Lackawanna County And Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Reach Tentative Agreement On New Stadium

Cap logo of the New York Yankees

Cap logo of the New York Yankees (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lackawanna County and SWB Yankees LLC have reached a tentative agreement that officials believe will keep the New York Yankees Triple-A baseball team playing in Moosic for decades to come, the county announced Friday.

The two sides resolved the final outstanding issues late Thursday night and handed the deal over to lawyers to reduce to a formal, written contract, Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien said. Both sides are confident enough in expecting a final written agreement that they have invited contractors to move in equipment to start work on the up to $40 million new stadium, where the team would play starting next year.

“It’s a substantial step forward,” Mr. O’Brien said. “We still need a signed document.”

A county announcement said the two sides “are on the verge of an agreement,” but Mr. O’Brien and Commissioner Jim Wansacz agreed with the characterization of events as a tentative agreement

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Archbald Woman Has An Easter Decorating Legacy

This image was selected as a picture of the we...

This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Czech Wikipedia for th week, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  Here’s a seasonally appropriate story 🙂

ARCHBALD, PA – With a pastel purple house, purple highlights in her hair and a zest for the creative, 73-year-old Jean Calabro was destined to be the “egg lady.”

A resident of Archbald for more than 50 years, she has been decorating her home for Easter and Christmas for almost as long – and people can’t help but take notice.

Her front lawn is covered in an assortment of neon plastic eggs, interspersed with wooden bunny cutouts, larger eggs and inflatable Easter decor.

But according to Mrs. Calabro, this isn’t her best work. She didn’t even bring out her 7-foot bunny this year.

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Berks Grows But Pace Behind 5 Nearby Counties

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Berks County tied for the 19th-highest growth rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties from 2010 to 2011, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

“This is good news for Berks County,” said county commissioners Chairman Christian Y. Leinbach.

Part of the reason for that growth is Berks is in the middle of a growing corridor from Lehigh to Lancaster counties, Leinbach said.

Lehigh tied for Pennsylvania‘s second-highest growth rate and Lancaster tied for fifth.

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Pottstown Good Friday Prayer Procession Collects Food

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

POTTSTOWN, PA — In less than six weeks’ time, the greater Pottstown area has generated 14,711 food items and 669 containers of laundry detergent to benefit local families in need, filling The Mercury’s Community Media Lab many times over.

On Friday, 230 food items and 18 laundry items were added to the total.

Blogger Merrill of   Ivy Lane Designs   , dropped off 90 jars of peanut butter to The Mercury office Friday morning, and blogger Heather Graham of   There’s Drool in the Salsa!!   , was making her way to area drop-off points throughout the day to collect donated pet food and laundry detergent items, the total count of which was not available Friday afternoon.

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Meat Loaf Coming To Sands Bethlehem Event Center On July 25

The Sands Bethlehem Event Center will be serving up a meaty act that played Bethlehem’s Musikfest several years ago.

Meat Loaf — the theatrical rocker whose 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell” sold 14 million copies in the United States, making it the fifth-best-selling album of all time, and produced three Top 40 hits — will play the event center July 25, according to his website,

The Sands has not announced the concert yet, and ticket information wasn’t immediately available.

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