Diamonds to Wilkes and Misericordia University — and to their sister institutions of higher education in Luzerne County where similar programs are held from time to time — for giving youngsters exposure to the many opportunities in pursuit of science. This week, Wilkes held its annual Women Empowered By Science camp while Misericordia staged its health science camp, both inviting students from area middle schools to sample options in a wide range of related fields. At Wilkes, lessons ranged from the physics of dance to the dance of birds and beyond. At Misericordia, students got hands on experience in IV work, protective medical gear and anatomy via a virtual dissection device. The region will thrive on the growth of high-tech jobs, and our local colleges and university efforts to expose young learners to the potential of science serves everyone well.
Coal to any Pennsylvania Catholic Church leaders who may be supporting efforts to prevent release of a report by the state attorney general’s office on child sex abuse in six dioceses. Two caveats: This is a delicate matter for many and merits extra caution, and because of anonymity we don’t know the people or their reasons for wanting to suppress the report. That said, AG Josh Shapiro’s request that Pope Francis urge any church leaders opposing the release to withdraw their objections is a sound one. If there are clergy members who object (and Scranton Diocese Bishop Joseph Bambera has officially supported the report’s release), they should speak with their names attached and give their logic. This is and always has been about the victims, and unless they can prove they are acting on the victim’s behalf, they are not doing their jobs.
Diamonds to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in its recurring success bringing top acts to Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square. In a downtown that too many outsiders still (wrongly) deem too dangerous to visit for entertainment, the art deco icon continues to draw acts big and small that show it’s worth coming to the heart of the Diamond City. The latest announcement that former Tonight Show host Jay Leno will be on stage is just one in a long list of worthwhile lures. The fact that the Kirby has also staged small productions in the lobby —most recently one designed specifically for children with autism who may be particularly sensitive to sensory input — combines with such big acts to make the venue a truly invaluable part of the region.
Diamonds to J.P Natishan and Chris McGrath, two members of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, embarked on a fundraiser for fellow hockey players in Canada who suffered an unspeakable tragedy. In April, a collision in rural Saskatchewan between a tractor-trailer and a bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team left 16 dead, mostly teens. With the help of Sharper Embroidery & Screen-Printing of Swoyersville, in conjunction with Green Valley Landscaping, an online store was set up to raise money for the survivors by selling t-shirts. The effort raised $1,500.
– Times Leader