Penn State falls flat

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The kick went through, hitting the net in front of the three, maybe four hundred fans who showed up to sit in the end zone student section.Illinois 16, Penn State 14.At the site of one of Penn State’s more uplifting wins of the post-sanctions era, the Nittany Lions delivered perhaps their lowest moment of this three-year stretch.A Fighting Illini team that had made just two field goals all season hit three in the second half, incl...

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Girl Scouts learn about finances

WILKES-BARRE — Girl Scouts gathered at Best Western Genetti Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday for the Change it Up! program that teaches how to budget, spend, give and save money.The event, a walk-through, life-sized board game, presented sound financial concepts in a colorful and interactive way.Scouts, kindergarten through 12th grade, made their way through the game, which provided them a chance to “work” at different jobs. Among those to choose...

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Craft fair raises money for Lake-Lehman band program

LEHMAN TWP. — With the holiday season ahead, several hundred shoppers visited the Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School for the 27th annual Band Craft Show on Saturday.Over 95 vendors showcased handcrafted items from jewelry to wood, candy to quilts and unique “up-cycle items,” all to raise funds to support the school’s band program, according to organizers.“One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to band programs,” said co-cha...

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King’s students participate in internship program

Forty-one King’s College students are interning with local and regional businesses and non-profit organizations during the fall semester. The students are gaining practical business experience while earning academic credit. Participants, from left, first row: Kristi Katra, Luzerne County Juvenile Probation; T.J. Maderia, Luzerne County Historical Society; Shawn Senese, Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18; Maritza C. Arias, King’s College Career Planning Office; Tyler Slack, Frontier Comm...

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In Brief

WILKES-BARRE: The annual Christmas party of The Reverend Dianiska District of the Ladies Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Market Street, Wilkes-Barre.A matching-fund event, in conjunction with the LPSCU, will benefit Ava Kurilla, 3, who was diagnosed with neurovlastona in November of 2013. Proceeds will help her family with medical and travel expenses.Members should contact the...

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Sunday, Nov. 23NANTICOKE: Sons of the American Legion Squadron 350 Nanticoke, 1 p.m., at the post home. All members are urged to attend.

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Troy J. Kolanich Gustinucci

Troy Justin Kolanich Gustinucci, son of Alan Dean Gustinucci and Kim Kolanich Gustinucci, Pittston, celebrated his sixth birthday Nov. 19. Troy is a grandson of Margie and Jake Kolanich and Mickie and Alan Joseph Gustinucci, all of Plains Township. He is a great-grandson of the late Joseph and Mary Gustinucci, Jenkins Township; the late Lucille Budziak, Parsons; and the late John Kolanich, Stanton, California. Troy has a brother, Joshua, 11.

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Top Pa. officials’ salaries grow with inflation

HARRISBURG — No one at the state Capitol has advocated pay raises for hundreds of Pennsylvania’s top elected and appointed officials since the 2005 debacle that enraged voters and ultimately cost two dozen legislators and a Supreme Court justice their seats.Yet their compensation quietly continues to grow almost every year.A 1995 law provides automatic cost-of-living adjustments for the state’s judges, members of the Legislature and many top executive b...

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The Balaras

Frank and Elizabeth (Betsy) Balara, Trucksville, Pennsylvania, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married on Nov. 21, 1964, in St. John the Evangelist Church, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.Frank is the son of the late Frank and Josephine Balara, Swoyersville, Pennsylvania, and is retired from Bertels Can Company and worked for many years constructing tennis courts.Betsy is the daughter of the late Charles and Ann Jones, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania....

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State Report: Safety problems on decline in Luzerne County Schools

Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technology Center reported both the highest number and highest frequency of student offenses among Luzerne County’s public schools last year, with one incident for every 14 students, according to annual School Safety Reports for 2013-14.

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