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Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical CenterFrace, Savannah and Dustin Swantek, West Wyoming, a daughter, Aug. 1.Smith, Amy and Vincent Sean Lammey Sr., Kingston, a son, Aug. 1.Jones, Beckie and Bryan Cunningham, Lock Haven, a son, Aug. 2.Scalfer, Linzi and James McCabe, Warrior Run, a daughter, Aug. 3.Taylor, Alicia and Eric Salsman, Meshoppen, a daughter, Aug. 3.Marte, Yaniri and Crystian Tavarez, Wilkes-Barre, a daughter, Aug. 4.

 

The Charneys

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Charney, Forty Fort, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 29, 2014. They were united in marriage on Aug. 29, 1964, in the former Our Lady of Sorrows Church, West Eighth Street, West Wyoming, by the Rev. Stanley Kolucki.Their attendants were maid of honor Donna Begliomini Brenner, sister of the bride, and Janet Zupa, niece of the groom. Junior bridesmaids were the late Debra Kroski, sister of the bride, and Karen Francisco, niece of the groom. Be...

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The Van Ordens

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Van Orden celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 22, 2014. They were married in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.Mrs. Van Orden is the former Loretta Jean Rossi, daughter of the late Louis and Clara Zebrowski Rossi.Freddie retired from the federal government and Loretta is also retired.The couple has two children, Danielle, Delaware, and Jesse, Spring Brook Township.Freddie and Loretta went to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Ten...

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Maci L. Morren

Maci Leigh Morren, daughter of Pete and Michele Morren, Larksville, is celebrating her seventh birthday today, Aug. 31. Maci is a granddaughter of Peter and Rosemary Morren, Wilkes-Barre, and the late Thomas and Mary Kane. She has a sister, Nicole, 10.

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Work release inmate faces drug charges

WILKES-BARRE —A work release inmate at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility was charged Friday with possessing synthetic marijuana he attempted to swallow.City police said they found Clayton A. Canaii, 28, of Blakeslee, sleeping on a chair outside Curry Donuts, North Main Street, at about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.Officers awakened Canaii who stated he missed a bus to Scranton.Canaii kept closing his eyes and refused to provide his name and date of birth to...

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Forklift taken from Wilkes-Barre bakery

WILKES-BARRE — City police said a forklift was recovered after it was driven from Nardone’s Bakery on Hazle Street late Thursday night.Police investigated a report that a forklift was making too much noise at the bakery at about 11:30 p.m. A check of the area turned up nothing.Nardone’s employees reviewed surveillance video that recorded an unknown person driving the forklift off the property.Police said the forklift was recovered a short dis...

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Davison sparks Spartans to rout of Warriors

KINGSTON — Brady Davison took over for a pretty established quarterback heading into the 2014 Wyoming Valley West season.In for the recently graduated Mike Baur, Davison threw for 173 yards and four touchdowns in the first half to lead the Spartans to a 42-7 win over Wyoming Area in the opener of the 2014 season Friday night.The Spartans scored on all five of their possessions, while limited the Warriors to just 62 yards and four first downs in the opening half.

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Camera surveillance system installation underway at Sherman Hills

WILKES-BARRE — Digits, more so than people, will provide security at Sherman Hills with the installation of a new camera surveillance system at the apartment complex that continues to be a hot spot for violent crime.The system will be made up of more than 100 cameras connected to the Internet, with a minimum of nine in each of the complex’s buildings, said John VanMetre, director of property management for the Aspen Companies, an affiliate of Treetop Development in Tean...

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Sister Siena Finley, founder of Ethics Institute, dies at 92

DALLAS — Joe DeVizia described Sister Siena Finley as “a wonderful person and a great example to everybody.”Finley, founder of the Ethics Institute of Northeastern Pennsylvania and former associate professor of religious studies at Misericordia University, died Friday at age 92.Her obituary appears on Page 2A.“This a major loss to the community,” said DeVizia, former executive director of the Children Service Center and former exe...

