Heated bidding over Nanticoke property in tax sale

A former Nanticoke bowling alley fetched the highest bid — $70,000 — in this week’s free-and-clear Luzerne County back-tax auction.Hazleton resident Pasquale Scalleat acquired the 1.6-acre property on Washington Street after fending off intense competition from three men — Jignesh, Bhikhabhai and Anup Patel.Bids started at $856.Attorney John Rodgers, who ran the auction, quickly snapped his head back and forth numerous times between the...

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Prosecutors oppose Yuknavich dismissal request

WILKES-BARRE — The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office on Friday opposed a motion by Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Paul Yuknavich to have the case against him dismissed, arguing that speedy trial violations alleged by Yuknavich were not caused by the prosecution.Yuknavich, 50, of East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Township, was charged by state police on Aug. 7, 2013, with stealing $48,000 from the fire department between 2008 and 2011.The ca...

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King’s purchases more North Street properties

WILKES-BARRE — King’s College has purchased several more properties on North Street, including the corner lots at River Street that will become a parking lot within three years.Also on North Street King’s purchased three properties and had the buildings taken down. They are adjacent to the former Presbyterian church, also owned by King’s.Big things are happening on the college’s north border, but Chief Financial Officer John Loyack said no d...

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Holy Spirit Parish holds Vacation Bible School

Holy Spirit Parish, Glen Lyon, recently held its 14th annual Vacation Bible School entitled Weird Animals. Participants, from left, first row, are Omar Vann, Nate Vnuk, Emersyn Brown, Curt Gronski, Jade Ascerno and Brady Thomas. Second row: Phoebe Hillan, director; Kiera Sims; Karmin Vann; Allison Brown; Isabel Henichek; Addison Mosgo; Christian Zaleski; Logan Ostopick; Sereniti Ascerno; Laylan Levandowski; Nicholas Pote; Jake Tarnowski; Jenna Samuels; Connor Kashatus; Logan Burke; and Jane S...

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Logan Kosloski

Logan Kosloski, son of Joseph and Sarah Kosloski, Alden, is celebrating his third birthday today, Aug. 23. Logan is a grandson of Paula and John Wilde, Bear Creek, and Juanita and Joseph Kosloski Sr., Plymouth. He is a great-grandson of Marie Jacobs, Wilkes-Barre.

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Emily M. Kane

Emily M. Kane, daughter of Christine and Thomas Kane, Hanover Township, is celebrating her ninth birthday today, Aug. 23. Emily is a granddaughter of Marcia Novicenskie and the late Robert Novicenskie, Laflin, and the late Paul and Mary Kane, Exeter. She is a great-granddaughter of Anna Mihalik, Mount Carmel. Emily has a brother, Ryan, 11.

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Keanen Edwards

Keanen Edwards, son of Althea and Michael Edwards, West Wyoming, is celebrating his fifth birthday today, Aug. 23. Keanen is a grandson of Coleen and Clyde Gommer, Hunlock Creek; Debbie Shaffer and Joanie Stododzian, Glen Lyon; and Barry Edwards and Carol Luby, West Nanticoke. Keanen has a brother, Kyle.

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Labor Day festival planned at St. Martha’s Church

Holy Spirit Parish at St. Martha’s Church, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmount Springs, is hosting its annual Labor Day festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31. There will be a 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday and the festivities will begin at 5 p.m. The menu includes ethnic and American foods. There will also be games, theme baskets, a country store for bargains and a sidewalk cafe for dessert and coffee. Entertainment will be provided by Jeanne Zano until 11 p.m. Sunday’s activities begi...

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Church Briefs

CLARKS SUMMIT: Trinity Lutheran Pre-School, located in Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 West Grove St., is accepting applications for the afternoon four-year-old program. The afternoon class meets from 12:30-3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Children must be four years old by Sunday, Aug. 31.For more information contact Carole at 570-587-1088 or 570-586-5590.HONESDALE: St. Padre Pio Prayer Group will gather for its monthly devotions be...

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HUNTINGTON MILLS: The United Sportsmen’s Camp 271, 251 Waterton Road, is holding a flea market and chicken barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 23.The flea market runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendor space is $10 and set up begins at 7 a.m. Pre-registration is not required.The chicken barbecue will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Cost is $9 and includes half chicken, corn, baked beans, baked potato and more.For more information call Jim at 570-864-365...

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