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Wednesday, 01 June 2022 11:54

Obituary: Lawrence Madden

Lawrence Anthony Madden, 67, of Cresco, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Born in Queens, New York he was the son of the late Edward and Charolette (Speielman) Madden. Lawrence worked for Major Hyundai as a mechanic for many years. He enjoyed comic books, riding motorcycles and building Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Survivors: In addition to his wife, Nancy, Lawrence will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Nanciann Madden and Melissa Foster and her husband Chad and grandchildren, Malekai Foster, Caysyn Foster, Maizey Foster and Adeline Biechy.

Services: Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Bolock Funeral Home of Cresco has been entrusted with arrangements.

Published by Bolock Funeral Home & Crematory - Cresco on May 29, 2022.

Original Title:
Auditor General DeFoor Releases Audits of 36 Municipal Pension Plans in 19 Counties

View the PDF Report Here

HARRISBURG – Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor today announced the release of audit reports for 36 municipal pension plans in Allegheny, Beaver, Bucks, Cambria, Clearfield, Crawford, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Lancaster, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Snyder, Tioga, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming and York counties.

Editor's Note:
Last week, I reached out to Dollar General HQ to inquire about the status of our local store, because the rumor I'm hearing is they did not obtain a proper permit from PennDOT for the entrance off Route 390:


Here is the response from Dollar General Public Relations:

Hi Nate, Thanks for reaching out! DG is currently under construction on a new location at 967 PA Route 390 in Cresco, PA. At this time, a store opening is slated for summer 2022 but understand that construction progress may alter this date. Please feel free to check back with us on a periodical basis for updates.

Friday, 20 May 2022 15:04

Obituary: Carol Ann Plante

Carol Ann (Valenches) Plante, 81, of Blakeslee passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Pocono. Born in Scranton she was the daughter of the late Carl and Elsie (Palmer) Valenches. She was the beloved wife of Dewey Plante with whom she 49 shared years of marriage. She was a member at the former Christ the King parish of Blakslee.

Thursday, 19 May 2022 11:12

Quinton Thomas Freeman: Obituary

Was born on May 12, 2003 in Minneapolis, Minnesota but Pennsylvania became his home from kindergarten to graduating high school. He loved basketball, music, dancing and spending time outdoors with his friends, with a laugh that was undeniable. Quinton had many jobs. Sadly on May 16, 2022 Quinton passed away at the early age of 19. He did a lot but his best accomplishment was when he handed his mom Tresa Robinson his high school diploma. He will surely be missed.

Source: Pocono Record

Let there be light!

As the smoke from the incense lingered, a loud applause filled the worship space when the votives were lit and the lights turned on.

It was all part of the Dedication Mass at Most Holy Trinity Church in Cresco held Sunday and led by Bishop Joseph Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton.

A never before seen sketch of a decades old murder suspect is finally being distributed to the public. 52-year-old John Leonard Sr. of Cresco was killed on September 8th in 1970. It happened around 2:30PM at the Buck Hill Falls Hotel in Barrett Township -- which has since been demolished after falling into disrepair. Leonard was the taxicab driver of a black 1966 Plymouth Sedan for Mick's Taxi Service. He was called to the hotel where a white man with dark hair and approximately 30 to 40 years old approached the vehicle. Leonard was later found in the sedan dead with multiple gunshot wounds. Police say Leonard had five children at the time. He was a World War II veteran. And was an active member with the VFW and his community. If anyone has information on this crime-- you're asked to contact state police at Stroudsburg.

This photo of Skytop Lodge has special meaning for me. It is, first and foremost, the first place I saw fireworks as a kid. We lived down in the valley but every year would go and park along the golf course with other locals to watch the show. At that time, outsiders were not allowed in the gate especially for the fireworks! During the Second World War, the roof of the Lodge was used by plane spotters...my Dad was one....and later, when we were having troubles with the "Russkies", the skywatch was continued and I volunteered to take a shift...four hours? A bonus was to spend quiet time on that roof looking at the sky and the beautiful valley before me. I never saw any "enemy planes" but I did learn how to enjoy quiet time and enjoy my surroundings....a real gift for an "itchy" teenager. I soon left the Poconos for college and my grown up life. But that bit of responsibility coupled with the beauty of my home town has lived with me a very long time. It shaped my devotion to public service and a life of volunteering in other larger pursuits.

Earl Rose
Palm Springs, California

Skytop Lodge is one of the United States’ most traditional yet luxury accommodations.

Not only does it offer a fantastic all-inclusive package, but Skytop Lodge is also a member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Skytop Lodge opened its doors in 1928 and has been welcoming guests since!

Lawrence "Larry" A. Esposito, 69, of Cresco, PA, husband of Debra Montgomery-Esposito, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in his home. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he was the son of the late John and Marian (Luzietti) Esposito. Larry was a retired Media Production Manager for Metro-North Railroad, in NYC.