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  • New Year’s Eve Preparations Cause Crowded Stores

    MOOSIC — Newswatch 16 found people rushing to get some last-minute party items in Lackawanna County. At Gerrity’s in Moosic, it was tough to even find a parking space. Everything from snacks, soda, and of course, fish for Monday was being pushed through checkout lanes.

  • Children Get a Special New Year’s Eve Countdown in Luzerne County

    WYOMING — For families with little ones that have an earlier bedtime, Super Bounce in Wyoming hosted a “Countdown to Noon” party Sunday afternoon. It was held indoors so it was also a way to escape the bitter cold. Balloons fell right at noon and the kids celebrated 2018 with noisemakers. “The kids have something for themselves to do on New Year’s Eve. It’s really nice. It gives them something to do,” stated Eric Edwards of West Pittston. There was […]

  • Homeless Shelter to Reopen in Lackawanna County

    SCRANTON — After deciding last month that it would close its doors, an area shelter decided to cancel those plans and reopen. The Bethel AME Church on North Washington Avenue in Scranton announced back in November that due to lack of volunteers they wouldn’t be able to take anyone in. That caused a bit of an upset in the community at the time leaving only one other shelter in the area for the homeless to rest overnight. But the pastor […]

  • Two Cars Collide in Parking Lot in Lackawanna County

    SCRANTON — A crash caused some damage in one part of Lackawanna County on Sunday. Around 4 p.m., two vehicles collided along Luzerne Street in Scranton. It happened in the parking lot of Portanova Body Shop. One of the vehicles took out a sign and was wedged between two poles. No one was injured and there is no word on what caused the crash.

  • Fire Destroys Vacation Home in Monroe County

    TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP — A large fire destroyed a home in Monroe County. The fire broke out just after 12 p.m. on Sunday near Pocono Lake. Tobyhanna and Thornhurst fire companies responded to the scene on Towanda Trail. Fire officials told Newswatch 16 it is a vacation home, and no one was there at the time. There is no word on what sparked the flames in Monroe County.

  • The American Red Cross is Helping Fire Victims in Monroe County

    POCONO TOWNSHIP — The American Red Cross is assisting victims of a fire in Monroe County. The alarm on Pine Tree Drive in Pocono Township came in just before 11 Saturday night. Firefighters believe the fire started in the chimney and the flames spread to the rest of the home. Everyone made it out of the home and no one was hurt in that overnight fire.

  • Roaring Twenties Brought Back in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Newswatch 16 stopped by the Marketplace at Steamtown on Sunday for their “Festival of Trees” exhibit. The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department held the event with a theme of the “Roaring Twenties”. A site F-Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda might enjoy. Non-profits, businesses, schools, and churches decorated the trees to raise money for Toys for Tots. All participants were asked to incorporate the 20’s theme into their decorating. The trees will remain in place until January […]

  • A Family of Eagle Scouts Continues to Soar

    PALMERTON — A family from Carbon County added another Eagle Scout to its ranks. Mason George was awarded the honor at a ceremony in Palmerton on Saturday. Scouting runs in George’s family as both his cousins are also Eagle Scouts and his cousin’s children are in the Cub Scouts. But it was a visit from another Eagle Scout from the family that made the celebration even more special. “It’s a wonderful feeling. I’m very proud to say my older son […]

  • Last Minute New Year’s Eve Preparations

    SCRANTON — People in Lackawanna County were making the mad scramble to prepare for New Year’s Eve. South Side Seafood on Pittston Avenue in Scranton was bustling with customers on Saturday. Employees tell Newswatch 16 they’ve been busy taking tons of last minute orders. “Lots of king crab, shrimp, lobster tails, anything anybody likes for New Year’s Eve,” stated Jon Klein who works at South Side Seafood. “Every year, it’s the only place I’ll go for fish. Only place. It’s […]

  • Skating for the First Time This Winter in Lackawanna County

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — Saturday’s weather made for some snowy fun in Lackawanna County. Newswatch 16 caught up with some people at Hillside Park near Clarks Summit, sledding and, for the first time this season, hitting the ice. “It’s just about getting people out here. Getting kids and people outside and active. That’s what we’re here to promote,” stated Mark Spatz, Abington Joint Recreation Member. If you don’t have your own skates, that is not a problem. Hillside Park has them available […]

  • Fire Destroys Vacant House in Schuylkill County

    REILLY TOWNSHIP — Flames destroyed a vacant home in Schuylkill County Saturday morning. The place on North Tremont Street in Reilly Township is a total loss. No cause listed yet for the fire near Tremont.

  • Flames Rekindle and Spread in Pocono Township

    POCONO TOWNSHIP — Crews were back on the scene of a house fire in the Poconos on Sunday. A fire originally broke out at a home in Pocono Township Saturday but rekindled on Sunday. The fire spread to another structure on Sylvan Cascade Road, and officials ruled the home a total loss. The Pocono Township fire chief told Newswatch 16 one woman was home at the time of the fire on Saturday but made it out okay. No word on […]