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RETIREMENT WORRIES, WOES AND WHAT TO ExPECT
almost certainly include vigorous ups and downs. The sudden onset of another recession, a war rospects for the Woodstock Generation or major cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social to enjoy a healthy retirement appear to be Security, are all variables that could occur. increasingly filled with nagging unknowns, “Alleged firm projections of wealth over long as this massive group of historic Americans transi- periods of time can generate a false sense of secutions to walkers and wheelchairs. rity,” said Evans. “There just are no guarantees in Lynn Evans, a certified financial planner with this volatile and politically divided world.” decades of experience, is now managing director According to Evans, one bright spot on the of the financial literacy organization Women of retirement horizon is the condition of the stock Substance. She is adamant that, despite outward market. Evans is firm that the current market is not appearances, long-term financial uncertainty is a bubble, because fundamental metrics associnow the norm and must be expected within any ated with business, such as the employment rate, retirement forecast. corporate earnings, interest rates and reformed tax According to Evans, global pressure and rates, are all solid. surprises beyond anyone’s control have become However, the lesson of recent history clearly extremely plentiful. When this harsh reality is acindicates that a disrupting variable could appear cepted, the classic retirement question of how to at any moment and thereby create a downward avoid outliving assets in comfort appears littered financial spiral. with variables. “As a society, we paid a very harsh price to dig “The horrific 2008 financial crash was not out from the 2008 financial crash,” said Evans. built into any financial projection or model, and “This took a good 10 years to occur, and we’re many good people really got hurt who had done finally seeing the benefits right now.” nothing wrong,” said Evans. “Therefore, retirement planning is now somewhat of a crapshoot. The Long-term care key is to create a plan that has a realistic chance of With thousands of baby boomers now entering allowing a retiree to draw out funds for their needs their golden years every day, the extended health while the remainder increases.” care needs of this expansive group have become Evans now tells her clients that any projeccrushing. Long-term private insurance policies tion for a retirement plan over 15 to 20 years will that cover institutional care costs have evolved and by Dave Gardner
become plagued with steep rate increases. However, market evolution can now offer a connection between life insurance and long-term care coverage, with life policies paying out for long-term care until the policy is financially exhausted. In this scenario, the policy will either pay death benefits or sustain long-term care. Perhaps above all, with Medicare now the pillar of funding for health care in retirement and Medicaid the primary payer for long-term institutionalized care, federal promises to reform these programs must be a key concern within any retirement plan. Overall health care costs are sure to rise, and few retirees will be able to pay directly for their health care or eventual personal care needs. “The bottom line here is that this market is changing, and anyone buying a long-term policy should carefully investigate their options,” said Evans. “They also must remember, with retirement planning, the maximum any real projections can be made is five years.”
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State gaming money gives projects in Lackawanna County a boost “If you’re on a bike you have to get off your bike and walk it under. If you’re in a wheelchair, you’re in A project to build a trail linking the Lackawanna the road.” River Heritage Trail to downtown Scranton and the The connector trail, which will be bordered by renovation of a downtown building housing a small- two concrete retaining walls, will safely link the larger business incubator are among local projects to trail with the downtown, Worozbyt said. benefit from more than $2.5 million in state gaming LHV officials hope to start construction of the grants. connector trail in 2019, he said. Local lawmakers Tuesday announced 34 Also receiving LSA funding is the Scranton projects in Lackawanna County will receive funding Lackawanna Industrial Building Company, the through the state’s Local Share Account program, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s developwhich uses revenue the state receives from the ment arm, which will use a $250,000 gaming grant gaming industry to fund economic development, to renovate the Scranton Enterprise Center on community development and public interest projLackawanna Avenue. ects. Grants for Lackawanna County projects ranged Constructed by SLIBCO in 2003 and expanded from $5,000 to $350,000. in 2004, the 64,415-square-foot building houses Heritage Valley Partners, the nonprofit partner one of the chamber’s two small business incubators of Lackawanna Heritage Valley, received $60,000 to and provides office space for several anchor tenants. supplement other grants and help defray the roughly Today, 30 companies work out of the enterprise $700,000 cost of building the Lackawanna Avenue center and provide 168 total jobs, but the building Connector — a 1,000-foot spur of trail providing needs an upgrade, SLIBCO Vice President Andy Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant access Skrip said. from the Seventh Avenue trailhead to Lackawanna The project, which officials plan to begin this Avenue in downtown Scranton. spring, entails renovating rest rooms and the first“(Right) now there really is no safe way for floor lobby area of the building as well as upgrading people to get from the trail to downtown Scranton,” the incubator tenant spaces and building manageLHV trail and environmental program manager ment systems, Skrip said, noting funding also will Owen Worozbyt said, noting pedestrians and cygo toward signage. clists currently must cross an 18-inch-wide sidewalk “We wouldn’t be able to do the project without this under the railroad bridge adjacent to South Seventh funding,” Skrip said. Avenue to reach Lackawanna Avenue from the trail.
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Michele Sreaw, of Clarks Summit, enjoys the sunny afternoon walking the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Scranton. Photo by Jason Farmer.
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Local Share Account grant recipients in Lackawanna County include
n Jessup American Legion Post No. 411: $48,729 for repairs. n Lackawanna County Land Bank: $65,000 for the Blight to Bright Project. n Mayfield: $64,134 for the purchase n Ambrose Revels American Legion of a new dump truck; $45,000 to purNo. 328: $39,000 for repairs. chase a police SUV. n American Legion No. 327 in n Olyphant: $10,000 toward its downOlyphant: $36,225 to make plumbing town revitalization project. repairs. n Ransom Twp.: $90,000 for the purn Archbald: $160,000 to complete chase and installation of a salt shed. Phase II of the Peggy Drive reconstrucn Roaring Brook Twp.: $350,000 tion project. to complete paving of 2.6 miles along n Boys and Girls Club of NortheastGardner Road. ern Pennsylvania: $30,000 for exterior n Scranton: $55,000 for the purchase renovations. of 75 stun guns; $25,000 for the preparan Children’s Advocacy Center of tion of a pollution reduction plan. Northeast Pennsylvania: $25,000 to n Scranton Educational Improvecomplete Phase II of the therapy center ment Organization Education Awareness renovations. Center: $10,000. n Clarks Summit Fire Company No. 1: n Shalom Scranton: $5,000 for $9,451 to modify a pickup into an emerrenovations to the James B. McNulty gency response vehicle. Greenhouse and the Cleland Building in n Clifton Twp.: $120,000 to remove Scranton. and repave the township’s existing mun Taylor: $74,499 for the purchase nicipal building parking lot. of a police vehicle and related computer n Dunmore Little League: $100,000 equipment. to renovate the Little League field and n Thornhurst Twp.: $225,000 to purchase equipment. convert a vacant, historic building into a n Electric City Trolley Museum: community center and to pave the adja$20,000 to restore an original 1929 cent parking lot. Scranton Transit trolley car. n Throop: $30,000 for the Pearl n Fell Twp.: $75,000 to begin Phase I Street Sanitary Sewer Improvement renovations to Jefferson Street Park. Project. n Friends of Connors Park Associan Tripp Park Miss-E League: $24,000 tion: $14,200 for the purchase of a storto make renovations to the field and age shed and equipment to help maintain purchase equipment. the park in South Scranton. n United Community Outreach Food n Goodwill Industries of Northeastern Pantry: $10,000 toward its fire suppresPennsylvania: $100,000 for the purchase sion system project. of new vans and a handicapped accessin United Neighborhood Community ble van to sustain their community-based Development Corporation: $120,000 transportation services. for renovations to the South Side Bank n Jermyn: $140,000 for sewer replaceBuilding to create a space for the South ment and roadway construction to complete Scranton Women’s Business Incubator. Phase I of the Woodlands Development n Valley View Cougar Kickoff Club: Project; $81,296 for the purchase of a new $28,295 for locker room renovations. dump truck with a plow and spreader.
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Woinski said while the amount of casinos are growing, people are not. ini casinos are coming to Pennsylvania. “The mini casinos being allowed now in The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Pennsylvania are what Atlantic City first thought recently auctioned off its latest mini casino Pennsylvania was going to have,” he said. “Instead, license to Philadelphia developer Stadium LLC, there are now big casinos. And Atlantic City which won in a $40 million bid. It will be built in a misjudged what was going into their feeder market. 15-mile radius of Derry Township, Westmoreland But the casinos in Pennsylvania are doing well.” County. Woinski said the biggest issue with PennsylvaIt’s the second such license granted since the nia is its high tax rate on gaming. In Pennsylvania, state announced mini casinos could be built around the tax rate is 55 percent on gross gaming revenue Pennsylvania. In January, Penn National Gaming on slots (table games are taxed at 16 percent). won the first mini casino license for $50 million. It Compare that to surrounding states – New York can be placed in a 30-mile radius in south central at between 31 and 41 percent and New Jersey at Pennsylvania that includes the city of York. 8 percent. “I don’t think there is any doubt that it’s not just In December 2017, casino revenue rose 1.2 Pennsylvania, but the entire northeast is satupercent over the previous year, according to the rated with casinos,” said Alan Woinski, president, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Table games Gaming USA Corporation, a New Jersey-based were also up. In 2017, Pennsylvania collected consultant group. “It’s been like this for a while.” slightly more than $32 billion in gross gaming In October, Governor Tom Wolf signed an revenue. The Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem is expansion of the casino gaming law, which is partly the state’s top performer. to fill Pennsylvania’s $1.5 billion budget deficit. The “I think you have to look at the revenue trends state already secured more than $90 million from and see if they are increasing,” said Dr. Dave two mini casino licenses with eight more to go. Schwartz, director for the Center for Gaming ReThe state has 12 full casinos and a 13th is about search, University of Las Vegas, NV. “It looks like to be built in Philadelphia. A mini casino license in Pennsylvania, that the numbers are flat.” allows operators to build a slots parlor with 750 He said the market is saturated. machines. An additional $2.5 million would allow “You definitely will see more competition,” he for 30 table games. The legislation also allows on- said. line wagering for poker, casino and lottery games, As far as the future, Schwartz said as states however regulations still must be set. continue to seek revenue, look for additional “Nowadays, it doesn’t matter if you have a casinos to open. small or big casino,” Woinski said. “If you open it “There’s not really much more room for that,” up within 25 or 50 miles, you impact each other. he said. “It’s hard to say if it’s really good or bad. It doesn’t matter if it’s a massive casino or mini It’s good for people who want to gamble, but bad casino, it’s going to impact another one nearby.” for the people who are already there.”
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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will hand out 8 more licenses in the coming months. “We have put an ordinance on our books, that if someone wanted to build one, we wouldn’t block it,” said Charlotte Sullivan, chairwoman of the Towanda Township Board of Supervisors. The Bradford County community isn’t particularly looking for a casino, but she said they’d
welcome one if a developer tried to build one. “We have no negative comments about one,” she said. “I don’t think all of these mini casinos will be built,” he Woinski said, citing lawsuits and other challenges that may pop up along the way. “That could delay the whole thing.”
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available as needed. “When we look at retirement it becomes clear Medicaid are caught between a financial rock and that the best tactic is to do everything you can do hard place, thereby making Washington’s federal to stay healthy,” said Maletta-Hastie. “But, realistiefforts to “reform” these entitlement programs of cally none of us can avoid all physical problems, great concern. and programs such as ours are obviously vital with According to Starinsky, all baby boomers so many seniors joining the ranks of the elderly should be aware that an early diagnosis of demenevery day.” tia, including the specific disease of Alzheimer’s, is With these realities in mind, and huge projecvital if the onset of the problem is to be delayed. A tions for the amount of people who will suffer display of repetitiveness, inconsistent hygiene and from dementia, Maletta-Hastie prescribes a prebehavioral problems, are all tip-offs that dementia retirement of walking whenever possible, eating a is beginning, often with heredity playing a role. healthy diet, keeping the mind active and pursuing “The politicians who are talking about entitlenew mental challenges and new behaviors. These ment reform for retirees are all missing the boat,” tactics are the best defense against dementia, said Starinsky. “Funding for the care of these because each activity creates new neuro pathways health problems, which usually occur in retirewithin the brain that can help to deter mental ment, should be at the forefront of public policy as decline. the onslaught of baby boomers entering retirement “Depression from social isolation is becoming picks up steam.” very common, and playing a role in the mental She added that, within her industry, caregivers declines of so many people,” said Maletta-Hastie. and providers are now in crisis mode with regard “This is why one of the best retirement plans is to to the caregiving workforce. Oakwood’s staff has stay active.” been solid with continuity, but this is often not the same elsewhere as organizations seek to recruit Reform warnings employees with training and experience. The Misericordia University educational “Neglect and abuse often begins at home,” said team of Fred Croop, MBA, dean of the college Starinsky. “Home care is therefore not a simple fix of professional studies and social sciences, and when a person needs care from professionals.” Allen Minor, DBA, assistant professor of business and director of health care management program, Home care voiced different concerns about the prospect for Maria Maletta-Hastie, outreach and enrollment reform to the nation’s federal retirement entitlecoordinator with LIFE Geisinger, works within a ments that are now vital to financing retirements program that helps older adults receive support so and elder health care. that they can live independently at home. OperatCroop explained that overall health care costs ing with the patient goal of “aging in place” as are sure to continue rising in the future, and with opposed to living in a care facility, the effort now the defined benefit pension system virtually dead, operates within a state-mandated managed care Washington must step back and work to ensure environment and survives through a combination that both Medicare and Medicaid survive as vast of private, federal and state funding. numbers of boomers enter the systems. He urged More than 100 patients, all age 55 or older, are Washington to use an impartial task force to study served daily by LIFE Geisinger with an all-inclusive reform and its consequences. menu of care services. Patients suffering from “The boomers consistently say that they paid falls, dementia and a wide variety of physical ailinto these systems through taxation and they want ments are common, with door-to-door transport their money,” said Croop. “Meanwhile, many disreTIremenT continued from page 1
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appointed younger people state the funding won’t be there for them when they retire.” Croop is firm that, because of the current onslaught of retirees, something must be done with reform to keep Medicare and Medicaid, plus Social Security, solvent. However, with extremism now the norm in Washington, lawmakers seem incapable of debating the needed changes to the systems. Croop therefore urges all parties within the debate to decide what these entitlements programs are meant to achieve in the 21st century. In the past the programs were designed to be safety nets, but with health care and long-term costs consistently rising for decades fundamental structural questions are appearing. “What are these programs meant to be at this point in American history?” questioned Croop. “We all must realize conditions change with history.”
attention to what is really taking place within many entitlement reform plans,” said Minor. “The selling and talking points will be powerful, and the vital cultural questions may be avoided. The lobbyists will also be active, and painful reform may wind up taking a generation or two to be accepted.”
Political and societal issues The hot potatoes of Medicare and Medicaid reform are not just political issues, according Satyajit Ghosh, Ph.D., professor of economics and finance at the University of Scranton. He warns all retirees to be aware that Washington will need to replace vital revenues lost by the recent tax reform bill, totaling $1.5 trillion over ten years. “This was a Reagan-era idea, to starve social programs of revenues so they must be cut,” said Dr. Ghosh. “We may not see big entitlement reforms during 2018 because the GOP is feeling politically vulnerable, but if the GOP legislative majority survives the midterm elections, we may Third rail disruption well see attempts to severely reduce these health Minor believes that Medicare is still a third rail care programs for seniors.” of American entitlements and curbing it with reDr. Ghosh warned that, in view of the fact form would be precarious. However, the program that decreasing numbers of Americans genuinely is now headed for a financial shipwreck because study the news, conservative attempts at slashing of steeply rising participation and costs, with the Medicare and Medicaid may succeed in a quiet specific timing of the program’s insolvency a true atmosphere as happened with tax reform. He unknown. therefore is hoping that, when the Medicare and Therefore, Minor can foresee attempts in Medicaid reform actually begins, vigorous public Washington to transform Medicare from a defined scrutiny will unfold. benefit to limited provider system where parAnother possibility with entitlement reforms, ticipants receive a limited check or voucher to according to Dr. Ghosh, is that Washington will purchase extremely expensive insurance. This produce a series of incremental cuts that are not approach, known as premium support, would raise noticeable at first. Rates may slowly rise and health care costs for retirees and could initially already-frugal provider payments slashed in steps, sound good to the public because of clever talking eventually leading to severe financial problems for points. Americans that entered into a social contract with In addition, artificially cheap rates may be Washington to care for their golden years. offered by the insurance companies to capture “I hope we will have public hearings on any market shares within premium support and then Medicare and Medicaid reform plan that exposes rise as the insurance companies strive to cover the harsh consequences for the public, particularly their payout costs. for retirees, those in nursing homes, and people “I fear that steep premium increases are the who cannot work,” said Dr. Ghosh. only development that will cause the public to pay
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The assessed value for the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino property will remain $152.5 million because Mohegan Sun and the Wilkes-Barre Area School District did not appeal a Luzerne County Court decision from December, school district Solicitor Raymond Wendolowski said. The assessment amount determines how much Mohegan Sun pays in property taxes to the school district, Plains Twp. and the county. Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. ruled both sides were unable to meet the burden of proof to change the value of the property, which was determined by the Luzerne County Assessment Office. Under a 2007 agreement to settle a lawsuit over the previous assessed value, the casino agreed to pay the school district a $15 million payment in lieu of taxes over eight years and an additional $6 million to Luzerne County and Plains Twp. — Michael Buffer
Schiel’S MarketS now online
Schiel’s Family Markets in Wilkes-Barre launched an online shopping platform. “Schiel’s Family Market Click&Go,” is powered by Rosie, an e-commerce partner for retailers.
Customers can shop using their smartphones, tablets or desktops, and same-day curbside pickup is available at Schiel’s locations at 704 S. Main St. and 7 George Ave. Home delivery is available for customers in most of Luzerne County. Customers can also schedule orders up to five days in advance. The price for in store pickup is $4.99 and home delivery is $9.88. — Denise AllaBaugh
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Advanced Inpatient Medicine, a Mountain Top-based hospitalist group, has been acquired by Adfinitas Health, the largest private hospitalist Mohegan Sun arena 3rd in SaleS group in the Mid-Atlantic. Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza jumped Hospitalists are specialized physicians who take to third in the state for event ticket sales in 2017, care of patients in the hospital. lagging behind only venues in Philadelphia and AIM serves four hospitals and several longPittsburgh, according to Pollstar Magazine, a leadterm acute care and skilled nursing facilities. Finaning entertainment industry publication. cial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The Wilkes-Barre Twp. arena, which placed The company and its nearly 40 employees will fourth in the state last year, overtook Giant Center in Hershey for third in the state behind Wells Fargo become part of Adfinitas Health, which partners with 40 post-acute facilities in Maryland, Virginia Center in Philadelphia and PPG Paints Arena in and Michigan. Pittsburgh. In all, Adfinitas Health is a partner of more than It ranked 77th in the United States and 126th 50 health care systems, hospitals and post-acute in the world in the magazine’s annual report. Its U.S. ranking remained the same as last year and its care centers in the Mid-Atlantic region. — Denise AllaBaugh worldwide ranking jumped from 141st last year. Shows in 2017 included the first WWE RAW teletwo hoSpitalS uSing new paceMaker vised event in almost 10 years, Thomas Rhett, Jeff Cardiologists at Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital are using a new leadless pacemaker that is about one-10th the size of a conventional pacemaker. The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is comparable in size to a large vitamin and can be inserted directly into a patient’s heart, eliminating the need to place leads connecting the heart to the pacemaker.
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The local global security and aerospace company received a $22.8 million contract from the Air Force on behalf of the Navy to produce Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb kits. The award includes guidance kits and air foil groups (tail kits) for GBU-12 (500 pound) configuration LGBs, slated for delivery by fourth quarter 2019. The contract is a follow-on to the Air Force’s $131 million fiscal year 2017 LGB award. In that competition, the company secured the ninth consecutive majority share of available funding in the annual Air Force competition.
