return to School” Mass so beautiful. It was a joy, as always, to have Father Joseph Elston, chaplain of Holy Redeemer High School, as our celebrant, and we are grateful to our regional pastors and priests - Monsignor John Bendik, Father Thomas Maloney, Father Paul McDonnell, Father Richard Cirba and our “hometown” administrator, Father Andrew Sinnott, who were able to celebrate the Mass with us. Deacon Jim Cortegerone once again offered his prayerful presence to our school family and the eighth-grade class of 2013 and Mrs. Debbie Brady were reverent leaders of worship. One of our greatest blessings is the music of our HRS choir, under the direction of Mr. David Tighe, Mrs. Lisa Casey, Mrs. Lauren Gedrich and Mrs. Candice Lee. It is truly inspirational! We were grateful for this opportunity to remember our beloved pastor, Father Rokosz, and were honored to have Father’s family here with us once again. The school year is off to a blessed start under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Holy Rosary eighth-grade student Justin Coyne deciphers math problems.

Good luck, golfers!

Good luck to all our golfers as they “tee off ” at noon today at Edgewood in the Pines Golf Course in Drums. All monies raised will benefit our school, so thanks for helping us “tee off ” in style! We can’t wait to see who will be the winners of the special shots and holes and great raffles, including the grand prize, an iPad. Special thanks to Debbie Davis, chairperson, for everything she did to make it a great day. See you on the course!
Holiday Marketplace

ty of vendors will be with us and, of course, there will be delicious food available to purchase. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children and children under 6 years of age are admitted free. Any questions or interested vendors may contact Debbie Davis at 451-1762.
Gift certificate news
Holy Rosary fourth-grader Lola Terrana solves math problems on a SmartBoard.

The 2012 PTO Holiday Marketplace will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 in the school auditorium. Please save the date and join us as we get a “head start” on our holiday shopping. A wide varie-

Gift certificate sales are held from 8 to 10 a.m. every Thursday in the Holy Rosary Church Hall. School families may send in orders on Wednesday to be filled on Thursday.
Tab collection


Labels and Box Tops

The Holy Rosary Student Council will collect ring tabs for the Ronald McDonald House throughout the school year. Please send them to school with your children.

In addition to cartridge recycling we also have cell phone recycling. Select cell phones can be dropped off in the same location and recycled for credit. For more information or for a list of qualifying cartridges, visit www.fundingfactory.com or contact Mrs. Skutack at 4572553.

Campbell’s Soup labels and Box Tops for Education are being collected at Holy Rosary School. These programs enable us to provide educational resources that may be unaffordable through our regular budget. They offer exciting merchandise like computers, software, sports equipment, reference materials, science and art items, even musical instruments. Please continue

your support of these programs by sending in your labels to the school office or by placing them in the church vestibule. If you have any questions, please contact the school’s office. Also, please check labels for expiration dates. They can be sent in immediately and processed before they expire; there is no need to wait until you accumulate a quantity.












Knights update Respect Life sign
Bethel United Methodist


532Main St. Avoca (570) 457-2566 Pastor Sharon Dietz (570) 282-0104 Sunday – Worship Service 11:15 a.m. Communion first Sunday of each month – non perishable food items will be collected this day. Mondays – Bible study – 6 p.m. alternating each week with Brick UM Church, Duryea. 1st Thursday of each month – food give-away 4 to 6 p.m. for needy of Avoca and Duryea. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations are accepted at this time.
Brick United Methodist

Sunday, September 16: 9:30 a.m., Sunday School Kick-Off Breakfast at Wyoming Area Catholic School 11:00 a.m., Worship at St. Cecilia’s.

