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PENN STATERS IN THE NFL: Gilliam moving to tight end for Monday night game

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Seattle Seahawks rookie tackle Garry Gilliam is switching to a familiar position.Gilliam will be the team’s third-string tight end this Monday night when Seattle travels to Washington for a prime-time game.The former Penn Stater is no stranger to the position. He played tight end throughout high school and in all his season at Penn State, except for his final season. He had eight catches at Penn State.According to a story in the Seattle Times, Gilliam’s experience at tight end was one of the reasons the Seahawks signed the 6-foot-6, 300-plus pounder as an undrafted free agent.


Jenkins Township approves liquor license for Main Street store

JENKINS TWP. — The Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of a liquor license to the Convenient Mart on South Main Street at a meeting Wednesday night.If the transfer is approved by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the store will be able to sell six packs for takeout.According to the rules for the “Type R” license, the store, which is owned by owned by Shree CFM Ganesh Inc., will also have to serve prepared food, seat at least 30 and have a se...

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Charles Albano, Ray Savokinas appointed to West Pittston council

WEST PITTSTON — Charles Albano and Ray Savokinas were appointed to fill two seats on the borough council during a special meeting Tuesday night.The two fill positions that were left vacant by the Sept. 2 resignations of Barry Hosier and Barry Stankus.Albano, of 123 Linden Street, will fill Hosier’s seat, and Savokinas, of 28 Miller Street, will fill Stankus’ seat. Both new members are Republicans, in accordance with the rule stating that replacement cou...

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New program targets tax sale eyesore problem in Pittston-West Pittston region

Luzerne County back-tax auction property buyers sometimes walk away from their purchases because they didn’t realize the extent of repairs required to comply with building codes.This scenario hurts neighbors and local governments because properties further deteriorate but can’t be auctioned again until two more years of tax delinquency have passed, officials say.Four municipalities — Pittston, West Pittston, Jenkins Township and Duryea — have team...

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Jay Paterno will hold book signing at Barnes & Noble on Oct. 5

Jay Paterno will be in attendance for a book signing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Barnes & Noble Arena Hub Plaza store in Wilkes-Barre Township for the new release of “Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father.”This biography of Joe Paterno by his son Jay is an honest and touching look at the life and legacy of a beloved coaching legend. Jay Paterno paints a full picture of his father’s life and career as well as documenting that ...

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Peeking into the Past: Fourteen area men leave for Vietnam in 1967

Question:in 1957, why did the the Jenkins Township Board of Education adopt an exception to the regularly scheduled school day, letting children go home at 1 p.m. for a seven-day period?1957 - 57 Years Ago

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Meet Wyoming Area seniors

Each week, the Sunday Dispatch will feature senior students from Wyoming Area. Each student will have their chance to tell the Greater Pittston area a little about themselves.Danielle BulgerDanielle Bulger, who describes herself as outgoing, funny and friendly, resides in West Pittston with her parents, Lynette and Richard. A few of the activities Danielle participates in at school are cheerleading, track and field and Student Council Executive ...

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Meet Pittston Area seniors

Each week, the Sunday Dispatch will feature senior students from Pittston Area. Each student will have their chance to tell the Greater Pittston area a little about themselves. Liz ScialpiLiz Scialpi, a resident of Hughestown and daughter of Tracey and Kenny Scialpi, was born on Sept. 6, 1996. She is involved in Pittston Area’s cheerleading and track teams and enjoys taking singing lessons.Liz describes her high school experienc...

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Crestwood routs Wyoming Area

WRIGHT TWP. — Crestwood had the ball for only five plays Saturday night, yet had a 28-point lead.It was that kind of game for the unbeaten Comets. And that kind of game for Wyoming Area.An offense that needs little help received plenty from the defense early as two interceptions for touchdowns created a snowball effect as Crestwood rolled to a 71-13 victory in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3A game.

