First Posted: 1/20/2014
to mark mine disaster
In collaboration with King’s College, the city of Wilkes-Barre will conduct a formal dedication of a Pennsylvania Historic Marker commemorating the lives lost in the Baltimore Mine Tunnel Disaster of 1919 at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The marker has been placed near the intersection of Pine and Spring Streets near the site of the actual disaster.
Commissioner Bill Lewis of the Pennsylvania Historic Museum Commission will attend the ceremony. State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, King’s College Vice President Frederick Petit, professors Thomas Mackaman and Daniel Clasby, King’s students, city officials and descendants of the victims will participate as well.
King’s College History Department professors and students will discuss their service learning project that won the historical marker at a program at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Fitzgerald Room at the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, located behind Esseff Hall on North Main Street, between Union and Jackson streets. It is open to the public.
They will discuss the disaster, which killed 92 coal miners in a black powder explosion, and their research efforts. Relatives of men killed in the mine also will attend. The incident is described as the second worst mine disaster in U.S. history.
MU students prep
Gearing up for the start of spring, four Misericordia University students are seeking business sponsors for the Wilkes-Barre BikeShare program.
BikeShare was started three years ago by the Wilkes-Barre Rotary Club and its first fleet is nearing retirement.
Misericordia students Maria Rogo, Ryan Carey, Robert Donahue and Angel Guzman are campaigning for sponsors to replace the bikes that are loaned out from the BikeShare depot along East Market Street in the Genetti Hotel & Conference Center. The students are running the campaign for a class assignment to help a non-profit organization.
BikeShare runs during the spring, summer and fall months. Those who wish to ride may take bikes for free in exchange for their identification papers and agree to return the bike the same day.
BikeShare leaders hope to sign with 10 sponsors before spring. Those who wish to donate should contact Gus Genetti at 570-823-6152.
Tax reform group
to meet Wednesday
CAPTAXES, Luzerne County, will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Larksville Fire Hall, 490 E. State St., to discuss updates regarding passage of House Bill 76 and Senate Bill 76, which call for the elimination of school property taxes in Pennsylvania. The public is invited to attend.
Head Start opens
Luzerne County Head Start Inc. is accepting applications for its annual alumni scholarship award. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.
Applicants are granted awards based on students’ academic performance, leadership, motivation and extracurricular activities.
Eligible applicants are former Head Start students who will be graduating from high school this year and planning to go to college. The scholarship is made up of donations from area businesses, organizations and individuals.
All area high school guidance counselors have information and application packets. Applications also are available on Head Start’s website, www.lchs.hsweb.org. Scholarships will be presented at Head Start’s 49th anniversary celebration in May.
To date, Head Start has granted 188 scholarships totaling more than $153,000 to program alumni living in Luzerne and Wyoming counties.