June 27th, 2015 1:40 am

First Posted: 9/3/2013

Sarah Kosik, Hughestown; Emily Suchocki, Wyoming and Grace O’Neill, Avoca were inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, National Academic Honor Society for freshmen at the University of Scranton.

Alpha Lambda Delta was founded in 1924 specifically to honor excellent academic achievement by students in their first year of study in higher education.



West Pittston, Jenkins Twp, Port Griffith, Exeter, Wyoming, Yatesville, Pittston Twp., Hughestown, Dupont, Avoca and Duryea, are planning a St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival to be held in downtown Pittston on March 8, 2014.

The Greater Pittston St. Patrick’s Parade and Irish Festival Commitee seeks participation and volunteers from each town to organize this event. A meeting will take place at Pittston City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. All are invited.

See more on facebook: Greater Pittston St. Patrick’s Parade and Irish Festival.


The United States Achievement Academy announced that Nicole Chaiko from Pittston has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in Language Arts.

This is a prestigious honor very few students can hope to attain. In fact, the Academy recognizes fewer than 10% of all American High School Students.

The Academy recognizes students upon the exclusive recommendations of teachers, coaches, counselors, and other qualified sponsors and upon the Standards set forth by the Academy. The Standards for Selection include academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve attitude and cooperative spirit, dependability, and recommendation from a qualified sponsor.

Nicole, who attends Pittston Area Senior High School, was nominated for this honor by Mrs. Amy Miller, a teacher, at the school. Nicole Chaiko will appear in the United States Achievement Academy’s Official Yearbook which is published nationally.

Nicole, is the daughter of Lisa Chaiko from Pittston, and Joseph Chaiko from Duryea. Her grandparents are Ann and Joseph Chaiko of Duryea, PA and Santa Mead of Avoca, PA


A meeting of the Third GPO District is scheduled Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the VFW Dupont Hall.



Leadership Wilkes-Barre is now accepting applications for its Fall 2013 Executive Leadership Wilkes-Barre program. Executive Leadership Wilkes-Barre is designed for executives who are new to their position, new to Northeast Pennsylvania or executives who would like to get reacquainted with our community.

The program consists of six dinner sessions, every other Monday from September 23rd through December 9th, which includes topics such as history, arts and culture, recreation & tourism, community and economic development, and government in addition to social and networking opportunities. Tuition is $1,500 per person and spouses are welcome and encouraged to participate at no additional charge.

This fall’s program includes executives from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, The Commonwealth Medical College and Wilkes University, Huntsville Golf Club, Penn Foster, Commonwealth Health, and Medico Industries.

For more information about Leadership Wilkes-Barre, call 823-2101 ext. 135 or visit www.leadershipwilkes-barre.org. Application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 19.


the 37th annual, Wyoming Valley Knights of Columbus Rosary Rally Procession will take place Sept. 29 (The feast day of the Archangels).

The Procession will begin at 2 p.m. from Holy Redeemer High School Parking Area, Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre, and proceed over E. South Street, up South Main Street to Public Square, over E. Market Street and down South Washington Street to Our Lady of Fatima Parish (St. Mary Immaculate Conception Church) 134 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre.

The Our Lady of Fatima Statue is carried, and the Rosary is recited as the group processes.

As the faithful Process into the Church, a concluding Rosary will be recited. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will begin at 3:20 p.m. Msgr. Thomas Banick, pastor, will be Principal Celebrant.

Refreshments will be served following Mass in the Church Hall.


A very proud Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Alan Fine, Hershey, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Aug. 29.

But quite possibly most proud is Lillian Goldstein, Duryea, who welcomed her 14th great-grandchild. Grandmother Saundra Fine joins in on the celebration as well. Big brother Samuel Matthew Fine is taking care of his baby sister.


Happy birthday wishes to Debbie Talipan of Pittston Township celebrating on September 13.