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Hickory Project to open Arts at First Presbyterian concert series

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The Hickory Project, an NEPA-based bluegrass band, will open the Arts at First Presbyterian concert series at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at 300 School St. in Clarks Summit.Founded in 2001, the band features Anthony Hannigan, a national mandolin banjo champion and Dave Cavage on banjo. They have performed at the Kennedy Center and many bluegrass festivals worldwide. Other members include Josh Segulia on banjo and vocals, Steve Belcher on acoustic bass, and Jillian Hannigan on flute, pennywhistle, and vocals.The series is supported in part by grants from the PA Partners in the Arts program and the Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture program, and by private contributions.


Dalton native hopes film inspires, motivates others to cherish time with family

About four years ago, Dalton native Yogi Roth was sitting on his couch when he came across the film, “The Way.”One of the lead characters in that film takes a walk along the Camino De Santiago, or the Way of Saint James, to honor his late son after originally traveling to France to retrieve his son’s body, who was killed while taking the same walk.“I’m always looking for something off the beaten path,” Roth said. “That’s wh...

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Rep. Flynn conducting coat, blanket drive

State Rep. Marty Flynn asks residents to drop off used or gently worn coats and blankets from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at his district office, 409 N. Main Ave., Scranton, for his annual winter coat drive to benefit area children and adults.Flynn’s office will collect the coats and blankets during the next several weeks and then donate them to local shelters.

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West Scranton aerial attack too much for Abington Heights

SCRANTON — For West Scranton senior wide receiver and defensive back Kyle Kroptavich, the Invaders 23-20 win over Abington Heights, Friday, Oct. 17, on Homecoming stirred up a lot of emotions.“This is the best feeling I’ve ever had in my entire life,” Kroptavich said. “All the hard work finally paid off, everyone is just working together and we finally got a win.”The victory didn’t come easy. Abington Heights outgained West Scran...

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Keystone College cross country teams enjoy strong performances at Gettysburg Invitational

Keystone College’s men’s and women’s cross country teams enjoyed strong showings at the Gettysburg College Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18 in the final tune-up before the Colonial States Athletic Conference Championships. The Giants men’s squad finished 25th out of 34 teams in an 8K race while the women’s team placed 26th out of 35 teams in the 6K event.Lackawanna Trail graduate Justin Clarke finished 13th out of 355 runners to lead the men’s s...

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Veterans outreach available Wednesday at Sen. Flynn’s office

State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, will host a monthly veterans’ support program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at his constituent service office at Jay’s Commons, 409 N. Main Ave., Scranton.A representative from the American Legion Service Office Outreach program will provide information on services available to veterans and their families. The representative is available to discuss pensions and other compensation, education, health care and death bene...

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Six in running for director of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport

A firm hired to find a new director for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport has interviewed six candidates this week and soon plans to narrow down that list and do a second round of interviews, Lackawanna County Solicitor Donald Frederickson said Monday.He said the airport board expects to hire Barry Centini’s replacement at the Nov. 20 meeting.Centini, 65, of Plains Township, who has worked at the airport for 43 years, the last 25 as director, announce...

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Pittsburgh beats Scranton in ugliest accent tourney

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburghers talk funny.The city has “won” Gawker.com’s ugliest accent tournament, besting the other finalist — Scranton — in a readers’ poll with more than 54 percent of the vote.The gossipy news site set up a tournament bracket pitting what it deemed the 16 ugliest city accents in the United States against one another.Pittsburgh advanced to the finals by winning readers’ votes over Atlanta, P...

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Arrests made in West Pittston, Hazle Township bank robberies

A 33-year-old female suspect in the robbery of a West Pittston bank on Wednesday afternoon was taken into custody near the Norristown exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike later in the day.Krystal Begliomini of East 4th Street, Wyoming, is charged with robbery and theft by unlawful taking. She was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Carmody in West Pittston and, unable to post $100,000 bail, was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility to await her preliminary hearing sche...

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Police say Flynn acted appropriately in shootout

Harrisburg police say State Rep. Marty Flynn acted appropriately when he discharged his handgun Tuesday night shortly before 11 p.m. during an altercation with four juveniles on a city street not far from the state capitol.“We don’t believe he acted in any way that was inappropriate,” Paula Trovy, Crime Analyst, Harrisburg Bureau of Police, Criminal Investigation Division, told the Times Leader this afternoon.Harrisburg police said that Rep. Flynn, D-Sc...

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ABPA scarecrow contest continues

The Abington Business and Professional Association is presenting its Annual Clarks Summit Business Scarecrow Competition Oct. 10 through 31 at various downtown locations.Community members and visitors can for their favorite scarecrow and enter for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate, valid at all participating locations, which include: Altered Couture, Amanda Kreig Photography, Ashley’s Men’s Salon, Caregivers America, Clel’s Place, CLOE and Company, Everythin...

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Locals compete in the Steamtown Marathon

Former Abington Heights cross country head coach Robert Ahrens was the top local finisher in the 19th Annual Steamtown Marathon Oct. 12. The Clarks Summit resident finished in 10th place overall with a time of 2:38:27 over the 26.2 mile course.Ahrens, 26, also finished third in the men’s 25-29 age group. Francis Spear, 29, of Dalton, finished 20th and seventh in 2:45:18. P.J. O’Brien, 27, of Clarks Summit, finished 216th and 30th in 3:16:13. Dan Toye, 27, of Dalton, fin...

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Abington Heights Marching Band holding Citrus Sale to raise funds for spring trip

The Abington Heights High School Marching Band is currently holding its Annual Citrus Sale to support their spring trip. The sale will run until Oct. 26 with distribution in December. To make an order contact any marching band member or Band Booster President Sue Sileo at ssileo@aol.com or 570-840-5762.

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Pet of the Week: Meet Calamity

Name: CalamityAge: 4-years-oldSex: Spayed femaleBreed: Pit bullAbout me: I like other dogs and play well with kids. I’m a gentle soul who loves to cuddle and play.Remember to contact the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter at 570-586-3700 if your pet is lost or goes astray.The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., is open for the adoption of pets from noon to 4 p.m., six days a week (closed Tues...

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Beta Rho Chapter initiates new members

Ten new members from school districts in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties were initiated into the Beta Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International at their October meeting in Montrose.

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Factoryville to receive $1 million state grant to help fund downtown improvements

The borough of Factoryville will receive a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant to help fund downtown revitalization.“We applied for the grant over five years ago,” Borough Manager Mary Ellen Buckbee said. “Each municipality must submit a summary of their project and a requested funding amount.”According to Buckbee, the borough was notified Oct. 8 that they would receive the funds, but it’s not certain when the money wil...

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Comets soccer players aim to knock out cancer

Usually when you associate a red card with soccer, it has a negative connotation. If a player receives one during a soccer game, that player is disqualified from the match.At Abington Heights and several other high schools in the Lackawanna League, red cards are celebrated, for fundraising purposes, through the sale of T-shirts as part of the “Red Card Cancer” project.Comets’ head boys soccer coach Steve Klingman started the program at the school in 200...

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Keystone College to offer master’s degrees

Keystone College received state and federal approval to begin offering master’s degrees for the first time .The college received permission from the U.S. Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to begin master’s level programs in accounting and educational leadership.Keystone received permission to offer the new degrees earlier this year from its accrediting body, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Before the colleg...

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