www.timesleader.com News Sports Weather Obituaries Features Business People Opinion Video Contact Us Classifieds

Children enjoy asthma camp

The Max and Lorraine Foundation and the American Lung Association would like to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and the volunteers who gave their time to make it possible for 45 children with asthma to enjoy this year’s camping experience at Camp AsthmaCadabra.

The Max and Lorraine Foundation was founded in memory of Lorraine Button Tracy and her son, Max, who passed away at age 40 and 10, respectively, due to complications from asthma attacks.

A special thank-you to our medical director, Dr. Jeffrey Zero. Gratitude also is extended to Chris and Elaine Tino, Tony Delonti, of the American Lung Association, and Mary Dalpiaz and Lisa Pupa, who devoted hours to coordinate the camp schedule.

Great appreciation also goes out to Katia, the YMCA camp director, and the YMCA staff for the patience and understanding shown to each child. We are fortunate to have the YMCA’s Camp Kresge in our area for all to enjoy.

By the way, the foundation’s annual golf tournament will be held at Sand Springs Golf Club on Oct. 10. For information on the foundation, call 474-6282.

Man’s honesty greatly valued

On a recent Saturday, my family and I attended a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees game at PNC Field in Moosic.

As I was leaving the stadium I reached into my pocket for my car keys. As I did so, I did not realize that money I had in my pocket fell to the ground.

Fortunately a very honest and kind gentleman saw this happen, picked up the money and returned it to me.

While I thanked him and was most appreciative, I could not express to him at the time how touched I was by his honesty. Perhaps he will see this letter and know how very grateful I am.

League lauded for tournament

As a friend of the Rosencrans family, I would like to thank the North End Little League members – especially Dan Hontz Jr. and Jessica McClay – for organizing a benefit softball tournament to help Cpl. James Rosencrans, who was recently injured while serving in Afghanistan.

Many thanks go out to Ellen Hontz and “Aunt Pat,” who made sure the players and the fans had something to eat and drink. Not only that, but the duo stayed in that hot concession stand for two days making the refreshments.

Also, appreciation is extended to Mark Jones, who e-mailed everybody to get them involved, and for the companies that provided donations: Bakery Delite, Schiel’s Family Market, the Lion Brewery, Pepsi and Aramark.

And to all the others who helped out – so many I can’t name you all – I say thank you.

Last but not least, thanks to the teams. Without your participation, we would have no tournament.

It makes me proud to say I’m a member of the North Wilkes-Barre Little League.

National Night Out ruled a success

The Neighborhood Crime Watch group of the Hanover section of Nanticoke and our neighbors enjoyed yet another successful National Night Out event.

Father Russin and his parishioners from St. John’s Orthodox Church deserve special thanks for the donation of the picnic grounds and facilities. Our friends at Wegmans Marketplace, Price Chopper, Wal-Mart, and Weis Markets all contributed money that allowed us to purchase the tasty food. Special thanks goes to Burger King, in Nanticoke, for its well-received donation of hot food. Ruby’s Inn on Espy Street once again came through with hot pizza and liquid refreshments for all the crime watch workers.

Thanks to Alma Berlot, who led wonderful games with prizes for the children, and the Nanticoke police who lent their presence. The Northeast Auto Theft Task Force was kind enough to bring its equipment, which etched vehicle identification numbers (VINs) onto glass windows in vehicles for security purposes. I know my truck is less vulnerable to theft now that this work has been done, thanks to the task force.

Luzerne County Sheriff Mike Savokinas and his department were busily engaged with a new children’s ID program, which prints out a photo, fingerprint and description of a child for use by a parent. Thanks, Mike.

Also contributing to our effort was Lenny Kravitz and his fabulous musicians. My friends Dotty and John Stanky came by to lend their support, with Dotty taking the microphone to introduce some of our guests.

U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski attended, as well as our outstanding district attorney, Jacqueline Musto Carroll. Nanticoke Mayor John Bushko also showed his support.

Last, but certainly not least, the members of this crime watch group who dutifully manned the kitchen and hot stoves deserve the highest of accolades for their time working to get the job done. Thank you, guys, for doing it all so well once more.

We want to welcome everyone to the next National Night Out in 2009.

The Weekender Go Lackawanna Timesleader The Dallas Post Tunkhannock Times Impressions Media The Abington Journal Hazelton Times Five Mountain Times El Mensajero Pittston Sunday Dispatch Creative Circle Media Image Map