Wilkes University’s “Songs of the World” draws crowd to St. Stephen’s

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes University presented a globally-inspired musical program on Sunday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Franklin Street.Over 50 formally clad members of the university’s chorus and chamber singers made their way into the sanctuary, as light reflecting off the building’s intricate stained glass windows created a perfect backdrop for inspirational offerings that included “I Wonder as I Wander,” and “Danny Boy.”...

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Healthy Kids Day at Wilkes-Barre YMCA promotes wellness with several hands-on activities

WILKES-BARRE — Get up, get out and grow.That’s the message behind the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, a national YMCA-led initiative held Sunday to highlight the importance of a healthy body and mind for children of all ages. The nation’s largest health day for kids and families, the annual April event was first held in 1992.Now celebrated in over 1,300 Y’s across the country, the free community event aims to promote health and ...

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Restaurant inspections: April 20 - 24

The following are recent Luzerne County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. According to the agency: “any inspection is a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. Also, at the time of the inspection, violations are recorded but are often corrected on site prior to the inspector leaving the establishm...

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Vietnam War veterans reunite in Luzerne County after 50 years of searching

WILKES-BARRE — Two veterans of the Vietnam War, platoon mates who for decades tried to find one another after surviving one of the nation’s deadliest wars, sat face-to-face Sunday for the first time in a half century.Wayne Short and Robert Toporek, who were among the first Army ground troops deployed to Vietnam in the spring of 1965, brought each other up to speed on 50 years’ worth of life Sunday at Leggio’s Pizzeria in Wilkes-Barre after Toporek tracked Sh...

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Lyme disease activists take fight to D.C

This Wednesday, Bambi Albert will set off from her home in Plainfield Township, making the four-hour drive to Arlington, Va., in a 2011 Jeep Compass packed with several days of clothing and a tote bag full of pamphlets and placards about Lyme disease.There, she will join people from around the country, perhaps hundreds, converging in a protest against what might seem an unlikely target: the Infectious Diseases Society of America.“It always feels good to take action...

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Study: Majority of Americans prefer gun rights over expanded gun control

For the first time in nearly two decades, a majority of Americans favor the protection of gun rights over expanded gun control and believe firearms help prevent being a victim of crime, a study by the Pew Research Center reports.The survey shows 52 percent of respondents saw gun rights as more important than controlling gun ownership, up from 45 percent in 2012. Additionally, 57 percent of respondents said guns help prevent becoming a victim of crime, up from 48 percent in 2012....

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Last call for Dietrich Spring Film Festival

TUNKHANNOCK – The Dietrich Film Festival concludes its three-week run Thursday, April 30. The festival features daily showings of art and foreign films.SCHEDULESunday, April 26noon: Force Majeure2:30 p.m. The Imitation Game5:00 p.m. Hermitage Revealed7 p.m. Still Alice...

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Woodrow Blagg’s detailed artwork offers a taste of the West

When a road trip from Philadelphia led him to the Eckley Miners Village in the early 1970s, artist Woodrow Blagg was so intrigued he opened a studio there and stayed for almost 20 years.When he read illustrator Frank Schoonover’s diary entries about life at a Canadian outpost, he packed his little stove and freeze-dried food and set out for Hudson Bay.“I like to lose myself,” said Blagg, who currently lives and works in a studio in Forty Fort. “I ...

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Mele’s Musings: How I got my very own “Lost In Space” robot

It was with a tinge of sadness and nostalgia that I read of the death of the creator of Robot from TV’s “Lost in Space.”As a kid, I was a huge fan of the somewhat hokey but for its time, very cool sci-fi series. It had aliens, a pretty set of sisters and, most of all, Robot.Robot, whose lesser-known name was B-9, was a friend to the Robinson family and a great thorn in the side to the scheming Dr. Zachary Smith.Robot was authoritative, had pe...

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Consumer Watchdog: Time for airlines to give back to passengers

I recently received an email from Donna Dietsch of Pittston, who had planned to take a mission trip to Honduras last Aug. 1 but had to cancel due to her mother’s declining health.American Airlines agreed to grant Dietsch a credit for her $691.50 round-trip ticket, minus a $250.00 change fee, so she planned to use the $441.50 credit toward a ticket for the same trip this year. But when Dietsch called American a few weeks ago to book her Aug. 1 departure, she was told that was ...

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