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  • Deadly sugar addiction – why carbs, not fats, are the problemDeadly sugar addiction – why carbs, not fats, are the problem

    ST. LOUIS -- Some doctors say sugar may be the number one killer in America right now. That may sound like a stretch, but you can see why they make that claim. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and obesity can all be partially attributed to too much sugar. Mike Norton, 51, had been an athlete most of his life. He thought he was doing everything right with diet and exercise, but then he suffered a heart attack just over five years ago. “I consumed carbs all the time, not knowing that they were bad for you until I had some medical issues, then I found out otherwise,” he said. Norton was a ticking time bomb. “I know factually it was my diet,” he said. Norton thought he was eating healthy: low fat, low calories, but loads of carbs – which means lots of sugar. “Load up on pasta before a run or a ride,” he said. “So that’s what I did and I did that for decades. After I finished eating a heavy carb meal, within an hour I was hungry, so I would eat more. And it was self-perpetuating.” That is one of the main symptoms of a carb addict. You can't stop eating, especially after a high carb big meal, because carbs turn into sugar. If some sugar sensitive people have just one piece of candy, they have intense cravings for more. So after his health scare, Norton cut out all carbs and started eating fattier, more calorie dense foods. “My energy level is much higher. My mental acuity. My weight has gone down about 25 pounds and I have sustained that weight loss,” he said. And his test results back that up. “I was a pre-diabetic. I’m not anymore. My cholesterol is down tremendously since being on this diet,” Norton said. Dr. Rick Lehman, Orthopedic Surgeon and Director with the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine in Kirkwood, works with athletes every day. And he agrees that sugar addiction is a big problem. “I think sugar in and of itself is one of the worst foods you can possibly eat,” he said. Research shows that sugar affects the brain in the same ways as cocaine or heroin. Scans show identical areas of the brain light up when exposed to drugs or sugar. “Sugar addiction is really no different than opioid addiction. People have looked at all these things that are similar to opioid addiction,” Lehman said. “It’s a real effort, it’s not as easy as saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to eat junk food.’” So how did all the companies get it so wrong with the low-fat craze? The American Medical Association Journal reported last year sugar companies paid researchers in the 1960s and 1970s to downplay the role sugar has on health. And with that research, the blame shifted to fatty foods. So to make low fat foods taste better, sugar-based additives were put in most everything. “When we all believed that fats are bad and carbs were good, so we were eating low-fat cookies and low-fat food, and what happened to America? We got immense. We got giant,” Lehman said. And for people like Norton, who have cut carbs out, life has gotten so much sweeter. “For me personally, it’s all about quality of life. I now have the ability to exercise at not quite the intensity I once did, but without worrying about having a heart attack,” Norton said. “So for me, that gave me a level of freedom that I didn’t have prior to being on this diet.” Of course, some say that sugar addiction is a cop-out for people who simply lack the will power to say no to certain foods. Doctors said that's the same excuse made in the 70s as research started coming out about smoking. When you engineer foods to make you dependent upon them, you can really see how hard it is for some people to stop.

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  • Cost of a Thanksgiving meal drops for second straight yearCost of a Thanksgiving meal drops for second straight year

    ARKANSAS -- The cost of a Thanksgiving feast is the cheapest it has been since 2015, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The organization has surveyed the average cost of a Thanksgiving Day meal since 1986. For the 32nd year, AFBF found the national average for the Thanksgiving meal for ten people to be just over $49, or about 1.5% cheaper than in 2016. This marked the second consecutive year that the cost has declined. American Farm Bureau Federation Walmart has since released a Thanksgiving dinner menu of its own with prices found on items inside its stores. The list includes some store brand items: Butterball Frozen Turkey - $0.98 per lb. (14 lbs = $13.72) Great Value Turkey or Brown Gravy Mix - $0.52 (x2 = $1.04) Great Value Cornbread Stuffing - $0.75 (x 3 = $2.25) Sweet Potatoes - $2.94 (x 1 three lb bag = $2.94) Marketside Hawaiian Style Rolls - $2.50 (x3 = $5.00) Great Value Green Beans – $0.50 (x 4 = $2.00) Fresh Cranberries - $1.98 for 12 oz (x1 = $1.98) Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie - $2.97 (x1 = $2.97) Whipped Cream - $1.24 (x1 = $1.24) Total = $33.14 before tax The retail giant also recommended Thanksgiving meal shoppers beat the last minute crowds, especially on the Monday before Thanksgiving Day, which has been Walmart's biggest day for turkey sales. According to the survey, turkey saw one of the largest drops in price since last year. The Farm Bureau attributed the decrease to continued large inventory in cold storage.

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  • Getting Some Holiday Shopping DoneGetting Some Holiday Shopping Done

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP -- For those of us who didn't feel like waiting for Jolly Old St. Nick to squeeze down the chimney, a shopping expo helped to kick off the holidays in one part of Luzerne County. The Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center hosted dozens of vendors in Plains Township on Saturday. Vendors had a little something for everyone's holiday wish list. The marketplace also featured basket raffles and door prizes and even some food in case shoppers got a little hungry.

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  • Santa arrives in Wilkes-Barre during the Christmas ParadeSanta arrives in Wilkes-Barre during the Christmas Parade

    The annual Wilkes-Barre Christmas parade kicked off the holiday season today with a day filled with free family-friendly events

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  • Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting in Wilkes-BarreChristmas Parade & Tree Lighting in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE -- After spreading some cheer in Scranton, ol' St. Nick sledded his way to Wilkes-Barre for the Diamond City's annual Christmas Parade. Hundreds packed Public Square to get into the Christmas spirit with Santa. There were some reindeer wannabes and a few Christmas angels. The city's Christmas tree lighting ceremony took place following the parade.

