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February 19. 2013 5:00PM
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NANTICOKE
Burglaries investigated

Police said they are investigating five home burglaries since Friday.


The location of the burglaries were reported in the 200 block of East Union Street, the 1000 and 1100 block of South Prospect Street, the 1200 block of South Market Street and the 200 block of West South Street.


Items stolen include televisions, jewelry, money, tools, copper tubes and vacuums.


Police said the burglaries occurred during daylight hours and night.


Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call Nanticoke police at 735-2200 and to call 911 to report suspicious activity.


WILKES-BARRE
Talk about your shopping

Times Leader staff writer Andrew M. Seder heads out annually for the Black Friday madness and would like to hear from other avid Black Friday shoppers. Tell him why you do it, where you go and what strategies, if any, you employ.


Send the information to aseder@timesleader.com by Friday, Nov. 16. Please include your name, phone number and where you live.


WILKES-BARRE TWP.
Penguins set food drive

The Mohegan Sun Arena/SMG Management staff and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will host a food drive on Friday and Saturday to benefit the Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey. All items will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.


The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is seeking donations of the following items only: meals in a can, canned tuna, peanut butter, protein bars, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned soup, shelf-stable milk, cereal, diapers and baby food in plastic containers only.


On Friday, fans attending the Penguins game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers will be able to drop off items from the list above as they enter the venue for the game.


Mohegan Sun Arena will be accepting donated items from the general public from the above list of items on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Gate entrance.


WEST HAZLETON
Mobile vets center to visit

The Department of Veterans Affairs' Mobile Veterans Center, which provides services to veterans and their families, will visit the Laurel Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 20, state Rep. Tarah Toohil said.


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs sponsors the program to reach veterans in underserved areas.


Trained personnel will be on hand to provide a variety of services including individual, marital, family and bereavement counseling; medical referrals; assistance in applying for VA benefits; employment guidance and referrals; alcohol and drug assessments; and information and referrals to community resources.


HARRISBURG
Area rail systems get aid

Rail systems in Luzerne and Wyoming counties are among 24 freight-rail projects across Pennsylvania that will improve businesses' rail access, upgrade rail infrastructure and provide much-needed repairs with the aid of a nearly $18.6 million state investment.


The Redevelopment Authority of Luzerne County will receive $168,385 to rehabilitate seven railroad bridges in Avoca, Kingston and Wilkes-Barre. Lehigh Railway LLC, operating in Bradford and Wyoming counties, will receive $700,000 to rehabilitate five bridges and replace worn rail and deteriorated ties.


Pennsylvania has the highest number of short-rail lines in the country, which helps keep goods moving and our economy going, Governor Tom Corbett said. When we invest in these rail projects, we help ensure a solid infrastructure is in place to support the jobs relying on these services.





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