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Telecom Pioneers visit Riverstreet Manor

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The Wilkes-Barre Chapter of Verizon Telecom Pioneers recently distributed 122 place mats, handmade from greeting cards, to the residents at Riverstreet Manor Nursing Home, Wilkes-Barre. Each resident received a place mat. The Pioneers is a nonprofit organization of retired and active members of Verizon Communications. At the manor, from left, first row, are Margaret Hockenbury and Margaret Tomascik, residents. Second row: Rosemary Gawat, Pioneer; Debra Toloczko, recreation professional, Riverstreet Manor; and Joan Latinski, Dee Pavlick and Dolores McGill, Pioneers.

 

‘Labor’ has different meaning now

On Labor Day 2014, workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania face a job market that has changed considerably over the past several years, while some employers say they can’t find new hires with the skills and work habits they need.The mismatch is reflected in an unemployment rate that, while down substantially since the end of the Great Recession, has remained the highest in the state for more than four years.

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Steve Flood’s estate is a tangled web

With his fiery battles against public corruption and vast property holdings, former Luzerne County controller Steve Flood was described as larger than life when he died three years ago.Not surprisingly, he left behind a behemoth estate sharing his wealth with people and institutions he treasured, never expecting his plans would be mired by the recession, litigation and his inability to work after suffering a stroke in 2007.

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Landon J. Cronauer

Landon James Cronauer, son of Brian and Colleen Cronauer, Hanover Township, is celebrating his seventh birthday today, Aug. 31. Landon is a grandson of Clarence and Roseanne Cronauer, Harveys Lake, and the late Richard and Marilyn Weida, Hanover Township. He has a brother, Ben, 10.

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Nora B. Hannon

Nora Bridget Hannon, daughter of Pat and Erin Hannon, Dallas, is celebrating her first birthday today, Aug. 31. Nora is a granddaughter of Irene Muldoon, Swoyersville; Jim Muldoon, Kingston; Mary Hannon, Ashley; and Pat Hannon, Kingston. She is a great-granddaughter of Alice Hillard, Westfir, Oregon.

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Charles J. Fell

Charles James Fell, son of Amanda and Charles Fell, Mountain Top, is celebrating his fourth birthday today, Aug. 31. C.J. is a grandson of Nancy Pitts, Pittston; the late James Pitts; and Janet Lord, Exeter. He is a great-grandson of William and Jean Searles, Duryea, and the late Charles and Blanche Dewald. C.J. has a sister, Mackenzie.

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Two dead in early morning crash

W. WYOMING — Two men died in an early morning one-vehicle crash on Shoemaker Avenue.Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman identified the victims as Frank Rutledge, 40, of Exeter and his passenger John Soska, 36, of Wyoming.They were pronounced dead at the scene at 1:15 a.m. by deputy coroner Tom Moran, Lisman said.Lisman said no autopsies will be conducted.

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Penn State fans welcome season from afar

HANOVER TWP. — Bloody Marys, mimosas, craft beers and coffee chased breakfast Saturday morning in one Liberty Hills home.No, Ali Majikes didn’t fall off the wagon.She’s simply a Penn State football die hard who tailgated the Nittany Lions’ Dublin, Ireland, game against the University of Central Florida vicariously from her parents’ living room. And their kitchen. And their sunroom.“I have it under control,” Majikes, 25...

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LLHS grad Erica Johnson completes 72-day cross country bike trip

Erica Johnson thought climbing the Appalachian Mountains on a bike was challenging … until she hit the Rocky Mountains.“Climbing the Rockies is something I’ll never forget,” said Johnson, a former Lake-Lehman athlete who learned of the difficulties involved while taking part in the Ulman Foundation’s 4K for Cancer.The 72-day, 4,000-mile cross country bike ride to raise funds for cancer education and support started in Baltimore where the fou...

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MU presentationThe Misericordia University Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Campus Ministry, in conjunction with the 90th anniversary celebration of Misericordia University, is co-sponsoring the presentation, “The World Needs Mercy: Can You Respond,’’ by Karen Schneider, RSM, M.D., assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins University, at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 23 in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Ma...

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STRANGE BUT TRUE

By Samantha Weaver* It was German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who made the following sage observation: “We have art to save ourselves from the truth.”* If you live in Waukegan, Illinois, you might be surprised to learn that your property tax is 12 times higher than it would be if you lived in Honolulu.* If you can’t remember the word you want to use, you’re suffering from lethologica. But you probably won’t remember that when ...

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MOMENTS IN TIME

The History Channel* On Sept. 10, 1813, in the first unqualified defeat of a British naval squadron in history, U.S. naval commander Oliver Hazard Perry leads a fleet of nine American ships to victory over a squadron of six British warships. After the battle, Perry sent a famous dispatch to U.S. Gen. William Henry Harrison that read, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”* On Sept. 11, 1857, Mormon guerillas, stoked by a deep resentment ...

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“Why do we celebrate Labor Day?”

“A day when you get paid extra.”Isaih ParkerWilkes-Barre“A day to rest because we work hard.”Jamie TimlinShavertown“Give a break to people who work hard.”Lance McGraneKingston“Oh, it’s probably one of those patriotic holidays.”Althea CiganDallas“Honor people who work.”Alyssa Pritchard...

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ONLY YESTERDAY

20 Years Ago - 1994The Northeastern PA Regional Dance team “Kaleidoscope” recently performed at the Shavertown Firemen’s Bazaar. Dancers are: Ashley Leonard, Miranda Jannuzzi, Alycia Askew, Jennifer Roman, Leandra Barnes, Phillip Belusko, Joanne Lesh, Janina Lesh, Jennifer Hawk, Carrie Goldworthy, Candace Huber, Luann Kemzura, Michelle Masteller and Meagan Lloyd.The second annual Cougars Basketball School for Girls at College Misericord...

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SPORTS BRIEFS

Cage tourneyThe Rock Rec Center will hold its second annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 6. The tournament is open to girls and boys in fourth through 12th grades.Cost is $100 per team and each team is guaranteed to play at least three games.For more information, call the Rock Rec Center at 570-696-2769.Rotary ClubGolf ClassicThe 31st Annual Dallas Rotary Clu...

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YOUR SPACE

Dallas Post photographer Bill Tarutis went outside one night, seeking a flower silhouette against a colorful sky and came upon this Queen Anne’s lace in a local field.

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CIVIC BRIEFS

Support group meetsThe Dallas Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4 in the board room of the Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center, 4 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas.Academy beginsThe Music Box Playhouse is accepting applications for the Music Box Theatre Academy workshop. Sessions begin Sept. 10 for students ages 11 to 21. A staff under the leadership of Dana Feigenblatt will conduct sessions in act...

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PEOPLE BRIEFS

MU studentsreceive pinsMisericordia University nursing students from the Back Mountain who received their pins during a pinning ceremony in Lemmond Theater t Walsh Hall included Kathleen Marie Carter, Hunlock Creek; Nathan Thomas Shelhamer, Benton; Brittni Ayn Williamson, Sweet Valley; and Shawn Marie Wright, Tunkhannock.The ceremony recognized those students who completed the Part-Time Accelerated Evening Bachelor of Science ...

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