Burne Honda Awards “Teacher of the Year” With New Car

SCRANTON — As this school year comes to a close, students will find many ways to thank their teachers.

One student in Lackawanna County may have found the best way, by helping his teacher win a new car.

Wednesday was the first nice day in a while, so the students at the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County were more than happy to head outside to the parking lot.

The short field trip was about to become a lot sweeter for one of the CTC’s teachers, about to be awarded the title of Burne Honda’s Teacher of the Year.

Kyle Linko, a welding technology teacher at the school in Scranton, took the title and the grand prize: a brand new Honda Civic.

Mr. Linko was picked from more than 100 applications written by students. In Linko’s case, it was a student by the same name, Kyle Bonhem of Forest City.

“He works hard every day, his book work is great, his attendance is phenomenal, he`s a really good kid, and I always joke with him, `your first name is Kyle, you`re destined for greatness,’” Linko said of Bonhem.

“He`s just a great teacher, he doesn`t let anyone fail, he just helps whoever needs help. He won`t let you fail unless you don`t put in the effort. If you really try, he will make sure your grades show that,” Bonhem said of Linko.

For writing the winning application, Bonhem won a $2,500 scholarship.

“They`re {my students are} a reflection of me, and I`m glad that he did that, I`m more happy that he won the money. He`s going to need it if he goes on to higher education from here,” Linko added.

And for a teacher always putting his students first, a well-deserved new set of wheels.

“I just want all the teachers to feel appreciated, especially in career and tech ed,” Linko said.

A new car just a small token compared to the many gifts teachers give their students.

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Driver Takes Sledge Hammer to SUV, Passenger in Philadelphia Road Rage Incident

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — An apparent road rage incident in Philadelphia ends in a driver taking a sledge hammer to an SUV and its passenger.

The incident took place early Tuesday afternoon in a parking lot on Luzerne Street in the city, according to Philadelphia police.

The entire incident was captured on surveillance video by a nearby business.

The video shows a silver SUV pull into a parking lot, followed by a red pickup. The driver of the pickup blocks the SUV and gets out, holding a sledge hammer. The driver then begins repeatedly hitting the SUV with the hammer, breaking the driver’s window.

When the driver of the SUV tries to exit the parking lot, the passenger falls out. The passenger gets up and begins walking toward the SUV when the pickup driver turns and hits him with the hammer and breaks the rear window of the SUV. Both vehicles can then be seen leaving the parking lot.

Philadelphia police are still searching for the victims and the pickup driver.

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Lycoming College Announces New Gateway Project

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — One of the 50 oldest colleges in the United States has plans to revamp the entrance to its campus.

If you sign up for a tour of Lycoming College, senior Olvia Heckroth could be the one showing you the ropes.

Heckroth knows her way around campus now, but it wasn’t always that way.

“I was like, ‘There’s a sign over here, and now there’s an admission building over here.’ I was like, ‘Where am I going?’” Heckroth said.

The college does not have an official entry point, but that’s about to change.

Lycoming College announced plans for a gateway building.

“It’s an entirely new arrival sequence for families as they come to campus,” said Chip Edmonds, executive vice president Lycoming College.

A new building is set to go up on the east edge of campus. Edmonds hopes students and visitors will be able to find the building easily as they travel in off the highway.

“The building is a 28,000-square-foot, $12.5 million project,” Edmonds explained.

The gateway building will house college admissions and alumni relations. There will be presentation and seminar rooms, study rooms, a cafe, and a climbing wall in the new building.

Part of the new entranceway project includes expanding a portion of Basin Street to make it a two-way road.

“We see our building as the first investment of what will be many for this entire area of the city,” said Edmonds.

Lycoming college is working with the city in hopes of revamping the east end of Williamsport.

“And encourage students to be off campus and frequent businesses and shops,” Edmonds said.

“A lot of things I like to go to are all the way down Fourth Street towards Bullfrog [Brewery] and Alabaster, so it would be awesome to have things like that close to campus,” said Heckroth.

Lycoming College expects to break ground on the new gateway building this summer. The project should be complete sometime in 2019.

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Robert Indiana, the Pop Artist Behind Philadelphia’s LOVE Sculpture, Dies at 89

Robert Indiana is dead, but his LOVE lives on.

The Pop artist, whose rendering of the word ‘love’ became one of the most iconic artworks of the 1960s and 1970s and was reproduced on everything from T-shirts to a popular postage stamp, has died. He was 89.

