New SCI Retreat
Theresa Ann DelBalso, 50, has been appointed superintendent at the State Correctional Institution at Retreat in Newport Township. DelBalso replaces James McGrady, who retired after 31 years of service.
DelBalso began her corrections career in 1994 as a corrections counselor at SCI Mahanoy. While at Mahanoy, she was promoted in 2000 to unit manager.
In 2007, she transferred to SCI Dallas to accept the position of major of unit management. In June 2010, she was promoted to deputy superintendent of centralized services at SCI Dallas. DelBalso transitioned to SCI Retreat in August of that year to serve in the same capacity.
She was appointed acting superintendent at SCI Retreat this June.
As superintendent of SCI Retreat, DelBalso is responsible for more than 400 staff and about 1,200 inmates.
DelBalso is a lieutenant colonel in her 23rd year with the Army Reserves. As a military police officer, she served two combat tours in Iraq and various short tours on overseas assignments.
She was previously employed as a police officer for more than seven years before her employment with the DOC.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from Penn State University in 1985. In 2001, she received a master’s degree in criminal justice from St. Joseph’s University.
School Board votes
to hire secretary
At a Wilkes-Barre Area School Board meeting Monday, board members voted to hire Sandy Elmy as a Kistler Elementary School secretary.
Elmy has been employed by the district for several years as a teacher’s aide. Her starting salary is to be $17,198, said district Business Manager Leonard Pryzwara, though he clarified that the district’s secretary salaries are still being negotiated.
Elmy is wife to Louis Elmy, School Board vice president.
Yudichak to speak
at watch meeting
The next meeting of the Ashley Crime Watch will be Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Leo’s Church.
This will be the one-year anniversary for the crime watch and the special guest speaker will be state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township.
All residents are urged to attend. Call Nancy Hughes at 570-262-9949 with any questions.
An Adoption Day Event and Pet Food Drive and Fall Barbecue is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Sun Buick Car Dealership on Birney Avenue in Moosic to benefit Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care Program and Rescue for Domestic Animals.
There will be several raffles and prizes, psychic readings, and a bouncy house for the children. There will be dogs for adoption.
Bring large bag of dog food or a case of canned food and enjoy a free barbecue.
Solomon to be held
The McDonald’s restaurant on Kidder Street is donating a portion of its sales to the Solomon Elementary/Junior High School in an event called McTeacher’s Night.
The teachers will work behind the counter from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McDonald’s on Kidder Street near the Wyoming Valley Mall.