Crew gave needed
lift to cemetery
On the evening of Oct. 30, vandals toppled 17 monuments in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Through the generosity of Grontkowski Monuments, all the monuments have now been repaired.
On behalf of the cemetery and lot owners, I extend a special thank-you to Bill Malig and Tim Butzek for donating their time and equipment.
Oak Lawn Cemetery
The Hughestown Park and Recreation Committee held its annual holiday gift and craft fair on Nov. 3, with more than 30 vendors on hand. The event was a huge success thanks to our supporters and vendors. The money raised will be used toward refurbishing the Robert Yaple Memorial Park and for community-sponsored events.
Special thanks are extended to the Hughestown Lions Club for its donation of food and beverages, and to the Hughestown Hose Co. for the use of the hall. Also, a big thank-you to the area news media for its coverage and promotion of this event.
Without our community’s support, our organization could not succeed.
On behalf of the Hughestown Park and Recreation Committee, we thank everyone who came out and supported our event.
Mary Anne Quick
and Recreation Committee
I was excited to learn that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the chemotherapy drug Abraxane to treat metastatic pancreatic cancer in combination with gemcitabine, another chemotherapy drug. This is the first new treatment to be approved for pancreatic adenocarcinoma — the most common type of pancreatic cancer — in nearly eight years.
With a five-year survival rate of only 6 percent, this is an important step for a disease that desperately needs treatment advances to improve patient outcomes. And this survival rate has changed very little in 30 years!
This development is important to me. My mother passed away very quickly from the disease. I am being treated for the disease and am, so far, a 2½-year survivor.
But I am also concerned for my son, as a potential third generation to become afflicted with this horrific disease. We desperately need testing for early detection.
I encourage anyone fighting pancreatic cancer to reach out to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (accessible online at www.pancan.org). Its patient and liaison services (PALS) program is dedicated to ensuring that patients and their families have the most current information on the disease, as well as treatment options, clinical trials, diet and nutrition information, pain and symptom management, and support resources such as a survivor and caregiver network.
I am hopeful that the medical community can build on this recent advancement and continue to make progress against the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
Dog owners thank
caring vet team
Dr. Tiffany Wagner, we can never thank you enough for the wonderful care that you and your staff gave to Bailey.
You were very professional and competent; but more than that, you were compassionate.
From when Bailey was a puppy, we trusted you with (our boy) and never questioned the care and love that you all gave to him.
When he became ill, your guidance through our worst of times was so deeply appreciated. We would have been lost without your help finding the best place to take him for treatment.
Thank you for showing so much love to our special Bailey. We will never forget how you and your staff helped us through this painful loss.
Jack and Carol Belovesick
felt in Pa. fields
As a youngster, we were taught that “many hands make light work.” This sentiment resonates throughout agriculture because “many hands” are not readily available to us for milking cows, harvesting crops, planting tree seedlings and collecting poultry. This lack of availability could ultimately impact food reaching the grocery store shelf and your dinner table.
The agriculture community is 2 percent of the population embracing the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. For us, immigration is not a citizenship issue, nor is it a border state issue. It is a real-life, complex issue impacting the food supply chain.
Immigration is an issue needing resolution at the congressional level; however, it is important that you know how immigration impacts Pennsylvania agriculture.
With agriculture as the number-one industry in Pennsylvania, generating $6.7 billion in cash receipts and $67 billion in total economic impact, the commonwealth’s agriculture producers and related businesses require a reliable, trained and legal workforce in order to produce a safe and secure food supply.
Our immigration system is a broken relic of the past. We need a workable solution to the barriers that make it difficult for Pennsylvania’s farmers to secure a reliable, dependable and consistent workforce. The agricultural industry needs real, meaningful immigration reform that will encapsulate the many shortcomings of our current policy; mainly addressing the antiquated visa system, the temporary worker program, and of course, enforcement of the law. All too often, the current system tragically turns away the very kind of workers who could have an immediate impact on Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry, which struggles to find a workforce needed to harvest our food supply.
For more than 100 years, PennAg Industries Association has been the leading advocate for the hardworking men and women of Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry. And while the industry has changed greatly over the past 100 years, our mission has remained fairly unchanged, and it is for that reason we respectfully urge Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation to take the time necessary to come up with a comprehensive, enforceable immigration solution that will work for our country and our commonwealth’s farms.
Christian R. Herr
Executive vice president
PennAg Industries Association
Special thanks to The Times Leader and the Sunday Dispatch for the excellent coverage of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 150th anniversary.
Everyone enjoyed the information and pictures of days gone by. Our Margaret Monk, 96 years young, enjoyed the festivities, talking to members and friends, and of course, enjoying every minute of the special happy birthday to Pastor Robert Sauers.