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Active Adult Centers sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties offer hot noon meals Monday through Friday to people 60 years of age or older. For participants age 60+ a $2.00 meal donation is gratefully accepted. The monies are needed in order to expand this program.The following is the menu for the week of Sept. 1MONDAY: Centers closed for Labor Day holidayTUESDAY: Oven fried chicken, red potatoes, confetti coleslaw, whole wheat dinner roll, pound cake with berry topping, margarine, milk and coffee.

 

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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INSTANT REACTION: Eugene Lewis helps Penn State stun UCF on final play

Penn State’s opener couldn’t have had more drama. And we’re not talking about volcanoes.Sam Ficken booted a 36-yard field goal with no time left to give the Nittany Lions a heart-pounding 26-24 win over UCF in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland.“I don’t know what the flight regulations are,” said emotional coach James Franklin after the game. “But we’re going to be partying all the way back to the United States.̶...

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WILKES-BARRE: The American Red Cross Donor Center, 29 New Commerce Blvd., will be accepting blood and platelet donations from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 1.All presenting donors on Labor Day will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler. Platelet donors will receive a $5 McDonald’s gift card from Sept. 1-3.All blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required. Individuals...

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Sakelaridos family hosts annual reunion

The 36th annual family reunion of the family of the late Michael and Helen Sakelaridos, Wilkes-Barre, was held on Sunday, July 27, at the pavilion at White Haven Poconos. In attendance were 30 of their descendants, comprising four generations. Heading the organization for this year’s events were Sharon and Alex Bartos, Newton, and Gene Pappas, Dallas.Guests enjoyed swimming and children enjoyed the playground on the beach at the lake. The day was spent eating many traditional...

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Births

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....

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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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Beauchemin stars in Tigers loss

ATHENS — A strong 2014 debut for Tunkhannock senior Brian Beauchemin wasn’t enough to earn the Tigers a road win in their season opener.Beauchemin scored both Tunkhannock touchdowns while racking up 189 totals yards in a 20-14 non-conference loss to Athens on Friday night.The versatile Beauchemin has appeared in just about every skill position in the past for Tunkhannock (0-1), including quarterback. On Friday he got 20 carries for 147 yards and two scores an...

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Spoiler alert! Don’t read this if you don’t want to know

“Surprise, surprise, surprise” was a big catchphrase used by TV character Gomer Pyle, of The Andy Griffith Show, in the 1960s.But if Gomer was watching TV recently and tweeting live to “The Bachelorette,” he just might have texted “Told you so” when Andi Dorfman gave her final rose to Josh Murray.With the immediacy on the Internet and the quick reaction of fans on social media, as a viewer you can’t avoid finding something out be...

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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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