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Once created, corporate identity requires continual care and feeding By Dave Gardner

No matter how you create it, a company’s or product’s identity, known as its brand, is a work in progress that must be thoughtfully crafted. A brand is like a unique personality, explained Paul Sevensky, assistant professor and director of the advertising/public relations program at Marywood University. The branding process produces an identity perceived by a consumer and creates a message that is consistent without mixed signals while projecting what the company represents. Corporate branding is a relatively new phenomenon within commerce, but shifts within branding are normal, according to Sevensky. He pointed out that, during the 1970s, American automobile brands suffered as they painted themselves as living rooms on wheels. Meanwhile, as the gasoline crisis of 1973 to 1974 exploded, Japanese brands were small and tight with greater fuel efficiency and mechanical reliability. A massive shift in consumer demand followed that is still going on. Sevensky also explained that consumer opinion data is priceless when creating or evolving a brand, making traditional focus groups an effective, but expensive, information gathering tool. Today, businesses may find it more economical to use Internet data while measuring consumer attitudes, especially social media posts, with software instantly performing all of the monitoring. “At the very least, Internet data provides a valuable start when branding,” said Sevensky. Crisis management is another segment of branding and Sevensky teaches that a company must have created and practiced a management plan, like a fire drill, before an attack on the brand occurs. This plan must be complete, detailed and forecast possibilities for brand attack, with the recognition that personal, safety and environment

Paul Sevensky, assistant professor and director of the advertising/public relations program at marywood University.

problems all can become corrosive issues. Branding defense should utilize a designated company representative and pre-established media contacts who can distribute information quickly after an incident is assessed and a response begins. As an example, Sevensky points to the uproar created when a gorilla was shot at the Cincinnati Zoo, where an established and detailed response limited long-term brand damage to the facility. “The millennials present branding challenges because they are typically loyal with social issues,” said Sevensky. “This is making sustainability with an established brand very important as news headlines change.”

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Catherine Bolton, co-principal with River Rock Communications, identifies a brand as a promise of an experience that will feature visual, auditory and other components. The brand must be consistent at every location a business offers, as the company tells its story with a key message. “Branding utilizes a well-defined plan, and all employees and clients must buy in,” said Bolton. She is a big fan of focus groups to gather information about markets and to identify target audiences which will lead to a strategy that creates a brand. When the brand has been established and adequate funding designated for delivery, tools that include advertising, public relations and specialty operations such as a speaker’s bureau can be employed to spread the brand and its message. “The company must be careful to accurately analyze what works and what not so,” said Bolton. “This can be a tough process, and successful brands are often updated for consumer relevance.” Bolton agrees that brand protection, as well as defense, must utilize a pre-plan. The source of the threat must be identified and a decision made whether to respond or not. Spokesperson training is vital because a powerful CEO can be taught to publicly quell a restless situation. Bolton also agreed that the nation’s millennials present branding challenges to traditional business leaders. She pointed out that, according to Edelman Intelligence, at least 57 percent of consumers will now boycott a brand based on social political positioning, and the boycott total for the millennials is higher and still increasing. “Timing is also vital with a branding response,




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george Stark, external affairs director for Cabot Oil & gas, speaks to the audience at an event in Dimock twp. last summer announcing the company’s recent milestone of $1 billion in royalties paid to leaseholders. which makes it even more vital to have a plan in place before the attack occurs,” said Bolton Mary Kay Warner, coprincipal with River Rock, emphasized that most brands are emotional in nature and usually create se- mary kay Warner lect feelings within potential buyers. Nonbranded buys are usually performed by consumers who are logical and analytic, making them resistant to the emotional appeal of a particular brand. The mechanics of the branding process are also evolving. A system called sponsored placement can create opportunities, with specific products deliberately placed, after a payment, within a TV or movie scene. Millennials also are on the mind of Warner. “These kids, unlike their consumer predecessors, trust their friends above all else for information exchange,” said Warner. “This makes branding that can be spread person-to-person vital.” Warner clearly supports the concept of crisis pre-planning and spokesperson training, before a brand attack occurs. The designated communicator should have been put through the “ringer” to prepare them, with the company’s marketing and legal teams all in pre-agreement how a defense will occur within various scenarios.

