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Olive Garden delivers for first responders
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Monday’s holiday didn’t stop a few area restaurant employees from opening the doors a little early to start making a special feast for some community service workers.
Some employees at Olive Garden started work early on Labor Day, creating a feast that would be hand-delivered and served to local police, fire and EMS workers at the Wilkes-Barre police station Monday afternoon.
Lasagna, spaghetti, salads, deserts and more were prepared free of charge as part of the company’s free meals for service workers program, said restaurant manager Kenneth Pepperling.
“We want to show them our appreciation for what they do,” he said of the chain’s program. “Every year, we try to pick a different area and provide them with a free meal on Labor Day.”
Although Pepperling was staffed at a different location for last year’s feast, he remembers serving the Hollenback area service workers two years ago at their local fire station.
Pipeline construction: Why here? Why now?
The proposed Atlantic Sunrise and PennEast pipelines are part of a huge upswing in interstate gas transmission projects nationwide in the last two years.
Nine filings were recorded by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the eight years from 2006 through 2013. None were in Pennsylvania.
In 2014, there were 24 filings across the United States; only two of them all or partly in Pennsylvania. So far in 2015, there have been 44 filings, 13 in Pennsylvania.
These figures do not include proposed pipelines transporting gas wholly within state borders, which are not subject to federal oversight.
So, why here and why now? The answer to the first question is simple proximity to the prodigious Marcellus Shale gas fields to the north and west of Luzerne County.
A drilling boom over the past five years has resulted in thousands of hydraulic fractured wells being punched in the ground, many of them producing at rates that exceeded expectations. But pipeline capacity has not kept pace, so many wells have been capped until new lines go into service. Some of those — such as Atlantic Sunrise, PennEast and MARC II — will tap into the large Transcontinental interstate line that was installed in Luzerne County beginning in the 1950s.
Police charge teen who allegedly stole ambulance from Nanticoke
LAUREL RUN — A Nanticoke teen who allegedly attacked a stranger and stole an ambulance has been arraigned and remanded to Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
According to an court documents, Destiny Noella McNeil, 17, attacked Timothy Yatsko with a brick in the 100 block of East State Street, Nanticoke, at about 4 p.m. on Friday. She then fled the scene, stealing a Spellman ambulance that was parked at 230 East State Street, while its attendants were rendering emergencies services to a resident.
Court documents say that McNeil hit Yatsko hard enough to cause him to fall to the ground, but that he was able to provide identifying information about her. He said he had not previously known her.
She then fled in the emergency vehicle, hitting two parked cars on East State Street and then making her way to Route 29 and eventually Interstate 81 north.
According to the report, McNeil then made her way to Route 309, pursued by both Nanticoke and Wilkes-Barre Township police, where she struck a township cruiser near the border between Wilkes-Barre Township and Laurel Run.
Woman, firefighters rescue kitten from railroad bridge
KINGSTON — Lisa Liebetrau was with her husband on a typical morning walk along the river levee.
The two were behind the Kingston Maintenance Building and near the railroad bridge, when their walk became anything but ordinary thanks to the cries of a stranded kitten.
Liebetrau’s husband heard the cry of the kitten coming from somewhere near the bridge, which got louder as they got closer to the bridge.
Liebetrau wanted to find a way to climb up to find the kitten, but decided against it. Liebetrau’s husband suggested that they call the Kingston Fire Department, but she said at the time that she thought that firefighters only saved kittens in the movies.
Liebetrau went down to the fire department, where she repeatedly pressed the station’s call button, and eventually led the crews to where the distressed kitten was. Liebetrau explained that crews were initially going to bring in a ladder truck to reach the kitten, but said it was out on another call.
Instead, Liebetrau said one of the deputies climbed up on one of the blocks of the support beams of the bridge to see if he could find the kitten. With the use of a ladder, crews were able to bring the crying kitting down from the bridge’s support beams.