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Stamp of approval

for our coal miners

For years we have tried to get a postage stamp to honor the unsung heroes that made this country great, the coal miners. Well finally in August the US Postal Service will be issuing a series of Forever stamps entitled Made in America: Building a Nation. The Postal Service noted that these stamps honor the courageous workers who helped build the United States.

Included are stamps of an airplane maker, a linotyper in a publishing house, a millinery apprentice, men working on the Empire State Building, a powerhouse mechanic, a railroad track walker, a textile worker and a coal miner.

Of course, here in NEPA, many of our ancestors worked in the mines and I am glad to see coal miners getting this well-deserved recognition. If anyone wants to see what the miners experienced working deep underground, they should take the Mine Tour at McDade Park. The Lackawanna County Website explains that you are actually 300 feet beneath the surface of the earth as you travel through an abandoned anthracite coal mine. See how men toiled on their hands and knees to harvest the black diamonds that changed the course of American history.

God Bless all the coal miners from NEPA who are no longer with us, may they rest in peace!

Barbara Yanchek


A football player

meets his goal

This past football season, as a senior member of the Wyoming Area Warriors, I held a pledge drive for the Lauren’s First & Goal Foundation. The foundation supports pediatric brain tumor research.

I am proud to announce that the final total collected was $2,597. I recently presented the check at the foundation’s football camp held at Lafayette College.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this worthy cause, particularly the following: Mr. Jim Dennis of Cade’s Coins in Exeter for posting the sign-up sheet in his shop and providing financial backing. The members of the West Wyoming Eagles Aerie 1965, who contributed with a very nice sum and Randy Colarusso and his fellow employees at Diamond Manufacturing, West Wyoming for their financial support.

Finally, I would like to thank my parents, Kelly and Joe, for supporting me in this endeavor.

Again, a heartfelt and sincere thank-you to all who contributed to help support the foundation’s goal of pediatric brain tumor research and, hopefully, stop the suffering of children.

Joe Erzar

Wyoming Area Warriors #62

Christian loving

path to happiness

Christian love may be hard to live; yet the happiness in our lives depends on it. But, to obtain this prize we may have to select a less attractive life. It’s worth that much.

In the absence of Christian love, life loses all its shininess; it’s value. Human beings would be enslaved with selfishness. People might substitute gluttony, possessions, power, sex, etc. There would be not truth or good. Our society would slowly die without all of us working together.

Christian love is about giving without expecting a gift back. It’s about not fighting and letting the other save face. It’s about being satisfied, even though we lose the argument. It’s about being happy with less, even though the other has more. It’s about losing some of our dignity and being embarrassed, just so the other is lifted up.

Christ showed us how to love with essential and priceless Christian love – on the cross. Who would be willing to allow someone to take our life? We would definitely resist.

Mae Morrow


In the coming summer months, millions of Pennsylvanians will head out to “Penn’s Woods” to hike, camp, and play with family and friends. Here in Wilkes-Barre, many will visit Kirby Park to picnic, play ball, and take part in annual celebrations. What few people know is that the park, along with many of our favorite outdoor areas, has been protected by a federal program known as the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Unless Congress acts this summer, this program will end, making it nearly impossible to protect and preserve our most precious places already threatened by development and pollution.

Pennsylvania’s parks and forests are our common natural heritage. We have a right to enjoy the services – the tangible economic and environmental value as well as the personal and sentimental connections – that they provide us. It’s imperative that Senators Casey and Toomey speak out to ensure that the program responsible for our beloved parks is guaranteed full funding, not just for this year or next year, but for decades to come.

PennEnvironment is a statewide environmental advocacy organization with over 100,000 members throughout the Commonwealth, including many in Luzerne County.

Isabella Levy

Penn Environment parks intern


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