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Donated supplies will help students

We are most grateful for the commitment of this community to helping our children who are in need. This year 994 children were provided with much-needed book bags, notebooks, pens, pencils and other supplies for their return to school.

We extend our warmest thanks to all the people of Luzerne County who donated school supplies for our annual distribution.

Asplundh workers did a good deed

Just wanted to shout out a huge thank-you to the two guys from Asplundh (and their patient co-workers) who took the time to change the blown-out tire on my van on Sept. 24 in Larksville.

My grandsons and I will not forget how the good deed of those men turned our hectic morning into a nice day. Since you refused to accept a tip, I will assure you that we will “pay it forward” by doing something nice for someone else when the need arises.

Golf coaches thank Irem CC

On behalf of the 2009 Wyoming Valley West High School golf team, we extend our deepest gratitude to the Irem Country Club for all the cooperation we received in helping make this past golf season a huge success.

Irem Golf Association President Bob Roberts, the IGA board, club pros Paul Roman and Bill Mattioli and clubhouse manager Al Larnard made scheduling and rescheduling matches and practices very easy.

They worked hard to ensure that our young team had an outstanding experience at one of the finest golf clubs in the Northeast.

These people helped to inspire and promote the notion that junior golf at Irem is alive and well. They helped us share our passion for this great game of golf.

Congratulations also to the course superintendent and his crew that kept the course in such great shape. We hope to continue this tremendous partnership well into the future.

Thanks, Irem, for helping to make the job of coaching our fine young players so much fun.

Credit trainers for canine success

To say thank you to Paul Price and the trainers at K-9 Korner (Professional Dog Training, Daycare and Boarding) in Wilkes-Barre would just not do justice.

One year ago, I took my dog, Hutch, for an evaluation in hopes of training him to be my service dog. Hutch was a rescue dog from the Hazleton Animal Shelter and I was lucky to get him in 2006, actually blessed. He was found abandoned in the streets, bruised, malnourished and infested with fleas, ticks and worms. Hutch had been adopted by several families and returned to the shelter because he wasn’t good with children and other dogs. After working with him on my own for six months, I decided to take him to Harrisburg to be evaluated for service dog training. He failed the temperament test and was not invited to participate in the program.

I took Hutch to K-9 Korner for obedience training and socialization skills. Hutch responded quickly to Paul Price’s training and encouragement.

We trained Hutch to pull logs in the backyard, building up his strength to support my weight. I suffer from dystonia (brain disease & neurological disorder) and some days I lose my balance and fall. Hutch can brace himself to help me after falling and I can also use his harness to guide me for balance. Paul’s guidance and working everyday over the past year allowed Hutch to be a certified service dog.

But I also had a dream of sharing him with other people and using his unconditional love to help the sick and elderly. With the help of the instructors at K-9 Korner, Hutch recently passed the Therapy Dog International Test and the Canine Good Citizen requirements, which will allow access to hospitals, daycare centers, schools and retirement homes.

Paul Price gave the dog a purpose and helped bring out a special gift that was almost lost. This letter is to thank K-9 Korner and encourage adoption of dogs, because they are truly a blessing.

Visitor glad to rehab in Kingston

After a long illness and two-month stay in St. Luke’s hospital, I needed rehab and nursing upon my release.

My son found Kingston Commons nursing home. I am so glad he did. They nursed me back to good health. They have the best nurses and aides. They gave me tender, loving care and their rehabilitation department got me walking and moving again.

They gave me hope and the will to live again. I’ll be 78 years old on Oct. 31.

I don’t come from the Wyoming Valley, but in case you need a nursing home for your loved one, this is the place to go and have peace of mind that your loved one is cared for.

Mountain Laurels

Mountain Laurels is a regular series of letters from readers conveying thanks to individuals or groups for their support, help or kindness.

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