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Volunteers sought

for youth aid panel

Individuals who reside within the Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre, Greater Nanticoke, Hanover, Wyoming and Pittston school districts are needed as volunteers for Luzerne County’s Youth Aid Panel Juvenile Diversion program.

The panel is in dire need of bilingual volunteers in the Hazleton area, Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis announced.

Applications can be obtained online at the district attorney’s website, accessible through www.luzernecounty.org, and sent to Youth Aid Panel Coordinator Alison Gimbi, via email at alison.gimbi@luzernecounty.org, or mailed to 200 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711, attention Youth Aid Panel.

Youth aid panels consist of citizen volunteers who meet on a once-a-month basis with first-time, nonviolent, juvenile offenders. Panels have been strategically placed throughout Luzerne County to better serve the juveniles deserving of a second chance. So far, 85 community volunteers have been trained and remain active participants.

Applicants will be interviewed, and those selected will be required to complete an extensive training before service. The application deadline is Sept. 9.



program offered

The Wilkes-Barre Child Development Center, 161 E. Market St., is accepting applications to enroll eligible families and their children in its free Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts early-childhood education program.

To qualify, a child must be living in a family earning up to 300 percent of the poverty level. Children may also be affected by other risk factors, such as English language learners, family in the child welfare system or having disabilities or developmental delays.

Families interested in enrolling their children in should contact Kathleen Kowalski, director, at 570-824-1625.


‘Party in the Park’

set for weekend

The Duryea Recreation Board will sponsor Duryea’s Party in the Park 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Healey Park on Foote Avenue.

Free food and music will be part of the festivities. An ice cream truck, courtesy of The Sons of the American Legion, will be at the park 5 to 6:30 p.m.


Fatal fire remains

under investigation

A house fire two weeks ago that claimed the lives of Mary Ann Navin, 70, and her grandson, Jack Navin, 2, remains under investigation, said township police Chief Royce Engler.

State police Deputy Fire Marshal Shawn Hilbert is investigating the cause of the blaze on Aug. 9 at 4 Walden Drive, Engler said.

Mary Ann Navin and her grandson were found by firefighters after the fire was extinguished. The Luzerne County Coroner’s Office said they died from carbon monoxide intoxication. No autopsies were performed.

Navin’s husband, Thomas, was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital for injuries he suffered in the blaze.


MMI schedules

orientation day

MMI Preparatory School orientation will be held 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. The orientation will familiarize new students with each other and the teachers and officials they will learn under.

MMI’s newest students may visit classrooms and learn more about the additional academic and athletic resources offered.

Dress is casual for orientation. Parents may join their children for a continental breakfast at 8:15 a.m. During breakfast, parents can meet the MMI administration, teachers and coaches and ask questions. Lunch will be provided and students will be dismissed at 1 p.m.

The first full day of school for all students is Tuesday.

MMI provides tuition assistance for many families, with 53 percent of students receiving financial aid for the upcoming school year. For more information, call 570-636-1108 or visit www.mmiprep.org.

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