About: Betsy Summers

Betsy Summers is a long-time resident of Wilkes-Barre who holds an associate’s degree from Centenary College and advanced degrees from the School of Hard Knocks. She’s also a self-taught carpenter, electrician, gardener, and Jane of all trades. Betsy currently works in veterinary sales, has served on the subcommittee for Luzerne County ethics, and has run for a number of political offices, most recently, PA State Auditor General in 2012.If you’d like a question answered, contact Betsy at Betsy@wbindependentgazette.com or call us at 570-266-8086.

Recent Posts by Betsy Summers

Ask Betsy! July 2013

Dear Betsy,Now that the heat and humidity have set in, my doors are sticking shut.  Do you know of any helpful hints to eliminate this problem?

Stuckin Side

Dear Stuckin,A belt sander is always a help in this situation, but you don’t want to take too much off the edges.  If too much is sanded...
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Ask Betsy! June 2013

Dear Tired of the corruption,

As you may know, over the years I’ve run for numerous elected positions. I have always felt that it was a civic duty to give the public greater choice at the ballot box. As we are all aware, the corruption, cronyism, and nepotism in Luzerne County and Wilkes-Barre has brought our city to its knees.

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Ask Betsy! May 2013

Dear Linda,

You are correct. Way too many animals are lost, abandoned, mistreated, or stolen in our area. If our current laws were enforced, I think that we would see fewer problems. There just aren’t enough people to handle the growing animal population. Please adopt and spay/neuter!

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Ask Betsy! April 2013

Dear Buried,

You are not alone! When I ran for Mayor in 2011, a spring cleanup was the #1 request of the many people whom I spoke to. Years ago, Wilkes-Barre did, in fact, conduct cleanups. I have publicly asked the city council numerous times to find a way to bring it back. I received no response.

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Ask Betsy! March 2013

Dear Old Bones,

As with anything, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It is always important to do your homework and check the ingredients and, if possible, read independent studies. The main thing that you should understand is that vitamins are not regulated, so there is no guarantee that what the manufacturers claim to be in them is really in them.

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Ask Betsy! December 2012

Dear Shiverin,

I struggle with this every winter! Here are the steps I take. The first thing I do is have a plumber tune up my boiler. Next, I close and inspect my storm windows, caulking all gaps. I also have a draft blocker for the bottom of my doors. For supplemental heat I use a couple of oil-filled electric radiators and I also have an electric blanket on my bed.

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People Helping Animals

My job with Midwest Veterinary Supply has given me the opportunity to work with many of the nonprofit organizations helping animals not only in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but also in New Mexico and Arizona at the Zuni and Hopi Reservations. Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico with the...
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Ask Betsy! July 2012

Dear Betsy,

During your campaign for Mayor, you organized neighborhood vacant lot cleanups. How can I do something like this?

I live next to a dump

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