First United Methodist

Wyoming Ave., West Pittston Sept. 16 – 10 a.m. Worship, Sunday School Sept. 17 – 7 p.m. Boy Scouts Sept. 18 – Women’s Club, 7 p.m. Choir Sept. 19 – 10 a.m. Mommy & me, 6:30 p.m. TOPS, 7 p.m. SPRC Committee Sept. 20 – 7 p.m. Worship committee, 7 p.m. Weight watcher, Breadmaking
Full Gospel Chapel

935 Foote Ave., Duryea (570)457-4424 Pastor Sharon Dietz (570) 282-0104 Sunday Worship Service 9:45 a.m. Sunday School – 10:15 a.m. during morning Worship Services for ages 3-12 Communion first Sunday of each month – non perishable food items will be collected. Mondays – Bible study – 6 p.m. alternating each week with Bethel UM Church, Avoca. Miracle of Awareness – coffee time – 6 p.m. meeting 7 p.m. Thursday – New beginnings meeting 7 p.m. Third Thursday of each month – United Methodist Women – 6:30 p.m.
Christian and Missionary Alliance Church

317 Luzerne Avenue West Pittston The church is hosting a Soup Kitchen Monday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for individuals and families in the community in need. People interested in volunteering are asked to call sponsors the Davis family of Dallas at 760-4830. A couples night will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. Preregistration is required. A Sunday evening teaching series will begin Sept. 9 through Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. A Spiritual formation weekend with Rev. David Janssen will be held Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22. Friday session at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday session started 9:30 A.m. All session are without charge. Registration starts 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.
Alliance Church

Luzerne Ave. and Parke Street West Pittston The clothes closet will open on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. People with emergency needs can call the church office at 6542500 for special appointments. The closet accepts gently used clothing and shares it with the community without cost.
First Baptist Church

Rev. James H. Breese, pastor, Water Street, Pittston Sunday 9:30 a.m. Worship and Praise Service/Children’s Sunday School, Adult/Teen Sunday School immediately following service. Wednesday 7:15 p.m. Bible Study
First Congregational UCC

500 Luzerne Avenue West Pittston Rev. Joan Mitchell, Pastor Sanctuary is handicapped accessible. Sunday at 11 a.m. Morning Worship Service Tuesday, 7 p.m. Diaconate Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Church Council Meeting
First Presbyterian Church

14 Broad Street Pittston Sunday Worship 9:15 a.m. with Rev. William N. Lukesh.
First United Presbyterian Church

West Pittston Rev. James Thyren 654-8121 Services are being held at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church on 1700 Wyoming Ave, Exeter, as the parish recovers from the flood of Sept. 2011.

