March 21, 2013


Brozena honored for work

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission Thursday presented its Maurice K. Goddard Award for Excellence by a Water Management Professional to James Brozena, West Pittston.

Brozena was recognized for his contributions to flood protection programs in the Wyoming Valley, particularly his contributions to the Wyoming Levee Raising Project during his years as executive director of the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority.

The project involved raising 15 miles of levees and flood walls, enhanced stormwater management, flood mitigation planning and recreational opportunities, and helped reconnect the residents of Wilkes-Barre with the Susquehanna River through the River Commons project.


Aiding breast cancer fight

The second annual “Helping Women with Cancer,” in memory of Karen Lavan Bokelman, will be held Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Rodano’s on Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.

The Karen Lavan Bokelman Foundation is sponsoring the non-profit event, which helps women fighting breast cancer. Proceeds will benefit the Karen Lavan Bokelman Foundation and Candy’s Place, a cancer wellness center in Forty Fort.

Last year, the organization raised $5,000, half of which was donated to Candy’s Place.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, which includes food, beer and soda. A cash bar will be available. There will be music by the Killer Bees, silent auction with autographs from Little Big Town and Monica Selas, among other items, and a basket raffle.

For information or to purchase tickets, visit klbfoundation.com.

Karen, daughter of Tom and Marilyn Lavan, Wilkes-Barre Township, was diagnosed with cancer in August 2002 and passed away Feb. 22, 2010.


EBT system to be down

The Department of Public Welfare is alerting all Electronic Benefit Transfer card users that they will be unable to use their card beginning 11 p.m. Sunday through noon on Monday.

The planned temporary outage, selected to minimize impact to cardholders due to transaction volume, is a result of information technology changes occurring during a change of card vendors. Cardholders will not be able to make any purchases with their card or access their account for information while the transfer is taking place.

The Electronic Benefit Transfer card, or EBT card, is a blue card with yellow wording spelling out “ACCESS.” The EBT card may contain any of the following benefits: Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Medical Assistance.

Beginning at noon on Monday, cardholders will be able to go to www.ebt.acs-inc.com to access their benefit information. Clients’ benefits will not change.


PSU open house Saturday

Penn State Hazleton’s Office of Admissions will host an open house Saturday for prospective students and their families. The free event begins at 10 a.m. in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building at the campus.

Attendees will learn about admissions, academic programs, campus life, housing options and financial aid from admissions staff members. Current students from the Lion Ambassador organization will provide campus tours. Faculty members also will be available to discuss the degree programs and the wide range of educational opportunities available at Penn State.

For more information, contact the admissions office at 450-3142.