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Reader seeks information on dog he may have hit

I was wondering if you could possibly assist me.

Monday night I ran over what I thought was a dog around 7:20 p.m. along State Rte. 92 somewhere before Appletree Road.

It was raining and it happened really close to my house and I drove home because I was scared. I tried going back and finding the exact place where it happened, but I'm not sure exactly where it happened. I had my mom come with me for emotional support, but it was dark and I could find no body on the road. The same thing happened to us about two weeks ago.

We lost our dog the same way and I feel terrible.

If there is any way readers could assist me it would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached at 570-299-7827 or 570-905-0642.

Weis Children's Hospital lauded by grateful mom

My family and I would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, the most amazing people in the world at the Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville. Without their love, dedication and compassion, my family and I would have had a much different outcome.

After a week of our son being very sick, seeing three doctors and being misdiagnosed, he was rushed to this miracle hospital where he endured two back operations and spent many days. This amazing place is filled with the most loving, caring, dedicated and compassionate people to whom you could ever trust your child's life. My family and I cannot say enough about them. From Dr. Kershenovich and his staff of neurosurgeons; Dr. Ryan and his staff; Mike in the OR who joked with Zachary and made him feel a little bit at ease; two out of the many, many nurses (whose names I cannot remember, but you are truly not forgotten, sorry) Kim and Kimberly, who always had blue Icees ready for him on every shift; Sister who came to visit every single day for more than a week to give her blessings; the extremely nice man who made Zachary's very important back brace for without which he would not be able to walk for a full six weeks. He was back and forth so many times to make sure the cuts were correct and fit comfortably. His physical therapists and the many people who readied everything for and made his release to come home very easy. And everyone one of you we did not mention, you are not forgotten. We will love and appreciate every single one of you for the rest of our lives because if Zachary had been left untreated, as we were told to just ride it out, we would not have him home getting better each and every day. We are so eternally grateful to all of you.

The Janet Weis Children's Hospital is truly another world from this very uncaring one. After all our family has been through it is going to be very hard to put trust into those we have trusted with our children's lives for years. To them I say, slow down when you are taking care of people, especially diagnosing children. Take the extra time to listen and focus only the person you are checking. I have noticed over the years that many, but not all, doctors are extremely too fast in their check-ups and dismiss when a parent has concerns. Our children's lives are very precious and it may be an everyday job for you but you are the one we have trusted to be the caretaker of our children.

Do not dismiss when we tell you there is something wrong; listen and do something. In our son's case, a simple blood test, which would not cost the doctors anything, just some ink and paper, would have maybe saved precious time or if waited any longer would have ended it. In June, please give to the hospital's telethon airing on WBRE. It is really a truly worthy place.

We thank and love you all.

Swoyersville parade features Santa Sunday

As a Swoyersville council member, I am joining forces with the Swoyersville Hose Company No. 279 Broderick Station, Swoyersville Hose Company No. 379 Maltby Station, the Tommy Bretz & son fire truck and the Swoyersville Community Ambulance Association, as we parade throughout the town beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Santa will be high on top of the fire truck and we encourage all residents to come out and take pictures. Attendees also may get a small treat from Santa's elves!

I have vowed to bring back old traditions and new traditions as well as more community events. Please join me and I would like to take this time to say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and happy holidays. The parade route is as follows: Starting at Church Street, right onto Shoemaker, left on to Simpson, left on Warsaw, right on New, left onto Hughes, right on Main, right on Owen, left on Lackawanna, left on Dennison, left on Main, left on Birch, right on Lindberg, left on Barber, right on Hemlock, back to the Swoyersville Hose Company No. 2.

Retiring Wilkes professor will be greatly missed

I would like to recognize a very special educator: Wilkes University professor of communication studies Dr. Bradford Kinney. Kinney, who is retiring at the end of the semester, founded the Department of Communication Studies at Wilkes and the Shelburne Television Studio on campus. He is best known for having been the coach of the Wilkes speech and debate team for 25 years, during which time the team gained national recognition and was ranked the third best speech and debate team for small colleges and universities.

As a Wilkes student majoring in communication studies, I had the honor of having Dr. Kinney for my Persuasion and Presidential Rhetoric courses. His classes were amusing and gave me insight into how persuasion is used in our everyday lives and the rhetorical styles of U.S. presidents. Kinney touched the lives of so many students and will be greatly missed at Wilkes.

A not-so merry holiday for laid-off firefighters

Firefighters, many of whom have families, are being laid off in the city of Wilkes-Barre because of budget problems.

The theme during the Christmas holidays is to love thy neighbor as thyself.

The former Wilkes-Barre chief of police receives a pension from the taxpayers for a job well done. He also sits on the city council, for which he receives compensation and was part of the decision process to lay off the firefighters. He also is head of security at Luzerne County Community College, receives a salary, and when eligible will retire from county government. Now that is the type of neighbor we all can love. Merry Christmas.

Max Malinowski Harding L. Yancheck and family On behalf of Zachary Yancheck Wilkes-Barre Township Christopher S. Concert Swoyersville Christine Lee Wilkes University Communication Studies major George J. Kochis Kingston

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