Day-after-Thanksgiving shopping has long history in NEPA

So this is how it happened, right?“Black Friday” just fell out of the sky recently, enveloping shoppers in a mad desire to run out to the stores and buy things the day after Thanksgiving and intruding on what used to be a quiet and leisurely Normal Rockwell-type holiday weekend of feasts and family gatherings.Well, not quite.A look through ads in “The Times Leader” over the past few decades shows that the urge to shop after the turkey h...

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Laugh Out Lepka Has Audenice Members Roaring Even if They Can’t See the Stage

To raise money for The Seeing Eye, Inc., everyone needs to laugh a little.That’s what Kevin Lepka said. Lepka is the producer of “Laugh Out Lepka Comedy,” a three-installment comedy show which raises money to help one of the longest existing guide dog schools in the world.The show featured comedians Mike Jones, Tony Klusmeyer and John Walton and Hawley local Michael Dougherty.The event, held at Ale Mary’s in Scranton, raised $135....

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Things to ‘thanks’ for in 2014

Here we go again. Time to give thanks and all that hullabaloo.I want to say I give thanks every day for my life, but you know me by now and you would call bull- all over that.But, I’m thankful, really, really thankful for any item of clothing containing Lycra.I’m thankful for the new vitamins containing “weight management” ingredients.(They’re even legal, although probably not FDA-approved).I’m thankful...

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NEPA residents tell us what they’re thankful for

*****BOLDED FONT SHOULD APPEAR LIKE A SUBHEAD. THERE ARE THREE VIGNETTES HERE****During this time of thanks, the Times Leader caught up with a few people to find out what they’re thankful for this year. Here are their stories.Louie’s back where he belongsRobin Edwards of Forty Fort poured her gratitude into a two-sentence classified ad.“We have our lost cat Louie back! Thanks for all your amazing tips & all your he...

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State Supreme Court to hear Citizen’s Voice $3.5 million defamation case appeal

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in a $3.5 million defamation case against The Citizen’s Voice newspaper over stories published 13 years ago.Thomas A. Joseph has argued that his business suffered a “mass exodus” of clients after a series of articles linking him to an alleged grand jury investigation that were published in the Citizens Voice in 2001.The newspaper is appealing a March 2014 ruling from the state Superior Court or...

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As baby struggles for life, family struggles with finances

PLYMOUTH — Anthony “Little Buggy” Kochanski arrived 15 weeks early. As he struggles for his life at Geisinger Danville, his parents are struggling to pay their bills and purchase the necessary items needed when he comes home.Melissa and Anthony Kochanski of Plymouth were expecting the arrival of their son in February, but Little Buggy couldn’t wait. He was born via an emergency C-section on Oct. 28 — at 25 weeks — and weighed in at just over a po...

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Jenkins Twp. discusses funding recreational sites

JENKINS TWP. — The board of supervisors held a public work session on Tuesday night to open a dialogue with areas residents regarding application for grants available to fund recreational sites within the township.Grant applications will be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and will include proposals for areas of the township purchased through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood buyout program and recreational areas already in ...

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Sunday Christmas concerts will feature locals, benefit 2 charities

WYOMING — Some local musicians will be performing some of your holiday favorites this Sunday to help get in you in the Christmas mood and benefit two worthy causes.Borough Councilman Chris Concert is hosting two “Home for the Holidays” concerts — one at 4 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. — at Wyoming Hose Co. No. 1 on Eighth Street.Each show will last about 90 minutes and the $5 admission fee will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen and Valley...

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Commuters battle snowy roadways to visit their families

WILKES-BARRE — For most out-of-state holiday commuters, traveling to Northeastern Pennsylvania on Wednesday meant a change of scenery.It was easy to spot out-of-state commuters, who would frantically snap photos of the heavy snow with their cell phones. With Thanksgiving only a day away, it looked more like Christmas.It also meant treacherous travel conditions as a winter storm wreaked havoc with heavy snowfall.Christopher Schiebel and Joe Zullo each sto...

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Letter to the Editor: Sign up for Salvation Army duty this holiday: Ring a bell

Only a few times in my life have I been asked to stand in one place for hours on end. First, the Air Force ordered me to. Another time my brother put me on a deer stand and told me if I moved, he’d shoot me. And the one that stands out the most is ringing the bell for the Salvation Army kettle drive.My granddaughter wanted to do something for the holidays. That in itself was great to hear, knowing that she wanted to give rather than receive.

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