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University of Scranton hosts virtual Schemel Forum series on world affairs during spring semester

University of Scranton hosts virtual Schemel Forum series on world affairs during spring semester

From a press release: During the spring semester, the Schemel Forum’s World Affairs seminars at the University of Scranton will deliver a full spectrum of enlightening virtual presentations on current topics starting in February. Eight experts in their fields will bring their insights into the homes of area residents, once again through a Zoom format […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

First-ever Scranton Ice Festival debuts downtown on Feb. 5-7

First-ever Scranton Ice Festival debuts downtown on Feb. 5-7

From a press release: In the hopes of bringing visitors to downtown Scranton to support small businesses during a difficult year and historically slow retail month, a planning committee has formed to host the inaugural Scranton Ice Festival, led by a small grassroots group of community-minded volunteers in partnership with First Friday Scranton, Scranton Tomorrow, […]

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Lackawanna Historical Society looks back on ‘Past Times’ in virtual lecture series Jan. 29-Feb. 26

Lackawanna Historical Society looks back on ‘Past Times’ in virtual lecture series Jan. 29-Feb. 26

From a press release: The Lackawanna Historical Society in Scranton will continue its popular “Lackawanna Past Times” virtual lecture series on Zoom in 2021. “As we continue to practice social distancing and put off larger gatherings in-person (and move into the season of cold and snowy weather), we’re delighted to be able to offer local […]

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Lackawanna County parks accepting 2021 reservations for pavilions and athletic fields

Lackawanna County parks accepting 2021 reservations for pavilions and athletic fields

From a press release: The Lackawanna County Commissioners – Jerry Notarianni, Debi Domenick, and Chris Chermak – have announced that the four county parks are now accepting reservations for gatherings at the respective pavilions and athletic fields. To make a reservation, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 570-963-6764. For more details about dates and […]

 Rich Howells

Lew Williamson, kindly Santa in Scranton’s annual Santa Parade, has died after COVID-19 battle

Lew Williamson, kindly Santa in Scranton’s annual Santa Parade, has died after COVID-19 battle

Lewis “Lew” Williamson, the Scranton resident who played Santa Claus in every Santa Parade in downtown Scranton since 1993, has passed away from COVID-19. The sad news was confirmed by his wife Maureen Williamson in a public Facebook post on Jan. 4, just over a week after Christmas. “With my heart broken, I have to […]

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NEPA virtual programs and broadcasts observe Anthracite Mining Heritage Month throughout January

NEPA virtual programs and broadcasts observe Anthracite Mining Heritage Month throughout January

From a press release: The Lackawanna Historical Society in Scranton will once again join regional partners in observing Anthracite Mining Heritage Month throughout January. This annual event focuses on the history and culture of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s coal region. Because of health concerns this year, all events will be conducted online via Zoom. The society will […]

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Gov. Wolf allows bars, restaurants, entertainment, and more to reopen Jan. 4 with previous restrictions in place

Gov. Wolf allows bars, restaurants, entertainment, and more to reopen Jan. 4 with previous restrictions in place

From a press release: Today, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said that the time-limited mitigation orders they put in place on Dec. 12 have helped to begin flattening the curve of new COVID-19 cases following the post-Thanksgiving surge in Pennsylvania. As a result, the Wolf administration announced today that the […]

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Gov. Wolf approves $145 million for Pa. businesses, urges Congress to provide more COVID-19 relief

Gov. Wolf approves $145 million for Pa. businesses, urges Congress to provide more COVID-19 relief

From a press release: After approving $145 million to support Pennsylvania businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic last week, Governor Tom Wolf thanked Congress for providing further relief to Pennsylvanians, releasing the following statement on Monday: I am pleased that the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package was signed into law last night. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

 The Conversation

Why being stuck at home, unable to hang out in cafes and bars, can drain creativity

Why being stuck at home, unable to hang out in cafes and bars, can drain creativity

While the pandemic has caused thousands of small businesses to temporarily close or shutter for good, the disappearance of the corner coffee shop means more than lost wages. It also represents a collective loss of creativity. Researchers have shown how creative thinking can be cultivated by simple habits like exercise, sleep, and reading. But another […]

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Lackawanna Historical Society celebrates Joe Biden’s Scranton roots with exhibit and lecture on Jan. 13

Lackawanna Historical Society celebrates Joe Biden’s Scranton roots with exhibit and lecture on Jan. 13

From a press release: As part of the “Project 46” celebration of President-elect Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration on Jan. 20, the Lackawanna Historical Society will feature programs highlighting his ties to Scranton. A special “Lackawanna Past Times” lecture on the Biden family roots will be held by Tim Hinton via Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 13 […]

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