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Vietnam vet gets medals

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, recently presented Michael Lapsansky of Plains Township with medals earned in his service in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

Lapsansky, 63, served with the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division from September 1969 to September 1970 on helicopter assault. Lapsansky spent two months on fire bases in Cambodia and 10 months in Vietnam, participating in assault missions into Cambodia in May 1970.

According to the Department of Army, Lapsansky “distinguished himself by heroism in action during a combat mission in Vietnam. He pursued the enemy with aggressive military tactics, neutralizing and defeating whenever contact could be made … under the most adverse conditions.”

Lapsansky said he was awarded the medals but never received them until Barletta assisted him.


Toomey promotes Mazza

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, has promoted Forty Fort resident Frank Mazza to serve as a field representative based in his Harrisburg office.

Mazza, a 2003 Wyoming Valley West High School graduate and Kingston native, is being promoted from field representative in Montour and Columbia counties to the senator’s field representative for the entire central Pennsylvania region working to serve constituents in Adams, Centre, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Union and York counties.

Mazza has worked for Toomey since January 2011 and is a graduate of Temple University.


Crime Watch meetings set

Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch has announced its upcoming meetings: Park Ave. Towers, 2 p.m. today; Rolling Mill Hill/Mayflower/Iron Triangle, 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Andrew’s Church, 316 Parrish St.; Valley View High Rise, 2 p.m. Thursday at Valley View Terrace, 215 High St.

For more information, call 208-8900 or visit the crime watch website at


Mericle has building plans

Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services has announced plans to construct a 223,200-square-foot industrial building on speculation in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park West.

The 24.31-acre parcel project site is at 225 Enterprise Way across the street from the Mericle-developed distribution center occupied by Home Depot. Mericle will begin constructing the building in July and expects the new facility to be ready for tenants by the end of November.

Mericle Vice President of Marketing Jim Cummings said the building will be marketed to a variety of manufacturing and distribution companies. He said a building of this size typically houses between 100 and 200 workers when fully occupied.


YMCA to mark 150 years

The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA will recognize its 150th anniversary this month beginning with a party at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the lobby.

All in the community are invited, and cake and beverages will be served. This also will be the start of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA’s summer membership drive. Join anytime from Wednesday through May 31 and get 150 days of membership for $150.

The YMCA is at 40 W. Northampton St.; use the lobby entrance on South Franklin Street. Call 823-2191 for more information.

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