Our Opinion: It’s game over for The Mall at Steamtown

It was right around this time a month ago that we asked whether The Mall at Steamtown was worth saving.Since then, two additional stores – Abercrombie & Fitch and its sister retailer Hollister – have announced they’re moving out of the downtown Scranton shopping center.Those really were two of the last stores at Steamtown that attracted young, mainstream shoppers. Abercrombie especially was one of the mall’s remaining draws because its other store...

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Dunkin’ Donuts, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins team up to benefit food bank

SCRANTON — Dunkin’ Donuts of Northeastern Pennsylvania has teamed up with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to support the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank.Through the “Goals for Coffee” program, Dunkin’ Donuts will be donating five pounds of coffee to the food bank for each goal the Penguins score on home ice this season. The “Goals for Coffee” program runs throughout the 2014-2015 regular season.As of December 29, the...

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Average gas prices for December 29

Gas prices dropped by a few cents across the board during the holiday week.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for today’s average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.54 today, down 4 cents over the weekend and down 8 cents in the last week. Diesel at $3.38 today, down 3 cents over the weekend.• Pennsylvania gas average at $2.59 today, down 3 cents over the weekend and down 7 ...

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Implosion brings down two silos in Jenkins Township

JENKINS TWP. — After a countdown from 10, loud explosions boomed and lightly shook the ground.The explosions brought down two approximately 170-feet concrete silos at the Interstate Distribution Center along Industrial Drive. Dale Nat, a corporate health and safety official for SCE Environmental, said the structures had 18-inch diameter walls.The implosion happened at almost exactly 9 a.m. this morning. Two loud sirens went off at 8:58 a.m. giving residents a warni...

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Lights! Camera! Action! Aspiring actor wants Broadway-bound body

Christopher James Bohinski wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He doesn’t like the word diet.Diet to him implies deprivation and only sets someone up to fail.He prefers the term “healthy resolution” and calls his quest to lose weight a journey.And he should know.About 2-1/2 years ago, Bohinski lost 100 pounds. At 6’4”, he weighed 330 pounds. He now weighs 250 pounds, up 20 pounds from his lowest weight.T...

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Steinbach Nutcracker president visits area

Karla Steinbach remembers the very first Nutcracker she ever had. “I played with it just like it was a Teddy bear or a doll,” she said.So did Kimberley Mengle who was mesmerized by the figurines after seeing “The Nutcracker” ballet.The only difference between the two women is that Steinbach heads the company which makes the collectible items.Now some 40 years later, the sixth generation family member delights in hearing some of the same...

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Sunny skies brighten the Wyoming Valley this week

It’s shaping up to be a quiet rest of the year for the Wyoming Valley, and a sunny start to 2015.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 31 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Mostly clear skies kicked off the morning, but some clouds still lingered around.Mostly sunny skies are expected today, with a high in the upper 30s. Partly cloudy skies will follow into tonight, with a low in the lower 20s.Sunny s...

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Traffic report for December 29

It should be smooth ride into work this morning to kick off a new workweek.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Routes 115 and 315 are also free of traffic congestion this morning, along with the North Cross Valley Expressway.In Wilkes-Barre, some minor traffic is reported on Wilkes-Barre Boulevard, as well as on Academy and North River streets.Kingston is free of traffic congestion this morning.For up-to-dat...

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Out on a limb: Make your 2015 genealogy resolution today

If you genealogists haven’t made your resolutions for the new year, here are some recommendations. Whether you’re local or out-of-area, at least some of these ideas should prove valuable to you.1. Above all else, join the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. This group, headquartered in Hanover Township, does far more than just hold meetings. It maintains a growing research facility, offers courses and seminars in specialized topics such as Polish genealogy and ...

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Diagnosed with cancer. Candy’s Place can help

FORTY FORT: Candy’s Place, a Cancer Wellness Center, 190 Welles St., Suite 120, is hosting a discussion on cancer basics for the newly diagnosed, presented by the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Reservations can be made by calling 570-714-8800.Cancer patients are reminded that Candy’s Place sponsors The Wig Room, which features a large variety of wigs, scarves, blankets, turbans and more for anyone undergoing cancer treatmen...

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