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Christopher J. Belleman: Flood Protection Authority not a burden to Luzerne County budget

Recently, the Luzerne County manager stated that he was considering termination of the existing inter-governmental partnership between the county and the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority.In a prior commentary in The Times Leader, I provided a summary of the history of the Wyoming Valley Flood Protection System and the reasoning behind the development of this cooperation agreement. The intent of today’s commentary is to highlight the cost reimbursement details that oc...

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Letter to the Editor: Unless changes made now, US headed toward ‘class warfare’

I read the letter to the editor by Stanley Halas (“Parties fail to serve people,” Aug. 21). He is absolutely correct on issues he raises; others should be so aware. What is happening in this country right now is obscene.Our children and grandchildren are going to grow up in a country unrecognizable to us. The masses better wake up and get an understanding of what is happening before it’s too late.

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Caught on Camera

Nick Wagner set out one evening earlier this month to put up his trail camera, but luckily, he also had his handheld camera. Wagner encountered this fisher and was able to snap a shot as the furbearer gave him a stare.Wagner saw the fisher in Huntington Township. No word yet on if it showed up on the trail camera later.Capture anything interesting on your hand-held or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week,...

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RailRiders drop a heartbreaker

Cam Perkins lined an RBI single off outfielder Taylor Dugas in the bottom of the 11th inning Saturday as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs swept a two-game series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Coca-Cola Park.Dugas came on to start the 11th inning after the RailRiders ran out of available pitchers, and recorded the inning’s first two outs - including inducing a flyout by former RailRider and Hazleton native Russ Canzler.But Tyler Henson rifled a triple to...

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Local bass tournament scene

Bass tournament results and standings. To submit results, email them to tvenesky@timesleader.comHarveys Lake Wednesday Night Bass TournamentAug. 20 results (2 boats, 39 anglers, 29 fish weighed in (25 largemouth, 4 smallmouth); Note - An extra week has been added to the tournament season, moving the championship back to Sept. 17 instead of Sept. 10):1. Dave Harrison - 3.45 lbs.2. Lewis Perante - 3.17 lbs.3. Chuck Peterman...

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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.Aug. 20Honesdale (Wayne County)Common nighthawks (4)Aug. 23Plymouth Flats (Luzerne)Caspian terns (2)Great egrets (32)...

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Outdoor notes

The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will kick off thir 28th year of chapter meetings beginning Tuesday Sept. 9 with guest speaker Mike O’Brien. Mike is the co founder of the monthly Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide magazine and often contributes articles to the magazine; is also a guide, author and lecturer. He will present — Carp on the Susquehanna with a Fly.In October, Henry Ramsey, author, lecturer and noted fly tier wil...

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Lessons from extinction

Doug Gross’ words stuck with me.I had just finished interviewing Gross, who is the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s director of the Endangered and Nongame Birds Section, about the passenger pigeon and the significance of the 100th anniversary of the day it went extinct.Gross talked about how man was able to obliterate the most abundant bird on the North American continent in less than 40 years during the mid to late 1800’s. While wiping out a passenger pi...

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Former Hazleton native named to PGC post

Former Luzerne County deputy wildlife conservation officer Thomas P. Grohol has been named the new director for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Protection.Grohol replaces Rich Palmer, who left the bureau director position to become the Game Commission’s deputy executive director of field operations.Prior to serving as region director, Grohol worked within the Bureau of Wildlife Protection as its assistant director.

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Hunters set for start of dove, goose season

It’s the equivalent of the first day of trout season, somewhat.Just as anglers spend the long winter waiting for spring to arrive — something they usually mark by the first day of trout season, hunters spend the summer waiting for the fall seasons to approach, and it all kicks off this Monday with the opening of the dove and resident goose seasons.When it comes to the former, they may be a bit hard to find in the Northeast Region. Bill Williams, the Pennsylva...

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