Memorial Day travel forecasted to be near record

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With the lowest gasoline prices in more than a decade for Memorial Day, AAA Mid-Atlantic is projecting this weekend area roads will see the second highest travel volume on record and the most since 2005. AAA is projecting more than 41,500 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area residents will travel 50 miles or more over Memorial Day weekend, a 1.7 percent increase over last year.

NEPA Yoga Festival at Montage Mountain in Moosic makes improvements in year two

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Corrin McAlarney of Dickson City, on the ground, Marci Barr of Kingston, middle, and acting spotters Diane Folmar of Sweet Valley, left, and Saliena Alaimo of Pittston practice yoga at last year's inaugural NEPA Yoga Fest.

Joe Cigan finds his voice

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Joe Cigan readily admits he was nervous. Sure, the Dupont resident had spent his life surrounded by music and musicians.

Vigil for missing persons

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Justina Forsythe and Lois Dunham each wore sandals and one sock to Lackawanna County Courthouse on Wednesday: a pink one on Ms. Forsythe's left foot, a bright red one adorned with Christmas trees on Ms.

FedEx to relocate to massive, new Pittston Twp. facility in August

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Construction of a massive new FedEx Ground distribution center in the Grimes Industrial Park is nearly complete and it should be finished in August. The Pittston Twp.

Truck crash snarls traffic on I-81 North near Dupont

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As of 3:30 p.m., the right lane of Interstate 81 North near Exit 175 is closed due to a multi-vehicle tractor trailer crash, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines: To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID.

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West Pittston Borough Council on Tuesday appointed Tom “Harry” Blaskiewicz as the borough’s mayor. He will serve through the end of 2017 to fill out the remaining term of former Mayor Tony Denisco, who died on April 27. “We’re gonna do this as a team,” Blaskiewicz told council members and borough residents soon after council appointed him mayor at a special business meeting Tuesday night.

Regional briefs for Tuesday, May 24

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Television production crews from the long-standing “COPS” show will shadow Hazleton police as they patrol city streets over the next eight weeks. Mayor Jeff Cusat, interim Police Chief Jerry Speziale and Zach Ragsdale – a producer from Langley Productions – announced Monday that filming begins today.

Pittston Area teacher charged with pot possession waives preliminary hearing

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The Pittston Area teacher arrested for smoking marijuana at Parade Day in Scranton waived her right to a preliminary hearing Monday in Lackawanna County Court. Tia Maria Biscotti, a third-grade teacher, is now scheduled for a formal arraignment and pretrial conference on July 11 at 9 a.m. at the Lackawanna County Courthouse.

Cheers and Jeers 5/22/16

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Cheers to all the organizations and volunteers responsible for Wilkes-Barre‘s Fine Arts Fiesta, which is celebrating its 61st year as the downtown’s premier community event this weekend. Today is your last chance to enjoy the art, crafts, entertainment and specialty foods from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Public Square.

People on the Move, May 22, 2016

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Robert Cole, Ph.D., has been appointed chief analytics officer. Mr. Cole is a 20-year employee of the health system, and will work in partnership with senior management on future business and strategic decisions for the nonprofit organization.

Scam, burglary reported at Nanticoke home

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City police warn residents to beware of con artists posing as contractors after a burglary at a Nanticoke home on Friday. A Welles Street homeowner told police that two men solicited him to seal his driveway on Friday.

Luzerne County population down

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Data the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday shows the county’s estimated population dropped from 320,918 at the 2010 Census to 318,449 last July, a difference of 2,469 – a drop of 0.8 percent. The biggest population decreases in the county took place in its four cities: Wilkes-Barre dropped by 1.7 percent to 40,780, Hazleton dropped by 2 percent to 24,825, Nanticoke dropped by 2 percent to 10,258, and Pittston dropped by 1.1 percent to 7,651.

Mid Valley passes preliminary budget

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The 2016-17 proposed final budget includes expenditures of $24.94 million and revenue projected at $24.68 million. The millage rate will increase 7.4 mills, raising the rate to 113.259.

Police: $10k cash stolen from home in West Pittston

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Borough police have released video footage of a vehicle that might be connected to a theft committed by two alleged con artists on Thursday. Two men who posed as contractors stole $10,000 in cash from a Damon Street home Thursday afternoon, police said.

United Methodist Homes Travels To Frances Slocum For Fishing Fun

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Usually when you see a bus full of seniors, they're being dropped off for maybe a doctor's appointment. But some seniors who arrived to Frances Slocum State Park in Luzerne County came to see Mother Nature.

