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May 24. 2013 12:01AM

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Grand opening today

The White Haven Community Library & Visitors Center, 99 Towanda St., is having a grand opening celebration today with a ribbon cutting and reception at 5 p.m. and Saturday with numerous activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is housed in the historic former Lehigh Valley Railroad engine house.

Festivities on Saturday include library tours, an organized walk along the Lehigh River, children’s authors, live music, a book sale, a plant sale, food, a bounce house, games and face painting. Parking will be allowed in the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources parking lot next to G&A Hardware on Main Street.

Visitors coming at 3:30 p.m. for the live concert are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. The event goes on rain or shine.


Send TL your bazaar info

Are the potato-pancake cooks limbering up their frying arms? Is your pastor or the fire chief bracing himself for a turn in the dunking booth? Is the Bingo caller getting her voice in gear?

Tell us what makes your organization’s bazaar unique, along with the dates, times and locations, and send them to The Times Leader so we can add them to the big list we’re preparing for the June 7 entertainment Guide. Please send the information to or to The Guide, c/o The Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 so we receive it by June 4.


Coordinator to aid veterans

Geisinger Health System now has a coordinator for veterans and career outreach.

Phyllis Scott, a corporate recruiter who now serves as Geisinger’s coordinator for veterans and career outreach, is offering one-on-one support to any veteran looking for a job in Geisinger’s health system.

Scott works with veterans to provide resumé assistance and recruiter support to identify jobs within the health system that are a good match for a military skill set.

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New airport road gets grant

PennDOT has awarded the $41.9 million Avoca Airport road construction project to Pennsy Supply of Annville Tuesday.

The project, scheduled to begin in June, will include three roundabouts, new on and off-ramps and a new road from Commerce Road to Terminal Road. PennDOT officials anticipate the project will be completed in November with minimal impact to regular traffic flow.


Vets’ tax breaks in new bill

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, unveiled bipartisan legislation to help veterans own their own small businesses.

The Help Veterans Own Franchises Act would create a tax credit for veterans or their spouses who purchase a franchise. The tax credit would amount to 25 percent of the total franchise fee and is capped at $100,000.

Despite their training and experience, many veterans struggle to find employment in civilian life. According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 205,000 veterans who served in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, are unemployed. These veterans have an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent, a full 2 percentage points higher than the national average.


Driver centers to be closed

Drivers license and photo centers will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

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