Head Start celebrates 50 years, recognizes employees

NANTICOKE — Head Start of Luzerne County began its 50th year of service to the most vulnerable in the community — young children — with a pre-service training day and employee recognition program on Friday.“Head Start began in May of 1965, and so we are celebrating this whole year — 50 years of service,” Luzerne County Head Start Executive Director Lynn Biga said after a program update that included an employee recognition program in the Educatio...

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Lake Jean must be drained for dam control tower repairs

FAIRMOUNT TWP. — Madelyn Bonham is counting on a decrease in business next year.For 23 years she’s owned and operated the Red Rock Corner Store on Route 118, she said, which thrives in no small way on anglers, swimmers and others en route to Lake Jean in Ricketts Glen State Park.But the lake will be fully drained next spring to accommodate reconstruction of a dam control tower, according to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, leaving a...

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Wilkes University establishes a School of Nursing program

WILKES-BARRE —Wilkes University has established a School of Nursing program for the 2014-15 year, marking it the only higher education institution with a separate nursing school in Northeastern Pennsylvania, said Vicki Mayk, Wilkes University director of university public relations.“By creating a distinct school with its own budget and leadership, we are better able to provide an integrated educational experience that meets the needs of students,” Mayk said....

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Car crashes through Boscov’s front doors at Steamtown

SCRANTON — A driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his car through the front doors of Boscov’s at the Steamtown Mall on Friday morning, according to police.Michael Fisher, 32, of New Street, Duryea, told investigating officer Aimee Redd that he was stopped at a traffic light on Wyoming Avenue, prepared to turn left onto Lackawanna Avenue, and when he awoke, his 2011 Chevrolet Malibu was through the glass front of Boscov’s Department Store, said Sc...

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High School football: Follow TL Sports on Twitter for Live Updates

For live coverage from tonight’s jam-packed high school football schedule, follow our Times Leader sports writers and correspondents on Twitter:Berwick vs. Crestwood, @TLJohnerzarLackawanna Trail vs. Lake-Lehman, @foxytom21Wyoming Area vs. Wyoming Area West, @dispatch_NickCoughlin vs. Hazleton, @tlPaulsokoloskiHanover Area vs Carbondale, @rtomkavageMontrose vs Meyers, @ericdrevitchSusquehanna vs. Nanticoke, @to...

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Sister Siena Finley, founder of Ethics Institute, dies at 92

DALLAS — Joe DeVizia described Sister Siena Finley as “a wonderful person and a great example to everybody.”Finley, founder of the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania and former associate professor of religious studies at Misericordia University, died Friday at age 92.Her obituary appears on Page 2A.“This a major loss to the community,” said DeVizia, former executive director of the Children Service Center and former exe...

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Wilkes-Barre police arrest man at courthouse, charged with raping a child

WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man at the Luzerne County Courthouse Friday morning and charged him with raping a child earlier this year.William Charles Wunner, 28, of Moyallen Street, Wilkes-Barre, was at the courthouse for a pre-trial hearing on charges he purchased a 2013 Dodge Durango for $37,821 and a 2014 Dodge Caravan for $26,906 at Motorworld issuing checks that had insufficient funds, according to police and court records.

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Camera surveillance system installation underway at Sherman Hills

WILKES-BARRE — Digits, more so than people, will provide security at Sherman Hills with the installation of a new camera surveillance system at the apartment complex that continues to be a hot spot for violent crime.The system will be made up of more than 100 cameras connected to the Internet, with a minimum of nine in each of the complex’s buildings, said John VanMetre, director of property management for the Aspen Companies, an affiliate of Treetop Development in Tean...

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Megen E. Stolpe

Megen E. Stolpe, daughter of Eric and Samantha Stolpe, White Haven, is celebrating her ninth birthday today, Aug. 30. Megen is a granddaughter of Bill and Susan Ackerman and Ed Stolpe, all of White Haven. She has a brother, Tyler, 10.

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Anna G. Nicholes

Anna Grace Nicholes, daughter of Casey and Joe Nicholes, South Carolina, celebrated her second birthday Aug. 28. Anna is a granddaughter of Sharon and George Bobeck, South Carolina. She is a great-granddaughter of Bass and Jenny Vitale, Wilkes-Barre. Anna has two sisters, Amelia, 7, and Adalyn, 8 months.

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