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nated $1,000 in groceries and more than 250 gifts to 10 local families as part of the bank’s Adopt-aFamily holiday project. More than 200 staff members participated this year in Adopt-a-Family, the bank’s signature holiday gift-giving event. The program matches local families in need from the Catherine McAuley Centers of Lackawanna and Luzerne County and Children and Youth Services of Wayne County with those wishing to donate. Since the program was launched five years ago, 50 families have been matched.
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The best-in-class provider of used vehicle service contracts sold through automotive dealers recently completed a toy drive to benefit the annual toy shop at Geisinger Health System’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. Through toy and monetary donations from employees across the country, the company donated hundreds of toys to help families of hospitalized children shop for holiday gifts.
edcnp receiveS $70,000 grant
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced that the Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA Alliance) received a $70,000 Cooperative Agreement grant for a partnershipplanning project from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The EDA grant supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for the region served by the NEPA Alliance, which includes Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe and Schuylkill counties. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
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The bank recently contributed $22,500 to the Wayne County Public Library toward approved innovative educational programs for kindergarten through 12th-grade students throughout Wayne County. This donation, which was made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, will provide funds for all seven Wayne County libraries. Supporting the seven libraries as vital community assets enables more students to have access to science, technology, engineering and mathematic resources through the libraries’ teen and after-school programs.
Confident Consumers & a Hopeful 2018 “It has led to our proactively replacing the underperforming Sears with more diverse, in-demand Retailers had a good 2017, thanks to consumer uses. In late summer, DICK’s Sporting Goods, Field confidence rising and strong finish to the holiday & Stream and HomeGoods all opened their doors shopping season, according to data surveyed by within the former Sears space,” she said. The Commerce Department. Crowell said 10 stores at the Viewmont Mall And retailers are hoping for an even better rank first or second in their respective regions. 2018. At the Wyoming Valley Mall an H&M opened in “Sales were very good for us,” said Jim Boscov, September, which she said is doing well. Chairman and CEO of Boscov’s, who added that Bon-Ton, meanwhile, is struggling. In January, while some retailers had not so good numbers, the company announced it would enter into a forsales — both in-store and online – were strong. bearance agreement with its lenders. The company Boscov’s is a private company and does not is heavily in debt and could end up in bankruptcy. release sales figures, however he said same-store In December, the company missed a $14 million sales were up ‘mid-single digits’ from the previous interest payment. The department store began in years. York, Pennsylvania when the Grumbacher family “November was particularly good and Deopened their store. The Bon-Ton has a store in the cember was very good,” Boscov said. He said in Wyoming Valley Mall and in West Wyoming. There November, the colder weather helped bring people are also stores in Buckhorn near Bloomsburg and into the stores. While he said December is a comthe Lycoming Mall. petitive month, the company made its same-store Boscov said 60 percent of online customers sales even before e-commerce. shop in-store as well. Boscov said sales in the northeast Pennsylva“We also have online customers in places like nia are doing well — including Wilkes-Barre and California, Florida and Texas,” he said, where there Scranton. are no Boscov stores. “Most of our e-commerce “In many of our locations, we do twice the sales business comes from within our own online that Macy’s does or more than a Bon-Ton does,” he footprint.” said. “Even in places like Scranton where the mall Boscov said he believes his stores are doing has changed dramatically.” well because they are ‘chock full of good merchanWhile stores like K-Mart, Toys-R-Us and other dise’ as well as competitive prices. retailers are shutting their doors throughout the “We still believe in customer service,” Boscov country, Boscov’s is expanding. In January, the said. “We have plenty of workers on the sales floor Berks County retailer announced it who are happy to help,” which he would take over a JC Penney store said adds to their loyal customer space in the Connecticut Post Mall in base. “We’ve gained their loyalty Milford, Connecticuit. The store will and I hope they see that we are open in October and will become its being true to what we are known for 47th store. including better prices than everyone The owners of the Wyoming Valelse.” ley and Viewmont Malls called 2017 “Malls are quickly becoming a ‘pivotal year’ and said they moved destinations for more than retail,” to reinvent their properties, which Crowell said. “They are also social they said has positioned them well hubs and centers of health and Jim Boscov for 2018. They also own the Susquewellness, dining and entertainment, hanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove. even groceries. Across our portfolio, “We achieved record leasing activity in 2017, apparel tenants make up less than 37 percent of leasing more space in the first half of the year than occupied space, with dining and entertainment.” in all of 2016 by a factor,” said Heather Crowell, Boscov said he’s looking forward to a good senior vice-president of strategy and communicaupcoming year. tions for PREIT, the mall’s owners. “I think in 2018, we will grow at a very conserShe called The Viewmont Mall a ‘great example’ vative pace,” he said. Also in 2018, Boscov’s will of their ‘portfolio-wide repositioning strategy.’ add a service where customers will be able to buy
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It’s All About the Manager by Biagio “Bill” Sciacca
I was looking at some old paperwork the other day thinking about what I could throw out and what I should possibly keep when I came across the abstract of a very old study. I believe this study was conducted in the late 1950s or the mid-1960s. In this study a national manufacturing company decided to break up its sales staff into three distinct areas. At the time the logical way of thinking was to divide by territory, but what this manufacturer did was divide the top third salespeople in terms of percent of quota, the middle third, and the lower third. They put their top sales manager in charge of the top one third, a mediocre manager in charge of the middle third, and a relatively poor sales manager in terms of the bottom. Executive management watched the results of these three groups week after week in the hopes of ferreting out some common truths about sales and the psychology associated with selling. Two of the three results were pretty straightforward. As you can imagine, the top three salespeople under the guidance of a phenomenal sales manager excelled. The group’s performance increased several hundred percent year after year. The bottom group’s performance was also predicted. Under a poor sales manager who didn’t expect too much of himself or his people sales revenue eroded by 40 percent over the previous year. What struck the executive team however was the middle. This group exceeded all expectations and as a percentage even increased their number over the top sales group. Careful investigation showed the reason. The mediocre sales manager who was assigned to this group was finally given a chance to excel. He expected nothing less than excellence from himself, and as a result, expected nothing less than excellence from his sales team. He told them this every day during their morning sales how much he expected from them and that he was there to help. He encouraged, cajoled them, and brought forth as much enthusiastic cooperation from that as he saw possible. The end result is that this one third group of “also-rans” turned out to be superstars in disguise. The reason: superior sales management. Although this study is over 50 years old I
think it has a great deal of significance for modern management. We should ask ourselves, as managers what do we expect from ourselves. Should we expect more from our people and should we expect more from ourselves? Should we not be willing to run the extra mile to set an example so that our employees may follow? As contemporary managers practicing in a multi-generational, international environment it is up to us to be the leader, the poster child and the cheerleader of the individuals who look up to us. We should do this not only because we expect a higher quality work from our employees, but because we are making them into better people; creating a better person. And, as a result they will go forth to create better people that they come into contact. True, this is an article on contemporary management. But, also, it is a commentary on something that each of us in the modern world must understand: interconnectedness. So that, when we assist in facilitating the betterment of another individual and they do the same and so one, we are creating a better world for ourselves, our employees and everyone who is associated with our business. It’s is kind of exciting, wouldn’t you agree, that we are not simply the architects of our department or company, but that we are truly participants in the structure of the world? Action step: what can you do TODAY to expect more from yourself? If you’re not sure ask your employees, perhaps they can assist you. Biagio “Bill” Sciacca, a Pocono Mountain native has been a university professional for over three and half decades. He is the Author of Goals Book: Embracing Personal Responsibility in an Age of Entitlement, and Goals Book2: The Fieldbook: Putting Goal Setting to Work. He has contributed chapters to Success Simplified and other works anchored by Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard. Bill is also CEO of Intelligent Motivation, Inc. and is widely known as a speaker and trainer in leadership, strategic planning and executive education, goal setting, management, and communications. You can reach Bill at email@example.com or 570-430-9303.
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Highland Associates DeltaMedix Medical Office Building, Scranton
kitchen, exercise room, company officer’s office and firematic support spaces, including turnout gear lockers and bay support spaces. The second floor contains DeltaMedix is a multi-specialty physician programmatic elements designed for practice with offices located throughout the city of Scranengagement on a different pace ton. In an effort to streamline and provide convenience such as personnel lockers, bunk to the patients they serve, they are consolidating their rooms and bunker’s laundry. practice into the former Bon-Ton department store at the The building mass breaks City ofYonkers Fire Station One,Yonkers, Marketplace at Steamtown. The project scope includes itself down to fit into work necessary for the conversion of the former Bon-Ton NewYork its urban context and Highland Associates, in collaboration with Mitchell store into a new multi-specialty practice for DeltaMedix. The approximately 44,000 square feet, located on the first Associates, was selected by the city of Yonkers for the Fire scale through form and floor of the Marketplace at Steamtown, will house a breast Station 1 Demolition and Reconstruction Design Project. material changes that The team was awarded the project through a competitive will offer exceptional care center, an imaging suite, an allergy center, clinical durability and energy RFP process. offices for general surgery, vascular surgery, urology, efficiency. Select salPhase I of the project included the development pulmonary and otolaryngology, patient waiting area, exam vaged items from the rooms, consultation rooms, supply storage room, and an of a Demolition Package for the former firehouse and former firehouse will be fire headquarters. The new, three-bay Fire Station 1 is administration suite with conference room. Mechanical, reused in the new design in electrical and plumbing infrastructure renovation shall be designed to accommodate the seamless integration of order to bring the fire station’s the noble firefighter’s daily, on-duty life with the ease to required to support the new practice. Highland Associates worked closely with DeltaMedix respond and maintain equipment for the demanding job. rich history to its new location Sited to address the quickest response time out the door, and carry on the tradition. to complete the project in two phases. At the completion On-site parking is also provided for the of approved schematic plans and initial budget confirma- with respect to local street conditions, the floor plan orgadepartment and integrated into the building allowing the nizes itself around the central apparatus bay surrounded tion, Highland prepared construction documents for remaining area of the site to be a part of future developby common areas. These areas include a day room with the practice. Working directly with DeltaMedix and the Marketplace at Steamtown owner, our team determined an appropriate fast track approach to expedite the speed-to-market. This included strategies such as an early demolition package, separate HVAC, electrical and plumbing packages and creative phasing. DeltaMedix aniticpates a spring 2018 opening.
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ment for the city of Yonkers. Construction is slated to begin in 2018. Owego Central School District Business Administration Building, Owego, NewYork One day into the 2011-2012 school year, Tropical Storm Lee changed the community of Owego forever. The district had four of its buildings destroyed by the waters of the 2011 flooding while sustaining significant damage to others. Highland Associates was on site within days of the initial flooding. Working hand in hand with the District, FEMA, New York State Education Department, and the State of New York, Highland designed three new buildings to replace the four buildings lost to the storm. One of those buildings was the new Business Administration Building. The building replaces the offices on Talcott Street that were severely damaged by the flood waters. The new site is located above the flood plain and centrally situated, serving as a hub on the Owego campus, surrounded by the District’s buildings and grounds which it serves. The new, two-story, steel frame, 15,000-square feet building includes offices for approximately 15 employees, including the superintendent, business administrator, and administrative support staff. Open, day-lit lobby areas create casual and comfortable meeting spaces while private, fully equipped conference rooms allow for collaborative meetings requiring conference call and video conferencing capabilities. A technology-rich board room for the Board of Education and public meetings was designed to incorporate state of the art audio visual equipment, lighting, shading and climate control with space to accommodate sixty people, and offers views out to the District’s grounds through its large civic style windows. Natural stone flooring and accent walls as well as warm wood plank ceilings were selected for their durability and sustainable qualities. The exterior envelope combines stone and brick to fit contextually within the sprawling campus and signifies the resiliency of the district through its strong masses. Much of these exterior materials find their way to the inside, allowing for a strong connection to be made between outside and in. This becomes very apparent due to the large expanses of glass that allow one to see this connection, whether inside or outside the building’s footprint.
Hemmler + Camayd Architect NET FEDERAL CREDIT UNION NEW HEADQUARTERS BUILDING Scranton The property enjoys a privileged location. Its visibility and easy vehicular access made it the ideal place for the location of a modern banking facility. For optimal utilization of the multi-function space, the architects conceived an 18,400-square feet, two-part scheme that reflects the public and private functions within. The design incorporates the existing steel structure and masonry end caps, (fire stairs), of the original building. A central portion of the original building has been removed to create a focal green space and to separate the commercial transaction part of the credit union from the training/administrative office area. The customer-service area is wrapped in clear glass to invite the public in. It is enhanced with an exposed steel overhanging, colonnaded sun screen. The training area is sheltered through the use of frit glass, providing privacy and solar screening. At this side, a billboard-size screen of perforated metal displays the Credit Union logo. Running through and behind these glass volumes, a monumental and iconic orange “fin wall” provides unity to the composition. It fully reveals itself at the central green space and screen rooftop mechanical equipment. At the rear of the building, a half bay of the original structure was shaved off to allow room for automobile queuing and a drive through banking pavilion. Here, the architects chose to keep the actual drive through, which could not be physically attached to the main structure, minimal in nature. It is expressed solely in structural painted steel. The pneumatic tubes connecting back to the interior teller station run under the driveway to the parking area. The façade at the rear is CMU and cement board siding. The area of siding reflects the break of the green space on the opposite side.
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Barry Isett and Associates ECONOMIC REDEVELOPMENT IN DOWNTOWN HAZLETON
Barry Isett and Associates, a multi-discipline engineering firm with three offices in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is involved in several Hazleton economic redevelopment projects. The former Hazleton National Bank Building – a classic, Greek revival building that dates back to the early 20th century – is being repurposed as a new City Arts Center by the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress (DHAP). With architectural design by Hemmler + Camayd, Scranton, Isett provided environmental services as well as civil, structural, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering to renovate the first floor and mezzanine levels of the building. The project includes a new elevator, a new ADA accessible entrance and restrooms. Long range plans call for individual studios dedicated to painting, drawing, the digital arts, glass, clay, photography and graphic arts.
Just a few doors down the block, a former antique emporium known locally as the Remember When Building is being converted into an Irish-style pub called Broad and Barrow. CAN DO purchased the building and engaged Isett to undertake much-needed façade improvements. Gottstein Chiriboga Holdings, Inc. is anticipating leas-
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ing the building from CAN DO with plans to offer pub-style lunch and dinner menus, craft and domestic beers, a full bar and entertainment several nights a week. During warm weather, the pub will have an outdoor garden café that will link to the new arts center. With a Hazleton office on West Broad Street, the Isett team is
proud to play a role in the revitalization of the city. Other Pennsylvania offices are located in WilkesBarre, Stroudsburg, Allentown, Doylestown and Phoenixville. The company web site is barryisett.com — Francee Fuller, Marketing Manager | BARRY ISETT & ASSOCIATES, INC.
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Peters Consultants, Inc. Throughout the early 1900’s and into 2017,the Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority had significant combined untreated storm water/sanitary sewer overflows directly to the Susquehanna River at four combined sewer overflow points at Oak Street, Ida Street, Mercer Street and Iron Street within the borough of Berwick. The combined flow carried pollutants, untreated sanitary sewage and industrial by-products. In addition, the flow through the waste water treatment on wet weather events topped 20 million gallons per day, well over 600 percent higher than normal dry weather flow. As a result, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection restricted future development within the sanitary sewer service area and in order to lift the ban on future sanitary sewer connections and development, the Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority entered into a consent order with the Department on July 26, 2001 to undertake a program to separate sanitary/storm flows and to eliminate the discharge
of sanitary sewage directly to the Susquehanna River by 2020. Peters Consultants, Inc. Engineers and Surveyors, in conjunction with the Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority, developed an initial conceptual design for a storm/sanitary sewer separation project which could be installed with gravity flow only and no pump stations, while still maintaining the sanitary sewer collection and conveyance lines in service. Design, which was started in 2004, including field collection of existing storm/sanitary sewer lines and other topography data was undertaken and the first project began in 2006, which included installation of 60 inch diameter reinforced concrete piping, 34 feet deep, edge of trench 18 inches from the SEDA-COG rail line serving the Berwick Industrial Development Association. Interlocking steel shoring was placed for over 900 feet along a critical section where rail cars weighing in Please see PETERS page 14
DeScipio and Associates, Inc. Background on Joseph DeScipio is that he is a skilled Facilities Professional with more than 30 years of experience and an extensive resume of conceiving, designing, executing and managing complex construction projects. Key areas of expertise include: facility evaluations, architectural and engineering design, ADA / IBC code evaluations, project budgeting, project delivery, operations, construction management, historic preservation, construction supervision, business practices, mentoring, customer service and Project Leadership. DeScipio’s depth and breadth of project types is impressive, ranging from office and corporate facilities, educational and recreational buildings, multifamily housing, civic and institutional structures to name a few. DeScipio’s architectural practice has consistently delivered projects of beauty on time and on budget. Additional
services typically provided include Total Project Management (TPM), Construction Management (CM) and Facilities Management. DeScipio is architect and owner of DeScipio and Associates, Inc. - a full service architectural, project and construction management firm focusing on design, management, planning, organizing and coordinating capital improvement projects with a strict attention to cost and quality control. Established in 1991, DeScipio shaped his firm’s practice to respond to the demands of the market by providing sound architectural and engineering design, excellent project management and outstanding cost and quality control. Energy performance is achieved employing scientific building enclosure detailing combined with advanced mechanical and electrical systems. Please see DESciPio page 14
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excess of 260,000 pounds traveled into the Industrial Complex three days per week. In addition, the first project traversed U.S. Route 11 North and South (see images 2 & 3) and the Penn DOT highway occupancy permit required vehicular service to be maintained throughout the project. Beginning in 2006 and through the end of 2017, the Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority completed 13 sanitary sewer/storm water separation projects with a total installation of 89,200 lineal feet of new storm water piping ranging in size from 72 inch diameter to 15 inch diameter, separation of hundreds of cross connection points between storm/sanitary sewer lines, installation of more than 350 storm water and sanitary sewer manholes, more than 700 storm water inlets and resurfacing of more than 17 miles of borough owned streets. Projects were designed and ready for construction from 2006 through 2017 as funding and grants were obtained and the Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority Board authorized each project. Funding applications
were prepared by Authority Manager Gloria Bobersky working with engineer, Dennis Peters, P.E., P.L.S. of Peters Consultants, Inc. and with assistance from legislators Senator John Gordner and Representative David Millard, Berwick Industrial Development Authority Executive Director Steve Phillips, as well as representatives from SEDA-COG, Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Pa DEP Clean Water program, Penn DOT, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, a Federal Shovel Ready program and other agencies, who worked with the Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority to obtain grants and low interest loans to complete all of the projects. The total cost of all of the separation projects is close to $30 million dollars of expended Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority funds and grant and loan from all the respective agencies involved. The completion of the separation projects has resulted in additional capacity available at the waste water treatment plant, reduced waste water treatment costs, has eliminated the raw sanitary sewer discharges to the Susquehanna River, has improved the overall water quality of the
• 24-seat movie theatre • Common area lounge featuring a fireplace and BYOB bar • Reading area featuring periodicals Services Provided: and books n Project management from concept to • Free off-street parking building commissioning • 24-hour maintenance n Feasibility studies, project budgeting, • Snow removal project scoping to maximize ROI • Secure entrances and 16 surveillance n Management of entire design team cameras onsite (architectural, civil, structural, MEP, Fire • Elevator Protection, code and specification special• Day trip packages ties) • Washer and dryer in each unit n Management of construction phase (bidding, award, design refinement, Developer: constructability reviews, sub-contractor JBAS Realty was established in 2006 coordination, job site meetings) and specializes in renovation of old propn Holistic building design to maximize erties into large, multi-family apartment energy performance (enclosure, HVAC complexes. systems, day lighting, LEED goal setting) JBAS also buys and sells real estate, n Facilities management and maintenance manages multiple commercial properservices ties serving different industries, and n Expert testimony for construction has leased hundreds of apartments and claims/court appearances Former Gold Star building converted to hundreds of thousand-square footage of commercial real estate since its inception. senior sousing: The organization manages total assets of more than $7 million dollars with a net Amenities: worth of nearly $1 million dollars. Our complex will offer the following: • State-of-the-art fitness center DESciPio continued from page 13
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Susquehanna River, which is a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, and has opened the service area in the Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority to new development and expansion of existing business.
