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For more than 20 years, The Times Leader has created Profile, an annual publication that has proven to be extremely popular with both readers and advertisers.

Over those two decades, the topics of Profile have ranged from business, industry and progress to local heroes, cultural heritage and the resources of the area. This year, we focus on the one thing that binds all topics and for that matter, the entire region: family.

Luzerne County and the Wyoming Valley is replete with the ties that bind, from the blood family members who carry on business traditions from generation to generation to the work family made up of people joined by the shared experience of working together day after day and year after year toward a shared goal, to the good neighbors who together form strong communities.

To quote one story in the issue you hold, “Family doesn’t always have to follow bloodlines; sometimes better connections exist along property lines amid the wonders of nature.”

We had no trouble coming up with “families” to write about for Profile: We Are Family. In these pages you will read about brothers who work in law enforcement, siblings who sell automobiles, spouses who work as clergy, spouses who work as retailers and spouses who work as Realtors.

There are families operating restaurants, farms, and service and manufacturing businesses.

Many families have members who share the same or similar occupations: jewelers, educators, musicians and performing artists, nurses, doctors, builders, grocers.

And there are many churches and community groups that work together so closely, so well, that the members seem to have been joined at birth.

So read about the family of St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston, who credit a merger with bringing parishioners together. Read about members of the John Stanky family, who have been making polka music together for as long as they’ve been a family. Read about the Buttons, Capozuccas and Hellers, who run businesses proudly bearing their family names. Read about the Letanskis, Caluccis and Fasulas, who run businesses not known by the family name but very well-known nonetheless.

Joe Butkiewicz

Vice President/News

Wilkes-Barre Publishing Company

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