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Lehman Township praised for aiding Food Pantry Garden

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Bob McGuire, a representative of the Food Pantry Garden, thanked township supervisors on Oct. 20 for their part in helping to secure a $4,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council for the garden, which is located on township property.The township contributed its share of the “in-kind” grant with equipment and labor to help construct and maintain the garden, which helps to feed the clients of the Back Mountain and Noxen Food pantries.McGuire said the garden produced 571 pounds of fresh produce this year, of which 364 pounds were donated to the Back Mountain Food Pantry and 207 to the Noxen Food Pantry.


Luzerne man beaten, possibly with brass knuckles, robbed in his home

LUZERNE — Police are investigating the home invasion, assault and robbery of a borough resident on Tuesday.Police said a Willard Street resident heard a knock on his front door at about 9:45 p.m. and, when he answered, an unknown male, about 6 feet tall and wearing a white hoodie said, “I’m from Hazleton, I’m looking for Pringle Street.”The victim opened his front door and the male forced his way into the home, hitting the victim in the left...

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Wilkes-Barre police seek suspects in fraud case

WILKES-BARRE — City police are seeking assistance in identifying two people suspected in access device fraud at an automated-teller machine.Police did not release further details.The photos appear to be outside a Turkey Hill store.Anyone with information about their identities is asked to contact Wilkes-Barre police Officer Dan Duffy at 570-208-4118.

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It's Penn State's biggest home game of the season. The first ranked opponent of the year. And it's under the lights at Beaver Stadium in prime time on Saturday. It's also the toughest game so far for the Nittany Lions, who host Ohio State at 8 p.m. The Lions had called a players-only meeting during the bye week and are hoping to rebound f...

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NITTANY NOTES: Around the Big Ten, Week 9

Statistically speaking, the top four rushers in the entire country play in the Big Ten.Indiana’s Tevin Coleman (1,192 yards), Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon (1,046), Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah (1,024) and Minnesota’s David Cobb (1,013) currently sit 1-through-4 in the FBS rankings.(Penn State has just 559 yards rushing for the entire team so far — ouch — but that’s not the point of our preamble this week).As marvelous as the...

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Ottawa shooting suspect’s mother says she cries for victims, not son

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa’s war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.In a brief and tear-filled telephone interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Susan Bibeau said she did not know what to say to those hurt in the attack.“Can you ever explain something like this?” she said. “We are sorry.”...

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Colorado girls’ journey renews fear of ISIS recruitment

DENVER (AP) — The case of three teenage girls who possibly tried to join Islamic State militants poses vexing questions for U.S. officials about terror groups’ use of social media to recruit people inside the United States.A Colorado school official said the Denver-area girls — two sisters ages 17 and 15, and a 16-year-old friend — were victims of an online predator who encouraged them to travel overseas and eventually to Syria.

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What fills your dashes between life and death?

Last week, an old friend passed away. We hadn’t been in touch for several years, but when I heard of her death, it was like a baseball bat to the kneecaps. I literally doubled over.It scares me to realize I recognize more names in the obituaries than I do in the sports section these days. I’m at that point in life where I’m reluctantly admitting we don’t go on forever; there really is an expiration date stamped on all of our lids.

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Rain, clouds to give way for sunshine this weekend

It looks like rain will wrap up the week, but sunshine should return to the Wyoming Valley this weekend.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 47 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Cloudy skies and a steady rain greeted morning commuters.Showers will continue to be likely before 9 a.m., followed by cloudy skies for the rest of the day. Today’s high will be in the lower 50s.There will be a 30 percent ch...

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Average gas prices for October 23

The area’s average gas price held steady overnight, but the state and national average dropped slightly.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average is at $3.21 today, unchanged overnight and down 5 cents in the last week. Diesel is at $3.76 today, unchanged overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average is at $3.22 today, down a penny overnight and ...

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Traffic report for October 23

Despite wet roads from this morning’s rain, it looks like the morning commute should be a smooth ride.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Traffic is also clear on Routes 315 and 115 this morning, as well as the North Cross Valley Expressway.Some traffic is reported on Route 309 this morning, as well as on Kidder Street and Wilkes-Barre Boulevard. Downtown, some minor traffic is reported on River and Academy Streets....

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Dallas Township scores DCNR park grant

DALLAS TWP. — The township supervisors announced Tuesday the township was awarded a $24,500 Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant, part of the master plan to improve the township’s parks.“This is wonderful,” said supervisor Liz Martin. “We would love to do some type of wildlife trail in Kunkle.”In other grant-related business, the board passed a resolution to acknowledge Kingston Township as the recipient of a $350,000...

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Junior Honor Society officers installed

Newly elected officers of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) were recently installed following the weekly Mass attended by the students at St. Jude School. The NJHS recognizes and encourages academic achievement while developing the characteristics of scholarship, service, citizenship, character and leadership. Members of the society conduct service projects to benefit the school and the local community and hold fund raisers to benefit the St. Jude School Scholarship Fund and other char...

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Marymount Class of 1960 holds summer picnic

The Marymount High School Class of 1960 recently held a late summer get-together at the Catholic War Veterans grove in Ashley. Several out-of-town classmates attended, coming from New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The class also plans to get together for a Christmas dinner on Dec. 6 at the Wyoming Valley Country Club. All classmates are invited to attend. At the event, from left, first row, are Joe Boris, Michalene Peck Cannon, Marianne Wilpiszewski Strong, Alice Iwanowski Kwiatkowski, Annam...

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Names and Faces

Madison Nardone and Adam Rinehouse, both of Shavertown and seniors at Wyoming Seminary, have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship competition. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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Mussari guest speaker at Wilkes forum

Anthony Mussari, retired King’s College communications professor, recently discussed honor and valor at the Drs. Robert S. and Judith A. Gardner Educational Forum Series at Wilkes University. Mussari and his wife, Kitch Loftus-Mussari, screened a documentary they directed and produced titled ‘Four Days of Honor and Valor in Gettysburg.’ At the lecture, from left, first row: Elizabeth Spencer, Wilkes adjunct instructor of education and coordinator of field placement; Tracy Ka...

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LCCC welding students complete training

Students in the first class of Luzerne County Community College’s new introductory welding course recently completed their training. The new welding program prepares students for entry-level employment by combining theory and applied shop practice to develop safety practices and welding skills in processes such as shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, and gas tungsten arc welding. The program complies with national standards established by the American Welding Society. The ...

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Solomon/Plains students hosting ethnic dinner

The Solomon/Plains Junior High School Multi Cultural Club, under the direction of Renee Pizzella, is hosting its annual Multi Cultural Club ethnic dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, in the school cafeteria. More than 200 people will participate in tasting ethnic food dishes prepared by student members. An ethnic cookbook will also be prepared for participants. Officers for 2014-2015 school year, from left: Renee Pizzella, adviser; Zach Jarnot; Noah Stankinas; Olivia Pizzella; and J.R. Han...

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