HS FOOTBALL: Heading full steam ahead into the home stretch of regular season

Good morning, everyone and please bear with me this week! Many years ago, before the sun had peaked above the horizon, my alarm sounded and I rose from beneath layers of blankets. A mid-November Arctic freeze engulfed the state and even the windows were covered in a...
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HS FOOTBALL: More exciting action among big schools; Western Wayne reveling in best start

Good Thursday to you all! We are back at the high school football season and we are heading into the final stretch of the regular season. It is Week 7 and we have some pretty important games, especially in the Lackawanna Football Conference Division II and among the...
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AOW EXTRAS: Scranton Prep’s Matt Gilmartin

The senior running back had 228 yards on 46 carries and two touchdowns and a 20-yard reception on 4th-and-19 on the game-winning drive to help No. 2 Scranton Prep stay undefeated with a 35-34 win over No. 5 Valley View. Other sports you play: I played basketball until...
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HS FOOTBALL: A community needs your hearts; Week 6 offers start to LFC Division II season

Fans, this is a struggle. Lakeland is my community. It's where my daughters call home. And it's hurting. ... Really bad. Yes, there are very caring people there who will stay strong, but trust me, they are suffering and in pain. It's going to need a collective effort...
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HS FOOTBALL: More excitement among the big schools; Battle for the Bell is upon us

Good Thursday to everyone! WOW! I walked out of Scranton Memorial Stadium last Friday night shaking my head and appreciating what I had just covered. The showdown between Scranton and North Pocono gave high school football another jolt of energy this season. It was...
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Duffer-in-chief

Duffer-in-chief

Trump demonstrated his very very good leadership skills (the best, really) again, this time in Puerto Rico. Which is an island. In the middle of the ocean. Big big water. Nobody knew how big. An island where everyone wants everything to be done for them. Here, have a...

Throwback Thursday – Bear Cubs

Throwback Thursday – Bear Cubs

On this Throwback Thursday, journey back to the Bear Den at Nay Aug Park and visit with the cubs. Previous Throwback Thursday Posts -  Sept 28 - September Storms  Sept 21 – Cheerleading  Sept 14 – An Imperial Stallion in Scranton  Aug 24 – History of the 1900 block of...

Award Chase: When campaigning begins way early

Each Wednesday through the week of the 2018 Academy Award nominations on Jan. 23, Take 2 is handicapping the Oscar rush with The Award Chase. It’s hard to believe that this marks Take 2’s third edition of The Award Chase, and although it started a little later than...

Tom Petty is why I’m married

Tom Petty is why I’m married

I woke this morning to news best broadcast in the parlance of "The Wizard of Oz:" Tom Petty was "really most sincerely dead." I reacted accordingly and pulled my American Girl close.Getting out of bed seemed self-defeating, but we did it, anyway. This blog's headline...

Taco Day

Taco Day

It's National Taco Day, a day set aside to celebrate the crunchy treat from our neighbors to the south. I have pulled together some recipes from our local flavor archives to give you some culinary inspiration for dinner tonight. Taco recipes from our Local Flavor...

AOW EXTRAS: Scranton Prep’s Matt Gilmartin

AOW EXTRAS: Scranton Prep’s Matt Gilmartin

The senior running back had 228 yards on 46 carries and two touchdowns and a 20-yard reception on 4th-and-19 on the game-winning drive to help No. 2 Scranton Prep stay undefeated with a 35-34 win over No. 5 Valley View. Other sports you play: I played basketball until...

Local congressmen react to Las Vegas shootings

Local congressmen react to Las Vegas shootings

After expressing his condolences, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey called for greater gun control after the Las Vegas shootings. Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Matt Cartwright and Rep. Lou Barletta simply expressed condolences. Nothing from U.S. Rep. Tom Marino -- at least not on Twitter...

In Las Vegas tragedy’s wake, look for the helpers

In Las Vegas tragedy’s wake, look for the helpers

Look for the helpers. That's what the late, great Fred Rogers said after 9/11, and his words echo in the bloody wake of America's latest and worst-ever mass shooting. At least 58 dead. More than 400 injured. No more answers than there were the last time, or the time...

Toomey’s on it!

Toomey’s on it!

Having run point on the legislative disaster otherwise known as AHCA (or "Trumpcare"), Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey switches his attention to delivering massive tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, thus ballooning the federal deficit tax...

With Yudichak out, Dems chances in 11th CD dim

With Yudichak out, Dems chances in 11th CD dim

State Sen. John Yudichak ended all the “suspense” Thursday and decided against running for his friend U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta's 11th Congressional District seat. Told ya. With Yudichak out, the Democrats' best chance at winning back the seat Barletta took away goes out...

Knees in the news

Knees in the news

Trump regularly goes off half-cocked on Twitter. And while he likely realizes that things like his attack on the NFL plays well with his base, it doesn't mean he remotely understands (or even cares to understand) underlying...

The prisoner

The prisoner

Years of cascading scandals surrounding the Lackawanna County Prison seem to be coming to a head as PA Attorney-General Josh Shapiro's office opens an investigation into the county's handling of sexual abuse allegations at the...

Throwback Thursday – September Storms

Throwback Thursday – September Storms

Sometimes September surprises us with the weather. Over the past few days, temperatures have reached into the 90s throughout our region. And according to Accuweather, starting tomorrow temperatures will be more autumn like with temps in the mid 60s during the day and...