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2008-07-04 12:00:13

By The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 4--Wyoming Valley West Middle School inadvertently omitted these students from its third-quarter honor roll, which was published in June: Derek Lewis and Brooks Thompson, eighth grade; and Justin Bagi and Ralph Keefer, seventh grade. The College Countdown column by Karen Mason published on Thursday should have provided the Web address of www.fafsa.ed.gov for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. ----- To see more of The Times...

2008-07-03 12:00:43

By Michael R. Sisak, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 3--WILKES-BARRE -- The owner of a quarry in Dorrance Township said Wednesday it would appeal a Luzerne County Court ruling last week that prevents the proposed expansion and eventual relocation of the rapidly depleting facility. Court of Common Pleas Judge Ann H. Lokuta issued an order and seven-page opinion last Thursday upholding a July 2007 decision by the township's zoning hearing board to reject the planned expansion...

2008-07-03 12:00:43

By Rory Sweeney, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 3--Though Pennsy Supply, Inc.'s proposal to expand Small Mountain Quarry has been denied by two separate authorities, the company filed another appeal on Wednesday. Pennsy is appealing the decision of County Court of Common Pleas Judge Ann Lokuta, who last Thursday denied Pennsy's appeal of a Dorrance Township Zoning Board denial. Since no new evidence was proffered in court, Lokuta's decision was based solely on whether the...

2008-07-03 06:00:43

By Josh Mcauliffe, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa. Jul. 3--A Fourth of July without the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic would be like a Fourth of July without fireworks or hotdogs. The deeply ingrained local tradition continues when the Philharmonic presents its annual Independence Day concerts tonight at PNC Field in Moosic and Friday at Wilkes-Barre's Kirby Park. Both of the free concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. As always, each show will go on rain or shine and culminate with a...

2008-07-02 15:00:51

By Andrew M. Seder, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jul. 2--If you're going to be laid off from a hospital job, there are a lot worse places to have it happen than in Northeastern Pennsylvania. That's the message being offered by hospital officials throughout the region. It's directed at the approximately 400 employees of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre who were notified Thursday their positions were being eliminated this fall. But there are opportunities in the region. There...

2008-07-02 06:01:01

By David Singleton, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa. Jul. 2--Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre employees who learned last week their jobs will be eliminated in September are now learning something else. Their skills are in demand. In newspapers ads this week and a direct mail effort that will follow, Mercy Health Partners is making an aggressive pitch for soon-to-be-displaced nurses and other employees who worked at the hospital when it was known as Mercy Wilkes-Barre to rejoin the Mercy...

2008-06-28 09:02:44

By Steve Mocarsky, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 28--The reasons older adults are re-entering the work force are varied. "My husband is on disability right now because of his epilepsy. He lost his insurance and, in order to make ends meet, I decided to take this job opportunity," Rose Carey said before the start of a pharmacy technician class she's taking at Luzerne County Community College's Corporate Learning Center on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. Carey, 63, of...

2008-06-28 09:02:34

By Michael R. Sisak, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 28--LEHMAN TWP. -- Some of the 158 seniors at Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School walked to class June 13 wearing mortarboards made of construction paper and T-shirts that proclaimed the originally scheduled intent of the day: their graduation. A four-week teachers' strike from mid-October to early November pushed the real ceremony back to Friday evening, two weeks after the seniors in every other area school district...

2008-06-28 09:00:56

By Sherry Long, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 28--As physicians continue to tout the many health benefits of a balanced diet and exercise, more senior citizens are taking their message to heart to improve their quality of life. Today's senior citizens are staying more active and leading healthier lifestyles to better enjoy their years following retirement. They are traveling, spending more quality time with family, and even working longer in an effort to remain physically fit,...

2008-06-27 12:02:29

By Bob Kalinowski, The Citizens' Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Jun. 27--Alleged serial robber and burglar James Franco will likely stay in jail much longer this time. After his fifth arrest for a serious crime in eight months, prosecutors on Thursday called Franco "a clear and present danger to the residents of Luzerne County" and asked a judge to revoke his bail. The 30-year-old was free on bail in connection with four separate criminal cases when police say he held up a Posten Taxi cab...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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