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Sugar Notch

and politics

Mark Robbins, photojournalist for the free monthly in Wilkes-Barre, was a must story to cover, as he was charged with trespassing while on posted and restricted, Wilkes-Barre police department property. Robbins was taking pictures of vehicles loaned to police by LAG Towing. Found guilty by a magistrate, he appealed the summary violation to Commonwealth Court and was found not guilty. All three of the newspapers ran good size stories, as justice was delivered for Robbins.

But the Gazette was the only newspaper that covered me when I went before Magistrate Roberts. I was up on two counts of trespassing for leaving a free community newsletter on a porch in Sugar Notch. The Times Leader did print a letter to the editor I wrote about it before the trial. But now I wish to announce, I was found not guilty on all counts. Let freedom ring.

The police had sent notice to the press just in time tell the public of my ‘arrest’ on the day before the primary in May, when I was up for re-election to council.

I called to rebut the charges, which the police chief countered, and a bigger article appeared on the day of the election. I was not re-elected and the person who charged me, was also a candidate. He did not win then. In Sugar Notch, all is fair in local politics, no matter how much a free press or regular press, sheds light on it.

Mario Fiorucci

Sugar Notch

Camp help


The Max and Lorraine Foundation and the American Lung Association would like to express their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and all the volunteers who gave their time to make it possible for 46 children to enjoy the camping experience for the 15th year in a row. The Max and Lorraine Foundation was founded in memory of Lorraine Button Tracy and her son Max who passed away at age 40 and 10 respectively due to complications arising from an asthma attack.

A special thank you to our Medical Director Dr. Jeffrey Zero, Chris and Elaine Tino, Tony Delonti of The American Lung Association, Lisa Pupa, Marie Anzalone and Mary Dalpiaz for their hours of dedication to coordinate the camp schedule.

Great appreciation goes out to Mack McElhinney, camp director and the YMCA staff for their patience and understanding shown to each child. We are fortunate to have Camp Kresge in our locality for all to enjoy.

This year we were especially fortunate to have enough former campers return as counselors for all the cabins. Their help was indeed appreciated.

The annual Max and Lorraine Foundation golf tournament which supports Camp AsthmaCadabra will be held at Mountain Laurel Golf Club on Friday October 4, 2013. For registration info call 570-474-6282.

Max and Lorraine Foundation

Michael Tracy

Dawn Timmeney

Kate Button


Boost flag in newscasts

Prior to Memorial Day last year and in 2013 I visited WBRE and WNEP television stations. The purpose of my visit was to appeal to the stations to display a small, desk-size American flag on the news desk on patriotic observances, and to encourage their viewers to display the flag from their homes, businesses, etc.

I stated it would be a wonderful way of expressing our appreciation to all Americans living and deceased for their sacrifice in defending our nation and the freedom and liberty we enjoy.

Each spokesperson said they would take it into consideration. The flags were never displayed at either TV station on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day or Veterans Day. Nor was there any announcement to encourage the display of the flag to their viewers. Why? Simple answer: Americans have become timid with regards to displaying our country’s flag.

The gentleman from WBRE stated they open the early morning news with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Fine. Why not the other newscasts?

A short time ago I happened to come in contact with a local newscaster. I mentioned to him my request to the station to display the small flag on the news desk on patriotic observances. He said he didn’t know anything about it.

He then looked at the flag pin on my shirt and said he could not wear one while on the air. I asked why not?

He immediately poked his finger at his chest, stating when he’s presenting the news “I want the attention on me.” He repeated it several times. I asked why? He replied, “the flag pin is a distraction and I want the focus on me, me, me.”

Inside I was furious. I held my composure and said isn’t the kerchief in your coat a distraction? How about wearing a flashy shirt and tie? Aren’t those being worn for attention? No answer from him.

I further brought to his attention while presenting the news a written caption is moving across the bottom of the screen. Isn’t that a distraction and divided focus?

These TV stations will openly display any and all kinds of violence, sexuality, filth, horror, etc., but refuse to display or offer any encouragement to display our national symbol, the American flag.

For me, personally, I consider their refusal nothing but shameful.

I’m a World War II veteran and proud flag waver.

Jim Walsh.


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