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Our county’s reckless spending

If you were being paid $41,200 and your supervisor said your salary will be increased to $67,500 you certainly would be ecstatic. However, Luzerne Council then did one better, they gave Joan Hoggarth $75,000.

This is an outrage. In a county that is supposedly counting pennies, I am sure Ms. Hoggarth would have gladly accepted $67,500. please remember at election time who voted for this salary.

Robert “Doc “Phillips


Small group made some big changes

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped in any way in making Wyoming Area’s Fourth Annual Scholarship and Awards Celebration held in the Wyoming Area High School cafeteria the outstanding success it was. I offer my deepest gratitude to the individuals and groups who have worked for over a year to ensure the success of this year’s program. This year’s celebration was the largest to date with over 400 people in attendance.

The Wyoming Area School District is a unique, highly successful district and this celebration is part of that uniqueness and success. The entire community shares in this celebration and its success. Margret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; it is the only thing hat ever has.” Evidence of this statement was observed on May 23, when 52 students from the Wyoming Area class of 2013 were awarded approximately $67,000 from our community.

The scholarships were provided by local businesses, individuals, families, and civic and school organizations. Several memorial scholarships were presented in honor of loved ones and individuals who were a major part of the Warrior community who have made an impact on our school. These awards are major and unique accomplishments for our community and a deserving gift for those seniors who were recipients at the celebration.

A program like this is not a one person show and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the embers of the Wyoming Area Scholarship Committee as well as Mr. Raymond Bernardi, Wyoming Area superintendent and his administration and past and present members of the Board of Education for their continued support of this unique program.

A sincere thank you also to Mr. Frank Pugliese and his janitorial staff and Mrs. Melissa Collevechio and her cafeteria staff for their participation in this project.

The committee members from the community in alphabetical order are Alicia Adonizio, Karen Aritz, Julianna Borzell, Terri Bugelholl, Amy Hetro, Gina LaNunziata, Anita Montante, Kelly W. Pacelli and Karen Schall.

The school staff members are Ann Agolino, Barbara Bullions, Brian Butler, Tony Callaio, Judy Cefalo, Lisa Dolhon, Denise Holmes, Daneen Kearns, Juel Anne Klepadlo, Leo Lulewicz, Rita Mauriello, Teddy Rabel, Jean Marie Radle, and Jennifer Vacula. The response after the program was extremely positive. We all look forward to the next year’s program, hopefully with more awards.

Rosella Fedor-Purcell

Chair 2013 W A Scholarship/Award Celebration

West Pittston

Thanks to these local Samaritans

On Friday, May 31, I was driving south on Route 315 when our car became disabled. I coasted to the side of the road, put the hazard lights on and proceeded to walk to get help in calling a garage.

A couple was ready to enter traffic, saw me, and asked if the car with the flashing lights was mine and could they help. They suggested I get into their car where it was cooler, and they called the garage for me.

However, that garage would not be able to service the problem; I needed to take it to the dealer. It would have to be towed.

The couple who befriended me was Cheryl and Bill Murtha from Wilkes-Barre. They took me to the towing company and Mr. Murtha explained that the car needed to be towed to the dealership and I would need a ride home from there.

Mr. Murtha had made several calls to the dealership trying to make contact with a person rather than voice mail. I couldn’t help but admire his patience with all his unsuccessful attempts.

I apologized for the amount of time they were spending trying to help me. They both said that it was no problem.

I thanked them many times.

Thank you, again, many times over, Bill and Cheryl Murtha.

Kathleen Martinelli


Cancer patient grateful for help

On June 9 my family and friends held a benefit for me due to my recent diagnosis of lung cancer.  I never smoked and am only 42 years old so it was a shock to me to get lung cancer. 

Statistics show this type of cancer affects about 15 per cent of lung cancer patients under 45.  Research is desperately needed to find medicines to help cure  lung cancer.  Lungevity is an organization which raises funds for cancer research.  Please consider a donation to this cause if you are interested in a charity.

The benefit was a huge success due to the efforts of everyone involved as well as everyone who contributed ( the bands, food, baskets, etc.) and those who attended.  We have incredible family and friends who are helping us through this with thoughts, prayers, and just “by caring”. 

We are fortunate to have each and everyone one of you in our lives.  We are truly blessed. 

  Thank you.

Kevin, Dana, Katie and Brady Shermanor.


He’s glad for the phone privacy

Obama said that our government is not listening to our phone conversations.

Gott sei dank! The things I have said about Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh would embarrass even me.

Bob Singer


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