The Citizens' Voice

Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us, a division of the Red Hat Society, recently held its monthly meeting at Boscov’s. The meeting was Mardi Gras themed. Each month, a nonprofit group is given a donation. Sixty pairs of socks were donated to the men at the Salvation Army Reh

Scott Wagner is a pro-life warrior
Editor: Republican candidate for governor Scott Wagner has recently come under attack by his primary opponents about his pro-life stance. Make no mistake, this attack is an outright lie. Scott Wagner has a proven pro-life record. He co-sponsored Senate Bi

CASA of Luzerne County shares mission with Back Mountain Chamber
John Aciukewicz, executive director of CASA of Luzerne County, spoke to members of the Back Mountain Chamber on March 8 to provide them with information regarding the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program in Luzerne County. From left, are Tom M

Penguins Weekly: Team’s playoff chances unharmed by turnover in crease
WILKES-BARRE — Goaltender Etienne Marcoux was too busy shaking off rookie jitters to realize he had become a part of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins history.

Car insurance rates rising
Car insurance rates are at an all-time high nationwide and rates are rising fast in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton area, according to a recent study by The Zebra, a car insurance comparison marketplace. In Northeast Pennsylvania, rates are up 44 perce

Trinity Learning Center
The students of Trinity Learning Center in Dallas received a visit recently from a dental hygienist from Dr. Watkins & Medura. Children learned about healthy teeth by watching a movie about dental hygiene. Students received a toothbrush treat bag. Prescho

School safety task forces are limited
Lawmakers conducted hearings last week as Gov. Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale empaneled a task force, and both are appropriate steps to deal with the urgent question of school safety. But both are far too limited in scope and will not get

What We're Reading 3/18/18
Fiction 'Fifty Fifty', James Patterson and Candice Fox 'The Woman in the Window', A.J. Finn 'The Great Alone', Kristin Hannah 'Fall From Grace', Danielle Steel 'Sunburn', Laura Lippman Nonfiction 'Educated: A Memoir', Tara Westover 'Fire and Fury', Michae

‘Wadens Hill’ in terrible condition
Editor: This is “Wadens Hill,” between Irishtown, Plains Twp. and Miners Mill, Wilkes-Barre. It’s in terrible condition. As you can see in the picture, cars ride up the middle of this mess on a blind hill. It’s been like this for years. Also, there is no

Tough days for wildlife protection
Q: President Trump is going to allow the importing of elephant “trophies” after all. Where do things stand overall in the fight to protect endangered species, especially as wildlife now also face threats from climate change? — MARK HARRISON, SUMTER, SOUTH


Missing Allentown Teen Found in Mexico
ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A missing teenage girl from Allentown has been found in Mexico. The 45-year-old married man who was with her is under arrest, according to authorities. Amy Yu, 16, of Allentown had been missing from her home since March 5. Yu willingly accompanied Kevin Esterly, 45, out of the country on a one-way flight to Cancun, Mexico, according to ABC News. An Amber alert was issued in Mexico for the teen. The pair were located Saturday night, ABC

Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Hold 113th Annual Dinner
DICKSON CITY, Pa. — About 500 people dined in Dickson City during a centuries-old St. Patrick’s Day tradition. The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Lackawanna County held its 113th annual dinner at Genetti Manor Saturday night. Scranton lawyer James A. Dougherty III served as toastmaster. The Friendly Sons began in 1906 as the Irish American Association. The named changed to The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Lackawanna County in 1939.

Facebook is again having to account for its role in 2016 election
Facebook’s first black eye was from “fake news.” The social network’s secretive algorithm enabled hoaxes and lies to reach millions of people during the US presidential campaign in 2016. Analysts were taken aback by the scope of the problem. Facebook vowed to make changes. Then investigators found a pipeline of Russian propaganda. A so-called troll farm hijacked Facebook’s platform to sow chaos and, eventually, to try to tip the scale in Donald Trump’s direction. Lawmakers were outraged. Facebook vowed to

Sonic’s summer slush flavor? Pickle juice
OKLAHOMA CITY – Nothing says summer like a tall, bright green glass of semi-frozen pickle juice. At least that’s what Sonic Drive-In is hoping when they roll out their tangy new slush flavor nationwide in June, according to Food and Wine. While pickle juice has enjoyed renewed popularity as a chaser for whiskey, how customers will react seeing it next to blue raspberry, cherry, orange and the other standby flavors is anyone’s guess. “We tasted the drink at Sonic’s headquarters in

Society of Irish Women Marks 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
SCRANTON, Pa. — Our area is in large part made up of Irish immigrants, and their descendants held a milestone celebration on St. Patrick’s Day. The Society of Irish Women held its 20th annual dinner Saturday evening at Hilton Scranton and Conference Center. About 500 people attended the dinner, including Governor Tom Wolf, who spoke to the crowd. There were several other speakers including the keynote, Mary Lou Quinlan, an author, actor, and advocate for women. “It’s a night when

Bomb Threat Reported at Walmart in Mount Pocono
MOUNT POCONO, Pa. — An apparent bomb threat forced shoppers from a store in the Poconos Saturday afternoon. Walmart in Mount Pocono was evacuated around 5 p.m. after reports of a bomb threat in the parking lot, according to the police chief. The parking lot is blocked off and the store is closed while police investigate. Police used bomb-sniffing dogs to check the area. Shortly after 7 p.m., police determined there was no threat and the store was able to

Scranton Times

Pets of the Week 3/18/2018
Find a pet who needs a new home at the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

NEPA’s Most Wanted Fugitives, 3/18/2018
Wanted for: Criminal conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy to engage in drug manufacturing or possession with intent to distribute.

