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Marquis Art and Frame supports artists through decades
Marquis Art and Frame in Wilkes-Barre operated solely as a framing business out of Ken Marquis’ father’s basement in the late 1960s. Today, the business has two brick-and-mortar locations, which sell art supplies in addition to offering framing services,

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Hello, dear readers. We hope that you're settling into 2018. We love that you're keeping our inbox full, and, as ever, we remain grateful for your interest and engagement in our columns. Quite a few of your letters delve deeper into topics we have tackled

Scene and Heard: Beer Boys celebrates anniversary
We’re hitting the dead of winter, and I’m sure everyone is feeling it. Lucky for me, I’m in Israel one day longer so I can soak up the sun before heading back to cold, wintry Pennsylvania. I’ll do my best to bring the weather back with me. One thing I’m e

Langston Hughes' poetry lives on through multimedia jazz performance
Jazz trumpeter Ron McCurdy picked up where poet Langston Hughes left off. A former professor at University of Minnesota, McCurdy created an educational, multimedia piece for a Harlem Renaissance-themed exhibit there, and 20 years later, he continues to pr

Police: Man pulls spear, says he was defending from ‘Lucifer’
EDWARDSVILLE — A borough man who pulled a spear on police and tried to wrest control of a service weapon told officers he was protecting himself from “Lucifer” after neighborhood children began yelling that babies were being eaten in his house, according

Northeast Cancer Institute names chairwoman for C.A.S.U.A.L. Day
Mary Erwine RN, MSN was recently named chairwoman for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 15th annual C.A.S.U.A.L. (Colon cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day. Erwine, of Shavertown, is founder and president of Erwine Home Health and Ho

W-B mayor touts accomplishments in ‘2017 Year in Review’
WILKES-BARRE — Despite the ongoing financial and management struggles the city faced last year, Mayor Tony George on Wednesday released a “2017 Year in Review” that touts numerous accomplishments during his second year in office. George began by noting th

Wilkes-Barre woman reports waking up bound in vehicle
State police said a 29-year-old Wilkes-Barre woman reported that in mid-December she blacked out and then woke up tied up in the back of a vehicle. The woman, whose name was not released, said she was picked up at her home on Dec. 17 and driven to an unkn

Boy brings home drugs; caretaker faces charges
KINGSTON — A borough woman is facing drug-trafficking charges after a 10-year-old boy who was in her care brought home a large bag of marijuana and a hydrocodone pill he found in a pink Batman bag, according to police. Robyn Elian Oelke, 34, of 23 Newitt

Ballast Point brew could change your mind about coffee
I know this is going to be unimaginable for many people, but I generally don’t drink coffee. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being more awake than any person has a right to be. Sadly, my stomach doesn’t much care for it. It also seems that the cost of being a


Ice Jam Cleared in Union County
LEWIS TOWNSHIP — Officials in Union County say a massive ice jam isolating an entire community is cleared. Crews brought in excavators and other heavy machinery on Tuesday to break up the jam on Penns Creek in the Millmont area. For days, nearly all roads in and out of Lewis Township were closed due to the jam in this part of Union County.

Big Rig Damaged by Fire at Concrete Company in Throop
THROOP — The fire marshal is looking into what sparked flames at a business in Lackawanna County. A big rig was damaged when that fire sparked in a garage at Scranton Craftsmen on Dunmore Street in Throop around 10:30 Wednesday night. There is some smoke and water damage to the building but no other trucks were burned at the concrete company in Lackawanna County.

Eating Healthy on a Budget
You might just call it “cost effective cooking.” On Thursday, Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey teamed up with members from Penn State Extension in the Bloomsburg area. They highlighted a free, hands-on educational program called “Penn State Nutrition Links (PSNL). ” Organizers say, “The program is designed to help families and individuals with low incomes stretch their food dollars to achieve a healthy diet. Nutrition Links staff teach families with young children through a variety of program styles.” Penn State Nutrition

Babysitter Busted After Child Finds Drugs
KINGSTON — A woman is facing drug charges after police say the child she was babysitting found her stash. Robyn Oleke, 34, of Kingston is charged with drug trafficking. Police say the 10-year-old boy came home from Oleke’s house and showed his mom a bag of marijuana and a hydrocodone pill he found under Oleke’s bed. Officers searched the home and found three bags of marijuana, a digital scale, packaging materials, and cash.

Moravian @ Scranton Women’s basketball
The University of Scranton hosted Moravian in Landmark Conference Women’s basketball.  Katie Feehery nailed a jumper with under ten seconds left in Overtime to lift Scranton to a 98-94 win.  Bridgette Mann scored 30 points for the Lady Royals to cross 1,000 points for her career.

DeSales @ Wilkes Men’s basketball
Wilkes, 3-1 in MAC Freedom Conference play welcomed DeSales also 3-1 in Men’s basketball.  Colonels 72-66.

Scranton Times

Wamer weather coming after largest storm of the season dumps up to nine inches of snow on area
The largest snowfall so far this winter dumped up to nine inches across the region, closed schools and clogged roads Tuesday evening into Wednesday.

Times-Tribune staff writer to appear in TV show about Randy Stair killings
SCRANTON — Times-Tribune Staff Writer Joseph Kohut will appear Friday on an episode of “Mysteries & Scandals,” a true-crime documentary series on the Oxygen Network.

Man busted for illegal pain pill possession
SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Township police arrested a 70-year-old township man Tuesday for selling and possessing illegal painkillers and marijuana.

