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Lackawanna is trying to save its fading history -- quite literally fading -- in the yellowed and crumbling pages of the Lackawanna Herald, Daily Journal, Front Page, Steel City Press, Lackawanna Leader and several other local dailies and weeklies.

Except for the Front Page, these early-20th-century publications are long gone.

They are stored in the library attic and librarians are afraid to let scholars handle the brittle pages. Microfilming them is the goal.

"We figure it will take about $20,000. . . . So far we've raised $3,400," library director Sal Bordinaro said.

In June, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation gave the library an $11,000 grant to buy a microfilm reader-printer but funds must be raised to microfilm the newspaper pages. The library has details for potential donors.

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