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Avenue, Scranton 18503 Cliché, yes, but persistence pays own superhero? The opportunity to relive The last

own superhero? The opportunity to relive

The last week has shown me the power of per- sistence in a number of dif- ferent ways. I had the pleasure of meeting two sisters whose time sur- rounded by hot wings made them wonder: Why can’t I get a good hot wing sauce right from the bottle? Launched last week, Peggy’s Wing Sauce is admittedly a de- veloping success story in the power of persistence. The sis-

ters themselves admit that with about an hour of work Pete are akin to missing a event, we immediately bought

they carried each other each night.

molding process after creating some of the show’s greatest

moments with a room full of strangers was incredible. Akin to attending a concert with friends, it was the most com- fortable I’ve been in a crowd in quite some time. I’d think it were a figment of my imagination were it not for the photos and signed posters I brought back with me. Rich and I almost didn’t make it to the show, but when we discovered a second set had opened the day before the

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have the willpower to success- fully see my way through the

a silicone tomb for him the last time I tried. But the most exciting exam- ple of the persistence’s tri- umph over gloom came last week when Staff Writer Rich Howells and I drove out to New Yo rk City fo r the unlike- liest of events – a cast and crew reunion from the Nickelodeon show “The Adventures of Pete and Pete.” Its last new episode airing al- most 17 years ago, the brothers

comet for those who grew up in the early- to mid-1990s and missed their irreverent brand of humor. After all, what chil- dren’s program features an 8- year-old with a tattoo and his

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ty ’s Supermarket to sell the sauce which, I might add, is pretty fantastic. Second, after breaking arms and rebuilding swords, the toys (or playable sculptures, as I’ve come to call them) that I’m crafting for my kids turned from disastrous to delightful

John’s original Link sculp- ture of the hero from “The Leg- end of Zelda” series will soon be cast and painted for him to play with. That is, of course, if I

tickets. Giving up on attending, in hindsight, would have been like a fatal papercut. Thank goodness for persist- ence.

through taking the risk of in- vesting in a brand new prod- uct. Support came quickly as they landed a deal with Gerri-

CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES doesn’t give up easily. Email him at chughes@golackawanna.com.

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Scranton PD gets help from Dunmore truck company, other agencies for St. Patrick’s event SCC
Scranton PD gets help from Dunmore truck
company, other agencies for St. Patrick’s event
SCC keeps
celebration
family-friendly
By MATT MORGIS
For Go Lackawanna

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Scranton Police Chief Dan Duffy reviews plans for the annual St. Patrick’s Parade in his office on Wednesday.

PREPARED FOR THE PARADE

By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES chughes@golackawanna.com

S CRANTON – After

50 years, planning

on how to keep the

public safe during what some consider Scran- ton’s Mardi Gras still takes several months of collaboration. Scranton Police Chief Dan Duffy said planning for the city ’s 51st annual St. Patrick’s Parade began shortly after the 2011 event concluded and wrapped up with a meeting between police and the parade com- mittee on Feb. 10.

between police and the parade com- mittee on Feb. 10. This year, through the help of

This year, through the help of a local business, more officers than ever will help ensure that celebrations between the city ’s pubs and parade route don’t in- tertwine.

“Road Scholar Trucking has offered to come down to the city and bring some of their spe- cialty trucks to block off certain intersections,” Duffy said, not- ing that intersections were pre-

viously blocked by uniformed police officers. “We’re still going to employ the same amount of officers for the parade. We ’re just deploy- ing them in a different direc- tion. Now, they’re going to be able to rove up and down the street in order to detect or deter any criminal activity so the fam- ilies can enjoy their time more.” There will be locations where officers are fixed, accord- ing to the department’s plan, and significantly more officers will be employed than any tra- ditional Saturday. The parade Duffy was satisfied with the 50th annual parade held last year. “The overall feeling was that it was really calm. The police department and emergency

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To say that “Parade Day” is a tradition in the city of Scranton might be a bit of an understate- ment. The 51st annual St. Pa- trick Parade on Saturday, March 10 brings plenty of excitement, anticipation, and so much more to the city ’s downtown. Perhaps one of the biggest community events besides the parade itself is the all-ages, fam- ily-friendly celebration happen- ing at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave, Scranton, during their Parade Day Party. “It’s a part of our mission to be a center for the community and for families,” marketing coordi- nator Amy Dickerson said. “It’s kind of our gift to the communi- ty for parade day.” The parade route ends just outside of the Cultural Center. As the performers finish their routines outside, they will tran- sition into the ballroom. Musicians, step dancers, and bagpipers are just a few of the things on the entertainment ros- ter throughout the day. Kilrush, the New York state-based Celtic band named after a town in Ire- land, will be playing live sets throughout the day. “We want to give everyone an authentic Irish experience,” Dickerson said. “It’s not a bar, which on parade day is a great thing. Parents don’t have to wor- ry about finding a babysitter so they can go into a bar. They can have a drink here and find great food for their kids. It’s a safe time, and when you’re inside, the fun is in excess.” It’s recommended that fam- ilies come downtown early next week. Scranton police, with some help from Road Scholar Transport , will begin closing roads around the parade route at about 10:30 a.m. Whatever your tradition may be, the Cultural Center is hop- ing they can become a part of it by extending the party inside the historic Masonic Te mple and offering entertainment all day long. “Wear your green, get in your Irish spirit, and have fun,” said Dickerson.

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Marywood radio station moves into MTV top 10

ing in the running.

SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL

 

Realtor questions city’s new rental ordinance

The radio station broadcast from Marywood University be-

came one of the top contenders

Marywood is also the small- est college or university to

fo

r a 2012 mtvU Wo odie Award

land in the top 10, Troutman said. Station managers are seek- ing support in an online voting contest accessible through

www.vmfm917.org/votenow.

this week, according to Music Director Justin Troutman.

By RICH HOWELLS rhowells@golackawanna.com

RICH HOWELLS PHOTO

RICH HOWELLS PHOTO

 

Troutman said

crews from

 

mtvU, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks that produces

SCRANTON – Despite City Council’s unanimous endorse- ment of new rental registration legislation, the ordinance was tabled at the March 1 meeting to tackle “wording issues” throughout the ordinance. The original rental registra- tion program “fell apart” in 2008 due to employment cuts within the city, and penalties for noncompliance lacked “teeth” as well as enforcement, according to council. In the current legislation, property owners would owe an annual rental registration fee of

a

24-hour television channel,

Voting for the top 10 stations ends at noon on March 9. VMFM can be heard locally at 91.7 FM.

visited the campus earlier this week to document the only Pennsylvania station remain-

 
 

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COLTS eyes transit fare increase

 

The County of Lackawanna

South Rd., Scranton;

 

Transit System will hold a We dnesday, March 7, from 11

series of public hearings to present its plan to increase

a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Mall at Steamtown, 2nd floor, next to the Variety Shop; and Sat- urday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Mall at Steamtown, 2nd floor next to the Variety Shop. A 30-day public comment period will begin March 6 and end April 5. Only written

fares for the first time since

 

1994.

   

“Our short-term goal is to increase fares to the rate of inflation, but we are sensi- tive to the economic impact this will have on our riders so were are looking at a two- pronged approach over two

$15 per rental unit and an an- nual permit fee of $50 per site.

It lists the duties of owners and requires them to obtain a mini- mum of $50,000 in fire legal lia- bility insurance and “casualty insurance in an amount suffi- cient to either restore or re- move the building.” Several city officials are au- thorized to enforce the ordi- nance, and the Licensing, In- spections, and Permits depart- ment may close a rental unit if three or more violations of the ordinance occur, among other

provisions. Peter Lamandre, the 2012 president of the Greater Scran- ton Board of REALTORS, said his organization supports the concept but has some concerns about the current way in which the ordinance is being enforced and some of the language in the new legislation. Among those concerns:

Peter Lamandre from the Greater Scranton Board of REAL- TORS addresses council on Thursday.

duct report, so the “three strikes” rule may not always be fair. • Agents and landlords must have access to disruptive con- duct reports to allow them to enforce the lease provisions.

Members have reported that who has championed the

who do massive damage to their property…I think we have to worry about this law (being) misapplied considering all the homes we’re condemning in this city and tearing down.” Councilman Bob McGoff,

comments will be accepted. Residents can submit com- ments to COLTS Fare In- crease, 800 North South Rd.,

Tuesday, March 6, from 10 Scranton, Pa., 18504, or via

years,” COLTS Executive Di- rector Robert Fiume said in a prepared release The meetings will be held

access to police reports have been prohibited unless the landlord or agent was named on the report. • There must be considera- tion for the amount of time it

takes to evict a disruptive ten-

changes in the legislation for about two years during council meetings, defended the new or- dinance from public criticism, saying that this will create a more “equitable” situation that

would place more accountabil-

a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the COLTS

Board Room, 800 North subject line.

e-mail to info@coltsbus.com with “Fare Increase” in the

 

ant, a process which can take from 30 to 60 or more days for the landlord to comply with state laws.

ity on the occupants and give landlords more control, but he did ultimately agree to table the legislation due to “wording

   
   

“We feel the ordinance issues.”

 

should not punitively punish those landlords that are victims of the actions solely of the ten- ant but help to foster strong communities, reduce blight,

“There are very few changes from what we originally had. Most of it was in language, and it’s trying to strengthen the po- sition of the city. Where…it said the city ‘may’ do something, some of the wording was changed to ‘shall’ do something so that it gave it a little bit more force to what the city could do as far as inspections and deal- ing with some of the rental properties,” McGoff explained. He said the goal was not to

References to an “appoint-

and help to increase property values,” Lamandre added via e- mail on March 2. One rental property owner, Lee Morgan, told council that he felt that there was “an awful lot of problems” with the legis-

ed agent” must be consistent and make reference to the li- censing requirements in the Commonwealth. An unintend- ed consequence has been the encouragement of unlicensed

 

parties to hold themselves out as “property managers.”

lation as it stands. “In my opinion, I think what

When an agent is designat-

ed, he or she must be the pri- mary point of contact for the city.

we’re doing here with these or- dinances is we’re blaming the people that have rental proper-

ties for the city ’s problems,” forcement” of the fees.

increase revenue so much as create a “self-sustaining” pro- gram with “more efficient en-

• Oftentimes the property Morgan said.

“The first thing that we want-

owner is not notified about the first or second disruptive con-

“We have to worry about landlords who have tenants

See COUNCIL, Page 11

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First aid kits latest donation to police

 

Wanted man turns self in after FB post

Police say friends texted Jarren Scott after his photo was posted to the new ‘Be Part of the Solution’ page

they have information,” he em- phasized. “We don’t want peo- ple jeopardizing their own safe- ty, but we want to notify them of what’s happening.” Posts will not just include photos of wanted suspects.

By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES chughes@golackawanna.com

SCRANTON – Ye t another anonymous donor has given

By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES chughes@golackawanna.com

SCRANTON – Police posted

GO ONLINE

the drug purchases, but officers never had an opportunity to ar- rest him. Spathelf said Scott re- ceived more than a dozen text

Join the ‘Be Part of the Solution’ page on Facebook at http://

a

photo and description of 21-

ow.ly/9n43x.

