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Memorial soccer tourney exceeds its annual goal

Thank you to all who supported this year's Kim Skiro Memorial Soccer Tournament.

The third annual memorial tournament, held in early November, was a huge success. More than 30 teams competed; each athlete received a well-deserved participation medal.

The tournament's organizers worked long and hard and often made personal sacrifices to ensure that the tournament's goals were met (no pun intended).

The first goal was to honor Kim Skiro, a former Plains Soccer coach who unexpectedly passed away in 2009. Kim was one of the most caring, giving, loving people on the planet.

The second goal was to raise money to be awarded in college scholarships. The third and most important goal was to make it an event that was fun and family-oriented.

Every expectation was accomplished. Several hundred people attended the event at the Plains Sports Complex (The Pit). Through the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, many local businesses and donations from family and friends, scholarship money was raised and everyone had a good time.

Please accept my heartfelt thank-you to everyone who made sacrifices to make it a successful day. God bless you all.

See you next year!

Don Skiro

Plains Township

Endangered status boosts resolve to save church

It was with bittersweet resolve and great sadness that I read of the vote of the Luzerne County Historical Society naming our beloved treasure Sacred Heart Slovak Church in Wilkes-Barre the second-most endangered historical site in Luzerne County.

Never in my lifetime did I dream this would be the destiny of this magnificent building. I am grateful to everyone at the second annual Countywide Summit of Community Historical Societies and The Luzerne Foundation who recognize the huge historical and cultural significance of this church in the history of this county. I also thank Anthony Brooks, executive director of the Luzerne County Historical Society, for his leadership role.

This distinction strengthens the determination and resolve of the nearly 800 folks who are working to rescue this site. May it also send a message to those people who seek the closure of this church that this building matters not only to the religious life in Luzerne County, but also to its historical and cultural story.

Mary Jean Tarantini

Harveys Lake

W-B Twp. has no need for donated Cadillac

A picture recently was published of the Cadillac donated 27 years ago to Wilkes-Barre Township Mayor Robert Hoppy Grencavage and his administration. But of course current Mayor Carl Kuren never mentions his name.

The question is this: Does Wilkes-Barre Township really need the car? The answer is no.

There has to be a complete overhaul of Mayor Kuren's administration. It's up to the residents to vote out all the dysfunctional Republicans.

Joe Naperkowski

Wilkes-Barre Township

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