Nanticokes oldest tree coming
Bob Kalinowski - Citizens Voice
The oldest tree in the
city is coming down.
Work began Monday to cut down a hulking maple tree that
towered and leaned over East Main Street in Nanticoke, a landmark estimated by
an arborist to be nearly 250 years old.
The last of the tree should be ground
down to nothing by Wednesday, said Jeff Arnott, owner of Arnott Tree Service of
Its all rotted, dead. It was falling on the road,
After a recent inspection, it was determined the tree was too
much of a possible hazard to remain standing, Arnott said. Much of the tree was
hollowed out, he said.
Its full of cavities, he said.
and workers spent Monday sawing brush and branches off the tree, leaving being
the bulkier trunk and some bigger branches.
Main Street was closed to traffic
in both directions.
Nanticoke police Chief Tom Wall, who monitored the operation
on Monday, said the city had little choice but to have the tree cut down when
an arborist gave the opinion it was a safety hazard.
Once it was determined
it was an unsafe tree, if we didnt do anything, we obviously would have
been liable if something happened, Wall said.
Back: Nanticoke evacuated in 1987 due to poisonous fumes from blaze
18,000 people in Nanticoke fled their homes under a mandatory evacuation ordered
by then Mayor John Haydock early in the morning of March 24, 1987.
acidic cloud settled over the city due to a blaze, which erupted at 12:30 a.m.,
inside the Spencer Metal Processing Plant on Alden Road. Six 55-gallon drums of
sulfuric acid and nine other chemicals were inside the building, the Times Leader
on March 25, 1987.
The combination of heat from the fire and water from fire
hoses caused a poisonous cloud to hover over the city, Haydock told
the Times Leader on March 24, 1987. Then Gov. Robert P. Casey signed a proclamation
declaring a disaster emergency.
Luzerne County Emergency Management Director
Jim Siracuse expanded the evacuation to include residents in the Sheatown section
of Newport Township and parts of West Nanticoke in Plymouth Township. Approximately
127 patients from Nanticoke State Hospital were transported to other hospitals,
and residents at Birchwood Nursing Center and St. Sanislaus Medical Center were
sent to other nursing home facilities.
Ambulances poured into Nanticoke to
transport patients as firefighters and police officers went door-to-door to rattle
people awake instructing them to get out.
Most residents said the first
frightening sound they heard was the pounding of a stranger at the door
and their first thought was that something had happened at the Susquehanna Nuclear
Power Plant, located less than 20 miles away near Berwick, the Times Leader
reported March 25, 1987.
Evacuation shelters were set up at high schools at
Hanover Area, Wyoming Valley West and Crestwood, Kistler Elementary School in
Wilkes-Barre, the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Hanover Township and the Italian
American Sports Club in Glen Lyon, Newport Township, the Times Leader reported
March 25, 1987.
Evacuees described a disoriented, nighttime flight from
their homes into streets filled with bumper-to-bumper traffic and a sky suffused
with the red glow of fire, the Times Leader reported.
The National Guard
blocked roads leading into Nanticoke at 8 a.m., as traffic jammed on Sans Souci
Parkway, Middle Road and state Route 29 leading out of the Trojan city.
the main corridor at Hanover Area before dawn, a crowd stood shoulder-to-shoulder.
Some people cradled babies, dogs or cats in their arms, reported the Times
Leader, noting the cafeteria and gymnasium were completely filled with evacuees.
decade before cellphones, a long line formed waiting to use the lone pay phone
inside the corridor at the Hanover high school.
More than 100 firefighters
battled the blaze that destroyed the building.
A ring formed around the
entire city. The smoke was very heavy and very irritant, Nanticoke Fire
Commissioner Mark Yeager told the Times Leader.
Hours after the blaze was extinguished
and the state Department of Environmental Protection conducted air tests, residents
were permitted to return home.
A state police deputy fire marshal determined
the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction and ruled it an accident.
at the Spencer site took several months.
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ramps up security
Nanticoke Area School Board voted Thursday for a policy to enhance security
and enact tougher disciplinary actions at the Educational Center.
