Robert Thomas was a karate instructor who was approached by some people at his job some eight years ago about teaching women some self-defense techniques.
He agreed, and, evidently, that has turned out to be a great choice. Thomas was honored as the self defense instructor of the year during the 19th annual World Karate Union Hall of Fame Award ceremony on June 21.
“I was very surprised and very humbled,” Thomas said. “There are so many people from so many countries, and they pick only one person in the world to get this honor.”
Writing Workshops: Wilkes University will offer two one-week writing workshops for middle and high school students during the summer 2014 intersession.
The Kids’ Writing Workshop is a half-day camp that cultivates the creative writing skills of students in the fifth- through seventh-grades. Campers will build confidence as writers by participating in imaginative prompts, games and peer sharing. The class will introduce students to the fundamentals of poetry, short stories, screenwriting and playwriting. Campers will also discuss publishing and review the writing process, including brainstorming, drafting and editing. Students should come prepared to write and be inspired. The workshop runs through July 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
MOOSIC POLICE: No reports were available at press time.
OLD FORGE POLICE: Officers responded to more than 20 calls between July 6-12.
On July 6, officers were dispatched to investigate a threat complaint in the 600 block of South Main Street. A theft complaint sent officers to the 400 block of Dunn Avenue. Officers responded to investigate an animal complaint in the 100 block of Church Street. Officers also responded to assist emergency medical personnel (EMS) with a call in the 200 block of Morton Street.
Area music and entertainment producer Dick Plotkin didn’t have to go very far when casting his latest project.
In fact, his net brought him a familiar voice and face, that of Old Forge resident Nicole Rasmus, who has worked with Plotkin before — having recorded an album filled with covers of Patsy Cline hits.
For Plotkin, the idea of casting Rasmus as Patsy Cline in this weekend’s “Always ... Patsy Cline” made a lot of sense.