Kulick, alleged mob associate, dies

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Robert J. Kulick, who served prison time in a tax case involving one former Luzerne County judge and accused two others of colluding with an organized crime figure to fix court cases, died May 12, he was 67. Kulick, a Pittston native, was an aide to longtime U.S. Congressman Daniel J. Flood near the end of Flood’s 31 years in Washington, which ended in disgrace with a guilty plea in a bribery case in 1980. In 1988, Kulick pleaded guilty in a federal tax evasion case that also brought down Luzerne County Judge Arthur Dalessandro.

West Pittston armory slated to close

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MARK MORAN / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE FILE The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs selected four armories, including the one West Pittston, to close following a review of all National Guard armories in the state. WARREN RUDA / THE CITIZENS’ VOICE FILE The Susquehanna River consumes homes and the Army National Guard Armory on Susquehanna Avenue in West Pittston in 2011.

Turnpike Announces Next Step in Plans for Scranton Beltway

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said it plans to hire an engineering firm as a next step in creating a beltway in the Scranton area to ease congestion on Interstate 81. PITTSTON, Pa. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said it plans to hire an engineering firm as a next step in creating a beltway in the Scranton area to ease congestion on Interstate 81. The commission announced it expects to issue a request for proposals this summer and have a firm on board by the end of the year.

Ex-treasurer at center of fire company probe accused of retail theft

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WARREN RUDA / THE CITIZENSA a a VOICE Financial mismanagement of the Exeter Hose Company No. 1 has resulted in a criminal probe.

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The Pittston Area School Board terminated an employee at Tuesday’s meeting, and officials insisted they did not have to name the employee. Solicitor Sam Falcone said a personnel exception to open government requirements allows the board decision to withhold disclosure of the name.

Community digest

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UGI RETIREES BUS TRIP REMINDER: UGI Retirees and guests are reminded of the bus trip to Ehrhardt’s, Lake Wallenpaupack, on Thursday, May 19. The bus will leave from Sears parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, promptly at 9 a.m. Attendees should be at this pickup location no later than 8:40 a.m. OPEN HOUSE TO BENEFIT FALLEN OFFICERS REMEMBERED: Cross Valley Chiropractic, 250 S. River St., Plains, will hold an open house to benefit Fallen Officers Remembered from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2. All proceeds from new patient exams and new patient x-rays will be donated to Fallen Officers Remembered. There will be refreshments, chances on baskets and information.

NEPA Philharmonic announces 2016 competition for young pianists;…

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A photo from Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic’s 2014 Piano Competition Junior Division Final.

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Joclyn Wilk of Pittston wears a gay pride flag painted on her face at PrideFest in Pittston on Saturday, August 15. Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer Rose Randazzo has accomplished plenty in her time as Pittston’s Main Street manager, but her involvement with a specific ordinance will always bring her the most pride. Randazzo championed the city’s equality ordinance, which expanded non-discrimination rules in the city to include sexual orientation.

NEPA Rainbow Alliance announces big changes

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The event at Montage Mountain Resort was the culmination of a “listening tour” by the group, an organization serving the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Last year, the alliance held three events – one each in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Pittston – to meet with members of the community and learn what types of service are desired.

Blue Cross surplus charity hands out more than $1.5M

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A charity created just before the merger that formed Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield announced its first round of community grants Thursday, totaling more than $1.5 million. The money – part of $90 million in Blue Cross surplus funds injected into the charity’s coffers before the merger – is being awarded to 28 regional nonprofits.

Namedropper, May 12, 2016

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North Scranton Rotarians plan wine and cigar fest. From left, Laurie Beaupre, Pat Mazzei, Terry Beilman, Richard Sedelnick, Carl Baruffaldi, and Clare Baruffaldi.

Contentious tax collection issue could go to a referendum

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Council member Rick Williams, who chairs the legislative committee, discussed several potential referendums that could go on the ballot this fall, if council votes to add the items to the ballot. The county prints and mails county property tax bills and most bills for municipal and school taxes, but municipal officials are primarily responsible for tax collection.

SBC wins gold with Shady Spot beer

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The Susquehanna Brewing Co.’ s Shady Spot Lemon Shandy took home the gold medal in the fruit beer category at the World Beer Cup’s biennial competition, which this year featured nearly 6,600 entries from 55 countries.

Namedropper, May 11, 2016

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Plans are underway to erect a statue of former President John F. Kennedy on Pittston’s Kennedy Boulevard. The project is a joint effort between members of several Pittston organizations and spear- headed by a committee comprised of Ken Bangs, Bill Burke, Julio Caprari, Paul John Caprari, Rick Korpusik, Paul Leonard, Michael Lombardo, Joe Long, Brian Matyjevich, Donna McFadden Connors, Joan McFadden, Terry McMahon, PJ Melvin, Matthew Meade, Girard Mecadon, Joe Moscovitz, Melanie Murosky and Kevin O’Brien .