Center this year became a middle school for sixth through eighth grades. The new
policy is a reflection of that change, Superintendent Ronald Grevera said.
school district is installing a metal detector at the facility, and next year,
students will be required to use clear backpacks, Grevera said. The district also
is imposing a restricted movement plan for students outside classrooms
and is hiring two part-time hall monitors for the school, Grevera said.
at the Educational Center must learn appropriate behavior and how to interact
appropriately with peers, Grevera said. They also have to realize
that when they do things, there are consequences for their actions.
school board also approved an agreement with Franklin and Marshall College to
participate in the College Advising Corps. in 2019-20. The district will pay $25,000
of the $50,000 cost to participate in the program, which provides a full-time
advisor at the high school to help students with the college-admission process,
Next year will be the fourth year the district has participated
in the program, and Greater Nanticoke Area is the only district in Luzerne County
that participates, Grevera said.
Stanley Grohowski receives Eagle Scout Award
Citizens Voice Submitted
Stanley Grohowski, a member of the Boy Scout Troop No. 418, sponsored by the American
Legion Post 395, and a resident of Nanticoke City, has earned the honor of Eagle
Scout, the highest rank that the Boy Scouts offers.
Grohowski, 18, a honor
student at John S. Fine High School, part of the Greater Nanticoke Area School
District, achieved the 21 merit badges required to receive the Eagle Scout award.
For his service project, he designed and constructed a toddler area for the Hanover
Recreation Association in the Hanover section of Nanticoke.
A ceremony honoring
Grohowski took place on Oct. 28, 2018, at the Party Place, Nanticoke. At the ceremony,
he was also honored with citations from former U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, state Sen.
John Yudichak, and state Rep. Jerry Mullery for his accomplishment.
in the Hanover section of Nanticoke with his parents, Diane and Eric Grohowski
and siblings, Dr. Deric Grohowski, and Amber Grohowski.
rush to local favorites for Fat Tuesday desserts
- Citizens Voice
As people rushed to his Nanticoke bakery for their Fat
Tuesday fix, Joe Kowalski of Sanitary
Bakery revealed the secrets behind a good paczki.
A paczki to me
is a high-performance doughnut, Kowalski said. Its a doughnut
with extra sugar, extra eggs and mashed potatoes, believe it or not. Thats
what makes the doughnut so rich. The mashed potatoes on the inside give it a good
texture compared to a regular doughnut.
Paczkis, pronounced poonch-keys
and sometimes spelled ponczkis, are a traditional Polish treat that
are a staple on Fat Tuesday, the day before Catholics begin fasting for Lent.
Legend has it the extra-rich pastry got its start in Poland centuries ago when
families were encouraged to use up all their eggs, butter, sugar and fruits before
fasting for Lent.
Sanitary Bakery on Tuesday offered apple, blueberry, prune
and black raspberry paczkis.
Kowalski and his co-owner brother, Ed, worked
16-hour days getting ready for Fat Tuesday. They started at 1 a.m. Tuesday, expecting
to sell around 400 dozen paczkis and fasnachts, the German cousin of the paczki.
and Marion Viercinski traveled from Old Forge, the self-proclaimed pizza
capital of the world, to Sanitary Bakery in Nanticoke on Tuesday to buy
paczkis for their neighborhood.
This is the paczki capital of the world,
Stanley Viercinski said with a laugh.
Asked if they were giving up anything
for Lent, Marion Viercinski was quick to answer:
Not giving up paczkis,
Residents from throughout the area also descended on Bakery Delite
in Plains Twp. for paczkis, fasnachts and king cakes.
Staff started working
around 10 p.m. Monday to prepare for the big day. The owners prepared to sell
up to 10,000 paczkis and fasnachts.
George Blom, a co-owner, defined a paczki
as an extra rich-doughnut.
Its really a fried pastry,
Fat Tuesday is one of the busiest days of the year, ranking with
Christmas Eve and the day before Thanksgiving, he said.
busy since 4 or 5 oclock in the morning, Blom said Tuesday afternoon.