Dennis R. Peters, Principal Engineer, inspecting installation of 60 in diameter reinforced concrete piping
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Trench restoration on Oak Street, 18 in from SEDA-COG Rail line going into Berwick Industrial Development Authority
What the C-Suite Needs to Know About LEED seek Class A office spaces that are green, are located in green buildings and have green site amenities; Senior leadership makes strategic decisions related lease-up rates for these green buildings typically range to capital investments, and many increased their from average to 20 percent above average. Companies bottom line by embracing sustainability strategies in that commit to seeking LEED certification as part of their physical plant. Acquiring a previously developed, their strategic plan have also reported that their ROI underutilized site that leverages utilities, and other improved by 19.2 percent for completed, occupied community assets already in place rather than embark- green projects. Additionally LEED-certified buildings ing on a new construction project on a green-field site have been proven to use 25 percent less energy and is a smart financial and environmental strategy as the enjoy a 19 percent reduction in aggregate operational cost, and carbon footprint of existing infrastructure is costs in comparison to non-certified buildings. Operatembedded in the site. Renovating a current facility to ing costs in LEED new construction decreased by 13.6 increase energy efficiency rather than downsizing staff percent and by 8.5 percent in LEED renovation projto cut costs reduces utility expenses. Even the deciects. At the same time, building values increased 10.9 sion to increase the level of natural daylight in a workpercent for new construction and 6.8 space will decrease sick days taken, and percent for renovations. Obviously the increase employee productivity. Adopting net gains for LEED renovations are less these types of Leadership in Energy and than those for LEED new construction Environmental Design (LEED) strategies because of the complexity of building requires thoughtful, long term planning, systems and unforeseen circumstances and senior leaders need to know the multi inherent in renovating an existing strucfaceted nature of planning a LEED strategy ture. Projects may also enjoy a variety for maximum return. of tax benefits, tax credits, grants, and Scandale-Murnin incentives available to green buildings Employing a senior level point person or consultant who understands facilities, depending on the state and municipality construction, and engineering manageof the project. ment to act as a liaison with the AEC, (architecture, Nearly all large companies now post their volunengineering, and construction) adds value to the team. tary sustainability reports that outline strategic policy This individual should also understand the building objectives and accomplishments on their websites for envelope and site constraints as well as the US Green added transparency. Many of these companies also Building Council’s LEED certification process. Fosterview LEED facilities as another way to further demoning a cross-disciplinary workflow environment that strate the company’s commitment to a forward looking avoids thought silos is necessary to properly manage vision. Senior leadership recognizes stakeholders now the amount of data, and decisions involved. At this demand that companies meet a new performance bar point, companies must make a very important deciraised by sustainability, and the market will bear the sion; should the company pursue LEED Certification, cost. The U.S. Green Building Council suggests that or pursue a shorter process that is simply inspired by the green building market grew to $260 billion globally LEED objectives? This is a purely financial decision in 2013 since its beginnings in the 1990s, and projects for some companies. Many companies arrive at this that commercial building owners and managers will point in the process having already made the commit- invest an estimated $960 billion globally between now ment as part of their corporate strategic plan to seek and 2023 in order to add green attributes to existing LEED certification, sustainability and corporate social built infrastructure. responsibility as part of its overall marketing, branding, Cheryl Scandale-Murnin, LEED AP, is an adjunct cultural and business objectives as a way to gain faculty in the School of Business and Global Innovacompetitive advantage. tion at Marywood University. As a LEED AP, she is an McGraw Hill Construction’s Dodge Analytics have Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and compiled green building design performance data for Environmental Design, demonstrating a high level of nearly twenty years and have documented statistics on professional expertise in issues of sustainability. She a number of benchmarks. It has found that 61 percent served both as a former V.P. of the Greater Scranton of corporate leaders believe sustainability leads to mar- Chamber of Commerce and member of the Small ket differentiation and improved financial performance. Business Advisory Board of the Greater Philadelphia Tenants are becoming increasingly sophisticated and Chamber of Commerce. by Cheryl Scandale-Murnin, LEED AP
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calls, keep a sheet of paper or notebook by the phone and write down the date of the call, the caller’s name, Losing a spouse is a stressful transition. And and a description of what you talked about. For mail, the added pressure of having to settle the estate and write down whom the mail came from, the date you organize finances can be overwhelming. Fortunately, received it, and, if you sent a response, the date it was there are steps you can take to make dealing with sent. these matters less difficult. Also, if you don’t already have one, make a list of Notify others the names and phone numbers of organizations and When your spouse dies, your first step should people you might need to contact, and post it near be to contact anyone who is close to you and your your phone. For example, the list may include the spouse and anyone who may help you with funeral phone numbers of your attorney, insurance agent, preparations. Next, you should contact your attorney financial professionals and friends — all of whom you and other financial professionals. You’ll also want to can contact for advice. contact life insurance companies, government agenEvaluate short-term income and expenses cies and your spouse’s employer for information on When your spouse dies, you may have some how you can file for benefits. immediate expenses to take care of, such as funeral Get advice costs and any outstanding debts that your spouse Getting expert advice when you need it is essential. may have incurred (e.g., credit cards, car loan). Even An attorney can help you go over your spouse’s will if you are expecting money from an insurance or and start estate settlement procedures. Your funeral estate settlement, you may lack the funds to pay for director can also be an excellent source of information those expenses right away. If that is the case, don’t and may help you obtain copies of the death certificate panic — you have several options. If your spouse and applications for Social Security and veterans had a life insurance policy that named you as the benefits. Your life insurance agent can assist you with beneficiary, you may be able to get the life insurance the claims process, or you can contact the company’s proceeds within a few days after you file. And you can policyholder service department directly. You may also always ask the insurance company if they’ll give you wish to consult with a financial professional, accoun- an advance. In the meantime, you can use credit cards tant or tax advisor to help you organize your finances. for certain expenses. Or, if you need the cash, you can Locate important documents and financial take out a cash advance against a credit card. Also, records you can try to negotiate with creditors to allow you Before you can begin to settle your spouse’s to postpone payment of certain debts for 30 days or estate or apply for insurance proceeds or government more, if necessary. benefits, you’ll need to locate important documents Avoid hasty decisions and financial records (e.g., birth certificates, marriage n Don’t think about moving from your current certificates, life insurance policies). Keep in mind that home until you can make a decision based on reason you may need to obtain certified copies of certain rather than emotion. documents. For example, you’ll need a certified copy n Don’t spend money impulsively. When you’re of your spouse’s death certificate to apply for life grieving, you may be especially vulnerable to pressure insurance proceeds. And to apply for Social Security from salespeople. benefits, you’ll need to provide birth, marriage and n Don’t cave in to pressure to sell or give away death certificates. your spouse’s possessions. Wait until you can make Set up a filing system clear-headed decisions. If you’ve ever felt frustrated because you couldn’t n Don’t give or loan money to others without find an important document, you already know the reviewing your finances first, taking into account your importance of setting up a filing system. Start by represent and future needs and obligations. viewing all important documents and organizing them by topic area. Next, set up a file for each topic area. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, its affiliates, and For example, you may want to set up separate files for its employees are not in the business of providing tax, estate records, insurance, government benefits, tax in- regulatory, accounting, or legal advice. These materiformation and so on. 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Incapacity Planning: Proper Planning Can Ease a Sensitive Subject death” designation meaning that funds would not be subject to probate. Instead, funds “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a would pass directly to the named beneficiary matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited providing quicker access to liquid assets by for; it is a thing to be achieved.” — William avoiding the perusal of the court. No one Jennings Bryan. wants their loved ones to have to wrangle We often take more time planning our through the courts while dealing with loss, yet vacations than we do our future. While it may if the funds are not in a trust and do not have not be a fun topic of discussion, it is important the payable on death or beneficiary designato have plans in place should you become tions, the estate must be probated through the physically or mentally unable to manage your court, which can take several months. own affairs. Doing so in advance ensures While it might not be pleasant to think that you can provide input on how about nor discuss with family things should be handled in the members, there are major ramificafuture. tions of not having a will. If you die Statistics show that as we age, without a will, the court will probate the likelihood that we will require your estate which means the court help in making decisions increasmay decide how your estate should es. While friends or family may be be distributed; also adding expenses able to help with things like buying to the estate. Deloglos groceries and paying bills, advance It may also be worthwhile to planning is required for more consider a trust which creates a complex tasks such as selling real estate, gift- legal entity that holds your assets for you, ing assets to your children or making critical eliminating the need for probate when you medical decisions. die. One type of trust, a revocable living trust, Without a plan in place decisions will helps to prepare for possible incapacity as be made for you. Your decisions may even you are able to appoint a disability trustee. be appointed in a guardianship proceeding; This individual or corporate trustee would be a court-supervised process that names an empowered to administer the trust should you individual or entity to manage the affairs of an become incapacitated at some point in time. incapacitated person. After planning and creating the necesMost people prefer to be part of the sary documents, determine a central, safe decision-making process, but this can only place to store important papers such as happen with proper planning. Depending on wills, trusts, powers of attorney, etc. Often the needs of the individual or family, incapac- in times of a family emergency or a tragic ity planning may include an array of legal event, we become overwhelmed. The stress documents and planning techniques such as and confusion may lessen our ability to think an advanced healthcare directive, living will, clearly or remember where our items may be. property powers of attorney and health care Determining a location in advance and sharing powers of attorney. it with those closest to you will help unburden Part of the process of partnering with the state of affairs. a Certified Trust Financial Advisor is to To avoid undue stress on your family review your current will, the general power and loved ones in the event of unforeseen of attorney, and to reaffirm all beneficiary circumstances, start the planning process designations. Beneficiaries should be reviewed early. Partner with a Certified Trust Financial periodically for all bank accounts, retirement Advisor to make the process as smooth as plans, pension plans, life insurance policies possible considering the sensitive nature of and annuities. You will also determine whether the conversation — your loved ones will apor not accounts should have a “payable on preciate it later. by Jeff Deloglos, Trust Officer, ESSA Bank & Trust
Do Your Employees Believe in Your Brand? One Word is a Dead Giveaway. ing it. Successful brands like Coca-Cola invest substantial time in orienting new Walk into a successful store or a employees to their brand. They teach growing company, and you’re likely to them from day one that the brand isn’t hear something like this: “We’re really really about selling a popular flavor of glad to see you today, our latest prodsoda, it’s about creating moments of ucts should more than meet your needs. refreshment that people share together. Let me tell what we did to make them They expect their employees to embrace even better than before.” No doubt these this concept, and, for the most part, they employees believe in the brand they are do. Conversely, brands that spend only selling. a perfunctory amount of time on what Now walk into a not-so-successful their brand is about and send their new store, or a company that is struggling hires off with a job description in hand a bit, and you might hear this: are far more likely to create a “They’ve got a sale running we versus they situation, no today on some of the new stuff. matter how good their brand I’m not sure why they changed concept is. some of the features, but here If a company gets wind of you go.” These employees are their employees seeing two non-believers in the brand. sides to the company, they Catch the difference in their should be sure to ask themTaYlor language? It’s as simple as selves if there is any truth to it. “we” versus “they.” Maybe the brand concept has Almost all brands depend on personal lost its way a bit and could use some interaction at some point to drive the retuning. When the CEO of Starbucks, brand. At the sales or customer service Howard Schultz, felt that the Starbucks level, it’s downright critical to have your brand experience had deteriorated at brand well represented. Employees who their stores, he made a very public show believe in the brand will use inclusive of closing them down for retraining in language like “we” because they feel like the elements that make the Starbucks they are part of the team. They will acexperience special, which is personal tively promote the brand; they’re excited attention and the crafting of each custo share the brand experience with their tomer’s order. customers. If you detect an issue with “we/they” But employees who don’t believe in at your company among a few emthe brand will distance themselves from ployees, and you’re sure your brand is it. They don’t want to take any ownerstrong, encourage them to believe or be ship. They may be afraid they are going gone. But, be careful to hear what they to be blamed for its shortcomings by have to say first. Their discontent could the customer. And they don’t care if the be justified and help your brand improve. customer embraces the brand or not. Management and leadership are perDave Taylor is president of Taylor Brand ceived to be “not me.” “They” are on the Group, a company that focuses on developother side. ing brand strategy and ongoing brand If employees don’t believe in their marketing. Based in Lancaster, Taylor Brand company’s brand, it is likely one of two Group works with national and regional cliproblems. Either it’s a weak brand, or the ents. He can be reached at 717-393-7343. company is doing a weak job of explain- Visit taylorbrandgroup.com. by Dave Taylor
INVESTIGATE THE OBVIOUS
this region and certainly move technology to a high priority beyond current levels. How do you investigate the obvious in the Another obvious asset that has proven Pocono Northeast? Obviously, the region has successful in this region is to expand enterundergone stress in the past, has developed prise development that includes financing of responses to liabilities, has created a loss businesses, exporting, procurement, matchof assets that outweigh the liabilities, has ing products with the ability to market them expanded its economic base significantly, has regionally across the world, and expand the personalities who have led the fight against support of existing businesses who have recessions and economic difficulties and has originally been an economic backbone to the created new initiatives that led to the “greatest regional economy. Back in the Clinton Adminisregional economic comeback in the history tration, the enterprise program was suggested of the United States.” The obvious is that as a national policy, and even a letter from this region will continue to be competitive the president at the time in 1993 seemed to with other regions of the nation, but to do so accept this idea, but it was never followed up. will require a rise of leadership, more fiscal The Economic Development Administration stability, more attention to regional (EDA) and the Appalachian Regional governance and creating more trust Commission (ARC), federal agencies in American democracy and institubeing used by local development tions that can help make the region a districts in the Commonwealth and better geography than has been the elsewhere, are part of the means to case in the past. Think of what the focus on this economic process, but Silicon Valley has meant to that part are being threatened by the current of the nation, and in many respects, national administration. There is a nationally. About 35 years ago, a need to retain successful programs grossman board member of the then Economic and even make them stronger. This Development Council of Northeastis an obvious strategy for the betern Pennsylvania (EDCNP), now called NEPA terment of this region and others nationally. Alliance went to visit the Silicon Valley, and The state funds the enterprise development came back duly impressed, gave a talk at an program as well, and deserves credit for doing EDCNP board meeting, and suggested that this for decades. we try and reproduce what was happening A third obvious economic strategy is the there, here. While this never took place, Agnes need to think through how previous successMcCartney, a former Carbon County Planning ful programs can be restored in an era of Commission Director and a supporter of the downsizing and even elimination of agencies. changes occurring in Jim Thorpe Borough, This includes regional energy centers that once keyed up a drumbeat to try and achieve this existed in the state and in this region, municiadjustment. Think of what this would have ac- pal managers circuit riding several governcomplished today if her creativity and passion ments at a time which was quite successful had been successful. Perhaps, the obvious was by EDCNP in the 1970s and was around for this could never have been accomplished, but several years, but ended when the federal the option to at least try and come close would program supporting it ended, and the role have been a major success. And perhaps, it is that Section 701 played as a HUD program for not too late to have a mini Silicon Valley on the land use planning. These are just a few of past east coast — and right here inside the region. efforts that ended, but an obvious step would Organizing a new focus on technology be to examine all past program federally and along the lines of what was called a satellite to statewide to determine if they should eventuWall Street, or Wall Street West, seems to have ally be restored. disappeared, and the monies and billionaires who are west may not live in this region, but Howard J. Grossman is the former execucould be attracted to regional life. It is obvious tive director of EDCNP, now NEPA Alliance. the time to renew interest in Silicon Valley in Email him at GrossmanHJ@aol.com by Howard J. Grossman, AICP
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The road to great credit begins with consumers. Consumers who demonstrate an ability to pay bills on time and stay out of debt can make themselves more attractive to prospective creditors, which can ultimately save them thousands of dollars when they purchase homes and/or vehicles. While strong credit scores take years to build, men and women looking to improve their scores can begin doing so rather quickly. Scores will not skyrocket overnight, but they will begin to improve if consumers begin taking the following steps. n Pay bills on time. Paying bills on time is one of the most effective and simplest ways for consumers to improve their credit scores. One of the credit scores lenders use to determine if they will extend credit to a given applicant is the FICO score, which is generated by the Fair Isaac Corporation. According to the Fair Isaac Corp., a FICO score is broken down into five categories, some of which factor more heavily than others. An individual’s payment history accounts for 35 percent of his or her FICO score, making it the most influential of the five factors for people who have been using credit for a long time. (Note: people with a nonexistent or greatly limited credit history may have their FICO scores more influenced by other factors.) If necessary, set up automatic payments so all bills, but especially bills owed to creditors, such as credit card companies and student loan lenders, are paid on time. n Pay down balances and keep them low. Paying bills on time might not be enough to dramatically improve credit
scores if consumers are still only paying the minimum amount each month while maintaining high balances. After payment history, amounts owed is the second biggest influence of most consumers’ FICO scores, accounting for 30 percent of an individual’s score. So in addition to paying on time, consumers should try to pay more than the minimum amount due each month, ideally paying balances in full each month. n Study your credit report. Credit scores can sometimes fall victim to errors on a person’s credit report. A 2012 Federal Trade Commission Study found that roughly 25 percent of all consumers had errors on their credit reports that adversely affected their credit scores. Consumers who suspect their credit score does not reflect their credit worthiness should examine their reports, which are available to all consumers once a year for free, for mistakes. Report any mistakes to Equifax, Experian and/or TransUnion. n Wait to apply for new lines of credit or mortgages. Consumers’ credit scores take a small hit each time they apply for new lines of credit, whether it’s a credit card or mortgage. Consumers who want to quickly improve their scores should refrain from applying for new lines of credit until they have increased their scores to a point where they won’t mind seeing those scores take a small dip. Consumers’ credit scores can affect their lives in various ways. While it takes time to build strong credit histories, consumers can take small steps to begin improving their credit scores right away.
