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Mele’s Musings: An unwanted houseguest

And lo, at about 11 o’clock at night, a cry was heard throughout the house.My youngest son, downstairs, shrieking for my wife.Meg was in a dead sleep when Dan’s blood-curdling screams echoed through the house.A fire?A burglar?An injury?Worse: A bat had somehow gotten into the house.Dan was watching TV when he heard an odd noise that sounded like the heat coming on. But it was a rapid-fire clicking noise, ...

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On the Books: Because survival is inefficient

Imagine the swine flu mutates and a deadly strain rampages across the world, killing the majority of the population. What aspects of civilization will survive? What will make people hold on to hope?“Station Eleven” is one of the loveliest books I’ve read. The novel follows several intersecting storylines that occur before, during and after a pandemic called the Georgia Flu sweeps across the globe.

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Lackawanna County restaurant inspections: May 18-22

The following are recent Lackawanna 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 t...

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Our Opinion: Primary provided Luzerne County with plenty of drama

Rather than a dull affair, the municipal primary in Luzerne County last week turned madcap. Here’s a rundown of the good, the bad, the ugly – and the outright bizarre.The good. Voters in one Wilkes-Barre magisterial district avoided the habitual inclination to cast their ballots for a Kane. In this case, the Kane in question was 33-year-old Jared Kane, who had hoped to win election to the post held for 30 years by his father, District Judge Martin Kane....

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Slade Heathcott solid in New York Yankees debut

From the start of the Triple-A season on April 9 until he got his first Major League call-up just a few days ago, Slade Heathcott had been the most consistent player for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.Batting leadoff and playing mostly center field, Heathcott was the team’s spark plug with his all-out efforts at the plate and in the field his promotion was deserved. The 24-year-old was the team’s top hitter with a batting average that sat well above .30...

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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey: Reflect on Memorial Day’s history and meaning

The town of Boalsburg is in Centre County and has a population fewer than 4,000. It sits in a beautiful valley in the shadow of Mount Nittany.Boalsburg claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day – as do about two dozen other towns across our country.Having visited and met with the people of Boalsburg, I know they are right. Legend and scholarship tell us that in the fall of 1864, three local women visited the cemetery to lay flowers on the graves of a father and s...

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Letter to the Editor: Older adults in your life deserve recognition and appreciation

There is an old saying that ingenuity comes from youth, true wisdom comes from experience and experience comes with age. May is Older Americans Month. We have the opportunity to reflect on the contributions of older adults in our lives as well as examine how we can do more to honor them.Older adults have passed down cultural norms, wisdom and talents from generation to generation, and this is still true today. So many of them work and volunteer diligently, without fanfare; they som...

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Wanamie youth lands monster bass

Johnny Pashinski caught and released this enormous largemouth bass while fishing last week at the Ceasetown Reservoir in Plymouth Township. Pashinski, 10, was fishing with his stepfather, Tom Bralczyk, who was teaching him how to fish hoping he would get interested in the sport. After fishing with rubber worms and having no luck, Bralczyk switched to a black/blue jig on a black swim bait and on Pashinksi’s second cast he hooked the bass. Bralczyk said he knew it was big when he heard th...

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Letter to the Editor: Fine Arts Fiesta extends thanks to tireless supporters and event attendees

“The Diamond On The Square” was the theme of the Fine Arts Fiesta this year, as we celebrated our 60th anniversary of this very special event.During the past 60 years we have seen this festival grow, expand and continue to thrive in downtown Wilkes-Barre. It takes a full year of planning and organizing by a very dedicated board of directors and hundreds of volunteers to make the Fiesta the great event that it is.

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Letter to the Editor: Wyoming Valley’s debutante ball preserves pride in Polish history, customs

In this beautiful time of the year, the Polish group held its annual debutante ball. Ten of our finest young ladies and their escorts were presented to society in an age-old tradition.Congratulations to everyone involved in this Polish elegance. I will mention the hardworking ladies keeping these traditions alive, teaching the debutantes and their escorts the courtly polonaise; the parents; the musicians and King’s College.We are remembering a time when Poland cove...

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