Remember When: Department stores were the cool kids in Center City

The Wilkes-Barre Boscov’s store is about to get a $1 million upgrade, and that’s great news for anyone who enjoys downtown shopping.Hopefully, owner Al Boscov will be able to restore some of the old pizzazz to the experience of coming into Center City for a day to work, shop, take a detour to a lunch counter and visit with friends.It wasn’t so long ago, by historical standards, that Wilkes-Barre’s center was – if not the only game in town &#...

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Traffic restricted to a single lane on I-81 south due to crash

SCRANTON — A multi-vehicle crash has restricted traffic to a single lane on Interstate 81 southbound lanes this morning.The single-lane closure is between Exit 184 (Moosic Street) and Exit 182 (Davis Street/Montage Mountain Road). The Times Leader’s traffic page indicates that there is heavy traffic in the area.Motorists should use caution when traveling in the area.

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Rain, snow and warmth expected this week

Warmer temperatures are expected this week, but that will not rule out the possibility of mixed precipitation heading into the midweek.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 37 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, with mostly cloudy skies kicking off the day.Cloudy skies will stick around for today, with a slight chance of showers. Today’s high will be near 50 degrees.Mostly cloudy skies will stick aroun...

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McGlynn Center to honor founder Sister Miriam Stadulis, volunteer Elizabeth Griesmer

WILKES-BARRE — To celebrate her 60th anniversary of becoming a Sister of Mercy, Sister Miriam Stadulis went skydiving.“It was wonderful,” she said, remembering how she jumped in tandem with an instructor last August at the Hazleton Municipal Airport. “At 10,000 feet you just fall out of the plane and you free-fall until the parachute opens and then you rock back and forth and it’s beautiful.”“That’s what I keep telling ever...

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Traffic report for March 30

The start of a new week should be kicked off with an easy morning commute this morning.There is a section of heavy traffic congestion reported on the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near Scranton. Sections of minor traffic are also reported in north and southbound lanes of Interstate 380, but Interstate 476 is free of traffic this morning.Route 315 is free of traffic congestion, but some heavy congestion is reported on Route 115 in the area of East Mountain Boulevard. ...

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More Luzerne County communities look at forming inter-municipal councils, also called COGs

NANTICOKE — City Manager Andy Gegaris looks forward to the establishment of a Lower South Valley Council of Governments as a means of maximizing resources, increasing efficiency and enhancing communication among participating municipalities.Gegaris said the proposed council would include Nanticoke, Newport Township, Hanover Township, Plymouth Township, Sugar Notch, Ashley and possibly Warrior Run.“Although originally I thought establishing the council by autu...

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Mining for tourists? A dubious economic savior in Appalachia

SECO, Ky. — Mines built this company town. Jack and Sandra Looney hope vines — the wine grapes growing on a former strip mine in the hills above — will help to draw visitors here.Their Highland Winery — housed in the lovingly restored “company store” — pays tribute to coal-mining’s history here, as do their signature wines: Blood, Sweat and Tears.“The Coal Miner’s Blood sells more than any of them,” Jack L...

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Cor Catena and Mark Schor: Doctors deserve thanks for what they do at work and in communities

The field of health care is constantly undergoing change, brought on by scientific breakthroughs, technological advancements, government regulation and reform.Many of the roles within the profession have changed as well.But there is one constant: Physicians still shoulder the ultimate responsibility for a patient’s care whether it be in the emergency room, on the operating table or in a clinic.That’s a heavy responsibility to shoulder. There is no ...

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Quality of life’ ordinance makes Scranton appear money-hungry and hypocritical

This is about Scranton’s “quality of life” ordinance. The city should practice what it preaches.Doesn’t the city own property? Doesn’t it own the roads? When was the last time a code officer issued the city a citation for violations? The roads are a blight, filled with potholes. Sidewalks adjacent to city buildings are a mess.Who are they kidding? Like many municipal governments, in financial distress and hungry for money, they want exclusiv...

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April’s focus is on Autism awareness

WILKES-BARRE — An increasing number of families face the challenges of raising children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a general term for a group of complex brain development disorders. According to the National Autism Association’s website, ASD now affects 1 in 68 children and that number is growing.April is Autism Awareness Month, and several local organizations are sponsoring events geared at raising both money and awareness of a condition that sometimes seems ...

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