Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Giant Dundie Award presented to Scranton by Peacock and ‘The Office’ stars

PHOTOS: Giant Dundie Award presented to Scranton by Peacock and ‘The Office’ stars

Despite airing its final episode in 2013, “The Office” was still the most streamed television show of 2020. This week, Nielsen reported that Americans streamed more than 57 billion minutes of the NBC sitcom last year on Netflix, and now all nine seasons have moved to Peacock starting Jan. 1. To celebrate and memorialize Scranton […]

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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 […]

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Pa. Liquor Board grants $2 million to produce and promote local beers and wines in 2021

Pa. Liquor Board grants $2 million to produce and promote local beers and wines in 2021

From a press release: Last month, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved grants totaling $2,016,699.35 for 18 projects to increase the production of Pennsylvania-made malt and brewed beverages and enhance the Pennsylvania beer industry through promotion, marketing, and research-based programs and projects, and to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines. […]

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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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Save Our Stages Act benefiting NEPA music venues included in COVID-19 relief bill

Save Our Stages Act benefiting NEPA music venues included in COVID-19 relief bill

After stalling for months, Democrats and Republicans in Congress finally agreed on a $900 billion pandemic relief package on Sunday that incorporates the Save Our Stages Act, setting aside “$15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions,” according to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck […]

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Gov. Wolf shuts down bars, restaurants, indoor entertainment, and more from Dec. 12-Jan. 4

Gov. Wolf shuts down bars, restaurants, indoor entertainment, and more from Dec. 12-Jan. 4

From a press release: As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and hospitals fill up, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine told Pennsylvanians to take the next three weeks and “stand united against the virus” by adhering to existing mitigation orders and stricter efforts announced today. “Today I am announcing additional, temporary […]

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Alcohol sales must end at 5 p.m. on Pennsylvania’s biggest drinking night of the year, Gov. Wolf orders

Alcohol sales must end at 5 p.m. on Pennsylvania’s biggest drinking night of the year, Gov. Wolf orders

From a press release: With new modeling projecting 22,000 new COVID-19 cases per day in Pennsylvania in December, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced new targeted mitigation measures today to help stop the spread during this critical time. These include a robust enforcement plan targeted at “chronic violators,” along with […]

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Fine Wine & Good Spirits offers tips for safer holiday shopping during COVID-19

Fine Wine & Good Spirits offers tips for safer holiday shopping during COVID-19

From a press release: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has urged Fine Wine & Good Spirits customers to create a plan to shop for wines and spirits before the upcoming holidays, particularly after COVID-19 drove record liquor sales across the state. “November and December are typically the busiest months of the year in Fine Wine […]

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Independent music venues form new foundation led by Pennsylvania owner as federal relief stalls

Independent music venues form new foundation led by Pennsylvania owner as federal relief stalls

From a press release: As its nearly 3,000 members anxiously await the passage of the Save Our Stages Act in Congress, the National Independent Venue Association has announced the formation of the National Independent Venue Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to partner and fundraise through individual, corporate, and foundation donations to expand upon […]

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