Crestwood senior captain embraces her new role of responsibility

WRIGHT TWP. – Mike Williams saw this coming one year ago.The Crestwood volleyball head coach glanced at his roster and saw one glaring theme.Seniors. Six of them. Attackers, setters, liberos. No position was safe.He knew in 2014 that steady athletes like Nicole Jankowski, Olivia Jankowski, Emily Sipple and Taryn Wojnar wouldn’t be there.One player would. A hard-hitting lefty with heart and desire.That person was Bryanna Hurn....

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Dreams came true for new Plains Hall members

PLAINS – Chris Sedon, Kyle Costello, Roger Beatty and the late Frank Semanski were newly inducted into the Plains Hall of Fame on Sunday night during a dinner held at the Plains American Legion.“The kids had dreams,” Roger Beatty said. “I tried to instill in them that the only limitations they have are the limitations they set on themselves. Those dreams are what made those kids play their hearts out for me.”

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W-B Police: Shots fired near Sherman Street

WILKES-BARREPolice apprehended and charged a man from White Plains, N.Y., after a short foot chase while responding to reports of shots fired in the area of South Sherman and South Streets around 6:20 p.m. Sunday night.According to police, the victim said he was driving a motor vehicle when two black males “flipped him off.” The victim said suspect 1, a male in a green hoodie, reached into the waistband of suspect 2 and pulled out a handgun, then fired about ...

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W-B man serves up homegrown magazine

WILKES-BARRE — The Internet may be killing print media, but Aaron Bomba doesn’t really care.This fall he published the first issue of his quarterly magazine PAGITICA, a general interest publication aimed at millenials in their 20s and 30s — and it’s based in Wilkes-Barre.“I think now we’re hitting a point where it’s too much,” he said. “There’s a charm to something you can physically hold.”Bomba...

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Lawmakers get low grades by environmental groups

Area legislators did not fare well in rankings put out by a trio of environmental advocacy groups, with only one — retiring Phyllis Mundy — getting a perfect score of 100 and three others getting a “passing” grade of 70 or better.In releasing the report, dubbed the “2013-14 environmental scorecard,” the three groups — Clean Water Action, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and the Sierra Club — argued that voting records for both Repu...

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Local educators, candidates say PA Core standards needs reworking

More standardized tests, new requirements for graduation and higher expectations for lower grades are just some of the expectations school districts must meet as part of the new Pennsylvania Core Standards.Pennsylvania Core became the law of the land this year, but deciding whether it measures up for students could be an issue for new and returning lawmakers next year.School officials are weighing options to meet the new standards, which are nearly identical to the feder...

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Pastor returns to roots, ramps up efforts to help Wilkes-Barre’s homeless

WILKES-BARRE — The Rev. Jim Lane once called Sherman Hills home.Now, after 27 years leading out-of-state churches, he says he’s found his calling on the same street where he used to live.The 52-year-old pastor, now living in Forty Fort with his wife and two youngest children, this week finished his first week on the job as the Keystone Rescue Mission Alliance’s new manager.Part of a national organization, the mission helps homeless men get ba...

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Looking for a wedding dress? Get some inspiration from the historical society

If you look at a wedding gown from the late 1800s, there is one thing that might surprise you: It isn’t white. As a matter of fact, it was olive green with rose embroidery.“It looks just like a nice dress,” Mary Ruth Burke, curator of the Luzerne County Historical Society Museum in Wilkes-Barre, observes.And that’s because it probably was. It was a dress that was used for a wedding and then kept in the closet later on to use for church or any othe...

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Wilkes-Barre YMCA to honor 3 people, 1 business at leadership dinner

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre YMCA will honor attorney Joseph Persico, Dr. Marie Roke-Thomas, Bernie Popson and Martz Trailways at its annual Leadership Dinner on Wednesday at the Westmoreland Club.Persico will receive the 2014 Robert K. Mericle Leadership Award, which honors people who put in great effort to further the YMCA’s mission as well as enhance quality of life within the community.In his 38 years with the YMCA, Persico served on the board of direc...

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Madeira would focus on education, jobs development for 114th

MOOSIC — Having conquered what some might see as insurmountable odds, Melanie Madeira believes the challenges, in part, have prepared her to represent Pennsylvania’s 114th District.In the last decade, Madeira, 45, of Moosic, lost her health and home, both of which she’s regained in full, and now she’s won the Republican Party’s nomination to square off against incumbent Sid Michaels Kavulich of Taylor for a seat in the state House.A fiery co...

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