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‘Elvis' set for ‘Letterman'

Elvis tribute artist Shawn Klush, a Pittston native, is scheduled to appear on David Letterman's late-night television show on Thursday night as part of Elvis Week.

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, would have turned 78 in January and will be honored by the appearances of five entertainers who were chosen as Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Klush, who is touring Chile this week, will be back in time to re-create Elvis' famed Hilton performances at the Las Vegas Elvis Fest. Letterman airs at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.

Benefit for fire victim

Family members of fire victim Kim Walsh will host a benefit on Feb. 16 at the Marine Corps on East Main Street in the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Walsh's home at 33 Hurley St. was gutted in a Nov. 30 fire that left Walsh with a severely burned throat and respiratory tract. The benefit will help pay for the demolition of her home, which cost more than $5,000.

The event will feature a deejay, live band, complimentary food, beverages, basket raffles and T-shirts for sale. Admission is $10 by pre-sale or $15 at the door. Tickets for children 5 and older are $5; admission is free for children 5 and under.

To arrange ticket pre-sales, email friendsofkimfundraisingforhope@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/friendsofkimfundraisingforhope.

Crime Watch will meet

The Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch's neighborhood groups will meet at the following locations and times:

• South Wilkes-Barre: 7 p.m. Monday, Central United Methodist Church, 65 Academy St.

• Rolling Mill Hill/MayFlower/Iron Triangle: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Andrews Church, 316 Parrish St.

• East End High Rise: 2 p.m. Thursday, 295 Scott St.

Ham radio classes set

Ham radio operator's license training classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 12 in the second-floor conference room at the Regional Hospital, formerly Mercy Hospital, on Jefferson Avenue in Scranton.

The classes will cover the Technician Class ham radio operator's license, which is issued by the Federal Communications Commission and is good for 10 years. This program has had a 97 percent success rate of providing students with the necessary knowledge for obtaining the basic ham radio operator's license.

During a disaster, local amateurs are able to communicate directly with the NOAA weather bureau at Binghamton, N.Y., Emergency Management agencies, the Red Cross, and local and state disaster relief and government agencies.

Exams will be administered for all levels of amateur radio operator at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the hospital. The exams cost $15, but the licenses are free and renewable.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Robert Chimel at WA3LWR@epix.net.

Games of chance revision

State Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, introduced a bill to change Act 2 of 2012, the Small Games of Chance Law, and allow organizations to keep a greater share of gaming revenues for their operations.

Senate Bill 390 also would exempt smaller organizations from the newly mandated reporting and background-check requirements if they generate less than $150,000 a year from the games.

The proposed legislation would designate oversight to local law enforcement rather than the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

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