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Good Samaritans Are The Norm, Not The Exception

January 24, 2019 GMT

I would like to express in my column today how very pleased and absolutely appreciative I am by the number of strangers (both male and female, young and old) that I have encountered while shopping who offered their help to assist a handicapped person. As an example, I recently purchased an item that was a bit heavy for me to pick up and place in my car trunk. If it wasn’t for the young man who saw the problem I was in and offered his help, I would have otherwise struggled to get the item in my trunk. I really believe chivalry is still very much alive in our region. A sincere thanks go to all these many obliging and fantastic “Samaritans” who don’t even give second thoughts when they see an elderly person having any type of difficulty and offer their assistance to them. Police respond to 473 calls in December Police Chief Ronald Smith announced that the police department responded to 473 calls for service for the month of December, including the following: 67 motor vehicle accidents, 13 assist citizens, 12 assist motorists, 14 assist other police, seven harassment complaints, 24 disorderly conduct complaints, nine domestic disturbances, 13 suspicious persons complaints, 33 burglar alarms, 35 retail thefts, 16 thefts and 165 traffic violations. Police arrested 38 adult offenders and six juvenile offenders, either through direct contact after the crime was committed or the charges were filed against persons as a result of concluding a criminal investigation, including the following: 17 retail theft offenses, four theft offenses, four disorderly conduct offenses, six drug offenses, three public drunkenness offenses and five DUI offenses. Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistical information for Wilkes-Barre Twp. through the most recent reported month of November 2018, shows that UCR Part 1 offenses have decreased 3.84 percent and Part 2 offenses have increased 10.92 percent over the same period of 2017. The overall crime rate for the township has increased 3.8 percent. Secret Santa recipients correction In my Dec. 27 column, I incorrectly listed all the recipients who received the traditional decorated Christmas water heater which members of “Secret Santa” select to be delivered on Christmas Eve to an unsuspecting township resident. The following is the corrected list: first recipient in 2013 was Robert Delescavage; 2014, Joseph Weiss; 2015, Michael Dotzel; 2016, Michael Wildes; 2017, Robert Flynn and in 2018, Gerald Shinal Jr. It is deemed a great honor to be the recipient of the decorated Christmas water heater each year. Who will be next? Groundhog Day Punxsutawney Phil will be coming out of hibernation at sunrise on Saturday, Feb. 2, to make his annual prediction whether we will have an early spring or six more weeks of bad weather. After what we have all experienced during the past week, with everything dumped at us all at once, an early spring would be very welcome, but I really doubt that will happen this year. Senior citizens news At the recent Wilkes-Barre Twp. Senior Citizens weekly bingo, 50-50 winners were Alice Hixon, Tina Cherkauskas, Carmella Sokolski and Gerry Andrzejewski. Special game winners were Dorothy Krugal and Dorothy Murphy. Members honored Betty Disler on the occasion of her birthday. Members enjoyed hoagies thanks to Disler. New member Susan Borum was welcomed into the club. Sue Pohutski, chairwoman of the annual Ash Wednesday fish dinner, reported that KLs Catering will be catering the club’s fish dinner on March 6. Member’s cost is $8. New members are welcome. Members meet at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday in the township community room, break for lunch at noon and continue playing bingo until 3 p.m. Our Lady of Hope news The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, invites couples celebrating their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries in 2019 to a Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 30. The event includes a 2:30 p.m. Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Couples will have the opportunity to renew their commitment to marriage and to receive a blessing on their marriage from the bishop. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through the Rev. John S. Terry before April 2. I am happy to report that Our Lady of Hope’s bus trip to see the stage play “Jesus” at the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster on April 4 is completely filled. You can still place your name to be on the waiting list in the event there are any cancellations by contacting Theresa Lisiewski at 570-822-0831. Are you interested in becoming an extraordinary minister? The Office for Parish Life will offer an all-day training session for new extraordinary ministers of communion from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Candidates for the training should have the approval of his or her pastor/parish life coordinator. There is no fee for the training and lunch will be provided. To register, fill out the EMHC training registration form or call the Office for Parish Life at 570-207-2213. Be sure to include your mailing address, phone number and the name of your parish. St. John B.C. Church news The annual blessing of the Susquehanna River will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Nesbitt Park boat launch off of Pierce Street near the new Geisinger Kingston Clinic (former Wyoming Valley Kia) off of First Avenue in Kingston. A social will follow at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 271 Church St., Swoyersville. The Rev. Mykhaylo Prodanets will visit homes this year in observance of the traditional Byzantine custom of blessing homes after the Feast of the Theophany. If you wish to have your home blessed, mail in your request to St. John B.C. Church, 526 Church St., Wilkes-Barre Twp., PA 18702 by Feb. 1. If your home was not blessed last year and you would like to have it blessed this year, the Rev. Prodanets will visit those homes first, followed by those blessed last year. Bernadine Elick writes “Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk” every other Thursday. Contact her at elickbern59@aol.com.