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UPDATE: Police ID drivers in Route 309 crash that sends them to hospital

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KINGSTON TWP. — A two-vehicle crash sent a motorcyclist to a hospital after his bike collided with a sport utility vehicle on Memorial Highway (state Route 309) in the Trucksville section of Kingston Township Monday afternoon.Police early Tuesday morning identified the driver of the motorcycle as Anthony Hyznski, who was still in surgery at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township shortly after midnight.Police at the scene said Hyzinski was taken to a hospital with “very serious injuries.”The driver of the SUV, Austin Ricardi, also was taken to a hospital to be checked out, police said.


Friend carries on Larksville benefit after passing of organizer

If a person or an event needed a hand, Sandie Reese was there to lend it.When the Larksville Volunteer Fire Co. canceled its bazaar last year, she started the Larksville Fall Festival to raise money for the fire company.After Reese’s death from a heart attack on Feb. 16, Swoyersville Councilman Chris Concert, a good friend who volunteered with her, vowed to continue the festival in her honor.Sandie’s Fall Festival, billed as a bigger and better eve...

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Through war, flame and flood, Misericordia reaches 90

DALLAS TWP. — Sister Jean Messaros laughs when you ask how long she’s worked at Misericordia University.“Longer than God,” she quips — which, while funny coming from a member of the school’s founding religious Sisters of Mercy, is presumably false. The school is geared up to celebrate its 90th anniversary, and although Sister Jean demurs when asked her age, she clearly wasn’t here in 1924.

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Dallas opens high school football season with victory

DALLAS TWP. — That darn whistle. Every time it blew during a scrimmage to protect the quarterback from harm, that was it. Dallas’ Matt Harrison had no opportunity to improvise.He made up for it on Saturday afternoon.Harrison scrambled for 146 yards and passed for 244 more as Dallas knocked off Scranton 32-24 in a non-conference game at Misericordia University.“Matt felt like he was a little stifled in the scrimmages,” said elated Dallas...

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The board of supervisors voted to hire a part-time secretary for the police department at its Aug. 18 meeting.The supervisors voted 2-1 to hire Susan Maloney at a wage of $12 an hour. Supervisors Liz Martin and Bill Grant voted for the hiring, while Frank Wagner voted no.Police Chief Robert Jolley said Maloney is a township resident, has experience as a paralegal and has also worked for county government in New York.Jolley said the new position was created to ...

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Council President Michell’e Boice announced that the recent Harveys Lake Homecoming event was the most successful one yet.“The dance saw the highest attendance ever, and there were 35 vendors participating — the most ever,” Boice said.Boice asked that all residents who see Harveys Lake Recreational Committee Chairperson Mike Rush to personally thank him for putting so much effort into the three-day event.Boice further added that Rush po...

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PENXAHARVEYS LAKE — Joseph Penxa, 97, of Harveys Lake, passed away Aug. 19, 2014, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helene Penxa, in 2013. Funeral was held Aug. 23 in Alderson United Methodist Church, Harveys Lake. Arrangements are by the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas.SCRANTATUNKHANNOCK — Evelyn A. Scranta, of Tunkhannock, died Aug. 21, 2014...

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More than messages and songs on Sunday morning

The Orange United Methodist Church does much more than provide its congregants opportunities to hear inspiring messages and sing uplifting Christian songs on Sunday mornings.The little church nestled in the Back Mountain is attempting to reach the world, participating in the “Stop Hunger Now” effort, as a part of an international relief agency fulfilling a commitment to end hunger over the next 15 years.

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Dallas student Bradly Adams attends State Police Commissioner’s Honor Camp

Bradley Adams, of Dallas, has two major goals in mind for his future: become a Navy SEAL and teach history. This summer provided the 14-year-old with two opportunities to prepare for the former.The Dallas Senior High School incoming freshman was one of 46 students in the state selected to attend the Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner’s Honor Camp Aug. 3-9. Upon returning home, he set out again for Troop P Camp Cadet, where he served as a junior counselor.

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Dallas Post photographer Bill Tarutis went outside one night, seeking a flower silhouette against a colorful sky and came upon this Queen Anne’s lace in a local field.

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“Why do we celebrate Labor Day?”

“A day when you get paid extra.”Isaih ParkerWilkes-Barre“A day to rest because we work hard.”Jamie TimlinShavertown“Give a break to people who work hard.”Lance McGraneKingston“Oh, it’s probably one of those patriotic holidays.”Althea CiganDallas“Honor people who work.”Alyssa Pritchard...

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20 Years Ago - 1994The Northeastern PA Regional Dance team “Kaleidoscope” recently performed at the Shavertown Firemen’s Bazaar. Dancers are: Ashley Leonard, Miranda Jannuzzi, Alycia Askew, Jennifer Roman, Leandra Barnes, Phillip Belusko, Joanne Lesh, Janina Lesh, Jennifer Hawk, Carrie Goldworthy, Candace Huber, Luann Kemzura, Michelle Masteller and Meagan Lloyd.The second annual Cougars Basketball School for Girls at College Misericord...

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By Samantha Weaver* It was German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who made the following sage observation: “We have art to save ourselves from the truth.”* If you live in Waukegan, Illinois, you might be surprised to learn that your property tax is 12 times higher than it would be if you lived in Honolulu.* If you can’t remember the word you want to use, you’re suffering from lethologica. But you probably won’t remember that when ...

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The History Channel* On Sept. 10, 1813, in the first unqualified defeat of a British naval squadron in history, U.S. naval commander Oliver Hazard Perry leads a fleet of nine American ships to victory over a squadron of six British warships. After the battle, Perry sent a famous dispatch to U.S. Gen. William Henry Harrison that read, “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”* On Sept. 11, 1857, Mormon guerillas, stoked by a deep resentment ...

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The following Back Mountain real estate transactions have been recorded in the Luzerne County Office of the Recorder of Deeds for the week of August 18, 2014:Deepak and Mahima Singh to Paul J. and Kathryn N. Olsen, 631 Meadows, Dallas Township; $170,000Ray W. III and Lisbeth Turner to Cory Askew and Kathleen J. Lapallo, 350 Zbick Road, Jackson Township; $160,000James E. Greiner to John Morrow III, 286 Orchard ...

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Historical Striders 5K race returns

The Wyoming Valley Striders will resurrect their historical 20K Classic Race on Sept. 13 on the beautiful Lehigh Gorge Trail, located in Lehigh Gorge State Park in White Haven, where not only will traffic not be a problem, but runners will experience the natural beauty of the area.After holding the race in Wilkes-Barre for 18 years, the Striders were forced to cancel it due to traffic control isues.The start and finish of the race are at the beginning of the trail and th...

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Music Box opens doors to special needs individuals

The Music Box Players will institute a program of free theatre for special needs people, young and old.The plan is to set aside between 10 and 12 free show-only performances for the last two shows of the 2014 season and the 2015 season for over 1600 of these individuals and their chaperones. They will be invited to children’s shows, children’s theatre workshop shows and performances of “family-friendly” musicals and plays.In addition to these free...

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Rood is winner of teen reading program

Sarah Rood, a eighth-grade student at the Lake-Lehman Middle School and an avid patron of the Back Mountain Memorial Library, was selected the winner of the teen summer reading program Relax & Read.Rood read numerous books over the summer and wrote reviews of the books for other teens to read. Her name was drawn from participants of the program and she was awarded a $20 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble.Rood participates in chorus and band and also helps in the scho...

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