Avoca Adult Sunday School, 9:30; Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service at 7:00. The church also hosts the Rose of Sharon Church with Rev. Vincente Torres on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for the Hispan- St Joseph Marello ic community. William St., Pittston There will be one Mass only Glendale Gospel Church during the week: Monday to Fri105 Church Drive day at 11:30 a.m. Glendale/Pittston Township Saturday Evening: 4 and 7 Sunday Service 10:45 a.m. p.m. Sunday: 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. Harding Church Beginning on Sunday, Sept. of Christ 23, we will change the Sunday RR 1 Box 187A, Falls Mass time from 11 a.m. to 11:15 Sunday services: 10:00 a.m. a.m. Sunday School and 11:00 a.m. Novenas: Church Service. Every Tuesday after 11:30 a.m. Call 388-6534 Masses novena to the Miraculous Medal and Mother Cabrini. Holy Mother of Sorrows PNCC Every Wednesday after 11:30 212 Wyoming Avenue, Dupont a.m. Masses novena to Saint JoRev. Zbigniew Dawid, Pastor seph & St. Joseph Marello Sunday Mass, 8:00 a.m.; TraEvery Tuesday at 7 p.m. there ditional Mass, 10:30 a.m. is a Holy Hour. Daily Mass, 9 a.m. Monday The Rosary is recited 20 minthrough Saturday utes before all week day Masses and weekend Masses. Independent Bible Church The opening Mass for the Re328 Main Street, Duryea, PA ligious Education Program will 18642. be held on Sunday, Sept. 16 at (570) 451-0346 Home/Office. 9:30 a.m. All children and parJLaCava@TheBibleChurch.org ents are asked to attend. Classes for kindergarten to 4th Inkerman Presbyterian grade will begin on Wednesday, Main St., Inkerman Services: Sundays, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Classes for 5th and 6th graders will begin on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Langcliffe Presbyterian 8:45 a.m. Children will attend 1001 Main St Avoca the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Sunday worship 11:15 a.m. Any child who has some diffiThe Langcliffe Church is culties to follow this schedule, handicapped accessible. Nursery is provided for chil- please call Terri Audi at 6543326 or Father Joe at the Rectory dren during worship. at 654-6902. Children who have received Moosic Alliance Church the Sacrament of Confirmation 608 Rocky Glen Road, Moosic Pastor: Doug Jensen 457- will have a special program beginning on Sunday, Oct. 14. 6020 High school students will have maccma2@verizon.net a special program beginning Sunday morning Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m. with the Advent Season. In Loving Memory: A marvelSunday morning Worship at ous way to pay tribute to a mem10:45 a.m. Prayer meeting, Wednesdays ber of your family, living or deceased, is to make a donation to at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Ministry, St. Joseph Marello Parish. Contact the rectory-654-6902. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in renting the Parish Banquet Hall or MeetNativity Of Our Lord ing Room should call Christine Stephenson St., Duryea Silinskie, Hall Manager at 704Mass Schedule 8861 for details and/or a tour of Saturday 4:00 p.m. Holy Rosary Church the facility. A Nite at the Races sponsored 5:30 p.m. Sacred Heart of Jeby the men of the parish will be sus Church held on Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Sunday 8:00 a.m. Holy Rosary Church parish hall. 9:30 a.m. Holy Rosary Church Corpus Christi Parish 11:00 a.m. Sacred Heart Luzerne Ave., West Pittston Oblates of St. Joseph Parish Cookbook Planning Meeting Highway 315, Pittston This small group of volunteers Masses are held daily in the seminary chapel at 7 a.m. (Mon- are in the early planning stages day – Friday) and on Saturday of creating a parish cookbook. mornings at 8 a.m.. There are no The next meeting will be held on Monday, September 17 at 7:00 weekend Masses. Confessions are heard daily p.m. in ICC rectory. “Designer” Bingo from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 to November 4 in ICC Hall. En6 p.m. Office hours are Monday to joy bingo with a twist, bingo to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., eve- win brand name prizes such as nings and weekends by appoint- Coach, Vera Bradley, Silpada, ment. Office phone number is Anthropology and more. All are invited to join us for our first 654-7542. Every Wednesday evening planning meeting on n WednesMass is celebrated at 7 p.m. in day, September 19 at 7:00 p.m.in conjunction with the Novena to ICC rectory. Family Movie Night St. Joseph & St. Joseph Marello. “The Three Stooges” Novena prayers and the blessing Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 of the first-class relic of St. Jo-

seph Marello, Founder of the Oblates of Saint Joseph Congregation, immediately follow the Mass. . Father Paul McDonnell, OSJ wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and concern since his surgery this past Wednesday at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is back home at the seminary and recuperating well. He is hoping to be back on the job by the end of this month. Special thanks to all who sent cards, notes and gifts as they wish him a complete and speedy recovery. Catholic Radio Board Meeting is planned for this Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the seminary community room. Plans are being made for their first annual banquet, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11, at St. Anthony’s Parish Center, Exeter. Guest speaker will be Fred Berretta, survivor of the USAir Flight 1549 of January 15, 2009 that landed miraculously on the Hudson River in NYC.

