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Downtown in the News

Square symbols: Hidden images a ‘secret’ of downtown Wilkes-Barre

i Sep 16th 2017

By Bill Wellock, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — It’s not hard to find the prehistoric duck on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square, but it helps to first know where the rhinoceros is. Just walk toward North Main Street from the center of the square, and look for the three circles near the corner. Turn left and search…Read More→

New music venue coming to downtown W-B

i Sep 2nd 2017

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — With the closing of Wilkes-Barre music venues like Cafe Metropolis and Murray’s, A.J. Jump and Mary McKenna decided to open a new entertainment venue. Jump, a local musician, and McKenna, an area native who formerly worked in the area radio market and who now owns Universal Tours,…Read More→

On the river: Susquehanna a draw for many who boat or fish

i Aug 20th 2017

By Bill Wellock, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Fishing started as a hobby for James Lacomis. It’s become something more. On summer Wednesdays, he joins about 45 other anglers at the Nesbitt Park boat launch for the Suskie Bassmaster’s weekly fishing tournament. Among the competition is his son, Hunter Lacomis, 21, a senior at Wilkes…Read More→

Weekend Focus: Locals choose to live and work in the same building

i Aug 19th 2017

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Imagine having no long commute to and from work — no traffic jams, no parking issues, no early rising to get to work on time, and no late arrivals back home. More and more people have found what they consider the perfect life arrangement — living where they work…Read More→

Weekend Focus: Locals choose to live and work in the same building

i Aug 19th 2017

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — Imagine having no long commute to and from work — no traffic jams, no parking issues, no early rising to get to work on time, and no late arrivals back home. More and more people have found what they consider the perfect life arrangement — living where they work…Read More→

Guard Insurance still considering former Hotel Sterling site

i Aug 18th 2017

By  Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The city-owned Hotel Sterling property remains in play as a potential location for a new building to serve as headquarters of Berkshire Hathaway Guard Insurance. The company, owned by a subsidiary of billionaire investor Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., employs approximately 300 people in its offices across…Read More→

Experts assessing Irem Temple building as first step in possible restoration

i Aug 9th 2017

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — A Philadelphia-area architectural design and preservation firm has begun a detailed assessment of the century-old Irem Temple building on North Franklin Street. Justin Detwiler, senior project designer for John Milner Architects in Chadds Ford, said he and a crew will be at the site through Friday to…Read More→

At this multicultural spot, it’s food, flags and dance

i Aug 3rd 2017

By Mary Therese Biebel, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — “We have a lot of feathers, a lot of Velcro,” Carleen Hartman said, smiling as she showed one of the fancier outfits she hopes people will wear if they join the Caribbean-style dancing in the city’s inaugural Multicultural Festival this weekend. Hartman is selling costumes for…Read More→

Aug. 5-6 Multicultural Parade & Festival to celebrate Wilkes-Barre’s diversity

i Aug 3rd 2017

By Bill O’Boyle, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader WILKES-BARRE — The city is preparing for its inaugural Multicultural Parade & Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday. The event will celebrate the city’s diverse cultural and ethnic heritage through music and food. Mayor Tony George said the parade/festival is a great opportunity for organizations and businesses to support…Read More→

Eatery opens in former downtown Wilkes-Barre bank building

i Aug 1st 2017

By Denise Allabaugh, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice WILKES-BARRE — Entrepreneur Sam Syla’s vision to restore a historic bank building in downtown Wilkes-Barre has come to fruition. Vault Grill & Bar has opened at 24 W. Market St. in the former Wyoming National Bank building. The site was most recently Wachovia Bank before it closed 17 years…Read More→