Scranton native tapped
for post in AG’s Office
State Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has named Scranton native Joseph C. Peters to the post of senior executive deputy attorney general in charge of communications.
Peters, 56, was a police officer in Scranton, after which he worked his way through law school. He then worked for the Office of Attorney General for 16 years. He headed up its Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and later served as the executive deputy attorney general of what was then known as the Drug and Organized Crime Division.
Peters was later a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney General as an organized crime and racketeering prosecutor, and went on to work in the White House for four years under two presidents—Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—fighting terrorism and drugs.
As communications director, Peters will be responsible for all aspects of the office’s communications efforts. That will include the press office and the OAG’s education and outreach unit, which informs, educates and protects Pennsylvanians before they can be victimized.
Outage affects 5,600
About 5,600 UGI Electric customers were temporarily without power for about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon following an equipment failure, a company spokesman said.
The outage, which affected Edwardsville, Kingston and Trucksville, was caused by a faulty insulator on a transmission line, UGI spokesman Joe Swope said.
UGI officials were notified of the outage at 12:23 p.m., and all customers were back online by 12:53, Swope said.
Jay Paterno to speak
at area PSU event
The Penn State Club of Wyoming Valley is to host Jay Paterno as its guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday at Newberry Estates in Dallas.
There will be a silent auction to raise funds for the Struthers Career & Family Service Center being built at the Wilkes-Barre campus and scheduled to open in October. Items to be auctioned include a five- to seven-night condo stay in Florida, a painting of the Hayfield House at dusk by Sue Hand 0f Dallas, tickets to a Penn State vs. Michigan State football game (with a yellow parking pass) and a football signed by Matt McGloin, former Penn State quarterback who has signed with the Oakland Raiders.
Tickets are available by contacting Flo Dougherty at 570-287-1226 or Mary Fran Buczynski at 570-371-3934 or 570-357-1723 . A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
set at campground
Moyer’s Grove Campground is to hold its second annual Christmas in July Craft and Vendor show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
The event is to include more than 40 area craft and food vendors and benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps children who suffer from life-threatening diseases.
Moyer’s Grove Campground has raised more than $204,000 for the foundation. For more information, contact the campground at 570-788-7757 or visit its website at www.moyersgrovecg.com.
BlueCross hosts 25th
Duck Derby fundraiser
To support the American Cancer Society, BlueCross of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host the 25th annual Duck Derby fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Coal Street Park. Ducks are to be pulled at 1:15 p.m.
Those who wish to race may buy one rubber duck for $5 or six ducks for $25. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.