p.m.in Immaculate Conception Church Hall or weather permitting the flick will be shown outdoors! No admission, free popcorn, soft drinks and ice cream for all. Youth Group All students in 7th grade and older are encouraged and welcome to join. To sign up now visit our website www.corpuschristinepa.com. The group meets the first Sunday of each month from October to May at 6:00 p.m. in ICC hall. First meeting on Sunday, October 7. Youth Choir All children are welcome to join the Youth Choir. Directors, Mary Supey and Mary Ellen Gianuzzi will be starting practice in October. The Youth Choir will be singing at Family Masses on various Sundays at ICC and Holy Redeemer. Our first Family Mass this year featuring our youth choir will be on Sunday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. For more info call Mary Supey @ 654-8402.
Our Lady of the Eucharist

Advent season. The Bible Study will focus on the Gospel of Matthew. The annual Holy Name Ziti Dinner will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, in the church hall. Take-outs are from 3 to 5 p.m. and eat-in from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost for dinner tickets is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Dinner Tickets will also be available next weekend in the lobby after all Masses. If you’d like to help out making meatballs, please gather on Friday Morning, Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. in the church hall. Confirmation Students, grades 5 and up could come and help out the day of the dinner, Sept. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. Sign up in the lobby or call 654-3713.
St. Barbara Parish

535 N Main Street, Pittston www.eucharist-pittston.org Mass Schedule Saturday Vigil: 4:00 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Daily Mass: 8:00 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and by appointment Religious Education Confirmation classes will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning on Sunday, Sept. 16. Scripture Study Scripture Study begins this Tuesday September 18. There will be two programs, one on Tuesday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and one on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Both programs will be held in the parish hall. Catholic Youth Group There will be an organizational meeting for the Pittston Catholic Youth Group next Sunday, September 23 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the ReligiousEducationCenter at Our Lady of the Eucharist. All the young people of the parish community are invited to attend.
Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lackawanna Ave., Dupont The weekly mass schedule: Monday through Friday at 7a.m., Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Senior Citizens Outreach Committee will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.in the lower level of the rectory. Choir rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, September 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the choir loft. The first CCD class will take place on Monday, Sept. 24. All students are to meet in the church at 6 p.m. Dismissal will be held at 7:15 p.m. in the courtyard between the school and the rectory. The meeting for parents of Confirmation students has been postponed until October 15. If you have not registered for CCD, call the recoty at 654-3713 by Friday, Sept. 21. There is no registrations scheduled for the first night of class. The CCD Teachers are: Grade 1 Barbara Melnick Grade 2 Elaine Starinski Grade 3 Brittany Driscoll Grade 4 Debbie Wruble Grade 5 Kathy Krawczyk and Cathy Wruble Grade 6 Jimmy Renfer Grade 7 Liz Kaminski and Gerri Coolbaugh The CCD program is always looking for adult volunteers. If you are interested in assisting the program as a classroom aide, substitute teacher or helping with making phone calls or special projects, contact Elaine Starinski, 654-6952. Adult Bible Study will continue on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in the lower level meeting room of the rectory. The class meets every other Wednesday now thru the

28 Memorial Avenue, Exeter Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Evenings, by appointment. Phone: 654-2103 Our Lady of Guadalupe The Knights of Columbus have embarked on a pilgrimage with Our Lady of Guadalupe, bearing her image from parish to parish, to spread her message and love. Her image will be displayed in St. Anthony’s Church this weekend from Sept. 15 - 18. Monthly Anniversary Mass September Wedding Anniversary Mass will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:00 p.m. All couples celebrating their wedding anniversary in the month of September are invited to come and receive a special blessing. Monthly Movies The parish will begin having monthly movies held in the Parish Center beginning at 7:30 p.m., there is no charge for these movies and feel free to bring your own popcorn and drink. SaSaturday, Sept. 29: For Greater Glory. Saturday, Nov. 3: October Baby. Religious Education News Religious education classes for grades 1 through 8 will begin on Sunday, Sept. 23. Classes will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and finish at 10:15 a.m. Meetings for parents and teachers will be scheduled soon. Students must be registered to attend classes. Anyone not currently registered must do so immediately by dropping off the registration form and payment of $16 at the parish office. Anyone who is interested is welcome to assist. Contact Jim Rose at the parish office.
St. John the Evangelist Parish Community