We were open all night, really.
man quits day job, starts urban farm
After battling melanoma, Yale Wolfe wanted to adopt a healthier lifestyle
and grow some of his own food.
Wolfe, 41, grows unconventional things like
broccoli and green pea shoots, red amaranth, popcorn shoots and purple rambo radish
sprouts in his Nanticoke home. He said these microgreens are packed
with nutrients and have many nutritional benefits.
Microgreens are the seedlings
of vegetables and herbs harvested after sprouting as shoots. They have more nutrients
than full-grown vegetables and Wolfe said he could just harvest them and eat them.
take seven to eight days to grow. The best way to eat microgreens is raw like
a salad, he said.
Its really considered a superfood, he said.
Eating a small amount of this is like eating a big bushel of broccoli as
far as the nutrients.
Wolfe likes gardening and he said he started growing
microgreens in his quest for better health after battling melanoma and undergoing
I had to start living a more healthy lifestyle,
he said. I really had to make some changes.
Later, Wolfe grew his
urban farm into a business. He transformed his former music studio into a business
that he calls Wolfepack Urban Farm where he grows racks of microgreens.
formerly worked as a sales manager in the wireless industry and decided to quit
his day job to operate his urban farm.
He has a background in graphic arts
and social media marketing and a computer in his growing room. He promotes his
microgreens on a Facebook page and an Instagram account for Wolfepack Urban Farm.
took that scary plunge of quitting my day job to pursue this because it was something
I was passionate about, he said. Some of my friends who are chefs
were really encouraging me to do this.
Wolfe sells his microgreens to
customers, including chefs who like to use them to enhance dishes with their aroma,
texture and visual appeal. Chefs like red amaranth because the vibrant color pops
on their plate, Wolfe said. He also grows and sells cilantro and basil.
Beer Deli in Forty Fort sells 2-ounce packages of Wolfes microgreens for
$5 each and chef William Kuchta said he adds them to food like soups and salads
and as sandwich toppers.
Kuchta has seen a big demand for microgreens at the
Everything has gotten great reviews and its been a great
success so far, Kuchta said. Theyre a good thing because they
dont just add a wonderful color and aroma but they pack such a punch with
flavor. Based on reports going back to 2012, their nutritional value is 40 times
greater than their mature counterparts. If you eat a pea shoot, it has more nutrients
than a pea.
Wolfes customers also include chef Jeff Kochanski of
Bettellis Villa in Wilkes-Barre, who is part of a group called NEPA Chefs
Kochanski has used microgreens Wolfe grows like red amaranth
to garnish dishes. He purchases microgreens from Wolfe for $3 to $5 for 2-ounce
containers that he said last for two or three days.
We like buying small
and local, Kochanski said. Its the small local guys helping
the small local guys.
Wolfe recently donated spicy mixed microgreens
and green pea tendrils for an eight-course dinner chefs held at Bettellis
Villa to benefit Four Seasons Farm in Meshoppen.
Kochanski said he has garnished
pork with broccoli microgreens, which have more nutrients than full-grown broccoli.
When people find their food aesthetically pleasing, he said they will reap benefits
from eating more nutrients.
Wolfe spends extra money to buy high-quality organic
seeds. He delivers the microgreens he grows. He has met chefs like Kochanski through
photos he has posted on Instagram.
All the business I have so far is
people reaching out to me through my Instagram, he said. Instagram
is huge because thats where all the chefs are. Chefs are taking cool pictures
of their food and posting that on Instagram.
Wolfe has seen a demand
for microgreens and in the future, he plans to expand by growing more in his garage
and adding a greenhouse in his yard. His goal is for more people to order boxes
of microgreens that could be delivered to their homes.
up quickly, he said.
cause damage to building in Nanticoke
Bill Wellock - Citizens Voice
winds damaged a building that was once home to a beer distributor in downtown
Winds pulled down part of the roof on the Nanticoke Beer Distributors
building at 201 Arch St.
