Beyond the Byline: You want what? No way, sir

WILKES-BARRE — So I get this email from a guy in Virginia, asking me for my mother’s kielbasa recipe. Are you kidding? The guy — who called me Mr. Boyle — dropping my O’ — says he has been a “restaurateur” for 40-plus years and he loves kielbasa. Apparently, according to this guy, “the south […]

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Beyond the Byline: Kielbasa judging is serious business — and a lot of fun

WILKES-BARRE — Six days from now, I will again be charged with the great responsibility of judging the Plymouth Kielbasa Contest. As wonderful as that sounds, it is no easy task. I can assure you that this contest is the fairest, squarest contest this side of Warsaw. We, the panel of distinguished judges, do the […]

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AG concerned about impact of unbalanced, unfinished state budget

WILKES-BARRE — Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week again raised his concerns about the unbalanced, unfinished state budget after signing a $750 million line of credit to mitigate cash-flow problems. DePasquale said he added his signature to the $750 million line of credit that Treasurer Joe Torsella authorized from Treasury’s Short Term Investment Pool to […]

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Bill O’Boyle column: Summer of ‘59 festival an eye-opener for youngster

WILKES-BARRE — It happened long ago in a world that I’m afraid no longer exists. My parents took me downtown — Main Street, Plymouth, summertime, 1959 — to the American Legion Post 463. We went to the back of the building and there it was — a Ferris wheel and rides, games, kids and fun […]

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Remember When: Radio Flyer coaster wagons celebrate 100th anniversary

Down the hill I clatter in my coaster wagon, pushing frantically with one foot and holding the handle steady as I bounce and jolt over the cracks in the sidewalk. Will today be the day of glory? More power, more, more, finally, with no more pushes allowed, on the flat and rolling past the houses, […]

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Beyond the Byline: ‘Red Jones’ memory to live on in his boys, family, friends

WILKES-BARRE — As I sat inside the Disque Funeral Home last Friday night, watching the crowd file in to pay respects to Joseph “Red” Jones, I kept thinking about those days when small towns stood proudly behind their athletic teams. St. Vincent’s in Plymouth was one of those schools and Red Jones was one of […]

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Beyond the Byline: Building a better Plymouth through its youth

PLYMOUTH — It’s not too often you run into a person who is truly concerned about the world we live in and who wants to do something that will have positive effects today and into the future. Meet Holly Spece, 33, of Plymouth Borough. She is such a person. Spece has started a new organization […]

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Capitol Roundup: Pa. attorney general announces new consumer protection unit

WILKES-BARRE — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced this week he is creating a Consumer Financial Protection Unit to better protect consumers from financial scams, and is appointing an experienced consumer protection attorney to lead the initiative. Shapiro announced the appointment of Nicholas Smyth, who helped create the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as assistant […]

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Remember When: A walking tour of summers past in the Wilkes-Barre area

“So, what do you think?” gushed my buddy Alner, exiting his car and displaying a nice new pair of sport shoes. “They look nice and comfy,” I nodded. “Have any walking tours planned?” “Nah,” he said. “Wouldn’t want to mess them up with …” Evidently my grin tipped him off, because with a cry of […]

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Beyond the Byline: They taught their children well

WILKES-BARRE — When I saw the picture, I stared at it for several minutes. I knew most of the names of the people in the group — they were all teachers I had in high school. And the first thing that came to mind was that here were the very people who shaped not only […]

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