ston@verizon.com Pastor John Castellani Organist, Marcia Colleran Reader, Tom Korney Acolyte, Katie Colleran Greeter, Doris Mersincavage Ushers, John Peterson & Joe Mersincavage Planning committee starts on Tuesday September 18 at 7 p.m. Council Meeting meets Oct 1 at 6:30 p.m. Aluminum Cans preferably crushed are still being collected for our Church Jim Fox and Bob Schumaker are spearheading this project Please leave them a message. Remaining acolyte Schedule for September: 23 Sarah Ciesla, 30 Emily Goyne LWML are saving postage stamps for missions. Please leave a 1/4 inch around the stamp. For every pound of stamps one bible is printed and shipped into the Mission Field. Leave a message Sharleen Palamia. Also you can catch us on facebook....www.facebook.com/ StJohnsLutheranChurchPittstonPa
St. John’s P.M. Church

316 Main St., Avoca Pastor Rich Rock 570-457-8281 Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Holy Communion the first Sunday of every month Bible Study every Wednesday 6:00-7:30 p.m.
St. Maria Goretti

35 William Street Phone: 654-0053 Pittston. Sept. 16 - Knitting Ministry 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 - Holy Name Society meeting– 11 a.m. Seton Auditorium. Topics of discussion Chicken Barbeque on October 7 and Halloween Party on October 28 and Nite at the Races. All members are invited to attend Sept. 17 – Liturgy Commission 7 p.m. Sept. 18 - Bereavement Support Group 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Parish Pastoral Council 7 p.m. Sept 22 – Parish Finance 8:30 a.m. The Greater Pittston Food Pantry is sponsored by the Care and Concern Committee of St. John the Evangelist Parish. Anyone in need of food is asked to call 654-9923. Distribution of food is by appointment only. The Free Health Clinic is open at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the former Seton Catholic High School, first come first serve. Greater Pittston Kids Closet celebrating its third anniversary provides new and gently used clothing. Hours are Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. The Closet always accepts donations of new and gently used clothing.
St John’s Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston 570-655-2505, stjohnspitt-

Laflin Road, Laflin, PA. 18702 Pastor: Monsignor Neil Van Loon 42redwood@comcast.net www.stmariagoretti-laflin.org Elementary school children attend Religious Education Classes on Sunday morning 9:30-10:45 a.m. The registration forms and full schedule for the year are in the foyer of the church this weekend. The first C.C.D. class will be on Sept. 9. Parents’ meeting for all Confirmation will be on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Center. Children in grades 6th, 7th or 8th grades, who have not received Confirmation, are required to join this class. Any adult or high school student interested in volunteering in the C.C.D. program can call the Parish Office at 655-8956. Harvest tea This fun-filled evening is a fundraiser to raise money for the Msgr. Gray Merit Award which is presented each year to a worthy senior from our parish; October 10, 7 p.m. until $10. Beginning on Friday, Sept. 14 and ending on Sunday, Sept.16, there will be a special event called “Up and Over” for all students in grades 7th and 8th at the Fatima Renewal Center. The weekend includes a number of fun activities and events, including an outdoor obstacle course. In addition, there will be a Mass, a movie, opportunities for free time and all-you-can-eat, buffet-style meals. Bring friends and get to know new friends. For more information, please check the Fatima website: www.fatimarenewalcenter.org. September Calendar 16 - Meeting of Parents of Confirmation Students - 9:30 a.m. in Parish Center 17 - Spiritual Life Committee Meeting - 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Office Scripture study Father Maloney will lead a Scripture Study beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 18.There will be two programs – one on Tuesday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. and one on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Both programs will be held in the parish hall at Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, North Main Street, Pittston. The title of this study will be Revelation. There will be 7 sessions.
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In order to be able to purchase the necessary materials, call the Parish Office at Our Lady of the Eucharist (654-0263)or e-mail: olepittston@gmail.com to register.
St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church

200 Stephenson St. Duryea Rev. Fr. Carmen G. Bolock, Pastor Phone: 457-2291 Email: padre@saintmaryspncc.org Website: saintmaryspncc.org Holy Mass: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Weekdays: 8 a.m. Holy Days: 8 a.m. & 7 p.m.
St. Monica’s Church

Pittston Knights of Columbus refurbished the Respect Life on the property of St. John the Evangelist Parish Community.

