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More I-81 delays this week

Motorist traveling Interstate 81 north can expect delays tonight through Thursday nights when traffic will be down to a single lane for concrete repair between Exit 188 (Dunmore/Throop) and Exit 190 (Dickson City/Main Avenue).

The lane closure will be from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.


HASB meeting on Tuesday

There will be a special board meeting for the Hazleton Area School District Board of Education at 5 p.m. Tuesday for general business.

The meeting will be held in the HACC Large Group Instruction Room, administration building entrance, 1515 W. 23rd St., Hazle Township.


MMI exams are set

MMI entrance exams are set for 9 a.m. June 1.

The exam is for students in grades six, seven, eight and 11. The exam assesses general verbal and quantitative ability, reading comprehension and mathematic achievement.

Students should report to the Joseph A. Turri’ 45 Library and Learning Center for the exam.

Registration is required and there is a $25 exam and application fee that can be paid on the morning of the exam. To register, contact Aprilaurie Whitley at 570-636-1108 or email awhitley@mmiprep.org. For more information, visit www.mmiprep.org.

Results of the examination also determine whether a student is eligible for a $1,000 MMI Academic Excellence Award applicable for the upcoming school year.


Allied fundraiser June 8

RailRiders baseball fans can bid 1 to 3 p.m. June 8 at PNC Field for sports memorabilia, area businesses’ services and products, and players’ autographs in a fundraiser auction for Allied Services Pediatric Program.

Allied’s pediatric program helps children with physical and developmental challenges.

Sports items include four tickets to a Yankees game in the Legends Club, a signed game-worn jersey by Curtis Granderson and signed baseballs by players such as Andy Pettitte, Joey Votto, Jason Heyward. Area businesses have partnered with the RailRiders to include packages and gift certificates.

The RailRiders will host a game against the Buffalo Bisons after the auction. Special RailRiders’ jerseys will be auctioned during the game, set to begin at 7:05 p.m.


Get farmers market vouchers

Vouchers for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition program will be available next month and can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at area farmers markets.

To be eligible, you must be at least 60 or turn 60 by the end of the year. Income guidelines are $21,257 for a household of one, $28,694 for a household of two and $36,131 for a household of three. Proof of age, income and county residence are required.

Four $5 vouchers will be distributed to eligible seniors on a first-come, first-served basis at the Dallas Senior Center, 1158 Twin Stacks Drive, Dallas, from 10 a.m. to noon June 10, and the Falls Senior Center, 2813 Sullivan’s Trail, Falls, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 21.


Taxpayer group discusses bills

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations is hosting a public conference on state House Bill 76 and state Senate Bill 76 — the Property Tax Independence Act, which proponents say would effectively eliminate school property taxes.

The conference is at 7 p.m. June 6 in Burke Hall at King’s College, with main speaker David Baldinger, association administrator.

Local co-sponsors of the bills are Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, a prime sponsor; Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Township; and state Reps. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township; Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, and Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township.

Revenue lost from the school taxes would be made up by increasing the state sales tax from 6 to 7 percent and expanding the list of taxable items.

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