Thursday, October 30, 2014

AVOCA (AP) – Authorities say a family of black bears was shot and killed near a northeastern Pennsylvania airport earlier this month because they posed a threat to incoming flights and customers.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says a mother bear and her three 2-year-old cubs crossed the perimeter fence of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Airport on Oct. 20.

Airport director Barry Centini said the animals were spotted by a helicopter pilot, and maintenance personnel killed them a few hundred yards east of the approach to Runway 4.

DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS  The Stone Couch is a curious rock formation along the Weatherly-Eckley Road, a place some believe is haunted.

The site is peculiar in its plainness.

A flat stretch atop the mountain. No houses, no buildings. Nothing but woods.

So very nondescript. So unassuming and not to be noticed.

Except for a monolith of mystery.

It rests there alongside the road, appearing, at first, to be a large rock. A second glance identifies it as a piece of furniture, a sofa made of stone. But this is one piece of furniture you don't want inside your house.

According to America's leading network of charitable donors, more philanthropic donations are channeled into education than to any other sector of society except religion.

Philanthropy Roundtable points out that our first college, which was donor supported, dates nearly back to the time of our first towns and settlements.

Americans give two to five times more than in comparable nations and every year, more than $350 billion is handed out by individuals, foundations and businesses to an array of good causes.

KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Chicken with Pineapple and Vegetables

This recipe is a creation from my husband, with whom I'm happy to share kitchen duties.

Jim enjoys being creative, and here's a simple recipe he came up with earlier this week.

My favorite part is the sweetness from the pineapple.

Serve it on a bed of rice, and it's practically a one-dish meal.

Chicken with Pineapple

and Vegetables

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup flour

Half teaspoon salt

Quarter teaspoon black pepper

Quarter teaspoon garlic powder

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

Credit defaults

The following actions were filed by credit card companies, or their collection agencies, for alleged defaults on credit card/loan accounts.

LVNV Funding, Greenville, S.C., filed against Kathryn L. Abbott, 140 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, seeking $1,189.81.

CACH, Bristol, filed against Jonathan O'Gurek, 220 E. Lehigh St., Summit Hill, seeking $4,421.97.