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  • Touch of Home for TroopsTouch of Home for Troops

    CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP -- People in Monroe County got into the giving spirit, sending men and women serving in the Armed Forces a little "touch of home." Volunteers with Operation: Touch of Home boxed up care packages for troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan on Saturday. They say their fall drive at American Legion Post 927 near Brodheadsville is the biggest of the year. The care packages give troops some bare necessities that overseas are considered luxuries. "It's incredible when we send these packages out, especially when one of our family members is deployed. We know we're sending them something that's coming from home, and those boxes are filled with the love we're sending over," said volunteer Maria Bentzoni. For information on how you can donate, visit Operation: Touch of Home or its Facebook page.

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  • Santa Comes to ScrantonSanta Comes to Scranton

    SCRANTON -- The streets of downtown Scranton serve as a welcome mat for the holiday season. The annual Santa Parade stepped off Saturday morning with the weather feeling appropriately wintry. Though Thanksgiving is still a few days away, some families see the Santa Parade as the start of family traditions that will take them through the end of the year. "We love family traditions. We're all about family and getting together. We love the holidays," Melissa McCallister of Scranton. The Santa Parade features many of our area's talented performers: twirlers and dancing feet, marching bands playing holiday favorites. "Just coming down into downtown and seeing the decorations, it gets us in the spirit, so we have already been on our countdown chain and excited about everything coming up for the holidays," said Kristen Strong of Clarks Summit. And last but not least, the parade's namesake brings his sleigh into Scranton. After all, it's only a few more weeks until he visits again. "We love the floats and Santa at the end. Santa and Mrs. Claus are a huge hit at the end," Strong said.

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  • A Rainy Start to Bear SeasonA Rainy Start to Bear Season

    (Editors note: Some of the video may be upsetting to some viewers.) CANAAN TOWNSHIP -- Hunters headed out across Pennsylvania looking to put their sights on a black bear. Bear season kicked off Saturday and hunters dealt with some pretty ugly weather. Hunters we spoke with weren't going to let a little rain get in the way of bagging a bear. On a rainy afternoon, a group of hunters made their way through the woods near Carbondale. With rifles, camo, and reflector vests, the cold rain wasn't going to be enough to stop them. According to this bunch, the weather may have even made for better hunting. "It's a lot tougher than Mississippi because we ain't got no bears. I don't know with the rain and wind it wasn't that bad. We do it all the time," said Randall Jones of Mississippi. Jones is a mentor for Hunts For Healing, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans. Although this wasn't a Hunts For Healing event, Jones says it's important for him and other veterans to get outside to clear their heads, making for a bonding experience. "A lot of us getting out into the woods and being able to do hunting and fishing, it works a lot better than the beds they put us on," Jones said. William Stein was the only one in the group to bag a bear. The Army veteran came all the way from Mississippi to hunt. Stein says he was looking at his cell phone when all of a sudden, he noticed some movement. "I dropped my phone and picked up my rifle and drew a shot and then it took off running and ran through the woods," Stein said. One shot was all he needed, and he and a friend were able to track down the bear. The bear was weighed at a bear check station in Lackawanna State Park, totaling 188 pounds. "It's incredible. I've never seen a bear in real life besides the zoo, and I mean, it's behind a cage, but being out in the wilderness seeing a live bear, that was incredible," Stein said. Black bear season ends statewide on November 22, but it picks up again in some areas on the Monday after Thanksgiving. For a full list of dates, click here.

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  • AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

    NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as “Highway to Hell,” ”Hells Bells” and “Back in Black,” has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced the death Saturday on their official Facebook page and website Saturday. A representative for the band confirmed that the posts were true. The posts did not say when or where Young died, but said the performer had been suffering from dementia. He was diagnosed in 2014. “It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Malcolm Young, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Malcolm had been suffering from Dementia for several years and passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside,” one of the posts read. The family put out a statement posted on the band’s website calling Young a “visionary who inspired many.” While Young’s younger brother, Angus, the group’s school-uniform-wearing lead guitarist, was the public face of the band, Malcolm Young was its key writer and leader, the member the rest of the band watched for onstage changes and cutoffs. AC/DC were remarkably consistent for over 40 years with its mix of driving hard rock, lusty lyrics and bluesy shuffles, selling over 200 million albums, surviving the loss of its first singer and creating one of the greatest rock records ever in “Back in Black,” the world’s second best-selling album behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The Glasgow-born Young brothers — who moved to Sydney, Australia, with their parents, sister and five older brothers in 1963 — formed the band in 1973. They were inspired to choose the high-energy name AC/DC from the back of a sewing machine owned by their sister, Margaret. Angus experimented with several different stage costumes at first — including a gorilla suit and a Zorro outfit — but the school uniform was a natural, since he was only 16 at the time. The Youngs went through several drummers and bass guitarists, finally settling on Phil Rudd on drums in 1974 and Englishman Cliff Williams on bass three years later. Their original singer was fired after a few months when they discovered Bon Scott, who was originally hired as the band’s driver. By 1980, the band was on a roll, known for its high energy performances and predictably hard-charging songs. Their album “Highway To Hell” was certified gold in America and made it into the top 25 Billboard album charts, and the single “Touch Too Much” became their first UK Top 30 hit. But on Feb. 18, 1980, everything changed — Scott died of asphyxiation after choking on his own vomit after an all-night drinking binge. The band decided to keep going and hired English vocalist Brian Johnson at the helm. The newly reconfigured group channeled their grief into songwriting and put out 1980’s “Back In Black,” with the songs “You Shook Me All Night Long,” ”Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” and “Hells Bells.” The cover of the album was black, in honor of Scott’s death. The band continued with a studio or live album every few years , blending their huge guitar riffs with rebellious and often sophomoric lyrics — song titles include “Big Balls,” ”Beating Around the Bush,” ”Let Me Put My Love Into You” and “Stiff Upper Lip.” AC/DC won only a single Grammy Award, for best hard rock performance in 2009 for “War Machine.” Rolling Stone said in 1980 that “the AC/DC sound is nothing more and nothing less than aggressively catchy song hooks brutalized by a revved-up boogie rhythm, Malcolm’s jackhammer riffing, Angus’ guitar histrionics and Johnson’s bloodcurdling bawl.” In the book “The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC” by Jesse Fink, Angus Young said the formula worked. “We’ve got the basic thing kids want,” he said. “They want to rock and that’s it. They want to be part of the band as a mass. When you hit a guitar chord, a lot of the kids in the audience are hitting it with you. They’re so much into the band they’re going through all the motions with you. If you can get the mass to react as a whole, then that’s the ideal thing. That’s what a lot of bands lack, and why the critics are wrong.” AC/DC’s infectious, driving sound stretched further than rock arenas. The song “Shoot to Thrill” was heard in the film “The Avengers,” ”Back in Black” made it into “The Muppets,” ”Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” was played in “Bridesmaids” and their songs were included in the “Iron Man” franchise. On TV, the band’s music was heard in everything from “Top Gear,” the “Hawaii Five-0” reboot, “Glee,” ”CSI: Miami” and “The Voice.” Though the band championed good-natured hell-raising, it had to weather suggestions in the 1980s that they were a threat to the moral fabric of society. There were rumors the band’s name stood for Anti-Christ/Devil’s Children and many were shocked when it was learned that serial murderer and rapist Richard Ramirez identified himself as a fan and left an AC/DC baseball cap behind at a crime scene. In 2014, the band released “Rock or Bust,” the first AC/DC album without Malcolm Young. Even so, he is very present on the record since the 11 songs are credited to the Young brothers (Angus said he built the album from guitar hooks the two had accumulated over the years). Around the album’s release, Angus Young told The Associated Press that Malcolm was doing fine, but that he couldn’t perform anymore. “It was progressing further, but he knew he couldn’t do it,” Angus Young said of his older brother’s dementia. “He had continued as long as he could, still writing. But he said to me, ‘Keep it going.’” The fate of the band was also put into doubt by the retirement of Williams, legal trouble for Rudd and Johnson’s hearing loss, which forced him to leave. The band enlisted Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose to sing on tour in 2016. Several musicians paid their respects to Malcolm Young on social media, writing about his influence and impact in music. “It is a sad day in rock and roll. Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC. I had some of the best times of my life with him on our 1984 European tour,” Eddie Van Halen tweeted on Saturday. “He will be missed and my deepest condolences to his family, bandmates and friends.” “The driving engine of AC/DC has died. A tragic end for a sometimes unsung icon. One of the true greats. RIP,” Paul Stanley, of Kiss, wrote on Twitter. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } FILE – A March 3, 2003 file photo of from left: Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams from AC/DC posing for photographers at the Apollo Hammersmith in London. The band has announced, Saturday Nov. 18, 2017, that 64-year-old Young has died. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_119235910-2e0d7104d5214ea79ac45c319df5bcf7.jpgFILE – A March 3, 2003 file photo of from left: Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams from AC/DC posing for photographers at the Apollo Hammersmith in London. The band has announced, Saturday Nov. 18, 2017, that 64-year-old Young has died. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) FILE – A March 3, 2003 file photo of AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young at an event in London. The band has announced, Saturday Nov. 18, 2017, that 64-year-old Young has died. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_119235910-e8b083ae42c443d0acc6890c8e0fb0aa.jpgFILE – A March 3, 2003 file photo of AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young at an event in London. The band has announced, Saturday Nov. 18, 2017, that 64-year-old Young has died. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) By Mark Kennedy-Associated Press The post AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64 appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • Field hockey: Sem, WVW fall in state championshipField hockey: Sem, WVW fall in state championship

    The Wyoming Seminary Blue Knights settled for a runner-up finish in the state today, losing the PIAA Class A field hockey championship 2-1 against Greenwood.

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  • State and Union: More on 'Trolleys of the Oil Rich Enchanted Mountains' - Olean Times HeraldState and Union: More on 'Trolleys of the Oil Rich Enchanted Mountains' - Olean Times Herald

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  • Police officer killed in Pennsylvania, gunman at largePolice officer killed in Pennsylvania, gunman at large

    NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — An intense search continued Saturday for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a rookie police officer. The shooting happened shortly after 8 p.m. Friday in New Kensington, about 18 miles (29 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh. Officer Brian Shaw, 25, was shot after a traffic stop involving an SUV led to him chasing someone on foot, authorities said. Police later recovered an older model of an unoccupied brown Jeep Grand Cherokee, wanted in connection with the shooting. Shaw had served as a part-time officer in three other towns before joining the New Kensington police force full time in June. He was taken to a hospital after the shooting but was pronounced dead there a short time later, according to authorities. Police officers from neighboring towns continued to scour the area for the suspect early Saturday. SWAT teams and police dogs assisted. A description of the suspect has not been released. Authorities planned to provide more details at a news conference Saturday. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } Police officers walk away from the scene of shooting where a police officer was fatally shot Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. Authorities in Pennsylvania say a police officer was shot and killed while making a traffic stop and a search is underway for the gunman. Police officers from neighboring towns, some carrying rifles, are scouring the area for the suspect. (Rebecca Droke/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_119234529-c2d5c7e16464495e98e6ffd404ea52db.jpgPolice officers walk away from the scene of shooting where a police officer was fatally shot Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. Authorities in Pennsylvania say a police officer was shot and killed while making a traffic stop and a search is underway for the gunman. Police officers from neighboring towns, some carrying rifles, are scouring the area for the suspect. (Rebecca Droke/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) A SWAT team walks along a street in the neighborhood where a police officer was fatally shot Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. Authorities in Pennsylvania say a police officer was shot and killed while making a traffic stop and a search is underway for the gunman. (Rebecca Droke/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_119234529-0397731ab64540dd8c4b17bd6c4a2705.jpgA SWAT team walks along a street in the neighborhood where a police officer was fatally shot Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. Authorities in Pennsylvania say a police officer was shot and killed while making a traffic stop and a search is underway for the gunman. (Rebecca Droke/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) SWAT team members prepare to search the neighborhood where a police officer was fatally shot Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. Authorities in Pennsylvania say a police officer was shot and killed while making a traffic stop and a search is underway for the gunman. (Rebecca Droke/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_119234529-10632ef0179243d58ade2501fbbfe683.jpgSWAT team members prepare to search the neighborhood where a police officer was fatally shot Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. Authorities in Pennsylvania say a police officer was shot and killed while making a traffic stop and a search is underway for the gunman. (Rebecca Droke/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) Associated Press The post Police officer killed in Pennsylvania, gunman at large appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • Nonprofit “Nurses of Pennsylvania” Vows to Make Changes in Health Care - DailyNurse (blog)Nonprofit “Nurses of Pennsylvania” Vows to Make Changes in Health Care - DailyNurse (blog)

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  • Warrant issued for woman who shoved girl in viral videoWarrant issued for woman who shoved girl in viral video

    WILKES-BARRE — A woman who pleaded guilty to assault for shoving a 12-year-old girl in a dispute caught on viral video is now a fugitive.

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  • DA announces arrests in Scranton/Dunmore home improvement fraud casesDA announces arrests in Scranton/Dunmore home improvement fraud cases

    Two contractors face charges in separate home improvement fraud investigations that cost two households in Scranton and Dunmore thousands of dollars, the Lackawanna County district attorney’s office said Friday.

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  • Clarks Summit fire started by cigarette in trash canClarks Summit fire started by cigarette in trash can

    CLARKS SUMMIT — A fire that damaged a borough home Friday was sparked by a cigarette tossed into a trash can

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  • Fish and Boat Commission to draw down Fords LakeFish and Boat Commission to draw down Fords Lake

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  • VALLEY SANTA: Medical issues lead to difficult financial times for local familyVALLEY SANTA: Medical issues lead to difficult financial times for local family

    Greg and Emily, local parents of four children, describe themselves as a “humble yet hard-working family of six.” Emily recently returned to work after a rough five years of staying home to take care of her children and her terminally ill mother. Due to c

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  • Police blotter 11/18/17Police blotter 11/18/17

    Woman allegedly stashed items in stroller WILKES-BARRE — A woman was arrested after she allegedly hid items in a stroller at a grocery story. City police said Brittany Schultz, 28, of Wilkes-Barre, was observed walking into Schiel’s Family Market on Hanov

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  • Police: Robber snatches quarters from Sheetz tillPolice: Robber snatches quarters from Sheetz till

    WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating a robbery that targeted a convenience store late Thursday. Police say a man approached the register of the Sheetz on Wilkes-Barre Twp. Boulevard about 10:20 p.m. and reached over the counter to grab cash from the dr

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  • Plains Twp. man gets his wish: He’s buried with cheesesteaksPlains Twp. man gets his wish: He’s buried with cheesesteaks

    PLAINS TWP. — A Wyoming Valley man who always joked that he didn’t want to venture into the afterlife hungry got his wish when he was buried with two cheesesteaks from his favorite sandwich shop — Pat’s King of Steaks in Philadelphia. According to his grandson, Dominic Lussi, when asked what he wanted to take with him when he died, Richard Lussi replied, “What do you think? Pat’s cheesesteak!” “No onions,” his grandson said he would say, “because they’ll come back to haunt me.” The 76-year-old father of four died of heart complications Oct. 10. Richard Lussi, of Plains Township, was a rabid fan of Philadelphia sports teams, and that loyalty spread to the famed cheesesteak shop after a pregame meal decades ago, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “We hear that there’s other cheesesteak places in Philly but we haven’t seen them,” said his son, John Lussi. Richard Lussi loved the sandwiches even though he had a bad heart and his doctor had warned him to watch what he ate, said Dominic Lussi. At family gatherings, Richard Lussi would often challenge family members to drive 2 1/2 hours to Philadelphia and back to get the sandwiches. So the day before his funeral, his son, grandson and two friends made the trip to pick up cheesesteaks for the coffin. They had planned to buy just one until they remembered a piece of advice he had given them: “If you’re going to Pat’s you always get two, you never order just one.” Pat’s owner, Frank Olivieri Jr., said he was flattered and bewildered by someone choosing to be buried with his sandwiches. As for what the second cheesesteak might be for, he speculated: “Maybe it’s a bribe for Saint Peter.” — Associated Press .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_cheesesteaks.jpg The post Plains Twp. man gets his wish: He’s buried with cheesesteaks appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • Harveys Lake councilman sentenced to house arrest for DUIHarveys Lake councilman sentenced to house arrest for DUI

