The LuLac Edition #676, Dec. 23rd, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: THE LUZERNE COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
What was promised, now has become the inevitable. The Luzerne County Commissioners announced today that 27 employees will be laid off by the first of January. The commissioners approved a $129.2 million budget that eliminates funding for 138 full-time county jobs, with 55 jobs in the judicial branch. President Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. filed a lawsuit claiming any reduction to the judicial budget would cause "irreparable harm. The layoffs don't include judicial employees. The Commissioners approved a contract with a Philadelphia firm to work on litigation over the 2009 budget allocation for the county judiciary. Officials want to lay off 34 more employees in the judicial branch, but can't because of the litigation.
The Scranton area social service community is losing a true advocate and champion of the poor. Sister Adrian Barrett announced her retirement from the Friends of the Poor. Sister Adrian was well known for her community wide Thanksgiving programs and efforts to feed and house the poor. Her charitable works exceeded all expectations and her enthusiasm will be sorely missed by those who have been helped by her generosity. May she slow down, smell some Irish roses and enjoy her retirement.