News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Our Opinion: Happy centennial to Boscov’s, an unconventional success in heart of Wilkes-Barre By all rights, Boscov's shouldn't be in Wilkes-Barre.The Reading-based department store chain jumped into this market by boldly opening at a South Main Street site in 1980 – when most major merchants, and plenty of minor ones, were quickly extracting themselves from downtowns and flocking to malls. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:57:05 EST Montgomery Avenue Elementary students take part in Santa’s Workshop WEST PITTSTON — Santa can't give everyone presents, but luckily students at Montgomery Avenue Elementary had him covered. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:35:26 EST 14-year-old Christianna Masher bags 8-point buck bPITTSTON — Across the tracks and through the woods, over the river it went. An 8-pointer, the biggest Christianna Masher has ever set her sights on, was down. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:25:06 EST Fire forces evacuation of personal care home in Jenkins Township JENKINS TWP. — An overnight fire at a personal care home forced the evacuation of about 70 residents and 10 employees.Flames erupted on at least three floors inside the Riverview Personal Care facility at 100 Overlook Drive at about 3:30 a.m. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:16:06 EST Weekender Live, 12.17.14-12.23.14 Wednesday:Lower End: Beer Pong with DJ KKThursday:Breakers: Karaoke PartyLower End: Deck MusicRiverstreet Jazz Café: Open Mic NightStir Nightclub and Bar: DJ HershFriday: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:22:15 EST How to be an Empress of Emotions: a step by step guide My daughter calls me the Empress of Emotions.It's not a compliment, by the way. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:00:10 EST Quiet weekend ahead for the Wyoming Valley It looks like the Wyoming Valley will escape any rain or snow throughout the weekend.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 33 degrees as of 5:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Overcast skies kicked off the morning. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:22:06 EST Traffic report for December 18 The ride into work and school should be an easy one for commuters in the Wyoming Valley.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Routes 115 and 315 are also free of traffic, along with the North Cross Valley Expressway. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:13:06 EST Automotive Today: Luzerne County’s provides one big car accessory ​Sheila Beck of Wapwallopen provides a service for car buyers that clients tell her is “the icing on the cake” when purchasing a vehicle. Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with competitive insurance rates or a long-lasting warranty. Instead, the small business owner hand-crafts colossal bows. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:06:07 EST Back for more pain (and gain?) during our three-month Crossfit journey We live to see a second week.We made a few changes; Sarah and Jeric tried the 6 a.m. class at Crossfit Scranton. Samantha went the later route, opting for the 6 p.m. one. Justin, well, he's still figuring out which time works best for him. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:01:12 EST Check out the top students at GAR GAR Memorial Junior and Senior High SchoolColleen Robatin, principal, GAR Memorial Junior and Senior High School, recently announced the Honor Roll for the first quarter. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:44:15 EST Get together with members of Meyers High School Class of 1963 Editor's Note: To have your announcement published in this column please submit the information to Reunions, The Times Leader, 15 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. Email submissions must be sent to Please type “Reunion News” in the subject... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:44:13 EST Madison Ranieli Madison Ranieli, daughter of Joseph and Barbara Ranieli, Forty Fort, is celebrating her 11th birthday today, Dec. 18. Madison is a granddaughter of MaryAnn Ranieli and the late John Ranieli, Pittston Township, and the late Alexander and Alice Skursky, Exeter. She has two brothers, Jake, 8, and Johnny, 4. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:44:11 EST St. Nicholas-St. Mary students participate in forensics competition Fifth through eighth grade students of St. Nicholas-St. Mary School participated in the regional diocesan forensics competition held at Holy Redeemer High School. Students had to recite selections of prose. Participants, from left, first row are Haley Jendrzejewski, third place varsity; Katharine Pinto, fourth place varsity; Laney Schultz,... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:44:10 EST Jane Train gets personal and shows us her “Diary” Jane Train's debut album, “Diary,” is just that. It's a deeply personal record filled with songs that chronicle both pain and healing. And for the talented and charismatic vocalist - known best to area music fans for her work with the popular band M80 - there was a lot of healing needed. The album, she said, was mostly... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:36:10 EST