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Online Banking Safety Tips In the digital era, many errands that once required leaving the house can be conducted from the comforts of home. Groceries can be ordered online and delivered to consumers’ doorsteps, while bills can be paid online, saving men and women from having to drive to their nearby post office. Online banking has revolutionized the way people manage their money. Investors can buy or sell stocks with the click of a mouse, and money can be moved across accounts just as easily and instantly. Many consumers now even do their banking on their mobile phones. In fact, a 2016 study from the Federal Reserve found that 67 percent of millennials use mobile banking, suggesting that mobile banking is the wave of the future. While online or mobile banking makes it easy for consumers to manage their money, it’s also potentially much riskier than in-person banking at the bank. Unseen hackers and thieves are lurking online and in places where Wi-Fi is open and free, so online and mobile banking enthusiasts must exercise caution when accessing their accounts.
insist their customers use it. Two-factor authentication requires two forms of verification before users can log into their accounts. The first might be the traditional username and password, while the second might be a temporary code texted or emailed to users after they log into their accounts. Some consumers may feel two-factor authentication is tedious and slow, but it’s an effective safety measure that should only delay online or mobile banking by a few seconds. n Use only secure network connections. Public Wi-Fi can be convenient, but consumers should never use such connections to do their online or mobile banking. The American Bankers Association suggests consumers always do their online banking via their own private home networks. Consumers who routinely use public Wi-Fi, even if it’s just for basic internet surfing, should log out of mobile banking apps or websites before logging on to public networks.
n Change passwords frequently and avoid using the same password for more than one acn Sign up for two-factor authentication. Some count. Many banking websites advise customers if their passwords are weak or strong when custombanks and credit card companies now provide ers first set up their accounts. Even if customers’ two-factor authentication, and some may even
passwords are deemed strong, it’s best to change them periodically so hackers or criminals cannot guess them. And consumers should never use the same password for more than one account, as that can make it much easier for criminals to steal consumers’ identities.
sumers many need to sign up to take advantage of this service, but doing so is typically free. If credit scores suddenly dip unexpectedly and without reason, consumers may have been victimized by identity theft and can then take the necessary course of action to address the issue.
n Monitor credit scores. Consumers have the right to one free credit report each year, but many credit card companies now update customers regarding their credit scores once per month. Con-
Online and mobile banking is convenient, but consumers must tread carefully when accessing sensitive financial information online.
What consumers can do after a data breach As the summer of 2017 drew to a close, news broke of a data breach at the credit monitoring agency Equifax. Reports suggested the breach might have compromised the sensitive personal information of as many as 143 million Americans, or roughly half the adult population of the United States. In the digital age, consumers are more vulnerable to such breaches than ever before. Data stolen as part of the Equifax breach included names, social security numbers and birthdates, among other personal information. Consumers concerned about data breaches can take certain steps to determine if they have been compromised while also taking measures to safeguard themselves against future breaches. When breaches happen News of the Equifax breach understandably inspired panic among consumers, and future data breaches will be no different. Hackers who gain
access to consumers’ personal information can steal identities, file false tax returns, take out loans in unsuspecting consumers’ names, and commit a host of other crimes that can negatively affect consumers’ credit ratings and compromise their ability to secure loans in the future. When a breach happens, consumers should: n Contact the agency that was affected. After acknowledging it had been breached, Equifax set up a website (trustedidpremier.com/eligibility/eligibility.html) where consumers could find out if their information had been compromised by the breach. When using such websites, consumers should make sure they are using secure connections, as they will be asked to enter personal information. n Examine credit reports. Even if individuals’ personal information was not compromised, they can monitor their credit reports for suspicious activity. Many credit card companies now provide monthly
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credit report updates to cardholders. Individuals should monitor these to see if any new accounts have been opened without their knowledge. If ratings suddenly plummet despite relative inactivity from consumers, they should contact one of the major reporting agencies for a thorough report. Such reports are typically free once per year. Future breaches Breaches are seemingly inevitable in the digital age. Concerned consumers can take steps to protect themselves against future breaches. n Continue monitoring credit reports. Individuals should take advantage of the monthly credit rating reports offered by their credit card companies even if no breaches have been reported. Hackers may sell consumers’ information, which thieves can then sit on for years before ultimately using to commit financial fraud. Routine monitoring can help consumers
instantly address any suspicious activity before things spiral out of control. n Place a fraud alert on all accounts. Fraud alerts warn creditors that individuals may have been compromised by past data breaches, forcing them to verify that credit or loan applicants are legitimate before they can open any new accounts or take out any loans. n File taxes as early as possible. Criminals with access to consumers’ personal information can file false tax returns and steal their refunds before consumers even realize they have been victimized. File early, before thieves have had a chance to file false returns. Consumer data breaches can affect every facet of consumers’ lives. Knowing what to do when such breaches occur and how to reduce their risk of being victimized can help consumers when the next breach occurs.
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Live Comfortably on Less Many people look toward retirement with mixed feelings. There is the anticipation and excitement of no longer having to stick to a set schedule. However, there may be some trepidation about living without a steady income. Bloomberg financial experts found the number of Americans aged 65 and older without a disability that weren’t in the labor force rose to 800,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016. This has become a long-standing trend of Baby Boomers leaving the workforce and entering retirement. Yet, a Statistics Canada study of people between the ages 60 and 64 who had left long-term employment found 43 percent of them were working again, most within a year of leaving their job. Although boredom may have compelled many of those people to reenter the workforce, some may have started working again to make ends meet. Researchers found the higher the earnings in one’s late 40s, the more likely a retiree is to go back to work.
While retirees may need to alter their spending habits, it is possible to live happily on less. Here are some ways to do just that. n Accurately assess home expenses. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling says the cost of home-related expenses accounts for roughly 45 percent of spending for retirees. Individuals can add up exactly how much their homes are costing them and then decide if downsizing is a practical solution. Downsizing has a host of benefits, not the least of which is reducing housing-related expenses. n Invest in health care. Unexpected health care costs can quickly deplete individuals’ finances. That’s why it is essential to have a solid insurance plan in place. Health care planning also may include thinking ahead to long-term care, such as assisted living and nursing homes. One may have to make concessions elsewhere, but investing in health care can assuage concerns men and women might have about the cost of living in their golden years.
n Use alternative transportation. Cars can be expensive. A budget-friendly alternative to driving is to use public transportation or transportation services provided to seniors free or for nominal fees. n Take advantage of senior discounts. Many restaurants, stores and service centers offer discounts to seniors. The starting age for discounts may vary from store to store, so always ask before cashing out. n Shop for food differently. Bulk buys may have been appropriate for men and women when there were kids running around, but empty-nesters can cut back on food expenses. Shopping sales and making more meals at home can help seniors save money. The market research firm NPD Group found that in-home meals cost roughly one-third of what it costs to eat the same food at a restaurant. Save dining out for special occasions. Retirees can make changes to save money without negatively affecting their quality of life.
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The American Male & Cardiac Care
American men can now take heart that treatment and behavioral “tools” exist to help avoid a visit from their leading cause of death. The applicable battlefield is vast. According to data from a variety of accredited sources, including the American Heart Association, more than one in three adult men now has some form cardiovascular disease, and this becomes the cause of death for one in four males. Half of the 320,000-plus American males who die suddenly from coronary heart disease have displayed no previous symptoms, with up to 89 percent of sudden cardiac events occurring in men. Heart valve problems and electrical disturbances, plus the all-too-common blood vessel blockages, are the prime reasons for cardio-vascular illness, with both men and post-menopausal women suffering from these ailments. Within this arena NEPA can be defined as a cardiac cluster region, and the advent of disease is inspired by common risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated LDL cholesterol, smoking, obesity, unhealthy diet, sedentary behavior, diabetes and alcohol abuse. These problems are largely tied to patient behavior over a long period of time, making cardio disease largely preventable, even though heredity is part of the mix. Leveling field Qasim Malik, MD, cardiology fellow with The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, commented that to a great degree, estrogen protects females from cardiac disease, although the inevitable advent of menopause levels the field. Within NEPA’s often sedentary society, older women may also be more active than males, thereby delaying the onset of observable cardiac disease in these females. Women also may present a wide variety of physical warning signs a cardiac event is occurring, but males traditionally exhibit shortness of breath when physical activity is taking place. They may gasp for air, and notice tightness and/or pain in the neck, chest, jaw and shoulder. The reality that males are universally taught since childhood to ignore pain then sets them up to ignore the onset of a cardiac event. A wife may become the person who pushes the symptomatic male to go to a
hospital, and then tells the truth to the physician about her husband’s previous symptoms. “When you ignore danger signs a terrible problem can develop because, during a heart attack, time is of the essence if heart muscle is to be saved through catheterization,” said Dr. Malik. “We would rather have a patient come to the hospital for what turns out to be non-heart issues than miss an event.” Long-term behavioral changes, as opposed to treatment such as catheterization after an event, are the true “fixes” for cardiac disease. Health literacy, socio-economic factors, insurance and mental health all are factors that must be considered if a person is to change their behavior, particularly with factors such as smoking, unhealthy diet, and a lack of exercise. “As a physician we must strive to instigate these behavioral changes, and an understanding of the patient’s decision processes is vital,” said Dr. Malik. “Successful change often begins with small steps such as a reduction of daily cigarettes, and its then our job to help the patient make note of how they are feeling better.” Mindfulness Bryan Martin, DO, associate in cardiology with the Geisinger Health System, is promoting the theme of “mindfulness” to battle cardiac disease. This approach calls for people to actively pay attention to their risk factors, such as stress, tobacco use, diet, and exercise, and also to not ignore chronic symptoms that are crying out for attention. “It’s common for a patient, especially a male, to look back and see that symptoms were present before they have experienced a cardiac event,” said Dr. Martin. Despite the grim realities inherent with men and heart disease, Dr. Martin reported that male wellness is spreading. The availability of health insurance through the Accountable Care Act and increased opportunities to recognize cardiac risk factors are now a reality, and care delivery systems that quickly transport a person suffering from a heart attack into catherization labs are saving lives. “We also must not think of a cardiac cath lab, where they can quickly open up blocked blood vessels, as a catch-all fix,” said Dr. Martin. “Wellness is vital, such as for males age 40 to 45 to begin screening for risk factors and making healthier life choices.”
Dr. Martin added that genetic dispositions for particular cardiac ailments have been identified as powerful risk factors. Differences between men and women with heredity have not firmly been established, but the existence of a first-degree relative with heart disease points to increased risk. Geisinger is launching a new cardiac program at its Wyoming Valley Campus, in partnership with Ornish Lifestyle Medicine, that offers a somewhat progressive approach to reverse cardiac disease. The effort emphasizes lifestyle as medicine, and seeks to address the root causes of heart disease through the philosophy that the progression of coronary artery disease and other chronic conditions can be treated and reversed through changes that include exercise, stress management, nutrition and group support. Male cooperation Nadine Greco, cardiac rehab coordinator with Wayne Memorial Hospital, reported that more men than women participate in rehabilitation to strengthen their heart, and also institute lifestyle changes, after an adverse event occurs. Females generally present cardiac disease later
in life, but also seem to have more excuses for rehab non-participation. “Males are more apt to push themselves to physically move within rehab and then accelerate in the intensity of the exercises,” said Greco. “Females may be more scared to push themselves.” Greco also has noticed that males often want to be in control of their rehab plan, and consequently may also exhibit more problems yielding to the advice of the rehab experts. This makes the educational component of rehab vital if the patient is actually make lifestyle changes with diet, exercise and medication, to create a healthier way of living. Obesity in particular is an enemy of cardiac health, and Greco reported that being overweight may be a sign of a psychological problem that must be addressed. Difficulties with finance, social supports and marriage, may subconsciously curb a patient’s passion to live. “Men may also say they don’t need cardiac rehab, and that they get enough exercise at home,” said Greco. “Yet, we have found that males are better than women at long-term change, and a maintenance program after rehab ends is very helpful, such as a YMCA membership.”
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Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs by Amy Simpson
Once considered a man’s field, entrepreneurship is evolving to accommodate women. Woman-owned businesses are steadily increasing in quantity, diversity, and earning power. More than 9 million U.S. firms are now owned by women, employing nearly 8 million people and generating $1.5 trillion in sales, according to 2015 data from the National Association of Women Business Owners. As women business owners expand their companies, they become increasingly important to the local, regional and national economies. Although women entrepreneurs face challenges that differ from their male counterparts, it does not mean that they are less successful. On the contrary, statistics show that women are starting businesses at more than twice the rate of male-owned businesses. Specific strategies to help women entrepreneurs and employees succeed include creating a strong support network, learning new ways of balancing work and everyday life, and staying up to date on challenges that women are facing in the business world. Luckily for women in Northeast Pennsylvania, there are resources to help them along their entrepreneurial journey. Both the University of Scranton’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Center and the Scranton Area Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy work together to aid women entrepreneurs. The University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center (WEC), a partnership between the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Kania School of Management (KSOM), was established in 2009. WEC student-interns and SBDC staff offer business start-up information, guidance and encouragement to lower income women, those in transition or those trying to make a better life Forty-six women have completed StartUP. During StartUP, a six week long program, attendees learned
start-up basics, marketing and social media essentials, business plan development, accounting and budget skills, and financing options and requirements. Local women business owners served as guest speakers, offering guidance and encouragement, including returning speakers Sandy Whiting Osieski of Spark New Business; Julie Jordan of Julie Jordan Photography; and Terry Wise of Wise Solutions. Partnership continued with Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy (WIP) initiative micro lending program, including sharing information with StartUP attendees, connecting participants with WIP mentors, and helping women prepare business plans. Women in Philanthropy is self-described as “transformative initiatives that focus on changing the lives of women and girls.” When it comes to small business development, the largest hurdle for women is obtaining start-up capital. Women in Philanthropy gives women access to loans up to $10,000. So far this year, forty-eight women have attended Financial Confidence, a workshop designed to give participants the tools they need to take control of their personal finances. Mary Beck, owner of Central Station Marketplace and Antiques, Keyser Oak Shopping Plaza said, “Having my own business has afforded me the opportunity to let my business grow in ways that weren’t expected. We are the only marketplace/antique store to have a pop up fashion show and paint studio. We are working to partner with an animal shelter in March to raise money for the animals and get more exposure for the store. I would have never known how to move ahead in business without the Women’s Entrepreneurship/SBDC StartUP Program. Starting with learning how to write my business plan to helping secure my loan, the WEC has taught me I can do it, and I will succeed. They have made my life and my family’s life better. I am grateful.” An anonymous StartUP attendee stated, “Thanks so much! We’ve been offered so much information and tips to help us thrive. This was an awesome program and I will miss coming every week. I look forward to continuing my business relationship with you.” The next session of StartUP for women begins March 8. For more information regarding The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center and the Women’s Entrepreneurship Center, visit scrantonsbdc. com, or call (570) 941-7588. For more information regarding the Scranton Area Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy, visit supportnepawomen.org, or call (570) 347-6203 Amy Simpson, a senior Business Administration major, is an intern with University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center under the supervision of Donna Simpson, Consultant Manager.
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The Small Business Spotlight is on… Quest Studio Jessup Member since 2017 (570) 815-4655 myqueststudio.com
For Talia Walsh of Jessup-based Quest Studio, life is about helping others. When she opened Quest Studio, her mission was to have a place where people could not only begin their journey to optimum health, but also where people could feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. With a wide range of programs available, including yoga and other fitness classes, as well as meal preparation and metabolic testing, Walsh guarantees that all client needs will be filled in whatever way possible. Meet Quest Studio… What inspired you to open Quest Studio? I’ve always had a passion for health and fitness. I want the entire community to be a part of Quest Studio; it is a wellness center and a one-stop shop to help others. My vision is for it to continue to be a home where all people can feel comfortable and confident as they embark on their journeys toward reaching their goals. What are some of the services you provide? We provide health, fitness and nutrition programs that are customized to help you reach your goals within your budget. Clients receive one-on-one coaching, motivation and inspiration from us. We also offer specialty fitness classes, yoga, registered-dietitian nutrition plans, free nutrition workshops and wellness seminars, metabolic testing, custom workout programs, wellness coaching, corporate wellness programs, student athlete speed, agility, mobility and injury prevention classes and much more. How important is it to customize health and wellness options for each client? Every client is as unique as our fingerprint. No one client, nor their path toward reaching their health and wellness goals, will ever be the same. I enjoy the challenge in customizing appropriate programs for my clients and students and helping them learn the tools necessary to make a positive lifestyle change, rather than just follow a standard program. What would you suggest a first-time customer
try at your studio? We offer a “Quest Kickstart,” which is a complimentary service that arms you with tools for your quest toward health and wellness. This includes a free consultation and a personalized road map including nutrition and fitness goals, along with coaching, accountability and community support. What is the number one wellness goal people come to you with? Most clients come through the door to lose weight; however, when I coach my clients to develop their health, fitness and nutrition goals, I try to help them see beyond the numbers, and focus on the health benefits that are a direct result of the lifestyle changes necessary to reach them. How has your Chamber membership helped your business? As a new member, I value the things I’ve learned already from the businesses and members I’ve met, and the relationships I’ve built. I look forward to getting more involved with the Chamber community and taking advantage of the services the Chamber has to offer us in business, personal growth and leadership.
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in 2016 as an operations analyst. He brings more than 15 years of experience in information technolStephen Jaditz, d.O., was named mediogy to his new role. The Information Systems decal director of the Skilled partment’s service desk handles service calls from Nursing and Rehab Center home-based and on-site employees throughout the in Scranton. He graduated health system. from the University of Health Mitch Bertha was appointed the new director Sciences College of Osteoof technology and network pathic Medicine in Kansas infrastructure. A 27-year City, Missouri, and has been employee, Bertha gradupracticing family medicine JADITZ ated from the University of in his hometown of Clarks Scranton with a Bachelor of Summit since 1991. Jaditz Science in economics and is board-certified in family practice and geriatrics by the American Board of Family Medicine. He is a finance and a Master of Busimember of the American Academy of Family Physi- ness Administration. Bertha, BERTHA cians, Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, who lives in Roaring Brook Twp., has two children, Jake Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society and Lackawanna and Callie. Stacy connor was named director of applicaCounty Medical Society. tion architecture and gap Judy rogers, MSN, crNP was appointed the development. A resident of new nurse practitioner for the Clifford, Connor earned a Community Based PalliaBachelor of Science in infortive Care Program. Rogers mation science and technolholds a Master of Science ogy integration applications in nursing and certification from Penn State University. as a certified registered She has worked for the comnurse practitioner from pany since 2010 as a student CONNOR Misericordia University. She intern, systems analyst and, completed undergraduate ROGERS most recently, as an operations analyst. In her new studies in nursing at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and Wilkes University. Rogers brings more role, Connor will work to ensure the integration of electronic health record applications across the than 40 years of nursing experience in Northeast health system. Pennsylvania to her new role. roseanne Fisne, r.N., is the new director Her past experience includes of clinical systems. A resident of Olyphant, Fisne work in intensive care units, attended Scranton State diabetes education, comGeneral Hospital School of munity health, hospitalist Nursing and the University programs, acute and postof Scranton. Fisne is a 13acute care, skilled nursing year employee with more and hospice. She lives in Old than 26 years of experience Forge with her husband of 39 ANDERSON in acute-care nursing and years, James. long-term-care nursing. Fisne eric Anderson was FISNE named manager of network architecture. A resident has served as a unit manof Spring Brook Twp., Anderson earned a Bachelor ager, quality improvement manager and a systems development manager. As of Science in information director of clinical systems, technology from Drexel Fisne supports correct utilizaUniversity. He joined the tion of clinical documentation company in 2010, most reas part of the health system’s cently working as a network electronic health record analyst. program. Joe Brudzinski of Matt lewis of Clifford Scranton is the new network was appointed manager of technician. Brudzinski joined BRUDZINSKI LEWIS
telecommunications. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Science in information technology from Keystone College. He joined in 2013 as a student-intern. He has experience working as network and personal computer technician. rebecca Montross was named director of analytics and information systems. Montross earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Penn State University and a master’s degree in pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is pursuing a graduate MONTROSS certificate in statistics at Penn State World Campus. Montross joined in 2011 and has worked as health care improvement specialist and in systems improvement for the nonprofit health system. She lives in Tunkhannock with her husband, Shane, and children, Aidan, Maia and Lilian. Andy Panek is the new director of systems support services. Panek, a 28-year employee, earned a Bachelor of Science in information systems from the University of Scranton and has held various roles in information technology. He lives in Taylor PANEK with his wife, Deborah. They have two sons, Jordan and Andrew. Melissa Olsommer, Pharm.d., clinical consultant pharmacist for Allied Services Pharmacy, recently earned the credential of Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). Board certification through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) is recognized OLSOMMER as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels. Through rigorous standards, the BPS-certified pharmacist stands out as the most qualified to take on today’s expanding health care expectations and improve patient outcomes. Olsommer, Jenkins Twp., earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy and, before joining Allied, completed a post-graduate residency at Baptist Health in Lexington, Kentucky, and worked at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.
