Citizens’ Voice: Students study Huber Breaker as part of Global Landscapes conference at King’s

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PAUL GOLIAS, CORRESPONDENT / PUBLISHED: APRIL 22, 2016   WILKES-BARRE — Global issues can be local issues, affecting humanity as a whole or the people living in one defined region. How such issues are tackled was the focus of Global Landscapes Conference 2016 held Wednesday and Thursday at King’s College. Thirteen students majoring in economics […]

Citizens’ Voice: Several Luzerne County projects receive funding

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BILL WELLOCK / PUBLISHED: JULY 2, 2016   Several projects in Luzerne County are getting state funding. The Commonwealth Financing Authority is giving grants to a number of projects across the region. About $12.1 million is coming from the Local Share Account program, which receives gaming money generated by casinos including Mohegan Sun Pocono. Another […]

Citizens’ Voice: An old miner raises flag to miners past, present

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ERIC MARK / PUBLISHED: JULY 17, 2016   ASHLEY — Philip Voystock raised the flag at the first Anthracite Heritage Day celebration in Miners’ Memorial Park on a sunny Saturday morning. More than 60 years ago, Voystock toiled in near-darkness in a coal mine not far from the park, built on the grounds of the […]

Citizens’ Voice: 5 lawmakers help designate July 16 as Anthracite Heritage Day in state

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PAUL GOLIAS / PUBLISHED: JULY 7, 2016   The name may have been changed but the significance remains as deep as the coal veins in which miners labored. Five lawmakers from Northeastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite region shepherded a resolution through the state Senate designating July 16 as Anthracite Heritage Day in the commonwealth. The passage was […]

Citizens’ Voice: Local vet leading effort to honor region’s coal mining heritage

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PAUL GOLIAS / PUBLISHED: APRIL 4, 2016   Bob Alper is coal-country proud and he is championing an effort to bring out the pride in everyone connected in any way to coal mining. Alper, long-time public relations officer for the Korean War Veterans, is hoping that the third Saturday in July can become Coal Cracker […]

Citizens’ Voice: Plans reviewed for cleanup at former Huber Breaker site

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ELIZABETH SKRAPITS / PUBLISHED: MARCH 24, 2016   ASHLEY — Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection met with workers contracted by Huber Breaker property owners Paselo Logistics to review plans for getting rid of refuse and debris at the site, DEP Spokeswoman Colleen Connolly confirmed. Wednesday was the deadline for Paselo to begin […]

Citizens’ Voice: DEP finds asbestos in Huber Breaker soil

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ELIZABETH SKRAPITS / PUBLISHED: MARCH 22, 2016   The state Department of Environmental Protection found asbestos in soil samples from the former Huber Breaker site in Ashley. DEP announced through a press release on Monday that asbestos fibers were present in five samples taken on Tuesday, March 8, near the old boiler building at the […]

Citizens’ Voice: DEP, Huber Breaker site owner reach agreement for cleanup

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ELIZABETH SKRAPITS / PUBLISHED: MARCH 15, 2016   The state Department of Environmental Protection has reached an agreement with the owners of the former Huber Breaker in Ashley to start getting the site cleaned up. Monday morning, attorneys for DEP and for Philadelphia-based Paselo Logistics LLC worked out a deal in front of Luzerne County […]

Citizens’ Voice: Documentary film on the Huber Breaker in Ashley recounts its historical significance and ignominious end

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BY PAUL GOLIAS, CITIZENS’ VOICE CORRESPONDENT / PUBLISHED: MARCH 6, 2016   As snippets of the John Welsh documentary on the Huber Breaker flowed on the screen, the room became eerily silent and eyes grew misty. A cellist’s mournful music accompanied awesome interior scenes of the historic breaker. Nostalgic comments from people Welsh had interviewed […]

Citizens’ Voice: DEP seeks 2nd court order against Huber Breaker owners

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ELIZABETH SKRAPITS / PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 10, 2016   ASHLEY — After the owners of the former Huber Breaker site ignored a state mandate for the past year, the state Department of Environmental Protection went to court to get them to clean up their act. Northeast region DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said the agency petitioned Luzerne […]