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Life-saving Help for First Responders

MOOSIC — First responders in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre received some life-giving gifts Wednesday morning. Geisinger Community Medical Center, Pennsylvania Ambulance, and Trans-Med Ambulance donated 40 automated external defibrillators (AED) to the city’s fire and police departments. The portable AEDs, which cost $1,500 each, can be used to treat heart attack victims. After training, officers and emergency services expect the defibrillators to be ready for use within the next week.

Rig, Train Collide in Lackawanna County

RANSOM TOWNSHIP — A tractor-trailer and a train collided Wednesday morning in Lackawanna County. It happened just before 9:30 a.m. on Main Street near Ransom. No one was hurt. Railway police are investigating the cause of the crash in Lackawanna County.

Local Vets Honored at Pearl Harbor Commemoration

SCRANTON — This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A special ceremony to recognize World War II and all veterans was held Wednesday morning at the Lackawanna County commissioners meeting in Scranton. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Bracey led the pledge of allegiance at the meeting. Lt. Col. Bracey flew more than 20 missions over Berlin, Germany during World War II. He also went on to serve in Korea and Vietnam. Joe Sylvester also served […]

One Displaced after Car Crashes into Building

SCRANTON — A building manager was shaken out of bed when a car crashed into his living room in Scranton. Authorities say the sedan slammed into the three-story building on West Market Street just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday. Two businesses and an apartment make up the first floor, with three more apartments up above. No one was hurt, but at least one person has to stay somewhere else. Police haven’t said what caused Wednesday morning’s crash in north Scranton.

Holiday Dinner from Friends of the Poor

SCRANTON — Hundreds are making their way to Scranton to enjoy a holiday meal with others. The Friends of The poor is hosting another free community dinner for those senior citizens who may otherwise spend the holidays alone. This dinner at St. Mary’s Center in Scranton is meant for those who might not have anyone else to celebrate the holidays. Organizers tell us there are about 100 volunteers helping with the evening from making food to serving as well. An […]

Jay Paterno Speaks to Scranton Crowd Ahead of Big 10 Championship Game

SCRANTON — Inside the Leonard Theater in Scranton, Penn State fans had quite the warm-up act to the Big 10 championship game: former Penn State quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno. “It’s kind of a fun get together, and now we got a championship that everyone can get together and watch Penn State win,” said the son of Joe Paterno. The former coach talked about everything from coaching and old family stories to dealing with controversies and scandals in the program. “Leadership is […]

Furniture Store Adds Location inside Marketplace at Steamtown

SCRANTON — Another local business has set up shop in the evolving Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton. D&N Furniture opened its newest location on the second floor of the marketplace and held a grand opening ceremony on Saturday at noon. The owners said they were encouraged by recent changes at the downtown mall and decided to become a tenant just in time for the holiday shopping season here in Scranton.

Santa Ditches Sleigh, Rides Train Through Lackawanna County

CARBONDALE — As the wheels slowly churned down the tracks, the smiles grew even wider and the eyes became bigger. The Baldwin Locomotive Works train carrying Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and their helpers, made stops across Lackawanna County on Saturday. On board were some happy first-time riders. “I’m very excited to ride the Santa Train. I never rode it before,” said Joel Wasilchak of Carbondale. Faces full of glee lined the Pioneer City Station in Carbondale as hundreds stood patiently, […]

Lighting of Lackawanna County Christmas Tree

SCRANTON — Christmas time is here in Lackawanna County. The 25-foot Concolor Fir arrived at Flag Plaza outside the Lackawanna County Courthouse on North Washington Avenue Thursday morning. The tree was decorated and then lit up Thursday evening.

World AIDS Day Observed at The Commonwealth Medical College

SCRANTON — Thursday marks the annual World AIDS Day, observed by the World Health Organization every year since 1988. This year was the first time The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton held its own observation. The college’s student group, Physicians Representing Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equality, or PRIDE, teamed up with the NEPA Rainbow Alliance to plan the free, public event. The NEPA AIDS Quilt was on display, honoring those who lost their battle with HIV/AIDS.