News in brief
Tusten sees first jury trial in over 15 years
NARROWSBURG, NY — Judge Carmine Rufrano presided over the first jury trial in Tusten in over 15 years on September 29 and 30, in the case of the People of the State of New York vs. Victor J. Chimura.
The defendant, 20-year-old Chimura, was found guilty in this two-day trial of driving while intoxicated, under Vehicle & Traffic Law 1192-3. Attorney Donna Maria Lasher appeared for the defendant, and the prosecutor was assistant district attorney Jared K. Hart.
Chimura was acquitted of seven other related charges.
Church collects for flooding victims
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) team at St. Francis Xavier will conduct a drive to collect items for victims of the recent flooding in the West Pittston, PA, area. The collection will receive new sheets of any size, blankets and towels; and new underwear and socks for children and adults. Drop off items at St. Francis Xavier at the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, October 15, or the 11:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 16. Items will be donated to Corpus Christi Parish in West Pittston. Call 570/729-7626.
The JPIC team pursues St. Francis’s philosophy of “justice, peace, and caring for creation.” A “Care for Creation” program was conducted under JPIC last spring, and a website, stfranciscare4creation.org, has been launched.
SEEDS launches ‘Kick the Watt’
REGION — Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support (SEEDS) has announced a program to help families save electricity called “Kick the Watt, a SEEDS 350 Project.” It is the next generation of last year’s “350 Saved Project” that saw 36 families save 113,492 kilowatt hours and almost $16,000 on their electric bills.
Continuing through September of 2012, participants will receive a monthly e-mail with tips on how to save electricity and money. Participants simply report the amount of electricity they use each month. There will be monthly prizes based upon the percentage of savings comparing a month this year to the same month the previous year, with a year-end grand prize for the biggest saver. Participants must be PPL customers living in Wayne, Pike, Susquehanna or Lackawanna County. Visit Seedsgroup.net, click on “Kick the Watt” and scroll down or call 570/698-6173.