They’ll also contain contact in- formation for the city ’s neigh- borhood watch organizations, data on the department’s anon- ymous tip lines and www.cri- mereports.com maps, updates on community events, and more. Police posted information Wednesday about 58-year-o ld John Edward Snow who is wanted for a November case al- legedly involving stolen scrap metal. Snow is described as a white male, 5’11”, 207 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Scran- ton police at (570) 348-4134.

their money to the Scranton Po- lice Department to give officers more tools to do their job effec- tively. Chief Dan Duffy said Wednes- day, Feb. 29, that the donor who wished to remain anonymous gave $1,000 towards the $1,550 purchase of 30 first aid kits and CPR masks for the department’s vehicles. “The gentleman who came in basically said he wanted to do something positive for the police department,” Duffy recalled. Te n of the re cently purchased kits were being put into patrol cars this week, and another 20 are due to arrive in less than 10 days, according to Duffy. The Scranton resident who made the anonymous donation did so in order to “acknowledge the years of service of Officer Ray Kelly, a West Scranton patrol offi- cer, Joe Harris, a West Scranton corporal,” Duffy said. “I don’t know what history he has with these two officers,” the chief said. “But I thanked these officers for the positive influence they had on this person. Their actions and influence motivated him enough to say that the Scranton Police Department is a good police department.” The kits were the latest dona- tion to the department, includ- ing four automated external de- fibrillators from a former citizen advocacy group in and an anony- mous donation of 30 bolt cutters and four animal control snares in December. “The public is really doing a great job in helping us be able to provide a better service to them,” Duffy said. “It’s phenom- enal.”

year-old Jarren Scott to the new “Be Part of the Solution” page

messages from friends about his wanted poster online. “I think this is a fabulous tool,” Spathelf said. “There are so many people on Facebook.” Spathelf said the innovative crime fighting method sends a message to would-be criminals about the number of eyes and ears police now have at their disposal. “It’s going to be a lot harder for them to hide from us,” he said. The chief stressed that citi- zens should notify police and not act on their own should they spot a wanted man. “We want to encourage peo- ple to notify us anonymously if

 

on Fa cebook early We dnesday. thal of the Foley Law Firm.

About eight hours later, the man who allegedly sold mari- juana to undercover police in September turned himself in. “He got a number of phone

The chief received additional help from Hyde Park Neighbor- hood Watch President Karen Foster and John Chilet, who will also serve as page adminis- trators, he said.

calls from people who said they

saw him on Facebook,” Chief

The page is the latest addi-

 

Dan Duffy said. The department is working

tion to the public-private part- nership towards crime preven- tion promoted by the depart- ment which has included public service announcements, bum- per stickers, and more. Scranton Ptlm. Lawrence Spathelf said officers had previ-

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to

fully harness the power of so-

cial networking through the page launched this week, Duffy said. Bilingual posts – in Span- ish and English – are put up with the help of Citizen Police

Academy graduate and bilin- ously conducted surveillance

gual paralegal Blanca Rosen-

outside Scott’s home following

PARADE

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trol Enforcement, the Lacka- wanna County Sheriff ’s Depart- ment, University of Scranton police, and the Lackawanna/ Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs to deter crime and inform parade goers about the dangers of drinking and driving. Scranton Police Capt. Carl Graziano said roads will be closed downtown beginning at about 10:30 a.m. Closures run from Mulberry Street to Lacka- wanna Avenue and from Mifflin to Jefferson avenues. The parade begins at 11:45 a.m. at the corner of Mulberry Street and Wyoming Avenue. It turns left onto Lackawanna Ave- nue, wraps around to Jefferson Avenue, turns onto Spruce Street, and ends in the 400 block of N. Washington Avenue.

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services can’t take full credit for that. It’s the people that attend and make the right decisions,” he said. “One thing ’s for certain, though. We ’re not go ing to tol- erate any nonsense in the down- town area. We wa nt people to come down here and enjoy the parade.” Archives show that Scranton police made 37 arrests on Pa- rade Day in 2011, up from 32 in 2010. Charges included drug possession and driving under the influence. The majority of calls received on Parade Day are alcohol related, but some turn into physical fights and do-

 
 

The Emerald Isle Step Dancers rehearse just before the start of the parade route in 2011.

mestic disputes, according to Duffy. The Pennsylvania State Po- lice’s mounted unit will return

this year after a successful test last year. Scranton police will also collaborate with the Penn- sylvania Bureau of Liquor Con-

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County rehires 14 in top positions South Side gets precinct By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES chughes@golackawanna.com
County rehires 14 in top positions
South Side gets precinct
By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES
chughes@golackawanna.com
Manager Fran Pantuso; Deputy
Director for Aging Colin
SCRANTON – Lackawanna Holmes; Commissioner Jim
County Commissioners an- Wans acz ’s Confidential Assist-
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Third satellite office
of Scranton Police
Department unveiled
this week.
By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES
chughes@golackawanna.com
SCRANTON – Walking
through 1000A Pear St., Scran-
ton, Police Chief Dan Duffy en-
visioned spaces where officers
can coordinate meetings to ex-
ecute search warrants or con-
duct interviews with suspects.
The newest police precinct
at the Va lley Vi ew Te rrace
apartment complex unveiled
this week in South Scranton
gives officers yet another op-
portunity to work directly in
the areas that they serve.
Duffy has strategically
placed the precincts through-
out the city since last spring in
an effort to maximize efficiency
at little to no additional cost to
taxpayers. The North Scranton
precinct on Keyser Avenue, for
example, is made possible
through a $1 annual lease to the
landowner. In most cases, the
department is only paying for
utilities and Internet service.
“The cost is very minimal to
the taxpayer, but the benefits
certainly outweigh everything
else. It provides a more effec-
tive, efficient police depart-
ment,” he said.
The Scranton Housing Au-
thority offered the space to the
police department after the
successful opening of the
North precinct last month, ac-
cording to the chief.
Duffy acknowledged that
various police investigations
come back to persons staying
at apartments at Valley View or
JASON RIEDMILLER PHOTO
The first of two planned South Scranton precincts is situated
in the Valley View Terrace apartments.
Hilltop Manor, but it’s not often
tied to residents.
“If there’s information of
criminal activity coming out of
this location – not from the resi-
dents that live here but from
the people that are allowed to
stay here off the books, under
the radar – we’re going to ad-
dress it,” he said.
“We want to give every
neighborhood the attention
they deserve.”
While the Scranton Housing
Authority employs two city of-
ficers on extra duty assign-
ments throughout the week in
varying hours at Valley View,
the new satellite office pro-
vides an additional presence in
South Scranton. Officers can
complete paperwork more
quickly and return to their pa-
trols.
“They can deploy right from
the locations they’re in, and
they’re more accessible to the
public,” Duffy said. “The offi-
cers that work in this area are
the ones that own the problems
in this area, so why not make it
more accessible to the member
of the public they serve?”
The neighborhood precincts
are also “more approachable”
than police headquarters, he
said.
A second South Side office
and new Hill Section location
are still on the chief ’s radar in
addition to those already estab-
lished in We st Sc ra nton and
North Scranton.
nounced on Friday, March 2 that
14 positions reopened through a
government efficiency effort an-
nounced in January were filled
by current administrative offi-
cials.
The county retained Chief of
Staff Maria Elkins, General
Counsel for Litigation Atty.
Lawrence Moran, Director for
Human Services William
Browning, Chief Information
Officer Jeffrey Mando, Director
for Elections Marion Medalis,
Director for Parks and Recre-
ation William Davis, Director
for Arts and Culture Maureen
McGuigan, Deputy Director for
Veterans Affairs Robert Tuffy,
Deputy Director for Assessment
John Foley, Deputy Director for
Community Corrections Pa-
trick Lynn, Deputy Director for
GIS and Assessment Appeals Jo-
seph Sheehan, Deputy Director
fo r Ta x Claims Ro nald Ko ldjes-
ki, Deputy Director for Coordi-
nated Transportation John Tom-
cho, and Electric City Trolley
Museum Manager Wayne Hill-
er.
New hires include Recreation
Program Manager Andy Kudzi-
nowski; Community Outreach
ant Ashley Yando; Director for
Community Relations Brian
Jeffers; Deputy Director for
Community Relations James
Rodway; and Community Rela-
tions Coordinators Gerard Het-
man, John McGurl, Michelle
Newberry, and Rick Notari.
Rodway, Hetman, McGurl,
Newberry, and Notari make up
part of the county ’s new Depart-
ment of Economic Develop-
ment, which was created by the
commissioners through the
elimination of 12 positions on
Jan. 26, including seven that
were already vacant.
Jeffers ran for county commis-
sioner alongside Wans acz in the
2011 primary.
According to a release issued
Friday, the county is saving
$28,543 through the new hires,
with several individuals taking
salaries more than $5,000 less
than the level at which they’re
currently funded.
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is a former Go Lackawanna corre-
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MEETING NOTICES

County watching overtime pay

BLAKELY

Planning commission, March 5, borough building, 1439 Main St., Peckville.

CARBONDALE

Prison OT on budget, but costs may rise

resentatives and seeing how they can work with us to make sure that we can afford what we’re doing here,” O’Brien re- sponded. “I’m hopeful that we can all get togeth- er because a strong system works for the administration and also for the union…There’s got to be a balance…. I think they will be receptive to sitting down and trying to work out something.” McMillan said that he wants to start negotiations during March or April, and O’Brien stressed that talks must not con- tain an “us versus them” mentality. “They should want, and I think they do

 
   

thus far.

 

Industrial Development Authority, Tues., March 6, 7 p.m., Carbondale City Hall.

DALTON

By RICH HOWELLS rhowells@golackawanna.com

SCRANTON – While Warden Robert McMillan said last week that overtime at the Lackawanna County Prison is cur- rently “right on budget,” he noted that in- creasing salary costs may become an is- sue as the year goes on. Overtime costs, which have largely gone up due to transportation and ex- penses associated with inmate medical trips to outside facilities, have steadily risen and continued to be an annual bud- getary issue, costing the county

$907,690.69 in 2009, $1,228,934.76 in reviewed closely.

“What you have to remember is there’s a 4 percent increase to the salaries that’s related to the overtime. During last year, they received the retroactive 1.75 and then 2.25 percent increase, so that mon- ey is now on top of what the overtime was the last year,” McMillan told the Prison Board at its Feb. 22 meeting. Hoping to avoid any future tax increas- es, Commissioner Corey O’Brien said that a “robust” dialogue must be had with the unions and every provision of every union contract must be brought up and

Sewer Authority, Mon. March 5, 7 p.m., authority offices.

DICKSON CITY

Borough council, work session, Tues., March 6, 7 p.m., administration building, 801 Boulevard Ave., Dickson City.

DUNMORE

Zoning board, Thurs., March 8, 7 p.m., municipal building, 400 S. Blakely St. Business includes request by Paul C. and Dorothy M. Mariotti, 16 Butler St., Old Forge, for a variance for a private for

 

want, the same things we do – a safe facil- ity. We also wa nt to make sure that we have an efficient government for tax- payers,” O’Brien said. “They are tax- payers, and so are we.”

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profit academy school and a variance for a play area located at 919 E. Drinker St.

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP

2010, and $1,382,613.30 in 2011 and going $157,613.30 over budget last year. This year, $1.3 million in overtime has been budgeted, with $153,602.05 spent

“All of these issues have to be on the table. We cannot continue to move fo r- ward and have this type of impact on tax- payers without engaging our union rep-

Board of Supervisors, Mon., March 5, 7:30

 

p.m., municipal building, 487 Cortez Rd., Jefferson Township.

 
   
 

LAKELAND

POLICE BLOTTER

arraignment. A preliminary hearing is set for March 6.

   

NEWS BRIEFS

Cordaro in NY federal prison Former Lackawanna County commissioner Rob- ert Cordaro has been trans- ferred to a federal prison in southeastern New York to serve his 11-year prison sentence on corruption charges. Cordaro, 50, is now at the Federal Corretional Institu- tion in Otisville, a medium security facility located about 70 miles from New York City. Cordaro was sentenced in January for his conviction

Board of Education committee meetings, Mon., March 5, personnel at 6 p.m., safety at 7 p.m., Lakeland Jr. Sr. High School library. Policy work session at 8 p.m.

Board of Education committee meetings, Tues., March 6, buildings and grounds, 6 p.m., technology at 7 p.m., Lakeland Jr. Sr. High School library.

MID VALLEY

The following criminal complaints were filed in Lackawanna County Court between Feb. 27 and March 1. All accounts are derived from police reports and all charges are pending following preliminary hearings.