Equinunk man sentenced to house arrest in theft case
SCRANTON — A Wayne County man who helped his wife steal thousands of dollars from his mother-in-law’s bank accounts was sentenced Wednesday in Lackawanna County Court to four years of intermediate punishment, with the first three months on house arrest.

Regional Hospital accepting ambulances again after fire crews called there
SCRANTON — Ambulances were temporarily rerouted to other hospitals after city fire crews responded to Regional Hospital of Scranton on Wednesday afternoon to evaluate a water leak that affected electrical panels there.

Downtown Scranton rife with inoperable parking meters
The operator of Scranton’s parking system put “no parking” bags on a slew of inoperable meters Wednesday, after The Times-Tribune pressed for an explanation of the large number of partially dismantled meter heads.

Report gives transit council ways to improve
Before executives at the behemoth online pet product retailer signed a lease for a distribution center in Hanover Twp., they wanted to know one thing.

Carbondale Alzheimer’s support: The Northeast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offers a free Alzheimer’s caregivers support group the second Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Carbondale Library, 5 N. Main St.; for more information, 570-561-3009. D

Chairwoman named Mary Erwine was named chairwoman for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s 15th Annual CASUAL (Colon Cancer Awareness Saves Unlimited Adult Lives) Day. Erwine, RN, MSN, is the founder and president of Erwine Home Health and Hospice in

Scranton seeks court approval to again triple the annual Local Services Tax, from $52 to $156 per worker
Scranton officials return to court next month for permission to continue imposing a tripled, annual local services tax of $156 on most who work in the city.

50 years ago - Gov. Shafer says LSD blinding story was a hoax
Jan. 18, 1968 LSD story hoax, governor says Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer announced that the story of the six western Pennsylvania college student that went blind from staring at the sun while on LSD was fabricated by Dr. Norman Yoder, state commission

Times Leader

Exeter resident makes dean’s list

Courtney Sadowski, of Exeter, was named to the dean’s list fo rthe fall term at South Hills School of Business and Technology. She attended Misericordia University and is enrolled in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Profefssional Plus program designed for studnets who have prior education in a related area.

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Rev. Ambrose honored for service

The Rev. Anita J. Ambrose was recently honored by the First Welsh Baptist Church, of Plymouth, for her 25 years of service. Rev. Ambrose had grown up in the First Welsh Baptist Church, and was asked to serve there 25 years ago. She has taken in many new members over the years, as the Church […]

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Plains Township teen attains Eagle Scout rank

Jason Zubris, 18, of Plains Township recently attained his Eagle Scout rank at Troop 100 Plains. His project was building several bat boxes in Luzerne County to preserve the species. Pictured are Zubris, right, who was presented proclamations for his work by U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, at his Eagle Scout ceremony at Scout Hall […]

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Class Reunion Notices

Coughlin High school Class of 1959, will hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at Andy Perugino’s Restaurant, 258 Charles St., Luzerne. All class members and spouses are invited to attend. Class of 1968, will gather for their 50th reunion on July 27 at Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estates, Dallas. Register with Facebook: Coughlin […]

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Happy birthday Madelyn Miller!

Madelyn Miller, daughter of Gary and Heidi Miller, of Pringle, is celebrating her eighth birthday today, Jan. 18, 2018. Madelyn is the granddaughter of Dan and Jean Miller, of Swoyersville; Linda Nagy, of Kingston; and Robert and Joanne Erikson, of Bayville, N.J. She is the great-granddaughter of Margaret Nagy, of Wilkes Barre, and Emily Evans, […]

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Happy birthday Kamau Nevaeh-John Ingram!

Kamau Nevaeh-John Ingram, son of the late Kamau H. Ingram and Caroline Maitland-Ingram, of Wilkes Barre, is celebrating his 11th birthday today, Jan. 18, 2018. Kamau is the grandson of the late John and late Mary Maitland, of Maspeth, N.Y.; Shelia and the late John Jackson, of Wilkes Barre; and Otis Broadway, of Newark, N.J. […]

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Happy birthday Kate Spencer!

Kate Spencer, daughter of Julie Eidem Spencer and Stephen Spencer Jr., of Pottstown, is celebrating her 11th birthday today, Jan. 18, 2018. Kate is the granddaughter of Frances and Stephen Spencer Sr., Judy and John Zegarski, all of Nanticoke, and John and Mary Ann Eidem, of Pine Grove. Kate has a sister, Natalie, 12.

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Club and society meetings

Editor’s note: The Times Leader will keep a rolling file of club and society meetings and publish them weekly — online every week and in print when space permits. To submit your club or society meeting notice, email with the name of your organization, time, date and exact location of the meeting with full […]

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Retired plumber uses cold to create colorful ‘gumdrops’

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Russ Opp has found a way to while away the hours during subzero temperatures in Gillette. And he’s been spreading the results around the community. The 64-year-old retired plumber and businessman spent those bone-chilling cold days that started the new year manufacturing frozen “gumdrops” with a friend. The colored balls are made […]

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What’s Up, NEPA/Senior News

FALLS — The Falls Active Adult Center, state Route 92, Exeter Township: Jan 19, Mobile food bank, available to all age groups, Volunteers are needed at 9 a.m. to help package food for the pantry. Contact Twila (570-388-2623) to sign up please. Jan 22, Winter Skin Care with Pattie Gregario from 10 a.m. to noon; […]

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