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‘Paper levee’ goes up in West Pittston

It might not be able to stop the flood waters of the mighty Susquehanna River, but, in the long run, a “paper levee” can help West Pittston residents and officials get their point across.A “levee” has been set up along Susquehanna Avenue and the surrounding areas in West Pittston in hopes of getting people to realize the need for a permanent levee to the Susquehanna River. Black and red signs proclaiming “Levee Now” and “Save Our Town”...

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Meet author Mary Cantell on Saturday at West Pittston Library

Pittston Memorial LibraryThe Pittston Memorial Library is located at 47 Broad St., Pittston. Reach the library by phone at 570-654-9565. Visit its website at www.pittstonmemoriallibrary.com.The Art Club will meet on Thursday, Oct. 2. Children ages 5 to 11 are welcome to come to the library for this informal meet up where they will create seasonal crafts. Call to register.

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ED ACKERMAN, Optimist: A lesson in faith

We wrote on typewriters back then, manual typewriters. Although the Sunday Dispatch was into computerized typesetting in ‘87 and ‘88, we still followed an old-fashioned model with reporters sending copy-edited articles to typesetters who inputted them into computers.As managing editor, I did little writing then, save for a weekly column and, as such, kept no desk in the newsroom. I’d compose my column in my head over several days of running the news staff and comp...

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Auxiliary to host Vets on Sept. 28

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 585 members, of Duryea, recently sold poppies during the Memorial Day Services conducted by the Legion and VFW. Proceeds from the poppies will enable the Auxiliary to bring veterans from the Wilkes-Barre VA to the post home on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a dinner and bingo. Shown are, from left, Treasurer Lois Balchune, Sandy Domkowski, Karen Jones, Wilkes-Barre VA Auxiliary Hospital Representative Ann Edwards and Secretary Lorrie Slatky.

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Local woman opens family medical practice in hometown Avoca

Home is where the heart is for Dr. Tina George. It is also where she will check on other people’s hearts.George, 30, has opened a family medical practice in Avoca, the town where she grew up, in a building where she was once a patient of Dr. Lewis Druffner. It was those visits to Druffner that inspired George to enter the field of medicine and one day open her own family practice.“I saw Dr. Druffner as a patient since I was born,” said George. “Se...

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Jenkins Lions Club announces scholarship winners

Thomas Ruskey, scholarship chairman for the Jenkins Township Lions Club, has announced the names of the winners of the 2014 Jenkins Lions Annual Scholarship Awards.The first-place $500 award went to Kristen Fereck, second-place $300 award went to James Castelino and third-place $200 award went to Elizabeth Mikitish. These awards were presented at a recent Lions Club meeting where the students and their families were also treated to a pizza party.Each year the Jenkins Lio...

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Returning the favor

While her own battle with breast cancer ended over a year ago, Maryrose Snopkoski has not stopped thanking those who helped her the most.It is through her mobility product business that Snopkowski, 47, of Dupont, is looking to give back to Candy’s Place by holding a series of raffles throughout the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 people who visit Revelation Lifestyle and Mobility on Luzerne Avenue in West Pittsto...

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Early in our marriage, Chet and I had planned a vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. That year Mother Nature, who is always in control of the weather, had a huge hurricane planned for the island. Hurricane Emily crossed the Outer Banks with strong devastating winds, causing $35 million in damages, leaving 553 houses unlivable and washing out the beaches. The island was mandatorily evacuated. Everyone had to leave. No one was allowed in.

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Pittston Area Homecoming Court announced

The members of the 2014 Pittston Area High School Homecoming Court were announced Friday.The Homecoming Queen will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 2 during a pep rally at the school and her court will be honored during halftime of the Pittston Area vs. Tunkhannock Area football game on Friday, Oct. 3. The Homecoming Dance will be held the same evening in the cafeteria, from 7 to 11 p.m.Tickets will be available for $5 from the student council at both lunch waves until Oct...

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