    WILKES-BARRE — A Harveys Lake councilman was sentenced to house arrest this week after pleading guilty to driving under the influence. Thomas Kehler, 64, must serve a minimum of 90 days on house arrest and could face up to a year. Kehler’s location will be monitored electronically. Luzerne County Judge Hugh F. Mundy also ordered Kehler to pay a fine of $1,500 plus other costs. Kehler’s license has been suspended for 18 months, and the ignition to his vehicle will be locked for a year. He must also serve 25 hours of community service within a year of his sentencing, and was ordered to refrain from the use of drugs or alcohol and to stay out of places that serve alcohol. He faces random testing to ensure his sobriety. Police said Kehler was driving through the borough April 2 when he struck garbage cans and damaged yard decorations at a Spring Street home before speeding away. Kehler was later found at his girlfriend’s residence. When he came to the door, he slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol. When asked to identify himself, Kehler seemed to brag about his position on borough council. “I’m a Harveys Lake council member,” he reportedly told police. “That’s kinda cool, huh?” Testing revealed Kehler’s blood-alcohol content was .186 percent, more than two times the .08 driving limit. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } Kehler http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_web1_KEHLER-2.jpgKehler By Patrick Kernan pkernan@timesleader.com Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan The post Harveys Lake councilman sentenced to house arrest for DUI appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • A Police Officer is Dead Following a Shooting Near PittsburghA Police Officer is Dead Following a Shooting Near Pittsburgh

    NEW KENSINGTON -- According to the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, an officer is dead following a shooting in Westmoreland County. The shooting took place in New Kensington, which is about 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh. State police and federal authorities from around the Pittsburgh area are now searching for the shooter. No word yet on what led to tonight's shooting which claimed the life of that police officer in Western PA. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.  

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  • West Pittston man charged with having sex with teen for two yearsWest Pittston man charged with having sex with teen for two years

    WEST PITTSTON — Charges have been filed against a West Pittston man who police say had sex with an underage girl for approximately two years. Authorities also believe the man filmed some of the alleged sex acts. Mendel G. Fernandes, 38, was charged Thursday with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors. Police say he had a sexual relationship with an Exeter teen from the time she was 13 until last month when she was 15. Police were made aware of the alleged improprieties after Exeter police responded to the girl’s home Oct. 30 for a domestic dispute between her and her father, stemming from her chatting with Fernandes. According to court papers: The girl initially told police Fernandes had forcibly kissed her and sent sexually explicit photos of himself to her phone — photos which she had since deleted. She was taken to the Luzerne County Child Advocacy Center, where she told investigators she had had sex with Fernandes at his residence, adding their relationship had continued for at least two years, beginning when she was 13. On Tuesday, the girl told investigators Fernandes had exposed himself to her in his residence and forced her to perform oral sex. She said the sex had occurred in his previous apartment in Forty Fort, behind the Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter, and in his current West Pittston home. On Wednesday, she said Fernandes had filmed them having sex, using both a GoPro camera and his cell phone camera. She said she would watch the videos with Fernandes on his television, adding they also watched other pornographic videos of an unknown teenage girl. Investigators executed a search warrant of Fernandes’ home Wednesday, and he agreed to talk with Luzerne County Detective Charles Balogh at the West Pittston Police Department. There, Fernandes told police he had met the girl through family members who were friends of his. He said they met two years ago “at best.” Eventually, he exchanged cell phone numbers with her, and he began to chat with her through Facebook Messenger. Fernandes told police their conversations became sexual in nature, and they started to exchange nude and sexually graphic photos and live videos. These conversations lasted for around seven or eight months, he said, estimating this lasted until as recently as March of this year. Fernandes admitted to having sex with the girl on a few occasions at his West Pittston home. He denies ever filming himself have sex with her or watching pornographic videos with her. He says the photos he had of her were stored only in Facebook Messenger and were never sent to anyone else. He does, however, admit to having a GoPro, and says he told her not to tell anyone about their relationship. Bail for Fernandes was set at $50,000, and he was sent to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after being unable to post bail. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 4. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } Fernandes http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Fernandes.jpgFernandes By Patrick Kernan pkernan@timesleader.com Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan The post West Pittston man charged with having sex with teen for two years appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • Crestwood recognizes departing school board directorCrestwood recognizes departing school board director

    WRIGHT TWP. — On a night when the Crestwood School Board took time to salute the longevity of Director Eric Aigeldinger, the board also announced it is considering the purchase of more real estate near the secondary campus. It was stated the board has entered into negotiations for the possible purchase of 3 acres at 310A South Main Road. Bill Jones, board chairman, said the site is in close proximity to the football field. Jones said the owner, who he declined to identify, approached school officials about the availability of the site. Meanwhile, Jones as well as Superintendent Joseph Gorham commended Aigeldinger for his 31 years of service to the district. Jones turned over the gavel to Aigeldinger so he could serve as honorary chairman for his last public meeting. Aigeldinger didn’t seek re-election in the November general election. Jones said of Aigeldinger: “He has been of great help to our schools. If there was any problem, he was always there to help. And, if there was anything someone needed to know about the school district, he was the one to ask.” After acknowledging Aigeldinger’s long tenure, Gorham presented him with a service award from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. It was his last meeting because the board is scheduled to reorganize Dec. 7, at which time three new members will be seated: Barry Boone, Brian Costello and Anna Hollick-Bilba. In other business this week: • Gorham, responding to a question, said a pre-kindergarten pilot program will be started in the 2018-19 term at the Rice Township school. • Crestwood solicitor Jack Dean reported that an issue between PPL Electric and the Wright Township zoning board with regard to the fieldhouse/civic center project has been resolved. • Bill Kane, president of the Crestwood Education Association, criticized the board for failing to follow through on a planned liaison committee meeting. Jones responded that the date and time was not acceptable to all board members. • When questioned by Kane, Gorham said the decorative rock now situated near the entrance to the high school was purchased through funds provided by the class of ‘17 and an anonymous donor. • Pattie Ritsick, a mathematics teacher, lamented the loss of class time with the compression of the teaching periods this term. In a lengthy response, Assistant Superintendent Joseph Rasmus said he appreciates her concern but there are several issues involved in the change. He added that, overall, the matter is always open for discussion. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } Eric Aigeldinger, left, shakes hands with Crestwood Superintendent Joe Gorham last year after Gorham got the district’s top job. Aigeldinger was praised by Gorham and his fellow board members this week for his 31 years of service to Crestwood. Aigeldinger decided not to run for re-election and this week’s meeting was his last. http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Crestwood_2-cmyk-2.jpgEric Aigeldinger, left, shakes hands with Crestwood Superintendent Joe Gorham last year after Gorham got the district’s top job. Aigeldinger was praised by Gorham and his fellow board members this week for his 31 years of service to Crestwood. Aigeldinger decided not to run for re-election and this week’s meeting was his last. Fred Adams | For Times Leader By Tom Huntington For Times Leader The post Crestwood recognizes departing school board director appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • Outgoing Northwest Area director lauded for accomplishmentsOutgoing Northwest Area director lauded for accomplishments

