Rogers edges Monk in battle of big men

WILKES-BARRE — Mike Rogers and Ryan Monk have wrestled each other before, heck, they’ve even practiced together on numerous occasions in Wyoming Seminary’s wrestling room.But when the two locked up in the 285-pound finals of the iWrestle.com X-Calibur Tournament on Saturday afternoon, it was completely different.Wyoming Seminary’s Rogers and Dallas’ Monk went toe-to-toe for six minutes with Rogers hanging on for a 3-2 victory.R...

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Free movie offers plenty of family fun

WILKES-BARRE — The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts came alive on Saturday with the sights and sounds of a free holiday showing of “Frozen.”The sixth annual event, sponsored by the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger, & Quinn, was open to all area families with children 12 and younger. Attendees had the opportunity for a photo with movie characters Elsa, Anna and Olaf. Many youngsters said the photos were their favorite part of the day.For young hocke...

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Police: 2 NYC cops ambushed, killed in Brooklyn

NEW YORK — An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, shooting both of them fatally before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.The shooting took place in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull hospital, where one was pronounced dead, police said. The second officer was later pronounced dead at the hospital...

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Wyoming Free Library hosts holiday gift sale

WYOMING — Trinkets, books and Christmas items filled the tables at the Wyoming Free Library for their first annual holiday gift sale, which ended Saturday.Everything from ornaments, jewelry, children books and handmade crafts were donated to the sale, which began last weekend. The proceeds from the sale will go to the library’s general fund.Library clerk Lindsay Rysz said Director John Roberts came up with the idea, and that patrons and the community have don...

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iWrestle.com X-calibur Results Day 2

iWrestle.com Xcalibur TournamentTeam Key: Benton (Ben); Bound Brook (BB); Dallas (Dal) DeMatha Catholic (DC); Deposit Hancock (Dep); Nanticoke (Nan); Hayfield (Hay); The Hill School (HS); Lake-Lehman (LL); Line Mountain (LM); The Phelps School (PS); Pittston Area (PA); Scranton (Scr); Shenendehowa (Shen); Springfield Central (Spring); St. Anthony’s (SA); St. Francis (SF); St. Vincent Pallotti (SV); Unatego (Una); Wyoming Seminary (WS); Wyomin...

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Minor league park revives blighted area in Lancaster

In Lancaster, construction of the home of the minor league Lancaster Barnstormers baseball team revived a blighted area and continued an uptrend for the city’s downtown.As in Allentown, the first thought had been to build the stadium in suburban “easy in, easy out type spots,” said Thomas Baldridge, president of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry.But, he said, when an abandoned railyard eight blocks from the city center was identified, “...

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Report: Obesity, diabetes are growing health problems

Pennsylvania nudged up one place, to 28th in the nation, in United Health Foundation’s annual “America’s Health Rankings” report this year. The big problems both statewide and locally have become obesity and diabetes.And, one local doctor notes, people seem downright defensive when told they’ve packed on unhealthy pounds.

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Allentown’s downtown arena spurs growth

WILKES-BARRE – The area around the Mohegan Sun Arena has prospered since the venue opened 15 years ago, as retail stores, restaurants and hotels have popped up like daisies in spring.But the city’s downtown continues to struggle, with redevelopment spotty and business growth inconsistent.An hour to the south, central Allentown is in the midst of a major revival, sparked by a comprehensive development plan built around the just-opened PPL Center, a multi-purpo...

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Donegal Society supports charities

The Donegal Society presented several donations to local charities at its December meeting. Donations were given to organizations involved with area children. The society, which was formed 41 years ago, meets monthly at St. Benedict’s Church, Parsons. The purpose of the club is to foster Irish heritage. To inquire about membership, call Barbara LaNunziata, membership chairperson, at 570-655-8602. At the presentation, from left, first row, are Betty Flaherty, Molly Kerrigan, Sue Cosgrove...

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Ruby Rose Divas celebrate anniversary

The Ruby Rose Divas celebrated their 10th anniversary as a chapter of the Red Hat Society at a luncheon held on Nov. 8 at the Irem Country Club. Many chapters attended the event to join in the fun, games and entertainment. At the event, from left, first row: Rosina Russ; Sharon Schultz; and Romaine Stout, queen. Second row: Kathy Roos, vice queen; Cindy Mitchell; Kay Sunday; Barbara Sabol; Dianne Stilp; and Barbara Vanesko.

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