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3/19/2019
Nanticoke’s oldest tree coming down
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 Hanover Twp.
“It’s all rotted, dead. It was falling on the road,” Arnott said.
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.
“It’s full of cavities,” he said.
Arnott 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 didn’t do anything, we obviously would have been liable if something happened,” Wall said.

3/18/2019
Look Back: Nanticoke evacuated in 1987 due to poisonous fumes from blaze
elewis@timesleader.com

Nearly 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.
A poisonous 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.
“In 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.
A 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.
Cleanup at the Spencer site took several months.
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3/15/2019
GNA ramps up security
mbuffer@citizensvoice.com

The Greater Nanticoke Area School Board voted Thursday for a policy to enhance security and enact tougher disciplinary actions at the Educational Center.
The Educational 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.
The 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.
“Students 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.”
The 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, Grevera said.
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.

3/14/2019
Trevor Stanley Grohowski receives Eagle Scout Award
Citizens Voice Submitted

Trevor 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.
He resides in the Hanover section of Nanticoke with his parents, Diane and Eric Grohowski and siblings, Dr. Deric Grohowski, and Amber Grohowski.

3/6/2019
Crowds rush to local favorites for Fat Tuesday desserts
Bob Kalinowski - 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. “It’s a doughnut with extra sugar, extra eggs and mashed potatoes, believe it or not. That’s 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.
Stanley 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, she said.
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.”
“It’s really a fried pastry,” Blom said.
Fat Tuesday is one of the busiest days of the year, ranking with Christmas Eve and the day before Thanksgiving, he said.
“It’s been busy since 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning,” Blom said Tuesday afternoon. “We were open all night, really.”

3/3/2019
Nanticoke man quits day job, starts urban farm
dallabaugh@citizensvoice.com

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.
Most take seven to eight days to grow. The best way to eat microgreens is raw like a salad, he said.
“It’s 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 three surgeries.
“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.
He 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.
“I 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.
The Beer Deli in Forty Fort sells 2-ounce packages of Wolfe’s 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 Beer Deli.
“Everything has gotten great reviews and it’s been a great success so far,” Kuchta said. “They’re a good thing because they don’t 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.”
Wolfe’s customers also include chef Jeff Kochanski of Bettelli’s Villa in Wilkes-Barre, who is part of a group called NEPA Chefs For Sustainability.
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. “It’s 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 Bettelli’s 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 that’s 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.
“I’m scaling up quickly,” he said.

2/26/2019
Heavy winds cause damage to building in Nanticoke
Bill Wellock - Citizens Voice

High winds damaged a building that was once home to a beer distributor in downtown Nanticoke.
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 building’s 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.
Mark 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.

2/25/2019
Honey Pot Club members trying to move past theft
Bob Kalinowski - Citizens Voice

The Honey Pot Club has been a part of Angela Sullivan’s 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, she’d visit to have some drinks with friends and share some laughs.
Sullivan, 42, has been saddened to drive by in recent weeks to see the building sit empty and idle, the result of the building’s utilities being shut off due to a large theft.
“It’s dark and cold when you drive by now,” Sullivan said. “It’s sad.”
Sullivan is among the club’s 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 club’s former treasurer allegedly embezzled tens of thousands of dollars.
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.
“The goal remains to open the doors and become operational again,” Sullivan said.
The 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 wasn’t enough money left to pay bills, court papers say.
Since the theft came to light, Wozniak and three of his family members left the club’s 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.

2/18/2019
Court fight continues over eminent domain issue in Nanticoke
Bill Wellock - 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.
The 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 won’t 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.

2/16/2018
Leadership WB group aims to improve Nanticoke’s Quality Hill Park
boboyle@timesleader.com

A 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 basketball court
The committee will be holding a fundraiser Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sabatini’s 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 jkiluk@sordoni.com, or at the door the day of the event.
The committee’s 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 mdaube@toyotasportsplex.com.
The park includes basketball courts, tennis courts, swing sets, a merry-go-round, slides, a community center with restroom facilities, picnic tables and benches.
Besides Kiluk and Daube, committee members include:
• Candice Dutko – cgdutko@geisinger.edu
• Dawn Gilliland – gillilandd@service1.org
• Christine Mackin – cmackin@wvcakids.org
• Tyler Salerno – tyler.salerno@assuredpartners.com
• Deb Telesz – deborah.telesz@prudential.com
• Desiree Voitek – desireevoitek@kings.edu

2/14/2019
Local school districts tightened security in Parkland massacre’s wake
Michael P. Buffer 0 Citizens Voice
Note: This excerpt was taken from full article

The 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.
The 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.
“All buildings in the district now have locking vestibules, which we did not have a year ago,” Grevera added.
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.

