Last updated: January 23. 2014 11:39PM - 2003 Views
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Commonwealth Health is seeking adult volunteers for positions such as that of Hospital Greeter Cara Answini, of Wilkes-Barre, right, shown assisting a visitor to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Commonwealth Health is seeking adult volunteers for positions such as that of Hospital Greeter Cara Answini, of Wilkes-Barre, right, shown assisting a visitor to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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Commonwealth Health

seeking volunteers

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s Volunteer Department is looking for friendly, courteous people to serve the community by donating their time and efforts at the hospital.

The department is seeking adult men and women, seniors and church and school service groups to work flexible hours as hospital greeters and adult volunteer aides. Other volunteer functions include assisting visitors in the surgical waiting room, answering phones, making deliveries, and taking the Volunteer Hospitality Cart to patient rooms.

The experience provides an opportunity to learn new skills, develop new interests and make new friends. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Daria Kochanievich at 570-552-1199.


Police Academy

sets graduation

The Lackawanna College Police Academy will honor its 213th graduating class at a 6 p.m. ceremony today at the Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St.

Full-time cadets attending the Scranton campus will be honored.

Cadets expected to graduate are: George Brazdzionis, III, Scranton; Stephon D. Burgette, Dunmore: Craig M. Cebrick, Larksville; Jiovanni V. DonVito, Scranton; Trevor Joseph Dzanis, Olyphant; Matthew M. Evans, Shavertown; Brice M. Finnerty, Dunmore; Riccardo A. Godino, Nicholson; Jaclyn D. Gregor, Pocono Summit; Robert William Haines, Moscow; Briana N. Hollenbeck, Springville; Robert A. Hunisch, Clarks Summit; Kristian W. Kalch, Stroudsburg.


Yudichak bill would

alter PSU board

State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, has introduced Senate Bill 1240, the Penn State University Board of Trustees Reorganization Act, which would reduce the board from 30 voting members to 23 and prohibit the governor, lieutenant governor and all state row officers from serving on the board.

A Penn State alumnus, Yudichak said students and alumni deserve “a fully-engaged, efficient and responsive board of trustees” and that can be accomplished only by reducing its size and “closer aligning the composition to boards at similar institutions.”

The board would be composed of eight elected alumni, five governor appointees, five elected members from the agriculture industry, and five members from business and industry appointed by a trustee committee comprised of the chairperson and one member from each category. The state secretaries of education and agriculture would serve as non-voting members.


Charges of animal

cruelty waived to court

Karen Reilly, 50, of Edwardsville, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday on charges she neglected 18 dogs and was responsible for the deaths of seven canines at her house trailer on Echo Valley Drive in Kingston Township in September.

Reilly waived 16 counts of cruelty to animals and four counts each of failure to obtain dog license and failure to have dogs vaccinated to Luzerne County Court. Kingston Township police and the SPCA of Luzerne County withdrew 15 counts each of the cruelty, dog license and vaccination charges.

Township police on Sept. 27 discovered 11 dogs without food and water, including the carcasses of seven canines, inside the house trailer from which Reilly had been evicted about a month before the dogs were found.

The trailer was demolished on Oct. 25.

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