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ELIZABETHTOWN -- The state honored 29 volunteers on Saturday, including two from Luzerne County, for their efforts tending to state prison inmates’ educational, health and spiritual needs.

The Department of Corrections held its annual statewide volunteer recognition banquet at the department’s Elizabethtown Training Academy. Among those honored were Daniel Wisnieski and the Rev. Paul S. Moseley Sr.

Moseley leads Bible studies at SCI-Retreat. Wisnieski has volunteered at SCI-Retreat and SCI-Dallas, for the past 17 years with Prison Christian Growth Group, a Catholic ministry based in Harrisburg.

“Each year we honor one volunteer from each facility,” said Corrections Secretary Jeffrey A. Beard. “These individuals provide valuable services to inmates, services that the department otherwise does not have the resources to provide. It is only fitting that these exceptional people be recognized for their commitment to state prison inmates.”

NEWPORT TWP. -- Pennsylvania American Water Co. has started a $970,000 water main and pumping station construction project in the Glen Lyon and Wanamie areas to improve service reliability for customers and increase water flows for firefighting.

The company will install nearly 5,100 feet of new 12-inch water main along Kirmar Parkway and Vandermark Road in Newport Township to connect the company’s Glen Lyon and Wanamie systems. When the interconnection is completed, the 400 customers in the Wanamie system will have an additional water supply, including backup from the 264,000-gallon Glen Lyon storage tank. Currently, water to the Wanamie area is supplied solely by the Alden pumping station located on Kirmar Parkway.

The project also includes upgrades to the Center Street pumping station to improve reliability and increase capacity along Old Newport Street in Newport Township. The facility currently supplies approximately 20 customers.

Work on the project began Sept. 17, and the company expects to complete construction by the end of December.

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