HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division II Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division I Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS TRACK AND FIELD: 2019 Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches’ All-Star Teams

As the spring sports season enters its final week, ON THE BLOG begins to put a bow on the 2018-19 scholastic sports year. Today, the Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches' All-Star Teams are released. Western Wayne coach Justin Collins organizes a meeting of the coaches...

Wade, Didi team up for ‘extraordinary’ play

Didi Gregorius ranges up the middle to field a ground ball by Malquin Canelo in the third inning. Gregorius would spin and throw to first in time to get the Lehigh Valley leadoff hitter, but that wasn't even the most impressive defensive play he was a part of Friday...
Nostalgia

Nostalgia

It wasn't so long ago that the biggest worries for the Scranton School District's students, teachers and parents was asbestos and lead exposure in some of the district's older buildings.

Coronavirus Diaries Days 19-21: Coffee, Kayaks and COVID-19

Coronavirus Diaries Days 19-21: Coffee, Kayaks and COVID-19

We glared at the unresponsive contraption like a pair of groggy bears trying to work a vending machine. I pushed the power button. Nothing. Chrissy checked the plug. Try it again. Nope. We tried a different outlet. Same maddening result. I banged the top. I banged the...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 18: Dress Code Red

Coronavirus Diaries Day 18: Dress Code Red

Chrissy put down the laundry basket in front of my recliner. "These are yours," she said. "Mostly work clothes." "What do want me to do with them?" I asked, still staring blankly at the TV. "Hang them up, maybe?" "Why? I'm probably never gonna wear them again." I...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 17: Wake-up Call

Coronavirus Diaries Day 17: Wake-up Call

Nodding through my morning cable news update on the apocalypse, I perked up at the sight of a familiar face -- the front page of today's Times-Tribune. It was the centerpiece of a montage of daily newspapers used to illustrate the impact of a global pandemic on Main...

Presidential priorities

Presidential priorities

When certain scenarios predict that potentially 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, one has to wonder about the priorities -- nay, the mental state -- of a president who brags about his "press conferences" (actually, they're...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 16: Pillow Talk

Coronavirus Diaries Day 16: Pillow Talk

The daily farce of Impeached President Donald Trump's alleged coronavirus briefings might be funny if we weren't all uncredited extras in his you-know-what-show. Most days, I skip them. When I do watch, I keep the TV on mute until Dr. Fauci or someone else there to...

It’s hero time

It’s hero time

During a mad-dash, early-morning run last weekend through Clarks Summit's Weis grocery store, I came to appreciate the work being done by the clerks and shelf-stockers there. One young fellow who looked and sounded seriously sleep-deprived cheerfully helped fetch an...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 15: Bring your Pets to Work Month

Coronavirus Diaries Day 15: Bring your Pets to Work Month

Typo has a case of the Mondays. The cats are not used to this much Us. In the world we lived in two weeks ago, Chrissy and I would be out of the house between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The house was exclusively the cats' domain, which means they could sleep all day without...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 14: I sleep with the Red Cross

Coronavirus Diaries Day 14: I sleep with the Red Cross

Chrissy has been gone about 15 minutes, and it feels like a month. My extremely better half is an American Red Cross volunteer. She got called to a house fire in Susquehanna County, about an hour's drive from home. She could have said no, but felt she should go. I...

Hacking democracy

Hacking democracy

Hampered by pandemic-driven social distancing and self-quarantining, both the Scranton City Council and School Board turned to the Internet and meeting app Zoom to arrange legal, open-to-the-public forums. Problems quickly arose though when unidentified hackers and...

Coronavirus Diaries Day 13: Post card from a far-flung friend

Coronavirus Diaries Day 13: Post card from a far-flung friend

David just made my day. I've never met him, but his email in response to this daily diary is enough for me to call him a far-flung friend. David and his wife Joanne moved to North Carolina 10 years ago but -- like many transplants -- they still subscribe to The...

Easter Bunny economics

Easter Bunny economics

Donald Trump thinks the coronavirus-stalled U.S. economy will be ready to restart by Easter. Wiser heads are calling that wishful -- and even dangerous -- thinking.

Coronavirus Diaries Day 12: Cumpleaños Coronavirus

Coronavirus Diaries Day 12: Cumpleaños Coronavirus

In the world we lived in a few weeks ago, I would have started today with a Facebook post like: "If you see my wife, Chrissy Kelly, today, wish her a happy birthday." (The photo on this blog popped up today as a Facebook Memory from 2012.) Other than me and our...

New Yorker state of mind

New Yorker state of mind

The COVID-19 pandemic is being felt everywhere, even in the bucolic reaches of northeastern Pennsylvania. Residents there are openly fearful of the disease being imported by New Yorkers and New Jerseyans seeking refuge in their second homes.