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Bills aim to cut

license costs for vets

State Senate bills 1102 and 1190, co-authored by Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Chairwoman Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township, would lower the costs of fishing and hunting licenses for disabled veterans to next to nothing.

“Expanding this bill to include any veteran who is rated as disabled will eliminate confusion, simplify the process and expand the benefit to many more veterans,” Baker said.

State law now allows for free hunting and fishing licenses only for veterans who are either certified as 100 percent disabled or who have lost the use of one of their arms or legs. Under the bills, any Pennsylvania veteran eligible for disability compensation as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs would qualify for the $1 licenses. Pennsylvania currently offers $1 hunting and fishing licenses to certain active duty military personnel as well.

The bills will be sent to the House for consideration.


Montessori honors

vets with essays

The Wyoming Valley Montessori Upper Elementary students are holding a “Why We Honor Veterans” essay contest Nov. 7 at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.

Contributors of any age are encouraged to submit their essays by the Nov. 1 deadline and write about reasons to honor military veterans.

Submissions should contain no more than 100 words. Selections are to be read by local sports, news and radio figures, as well as Montessori students at the event where all essays are to be on display. All essays are to be compiled in a book for the veterans.


Free shredding event

scheduled for Nov. 2

State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, announced he will host a free shredding event to help his constituents destroy unwanted documents that contain personal information such as Social Security, credit card and bank account numbers in an effort to help prevent identity theft.

The event will be held noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Wright Township Municipal Building, 321 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top.

Mullery said common types of unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information.

This event is only for residential documents. Business documents will not be accepted


Council walks for

White Cane Month

The public is invited to join members of the Luzerne County Council of the Blind to celebrate White Cane Month with a walk around Public Square.

The council will gather at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in front of The F.M. Kirby Center.

In addition, council members will be honoring Blindness Awareness Month, which also takes place in October.


LCCC to host

Candidate Forum

A Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Wilkes-Barre Area League of Women Voters, will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30, at Luzerne County Community College in the Education Conference Center on Community Drive off of Prospect Street.

All county council candidates and controller candidates have been invited.

Each candidate will be given an opportunity to introduce him or herself and will be asked to discuss what each feels is the most important issue they will have to deal with if elected, and what qualifications they have to address that issue.

After the question period, the candidates will disperse to individual tables, where they can talk individually to those in attendance.

Contact Chris McLaughlin by email at chris@gbgfirm.com, or call 570-417-1979 for more information.

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