Suspected coke dealer arrested

Dunmore police used a confiden- tial informant to allegedly purchase cocaine from Onyx Berrios, 1412 Jackson St., Scranton, in late Febru- ary. The informant allegedly pur- chased drugs from Berrios on two separate occasions, and each tested positive for cocaine. He allegedly admitted his intent to sell cocaine in a written statement. Berrios, 23, was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

and a controlled substance at a Feb. 29 arraignment. He was held for $70,000, and a preliminary hearing is set for March 8.

More jail time for Simonson Michael Simonson, who is

serving a life sentence in the 2009 beating death of Ply- mouth resident Donald Skiff, had

20 to 49

School board, special work session, Wed., March 7, 6:15 p.m., district board room.

Jewelry thief high on synthetic drugs

March 7, 6:15 p.m., district board room. Jewelry thief high on synthetic drugs years add- ed

years add- ed to that sentence Monday in

RANSOM TOWNSHIP

Lake Ariel resident Michael Jacques Kemps, 21, allegedly ad- mitted to police that he stole a necklace and bracelet from his sister, Kristina. Kemps allegedly sold the bracelet to Carlo’s Jewelry in Scranton and “threw away the necklace because it was worth nothing.” He told police he was “high on spice” when he stole the items. He faces one count each of theft and receiving stolen property and was released on $5,000 unsecured

Board of supervisors, Mon., March 5, 7 p.m., municipal building, Hickory Lane, Ransom Township.

Lackawan-

 

na County

 

Simonson

Court.

 

RIVERSIDE

School board work session, Thurs., March

Simon-

son, 35, of Plains Township, had pleaded guilty to first- degree murder, having taken turns beating Skiff, then 34, with Elvis Aaron Riccardi, 34, of Wilkes-Barre, on April 27, 2009. Simonson’s attorney, Bernie Brown, said Simon- son was sentenced to an additional 10 to 20 years for the attempted voluntary manslaughter of Nicholas Pinto, a prisoner he at- tacked in Lackawanna Coun- ty Prison in 2010. Simonson also was sen- tenced to an additional three to seven years on escape charges and a com- bined six to 20 years on robbery, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges and another year for fleeing and eluding police for his escape from the Lackawanna County Prison on Sept. 28, 2011.

on 18 charges, including

racketeering, bribery, extor-

 

8, 7 p.m., Riverside Jr-Sr High School library, 310 Davis St., Taylor.

 

tion, mon- ey launder- ing and tax evasion.

   
Cordaro

Cordaro

 

SCOTT TOWNSHIP

Planning commission, reorganization meeting, Tues., March 6, 7 p.m., Joe Terry

 

Prosecu-

‘Happy Feet’ heroin arrest made

 

tors said

 

Center, 1038 Montdale Rd. Conditional use hearing follows regarding request by Canio and Susan Padula to operate a dog breeding facility at 345 Stone Rd.

Cordaro

bail after a Feb. 28 arraignment. A preliminary hearing is set for March

Victor Murcia, 32, of Pittston Avenue, Scranton, allegedly sold

and former

fellow

 

Board of supervisors work session, March

5.

heroin marked ‘Happy Feet’ to a criminal informant on Feb. 28. Murcia was a wanted man from the Pennsylvania State Parole depart- ment, according to police affidavits. He allegedly sold $150 worth of heroin to the informant and was arrested after a traffic stop. Murcia was arraigned Feb. 28 on charges of delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a com- munication facility, and possession of drug paraphernalia and a con- trolled substance. He was held for $100,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for March 8. - CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES

   

commis-

 

8.

sioner A.J. Munchak used their posi- tions to extort money from companies that did business with the county. Munchak, 65, was sen- tenced to seven years in prison for his role in the scheme. He is scheduled to report to start serving his sentence on April 3. Cordaro filed notice an appeal of his conviction with the Third Circuit Court on Monday. Munchak ap- pealed his conviction to the court in mid-February.

 

Mall security attacked

 

SCRANTON

Housing Authority commissioners, Mon., March 5, 5 p.m., 400 Adams Ave.

Raymond Mazzarella, 46, of North Hyde Park Avenue, Scranton, alleg- edly punched Mall at Steamtown security Lt. Charles Swisher in the face after Mazzarella was asked to leave the mall at 9:05 a.m. because it was closed. Mazzarella allegedly yelled several obscenities at the security guard and told him “I’ll knock your (expletive) lights out!” He was charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, defiant trespassing, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief. Mazzarella was held for $2,500 bail after a March 1

School board meeting, location changed, Mon., March 5, 7:30 p.m., now at West Scranton High School, 1201 Luzerne St.

Recreation authority, Tues., March 6, 7 p.m., Weston Field House, 982 Providence Rd.

 

Redevelopment authority, Wed., March 7, 12:15 p.m., 538 Spruce St., Suite 812.

City council, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 340 N. Washington Ave.

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Important SSD votes pending Monday

Gym repair now estimated at $750G

Scranton board hears of increased costs at West Intermediate due to ash settling under building.

nored by the administrators.” Board President Bob Lesh

By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES chughes@golackawanna.com

said the district has had some problems with gangs and vio-

SCRANTON – The Scranton Fe deration of Te achers “ove r- whelmingly” approved a tentative contract following a weekend of marathon negotiations, according to SFT President Rosemary Bo- land. The union met with district offi- cials for nearly 20 hours on Feb. 24 and 25 to reach the new agreement. The last teachers’ contract ex- pired in Aug. 2011. Te achers ra tified the contract at their meeting on We dnesday, Feb. 29 at Scranton High School, clear- ing the path for Monday’s motion by the board to accept the agree- ment. Boland said salary increases and health care costs were the biggest concerns to both educators and paraprofessionals in the district. In addition, the board plans to approve its contract with Millenni- um Administrators, Inc. The board approved a three-year consultation agreement with the organization in early February. The board may also hire a new permanent solicitor at its next meeting. Longtime solicitor Harry McGrath was let go in November, and the firm of Minora, Minora, Colbassani, Krowiak, and Mattioli was appointed as interim solicitor for at least 90 days. Monday’s meeting will be held at West Scranton High School at 7:30 p.m.

By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES chughes@golackawanna.com

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the district’s two high schools. Superintendent Wil- liam King said the thought arose from a recent discus- sion with administrators

about disciplinary issues. “It makes it pretty clear

lence in the past. “I think by putting every- body on the same page, we can probably lessen some of that violence,” Lesh said. In other business:

The district may once

again offer Latin classes to

S CRANTON - Re-

pairs to the gymna-

sium floor at West

The Scranton School Board will meet Mon., March 5 in the West Scranton High School gymnasi- um, 1201 Luzerne St., at 7:30 p.m.

Scranton Intermediate School could cost up to $750,000, Gene Peters from Peters Design

Group, the district’s engi- neer, told board mem- bers at their work session on Monday, Feb. 27.

dump.

Geo-Science Engineering what the expectation is,” students at We st Sc ra nton

representative Rich Scheller

King said of a full uniform policy. “It could make life easier for the teachers and

High School this fall using distance learning equip- ment, an existing Latin

originally told the board in

November that costs

of

grouting and replacing the administrators, and possibly teacher at Scranton High

concrete slab would only re- ach $500,000. The district al- so must decide if they will put a synthetic or wooden floor into the gym. “It’s a plan that should be moved on immediately if you plan to occupy that gym in September,” Peters said of the three- or four-month pro- ject that must be completed while students are not in class.

in the long run for parents as well.” Director Sean O’Shea said he believes that a uniform policy would be a good thing as long as it is enforced prop- erly and included a tiered punishment policy, and Di- rector Jason Shrive said the policy should also be easy for parents to afford. Director Kathleen McGui-

School, and a class facilita-

 

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tor. Shrive said offering equal opportunities to students at both high schools is of great importance.

 

Buildings and Grounds

Cracks were discovered in the gym floor more than a year ago, according to Go Lackawanna archives. Peters said compaction grouting will help prevent future set- tlement of ash under the building, but it will essential- ly destroy an existing con- crete slab. The movement under- neath the building has been isolated to the gym, and Assistant Su- perintendent of Finance Gregg Sunday recalled Monday that the school was built upon an ash

Director Jeff Brazil said the district will likely have to re- place all fire doors at Scran- ton High with heavier doors. The doors, according to Bra- zil, were intended to be left

gan said moving the high open and shut electronically

 

schools to a full uniform pol-

in the case of a fire, not

HS uniforms debated Board members may con- sider a full uniform policy at

icy is a “horrible idea” be- opened and closed by hun-

cause “we have a dress code down there that is largely ig-

dreds of students each day as they are now.

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Local program recognizes women’s role in medicine Obama office opens MINING HISTORY CHESTER KULESA
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MINING HISTORY
CHESTER KULESA

On Sunday, March 11, from noon to 5 p.m., the Anthracite Heritage Museum will cele- brate Charter Day in Penn- sylvania. It is traditionally a day when Pennsylvania His- torical and Museum Commis- sion sites open admission-free in commemoration of the document by which King Charles II granted to William Penn the vast tract of land known today as Pennsylvania. March is also Women’s History Month. At 2 p.m., Karol Weaver, associate pro- fessor of history at Susque- hanna University, will present a program entitled: “Neigh- borhood Women: Medical Caregivers in the Anthracite Region,” in the museum’s auditorium. Copies of her new book, “Medical Caregiv- ing and Identity in Pennsylva- nia’s Anthracite Region, 1880- 2000” will also be sold in the Museum Store. Illness, injury and other medical needs were often met through neighborhood care- givers. Patch towns around the anthracite region of north- eastern Pennsylvania usually had at least one midwife who assisted with childbirths, often without the aid of a physician. After 1910, mid- wives were certified by the state, and they registered newborn infants. Midwives helped look after the house- hold and, in some instances, took the newborn to the min- ister or priest to be baptized. Mothers were the primary care givers in most mining households. Health manuals were available to assist in the care of sick or injured family members, and women from other families or the extend- ed family usually lent a hand. For common problems, families relied on immigrant traditions or home remedies more than medicines pur- chased at the store or pre- scriptions from the doctor. Warm milk and bread were used as poultices for infec- tions such as boils or felons; mustard plasters were used

for treating colds, pneumonia, located in McDade Park, off or bronchitis, as were cooked Keyser Avenue, in Scranton.

garlic and onions or bran bags; and blackberry wine might be used for stomach problems.

Of course, the miner’s work was hard and injuries and ailments were common. For the mining family, one of the most important plants in the garden was comfrey (Sym- phytum officinale). This plant was used to help heal broken bones and to ease the pain from sprains, arthritis, and rheumatism. The leaves and roots of the comfrey were made into ointments or were placed in rubbing alcohol for a few weeks to make a lini- ment called zykost. Some mine workers and their families had supersti- tions regarding safety in the mines. They carried special charms written by a local “pow-wower,” a person thought to possess magical healing powers. Other more devout mine workers took symbols of their religious faith with them, such as blessed crucifixes or holy images. When major illness, injury or death affected a miner’s family, particularly the bread- winner, financial burdens could become overwhelming. For protection, many families joined sick-benefit societies through their churches or ethnic fraternal organizations. In the days prior to health insurance and Social Security, these associations were vital. Perhaps the most common disease found in mining town families was black lung, or anthracilicosis. Ye ars of ex po- sure to coal dust often con- demned a man to a slow, painful death by suffocation. In Pennsylvania, black lung legislation passed in 1965 provided some assistance for the miner and his family. Federal black lung legislation came with the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969. The Pennsylvania Anthra- cite Heritage Museum is

For more information, call (570) 963-4804 or visit www.phmc.state.pa.us or www.anthracitemuseum.org.

CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES PHOTO

M aggie Snyder of Scranton, left, shares a laugh with Organizing for America Pennsylvania

volunteer John Hudanish, of Carbondale, as she signs in at the grand opening of the cam-

pa ign’s Sc ra nton fi eld office at 216 Wyoming Ave. on We dnesd ay, Fe b. 29. Th e office will

serve as a hub for Lackawanna County including upcoming voter registration, phone bank, and community canvassing events. Approximately 90 people turned out to the event organized to build momentum behind the reelection campaign for President Barack Obama. Among those in attendance Wednesday was Debby Merino, a Clifton Township resident and Pocono Mountain School District teacher. “The conservative Republicans on the ballot frighten me, to be perfectly honest,” Merino said. “They don’t speak for me, they don’t represent me, and they’re completely out of touch with the average person. I felt I had no right to complain if I didn’t get involved.” The field office will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday, according to Regional Field Director Jane Slusser.

- CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES / GO LACKAWANNA

Revenue Service, LLC to ex- pand its collection services to in- clude the collection of delin- quent refuse fees for the city while the city will continue to collect current fees. Council also unanimously in- troduced legislation to execute and enter into a settlement agreement between the city, the

of them are just looking for that check every month,” Rogan said. “The key is the inspection. The fee I’m fine with as long as there’s an inspection. If there’s a fee without an inspection, it’s not a fee – it’s a tax.” McGoff sa id that Ta x Collec- tor Bill Courtright informed

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ed to do was to get a more accu- rate database from which to work on rental registration, to update the number of rental properties that exist in the city,” McGoff continued. “Unless you basically volunteered to send the money, many times we don’t even know that these rental properties exist.” Councilman Pat Rogan noted that the legislation will also help “crack down” on absentee land- lords, an ongoing issue through- out the city. “They don’t live in our com- munity, and a lot of them don’t

care. Now some of them are unanimously passed amended $227.56 from May 19, 2011, the

good businessmen just trying to make an honest dollar, but a lot

council that newly identified Scranton Redevelopment Au-

properties would also be subject to the business privilege tax, which they were likely not pay- ing before. The final vote to table the leg- islation was 3-0. Council Presi- dent Janet Evans and Council- man Jack Loscombe were ab- sent from the meeting due to ill- ness. In other business, council

thority, and Pennstar Bank to settle litigation filed against the city by Pennstar concerning a defaulted $2,296,570 credit loan and security agreement. In the agreement, the city ac- knowledges its obligation to re- purchase the tax claims in the principal amount of $1,560,398.80 along with inter- est in the per diem amount of

legislation that will allow delin- quent tax collector Northeast

date of the notice of default, un- til it is paid in full.

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’What The Shell?’ celebrated the Teen- age Mutant Ninja Turtles. ’Blissfully Unaware’ by Mike Trovato.
’What The Shell?’ celebrated the Teen-
age Mutant Ninja Turtles.
’Blissfully Unaware’ by Mike Trovato.
Custom TMNT shoes at The Keys
Trovato’s sculptures on display at Mar-
quis Art and Frame.
Another
night on
the town

Where else could one expect to find strategy board game pieces, belly dancing, and a tribute to the “Teen- age Mutant Ninja Turtles” but at First Friday Scranton. The city ’s monthly artwalk had a wide variety of attractions this month including a celebration of the heroes in a half shell at The Keys, 244 Penn Ave., featuring more than 20 artists crafting ooze containers from TGRI and so much more. “Cultures of the Silk Road” at Ex- hale Hookah Lounge and Kabob Grill, 136 Wyoming Ave., featured performances and food celebrating the countries that were found along the historic and famous Silk Road Trade stretching from China through Asia to Europe. We st Pittston native Rebecca Ba t- tle’s photos in “Factorium” at Cam- erawork Gallery, 515 Center St., ex- amined the status of American manu- facturing through digitally weath- ered pictures of closed factories in northeastern Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, Calif. For details on how to get involved in next month’s event on Friday, April 6, visit www.firstfridayscranton.com.

RICH HOWELLS PHOTOS

A trio of First Friday attendees checks out the works featured at Marquis Art and Frame.

checks out the works featured at Marquis Art and Frame. Carrie Kolosinsky has her face painted

Carrie Kolosinsky has her face painted by Rachel Lavelle of Lollipop Party Ser- vices.

face painted by Rachel Lavelle of Lollipop Party Ser- vices. Photographer April Holgate with her work

Photographer April Holgate with her work at Electric City Tattoo Gallery.

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COLTS is increasing its bus fares and would like to hear from you. COLTS last increased bus fares in 1994, more than 17 years ago. Our short-term
goal is to raise fares equal to inflation. However, COLTS is sensitive to the impact that a fare increase could have on our customers so we are rec-
ommending implementing the increase in a two-pronged phase over the next two years.
COLTS will hold five public hearings to present and discuss the implementation of fare increase over the next two years:
• Tuesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to Noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the COLTS Board Room, 800 Nor th South Road
• Wednesday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Mall at Steamtown, 2nd Floor next to the Variet y Shop.
• Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Mall at Steamtown, 2nd Floor next to the Va riet y Shop.
Below are COLTS’ current bus fares, pass and ticket prices along with the proposed increases:
Fare Instrument
Full Cash Fare
Half Cash/Reduced Fare
Senior Citizen’s Fare
Children’s Fare
Transfers
Half Fare Transfers
Day Pass
10-Ride Adult Pass
10-Ride Student Pass
31-Day Adult Pass
31-Day Student Pass
Current price
Proposed Price for July 2, 2012
Proposed Price for July 1, 2013
$1.25
$1.50
$1.75
.60
.75
.85
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
Free
.25
.50
.75
n/a
.25
.35
n/a
$3.50
$4.00
$11
$13.50
$15.75
$10
$6.75
$7.85
$40
$48
$56
$20
$24
$28
COLTS is conducting a 30-day public comment per iod to obtain input from ri ders, the public, local agencies and bu sinesses, and gove rn ment offi cials from Tu esday,
March 6, 2012 through Thursday, Apr il 5, 2012 . During this time, anyone wanting to submit comments to COLTS may do so using the following methods.You can submit
comments in wr iting to : COLTS Fa re Increase , 80 0 Nor th South Ro ad, Scranton, PA 18 504 .You can also submit comments via e-mail to : info@coltsbus.com.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012
Sisters launch hot sauce inspired by South Side eatery
JASON RIEDMILLER PHOTO
By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES
chughes@golackawanna.com
GET SAUCED
Sisters Kathleen Cosgrove Fritch,
left, and Peggy Cosgrove have de-
veloped Peggy’s Wing Sauce.
SCRANTON - As part-owners
of Kelly ’s Pub and Eatery in South
Scranton for the last 22 years,
Peggy Cosgrove and Kathleen
Cosgrove Fritch have seen their
share of hot wings.
In a brand new business ven-
ture separate from Kelly ’s, the sis-
ters have branched out and creat-
ed a hot wing sauce inspired by
the restaurant that’s ready to use
out of the bottle.
“We told the bottler that we
wanted the flavor of finished wing
Peggy’s Wing Sauce is available at
all nine locations of Gerrity’s Su-
permarkets and online at
www.peggyswingsauce.com.
PEGGY’S GRILLED
BUFFALO SHRIMP
sauce,” explained Fritch, 42, of
Waverly. “When you go to the gro-
cery store, you’re stuck with
Frank’s Red Hot and you have to
figure out how to make it.”
Whether you prefer mild, medi-
um, or hot sauce, Peggy’s Wing
Sauce takes the guesswork out of
creating a spicy supper or week-
end treat with a kick.
The first bottles were finished
on Feb. 20 and delivered to all
nine locations of Gerrity ’s Super-
markets on Feb. 24. The 7,200 bot-
tles that retail for $4.98 each were
filled in Pennsylvania and made
using only products grown in the
state, Cosgrove, 41, of Scranton’s
Green Ridge section, and Fritch
said.
A Philadelphia-area food con-
sultant helped guide the sisters
through the process, and a launch
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined.
1 cup of Peggy’s Wing Sauce.
1/2 cup of Peggy’s Wing Sauce for marinating.
Marinate the shrimp in refrigerator for two
hours or overnight. Preheat an outdoor grill
on high, and lightly oil the grill grate. Thread
shrimp onto skewers and discard the
marinade. Grill shrimp on each side,
basting frequently, for approximately
two minutes or until cooked.
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ARTS CALENDAR

ARTS CALENDAR ues to March 30. 346-6400.

ues to March 30.

346-6400.

Shields Center for Visual Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Info:

Timothy Smith, organist, Sun., March 11, 3 p.m. Cost: Free, dona-

 

VISUAL ARTS

(570) 348-6278, www.mary- wood.edu/galleries. ‘Michael Mirabio: Lost Voices,’ in the Suraci Gallery, continues to March 18. ‘Photography on Campus,’ in the Mahady Gallery, continues to March 18.

THEATER

tions accepted. F.M. Kirby Center for the Per- forming Arts.

Beethoven Festival, Sat., March 10, 8 p.m. Cost: $28, $44, $52, $60. New Visions Studio and Gallery. ShamRock Show 2, with Blinded Passenger, Silhouette Lies, This is a Movement, Sarah Yazkanin, and Chuck Silsby (of The Way), Fri., March 16, 8-11:30 p.m. Cost: $5. Platform Lounge @ Trax, Radis- son Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scran- ton. Info: (570) 342-8300,

www.facebook.com/traxradis-

F.M. Kirby Center for the Per- forming Arts, 32 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Info: (570) 826- 1100, www.kirbycenter.org. Cirque D’Or, Sun., March 25, 3 p.m. Cost: $21.50, $31.50, $41.50,

COURTESY PHOTO

son. Jim Carro, Fri., March 9, 5 p.m. To m Petty Appreciation Ba nd and Mullen (A Salute to U2), Sat., March 10, 1-7 p.m.

This untitled photograph by Bethel Wyman is among the pieces featured this month in ’Nature’s Finest Art’ at New Visions Studio and Galler y.

$61.50.

AFA Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Info: (570) 969- 1040, www.artistsforart.org. Paintings by Heather Martyak and Annmarie Ciccarelli. ArtWorks Gallery and Studio, 503 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Info: (570) 207-1815, www.art- worksnepa.com. Works of David Bender, through March 29. Beko Sushi and Grill, 414 Spruce St., Scranton. Info: (570) 341- 0205, www.bekosushi.com. ‘Paint the Town,’ pa intings by Sheila Sankar. The Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scran- ton. Info: (570) 341-6761, www.thebogscranton.com. ‘Coal Country,’ photographs of Moira Hauer. Camerawork Gallery, 515 Center Street, Scranton, (570) 344- 3313, www.cameraworkgalle- ry.org. ‘Factorium: A Pictorial Essay of American Factories,” photographs of Rebecca Battle, continues to April 2. The Fanciful Fox, 342 Adams Ave., Scranton. Info: (570) 558- 3001, www.fancifulfox.com. ‘Personal Works of Derek Zielinski,’ charcoal and oils. Glen Oak Country Club, 250

Oakford Rd., Clarks Summit. Art auction, benefitting Rotary Club of the Abingtons, Fri., March 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Info:

Donald Myer at (570) 586-1317 or Norbert Mayr at (570) 335-2467. Laura Craig Gallery, 307 Linden St., Scranton, (570) 963-7995. ‘Open Yo ur Hear t,’ small wo rks to benefit the American Heart Asso- ciation. Linder Gallery, Keystone Col- lege, One College Green, La Plume. Info: (570) 945-8335, www.keystone.edu/lindergaller y. Works of Jennie Baresse, to

March 9. Marquis Art & Frame, Scranton, 515 Center St., Scranton, (570) 344-3313, www.marquisart- frame.com. ‘Shine,’ paintings by Leigh Paw- ling. New Visions Studio and Gallery, 201 Vine St., Scranton. Info:

(570) 878-3970, www.new- visionsstudio.com. ‘Nature’s Finest Art,’ works of Dana Gabel, Mark Charles Roo- ney, Amy Lynn Wyman, and Be- thel Wyman, opening reception, March 2, 5-10 p.m., exhibit contin-

KISS Theater Company, 58 Wyoming Valley Mall, Kingston. One Last ‘One Laugh at Least,’ Sat., March 17, 7-8:30 p.m. and 9:30-11 p.m. Cost: $15. Reserva- tions at (570) 970-8553. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Info: (570) 344-1111, www.scran- tonculturalcenter.org. Ballroom dancing, to beneift the Choral Society of NEPA, Fri., March 16, 8-11 p.m. Cost: $10. Info:

Rick Walling at (570) 417-7036.

