for DUI on ATV
A physician from Mountain Top was sentenced this week to 90 days to one year in county prison on charges he was intoxicated when driving an all-terrain vehicle after going grocery shopping.
Mark Antony Gonsky, 60, of Loop Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence and was sentenced by Luzerne County Senior Judge Hugh Mundy, who also ordered that Gonsky complete 25 hours of community service and participate in an Interlock Ignition program for 12 months after his 18-month license suspension is up.
Gonsky received credit for five months time served and was immediately paroled. He was charged in May after he was seen leaving Weis Market on South Mountain Boulevard on an ATV on April 29. Gonsky stopped in front of a bank and told police he was doing nothing wrong and that he drove the ATV to the grocery store because he is unable to ride a bicycle and has a difficult time getting into and out of a vehicle.
Police alleged Gonsky displayed signs of intoxication and had a blood-alcohol level of .189 percent.
$10k to WVIA
Frontier Communications has donated $10,000 through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program to support WVIA Public Media’s educational services.
WVIA provides educational television programming to its member schools by delivering curriculum-based programming.
WVIA Public Media is a scholarship organization under the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Education Improvement Tax Credit program. The program gives companies an opportunity to support quality agencies working to educate children.
Flack honored for
Ferrwood Camp work
Janet Flack has been presented a resolution recognizing her for her generous donating of her professional advice and counsel on the restoration of the historic Ferrwood Music Camp in Butler Township. The honor came from the CAN DO Community Foundation.
Ferrwood is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the Library of Congress. A former “Fresh Air Camp” that was created to aid children who were considered “at risk” of tuberculosis was dedicated on July 1, 1927, by the Luzerne County commissioners. The camp closed in the 1950s when TB was no longer a threat. It was unused until 1966 when it reopened as the Ferrwood Music Camp.
Flack’s efforts included designing the main living area using the Lodge at Yellowstone National Park’s Great Room theme.
by UNICO group
Benito A. “Benny” Tranguch has been named the UNICO Hazleton 2013 Outstanding Italian American.
A lifelong resident of Hazleton and 1953 graduate of Hazle Township High School, he is a U.S. Army veteran and worked for his father at Tranguch Tire Service in Hazleton in his younger years. In 1968, he took over the then-bankrupt T&F Tire Supply in Kingston and turned it around into the successful business it still is today.
Tranguch had a special bond with grandfather, Angelo Tranguch, who stressed the important things in life are God, family, country and heritage. He has been a member of and volunteered his time to help numerous charitable and civic organizations over the years and served as president of the Hazleton branch of UNICO from 2002-2005.
He is married to the former Ann “Nancy” McKelvey. The couple celebrated 50 years of marriage in June.