Indiana died from respiratory failure Saturday at his home on Vinalhaven, an island off the coast of Maine, according to his longtime attorney, James W. Brannan.

One of the leading figures of the Pop Art movement, Indiana worked mostly as a painter and sculptor, and his most famous work appeared in both media. In the early 1960s, he depicted the word ‘love” in capital letters arranged in a square, with the ‘O’ tilted at an angle.

The image takes off

After the Museum of Modern Art used it for their Christmas card in 1965 — with red letters against a green background — its popularity took off. Adopted by members of the late-’60s “Love Generation,” the image appeared, with variations, on a wide variety of items and inspired many copycats — including the cover of Erich Segal’s bestselling 1970 novel, “Love Story.”

Indiana created the first steel sculpture of the image in 1970 and donated it to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in his native state. Another LOVE sculpture was later installed on a plaza in downtown Philadelphia, where it remains today.

In 1973, the US Postal Service put it on a postage stamp that became so popular more than 300 million stamps were printed.

The image also appeared on many unauthorized reproductions of his works, leading some critics to accuse Indiana of selling out.

No memorial service planned

Born Robert Clark in New Castle, Indiana, the artist studied at the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York City, where he began to made his mark in the late 1950s. There he became part of a new generation of Pop artists, including Andy Warhol, who created bold, colorful art from everyday items.

In the late 1970s Indiana left New York for Maine, where he continued to paint and sculpt from a home studio.

In 2008, Indiana created an image similar to his “LOVE” but with the word “HOPE.” He donated proceeds from the sale of reproductions to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Brannan said Indiana had no family. There are no plans for a memorial service, but Brannan said he expects “we will do something on the island of Vinalhaven.”

Vinalhaven Town Manager Andrew Dorr told CNN that Indiana’s passing has affected the small island community, where the artist owned a building on Main Street that is painted with American flags.

In a statement, the Indianapolis Museum of Art said that Indiana’s “legacy of love will continue to live on for generations to come, as the original LOVE sculpture, made of Cor-ten steel, greets guests into the IMA Galleries. Mr. Indiana and his works of art are an iconic symbol of love in the Indianapolis community and we are honored to continue his legacy.”

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WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Traffic came to a standstill along Interstate 81 on Tuesday morning after a three-vehicle pileup, according to state police. The crash took place around 6 a.m. in the area of Mile 166 — between the Blackman Street and Highland Park Bou

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Eagle Scout Matthew George Minner — a member of Troop 21, St. Mary’s Visitation Parish in Dickson City — has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, Matthew created a memorial dedicated to the veterans at St. Mary’s Visitation Cemeter

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Philip Roth, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist, Dies at 85

NEW YORK — Philip Roth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who wrote about male lust, Jewish life, and America, died Tuesday night at a hospital in New York.

He was 85.

Roth died of congestive heart failure surrounded by close friends and family, his friend Judith Thurman said. The people who visited him in his final days came from all walks of life, from writers and lifelong friends to people he’s helped and inspired along the way.

“He was an incredibly generous person. Always very exigent, and he held you to a very high standard — and he held himself to an even higher standard,” Thurman said. “He was, in my opinion, a very great writer and a very great man.”

Prolific novelist

Roth was one of America’s most prolific 20th-century novelists, with a career that spanned decades and more than two dozen books. In addition to a Pulitzer for fiction writing, he won other top literary honors, including National Book Awards and PEN/Faulkner Awards.

“From the beginning of his long and celebrated career, Philip Roth’s fiction has often explored the human need to demolish, to challenge, to oppose, to pull apart,” the Pulitzer committee said when it awarded him the prize two decades ago for “American Pastoral.”

No more writing

In 2012, he announced that his most recent book, “Nemesis,” published two years prior, would be the last one. He made the decision after he reread all his books.

“I decided that I was done with fiction,” he said at the time.”I don’t want to read any more of it, write any more of it, and I don’t even want to talk about it anymore. … I no longer feel this dedication to write what I have experienced my whole life.”

After he stopped writing, he spent his free time reading and swimming and meeting friends.

“He was such a driven perfectionist, so when he felt his power ebbing, he wanted to quit at the top of his game, and he did,” Thurman said.

Provocative books

Roth has never failed to provoke with his many controversial books. They included “Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories,” “The Plot Against America,” “Everyman,” “Portnoy’s Complaint,” “The Human Stain” and “I Married a Communist.”

He rose to fame after the 1959 publication of “Goodbye, Columbus,” which earned him the National Book Award.