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Sue (Gris) reviello was recently appointed to the board of directors of the association. She is the senior airworthiness manager for Boeing defense and space military programs responsible for the oversight of all the company’s domestic and international military programs. Previously, Reviello was the senior manager REVIELLO for Future Combat Systems operating system software development and the mission systems software for the Comanche helicopter. Reviello joined Boeing in 1991 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from East Stroudsburg University. She grew up in Old Forge and attended Old Forge schools. She is also a member of the American Helicopter Society, Boeing Leadership Association, Society of Women Engineers, Boeing Women in Leadership and girls varsity ice hockey coach for Strath Haven High School.
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The multidiscipline engineering firm with offices in Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton has added new associates to its civil, environmental, codes, municipal, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) departments; and the firm’s materials testing and special inspections group. Granville “Grant” cantrell, Pottstown, has been hired as a staff technician for the civil department, where he will function as an AutoCAD designer. He is a current student of Lehigh Carbon Community College and earned his associate degree in drafting and CANTRELL design this month. Before pursuing his career in drafting, Cantrell served five years with the Marine Corps Reserve as an infantry machine gunner. Michael Seremula, Slatington, joined the MEP department as a staff technician and will be focusing on
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Personnel File PERSONNEL FILE continued from page 27 drafting and designing with AutoCAD. A graduate of Millersville University, Seremula holds a bachelor’s in applied engineering and technology management. Brian Kirchner, Allentown, joined the materials testing and special inspections group as a construction inspector. He is active in the USMC Reserve and is stationed at Camp Geiger, where he is attending the School of KIRCHNER Infantry. Shawn Merrill, Zionsville, joined the municipal department as a construction inspector. Merrill also holds an associate degree in construction technology earned through Lehigh Carbon Community College. MERRILL Taylor “Tess” Strayer, Harleysville, joined the environmental department as a staff environmental scientist. While pursuing her bachelor’s in environmental science with the University of Delaware, she served as an undergraduate research assistant, gaining experiSTRAYER ence in collecting field data and processing samples. In the previous year, she interned with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, where she worked in the wetlands division. In addition, Strayer served Delaware Fish and Wildlife as a mosquito control biological aide, surveying mosquito breeding surHALBOM veillance and abatement activities. Richard Halbom, Souderton, joined the codes department as a code specialist and will be focusing on code enforcement in the Bucks County region. He holds a Building Code Official certification and is a certified commercial building PROUT
Branch administrator. Meshinski will be responsible for managing, andrew Kudasik has joined the bank as retail directing and organizing the activities of the five manager for the Dunmore office. As manager, he Wyoming Valley offices, which includes Hanover will oversee the daily operations of the branch in Twp., Kingston, Mountain Top, Plymouth and order to best meet the needs of bank clients. Dallas. She will remain based in the Kingston comKudasik joins with strong branch managemunity office at Hoyt and Wyoming avenues and ment experience, formerly overseeing business will help develop business and consumer customer banking centers. His background includes staff relationships, as well as participate in the many management, sales and the client experience, and CoMMonwealTH community events the bank supports. managing branch operations. Before his bankHealTH Meshinski has more than 42 years of banking ing career, Kudasik served in the Navy Reserve, Peter Cognetti, M.D., earning numerous awards and certifications for his experience, with the past six years at the bank. She and Patrick Conaboy, M.D. started as the community office manager at First leadership. joined the health system, Keystone’s Plymouth office with its opening in July Kudasik is a graduate of Marywood University effective Dec. 1. Both docand holds an MBA from the University of Scranton. 2011. She then moved to the new Kingston office tors will continue to see A resident of West Pittston, he is very active in vari- in 2012. patients at their current ofous committees in his community, including being COGNETTI fice location, 802 Jefferson FnCB BanK a founding member and former vice president of Ave., Scranton. David H. Bulzoni was Marywood University’s Student Veteran Alliance. Cognetti is a Scranton appointed to the position of native who has been in vice president, government FiRST KeySTone BanK family practice since 1983. banking sales officer. He Stacia arnaud has taken He is board-certified by the joins Joan Triolo as part of on the position of vice presiAmerican Academy of Pedithe Government Banking dent, commercial services atrics since 1986. Conaboy team. officer, in the Wyoming BULZONI is also a Scranton native Bulzoni will be responValley area. CONABOY who has been in family sible for managing and Arnaud has more practice since 1986. He has developing local government banking relationships. than 13 years of banking ARNAUD been board-certified by the American Academy Before joining the bank, Bulzoni was the busiexperience with expertise of Pediatrics since 1989. Conaboy also serves ness administrator for the city of Scranton, where in commercial banking. As as the chief medical officer at Commonwealth he was responsible for the creation and execution a vice president, commercial services officer, she Health Regional Hospital of Scranton. Both of a $100 million budget. He also served as a will be developing new business relationships in physicians are members of the medical staff at township supervisor in Newton Twp. Additionally, the Wyoming Valley area for the bank. She will be Regional Hospital. based out of the bank’s Kingston community office he has more than 30 years of banking experience, primarily in treasury management and government at 299 Wyoming Ave. CooRDinaTeD HealTH Arnaud is a graduate of Penn State with a Bach- banking positions. lesley Butczynski has joined the company’s elor of Science in finance and legal environment of He is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with Business Development and Physician Services business. She completed the School of Commercial a Bachelor of Arts in urban planning. He resides in Team as director of physician and business de- Lending with Pennsylvania Bankers Association, as Newton Twp. velopment in the Northeast Pennsylvania region. well as membership in Leadership Wilkes-Barre. Butczynski will be responsible for the straGeiSinGeR Arnaud is actively involved in the Osterhout Library, tegic planning and implementation of outreach evan l. McClennen, TecBridge, NEPA Alliance, Youth Aid Panel with the efforts, focusing on independent physicians and Luzerne County’s Juvenile Justice Program, Junior D.o., has joined the sysphysician groups as well as established system Leadership Wilkes-Barre, Greater Wilkes-Barre tem’s Wyoming Valley Mediproviders in the Northeast market area. She cal Center as an obstetrician/ Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Nanticoke City Council. Butczyngynecologist. She will see Greater Pittston Chamber ski received her bachelor’s degree in business patients at Geisinger South of Commerce and a board administration from Misericordia University. Wilkes-Barre Gynecology/ member of the Back MounTogether with Roberta Palmeri, senior direc- tain Chamber of Commerce. Obstetrics, 25 Church St., MCCLENNEN tor of physician and business development, who Wilkes-Barre, and at East linda Meshinski, aswill continue her ongoing efforts in the Lehigh Mountain Boulevard Gynecology/Obstetrics, 1155 sistant vice president and Valley and Western New Jersey, the medical E. Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre. Kingston community office MESHINSKI staff services team will provide support to facil- manager, has been promoted McClennen earned her doctorate of osteopathic ity and physician networks. to Wyoming Valley Regional inspector and residential electric inspector. Mark Prout, Orangeville, joined the codes department as a code specialist and will be focusing on the Bloomsburg area. Prout holds several certifications in International Code Council, state Department of Labor and Industry, and additional certifications for lead paint and asbestos.
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Personnel File Center to the Ice Box Complex at 3 W. Olive St., Scranton, formerly known as Professional Orthomedicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic paedic Associates. Medicine. She most recently completed a residency The new practice will be known as Geisinger in obstetrics and gynecology at Lankenau Medical Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Scranton. Center, Wynnewood. McClennen is a member of the American ConGREEnMan-PEDERSEn Inc. gress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Tom Mecca recently joined the firm in Scranton Medical Association and American Osteopathic as a civil engineering designer. Mecca is a recent Association. She has done extensive humanitargraduate of Penn State University (Harrisburg) ian work, including traveling to Costa Rica to with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. In implement a women’s health education class and his role, he will be preparing subdivision and land working with local midwives in Peru to decrease development plans, PennDOT highway occupancy maternal mortality rates. Her practice supports permits, erosion and sedimentation control plans English and Spanish. and stormwater management plans. Mecca resides Shagufta Firdous, M.D., in Moosic. a palliative care specialist, has joined the medical staff HEInz REHabIlITaTIon at the system’s Wyoming Martin. D. blidner, M.D., Valley Medical Center. PalFacP, FacR, was named the liative care physicians focus new medical director of the on providing patients with rehab hospital in WilkesFIRDOUS relief from the symptoms, Barre Twp. He graduated pain and stress of a terminal from the University of the diagnosis. East, Quezon City, PhilipBoard-eligible in internal medicine, Firdous pines, in 1975. He completed earned her medical degree from Nishtar Medical BLIDNER his residency at Overlook College in Pakistan. She completed an internal Hospital, Summit, New Jermedicine residency at Geisinger Medical Center in sey, in 1979, and fellowship at New Jersey College Danville, where she also completed a hospice and of Medicine & Dentistry, Newark, in 1981. Blidner is palliative medicine fellowship. board certified in rheumatology and internal mediFirdous is a member of the American Academy cine. He is a Founding Fellow in the American Colof Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Amerilege of Rheumatology. He served as chief of staff can College of Physicians. at Heinz from 2013 to 2015. He currently practices Elaine Rowling, D.P.M., at the Arthritis Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania a podiatrist, has joined and is affiliated with Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. the medical staff at the Blidner has lectured on the diagnosis, treatment Wyoming Valley Medical and complications associated with rheumatoid arCenter location. Podiatrists thritis, osteoarthritis, low back pain, osteoporosis, diagnose and treat conditions central pain syndromes and more. of the foot, ankle and lower ROWLING extremity. Board-certified in HouRIGan, KluGER & QuInn Pc podiatry, Rowling earned her attorney zach berger medical degree from New York College of Podiatric joined the practice’s comMedicine, New York, and completed a podiatry mercial team. Berger will residency at Geisinger Community Medical Center, be providing legal advice to Scranton. business and personal law Rowling is a member of the American College clients throughout Northeast of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the Pennsylvania Pennsylvania, specializing Podiatric Medical Association and the Pennsylvania in banking and finance, Foot and Ankle Society. BERGER real estate and zoning, and Primary care sports medicine specialist Justin transactional work. He will be Tunis, M.D., and orthopedic sports surgeon based in the firm’s Kingston office at 600 Third Ave. Shazad Shaikh, M.D., are relocating their clinical Berger was born and raised in Kingston and practices from Geisinger Community Medical PERSONNEL FILE continued from page 29
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attended Wyoming Valley West High School. He graduated summa cum laude and dean’s list from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in history, and minors in economics and political science. Berger pursued his legal career at the University of Minnesota Law School. While attending law school, he participated in a medical law partnership with the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, Minneapolis, where he assisted low-income patients and their families with estate planning, landlord tenant disputes and interdisciplinary collaboration. He is a member of the Luzerne County Bar Association and the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association.
Kellyn nolan was hired as chief academic officer. Nolan began her career in higher education in 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in human resource manageNOLAN ment from Goldey-Beacom College, and is a Ph.D. candidate for a degree in leadership in higher education administration at Capella University. Nolan brings to the college several years of experience in higher education and much experience as a community leader. She has served on numerous community boards and committees, including Wayne Tomorrow, Wayne and Pike Workforce, Leadership Wayne, Pennsylvania Association for College Admissions Counseling and National Association for College Admissions Counseling.
Dr. bernard Prusak, associate professor of philosophy and director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, published the story “A Right PRUSAK Not to Fight: Making the Case for Selective Conscientious Objection,” in the December issue of Commonweal. The article details the philosophical and legal arguments for selective conscientious objection, or the moral choice to refuse to fight in an unjust war. Prusak was granted tenure in 2016. He is the
author of “Catholic Moral Philosophy in Practice and Theory: An Introduction,” published by Paulist Press in 2016. His book “Parental Obligations and Bioethics: The Duties of a Creator,” was published by Routledge Press in 2013; it appeared in paperback in 2016. He earned a doctorate at Boston University and bachelor’s degree at Williams College. He also studied at Exeter College, Oxford University. Sarah bodner of Dunmore was selected as Chartwells National Chef of BODNER the Year. She recently attended a reception for winning Mid-Atlantic Chef of the Year in Baltimore and an awards ceremony for National Chef of the Year in Orlando, Florida. She was chosen for creating a healthy dining menu and eco-friendly options among all the chefs who work in the 270 dining locations Chartwells serves at colleges and universities across the country. The Chartwells Chef of the Year Award was established in 2010 to recognize and pay tribute to associates who exemplify superior culinary expertise and dedication in the college foodservice arena. Bodner is the executive chef for the college’s dining program, where she leads the culinary team of more than 125 associates for the campus’s five dining areas and also oversees several high-profile King’s events, including the black-tie President’s Dinner and Century Club Christmas Party. Bodner serves in several roles for Chartwells, including the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Menu Works/ Webtrition champion, Recipe Input champion and district chef for the Notchick District. Outside of her roles with Chartwells, Bodner volunteers and teaches cooking classes, including for fifth-graders at the NativityMiguel School of Scranton, adolescent and athlete nutrition seminars at Dunmore High School, and served as a cooking class instructor and program coordinator with the Greenhouse Project since 2015. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, Bodner has earned several prestigious industry certificates, including the Food and Soft Matter Science Certification from Harvard University, International Certified Corporate Event and Wedding Planner, and Serve Safe Manager Sanitation.
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confirmed to the seat by the state Senate. Salerno will serve on the Training and Budget Ryan Patrick Rainey of Dickson City passed Committees for municipal the uniform CPA exam in policing in the state. December 2016 and, upon Lori walsh of Scrancompleting the necessary ton has been announced professional experience as assistant to academic requirements, was issued officers. Walsh graduated his CPA license Nov. 15. He from Marywood University received his bachelor’s and with a Bachelor of Science in master’s in accounting with a RAINEY elementary education/early minor in the legal environWALSH childhood education. ment of business from Penn Jennifer Passenti of Lords Valley was proState University in May 2016. He is employed at the moted to Lake Region Center director. Passenti’s Philadelphia office as an experienced audit associprimary responsibilities include supervising and adate. He is the son of Thomas and Ann Marie Rainey ministering all programs, services and activities at of Dickson City. the center located in the historic Silk Mill in Hawley. LacKawanna coLLeGe Passenti earned her bachelor’s degree in The college announced speech communications and public relations from the promotion of Jennifer Kutztown University and a master’s degree in Passenti of Lords Valley to elementary education from Mercy College. Lake Region Center director. Passenti began her career at the college in 2010 Passenti’s primary responas an adjunct instructor. In 2013, she accepted sibilities include supervising the position of enrollment specialist for the Lake and administering all proRegion Center, working with area school districts grams, services and activities and community organizations to help expand the PASSENTI at the center, located in the center’s growth. historic Silk Mill in Hawley. Lenahan & DeMPSey Passenti earned her bachelor’s degree in attorney Timothy Lenahan served on a speech communications and public relations from Pennsylvania Bar Institute Kutztown University and a master’s degree in panel, “Litigating the Bad elementary education from Mercy College. Faith Claim,” at a Bar Institute Passenti began her career at Lackawanna Colevent in Philadelphia on Dec. lege in 2010 as an adjunct instructor. In 2013, she 8 that was broadcast to lawaccepted the position of enrollment specialist for yers and insurance experts the Lake Region Center, working with area school across the state. Lenahan districts and community organizations to help helped lawyers understand expand the center’s growth. LENAHAN nuances of bad-faith law in Guy Salerno, Blakely Pennsylvania and explained police chief and instructor at the obligation of insurance companies to the the college’s Police Academy, injured. was appointed commissioner Lenahan won the landmark Pennsylvania with the Municipal Police Ofbad-faith case, Hollock v. Erie, that established ficers Education and Training insurance companies’ legal obligation to treat an Commission for the Cominjured person fairly. Failing to do so could leave monwealth of Pennsylvania. SALERNO an insurer open to a claim of insurance bad faith. Salerno was contacted Lenahan was named to Best Lawyers in America in by the Pennsylvania Chiefs both personal injury and plaintiff’s insurance law. of Police Association, who felt that his training The firm was named to Best Law Firms in America background as an instructor for the Lackawanna in the field of personal injury. For more than 20 College Police Academy would make him an ideal years, Lenahan has spoken and written extensively representative for all of the boroughs across the on various areas of personal injury law. commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In September, Salerno was appointed and
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Federal Tax Exemption Basics for All-Volunteer Organizations Resource Mindy Sosar is a new Manual with his business member of the sales team, students in 2015. The specializing in residential manual is available via a sales and is based out of the free download online for Mountain Top office. all-volunteer organizations, She received her bachsuch as volunteer fire deelor’s degree in communicapartments, youth recreation tions from Lycoming College. CROOP leagues, parent teacher She attained her real estate SOSAR organizations and more. license from Real Estate In recent months, Croop has collaborated Express and is affiliated with with numerous law enforcement officials, elected the Luzerne County Association of Realtors. leaders and others in Northeast Pennsylvania to present workshops and informational sessions that MaRywooD UniveRSiTy offer practical processes, procedures and internal cara Bell Green, West auditing controls for small organizations with few Pittston, was recently named to no employees. director of alumni engageThe presentation focused on nonprofit orgament. Bell Green works nizations that do not have employees, where it is directly with alumni to lead all more difficult to develop and implement standard alumni-related engagement internal controls to protect finances and assets. activities of the university. Ryan weber, Ph.D., Prior to her appointment at assistant professor of musiMarywood, she served as BELL GREEN cology, Department of Fine assistant director of admisArts, was invited recently to sions/recruitment coordinator at Pennsylvania State speak at two international University and as assistant to the athletic director at conferences. East Stroudsburg University. Additionally, she was Weber presented the supervisory community recreation coordinator research at the internafor U.S. Army Morale, Welfare, and Recreation tional symposium, “Finding WEBER at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Benning, Georgia Democracy in Music,” held Bell Green holds a Master of Professional Studies Sept. 4-5 at the University degree in organization development and change of Huddersfield, England. The symposium involved from Pennsylvania State University, where she also researchers from several continents, who gathered earned a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation, to examine the ideas of democracy assumed park and tourism management. by musicians and musical practices; to better understand music’s role in promoting democracy, MiSeRicoRDia UniveRSiTy and to survey the various challenges to promoting The Department of Business at the university democracy in the political discourses of the 20th recently collaborated with district attorney offices in century. His presentation, “Dismantling Borders, Lycoming and Fulton counties and state represen- Assembling Hierarchies: Percy Grainger and the tatives from the 78th and 83rd legislative districts Idea of Democracy,” focused on the role of the to present anti-fraud seminars for nonprofit agennaturalized American composer Percy Grainger, cies in October and November. who was active during World War I and World War Lycoming county District attorney eric R. Lin- II, and underwent a dramatic transformation in hardt, State Rep. Jeff c. wheeland, R-Lycoming, ideas of democracy during this period. Fulton county District attorney Travis L. Kendall Weber further explored Grainger and the idea of and State Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford, coldemocracy at the conference, “Rethinking the Dylaborated on the individual educational programs, namics of Music and Nationalism,” at the University “Preventing Theft in YOUR Nonprofit Organizaof Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Sept. 26-29. The tion,’’ with keynote speaker, Fred croop, ed.D., international assembly of scholars focused on the M.B.a., professor of business, and DAs Linhardt role of developing renewed critical approaches to and Kendall. Please see Personnel File, Page 32 Croop developed the Internal Controls and
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Personnel File PERSONNEL FILE continued from page 31 concepts of nationalism. Weber’s presentation, “Cosmopolitanism and its Nationalism Discontents: Grainger and the fin-de-siècle Search for Belonging,” examined the relationship between Grainger’s nation and international allegiances as well as the many problems created by his racialized discourse — something he suggests is still emblematic of tensions current society faces. Both research presentations are part of an ongoing research project by Weber on Percy Grainger and the role of cosmopolitanism in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is currently editing a volume of essays by leading scholars on the subject, which was released in the journal, NineteenthCentury Music Review, published by Cambridge University Press in late 2017. A native of West Babylon, New York, he currently resides in Hawley. He joined the faculty in 2013. He holds a Ph.D. in music history and theory from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of Arts degree in music theory and a bachelor of arts in music from Queens College — the City University of New York. Leamor Kahanov, Ed.D., A.T.C., L.A.T., dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education, recently co-authored the 10th chapter, “Therapeutic Ultrasound,’’ KAHANOV with William E. Prentice, Ph.D., A.T.C., P.T., F.N.A.T.A., in the collegiate textbook “Therapeutic Modalities in Rehabilitation, Fifth Edition.” The 57-page chapter appears under part four of the book that addresses sound energy modalities. The McGraw-Hill Companies-published book addresses the basic physics, treatment techniques and clinical applications of ultrasound, as well as its use in combination with other modalities. Kahanov is a certified athletic trainer with a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco. She earned a master’s degree in exercise and sports sciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and athletic training from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
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With more than two decades in the casino industry, Bradford Cobb joins the executive team at the casino in Wilkes-Barre as the new chief financial officer. As CFO, Cobb will oversee all of
the financial accounting, regulatory compliance, labor and productivity departments, budgets and analysis, and much more. Cobb started his career as an accountant for a Las Vegas-based casino and hotel in the mid-1990s, and his career has taken him to Biloxi, Mississippi and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Throughout his career, Cobb has administered and successfully executed various projects involved with player rating systems and developing management teams.
