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‘I did not have sex with him,’ suspended Hanover Area teacher says of teen

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WILKES-BARRE — The closest a Hanover Area student got to Edward Evans’ bedroom was the doorway, where the suspended teacher said he retrieved pamphlets with information about confidential medical concerns for his guest.Evans, on trial for institutional sexual assault, testified in his defense Tuesday that he sought the privacy of his home to discuss the student’s concerns on the afternoon of March 10, 2013.“I did not have sex with him,” Evans said.

 

Personal safety topic of Nanticoke Crime Watch

NANTICOKE — Patrick Rushton, of Victims Resource Center, will speak on the topic of personal safety at a Nanticoke Crime Watch meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Nanticoke Municipal Building, 14 E. Ridge St.Nanticoke Crime Watch encourages all concerned residents to attend the monthly meeting.

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Travelocity call center to close; jobs could be transferred

HANOVER TWP. — A total of 88 employees formally will lose their jobs when a Travelocity call center closes at the end of next month, although officials with that firm and corporate parent Orbitz Worldwide said an undisclosed number have been offered Orbitz jobs.Orbitz spokesman Tim Enstice said employees have 60 days to determine whether they want to stay. He did not have any indication as to how many employees would carry over, but said keeping the staff would create a ̶...

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Good Eats

Editor's note: Please send news for this space by noon Friday to people@timesleader.com or by mail to Good Eats, The Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. To ensure accuracy, information must be typed or computer generated.THIS WEEK: July 30 to Aug. 5Bargains and Breakfast, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 2, St. John's Cathedral, Hill Street, Mayfield. Incle...

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Courtney F. Dierolf

Courtney Frances Dierolf, daughter of Lisa Dierolf, Larksville, and Jamey Wilczewski, celebrated her ninth birthday July 28. Courtney is a granddaughter of Bonnie Westawski and the late John Westawski, Plains Township. She is a great-granddaughter of Bob Ashton and the late Dorothy Ashton, Wilkes-Barre, and Frances Dierolf, Dallas. Courtney has two sisters, Cassie, 12, and Jamie-Lynn, 5, and three step-sisters, Cassandra, 16, Harley, 14, and Abby, 9, and a step-brother, David, 19.​̴...

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Austyn Lepore

Austyn Lepore, son of Nicole and Tom Lepore, Plains Township, celebrated his fifth birthday July 29. Austyn is a grandson of Elenor Lapsansky, Inkerman; Michael Lapsansky, Falls; and Tom Lepore and Michalene Thoma, both of Plains Township. He is a great-grandson of Ruth Katarsky, Pittston; Joanne Patoka, Harding; Jerome Lapsansky; and Ronald Patoka. Austyn has a brother, Brayden.

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Brogan R. Puzak

Brogan Ryan Puzak, son of Amanda Yuhas, celebrated his fourth birthday July 29. Brogan is a grandson of Steven and JoAnne Yuhas, Wilkes-Barre, and Jennifer and Robert Harrison, Swoyersville. He is a great-grandson of Peter and Pauline Yuhas, Nanticoke, and Mary-Ann Stogoski, Luzerne. Brogan has a brother, Dryden, 8 months.

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Makynli R. Burke

Makynli Rae Burke, daughter of Michael and Heather Burke, Wilkes-Barre, is celebrating her first birthday today, July 30. Makynli is a granddaughter of Lisa Malloy, Hurley Simon, Mike and Kim Burke and Patti Mackiewicz. She is a great-granddaughter of William Vojtek and the late Marilyn Vojtek; Clara Simon and the late Samuel Simon; Barbara Burke and the late James Burke; and Helena Chalker. Makynli has a sister, Adyson, 3.

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Jordayn N. Dermody

Jordayn Nowell Dermody, daughter of Bethany Weiss and Jason Dermody, is celebrating her seventh birthday today, July 30. Jordayn is a step-daughter of Samantha Morelli, Forty Fort. She is a granddaughter of Debra and James Dennis, Texas; Carol Newell, Wilkes-Barre. Jordayn is a great-granddaughter of Ester and Wilbur Dennis, Texas. She has three brothers, Nicholas, 4, Anthony, 3, and Tyler, 1.

