To your health: It’s OK to have some contact with germs

We live in a society now where you can’t turn a corner without bumping into a hand sanitizing station. We’re constantly hearing how important it is to protect ourselves from germs and viruses with thorough hand washing and hand sanitizing regularly.As a parent, your No. 1 concern is protecting your children. Since you naturally don’t want them to get sick, you may try to block them from getting in contact with germs and dirt. However, there’s evidence that g...

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Slight chance of rain to stick around through the end of the week

More rain will dampen the Wyoming Valley today, and the slight chance of rain will linger into the rest of the week.The National Weather Service indicates that it was 51 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, with light rain falling in some areas.Showers will be likely before 1 p.m. today, with some patchy fog also possible before 11 a.m. Cloudy skies are expected otherwise, and today’s high will be near 64 degrees.Mo...

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Traffic report: San Souci Parkway closed due to water main break

A water main break has closed the San Souci Parkway in Hanover Township this morning.PennDOT spokesman James May announced the closing in an email this morning. The closing is on both directions of the roadway between Carey Avenue and St. Mary’s Road.May said in the email that a detour has been set up.The Times Leader’s traffic page shows some minor congestion and an around the area. Motorists should seek an alternate route if traveling in the area...

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Eat inside the box

Community-supported agriculture groups, or CSAs, help create healthier communities. They provide residents the opportunity to have fresh, organic vegetables delivered to drop-off sites at convenient locations around town.According to localharvest.org, there are nine CSAs in Northeastern Pennsylvania but, Fertile Grounds in Noxen and Dancing Hen Farm in Stillw...

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Dennis Roddy: Meet the ‘new’ Rick Santorum (vintage 1990)

The Rick Santorum who would like to meet you is a curious mixture of better timing and clearer focus than the 2012 Republican nomination silver medalist.He’s getting back to roots most people didn’t know he had: working-class, anti-Nafta, and generally aligned with the kind of people who would still be Democrats if Hubert Humphrey were still living.

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Letter to the Editor: Urge support of House bill that would cut school property taxes in half

State Rep. Stan Saylor, of York, has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that will reduce school property taxes by 50 percent.All the safeguards of House Bill/Senate Bill 76 are in the bill, and if it gets approval in the House Finance Committee and full House, it will go to the Senate for consideration. The most important safeguard is that the school boards will not be able to increase the property taxes at will, as now is the case.The $50 billion shortfal...

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Letter to the Editor: Ashley councilwoman-elect thanks supporters in recent primary

Just a small thank-you note to all the people who helped me get elected on my first run into politics.This is going to be very interesting for me, and I’m going to treat this not as a councilwoman but as a taxpayer with a voice and who has a vote.Also, I’ll try to help people in our little borough who need it and make their lives better.I’m going to be the voice of you, the taxpayer, because that’s the job of the council in the first pl...

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Sex offender who failed to register nabbed at Sherman Hills

SCRANTON – A convicted sex offender who allegedly has failed to register his address for the past three years was nabbed by federal authorities Monday in Wilkes-Barre.U.S. Marshal Martin Pane on Monday announced the arrest of Joseph Brant, a 55-year old man formerly of Brooklyn, New York, and most recently living in the Sherman Hills Apartments.Brant was convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree in Seneca County, New York, in December 2000. Thi...

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WVC Girls Lacrosse All-Stars released

Wyoming Seminary’s Alexis Quick was named the Wyoming Valley Conference girls lacrosse MVP.Quick was joined on the first team by teammates Atalia Dressler, Emily Gabriel, Kelley Gavin and Katie Romanowski. The Blue Knights won their fifth straight District 2 title and finished 11-0 in districts, outscoring their opponents 192-61.Coughlin’s Colleen Wood was named Coach of the Year. The Crusaders finished 11-2 during the regular season and lost to Seminary, 11-...

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Familiar foes as Holy Redeemer, Northeastern back in state boys volleyball semifinals

WILKES-BARRE — The Holy Redeemer seniors have been waiting for this exact moment.Sure, you never look ahead. Especially when you reach the state playoffs and each team has high-caliber athletes on each side.Talk with Mike Gatusky, and he says it has been on his mind.Chat with classmate Alex Kotch. The sentiment is similar.This is where they want to be, and it’s the opponent they knew they would face. And these seniors wouldn’t have...

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