Mellow scam hastens fix

That a former state senator convicted of a federal felony related to his public office can walk away with a $246,000 annual pension, appears to have embarrassed even state lawmakers who have crafted the pension law for their own benefit. Former Sen. Bob M

Newport Twp. Legion Auxiliary holds sock drive

The Newport Twp. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 539 recently completed a sock drive for the Veterans of Valor Clinic, a transitional housing facility in Monroe County. Collection boxes were placed in the vestibules of Holy Spirit Parish churches in Newpor

Rice seeks more gaming grants

Rice Twp. has been quite successful in obtaining Local Share Account (gaming) grants over the last several years. The municipality has secured gaming grant money to assist with cost replacement of a culvert under Laurel Drive and another to help fund repa

Trinity recognizes veterans

The pastor and congregation at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Dallas recognized veterans present from several branches of the military on Nov. 12. From left, are Art Peoples, Air Force; Neil Morrison, Coast Guard; Windsor Davis, Air Force; Pastor Jennifer

St. Jude School

St. Jude kindergarten students attended a virtual trip to the annual polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada — the polar bear capital of the world. Students met with scientists and educators and were given a tour of the scientist’s work buggie

Solomon/Plains Elementary

Students from Solomon/Plains Elementary School were recently awarded certificates for displaying random “Acts of Kindness” during November while at school. Teachers nominated these students who demonstrated a kind act toward another student or faculty mem

Schuyler Ave Elementary

Wyoming Valley West School District’s Schuyler Avenue Elementary announces Star Students for November. Awarded students have exemplary behavior and have displayed positive attitudes toward themselves, their school and teachers for November. First row, fro

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Dana Street Elementary

The students at Dana Street Elementary Center sponsored a grocery gift card collection during November to assist the St. Vincent DePaul kitchen with its Thanksgiving holiday. Through the students’ efforts, Dana raised more than $400 to donate to the cause


Fiction ‘The People vs. Alex Cross’, James Patterson ‘Hardcore Twenty-Four’, Janet Evanovich ‘End Game’, David Baldacci ‘The Rooster Bar’, John Grisham ‘Merry and Bright’, Debbie Macomber Nonfiction ‘Promise Me, Dad’, Joe Biden ‘Leonardo da Vinci’, Walter

Wyoming Seminary

Wyoming Seminary Lower School students recently participated in the school’s annual Holiday Gift Giving Community Service Project, benefitting the Luzerne County Children and Youth Social Services. About 220 students in grades 4-8 and school faculty and s


Nesbitt Women’s and Children’s Center at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Nov. 27 A son to Jessica and Robbie Evancho, of Hazleton. Nov. 28 A son to Nytaviah Hardiman and Leverdis Cephus, of Newark, New Jersey. A son to Amanda Reed and Frank Weber, of Wilkes

All aboard for a model railroad exhibit with a Back Mountain flair

The Christmas Express is rolling full steam ahead with only 14 days until Christmas Eve. Our Back Mountain is a bountiful gift basket of endless occasions to make this holiday extra special. Kurt and Lisa Fetterman, owners of the new PRO 415 Hardware and


Luzerne County Community College recently held its 26th annual history conference, “The History of Northeastern Pennsylvania: The Last 200 Years,” at the college’s Educational Conference Center. The theme of this year’s conference was “African American Hi

Tip revenue belongs to the workers

Distribution of tips is a major issue among restaurant workers but there is a consensus that should continue to be protected by wage laws — tips belong to workers rather than to the restaurant. Yet proposed regulations by the Department of Labor, ostensib

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS to everyone who has donated this year to Valley Santa, which has provided gifts to needy children and their families for nearly 40 years. It’s not too late to help. See today’s Valley Santa column or go to JEERS to Laflin residents

Dallas Rotary distributes dictionaries to students

All third grade students in the Back Mountain area schools were recently given their own copy of a student dictionary. The Dallas Rotary Club dictionary project committee, chaired by Rotarian Ken Chapple, distributed more than 350 books to Dallas and Lake

In loving memory

This week, I had to say goodbye to both of my beloved senior dogs, Whitney and Ty. My heart is broken into a million pieces. In my column today, I would like to tell you how fortunate I was to share my life with these two amazing dogs. Whitney What can I

Highmark funds overdose training program

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield recently provided Project Bald Eagle with a $4,900 grant to produce an online Naloxone training program to be utilized as a resource on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website for citizens and law enforcement throug

Learning Center children donate food

For more than a decade, the children, parents, grandparents and teachers at the Trinity Learning Center in Dallas have held their annual “Season of Thanksgiving Food Drive.” This year, the children and their families donated more than 175 pounds of food w

Puppy class graduation at W-B Dog Training Club

A puppy class graduation was held recently at the Wilkes-Barre Dog Training Club, R. 320 Lee Park Ave., Hanover Twp. Two dogs completed and graduated from Puppy Class. The students were taught the skills needed for a well behaved dog. The club meets the t

Labor council affiliates help food drive

United Steel Workers (USW) Local 15253 was one of several unions affiliated with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council (GWBLC) that volunteered their services for the Commission on Economic Opportunity’s annual Thanksgiving food order distribution at KIS

Deck the halls — and the doors — on the West Side

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, and your home and front door, too! In the spirit of the holiday season, Swoyersville Mayor Christopher Concert announces a “Front Door” Decorating Contest. Entries must be in Swoyersville. Any front facing door is eli

Grow markets for hemp

Enthusiasm for industrial-scale hemp production in Pennsylvania has grown, well, like a weed. Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the state government significantly will expand opportunities for hemp production and research. This year growers produced

Kingston Lions present swing to town

The Kingston Lions Club and members of the Kingston Citizens’ Advisory Commission, as well as Kingston council members gathered recently at the First Avenue Tot Lot for the presentation of an Expression swing and park bench. A fundraising cocktail party w


Community digest tells you what’s happening in your town. Submit listings at least one week in advance to, fax to 570-821-2247, mail to 75 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or call 570-821-2069. Electronically submitte

Veterans thank local labor organizations

Anthony Cannela, a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, recently provided a special thank you to members of the NEPA Labor Day Festival Committee and Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council (GWBLC) on behalf of the V.A. Medical Center’

Plymouth needs one firehouse, not three

The citizens of Plymouth Borough advocating for retention of the Goodwill Hose Company No. 2 would be wise to step back and reconsider the overall situation in their community. Plymouth is a smallish community, at 1.1 square miles. Its 5,792 residents (a


Community digest tells you what’s happening in your town. Submit listings at least one week in advance to, fax to 570-821-2247, mail to 75 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or call 570-821-2069. Electronically submitte


Community digest tells you what’s happening in your town. Submit listings at least one week in advance to, fax to 570-821-2247, mail to 75 N. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or call 570-821-2069. Electronically submitte