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Johnny Woitko

Johnny Woitko, son of John and Theresa Woitko, Pardeesville, is celebrating his 16th birthday today, July 30. Johnny is a grandson of Joseph and Dolores Clatch, Pardeesville, and John and Joan Woitko, Hazleton. He is a great-grandson of Dorothy Nitka, Pardeesville. Johhny has a sister, Jordan Joan.

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Northmoreland Township fire company holding fund drive

Northmoreland Township Volunteer Fire Company is holding its annual fund drive. The fire company serves the communities of Center Moreland and Vernon in Wyoming County and provides assistance to much of the surrounding area. Firefighters who belong to the company respond to any and all situations where they might be needed, such as house fires, rescues, flooding, storms and motor-vehicle accidents. Businesses and residents are asked to make a tax-deductible contribution to aid the only emerge...

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Luzerne Fire Department sponsoring chicken barbecue

The Luzerne Volunteer Fire Company, 66 Tener St., Luzerne, is sponsoring a chicken barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the fire hall. The cost is $8. Eat in or take out. Advance tickets can be purchased from department members or by contacting the fire department at 570-287-7006 or Ron Rahl at 570-288-2249. Tickets will also be available at the door until sold out. Some of the volunteers, from left, are Bob Morgan, Rob Yakus, Jeff Rifenbery, John Tarreto, Gail Scott and Ron Ra...

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HARVEYS LAKE: The First Friday Group of Assumpta Council 3987 Knights of Columbus will attend the 9 a.m. Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Victory on Aug. 1. The rosary will be recited beginning at 8:30 a.m. A holy hour will be held between 8-9 a.m. Breakfast will follow at the Skillet Restaurant at the lake. Reservations can be made with Chet Daniels at 570-696-2096.PITTSTON TWP.: CEO’s Food 4 Kids program will provide free lunches at noon d...

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Alexia Mazzarella, a sophomore at Holy Redeemer High School, attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar at Shippensburg University. This national program brings together select high-school sophomores to help develop their leadership and critical-thinking skills through education and community service. Mazzarella was chosen to represent Holy Redeemer based on her school and community activities and an essay submitted for consideration. She joined 250 other Pennsylvania stu...

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Plymouth Goodwill Hose Company 2 hosting bazaar

Goodwill Hose Company 2, Plymouth, is hosting its annual bazaar on July 31, Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 at its grounds at 451 West Main St., Plymouth. There will be games, prizes, food and beer. Live entertainment will be provided each night. Firefighters, from left, are Robert Hillard, David Pritchard Jr., Arthur Sims, Robert Meyers, Jeff Pearson, Eric Smith, Kris Young and Joe Ogin Jr.

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Toohil weighs in on Luzerne County’s plans for unused Hazleton bank

Luzerne County Council members have received two more letters urging them to transfer ownership of an unused, county-owned building to Hazleton.The latest letters are from state Rep. Tarah Toohil , R-Butler Township, and the Greater Hazleton Historical Society and Museum. W. Kevin O’Donnell, president of the Hazleton area’s economic development agency, CAN DO Inc., sent council a letter last week.Council members have the option to seek proposals from anyone i...

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Testimony in teacher’s sex trial ends

WILKES-BARRE — Suspended Hanover Area teacher Edward Evans testified this afternoon that he did not have a sexual encounter with a student, despite the young man’s allegation.Testimony lasted one day in the trial before Luzerne County Michael Vough, with closing arguments set for tomorrow morning.The jury trial of Evans, 34, of Hanover Township began this morning the former Hanover Area High School student testifying.The man said he initially lied ...

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Environmentalists seek AG probe of health department over natural gas response

Two environmental groups are asking the state attorney general to look into whether the Pennsylvania Department of Health has swept inquiries that referenced natural gas development under the rug.

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