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Providing Warm Coats for Kids

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Hundreds of kids will be able to stay warm this winter thanks to the generosity of complete strangers in Wilkes-Barre.
The mission this year: provide warm coats for kids in need.
The racks inside St. Aloysius Church in Wilkes-Barre were bursting with coats of all sizes, colors, and kinds.
The stockings were stuffed as well, ready to go home with children who need a little extra this holiday season.

Despite Wild Year of Weather, Christmas Tree Farms Thriving During Busy Time

EXETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The first two weekends in December are usually the busiest time of year for Christmas tree farms in our area, and Pennsylvania has had a wild 2018 full of severe weather which affected some of those farms.
Whether they're cutting down trees, netting them, or transporting them by four wheeler, employees at Daniels' Christmas Tree Farm near Harding are constantly putting in work.
During the first two weekends in December, that's life on a Christmas tree farm.

Toy Drive in Memory of Paradise Township Employee


POCONO TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Thousands of toys were donated in Monroe County in memory of a township official who was shot and killed on the job.
The Pocono Township Volunteer Fire Company held the drive at the station near Tannersville on Sunday.
The event was in memory Michael Tripus, sewage enforcement officer and building code official for Paradise Township. Tripus was shot and killed in his office at the municipal building on November 27.

Nanticoke Mayor Rich Wiaterowski Has Died

NANTICOKE, Pa. -- A mayor from Luzerne County who's been battling cancer for a year has died.
Nanticoke Mayor Richard Wiaterowski has died. The Nanticoke Fire Department posted the news on its Facebook page Sunday afternoon.
Wiatrowski, who was also a volunteer firefighter in the city, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in November 2017.

Friends and family held a benefit for him back in April.
Wiaterowski was 45 years old.

Flames Damage Home in Northumberland County

LEWIS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Fire forced a family from their home in Northumberland County.
According to fire officials, an overheated chimney flue is to blame for the fire at the home on Old State Road in Lewis Township near Turbotville.
Five people, including three children, were in the home at the time. They all made it out safely.
No one was hurt in the fire.

Family Loses Home, Pet Dog in Pottsville Fire

POTTSVILLE, Pa. -- A family of five has lost a pet and is now without a home during the holidays.
The Pottsville Fire Department responded to the 700 block of West Market Street just after noon Sunday.
When crews arrived, they found the home up in flames. Investigators tell Newswatch 16 it took a little more than an hour to put the fire out.
That family of five was able to get out safely, but crews say their dog did not survive.


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