The LuLac Edition #2320, January 3rd, 2013
(Photo: CBS News).
DO THEY REALLY CARE?
Once more the House GOP did something so tone deaf that even members of their own party have come after them. The House put off voting aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. More than 66 days after the storm hit, the Congress, with the hapless John Boehner at the helm refused to vote for much needed emergency funding. My friend and Friday co-host on WYLN, L.A. Tarone said the recovery from Sandy was worse than the one from Katrina. I told him that Congress had to be behind the delay. THEY WERE! It took the Congress in 2005 11 days to get funding for Katrina, these guys, the GOP majority, 66 days. Representative Peter King was very angry but no one could beat what New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has said.
(Photo: Matt Cartwright Facebook page).
CARTWRIGHT SWORN INCongressman Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, was sworn in today to his first term in the United States House of Representatives. “It’s an incredible honor to represent and serve the people of the 17th Congressional district and help create meaningful change for Pennsylvania families,” Cartwright said. “Today the real work begins and I look forward to addressing the challenges before us-from strengthening our economy, creating jobs and helping small businesses grow.” Following the official swearing-in ceremony on the House floor, Cartwright will be joined by his family at 4:55 pm in the Rayburn room for a photo opportunity with Speaker John Boehner. Cartwright will serve as a member of the on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Sophomore Congressmen Lou Barletta from the 11th and Tom Marino from the 10th also took their oaths of office in the new Congress,
THREE DIFFERENT PEOPLE
The new Year brought the passing of three very different people in one week. Their contributions to this community need to be expanded upon.
DOROTHY DRUGAN Long time Democratic City Committeewoman and former City Chairwoman Dorothy Drugan died at the age of 90. Drugan worked in City Hall in the Lisman and McLaughlin administrations. .Dorothy was active in local politics and served as chairperson of the Wilkes-Barre City Democratic Committee, chairperson of the Sixth Legislative District Democratic Committee and vice chairperson of the Luzerne County Democratic Committee. She was a Democratic committeewoman in the Sixth Ward for 54 years. . She served as city chairperson of numerous heart and cancer fundraising efforts.
DR. JOSEPH SMITH: I knew Doctor Joseph Smith because I had the joy of working with his late wife Libby at WVIA FM in the mid 1970s. Dr. Smith was always charming, affable and totally supportive of his wife’s commitment to the arts in this community. Dr. Smith was nationally known for various innovations in Eye Care through the years. He was the author of numerous articles and papers on contact lenses and lectured extensively throughout the United States on eye problems and contact lenses. He wrote numerous fitting manuals for fitting contact lenses and wrote a book on "optics" while he was an optometry school student. He served as a visiting clinical instructor and a visiting staff professional advisory board member at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He also served as an adjunct optometry faculty member allowing students to complete their fourth-year clinical rotations in his office. He was the inventor and owner of numerous U.S. and foreign patents on the finishing processes of gas-permeable contact lenses.
FATHER HARRY LEWIS Father Harry Lewis passed away this week to at the age of 101. Father Lewis was a resident at my parish Sts. Peter and Paul in Plains in the 90s. Many tributes have come and gone about him but one of the best came from one of my regular posters who lives in Abington Towbship. His comments will give you an idea on just how powerful reach of Father Harry Lewis was: This is really out of left field for me, but consider mentioning the passing of 101 year old Father Harry Lewis. He was our parish priest at Saint Pats in Scranton when I was a kid and remains the one priest who made a positive and lasting impression on me. (He was great with the kids and all the parishioners and he suffered under a despot monsignor at St Pats. I can expand on that thought when we get together). He served in the US Army during WWII and was ordained later in life. He knew something about the world and life unlike so many who come out of the seminary with quotes at hand and all the answers. He will be remembered in both Luzerne and Lackawanna County. He also married my sister and her husband in 1956. I sincerely believe this man was special. Strange request from an agnostic, huh? With a few more guys like this, and maybe they are some out there, the Catholic Church would be much better off.
ECTVECTV Live Hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo will welcome Brian Smith, Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, as their guest during the week of January 7th. Mr. Smith will be discussing plans for "Winter Trail Days" and the grand reopening of Prompton State Park which is a major public attraction here in northeastern Pennsylvania. All of the activities and demonstrations for Trail Days are open to the public free of charge. ECTV Live is available on Comcast Ch19 which can be seen each day at Noon, 6pm, and Midnight. The complete broadcast schedule can be seen through a Goggle search of ectvschedule.
This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with Dr. Sharon Finster from the Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital in Plains Township about their services for pet owners in Northeast Pa. Brian speaks with registered dietician and author Dawn Jackson Blatner about putting a healthier spin on comfort foods. And an encore of Brian’s October interview with health educator Stuart Tomc about the AMA’s “War on Fish Oil”. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on Great Country 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93, and 7am on True Oldies 590, WARM.
THE PARTY ZONECatch the new extended 70s, 80s, 90s oldies show "The PartyZone" with Shadoe Steele beginning this Saturday from 6 - midnight on 50,000 watt powerhouse WAVT-FM - T-102.
We’ll be giving you the poll results of the LuLac poll regarding the site. But one item we will reveal will be our feature year. 1976 won out over 1963 and 1980. So here we are, 1976
The Cray-1, the first commercially developed supercomputer, is released by Seymour Cray's Cray Research.... The Pol Pot regime proclaims a new constitution for Democratic Kampuchea. In Pennsylvania, Governor Shapp leaves the Capoitol to begin his Presidential campaign concentrating on the state of Florida…….and in Luzerne County, Commissioners Ed Wideman, Frank Crossin and GOP minority member Steve Yanoshak take their oath of office. Crossin and Wideman won reelection in 1975 against Robert Warren of Hazleton and Yanoshak who was formerly County Controller and 37 years ago the number 1 song in America and LuLac land was “I Write the Songs” by Barry Manilow.