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September 02. 2013 11:29PM
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County summit’

is postponed

County Councilman Harry Haas has postponed Wednesday’s “Security Summit” after some of his council colleagues complained he did not fully brief them on the plans before scheduling the event.

Haas discussed his interest in a summit on crime at last week’s council meeting, but council did not vote as a group to hold the event.

Haas said he will seek council approval at the Sept. 10 meeting.

“I’m looking forward to a spirited discussion with hopes that it will lead to definitive action,” Haas said.


Lights out

for high rise

Lightening knocked out power to Frank Crossin Towers for around 12 hours Monday, according to Duryea Mayor Keith Moss.

Around 100 mostly elderly residents live in the building. Residents were moved to a community room, and generators were used to provide refrigeration for medication and power oxygen machines, Moss said.

Crews from PPL installed new exterior wiring and made other repairs to restore power around 5:45 p.m., Moss said.


Welcoming fall

with a festival

The Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library will hold a fall festival 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the library, 47 Broad St.

The event will include a flea market, book and bake sale and the following activities: potato chip taste test, 10 a.m.-noon; reading therapy dogs, 10-11:30 a.m.; JustinCredible’s balloon figures, 11 a.m.; and a children’s health program, 11:30 a.m.

The library’s regular programming also will resume in September, including craft and science clubs, and snack and story times. Contact the library at 654-9565 for additional information.


Boback sets times

for outreach

State Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, said constituents seeking state government assistance can meet with a member of her staff at the following outreach locations:

Sept. 4, 9 a.m.-noon, Conyngham Township Municipal Building; Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, Salem Township Municipal Building; Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, Dorrance Township Municipal Building; Sept. 10, 1-3 p.m., Wright Township Municipal Building; Sept. 18: 9 a.m.-noon, Benton Senior Center; Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Shickshinny Senior Center.

Citizens who cannot attend the special satellite hours may schedule a meeting at Boback’s full-time district offices in Sweet Valley, 477-3752, or Tunkhannock, 836-4777.

Patrick Rogan, a caseworker for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, also will be at Boback’s Sweet Valley office 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 9 and 1 to 3 that afternoon at her Tunkhannock office to help constituents with federal agency and program issues.

Boback also will host the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Veterans Center at her Tunkhannock district office 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9. Appointments for the mobile center can be made at 344-2676.


State forest

survey online

The public is invited to take an online survey as part of an update of the state forest resource management plan, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti announced.

The plan, revised about every five years, outlines oversight of the state’s 2.2 million-acre forest system.

The 23-question survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, seeks public input on management priorities and the usage of state forests.

The survey, which must be completed by Oct. 31, is available at under the quick links.

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