    UNION TWP. — In advance of its yearly re-organization, the Northwest Area School Board will need to select a new chairman after it was stated this week that Michael Kreidler is concluding his term on the nine-person panel. Kreidler, who didn’t seek re-election, is culminating a 10-year tenure. During the course of the meeting, Kreidler was cited by director Peter Lanza for his service to the district, in particular his work in resolving contract issues with the Northwest Education Association. At one point, Lanza credited Kreidler with having “saved the district from financial ruin.” Besides Kreidler, Lanza also cited Darryl Morgan, who is concluding his term on the board. Lanza said Morgan was important as a member of the building and grounds committee. Overall, Lanza commended: “These are excellent board members. We are proud to have worked with them.” As one of his last acts in office, Kreidler was successful in initiating a motion to advertise an open board position that was created following the September resignation of longtime Director Randy Tomasacci. Kreidler said there wasn’t sufficient time to have the name of a write-in candidate appear on the November ballot, thus an appointee will serve on an interim basis. Kreidler’s proposal encompasses advertising for candidates, conducting interviews and perhaps selecting a replacement at the December meeting. In other business this week, the board: • Hired Katie Kuzma as an elementary teacher. • Accepted the retirement request of Carol Titter as secretary to the secondary principal. • Accepted the resignation of Nicole Hall as a part-time paraprofessional. • Endorsed a proposal for the high school baseball team to travel to Silver Spring, Maryland, on April 16-18 for pre-season training. • Appointed a series of assistant coaches and volunteer coaches for the winter and spring athletic programs. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_thumb1_Northwest-1-.jpg By Tom Huntington For Times Leader The post Outgoing Northwest Area director lauded for accomplishments appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • More Than Two Dozen Bronze Vases Taken From Grave Markers Inside CemeteryMore Than Two Dozen Bronze Vases Taken From Grave Markers Inside Cemetery

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP -- State police in Luzerne County say thieves made off with more than two dozen bronze vases that were placed at a cemetery near Hazleton. Investigators say those vases are valued at more than 200 dollars each. “Whoever stole them has a use for them but it has to probably do with money, anybody that's a thief doesn't have a business going,” said Frank Kovacs. Since 1995 Kovacs has been the general manager of the Mount Laurel Memorial Park Cemetery just outside Hazleton. When he was at the cemetery in Hazle Township earlier in the day, he noticed something was wrong. “We were out cleaning up today and that's when we noticed a lot of vases missing, quite a few,” said Kovacs. Kovacs says 25 bronze vases that had been placed at grave markers inside the cemetery were gone. He says he noticed some missing vases earlier in the month, but this time he called state police. “So I knew that someone had come back, more than before because I did look around about I saw the first four missing about two weeks ago and this time we saw a whole lot more,” said Kovacs. Kovacs says the vases are valued at about $225 each. He wants to get the word out about the theft because he believes whoever took the vases will try to sell them. “Who's going to have a dozen or two dozen vases to do something with?” asked Kovacs. “And who's going to, if they have the capability of melting them down, who's going to have a couple hundred pounds of bronze also?” “It's stuff that you have to melt down, it's not something that any junkyard going to take,” said Richard Welch who lives and works right next to the cemetery. He and his wife Gina Carlson keep an eye on the cemetery when Kovacs isn't there. “The people who are doing it have to be doing it late at night because they're not doing it during the day because we would see them,” said Welch. “Whoever steals them is not going to get very far with them unless they melt them down themselves and who has the capability of doing that I don't know,” said Carlson. If you have any information on the stolen vases you`re asked to call state police at Hazleton at (570) 459-3890.

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  • WB mayor does about-face on garbage sticker program, sticks with bagsWB mayor does about-face on garbage sticker program, sticks with bags

