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College Life: Weeks leading to final exams stressful in their own right

What could be worse than finals week? The weeks leading up to finals week. And it’s not just because of the unreasonable amount of studying that must be done. It’s also crunch time. Professors assign papers and projects throughout the whole semester. Usually, they’re fairly spread out. When there are three at once, you complain, […]

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‘Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical’ opens at Music Box Dinner Playhouse

SWOYERSVILLE — With a false beard and mustache, a fat suit and a kind demeanor, Kevin Costley feels comfortable portraying Kris Kringle. But when he stepped out on stage at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse for last weekend’s opening of “Miracle on 34th Street,” the local actor was a bit concerned. “Because of my past […]

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Galactic history lesson: The ‘Star Wars’ series so far

‘Star Wars’ Released: 1977 Director: George Lucas Writer: George Lucas After Rebel leader Princess Leia Organa is captured by the powerful Sith lord Darth Vader, Tatooine farm boy Luke Skywalker becomes embroiled in the galactic conflict between good and evil. After teaming up with reclusive Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi and smuggler and scoundrel Han Solo, the […]

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We only know one truth — It’s a great time to be a ‘Star Wars’ fan

Breathe. Consider the ongoing Star Wars saga. And then, just breathe. Reach out with your feelings. What do you see? If you see a bright future, then you must be strong in the Force. The slumbering Star Wars saga was reignited by 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” which pulled in more than $2 billion worldwide. Released […]

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Heroes and villains: Old, new faces join ages-long battle in ‘The Last Jedi’

Rey Portrayed by: Daisy Ridley After leaving her old life on Jakku behind, Rey discovered that she possesses the mysterious power of the Force. At the beginning of the film, she finds herself face-to-face with missing Jedi master Luke Skywalker. Will he train her or reject her? Poe Portrayed by: Oscar Isaac An ace pilot, […]

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Wilkes-Barre’s F.M. Kirby Center announces 2018 Kirby Fest

The F.M. Kirby Center has announced their second annual F.M. Kirby Fest: A Night of Pints, Pinot & Performing Arts will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. April 21 at the downtown Wilkes-Barre theater, 71 Public Square. During their 2017 event, more than 20 wineries, breweries and restaurants handed out samples while patrons enjoyed […]

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Gaslight Theatre brings ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ to stage in WB Township

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Peanuts fan Tim McDermott, of Scranton, has watched the animated TV special about a not-so-popular little boy, a forlorn tree and the true meaning of Christmas so many times, he even knows the exact time Charlie Brown’s younger sister, Sally, gives a tiny hiccup. Sure enough, in the stage version of “A […]

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Wilkes-Barre exhibit features floral designs, garden-inspired paintings

WILKES-BARRE — Her tumbleweed came from Texas, her lambswool from Austria and her mopani wood from Africa. But artist Susan French, who lives in Kingston, likes to use local material in her floral sculptures as well, collecting dogwood branches from a friend’s garden in Forty Fort, hydrangea blossoms from her family homestead in Noxen Township, […]

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Amish Cook: Caring for our family one moment at a time

How are things going with your foster babies? How are Julia and Austin adjusting, and how do you think it’ll go once you have another baby born in February? These are all questions readers are asking, and for good reason. Sometimes I am not sure what the practical answer is. Our days do vary a […]

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‘Ants in a tree’ is a crowd-pleasing, classic Chinese recipe

“Ants in a tree” is the English translation of the Chinese name for this classic recipe. Built of spicy pork, bean thread noodles (aka cellophane noodles) and scallions, it earned its name because it’s not so far-fetched for the finished dish to call that image to mind — the noodles look like tree branches, the […]

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