What did your family teach you about character? These essayists tell us

Sitting with his family during an awards banquet at First Presbyterian Church last week, 10-year-old Aidan McFarlane of Wilkes-Barre told his aunt’s friend what his parents and grandparents had taught him about doing the right thing.“If you have cake, share it,” he said. “Always say hello to the new kid at school.”Aiden was one of 13 area residents whose essays on “What My Family Taught Me About Character” took honors in a contes...

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Temperatures to cool, rain and possible snow to return this week

Warm temperatures will likely last one more day in the Wyoming Valley — colder temperatures, and the chance for snowfall, are on their way back to the region.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 40 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Overcast skies greeted early birds this morning, with red and orange hues in the sky as the sun rose.Partly sunny skies will stick around for today, with a high in the lower 50s....

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New color for fishing license button

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) popular fishing license button will have a new color for the 2015 fishing season.Nearly 5,000 votes were cast in an online ballot this fall, and by an overwhelming level of popularity, pink has been chosen as the new button color. Another change is that the buttons can now be purchased at any of the 900 license issuing agents across the state.“Once again this year, our anglers have voted and told us what colo...

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Birders’ Corner

Highlights of recent sightings conducted throughout northeastern Pennsylvania by area birders. For a complete list along with area hot spots, visit the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society website at: www.grwyovalas.org.Nov. 16Beech Mountain Lake (Luzerne County)Red-necked grebe - juvenile plummageNov. 18Sandy Beach, Harveys LakeRing-necked ducks - 100Coots - 85...

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Work to improve new Game Lands

Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) Food and Cover personnel wasted no time in improving roads and enhancing the habitat on a recently-purchased parcel of game lands in Buck Township, Luzerne County.The 1,800-acre “Blue Ridge” tract was acquired by the Game Commission last year using power line rights of way mitigation funds, and a major road-improvement project was made possible though federal Pittman-Robertson funding.

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Our Opinion: Enliven Thanksgiving’s dinner conversation by bringing to the table these hot topics

If tradition holds, families much like yours will gather around tables heaped with food on Thursday, give thanks and then argue.Relatives will dredge up old disagreements. They’ll bicker over politics. They’ll even debate the weather (Buffalo’s crushing snowfall last week is surely evidence of climate change, uh … unless it’s not).To add extra spice to this year’s Thanksgiving Day “discussions,” we offer the following unpop...

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Bear hunters have busy opening day

Richie Stone drove from his home in South Carolina to hunt in Pennsylvania’s bear season opener on Saturday.It was a drive worth making.Stone, who never hunted bears before, rolled into the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s check station at Dallas on Saturday afternoon with a mammoth bear that had an estimated live weight of 386 pounds. He shot the bear shortly after 1 p.m. in Fairmount Township after it was pushed by other hunters.

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George Spohr: Editor is thankful for the newsroom’s unsung heroes

With Thanksgiving only days away, I thought this space would be a good opportunity to publicly express gratitude toward my colleagues. Many are unsung heroes who help make the Times Leader better every day.They’re people like Steve Mocarsky. Steve’s our night police reporter, and part of his job is to monitor police broadcasts, competing news outlets and news releases. It’s a difficult job with hours few would appreciate, but it’s a position in which Steve f...

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Caught on Camera

At first glance this buck looks like an enormous spike. But first glances can be deceiving. Rick Pavloski used a trail camera to capture the image of this buck in the Mountain Top area. The deer has four points, Pavloski said, making it off-limits this season where an antlered deer must have three or more points on one side to be legal.In any case, it’s clear this buck has some good genetics and it will be interesting to see what kind of a rack it produces next year. I’...

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Letter to the Editor: Christians’ rights trampled as anti-discrimination laws extended to gay population

I recently heard at my church service that Bloomsburg is considering passing an anti-discrimination law to force all businesses to serve gay and lesbian couples. This issue came up when a bridal shop in Bloomsburg refused to sell to a lesbian couple.The owners of this business are Christians. The Bible teaches us that a marriage is between a man and a woman.I also thought the U.S. Constitution guarantees each of us religious freedom so we can practice our faith. Don̵...

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