“When you realize what is at stake with a brand defense after an incident, it becomes obvious that a plan must be constantly updated as business conditions change,” said Warner. “This, plus the necessary spokesperson training, can require professional help.”

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A successful brand is a living entity that never can be ignored, especially by small business, according to David Gargone, Ed.D., assistant professor of business at Misericordia University. He also warned that a perception of a brand by the consumer often may not be what a company desires. “Consumer education may be necessary to change this,” said Dr. Gargone. He urged businesses to think about branding differently than in the past, when a simple logo and slogan may have sufficed. Business now must interact with consumers through technology, develop constant connections with the consumer, and understand that the Internet, social media, surveys and direct communication all will impact a brand 24/7. “Effective digital versus traditional marketing requires investment of both time and expertise,” said Dr. Gargone. Market changes are another matter. He commented that no one could have predicted the See IDENTITY on page 5

by people, and the influence of opponents from New York was damaging as some people charged basic act of sipping coffee in Starbucks or Dunkin’ we had carelessly brought up the deep methane Donuts would be linked to the social lives of milwithin the shale.” lennials, creating a huge and sustainable outlay of According to Stark, Cabot learned from the millennial dollars. debacle and moved forward. It developed a brandMcDonald’s, once the king of American food ing message which explained what they did, and stops, has also used this millennial demand located local people with the knowledge of the to rebrand itself with McDonald’s McCafé as a shallow methane’s historical existence. Although transition company from fast food to salad and the company originally missed this opportunity, beverages. Hungry patrons can still buy a Big Mac the testimony of regional people about the shaland fries, but the McCafé brand is expanding. low gas pools became useful and the company “This is an example of a partial brand redo, opened the communication necessary to spread while leaving the core brand still in place,” said Dr. this information through an outreach program. Gargone. “We found we did have friends in the region, utilized their knowledge and spread their testimoCruCial mistake nies, and from there our brand moved forward The identity of Cabot Oil & Gas took a hit courwith an organic development,” said Stark. tesy of Pennsylvania’s unique forest history and The branding program featured a Cabot meetgeology after the company entered the Marcellus and-greet at a local hardware store, the use of Shale region and began natural gas (methane) rethe local PennySaver for three years with a center covery operations. George Stark, Cabot’s director section spread and a Cabot picnic. of external affairs, admitted that company made a “Today, the uproar over the shallow methane crucial mistake when they set up shop without a has died down, and we’re known as a straight brand, and then made no attempt to explain to the shooter and a gold source for accurate scientific community what they were doing and how the gas information,” said Stark. operations would unfold.

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Pennsylvania’s unique rain forDrifting away est environment and geology then Fred Croop, MBA, dean of the intervened, as shallow methane pools College of Professional Studies that existed throughout the region due and Social Sciences at Misericordia to the decomposition of forest deadfall University, emphatically warned that for eons appeared, potentially migrated it can be catastrophic for a company into the local aquifers, and often exited to unwillingly drift away, or deliberthe ground. Charges were made that Croop ately steer away, from a successful Cabot was bringing the methane up core brand. JC Penny, according to from miles below surface due to subpar Croop, has recently taken two abrupt well construction, even though many branding turns, and in the process found it can be local residents had been experiencing the shallow extremely difficult to get back on course. methane appearance naturally for centuries. “In most cases, the business should find its “These shallow pools of methane were new core and stick with it,” said Croop. “Then, evolve to Cabot, although the locals certainly knew only as needed.” about it,” said Stark. “We made matters worse Yet, ongoing market swings create questions by performing no baseline surveys in the ground about what a company should do when an icon before drilling of surrounding shallow methane brand must change. Legislative and regulatory to measure this gas and what was already in the changes can also kindle brand evolution, and as aquifers, which we should have done before every the public moves away from original demand, well was begun.” a rebranding can become necessary from the Cabot had come to Pennsylvania with no company core. brand because, according to Stark, the company “On occasion, things just don’t work out,” said had a history and a known presence in small Croop. “Kmart and Sears became odd bedfeltowns where it had been drilling for years. These communities often had extensive experience with lows though a merger, and both had deteriorating brands despite past success and well-known fossil fuel development and, as a result, Cabot histories. A lot of people are skeptical how this is expected the same in NEPA. “When we stubbed our toe in the Marcellus re- going to turn out.” A big picture view of corporate branding was gion, we assumed people knew they didn’t need to worry,” said Stark. “We also wound up exploited offered by Gene Barr, president and CEO of the

