Secret Santa Delivers Fabled W-B Twp. Water Heater
When I received my TV satellite bill for the month of December, I noticed that it had increased by $9.99! I did not apply for their added “protection” that was posted on the bill. I called the satellite company for an explanation and spoke to a customer service representative informing him that I did not apply for the service and yet it was automatically billed on my statement. After disclosing to the representative that I was dissatisfied with the additional cost, he agreed to remove the added cost from my statement. I will receive a 2.8 percent Social Security increase effective in January; however, I would have lost nearly half of my increase each month for something I did not apply for nor want. Several days later, I received notice that my health insurance coverage will be increased by $13 every month. Why is it, while one hand giveth, the other hand taketh away? Secret Santa strikes once again “Secret Santa” struck again for the fifth year in the township. The members of the Secret Santa committee met and selected none other than our township council president Gerald Shinal Jr. as this year’s recipient. He will now be the proud owner of the decorated Christmas water heater until next year when “Secret Santa” will surprise one of our township residents again. Bob Delescavage was selected the first recipient of the Christmas water heater, Joe Weiss was selected second in 2015, Mike Wildes, third in 2016 and Bob Flynn, fourth last year. Good luck to you, Jerry! Mayor expresses his thanks Mayor Carl Kuren, along with the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Senior Citizens, wish to thank everyone for all their help and participation in making the township senior Christmas party on Sunday, Dec. 9, a huge success, especially the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Administration, Wilkes-Barre Twp. Council and the mayor, Wilkes-Barre Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, Act II Towing, Maria Zabofski, Theresa Stefanski and, of course, Santa (Eric Weaver). Senior citizens news The Wilkes-Barre Twp. Senior Citizens enjoyed their in-house Christmas party last week held in the township community room. The room was beautifully decked out with a decorated Christmas tree and colorful Christmas decorations brought in by Etta Their. Members enjoyed pizza for their party, soda and coffee. Alice Hixon was in charge of ordering Gertrude Hawk smidgens which she presented to each member as the annual gift of the club to members. Their supplied snacks for members’ enjoyment while playing bingo. Betty Disler donated chocolates and Elaine Myers provided homemade cupcakes. Under the direction of instructors Theresa Stefanski and Joyce Cannon, the playschool children delighted the seniors with their beautiful animated Christmas songs. The children presented each senior member with a handmade Christmas ornament. Each child received a monetary gift from Carmella Sokolski and Etta Their. The winners of the club’s in-house Christmas party 50-50 raffle were Bernadine Elick, Etta Their, Helen Novak, Mary Ann Shumoski, Dorothy Murphy, Ann Galle, Elaine Myers and Natalie Aleo. The winners of the special games were Natalie Aleo and Elaine Myers. Bernadine Elick donated several Christmas prizes won by Jeanne Sprow, Mary Sledjeski, Tina Cherkauskas, Alice Hixon, Rose Okrasinski, Dorothy Murphy and Carmella Sokolski. The winner of Elaine Myer’s “guess how many?” contest was Betty Disler. The following 2019-20 officers of the club will be installed by Mayor Carl Kuren on Wednesday, Jan. 2: president, Rosemarie Williams; vice president, Helen Novak; treasurer, Sue Pohutski; secretary, Bernadine Elick and chaplain, Tillie Weigand. New members are welcome. Yearly dues are $6. Seniors meet at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday in the municipal building community room. Police responded to 525 calls in November Police Chief Ron Smith announced the township police department responded to 525 calls for service for the month of November, including the following: 65 motor vehicle accidents, nine assist citizens, 16 assist motorists, nine assist other police, four harassment complaints, 17 disorderly conduct complaints, seven domestic disturbances, 13 suspicious persons complaints, 29 burglar alarms, 38 retail thefts, 13 thefts and 218 traffic violations. Police arrested 24 adult offenders, 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: 10 retail theft offenses, three theft offenses, two indirect criminal contempt offenses, four drug offenses, one harassment offense and one DUI offense. Uniform Crime Report (UCR) statistical information for Wilkes-Barre Twp. through the most recent reported month of October 2018, shows that UCR Part 1 offenses have decreased 1.36 percent, and Part 2 offenses have increased 13.68 percent over the same period of 2017. The overall crime rate for the township has increased 6.45 percent. Our Lady of Hope news The Vigil Solemnity of the Mother of God will be held at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Mass). The Solemnity of the Mother of God will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. Would you like to see the production “Jesus” at the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster? Theresa Lisiewski is planning a bus trip to see the play on April 4. The bus will leave from the East End Center (near Gabe’s) at 8:30 a.m. There will be a stop at Kitchen Kettle Village for some shopping and lunch prior to the show at 3 p.m. A buffet dinner will follow afterward at the Hershey Farm Restaurant. Price is $110 per person, which includes bus fare, driver gratuity, theater and dinner tickets and snacks on the bus. Early reservations are encouraged. Call Lisiewski at 570-822-0831 to make reservations. St. John B.C. news St. John’s Christmas party will be held on Sunday, Dec. 30, following the 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy at the church hall, East Northampton Street. All parishioners and friends of St. John’s are invited to attend at no cost. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk “A Healthy and Happy New Year.” Bernadine Elick writes “Wilkes-Barre Twp. Talk” every other Thursday. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.