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Search for fallen WWII soldier’s family moves to Moosic
Bob Kalinowski - Citizens Voice - Note: partial article from CV

The hunt for family of a World War II soldier missing since October 1944 has shifted — and appears to be over.
Military officials initially contacted the Nanticoke Historical Society, looking for family of Private Anthony Laskowski, believed to have been a Nanticoke native killed in a massive explosion near Agincourt, France.
But some Laskowskis in the Nanticoke area knew the military was on the wrong track — their Anthony Laskowski survived the war and died in the 1980s. After a recent story was published in The Citizens’ Voice, they eventually helped track down the right family, the Laskowskis originally from Moosic.
Delphine Krappa Mattei, 81, of Dupont, on Wednesday said the Laskowski the military is inquiring about is her uncle, Anthony A. Laskowski. He was the brother of her late mother, Laura Laskowski Gerlak.

Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Hazleton, Nanticoke mull cooperation on blight |

The mayors of three of Luzerne County’s four cities met Tuesday to discuss issues and possible partnerships to help ease some of the financial burdens each faces and ways to grow their communities.
Mayor Tony George of Wilkes-Barre, Mayor Mike Lombardo of Pittston and Mayor Jeff Cusat of Hazleton met for more than an hour in Wilkes-Barre City Hall to exchange ideas and to share experiences. Mayor Rich Wiaterowski of Nanticoke could not attend the meeting.
Lombardo said the group, for now, is called Council of Cities and the plan is to meet quarterly or more often, depending on issues.
Tuesday’s discussion centered on blighted properties and how to deal with absentee owners and overcrowded units with numerous code violations. The mayors’ goal is to find the best way to get the buildings rehabilitated and returned to the tax rolls as soon as possible.
There was extended conversation on Act 90 — the “Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act” — which took effect in 2011.
Act 90 expands the powers that municipalities have to reduce blighted properties. Those in “serious code violation,” as determined by local zoning officers, can have several legal actions taken against them. Buildings that are determined to be a “public nuisance” also fall under the law.
A city may take action if after six months from the date of an order to correct violations there has been “no substantial step” to correct those violations.
Some of the options available:
• Liens can be placed against properties with code violations.
• Municipalities can take property owners to court to seek judgments against an owner’s assets.
• Municipalities may deny permits to owners of buildings who are in violation.
• Municipalities may deny permits to owners who are behind in taxes.
• Municipalities may deny permits to owners behind in other municipal accounts (water, sewage, refuse collection, etc.)
• Municipalities may deny these permits until all existing violations are remedied.
• Out-of-state property owners may be extradited to Pennsylvania to be charged with property-related violations.
• Magisterial districts may establish “housing courts” — additionally, judges are encouraged to attend training and education relating to new blight laws.
Housing help
George, Cusat and Lombardo will invite Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis to discuss what her office can do to assist the cities in addressing the issues covered by Act 90.
“In Pittston, our focus over the next four years will be on our housing stock,” said Lombardo, who returned to office this month. “All of our downtowns are growing or have the potential to grow and housing issues dictate where we go from here.”
Lombardo hopes the mayors can share issues each city is confronting and also discuss how they can join together to make purchases of items and materials they all use.
“In Hazleton, we certainly have a lot of issues with housing,” Cusat said. “We found one apartment where eight people were living in one room. We’ve also found people living in basements with no way out.”
George agreed the four cities together have the potential to present a stronger argument on issues.
“As a group, we have a better chance at securing federal funding for certain projects,” George said.
Lombardo and Cusat agreed, saying each city acting alone would not be as influential as a united effort by the four.|
The mayors also intend to find ways to attract developers to their cities to help eliminate blight.

