Mitchell out of
Bear Creek Village Mayor Walter Mitchell announced Saturday he will not pursue a slot on the Republican ticket for the Luzerne County controller post in the November election.
Former Controller Walter Griffith has withdrawn from the race and leaves an open spot on the ballot.
Mitchell owns Mitchell Financial Group, a consulting firm, and would have to close it if he were installed as controller, according to the Luzerne County home rule charter.
Mitchell said he could effectively run his business while monitoring the county’s books by using technology. “When the county council considers a charter revision, I would urge its members to re-examine this wordage,” Mitchell said in a statement.
Other qualified county watchdogs are likely deterred from running for this position because of this stipulation, he said.
“I am very grateful to the county Republican Executive Committee and many friends and associates who have encouraged me to run. Perhaps another time,” Mitchell said.
The Republican executive committee is to choose this afternoon between applicants Carolee Medico Olenginski and Karen Ceppa-Hirko.
First National Community Bank, the largest community bank in Northeastern Pennsylvania, donated to Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County to help build homes for qualified low-income partner families.
Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County helps deserving families become homeowners using volunteer labor and donations.
“We expected to get involved to help needy families, but when our employees volunteer or we donate, we find we get as much out of it as the families being helped by Habitat,” said Ellen Pritchard, FNCB Honesdale Community Office Manager.
programs this fall
The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory will begin its fall program at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 and will continue each Wednesday and Friday evening through Nov. 15.
The astronomical programs will feature an illustrated lecture and weather-permitted observation through telescopes. The main objects planned for observation include the moon; the planets Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune; and various double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
To arrange a private appointment, large groups such as school classes, Scouts and community organizations interested in attending a session can contact professor Thomas Cupillari at 945-8402.
Open to the public, the free sessions at the observatory will be held regardless of sky conditions and will be cancelled only by the threat of severe weather.
The observatory is located on Route 107, about two miles west of Interstate 81, exit 202, and approximately two miles east of Fleetville. For more information, visit www.keystone.edu/observatory.
Head Start honors
area credit union
The Cross Valley Federal Credit Union was recently honored by Luzerne County Head Start as its 2013 Outstanding Community Partner.
Each year Luzerne County Head Start recognizes area businesses, organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the center and program over the years. Staff and members nominate those whose support and generosity of time, talent and treasures have made a difference in the lives of Head Start and Early Head Start Children and their families.