About a decade later, the controversial “Portnoy’s Complaint” created a major sensation due to its explicit description of a young man’s sexuality and his use of masturbation to free himself from a strict Jewish upbringing.

In a 2014 essay for The New York Times, Roth described his thoughts after he reread the book, which he said was his fourth of 31.

“Rereading ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’ 45 years on, I am shocked and pleased: shocked that I could have been so reckless, pleased that I was so reckless,” he wrote. “I certainly didn’t understand while at work that henceforth I was never to be free of this psychoanalytic patient I was calling Alexander Portnoy — indeed, that I was on the brink of swapping my identity for his.”

He described the protagonist as a “man possessed by dangerous sensations, nasty opinions, savage grievances, sinister feelings and … stalked by the implacable presence of lust.”

Military and teaching

Roth was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 19, 1933. He briefly attended the Newark branch of Rutgers University before he transferred to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, to discover “the rest of America,” according to the Philip Roth Society. He got his master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1955.

After his graduation, he enlisted in the Army but was discharged after he suffered a back injury. He returned to his Chicago alma mater, where he was an English instructor while he wrote fiction.

A few years later, his first book was published.

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PA Fish & Boat Commission Marks National Boating Event

There’s an event making quite the splash this week among area boaters!

It’s National Safe Boating Safety Week. It ties into the unofficial kick off of boating season in our area which is near Memorial Day.

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey highlighted the campaign on Wednesday with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The goal of the program is to educate people on better boating, including the importance of life jackets, along with sharing important safety statistics to alert boaters of potential hazards.

The Fish and Boat Commission also shared information on their upcoming events.

For a complete list of programs and for information or to pre-register, click here.

Here are some of the events available:

  • Basic Boating Course
    May 19 at Brookfield Renewable, Pike County. Pre-registration required. For more information, click here.
  • Pocono 400
    From June 1 to June 3. Event located in Fan Fair area outside racetrack with staff answering questions, selling licenses and free giveaways.
  • Basic Boating Course
    June 9 at Brookfield Renewable, Pike County. Pre-registration required. For more information, click here.
  • Women’s Introduction to Fly Fishing Program
    June 9 at Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Stroudsburg. Pre-registration required. Head here for more information.
  • Family Fishing Festival
    June 23 at Lackawanna State Park, North Abington Township. Pre-registration required. Click here for more.
  • Basic Boating Course
    July 21 at Thornhurst Firehall, Lackawanna County. Pre-registration required. For more information, head here.
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Lightning Strike Sparks Shed Fire in Luzerne County

NEWPORT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The stormy weather is causing more problems like a fire in Luzerne County.

A shed was hit by lightning on Third Street in Newport Township as storms passed just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

The flames scorched the structure and melted siding on a nearby home.

An elderly man and his dog were home at the time.

They’re okay after the lightning strike in Luzerne County.

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Lightning Strike Sparks Shed Fire in Luzerne County

NEWPORT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The stormy weather is causing more problems like a fire in Luzerne County.

A shed was hit by lightning on Third Street in Newport Township as storms passed just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

The flames scorched the structure and melted siding on a nearby home.

An elderly man and his dog were home at the time.

They’re okay after the lightning strike in Luzerne County.

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PA Fish & Boat Commission Marks National Boating Event

There’s an event making quite the splash this week among area boaters!

It’s National Safe Boating Safety Week. It ties into the unofficial kick off of boating season in our area which is near Memorial Day.

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey highlighted the campaign on Wednesday with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The goal of the program is to educate people on better boating, including the importance of life jackets, along with sharing important safety statistics to alert boaters of potential hazards.

The Fish and Boat Commission also shared information on their upcoming events.

For a complete list of programs and for information or to pre-register, click here.

Here are some of the events available:

  • Basic Boating Course
    May 19 at Brookfield Renewable, Pike County. Pre-registration required. For more information, click here.
  • Pocono 400
    From June 1 to June 3. Event located in Fan Fair area outside racetrack with staff answering questions, selling licenses and free giveaways.
  • Basic Boating Course
    June 9 at Brookfield Renewable, Pike County. Pre-registration required. For more information, click here.
  • Women’s Introduction to Fly Fishing Program
    June 9 at Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Stroudsburg. Pre-registration required. Head here for more information.
  • Family Fishing Festival
    June 23 at Lackawanna State Park, North Abington Township. Pre-registration required. Click here for more.
  • Basic Boating Course
    July 21 at Thornhurst Firehall, Lackawanna County. Pre-registration required. For more information, head here.
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