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Katie Nealon, an attorney with the firm, has been named to the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Class of 2017-2018. Only 11 state lawyers were named to this class. Nealon is the only attorney selected from Northeast Pennsylvania. The program connects young attorneys with more seasoned members of the bar to share experiences and learn more about varied paths to leadership. To be selected for the Leadership Institute, attorneys had to be 38 years of age or younger or have practiced law for five years or less. They also had to demonstrate leadership ability and commitment. Super Lawyers named Nealon a Pennsylvania Rising Star of 2017. She recently presented a Continuing Legal Education seminar titled “Using Technology to Investigate and Build a Stronger Case” for the Pike County Bar Association. Nealon earned her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Whittier Law School in California. She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and California.
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Attorney Jenna M. Kraycer has joined the law firm as an associate. A native of Blakely, Kraycer is a 2010 graduate of KRAYCER Valley View High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated summa cum laude. Kraycer attended the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, where she served as a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review, and obtained a Juris Doctor degree in May. She successfully passed the July Pennsylvania bar exam.
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James McCarthy of Hallstead, Susquehanna County, recently accepted the position of the game commission’s land management group supervisor for Wayne MCCARTHY and Pike counties. McCarthy is a 2002 graduate of the 26th class of wildlife conservation officers from the game commission’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation and served as the district wildlife conservation officer in southern Wayne County since 2003. He is responsible for the development, management and maintenance of wildlife habitat totaling more than 47,512 acres on state game lands and supervises two game commission Wildlife Habitat Management crews that conduct projects on state game lands and hunter access properties. McCarthy is a 1987 graduate of Blue Ridge High School, Susquehanna County and served in the Air Force from 1988 to 1992.
n J.J. Larose enters his fifth season and also joins the content department as manager, content and promotions.
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Artie rosenberg has joined the team. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., he moved to Pennsylvania in 1997 with his wife and two children. A 20-year veteran as an emergency medical technician in the medical industry, he has always enjoyed comforting and helping the public in need. Becoming a realtor in ROSENBERG 2003 has given him the same gratification in a different aspect, he said, but with the same happy results. Rosenberg is a full-time realtor and a Certified Distress Property Expert. Becky Freeman returned to the team in December. Originally from Chicago, she first joined the team in 1998 and remained there until PoCoNo rACEWAy 2004. She enjoys spending The raceway has announced the addition of two time with her family, espenew employees and several key staff promotions. cially her grandson, going to Craig Amhaus joins as the executive managing FREEMAN the gym and being active in director, partnership sales and service. He will be responsible for developing and implementing compre- the community. hensive internal and external sales, sponsorship and STEAMToWN NATioNAL partner relations with the goal of increasing service, hiSToriC SiTE partners and returns. Bill Nalevanko retired Kayla houser joins as a ticketing specialist after Jan. 3 after almost 27 years a successful summer internship position with the of federal service, including department in 2016. She graduated from Seton Hill 20 years with the National University in May with a bachelor’s degree in sport Park Service at Steamtown management and minor in business administration. National Historic Site in In addition to the new hires: NALEVANKO n Kevin henry was promoted to managing direc- Scranton. He began as a part-time volunteer-in-park in tor, facility operations, as he enters his fifth year. n ricky Durst, who will begin his seventh season, 1996, shortly after the park complex grand opening in 1995, became a seasonal has been promoted to senior director, marketing and fan engagement. He will also continue to serve as the employee and progressed to his current role as park public information officer and webmaster. track’s government affairs liaison. n Kevin heaney will begin his eighth season and TiMES-ShAMroCK CoMwill lead the newly created content department, hanMuNiCATioNS dling all outbound fan engagement over social media, James Cunha was e-mail marketing and website communications, as promoted to digital sales director, content. manager, said Don Farley, n Kevin Teel joins the content department as chief operating officer of manager, content, after six seasons as a member of Times-Shamrock Print and the ticket office staff. CUNHA Digital. Farley said Cunha is
Personnel File an experienced leader and spent the last seven years at The Times-Tribune working with the sales team, growing local digital sales, digital sales promotions, contests and ReferLocal. Cunha also has been the leading force behind the company’s entry into digital services, which was introduced in March. Farley said he observed Cunha’s work over the years and was impressed by his work ethic, drive and enthusiasm. “We are glad to promote Jim to this important role in our organization,” Farley said. Gina Krushinski was promoted to billing and collections manager, said James Lewandowski, chief financial officer of Times-Shamrock Communications. Krushinski began her employment with the company in April 2004 in a clerical position in the billing department. Working through the department, she gained valuable experience and used that experience to develop programs and processing techniques to best serve the company and their clients. She has a strong work ethic and a keen sense of drive that made her the ideal candidate for the position. Her key role will be to supervise a staff of four employees and oversee all customer credits, collections and billing processing. She resides at home with her son, Justin. Jesse Tutino was promoted to night shift production director at the commercial printing operation, Times-Shamrock Communications, Scott Twp., said John McAndrew, the company’s production and facility director. TUTINO Tutino was originally hired by the company in April 2016 as a technician responsible for repairs on the company’s printing and mail inserting equipment. In his new position, Tutino will oversee the night-side newspaper production to include administration, printing and plate making, mailroom operations and managing the overall night-shift operation and staff. Tutino is a nineyear veteran of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He served a combat tour in Afghanistan in 2008. He has two children, Jordan and Gianna, and is a graduate of Johnson College.
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Bear Creek Twp. resident Joseph masi is the chief of the Technical Publication Branch, Production Engineering Directorate. As chief, he supervises employees who prepare integrated logistics support documentation that underwrites
training and follow-on support for first run production items. Branch members work on documents such as technical manuals, isometric illustrations that support the manuals, provisioning parts lists and repair parts supplemental tool lists. Before his current position, Masi was the Complex Assembly Manufacturing Solution Program manager in the Production Management Directorate. He began his depot career in October. His awards and decorations include a certification in Production and Inventory Management from the American Production and Inventory Control Society, depot- and Army-level certificates of appreciation for his work with the depot’s Project Management Working Group, a Green Belt Project to reduce excess inventory and a Black Belt Project focusing on inventory process improvement. Masi graduated from GAR High School in WilkesBarre. In 1996, he received a Master of Science degree in engineering management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Blakely resident Gregg babarsky is now the chief of the Quality Control Division, Continuous Process Improvement Directorate. As chief, he supervises employees who inspect electrical, mechanical, machining, refinishing and heavy mobile equipment fabrication and overhaul operations. The division provides quality functions for large, low-volume assets. Before his current position, Babarsky was a quality assurance specialist in the Quality Assurance Division. He began his depot career in April 2003. Babarsky graduated from Valley View High School in Archbald and is a Penn State (Lackawanna County extension) master gardener. He enjoys golfing, gardening and wine making. Two depot employees were recognized for 30 years VALENTUKONIS of government service during a recent length-of-service ceremony: Dallas resident Joseph Valentukonis, electronics technician, Mission Support Division, Production Engineering Directorate; and Clarks Summit resident melissa Flowers, chief of the Logistics Support Division, Installation Services Directorate. In addition to service cerFLOWERS
tificates and pins, employees with 30 years receive counselors on the Pennsylvania College and Career a framed American flag that includes a photo of Readiness Consortium. the depot. Depot commander Col. Nathan Swartz Cerrito earned her bachelor’s degree from Bloomsand Sgt. Maj. Paul Watson presented the awards. burg University, her master’s degree from the University of Scranton and her doctorate from Pennsylvania TraVelinG VineyarD State University. Christopher Vernon, Scranton, is a new wine guide/sommelier for the boutique winery and direct Wayne memorial hospiTal sales company based in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Diane sweder, an Environmental Services emAs the company’s platform, Vernon hosts free ployee, has been named Employee of the Month twice in-home/business wine flight tastings, where he is in five years and was also named Employee of the Year required to bring and uncork two whites, two reds and of 2017. The Carbondale resident is the mother of two a dessert varietal, along with all the glass stemware, boys and has four grandchildren. light jazz cocktail music and supplies. These types of Sweder was presented with the Employee of the in-home wine parties became legal in Pennsylvania last Year Award on Dec. 9 at the hospital’s annual holiday September. In addition to the five rotating wine varietals party, which honors all 12 Employees of the Month. on hand, customers can purchase from a catalog of The Employee of the Year is chosen by the Em30-plus award-winning wines available year-round. ployees of the Month of the year before, in this case of A Crestwood graduate, Vernon is a professional 2016. The designation brings with it a monetary award personal shopper for the Mindful Marketeer and an and a permanent place on the EOY wall in the hospital. intuitive, experienced tarot card reader with Inner Harmony Tarot. WilKes UniVersiTy The Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and LeaderUniVersiTy oF sCranTon ship has announced members of its newly formed Julie Cerrito, ph.D., assistant professor and direc- executive advisory board. The board is made up of tor of the school counseling program in the department industry professionals who lend their real-world experiof counseling and human services, was recognized as ence to steer the direction of the business school and School Counselor Educator of counsel the dean on strategic initiatives. They serve the Year by the Pennsylvania as advocates and ambassadors for Wilkes while using School Counselors Association. their professional experience to help the Jay S. Sidhu The professional recognition School of Business and Leadership become competiwas presented at the PSCA’s tive on a global scale. The board will also make recom62nd annual Conference Recmendations on opportunities for enrollment growth, ognition Banquet on Nov. 30. community and business partnerships, and internship PSCA works to expand and job placement. CERRITO the image and influence of The board held its inaugural meeting Dec. 1. professional school counselors, Members include: to promote professional and ethical practice, and to Jeffrey barone, ’94, area business director, Northeast advocate for equity and access for all students. at Hologic Inc.; James F. burke, ’91, executive vice presiCerrito is a nationally certified counselor and school dent/chief lending officer, Wayne Bank; susan Davis, ’85, counselor. She also holds an approved clinical supervi- senior vice president of operations, SMV Management; sor credential. At the university, she serves as the facGreg Fellerman, MBA, ’92, attorney/partner, Fellerman ulty advisor for the Chi Delta Rho Chapter of Chi Sigma & Ciarimboli Law Firm; mary beth Guyette, president, Iota, the international honor society for counseling. Guyette Communications; roy hollabaugh, ’72, Her research and scholarship focuses on access, president, Sky Board Eraser; William m. Jones, MBA, equity and advocacy in addressing the college and ’89, president and CEO, United Way Wilkes-Barre; herb career readiness needs of underserved pre-kinderKemp, ’70, retired director, Anchor Packaging Corp.; garten-12 youth in school systems. She has been Karen Kuklewicz-Friar, MBA, ’11, CFO, Benco Dental; part of former first lady Michelle Obama’s National lauretta o’hara, MBA, ’10, vice president of human Reach Higher Initiative since its inception in 2014 by resources, Cornell Cookson; William robinson, ’15, participating in the annual White House Convening as MBA ’17, president, Pennsylvania Institute of Technola representative for counselor educators and school ogy; michael smith, ’68, private consultant; and Wico counselors across Pennsylvania. In addition, she Van Genderen, CEO, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of serves as the co-chairwoman for professional school Business and Industry.
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Joseph J. Kuehner Jr. Property Location: Olyphant Boro. Seller: Bruce Mazur. Amount: $293,000. MJ Development LLC. Property Location: COLUMBIA COUNTY Olyphant Boro. Seller: Ronald J. Soden. Amount: Murn Bloomsburg LLC. Property Location: Bloomsburg. Seller: Landmark Signatures Homes LLC. $450,000. Gary Jude Walker. Property Location: Ransom Amount: $1,225,000. Twp. Seller: Bradley W. Steckel. Amount: $417,000. Samuel Eric. Property Location: South Centre JP Nardone Family LTD Partners. Property Twp. Seller: Dan Meski. Amount: $630,000. Location: Ransom Twp. Seller: Edward M Bush Sr. Est. Our Gold Key LLC. Property Location: Scott Twp. Amount: $1,900,000. Seller: Timian Enterprises Inc. Amount: $1,250,000. Seokoh Inc. Property Location: Scott Twp. Seller: PPL Electric Utilities Corporation. Property LocaMaple Leaf Management & Leasing Co. Amount: tion: Franklin Twp. Seller: Seller: Peter P. Abraczinkas. $4,700,000, Amount: $10,653,736.30. Scranton-Herold LP. Property Location: Scranton Scott A. Zeigler. Property Location: Locust Twp. City. Seller: University of Scranton. Amount: $405,500. Seller: Daniel A. Potter. Amount. $326,000. Kathryn Abrahamsen Borer. Property Location: 131-157 Bloomsburg LLC. Property LocaScranton City. Seller: Edwin A. Abrahamsen. Amount: tion: Bloomsburg. Seller. C.R.B.B. LLC. Amount: $260,000. $1,869,000. David Samaniego. Property Location: Scranton Deluxe Building Realty LLC. Property Location: Berwick. Seller: Deluxe Building Systems Inc. Amount: City. Seller: William Coleman Jr. Amount: $288,400. $2,350,000. Pennsylvania Medical Solutions LLC. Property LACKAWANNA COUNTY Location: Scrantion City. Seller: Jesse J. Hinkley. Vincent Fortunato. Property Location: Carbondale Amount: $2,000,000. Twp. Seller: Ann L. Caruso Family Trust. Amount: Tara Gribbin. Property Location: So. Abington $275,000. Twp. Seller: William Flynn. Amount: $324,900. Jerome W. Goyne Jr. Property Location: Dickson Gail W. O’Donnell. Property Location: So. AbingCity. Seller: Andrea E. Yesalavich. Amount: $285,000. ton Twp. Seller: Robert W. Yoder. Amount: $356,000. Justin Pettigrew. Property Location: Glenburn Edward M. Best. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Patrick Lombardo. Amount: $657,500. Twp. Seller: Thomas Moran. Amount: $350,000. Paul Daniel Krott. Property Location: Greenfield Nathan A. Chappell. Property Location: So. Twp. Seller: Stephanie Granville. Amount: $250,000. Abington Twp. Seller: Outlook Design & Construction Peter J. Shivock. Property Location: Greenfield Inc. Amount: $420,470. Twp. Seller: Paul Kozlansky. Amount: $285,000. Chad Gorman. Property Location: So. Abington Lisa Haran. Property Location: Greenfield Twp. Twp. Seller: Vincenza Palmiter. Amount: $335,000. Seller: Edward L. Jankauskas. Amount: $500,000. Craig Calderone. Property Location: So. Abington Anthony J. Fargione. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Seller: Michael G. Rollins. Amount: $410,000. Twp. Seller: Ronald Bryar. Amount: $323,000. Mark T. Walter. Property Location: So. Abington Robert L. Coalson. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Seller: Charles P. Florenza. Amount: $253,400. Twp. Seller: Wayne D. Pfeiffer. Amount: $334,750. Michael J. Doroshenko Jr. Property Location: Jenifer Lupole. Property Location: Jessup Boro. Springbrook Twp. Seller: Chari A. Stevens. Amount: Seller: John Conaboy. Amount: $250,000. $365,950 17 Mile Real Estate LLC. Property Location: Throop Holdings LLC. Property Location: Throop Moosic Boro. Seller: DX One Realty Inc. Amount: Boro. Seller: Trident Drilling LLC. Amount: $639,000. $550,000. Darlene K. Snyder. Property Location: Unknown. C-Store Development LLC. Property Location: Seller: Kenneth Powell. Amount: $250,000. Moosic Boro. Seller: 17 Mile Real Estate LLC. Amount: Timberfalls Blakely LLC. Property Location: $305,000. Unknown. Seller: TF Blakely LP. Amount: $13,500,000. Ryan Allen Smith. Property Location: Moscow Diana Gilbride. Property Location: Unknown. Boro. Seller: Kraemco LLC. Amount: $315,000. Seller: Damon Romano. Amount: $310,000. Walter J. Kmiec. Property Location: Old Forge Anthony Borgia Jr. III. Property Location: UnBoro. Seller: George A. Mamera. Amount: $260,000. known. Seller: Lawrence P. Zale. Amount: $298,500. Sean McLafferty. Property Location: Olyphant Thomas Curra. Property Location: Unknown. Boro. Seller: Mary Conway. Amount: $280,000. Seller: Carol Dougherty. Amount: $259,000.
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Jonathon W. Raike. Property Location: Unknown. Seller: John J. Warring, Atty. In Fact. Amount: $252,500. Lawrence J. Moran Jr. Property Location: Unknown. Seller: Carl Jones. Amount: $637,500. Scott J. Lard. Property Location: Unknown. Seller: David L. Arendt. Amount: $304,000. Brian Holmes. Property Location: Unknown. Seller: Michael F. Ratchford. Amount: $293.000. Michael Sprague. Property Location: Carbondale Twp. Seller: Francis X. Surace. Amount: $340,000. Maclain Walsh. Property Location: Covington Twp. Seller: Albin A. Raguckas. Amount: $285,000. Christopher S. Capozzi. Property Location: Dalton Boro. Seller: Gregg A. Confer. Amount: $295,000. RAD Olyphant LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Seller: RX Olyphant Investors LLC. Amount: $2,728,000. Anthony J. Piazza III. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Seller: Ryan Janesko. Amount: $250,000. Paul G. Goodwin. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Seller: John Meehan. Amount: $360,000. GGBDS Realty Co. Inc. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Seller: TSE Realty LLC. Amount: $800,000. Crystle Carr. Property Location: Elmhurst Twp. Seller: Frederick H. Moore. Amount: $299,000. Christopher S. Capozzi. Property Location: Glenburn Twp. Seller: Gregg A. Confer. Amount: $295,000. Gerard P. O’Sullivan. Property Location: Glenburn Twp. Seller: $500,000. Amount: $500,000. Adam Reed Fuller. Property Location: Madison Twp. Elvira Day Living Trust. Amount: $310,000. SBR Partners. Property Location: Mayfield Twp. Seller: John A Fischer. Amount: $297,000. Curt M. Parkins. Property Location: Moscow Boro. Seller: Harry M. Andes. $300,000. Jerzy Baranowski. Property Location: Moscow Boro. Seller: Joseph E. Healey. Amount: $500,000. 4 R Sibley LLC. Property Location: Old Forge Boro. Seller: 1126 South Main Street LLC. Amount: $266,000. Melanie B. Rivera. Property Location: Scranton City. Seller: Scranton Times Downtown Federal Credit Union. Amount: $275,000. 521 Gibson Street LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Seller: Twins Management LLC. Amount: $345,000. Hector Thomas. Property Location: Scranton City. Seller: Lauren Golden. Amount: $310,000. Elba Enterprises LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Seller: Catco Enterprises Inc. Amount: $270,000. Gary Gifford Jr. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: John J. Babushko. Amount: $320,000.