CONCERTS

Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton. Info: Timothy Smith, (570)

COMEDY

F.M. Kirby Center for the Per- forming Arts. Best of Second City, Fri., March 23, 8 p.m. Cost: $28. Scranton Cultural Center. Up and Coming Comedy series, Sat., March 24, 7 p.m. cocktail hour, 8 p.m. show. Cost: $16.

Submit your events to news@go- lackawanna.com, via fax at (570) 558-0854, or over the phone at (570) 558-0113.

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Marching to the same beat By RICH HOWELLS rhowells@golackawanna.com M any musicians owe their early
Marching to the same beat
By RICH HOWELLS
rhowells@golackawanna.com
M any musicians owe
their early roots to
their high school
marching bands.

Now, they have a chance to give back with the West Sc ranton Marching Band Boosters’ sec- ond annual Band O’Palooza at The Vintage Theater in Scran- ton. After holding a “very success- ful” first year, the March 9 all-ag- es event will feature five original local bands again for only $6 – Eye on Attraction, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal (featuring Adam McIlwee of Tigers Jaw), Crock Pot Abduction, Halfling, and Langor. “It’s tough to find fundraisers that are new and different, and this was something that we just came up with on our own…It was a win-win situation because the bands really enjoyed playing – they’re original bands, so they liked having the venue – and our boosters made a nice profit on it and everybody that was there had a great time,” Debra Belfan- ti, organizer and band parent, explained. “It’s the night before St. Pa- trick’s Day, so we figured we would have something that the under-21 crowd, the high school crowd , could enjoy. We had quite a good showing last year.” Involved with the organiza- tion for nine years, Belfanti said the money is used to subsidize a field trip at the end of the year; send drum majors to camp in the summer; and pay for a ban- quet, uniform accessories, and food and beverages for practices and performances, among other integral uses to the band. “We feel like it’s a way for the students that are involved in music to use their music in a dif- ferent way besides with the high school marching band. They have developed these bands on their own, and we just like giv- ing them a place to promote their music and support the arts,” she said. Belfanti said she feels music education is important to a child’s brain development. “When you study music, it opens up your brain not just to music, but to math and science and it helps to promote those ar- eas. I think that children that

COURTESY PHOTO

Eye on Attraction is among the featured acts at Friday’s Band O’Palooza, benefiting the West Scranton Marching Band.

play instruments do better in those other subjects as a result. Also, I feel like it can provide a career for the future as well as a lifelong hobby.” With two sons already gradu- ated from the program and her youngest, Joseph, currently in- volved in the marching band, she knows this to be true first- hand. Joseph Belfanti is also a member of Crock Pot Abduc- tion, and her son, Matthew, is a member of So Long, Pluto, an- other band playing original mu- sic in the area. Andrew Merkle, a college stu- dent and drummer for participa- ting act Eye on Attraction, can also attest to the importance of the marching band in a budding musician’s career. “I was in the marching band from sixth grade until I gradu- ated, so I was in it for about six years. I was president of the marching band. The marching

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Band O’Palooza featuring Eye on Attraction, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal (featuring Adam of Tigers Jaw), Crock Pot Ab- duction, Halfling, and Langor. WHERE: The Vintage Theater, 119 Penn Ave., Scranton. WHEN: March 9, doors at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. COST: $6.

band is what got me into drums, hands down. If I had never done that, I’d be a completely differ- ent person, so the marching band means everything to me,” Merkle enthused. “I come from a really small marching band, and I know this isn’t the biggest marching band either, so any bit of money we can raise for them is awesome. They’re the first programs to get cut, and to me that’s the most important program at a school.”

to me that’s the most important program at a school.” Langor, also known as Brian Langan,

Langor, also known as Brian Langan, will also perform at Band O’Palooza.

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NEPA
NEPA native feels crowd funded album is start of something bigger
MIXTAPE
Get a free down-
load of Chet
Williams’
“Drowned in the
River” at
By CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES
chughes@golackawanna.com
www.golackawan-
na.com.
“This is the first
sneak peek of
anything from
the album I’m
giving, so I’m so
excited for peo-
ple to hear it,”
Williams said.
SCRANTON – An online crowd
funding effort helped launch Chet
Williams’ new album.
Now, he’s hoping the album will
foster a fulfilling career.
Williams, 20, a Scranton native,
held his second CD release show in
as many weeks on Saturday, March
3, at The Vintage Theater, 119 Penn
Ave., Scranton, alongside opening
acts A Fire With Friends, Snoozer,
and Roofdoctor.
The junior marketing major at
Temple University held a first re-
lease party for “We All Walk Fast
and Nod in Unison” on Feb. 25 with
an event at PhilaMOCA in Philadel-
phia. The album was funded in part
through a campaign on www.kick-
starter.com that raised $1,817 to pay
for recording costs and more.
The album was recorded from Ju-
ly to October at East Room Record-
ings in Philadelphia and mixed and
mastered throughout the winter.
“It was the first time I was doing a
really big, full-length album by my-
self. I knew it was going to take a lot
of time,” Williams said.
Fans familiar with Williams’ pre-
vious
work with bands like So Long,
Pluto and Awkward Silence weren’t
sure what
to expect on the new disc.
“I think they’re kind of sur-
prised,” he admitted. “They haven’t
really seen me front my own band
before… I actually had a 12-piece
band behind me for both shows.
People really enjoyed seeing that
many people on stage at once, play-
ing together.”
The live band represents many of
the guest musicians featured on the
album, including folk vocalist Brit-
tany Ann; Rhodes pianist Kevin Bo-
land of Bobby Davis and the Smart-
est Man; and Todd Fausnacht, De-
von Greider, and Josh Parry of the
reggae/soul/rock outfit The Snails.
“I got to take my time with it a lot
more,” Williams said, noting the ad-
dition of strings, multiple guitar
parts, and vocal harmonies that
give a richer, more orchestrated
sound to his latest work.
Sales of the album and live per-
formances will be the continuing
force behind his career, as opposed
to further crowd funded endeavors.
“My goal was to literally have that
as a kick start to make this album.
Hopefully I can sustain myself from
here,” he said. “That’s the ultimate
goal.”
Fans who would like to purchase
acopy of “We All Walk Fast and Nod
in Unison” can visit Williams’ Face-
book page at www.facebook.com/
ChetWilliamsMusic. Discs are ex-
pected to be pressed in mid-March.
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The Krebstars of Wellsville reunite in NYC

 

I had this

INFINITE

IMPROBABILITY

Judy Grafe (Joyce Wrigley), show co-creator Chris Viscardi, Danny Tamberelli (Little Pete Wrigley), and Michael

Judy Grafe (Joyce Wrigley), show co-creator Chris Viscardi, Danny Tamberelli (Little Pete Wrigley), and Michael Maronna (Big Pete) discusss the offbeat Nickelodeon series ’The Adven- tures of Pete and Pete’ at a cast reunion on Feb. 24.

bizarre dream the other day that one of my

bizarre dream the other day that one of my

best friends, my boss, and I were hanging out in some ballroom with the entire cast of “The Adventures of Pete and Pete,” chatting about the ’90s Nickelodeon show and snapping pictures until the wee hours of the fol- lowing morning.

RICH HOWELLS

We we re greeted by a big screen playing episode clips while cameras from VH1 shined brightly in the faces of star- struck fans as they shook hands with Mike Maronna, better known as Big Pete. “Little Pete”

In truth, that was actually my Danny Tamberelli made a much

Friday night, and I have the autographed Mr. Tastee poster to prove it. It all came together just as randomly. Tickets to spend “An Evening with the Cast and Crew of The Adventures of Pete and Pete” at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City, hosted by The Onion’s A.V. Club, sold out

almost instantly last month, so I into their own nostalgia-in-

figured that my one and only chance to meet the reunited gang had moved on as quickly

as an ice cream man pestered by brother, Pete; Mom and Dad

nosey children.

more dramatic entrance soon after, taking the stage with actual members of The Blow- holes, his character’s fictional band, to play several songs from the music-heavy show, includ- ing that catchy opening theme, “Hey Sandy.” Surrounded by other 20- to 30-somethings likely relapsing

duced comas, we listened to an hour-and-a-half question and answer session with Pete; Pete’s

Wrigley; Ellen; and Artie, the

Strongest Man in the World; the show’s creators, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi; and writer/

director Katherine Dieckmann. All seem surprised, but de- lighted and humbled, that we so vividly recalled every quirky

shows as odd, touching, and captivating as “Pete and Pete” don’t come around very often.

• Pete’s brother was original-

ly going to be a dog named Pete, but having a dog would

have been “too much of a pain.”

• Maronna, who was thrilled

that being a redhead actually gave him a casting advantage

for once, was mainly hired be- cause he was the only child actor who didn’t repeatedly blink during his audition.

• Being an oddball, low-

budget show that the studio

didn’t “get,” the creators never knew when the last episode would be and just kept making them while hoping for the rat- ings to improve, though they unfortunately didn’t.

I sent an e-mail to the venue

inquiring about press creden-

tials, but received no response.

I put it out of my plate-less

head until my editor, Chris Hughes, who is an even more die-hard fan of the show than I

am, encouraged me to follow up episode after almost two dec-

the day before the event with a phone call. As I pulled up the website, I found that a second, later show had opened up with tickets readily available. Not even an Orange Lazarus- induced headache could have stopped us now. Joined by my friend Sophia, we took off for The Big Apple the following evening, unsure of what to expect from such a random occasion. After all, when was the last time you ever heard of the cast of a cult TV show reuniting after 17 years apart? The A.V. Club may have held a similar gathering earlier in Los Angeles, but I doubt it was as surprise-filled as that evening.

Huss, still instantly recogniz- able as Artie, stole the show with his raw energy and dirty one-liners, but each person onstage had a story to tell. Among the highlights:

• Huss was accosted and

knocked to the ground by a complete stranger simply for

ades, but as our lives can attest, wearing the Mr. Tastee mask

during a shoot.

• Huss came up with the

character of Artie on his own

Much like on the series, Toby and was brought onto the series

after the creators saw his come- dy act, and he later left the show in Season 2 of his own accord.

• Alison Fanelli, who played

Ellen, was so embarrassed to

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to understand its magic. Starting out as a series of (ultimately) 26 shorts, then five specials and three seasons con-

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kiss Maronna on-screen as a kid that she made her mother leave the set so she couldn’t watch. Maronna brought a toothbrush.

• The Wrigleys, Judy Grafe and Hardy Rawls, acted like second parents to the Petes on the set, but said they weren’t above “corrupting” the young

actors. Though when Grafe gave Pete” was just one of those

Tamberelli a VHS copy of “Mon- things you had to grow up with

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TURKISH CULTURE CELEBRATED WINGING www.peggyswingsauce.com, where Cosgrove said orders from as close as Archbald and
TURKISH CULTURE CELEBRATED
WINGING
www.peggyswingsauce.com,
where Cosgrove said orders
from as close as Archbald and as
far as California and Florida
have been placed.
Continued from page 14
event organized by John Mack-
ey, Cosgrove’s neighbor, was
held Friday night at the Radis-
son Lackawanna Station Hotel
in Scranton.

CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES/GO LACKAWANNA

K urt Massoudi, left, receives a cup of freshly brewed Turkish coffee

from Nariman Kerimoglu during the "Turkish Coffee and Culture

Night" held at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scran-

ton, on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The event presented by the Lackawanna County Department of Arts and Culture featured music, food, and more about the country that connects the continents of Asia and Europe. Arts and Culture Director Maureen McGuigan said Turkish families are part of a newer group of immigrants to northeastern Pennsylvania, which is why evenings like Wednes- day’s cultural event are important.