    WILKES-BARRE — Upon further review, Mayor Tony George wants to bag the garbage sticker program he proposed to raise revenues in his 2018 budget and stick with the bags residents already use. He’s asking them to pay more for the bags, however. The about-face was a result of city council not going along with the program as a way to balance the proposed $49.2 million budget without a property tax increase for a second straight year. “There was no support,” city Administrator Ted Wampole said Friday. But even with the more expensive bags — $2.60 as opposed to $2 for a 30-gallon bag, and $1.85 compared to $1.25 for a 15-gallon bag — the revenues still fall approximately $75,000 short of the $400,000 budgeted with the stickers, Wampole said. “We’re looking to see if we can trim it from other places,” he said. Another proposed fee increase, the doubling of the hourly rate to $2 at parking meters, appears to have the support of council. It’s budgeted to bring in $475,000 in additional revenue for an overall $1 million in meter fees. The fees, as well as the budget, will be up for discussion during the work session scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday and up for approval at the public meeting to immediately follow. Council chairwoman Beth Gilbert opposed the sticker program when the mayor proposed it and said she won’t support an increase in garbage bag fees. “Until the administration exhausts all other possible options, I do not think the residents need to be taxed or have their fees and services increased any more. We need to tap in to other potential sources of revenue,” Gilbert said in an email. The Payment in Lieu of Taxes program was increased after the city took up her suggestion to petition non-profits for higher payments, Gilbert said. “We need to put a strategic program in place to collect PILOT money and fully tap into this potential revenue stream,” she added. Gilbert called for cutting salaries of non-union administrative officials and doing a better job at collecting delinquent payments. The ideas presented by the mayor are short-term fixes when long-term solutions are necessary for the city’s budgetary issues, she said. “What happens next year when there is another shortfall? Another tax increase? Another increase somewhere else for citizens? It is just not sustainable,” Gilbert continued. Wampole said the lower revenue from the bag fee could be made up with some effort. “It’s not insurmountable,” he said. New sources of revenue could come from the recent announcement by Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance that it will locate its headquarters downtown and create additional jobs. Wampole said the project could bring in additional revenue through the earned income tax and parking at the city-owned James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Facility. The bag program also could have some additional benefits, Wampole noted. He’s been in contact with Dennis Wise of WasteZero, the Raleigh, N.C.-based manufacturer of the bags that the city sells to residents, about the quality of the bags. Some recently available at stores throughout the city appeared to be thicker than those sold before the mayor proposed switching to a sticker program. Wampole said a local company made a comparison and found the new bags were approximately twice as thick. When it was brought to his attention, Wise said WasteZero had no problem providing a thicker bag “at no cost” to the city, according to Wampole. “And I’ll hold him to that,” he added. Wise said he was traveling Friday and responded in an email that he’s heard the newer bags were thicker than the previous production run. He said “they are not twice as thick” and the company was looking into whether there are differences. “However, WasteZero has agreed to manufacture a thicker bag at no additional cost to the city,” said Wise. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George wants to stick with the garbage bags sold to city residents, like the ones piled up in the background earlier this year at the Department of Public Works yard. George had initially proposed a garbage sticker program to raise revenues to balance his 2018 budget. http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_TTL032217Trash2CMYK.jpgWilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George wants to stick with the garbage bags sold to city residents, like the ones piled up in the background earlier this year at the Department of Public Works yard. George had initially proposed a garbage sticker program to raise revenues to balance his 2018 budget. By Jerry Lynott jlynott@timesleader.com Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott. The post WB mayor does about-face on garbage sticker program, sticks with bags appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • New LCCC scholarship honors state Sen. Yudichak’s fatherNew LCCC scholarship honors state Sen. Yudichak’s father

    NANTICOKE — Luzerne County Community College and state Sen. John Yudichak hosted a recent reception to celebrate the establishment of the Joseph Yudichak Career Pathway Scholarship at the college’s Campus Center rotunda. Established in 2017 by the Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund of the Luzerne Foundation, the $50,000 Joseph Yudichak Career Pathway Scholarship honors the life of an extraordinary man who served his country in the Navy, labored in the anthracite mines, became a construction superintendent, served as the director of the Northeast Regional Equipment Center and continues to serve his hometown of Plymouth Township as a supervisor, a press release says. The Joseph Yudichak Career Pathway Scholarship will assist with tuition, books, and other education-related expenses for students with financial need who are enrolled in the Applied Technology and Skilled Trades programs. Joseph Yudichak, with his late wife Sally, raised eight children. They were the inspiration for Sen. John Yudichak to create the Yudichak Family Lighthouse Fund of the Luzerne Foundation. “My father built a family and contributed mightily to the well-being of the communities he called home all through an unwavering devotion to the principle that a quality education and hard work empowers families to improve their lives,” said Sen. Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township. “The Joseph Yudichak Career Pathway Scholarship at Luzerne County Community College perfectly reflects the values of my father, and it will forever serve as a testament to his remarkable life of service to his family, his country, and his community.” Through the Pennsylvania Advanced Training & Hiring initiative, LCCC trains students for careers in emerging high opportunity professions. The PATH mission is to enhance student access to programs in diesel technology, welding, engineering, and manufacturing technology that lead to family-sustaining careers. PATH builds industry partners who have input into curriculum development and apprenticeship opportunities to ensure the college’s academic mission matches the needs of local industries. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } A recent ceremony was held at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke to mark the establishment of the Joseph Yudichak Career Pathway Scholarship. The scholarship will help with education-related expenses for students enrolled in the Applied Technology and Skilled Trades programs. http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Yudichak-Scholarship-1-.jpegA recent ceremony was held at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke to mark the establishment of the Joseph Yudichak Career Pathway Scholarship. The scholarship will help with education-related expenses for students enrolled in the Applied Technology and Skilled Trades programs. The post New LCCC scholarship honors state Sen. Yudichak’s father appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • Church Burglarized in Wyoming CountyChurch Burglarized in Wyoming County

    NOXEN TOWNSHIP — Various items were taken from a church in Wyoming County this week. According to troopers, the Noxen Methodist Church on Route 29 was burglarized sometime Tuesday or Wednesday. Troopers did not say what was taken in that burglary in Noxen Township.

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  • All Aboard for the Toy Train Expo in Lycoming CountyAll Aboard for the Toy Train Expo in Lycoming County

    WILLIAMSPORT -- This weekend marks the 27th annual Will Huffman Toy Train Expo at Park Place in Williamsport. WNEP-TV stopped by as organizers were setting up for the expo. The weekend-long event features train collectors from all over. About 2,000 people are expected when doors open Saturday at 10 a.m. in Lycoming County.

