Gene Axton, Times Leader

Gene Axton

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Wilkes-Barre, PA, United States

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Past articles by Gene:

Pittston Tomato Festival begins 34th year of food, fun

PITTSTON — The culinary landscape of the Pittston Tomato Festival celebrates its namesake with a variety of pizzas and pastas, all dripping with sauce made from the squishy red edible. However, for first-time festival-goer Jamarr Reid, the allure wasn’t enough to pull him away from a sausage and pepper sandwich from Two Gentlemen Catering. “Nine-out-of-10,” … → Read More

Teacher contract is hot topic at Pittston Area board meeting

YATESVILLE — Teachers made a show of solidarity at Pittston Area’s school board meeting this week, as their union and the district continue to negotiate a new contract. Union President Meredith McGlynn called their presence a “peaceful demonstration.” “All we want to do is make sure we get a fair and equitable contract, and we … → Read More

Pittston Area School Board votes unanimously to raise taxes

YATESVILLE — Taxes for Pittston Area School District property owners are increasing 3.4 percent for the 2017-18 school year. That’s the maximum amount allowed under state law, without the district asking for special permission to exceed the threshold. Pittston’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday for the tax hike. It means property owners will pay $1.55 … → Read More

Duryea to join huge project to clean up Susquehanna River

DURYEA — Borough council this week voted to join a federally mandated project to reduce the amount of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus flowing into the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay. Duryea became the 34th Luzerne County municipality to officially become part of the effort. Borough Manager Carolyn Santee said the project, being led locally by … → Read More

Duryea mayor praises borough officers for saving OD victim

DURYEA — Two borough police officers who recently saved a young woman’s life were singled → Read More

Wyoming Area School Board approves new contract for teachers through 2019

EXETER — Wyoming Area School District teachers have a new contract that lasts through the → Read More

Pittston Area adds makeup days, moves graduation date

YATESVILLE — Pittston Area Superintendent Kevin Booth praised the district’s maintenance staff and their efforts → Read More

Pittston man hopes to donate vintage Kodak collection for public display

PITTSTON — You push the button, we do the rest.It was Eastman Kodak Company founder → Read More

Love in the Poconos: Cove Haven resorts thrive on Valentine’s Day

Duryea resident Margaret Guarnieri first visited the Cove Haven couples resort in the Pocono Mountains → Read More

Pittston Denny’s celebrates grand opening with meal deals

PITTSTON — No, you didn’t wake up in the past.Denny’s Pittston location near WalMart off → Read More

‘No loud booms! bams! or pows!’ rule thrown out at Scranton’s Everhart Museum

SCRANTON — It’s a bird … It’s a plane … It’s the upcoming superhero-themed exhibit → Read More

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza ranks in top 150 arenas worldwide

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza has ranked No. 141 on the → Read More

New gallery at Wyoming Valley Art League features sculptor Skip Sesbach

WILKES-BARRE — On Feb. 17, Wyoming Valley Art League will hold an opening reception for → Read More

‘America’s Got Talent’ finalist Cirque Zuma Zuma tumbles into F.M. Kirby Center

WILKES-BARRE — American television audiences were introduced to Cirque Zuma Zuma courtesy of NBC variety/reality → Read More

The pool’s open again for Montage Mountain’s annual polar plunge

SCRANTON — The Fourth Annual Splashin’ with Compassion polar plunge is returning to Montage Mountain → Read More

E-bikes may be next step for bikers, next giant leap for the sport

WILKES-BARRE — The bikes of the future are upon us, and Around Town Bicycles is → Read More

Wyoming Valley Montessori School student receives priceless gift

KINGSTON — Thoughts of toys dance around most little girl’s heads during the holiday season, → Read More

Alexis P. Suter Ministers of Sound celebrate live CD with Kirby Center show

WILKES-BARRE — Alexis P. Suter Ministers of Sound will celebrate the release of their recently → Read More

Tree farms don’t just grow Christmas trees, they grow traditions

What makes a tree the cream of the crop at a Christmas tree farm? Specifications → Read More

Northeast Pennsylvania’s holiday rockers celebrate 15 years

PITTSTON — Trans-Siberian Orchestra isn’t the only arena-style Christmas music performers. Northeastern Pennsylvania has its → Read More