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Diamonds to the Pearsall family. Their financial support allowed the United Way of Wyoming Valley to launch a local project with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, encouraging reading among area preschool children. Each child who registers will receive one book per month, via the mail, until he or she turns 5 years old. Thanks to donations, including an undisclosed “substantial gift” from the family of Marion Pearsall and the late Richard Pearsall, some 800 children are expected to take part. Registration forms are available at the Osterhout Free Library’s main branch in Wilkes-Barre or by calling the United Way at 570-829-6711 ext. 232.

Coal to cretins who treat the area’s volunteer fire companies, youth sports leagues and other nonprofit groups like their personal piggy banks, or who otherwise turn supposed service to the community into a self-centered activity. In the end, your bad behavior hurts us all.

Diamonds to Luzerne County for adopting a policy that allows people to submit offers to purchase county-owned real estate assessed for less than $25,000. In a best-case scenario, this will allow property owners to scoop up adjacent land that, in too many cases, has been unattended and unkempt. The new policy allows the county to negotiate sales prices and reject offers that fall below market value or are not in the county’s best interest. Regrettably, finding a comprehensive list of available parcels might be impossible, which brings us to …

Coal to Luzerne County’s record-keeping. Historically, county-owned real estate has been listed on deeds under a variety of names, from “County of Luzerne,” to “Luz County” and even – inexplicably – “Luzerne County Commissioners.” No comprehensive list of the county’s holdings even exists, one official said. The resulting jumble makes it more difficult today for potential buyers of the county’s vacant slivers to identify where those plots are and whether they’re attached to roads, bridges or occupied government properties, which would prevent their sale.

Diamonds to the area men and women who serve as high school sports officials and referees. Too often, your eyesight and IQ are called into question by people beyond the borders of the playing field. Usually, these critics resort to the most impolite of terms. They don’t speak for all of us. Thanks, ref, for all you do to keep the games safe and fair.

Coal to the protracted dispute between Exeter Borough and former police Sgt. Leonard Galli. The cop, who allegedly used a workplace computer to view porn, wants his job back. The borough’s legal bill to prevent his return is supposedly nearing $100,000. No matter which side “wins,” the borough’s residents lose.

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