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Royals survive wild fourth quarter, slip past CMVT

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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 did the rest, stopping Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech with 46 seconds left as Holy Redeemer escaped with a 27-20 victory Saturday afternoon at Wen Cerra Memorial Field.


Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days

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 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 and armed with rifl...

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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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Church hosting Greek Food Festival

The Greek Food Festival, hosted by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 East Ross St., Wilkes-Barre, will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, to Saturday, Oct. 4. An assortment of Greek food and pastries, including gyros, stuffed grapevine leaves, spinach pies, baklava, galaktoboureko and more, will be available for eat-in or take-out purchases. Orders more than $30 will be delivered free within a two-mile radius of the church. Customers can pre-order their food by calling ...

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Review: Dracula's Forest ghouls get right in your face, and we love it

Dracula's Forest hangs its hat on one attraction: its haunted hayride. While other haunted attractions rival full-on amusement parks in terms of their polish, Dracula's Forest has a more homemade feel that works really well. “Welcome to Dracula's Forest,” you hear as your half-hour hayride winds its way into the woods. “You may not leave here alive.” ...

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Working, learning and loving it at Hillside Farms

KINGSTON TWP. — Billy Stoss was working hard at The Lands at Hillside Farms recently, and enjoying every minute.Stoss, 19 of Trucksville, and about 10 other students are part of the Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18’s Dream Green Farm program designed to transition the participants to the workforce.Brian Novicki, transition coordinator for LIU 18, said the students learn transferable employment skills, along with social skills to prepare them for real jobs in the ...

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Birchwood Nursing Center celebrates Grandparent’s Day

The residents of Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center celebrated Grandparent’s Day with a social and musical entertainment provided by George Rittenhouse. At the event, from left, first row, are Edna Sorber and Catherine Lamoreux. Second row: Jennifer Glushefski, activity aide; Janelle Durant, activity aide; and Rittenhouse.

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In Brief

DUPONT: The office of Dr. Martin Moran, 217 Lackawanna Ave., is administering flu vaccinations from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept 22. No appointments are necessary, but current insurance cards should be brought to the office. For more information call 570-654-2901.KINGSTON: The Kingston Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Kingston Municipal Building on Wyoming Avenue.

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Nesbitt Women’s and Children’s Center at Wilkes-Barre General HospitalPerez, Maria and Miguel Soto, Wilkes-Barre, a son, Sept. 9.Jones, Katie and J.P. Lutchko, Mountain Top, a son, Sept. 9.Ciocca, Alexis and Justin Valenteen, Larksville, a son, Sept. 10.Sabecky, Nichole and Robert, Larksville, a daughter...

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