Our Opinion: Primary provided Luzerne County with plenty of drama

Rather than a dull affair, the municipal primary in Luzerne County last week turned madcap. Here’s a rundown of the good, the bad, the ugly – and the outright bizarre.The good. Voters in one Wilkes-Barre magisterial district avoided the habitual inclination to cast their ballots for a Kane. In this case, the Kane in question was 33-year-old Jared Kane, who had hoped to win election to the post held for 30 years by his father, District Judge Martin Kane....

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Slade Heathcott solid in New York Yankees debut

From the start of the Triple-A season on April 9 until he got his first Major League call-up just a few days ago, Slade Heathcott had been the most consistent player for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.Batting leadoff and playing mostly center field, Heathcott was the team’s spark plug with his all-out efforts at the plate and in the field his promotion was deserved. The 24-year-old was the team’s top hitter with a batting average that sat well above .30...

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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey: Reflect on Memorial Day’s history and meaning

The town of Boalsburg is in Centre County and has a population fewer than 4,000. It sits in a beautiful valley in the shadow of Mount Nittany.Boalsburg claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day – as do about two dozen other towns across our country.Having visited and met with the people of Boalsburg, I know they are right. Legend and scholarship tell us that in the fall of 1864, three local women visited the cemetery to lay flowers on the graves of a father and s...

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Letter to the Editor: Older adults in your life deserve recognition and appreciation

There is an old saying that ingenuity comes from youth, true wisdom comes from experience and experience comes with age. May is Older Americans Month. We have the opportunity to reflect on the contributions of older adults in our lives as well as examine how we can do more to honor them.Older adults have passed down cultural norms, wisdom and talents from generation to generation, and this is still true today. So many of them work and volunteer diligently, without fanfare; they som...

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Wanamie youth lands monster bass

Johnny Pashinski caught and released this enormous largemouth bass while fishing last week at the Ceasetown Reservoir in Plymouth Township. Pashinski, 10, was fishing with his stepfather, Tom Bralczyk, who was teaching him how to fish hoping he would get interested in the sport. After fishing with rubber worms and having no luck, Bralczyk switched to a black/blue jig on a black swim bait and on Pashinksi’s second cast he hooked the bass. Bralczyk said he knew it was big when he heard th...

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Letter to the Editor: Fine Arts Fiesta extends thanks to tireless supporters and event attendees

“The Diamond On The Square” was the theme of the Fine Arts Fiesta this year, as we celebrated our 60th anniversary of this very special event.During the past 60 years we have seen this festival grow, expand and continue to thrive in downtown Wilkes-Barre. It takes a full year of planning and organizing by a very dedicated board of directors and hundreds of volunteers to make the Fiesta the great event that it is.

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Letter to the Editor: Wyoming Valley’s debutante ball preserves pride in Polish history, customs

In this beautiful time of the year, the Polish group held its annual debutante ball. Ten of our finest young ladies and their escorts were presented to society in an age-old tradition.Congratulations to everyone involved in this Polish elegance. I will mention the hardworking ladies keeping these traditions alive, teaching the debutantes and their escorts the courtly polonaise; the parents; the musicians and King’s College.We are remembering a time when Poland cove...

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RailRiders rally falls short against Durham

MOOSIC — Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has made games interesting all season with its grit and never-say-die attitude.Although being down by four runs late on Saturday night at PNC Field, the RailRiders did the same thing once again even bringing up the potential tying run to the plate in the eighth and ninth innings. But the team fell short losing to Durham 4-2.Trailing 4-0 in the eighth inning and being held to just two hits entering the frame, Bulls manager Jared Sandbe...

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WVC athletes ring up 11 medals at states

SHIPPENSBURG — The finish was so electric and so close, a photo of the final results sheet wouldn’t even help anyone figure out who won.As it turned out, he who leaned last wound up first.Northwest star Tyler Burger beat his nemesis Raheem Twyman of Meyers by barely a nose to win his first state gold medal at the very end of the boys Class 2A 300-meter run Saturday, providing the most thrilling highlight in a day filled with magical moments for Wyoming Valley...

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Penn State players share football basics with Pittston Area youth

YATESVILLE — Four Penn State football players jumped in a car at 6 Saturday morning and started their holiday weekend off by my making a drive to Pittston Area High School to spend six hours sharing their knowledge of the game with local youth players.Memories of his own childhood experience is what sparked Penn State’s Akeel Lynch participation. Penn State’s leading rusher in 2014 made the trip along with Wyoming Valley West graduate Geno Lewis and two other team...

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