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Consumer Watchdog: Time for airlines to give back to passengers

I recently received an email from Donna Dietsch of Pittston, who had planned take a mission trip to Honduras last Aug. 1 but had to cancel due to her mother’s declining health.American Airlines agreed to grant Dietsch a credit for her $691.50 round-trip ticket, minus a $250.00 change fee, so she planned to use the $441.50 credit toward a ticket for the same trip this year. But when Dietsch called American a few weeks ago to book her Aug. 1 departure, she was told that was too...

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King’s College hosts math contest

The Newton Math Contest was recently held at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. The contest was started in Northeastern Pennsylvania in 1989 by Dr. Mohammad Nouri and has continued with the help of many local teachers in the Wilkes-Barre Area. Students from local area high schools competed in a day of rigorous mathematics. The test consisted of two parts, an individual test in the morning and a team competition in the afternoon. The individual test winners were: Peter Kulick, Scranton Prep...

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Misericordia community supports cancer awareness project

More than 90 members of the Misericordia University campus community participated in the 12th anniversary of C.A.S.U.A.L. Day (Colon Cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) sponsored by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. Students, parents, staff and faculty purchased and wore red shirts with a blue cancer ribbon logo or a blue ribbon pin on March 26 to raise money and awareness about the importance of screening and early detection of colon cancer. Some of the participants, from le...

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Letter Carriers Food Drive planned for May 9

United Way of Wyoming Valley, members of the National Letter Carriers Association and the U.S. Postal Service are gearing up for the Letter Carriers Food Drive on Saturday, May 9. All donations support area food banks. Members of the local committee planning the food drive, from left: Rich Kutz, Weinberg Food Bank; Jeffrey Nichols, vice president, Letter Carriers Branch 115; Patricia Herman, postmaster, Wilkes-Barre Post Office; Sandra Moosic, AFL-CIO community liaison, United Way of Wyoming ...

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Harmony Concert planned

The annual Harmony Concert of the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, in the Buckingham Performing Arts Center of Wyoming Seminary, Sprague Avenue, Kingston. Pre-concert entertainment and piano selections will be featured at 7 p.m. The theme is ‘Let’s Get Away From It All,’ featuring the Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus with guest quartet Up All Night and local chapter quartets. All tickets are general ...

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Municipal pension woes have people talking in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG — They may not yet be at the forefront of policy debates at the Capitol, but Pennsylvania’s municipal pension troubles are stirring more discussion than usual.State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale drew attention to the issue in January by releasing a report that showed the unfunded liability of cities and other municipalities that sponsor pension plans increased by about $1 billion over two years to $7.7 billion by the end of 2012.The widening pe...

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Hundreds attend Catholic Men’s Conference

WILKES-BARRE — John Romani wasn’t excepting to get a homework assignment on Saturday.But that’s exactly what he got at the inaugural Diocese of Scranton’s Catholic Men’s Conference.“I was told to write a letter to each of my children, telling them how much I love them and what they mean to me,” he said.Romani said the event, held at King’s College, showed him how to become a better father and husband.R...

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The spring dinner meeting of the Pittston Hospital Nurses Alumnae will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, in the Princess Ballroom at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre. Jill Evans-Kryston will speak at 6:30 p.m. on ‘the loss of civility, how manners have changed and how to cope with rude behavior.’ The dinner buffet is set for 7 p.m. A cash bar will be available. Treats for tables will be donated Mary Ann Rubin, registered nurse and Custom Pharmacy Serv...

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Gobbler season ushers in spring

Ned O’Haire is so passionate about the spring gobbler season that he’s used two weeks of his vacation time from work just to hunt one particular bird. For several seasons the Pittston resident didn’t miss a day.But now, O’Haire has cut back — by his standards.“Now I hunt about four to five days a week,” he said.Spring gobbler seasons opens on May 2 and runs through May 30. While O’Haire intends to keep up his rig...

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Venesky on Outdoors: Anglers’ carelessness can become a line of death for wildlife

The warnings are timely.Every spring the Pennsylvania Game Commission sends out a reminder cautioning people against picking up or disturbing young wildlife.In the fall, when bucks begin to display rutting activity and deer movement increases, the agency send out another release reminding motorists to be on the look out.Perhaps another warning needs to be issued - once before the start of trout season and again in June when bass season opens. These are two of ...

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