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Past articles by Geri:

‘Today felt like a homecoming’

WILKES-BARRE — Christians across the Wyoming Valley celebrated Easter on Sunday, many of them having the option of attending either online or in person. → Read More

Events put focus on childhood literacy

WYOMING — Libraries across the Wyoming Valley celebrated National Read Across America Day on Tuesday, providing a variety of literary offerings for children, in spite of the challenges of the pandemic. → Read More

Cyclists injured on Carey Ave. Bridge, one airlifted for treatment

HANOVER TWP. — Emergency crews were called to the Carey Avenue bridge late Saturday night after two bicycle riders were struck by a motor vehicle. → Read More

Oliver North headlines lineup at ‘Trump Fest’ at Mohegan Sun

PLAINS TWP. – With November’s election just over a month away, Republican candidates and their supporters gathered at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday evening for an event billed as Thunder & → Read More

Harveys Lake tradition continues with Lake Fest

HARVEYS LAKE – A three-day festival at Harveys Lake concluded on Sunday, providing both a chance to enjoy a parade and to recall the borough’s history.The event was held on-and-off for… → Read More

Area residents find plenty of ways to beat heat at Frances Slocum State Park

Record breaking temperatures sent area residents flocking to Frances Slocum State Park on Sunday for swimming, camping and picnicking.Sitting in a camp chair near the park’s lake, Kevin Halman, of the Lehigh Valley, said his family had come to the area because they heard the lake was a great… → Read More

Nanticoke’s Big Bang draws thousands for fun, fireworks

NANTICOKE – For a fifth year, Nanticoke’s annual Big Bang celebration drew more than 2,000 to the fields behind the high school for food, friendly competitions and, of course… → Read More

Antique automobile show draws crowd for cars and more

Antique automobile show draws crowd for cars and more on Times Leader | FORTY FORT — An annual car show brought thousands of area residents to the Wyoming Valley Airport on Sunday for a chance not only to enjoy vintage cars, but food, vendors, airplane rides and even a hot air balloon.Michael… → Read More

Rain no match for spirit of Fine Arts Fiesta

Rain no match for spirit of Fine Arts Fiesta on Times Leader | WILKES-BARRE — Despite persistent rain that forced many to take refuge under tents and umbrellas, the arts came to Public Square on Saturday, with residents enjoying both the third day of the 63rd annual Fine Arts Fiesta and a free… → Read More

National Nurses Week: Karen Kwak

National Nurses Week: Karen Kwak on Times Leader | Meyers High school nurse Karen Kwak has always known she wanted to help others.But if it were not for the encouragement of friends at Wilkes University (then Wilkes College), Kwak might have never become a nurse.Kwak, 56, began her college career in… → Read More

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival a hit despite weather

WEST PITTSTON – Despite raindrops and falling temperatures, the final day of West Pittston’s Cherry Blossom Festival brought hundreds of area residents to the banks of the Susquehanna River to eat, shop and enjoy entertainment.Lynn Yasenchak, a vendor at the event, said she thought she… → Read More

Annual Hazleton Wine and Beer Festival attracts aficionados of both drinks

HAZLE TWP. — Christina Kjordjevic went to the Hazleton Wine and Beer Festival on Saturday with a gift list. “I like to give bottles of wine as gifts, keeping in mind meal pairing and the tastes of recipients,” she said. Making the event — a fundraiser for the Hazleton Rotary’s Community Services Projects Committee — … → Read More

Pittston Tomato Festival finishes with fun, food, friendly competition

PITTSTON — Little Mister Pittston Tomato has a favorite vegetable, and it’s not tomatoes. When Abel Krawczuk, 4, made his way confidently across the stage of the Little Miss and Little Mister Pittston Tomato contest and, when asked was asked his favorite festival food was, proudly replied: “Carrots!” The response drew laughter from the more … → Read More

As usual, Pittston tomato fight is a fun, messy time

PITTSTON — It was Jeff Lyon’s first time at the Pittston Tomato Festival and he wanted to fully experience the event. So Lyon, decked out in a white shirt, bravely decided to enter the tomato fights Saturday in the Cooper’s Seafood House parking lot. As he watched the festival parade earlier in the day, he … → Read More

Hazleton council rejects mayor’s transfer plan to make payroll

HAZLETON — Hazleton city council voted down a resolution Tuesday that would have enabled Mayor Jeff Cusat to borrow money from the city’s pension fund account and transfer it to the general fund. The transfer, Cusat said, would prevent the city from missing the next payroll for employees. Council members Grace Cuozzo, David Sosar and … → Read More

Murder/suicide under investigation in Mountain Top

FAIRVIEW TWP. — Two people were found dead in a Fairview Township residence as a result of a murder/suicide on Saturday, according to police Chief Phil Holbrook. Holbrook said the victims, who were “in their 50s or 60s” — one male and one female, a married couple — died from gunshot wounds, with the husband … → Read More

1940s weekend event focuses on World War II homefront efforts

FOSTER TWP. — Eckley Miners’ Village came alive this weekend with the sights and sounds of its annual 1940s Weekend, this year emphasizing the importance of support and sacrifices on the homefront during World War II. Gina Gibbon, who has volunteered at the site for several years, was manning the Christmas display which included ornaments, … → Read More

Wilkes-Barre man sentenced in strangulation death of woman, 77

A Wilkes-Barre man who pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree murder for strangling his 77-year-old neighbor was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in state prison. Robert Czerpak, 45, of Hollenback Avenue, entered the home of neighbor Eileen Riley on Aug. 4, burglarizing the residence a few doors away and stealing Riley’s car, according to court … → Read More

One hospitalized, ‘multiple suspects’ sought after Sunday night shooting

WILKES-BARRE — A shooting on North Main Street on Sunday night left one man wounded and police scouring the area for what they termed “multiple suspects.” According to Sgt. Brett Smith, a male victim was shot in the abdomen and transported to a local hospital. Smith said he believed the man was shot inside the … → Read More

National Night Out brings cops, community together with Star Wars theme

WILKES-BARRE — State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski was more than happy to provide a bit “doo-wop” on Sunday at Wilkes-Barre’s annual National Night Out event, but he said he wouldn’t do it alone. The local performer and retired music teacher invited Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch Coalition President Charlotte Raup and … → Read More