Loretta Duffy Sufrinko Named ‘Mayor For A Day’ In W-B Twp.

March 7, 2019

Wilkes-Barre Twp. Mayor Carl Kuren presented a proclamation at Monday’s monthly council meeting designating Loretta (Duffy) Sufrinko as “Mayor for a Day.” The proclamation reads as follows: “In one of the oldest traditions of Wilkes-Barre Twp., Mayor Carl Kuren has the distinct pleasure of announcing his selection of Loretta Duffy Sufrinko as “Mayor for a Day.” “Loretta will assume her duties on March 17, 2019 and will be honored as mayor that day. “Loretta was born on July 3 in Hazleton to the late Michael and Catherine Duffy and has been living in Wilkes-Barre Twp. for the last 40 years. Her grandparents immigrated to the United States from Donegal County, Donegal and Connacht County, Mayo, Ireland. “Loretta is the oldest of seven children: Michael, Patty, Kathy, Linda, Sharon and Billy (deceased), and is married to Philip Sufrinko. They will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. “Loretta has four children: Danny Faust (deceased), Warren Faust (wife, Renee), Katie Schiel (husband, Gary) and Nicholas Sufrinko. “Since retiring from Little Flower Manor, where she was a caring and compassionate nurse for 21 years, she is now the loving full-time grandmother to DJ, Zachary, Tyler and Matthew Faust, along with Garret, Caden, Ashton and Harper Schiel. “Loretta is a practicing Catholic who belonged to St. Joseph’s Monastery, where she was an active member in its Altar and Rosary Society and also taught the pre-school CCD class, until its closing. She now attends Our Lady of Hope Church and serves as treasurer for their Christian Women group. Together with her sisters, she is active in their ‘Secret Sister’ group and is also a poll worker in the township for Luzerne County. “Loretta loves her community and is always willing to do what she can to keep it the great place it is. “It is a distinct honor to present this Proclamation honoring Loretta Duffy Sufrinko on the occasion of her selection for “Mayor for a Day” and we give thanks for her service to our community.” Loretta and Mayor Kuren will participate in the annual Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday. Congratulations, Loretta on this great honor and also congratulations to you and Philip on your 40th wedding anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day! American Legion news American Legion Post 815 Commander Robert Charnichko has called a special meeting on Wednesday, March 20, following the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the post home. The purpose of the special meeting is to review the architect’s report on expansion of the bar and counter areas. All regular members of the post with 2019 membership cards are asked to attend and voice their opinion regarding the project. Police responded to 412 calls in February Police Chief Ron Smith announced the township police department responded to 412 calls for service for the month of February, including the following: 60 motor vehicle accidents, eight assist citizens, four assist motorists, 13 assist other police, three harassment complaints, 12 disorderly conduct complaints, 12 domestic disturbances, 13 suspicious persons complaints, 28 burglar alarms, 40 retail thefts, 18 thefts and 89 traffic violations. Police had arrested 42 adult offenders and one juvenile offender, either through direct contact after the crime was committed or the charges were filed against persons as a result of concluding a criminal investigation, including the following: 17 retail theft offenses, four theft offenses, one robbery offense, two assault offenses, five drug offenses, three disorderly conduct offenses and four DUI offenses. Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistical information for Wilkes-Barre Twp. through the most recent reported month of January 2019, shows that UCR Part 1 offenses have increased 12 percent and Part 2 offenses have decreased 6.82 percent over the same period of 2018. The overall crime rate for the township has increased 3.19 percent. Senior citizens news Due to snowy weather the past three Wednesdays, the Wilkes-Barre Twp. seniors did not meet for bingo. Hopefully, the weather was fine yesterday as the seniors’ catered fish dinner was scheduled. In the event the dinner is canceled because of bad weather, the fish dinner will be held today. The seniors are looking forward to spring and also their annual St. Patrick’s Day party on Wednesday, March 13. New members are welcome. Members meet in the township municipal building community room at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, break for coffee and pastries at noon and play bingo until 3 p.m. Township residency is not a requirement. Bus transportation is provided to any township resident who has no means of transportation to the senior citizens bingo. Our Lady of Hope news Alex Bonk, an altar server at Our Lady of Hope, needs to perform a special project in order to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He is conducting an outreach to assist those needs for the women at Ruth’s Place. A donation box is placed at each entrance of the church, designated for the worthy cause. Requested is any item the women could use. The donation box will be available until this Sunday. Bonk would greatly appreciate your donations. The Social Concerns Committee is collecting various food items during Lent. The suggested item for Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, is crackers, such as graham, wheat, saltines etc. The suggested item for March 16-17 is pasta, such as macaroni and cheese, dry or canned. You will be able to help by leaving the designated food item at the altar railing. As we are now in the Lenten season, the Eucharistic Way of the Cross (Stations of the Cross) will be held at 5:30 p.m. every Friday until Holy Week. The Novena to St. Anthony of Padua (the patron saint of lost articles) will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, and every Tuesday for 13 weeks. St. John B.C. Church news St. John’s parishioners will bake their delicious nut, poppy seed, apricot and lekvar rolls for the Easter holiday. Cost is $10 per roll. Call Ethel at 570-824-1970 to place your order no later than Saturday, March 16. No orders will be taken after the Saturday, March 16, deadline. Baking will take place the first week of April when volunteer help will be greatly appreciated and needed. Roll pickup dates will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 5, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at St. John’s hall, 756 E. Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Twp. Any donation toward helping with the purchase of supplies for the rolls would be greatly appreciated. Contact George Daru at 570-825-4416. Daylight Savings Time Don’t forget before you retire Saturday night forward your clocks ahead by one hour as Sunday marks Daylight Savings Time. Bernadine Elick writes “Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk” every other Thursday. Contact her at elickbern59@aol.com. or 570-823-7540.