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‘King Richard’ helps with food donations

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MOUNTAIN TOP — With NASCAR legend Richard Petty standing nearby Friday, Gretchen Hunt of the Weinberg Food Bank put the issue of hunger in stark perspective.“It’s hard to believe, but right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania there are more than 85,000 people that struggle to have food for a healthy life — and 28,000 of them are children,” Hunt said. “Without partners, this fight against hunger would not be possible.”Petty was at Weis Market in Mountain Top to celebrate this weekend’s NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway and to join Smithfield Food, Inc., which along with Weis Markets and Richard Petty Motorsports, donated a combined 40,000 pounds of protein to the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank.



Tuesday WILKES-BARRE: Bishop William J. Hafey Fourth Degree Assembly Knights of Columbus, 7:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Byzantine Church, 695 N. Main Street. The meeting will be hosted by St. Mary’s Dormition Council 12325. All fourth degree knights are asked to attend. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

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Nathan Piccotti

Nathan Piccotti, son of Kristie and David Piccotti, Pittston, is celebrating his second birthday today, Aug. 2. Nathan is a grandson of Elenor Lapsansky, Inkerman, and Bill and Candy Kennedy, Laflin. He is a great-grandson of Mary Jean Burke and Ruth Katarsky.

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Eliza J. Hughes

Eliza Jane Hughes, daughter of Julie Grodis and Joseph Hughes, Nanticoke, is celebrating her first birthday today, Aug. 2. Eliza is a granddaughter of Ron Voelker and the late Ruth Voelker, Larksville, and Joe and Kathy Hughes, Oshkosh Wisconsin. She is a great-granddaughter of Bill and Gloria Hughes, Ripon, Wisconsin, and Donald Grifffin, California. Eliza has a sister, Tillie Grodis, 8, and a brother, Ethan Hughes, 11, Berwick.

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Ethan R. Kazinski

Ethan Robert Kazinski, son of the Rev. Robert and Karyn Kazinski, Honesdale, is celebrating his fifth birthday today, Aug. 2. Ethan is a grandson of Bob and Cindy Kazinski, Larksville; Nancy Stockholm, Binghamton, New York; and Charles Wiseman, Great Bend, Pennsylvania. He has a brother, Seth, 7.

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Pastor’s Food Pantry receives grant

The Pastor’s Food Pantry, Noxen, received a $10,000 grant from the Mercy Foundation at the second annual Mercy Foundation grant awards ceremony and luncheon at Mercy Center. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for the soon-to-be expanded pantry located in the basement of the Methodist Church. It provides food and educational opportunities for children, adults and seniors in the Tunkhannock, Lake-Lehman and Dallas school districts. At the award presentation, from left: Belinda Y...

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Cross Creek sends mission teams to Guatemala

TRUCKSVILLE: Cross Creek Community Church, 370 Carverton Road, has sent two mission teams to Guatemala through an organization called Hope of Life International, a Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to people of Guatemala. Cross Creek has adopted a small village, Los Jocotes, which is located near the city of Zacapa, Guatemala, and home to about 600 people.

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Corpus Christi Parish planning car show

Corpus Christi Parish is hosting its third annual car show on Aug. 10 on the grounds of Holy Redeemer Church, Route 92, Harding. The show, which is being sponsored by McCarthy Tire, Ayers Towing Service and Varsity, Inc., will begin with registration from 11 a.m. to noon and end with the presentation of awards at 3 p.m. The car show will feature a competition for all makes and models of automobiles. Registration on the day of the event is $15 per car. Prizes will be awarded for Best In Show, ...

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Parish preparing food for Kielbasa Fest

Parishioners and friends of the Good Shepherd Polish National Church, 269 E. Main St., Plymouth, are making haluski and pierogies for the Plymouth Kielbasa Fest to be held Aug. 15-16. Their stand will be located in front of Brand Graphic Solutions, the former Sport Jes building. Participants, from left, first row, are Tozia Yaniga, Melania Kroponicki, Kathleen Panasiewicz, Marion Kravulski and Joan Pepich. Second row: Bob Pepich, Jule Nitkowski, Carol Markowski, Marlene Cannon, Marilyn DePalm...