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Wilkes-Barre police arrest man at courthouse, charged with raping a child

WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man at the Luzerne County Courthouse Friday morning and charged him with raping a child earlier this year.William Charles Wunner, 28, of Moyallen Street, Wilkes-Barre, was at the courthouse for a pre-trial hearing on charges he purchased a 2013 Dodge Durango for $37,821 and a 2014 Dodge Caravan for $26,906 at Motorworld issuing checks that had insufficient funds, according to police and court records.

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Head Start celebrates 50 years, recognizes employees

NANTICOKE — Head Start of Luzerne County began its 50th year of service to the most vulnerable in the community — young children — with a pre-service training day and employee recognition program on Friday.“Head Start began in May of 1965, and so we are celebrating this whole year — 50 years of service,” Luzerne County Head Start Executive Director Lynn Biga said after a program update that included an employee recognition program in the Educatio...

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Appeals court upholds DUI assault sentence; two women hurt in 2011 crash

HARRISBURG — A state appellate court upheld the lengthy state prison sentence for a Wilkes-Barre man who admitted he was drunk when he struck two people in the parking lot of the Woodlands Inn and Resort in March 2011.Jose Oquendo Jr., 32, last known address as South Sheridan Street, challenged his sentence of two to four years claiming it should have been imposed to run the same time with a state parole violation.Plains Township police said Oquendo had a blood-alc...

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Keystone conducts presidential inauguration for new president

LA PLUME — Keystone College inaugurated David L. Coppola as its 10th president and 19th leader at a ceremony on Thursday.More than 1,000 people, including guests from the local community and representatives from colleges and universities throughout the nation, gathered to commemorate the milestone event.“The entire Keystone community was elated to honor Dr. Coppola as our new president,” said Susan S. Belin, chair of the Keystone College Board of Truste...

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Lottery Numbers for Friday, Aug. 29.

Midday Drawing:Daily Number: 5-8-3Big Four: 9-3-9-1Quinto: 2-5-0-5-2Treasure Hunt: 02-10-13-21-22Evening DrawingDaily Number: 1-7-5Big Four: 3-4-7-7Quinto: 9-2-2-1-0Cash 5: 04-08-16-18-21Mega Millions3-26-45-58-73Mega Ball12No player matched all five numbers in Friday’s “Cash 5” jackpot drawing. Saturday’s jackpot wil...

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Suicide prevention group sponsors walk and programs

‘People aren’t defined by the way they die,” Kathy Wallace, president of the Northeast Suicide Prevention Initiative, is quick to point out.Comedian Robin Williams’ death last month certainly raised awareness of suicide by dispelling certain myths of the stereotype of people who just kill themselves as well as publicizing ways, for people contemplating it, to get help. And it further cemented the group’s credo that the way Williams lived outshines the ...

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US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed.Consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4 percent increase in June, the Commerce Department reported Friday. It was the first decline in spending since January. Income growth slowed to 0.2 percent in July, the weakest showing in seven months.The fall in spending came primarily from a decline in auto sal...

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Band of brothers reunite in Hunlock Twp.

HUNLOCK TWP. — All four graduated from Hanover High School and joined the Air Force, but Bob, Bill and John defer to oldest brother Joe when you ask about it.He recalls his bomber going down over Hitler’s Germany, the ball-turret gunner seemingly catatonic. They strapped a parachute on him, sat him on the edge by the door, and made a decision.

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Increase in travelers, lower gas prices for holiday weekend

WILKES-BARRE — More area residents will be traveling this Labor Day weekend than have since 2009, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic projections.Jenny Robinson, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said nearly 45,000 Wilkes-Barre area residents are expected to travel over the holiday weekend.“This is a small increase of .6 percent from last year, but it’s is the highest projection for the region since 2009, and also Labor Day weeken...

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