2/12/2019
Demolition begins at shuttered St. Joseph Church in Nanticoke
Staff 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.
Demolition 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.

1/26/2019
WVIA seeking volunteers for ‘Our Town Nanticoke’ segment
Staff Report - Citizens Voice

Nanticoke will be featured in WVIA’s “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.
Residents will discuss which landmarks, events and local stories the program should tell about their town.
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.
WVIA hopes to recruit 20 to 25 area residents with personal camcorders.
Anyone interested in being a videographer and/or storyteller for the program should contact Lisa Mazzarella at 570-602-1164 or email lisamazzarella@wvia.org.
“Our Town Nanticoke” will debut April 25.

1/23/2019
Five people displaced after fire in Nanticoke
elewis@timesleader.com

Five 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.
Fire Chief 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.
“On 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.”
Hazleton said the fire was extinguished within 10 minutes. No injuries were reported.
Three people in a first floor apartment were displaced due to water damage.
Hazleton said the second floor apartment sustained fire damage to the bedroom and smoke damage.
Smoke alarms were activated alerting other tenants, Hazleton said.
Hazleton 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.

1/15/2019
Father of slain correctional officer pens historical novel
bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com

Don 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.
While 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 he’s 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 massacre.
“It’s 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.
The summary of Williams’ book, Eighteen for Mercy, says he knows the topic well, following the death of his son. His son’s killer was convicted of murder, but spared from getting the death penalty.
“He understands being compelled to seek revenge and didn’t 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 it’s more compelling.
The fighting described in the book wasn’t just imagined, according to Williams’ website. He was able to describe some scenes from what he experienced during the Vietnam War.
“Breathing in the thick gunpowder and smelling feces and blood, which he described in a battle scene in his novel, Eighteen For Mercy, wasn’t 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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1/11/2019
Greater Nanticoke Area votes to limit taxes, narrow kindergarten registration window
mguydish@timesleader.com

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 district’s 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 another district.
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 don’t 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 Area’s index is the highest among Luzerne County’s 11 school districts.
Asked 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 doesn’t have to be made until June 30.
K registration
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 can’t cover all the lessons a student missed if they don’t 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.
Aide terminated
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 won’t 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.”
Asked after the meeting about the person who walked out, Grevera said only that it “is a personnel matter.”

1/4/2019
Nanticoke swears in first female mayor
Nicole Colatosti-Mackiewicz takes the place of Rich Wiaterowski
Kelly Choate - pahomepage.com
NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)

The City of Nanticoke has a new mayor.
Councilwoman Nicole Colatosti-Mackiewicz was sworn in Thursday night as the city's first female mayor during a special ceremony at the Nanticoke Municipal Building.
She's taking the place of Rich Wiaterowski, who died last month after a battle with leukemia.
Wiaterowski dedicated his life to this community. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in the city for 25 years.
Colatosti-Mackiewicz said 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."
Colatosti-Mackiewicz said she'll pick up where Wiaterowski left off, attracting more businesses to the city, paving streets, and planning more events in Nanticoke.
Colatosti-Mackiewicz will serve as mayor until the end of the year, but she already plans to run for the position after that.

1/3/2019
Councilwoman selected to serve as Nanticoke's mayor
bwellock@citizensvoice.com

Nicole Colatosti-Mackiewicz

A Nanticoke councilwoman will be the city’s next mayor.
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.
Colatosti-Mackiewicz 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 city’s charter allows her to serve through 2019. Voters will choose a mayor in November to serve the remaining two years of Wiaterowski’s term. Colatosti-Mackiewicz said she planned to run for the position.
In the meantime, she wants to continue work from Wiaterowski’s time as mayor, such as paving projects and redevelopment in the city’s downtown.
“I’d 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.
Colatosti-Mackiewicz was 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 the applicants.
“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.
The 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.”

Happy New Year 2019!