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Four decades later, Father Terry recounts service to CYC

WILKES-BARRE — John Terry first saw the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center before he was even a priest, when its survival in the wake of Agnes Flood remained in doubt.He’s still there, helping the center’s perpetual adaptation to the neighborhood’s shifting needs, marking the 40th anniversary of his ordination.“It’s pretty unique in the Church that one guy stays in one place for so long,” Terry said the day before supporters fe...

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Dirty Girl Mud Run draws 6,500 to Pavilion at Montage Mountain

SCRANTON — A well-known rhyme identifies girls as sugar and spice and everything nice.An estimated 6,500 women on Saturday demonstrated themselves as more about mud, guts and in need of suds at the fourth annual Dirty Girl Mud Run held at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain.The diverse group of women worked in teams or as individuals to conquer the 5-kilometer course, which was set up around the pavilion and in the nearby hills and woods.They do this to cha...

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Tunkhannock rallies to top Dallas in high school softball

DALLAS — Luck can be just important as talent in a big game.Tunkhannock got a dose of good fortune Saturday afternoon against Dallas.Danielle Krispin’s unique single with two outs in the sixth inning triggered a three-run rally as Tunkhannock defeated Dallas 8-5 in a key Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 softball game.Tunkhannock (7-3 Div. 2) gained ground on Wyoming Area (8-2) and Nanticoke (7-2) as the season heads into the home stretch. Dalla...

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Anniversary of fall of Saigon brings back painful memories for local Vietnam veterans

HAZLETON — Retired Lt. Col Robert Yale said when he returned from the Vietnam War, he learned quickly to put a smile on his face and to go about his business.“But nothing would ever be the same again,” said Yale, a lifelong resident of Hazleton.Mention the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and Yale bristles. He feels it exemplifies all that was wrong with the war in Southeast Asia — that the U.S. never fought it to win it and got out just to ...

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Unopposed Republican candidate weighs in on city’s crime struggle

There’s at least one thing Democrats and Republicans agree on.There’s nothing that affects residents more than crime, said Frank Sorick, the Republican candidate running unopposed in the Nov. 3 municipal election. Sorick’s sentiment was shared by the four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the May 19 primary election.When it comes to crime, Sorick said the writing was on the wall for Wilkes-Barre.Years ago, Sorick said, city offi...

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Violent crime and its potential solutions highlight campaign platforms for Wilkes-Barre’s Democratic mayoral candidates

Part critical issue, part daunting task — one theme stood out.Opponents in the May 19 primary election, the four Democrats contending to become Wilkes-Barre’s next mayor share a common issue atop their campaign platforms: crime, and how to stop it.In a seven-week stretch in Wilkes-Barre, 10 reported shootings left three dead and seven injured. The latest victim was gunned down F...

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Lackawanna County restaurant inspections: April 20 - May 1

The following are recent Lackawanna County restaurant inspection reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.According to the agency: “any inspection is a ‘snapshot’ of the day and time of the inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term cleanliness of an establishment. Also, at the time of the inspection, violations are recorded but are often corrected on site prior to the inspector leaving t...

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Consumer Watchdog: Pennsylvania’s sales tax rules baffle retailers at times

This week I’ve been reviewing the many online comments submitted by readers of this column, and I came across a few that deserve attention.For example, there were two questions about one of my favorite topics, Pennsylvania’s mind-boggling sales tax rules.First, a reader calling herself “Aunt Flo” wrote the following: “Go make a sample purchase of feminine napkins (pads/tampons) or aspirin products at Kmart (and some other stores). You will b...

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Dancers holding benefit recital

The Double ‘R’ Twirlettes will present ‘A Night at the Movies’ at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at Mid Valley Secondary Center. The show will feature the Twirlettes as they perform to songs from their favorite motion pictures. To purchase tickets, call 570-489-1935 or visit www.doublertwirl.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. The recital will benefit the Salvation Army. The Twirlettes are under the direction of Kathleen Y. Mercatili. Group members from the Tri...

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Zeroing In: These quests for money simply defy logic

You Go, Granny.Margie Bloome, a Long Island, New York grandmother, is filing a lawsuit in Luzerne County seeking $5 billion from a West Side subsidized housing development, alleging its owners are partly responsible for her grandson’s murder. I, like many of you, thought that figure was a typo. Then I thought Granny was off her rocker.Daron Rhashawn Trollinger, 26, of Edwardsville, was killed in a May 2012 shooting at Eagle Ridge apartments after a marijuana deal w...

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