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Grass skirts welcome at Harveys Lake this weekend

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Get out your Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt and prepare to hit the sand, because there’s a Hawaiian Beach Party this weekend and it’s close to home.The Harveys Lake Recreational Committee has chosen the theme for this year’s Harveys Lake Homecoming, the annual event held the first weekend of August, and the only time of year the private Harveys Lake Beach Club, situated on 3.5 acres of lakefront property, opens its doors and sandy beach to the general public.Lake residents who are members of the club are eager to welcome guests, because they’re proud of their borough’s biggest asset — the largest natural lake by volume situated entirely in Pennsylvania.


More vigorous economy appears to be emerging

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Consumers, businesses and governments joined to fuel the second-quarter expansion. The government also said growth was more robust last year than it had previously estimated.Whethe...

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Company headed by local native makes major acquisitions

WILKES-BARRE — Just weeks before his company made two major acquisitions, Michael Burke, president/CEO of AECOM Technology Corp. in Los Angeles, was back home in West Pittston eating ice cream with his kids at Blue Ribbon Dairy.Perhaps nothing more prepares you for battle in the global corporate world than a good dose of hometown.Burke, 51, is a 1981 graduate of Wyoming Area High School, and a 1985 University of Scranton, who went on to law school at Southwestern U...

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Israeli Scouts bring global lesson of peace to JCC campers

LEHMAN TWP. — A few hundred young campers heard a lesson of the war now being waged in the Middle East in a way they could handle, sprinkled throughout upbeat songs and stories during visit a from the Israeli Scouts.It was the 12th year the Tzofim Friendship Caravan, a group of the Israel Boy and Girl Scouts, visited day campers at the JCC Camp in Lehman Township.Before the performance, camp coordinators also honored Esther “Essy” Davidowitz, a long-tim...

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Woman allegedly uses her oxygen tank to ram in door, assaults neighbor

WILKES-BARRE — A woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly assaulted a neighbor, left, returned to the neighbor’s apartment and used her oxygen tank to ram in the neighbor’s door and window.Police say Yolanda Hurley, 35, of Sherman Hills, formerly of Philadelphia, got into an argument with her neighbor on North Empire Court at Sherman Hills late Wednesday afternoon because the neighbor accused Hurley’s son of stealing items out of their apartment Tues...

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4 area banks get bomb threats in connection to robbery attempts

Four banks in the region received bomb threats Wednesday in connection with attempted robberies.A Luzerne County 911 supervisor confirmed that reports of bomb threats “for the place(s) to be robbed” were received from two banks by 911 on Wednesday afternoon.Another 911 supervisor said the calls were received from the PNC Bank at 650 Main St. in Avoca at 12:33 p.m. and from the PNC Bank at 501 Wyoming Ave. in West Pittston at 2:08 p.m.That superviso...

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Jury foreman: Sex-case teacher ‘very stupid, but not guilty’

WILKES-BARRE — A jury on Wednesday found suspended Hanover Area teacher Edward Evans not guilty of having sex with a student, but the foreman said he would have added something else when reading the verdict.“I wanted to say, ‘We the jury find the defendant very stupid, but not guilty,’” Jeff Lotz told a reporter after the proceedings.Evans, 34, of Hanover Township, was accused of taking an 18-year-old male student to his home on the afternoo...

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Dottie Henry, philanthropist and friend to the community, passes

WILKES-BARRE — Dorothea “Dottie” Henry, described by her close friends as “a grand and gracious lady” who made the Wyoming Valley a better place, died Tuesday at age 82.Wife of Frank Henry, whose family owns Martz Trailways, she had been involved with many community groups. The couple’s philanthropy is known throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, with major donations having been made to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for ...

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PFA filed against Morelli

WILKES-BARRE — A former partner of Luzerne County Council Chairman Rick Morelli has obtained a protection from abuse order against him, alleging he stalked her numerous times and has refused to leave her alone.Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb signed the temporary order Wednesday sought by Deana Pickett, 37, and set a hearing date of 9 a.m. on Aug. 7.The order directed Morelli, 43, to stop the harassment and stalking and he is not allowed in Pickett’s residence ...

