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Letter to the Editor: Gratitude extended for fundraiser in memory of Anthony Pekar

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On Aug. 3, my brother Anthony Pekar passed away.My daughter Melanie and her husband Robert Ashford called upon their friends to put together a benefit. The event was held Aug. 16 at Diane’s Deli in Pittston.Not only did Diane let us have the benefit there, but she also donated a basket. Baskets also were donated by the following: Cathy Shoemaker, Priscilla Coolbaugh, Jordan Maslowski, Rob Baker, Joann Cadwalader, Michelle Craig, Rick and Jen Stoffel, as well as Melanie and Robert Ashford.We were also blessed with the following bands: George Ravert, The Mess, The Way, and Amanda Coleman and Joe Craig.A big thank-you goes out to Mike Mazz, Diane Simko, Dominic Serra, Jim Fussner and Oz Yolcan. Thank you to all who came!


Search for Frein continues; shelter in place order lifted

CANADENSIS — The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for an eighth day Saturday as police appeared to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where he lived with his parents for over 24 hours but leaving neighbors with few answers about what’s going on just outside their front doors.With a helicopter flying overhead, law enforcement officers wearing bulletproof vests a...

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REPORT CARD: Lions run wild on UMass

The first sign of a running game and the sight of a super-stingy defense led Penn State to its first 4-0 start since 2008.The Nittany Lions rolled up 228 yards and scored five rushing touchdowns in their 48-7 victory over Massachusetts, while a defense fueled by linebackers Mike Hull and Nayeem Whartman out of Valley View High School held UMass to a meager three rushing yards. Total.Times Leader writer Paul Sokoloski gives his grades for the Lions in their second home ga...

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Walk benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

MOOSIC — Over 1,000 people gathered at PNC Field Saturday night for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.During the two-mile walk, participants carried illuminated lanterns — white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to honor the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.Event organizer Gregory Seitter, senior marketing manager for the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the society, said the goal for the walk was to raise $109,000. The...

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History on display at Pittston Riverfest

PITTSTON — The communities surrounding the Pittston area share a very “rich and diverse history,” according to members of the Greater Pittston Cultural Coalition.To honor that history volunteers from the coalition and other local organizations and businesses sponsored the eighth annual Pittston Riverfest on Saturday at the city’s Riverfront Park.Visitors to the event were able to to do a host of activities, including:• Visit with ...

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More history for Cougars

DALLAS TWP. — For nearly a year the victory bell has been hanging outside the tunnel at Mangelsdorf Field on Misericordia University’s campus.For that period of time, the bell had not been used for the purpose it was meant for.Until now.On Saturday, the symbol that was dedicated by the graduating class of 2012 in the middle of last season, received a workout after the first home win in school history when the Cougars knocked off FDU-Florham, 35-0. ...

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Mohegan Sun Arena hosts first gun show

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Three Winchester lever-action rifles at the end of a rack of guns caught the eye of Tom Olaviany.The Harding man checked the attached tags listing the make, model, price and manufacture date, adding that the last bit of data was a nice touch by the local dealer Nimrod Haven from Hanover Township.“I collect mainly Winchesters,” Olaviany said....

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Royals survive wild fourth quarter, slip past CMVT

BLOOMSBURG — They preached pride and dedication. The coaches asked for heart and determination.In that Holy Redeemer huddle, all they wanted to prove was that this is a different season and things were turning around for the Royals football program.Down 20-13 with 5:47 left, Redeemer rallied. Quarterback Chad Fahey threw his third touchdown of the day to knot the game at 20, and sophomore Thomas Engle’s 15-yard dash gave the Royals a 27-20 lead. The defense d...

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Dance group excels at competition

The Smarties, a dance competition group from David Blight School of Dance, recently competed at the Talent Olympics at the Bushkill Inn and Conference Center in the Poconos. They placed first in tap, hip hop, modern and pantomime. They also won the Spin-Off competition. Participants, from left, first row: Kaitlyn Miller, Swoyersville; Rachel Leandri, Wyoming; and Rebecca Colwell, West Pittston. Second row: Casey Vasello, Wilkes-Barre; Michela Pantano, Mountain Top; Marissa Carver, Swoyersvill...

