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Casey boosts restaurants

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, joined on Thursday by owners of local restaurants, pushed for passage of new, bipartisan legislation he says would promote new construction and retail improvements at restaurants across the state.

Standing at P.J. Scanlan’s, Casey highlighted data showing the role restaurants play in creating jobs and boosting economic growth across the state. Passing the bipartisan legislation, he said, would give small businesses the certainty they need to grow their businesses and create jobs.

Casey’s said his bill would increase access to capital by permanently extending the 15-year tax depreciation period for leasehold improvements, restaurant improvements and new construction and retail improvements. It is designed to give companies the certainty they need to invest in their businesses and expand. These capital investments, he said, fuel economic activity and create jobs.


Senior Center Program honored

The Senior Center Program sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties and the Commission on Economic Opportunity was honored Thursday by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging for ensuring that older citizens are provided meals at home and in senior centers.

Deputy Secretary for Aging David Gingerich presented the Excellence in Nutrition for Older Pennsylvanians Award to the commission and agency. The Senior Center Program provides congregate meals for 17 senior centers and frozen home-delivered meals serving 1,000 individuals on a weekly basis.


State slots’ take drops

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported Thursday the collective slot machine revenue produced at the 11 casinos during April dropped 4.2 percent compared to April of last year.

According to the monthly report at, this April’s gross revenue from the play of slot machines statewide was $205.2 million, or about $9 million less than the gross revenue of the $214.2 million produced in April 2012. Tax revenue generated for the Commonwealth from slot machine play this April was $110,378,513.

Revenue from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township dropped 7.11 percent from last April — from $20 million to $18.6 million.


Group has new director

Karen Kenderdine, chairwoman of the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, has announced that Patricia A. Lenahan has been confirmed as the executive director of the organization.

Lenahan has served as the L/S WIB’s acting executive director since January and was interim executive director since July 2012. Before that, she worked as the organization’s planner. She oversees local workforce programs through PA CareerLink offices in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and Pottsville and coordinates workforce activities with economic development organizations, educational providers and local employers in both counties.

The WIB oversees workforce development activities throughout Luzerne and Schuylkill counties by bringing together business, industry, education, economic development and community organizations to identify workforce challenges and develop strategies and solutions to address the challenges.


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