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Magicians, storytellers, artists and even the Cat in the Hat will all be on hand this weekend during the 15th anniversary celebration for the Barnes and Noble store in the Arena Hub Plaza.Everyone is welcome to the free event being held Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24. The event is geared toward all ages, especially children and the loyal customers who have been frequenting the book store for years.“The people that come into our store are like our friends,” said Rose Golden, one of the book store’s employees who works in the children’s section. “Our customers often feel like family. We’ve seen some people come in practically every week since we opened.


CityVest deeds Hotel Sterling lot to Luzerne County

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County is now the unintentional owner of the former Hotel Sterling lot at the corner of River and Market streets.The nonprofit CityVest filed a surprise deed in lieu of foreclosure Thursday afternoon officially granting the property to the county.A deed in lieu of foreclosure means an owner hands over a property to a mortgage holder so they don’t have to bother with legal action to recoup a defaulted loan. The county is a mortgage holde...

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Five Folks

In honor of the Pittston Tomato Festival, we asked folks in downtown Wilkes-Barre:“What is your favorite way to enjoy a tomato?”•••“I love them plain, with salt.”Oswaldo Otero, 38, Wilkes-Barre•••“Plain and sliced up on pizza.”Teishima Otero, 13, Wilkes-Barre•••“I don’t like them plain, but I li...

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It’s never too late to ‘Do It Again’

Scranton native Ned Washington wrote a handful of songs which have since become standards, including “Stella By Starlight,” “Wild Is the Wind,” “I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You,” “Green Dolphin Street” and “The Nearness of You.”He also netted Oscars for a pair of movie tunes: “When You Wish Upon A Star” from “Pinocchio” and “Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’” from &...

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Celebrate garlic in all its glory at this festival

It’s hot, it’s stinky and it’s the star attraction of its own festival.There’s no middle ground with garlic. You either love or you hate it.Some people love it so much that they add it to almost every culinary dish you can think of. Or they eat 52 cloves of it just for the spirit of competition.Some people (and not just vampires) are repulsed by even the sight of the pungent food.Eating a variety of garlic-laden foods and wat...

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Arts at Hayfield celebrates end of summer

Furniture, cornice boards, painted tin trunks, coffee pots, trays, bellows, glass panels in clocks and gilded looking glasses, as well as painted and stenciled walls and floors are just some of the items one will see at the 30th annual Arts at Hayfield summer festivalThe term Early American Decoration is applied to all decorated articles like these which adorned the homes of our forefathers.And it could be a lost art form if not for the dedication of a group of historica...

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Following is a schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:August 19The Amazing Spider-Man 2The Quiet OnesOnly Lovers Left AliveThe SacramentJarhead 2: Field of FireGo for SistersP-51 Dragon FighterRampage: Capital PunishmentRosemary’s BabyToy Story of Terror

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Nanticoke hopes to make food event the next big thing

Nanticoke’s first Wingfest is taking flight this weekend and the city event is hoping to grow into the next Tomato Festival or Kielbasa Festival.And growing is exactly what is on the mind of the core of five volunteers who are working to plant a community garden in the city. A community garden is any piece of land gardened by a group of people, utilizing either individual or shared plots on private or public land. The land may produce fruit, vegetables, and/or ornamentals....

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Retirement in site for ‘The Expendables’?

What is it about “The Expendables” series?What mad sorcery is at play in these films? Because they’re not good. They’re not even ‘so bad they’re good’. They’re just bad. Bad in a very mediocre, direct-to VHS, instantly forgettable way. And yet, I love “The Expendables” series. I love every minute of these overlong, terrible movies.Why?I don’t know. Is it because you get to see all of your favori...

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Bring back airshow, create aviation museum, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport official says

PITTSTON TWP. — Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien said Thursday bringing back the airshow, holding other events and establishing a small aviation museum could draw more people to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.“What people don’t realize is what we have here,” O’Brien told his fellow bi-county airport board members at their monthly meeting.He suggested bringing back the airshow, which hasn’t been held a...

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Grove Theatre brings ‘The Glass Menagerie’ to the stage

When you meet the Wingfield family, whom will you pity the most?Amanda, the faded Southern belle, remembers a time when life seemed more gracious, the world less rough, and gentleman callers were always paying court.“When she says she had 17 in one day, I think that’s an embellishment,” said Lynne Zanolini, who plays Amanda in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” which opens Friday, Aug. 22 at the Theatre at the Grove in Nuangola...

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Our Opinion: Ongoing corruption crackdown is cure Northeastern Pennsylvania badly needs

The federal charges leveled Thursday against five people – including two who wore the badge of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department – will further shake area residents’ faith in their public institutions.And understandably so.Corruption at all levels of Luzerne County civic life, from its tainted courthouse to its school boardrooms compromised by bribe-taking elected officials, has been publicly exposed since January 2009, thanks to the ongoing efforts of...

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Glodzik, cops charged in credit union probe

WILKES-BARRE — Towing company contractor Leo A. Glodzik and four other people, including one current and one former city police officers, have been indicted in connection with alleged bank fraud involving loans made by the Wilkes-Barre City Employees Federal Credit Union, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has said.• Glodzik, 43, of Morgan Drive, Wilkes-Barre.• Tino Ninotti, 35, a former city police officer.• Jason Anthony, 34, a current ...

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Buckner appeal of life without parole in wife’s murder rejected

HARRISBURG — A panel of state Superior Court judges have denied convicted murderer Donnell Buckner’s appeal of his sentence of life in prison without parole in the March 2009 slaying of his estranged wife.Bucknell, 40, shot Kewaii Rogers Buckner, 31, three times in the head in her Lehigh Street home in Wilkes-Barre with their three children in the house.Buckner had claimed he “blanked out” when he shot his wife, and his attorneys argued he didn...

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Superintendent: Coughlin, Meyers structural concerns under control

WILKES-BARRE — Structural concerns that prompted scaffolding and other precautionary measures to pop up at Coughlin and Meyers High Schools in the spring have been taken care of in time for classes at both schools to resume Monday.Wilkes-Barre Area School District Superintendent Bernard Prevuznak said safety netting has been set up near the boiler room and parts of the facade considered at risk at Meyers, and a structural review by Leonard Engineering determined “the ma...

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Wyoming Valley students start to head back to class

WILKES-BARRE — It’s back to school season, and droves of freshmen are starting their college years in the Wyoming Valley this week.Wilkes University will welcome 575 first-year students for its 82nd academic year, a figure that spokeswoman Vicki Mayk said was down from 606 last year. Of those 575 students, 28 are international students that come from six different countries.King’s College will welcome 500 students in its 68th year. John McAndrew, spokes...

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Get wild with some white water

Looking for something adventurous and outdoorsy to do this weekend?Head to Jim Thorpe for some white water rafting.The US Army Corps of Engineers is giving Mother Nature a Boost on Saturday and Sunday with some additional water force.The Corps will have a 1,700 cubic feet per second release on Saturday, that’s double the usual, which means double the thrills. On Sunday, a 1,000 cfs release will happen.There are several options in and near Jim ...

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Wilkes-Barre Mayor Thomas Leighton: Arrests ‘nothing to do with city business’

WILKES-BARRE — Mayor Tom Leighton said it was business as usual Thursday afternoon following news that five people had been arrested as part of investigation of the Wilkes-Barre City Employees Federal Credit Union.“I’m sure this is upsetting to a lot of people, but again, this has nothing to do with city business,” Leighton said.“They rent space at City Hall,” Leighton said.Among those arrested by FBI and state police Thursd...

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