Don’t Let This Winter Of Extremes Get You Down

February 21, 2019

What a lopsided winter we have been experiencing so far! We have gone from one extreme to another, from milder, sunny days to cold, arctic weather, in just a matter of a few days. We were all delighted when “Punxsutawney Phil” came out of hibernation on Feb. 2 and predicted an early spring this year for us. Although spring is just 27 days around the corner, we will still have to take every day a day at a time until then. Police respond to 393 calls in January Police Chief Ron Smith has announced the township police department responded to 393 calls in January, including the following: 41 motor vehicle accidents, 14 assist citizens, 13 assist motorists, five assist other police, five harassment complaints, 12 disorderly conduct complaints, five domestic disturbances, 16 suspicious persons complaints, 36 burglar alarms, 47 retail thefts, 16 thefts and 104 traffic violations. Police arrested 32 adult offenders and two 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: 16 retail theft offenses, one theft offense, two defiant trespass offenses, six drug offenses, one harassment offense and two DUI offenses. Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistical information for Wilkes-Barre Twp. through the most recent reported month of December 2018, shows that UCR Part 1 offenses have decreased 4.47 percent and Part 2 offenses have increased 9.28 percent over the same period of 2018. The overall crime rate for the township has increased 2.68 percent. Municipal/county real estate tax Property owners received their 2019 municipal/county taxes last week in the mail. The taxes can be paid in person to township tax collector Maria Zabofski from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pay by checks only, as no cash will be accepted. If you wish to pay by mail, please include the entire bill with your payment and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Checks are to be made payable to “Wilkes-Barre Township Tax Collector.” Taxes will be discounted two percent if paid by April 3. Senior citizens news Sue Pohutski, chairwoman of the annual Ash Wednesday fish dinner, is taking orders for the catered haddock dinner which will be held on Wednesday, March 6 in the township community room. Cost is $8 for members. Payment is to be made to Pohutski no later than Wednesday, Feb. 27. The club’s $6 yearly dues are payable to Sue Pohutski, treasurer. The seniors welcome new members to join the club. Seniors meet at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday (weather permitting), break for lunch at noon and play bingo until 3 p.m. Township residency is not a requirement to join the weekly seniors’ group. The township provides free bus transportation to any township resident who has no means of transportation to the municipal building. Our Lady of Hope news The Christian Women of Our Lady of Hope will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the parish rectory. All women of the parish are invited to attend. Our Lady of Hope parishioners received raffle tickets for the annual “Paczkowy Social” to be held on Saturday, March 2, following the 4 p.m. Mass in the Marymount Parish Center. Ten monetary prizes will be awarded: first prize, $500; second prize, $300 (I can’t believe I won last year!); third prize, $200; fourth to sixth prizes, $100 and seventh to 10th prizes, $50. Parishioners will enjoy a paczki (Polish donut) with their coffee or cold drink while socializing with other parishioners. Alex Bonk, an altar server at Our Lady of Hope, needs to perform a special project in order to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He is conducting an outreach to assist those needs for the women at Ruth’s Place. A donation box is at each entrance of the church, designated for the worthy cause. Requested are any items the women could use. The donation box will be available until Sunday, March 10. Bonk would greatly appreciate your donation. St. John B.C. Church news St. John’s parishioners will bake nut, poppy seed, apricot and lekvar rolls for the Easter holiday. Cost is $10 per roll. Call Ethel at 570-824-1970 to order from March 2-16. No orders will be taken after the March 16 deadline. Baking will take place the first week of April when volunteer help will be greatly appreciated and needed. Roll pickup dates are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 5, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at St. John’s hall, 756 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre Twp. Any donation toward the purchase of supplies for the rolls would be greatly appreciated. Contact George Daru at 570-825-4416. Bernadine Elick writes “Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk” every other Thursday. Contact her at elickbern59@aol.com.

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