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Wreaths for Veterans

COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP — Members of the Coolbaugh Township community came together Thursday afternoon to honor veterans. Representatives of the Coolbaugh Township Historical Association, the VFW, and other organizations proceeded to all of the cemeteries in the township, placing holiday wreaths along the way. Marion Jolly of the VFW Post 509 Auxiliary spoke with Newswatch 16 about the event. “The historical society wanted to honor the veterans for Pearl Harbor Day. By placing wreaths on the cemeteries here and they thought […]

Playing It Safe over the Holidays: Preventing Identity Theft

Banks around the country and in our area report that identity theft is on the rise over the holidays because more people are traveling and using their credit and debit cards in a lot more places than usual. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey tackled this topic with help from the professionals at Fidelity Bank in the Scranton area. Area bankers warn holiday shoppers to be on the lookout for “skimmers.” They’re people who steal your credit card information by connecting a device to […]

New Spot to Shop Small for the Holidays in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE— There’s a new spot to shop small for the holidays in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Twelve store owners set up shop for the holiday season at a new pop up shop at Midtown Village along South Main Street. The pop-up shop opens on Small Business Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. “People need to come down and check this out. I mean, it is the one stop shop, really, and you should be supporting all the businesses locally here,” […]

Spirit of the Lehigh Valley benefits underprivileged families (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

For over two decades, Spirit of the Lehigh Valley has provided Christmas presents and a holiday meal to underprivileged families from throughout the region.

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Last-Minute Pine Pickers in the Poconos

MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — For the Pheasant family from Marshalls Creek, coming to Regina Farms near Marshalls Creek during the holidays is a tradition. This year, they came a little later than usual to pick their pine, but they had a pretty good reason for it. “It’s a combination of us finishing up finals, coming home from college and school, and trying to get the whole family together,” said Michael Pheasant of Marshalls Creek. Picking a Christmas tree together is […]

Local Contractor Pays off Lunch Debts at Schools in Monroe County

SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — Hefty cafeteria debt can add up for many families whose children buy lunch at school, just ask Principal Gail Kulick at Resica Elementary School near East Stroudsburg. “I have families up to $40 and $50, so imagine that times some of, a lot of the other schools together,” said Kulick. But after a random act of kindness from a local contractor in East Stroudsburg, a lot of lunch debt has disappeared. Brian Winot, president of Northeast Site […]

Team mascots help bring cheer to Valley hospital (PHOTOS)

Pathways to Santa is the brainchild of cancer survivor Bruce Smith.

For the past seven years, cancer survivor Bruce Smith has organized Pathways to Santa to help cheer up patient…

A Holiday Tradition: Santa Parades

Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania are getting ready for the holiday season. To kick off the season, two cities are preparing for their annual Santa Parades. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey previewed the 24th Annual Santa Parade in Scranton on Wednesday.  The parade will feature music, floats, balloons, and marchers. Hosting the parade this year are Newswatch 16’s Sharla McBride and Scott Schaffer along with Ryan Leckey who will be handling coverage on the route. For more information about the live broadcast of […]

Know someone in the military? They can be honored at SteelStacks

The Hometown Heroes project seeks photos to display during Memorial Day weekend.

If you know someone in the military, SteelStacks wants to hear from you.
The sixth-annual display…

The hunt is on for Easter eggs around the Lehigh Valley (PHOTOS)

More than 30 are scheduled around the region over two weekends.

Easter egg hunts kicked off Saturday around the region, sending youngsters scampering for treats.
Hunts were held …