After winds pulled down the material under the buildings
eaves known as a soffit bricks on the wall started falling
where the soffit had blow off.
City employees put fencing around the building
to keep passersby away from the hazard of falling debris.
At some point, the
building will likely have to be demolished, said city manager Donna Wall.
Construction Services of Moosic have said in the past that they could demolish
the structure to make space for a parking lot that would complement a planned
development project at the nearby site of the now-closed Nanticoke Villa, an assisted
living facility that closed in October 2014.
Pot Club members trying to move past theft
Bob Kalinowski - Citizens
The Honey Pot Club has been a part of Angela Sullivans life
since she was a kid. Her grandfather would walk her down to the social hall to
buy a candy bar and talk to the neighborhood elders.
As an adult, shed
visit to have some drinks with friends and share some laughs.
has been saddened to drive by in recent weeks to see the building sit empty and
idle, the result of the buildings utilities being shut off due to a large
Its dark and cold when you drive by now, Sullivan
said. Its sad.
Sullivan is among the clubs board members
who are leading the effort to reopen the club under new leadership. First, they
need to raise money to pay off nearly $13,000 in bills and taxes that racked up
while the clubs former treasurer allegedly embezzled tens of thousands of
The club is selling Save the Honey Pot Club T-shirts and
is hosting a craft fair on March 10 at the 400 Club in Nanticoke.
goal remains to open the doors and become operational again, Sullivan said.
abrupt shuttering of the club also forced the Honey Pot Volunteer Fire Department
out of service because it shared the building with the club. The department on
Feb. 6 said it was operating under limited service. Three days later, the department
announced it was completely out of service until further notice.
In court documents,
police said former board member and treasurer Daniel Wozniak admitted to stealing
from the club for years to support a gambling habit. He admitting to taking money
from nightly cash deposits until there wasnt enough money left to pay bills,
court papers say.
Since the theft came to light, Wozniak and three of his family
members left the clubs board.
Four new members were appointed at an emergency
meeting held Thursday, Sullivan said.
Sullivan, her husband and her mother
are the other three board members.
Sullivan said better systems
will be in place to track finances. She noted that financial reports presented
at meetings were not accurate.
Some former board members have stepped
up in leadership roles to help, Sullivan said.
They know the checks and
balances that need to be in place, she said.
fight continues over eminent domain issue in Nanticoke
- Citizens Voice
An eminent domain dispute in Nanticoke is still working
through county court.
The General Municipal Authority of the City of Nanticoke
filed a declaration of taking for properties along the 100 block of East Main
Street on Aug. 28, 2018.
On Jan. 28, attorneys for the municipal authority
filed the latest motion in the ongoing dispute.
The purpose of the project
is to provide affordable senior housing and public transportation, as well as
to improve the infrastructure, streetscape, pedestrian safety and economic development
in the city, and those are valid purposes for using eminent domain, attorneys
argued. The fact that private interests may also benefit is immaterial.
taking should not be considered excessive, attorneys argue, because it fulfills
a need in the city.
In its declaration of taking, the authority said it plans
to build a five-story mixed-use building on the site that will include affordable
housing for senior citizens, a Geisinger center for the elderly, a parking garage
and a bus station.
But Nilved Apartments, LLC, owned by Debbie Massaker, and
Clifford and Mary Lou Pomicter objected to the project.
Among the complaints
raised by the Pomicters and Nilved Apartments are beliefs that the project will
include additional commercial space and that some of the apartments will not be
used for senior citizens. There is already enough affordable housing for senior
citizens in the city, their motions contend.
The motions also say they believe
an older adult center could be replaced by a YMCA and that plans for an intermodal
center are not finalized, and that the possibility of those changes means the
project does not have a definitive plan. The basis for that belief is a news article
published in The Citizens Voice in 2018 about the project, which quotes
state and local officials.
The municipal authority denies those contentions,
saying the project does not include additional retail or commercial space. The
authority also denies that any housing wont be for senior citizens in Nanticoke
and says there are not adequate vacancies at three other senior housing facilities
in the city, Oplinger Towers, Nanticoke Towers and Park Towers.
