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Locals appear in Little Theatre’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’

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Jenkins Township resident Wendi Newell has been acting for the past 28 years, ever since her high school days. Her daughter talked her into auditioning for the Little Theatre of Wilkes Barre’s “Catch Me If You Can” which runs from Sept 6-14. She has been cast as Paula Abagnale, the mother of Frank Abagnale Jr., the story’s main character.

 

New porous glass is SCHOTT in arm for Luzerne County employment

DURYEA — A new type of porous glass made locally is helping purify drugs in medical research and protect aircraft in the aerospace industry.The new CoralPor® porous glass, a high-performance glass used in the medical, aerospace, defense, and oil and gas industries, was developed and is manufactured at SCHOTT North America Inc. on York Avenue. The new product, developed with the help of $100,000 in gaming revenue through Luzerne County and a more than $1 million investmen...

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Carmen Bolin replaces late brother John on Wyoming Area School Board

EXETER — Carmen Bolin was sworn in Tuesday as a member of the Wyoming Area School Board to fill the seat of his late brother.The board in July voted unanimously to appoint Bolin to fill the remainder of the term of John Bolin, who died in June after battling cancer for more than a year.Luzerne County President Judge Thomas Burke led Bolin, a retired florist, in reciting his oath of office prior to the start of the monthly board meeting.“I consider ...

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Shots fired in West Pittston on Monday, police still investigating

West Pittston police officers are investigating a shooting that took place on Elm Street in West Pittston on Monday night.According to Sgt. Michael Turner, officers were dispatched at 9:30 p.m. to a report of a domestic dispute.According to Turner, the shooter is Travis Lakey, believed to be in his 20s. Police could not provide an address for Lakey.Turner said that witnesses reported Lakey pointing his firearm at a victim before firing one shot into the air an...

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Former PA quarterback a world champ

It’s remembered as the Rex Revesz Game and with good reason. The senior running back, with his leg in a cast until days before, ran for 206 yards and two touchdowns on Thanksgiving Day in 1970 as Pittston Area beat rival Wyoming Area, 21-0. The Warriors had entered the final game of the season unbeaten but the day belonged to the Patriots.Revesz was carried off the field by his teammates and the game went down as the biggest upset in the 47-year history of the rivalry, but th...

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Goodbye summer, hello school in NEPA

PITTSTON — Owen Dadurka said that, sure, he was ready to head back to school for his first day of first grade Monday, but doubtless voiced a sentiment echoing up and down Wyoming Valley: “We could enjoy more summer.”Another opinion he held that surely is shared by thousands of students returning to classes this week: When asked his favorite part of school, he didn’t hesitate much before replying “lunch.”Monday was the first day for stu...

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Pittston Tomato Festival just as sweet for veterans, first-timers

PITTSTON — Sunday was the last day for the 31st annual Pittston Tomato Festival, but it also was the first for some festival-goers.Belinda Cerene and and her 22-year-old daughter, Ali Zuder, recently moved to nearby Jenkins Township from Hanover Township, and they had never been to the festival in downtown Pittston.“We’re really enjoying it,” Cerene said. “We’re enjoying the food.”The four-day festival is known for its...

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Poverty expert to help launch United Way campaign

With one in every three children under 5 years old living in poverty in Luzerne County, the United Way of Wyoming Valley would be hard pressed to find a better speaker than Susan N. Dreyfus to help launch its “Poverty to Possibility” movement and 2014 campaign next week.Dreyfus is president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families, a national organization at the forefront of the fight to reduce childhood poverty and poverty in general, and increase the number o...

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PITTSTON AREA SCHOOL BOARD

All matters discussed at the Pittston Area School Board meeting on Aug. 19 were approved, including the renaming of the high school basketball court and swimming pool.The basketball court will be named after former basketball coach Gene Guarilia while the swimming pool will be named after former head swim coach John McHale.The proposal for the renamings came at the conclusion of the meeting and was introduced by board member John Adonizio.“Gene was a wor...

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A Hall of Fame night

Ron Musto Jr. stopped for a second to gather himself.The question, although expected, just hit the long-time baseball coach. What does it mean to be a member of the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame?“Amazing,” Musto said Sunday night at the ceremony held at the Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center. “Man, I can’t even describe it.”Musto was one of 13 people inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame John Louis Pop...

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Painting brings mom to tears

When Kimberly Stack entered Sue Hand’s art studio this past Monday evening, she expected to view her daughter Victoria’s painting of New York City.Instead, what she saw brought her to tears.Victoria had surprised her mother with a huge portrait of her parents’ 1997 wedding, creating the portrait from six individual pictures.Kimberly and Gary Stack, of Wyoming, were married in Newport, Rhode Island, at Astor’s Mansion Beachwood, complete...

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Local family to hold fifth annual fundraiser for ALS

Florence Duffy, 72, of Pittston lost her husband of 45 years, Jimmy, to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) back in 2009 after a two-year battle with the disease. He was 67 years old.Duffy recalls what she and her late husband went through during those two years.“From the day he was diagnosed, I knew what the end result was going to be so it was difficult just going through every day knowing what was ahead of us,” said Duffy. “I think Jimmy knew, also. ...

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YOUR SPACE

Eileen Dewey is all about the sauce! She submitted this giant, 3-pound tomato to our Facebook page in early August. Lo and behold, she started the sauce just days later. She’s growing some 40 plants this season. We hope you enjoy that sauce, Eileen. Can we have some?If you would like to submit a Your Space photo, please email it to sd@psdispatch.com.

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Groove Train performs today at festival

Groove Train, a dance/party band, will perform at 3:45 today, Aug. 24 at the Pittston Tomato Festival. Members of the band are, from left, seated, Dan Bogdon, drums; John Barborek , lead vocals; Steve Owen, electric guitar/vocals. Standing, Dave Chaump, keyboards/vocals; and P.J. Best, bass guitar.

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THIS WEEK IN SPORTS

SUNDAY, AUG. 24No local events scheduledMONDAY, AUG 25GolfWyoming Area at Tunkhannock, 4:15 p.m.TUESDAY, AUG. 26Girls tennisWyoming Area at Hazleton, 4:15 p.m.Pittston Area at MMI Prep, 4:15 p.m.WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27GolfPittston Area at Coughlin, 4:15 p.m....

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STRONG START

Pittston Area girls tennis team started its 2014 campaign on a high note. The Patriots won both of their matches last week in convincing fashion.Elaina Menichelli, Kari Scull and Claudia Shandra each have started the season 2-0, making it look quite easy. Only one of their matches went to three sets.The doubles team of Mikhaela Moher and Sara Swartz also have yet to lose.Pittston Area 4,Hanover Area 1Pitt...

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HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Wyoming Area takes a new coach and many new players into the upcoming Wyoming Valley Conference girls soccer season.Nikki Sipkowski will lead a young team as it tries to find a way to improve on last season’s 5-10 finish.The former Wyoming Valley West and Shippensburg University goalkeeper has experience coaching at Shippensburg High School, with the Back Mountain Kickers age group team and with Wyoming Area’s junior high program.“We are real...

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HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER

They had it in their grasp and let it slip away.That’s how Pittston Area’s girls soccer team finished its 2013 campaign. Getting over that hump is next on the list for the Patriots and head coach Nicole Tieso.Pittston Area had an early 3-0 lead on Berwick in the PIAA District 2 Class AAA championships last season to only see it slip away with a 4-3, double overtime loss to end the season.That feeling is still lingering, but it’s time to move ...

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