Last updated: August 22. 2013 4:26PM - 3383 Views
By - jsoprano@timesleader.com

David Kocman and Steve Sykes work to place a large wooden pipe in the St Nicholas Church pipe organ. AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADER 8/22/2013
David Kocman and Steve Sykes work to place a large wooden pipe in the St Nicholas Church pipe organ. AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADER 8/22/2013
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Ah, Thursday. Just one more day till the weekend.

But don't worry. We aren't slacking off. We still have plenty of good stuff for you.

Let's start with the one sure sign that the New York Yankees are quickly becoming more of a Sunday league softball team than a big league club focusing on the playoffs.

The team's 39-year-old future Hall of Fame shortstop is back in Moosic tonight for his second rehab stint of the season. This can't be what Derek Jeter had in mind when the season began.

Jeter should look on the bright side, however, at least Ryan Dempster isn't trying to drill him with an inside fastball.

Dave Rosengrant will have all the details of Jeter's return trip to PNC Field. He really should ask the shortstop if he plans on stopping at the Kingston Adult Active Center that Bill O'Boyle wrote about yesterday.

But enough fun at the Yankees' expense, let's move it along.

Again it's a weekday, so you know what that means — yep, another story about the vacant Luzerne County controller's seat.

Jen Learn-Andres will let us know what happens when the six applicants for the position are interviewed tonight. And just a reminder, all this is to fill the position just until the end of the year.

If you are confused about who is in the running (and why wouldn't you be), click here to read Jen's story from today's paper.

We do have some sad news. First no one could save the Hotel Sterling in Wilkes-Barre. Now it looks like no one is going to be able to save the historic Huber Breaker in Ashley.

A federal bankruptcy court ruled today the site can be sold, most likely dooming the historic structure to the wrecking ball. Staff writer Ed Lewis will have the story.

And as long as we are speaking of local history, I may as well mention that St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Wilkes-Barre is installing a pipe organ. The church had a pipe organ for years, but replaced in the early 80s with a modern electric organ.

I know this because my brothers and I helped pull the pipes from the old pipe organ out of the church.

Moving from the old to the new, the college kids are back in town.

Just up the street at King's College classes begin on Monday. That means I will be competing for a spot at all my local haunts with a whole new host of 20-somethings. (Darn, I beginning to sound like those State College townies we always complained about when I was at Penn State.)

Staff writer Andrew Seder will have the story on the invasion of the new college students. Clark Van Orden will have plenty of photos.

Roger DuPuis will be at the Wilkes-Barre City Council meeting tonight, a special session called just so Council can hold the second and final reading of the “one-strike” rental ordinance. Usually, the ordinance - which holds landlords responsible for drug and gun crimes committed in the rental units — would have had to wait for September's regular meeting for a second reading.

But Mayor Tom Leighton wants this measure passed quickly, evidently. If he could only find a way to fast track the cleaning of Wilkes-Barre streets when the snow hits in a few months.

Finally, somehow I am still getting complaints that the Afternoon Update just isn't as entertaining as my old Midday Note. But that's OK, the chief complainer is a Yankees fan.

Well that's it for today. As always, if you have a complaint, comment or question, call me at 570-829-7164 or email me at jsoprano@timesleader.com.

Have a good night.

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