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FBI interview reports filed in slaying of corrections officer Eric Williams

SCRANTON — FBI reports of interviews with correctional officers working the night when their colleague, Eric Williams of Nanticoke, was fatally stabbed inside a federal prison in Wayne County say a large makeshift Plexiglas knife was found in the inmate’s cell.The reports, called 302 forms, were filed Wednesday by attorneys defending Jessie Con-Ui.Con-Ui, 37, was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2013 charging him with killing Williams, 34.T...

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Luzerne County native Gene Stilp seeks probe of Corbett consultant

HARRISBURG — Luzerne County native Gene Stilp, famous for exposing legislative pork with an inflatable pink pig and a pink bus, has taken a swipe at Gov. Tom Corbett. Stilp has asked the state Ethics Commission to investigate whether a Corbett consultant is earning his pay, according to published reports.A story at Philly.com, the website of the Philadelphia Inquirer, said Stilp filed a complaint Monday asking the commission to determine if Ron Tomalis, who served earlier as ...

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Sheltered’ Sugarloaf Township resident makes unhappy discovery about area

I must admit that, until I read that I live in the nation’s unhappiest region (“Study: We’re No. 1 … in gloom,” July 24), I had been living a sheltered life.I have been feeling happy and fortunate with my life and where I live. I clearly must have been “illusioned” and now am supposed to be disillusioned along with the rest of the region.No longer should I be appreciating the beautiful views, great food and friendly, helpful neig...

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Two car crashes result in heroin discovery

HAZLETON — Five people were arraigned Wednesday in separate drug cases, including the alleged discovery of a large amount of heroin in a car crash.A loaded handgun was seized in one of the crashes, city police said.Here is a narrative and the list of those arrested, according to the criminal complaints:• Police investigated a domestic dispute involving a handgun in the 200 block of West Eighth Street just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. While police responde...

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Victim’s executor to sue Luzerne County 911 over Conyngham Township fire death

The estate of a Conyngham Township woman who died in a May fire has filed notice of plans to sue Luzerne County 911.County 911 logs show emergency crews were incorrectly dispatched to Conyngham borough about 14 miles away from the fire scene, and it took five minutes for 911 to issue a dispatch to the correct location in the township, which is near Shickshinny.A 911 dispatcher was terminated over the May 15 incident, and another employee was suspended.The deat...

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Superior Court denies relief in Edwardsville homicide conviction

Convicted murderer Gregory Orlando Fann is staying in prison.Fann, 27, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, was convicted in a Luzerne County non-jury trial on Feb. 16, 2010, in the killing of Aaron Witko, 19, in a wooded area near the Susquehanna River in Edwardsville on May 29, 2008.State police at Wyoming said Fann intended to purchase an assault rifle from Witko when he pulled out a .44 Magnum handgun and fired four shots at Witko.Fann sought relief claiming ineffect...

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Contractor test applications due by end of next week

WILKES-BARRE — The City of Wilkes-Barre will administer a test for contractors’ licenses on Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. at the Department of Public Works Garage, 3 Conyngham Ave. (entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue).To take the test, applicant information and a $150 test fee must be submitted to the city Code Enforcement Office no later than Aug. 8. Applications can be picked up at the Code Enforcement Office in City Hall, 40 E. Market St., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday throu...

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Boback lists assistance times for vets in August

DALLAS — State Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, will host the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile Veterans Center at her Tunkhannock district office, located at 608 Hunter Highway, Suite 110, on Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Dallas Shopping Center on Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 570-344-2676 for an appointment.Some services provided for veterans and their dependents include individual, group, family and bereavement counseling, med...

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County defeats City in annual Dream Game

PECKVILLE – County line play on both sides of the ball dominated the 80th annual Dream Game.The County used a steady ground game, most of it between the tackles, to defeat the City 14-7 at Henzes Memorial Stadium in a game that was scoreless at halftime.Quinn Karam of Abington Heights and Jake Manetti of Old Forge ran for touchdowns and the County defense held the City to negative rushing yards in the all-star game for recent graduates from Lackawanna Football Conf...

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