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URS Closing for Good

WILKES-BARRE — An organization that helps people with disabilities announced Wednesday it plans to close its facilities in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and Tunkhannock.

According to executives of United Rehabilitation Services (URS), cuts in funding have made it impossible to continue services to its 250 clients.

A handful of clients stood outside the URS building in Wilkes-Barre just hours after getting the news that URS would soon shut down. It came as a shock to Sandy Dobrowolski of Sweet Valley, who was there picking up her daughter.

“I’m broken-hearted. I’m broken-hearted because I don’t know, I don’t know what they’re going to do with the clients,” said Dobrowolski.

The head of URS told Newswatch 16 the organization has a budget shortfall of about $1million and had no choice but to close its three locations in Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and Tunkhannock.

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Demolition Begins At Flood-Prone Properties

TUNKHANNOCK — What many people consider a landmark building in Tunkhannock was ripped apart on Wednesday.

The effort is now underway in Wyoming County to demolish homes and buildings damaged by the flood of 2011.

It’s part of a government buyout of flood prone properties.

It didn’t take long for a demolition crew to rip down what stood in Tunkhannock for decades. For many, the memories of what is now a pile of rubble go back to buying beer, but what was a longtime beer distributor, and many other things, fell victim to one too many floods.

“It’s sad to see some old buildings go, but it needed to go. It was in bad shape.”

Neighbor Mary Brooks watched the old place go down. Her neighborhood is quickly changing.

Two weeks ago four neighboring homes started coming down. It’s all part of a federal and state government buyout of flood prone properties.

This week on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life

Follow along as field staff member Susan Gallagher releases a porcupine back into the wild and we’ll have a conversation with the executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission about the status of the state’s fish population.  Plus, we have a trout season edition of Pennsylvania People and Places and a product giveaway and it’s all Sunday night at 6:30.

A Culinary Home Run at the RailRiders at PNC Field

Jackie Lewandoski takes you on a culinary tour of all the new fabulous fresh foods you can find at the SWB RailRiders games this season.  In addition to meats smoked right at the stadium, mascots Champ, Mr. Incrediball and Quills each have their own special foods for fans to enjoy.

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Matzah Brei for Passover

Newswatch 16′s Lara Greenberg prepares a Matzah Brei for Passover Seder.

Serves: 3

6 sheets of Matzah

3 eggs

½ stick of unsalted butter



  1. Break matzah into large pieces and put in a big bowl.
  2. Blanch matzah in hot water, making sure all pieces are wet.
  3. Once the matzah is soft, drain the matzah in a colander.
  4. Beat eggs in a separate, smaller bowl.
  5. Melt butter in pan on stove.
  6. Cover matzah in egg batter.
  7. Put matzah in pan, cook, and flip until matzah is golden brown.
  8. Serve with sugar (or whatever you like – many like a “savory” version of matzah brei, with salt, eggs, etc.)


The Grass is Always Greener at the RailRiders’ PNC Field

Paul Epsom had the opportunity to meet Steve Horne,  the grounds keeper at the RailRiders’ PNC Field to see how it is maintained and kept in tip-top shape throughout the season.

She’s a Direct Descendant of a Salem “Witch”

Meet Donna Ward of Union County,  she is a direct descendant of Martha Carrier a woman hung at the Salem witch trials.  Hear her amazing stories and see her genealogical tree dating back to the 1600′s.