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Remember When: A look back at the staples the corner stores no longer carry

Think I’ll run down to the corner store and pick up a huge, tasty Mars bar – you know, the old-time version with a couple of in-your-face almonds on top – plus a copy of the New York Mirror so I can catch up on my big-city celebrity news. Ah, in my dreams, in my […]

Comments - 6:00 am

Remember When: Looking back at things that no longer go on in schools

Down the hallway the kids walk, silent except for a hushed word or two to a friend. Eyes dart about, because standing in the doorways of their classrooms are the teachers, primed to step forward and motion the dreaded “come here” signal to anyone a bit too loud. One, reputedly a former paratrooper, dangles an […]

Comments - 6:00 am

Remember When: Pianos, radios, entertained many families in past decades

“Care to try it?” asked my buddy Alner, stepping back to admire the huge recliner I’d just helped him wrestle in from his car. “Thought you’d never ask,” I replied, sinking into the big chair. “Here,” he said, tossing a key pad to me. “Not only can I adjust the chair with it, I can […]

Comments - 6:00 am

Beyond the Byline: Cheer, cheer for the home team

WILKES-BARRE — It was a clear, brisk morning in September 1964 and kids my age were gathering in front of the Plymouth Junior High School building, waiting to enter for their first day in the ninth grade. Most of us were sort of used to the building, having spent seventh and eighth grade there. As […]

Comments - 9:42 pm

Pashinski: Robbing agriculture funds no way to balance budget

WILKES-BARRE — Following the release of the House Republicans’ plan to fill a $2.2 billion budget gap with fund transfers, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski said Friday that taking millions of dollars from agriculture and other programs is not the solution. Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre and Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said […]

Comments - 5:32 pm - updated: 5:33 pm.

Beyond the Byline: Tunkhannock couple changes direction for Harvey help

WILKES-BARRE — On Monday, Jim and Kate Crowley answered questions from the media about their decision to drive south to help in the flood relief effort from Hurricane Harvey. The Crowleys were polite, and you could tell they were sincere in what they were doing. The Tunkhannock couple is skipping their planned monthlong vacation to […]

Comments - 2:23 pm

Beyond the Byline: Meeting Marie Osmond confirmed what I already knew

WILKES-BARRE — She was a little bit country, he was a little bit rock and roll, and everybody in the audience was 100 percent Osmond-awed. I know I sure was. OK, I’ll come clean — I have been a fan of Donny and Marie Osmond, well the entire Osmond family, since I first saw them […]

Comments - 10:24 pm

Let’s hope it’s not the last for Plymouth High Class of ‘52

PLYMOUTH — The 19 classmates of Plymouth High School’s Class of 1952 hope this wasn’t the last time they will get together. On May 24, the group of 82- and 83-year-olds sat around tables at Konefal’s Restaurant in Edwardsville and talked about those good old days. They answered trivia questions, like who intercepted the pass […]

Comments - 7:18 pm

Here’s hoping Elvis Presley isn’t lonely tonight and has found eternal rest

WILKES-BARRE — The first Elvis Presley song I listened to was “Heartbreak Hotel.” My friend’s sister had purchased it, and we listened to it on a record player in their house. “Well, since my baby left me/ I found a new place to dwell/ It’s down at the end of Lonely Street/ At Heartbreak Hotel.” […]

Comments - 10:07 am

Auditor General: Pa. retirement system needs to cut investment fees

WILKES-BARRE — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week said his performance audit of the State Employees’ Retirement System found more room to cut fees to Wall Street investors while working on legislative reform and operational improvements needed to help ensure that the system can meet its obligations to retirees and protect Pennsylvania taxpayer interests. The […]

Comments - 5:36 pm

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