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True facts about Labor Day

By Jennifer Butler Labor Day is not just another day off. The day holds meaning for everyone who has held a job and has contributed to the economic status of the U.S. As the U.S. observes Labor Day, the first Monday in September, the origins of the holida (read more)

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Nostalgic vacation in NEPA

In the Endless Mountains region of Sullivan County, in NEPA, visitors were gathered on the porch of the Shops at Eagles Mere to avoid a passing rain storm on a Saturday afternoon in July. But despite the dark silver sky and the falling rain, all were thri (read more)

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Teaching kids how money works

Financial literacy explains how people understand the function of money: how it’s earned, managed and invested. Understanding money is important when children go to college and venture out into the workforce. Knowing how to manage their earnings will help (read more)

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Summer's Last Hurrah: Vaca in NEPA

Asummer winds down and the children are clamoring for a last vacation before back-to-school time, consider all the exciting experiences NEPA has to offer for everyone in the family. Ages 4 and older: Want to have a great family vacation right around the c (read more)

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Hiking with the tykes

For those who love to spend time in the great outdoors, there is no better stop than Ricketts Glen State Park. With more than 13,000 acres saddled on the borders of Luzerne, Sullivan and Columbia counties, it will get everyone of all ages out to enjoy nat (read more)

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Spur kids interest in the arts

The arts — including literature, music, dance and theatre, baking, photography and cinematography and drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpting — can enrich the lives of people young and old. The arts can introduce adults and children to different culture (read more)

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How to create a study area at home

A student’s academic performance is influenced by a host of factors, including the learning environment both inside the classroom and at home. While students may have only limited control over the environment in their classrooms, they and their parents ca (read more)

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Fathers Shape their children's lives

Fathers, whether they realize it or not, are very important in shaping who their child becomes. With Father’s Day approaching, Patricia Kameen Striefsky reflected on her love for her father, John P. Kameen, and gratitude for all he has done for her. “Bein (read more)

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History of Father's Day

Sunday, June 19, is Father’s Day. While the amount spent on Father’s Day is several million less than that spent on Mother’s Day, the importance of the holiday has grown tremendously. The beginnings of the holiday in the United States trace back to July 5 (read more)

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It's never too early to start teaching water safety

With summer upon us and the warmer weather here for the next few months, swimming pools and water sports will become part of our weekly routine. However, not knowing how to swim can be deadly. “The more knowledge about aquatic safety and the more skills s (read more)

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Today's Grandparent: Need Exercise? Be a Grandparent?

Need exercise? No need to run a marathon or sign up with a gym. Just become a grandparent! My wife and I had just returned from Italy. We had one day to recover from the six-hour time difference and 10-hour flight when we welcomed our 9-month-old grandson (read more)

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Family Times Cal

Summer Camp Open House featuring The Wizard of Oz, June 18, 11 a.m. The classic film will be screened for free in Shopland Hall. Also find information on SCC’s 2016 Summer Camp Program, which culminates in a stage production of the musical. Scranton Cultu (read more)

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Fireworks and Fairs

Bring It Back to the Heartland: Made in America Family Festival, June 18, 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Featuring Stephanie Urbina Jones with onsite vendors selling American-made products. Also find a beer and wine tasting, face painting, pinatas and popcorn for the (read more)

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Who wants ice cream?

One of the best things about summer is what’s in the freezer. And regardless of personal preference as to flavor, topping or form (soft serve, hard or milkshake), just about everyone can find common ground in ice cream. Sean and Heidi Gowden of Moosic hav (read more)

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Meet Kathleen Iezzi Walsh, M.D.

Tell us about your family. My husband, Paul Walsh Jr., is a utility worker in the regulation department at Pennsylvania American Water Co. We have a son, Matthew, who is 20 and a daughter, Mara, 18. My children are my world along with my husband. I have a (read more)

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Meet Kerri Ruddy Archer

Kerri Ruddy-Archer, 38, is an artist and an award-winning athlete. She is also the mother of three children under 4. She works as an art teacher at Scranton High School and assistant varsity coach for its track and field team. She co-owns a Scranton bar with her husband and another couple. Her responsibilities are over the moon, but she manages them with aplomb. Family Times had a conversation with Kerri about her life, her family, her sport, her bar and how she manages everything so fluidly. (read more)

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What Memorial Day Means to the Veterans

While many people will spend the day at a barbecue or relaxing at a day off of work, John Matusek will think about those who served. For Matusek, who will turn 97 on May 7 (the day in 1945 that Germany surrendered to the Allied Forces), Memorial Day is mo (read more)

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Graduation: What's Next?

As graduation season nears and the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” fill high school football stadiums and auditoriums around the region, it’s time for the next step. For many parents and students, it can be a trying time full of heartache and joy. “It i (read more)

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I'm Bored: Rainy Day Tips To Keep the Kids Entertained

Children wait all year long for school to let out and summer to begin. Parents though sometimes struggle to keep their little ones entertained throughout the summer months, especially on gloomy, rainy days. There are great ways to have fun that don’t incl (read more)

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It's Mother's Day

More calls are made on Mother’s Day then any other day of the year. (history.com/topics/holidays/) Even the ancient Greeks and Romans knew that mom was very important in their lives and celebrated mothers during festivals in honor of their mother goddesse (read more)


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