- CHRISTOPHER J. HUGHES / GO LACKAWANNA

HOWELLS

Continued from page 19

taining 34 episodes, Viscardi and McRobb said that their

goal was to capture the spirit of ched by its eccentric legacy.

what it’s like to be a kid, and when kids tell their stories, they don’t always make sense, which explains the show’s

peculiar tone entirely – “funny, a musician, recalled that his

sad, weird, and beautiful.” With so many sitcoms des- perately trying to capture the typical American family, “Pete and Pete” instead defied con- ventions and authority, em- bracing and championing weirdness. What fascinated me most about the evening wasn’t the

fact that there were fans show- ing up with legitimate Petunia tattoos and singing along to every word of Little Pete’s favorite song, “Summerbaby.” It was that the cast and crew themselves were just as tou-

Rawls sported his “Don’t Give Up Hope” t-shirt from

interest in music started be- cause of the show, learning bass from frequent guest star Iggy Pop himself. Members of the supporting cast, including those who

showed up and hung out in the audience of their own volition. They all seemed just so thrilled to be in the same place togeth- er again, and that’s what really made the night for me. It’s one thing to revisit your childhood by popping in a DVD of one of your favorite TV shows, but it’s completely

some of the latest Artie-infused another to relive it with those

who brought it to life in the first place. And thank Artie they did, because if the In- ternational Adult Conspiracy had won out and “Pete and Pete” never aired, who knows where we’d all be? Certainly not in Wellsville,

episodes, and Tamberelli, now

played bus driver Stu Benedict, which for one night reappeared

Teddy Forzman, Wayne “The Pain” Pardue, and Kreb Scout Monica Perling, unexpectedly

in a small room in NYC. I couldn’t think of a better series finale.

Community support Cosgrove said she’s drawn some additional inspiration for the hot sauce from students in her family and consumer sci- ence classes at Scranton High School. “They’ve taught me how to cook,” she said. “I have a very di- verse classroom, and they’ve ex- posed me to all of their hot sauces and ethnic foods from all over the world.” She said students are exited for “Miss Coz” to enter a new realm, and it’s already a hit with many of them. “The other day, they were lit- erally taking chips and pouring it on and eating them,” Cos- grove said. Colleagues in the district have also congratulated her on the new product after spotting Cos- grove’s face on billboards throughout the region.

Not just for wings While the new hot sauce men- tions wings directly in the prod- uct’s name, the sisters said they hope consumers will be adven- turous with their appetites. “Since July, we’ve been eating everything with wing sauce on it,” Fritch said with a laugh. “We’ve been cooking stromboli and shrimp and scallops and pot stickers. We ’ve been trying it on every recipe we could think of.” And even some you might not think of. Cosgrove raved about deviled eggs with an extra bite, turkey burgers and chicken meatballs, and – believe it or not – a Hot Mess martini made with a little bit of her sauce. Ta ste wa s important , Fr itch said, and she and Cosgrove made sure each tier of the hot sauce had the right amount of flavor with the appropriate level of heat. “The mild sauce doesn’t have a lot of heat, but it has that buffa- lo flavor. I’ve found that when you go out and have it at a res- taurant, it’s all buttery,” Fritch said. The pair also made sure the

bottles were unique. While each to take it and we’re excited

label features a reproduction of Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce President Austin Burke’s painting of the Electric City sign as a means to also pro- mote Scranton, the different fla- vors carry Cosgrove’s recipes for hot wing dip, grilled chicken, or grilled shrimp. Additional recipes and an on- line order form are available at

about it.” As she continues, Cosgrove already has aspirations for wider distribution and some new products yet to be developed. Cosgrove said that “life is not a dress rehearsal” and you only get one chance to live out your dreams. “I’m ready for a new adven- ture,” she said.

Perseverance pays Bottling a homemade recipe for sale to the public isn’t a new idea. So many people talk about putting their own sauces, soups, and dips on supermarket shelves, but few reach this stage. The difference, Cosgrove said, is the perseverance she and Fritch shared throughout the process. “We took this on all on our own,” Cosgrove said. “It wasn’t easy. It’s a risk, but we’re willing

id. “It wasn’t easy. It’s a risk, but we’re willing JASON RIEDMILLER PHOTO Peggy’s Wing Sauce

JASON RIEDMILLER PHOTO

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Scranton loss again highlights tourney flaw
DALLAS
KEEPING
– Nearly
ARTS SPORTSNEWS
two weeks
SCORE
of District 2
basketball
champion-
TOM ROBINSON
ships came
to a close Saturday.
District 2’s best high
standing of northeastern
Pennsylvania high school
school basketball team, how- basketball was well aware
ever, will be nowhere to be
found in the three weeks of
the Pennsylvania Interscho-
lastic Athletic Association
tournament that gets under-
way Tuesday.
And, a fellow District 2
long before We dnesday night
that the two teams that were
clearly the best in the Dis-
trict 2-4 Class AAAA boys’
tournament were in the same
half of the bracket.
That should never be al-
squad is not even responsible lowed to happen in a bracket
for the absence.
The two-time defending
champion Scranton Knights
fell in overtime to William-
sport , 65-62, We dnesday
night in a game that high-
lighted the flawed seeding
process that has long haunt-
ed the combined District 2-4
Class AAAA Tournament.
Other than the Lackawan-
na League Qualifying Tour-
nament that has settled half
of the Class AAA and AA
spots over the past two years,
won-loss records have long
been the primary criteria for
seeding in District 2 basket-
ball tournament play, with
special preference also given
to division champions.
Williamsport’s status as the
one outsider in the tourna-
ment (the Millionaires have
the only AAAA basketball
program in District 4 and
need a place to try to earn
their state tournament berth)
and an independent that
does not have a chance to
win division titles does not
work well in that system.
What becomes difficult for
District 2 officials to face is
that Williamsport’s record
does not fairly compare to
those of District 2 teams.
The Millionaires travel the
state in search of the best
Class AAAA competition
they can find while the
league schedules for Lacka-
wanna League and Wyoming
Valley Conference teams
include local games against
small AAAA and some AAA
teams.
Anyone with common
sense and a basic under-
where two semifinal winners
reach the state tournament
and the semifinal losers have
their seasons end.
The only way to avoid the
problem is for District 2 to
devise a Class AAAA seeding
system that actually gives the
outside team, the Million-
aires, the benefit of the
doubt.
This year’s bracket fol-
lowed the rules the district
has in place.
Looking ahead, however,
the district needs to consider
a point system that recog-
nizes size and strength of
opponents similar to what is
used in football or what WVC
teams have adopted in Class
AAA and AA the past two
seasons.
Being fairer to William-
sport and awarding it a seed
worthy of its combined re-
cord and strength of schedule
is not only the right thing to
do, it can also protect Dis-
trict 2’s best in the process.
Scranton’s reward for land-
ing a top seed was in facing a
team listed as a fourth seed
that more accurately was a
toss-up with the Knights for
the first or second spot.
Since the PIAA imposed
regional competition to com-
bine districts in cases like
District 4 Class AAAA bas-
ketball, District 2 has named
its own champion when it
did not have a team claim the
tournament title.
When Williamsport took
one of the two spots in the
final, the other remaining
JASON RIEDMILLER PHOTO
See ROBINSON, Page 26
Scranton’s Terr y Turner drives past the Millionaire’s defense on Wednesday.

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ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING ROUNDUP Continued from page 23 Few locals advance to Regional quarterfinals
ROBINSON
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING ROUNDUP
Continued from page 23
Few locals advance to
Regional quarterfinals
Staff reports
L ackawanna Trail’s Eric Laytos and Marvess
Rosiak, Valley View ’s Mike Galantini, and
Scranton’s Mark Granahan advanced to
Northeast Regional wrestling semifinals with
victories in Friday night’s quarterfinals.
Laytos, Rosiak, and Galantini won in Class AA at
Williamsport.
Granahan won in Class AAA at Bethlehem.
To p three finishers in
each weight class at the re-
gional tournaments ad-
vance to the state tourna-
ment, which opens Thurs-
day in Hershey.
Laytos, a 2010 state
champion and two-time
state medalist, pinned
Southern Columbia’s Jack
Becker at the first-period
buzzer in their 220-pound
quarterfinal.
just missed the semifinals
when he lost to Nazareth’s
Brandon Lance, 3-2.
Lackawanna League Di-
vision 1 and District 2 Class
AAA champion Delaware
Valley had four wrestlers
advance to the semifinals.
Laytos, Rosiak, Galanti-
ni, and Granahan all won ti-
tles at last weekend’s Dis-
trict 2 tournaments, along
with We st Sc ra nton’s To m
Rosiak decisioned Line Hendry, a 120-pounder in

Class AAA. Hendry fell to Nazareth’s Chase Zemenak, 6-4, in Friday’s regional quarter- final. Ben Lehman finished second and Caleb Dar- ling third in dis-

Mountain’s Erik Smeltz, 8-1, at 170 pounds. Galantini pinned Jake Heint- zelman of Midd- We st in 5:19 at 285. The Class AA tournament fea- tures eight wres- tlers in each

weight class. It had quarterfinal action only Friday night. Class AAA had two

rounds Friday, preliminar- lewski was fourth, but

wound up at the regional tournament as an alternate. In Class AAA, Michael Carr of Abington Heights

Mountain East’s Joseph Fo- was second in District 2; gle, 5-0, in the quarterfi- Greg Pascale of Abington

nals.

The only other Lacka- West Scra nton were third;

and Scranton’s James

wanna County wrestler to

win a bout in Bethlehem McNally and Shane McTier-

Heights and Joe Baress of

trict Class AA for Lackawanna Trail to reach regionals. Valley View’s Mike Cipi-

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ies and quarterfinals. Granahan had a bye in the first round at 160 pounds then shut out Pocono

Friday was Dylan Berardelli of Abington Heights. Berardelli posted a major decision over Shikellamy ’s Dan Karpinski, 10-2, and

nan joined Berardelli with fourth-place finishers. The top four at each weight in Class AAA made the regional tournament.

ur at each weight in Class AAA made the regional tournament. District 2 team, Delaware Val-

District 2 team, Delaware Val- ley, automatically became the district champion. Calling the Warriors cham- pions over the Knights without Delaware Valley having to pull off the upset to prove it is just silly. Scranton and Delaware Valley played together in Division 1 of the Lackawanna League this regular season. The Knights won all three meetings – by 21 and 3 in the league schedule and by 20 in a playoff for the all-season title. When Williamsport landed in the wrong half of the bracket, those results became meaning- less in determining the “District 2 champion.” So, when it was all over We dnesday night , the Knights had to face more than having their state playoff dreams end- ed. They were not even cham- pion of a group of teams they have dominated for the past three seasons. After an impressive three-year run, Scranton’s boys’ basketball success was again somewhat under-appreciated. The amazing accomplishment of the 2009-10 team, with Te rry Turner leading the way and Malik Draper playing a role as sophomores, raised expecta- tions but did not register to many for its degree of difficulty. Scranton did everything it could to try to take one more step, including beefing up its non-league schedule and ad- justing its style of play. The Knights, who were state- ranked at times this season, climbed to the competitive level of the best large schools in the Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Lehigh Valley areas. Scranton won twice to reach the state quarterfinals in 2010, only to have the last two seasons end in overtime against quality oppo- nents Lower Merion and Wil- liamsport, in the first round of state play and before the state event ever started. “I’m proud of our guys,” Scranton coach Tony Battaglia said. “We got ourselves to the level where we could compete with these teams. “The run we made two years ago with them as sophomores was amazing. We had some

JASON RIEDMILLER PHOTOS

Scranton’s Andrew Moran drives past Williamsport’s Christopher Kinley.

senior leadership, we had Te rry and we had Malik coming on. To win those two games was a great achievement.” Other than a Hazleton run a quarter-century ago, even being that competitive in defeat against the state’s best was out of reach to District 2 teams in Class AAAA. “Turner, Draper and (Bat- taglia) are a big reason Scranton just jumped on to the map in AAAA basketball,” Williamsport coach Allen Ta yl or sa id. “When you look at the talent they have; these guys can play.” It took a nasty combination of the tough draw in the bracket, a key injury, extreme foul trouble, tireless defensive pressure by Williamsport, time-keeping errors, and overtime to keep Scranton from having its chance to try one more time on the state level. “It was great they were able to represent District 2 the way they have the last two years,”

District 2 the way they have the last two years,” Scranton’s Jake McCarthy is called for

Scranton’s Jake McCarthy is called for a charge as he drives though Williamsport’s Taron Dinkins.

