No local gun-permit
database being compiled
Civitas Media, parent company of The Times Leader, says it is not compiling a database of holders of “conceal and carry” permits.
Citing an email that went to newsroom employees throughout Civitas, bloggers and some national media outlets reported such a compilation was planned.
“Civitas Media never had any plans or intentions of publishing in print or online lists of holders of ‘conceal and carry’ permits,” CEO Michael Bush said in a statement. “Nor will Civitas Media develop databases of permit holders. A poorly crafted internal memo meant to highlight editorial discussions and planning incorrectly indicated that such a database was being planned; it has been considered and rejected.”
Pennsylvania doesn’t make its “conceal and carry” permit records available to the public.
Leadership W-B, Kiwanis
hosting fundraiser today
Members of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Swings and Things Committee have joined forces with the Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club to make upgrades for the Mckenna’s Place playground, Exeter. Plans call for the installation of a sensory garden, paved walkways and a shade pavilion at the handicapped accessible park.
A fundraising gala will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ole Tyme Charlie’s. The event will include food and beverages, entertainment by three bands and emcee Fast Freddy of WKRZ as D.J. Basket raffles, a fun photo booth and other entertainment will also be available.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting Jim at 570-793-5962 or Jenn at 570-550-1654, at the Deco Lounge in Exeter or from members of Leadership Wilkes-Barre. The public is invited.
Coach, Vera Bradley
prizes at THON bingo
Penn State Hazleton THON will host a Coach and Vera Bradley bingo fundraiser on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Dr. Thomas M. Caccese Gymnasium in the Physical Education Building. A variety of bags, wallets, wristlets and purses will be given away as prizes during the event. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door, which opens at noon.
All proceeds benefit the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, THON for short, a student-run philanthropy that raises money for the fight against pediatric cancer at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Call Student Affairs at 570-450-3160 for more information.
United Way seeks projects
for Day of Caring in May
United Way of Wyoming Valley will hold its Day of Caring on May 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with an Awards Event breakfast program at the Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre. Last year, more than 600 volunteers joined together to complete 41 different community projects in just one day.
Area non-profits and community groups are encouraged to submit projects in which they could use volunteer assistance on that day. Project request forms can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5D9RFBJ. Submission deadline is Feb. 14.
Past projects include painting, planting flowers, litter pick-up, opening camps for summer programs, helping at daycare facilities, assisting special needs individuals, and many more. Organizations are also encouraged to submit projects tailored to senior volunteers and those who may not be up to physical tasks.
A list of all submitted projects will be shared with individuals and local businesses. United Way will then try to find and organize groups of volunteers to complete the projects.
Contact John Winslow at 570-829-6711, ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about submitting a project, event and t-shirt sponsorship opportunities, or any of the day’s other festivities.
Details to register for the free breakfast program will be shared in the near future. When the program ends at about 9:15 a.m., volunteers will report directly to their pre-selected community project for the remainder of the day.