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Beyond the Byline: Judy Wienckoski always has graduates’ backs

WILKES-BARRE — It’s that time of year — graduation time. Colleges and universities are holding their commencements and for the most part, they are held without incident and usually without much notice from the non-graduating families of the area. But to those families with graduates, these are the times of pride. So when your son, […]

Comments - 9:35 pm

Capitol Roundup: Bills support law enforcement, public safety officers

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey this week re-introduced a trio of measures designed to show that police lives matter: • The Lifesaving Gear for Police Act reverses the Obama administration’s ban of certain federal gear for use by police departments. • The Lt. Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act requires the Bureau of Prisons […]

Comments - 4:56 pm

Beyond the Byline: Moms and apple trees go together

As I stood looking at the apple tree in Dennis Kachmarsky’s yard on Pringle Hill in Pringle, I thought about my mother. Well, actually, I thought about all mothers and the circle of life. I thought about how, without mothers, none of us would be here. Yeah, I know the same goes for fathers, but […]

Comments - 11:26 am - updated: 5:58 pm.

Remember When: Coffee can taste a lot better in the right kind of cup

Ask an art aficionado why he likes Edward Hopper’s famous painting “Nighthawks” and you’ll probably hear something about isolation — people sitting in an all-night diner, staring ahead as if unaware of one another’s existence, while their coffee grows cold. Yes, I see that. But I also like their coffee cups. Not only do I […]

Comments - 11:00 am - updated: 11:00 am.

Barletta, Yudichak, Toohil to co-host heroin/opioid forum

HAZLETON — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, state Sen. John Yudichak and state Rep. Tarah Toohil will co-host a forum to discuss the growing opioid epidemic facing Pennsylvania communities and efforts underway to combat the problem. Barletta, R-Hazleton, Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, and Toohil, R-Butler Township, invite the public to attend the forum, set for Hazleton Area […]

Comments - 3:03 pm

Beyond the Byline: Of twin-zipper girdles and Miracle Mart

WILKES-BARRE — Who needs a girdle? Apparently, in 1959, plenty of women needed these garments and an advertisement in The Times Leader Evening News told of a big sale. Since Mr. Peabody’s Way Back Machine apparently has never been perfected, time travel can only be accomplished through more rudimentary means — like perusing vintage, discolored, […]

Comments - 1:43 pm

Barletta lauds opening of office to aid victims of illegal immigration

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta this week applauded the launch of an office within the Department of Homeland Security, which will provide services to people who have been victims of crimes committed by people in the country illegally. The Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, which will also be know as VOICE, was established […]

Comments - 11:39 pm

Beyond the Byline: Rest in peace, my Lily

WILKES-BARRE — I’m definitely a cat person. Have been most of my adult life. I have had several cats as companions over the years. But this last one, she was the very best. Lily, who I brought home as a kitten in November of 1997, left this world and crossed the infamous Rainbow Bridge last […]

Comments - 10:41 am - updated: 4:14 pm.

Beyond The Byline: Students learn about journalism at Bigler conference

WILKES-BARRE — A long, long time ago, a young journalist used to sit at a table in Boscov’s restaurant and listen to two gentlemen talk about everything. These two men would select several topics and discuss them in great detail, offering solid opinions based on facts as they knew them and often they would debate […]

Comments - 9:00 pm

Remember When: Days of soda jerks, home delivery and leg room

A few years ago, I spent a fun afternoon at the Believe it or Not Museum in midtown Manhattan (234 W. 42nd St.). You say you’re too busy to go there? Hey, don’t worry. Here’s my list of wild and crazy things that actually existed here in Wyoming Valley decades ago. Believe them or … […]

Comments - 4:05 pm

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