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Jillian Layaou, daughter of Donna and Francis Layaou, Wyoming, recently graduated from Slippery Rock University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in French education and a minor in Russian. During her junior year she studied abroad at the International College in Cannes, France. She was recently selected by the French Consulate to teach at the high school level in Southern Normandy for the 2014-15 school year.


McCann students planning benefit fashion show

Students from McCann School of Business and Technology recently held a bake sale at the Wilkes-Barre campus to raise money for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute. A ‘Heels to Heal’ benefit fashion show will also take place 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre. Vendors include Ga Bree’s Boutique, Edwardsville; Gerri’s Bridal Shop, Pittston; and Savii Formalwear by Sarno & Son, Wilkes-Barre. Tickets are $10 each and ...

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COUGHLIN HIGH SCHOOLClass of 1949 is holding a fall luncheon at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Eddie’s Place, 585 E. Main St., Plains Township. Classmates, spouses and friends are invited. For reservations and more information, call Betsy Rodack at 570-823-2750.

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Hunter Toole

Hunter Toole, son of Melida Griffin and Fred Toole Jr., Wilkes-Barre, is celebrating his second birthday today, Sept. 18. Hunter is a grandson of Carol Griffin and Joann Smith, both of Wilkes-Barre. He has a sister, Madison, 10, and a brother, Tyler, 17.

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Timothy Michael-Michalek

Timothy Michael-Michalek, son of Christa Michalek and Philip Michael, is celebrating his seventh birthday today, Sept. 18. Timothy is a grandson of Joseph and Carol Michalek and Edward and Jean Michael. He is a great-grandson of Josephine and Joseph Michalek Sr. Timothy has a brother, Casey, 19, and a sister, Morghan, 15.

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Domanik Garrity

Domanik Garrity, son of Angela Garrity, Wilkes-Barre, is celebrating his second birthday today, Sept. 18. Domanik is a grandson of Lisa Hackett, Wilkes-Barre. He is a great-grandson of Anna Erickson, the late Ralph Garrity, Michael Erickson and the late Helen and Emil Casterline. Domanik has two brothers, Treyvon, 10, and Kaileb, 5.

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LCCC honors Act 101 students

Luzerne County Community College recently held an Act 101 student appreciation luncheon to recognize students for their participation in the program and their commitment to academic success. At the luncheon, from left, first row: Tawanda Ballard, Scranton; Amber Shamp, Nanticoke; Toi Chambers, Plains Township; Jack Johnson, Plains Township; Jill Cowan, Pittston; and Deborah Ascenzi, Shickshinny. Second row: Thomas P. Leary, president, LCCC; Linda Walters, director, counseling and student supp...

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Jake J. Baron

Jake James Baron, son of Jeffrey and Carol Baron, Aston, is celebrating his 15th birthday today, Sept. 18. Jake is a grandson of Carol Baron and the late Ronald Baron, Nanticoke, and Kathleen Donnelly and the late William Donnelly, Philadelphia. He is a great-grandson of Tozia Baron, Nanticoke. Jake has a brother, Sean, 17.

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Kristin Filippini

Kristin Filippini, daughter of Joseph L. Filippini, Leesburg, Florida, is celebrating her eighth birthday today, Sept. 18. Kristin is a granddaughter of Carol Gilvickas Filippini, Pittston, and the late Carl J. Filippini, Plains Township. She is a great-granddaughter of Chuck and Marlene Green, Wentzville, Missouri. Kristin has a brother, Andrew, 11.

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Misericordia plans Mercy Week events

DALLAS: Misericordia University will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a series of events for the campus community and the public during Mercy Week from Sunday to Friday, Sept. 21-26. The schedule will include the dedication of the Founders Circle, a special Mass, a “Stuff the Bus” donations collection and a service fair for students.A full schedule of Mercy Week activities are included in a 90th anniversary calendar that can be found at http://miseri...

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King’s students begin student teaching

Seventeen King’s College students have begun a 14-week student teaching experience at area elementary, junior high and high schools. Supervised teaching student teaching is necessary to fulfill King’s degree requirements and to obtain a Pennsylvania Teacher Certificate. Participants, from left, first row: Susan Pointek, Brother Stephen LaMendola, Frank Michael and Dr. Laurie Ayre, all supervisors of student teachers; Robert Richards, director of student teaching; and Dr. Denise Re...

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Nanticoke Elementary holds Family Math Night

Greater Nanticoke Area Elementary Center recently held its annual Family Math Night. More than 100 students and parents attended the event. Participants learned fun and educational ways to practice math skills at home. The event was co-chaired by Tracey View and Ami Stelma, third-grade teachers. Participants, from left, first row, are Laura Price and Cara Verazin. Second row: Lisa Litchkoski, Ami Stelma, Tracey View and Megan Lewis. Third row: Amy Souder, Shelby Wilczynski and Valerie Bartle....

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MMI students attend program in China

Three students from MMI Preparatory School were selected to participate in a Chinese-sponsored international conference in Beijing, China, this summer. Seniors Tristan Gibbons, son of Russell and Edna Gibbons, Mountain Top; Medina Saeed, daughter of Zubeen Saeed, Mountain Top; and Emily Seratch, daughter of Frank and Sarah Seratch, Hazleton, were three of only five American students chosen for the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation’s summer program, Ameson Chinese Elite (...

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In Brief

PLYMOUTH: The Rotary Club of Plymouth’s 56th annual outdoor chicken barbecue scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Plymouth Armory, Route 11, has been postponed indefinitely.Individuals who purchased barbecue tickets are asked to contact the Plymouth Rotarian or person who sold the tickets to receive a full refund.The Rotary Club of Plymouth apologizes to patrons for any inconvenience.

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Meyers Speech and Debate members participate in national tournament

Fourteen members of the Meyers Speech and Debate team travelled to Chicago on Memorial Day weekend to represent Wilkes-Barre at the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament. Each had qualified for the national championships by succeeding at the March qualifying tournament for the Scranton diocese, which encompasses all of northeastern Pennsylvania and the north and central Susquehanna Valley. Julia Kerr made the national semi-finals in the congress competition. Michelle Cha...

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Thursday, Sept. 18PLYMOUTH: Plymouth Ministerium, 10:30 a.m., at Plymouth Christian Church, Main Street. Plans will be made for the Thanksgiving service.

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Ambush suspect Frein may be relying on sniper training manual

“Sniper Training and Employment,” the book found in the Canadensis bedroom of accused killer Eric Frein’s parent’s house is meant for special forces military training.His father, Michael Frein, is a retired major with 28 years in the Army.Despite a directive to destroy the manual to prevent disclosure of the contents of the manual, written on the title page, various copies are easily found on the Internet.Frein is believed to be armed w...

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Elk have long history in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania bull elk get so big they even impress someone who comes from a top trophy elk state like Montana.Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist Jeremy Banfield came to the state last year after working as a biologist in Montana. During a program on Pennsylvania elk conducted Tuesday night at the PGC’s Northeast Region Office, Banfield spoke about the history of the state’s elk herd, management and his first impression.“We have some amazing bull...

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