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Big plays lead Comets over Patriots

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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 were struggling on offense up to that point. To start the season off like that was big for our team.”


Farmers Market vouchers available until Nov. 30

The Area Agency on Aging of Luzerne/Wyoming Counties reminds recipients of the 2014 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers that they have until Nov. 30 to redeem them.These vouchers can only be used to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers market stands that are participants of the Department of Agriculture’s SFMNP; baked goods, meat, jam, honey, apple cider or eggs are not allowable for purchase with these vouchers.For further inf...

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West Pittston teen wins piano competition

The Northeast Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association sponsored the second annual Anne Vanko Liva piano competition on June 7, followed by a recital performance featuring the winners of each division on June 8 in the Great Hall at Wyoming Seminary, Kingston.Liva was a prominent piano teacher who promoted the arts in Northeast Pennsylvania for over 60 years. She was on the faculty of Wilkes College and taught in the Scranton area.Dominick Cristofori D’Alessandro, of...

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NUTRITION CORNER: Time to boost your immune system

Fall is back to school time. Grouping children together in a classroom may spread germs and get children sick. Eating healthy foods helps to reduce the risk of getting sick and also quickens the recovery time should someone get sick.School is a great place for kids to be. Keep your child and yourselves healthy this school year by maintaining a healthy immune system.Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and phytochemicals all are n...

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Old Forge principal umps at LL World Series

Chris Thomas has a simple plan for his daily life.“I want to be out of the house and at a game every day,” the Old Forge resident said.Thomas fulfilled that goal each day during his work as an umpire at the 68th Annual Little League World Series in Williamsport.When Thomas, who is entering his sixth year as Old Forge High School principal, is not at one of the Blue Devils baseball and softball games in the spring, he is usually umpiring at another ...

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Hooked on crochet

The Crochet Club at the Pittston Memorial Library that meets on Tuesday mornings provides much more than an opportunity to learn new stitches and share patterns.Those attending say it gives them a chance to share a sense of true camaraderie with those who share their love for color, texture and patterns. The secrets of their success are simply a crochet hook, a group of knowledgeable crafters and enthusiasm for learning new things.Maria Pardini, of West Pittston, has bee...

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Jenkins Township girl competes in National American Miss

Aly Tricarico, a freshman at Pittston Area High School, recently competed at the National American Miss (NAM) earlier this month.The NAM program is designed to help girls ages 4-18 develop an empowering poise and self confidence. The winner in each division receives a $1,000 cash prize, the official state crown, a banner trophy, a modeling scholarship, expenses paid to the national pageant in California, a VIP trip to Disneyland and various travel opportunities throughout the cours...

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Happy Anniversary WishesHenry and Marie Karutz, of Pittston Township, celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Aug. 29. John Hudick and Margaret Lumley served as attedants at their wedding at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. The Rev. C.H. Kolakowski officiated the ceremony. The couple have a daughter Sharon and grandchildren Jessica, Christopher, Michael and Blase.Happy Birthday WishesHughestown historian Margaret Monk will b...

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Terrana, Nocito, Valenti to be honored by Italian-American Association

Three locals will be honored by the Italian-American Association at the 37th Annual Columbus Day Banquet on Sunday, Oct. 12 at Gennetti Hotel and Convention Center, Wilkes-Barre.Those honored will be Atty. John Terrana, Person of the Year; Lori Nocito, Lifetime Achievement Award; and Charles Valenti, Italian Heritage Award. Guest speaker for this event will be the honorable Judge Richard Caputo and Atty. Philip Gelso will serve as toastmaster.A cash bar will be available...

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Meet me at the movies

The Pittston Township Recreation Board held its annual Movie in the Park event at the Pittston Township Little League field on Bryden Street on Aug. 15. Moviegoers young and old snuggled on blankets and enjoyed snacks while watching “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” The event was free for residents of Pittston Township and surrounding areas and snacks and refreshments were provided.

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Peeking into the Past: Pambianco turned waste into war planes

Question:In 1968, why did the residents of Coxton make it a priority to congratulate their young neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Phillips Jr.?1958 - 56 Years AgoWith 17 wins and only three losses, the Miners Little League Baseball Team, managed by Francis Connors and assistant manager Tony Giardina, captured the top honors in the Wyoming-West Wyoming race. Members of the team ...

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Dupont woman graduates Summa Cum Laude from Bloomsburg University

Stephanie Winters, of Dupont, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bloomsburg University’s College of Education with a Bachelor of Science degree in special Education and Elementary Education.Winters was on the Dean’s List for eight consecutive semesters and graduated with a 3.98 grade point average. She was a member of the honor’s societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi.

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LIBRARY NEWS: Laflin Library Book Discussion Group meeting Sept. 9

Laflin Public LibraryThe Laflin Public Library is located at 47 Laflin Road, Laflin. The library can be reached at 570-654-3323. The library is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.The Laflin Book Discussion Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9 in the library for a meeting as well as the distribution of the first book for the Fall shared-cost session, which will be “The Expats” by Chris ...

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AVOCA NEWS: V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary Post 8335 meeting changed

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary Post 8335 regular monthly business meeting has been changed to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8 at the post home.President June Fitzgerald will preside. Dues for 2014-15 can be paid at this meeting.The next bingo for veterans will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8 for patients at the V.A. Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.Plans will be discussed for the annual Christmas party to be held Dec. 6. Hostesses fo...

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Another beginning eases pain of summer’s end

My back-to-school nightmare came late this year. In fact, with classes starting Tuesday, I began thinking I wasn’t going to have it at all. I was wrong.There I was, as always in this late August dream, standing in the second floor lobby of the Advanced Technology Center at Luzerne County Community College. This is the building where my office is located and where I teach most of my classes.I glance at the clock on the wall. It’s 9 a.m., so I know I have plent...

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Another successful year for the Tomato Festival

There were tomatoes, rain and around 50,000 people in Pittston last weekend.The 31st Annual Pittston Tomato Festival wrapped up a week ago today, and may go down as one of the best Tomato Festivals in history, again.Committee members, led by chairperson Lori Nocito, admitted they were ready for this year. They prepared more this year than any year in the past. And it paid off.“We, as a committee, were very prepared this year and even more than before,...

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PITTSTON NEWS: St. John’s Class of ‘74 plannng reunion

Members of St. John’s High School Class of 1964 will meet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Tony’s Pizza, City Line Plaza, Main Street, Pittston to finalize plans for their 50th anniversary reunion.The reunion is planned for Saturday, Oct. 4 at Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter. Contact information is needed for the following classmates: Norman Gelbogis, Margaret Hadley, Edward Harrington and Stephanie Kosik. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dianne or Tom at 570-654-3735....

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DURYEA NEWS: Legion hoagie sale is Friday

American Legion, Post 585, Duryea will have live entertainment today, Aug. 31. Sign, Sealed, Delivered will play from 8 p.m. to midnight with the Sal’s selling food. These events are open to the public. Non-members are welcome. No cover charge.Tuna hoagie saleLadies Aux. of the Duryea American Legion, Post 585, will have a tuna hoagie sale on Friday Sept. 5. Cost is $7.50 each and delivery is available for bulk orders. Orders must be placed by Wedn...

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