WB group aims to improve Nanticokes Quality Hill Park
Leadership Wilkes-Barre project committee is looking to restore and beautify Quality
Hill Park on Hill Street in Nanticoke.
The committee said the public park is
a destination for many local families to host parties and gatherings. The project
consists of various renovations and upgrades throughout the park, including:
Replacing or repairing an existing fence that was damaged during a recent storm
Painting of existing facilities throughout the park
Upgrades and renovations
to the community center and public restrooms
Landscape upgrades such
as shrubs, perennials, mulch and trees
Pavement repairs for the existing
The committee will be holding a fundraiser Thursday, Feb.
21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sabatinis Pizza in Exeter. Cost is $25 and
includes all-you-can-eat pizza and up to three drinks. There will be raffle baskets
and a 50/50 raffle with a $100 minimum guaranteed.
Tickets can be purchased
prior to the event by contacting Jeff Kiluk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the door
the day of the event.
The committees goal is to raise $5,000. Every dollar
that is raised will be invested in the park and will help pay for the materials
needed to complete the renovations.
Donations to help support the project can
be made by contacting Matt Daube at email@example.com.
includes basketball courts, tennis courts, swing sets, a merry-go-round, slides,
a community center with restroom facilities, picnic tables and benches.
Kiluk and Daube, committee members include:
Candice Dutko firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Gilliland email@example.com
Tyler Salerno firstname.lastname@example.org
Deb Telesz email@example.com
school districts tightened security in Parkland massacres wake
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Greater Nanticoke Area School District has
been very proactive in safety and security since the Parkland shooting,
Superintendent Ronald Grevera said. Greater Nanticoke hired a full-time school
police officer this year, and the $39,000 cost was covered by a Safe Schools Grant.
district added two walk-through metal detectors and metal detector wands at the
high school, and they have also been used for sporting events, Grevera said. Clear
backpacks are required in the high school, and they will be used at the Educational
Center beginning in the 2019-20 school year, Grevera said.
in the district now have locking vestibules, which we did not have a year ago,
Visitors must now present a valid ID for a check on whether
they are on the list of registered sex offenders. The district also plans to use
a $7,000 grant to add communication systems to the district through walkie-talkies
and a repeater for a district frequency through the FCC, Grevera said.
begins at shuttered St. Joseph Church in Nanticoke
Report - Citizens Voice
Demolition began on the former St. Joseph
Church in Nanticoke on Monday.
The church and an adjoining rectory at 107 E.
Noble St., closed in May 2010 as part of the Catholic church consolidation.
is being done by Brdaric Excavating, Inc.
The Diocese of Scranton will try
to find a buyer for the property once demolition is complete, according to diocese
spokesman Eric Deabill.
volunteers for Our Town Nanticoke segment
Report - Citizens Voice
Nanticoke will be featured in WVIAs
Our Town series.
Our Town Nanticoke will be a day-in-the-life
one-hour video scrapbook focusing on the people, places and happenings of Nanticoke,
as seen through the eyes of its residents.
Nanticoke residents are invited
to attend the first Our Town Nanticoke community/volunteer meeting
at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Nanticoke City Municipal Building.
discuss which landmarks, events and local stories the program should tell about
A second community/volunteer meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 at the same location.
During this meeting volunteers will participate
in a whiteboard session to determine the stories to be told in the program and
which stories each volunteer will videotape to create the show.
to recruit 20 to 25 area residents with personal camcorders.
in being a videographer and/or storyteller for the program should contact Lisa
Mazzarella at 570-602-1164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nanticoke will debut April 25.
people displaced after fire in Nanticoke
people have been displaced due to a fire at an apartment building on East Washington
Avenue that could have been much worse early Wednesday morning.
Kevin Hazleton said a woman was awake in her second floor apartment at 5 E. Washington
Ave. when she smelled smoke just before 5:30 a.m.
The woman grabbed her son
and called 911 while escaping the building.
