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Might you adopt?

Center offers help

The Children’s Service Center will host an adoption matching event from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in the multi-purpose room of the center’s Milford E. Barnes School, 335 S. Franklin St.

Biographies of the children seeking adoption will be available, and representatives from many adoption organizations will be present to answer questions.

“Many times, parents looking to adopt overlook the fact that there are many children and adolescents in the Wyoming Valley desperately in need of loving and caring families,” said Mike Hopkins, president and chief executive officer of the center. “With this event, we hope to make this need apparent and enhance the emotional well-being of children, adolescents and families.”

For more information about the free event or to register, call Valerie May at 570-825-6425, ext. 399.


Gereda selected

for ethics award

The Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University will recognize Rodrigo “Rod’’ Gereda, chief facilitator of the Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice, with the 2013 Sister Siena Finley, RSM Ethics Award at the 22nd annual Ethics Institute Dinner on Oct. 24 at the university.

“Mr. Gereda has promoted peace and mutual understanding as a teacher and mediator,’’ said Joseph Curran, executive director of the Ethics Institute at Misericordia University. “He has worked for peace and understanding in our community, transforming lives through his teaching and example.’’

Gereda holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston and is in his third year as a candidate for a Master in Divinity. He is the chief mediation trainer for The Father James Doyle, CSC, Community Mediation Institute.

A bi-lingual peer mediator, Gereda is committed to conflict resolution, service to building community through divorce mediation, and shared parenting and servant leadership skills.

He has been working toward the common good and opening community dialogue to promote peace and social integration. The majority of his work is dedicated to the Peace Camp for Kids, operated by the Peace and Justice Center in Wilkes-Barre. Gereda is a lifelong member of the Girl Scouts.

He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of three daughters: Arisa Lucia, 19, Katarina Maria, 16, and Maria Lucia, 13.

Tickets for the dinner are $40 per person and can be purchased by calling 570-674-6201. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:15 p.m. The money raised from the dinner and program help to support programming by the Ethics Institute.


Opportunities set

for fishing, rafting

The U.S. Army Corps Engineers’ Philadelphia District will hold its final water releases of the season from the Francis E. Walter Dam.

Wet conditions throughout the summer have allowed the corps to schedule releases for the following dates:

· Oct. 11 – 400 cubic feet per second water release

· Oct. 12 – 1,700 cubic feet per second

· Oct. 13 – 1,000 cubic feet per second

· Oct. 14 – 400 cubic feet per second

The ramping up and down of releases allows for fishing and whitewater rafting opportunities during the final drawdown of the recreation season.

The corps began releasing 300 cubic feet per second of additional water storage every day on Sept. 13 as part of the drawdown. To see the plan or view updates, visit www.nap.usace.army.mil/fewalter.

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