Missing Jessup woman found dead
LA PLUME TWP. — State police Saturday afternoon found the body of a 37-year-old Jessup woman in a dense patch of La Plume Twp. forest

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick dinner: State AG blasts ‘forces of discrimination’
DICKSON CITY — State Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Saturday, recalling the discrimination Irish immigrants faced when they came to the United States, blasted the prejudice that exists today.

Around the Towns, March 18, 2018
Clarks Summit Two programs at the Gathering Place for Community, Arts & Education, 304 S. State St., will look to the past to celebrate Women’s History Month. On Monday, March 26, local historical re-enactor Jennifer Ochman will portray author and poet Lo

Health study shows high death rate for common medical issues
Former smoker David Jenkins is determined not to become a statistic. A Vietnam War veteran, Jenkins, 69, of Clarks Summit, said he was exposed to Agent Orange, a defoliant heavily used during the war that is known to cause cancer.

Namedropper 3/18/2018
Alumnus makes largest gift ever Penn State alumnus Thomas F. Zenty III has made a private donation of $1.6 million to create two new scholarships for Penn State Worthington Scranton students with financial need.

100 Years Ago - Several military officers spoke at the Irish-American dinner in Scranton
Entertainment for the evening was provided by James McCool and Joseph Kelly, both of Philadelphia; Peter Walsh of Jessup; and premier storyteller Larry Sharkey.

News Quiz
1. Waymart native Mike Minor claimed the gold medal last week in Men’s Snowboard Banked Slalom SB-Upper Limb at the Paralympic Winter Games held in ... A. New York, New York. B. Paris, France. C. Pyeongchang, South Korea. D. Geneva, Switzerland. 2. The Al

CHRIS KELLY: Dan Sansky has 'no comment' about Scranton School District benefits
I don’t blame Dan Sansky for hanging up. If I were him, I wouldn’t talk to me. I found Sansky’s cellphone number on his employment application at the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS), where he is maintenance supervisor.

Society of Irish Women dinner: A night to honor mothers
Speaking to a packed room of women clad in green, Mary Lou Quinlan reflected on women who were under-recognized and overlooked.

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Luzerne County DA’s office notified of alleged threat that led to lockdown at Wyoming Area Secondary Center

EXETER — Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said her office has been notified of an alleged threat that prompted a lockdown at the Wyoming Secondary Center this morning. Local and state police are at the school, Salavantis said. The Exeter Hose Company No. 1 posted on its Facebook page that one person was in […]

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Miccarelli motion calls Toohil ‘former lover with an agenda’

WILKES-BARRE — State Rep. Nick Miccarelli this morning filed a motion seeking dismissal of state Rep. Tarah Toohill’s request for restraining order against him, arguing her petition is “baseless, untrue” and intended to cause him personal and professional harm. “Toohil’s statements that Defendant Miccarelli threatened her with a firearm, physically struck her, and verbally abused […]

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What’s Up, NEPA/Senior News

FALLS — The Falls Active Adult Center, state Route 92, Exeter Township: March 15: Donna LaBarr, author, public speaker and health coach will be here from 9 a.m. to noon to discuss “Balancing Your Diet and Health.” This seminar is free of charge. Please RSVP to Twila by March 9 if you wish to attend. […]

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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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Class Reunion Notices

Coughlin High school Class of 1968, will gather for their 50th reunion on July 27 at Appletree Terrace, Newberry Estates, Dallas. Register with Facebook: Coughlin High School Class of 1968, or contact Beth Roche Ward at or 803-708-2979. Class of 1988, will hold a 30th reunion celebration on July 14 at the Apple Tree […]

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American Legion makes donation to food pantry

Harveys Lake American Legion Post 967 recently made a donation to the Back Mountain Food Pantry. Shown are Bernie Castillo, post finance officer, and Carol Eyet, pantry manager.

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What to know about kidney donation: A Q&A with Geisinger’s Dr. Marvin

“If you or a loved one is suffering from liver or kidney failure, organ transplantation may be the solution to living a longer, healthier and more fulfilling life,” said Michael R. Marvin, M.D., chairman of the department of transplantation and liver surgery for Geisinger. A patient on the kidney waiting list waits an average of […]

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Beyond the Byline: Transplanted thoughts

WILKES-BARRE — It was a mild fall evening back in 1966. My mom and I were watching TV in the living room — she was in her favorite chair, and I was on the couch. I can’t really remember what show we were watching, but it probably was a sitcom or a variety show. Dad […]

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Allied Health building a medical complex in Berwick

BERWICK — Berwick residents who need different types of therapy and care from specialists will soon have an option closer to home. Allied Services, a Northeastern Pennsylvania-based health care system, is preparing to debut a 4,500 square-foot rehabilitation center and medical complex in the borough. The center will be located at 118 E. Third St. […]

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Iconic photographer truly ‘fearless’ in project with Jobs, Bezos

WILKES-BARRE — Doug Menuez went from photographing a heart-wrenching, brutal famine in Ethiopia to a different kind of fight in 1985. Menuez was invited into the inner circle of Apple by Steve Jobs to document endless hours of work on landmark computing projects until 2000. With over 250,000 negatives shot during the course of the […]

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Fair and 23 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Winds are North at 10.4 MPH (9 KT). The pressure is 1013.6 mb and the humidity is 48%. The wind chill is 12. Last Updated on Mar 18 2018, 5:54 am EDT.