Family sought of Nanticoke soldier killed in France in World War II
Bob Kalinowski - Citizens Voice

After more than 73 years, there is renewed hope of determining the fate of a Nanticoke soldier believed to have been killed during World War II.
Private Anthony Laskowski and 32 other men were thought to have been killed in a horrific explosion and inferno on Oct. 10, 1944 near Ajincourt, France. But the remains of Laskowski and 12 others were never recovered. They’ve been considered missing in action ever since.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recently recovered remains in that area and are trying to link them with the missing through family DNA testing.
The organization recently reached out to the Nanticoke Historical Society to help track down relatives of Laskowski.
Chet Zaremba, the group’s vice president, said he’s been having little luck.
“He did live in Nanticoke at one time, so we owe him something,” Zaremba said. “There’s lots of Laskowskis around here, but I can’t make any connection.”
Military officials have told Zaremba that Laskowski’s enlistment paperwork indicates he was from Nanticoke and his mother, Stefania, lived in the Sheatown section of Newport Twp.
News accounts from January 1945 reported on his suspected death and says he was the brother of Mrs. John Gerlak of Dupont and the husband of Evelyn Laskowski, of Center Avenue, Newark, New Jersey.
The military’s missing persons website has Laskowski listed under those unaccounted for from New Jersey.
Military officials provided the historical society with a summary about the incident that likely killed Laskowski.
Members of Laskowski’s unit — the Army’s 35th Infantry Division, 60th Engineers Combat Battalion — were laying anti-tank landmines at night on Oct. 10, 1944 during a period intermittent artillery and mortar fire. Truck after truck was loaded with fused mines.
A big explosion from the leading truck caused the systematic detonation of other trucks and mines on the ground, causing more than 1,500 mines to explode.
“The entire area immediately became an inferno of exploding mines, small arms ammunition and burning,” according to an after-action report by the 60th Engineers Combat Battalion. “The night was very dark and there was a heavy fog, which made rescue work most difficult ...”
Zaremba is hoping Laskowski still has some local relatives so the military can determine if his remains have been found.
“They are trying to identify them so they could bury them properly,” Zaremba said.
Relatives can contact the Army’s Past Conflict Repatriations Branch at 1-800-892-2490.
Missing in action
Name: Private Anthony Laskowski
Branch: U.S. Army
Missing since: Oct. 10, 1944
Location: Near Ajincourt, France
Unit: 35th Infantry Division, 60th Engineers Combat Battalion
Hometown: Nanticoke
Marital residence: Newark, N.J.
Are you a relative?
The military is seeking relatives of Private Anthony Laskowski in order to provide a DNA sample that could help identify remains found in the area where Laskowski went missing during World War II. Relatives can contact the Army’s Past Conflict Repatriations Branch at 1-800-892-2490.

Winning lottery ticket sold in Nanticoke will expire soon
Bob Kalinowski - Citizens Voice

Time is running out for someone to claim a $50,000 winning lottery ticket purchased at a Nanticoke convenience store last year.
Someone correctly matched the “Pick 5” numbers the evening of Jan. 12, 2017 in a ticket purchased at Turkey Hill Minit Mart at 460 W. Main St.
The winnings will be forfeited if the ticket is not claimed by Friday, Jan. 12, as winning tickets expire after one year, lottery officials warn.
The winning numbers, in order, were “8-1-0-5-8.”
Turkey Hill in Nanticoke has a sign up near its lottery register advising residents to “Please check your tickets” as a big winner sold here is set to expire.
“This is a $50,000 winner and is unclaimed,” the sign reads.
Allen Zieglar, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Lottery, encouraged people to check old tickets in hopes they have the winner. If it’s not claimed by next Friday, the $50,000 will be returned to the lottery’s fund that benefits older Pennsylvanians.
“We want players to check every ticket every time. We don’t want them to miss out on a prize. That’s why we are here. We do our best to notify the public and players that there are winning tickets out there,” Zieglar said. “Unfortunately, if it’s not claimed in time, the money goes back to the lottery fund.”
While some state lotteries give players only 90 or 180 days to claim a prize, Pennsylvania Lottery prizes expire one year from the drawing date, Zieglar noted.
In the past year, $18.8 million in lottery prizes have gone unclaimed, he said.

Happy New Year 2018!

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