Stephen A. Urban
again says he’s fishing
Luzerne County Councilman Steven A. Urban sent his wife, Linda, another email Sunday morning containing three words, “I am fishing.”
A call to the councilman, whom Linda reported missing Thursday night, went straight to a full voicemail box.
Linda Urban received a stiff email message Friday as well containing two short sentences. “Took a plane. Went fishing,” the email said. She said the distant language does not sound like her husband.
Urban’s son, Stephen J. Urban, said his father has taken unannounced fishing trips before, including an impromptu salmon-fishing excursion to Alaska, and expects his father needed a break.
Linda Urban last saw her husband Aug. 16 when he left for work. They parted on good terms, but he complained of feeling tired, she said.
Police warn of
Around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, two black males wearing white T-Shirts went to three separate addresses on Short Street and Bunny Lane telling residents they were from UGI utility company and asking to enter the homes, according to police.
They asked residents for billing statements and if they had plans to be home on certain dates.
Borough police warn residents that utility workers should be asked to show identification before letting them inside. They also ask residents to report similar activity to police by calling 911 with descriptions of the people and vehicles they drive.
meetings this week
Wilkes-Barre City Crime Watch Coalition has these meetings scheduled this week:
7 p.m. today, in St. Mary’s Social Hall, 522 Madison St.; 2 p.m. Tuesday in Lincoln Plaza/Boulevard Town Homes, 51 Lincoln Plaza; 7 p.m. Thursday in Puritan Church, 67 S. Sherman St.
For more information call 570-208-8900 or visit www.wbcrimewatch.org.
New church not
seeking perfect people
The church known for its members who hand out water bottles on hot days and put coins in city parking meters for strangers is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at their official 47 N. Franklin St. location.
Co-Pastor Dan Nichols of the church said he has one rule for those who attend the new Restored Church: “No perfect people allowed.”
“There aren’t any perfect people in existence,” said Nichols, 24. “Most church sub-cultures have the expectation that everyone has it all together, but no one does. Jesus was perfect for us. So we trust him, not ourselves.”
Restored Church rents the old First United Methodist Church from the community arts center, Downtown Arts. Members have been holding preview services there since July.
During the inaugural service, church leaders will explain their mission in the community and cut the ceremonial ribbon with representatives from Wilkes-Barre Business Association. Church leaders also are to give an appreciation gift to Gina Malsky, Downtown Arts owner.
Services for children are also available. For more information, call 570-266-7675 or see the group’s website at www.restoredchurch.org.
coming to the arena
The Dallas, Texas, group acrobat troupe Cirque Musica will perform once at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Tickets are on sale now and start at $25 each. Tickets may be purchased at the arena box office or by calling 800-745-3000.
The group combines classical music with technical acrobatics and is to feature performers including David Larible, the Wallenda Highwire Duo, the España Family and other renowned performers.
Acrobats will perform to music played by musicians from Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Live, doing pieces by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Gustav Holst.
Visit www.cirquemusica.com for more information.