Saturday, May 09, 2009

The LuLac Edition #811, May 9th, 2009



If you are a Republican in Luzerne County, next weekend you won't have a problem finding a place to eat breakfast. A “Meet the Candidate” breakfast for Walter L. Griffith Jr., candidate for Luzerne County controller, will be held on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Pickett’s Charge Restaurant, 64 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas. Donation is $10.
Not to be outdone, the next day there will be a Palissery for Controller Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Donation is $20 and reservations must be made by May 12 by calling 760-7815.


A Controller's Forum will be held this Tuesday May 12th, 7 to 9PM at the campus of Luzerne County Community College, Room 131, Educational Conference Center. All candidaes for Controller are slated to attend.


As part of our on going series in covering the Luzerne and Lackawanna County Judicial races, we are going to do brief profiles on those candidates running. In today’s edition, we continue with Attorney William Amesbury. The order was determined by our lottery at the LuLac Forum last week.


William H. Amesbury is a lifetime resident of Wilkes-Barre and serves as a Magisterial District Judge for the South Wilkes-Barre, Rolling Mill Hill and Mayflower sections of Wilkes-Barre. A Magisterial District Judge hears cases in the areas of criminal law, landlord-tenant complaints, civil, traffic and non-traffic cases. Since taking office in 2001, Judge Amesbury's office has received over 35,000 cases. Since his election, Amesbury has been active in the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania. At the request of the organization's president, he has served on the Legislative Subcommittees for Fish/Game Codes, Judiciary, and has been both Chair and Vice-Chair of the Non-Crimes Code Subcommittee.
Amesbury is a graduate of E.L. Meyers High School. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Lock Haven University, earned a Master of Social Work Degree from Marywood University, and graduated cum laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1988. Prior to establishing the firm of William H. Amesbury Associates, LLC, he was an associate and later a shareholder in the firm O'Malley and Harris. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania, and the Wilkes-Barre Law Library Association. He has also served as Solicitor for the Hanover Township Board of Commissioners and the zoning boards of Salem Township, Nescopeck and Franklin Township.In his law practice, Amesbury specializes in elder law, protecting the rights of the elderly, workers' compensation, estate planning, personal injury and insurance defense.
Amesbury has been active in the Wilkes-Barre community for over 30 years. He served as a pro bono solicitor for the Victim's Resource Center and has served as a coach in the South Wilkes-Barre Teener League, St Therese's Little League, Wilkes-Barre Girls' Softball League, Skyhawk Soccer League, CYC Pee-Wee Basketball Program and American Legion Baseball. He received the Charles "Chappy" Zimmerman Award for his involvement with the youth of South Wilkes-Barre and his name has been added to the South Wilkes-Barre Wall of Fame. Presently, Bill is Co-Chair of the Truancy Committee and is on the Luzerne County and Luzerne Intermediate Unit Task Force on Truancy.
Amesbury is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley. He is affiliated with the Wilkes-Barre Lions Club, BPO Elks, Harvey's Lake Rod and Gun Club, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
He is married to the former Karen Tarnowski of Nanticoke. The couple has two children, Elizabeth and William. They are members of St. Therese's Roman Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre.
1987 : Juris Doctor, M. Cooley Law School, Lansing MI.
Class Rank, 15/75•Cum Luade Graduate•Dean's List and Honor Roll for 6 terms.
Merit Scholarship Award•Book Award - Advocacy•Book Award - Workmen's Compensation
1976 : Master's Degree in Social Work, Marywood University, Scranton PA.
1971 : B.S. Social Science, Lock Haven State College, Lock Haven PA.
American Bar AssociationPennsylvania Bar AssociationWilkes-Barre Law & Library AssociationNational Academy of Elder Law AttorneysWilkes-Barre Lions ClubBPO Elks, USA Lodge No. 109 Knights of Columbus.
Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Family Services Association, Board Member.
Bar Committees
Advisory Board Liaison for Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association and the Offices of the District Justice(s),
Luzerne County.
Past Solicitorships
Township of Hanover.
Nescopeck Township.
Zoning BoardTeener League Baseball, Inc.
South Wiles-Barre Teener League, Inc.
South Wilkes-Barre Girl's Softball League
Victim's Resource Center.


To access Attorney Amesbury's videos, go to this link for his website.


At 3:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P L E A S E , how good a job can he be doing spreading himself so thin with the entirely too many boards that he is involved in. No human can be in any way productive going in so many directions. Also, take a look at his supporters and friends. Looks like the good ole boyz club again to me, just like O'Connor. He's so tight with the good ole boyz it's hard to believe these people think they can still carry on business as usual. But they are, vote them in again people and then wonder why your in the same boat. My take on the corruption is, I use the analogy of a drug dealer. You take one off the street and two will replace him. Same with the Luzerne County Courthouse, take one corrupt judge and vote two more in to replace him. No honest person even wants to vote and the Republicans are in bed with the Democratics. Its a sick system and will never change.

When everyone comes out of the coma they're in maybe things will start to change, but I DOUBT IT!!!

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scr City Council Meetings have gone from ridiculous to absurd to tragic. The same people with the same self centered concerns and never a positive word. I respect the firemen but they need to realize the time has come where we all must pay something toward health care. (I pay 100% and I once risked my life for my country 365 days per year. Veterans dont have the best deal either, Lee). If a hurricane hits the area, they will blame Mayor Doherty. Ms Evans speaks as though she is talking to elementary school students, Courtright is a blank and Gateli and Fanucci/Nealon or Nealon/Fanucci continually make the mistake of trying to talk to these few grandstanders who are there only to play for the cameras. Bob Bolus the candidate who may run but never serve, still has all the answers. And Larry or Lenny or whatever the Legion of Doom guys name is is just sad. Nothing seems to be going right for this fellow on any level. Perhaps a visit to a third world country would be an eye opener, but my guess is that most of these folks never left the valley. Trust me Larry/Lenny a pothole is not the end of the world. The answer is simple, remove the cameras and replace the show with Monty Python reruns. As is, its a complete waste of time and an embarrassment
to good government.

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, if you serve on some of these boards, you sit, nod and make nice and the staff people and executive committee do the work. Now Amesbury loves coaching but I'm sure there are other places he sits on that just want his presence. Surely there are meddlesome board members but my experience has shown these are people who have no life or are shrewish gals let out of the house after years of raising the munchins. They generally have an ax to grind and tend to project. But this race has changed for me constantly. Here's where I'm at now. Since the biggest problem has been the way the kids were treated, I'm coming down on the side of the social workers. They are trained to see the symptons of abuse, not just exploit it. So, my top 3 are Amesbury, Sperazza and then Lumbis because he knows whereof he speaks when it comes to child abuse cases.

At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:59 Good Government it aint. I look at it more as Fairytale Theatre of the Absurd with regular bit players and starring
Three Princeses and Two Frogs. At least the ladies come to life once in a while. The Frogs act as if they've already croaked!

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lumbis if you ask me. My seond choice is Speazza. That U GEENE!!!

At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to say I'm voting for Walter Griffith. He's a tough guy and a taxpayer advocate. That's what we need.

At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your picture gallery when viewed in IE admittedly not the best or brightest browser, is overlapping and hard to see.
Just FYI.

At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your picture gallery when viewed in IE admittedly not the best or brightest browser, is overlapping and hard to see.
Just FYI.

At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the same thing with the pic gallery is happening in firefox sometimes....


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