Marie Vass. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Boston Land Company Inc. Amount: $258,000. Joseph Stagnaro. Property Locatoin: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Rachael Leigh Currao. Amount: $312,000. Clarks Summit Building Investment LLC. Property Location: So Abington Twp. Seller: Pedmar Inc. Amount: $800,000. John J. McNulty. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Boston Land Company Inc. Amount: $327,000. Ali Kashif. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Boston Land Company Inc. Amount: $267,000. Daniel H. Turshon. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: John M. Regula. Amount: $314,500. Chance K. Pugsley. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Gerard P. O’Sullivan. Amount: $290,000. Joy Shakelton. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Denise M. Knox. Amount: $262,000. Katherine A. Grow. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Seller: Joseph H. Dreisbach. Amount: $337,500. Kramer Enterprises PA LLC. Property Location: Springbrook Twp. Seller: Grassi Investment Group Inc. Amount: $600,000. Pocono 4 Rent LLC. Property Location: Thornhurst Twp. Seller: Cynthia Coombe. Amount: $350,000. Barry Callebaut USA LLC. Property Location: Throop Boro. Seller: Gertrude Hawk Chocolates Inc. Amount: $1,159,161. TJJ Realty LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Beercelli LLC. Amount: $350,000. Parth Apartments LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Karf LTd.. Amount: $3,000,000. Victoria Cicco. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Thomas M. Noto. Amount: $403,061. Brian R. Smith. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Carol Chisdak. Amount: $367,500. Cartus Financial Corp. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Paul Edward Jones. Amount: $431,000. Peter J. Tayoun. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Cartus Financial Corp. Amount: $431,000. Benjamin W. Ryon. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Edward J. Brzostek. Amount: $350,000. Christy Y. Leong. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Seller: Max Bohleman. Amount: $280,000.
Main Street Plains LLC. Property Location: Plains Twp. Seller: Eagle Rock Resort Co. Amount: $300,000.
FOr tHE rECOrD Tara A. Zimmerman. Property Location: Plains Twp. Seller: James C. Wood. Amount: $252,350. Joel A. Fine. Property Location; Kingston Boro. Seller: Jill Schwartz. Amount: $425,000. 160 Great Valley Boulevard LLC. Property Location: Hanover Twp. Seller: Greater Wilkes-Barre Development Corporation. Amount: $642,400. Cherie M. Gudz. Property Location: Harveys Lake Boro. Three Parcels. Seller: Carolann Littzi. Amount: $850,000. Alllison Jones Daly. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Seller: Stephen J. Taren. Amount: $280,000. National Residential Nominee Services Inc. Property Location: Dupont Boro. Seller: Paul A. Golden. Amount: $299,500. RDM Realty Inc. Property Location: Dupont Boro. Seller: National Residential Nominee Services Inc. Amount: $299,500. Hobie Alan Heggstrom. Property Location: Dorrance Twp. Seller: William C. Sheriksnas III. Amount: $385,000. Nancy Dunlap. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Seller: Geoffrey E. Lapp. Amount: $340,000. Yoma LLC. Property Location: Laflin Boro. Seller: John A. Stultz Associates LLC. Amount: $300,000. Carolann Littzi. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: Prestige Development Group LLC. Amount: $329,000. Z-N Properties LLC. Property Location: WilkesBarre City. Seller: Good People Good Homes LLC. Amount: $250,000. Robert Bell. Property Location: Butler Twp. Seller: Sand Springs Development Corporation. Amount: $362,605. B2LT LLC. Property Location: Wilkes-Barre Twp. Seller: Dennis J. Cooney. Amount: $325,000. Stephen J Stasko. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Seller: Eagle Rock Resort Company LLC. Amount: $265,000. Deborah Ellen Wassel. Property Location: Foster Twp. Seller: Michael J. Wilfing. Amount: $275,000. Anglea Koutselas. Property Location: Lehman Twp. Seller: Neal Colatosti. Amount: $480,000. Fateh Abul. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Pavi Klimar Kolipara. Amount: $350,000. Arthur J. Mastalski. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Michael A. Freiman. Amount: $650,000. James G. O’Farrell. Property Location: Wright Twp. Seller: Michael D. Evans. Amount: $340,000. WB South Main LLC. Property Location: Wilkes-Barre City. Seller: Krzysztof Kuteras. Amount: $300,000.
Richard F. Resnick. Property Location: Delaware Joseph F. Rodriguez. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Weichert Workforce Mobility Twp. Seller: Richard R. Fisette. Amount: $340,000. John Scott Osterhout. Property Location: Delaware Inc. Amount: $469,900. Twp. Seller: Robert S. Gordon. Amount: $309,000. Rahul Dilip Bharucha. Property Location: Rice Paul Romano. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Twp. Seller: Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. Amount: Seller: Scott W. Dippel. Amount: $310,000. $469,900. Eugene B. McCann III. Property Location: DelaMONROE COUNTY ware Twp. Seller: John Rappa. Amount: $379,900 Maxim Queen. Property Location: Chestnuthill Steven Bisceglia. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Seller: Scott Thornton. Amount: $301,214 Twp. Seller: Mark S. Kushner. Amount: $315,000. Sijora LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: Eva C. Rossi. Property Location: Dingman Twp. HSBC Bank USA NA. Amount: $286,125. Seller: Joseph M. Digrazia. Amount: $275,000. Franco Lofaro. Property Location: Coolbaugh Twp. Mary C. Foley. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Seller: Lance Mirkin. Amount: $399,000. Seller: Deborah Hastings. Amount: $325,000. Christopher Geczy. Property Location: Tobyhanna Jeff D. Briggs. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Twp. Seller: David Mignatti. Amount: $405,000. Seller: Milford West Development LLC. Amount: Peter Books. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. $345,000. Seller: Bernice Laufer. Amount: $332,000. Leonard Bambina. Property Location: Dingman Brian Tolbert Sr. Property Location: Middle Twp. Seller: John V. Yanuzzelli II. Amount: $576,000. Smithfield Twp. Seller: DE&S Properties Inc. Amount: Nicholas Mark Baton. Property Location: Dingman $308,500. Twp. Seller: James Lane. Amount: $305,000. Isaak Yakubov. Property Location: Pocono Twp. David J. Twiss. Property Location: Westfall Twp. Seller: CMC Development Corp. Amount: $339,900. Seller: David A. Polatnich. Amount: $400,000. Kenneth Vega. Property Location: Middle SmithBrian Kelly. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. field Twp. Seller: John Bernier. Amount: $425,000. Seller: Anthony J. Mazzo. Amount: $940,000. Matthew Bentzoni. Property Location: Hamilton Frank Koch. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Twp. Seller: Bruce Ecke. Amount: $310,000. Seller: Alex Kulcsar. Amount: $262,500. Scott Silverman. Property Location: Tobyhanna Martin McNamara. Property Location: LackawaxTwp. Seller: Nicholas Geers. Amount: $500,000. en Twp. Seller: G.A. Homes Inc. Amount: $299,000. Louis Frye. Property Location: Middle Smithfield. Leszek Pisinski. Property Location: Lackawaxen Seller: Michael Burkhard Family Trust. Amount: $419,000. Twp. Seller: Jeffrey Schaefer. Amount: $599,000. 940 Holdings LLC. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Kevin Twardzik. Property Location: Lackawaxen Seller: James Ferraro. Amount: $270,000. Twp. Seller: G.A. Homes Inc. Amount: $336,250. William Regan. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Robert J. Crouch. Property Location: Lackawaxen Seller: Vincent Lagana. Amount: $575,000. Twp. Seller: Diedrich Kieck. Amount¨$337,000. Anthony Yasenchak. Property Location: Hamilton Roberto Paluzzi. Property Location: Lehman Twp. Twp. Seller: Andrew Thierry. Amount: $404,000. Seller: Mary-Lou Kesssel. Amount: $325,000. Wilhelmina Early. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lawrence O’Leary. Property Location: Milford Seller: Lot Holding Co. LLC. Amount: $349,000. Boro. Seller: Theresa Casella. Amount: $345,000. Marshall Troy. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Michael G. Scheibner. Property Location: Milford Seller: John & Lucy Orfan Trust. Amount: $1,035,000. Boro. Seller: Kathleen Marie Kyle. Amount: $327,500. Cory Willis. Property Location: Middle Smithfield William J. Spencer Jr. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: John Young. Amount: $446,000. Twp. Seller: Richard Cadigan. Amount: $450,000. Pocono Medical Center. Property Location: Pocono Michael O. Foley. Property Location: PalTwp. Seller: Farda Realty Association LP. Amount: myra Twp. Seller: Stephen Joseph Shane. Amount: $8,000,000. $525,000. Rebecca Conveney. Property Location: Tobyhanna Edward J. McGinn Jr. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: Rebecca & Katherine Coveney. Amount: Twp. Seller: Jeanette M. Keenan. Amount: $550,000. $385,000. Andrew H. Scheer. Property Location: Porter Twp. Seller: Herbert F. Kluge. Amount: $252,000. PIKE COUNTY Elaine M. Damm. Property Location: Shohola Natasha Aimetti. Property Location: Blooming Grove Twp. Seller: Patricia Bramnick. Amount: $575,000. Twp. Seller: Fannie Mae aka Federal National Mortgage Edwin E. Yerdon. Property Location: Shohola Twp. Association. Amount: $330,000. Seller: Bruce W. Lackland. Amount: $450,000.
Joel Hubler. Property Location: W. Penn Twp. Seller: Steven Middlecamp. Amount: $270,000.
Donald A. Polt. Property Location: Texas. Seller: Kelly Miller Keller. Amount: $278,000. Maurice N. LeFranc Jr. Property Location: Mt. Pleasant. Seller: William Karnish. Amount: $345,000. Yvonne R. Braun. Property Location: Cherry Ridge. Seller: Bethany P. Davis. Amount: $280,000. Michael Gangi. Property Location: Lake. Seller: Joseph Miserendino. Amount: $395,000. Jeffrey D. Jones. Property Location: Paupack. Seller: William T. Sisk. Amount: $264,000. Douglas John Baldasare. Property Location: Lehigh. Seller: Mark W. Tanner. Amount: $555,000. Michael P. Marino. Property Location: Paupack. Seller: Eric Anton Hughes. Amount: $265,000. Joseph Pearl Jr. Property Location: Paupack. Seller: Thomas Kerr. Amount: $335,000. William H. Sumner. Property Location: Texas & Cherry Ridge. Seller: Vernon M. Horst. Amount: $400,000.
NAPA Holdings Pennsylvania LLC. Property Location: Meshoppen Twp., Washington Twp. Seller: Penns Best Inc. Amount: $2,320,000. D&C Fuel Sales Inc. Property Location: Tunkhannock Twp. Seller: JoJo Oil Company Inc. Amount: $545,000. Diaz Oil LLC. Property Location: Clinton Twp. Seller: Nufeeds Inc. Amount: $275,000.
MOrtgagES COLUMBIA COUNTY
Murn Bloomsburg LLC. Property Location: Bloomsburg. Lender: Diamond Credit Union. Amount: $980,000. Samuel Eric. Property Location: South Centre Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems. Amount: $504,000. Robert C. Plants. Property Location: Benton Twp. Lender: First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $313,000. Petroleum Holding Company LLC. Property Location: Scott Twp. Lender: First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $500,000. Our Gold Key LLC. Property Location: Scott Twp. Lender: PNC Bank. Amount: $350,000. Please see FOR THE RECORD, Page 36
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FOR THE RECORD LG&H Realty LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $292,227. Our Gold Key LLC. Property Location: Scott Twp. Dominic V. Iezzi. Property Location: Dunmore Lender: Timian Enterprises Inc. Amount: $350,000. Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: John O. Coates. Property Location: North Centre $300,000. Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. John Yablonsky. Property Location: Elmhurst Twp. Gloria A. Coates Trust. Property Location: South Lender: Citizens Bank. Amount: $261,000. Centre Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Gadsden Ridge Holdings LLC. Property Location: Amount: $1,750,000. Greenfield Twp. Lender: Northeastern Economic Dev. Nautilus Development Holdings LLC. Property Co. of PA CDC Inc. Amount: $359,000. Location: Bloomsburg. Lender: First Keystone ComPeter J. Shivock. Property Location: Greenfield munity Bank. Amount: $1,750,000. Twp. Lender: ARK LA TEX Financial Services LLC. Gloria A. Coates Trust. Property Location: South Amount: $285,000. Centre Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Frank J. Haran. Property Location: Greenfield Amount: $718,899. Twp. Lender: Guaranteed Rate Inc. Amount: $265,000. John O. Coates. Property Location: North Troy D. Cannon. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Centre Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Lender: Citizens Savings Bank. Amount: $290,500. Amount: $718,899. Justin D. Pulman. Property Location: JefferNautilus Development Holdings LLC. Property son Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: Location: Bloomsburg. Lender: First Keystone Com$310,000. munity Bank. Amount: $728,899. Justin Pulman. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Michael A. Habowski. Property Location: CleveLender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $310,000. land Twp. Lender: UNB. Amount: $325,000. Anthony J. Fargione. Property Location: Jefferson Scott A. Zeigler. Property Location: Locust Twp. Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems. Amount: $258,400. Amount: $309,000. Robert L. Coalson. Property Location: Jefferson 131-157 Bloom LLC. Property Location: Twp. Lender: Franklin American Mortgage Co. Amount: Bloomsburg. Lender: First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. $318,012. Amount: $1,869,000. Kuplack LLC. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Lions Gate VII LP. Property Location: Scott Twp. Lender: NBT Bank. Amount: $300,000. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: Arthur G. Wormuth. Property Location: Jermyn $5,250,000, Boro. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $292,000. Kevin M. Woodley. Property Location: Main Twp. Shawn McNamara. Property Location: Moosic Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems. Boro. Lender: First National Bank of PA. Amount: Amount: $315,000. $540,000. Jeffrey S. O’Connor. Property Location: Kelly A. Emiliani. Property Location: Moosic Orangeville. Lender: Muncy Bank & Trust Company. Boro. Lender: Community Bank. Amount: $298,000. Amount: $325,000. Leo McGowan. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Lender: Bank of America. Amount: $324,000. LACKAWANNA COUNTY C-Store Development LLC. Property LocaCarbondale Grand Hotel RE LLC. Property tion: Moosic Boro. Lender: 17 Mile Real Estate LLC. Location: Carbondale City. Lender: Carbondale City. Amount: $255,000. Amount: $3,108,000. Ryan Allen Smith. Property Location: Moscow John Fofi. Property Location: Carbondale Boro. Lender; NBT Bank. Amount: $305,500 City. Lender: 360 Mortgage Group LLC. Amount: Edward J. Zasada. Property Location: Moscow $322,173. Boro. Lender: Residential Mortgage Services Inc. Michael Sweeney. Property Location: Clifton Twp. Amount: $263,430. Lender: Synergy One Lending Inc. Amount: $303,000. Joseph Gralinski. Property Location: Newton Twp. Michael Sweeney. Property Location: Clifton Twp. Lender: PS Bank. Amount: $373,150. Lender: USA HUD. Amount: $303,000. Birchwood Estates Realty LLC. Location: Old Daria A. Killian. Property Location: Covington Forge Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $292,227. Twp. Lender: ARK LA TEX Financial Services Inc. Joseph J. Kuehner III. Property Location: OlyAmount: $2,090,200. phant Boro. Lender: First Federal Bank of Kansas City. Jennifer Aefli. Property Location: Covington Twp. Amount: $300,218. Lender: Freedom Mtge. Corp. Amount: $351,938.
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John T. Paradis. Property Location: Olyphant Boro. Lender: M&T Bank. Amount: $1,000,000. Arlene Walker-Gerena. Property Location: Ransom Twp. Lender: USAA Federal Savings Bank. Amount: $334,000. ARC PNSCRPAD01 LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Column Financial Inc. Amount: $187,000,000. W2005/Fargo Hotels Pool C Realty LP. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank. Amount: $960,000,000. Malmar Realty LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $20,000,000. TTJ Harris Real Estate LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Northeastern Economic Dev Co of PA CDC Inc. Amount: $340,000. Pennsylvania LTC INC. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: US Bank National Association. Amount: $12,505,000. North Scranton Xpress Marts Inc. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $937,500. Scranton-Herold LP. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $594,700. 203 N. Washington Ave. LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $410,000. David Samaniego. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Homebridge Financial Services Inc. Amount: $280,489. Tara Gribbin. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $308,656. Ryan Hartz. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $424,000. Gail W. O’Donnell. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Stearns Lending LLC. Amount: $284,000. Nathan A. Chappell. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $378,423. Chad Gorman. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Community Bank. Amount: $318,250. Ralph Monelli. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Reg. Sys. Inc. Amount: $483,000. Ralph Monelli. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: USA HUD. Amount: $483,000. Thomas Mark Walter II. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Finance of America Mortgage LLC. Amount: $261,762. Constance M. Nealon. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Liberty Home Equity Solutions Inc. Amount: $256,500. Constance M. Nealon. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: USA HUD. Amount: $256,500.
Nicholas A. Piccini. Property Location: Springbrook Twp. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $280,000. Holly A. Doroshenko. Property Location: Springbrook Twp. Lender: Stearns Lending LLC. Amount: $347,652. Taylor 1 LLC. Property Location: Taylor Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $296,984. Northeast Freight Transfer Pennsylvania Inc. Property Location: Taylor Boro. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $700,000. Northeast Freight Transfer Pennsylvania Inc. Property Location: Taylor Boro. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $700,000. Louis Demarco Jr. Property Location: Taylor Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $292,227. Michael Matone. Property Location: Throop Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $280,000. Throop Holdings LLC. Property Location: Throop Boro. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $438,750. One Last Shot LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: PS Bank. Amount: $367,500. Timberfalls Blakely LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Greystone Servicing Corporation Inc. Amount: $9,900,000. Emily K. Summers. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $424,100. Gerald J. Calpin. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Citizens Bank. Amount: $370,000. Lawrence J. Moran Jr. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelit Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $537,500. Marlin Rentals LLC. Property Location: Carbondale Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $310,000. Marlin Rentals LLC. Property Location: Carbondale Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $310,000. Michael Sprague. Property Location: Carbondale Twp. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $272,000. Robert W. Deemer. Property Location: Covington Twp. Lender: NBT Bank. Amount: $2,096,000. Maclain Walsh. Property Location: Covington Twp. Lender: Absolute Home Mortgage Group. Amount: $279,837. Dean Sai One Enterprises LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $1,020,000. Dean Sai One Enterprises LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: Essa Bank &
FOR THE RECORD Trust. Amount: $500,000. Lin Chien Ho. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $940,000. Francis J. Ross III. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust CO. Amount: $1,500,000. RAD Olyphant LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: Investors Bank. Amount: $1,600,000. ETK Ventures LP. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $1,750,000. Eric Aposhian. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $424,000. Paul G. Goodwin. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $310,000. GGBDS Realty CO. Inc. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $4,000,000. GGBDS Realty Co. Inc. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $4,000,000. HLP Tall Trees Owner LP. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Lender: Walker Dunlop LLC. Amount: $11,500,000. B&D Realty Inc. Property Location: Elmhurst Twp. Lender: PS Bank. Amount: $276,000. Crystle Carr. Property Location: Elmhurst Twp. Lender: Nationstar Mortgage LLC. Amount: $279,000. Gerard P. O’Sullivan. Property Location: Glenburn Twp. Lender: Residential Mortgage Services Inc. Amount: $424,100. Nichole A. Folger. Property Location: Jefferson Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $282,700. P A Hutchison Co. Property Location: Jermyn Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $5,000,000. P A Hutchison Co. Property Location: Jermyn Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $3,000,000. P A Hutchinson Co. Property Location: Mayfield Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $5,000,000. P A Hutchinson CO. Property Location: Mayfield Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $3,000,000. James W. Hazen. Property Location: Moscow Boro. Lender: Residential Home Mortgage Corp. Amount: $279,812. Steven Lee Davis. Property Location: Newton Twp. Lender: American Financial Resources Inc. Amount: $280,489. Heather Twiss. Property Location: Newton Twp. Lender: PS Bank. Amount: $399,533.
