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Weekend Tattoo Fest to descend on Wilkes-Barre

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If social media and local hype are any indication of how successful this year’s annual Tattoo Festival will be, then NEPA better get ready.In its second year, the festival is expected to draw in people from as far away as Ecuador (yes, the country). Buzz about the event is everywhere and Steve Gulbin, one of the event organizers, said the festival is an event for everyone, not just those with tattoos.


Get wild with some white water

Looking for something adventurous and outdoorsy to do this weekend?Head to Jim Thorpe for some white water rafting.The US Army Corps of Engineers is giving Mother Nature a Boost on Saturday and Sunday with some additional water force.The Corps will have a 1,700 cubic feet per second release on Saturday, that’s double the usual, which means double the thrills. On Sunday, a 1,000 cfs release will happen.There are several options in and near Jim ...

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Grande ‘Problem’ leads to grande success

The momentum that led to Ariana Grande’s success began in 2013. Grande began the transition from Nickelodeon star to pop princess with the Mac Miller-assisted track “The Way.” The 21 year-old then took to the national airwaves in a slew of TV performances; perhaps most notably her outing at the “American Music Awards.”Grande had the talent, the look, and the fan base. All she needed was the hit song.

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Weekender Live, 8.20.14-8.26.14

Wednesday:Bottlenecks, Wilkes-Barre: Abstract Peoples, DJ HershThursday:Bar Louie, Mohegan Sun: Dustin Switzer DuoBreakers, Mohegan Sun: Gone CrazyChacko’s: KartuneMohegan Sun: Party on the Patio feat. Beatlemania Now(A Tribute to The Beatles)Tommyboy’s: The Train Wrecks DuoFriday:Bar Louie, Mohegan Sun: Jigsaw JohnnyBottl...

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Jack davenport and Gary Park with KISS at Montage Mountain Toyota Pavilion, summer 2013

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Pet of the Week

Name: HaleyColoring: TortoiseshellOwner’s name: Seth HenryLiving in: Kingston, PAName: BellaBreed: Boston Terrier PitOwner’s name: Talia DeFalcoLiving in: Hanover Twp, PA

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I have to admit I was a little skeptical, and even a bit negative, when the Ice Bucket Challenge first emerged. Originally I said things like “what a waste of water” and “stop shaming your friends into donating to some charity they have never even heard of!” So yeah, I was kind of ignorant to the facts and even a little mean.The challenge has gone viral and if you haven’t heard about it yet you must live under a rock. I’m sure some of you are gro...

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GIRL TALK: The dirty 30

This week brings me to a life milestone. As of Sunday, I can officially say goodbye to my 20’s as I open a new chapter in my life as a 30 year old woman. Maybe I have been reading too many Buzzfeed lists lately, but I have decided this week to compile a list of my own. So here they are, the top 10 things my 20’s have taught me.1. Your heart is only as resilient as you allow it to be. It will be broken, betrayed, full of love and empty from loss but if you sincerely beli...

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Top 8 at 8 with Ralphie Aversa8. Calvin Harris-Summer7. Sia-Chandelier6. Iggy Azalea/Charli XCX-Fancy5. Charli XCX-Boom Clap4. OneRepublic-Love Runs Out3. Maroon 5-Maps2. Sam Smith-Stay With Me1. Magic!-RudeTop 10 Albums at Gallery of Sound1. Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt2. Godsmack - 1000 HP3. Tom Petty - Hypnotic Eye4. ...

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QUICK CHORD: Summer Holds The Earth, American Verse, and American Lions

Summer Holds The EarthLarksville/Wilkes-Barre, Pa.Sounds like: Two parts melodic hardcore and one part emo — lyrically tackling difficult subjects through metaphors.Fun fact: The band has changed its lineup three times but has always maintained their drummer Nate Harbaugh and guitarist/vocalist Derek Jolley.Find them: facebook.com/SummerHoldsTheEarth, Twitter: @summerholdsthee...

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MAN OF THE WEEK: Jonathan P Forkin

Full name: Jonathan P ForkinAge: 22Hometown: AvocaFavorite Weekender feature: Model of the WeekFavorite bar/restaurant: Backyard Ale HouseWhat are you passionate about? I am passionate about advocacy for the equal treatment and respect for individuals with special needs and disabilities.Who do you admire? I most admire my friends and martial arts instructors Eric Kovaleski, Cynthia Rothrock & Billy Blanks.What’...

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MODEL OF THE WEEK: Alysa Valenti

Full name: Alysa ValentiAge: 23Hometown: Lake WallenpaupackFavorite Weekender feature: Model of the WeekFavorite bar/restaurant: Sushi Thai Restaurant and Bar in DunmoreWhat are you passionate about? Owning my salon, Tease Hair StudioWho do you admire? My family, friends, and boyfriend.What’s something most people don’t know about you? I love to collect antiques.Are you a dog person or a cat pe...

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#IceBucketChallenge splashes NEPA

If you’re one of those people annoyed by seeing endless Facebook statuses reminding you that you’re not engaged or a parent yet, your prayers may have been answered when the social media phenomena known as the #icebucketchallenge surfaced a few weeks ago.It seems impossible to check your News Feed, or even eavesdrop a conversation in a WalMart parking lot, without being reminded that you might be one nomination away from dumping a bucket over your head that is filled wi...

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Sorry Mom & Dad: There’s no such thing as too much passion

It was 4 a.m. and the bar crawl I hosted in honor of my 200th column was finally winding down. As a group of friends and I were recapping the night in my hotel room, or what we remembered of it, someone asked why a mutual acquaintance didn’t join the party that night.“He probably didn’t come because he thinks you’re wack,” someone said.I was told this mutual acquaintance didn’t see my online talk show “The Millennials” goin...

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The beer takes the cheese

Wine and cheese pairings have long been viewed as a semi-sophisticated event and one that highlights any variety of flavors within both the wine and the cheese by either complimentary or contrasting flavor characteristics. However, with the craft beer boom, beer and cheese pairings have become all the rage and with an even wider assortment of flavors available within beer compared to wine, it is easy to see why.Beer dinners where food and beers are paired together for specific flav...

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Drink up the summer

Brewer- Clown ShoesBeer- ClementineStyle- WitbierABV- 5.90%Rating – WWWWDescription – Clown Shoes Clementine pours a hazy golden orange with a white creamy head that leaves a thin lacing on the glass. The aroma is that of a typical Witbier with notes of coriander, orange peel, candied sugar and that beautiful yeast dancing in the background and mixing with hints of spicy hops and sweet malt.

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Massacre in NEPA

A lady in the world of tattooing is a little more common as the years go on – yet, still, there is no one out there quite like Megan Massacre.Cover up her inked skin and she still stands out in a crowd – her vibrant personality matches her coif of bright orange that fades to yellow, the list of things she does can make your head spin and, quite frankly, the girl has balls – something that was evident from a very young age.

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Nanticoke hopes to make food event the next big thing

Nanticoke’s first Wingfest is taking flight this weekend and the city event is hoping to grow into the next Tomato Festival or Kielbasa Festival.And growing is exactly what is on the mind of the core of five volunteers who are working to plant a community garden in the city. A community garden is any piece of land gardened by a group of people, utilizing either individual or shared plots on private or public land. The land may produce fruit, vegetables, and/or ornamentals....

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