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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Senior citizens honored

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  • - The regular meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners honored the sheriffs department and the elderly community.
    Director of the Wayne County Agency on Aging Jacqueline Sturgis commented on how valuable the volunteering community is to the agency. "We are so grateful to the volunteers," she said. "Every little bit makes a difference."
    A proclamation notes that there are 14,000 citizens age 60 and older in Wayne County. The agency works to provide services to aid the older adults in the county.
    "It's important to have services to be able to age in our community," she said.
    In the proclamation, it recognizes the "vital role" older adults play in the community "by unleashing their power through the sharing of their experience, knowledge, wisdom and accomplishments."
    The proclamation also recognizes the "successes of community elders" and "encourages their ongoing participation and further accomplishments."
    Sheriff's honored
    The commissioners also took time to honor the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.
    Commissioner Brian Smith noted that the department "does a wonderful job at securing the courthouse."
    Smith also highlighted the fact that the sheriffs are "highly trained" to perform their job.
    Sargent Patricia Krempasky said that the main job of the sheriffs is "securing the courthouse," but that the department does other jobs as well.
    "We also do prisoner transport and serve warrants," among other things. "We are kept pretty busy."
    Krempasky and deputy Mark Santoli, were both honored for four years of outstanding service with a service pin.
    Elevator project
    The installation of a second elevator for the courthouse was approved, and so was the decision to advertise for bids.
    The elevator will "bring the courthouse into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)," said Commissioner Wendell Kay. "It is a necessary upgrade."
    The project will be funded by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The elevator will allow access to the old portion of the courthouse.
    Page 2 of 2 - Other business
    Dave Corey was appointed as the Emergency Management Agency radio operator for Wayne County.
    Jeffrey Zerechak, of Dickson City, was hired to fill a vacancy left by the retirement of Bonnie Tolerico. Zerechak will be an administrator for the Drug and Alcohol division.
    Catherine Martin was approved as a summer intern for Judge Hamill's office, effective May 20.
    Three part-time corrections officers were hired for the Wayne County Correctional Facility. They are Michael Barney of Waymart, Evan Rollison of Honesdale, and Nicole Wolfe of Lake Ariel.

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