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Remember When: The anticipation of awaiting that first television set

In grade school, I kept hearing about a fantastic TV show called “Victory at Sea.” The kids who were following it told me it showed real World War II news film of aircraft carriers, invasions, big sea and air battles and all kinds of exciting things that our fathers and uncles had seen and done. […]

Comments - 6:00 am

Beyond the Byline: Even after unspeakable tragedy, life always goes on

WILKES-BARRE — The Allman Brothers Band had a song with lyrics that went, “Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can.” For some reason, I thought of those lyrics when I heard about the shootings at Weis Market in Eaton Township this week. A 24-year-old, obviously troubled man shot and killed three […]

Comments - 6:07 pm

Barletta touts vote on bill that would roll back Dodd-Frank restrictions

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta this week voted for legislation he says would end “too-big-to-fail,” taxpayer-funded bank bailouts, remove burdensome and duplicate regulations on small businesses, and relieve restrictions on community banks and credit unions that make it harder for people to buy cars, own homes and provide for their families. The Republican-led House approved House […]

Comments - 2:03 pm - updated: 2:05 pm.

Remember When: Look, up in the sky! Could that speck be a flying saucer?

On an October evening in 1947, I saw a flying saucer. Well, at least I think I saw a flying saucer. What I recall is some sort of roundish object moving very slowly across the sky as I looked southward in front of our home in Wilkes-Barre. I wasn’t alone. Nearly all of our neighbors […]

Comments - 6:00 am

Beyond the Byline: Judy Wienckoski always has graduates’ backs

WILKES-BARRE — It’s that time of year — graduation time. Colleges and universities are holding their commencements and for the most part, they are held without incident and usually without much notice from the non-graduating families of the area. But to those families with graduates, these are the times of pride. So when your son, […]

Comments - 5:17 pm

Beyond the Byline: Fishing fun in Canada

WILKES-BARRE — My annual fishing trip to Canada will be over by the time you’re reading this, but I wrote this before I left. Every year around the middle of May, my friends and I travel some eight hours north to Ontario to seek out walleye and pike, and we always catch fish. When I […]

Comments - 10:39 am - updated: 5:20 pm.

Beyond the Byline: Judy Wienckoski always has graduates’ backs

WILKES-BARRE — It’s that time of year — graduation time. Colleges and universities are holding their commencements and for the most part, they are held without incident and usually without much notice from the non-graduating families of the area. But to those families with graduates, these are the times of pride. So when your son, […]

Comments - 9:35 pm

Capitol Roundup: Bills support law enforcement, public safety officers

WILKES-BARRE — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey this week re-introduced a trio of measures designed to show that police lives matter: • The Lifesaving Gear for Police Act reverses the Obama administration’s ban of certain federal gear for use by police departments. • The Lt. Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act requires the Bureau of Prisons […]

Comments - 4:56 pm

Beyond the Byline: Moms and apple trees go together

As I stood looking at the apple tree in Dennis Kachmarsky’s yard on Pringle Hill in Pringle, I thought about my mother. Well, actually, I thought about all mothers and the circle of life. I thought about how, without mothers, none of us would be here. Yeah, I know the same goes for fathers, but […]

Comments - 11:26 am - updated: 5:58 pm.

Remember When: Coffee can taste a lot better in the right kind of cup

Ask an art aficionado why he likes Edward Hopper’s famous painting “Nighthawks” and you’ll probably hear something about isolation — people sitting in an all-night diner, staring ahead as if unaware of one another’s existence, while their coffee grows cold. Yes, I see that. But I also like their coffee cups. Not only do I […]

Comments - 11:00 am - updated: 11:00 am.

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