Hazleton said the woman did the
right thing by closing doors, which prevented the fire from spreading.
her way out, she closed the bedroom door and closed the apartment door,
Hazleton said. It starved the fire of oxygen and kept the fire to the bedroom.
We ran a line and nailed this fire. She did the right thing by closing the doors.
said the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes. No injuries were reported.
people in a first floor apartment were displaced due to water damage.
said the second floor apartment sustained fire damage to the bedroom and smoke
Smoke alarms were activated alerting other tenants, Hazleton said.
said there were no issues with the cold temperatures that was around 25 degrees
at the time of the fire.
We did have the street department come up and
spread salt around, Hazleton said.
Fire departments in Hanover Township
and Kingston assisted at the scene.
of slain correctional officer pens historical novel
Williams of Nanticoke has written a historical novel dedicated to his son Eric,
a correctional officer killed nearly six years ago in a federal prison.
the novel is based on a real event at the end of the Revolutionary War in 1782,
a common theme of the book deals with a topic hes thought a lot about in
recent years: revenge.
It mostly surrounds revenge for the murder of
family members, Williams said.
Williams, who advocated for the death
penalty for the inmate who killed his son, said the book is based on a little-known
event at the end of the war, the Gnadenhutten massacre, also known as the Moravian
Its an occurrence very few people know about, Williams
said. It was an unbelievable tragedy.
The massacre was the killing
of 96 Christian Moravian Indians by a colonial white American militia from Washington
County, Pennsylvania on March 8, 1782. Survivors of the dead vowed revenge.
summary of Williams book, Eighteen for Mercy, says he knows the topic well,
following the death of his son. His sons killer was convicted of murder,
but spared from getting the death penalty.
He understands being compelled
to seek revenge and didnt just write about those things; he lived them,
the summary says. As the characters in his book had to do, Donald also had
to move forward and continue to live this life and hopefully experience some joy
here and there among the struggles.
Williams said he wrote the book previously,
but it ended up like a history book. This time, he wrote it as a novel and he
thinks its more compelling.
The fighting described in the book wasnt
just imagined, according to Williams website. He was able to describe some
scenes from what he experienced during the Vietnam War.
the thick gunpowder and smelling feces and blood, which he described in a battle
scene in his novel, Eighteen For Mercy, wasnt something he read somewhere,
the book summary says. The smells, the confusion, dryness in the mouth,
and the inability to swallow experienced in battle, was something Donald had experience
during his time in Vietnam.
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You can purchase Eighteen
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Nanticoke Area votes to limit taxes, narrow kindergarten registration window
The Greater Nanticoke Area School Board voted
Thursday on several major issues:
To limit any potential tax increase
in 2019-20 to a state maximum of 3.5 percent;
To classify e-cigarettes
and vaping equipment under the districts tobacco policy (thus
banning them on school grounds);
And to limit kindergarten registration
to no later than Sept. 30 unless a child is transferring from kindergarten in
The tax-limit vote will be common among school boards this
month. Under the state law known as Act 1, which legalized gambling, some money
from that gambling is used to reduce school property taxes. But districts are
restricted in how much they can raise taxes without a voter referendum or state
approval under a limited number of exemptions.
If districts vote to stay within
the limit this month, they need not approve a preliminary budget until the end
of May. If they dont vote to stay in the limit, they must prepare a preliminary
budget in February. The limit, known as the Act 1 Index, can vary
year to year and district to district. This year, Greater Nanticoke Areas
index is the highest among Luzerne Countys 11 school districts.
if the vote meant the board would raise taxes, President Tony Prushinski said
it does not, and that under state law a final decision on any increase doesnt
have to be made until June 30.
Superintendent Ronald Grevera
said the change in kindergarten registration policy was aimed at those who register
children later in the year for kindergarten when they were not attending school
anywhere else. He said teachers cant cover all the lessons a student missed
if they dont start school until, say, November. Those who are transferring
from another district can still register mid-year because they were getting their
lessons at the other district.
