Graham Academy students grow flowers

Graham Academy students recently presented marigolds to their mothers for Mother’s Day. The marigolds were grown in the classroom over an eight-week period and the students monitored and cared for them daily. The Graham Academy is a school for students K-12 living with autism and for children with emotional challenges. The marigold Mother’s Day project is a continuation of the Graham Garden, a resource The Graham Academy uses to take their students’ academics beyond the clas...

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First Communion class honored

The First Communion class of St. Jude School was honored at a recent school Mass. The students led the opening procession, assisted taking the gifts to the altar, read the petitions and sang Hail Mary during the May Crowning ceremony. The Rev. Jerry Shantillo, assistant pastor, was the celebrant. Deacon Gene Kovatch, pastoral outreach, assisted. Participants, from left, first row, are Saish Kawli, Ella Novelli, Sophia Andahazy, Lauren Hayden, Melody Josefowicz, Virginia Franks and Chad Wilson...

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Another casino less than an hour away on Interstate 81?

Could another casino be built within an hour’s drive of here?The Press & Sun-Bulletin reports that a business group has applied for tax breaks to develop a 15-acre site on Frederick Street in Binghamton.“The Frederick Street site sits on the east side of the city along the Brandywine Corridor, just south of the exchange with Interstate 81 — a zone touted by economic development professionals as the Gateway to Binghamton that has suffered from years of n...

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Confirmation celebrated

Emmanuel United Church of Christ celebrated the rite of confirmation on Sunday, May 10. Confirmands, from left, are Michelle Heller, Morgan Rinehimer, Michelle Bernetski, Kristen Kania and the Rev. Penny Dollar.

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Names and Faces

Millie Symbula, a sixth-grade student at MMI Preparatory School, captured first place in the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Luzerne County’s ‘Be Kind to Animals Week’ poster contest. Symbula, the daughter of Frank and Jill Cymbula, Drums, received a $50 gift certificate from Marquis Art and Frame in Wilkes-Barre and had her artwork displayed during an open house at the SPCA of Luzerne County’s office, Plains Township. The co...

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St. Leo’s High School Class of 1965 planning reunion

St. Leo’s High School, Ashley, Class of 1965 recently held its final reunion planning meeting at the home of Nick Carbonaro, Blytheburn Lake. The reunion will take place Friday-Sunday, June 5-7. Two events will be held at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre. A meet-and-greet will take place 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 5, and the main reunion celebration will be held 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. A Mass in remembrance of deceased class members, Gerard Pettinger and Joseph...

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Hazleton man faces child rape charge

HAZLETON — A 55-year-old man faces charges he sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl, police said Saturday.Ramon Colon of West Diamond Avenue was arrested at his residence on a warrant for charges of rape of a child, corruption of minors, indecent assault and terroristic threats, police said.He was scheduled to be arraigned Saturday afternoon by District Judge James Dixon in Hazle Township.

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GAMING BLOG: Review — “House of Wolves” expansion for “Destiny”

I looked forward to “House of Wolves” for “Destiny” ever since…well, since the first attempt fell completely flat.“The Dark Below” fell way below expectations when it gave only a handful of missions, a few new strikes and a new raid. Other than the, the pack did little to give “Destiny” a breath of fresh air that it so desperately needed.The newest expansion, “House of Wolves”, shows that not only have the...

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Kirby Center receives grant

Wells Fargo Foundation recently made a $10,000 grant award to the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts. The award will enable the center to enhance and expand its arts and entertainment programs to provide a full array of programs that include concerts, Broadway shows, classical arts, opera and ballet. At the check presentation, from left: Joanie Brenton, Kirby Center; Will Beekman, executive director, Kirby Center; Greg Collins, area president, Wells Fargo; Scott Burnside, chairman, boa...

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‘The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes’ proves life is what you make it

H.R. Jakes wrote his debut novel, “The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes,” about the vivacious and hilarious life of his late mother, Elaine Jakes. He fictionalized her life in a variety of stories involving romantic car rides and even a cross-dressing monkey; all while she was finding her roots and connecting to her Welsh heritage.“It is a funny story of an ordinary teacher’s life,”...

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