Outdoors Listings: Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015

THIS WEEK: Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the parking lot by the Nesbitt Park boat launch, Wilkes-Barre. 8 a.m. Dec. 28. 570-542-5948.1000 Steps at Glen Onoko, an eight-mile difficult hike at Lehigh Gorge State Park. Bring lunch and water. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township...

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Kids Listings: Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015

THIS WEEK: Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015Winter Fun Days, explore the outdoors at the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. With indoor and outdoor activities geared for ages 9 to 12. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 29 and 30. $20 one day; $35 two days. Registration: 570-629-3061.

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Exhibits Listings: Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015

ONGOING EXHIBITSSacred Symbols in Sequins, works by skilled Haitian flag makers that form mosaics of religious imagery of Europe and America as well as symbols brought from Africa centuries ago by captive slaves. Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Through Dec. 29 with hours noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 570-346-7186.What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night!...

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Events Listings: Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015

THIS WEEK: Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015Parade of Trees, holiday trees decorated by area organizations. Vote for your favorite for $1. Grotto Pizza, 3445 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake. Through Dec. 31 with hours daily from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 570-639-3278.Holiday Film Festival, a screening of “Christmas in Connecticut,” the 1945 romance starring Barbara Stanwyck. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S...

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Stage Listings: Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015

THIS WEEK: Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015The Nutcracker, the 39th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic by the Ballet Theatre of Scranton. Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26 to 28. Free; reserved seat tickets available at the Marywood Box Office 1.5 hours prior to performance. 570-347-2867.

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Concert Listings: Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015

THIS WEEK: Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015The B-Street Band, a tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. Dec. 27. $18. 570-325-0249.Wade Preston, the pianist and band frontman of the Broadway show “Movin’ Out,” based on the songs of Billy Joel. Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Drive. 6 and 9:30 p.m. Dec. 27. $16 advance, $20 at the door. 5...

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Luzerne County targets workers’ comp

Five Luzerne County government employees are lingering on workers’ compensation due to their inability to return to work — the lowest number since the 1990s, statistics show.In comparison, the county had 15 employees receiving extended compensation benefits four years ago, according to Dunmore-based Excalibur Insurance Management Services, which oversees the county’s self-insured workers’ compensation program.Workers’ compensation recipients...

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Our Opinion: Tackle holiday debt and other budget woes with help of Consumer Credit Counseling Service

If you overdid it on holiday spending and dread the arrival of those credit card bills, don’t despair. Help is available.The Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania – a fixture in the region for nearly 37 years – conducts programs for people who want to get, and stay, debt-free. For instance, individuals who made credit card “mistakes” might want to enroll in the agency’s debt management program. Generally, that means roll...

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Letter to the Editor: Writer urges a ‘Tea Party challenger’ to take on U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta

In the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” the Red Queen tells Alice, “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.”If you are a Tea Party conservative, you know just how Alice feels. On Jan. 19, 2011, in a largely symbolic vote, Congressman Lou Barletta said, “I proudly cast a vote in favor of repealing (Obamacare).” The vote was symbolic because everyone knew Democratic Senate leadership would not (and did no...

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