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Dr. David Kistler recalled as a true icon

I find that reference to someone as an “icon” is becoming an abused phrase which diminishes its intended significance. However, during my tenure at The Luzerne Foundation, I have been honored to work with many many men and women for whom “icon” is extremely appropriate. Rusty Flack, Monsignor McGowan, Pauly Friedman, Dr. Wallace Stettler to name but a few.

I add to that list the late Dr. David W. Kistler.

Dr. Kistler was a man of keen mind and incredible compassion as a doctor, advocate for education and simply a total humanitarian. He is often quipped as “delivering half of the babies born in Wilkes-Barre over the past half century.” I knew him through the Dr. David W. Kistler Scholarship Fund that he established at The Luzerne Foundation in 1997. It awarded scholarships to sixth grade students graduating from Kistler Elementary. Of course, the actual scholarship is not paid out until the student graduated from high school. From sixth through twelfth grade, the students must maintain their academic success, continue their community participation, and most certainly stay out of trouble. Of the 40 plus students I have met over the years, all of them have been great kids, exceptional students and active community participants and leaders. Might they have been so successful by their own talents and drive? Maybe. But you can never convince me that a 12 year old who knows that someone believes in them and has committed to support them in the future, is a wonderful inspiration and primed to excel.

Dr. Kistler believed in his “Kistler Kids” and stopped by the school at every opportunity. And the kids loved him.When we recognized Dr. Kistler with our Mary Bevevino Community Service Award in 2011, we had over 40 kids attend, from 12 year olds to 24 year olds. They had to be there for him.

Dr. Kistler had a full and active life and touched so many people in oh so many ways.

I will greatly miss my friend, mentor and inspiration.

Charles M. Barber

President and CEO

The Luzerne Foundation

Defending her father, the candidate

Imagine, Alex Milanes is running for trying to run for Luzerne County Council. Now, that is scary in itself.

What experience, if any, in real politics. Except for talking about my father in newspapers, he is a coward and won’t confront my father, nor will his dysfunctional cronies Republicans. Rest assured, everything that can be done will be done to prevent you from being elected. As sad as it is, my father is right, Wilkes-Barre Township needs new leadership and direction. My father, Joe Naperkowski, can rebuild its communities, such as Georgetown, Warsaw, Blackman and Stanton Hill, where the real Wilkes-Barre Township citizens live, not the Arena Hub.

Halloween is in October, but it’s getting scarier everyday in Wilkes-Barre Township with this mayor, ad a council going nowhere.

Lydia Naperkowski

Wilkes-Barre Township

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