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PennDOT rolls out program to help teen drivers

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PennDOT and the private sector have teamed up to publish resources to help keep teen drivers safe.The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program, developed by the Safe Roads Alliance and sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Sheetz, provides parents with a printed handbook designed as a simple, easy-to-follow guide to help their teens become safe and responsible drivers.The alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving highway safety by improving driver education with particular emphasis on behind-the-wheel training.The program also provides a mobile app to help parents track their teens’ practice drive times and training progress.


Blood found not Frein’s; school boosts security after ‘sighting’

BLOOMING GROVE — The Pennsylvania State Police Monday said blood droplets found at a home were confirmed to be human blood, but DNA testing proved it was not the blood of accused killer Eric Matthew Frein.The testing was done as state police continue to investigate the shooting incident at the Blooming Grove station where two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were ambushed by Frein.On Oct. 16, state police said two separate homeowners at two locations in the Cresc...

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Penn Staters in the NFL: Robinson gets first touchdown

For a second week in a row, a former Penn Stater scored his first NFL touchdown.Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson pulled in his first touchdown pass Sunday on a nifty catch-and-run for a 31-yard score against the Cleveland Brown.Robinson was targeted by quarterback Blake Bortles seven times in the game. He finished with four catches for 60 yards and the one score in the Jaguars’ 24-6 victory.The former Penn State star is ...

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Lorenzo Burgos pleads guilty in road rage slaying

WILKES-BARRE — A Plymouth man today pleaded guilty to a third-degree murder charge stemming from a road rage incident last August.Lorenzo Burgos Jr., 23, was immediately sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison after he also pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment before Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley.State police charged Burgos with intentionally striking Fred John Kleman Jr., who had yelled at him to slow down when he was driving on Notting...

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Hemingway lives on through local scholars

“Hemingway is deceptively simple yet endlessly complex and continues to be groundbreaking,” Russ Pottle, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Misericordia, said.Pottle, Matthew Nickel, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and Brian Carso, J.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of history and government, are members of the Misericordia University academic community and were among 280 attendees at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Ernest Hemingway Society held ...

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Rain predicted to start tonight

It looks like the rain will hold off until tonight before soaking the Wyoming Valley.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 34 degrees as of 7:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Mostly cloudy skies kicked off the day, but there are clearings for the sunshine to peak through. Some fog also greeted morning commuters in certain areas.Mostly cloudy skies will be the trend today, with a high in the mid to upper 50s.Cloudy skies ...

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Area’s gas price down 7 cents in the last week

Average gas prices continue to drop across the board, with the local average down 7 cents in the last week.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 $3.22 today, down 2 cents over the weekend and down 7 cents in the last week. Diesel at $3.77 today, down 3 cents over the weekend.• Pennsylvania gas average is at $3.24 today, down 3 cents ...

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Traffic report for October 20

It looks like the new week will kick off with an ideal morning commute to work and school.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Some traffic is reported on Route 315 near the I-81 interchange in Pittston. Closer to Wilkes-Barre, some traffic on Route 115 is reported near the Woodlands Hotel. Traffic is also reported on Route 115 past the I-81 interchange.The North Cross Valley Expressway is free of traffic this morning, but there i...

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Carmelite Sisters raise miniature horses near Hazleton

Sir Galahad snorted, apparently annoyed at one of the other stallions.Daisy nuzzled her little daughter, a foal called Element of Surprise.And a dozen other mares rushed toward a fence, eager for the treats Sister Marie Cecile held in her hand.Similar equine dramas happen a lot at Holy Annunciation Monastery in Sugarloaf Township, where the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Byzantine Catholic Church tend a herd of 40 miniature horses.“We’r...

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State agent presents lecture

Senior Supervisory Special Agent Janene M. Holter of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office recently presented a lecture on cyber bullying and internet safety to a group of nearly 100 community professionals at the Thomas P. Saxton Pavilion, Edwardsville. The lecture was part of The Professional Education Series sponsored by First Hospital, Kingston, an affiliate of Commonwealth Health. Principals at the lecture, from left: Mark Schor, chief executive officer, First Hospital; Holter...

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A. Pickett Construction supports St. Jude Children’s Hospital

A. Pickett Construction Inc., Kingston, recently held its 20th annual golf tournament fundraiser at Fox Hill Country Club. A. Pickett Construction, its sub-contractors and clients, raised $9,025 for Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The company is in the planning stages for next year’s golf tournament to be held June 12, 2015, at Fox Hill Country Club. If interested in participating or making a donation, call 570-283-2057. At the check presentation at the Westmoreland Club,...

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Tristan O. Brezinski

Tristan Olivia Brezinski, daughter of Joel and Alyse Brezinski, Trucksville, celebrated her fifth birthday Oct. 19. Tristan is a granddaughter of Georgine and Al Brezinski and Phil and Bonny Miller, all of Dallas.

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Liam G. Upton

Liam Gerard Upton, son of Daniel and Meghan Upton, Kingston, is celebrating his fourth birthday today, Oct. 20. Liam is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Horn, Kingston, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Upton, Bloomsburg. He is a great-grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John D. McCarthy, Kingston; Anne Marie Horn, Wilkes Barre; the late George Horn; Marjorie Barba, Doylestown; the late Charles Barba; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Upton. Liam has a brother, Cormick, 4 months.

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Plymouth Knights holding food drive

Plymouth Council 984, Knights of Columbus, will be collecting groceries in parts of Edwardsville, Larksville and the Lyndwood, Breslau, and Iona Place sections of Hanover Township for the upcoming holidays. Items will be donated to the Christian Service Center food pantry at All Saints Parish in Plymouth. Notices were placed on doors on Saturday, Oct. 18. Non-perishable, bagged food donations will be collected from front porches before 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Planning for the drive, fro...

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The following volunteer opportunities are for individuals 18 years and older. To volunteer, use the contact information included in the details for each opportunity. To have your organization listed, visit the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Volunteer page at www.unitedwaywb.org. American Red Cross, Wyoming Valley ChapterReception Team Members: greet visitors and answer telephonesHours: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursd...

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Piano students receive awards

The National Guild of Piano Teachers recently held its annual piano auditions in Wilkes-Barre. Students are judged performing memorized piano programs and receive medals, certificates and report cards for their performances. Teachers whose students participated are Andrea Bogusko, Dan DeMelfi, Judith Katra, Ann Manganiello, Michele Millington, Maureen Salley, Diane Shuleski and Adria Shumosic. Local students who received awards, from left, first row: Ciana Felis Cruz and Owen Kline. Second ro...

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In Brief

HANOVER TWP.: The Hanover Recreation Club, 413 Front St., is conducting a lottery-ticket sale for the month of November. Tickets can be obtained from club members or at the Fieldhouse. The club meets the first Monday of each month.KINGSTON: The Kingston Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the library of Good Shepherd Academy, 316 N. Maple Avenue. The meeting will be followed by a tour of the Father Jozef Murgas exhibit....

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Names in the Military

Seaman Kenneth D. McDaniels graduated from naval basic training on Oct. 3 at Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois. McDaniels is a 2011 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and attended Luzerne County Community College. His training consisted of basic military values and physical and academic skills. He qualified as a sharpshooter in weapons and earned a sharpshooter ribbon. McDaniels will continue his schooling as an operations specialist at Great Lakes Naval Station. H...

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