4 R Sibley LLC. Property Location: Old Forge Boro. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $270,000. Raymond P. Rignanesi. Property Location: Old Forge Boro. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $270,000. Richard L. Shiffer Jr. Property Location: Roaring Brook Twp. Lender: North American Savings Bank. Amount: $356,385. Scranton-Samter LP. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: PNC Bank. Amount: $2,850,000. 521 Gibson Street LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $258,750. 402 North Washington LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $475,000. William J. Graham. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Reg. Sys. Inc. Amount: $277,000. William J. Graham. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Federal Housing Commissioner. Amount: $277,000. Gilmartin Properties LLC. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: First National Bank of PA. Amount: $475,000. Hector A. Thomas. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: BNC National Bank. Amount: $316,665. Joseph Stagnaro, Atty. in Fact. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $296.400. Clarks Summit Building Investment LLC. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Bryn Mawr Trust Co. Amount: $787,500. Christopher P. Henderson. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Bank of America. Amount: $630,000. Outlook Design & Construction Inc. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $260,000. Daniel H. Turshon. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Mortgage Research Center LLC. Amount: $321,261. Robert J. Moher. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $269,100. Joy Shakelton. Property Location: So. Abington Twp. Lender: Residential Mortgage Services Inc. Amount: $257,254. Kramer Enterprises PA LLC. Property Location: Springbrook Twp. Lender: Grass Investment Group Inc. Amount: $650,000. Rhona Farrence. Property Location: Taylor Boro. Lender: Open Mortgage LLC. Amount: $255,000.
Rhona Farrence. Property Location: Taylor Boro. Lender: Federal Housing Commissioner. Amount: $255,000. Leon Turovsky. Property Location: Thornhurst Twp. Lender: Pocono 4 Rent LLC. Amount: $360,810. 517 Charles Street LLC. Property Location: Throop. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $355,000. Francis J. Ross III. Property Location: Throop. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust. Amount: $1,500,000. Francis Joyce. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: LoanDepot Com LLC. Amount: $325,000. TJJ Realty LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $450,000. Parth Apartments LLC. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Community Bank. Amount: $2,033,500. Victoria Cicco. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Finance of America Mortgage LLC. Amount: $322,448. Brian R. Smith. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Bank of America. Amount: $290,000. Salman Mirza. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $1,215,000. Peter J. Tayoun. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Stearns Lending LLC. Amount: $409,450. Joseph J. Passeri Jr. Property Location: W. Abington Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $400,000.
Nama State LP. Property Location: Pittston Twp. Lender: Luzerne Bank. Amount: $800,000. Kevin J. Swinski. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Lender: Luzerne Bank. Amount: $287,000. Robert Falls. Property Location: Harvey’s Lake Borough. Lender: Citizens Savings Bank. Amount: $322,767. Mark J. Luchi. Property Location: Butler Twp. Lender: Branch Banking & Trust Co. Amount: $1,700,000. Jonathan Blum. Property Location: Jackson Twp. Lender: Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Amount: $264,000. Michael Marcos. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $328,000. Eric G. Barrett. Property Location: Kingston Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Benchmark Mortgage. Amount: $424,100. Emmanuel E. Jacob. Property Location: Jenkins Twp. Lender: Luzerne Bank. Amount: $535,000.
Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress Inc. Property Location: Hazleton City Two Parcels. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $258,000. Christopher T. Dohman. Property Location: Rice Twp. Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank. Amount: $332,405. Hazleton Property LLC. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. Amount: $1,800,000. WB Northern Property LLC. Property Location: Wilkes-Barre Twp. Lender: Peoples Security & Trust Company. Amount: $5,550,000. WB Northern Properties LLC. Property Location; Wilkes-Barre Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. WB Northern Properties LLC. Property Location: Wilkes-Barre Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. Amount: $1,800,000. Kaitlyn M. Littzi. Property Location: Dallas Boro. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. – Stearns Lending LLC. Amount: $182,139. 200 Technology Drive LLC. Property Location: Jenkins Twp. Lender: M & T Bank. Amount: $36,000,000. Aerospace Holdings Properties LP. Property Location: Wyoming Boro. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $824,000. Aerospace Holdings Properties LP. Property Location: West Woming Boro. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $824,000. Aerospace Holdings Properties LP. Property Location: West Wyoming Boro. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $596,149. Aerospace Holdings Properties LP. Property Location: West Wyoming Boro. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $400,000. David C. Haupt. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. – Stearns Lending LLC. WB South Main Street. Property Location: WilkesBarre City. Lender: Bryn Mawr Trust Company. Amount: $337,500. Stephenson Equipment Inc. Property Location: Pittston Twp. Lender: Branch Banking & Trust Company. Amount: $1,878,500. Pittston Commons Associates LP. Property Location: Pittston Twp. Lender: Luzerne Bank. Amount: $1,675,000. James G. O’Farrell. Property Location: Wright Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. – Movement Mortgage LLC. Amount: $323,000. Please see FOR THE RECORD, Page 38
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FOR THE RECORD yoma llc. Property Location: Laflin Boro. Lender: Luzerne Bank. Amount: $505,000. david J. Antolick. Property Location: carolann littzi. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Butler Twp. Lender: Santander Bank. Amount: Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $319,000. $450,000. Kay A. Shotwell. Property Location: Jackson Twp. John wesolowski. Property Location: JackLender: Citizens Savings Bank. Amount: $276,000. son Twp. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $366,500. Michael Adler. Property Location: Kingston Twp. laird Street llc. Property Location: Plains Lender: Community Bank. Amount: $300,000. Twp. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: NePA trading & investments llc. Property Loca$700,000. tion: Hazle Twp. Two Parcels. Amount: $700,000. Bedwick & Jones Printing inc. Property LoJohn w. remphrey ii. Property Location: Faircation: Hanover Twp. Lender: Community Bank. mount Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Amount: $480,000. Systems Inc. Amount: $276,500. lKS enterprises llc. Property Location: Barry e. Bossard. Property Location: Sugarloaf Exeter Boro. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: Twp. Lender: Community Bank. Amount: $293,000. $750,000. Nancy dunlap. Property Location: Hazle Twp. tiziana M. Mazzarella. Property Location: Two Parcels. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Jenkins Twp. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: Systems Inc. Amount: $340,000. $500,000. cynthia A. Paisley. Property Location: Butler Greater hazleton community-Area New deTwp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration velopment Organization inc. Property Location: Systems Inc. – Residential Mortgage Solutions Inc. Butler Twp. Hazleton City. Lender: Luzerne Bank. Amount: $297,000. Amount: $5,000,000. richard t. hennigan. Property Location: Hunrobert Bell. Property Location: Butler Twp. tington Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic RegistraLender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. tion Systems Inc.-360 Mortgage Group LLC. Amount: Amount: $390,831.
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Lender: Mr. Cooper. Amount: $369,600. MBc Gring hill lP. Property Location: Chestnuthill Twp. Lender: M&T Bank. Amount: $533,333. ladislav Karvay. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $313,500. timothy Bowers. Property Location: Eldred Twp. Lender: New Penn Financial LLC. Amount: $300,000. tammy loudon Jr. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Lender: Manufacturers & Trust Co. Amount: $500,000. Alexander holtzman. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $1,000,000. Mount Airy #1 llc. Property Location: Paradise Twp. Lender: Fortress Credit Co. LLC. Amount: $270,000,000. Kenneth vega. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Lender: PrimeLending. Amount: $338,000. Good as New ventures llc. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Lender: American Bank. Amount: $1,000,000. Scott Silverman. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Lender: Watermark Capital Inc. Amount: $372,000. MAK investment Properties llc. Property Location: East Stroudsburg. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $260,000. MONrOe cOUNty louis Frye. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Monocacy General contracting llc. Property Twp. Lender: Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $319,048. Location: Polk Twp. Lender: Penn Community Bank. lKS enterprises. Property Location: Middle SmithAmount: $800,000. field Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $750,000. ltS homes llc. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Sullivan trail Park of Pocono twp. llc. Property Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $250,000. Location: Pocono Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: harold hagy. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. $750,000. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $370,000. Great Bear conservancy llc. Property Location: Anthony woodruff. Property Location: Coolbaugh Middle Smithfield Twp. Lender: Provident Bank. Twp. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $311,100. Amount: $1,015,625. Michael hughes. Property Location: Stroud Twp. william regan. Property Location: TobyLender: Majestic Home Loan. Amount: $302,285. hanna Twp. Lender: Mortgage America Inc. Amount: Sijora llc. Property Location: Stroud Twp.. $325,000. Lender: Loan Funder LLC. Series 2615. Amount: Brodheadsville Storage lP. Property Location: $257,000. Chestnuthill Twp. Lender: Univest Bank and Trust Co. Franco lofaro. Property Location: Coolbaugh Amount: $2,000,000. Twp. Lender: Atlantic Home Loans Inc. Amount: r Family Unit llc. Property Location: Smithfield $359,100. Twp. Lender: Univest Bank and Trust Co. Amount: Snydersville corp. Property Location: Hamil$2,000,000. ton Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. wilhelmina early. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Amount: $325,000. Lender: ESSA Bank & Trust. Amount: $314,900. charles hannig. Property Location: Smithfield Bernadette clay. Property Location: Jackson Twp. Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Lender: First Priority Bank. Amount: $831,000. Amount: $1,000,000. Marshall troy. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Lender: TD Bank NA. Amount: $744,955. hannig development llc. Property Location: cory willis. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Tobyhanna Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Twp. Lender: Finance of America Mortgage LLC. Bank. Amount: $2,656,144. Amount: $356,800. John dorsi. Property Location: Jackson Twp.
$348,238. cherie M. Gudz. Property Location: Harvey’s Lake Borough Three Parcels. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $680,000. luis G. Bonifacio. Property Location: Black Creek Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $280,000. Joel A. Fine. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Lender: Luzerne Bank. Amount: $340,000. Pennsylvania terminals-de llc. Property Location: Pittston Twp. Lender: Morgan Stanley Senior Funding Inc. Amount: $1,150,000,000. larry l. wolfe. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $1,470,000. Michael hill Johnson. Property Location: Fairview Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $262,514.. Keystone Avenue llc. Property Location: Jenkins Twp., Plains Twp, Hanover Twp., Sugar Notch Boro. Pittston Boro. Lender: Voya Retirement Insurance & Annuity Company. Amount: $76,000,000. Mart t. Abilo. Property Location: Rice Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc.- Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $337,000.
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Ronald Whyte. Property Location: Milford Boro. Lender: American Advisors Group. Amount: $363,000. Ronald Whyte. Property Location: Milford Boro. Lender: Commissioner of Housing & Urban Development. Amount: $363,000. Smith Realty Group LLC. Property Location: Blooming Grove Twp. Lender: Smith Family Trust. Amount: $390,000. Steven Bisceglia. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $309,294. SJL Realty Holdings LLC. Property Location: Dingman. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $350,000. William K. Goble. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $368,000. Eva C. Rossi. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $284,075. Fred M. Daley. Property Location: DIngman Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $254,000. Robert C. Nied. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $261,200. Lawrence C. O’Leary. Property Location: Milford Boro. Lender: MERS. Amount: $333,485. John S. Osterhout. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA. Amount: $299,730. Gary Roccaro. Property Location: Blooming Grove Twp. Lender: Bank of America NA. Amount: $424,000. Jeff D. Briggs. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $293.250. Patrick R. Field. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA. Amount: $275,000. Eugene B. McCann III. Property Location: Delaware Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $341,905. Leonardo Bambina. Property Location: Dingman. Lender: MERS. Amount: $425,250. Nicholas Mark Baton. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $265,000. Michael G. Scheibner. Property Location: Milford Boro. Lender: MERS. Amount: $320,500. Leszek Pisinski. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $399,000. Edward J. McGinn Jr. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $350,000. Kevin Twardzik. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $269,000. Sibyl Saager-Zekic. Property Location: Shohola Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $412,500. Helga A. Becking. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Lender: American Advisors Group. Amount: $525,000. Helga A. Beckintg. Property Location: Dingman Twp. Lender: Commissioner of Housing & Urban Development. Amount: $525,000. Andrew H. Scheer. Property Location: Porter Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $257,418.
Robert J. Crouch. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Lender: MERS. Amount: $272,970. Edwin E. Yerdon. Property Location: Shohola Twp. Lender: Bruce W. Lackland. Amount: $450,000.
Barbie Stoltzies. Property Location: Hegins. Lender: Peoples Bank. Amount: $6,800,000. Michael Herring. Property Location: New Ringgold. Lender: Riverview Bank. Amount: $361,000. Kelly Brennan. Property Location: Pottsville. Lender: Hidden River Bank. Amount: $312,000. Barry Hoffman d/b/a RJ Hoffman & Sons. Property Location: Barry, Eldred & Hegins Twps. Lender: Northumberland National Bank. Amount: $650,000. Grant Kurtz. Property Location: Pine Grove. Lender: Riverview Bank. Amount: $285,000. Brenda P. McMormick. Property Location: Hegins Twp. Lender: Branch Banking & Trust Co. Amount: $264,000. LTL Partners. Property Location: North Manheim Twp. Lender: Wilmington Savings Fund Society PSD. Amount: $9,050,000. Peter Russo. Property Location: Orwigsburg. Lender: Santander Bank NA. Amount: $321,000.
Patricia S. Racht. Property Location: So. Canaan. Lender: MERS-Synergy One Lending. Amount: $285,000. Patricia S. Racht. Property Location: So. Canaan. Lender: Federal Housing Agency. Amount: $285,000. Play More Properties LLC. Property Location: Paupack. Lender: MERS-UBS Bank USA. Amount: $1,350,000. Maurice N. LaFranc JR. Property Location: Mt. Pleasant. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $300,200. Mark W. Eifert. Property Location: Lebanon. Lender: The Dime Bank. Amount: $527,000. Mark W. Eifert. Property Location: Mt. Pleasant. Lender: The Dime Bank. Amount: $527,000. Brundage’s Waymark Pharmacy. Property Location: Waymart. Lender: The Dime Bank. Amount: $300,000. Nicholas Valentino. Property Location: Sterling. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $534,000. Michael Gangi. Property Location: Lake. Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank. Amount: $305,000. Eugene J. Molessa. Property Location: Cherry Ridge. Lender: MERS-Synergy One Lending. Amount: $300,000. Eugene J. Molessa. Property Location: Cherry Ridge. Lender: Federal Housing Com. Amount: $300,000. Christopher M. Roe. Property Location: Clinton. Lender: Citadel FCU. Amount: $298,000. John M. Rochelle. Property Location: Paupack. Lender: MERS-The Huntington National Bank. Amount: $349,500.
Douglas John Baldasare. Property Location: Leigh. Lender: First Priority Bank. Amount: $444,000. Frederick W. Donovan. Property Location: Cherry Ridge. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $352,000.00. Michael P. Falco. Property Location: Cherry Ridge. Lender: MERS-American Advisors Group. Amount: $330,000. Michael P. Falco. Property Location: Cherry Ridge. Lender: Housing & Urban Dev. Amount: $330,000. Brian L. Wilder. Property Location: Paupack. Lender: MERS-Sun West Mortgage Co. Inc. Amount: $271,679.
Dobrinski Brothers Inc. Property Location: Tunkhannock Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. Amount: $599,028. Ernie’s Race. Property Location: Monroe Twp. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $301,000. Thomas C. Bachman Jr. Property Location: Northmoreland Twp. Lender: Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank. Amount: $290,000. Peter N. Lewis. Property Location: Overfield Twp. Lender: Community Bank. Amount: $917,000. NAPA Holdings Pennsylvania LLC. Property Location: Meshoppen Twp; Washington Twp. Lender: PNC Bank. Amount: $1,856,000. Gary M. Toczko. Property Location: Tunkhannock Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. Amount: $617,000.
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This report on insider trading activity has been prepared for informational purposes only by James Blazejewski, CFP, Senior Vice President-Investment Officer, Wells Fargo Advisors, 672 North River Street, Suite 300, Plains, PA 18705. It is based on information generally available to the public from sources believed to be reliable. No representation is made that the information is accurate or complete and it does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any particular security. Current information contained in this report is not indicative of future activity. Wells Fargo Advisors, is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. Source of data: Thomson Financial (CBU – 54.10 ) COMMUNITY BANK SYSTEM INC. Jeffrey Davis, director of Community Bank System, Inc., sold 405 shares on December 22 at $54.72 per share for total proceeds of $22,162. Davis controls 52,939 shares directly and 6,058 shares indirectly. Brian Donahue, vice president of Community Bank System, Inc., exercised options for 5,535 shares on December 21 at $18.09 per share (exercised 26
days prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $100,128 and on the same date sold those shares at $55.19 per share for total proceeds of $305,481. Donahue controls 38,309 shares directly and 8,135 shares indirectly. Over the last six months, insiders of Community Bank System, Inc. acquired 17,027 shares and disposed of 35,897 shares. (CZNC – 23.74) CITIZENS & NORTHERN CORPORATION Jan Fisher, director of Citizens & Northern Corporation, purchased 259 shares on January 5 at $24.00 per share for a total cost of $6,216. Fisher controls 15,856 shares directly. Frank Pellegrino, director of Citizens & Northern Corporation, purchased 259 shares on January 5 at $24.00 per share for a total cost of $5,976. Pellegrino controls 5,893 shares directly. Edward Owlett III, director of Citizens & Northern Corporation, exercised options for 679 shares on January 2 at $17.50 per share (exercised 1 day prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $11,883. Owlett controls 12,449 shares directly. Susan Hartley, director of Citizens & Northern Corporation, exercised options for 679 shares on January 2 at $17.50 per share (exercised 1 day prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $11,883. Hartley controls 12,373 shares directly and 1,126 shares indirectly. Over the last six months, insiders of Citizens & Northern Corporation acquired 31,070 shares and disposed of 47,104 shares. (CYH – 3.97) COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS INC. Tian Qiao Chen, beneficial owner of Community Health Systems, Inc., purchased 96,307 shares on December 22 at $3.99 per share for a total cost of $384,265 and between December 20 -21, Chen purchased 406,069 shares at $4.00 per share for a total cost of $1,623,586. Chen controls 26,010,222 shares indirectly. Over the last six months, insiders of Community Health Systems Inc. disposed of 25,321 shares. (FNCB – 7.15) FNCB BANCORP INC. Vithalbhai Dhaduk, director of FNCB Bancorp, Inc., purchased 5,000 shares on December 18 at $7.00 per share for a total cost of $35,000. Dhaduk controls 67,499 shares directly and 62,499 shares indirectly. Prices as of Close of Business January 8, 2018
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