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St. Faustina Kowalska Parish Youth Ministry aids shoppers at Barnes & Noble

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — In the spirit of the Christmas season, parents and children from a local church youth group volunteered their time to wrap a sleigh full of gifts Sunday afternoon at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at the Arena Hub Plaza. The St. Faustina Kowalska Parish Youth Ministry from Nanticoke held its first “Bookfair” […]

Comments - 8:08 pm

Swoyersville Community Ambulance Association raises funds with cookie sale

SWOYERSVILLE — The Swoyersville Community Ambulance Association, a volunteer ambulance service, gave shoppers a place to get some last-minute holiday gifts and about a dozen varieties of delicious homemade cookies — including a salt and vinegar variety— at its annual Cookie Sale and Vendor Fair. The vendors featured a wide gamut of rustic handmade crafts […]

Comments - 7:46 pm - updated: 7:54 pm.

Luzerne County restaurant inspections: Dec. 9 to 13

The following are recent Luzerne County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. According to the agency: “any inspection is a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. Also, at the time […]

Comments - 6:43 pm

HUD report shows reduction in overall homelessness in Pennsylvania

WILKES-BARRE — Homelessness has declined in Pennsylvania, according to the latest national estimate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found the total number of persons experiencing homelessness in Pennsylvania on a single night in 2017 fell 7.8 percent. Local communities in Pennsylvania reported a 12.9 […]

Comments - 10:35 pm

Families turn out in droves for Santa in the Park event in South Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE — Families started lining the area around Firwood Park before noon for a chance to see the jolly man in the red suit come to town on his green Christmas train. Within an hour, cheerful holiday music could be heard from a traveling train that carried St. Nick to the adoring crowd. The Wilkes-Barre […]

Comments - 10:16 pm

Special appearance by Santa raises money for needy kids

WILKES-BARRE — The downtown holiday Pop-Up Shops celebrated their last day in business by inviting a special guest. Santa Claus himself made an appearance Saturday afternoon to raise money for Christmas gifts for children. Shoppers could get a photo with Mr. Claus for a $5 donation to Valley Santa, a local non-profit that collects toys […]

Comments - 9:50 pm

Results of conservation work becoming noticeable at Luzerne County Courthouse

At least a quarter of the 96 murals inside the Luzerne County Courthouse dome had to be removed for conservation work because they were literally falling off the ceiling from past water damage, restoration company representatives said this week. The murals had been secured to the plaster with both adhesive and nail tacks during construction […]

Comments - 9:27 pm

Beyond the Byline: Help the homeless

WILKES-BARRE — A recent report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says the rate of homelessness is decreasing nationwide. I don’t believe it. You can cite all the statistics you want, the fact is you can not accurately report on the state of homelessness if you can’t identify all those who are, […]

Comments - 8:27 pm

Plymouth library benefits from Barnes & Noble fundraiser

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Plymouth Public Library benefited from a book fair fundraiser Saturday at the Wilkes-Barre Township Barnes & Noble — right in time for the holiday season. When customers mentioned the Plymouth Library at checkout, a portion of the sale was directed to the library. The money will be used for more books […]

Comments - 6:55 pm

Police: Man stole Christmas decoration from Hanover Twp. KFC

HANOVER TWP. — Police say a man stole a Christmas decoration from the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Hanover Township on Friday. Shortly after 1 p.m, restaurant employees reported a white male was caught on the video surveillance camera taking down the decoration while he was waiting for his food order. The decoration was hanging […]

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