363 West 8th Street, West Wyoming, PA 18644 Office Hours - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri. Phone: 570-693-1991 Email: olos363@verizon.net www.stmonicanepa.com. Father Leo McKernan, Pastor Mr. William Jenkins, Deacon Mass Schedule Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. OLOS Sunday: 8:30 a.m. STJ; 11 a.m. OLOS Daily Mass at OLOS – Tues, Wed., Fri. – 7 a.m. (Except 1st Friday – 7 p.m.); Mon. – 6:30 p.m. and Thurs. – 7 p.m. Miraculous Medal Novena – after Monday Evening Mass Bible Study – Has resumed on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. (after the 7:00 p.m. Mass.) We will be exploring the Living Word of God in Genesis & The Torah. The evening ends with Sung Compline (Night Prayer of the Church) at 8:45 p.m. Bring your Bible if you have one. A limited number is available. R.C.I.A – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults & Growing in the Faith through Christian Formation- the Parish of St. Monica’s invites you to look into the Catholic Faith. People of all Faith backgrounds are welcome. The program has started on St. Peter’s Evangelical Wednesday nights at OLOS Rec- Lutheran Church

tory (Back Porch.) For more information call the Parish Office at 693-1991. Religious Education Teachers: On Sunday, Sept. 16 at the 11:00 a.m. Mass, there be awards and Blessing for Catechists. Youth Council: will meet on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m. 36th Annual Rosary Rally: Wyoming Valley Knights of Columbus Plan Rosary Rally – Sunday, Sept. 23. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish at Holy Trinity Church, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville will host this years’ Rosary Rally. The theme is “Praying for Our Country.” The Rosary procession will begin at 2:15 p.m. from the American Legion grounds at 259 Shoemaker St., Swoyersville and process to Holy Trinity Church where Marian Devotions will begin at 3:00 p.m. Mass will follow with John M. Dougherty Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus serving as principal celebrant and homilist. October Events at St. Monica Parish – Mark Your Calendars Dinner and a Movie Night: Saturday, October 6 after the Vigil Mass (4:00 p.m.) at St. Monica’s Parish at O.L.O.S. site at 363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming, at 5:30 p.m. with the movie “October Baby”. All are welcome and if you likebring a covered dish to share.

100 Rock Street, Hughestown Stpeters_elc@yahoo.com 654-1009 Worship Service Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible, all are welcome As of Sept. 9 Sunday School at 9 a.m., Worship Service at 10 a.m. Confirmation classes will be starting, if you are in 7th or 8th Grade please call Pam Hanczyc @ 313-2829 to register.
Queen of the Apostles Parish

715 Hawthorne St. (570) 457-3412 stmarysavoca@verizon.net www.stmaryavoca.4lpi.com Queen of the Apostles Parish’s choir practices take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. New members are welcome. The Rosary and the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is prayed for the intentions written in the adoration and lobby books along with the special intentions of those present at 7:30 p.m. followed by Benediction. If you can help, call Ann Jake at 457-3521 or the parish office at 457-3412. Please note for this week only, Adoration will end at 6 p.m. so the faithful can attend the 9/11 Memorial Mass. Refreshments will be served. The back to school and Catechetical Sunday Mass will take place at 11 a.m. on Sept. 16 at St. Mary’s Church. The students and teachers will receive a spe-

