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April 19. 2013 7:00PM
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Hospital volunteers earn their heartfelt gratitude


As we prepare to observe National Volunteer Week April 21-27, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers at First Hospital, Special Care Hospital and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for all they do to serve our patients and assist our staff.


It’s unfortunate but true: In today’s hectic world, we don’t always say “thank you” enough. But as vital local health resources, it’s important for us to acknowledge that our community mission would be much harder to achieve without the assistance of our many volunteers.


Volunteering is a choice — a noble choice — that these exceptional men and women have made on behalf of our organizations. And so at this time of year, we’re proud to recognize our volunteers’ role in improving our patients’ care experience.


At our hospitals, volunteers add their own personal touch to help provide comfort to patients and family members. Our volunteers also tell us their experience is personally satisfying, challenging and fun when they use their skills, talents and free time to benefit others.


So as we observe National Volunteer Week this year, we thank our volunteers for their service, empathy and compassion — and for their selfless dedication to our patients and our mission.


Thank you.


Cornelio Catena

Chief Executive Officer

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital

Mark Schor

Chief Executive Officer

First Hospital

Robert Williams

Chief Executive Officer

Special Care Hospital

Airing complaints and an intention to run for council


I recently requested all Luzerne County Council correspondence since they took office. Several emails that I have seen indicate decisions are being made between public meetings.


Council members could be violating the Sunshine Act when they send emails to each other.


The majority of county council members who continuously protect and defend the hired manager’s lack of communication is an insult to all citizens. The February 2012 Luzerne County budget raised taxes. The “gang of six” who wrote a public letter to defend their tax increase did it without the knowledge of the whole council. The $1,000 bonus giveaway to part-time county employees without evaluation of their work did not make any sense. These are not responsible actions.


The home rule charter is ignored by most of council. There are no consequences when the charter is violated. It is time to make motions for the citizens. Conflicts of interest must be addressed. Nonprofit organizations with Luzerne County contracts should provide easy links to 990 filings on the county website for all to view.


The motion to have Luzerne County employees share the burden of health care costs can show a step for serious and responsible government. The County Manager must work within the budget given and be held accountable. On Tuesday, April 2, we learned there was overspending of over more than $1 million dollars. Where are the penalties in place when the manager does not stay within the budget given? How can he justify creating new positions? How do we hold the county manager accountable? What departments overspent tax dollars?


Do I need a Right To Know request? We are suppose to have accurate reports showing revenue and expenditures every two months. Each department should comply in a timely manner for the County Manager’s reports. Does the Manager lack true leadership to do the job? Mr. Lawton and his management team decided to cut the black fly suppression program. This was a very poor decision and shows a lack of concern for the public. The amount of gnats in Luzerne County will increase about 10 times this summer if this program is cut. The county has about two weeks left to reconsider the decision.


I’m running for Luzerne County Council. I’ve shown my commitment to our county residents by frequently attending Luzerne County council meetings for the past two years. I will not vote to raise taxes. I will insist that our government employees share the costs of their healthcare. I will demand the county manager lives within the budget. I promise to work to improve transparency in county government by ensuring that all members of council follow the Sunshine law with deliberations at public meetings.


This is the most appropriate way to move our county forward.


Kathy Dobash

Candidate for Luzerne County Council

Dispute over shoreline continues to evolve


Rice Township supervisor, George Venesky, appears to be still playing his silly, immature, vindictive games, again.


I received a letter from George and he has in his letter very conveniently failed to mention all the facts. But what else is new? George appears to have deliberately failed to mention in his letter that I was fishing along the Big Wapwallopen Creek, which is stocked by the PA Fish and Boat Commission, in May 2012. He also failed to mention that he was the one who observed me on his property on at least one occasion, that being in May 2012. I was fishing along the Big Wapwallopen Creek at the time. George’s letter also fails to state that he did not mention anything to me at that time that I was trespassing on his property.


As you will note, George took approximately 10 months to notify me that I was trespassing on his property. I wonder why he took so long to write his letter.


I enjoyed reading George Venesky’s vindictive letter. The letter appears to reflect his true character.


Carl Smith

Rice Township

Candidate won’t clutter Mt. Top campaign trail


The May 21 primary election is on the horizon but the season for campaign signs scattered throughout  Luzerne County is here.


I am running as a Democratic candidate in Mountain Top  for Wright Township Supervisor, and  I am making a pledge to township residents and voters.  My pledge is this: I will not put up any campaign signs in the township to clutter the landscape.


I will be imparting my message by speaking with people and talking about my reason for running and answering any questions they may have.


 If they wish, voters can contact me to schedule a meeting. My telephone number is 474-5807.


I am also planning to release my 7 point platform on which I will be running my campaign for supervisor.


So no campaign signs for me.  That is my pledge to the township.


That is my new deal.


Michael Stair

                               Democratic Candidate for Wright Twp. Supervisor

Wife thanks Samaritan for aiding ailing husband


I want to express my thankfulness to the gentleman who stopped his car when he saw my husband lying on the sidewalk near our home. The gentleman assisted him into our home, but I did not get his name.


My husband is now recovering from a serious head injury.


Stella Szymanski

Wilkes Barre




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