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PFBC to salvage fish at Lake Jean

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is going to throw everything it can at Lake Jean.When the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced on Tuesday that it would drain the 245-acre lake at Ricketts Glen State Park in order to replace a dam control tower, it left the lake’s fishery in peril.In order to utilize as many of the fish as possible, the PFBC temporarily lifted all fishing regulations for Lake Jean.Later this month, the agency will launch a full-fledged effort to save as many of the remaining fish as they can before the lake is drained. The fish salvage operation will take 4 to 5 weeks and it won’t be easy, according to PFBC fisheries manager Rob Wnuk.


Big plays lead Comets over Patriots

CLARKS SUMMIT — Abington Heights’ senior Jake Henzes opened the scoring with a 49-yard punt return touchdown and added the final blow with a 49-yard touchdown catch with under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to key Abington Heights’ 31-14 win over Pittston Area Saturday afternoon at Comets Stadium in a non-league game.“There was great blocking by our team,” Henzes said of the punt return. “We really needed some momentum because we we...

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Villani helps Dennis pick up first win at Holy Redeemer

DUNMORE — The emphasis has been on defense. Apparently, the Holy Redeemer players have been paying close attention to head coach Scott Dennis.The Royals held Holy Cross to less than 60 yards in the first half and rode the legs of Pat Villani, who ran for a game-high 164 yards and two scores as Redeemer opened the season with a 30-0 victory over the Crusaders at St. Anthony’s Playground.It was the first win for Dennis as Royals’ head coach as his players...

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Steve Flood’s estate is a tangled web

With his fiery battles against public corruption and vast property holdings, former Luzerne County controller Steve Flood was described as larger than life when he died three years ago.Not surprisingly, he left behind a behemoth estate sharing his wealth with people and institutions he treasured, never expecting his plans would be mired by the recession, litigation and his inability to work after suffering a stroke in 2007.

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‘Labor’ has different meaning now

On Labor Day 2014, workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania face a job market that has changed considerably over the past several years, while some employers say they can’t find new hires with the skills and work habits they need.The mismatch is reflected in an unemployment rate that, while down substantially since the end of the Great Recession, has remained the highest in the state for more than four years.

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Volunteers sought for Youth Aid Panels

WILKES-BARRE — If you have the time and commitment, the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office is looking for people to volunteer for service on Youth Aid Panels to give first-time juvenile offenders a second chance.The panels located throughout the county divert youths from the court system and craft personal contracts that, when adhered to and completed after three months, leave the juveniles without a criminal record.

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Expert answers questions about CHS class-action lawsuit

WILKES-BARRE — A security breach in Community Health System’s databases has resulted in 4.5 million patients being affected and a class-action lawsuit by five patients in Alabama that were affected.Based in Franklin, Tennessee, CHS owns or leases 206 hospitals in 29 states, including: Wilkes-Barre General Hospital; First Hospital in Kingston; Regional Hospital and Moses Taylor Hospital, both in Scranton; and Berwick Hospital and Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock....

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Local college students buck national trend toward business degrees

Both nationally and locally, students have returned to colleges and university’s to start, continue or finish their degrees. But there’s a difference here: Area students have been favoring education degrees rather business, the top choice nationwide.The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reviewed national data and found that business has become the most popular field of study for all combined degrees. Their differences when you look at the four primary types of degr...

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High-speed chase leads to charges

LARKSVILLE — Police said Christopher Garrison, 25, faces multiple charges after he drove through a DUI checkpoint on U.S. Route 11 Friday night and led officers on a high-speed chase before crashing.

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Woman arrested after call for help

WILKES-BARRE — A call for a female in need of urgent medical attention ended in the woman’s arrest, police said.Officers were dispatched just after midnight Friday to 570 North Pennsylvania Ave. for a report of a woman who had put her hand through a window, a police report said.When officers located the woman, identified as Josephine Pritchard, of Plymouth, police said, she immediately became belligerent and combative.Police said Pritchard, 39, ass...

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Power Wheels stolen from Wilkes-Barre home

WILKES-BARRE — Officers responded Friday to a home on Elizabeth Street for a reported theft of a child’s John Deere Power Wheels electric ride-on vehicle, police said.According to a police report, the alleged victim’s mother told officers she went into the backyard in the morning and noticed the vehicle had gone missing from the porch.The vehicle’s roll cage was laying at the base of the porch stairs, and the front grill was on the side of the roa...

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Man robbed at Sherman Hills

WILKES-BARRE — Officers responded to 300 Parkview Circle around 4 a.m. Friday, where a man said his wallet was stolen as he was leaving a friend’s apartment, police said.The alleged victim, a 56-year-old white male, said he took his wallet from his pocket to retrieve his own apartment key when an unknown male approached him and took the wallet which contained cash, a police report stated.According to police, the alleged victim stated that he could not provide...

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Man gets citation for throwing losing lottery ticket on Public Square

WILKES-BARRE — An officer on routine patrol in the area of Public Square Friday morning observed a man throw a lottery ticket on the ground, police said.The officer advised John Jackson to pick up the trash, police said, otherwise he would be cited.Initially, Jackson denied having thrown the ticket, but then stated, “Oh yeah, I forgot, it was not a winner,” police reported.Police cited Jackson in the incident.

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Craft show offers one last chance at summer fun

NUANGOLA — The Nuangola Library held its 25th annual craft show on Saturday at the Nuangola Lake Association Pavilion, drawing shoppers, craft enthusiasts and friends.Each year the event marks ceremonial end to another summer of lake life and activities, according to organizers.“We do this every Labor Day weekend,” said Linda Fischer, event volunteer, library board member and one of the vendors selling crafts. “This is a another great time we have...

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Eggland’s believes nutrition rules the roost

While the egg industry in general has had sales as flat as a crepe, Eggland’s Best L.L.C., a producer of higher-nutrition eggs, has seen unit sales increase by double digits each of the last 17 years, an average of 14 percent each year, said Charles T. Lanktree, president and CEO. Retail sales last year were $758 million.“We think specialty eggs is going to continue to be a bigger and bigger and bigger part of the entire egg category,” Lanktree said.His...

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Honors & Awards

AAA Insurance has earned “Brand of the Year” status for its property and casualty insurance offerings, according to the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study. AAA Insurance was the highest among competitors in familiarity, quality and purchase consideration.

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Labor Day sales plus a deal with Dunkin’ are in today’s Times Leader

Well here we are, marking Labor Day weekend already.Labor Day, a national holiday meant to honor the contributions workers have made to our country, has also become the earmark for sales, the start of football season (and fantasy football season) and school, and the unofficial end of summer.Many sales grace the pages of today’s Times Leader. But for coffee and Penn State Football fans like me, I need to mention Dunkin’ Donuts...

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La Festa Italiana livens up Courthouse Square

SCRANTON — A bit of Italy came to Courthouse Square on Saturday as Scranton’s business district filled with the sights and sounds of the 39th annual La Festa Italiana.The three-day festival was filled with the colors, foods and music.Attendees enjoyed a last little bit of summer joy and the opportunity to forget the responsibilities attached to the start of school and the autumn season.The weather cooperated as the day began with the James R. Minic...

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