Remembering World War II vets and their stories through displays

Is your grandfather’s Army uniform still in the attic? Have you held onto the ration booklet that showed how much butter and meat and sugar your family was able to buy back in the 1940s? Maybe you have pictures of your ancestors collecting scrap metal or raising vegetables in a victory garden.The Luzerne County Historical Society welcomes the loan of all sorts of memorabilia that show what life was like during World War II, for people who served in the military and on the Hom...

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Nittany Lions land pair of defensive linemen to cap big recruiting weekend

Two down. Penn State is hoping there’s still two to go.The Nittany Lions hosted four of their top remaining recruiting targets on official visits this weekend and came away with commitments from a pair of defensive linemen.Philadelphia defensive end Shareef Miller and Wisconsin defensive tackle Robert Windsor ...

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Kane investigation keeps mystifying Pennsylvania’s legal community

HARRISBURG — The unusual, court-ordered probe into whether the state attorney general’s office illegally shared secret investigative material with a newspaper keeps mystifying Pennsylvania’s legal community.Now there are questions about the intentions of a state Supreme Court order this week telling Montgomery County’s district attorney to halt — at least temporarily — any prosecution “stemming from” a grand jury presentment that reco...

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Back to his roots: Cardiac surgeon George Cimochowski lauded for sharing medical expertise with Polish counterparts

Cardiac surgeon George Cimochowski didn’t have to understand the words to know there was a serious discussion going on among the doctors a children’s hospital in Poland that day about 20 years ago.He asked someone why the doctors were so upset.“They told me that in this hospital of 350 beds, they only had one portable X-ray machine, it was 30 years old and it was broken. None of the babies were getting chest X-rays,” Cimochowski, of Dallas, recall...

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Japan stunned by video claiming death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

TOKYO (AP) — From the prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese were shocked Sunday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed.With attention focused on efforts to save the other hostage, some also criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive for a more assertive Japan as responsible for the hostage crisis.A somber Abe appeared on public broadcaster NHK early Sunday demanding the militant...

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Blizzard-like conditions possible in Northeast’s next storm

NEW YORK (AP) — A major snowstorm with blizzard-like conditions could drop a foot or more of snow across most parts of the Northeast as they gear up for the workweek right after the first real storm of the winter hit them with rain, several inches of snow and messy slush.A storm system diving out of the Midwest has the potential to slowly coat from Philadelphia up to Massachusetts and Maine with snow beginning late Sunday night into Monday and intensifying greatly well into T...

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Icy roadways cause two-vehicle crash in Bear Creek

BEAR CREEK — Officials blamed icy roadways for a two-vehicle crash that resulted in minor injuries.Police say that one of the drivers in the crash was traveling southbound on Bear Creek Boulevard, when the driver lost control. That driver the collided with another vehicle that was traveling northbound. The impact of the collision sent the vehicle off the road toward a house.Police say that minor injuries were reported as a result of the crash. Traffic was slowed as...

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Rare Northeastern bulrush plant discovered during Luzerne County pipeline assessment

Michael Giamber grew accustomed to surveyors, archaeologists and other experts examining his Fairmount Township property as part of a proposed pipeline expansion, but he was caught off guard when they actually found an endangered plant.The irony: the rare flowering Northeastern bulrush — the first to be discovered in Luzerne County — is there because of “lax installation” of another pipeline decades ago that created a man-made wetland, Giamber said....

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Narrowsburg, New York, is a small town with an urban feel for a great day trip

The right turn on to Narrowsburg, New York’s Main Street in is like a step back in time.The Sullivan County street is lined with tidy storefronts and a welcoming, wooden observation deck, built to admire the beauty of the rolling hills and Delaware River, is front and center. Cars line the entire street while their drivers meander in and out of coffee houses and shops, some that moonlight as galleries.“It is a small enclave of designers, makers and creative p...

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Pittston area native eyes big screen for Knox Mine Disaster documentary

A California-based filmmaker originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania is in the post-production phase on a documentary about the Knox Mine Disaster.Twelve miners died after over-mining caused the support walls to breach, allowing 10 billion gallons of icy Susquehanna River to flood the mine in January, 1959.When finished, David Brocca’s film will detail the heartbreaking story of the men who died and the incredible tale of 69 others who made it out alive....

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