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Farmland preservation

applications due Feb. 1

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 round of the Luzerne County Farmland Preservation Program is Feb. 1.

The purpose of the program is to preserve farms forever through the purchase of a conservation easement, or development rights, which prevents the farm from ever being developed or used for any purpose other than agricultural or agricultural-related activities.

The program is primarily funded by an annual allotment from cigarette tax revenue. Since 2000, Luzerne County has received more than $7.1 million from the state for farmland preservation.

Those interested in applying should contact Nancy Snee at 570-825-1564 or


Prize Multiplier

returns to Power Play

Back by popular demand, the Powerball Power Play variable prize multiplier returns with today’s drawing, the Pennsylvania Lottery announced.

The multistate Powerball game previously used a variable multiplier for Power Play, but a set lower-tier prize structure was adopted in January 2012.

Starting today, a separate drawing will be performed to select the Power Play number – 2, 3, 4 or 5 – for all prizes except the jackpot and the Match 5 prize, which is worth $2 million with Power Play. Powerball tickets cost $2; purchasing the Power Play option is another $1.

Until Feb. 3, lottery players making a $10, single-ticket Powerball purchase can enter to win a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary Fan Festival and exclusive Ultimate Tailgate Party.

Through an online VIP Players Club drawing at, 29 winners will be selected to attend the celebration from May 1-5 in Cleveland, Ohio. Winners may take along three guests. Entry deadline is Feb. 3.


Hazleton Area band

set for D.C. parade

The Hazleton Area School Board on Thursday will consider allowing the school district’s marching band to perform at the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

The band was accepted by audition DVD and by recommendation of U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton. The parade will be televised nationally and internationally for troops stationed abroad.

The trip would extend May 23-26 and include a sightseeing tour and a chance to hear the National Symphony Orchestra and President’s Own Marine Band.


TCMC building gets

green certification

The Commonwealth Medical College has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification for its Medical Sciences Building.

The 185,000-square-foot structure on a 3-acre parcel is home to TCMC’s academic and research programs and technology, and houses students, faculty and staff. TCMC’s vision was to design an innovative, sustainable building that would reduce waste and embody the natural beauty of the region, said Joe Ross, chief of Facilities and Public Safety.

TCMC achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, and incorporating other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment.


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