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Fresh Air kids on way

The Hawkins family, of Taylor, will host child, Josaiah, of Far Rockaway, N.Y., for the third summer as part of the Fresh Air Fund, a program that helps inner-city children gain new perspective.

Josaiah has had many first experiences during visits in the past two summers, said Stacy Hawkins.

“He never wore flip flops, so we had to teach him how to walk in them. He didn’t know how to sit on a swing - things like that which are little, but we take for granted,” Hawkins said.

The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, not-for-profit agency that has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.

This summer, the Hawkins family plans to also host a 6-year-old girl so their daughter, Reagan, also 6, will have a summer playmate just like her brother, Kaleb.

To learn more about how to become a host family, contact Elizabeth DeAngelo, the local volunteer leader, at 570-499-8553 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.


PUC seeks gas facility input

The state Public Utility Commission has scheduled a hearing to receive public comment on UGI Penn Natural Gas Inc.’s request for a finding that a gate and metering station in West Wyoming Borough is necessary as part of infrastructure upgrades and repair.

Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth H. Barnes will conduct the hearing at 6:30 p.m. May 2 in the West Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1, 926 Shoemaker Ave., West Wyoming.

On Feb. 8, UGI Penn Natural Gas Inc. filed a petition with the commission to determine if the station is necessary for the convenience or welfare of the public.

The public is welcome to attend the hearings and make comments. Customer testimony will become part of the record on which the commission will issue its final decision.

The public is encouraged to prepare statements and questions before the hearing and plan to be questioned by company representatives.


Gettysburg additions backed

U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, and Bob Casey, D-Scranton have introduced legislation to incorporate two historically significant properties into the boundary of Gettysburg National Military Park. U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-York, has introduced companion legislation in the House.

The two properties include the Lincoln Train Station in downtown Gettysburg and 45 acres of land at the southern end of the battlefield.


Land Trust events scheduled

North Branch Land Trust will celebrate its 20th anniversary of conserving natural resources in Northeastern Pennsylvania at its Annual Dinner and Auctions on May 8 at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.

The land trust is a private non-profit that relies on public support to carry out its mission. The annual dinner is its major fundraiser of the year. This year, NBLT will honor the community of Bear Creek Village with the Community Stewardship Award for conservation efforts that led to the protection of 139 acres in the borough.

To make reservations and support land conservation or to learn more about NBLT committee and volunteer opportunities, call 570-696-5545 or email romanansky@nblt.org.


Taxpayer meeting is set

Wilkes-Barre Taxpayers and the Northeast Taxpayer Cyber coalition will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. May 7, at St. Andrew’s Church, 316 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre.

Topic for the local taxpayers include the up-coming election and planting trees in the city parks.

Also, Northeast Taxpayers will discuss an update on the property school tax elimination. Petitions to eliminate school property tax will be available at the meeting.

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