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Penguins welcome a new rival to kick off 2014-15 season

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On Oct. 1, 1999, the Philadelphia Phantoms hosted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the first game in the new franchise’s history.Fifteen years later, the Penguins are repaying the favor.After the Phantoms bounced from Philadelphia to Glens Falls before finding a home in Allentown for the upcoming season, the Penguins will host their East Division rivals for their first game as Lehigh Valley. That will take place on Oct. 11 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, per the 2014-2015 regular season schedule that was released by the AHL on Wednesday.

 

LCTA attorney negotiating repayment over ‘ghost riders’

KINGSTON — The Luzerne County Transportation Authority’s solicitor said he still is negotiating with the state Department of Transportation over the $3.16 million in state funding PennDOT wants back due to claims of “ghost riders” on LCTA buses.But attorney Joseph Blazosek said on Wednesday he doesn’t see any new developments in the authority’s appeal to come before October.PennDOT wants the money back due to claims the authority had b...

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Exeter’s legal costs poised to top $100k in Leonard Galli’s termination

As a taxpayer, Leonard Galli is livid about what Exeter Borough is spending to keep him off the police force.Borough council suspended Galli from his post as a police sergeant in February following allegations that he misused a workplace computer. After a court battle, Galli was terminated in July.Exeter’s legal bills, meanwhile, have mounted rapidly, nearing $100,000 in a matter of months.“I’m well aware of it,” Galli said Wednesday....

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PSU captain Olaniyan embracing new role

Bob Shoop’s phone buzzed a bit more than usual on Monday morning. One of the leaders of his defense, it seems, was a little wound up.Defensive end C.J. Olaniyan had gotten wind of an interview that an Orlando radio station did over the weekend with (in)famous ESPN pundit Lee Corso.“I’ll tell you what — UCF should wax ‘em good,” Corso said on WHOO-AM while discussing Saturday’s Croke Park Classic between Penn State and Central Flo...

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Hanover woman sues township over crash injuries

WILKES-BARRE — A Hanover Township woman has filed a negligence suit against the township, seeking damages in excess of $50,000 for injuries she says resulted from a crash on an icy road that was not properly maintained.According to paperwork filed last week in Luzerne County Court, Marissa Noto, 29, was driving on Firwood Drive around 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 10 when her 2012 Acura TSX slid down the hill.Her car struck a curb at the end of the street, the suit says, R...

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Wyoming Seminary Upper School students were recently honored for their achievements in Spanish, based on their scores in the 2014 National Spanish Examination. Students take an on-line test and compete in 14 categories for certificates and gold, silver and bronze awards. Some of the students, from left, first row: Kelsey Kayton, Kingston; Ludmila Babicova, Zvolen, Slovakia; Ruzheng Li, Guangzhou, China, P.R.C.; Moriah Adeghe, Bloomsburg; Nicole Wert, Mountain Top; Nesli Akinci, Mountain Top; ...

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Redeemer students participate in Chorus Fest

Holy Redeemer High School students Rachel Jones, Guilianna Alberti and Casey Cryan recently participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s (PMEA) Chorus Fest at Mid Valley Secondary Center. All were members of the Middle School Chorus, which performed five selections conducted by Keith LaBar. Music Fest is held to enhance the musical experience of children in PMEA District 9, placing an emphasis on music education and performance. Ann Manganiello, chorus director at Holy...

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Slovak Ladies Association presents scholarships

The Magdalen I. Iskra District of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association recently held a luncheon at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre, to honor the district’s eight national and three district scholarship recipients. This year, two additional scholarships, the Magdalen I. Iskra Scholarship and the Frank and Joann Biros Memorial Scholarship, were awarded. The highlight of the affair was the presentation of the district scholarships, including the special awards...

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St. Peter’s Church awards Dohrer scholarships

St. Peter’s Church, Tunkhannock, recently awarded Dohrer Scholarships to 13 students to further their higher education studies. The students each received awards of more than $900 to use for tuition, books or other education expenses. Joseph Dohrer provided a bequest to St. Peter’s to further education and other needs. A selection committee accepts applications annually from those eligible in the parish. Scholarship recipients are: Allison Wilson and Douglas Wilson, both at Fresno...

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Penn State Wilkes-Barre hosts golf tournament

The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Alumni Constituent Society recently hosted its 19th annual ‘Masters’ Golf Tournament at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top. The tournament raised more than $7,000, which will be used to support a variety of programs for students. One hundred and twenty golfers participated in the tournament. The championship flight of Terry Minnich, Fred Lesher, Greg Sander and Kim Koch won the captain and crew style tournament with a score of 58 and each received...

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Catholic Choral Society opens season

The Catholic Choral Society will begin its 66th year on Tuesday, Sept. 2, with rehearsals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at the IHM Center at Marywood University. The group, composed of members from both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, performs sacred, classical and secular music at performances in both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. New members are welcome and no auditions are required. The group’s first concert is the annual November Generations Concert when the Catholic Choral Soci...

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Nanticoke elementary students receive awards

The President’s Education Awards were recently presented to fifth-grade students in the Greater Nanticoke Area Elementary School. To qualify for the award, students had to maintain a 90 or higher average in fourth grade and the first semester of fifth grade and score proficient or advanced in reading and math on the Grade 4 PSSA tests. Students received a certificate and a pin. Award-winning students, from left, first row, are Jenna Baron, Taylor Bartle, Joseph Bielecki, Tristan Bigelow...

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PITTSTON CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLClass of 1955 will meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Valenti’s Restaurant, 1180 Wyoming Avenue. All classmates are invited. Plans for the 60th anniversary reunion will be discussed. For more information call Ky Lazzari at 570-825-2648.

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Samantha M. Baron

Samantha Marie Baron, daughter of Gregory and Sandi Baron, Brookhaven, is celebrating her sixth birthday today, Aug. 28. Samantha is a granddaughter of Carol Baron and the late Ronald Baron, Alden, Newport Township, and William and Terri Sarosy, Millsboro, Delaware. She is a great-granddaughter of Tozia Baron, Nanticoke; the late Theodore Baron; Mae Gajda Lafferty and Edward Gajda. Samantha has a brother, Zachary, 4.

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LCCC Choral Arts Club hosts talent show

The Luzerne County Community College Choral Arts Club recently held a talent show at the college’s Educational Conference Center. Participants, from left, first row: Katie Danko, Falls; Jeff Jaikes, Hanover Township; Amber Dadurka, Forty Fort; and Corey Callacki, Swoyersville. Second row: Asiedu Dompereh, Drums, second place; Elvis Herrera, Wilkes-Barre, third place; Laura St. Preux, Wilkes-Barre; Sheila St. Preux, Wilkes-Barre; Mabellyne Vasconez, Scranton, first place; Brittany Mudloc...

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Claire Sheen, a student at MMI Preparatory School, has been named a High Scorer by the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Sheen, the daughter of Kwangsup and Chaeyun Sheen, Mountain Top, took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and met requirements to enter the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. She is a rising senior at MMI and will receive recognition in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program this fall.

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Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School announces graduates

LUZERNE/WYOMING COUNTIES: Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School recently announced the local graduates of the Class of 2014.

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Local students named to Lackawanna College Dean’s List

SCRANTON: Lackawanna College recognized more than 260 students named to its Dean’s List for academic excellence during the spring 2014 semester. A student qualifies for the Dean’s List by achieving a grade point average of 3.2 with a minimum of nine credit hours.

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