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Minor league park revives blighted area in Lancaster

In Lancaster, construction of the home of the minor league Lancaster Barnstormers baseball team revived a blighted area and continued an uptrend for the city’s downtown.As in Allentown, the first thought had been to build the stadium in suburban “easy in, easy out type spots,” said Thomas Baldridge, president of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry.But, he said, when an abandoned railyard eight blocks from the city center was identified, “...

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Report: Obesity, diabetes are growing health problems

Pennsylvania nudged up one place, to 28th in the nation, in United Health Foundation’s annual “America’s Health Rankings” report this year. The big problems both statewide and locally have become obesity and diabetes.And, one local doctor notes, people seem downright defensive when told they’ve packed on unhealthy pounds.

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Allentown’s downtown arena spurs growth

WILKES-BARRE – The area around the Mohegan Sun Arena has prospered since the venue opened 15 years ago, as retail stores, restaurants and hotels have popped up like daisies in spring.But the city’s downtown continues to struggle, with redevelopment spotty and business growth inconsistent.An hour to the south, central Allentown is in the midst of a major revival, sparked by a comprehensive development plan built around the just-opened PPL Center, a multi-purpo...

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Donegal Society supports charities

The Donegal Society presented several donations to local charities at its December meeting. Donations were given to organizations involved with area children. The society, which was formed 41 years ago, meets monthly at St. Benedict’s Church, Parsons. The purpose of the club is to foster Irish heritage. To inquire about membership, call Barbara LaNunziata, membership chairperson, at 570-655-8602. At the presentation, from left, first row, are Betty Flaherty, Molly Kerrigan, Sue Cosgrove...

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Ruby Rose Divas celebrate anniversary

The Ruby Rose Divas celebrated their 10th anniversary as a chapter of the Red Hat Society at a luncheon held on Nov. 8 at the Irem Country Club. Many chapters attended the event to join in the fun, games and entertainment. At the event, from left, first row: Rosina Russ; Sharon Schultz; and Romaine Stout, queen. Second row: Kathy Roos, vice queen; Cindy Mitchell; Kay Sunday; Barbara Sabol; Dianne Stilp; and Barbara Vanesko.

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Honor Roll

St. Jude SchoolJeanne Rossi, principal, St. Jude School, Mountain Top, recently announced the Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2014-2015 school year.Grade 8: High Honors: Matthew Hayden, Taylor Josefowicz, and Emily Thomas. Honors: Devyn Boich, Dominic Capaci, Patrick Curley, Grace Dacey, Matthew DiGangi, Nicholas Ganter, Ethan Hoda, Austin Kane, Nathan Ragantesi, Alyson Rymar, Thomas Shafer, Valerie Soto, Madison...

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State takeover of Luzerne County parks debated

Should Luzerne County stay in the recreation business?That’s the question before county council Monday when it decides whether to accept the state’s offer to assume ownership of Moon Lake Park in Plymouth Township, the Seven Tubs Nature Area in Plains Township and a 400-acre, county-owned parcel adjacent to Moon Lake that would link two sections of state forest property.The county is minimally involved in its two remaining recreational sites — the Forty...

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Births

Nesbitt Women’s and Children’s Center at Wilkes-Barre General HospitalButts, Jessica Denise, Forty Fort, a daughter, Nov. 22.Jackson, Rebecca and Randise Pryor, Edwardsville, a daughter, Nov. 23.Yanchick, Lisa and Dustin Galli, Forty Fort, a daughter, Nov. 24.Letteer, Lauren and Matthew Lamoreaux, Swoyer...

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No tax increase in Laflin budget

LAFLIN — The borough council members passed a final 2015 budget at a special meeting Saturday that will balance general fund revenues and expenses at $833,990.Councilmen Paul Benderavich, Patrick Gilhooley, Thomas Parry and Carl Yastremski voted in favor of the budget. Councilman Glen Gubitose was absent.Borough real estate taxes will remain at 1.8476 mills, with no increase from 2014. The Earned Income Tax (EIT) will also remain at 1 percent.A mill is $...

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Iorio, Mallow

Amy Lynn Iorio and Bradley Vincent Mallow were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in a private ceremony in Hamburg, Pennsylvania. The ceremony was officiated by the groom’s brother, Brian Mallow.The bride is the daughter of Lynn Havens, Swoyersville, and step-daughter of Kevin Havens, Kingston. She is the granddaughter of the late James and Jean Siracuse, Swoyersville.The groom is the son of Vincent Mallow and Laurie Miller, Hamburg. He is the grandson ...

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