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Harveys Lake Yacht Club supports food pantry

Members and friends of the Harveys Lake Yacht Club recently made a donation to the Back Mountain Food Pantry. The funds were raised by holding 50-50 raffles at every major event throughout the summer. Madeline Flynn was the chairperson of the food pantry fundraiser. At the check presentation, from left: Yacht Club Commodore John Harrington, commodore, Yacht Club; Flynn; and Sandy Peoples, board member, Back Mountain Food Pantry.

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King’s honoring alumni during homecoming weekend

WILKES-BARRE: King’s College will honor four alumni at a special awards luncheon during homecoming and reunion weekend, Sept. 27-28. This year’s recipients are Joseph W. Balz, the Robert J. Ell Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater; Jonathan Deroba, The Leo Award; Brendan Dougher, Outstanding Professional Achievement; and Frank J. Nemshick Jr., Service to Society.All alumni are invited to attend the awards lunch at noon on Sunday, Sept. 28, in the Sheehy-Fa...

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Irem women hosting card party

Irem Women’s Auxiliary is hosting a card party from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Irem Country Club. Tickets are $15 and can be bought from Marie Miskel at 570-288-6341, Suanne Moses at 570-822-4976, any member or at the door. There will be lunch and prizes. Handicapped parking is available. Attendees who don’t want to play cards can play Pokeno or bring their own games. Participants, from left: Suanne Moses, chairperson, and Edna Marie Bozette, co-chairperson.

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Is that gas pump giving you what it’s supposed to?

WILKES-BARRE — If your gas-pumping goal is to fill the tank as fast as possible and be on your way, you might want to consider slowing things down to avoid being overcharged.Christopher Wilkinson, of Wilkes-Barre, recently posted a Facebook video that shows him holding the nozzle of a gasoline pump at a Sunoco station while the pump’s digital display of gallons pumped slowly increased — along with the cost — even though no gas was being pumped into his vehic...

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St. Jude students sponsoring vendor bingo

Students competing in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition from St. Jude School, Mountain Top, are sponsoring a vendor bingo to help defray the cost of participating in the competition. The public is invited to attend bingo on Sunday, Oct. 5, in the St. Jude School cafeteria. Doors open at 1 p.m. and bingo starts at 2 p.m. Some of the vendors included are Vera Bradley, American Girl, Longaberger Baskets, Thirty One Gifts, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Park Lane Jewelry, Lia Sophia and...

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Review: Reaper's Revenge lives up to its haunted hype

Reaper's Revenge bills itself as “America's best haunted attraction.” You can spend over $70 per person just to get in ($35 ticket with a $2.50 service fee if you purchase it online, $25 for a VIP pass to skip the lines, $3 for parking and $5 to add on Zombie Paintball). With that lack of modesty and high price, you'd expect Reaper's Revenge to deliver. It does. ...

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Dorranceton church planning volunteer day

Fifteen teams from Dorranceton United Methodist Church, their family and friends will participate in ‘The Church Has Left The Building’ by performing a variety of volunteer services on Sunday, Oct. 19. The day is about mission work to help others, making a local, national and international impact. There are teams for all ages and abilities. Registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 28. For more information on joining a team, call Natalie at 570-817-3970 or visit the church’s Fa...

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Review: You'll love how Circle of Screams' haunted hayride ends

Circle of Screams suffers from a haunted hayride whose storyline goes on and on and on. And that's too bad, because the boring storyline does a disservice to Circle of Screams' incredible actors and equally incredible props. It also has a unique home: a drive-in theater that screens horror tales. Hayride of Torture is the first of three haunted attractions at Circle of Scream. Shortly into your ride, you watch ...

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Building spree breaks post-recession blues as new businesses open in Wyoming Valley

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Post-recession growth is evident in Wilkes-Barre Township’s commercial hub and surrounding areas as new commercial construction projects are on the rise.Driving through the township’s commercial district surrounding the Wyoming Valley Mall, can speak volumes. National and regional businesses are popping up in shopping plazas, as new restaurants and hotels are being built.The recent spike is strengthening the township’s position...

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