Namedropper 5/25/2017

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Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees members received awards during the local Pike/Wayne chapter's May meeting. From left: Patricia Spoor, Barbara Spinelli, volunteer of the year; and chapter president Ellen Keefer, who received an award for meeting chapter goals.

Luzerne man charged with sexual assault of a minor

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Marguerita Davis, left, of Kingston, and Barbara Vega, of Wilkes-Barre, enjoy some snacks during the National Alliance on Mental Illness 17th annual Mental Health Walk at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre. KRISTEN MULLEN / THE CITIZENS' VOICE cv22mentalp3 KRISTEN MULLEN / FOR THE CITIZENS' VOICE Participants walk across the Market Street Bridge in Wilkes-Barre during the National Alliance on Mental Illness 17th annual Mental Health Walk.KRISTEN MULLEN / THE CITIZENS' VOICEcv22mentalp1 The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties hosted the 17th annual Walk for Recovery & Mental Health Fair on Sunday in Wilkes-Barre.

Bicyclists hit the Back Mountain trail to commute to work

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LCTA will offer regular bus service to airport

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Travelers heading to or leaving from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport will be able to use the bus to begin their journeys without making a reservation ahead of time. LCTA will visit the airport on five inbound and five outbound trips each weekday and on three inbound and three outbound trips on Saturday.

The Rev. Richard Zavacki to mark 60th jubilee of ordination to the priesthood

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The Rev. Richard A. Zavacki, pastor emeritus of the former St. Hedwig's Parish, Kingston, is celebrating his 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 18, in St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Kingston.

Showers add to damp first weeks of May

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A steady rain throughout most of the day Saturday faded to a drizzle late afternoon and was expected to total about three-quarters of an inch by the time it stopped, Accuweather Meterologist Brett Rossio said. That punctuates a particularly damp first couple weeks of the month, with accumulation measured at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport dating back to May 1 totaling roughly 2.42 inches – about 30 percent more than the annual average for the 13-day period.

Antique car show at Forty Fort airport to feature public airplane rides

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Project could make levee trail in Kingston safer

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Ingrid Cronin knows firsthand how dangerous the area around Rutter Avenue and Church Street in Kingston can be for a cyclist. It's the place where a car hit her, knocking her out and sending her to the hospital before the driver fled the scene.

PLCB Now Accepting Sealed Bids for Third Auction of Expired Restaurant Licenses

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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today issued an invitation for bids to award 50 expired restaurant licenses in the third license auction since Act 39 became effective in August 2016. This auction includes 50 licenses across 40 counties: a Two licenses each in the following counties: Allegheny, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York.

House approves Bill that would make hospital beds available for detox

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Rep. Aaron Kaufer's House Bill 118, which would expedite the creation of an Emergency Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Program, was unanimously approved by the House on Tuesday. The bill has been sent to the Senate for its consideration.

Interstate Still Congested as PennDOT Roadwork Continues

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It was a slow ride this afternoon on Interstate 81 northbound in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties and people were not necessarily taking it easy. “Oh, that's bad, that's real bad.

Hether Inman-Howe and Robert Egan Heather Inman-Howe and Robert Egan

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Sara May and George Stritzinger Sara May and George Stritzinger

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Sara May and George Stritzinger were united in marriage April 20, 2017, at The Cooper House, Socastee South Carolina, with Eric Hunt, officiating. The bride, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, is the daughter of Charles and Lynn May, of Ashley, and Donna and Peter Leoszewski, of Luzerne.

Intense season of mosquito activity could be in the air

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In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito known to carry the Zika virus, is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Zika virus ravages the testes of male mice, sharply reducing sperm counts and fertility, said a study that raises a new specter about its threat to people.

Community Digest

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A Public Square Rosary Rally, one of 16,000 nationwide commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, prophecies, and miracles, will be held at noon Saturday, May 13, at Our Lady of Fatima Grotto, North Street, Wilkes-Barre. The rosary rally is sponsored by America Needs Fatima, and the local Lay Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Plans to Begin I-81 Construction Earlier

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As crews worked on the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 between Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties on Thursday, PennDOT announced plans to begin work even earlier next week. Crews are scheduled to move to the northbound lanes between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport exit and Drinker Street exit in Dunmore.

Community Digest

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State Representative, Marty Flynn, of the 113th Legislative District listens to testimony at the Policy Committee hearing on Marcellus Shale Severance Tax Monday in Wilkes Barre.cv02flynnWarren Ruda / The Citizens' Voice State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, hosted House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the impacts of implementing a potential Marcellus Shale severance tax in Pennsylvania at Wilkes University.cv02pashinskiWarren Ruda / The Citizens' Voice WILKES-BARRE – With Pennsylvania sitting on the third largest pocket of Marcellus Shale natural gas in the world, the state is poised to become an energy exporting giant and should have a severance tax in place when the boom begins, state officials argued Monday during a public hearing.

Drivers Prepare for Backups with Scheduled Roadwork on I-81

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With warmer weather moving in, road projects and construction are getting underway, including an extensive one along Interstate 81 in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties. PennDOT says a stretch of Interstate 81 from Drinker Street in Dunmore to the Avoca exit in Luzerne County is the busiest stretch on the interstate in northeastern Pennsylvania, with 80,000 cars passing through every day.

Trump supporters in Northeastern Pa. remain optimistic: ‘He’s given America hope’

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Workers from four clothing factories used to fill Main Street with life, eager to browse window displays and spend their paychecks. “In the summer the ladies from the sewing factory would come in on Friday to put down $20 or $30 cash on a living room set,” said Jack Bednarski, owner of the furniture store that bears his surname.

Concealed carry seminar scheduled

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Hazleton man assaults Carbon, Luzerne…

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A Hazleton man accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls he met on Facebook and Snapchat was in court Wednesday, facing charges in regard to two of his alleged victims. Keefer McKenzie Ngirngesechei, 21, appeared before a magisterial district judge to determine whether there was enough evidence to take the charges to trial.

Community Digest

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Girl Scouts announces new major gifts officer

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Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania has appointed Valerie Whyman, Williamsport, Pa., as Major Gifts Officer. She will raise essential support for the organization throughout a 21-county area in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, which includes Carbon, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Monroe, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wayne, and Wyoming.

Man found dead in car in downtown Scranton

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Nucleus keeping it raw in Luzerne

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WARREN RUDA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Dan McGrogan, owner of Nucleus Raw Foods in Luzerne, is also a food manufacturer, selling kale chips and flat crispy gluten-free breads in stores in four states. LUZERNE – For Dan McGrogan, switching to a raw vegan diet changed his life and led to the creation of a successful business that continues to grow.

Clothesline Project aims to raise…

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Between the entrances of Giant and the Zoo Health Club stood a clothesline filled with green and blue shirts that each had different messages painted on them. The messages and images included depictions of a butterfly, tree and skeleton, as well as words like self-hate, depression, love, safe and survivor.

Fundraiser planned to help Hornick family

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No decision on rail sale

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The Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority is still waiting to make a decision regarding a potential sale of about 8 miles of railroad track. The authority's board voted again Tuesday to table a vote on a sale of railroad track and assorted material to Keystone Rail Recovery of Knoxville, Tennessee, for $286,500.