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Downtown in the News

‘Chalk’ing up good times at the River Common

i Oct 14th 2017

By Katherine Pugh , Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The Riverfront Parks Committee hosted its annual ChalkFest on Saturday, an afternoon of free family-oriented activities and entertainment at the River Common. Guests were given a bucket of sidewalk chalk and cordoned off their own sections of the park to create colorful chalk illustrations. There were…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre believes it can sell former Sterling site if Guard passes

i Oct 13th 2017

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — If the former Hotel Sterling site is no longer in play as the location for the new headquarters of Berkshire Hathaway Guard Insurance, the city said it has others interested in the property. City Administrator Ted Wampole said he’s still waiting to hear from Berkshire Hathaway Guard…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre walking tour all about the history

i Oct 7th 2017

By Katherine Pugh, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre City Councilman Tony Brooks hosted a walking tour of the architecture of downtown Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, stopping at residential and commercial buildings on Franklin, West South, West River and South River streets. The councilman detailed the history of iconic Wilkes-Barre landmarks like the Westmoreland Club, the…Read More→

Here’s the scoop: Store to sell Manning’s ice cream in downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Oct 6th 2017

By Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The ice cream trailer Kevin and Kacy Manning have been towing around for two years led them to a familiar place. The couple will soon set up shop in the Midtown Village downtown and sell ice cream by the scoop, milk by the jug, and ice cream…Read More→

Revamped Wilkes gallery opens with Andy Warhol show

i Oct 5th 2017

By Charlotte L. Jacobson, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice  Andy Warhol revolutionized pop art in the 1960s and turned into a household name. Today, art aficionados can see his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and, starting this week, at the new Sordoni Art Gallery at…Read More→

Kings, Wilkes and Luzerne County partner to add riverfront events

i Sep 25th 2017

By Michael Buffer, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Riverfront Parks Committee will try to add events and programs at the River Common with $50,000 in annual funding from Wilkes University, King’s College and Luzerne County, officials announced Monday afternoon. Luzerne County would provide $10,000 a year for maintenance, and county will have to…Read More→

Proposed funding plan unveiled for River Common park in Wilkes-Barre

i Sep 25th 2017

By Jennifer Learn-Andes, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader The River Common recreation area in downtown Wilkes-Barre deserves more attention and appreciation, several officials said during a Monday announcement of proposed new funding. “Look at this beautiful park,” said Larry Newman, head of the Diamond City Partnership downtown revitalization alliance. “It is high time that we as a…Read More→

Dragon boat races return to Susquehanna River

i Sep 24th 2017

By Toni Ann Pennello, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The dragon boat racers, hosted by the Riverfront Parks Committee, returned to Nesbitt Park and the Susquehanna River on Sunday for the seventh year. Participants in the event race on two long, canoe-like boats with the faces of dragons on them. Six teams participated in the race…Read More→

‘Restore IT!’ event raises funds to save Irem Temple building

i Sep 24th 2017

By Katie Pugh, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Luzerne Foundation holds ‘Restore IT!’ DALLAS — Area residents enjoyed live music, games and food on Sunday, all in an effort to save one of downtown Wilkes-Barre’s skyline’s most prominent features. The Luzerne Foundation held “Restore IT!” at the Irem Pavilion to raise funds to save the Irem Temple…Read More→

Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square could soon see a facelift

i Sep 17th 2017

By Bill Wellock, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — More than four decades after the redesign of Public Square, the same architecture firm that designed it is going back to the drawing board. The square is ripe for an upgrade, said Larry Newman, executive director of Diamond City Partnership, a not-for-profit downtown management organization that focuses…Read More→