Ta yl or sa id. And, it’s a shame they don’t have a chance to do it one final time.

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LOCAL COLLEGE SPORTS ROUNDUP

SPORTS BRIEFS

have achieved a cumulative

grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

 

Marywood squeezed out of playoffs

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Ten straight wins lift Norfolk The Norfolk Admirals ran off 10 straight wins, including 4-0 and 3-2 in Wilkes-Barre Feb. 15 and 26, to take over first-place from the Penguins. Norfolk took a six-point lead over the Penguins in the American Hockey League East Division into the week- end.

Steamers have busy weekend The Scranton/Wilkes- Barre Steamers traveled to the Detroit suburbs where they are scheduled to meet the last-place Lake Michigan Admirals today for the sec- ond of two Premier Basket- ball League games in as many days. The Steamers took a 5-6 record into Saturday’s match- up after falling to the first- place Rochester RazorSharks Feb. 25 for the fourth time this season. The latest outing with Rochester was the closest, with the Steamers taking the game into overtime before falling, 117-110. Jamaal Davis had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Ra- zorS harks . Ta sheed Carr had 23 points and five assists. The Steamers were led by Vinny Simpson with 26 points and five assists. After five straight road

New Royals lacrosse staff University of Scranton men’s lacrosse coach Jim Rogalski has set a new coaching staff for his second season. Ed Williams moved from part-time to full-time status as an assistant coach. Former Drexel and Rutg- ers head coach Tom Hayes will continue to serve as a volunteer assistant. Sean Coleman joins the staff after being a volunteer last year. Brendan Gray and Matt Dachowski will serve as student assistant coaches.

For daily roundups of local col- lege sports, including results from Saturday’s action, see www.golack- awanna.com/sports.

lege, which has won 11 straight conference titles, is favored, fol- lowed by Gwynedd-Mercy College. CSAC all-star defensemen Nick Johnson and John Pelligrini return.

Player of the Week and the school’s Athlete of the Week while also being listed on the National Jesuit Honor Roll.

TOP EVENTS

TOP STORY

Katelynn Hackathorn’s three- point play with 2.9 seconds left Wednesday night lifted Bethany College to a 61-60 victory over host Marywood University in the East- ern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Region women’s basketball quarterfinals. The Bison scored the first nine and last five points of the game. Marywood (18-10) led by four with 26 seconds left.

Hackathorn finished with 17

SEASON AWARDS

Scranton’s Travis Farrell, Luke Hawk, and Ross Danzig were hon- ored when the Landmark Confer- ence named its men’s basketball all-star team. Farrell, a junior guard, was a first-team, all-star, and the Defen- sive Player of the Year. Hawk, a senior forward, also made the first team. Danzig, a freshman from Abing- ton Heights, was named Rookie of the Year.

DeAndre Albritton had 17 points and nine rebounds Thursday to lead Lackawanna College into the NJCAA Region XIX Division II men’s basketball final with a 71-65 victory over Lincroft, N.J. Scranton High graduate Terika Turner had 16 points and 16 re- bounds as Lackawanna downed Harcum College, 60-55, in the NJCAA Region XIX semifinals. Taylor McKeown had six goals and an assist to help Marywood

points and 16 rebounds. Mariah Schaeffer and Allison Bruet had 17 points and six re- bounds each for Marywood.

Keystone College’s Kenneth Hardnett and Malcolm Boone were first-team CSAC all-stars. Hardnett averaged 17.7 points and 10.9 rebounds while leading the conference in field goal percentage at 64.5. Boone added 15.2 points and joined Hardnett and Rookie of the Year Dan Candemeres in leading Keystone to the CSAC title game. Keystone’s Mike Kelly, Mary- wood’s Matt Lepri, and Baptist Bible College’s Dan Dodd and Luke Peterson all received honorable mention. Peterson is a sophomore from Abington Heights. The CSAC All-Sportsmanship Team included Baptist Bible’s Christian Attelsey, Marywood’s James Levan, and Keystone’s Mark Musumeci.

WEEKLY HONORS

down visiting Mount Saint Mary College in Thursday night’s wom- en’s lacrosse season opener, 18-14. Scranton won the Landmark title for the second straight time and fourth time in the last five years with the win over Juniata. Hawk added 18 points and matched Morgan with five assists each. Farrell added 15 points, Matt Swaback had 12, and Danzig had 11. The Royals went 11-for-18 on 3-pointers, including 4-for-7 by Swaback. Freshman Shea Wassel had 14 points and 13 rebounds Feb. 25 when Gwynedd-Mercy College downed Baptist Bible, 68-49, in the CSAC women’s basketball cham- pionship game. Kacee Rava had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Defenders. Jilliana DePaolera and freshman Emily Gross had three goals each when Scranton opened the wom- en’s lacrosse season with a 13-12 win over Haverford College Wednesday. - Compiled by Tom Robinson

 

Knights fall short of playoffs The Wilkes-Barre/Scran-

ARTS SPORTSNEWS

SEASON PREVIEW

The defending champion Uni- versity of Scranton men’s lacrosse team is picked to finish second in the Landmark Conference. Scranton began a challenging schedule last weekend. Goucher College, the 2010 cham- pion, is the favorite. Scranton beat Goucher, 9-8, in overtime just to make last year’s playoffs where it beat Goucher again, 12-8, for the title and an NCAA Division III tour- nament berth. Scranton opened the season Feb. 25 with an 11-5 win at Farming- dale State. The Royals will host Marywood April 18 at 7:30. Marywood is picked third in the Colonial States Athletic Confer- ence. Nationally ranked Cabrini Col-

ton Knights finished their season one spot short of the

playoffs in ninth place in the 12-team Atlantic Junior Hockey League. The Knights went 16-21- 2-5. They ranked sixth in the league in fewest goals al- lowed at 3.20. Jason Zaleski, an 18-year- old from Scranton was sec- ond on the team in goals with 16 despite playing in only 35 games. He was third in total points with 30. Jack Ceglarski led the team in assists (32) and points (44). Erik Moberg had 18 goals and 25 assists while Bobby Polachek had

15

goals and eight assists. Defenseman Erik Lyrvall

was third on the team with

Scranton sophomore guard Tommy Morgan collected three awards after helping the Royals to the Landmark championship. Morgan was named conference

 

Royals basketball pass opening round test

games, the Steamers will return to the Lackawanna College Student Union for the final three home games

 
 

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Staff reports

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“That has to be the largest come- back I’ve ever been involved in,” Danzig said in the release. “This is just a great group of kids and they

have that never-give-up attitude.” The Royals, who have won four straight and nine of their last 10, im- proved to 21-7. Hawk finished with 20 points.

 

The University of Scranton ad- vanced beyond the opening round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III men’s bas-

For coverage of Saturday night’s Scranton-William Paterson NCAA To urnament game, se e www.g o- lackawanna.com/sports.

Rob Liberatore had a 2.96 goals against average and .910 save percentage.

of their inaugural season, in succession March 15-17. For coverage of Saturday’s

game, seewww.golackawan- School and sport

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ketball time for the first time in its last six tries with the help of a re- markable comeback Friday night. Scranton defeated Messiah Col- lege, 70-67, in overtime at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. The Royals overcame a 17-point Messiah streak and 18-point, sec- ond-half deficit to bring an end to a stretch of national tournament fu- tility and lift men’s basketball coach Carl Danzig to his 200thca- reer victory. Derek Mosley hit two 3-pointers in the 17-point run that gave Mess- iah a 49-31lead with 8:06 left in reg-

ulation. “Hats off to Messiah,” Scranton senior Luke Hawk said, according

Scranton swimmers, divers lauded The University of Scranton men’s and women’s swim- ming and diving teams were recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Associ- ation of American for their strong academic perform- ance during the fall 2011 semester. Both teams achieved Scholar All-American status, which recognizes teams that

workshop this week The University of Scran- ton Bochicchio Sport Char- acter initiative and District 2 of the Pennsylvania In- terscholastic Athletic Asso- ciation will conduct a work- shop entitles “Schools Shap- ing the Culture of Sports” Tu esday and Wednesday at Scranton’s Patrick & Marga- ret DeNaples Center. There are sessions each day for students and coach- es, plus a parent session Tuesday night from 7-9 p.m.

to a school press release. “They had Ross Danzig, a freshman from

us flustered the entire first half and the first part of the second half. “Then we just caught fire.” Hawk’s 3-pointer started a 30-12 finish that lifted the Royals into the second round for the first time since 2003. Matt Swaback’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with a second left forced the 61-61 tie and sent the game to overtime.

Abington Heights, added 16 points. They opened the overtime with consecutive baskets to put Scranton ahead to stay. Tommy Morgan finished with 14 points and Travis Farrell had 11. Farrell had two 3-pointers and Mor- gan one during the late comeback. David Fernandez scored 22 points for Messiah, which finished

20-7.

 
 
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STATE PLAYOFFS

DISTRICT 2 BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

By TOM ROBINSON For Go Lackawanna

Wallenpaupack, 49-25, in the District 2-4 final Friday night at the Lackawanna College Stu- dent Union. “I talked to the team right after our game,” said Dunmore coach Ben O’Brien, who took his team to the state championship game last season. “I told them the last game didn’t go the way we want, but that tournament is over and we start a new tourna- ment next Friday (in state play). “They grew up playing Biddy tournaments and AAU tourna- ments. They know when one is over, you go on to the next one.”

CLASS AAAA BOYS

SCRANTON – The Dunmore girls and Old Forge and Scranton boys had district championship title runs come to an end with losses in this week’s playoff games. Dunmore’s streak of six straight District 2 Class AA girls’ titles ended with a 49-45 loss to Montrose Friday in the cham- pionship game at Carbondale. Old Forge won five straight Class A boys’ titles before falling, 53-45, to Susquehanna in Friday’s final at Scranton High School. Scranton won two straight District 2-4 Class AAAA boys’ cham- pionships before losing to Williamsport, 65-62, in overtime Wednesday at Dallas. The Abington Heights girls replace

By TOM ROBINSON For Go Lackawanna

T he hopes of the

Abington Heights

boys’ basketball

CLASS AAA BOYS March 9 First Round 2-1, Abington Heights (22-5) vs. 11-3, Northern Lehigh (18-5) 2-2, Scranton Prep (18-8) vs. 4-1, Danville (22-2) CLASS AA BOYS March 10 First Round 2-1, Holy Cross or Meyers vs. 4-3, Athens (20-3) or South William- sport (17-7) 2-2, Holy Cross or Meyers vs. 4-2, Loyalsock (21-3) or Southern Columbia (20-5) 2-3, Riverside or Lakeland vs. 4-2, Loyalsock (21-3) or Southern Columbia (20-5)

CLASS A BOYS March 6 Preliminary 2-2, Old Forge (8-15) vs. 3-4, Antietam (13-13) CLASS AAAA GIRLS March 9 First Round 2-1, Abington Heights (22-4) vs. 1-6, Upper Darby or Mount St. Joseph CLASS AA GIRLS March 9 First Round

The Comets scored the last nine points, including a basket by Murray and 7-for-8 foul shoot- ing. They were 13-for-17 from the line in the fourth quarter with Show going 5-for-6, Elwell and John Vassil 3-for-4, and Pa- trick Calvey 2-for-3. Fives finished with 13 points fo r Sc ra nton Prep. Mac Te mples had 12 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

team appeared to be slip- ping away. Not long after the Comets stumbled to a four-game losing streak, they lost lead- ing scorer J.C. Show to an illness.

