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Christopher J. Belleman: Flood Protection Authority not a burden to Luzerne County budget

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Recently, the Luzerne County manager stated that he was considering termination of the existing inter-governmental partnership between the county and the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority.In a prior commentary in The Times Leader, I provided a summary of the history of the Wyoming Valley Flood Protection System and the reasoning behind the development of this cooperation agreement. The intent of today’s commentary is to highlight the cost reimbursement details that occur through this agreement.


Letter to the Editor: Unless changes made now, US headed toward ‘class warfare’

I read the letter to the editor by Stanley Halas (“Parties fail to serve people,” Aug. 21). He is absolutely correct on issues he raises; others should be so aware. What is happening in this country right now is obscene.Our children and grandchildren are going to grow up in a country unrecognizable to us. The masses better wake up and get an understanding of what is happening before it’s too late.

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Caught on Camera

Nick Wagner set out one evening earlier this month to put up his trail camera, but luckily, he also had his handheld camera. Wagner encountered this fisher and was able to snap a shot as the furbearer gave him a stare.Wagner saw the fisher in Huntington Township. No word yet on if it showed up on the trail camera later.Capture anything interesting on your hand-held or trail camera? A nice buck, bear, coyote or any other wildlife? We’d love to see it. Each week,...

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RailRiders drop a heartbreaker

Cam Perkins lined an RBI single off outfielder Taylor Dugas in the bottom of the 11th inning Saturday as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs swept a two-game series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Coca-Cola Park.Dugas came on to start the 11th inning after the RailRiders ran out of available pitchers, and recorded the inning’s first two outs - including inducing a flyout by former RailRider and Hazleton native Russ Canzler.But Tyler Henson rifled a triple to...

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Local bass tournament scene

Bass tournament results and standings. To submit results, email them to tvenesky@timesleader.comHarveys Lake Wednesday Night Bass TournamentAug. 20 results (2 boats, 39 anglers, 29 fish weighed in (25 largemouth, 4 smallmouth); Note - An extra week has been added to the tournament season, moving the championship back to Sept. 17 instead of Sept. 10):1. Dave Harrison - 3.45 lbs.2. Lewis Perante - 3.17 lbs.3. Chuck Peterman...

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Birders’ Corner

Highlights of recent sightings conducted throughout northeastern Pennsylvania by area birders. For a complete list along with area hot spots, visit the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society website at: www.grwyovalas.org.Aug. 20Honesdale (Wayne County)Common nighthawks (4)Aug. 23Plymouth Flats (Luzerne)Caspian terns (2)Great egrets (32)...

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Outdoor notes

The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will kick off thir 28th year of chapter meetings beginning Tuesday Sept. 9 with guest speaker Mike O’Brien. Mike is the co founder of the monthly Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide magazine and often contributes articles to the magazine; is also a guide, author and lecturer. He will present — Carp on the Susquehanna with a Fly.In October, Henry Ramsey, author, lecturer and noted fly tier wil...

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Lessons from extinction

Doug Gross’ words stuck with me.I had just finished interviewing Gross, who is the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s director of the Endangered and Nongame Birds Section, about the passenger pigeon and the significance of the 100th anniversary of the day it went extinct.Gross talked about how man was able to obliterate the most abundant bird on the North American continent in less than 40 years during the mid to late 1800’s. While wiping out a passenger pi...

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Former Hazleton native named to PGC post

Former Luzerne County deputy wildlife conservation officer Thomas P. Grohol has been named the new director for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Bureau of Wildlife Protection.Grohol replaces Rich Palmer, who left the bureau director position to become the Game Commission’s deputy executive director of field operations.Prior to serving as region director, Grohol worked within the Bureau of Wildlife Protection as its assistant director.

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Hunters set for start of dove, goose season

It’s the equivalent of the first day of trout season, somewhat.Just as anglers spend the long winter waiting for spring to arrive — something they usually mark by the first day of trout season, hunters spend the summer waiting for the fall seasons to approach, and it all kicks off this Monday with the opening of the dove and resident goose seasons.When it comes to the former, they may be a bit hard to find in the Northeast Region. Bill Williams, the Pennsylva...

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September call-ups on the horizon

The trade deadline passed last month and the waiver trade deadline will arrive today.With those deadlines over, any help the Yankees will receive will come from their minor leagues, mostly from players on the 40-man roster.The RailRiders team consists of nine players currently on New York’s 40-man roster, and it appears that most of them could help the Yankees and will likely get called up.Here’s a look at the RailRiders players who could be headed...

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No. 1: We are the Champions

Twenty-five years ago, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons stepped on the field for the first time. In honor of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise’s 25th year anniversary, The Times Leader counted down the Top 25 memorable moments in its history all season long. Without further adieu, here is the No. 1 moment as voted on by the staff of The Times LeaderLook at the talent on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees roster in 2008 and it’s easy to see why the club won...

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Local Roundup: Sanford rallies Hazleton Area

HAZLETON — Kara Sanford scored her second goal of the game 2:10 into overtime Saturday, lifting Hazleton Area to a 4-3 victory over Easton at Harman Geist Stadium.Sanford’s unassisted score gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, but Paige Fackler tied it for Easton, starting a back-and-forth affair where Hazleton Area edged out in front, only to see Easton come back.Selena Garzio’s unsassisted goal later in the first half put the Cou...

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Hockenbury races to Cliff Robbins record

DALLAS TWP. — Dominic Hockenbury was sure he was going to do really well on Saturday at Letterkenny Fields in the 40th annual Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial High School Invitational Cross Country Races Varsity Boys 5K Run.But when he scored a victory in 15 minutes and 51 seconds, shattering the course record — set two years ago by Holy Cross’ Rico Galassi — by 22 seconds, he surprised even himself.“I wanted to make a statement,” said Hocke...

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Letter to the Editor: Seven Tubs trail hikers say thanks to people who got them safely out of woods

On July 24, we stopped in Wilkes Barre overnight on our way to visit my brother. We read that the Seven Tubs Nature Area was beautiful, and the next morning we decided to take what we thought was a 2-mile hike.We must have taken the wrong trail. After more than two hours of hiking, my legs became harder to move. My wife called 911 for help, and they coordinated with a young man and woman to get my wife and me to the railroad tracks to be picked up by the EMT responders. We were dri...

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Letter to the Editor: Test smoke alarm monthly, advises Wilkes-Barre fire chief

Working smoke alarms cut your risk of dying in a fire by 50 percent.The concerning issue is 60 percent of home fire deaths have had no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Nationally their are 370,000 structure fires per year with 13,910 civilian injuries and 2,520 civilian deaths in 2011.On a regular basis, we respond to fires and find no smoking alarms or a smoke alarm with dead batteries. How does that happen when we know how important these devices are?...

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PFBC to salvage fish at Lake Jean

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is going to throw everything it can at Lake Jean.When the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced on Tuesday that it would drain the 245-acre lake at Ricketts Glen State Park in order to replace a dam control tower, it left the lake’s fishery in peril.In order to utilize as many of the fish as possible, the PFBC temporarily lifted all fishing regulations for Lake Jean.Later this month, th...

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Big plays lead Comets over Patriots

CLARKS SUMMIT — Abington Heights’ senior Jake Henzes opened the scoring with a 49-yard punt return touchdown and added the final blow with a 49-yard touchdown catch with under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to key Abington Heights’ 31-14 win over Pittston Area Saturday afternoon at Comets Stadium in a non-league game.“There was great blocking by our team,” Henzes said of the punt return. “We really needed some momentum because we we...

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