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Expanded offerings highlight wine and spirits store opening

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PITTSTON — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will celebrate the grand opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits today at 11 a.m. at Pittston Crossings on state Route 315, with PLCB board member Tim Holden cutting the ribbon and welcoming the public to the new store.Fine Wine & Good Spirits offers consumers a new shopping experience with an expanded floor plan, greater selection, new layout and center table.Wine tastings will be held throughout the day for those 21 and older.


Officials defend use of public money for Schott

Duryea Mayor Keith Moss says Schott North America Inc. applied to the borough for a share of gaming money to develop a new type of porous glass “because they couldn’t do it all themselves.”The company asked for $500,000, but the state Commonwealth Financing Authority, which decides which projects to fund in each county with the casino revenue, approved just $100,000 for Duryea in 2012.While readers have questioned the use of government money to fund a p...

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Locals appear in Little Theatre’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Jenkins Township resident Wendi Newell has been acting for the past 28 years, ever since her high school days. Her daughter talked her into auditioning for the Little Theatre of Wilkes Barre’s “Catch Me If You Can” which runs from Sept 6-14. She has been cast as Paula Abagnale, the mother of Frank Abagnale Jr., the story’s main character.

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New porous glass is SCHOTT in arm for Luzerne County employment

DURYEA — A new type of porous glass made locally is helping purify drugs in medical research and protect aircraft in the aerospace industry.The new CoralPor® porous glass, a high-performance glass used in the medical, aerospace, defense, and oil and gas industries, was developed and is manufactured at SCHOTT North America Inc. on York Avenue. The new product, developed with the help of $100,000 in gaming revenue through Luzerne County and a more than $1 million investmen...

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Carmen Bolin replaces late brother John on Wyoming Area School Board

EXETER — Carmen Bolin was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the Wyoming Area School Board to fill the seat of his late brother.The board in July voted unanimously to appoint Bolin to fill the remainder of the term of John Bolin, who died in June after battling cancer for more than a year.Luzerne County President Judge Thomas Burke led Bolin, a retired florist, in reciting his oath of office prior to the start of the monthly board meeting.“I consider ...

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Shots fired in West Pittston on Monday, police still investigating

West Pittston police officers are investigating a shooting that took place on Elm Street in West Pittston on Monday night.According to Sgt. Michael Turner, officers were dispatched at 9:30 p.m. to a report of a domestic dispute.According to Turner, the shooter is Travis Lakey, believed to be in his 20s. Police could not provide an address for Lakey.Turner said that witnesses reported Lakey pointing his firearm at a victim before firing one shot into the air an...

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Former PA quarterback a world champ

It’s remembered as the Rex Revesz Game and with good reason. The senior running back, with his leg in a cast until days before, ran for 206 yards and two touchdowns on Thanksgiving Day in 1970 as Pittston Area beat rival Wyoming Area, 21-0. The Warriors had entered the final game of the season unbeaten but the day belonged to the Patriots.Revesz was carried off the field by his teammates and the game went down as the biggest upset in the 47-year history of the rivalry, but th...

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Goodbye summer, hello school in NEPA

PITTSTON — Owen Dadurka said that, sure, he was ready to head back to school for his first day of first grade Monday, but doubtless voiced a sentiment echoing up and down Wyoming Valley: “We could enjoy more summer.”Another opinion he held that surely is shared by thousands of students returning to classes this week: When asked his favorite part of school, he didn’t hesitate much before replying “lunch.”Monday was the first day for stu...

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Pittston Tomato Festival just as sweet for veterans, first-timers

PITTSTON — Sunday was the last day for the 31st annual Pittston Tomato Festival, but it also was the first for some festival-goers.Belinda Cerene and and her 22-year-old daughter, Ali Zuder, recently moved to nearby Jenkins Township from Hanover Township, and they had never been to the festival in downtown Pittston.“We’re really enjoying it,” Cerene said. “We’re enjoying the food.”The four-day festival is known for its...

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Poverty expert to help launch United Way campaign

With one in every three children under 5 years old living in poverty in Luzerne County, the United Way of Wyoming Valley would be hard pressed to find a better speaker than Susan N. Dreyfus to help launch its “Poverty to Possibility” movement and 2014 campaign next week.Dreyfus is president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families, a national organization at the forefront of the fight to reduce childhood poverty and poverty in general, and increase the number o...

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Pittston Area football ready to change the culture

Pittston Area coach Jim Norris may be in his first year as head coach, but he’s very familiar with what’s been happening on the field for the Patriots.Norris has seen Pittston Area - three straight 3-win seasons. But times are different, he said. And things are about to change.The young coach’s first goal? Change the culture.“I think losing is contagious and I think winning’s contagious,” Norris said. “The unfortunate ...

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Blue Devils looking to be Lackawanna favorite in football

The longest season in Old Forge’s storied high school football history extended all the way to Hershey and a one-point overtime loss in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class A championship game.Mike Schuback does not want the Blue Devils to stop now.Graduation wiped out about two-thirds of the starting lineup, but Old Forge figures to be a strong contender, arguably still the favorite, for the Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 ...

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All matters discussed at the Pittston Area School Board meeting on Aug. 19 were approved, including the renaming of the high school basketball court and swimming pool.The basketball court will be named after former basketball coach Gene Guarilia while the swimming pool will be named after former head swim coach John McHale.The proposal for the renamings came at the conclusion of the meeting and was introduced by board member John Adonizio.“Gene was a wor...

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A Hall of Fame night

Ron Musto Jr. stopped for a second to gather himself.The question, although expected, just hit the long-time baseball coach. What does it mean to be a member of the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame?“Amazing,” Musto said Sunday night at the ceremony held at the Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center. “Man, I can’t even describe it.”Musto was one of 13 people inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame John Louis Pop...

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Painting brings mom to tears

When Kimberly Stack entered Sue Hand’s art studio this past Monday evening, she expected to view her daughter Victoria’s painting of New York City.Instead, what she saw brought her to tears.Victoria had surprised her mother with a huge portrait of her parents’ 1997 wedding, creating the portrait from six individual pictures.Kimberly and Gary Stack, of Wyoming, were married in Newport, Rhode Island, at Astor’s Mansion Beachwood, complete...

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Local family to hold fifth annual fundraiser for ALS

Florence Duffy, 72, of Pittston lost her husband of 45 years, Jimmy, to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) back in 2009 after a two-year battle with the disease. He was 67 years old.Duffy recalls what she and her late husband went through during those two years.“From the day he was diagnosed, I knew what the end result was going to be so it was difficult just going through every day knowing what was ahead of us,” said Duffy. “I think Jimmy knew, also. ...

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Eileen Dewey is all about the sauce! She submitted this giant, 3-pound tomato to our Facebook page in early August. Lo and behold, she started the sauce just days later. She’s growing some 40 plants this season. We hope you enjoy that sauce, Eileen. Can we have some?If you would like to submit a Your Space photo, please email it to sd@psdispatch.com.

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Groove Train performs today at festival

Groove Train, a dance/party band, will perform at 3:45 today, Aug. 24 at the Pittston Tomato Festival. Members of the band are, from left, seated, Dan Bogdon, drums; John Barborek , lead vocals; Steve Owen, electric guitar/vocals. Standing, Dave Chaump, keyboards/vocals; and P.J. Best, bass guitar.

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