cial blessing from Father Sladicka at this time. The youth group will sponsor a “Make Your Own Smoothie Party” in St. Mary’s School auditorium following the Mass. There will be a Catholic Charismatic Renewal Mass at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the church. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. The worship committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 in the rectory. The social concerns committee will meet at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 in the rectory. The buildings and grounds committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 in the rectory. Parishioners are currently selling the harvest edition of their “Pot of Gold Match the Daily Number” raffle tickets. For just $10 per ticket, you will have a chance to win $75 daily and $100 on Fridays throughout October. There will also be $250 prizes on Oct. 1 and 10 and $1,000 on Halloween. The winning number is based on the evening daily number of the Pennsylvania Lottery. To purchase a ticket, call the rectory at 457-3412, and it will be mailed to you. Daily Masses: 8 a.m. (Wednesday at 7 p.m.) Eucharistic Adoration: Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Miraculous Medal Novena: Wednesday following the 7 p.m. Mass Weekends Masses: Saturday at 4 p.m.; Sunday at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Confession: Saturdays 3-3:45 p.m.; anytime upon request by calling 457-3412. Prayer Chain: 457-5867

ery Avenue, West Pittston Parish Mission: “To live and build holy community.” All welcome: Worldwide Anglican Communion “We believe in one holy, Catholic apostolic church.” Web of information and links at www.trinityepiscopalchurchwestpittston.org and www.diobeth.org. Sunday Holy Eucharist: 11 a.m. every Sunday. Food Pantry: September items needed are pastas and sauces. Gerrity’s gift cards, cash donations and other non-perishable foods also accepted. Prayernetwork. Open To Public. Daily prayer for those with needs requesting prayerful support. Start Prayernetwork at parish office 654-3261. Youth Program: 10:45 a.m. every Sunday. Weekday special events and service projects as announced. Faith Forum for Adults: Enrichment for adults seeking spiritual renewal and opportunities for ministry and volunteerism. Parish Life Events Team: Bimonthly first Sundays. Parish Council: Every second Sunday. Women of Trinity: Every third Sunday. WOT Ministry Invitation. The Women of Trinity have undertaken a ministry to help support Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Scranton in their outreach to the homeless of the region. Each month after enjoying a home cooked meal at Good Shepherd all who have needs may “shop” for necessities like clothing, shoes, and toiletries in a store-like setting in the church’s refurbished basement of donated items. The Woman of Trinity has supported this ministry by delivSecond Presbyterian ering donations of clothing, new 143 Parsonage St., Pittston undergarments and socks and 654-1411 toiletries to the Scranton church. Sunday, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m., WOT will continue to collect Sunday School trial size and hotel toiletries and 11:00 AM - Worship invites the parish community to join with them in helping the less fortunate. Trinity Episcopal Church Donations of trial size and Spring Street and Montgomsample size toiletries are wel-

come. Party and Banquet Space. Newly renovated banquet room and kitchen. All Day Rental $100. Reservations at 654-3261. Music Together Classes: Fun and music for infants and children through age five accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Visit www.musictogether.com for information on Music Together. Next semester starts Sept. 25. For registration information call 654-3261.
United Methodist Church

Corner of Broad & Church Sts. Pittston Rev. Susan Hardman-Zimmerman Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion: 1st Sunday each month Choir Rehearsal: Thursday’s at 7 p.m. unless told otherwise United Methodist Women: 2nd Monday. Hoagie Sale will be on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Choices are ham, salami and cheese or turkey and cheese with or without onion. Price of hoagies are $4. Orders must be in by Sunday, Sept. 16. To place an order or for additional information call 654-3936 or 693-1572. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, there will be an Ad. Council meeting at 7 p.m. All church members are welcome. Family Style Roast Chicken Dinner will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4.50 for children under 10. Dinner includes 1/2 roast chicken, family style, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, pepper hash, cranberry sauce, dessert and beverage. For tickets call 603-1915 or 332-9156 leave a message if no answer. Advanced tickets are recommended as only be a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. There will also be a bake sale.

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