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  • A Splash of Color in Scranton's West SideA Splash of Color in Scranton's West Side

    People in west Scranton hope the mural draws attention to what's going on inside the building it's painted on. "This was just a big boxand it just kind of blended in to the scenery.

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  • Council chair: Luzerne County tax hike not warranted for 2018Council chair: Luzerne County tax hike not warranted for 2018

    A proposed 2 percent Luzerne County tax hike should be off the table for 2018 because the county’s debt repayments will decrease $5.3 million next year thanks to recent refinancing, county Council Chairwoman Linda McClosky Houck reiterated this week. McClosky Houck said there may be confusion about the tax-avoidance option because the $5.3 million is separate from an $11.6 million windfall for 2017. Council may use the $11.6 million to get caught up on employee pension subsidies and whittle down a deficit on the county’s books. “There should not need to be a tax increase next year,” said McClosky Houck, who made a similar argument days before she was re-elected Nov. 7. The administration’s proposed 2018 budget factored in $26.1 million for debt repayments next year, but the county now owes $20.76 million due to the refinancing. McClosky Houck said she plans to propose a budget amendment reducing the debt expenditure by $5.3 million. If it passes, $5.3 million less in revenue will be needed, ending justification for a tax hike to generate an additional $2.1 million, she said. Even if no further spending cuts are made, the county would be left with $3.2 million extra that could be placed in reserve and used to further reduce the deficit if the money is not spent by year’s end, she said. She also expects a majority of council will agree on some additional spending cuts in the proposed budget, which would further increase this surplus. Councilman Vice Chairman Tim McGinley said he does not want a tax increase and is prepared to support some cuts, such as rejecting at least some of the 16 new positions requested by the administration for 2018. However, McGinley warned council members must keep an eye on the big picture and carefully weigh how they handle next year’s debt service reduction because it is a special, temporary reprieve. Under the new refinancing schedule, debt repayments will increase from $20.76 million to $24.9 million in 2019 and back up to $26.1 million in 2020, remaining around that amount through 2028. Meanwhile, the county capital fund, which was primarily comprised of past-borrowed money, is essentially “wiped out” by pending projects, McGinley said. Around the corner is an estimated $20 million unbudgeted expense to overhaul the emergency 911 radio communications system so emergency responders can continue exchanging messages after their existing transmitters and receivers become obsolete in 2020, he said. The administration has said no additional state funding is expected for that project. McClosky Houck said debt repayments will still be $1.2 million lower than expected in 2019. Savings from an upcoming energy efficiency project also may cushion the blow. “In 2020, the debt payments will go back up, and we will have to tackle that when we get there,” she said. This year’s $11.6 million windfall came from refinancing debt payments, a baseball franchise litigation settlement and other sources. Both the administration and the county’s financial adviser — Harrisburg-based Public Financial Management (PFM) — have advised using $8.6 million to get caught up on pension subsidies that have been a year behind for years. They suggest applying the remaining $3 million to the deficit. The county’s deficit was pegged at $7.98 million at the end of 2016. PFM and the administration also urged council to avoid applying one-time savings and revenue to recurring operating expenses. Council is scheduled to adopt a 2018 budget on Dec. 12, and council members continue to review budget proposals and possible amendments reducing expenses. As of Friday evening, two council members — Harry Haas and Kathy Dobash — had proposed budget amendments. A 2 percent real estate tax hike would increase the county tax bill on a $100,000 property about $12, from a total of $597 to $609. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; } .neFileBlock p { margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px; } .neFileBlock .neFile { border-bottom: 1px dotted #aaa; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-top: 10px; } .neFileBlock .neCaption { font-size: 85%; } McClosky Houck http://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_lindahouck-3.jpegMcClosky Houck By Jennifer Learn-Andes jandes@timesleader.com WHAT’S NEXT Luzerne County Council will discuss proposed 2018 budget amendments and other issues at a 5:30 p.m. work session Tuesday at the county courthouse on River Street in Wilkes-Barre. Reach Jennifer Learn-Andes at 570-991-6388 or on Twitter @TLJenLearnAndes. The post Council chair: Luzerne County tax hike not warranted for 2018 appeared first on Times Leader.

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  • Tamaqua Bakery Offering Free Bread for Toy DonationTamaqua Bakery Offering Free Bread for Toy Donation

    TAMAQUA -- Padora's Italian Bakery in Tamaqua is offering a free loaf of bread for a donation of a toy for Toys for Tots. For about 120 years, the bakery in has baked countless loaves of bread each day from scratch. The bread is unique in Tamaqua. It's made without preservatives in a large coal fire stove. "It's the best bread around, I can tell you that," Eugene Perla of Tamaqua said. "Nobody else makes it like they do. I've been eating it all my life." About 10 years ago, the Padora family decided to use their bread to help others in the community during Christmas time. "One year, we just decided, you know, someone brings me a toy for Toys for Tots, they get a free loaf of bread," bakery owner Larry Padora said. "We all enjoy giving back to the kids," Padora family member Larry Padora said. "We really want every child to be able to have a toy." This year, Padora asks that donations be made in honor of his mother who passed away earlier this year. "This is the first year without my mom," Padora said. "She always loved it. She loved getting the toys." Toys are accepted at both of the family's businesses: The bakery and their sandwich shop, Padora's Six Pack House. The community really gets involved. "Every year we've gotten almost two pick-up trucks of toys," Padora said. "So, we get a lot of toys." Uniting the community this holiday season through generosity, and of course, bread. You can bring your donations and get your free bread at either business until December 14.

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