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Danielle Kersavage and Pat Padula, from Dunmore , with Charlie Daniels at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on May 30, 2014


A terrifyingly tasty trio of Halloween treats

Welcome to our special Trick or Treats section!For the month of October, we are going to be sharing ideas for tasty Halloween-themed treats. Actually, today we are going to tell you how to whip up three super easy treats.With a few simple ingredients, witch-hat cookies, Reese’s broomsticks, and Mint Peanut Butter Spiders were created.Witch-hat cookies:You will need:• One bag of Hershey Kisses (your favorite fl...

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‘Equalizer’ remake doesn’t equal anything special

“The Equalizer,” based on the 1985-89 TV show, wants us to think it’s smart and sophisticated. It is not. It wants you to look at its title character’s thorny past and vengeful purpose as being special. They are not.Director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) and writer Richard Wenk are not interested in how Robert McCall, the stoic killing machine played by Denzel Washington, reaches that point. It gets in the way of McCall using a power drill to le...

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9 reasons NEPA sucks*

Everybody thinks their home region sucks harder than a porn star on a mission for a cult following. While covering the people and places within northeastern Pennsylvania for more than two decades, Weekender has seen the worst the area has to offer. Let’s be real, the area has its downfalls. We have all been late for something en route I-81 and have at least one Facebook friend whose tire popped from a pothole.Over the years, however, Weekender has also seen the best the area ...

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Catch up on what you missed in the news last week

Pot reform rally in Kirby Park burns with passion• Activists in favor of legalizing medical marijuana peacefully demonstrated last weekend. The event was organized by the Keystone Cannabis Reform Rally, a newly formed nonprofit group, with the help of the Northeast Pennsylvania Cannabis Network.Activists said the bill in its current form is no longer a medical cannabis bill, but a cannabis product bill and insisted it needs to be p...

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High Score Gaming: Destiny — Week 2

My second week in “Destiny” was as remarkable as the first, and so was my third.I spent some more time playing “Destiny,” and I feel I’m at a point where I can wrap up the review with this second blog about the game. I plan on doing a couple of how-to guides like I’ve done in the past, and I’m sure I’ll write about “Destiny” more as downloadable content is released.But for now, I want to pick up where I left off...

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Men, put down the yoga pants

The saying goes, anything boys can do, girls can do better.Writing Girl Talk, I am a big supporter of this statement. I was raised on the Spice Girls and I lived believing in gender equality, smashing the glass ceiling and most of all, girl power. So what about the flip? Anything girls can do, boys can do better? I don’t think so, especially in the fashion arena.In my grown up life, I work in fashion. I am fortunate enough to get a look at all of the up and coming ...

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An Apple A Day Keeps the Hangover Away

In Philadelphia the second annual “Pour the Core” hard cider festival, one that is right up my alley happened last weekend. I’m gluten free and love to people watch hipsters so this couldn’t get better.I got a late start to the “City of Brotherly Love” because I was getting no love from the shots of Jameson I took the night before. At 25 years old, my hangovers are wretched. That I have to be a functioning member of society the next morning is so...

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Pet of the Week

Name: Maryjane (MJ) Breed:Owner: Amanda Rinker and Morgan Dixon-ClarkHometown: Wilkes-BarreName: Bruiser Breed: Yorkie-PooOwners: Tiffany Watkins & Stephen LaBarHometown: Wilkes Barre

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The Must List: Things we don’t want you to miss

The staff here at Weekender have so many interests which differ greatly from each others at times. Each week, we’d like to share with you what we think you “absolutely should not miss.”What better time to start then October 1. Lots of fall themed stuff happening and some major awareness activities are really getting into a groove.Check out our events page and other listings to find other happenings in the area.“Don’t miss the Bras...

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Some of NEPA’s finest body art

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You just can’t make this up: Theresa Caputo

Theresa Caputo is one busy broad with big hair. Like, really big hair.Her second book “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” hit stores on Tuesday, Sept. 30, her reality show “Long Island Medium” is in its sixth season on TLC. She is on a national tour heading to Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, Oct. 6, where the famous medium will be sharing her gift of healing messages from loved ones who have passed away to help people find closure and embrace l...

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Do you believe in magic?

You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why. The Long Island Medium is coming to town.She’s doing her nails. She’s poofing her hair. She’s about to connect you with loved ones who are no longer there.The buzz about television’s favorite medium coming to the area is causing everyone to question whether or not connecting with spirits is possible? Is there such thing as intuition that can connect people wi...

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Weekender Live, 10.01.14-10.07.14

Wednesday:Lower End: Beer Pong with DJ KKThursday:Breakers, Mohegan Sun: Karaoke Contest with DJs Lisa and DarylLower End: DJ Sexy KerryRiverstreet Jazz Café: Open MicTommyboy’s: Football w/ DJ Venom XFriday:Bar Louie, Mohegan Sun: Breakdown JimmyBreakers, Mohegan Sun: Bad Hair DayBrickhouse: DJ Charlie HayesGrot...

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And the nominees are…

The first annual Steamtown Music Awards will take place Friday, Oct. 10, at the V Spot in Scranton and serve as a kickoff event for the 2014 Electric City Music Conference’s weekend-long music festival. Aimed at honoring the region’s musical talent, the event hopes to strengthen the local music scene by providing a night where local musicians can appreciate each other.A complete list of the nominees and instructions for voting for your favorite local artist can be found...

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Weekender Theater

THIS WEEK: Oct. 1 to 7, 2014The Who’s “Tommy,” the rock opera based on the British group’s 1969 album, performed by the King’s Players. George P. Maffei II Theatre, Administration Building, 131 N. River St., King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct 3 and Monday, Oct. 6; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. $12, $7 seniors; $5 students. 570-208-5825.

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MODEL OF THE WEEK: Heather Ann Histed

Full name: Heather Ann HistedAge: 23Hometown: HonesdaleFavorite Weekender feature: concert updates // local music scene highlightsFavorite bar/restaurant: Eden - A Vegan Cafe :)What are you passionate about? compassion for all living things & teaching young childrenWho do you admire? My mother - she is one of the strongest women that I know.What’s something most people don’t know about you? I enjoy playin...

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THIS WEEK: Oct. 1 to 7, 2014Stories from Inside Prison, poetry and life stories by formerly incarcerated youth associated with the Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop. PNC Auditorium, Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. Free. 570-941-7498.JCC Book Club, a discussion of “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” by Susan Vreeland. Jewish Community Cente...

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