New Alliance

Speaking on behalf of the Wyoming County Community Alliance, Gina Suydam shared with commissioners Sep. 1 about a former Latter-Day Saints building being repurposed to serve in three ways- address food insecure individuals through emergency distribution; provide a workspace with reliable internet access for students; and provide socialization, education and support for senior citizens.

New cops

Tunkhannock Borough Council added two part-time patrolman to the borough police force on Sep. 3

Sewer system

The Lemon Township Tunkhannock Township Sewer Authority said to expect to see movement around Lake Carey as it completes a checklist of different items of interest that will be submitted to PennVest and the Commonwealth Financing Authority by Sep. 24.

Indecent

Justin A. Nickle, 33, of Ronks, pleaded guilty Sept. 3 to indecent exposure, a charge he has faced in other parts of the state.

Tourism

Exterior work of the old Nicholson Train Station is nearly complete, but Nicholson Heritage Association Chairman Marion Sweet says about $30,000-$40,000 is still needed to get archival space ready. They had hoped to have the station open by Bridge Day (the second Sunday in September), but that event was cancelled

Sign stealing

Residents are taking issue with people trespassing on their yards and removing yard signs supporting presidential contenders Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.

Quarantine

Fifteen Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center students must quarantine after their teacher tested positive for the coronavirus Sep. 13.

Speeding

Residents concerned about drivers speeding through town addressed Factoryville Borough Council Sep. 9 with ‘solution-based suggestions.’

Prison time

Cameron Ebert, 18, of Tunkhannock faces five and a half years to14 years in state prison after being sentenced Sep. 9 for assaulting Tyler Memorial Hospital emergency room employees and two policemen in 2019.

CodeRED

Commissioners gave the thumbs up Sep. 15 to a new CodeRED enrollment system that allows any resident to sign up for any type of emergency alert that may be needed. The system was to have come on duty in March but was deferred by the COVID pandemic.

‘New’ Plaza

After being in the hands of Bill and Barb Jeffreys for nearly 38 years, Plaza Beverage on West Tioga Street has changed hands with Al Patel who was looking forward to working for himself after working for someone else for several years.

Arraignment

John Kopko, 20, of Scranton was arraigned Sep. 18 on a charge he sexually assaulted a Keystone College coed in her dorm room the previous February.

Librarian

Dellana Diovisalvo has been hired as the new Tunkhannock Public Library executive director, effective Sep. 21.

Gag order

An attorney for the former head of the Tunkhannock Methodist Manor, Joe Corey, who died after being treated at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital is accusing the hospital of trying to sensor the media.

Emergency gifts

Eight non-profit ambulance associations across Wyoming County and beyond were gifted Sept. 15 with grants totaling $20,000 to help purchase protective equipment for emergency crews. Grantees are the Tunkhannock Rotary and the Wyoming County Health Foundation.

Costs Dropping

Commissioners voted Sep. 24 to bring the costs of phone calls made by inmates in the Wyoming County jail down dramatically.

Life leases

Cody Lavalley, Becky Thurston, Natalie Wood, and Marie Fisher got new leases on life Sep. 24 at a Wyoming/Sullivan Drug Treatment Court Graduation/outdoor picnic.

Gas concerns

Around 100 people made their way to the Wyoming County Fairground Sep. 28 to weigh their options on various class action suits against the gas industry.

4 school days

Starting Monday, Sep. 28, Elk Lake students will increase their days in school each week, from two to four, with Wednesdays remaining virtual district-wide.

Banner burn

Long-time citizen activist Gene Stilp was in Tunkhannock Sept. 30 on the courthouse grounds burning flags with messages he vehemently disagreed: Trump reelection banner; Nazi swastika, Confederate flag and national flag of Russia.

Dismissal

A federal court judge on Sep. 30 dismissed former school principal Joe Moffitt’s residual claims against the Tunkhannock Area School District.

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