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Pittsburgh beats Scranton in ugliest accent tourney

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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, Philadelphia and Boston.The Pittsburgh accent, an odd amalgam of southern twang and lazy East Coast diction — which turns downtown into “dahntahn” and you all into “yinz” — “worsted” Scranton by a vote of 10,404 to 8,748.


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 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, announced in ...

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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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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board invites K-12 students to enter Annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest

In an effort to encourage young people to spread the word about the dangers of underage drinking, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is inviting students from across the commonwealth to participate in its 23rd annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest.A panel of judges will select approximately 50 entries to be recognized at a ceremony in Harrisburg during Alcohol Awareness Month in April. The artists responsible for the top designs will receive a $100 prize and their artwork will...

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Sandlot Baseball Academy to offer hitting, pitching camps

The Sandlot Baseball Academy will offer their 4th Annual Winter Hitting League, for five weeks, from Dec. 1 to Jan.3, on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for athletes ages 7-18. The cost of the league is $100.The 3rd Annual Brian Minich Winter Pitching Camp will also be held at the Sandlot Academy, for four weeks, Nov. 22 to Dec. 13, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The camp is for athletes ages 6- 15. The cost is $100.Co...

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Wyoming Area downs Abington Heights in field hockey

Wyoming Area’s Bree Bednarski scored all eight goals in the Warriors’ 8-0 win over Abington Heights in a Wyoming Valley Conference field hockey match Oct. 13. Emilie Wanko assisted on three of the goals. Jillian Spak, Abby Schwerdtman, Gianna Gennetts, Victoria Braccini and Grace Gober provided the other assists. Melanie Fricchione made eight saves for Abington Heights.

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Old Forge downs Lackawanna Trail on late field goal

When Old Forge trailed Lackawanna Trail, 14-0, entering the fourth quarter, head coach Mike Schuback didn’t have to say a word to get his team motivated.Two of his senior leaders took care of that.They also played a big role in the final drive that gave the Blue Devils a 17-14 win over Lackawanna Trail Friday night in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 3 contest.Bobby Rinaldi picked up 33 of his 42 yards on the final possession with Corey Souryavo...

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Scranton Prep shut out Abington Heights in a division showdown

A solid offensive game plan and a dominating defensive performance led Scranton Prep to a 28-0 win over Abington Heights in a Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 contest Saturday afternoon at Comets Stadium.The Cavaliers defense limited Abington Heights to just 39 yards and two first downs in the first half while taking a 21-0 lead.“Our kids did a great job defensively,” Scranton Prep head coach Nick Donato said. “They ran to the football and did ...

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Lackawanna County Commissioners recognize SCOLA with ‘Good Works’ certificate

The Lackawanna County Commissioners recognized the efforts of the Scranton Council of Literacy Advance (SCOLA) for helping adults learn to read with a “Good Works” certificate. For over 30 years, SCOLA and its volunteer tutors have provided one-on-one and small group instruction to adult non-readers from 36 different countries who now reside in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The instructions deal with basic reading, writing, and life skills. In April 2011, SCOLA merged with United Nei...

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