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Vets: Staffing key issue at local VA

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PLAINS TWP. — The Veterans Affairs Medical Center currently has no veterans on its electronic waiting list and 95.5 percent of appointments are scheduled within 30 days, the medical center’s director, Michael Adelman, M.D., said Monday at a veterans town hall at the hospital.But Adelman admitted there is room for improvement, and several veterans provided examples of that, including claims from employees ignoring veterans waiting in line for service to inaccuracies in reimbursements to veterans for travel to the medical center and clinics.


Jessup receives funding from Lackawanna County

The third phase of Jessup Borough’s beautification project involves the construction of a pavilion at Station Park. Students in the classes of 2014 and 2015 in the Architectural Drafting and Design Technology Program at Johnson College created the contract drawings for the work being done for the borough as a community project. Jessup will use the plans for pricing and project planning. The Lackawanna County Commissioners assisted in this development by presenting Jessup representatives...

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Keystone College sweeps Valley Forge Christian College in home opener

Keystone College’s volleyball team won its home opener on Saturday afternoon by sweeping Valley Forge Christian College in three sets in a non-conference match. The Giants, who got a match-high 11 kills from Hannah Zuchowski along with five aces and 16 digs from Ciera Scepaniak, snapped a three-game losing skid to improve to 3-4 on the season.Keystone got out on the right foot with a 25-18 victory in the first set before taking a 2-0 advantage with a 25-17 decision in set two...

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Keystone College field hockey drops game to Widener

Widener University scored a pair of goals five minutes apart and held off a comeback bid by Keystone College on Saturday afternoon as the Pride defeated the Giants 3-1 in non-conference field hockey action at Keystone.Widener, who got goals from three different players in the win, improves to 2-3 on the season while the Giants slide to 1-4 on the season.

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Geisinger Cancer Institute awarded $4.4 million grant

Geisinger Health System has been named one of 53 grant recipients nationwide that will participate in clinical research programs organized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Geisinger’s grant totals $4.4 million, and will fund the gathering, processing and analysis of data for NCI clinical trials, including the enrollment of local Central Pennsylvania cancer patients into innovative clinical trials.

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Berwick downs Abington Heights in field hockey

The Abington Heights field hockey team was defeated by Berwick, 2-1, in a Wyoming Valley Conference contest Sept. 8.Liz Isenberg and Katie Kaiser provided the goals for Berwick. Ashley Mercado scored the Abington Heights goal.

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Lackawanna College welcoming author, advocate Charlie Wysocki to Scranton campus

As part of Lackawanna College’s ongoing social and literacy program for incoming freshman, author Charlie Wysocki will speak to students in the Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18.Wysocki is a former University of Maryland standout football player who now works as an advocate for mental health issues. He is the co-author of “Saddle Up, Charlie: Charlie Wysocki’s Journey from Gridiron Glory into Mental I...

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Dr. Polly K. Carl featured speaker at ‘Wake Up With The Arts’ breakfast

Dr. Polly K. Carl, a renowned activist for sharing community-based arts and theater information and resources, will be the featured speaker at this year’s “Wake Up With The Arts Breakfast” Tuesday, Sept. 23, The Mohegan Sun Club at PNC Field, Moosic.The sixth annual event, sponsored by the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department, will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.The breakfast serves as a creative networking event that focuses on educating, moti...

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Contract proposal offered at negotiations Wednesday

State mediator Dan O’Rourke presented a new contract proposal during a negotiating meeting Wednesday night after the Abington Heights teachers’ union informed the school district Monday of its plans to cancel a teachers’ strike, originally scheduled to start today, Sept. 11.“The proposal is very much in line with the fact finding report that an independent arbiter presented some months ago,” Abington Heights Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Mahon ...

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Baptist Bible women’s tennis team defeats Kesytone College

Baptist Bible College swept doubles play before taking five of six singles matches on Tuesday afternoon to notch an 8-1 victory over Keystone College in a non-conference match at the Murray Courts. The Defenders lifted their record to 3-1 on the season with their third-straight victory while the Giants fell to 1-1. The two teams will meet again in the Giants’ regular season finale on Friday, Oct. 17th in La Plume in a Colonial States Athletic Conference matchup.Kimberly Todis...

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Keystone College women’s soccer drops game to Old Westbury

The College at Old Westbury had three different players score goals in a 3-0 victory over Keystone College in non-conference women’s soccer action on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers, who got a goal in the first half and a pair of insurance markers in the second half, improved to 3-1 on the season while the Giants, who got 13 saves from Katelyn Coon, fell to 1-3.

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Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series to welcome Mt. Everest hiker

The Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series will welcome mountain climber and motivational speaker Brent Bishop for a lecture, “Lessons from Everest: Picking Up Trash at the Top of the World,” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the Theatre in Brooks, Hibbard Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public. Bishop first reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1994. Surprised by the amount of trash left on the slopes by other climbing expeditions, he co-fou...

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Pieces of the Abingtons

How well do you know the streets where you live? The Abington Journal puts your powers of observation to the test with our “Pieces of the Abingtons” contest. Every other week within the paper, we’ll feature a photograph of a landmark, architectural structure or other local item in public view in the Abingtons. We’ll ask you to submit a guess as to where the photo was taken and what’s featured in the photo. Then we’ll enter each correct answer in a drawing t...

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Benton Twp. begins recycling program

Benton Township Representative Joyce Hatala announced the township has started a recycling program during the Sept. 4 Abington Council of Governments monthly meeting at the Clarks Green Municipal Building. A trailer will be located in the parking lot of the Benton Township municipal building in Fleetville.According to Hatala, the township received a trailer from the Wyoming County Recycling Center and the items will be taken back to the county.“I’m so pleased...

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Voting underway for Sen. Baker’s photo contest

Voting has begun in Senator Lisa Baker’s inaugural Scenes from the 20th District Photo Contest, where area shutterbugs submitted nearly 200 photographs capturing the people, places and things unique to the region.Throughout the summer, Baker encouraged people to snap pictures while they were out and about in the district, that encompasses all of Pike, Wayne and Wyoming counties and parts of Luzerne, Monroe and Susquehanna counties. Now, she is asking everyone to cast their vo...

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National Christian recording artist Todd Agnew to headline NEPA Youth For Christ’s See You at the Pole rally Sept. 14

Students from almost every school district in Northeastern Pennslyvania will come together Sunday, Sept. 14 to pray, plan prayer events for their schools and worship God in song, led by national recording artist Todd Agnew.The See You At The Pole (SYATP) rally will be held at Baptist Bible College, 538 Venard Road, Clarks Summit, at 6 p.m. in the school’s Student Rec Center. The event, sponsored by NEPA Youth For Christ, offers the opportunity for middle and high school stude...

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Locals perform piano at Carnegie Hall

Clarks Summit residents, Nina Sampogne and Brendan Braatz , auditioned and recently performed piano at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Both are students at Abington Piano Academy under the direction of Stephanie Austin.

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Scranton youth learns the sport of luge

Zach Niemiec, 15, a member of the USA Luge Junior National Candidate Team, has moved up the ranks in the sport very quickly.Niemiec, of Scranton, first became involved with the sport in the summer of 2012 through a Slider Search event at Montage Mountain in Moosic.According to Niemiec, USA Luge holds the events throughout the country to recruit athletes.

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