Diamonds to Dottie Henry. One of the Wyoming Valley’s most well-known residents died Tuesday at age 82. Henry’s family owns Martz Trailways, and Henry had been involved with numerous community groups. For her lifelong dedication to our community – through volunteerism, community service and philanthropy – we salute Henry. We hope her family can find solace in the fact that Henry touched so many lives. Our sincerest condolences.
Coal to the Greater Pittston YMCA. The organization has been under fire for leaving a 6-year-old girl unattended in a van for 45 minutes after a field trip. Upon investigation, officials found five more apparent violations. The state has moved to revoke the organization’s child-care license, citing the YMCA’s “failure to comply with the department’s regulations, failure to comply with acceptable plans to correct noncompliance items, and gross incompetence, negligence or misconduct in operating the facility.”
Diamonds to King’s College. It has been placed on Forbes magazine’s “Best American Colleges” list. That list, compiled by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, gave nods to King’s for its students’ success after graduation, affordability, student satisfaction and faculty achievement. It’s the only Luzerne County college to make the cut. From Northeastern Pennsylvania, only The University of Scranton joined King’s in making the list.
Coal to Edward Evans. The Hanover Area teacher, found not guilty Wednesday of institutional sexual assault, exercised extremely poor judgment in inviting an 18-year-old student to his house, where the student claimed they performed oral sex on each other and masturbated. While Evans, 34, didn’t break any laws, jury member Jeff Lotz said it best after the proceedings in Luzerne County Court: “I wanted to say, ‘We the jury find the defendant very stupid, but not guilty.’”
Diamonds to Scott Speed. Inspired by his own grief, the King’s College alumnus created an app that aims to bring people closer together. The app, 5 For Friends, encourages people to reconnect with loved ones by talking to each other – not simply expressing condolences on social networks, such as Facebook.
Coal to Travelocity. The company is shuttering its Hanover Township call center, potentially leaving 88 people out of work. Travelocity’s parent company, Orbitz Worldwide, has offered an undisclosed number of them jobs within the company. But it’s disappointing to see a company pack up and leave our area entirely. The closure is the result of Orbitz working differently with credit card companies. Transactions that used to take two steps now take one, eliminating the need for some of that work to be done by Orbitz employees.