Lady Comets roll The Abington Heights girls did not have to worry about any

DALLAS – Chris Kinley needed only five seconds of overtime to put Williamsport ahead and the Millionaires stayed there for the

 

Although it would have been his last thought at the time, Abington Heights coach Ken Bi- anchi now thinks Show’s ab-

late-game foul shooting. The Lady Comets allowed just seven second-half points while pulling away from the La- dy Buckhorns. Tiffany O’Donnell and Brean- na Toro helped break the game open right before and after half- time. O’Donnell had 13 of her 17 points in the second quarter and Toro had 10 of her 16 in the third. Abington Heights led just 17- 14 before O’Donnell made the first of her three 3-pointers in the final 3:47 of the half. She had all the points in an 11-4 run to a 28-18 advantage. The Lady Comets did not stop there. Toro scored three times in the

Dunmore as the team with the longest championship run. The Lady Comets have won three straight district titles – the first in Class AAA and the last two in Class AAAA – after routing

rest of the extra session. Isiah Washington scored 18 points and blocked three shots to lead Williamsport. Jahad Thomas

NEWSARTSSPORTS

sence may have been an impor- tant step in his team’s develop- ment. Show scored 17 points Friday

See ROUNDUP, Page 29

ment. Sh ow scored 17 points Friday See ROUNDUP, Page 29 night and got plenty of

night and got plenty of help from

a

more balanced lineup as the

2-2, Dunmore vs. 4-2, Mount Carmel (24-0) or Wyalusing

(22-2)

Comets posted their ninth straight victory and completed

the school’s sweep of a District 2 basketball championship dou- bleheader at the Lackawanna College Student Union with a 53-45 victory over Scranton Prep in the Class AAA final. The Abington Heights girls won the District 2-4 Class AAAA championship with a 49-25 rout

2-3, Mid Valley vs. 4-1, Mount Carmel (24-0) or Wyalusing

(22-2)

CLASS A GIRLS March 6 Preliminary 2-2, Old Forge or Forest City vs. 3-4, Hershey Christian (18-5) March 10 First Round 2-1, Old Forge or Forest City vs. 1-2, Morrisville or Delaware County Christian

of

Wallenpaupack in the opener.

first two minutes of the second half for a 34-20 lead. She made it 38-21 with the fourth of her five

“I think probably the best thing that happened was some-

there without J.C. and lose by

thing we would have never three, they got more confi- third-quarter baskets with 2:15

wished for,” Bianchi said. dence.”

remaining. “We weren’t as sharp in the

 

“When we didn’t have him, they had to step in and start looking for their shot. “That’s what happened to- night. (Kevin) Elwell hit some big shots for us.” Elwell added 13 points and T.J. Murray had 11.

Abington Heights expanded

 

its lead by limiting Scranton first half,” Abington Heights

Prep to 15 points over the next 16 minutes, giving up just one field goal in the third quarter. “We did a little better job de- fending,” Show said. “In the first quarter, James hurt us with

coach Vince Bucciarelli said. “I gave them a talk at halftime. “We came out in the second half and played well.” O’Donnell and Toro com- bined to hit 14 of 27 shots. Toro and Melanie Coles grabbed eight rebounds each and combined to lead a 41-32 ad- vantage there. Lauren Hoyt added six re- bounds to go along with her eight assists and three steals. Coles also had three steals to help Abington Heights force 24 turnovers, including 11 in the first quarter. Alexix Roman led Wallenpau- pack with eight points and sev- en rebounds. Abington Heights held the 6-foot center to 3-for-11 shooting and misses on her last five attempts.

Murray got the Comets those threes.”

through a rough first quarter with the lead. James Fives hit three 3-point- ers for Scranton Prep, but Mur- ray’s seven points, combined with 3-pointers by Show and El- well, allowed the Comets to take

Jason Bamford helped control the inside with eight rebounds and six blocked shots as Abing- ton Heights (22-5) avenged two of its regular-season losses. “Rebounding,” Bianchi said. “That was our emphasis.

 

a

15-11 lead after one quarter. “You’re feeling sorry for your-

“I think they only had three of- fensive rebounds. That’s where they pounded us in the first two games.” Abington Heights led 40-26 after three quarters and made it 43-28 with 6:25 left, before Scranton Prep closed to within five.

self when he’s out,” Bianchi said

of

Show’s illness. “He’s the only

guy we have that’s averaging in double figures. “But, we won a few games and the game we lost was at Dela- ware Valley by three. To play

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the semifinal win. Tiffany O’Donnell added 16 points and six steals while Melanie Coles had 10 rebounds.

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CLASS AAA GIRLS

had 16 points and eight re- bounds while Kinley added 11 points and seven rebounds. Terry Turner led Scranton with 24 points. Andrew Moran added 10 points. Eric McCabe came off the bench to hit his first five shots while contributing 10 points and six rebounds. Scranton held the lead for more than 25 minutes before William- sport finished strong.

Prep defeated Pittston Area, 40-36, in the Feb. 25 quarterfi- nals before falling to Nanticoke, 45-38, in the semifinals. Unlike past seasons, the third- place District 2 team does not advance to state play in Class AAA, so the loss ended the season for the Classics. Sammy Gow scored 15 points for Nanticoke, which shut down Scranton Prep after the Classics jumped to a 6-1 lead. Jessica Genco hit four 3-pointers and scored 15 for the Classics.

CLASS AA GIRLS

CLASS AAA BOYS

Abington Heights defeated Scran- ton Prep, 55-41, in Friday’s final. The rivals clinched playoff berths with semifinal wins Tuesday over Wyoming Valley Confer- ence opponents. Abington Heights downed Crestwood, 49-38, while Scranton Prep topped Dallas, 59-47. J.C. Show led Abington with 19 points. Jason Bamford added 10. James Fives had 12 of his 17 points in the first half when Prep opened an eight-point lead. Mac Temples (16), Noah Beh (12) and Mike McDonald (12) also scored in double figures.

CLASS AA BOYS

Dallas Ely scored 20 points, in- cluding 13 in the second quarter, to lead Montrose past Dunmore in the championship game. “She is such a good player that she can get her shot off wheth- er you play good defense or not,” O’Brien said. “In the sec- ond quarter, she made some plays on defense that allowed her to get out in transition. “In the other quarters, we did a better job protecting the ball and not allowing that to hap- pen.” Ely was 7-for-8 from the line in the fourth quarter to help the Lady Meteors hang on. Jillian Korgeski scored 14 points, Alexa Gerchman had 11 points and nine assists and Courtney Murray grabbed nine rebounds for Dunmore. In the first game of Friday’s dou- bleheader, Mid Valley defeated Riverside, 49-37, for third place and its fourth straight trip to the state tournament. The four teams were also part of a semifinal doubleheader Tuesday at Lackawanna College. Dunmore defeated Mid Valley, 51-41, and Montrose topped Riverside, 51-42. Molly Burke had 12 of her 13 points in the second half. Alexa Gerchman had 19 points, four assists, and four steals. Danielle Terranella led Mid Valley with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Nicole Hughes finished with 11 points. Ely scored 27 points and made six steals for Montrose. Kellie Nash led Riverside with 11 points and nine rebounds. Rebecca Mekilo had 10 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Taylor Berto had seven points and 12 rebounds.

CLASS A GIRLS

   

Alexis Williams of West Scranton swims the 200 free in the District 2 championships on March 2.

Strong swimmers thriving

ARTS SPORTSNEWS

Staff reports

T he strength of the

Abington Heights

team and Scranton

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200 freestyle. Ryan Sebastianelli won one event and finished second in

 

another to help the Scranton Prep boys into the third posi- tion in the Class AA team standings. Dallas led Holy Redeemer,

Josh Kosin scored 36 points, including the 1,000th of his career, Wednesday to lead Holy Cross into Saturday’s title game with a 61-33 rout of Riverside. Meyers landed the other spot in the final by destroying Lake- land, 78-37, in a game that was postponed to Thursday. Kyle Kiehart led Lakeland with 19 points. Mike Striefsky added 12. Jerry Kincel scored 25 points Saturday afternoon when Riverside defeated Lakeland, 64-50, for third place and a return trip to the state tourna- ment. Nico Munley added 12. Lakeland’s Kyle Kiehart scored 19.

Prep’s top individuals was on display Friday during the first half of the girls’ competition at the District 2 Swimming Championships in Wilkes-Barre. Abington Heights end- ed the first of two days of competition with the

dley team while Morgan Muller was part of the frees- tyle team.

Smertz, Lempicky, and 167-142. Scranton Prep had

Chloe Sweeney added third- 124 points. Holy Cross was

place finishes in individual events. The meet started Friday af- ternoon with a series of re- cord-setting performances by Scranton Prep. Mia Nonnenberg broke her

seventh and Valley View 10th out of 11 teams. Sebastianelli won the 100 butterfly and was second in the 50 freestyle. He was also part of the second-place 200 medley and third-place 200

own 200 individual medley freestyle relay teams.

record while winning by

Kris Muzzi was also on

 

Class AAA points lead. Scranton Prep won both relays and three of four individual events in Class AA.

more than eight seconds in both relay teams.

CLASS A BOYS

 

2:05.84.

Nonnenberg, Rebekah

Ben Evans and Eddie Pfaef- fle were also on the medley

Old Forge coach Al Semenza picked up his 400th career win in Tuesday’s 44-28 semifinal victory over Forest City before the Blue Devils had their title streak ended by Susquehanna. Austin Cowperthwait hit seven straight free throws for Susque- hanna over the final 1:19 after Old Forge had cut an 11-point deficit to two. Andrzej Tomczyk finished with 15 points, Cole Mallery had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Cowperthwait had 11 points. Brian Tomasetti had 13 points and nine rebounds for Old Forge. Tomasetti had 16 points and Jim- mie Aversa added 13 in the semifinal win over Forest City.

CLASS AAAA GIRLS

Abington defeated Hazleton Area, 46-35, in Tuesday’s semifinal before taking Friday’s final. Kat Rosencrance scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in

Campo, Kaitie Voitik, and relay team.

Maria Telincho combined to break a pair of decade-old re- cords in the two relays that

Pfaeffle was also third in the 200 freestyle. Cooper Legg and Mike Robinson were on the frees- tyle relay team. In Class AAA boys, District 4 member Williamsport led Wyoming Va lley We st , 18 9-

The Class AAA meet is a were contested Friday.

combined District 2-4 cham- pionship. The Abington Heights girls ended the first night with a 172-166 lead on Hazleton Ar- ea. Sc ra nton and We st Sc ra n- ton were in the last two spots

Voitik and Campo matched Nonnenberg by also winning with dominant efforts in indi- vidual events. Voitik won the

200 freestyle by more than 183.

six seconds and Campo the 100 butterfly by almost four.

Abington Heights was sixth and Scranton seventh out of nine teams. The championships started Feb. 25 with the diving com- petition. Abington Heights had the top county finishers. Dan Ja- sinski was fourth in Class

in the eight-team standings. Abington Heights won both relays. Sydney Gualtieri, Emma

Gromelski, and Vanessa Lem- picky were on the 200-yard

medley relay and the 200 that scored points.

Holy Redeemer used supe- rior depth to take a 201-138 lead on Scranton Prep in the team standings. Valley View

reached the halfway point in seventh place out of 13 teams

Forest City and Old Forge set up Saturday’s championship game rematch by winning Thursday. Forest City pounded MMI Prep, 47-20, and Old Forge defeated Northwest, 48-28. For results from Saturday’s games, visit www.golackawan- na.com/sports.

 

freestyle relay. Rachel Smertz completed the me-

Valley View’s Vanessa La- AAA boys and Quinn Gib-

To rre finished third in the

bons fifth in Class AAA girls.

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