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Past articles by Eileen:

Badge of Honor: Jack Dodson

Badge of Honor: Jack Dodson on Times Leader | DALLAS TWP. — Being a first responder could be in Jack Dodson’s DNA.The 71-year-old touts a family legacy that started about two generations ago when his grandfather volunteered with what was then known as the Kunkle Fire Crew located in Dallas… → Read More

New union negotiator in Dallas School District contract talks

DALLAS TWP. — A nearly seven-hour negotiation meeting with the Dallas Education Association was “productive,” according to Dallas School Board member Patrick Musto.Tuesday, six school Board members met with Mark McDade of the Pennsylvania State Education Association to negotiate a… → Read More

National Nurses Week: Karla Norris

National Nurses Week: Karla Norris on Times Leader | DALLAS — Karla Norris never had that ‘ah-ha moment’ when choosing her career as a medical assistant.“I’ve always been that kind of person,” she said. “I like helping people. I like to listen. I like to take… → Read More

Dallas School Board votes no on budget; wants more time to review

DALLAS TWP. — Why isn’t a tax increase of 1.5 percent enough? That’s what Dallas School Board member Patrick Musto asked his colleagues Monday after they voted down the budget — the first time.Musto’s question followed an initial 5-4 no-vote on a $38.6 million proposed… → Read More

Dallas School District teachers required to return to class Oct. 19

DALLAS TWP. — Dallas School District teachers are required to return to their classrooms on Thursday, Oct. 19, according to the state Department of Education. District Superintendent Thomas Duffy announced the date on Monday. The district was required to file paperwork with the state Department of Education on the first day of the teachers’ strike, … → Read More

Third-largest freshman class moves onto Misericordia campus

DALLAS TWP. — Seventeen-year-old Savannah Gregoris hugged her bed pillow Thursday as she stood in Misericordia University’s parking lot and watched upperclassmen unload her belongings from her mother’s car and cart them away to her new home — a dorm room in Alumnae Hall. “I am excited and nervous,” the Berks County resident said. “I … → Read More

A true ‘experience’ at eclipse events at Penn State WB and Wyoming Seminary

LEHMAN TWP. — Nine-year-old Tevin Conklin experimented with two different pin-hole cameras and certified solar eye glasses Monday at the Solar Eclipse Experience at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Conklin concluded that he enjoyed watching the rare astrological event through a pin-hole camera he made from two paper plates and aluminum foil. “It is the simple things … → Read More

Bear removed from tree outside PNC in Kingston

KINGSTON — A nearly 300-pound male black bear came into town Monday. The bear walked down Dorrance Street settled into a tree outside PNC Bank on the corner of Union Street and Wyoming Avenue in Kingston, according to Kingston Police Sgt. Sam Blaski. The Kingston Police Department was notified at 6:48 a.m. “They (bears) drift … → Read More

Lake Street closure in Dallas to last several months to a year

DALLAS — Construction on Lake Street related to the planned roundabout project will now begin Aug. 29, according to PennDOT. A nearly 400-foot section of Lake Street, starting at the five-way intersection in the center of Dallas, will be shut down to traffic for excavation to realign the street to connect to the roundabout, said … → Read More

I’m Big Now and Back Mountain Academy set to open for 2017-18 school year

KINGSTON TWP. — Having outgrown its former Dallas home, the I’m Big Now preschool has moved to a larger site, allowing space to expand services and offer elementary school programming, said Christine Mitten, the school’s director of education. The 22-year-old early education facility moved July 1 from its previous location in the Hartman Insurance Plaza … → Read More

Some progress in contract talks in Dallas School District as strike looms

DALLAS TWP. — As a teachers strike looms over the start of the school year, the Dallas School District solicitor says the board’s negotiation team and the Dallas Education Association have made some progress on a new contract. “The DEA and district met a number of times over the summer,” solicitor Vito DeLuca said Monday. … → Read More

Dallas Township supervisors table decision on sewer-line inspections

DALLAS TWP. — Supervisors tabled a decision Tuesday on the Dallas Area Municipal Authority’s proposal to require an inspection of public sewer connections before a home sale is finalized. The ordinance is part of a Corrective Action Plan DAMA developed to meet state Department of Environmental Protection mandates to lift a sewer-permit moratorium. The inspections … → Read More

Back Mountain Harvest Assembly to hold first Summer Fest July 7-9

KINGSTON TWP. — A taste of what’s to come is the concept behind the Back Mountain Harvest Assembly’s first Summer Fest slated for July 7-9, according to Pastor Ray Petts. The event is a soft launch of the variety of events planned for when the church’s amphitheater is built, he said. Last year, Back Mountain … → Read More

Dallas teachers ranked 7th in county in average salary earned in 2015-16

DALLAS TWP. — Dallas School District teachers earned an average salary of $63,110 in the 2015-16 school year, making them among the lower-paid educators considering average years of experience. The salary data compiled from the state Department of Education does seem to support the Dallas Education Association’s claim that its members are paid less than … → Read More

Lake-Lehman passes $31.6M budget with 3.1 percent tax hike

LEHMAN TWP. — On a 6-2 vote, the Lake-Lehman School Board passed a $31.6 million budget this week that includes a 3.1 percent tax increase. Board members Robert Wright and Robin Wesley voted against the tax hike. Those approving the 2017-18 budget were Lorraine Farrell, Kevin Carey, Marilyn Glogowski, John McDonald, David Paulauskas and Andrew … → Read More

Dallas board votes to deduct teachers’ salaries for strike days not worked

DALLAS TWP. — Dallas School District teachers will have their salaries deducted for seven unworked days, according to a resolution the school board passed with a 6-to-1-vote and two members abstaining Monday. The Dallas Education Association contract, executed on April 11, 2011, requires teachers to work 185 days, of which 180 are student instructional days. … → Read More

Kingston Township receives $126K from state for intersection upgrades

KINGSTON TWP. — One tricky intersection in the Back Mountain will receive safety upgrades thanks to the state’s Automated Red Light Enforcement Fund. Kingston Township received $126,240 from the state fund to install ADA-complaint curb ramps, LED pedestrian facilities and new pavement markings at the intersection of Route 309 and Franklin Street, according to a … → Read More

Dallas High School graduation attendees asked to take a detour

DALLAS TWP. — On Friday, drivers leaving the Dallas High School’s graduation ceremony will be asked to take an alternative route away from Route 309, according to township supervisors. A temporary traffic control signal installed at the intersection of Route 309, East Center Hill and Hildebrandt roads does not allow police to manually operate the … → Read More

DEP: No permits are required for proposed floating eatery on Harveys Lake

HARVEYS LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Protection did not approve plans for a floating restaurant on Harveys Lake, but it didn’t say no to the unique eatery either. DEP told Edye Schneider that she did not need its approval to build a restaurant that would be anchored in the lake to the left … → Read More

Floating restaurant idea tabled by Harveys Lake zoning board

HARVEYS LAKE — Harveys Lake Borough’s zoning board tabled a decision on a proposed floating restaurant Tuesday after residents peppered the woman behind the idea with questions. Edye Schneider, of Scranton, sought the board’s approval on preliminary plans to establish a 30-foot-by-30 foot anchored floating dock-like eatery, named Kanu. It would be located to the … → Read More