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 Rich Howells

Centralia’s Graffiti Highway is closed and covered with dirt to drive away visitors during coronavirus pandemic

Centralia’s Graffiti Highway is closed and covered with dirt to drive away visitors during coronavirus pandemic

In the past month, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order and closed non-essential businesses due to the coronavirus, so many people are looking for ways to spend their time. Centralia fire chief and EMA director Tom Hynoski told The Daily Item that large groups have been visiting the Graffiti Highway, a stretch of […]

 The Conversation

Why wearing face masks in public is now recommended to reduce spread of coronavirus

Why wearing face masks in public is now recommended to reduce spread of coronavirus

With the coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading, U.S. health officials have changed their advice on face masks and now recommend people wear cloth masks in public areas where social distancing can be difficult, such as grocery stores. But can these masks be effective? President Donald Trump, in announcing the change in the Centers for Disease Control […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton helps artists and small businesses with ‘Steamtown Live’ stream

Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton helps artists and small businesses with ‘Steamtown Live’ stream

From a press release: When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. This week, The Marketplace at Steamtown in downtown Scranton is introducing Steamtown Live, a live streaming showcase of local businesses and artists on the Marketplace’s Facebook page and the Scranton Public Market Instagram account. This opportunity to connect to the community is […]

 Rich Howells

Wilkes-Barre cancels Fine Arts Fiesta and Cherry Blossom Festival as coronavirus spreads in Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre cancels Fine Arts Fiesta and Cherry Blossom Festival as coronavirus spreads in Pennsylvania

Yesterday, the city of Wilkes-Barre canceled both of its free annual springtime events, the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Fine Arts Fiesta, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 43rd annual Cherry Blossom Festival was scheduled for Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at Kirby Park. In previous years, it featured amusement rides and games, […]

 Rich Howells

Gov. Wolf issues guidelines to suspend Pennsylvania gatherings and events for 14 days

Gov. Wolf issues guidelines to suspend Pennsylvania gatherings and events for 14 days

Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf provided guidance to mitigate the spread of coronavirus across Pennsylvania over the next 14 days, including a “suspension of large gatherings, events, conferences of 250 individuals or more” that has made many local venues, bars, and restaurants cancel or postpone concerts during an important weekend for both businesses and artists in […]

 The Conversation

How social distancing can ‘flatten the curve’ and help fight spread of coronavirus

How social distancing can ‘flatten the curve’ and help fight spread of coronavirus

As the coronavirus spreads into more and more communities, public health officials are placing responsibility on individuals to help slow the pandemic. Social distancing is the way to do it. Geriatrician Thomas Perls explains how this crucial tool works. What is social distancing? Social distancing is a tool public health officials recommend to slow the […]

 Rich Howells

F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre announces postponements and cancellations due to coronavirus

F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre announces postponements and cancellations due to coronavirus

Following the news on Wednesday that the city of Wilkes-Barre would postpone its 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for this Sunday “due to increased concern and the heightened community awareness pursuant to coronavirus,” the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre has canceled or postponed several upcoming shows “at the recommendation of Governor Tom Wolf.” […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade reverses decision and postpones 59th annual parade

Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade reverses decision and postpones 59th annual parade

Less than two days after the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade Association declared that the 59th annual parade will proceed as scheduled on Saturday, March 14, the parade has now been postponed due to concerns surrounding the spread of coronavirus. The new statement released within the last hour reads: In light of new developments with the […]

 Rich Howells

Despite coronavirus concerns, Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade will not cancel 59th event on March 14

Despite coronavirus concerns, Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade will not cancel 59th event on March 14

UPDATE: The Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade Association has since postponed the parade. Read the March 11 update here. Following the news that Boston and even Ireland itself has canceled their St. Patrick’s Day parades due to the spread of coronavirus, the president of the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade Association released a statement yesterday saying that […]

 Rich Howells

City of Scranton is looking for local artists to redesign its flag before March 20, 2020

City of Scranton is looking for local artists to redesign its flag before March 20, 2020

Looking for a fresh start after former mayor Bill Courtright plead guilty to three felony public corruption charges in 2019, Scranton began 2020 by swearing in the city’s first female mayor as well as its first openly gay member of City Council. Today, Mayor Paige Cognetti announced the Electric City’s next step towards a new […]

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