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STAFF PHOTO/BRITTNEY LOPES Vicki Vannan proudly holding up the proclamation on literacy that was signed at the commissioner’s meeting. Tom Henry, left, Ron Williams, Vicki Vannan, Judy Mead, and Michele Robbins.

Changes in personnel were recently made at the Wyoming County 911 Center. Jeff Porter has replaced Debra Raimondi as acting director.

“We’ve made changes and they have gone almost painlessly thanks to these guys. We couldn’t have better people,” said Commissioner Tom Henry.

More personnel changes were made by naming Frank Miller as deputy director, and Tim McCoy, who has just completed his training, as telecommunication specialist 1.

A proclamation was made this morning by the Wyoming County Commissioners to designate two weeks in September to literacy.

International Literacy Week will be from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13, and National Adult Education and Family Literacy will be from Sept. 21, to Sept. 27.

Michele Robbins, program coordinator for the Bradford/ Wyoming County Literacy Program, attended the commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, Sept. 23, to talk about the program.

The literacy program provides tutoring for adults to learn to read, write, and do basic math. Tutors are on a volunteer basis and more are needed to make the program a success.

A tutor training program will be coming to the Tunkhannock Library on Nov. 4, for a four week training class. Each class is three hours.

“This is the 35th anniversary of the program, I want to see it make 50,” said Robbins.

The program also offers English as a second language classes to enable non-English speaking residents a better opportunity of finding employment. With the world becoming more technologically advanced people can also learn how to fill out online job applications.

In the next year Robbins hopes to increase publicity and funding; the cost of tutoring a student for one year is $1,000.

“We’re looking for money anywhere we can find it, it’s a very needed program,” she concluded.

Emergency Responder from the Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency, Eugene Dziak, recently completed training in Anniston, Alabama. Training was offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) and is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Dziak was one of only 13 people chosen in the Northeast region to attend the training. In the week long training course, responders trained for 10 hours per day. At the end of the week all of the organizations were brought together to treat actors that were brought in to pose as patients.

The trainees were able to treat 113 “victims” with injuries that ranged from minor to severe.

“I’ve never seen a training facility like that, it was well worth the time,” said Dziak.

The commissioners met with Frontier Communications recently and have decided to use them as their new phone provider. Beginning this month the courthouse will have new phones, voicemail, and will be able to have conference calls.

“It’s a very needed new technology that we’ve been lacking,” said Henry.

Their savings will amount to approximately $1450 per month by switching to Frontier; if they are happy with the service at the courthouse the commissioners hope to also use Frontier for the Wyoming County jail and various human services buildings in the county.