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In Brief

BERWICK: North Anthracite Council League of Ukrainian Catholics will hold a general meeting on Aug. 17 at SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 706 N. Warren Street. Moleben prayer service will be served at 2 p.m. and a business session will be held at 2:30 p.m. A picnic at the nearby Everett residence will take place after the session. The agenda will include the upcoming Sobor of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia and the national convention in Johnstown. Fo...

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Rookie Larson captures pole at Pocono

LONG POND — Rookie of the year candidate Kyle Larson captured his first career Sprint Cup pole on Friday, setting a track qualifying record at Pocono Raceway in the process.Larson just edged out Joey Logano in the third and final round with a record speed of 183.438 mph and will start first in Sunday’s GoBowling.com 400.Finishing his best lap in 49.063 seconds, Larson made it the 15th time in the 2014 season that a new track qualifying record had been set. He...

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Morelli video prompts buzz

Luzerne County Council Chairman Rick Morelli’s attorney said today she is researching the legality of a video of her client that has been posted to online stories about a protection-from-abuse claim filed against Morelli.The 13-second video shows Morelli and another man yelling outside a pizza restaurant, though it contains no physical contact or profanity. Morelli asks the woman who is apparently filming the video about her husband and throws out the word “adultery....

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Heroin allegedly found in man’s buttocks

KINGSTON — Police found 32 heroin packets wrapped with toilet paper in a body cavity of a man from New Jersey early Friday morning, according to charges filed.Charles Andre Jackson, 49, of Plainfield, was arraigned by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. He was jailed at th...

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Escaped inmate caught by Ashley police

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County inmate Kevin Kuklinski’s freedom on the run was short lived.Kuklinski, 24, was captured Friday morning by Ashley police, county Correctional Division Director J. Allen Nesbitt confirmed.Kuklinski was returned and jailed in the main correctional complex.He escaped from the minimal offender’s building at about 11:15 a.m. that initiated a massive manhunt on land and on the Susquehanna River that inv...

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Our Opinion: Savor a slower pace in August and appreciate NEPA

Would it be a good idea to …… slow down, cut back on commitments in early August and savor summer before – snap! – it’s suddenly gone like fresh sweet corn vanished from the grocery store bins?Labor Day looms only four weeks away.Beyond that date, life in Northeastern Pennsylvania resumes its breakneck pace, except for maybe a season’s-last-gasp evening of leisure at the Luzerne County Fair. (Details on the 52nd ann...

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Police serve warrant, recover steel stolen from Sidney St. bridge project

WILKES-BARRE — Police seized steel beams and sheets stolen from the Sidney Street bridge project, according to a search warrant served on a Plains Township property.The warrant, filed Thursday in Luzerne County Court, was issued Monday by District Judge Joseph Zola of Hazleton for a property on New Street.Seized were five pieces of steel I-beams and two pieces of flat steel, according to the inventory sheet accompanying the warrant.

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Charges against Rev. Philip Altavilla dismissed

A judge dismissed charges against Rev. Philip Altavilla Friday morning, his defense attorney said.Attorney Paul Walker said Judge Michael Barrasse threw out the charges because the statute of limitations on them had passed.“We thought we could win on the merits, too,” Walker said, but added he’ll gladly accept victory based on statute of limitations to keep his client out of court.However, the publicity Altavilla faces in the wake of the case...

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Mayhem comes to Montage Mountain this weekend

If your taste in music leans toward the heavier side of things, then The Pavilion at Montage Mountain is the place to be tomorrow as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival once again comes to town.Now in its seventh season, the traveling circus of all things metal and hard rock put together by Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and John Reese will be making its fifth stop at the Scranton amphitheater.The main-stage action gets underway at 6:30 with a 30-minute set by Tri...

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