Grevera also praised high school administration
and teachers for getting the district on the 9th annual Advanced Placement
Honor Roll. The title is given by the College Board which oversees
the AP program to districts in the United States and Canada that increase
access to AP courses while maintaining or improving the rate of students scoring
3 or higher on AP exams, which are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Some 373 districts
made the honor roll this year.
The board also voted to terminate
a paraprofessional, or teacher aide, identified only by employee number. The vote
apparently prompted a person to leave the room, which in turn prompted Prushinski
to make a criticism he said he has done in the past: Urging people to stay for
the whole meeting.
Noting the board takes actions based on the advice of Grevera
and Solicitor Vito Deluca, Prushinski said all were present for the students
and the taxpayers, and that while he wont attempt to stop people
from leaving, he will continue to comment when it happens.
Do they have
a right to walk out? Absolutely, he said. But it is rude.
after the meeting about the person who walked out, Grevera said only that it is
a personnel matter.
swears in first female mayor
Nicole Colatosti-Mackiewicz takes the
place of Rich Wiaterowski
Kelly Choate - pahomepage.com
The City of Nanticoke has a new mayor.
Nicole Colatosti-Mackiewicz was sworn in Thursday night as the city's first female
mayor during a special ceremony at the Nanticoke Municipal Building.
taking the place of Rich Wiaterowski, who died last month after a battle with
Wiaterowski dedicated his life to this community. He also served
as a volunteer firefighter in the city for 25 years.
she was fortunate to call Wiaterowski her close friend.
"We did a lot
of things together besides the political things in the town," said Colatosti-Mackiewicz.
"We had a great time, and I love every memory of it."
said she'll pick up where Wiaterowski left off, attracting more businesses to
the city, paving streets, and planning more events in Nanticoke.
will serve as mayor until the end of the year, but she already plans to run for
the position after that.
selected to serve as Nanticoke's mayor
A Nanticoke councilwoman will be the citys
New Year 2019!
Council chose to take the seat at a meeting Wednesday. She is the
first woman to serve as mayor in Nanticoke, solicitor William Finnegan said.
fills a seat previously held by Rich Wiaterowski, who died Dec. 9 after a battle
with acute myeloid leukemia. Along with his duties as mayor, Wiaterowski served
as a volunteer firefighter in the city. He worked for Laborers International Union
of North America before his illness.
They are big shoes to fill, for
sure, Colatosti-Mackiewicz said.
The citys charter allows her to
serve through 2019. Voters will choose a mayor in November to serve the remaining
two years of Wiaterowskis term. Colatosti-Mackiewicz said she planned to
run for the position.
In the meantime, she wants to continue work from Wiaterowskis
time as mayor, such as paving projects and redevelopment in the citys downtown.
like to continue with his legacy and see everything that he wished and wanted
to go through, she said.
Among those projects is the ongoing development
of the Hanover 9 industrial site in Nanticoke and Hanover Twp., the
Nantego Development Project along East Main Street, and infrastructure improvements
she hopes will attract more business to the city.
one of six people who submitted an application ahead of the deadline. Council
received another application at the meeting. The council members reviewed each
application and were able to have one-on-one conversations with each other about
It is great to see this many people have an interest
in Nanticoke to make this city better than what it is right now, council
President William Brown said.
The vote for her nomination passed with three
yes votes and two abstentions. Colatosti-Mackiewicz and council vice president
Kevin Coughlin abstained.
Colatosti-Mackiewicz is a human resources director
at Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Newport Twp. She was the only
council member to apply for the seat. Because she had to resign in order to become
mayor, council will now have to fill her seat. They will advertise the position,
collect applications then vote on someone to fill the seat, Finnegan said.
business of choosing a mayor to fill a vacant seat is the kind of housekeeping
municipalities everywhere must complete from time to time.
But this time, in
Nanticoke, it meant much more.
Replacing a beloved mayor is not how council
expected to start the new year, Finnegan said.
(Wiaterowski) was my friend
and he was a remarkable man, Colatosti-Mackiewicz said. I sure am
going to miss him and so is this city.