‘Kitchen’ to mark
In celebration of its 30th year of serving the Wyoming Valley, St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen announces “A Celebration of Food” — a gourmet-dining event to support agency programs and its special anniversary.
Many area restaurants have signed up to participate in the event, set for 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Woodlands Inn and Resort, Plains Township. The event is supported in part by sponsors Mericle Commercial Real Estate and McCarthy Tire Service.
Tickets, selling for $30 a person or $50 a pair, are available online, at celebrationoffood.org, or by calling 763-9848.
Active Aging Day
planned on Square
The Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne/Wyoming Counties will hold its annual Active Aging Day on Public Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 12. Experts in the fields of aging and aging services will be present to distribute information and to speak with interested individuals.
Activities will include a Zumba Gold demonstration, belly dancers from the Kingston Active Adult Center, as well as a performance by Stanky and the Coal Miners. Early bird bingo will be held at the nearby Charles T. Adams Active Adult Center, 5 E. Market St., where participants also will find coffee, doughnuts and bathroom facilities.
Flu shots will be available through the National Council on Aging’s Flu and You Program and the Wilkes Barre City Health Department under the direction of Ted Cross.
Members of the Active Adult Centers may pre-arrange to order a bag lunch to enjoy on the Square by contacting their local Active Adult Center, or call the Area Agency on Aging at 822-1158.
on UGI penalty
Before it takes any action, the state Public Utility Commission wants the public to weigh in on a proposed $1 million penalty against UGI Penn Natural Gas over the mishandling of a gas leak that had the potential to cause a catastrophe in Wilkes-Barre Township in the spring of 2012.
If agreed to by the PUC, the fine would be a record paid by a utility in the state. UGI may not use money from customers to pay the fine.
PUC commissioners voted Thursday to seek public comment on the settlement.
Any member of the public may review or comment on the proposed settlement by visiting www.puc.pa.gov or by mailing to PUC, P.O. Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105, and referencing docket M-2013-2338981. The comment period will last 20 days.
in area lifted
Pennsylvania American Water customers in parts of Wilkes-Barre Township, Hanover Township and Laurel Run no longer have to boil their water before use. Acceptable bacteria test results were obtained from samples collected on Wednesday and Thursday, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has authorized lifting of the precautionary advisory.
The advisory went into effect Wednesday after a water main broke along Allen Street in Hanover Township. About 500 customers were affected.
‘Goth cat’ dealer
due in court
A Sweet Valley woman convicted of piercing the ears of kittens and selling the felines as “Gothic kittens” is scheduled for a hearing in Luzerne County Court on Sept. 9 on an alleged probation violation.
Probation officers allege Holly Crawford, 38, of Dobson Road, failed to follow a judge’s order to report to the adult probation and parole department on Aug. 7 and failed to report to the county’s Day Reporting Center at the county correctional facility.
Crawford was convicted by a jury of cruelty to animals in April 2010 and was sentenced to the intermediate punishment program for one year. Crawford’s sentence has been extended due to previous probation violations, including testing positive for marijuana and alcohol.