in which intense competition is the norm and traditional brands have been forced to evolve as markets around the world swing. Examples of branding swings include soft drinks because of public adversity to sugar, and the deterioration of retail brick and mortar units, which in some cases previously may have evolved from a catalog business. “Global retail is now a diversity of experiences, and we’re seeing plush malls being torn down and replaced by strip shopping centers that existed in the past,” said Barr. He also is receiving commentary from chamber members, and other peers on a national basis, that businesses across the landscape of commerce are being pulled into issues that once were solely the domain of politicians and social Times-Tribune File Photo activists. Whether they like it or not, businesses now must recognize that consumers increasingly Gene Barr, a vice president with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, demand a social obligation, with shareholders speaks to The Times-Tribune editorial board. looking to maximize returns by promoting altruism as part of their official brand. Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. “Companies must now make a statement on According to Barr, successful branding must now many tough issues,” said Barr. “This process be international in scope, as opposed to operating becomes part of their brand, and every business tactics in the American post World War II economust be resigned to the fact that this is happenmy when domestic business was self-contained. ing.” Branding now must consider a global picture

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Mother and daughter operate travel agency unique trait of Travel Maxima is they in the travel agent business. Although do not charge a service fee. Randolph was retired at the time, she Mother-daughter duo Linda Randolph and Lori Although they do their very best to thought it was a great opportunity DeVoe are co-owners of Travel Maxima, a certified make sure “every T is crossed and I is to help others who had a passion travel agency that specializes in organizing all types for travel similar to hers. With their dotted,” Randolph and DeVoe admit of travel. that, in the world of travel, unforeseen combined love of traveling, and their Randolph has had a passion for travel since she desire to direct, embrace and guide, obstacles can throw clients a curvegot her first passport at 4 years old. She grew up ball. When clients travel, there can they started their own business. in the metropolitan New York area and then moved be detours and delays that cannot be The women take pride in their to Arizona for 25 years. She has seen her share predicted. Things are fluid in the travel customer service at Travel Maxima of the east and the west, and decided to move to From left, linda industry and it can be frustrating. For because they are there for their randolph, with Pennsylvania to be near her daughter, who has lived clients before, during and after the example, when a client wants to put daughters, gina marie a hold on a hotel, the hold only lasts in Pennsylvania for 17 years and has six children. A journey. Travel Maxima ensures and lori DeVoe. year-and-a-half ago, they teamed up and formed the “small organizations, mom and pop for a limited amount of time. During home-based business Travel Maxima in Honesdale. stores, individual travelers for leisure this time, prices are always rising and Randolph credits her daughter with the sugges- and business including local travel for corporate rooms are getting booked very fast. tion to start Travel Maxima. DeVoe had been given In the future, Travel Maxima plans to continue America have a great experience. We are here to get the opportunity to be a travel agent and thought helping its clients while growing the business. you from point A to point B with complete ease.” about it for years, however she couldn’t decide if she The pair do not just do extensive research in the Randolph and DeVoe want to continue to emphasize wanted to do it alone. Both women have backgroup travel because of the great rates that are posoffice, but when they are on vacation as well. They grounds in management, organizing and corporate sible. They also want to emphasize the travel parties do on-site inspections, training and certifications they offer. These parties are a sort of send-off before America, which gave them experience with people with various suppliers. This is all done to become and problem solving, an aspect that is very prevalent more educated and well rounded for their clients. A the trip which is a fun event for everyone involved. By Carolyn Giordano and Sydney Garofolo

After being in the small business world for more than a year now, The mother and daughter can offer a few pieces of advice for women entrepreneurs, or entrepreneurs in general. Randolph says, “Stay the course, have faith in yourself, have a great partner, and support system like my other daughter, Gina.” She encourages others to use any resources available to them such as the Women’s Entrepreneurship Center, part of the University of Scranton’s Small Business Development Center. Devoe speaks to women entrepreneurs when she says, “When people see you are a woman in the business force, it might be a little harder, but still remember to always have fun.” Travel Maxima’s owners can be found on the internet at and on Facebook at Travel Maxima. Or call 570-630-1386. Carolyn Giordano and Sydney Garofolo are University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center interns who work under the supervision of Donna Simpson, consultant manager.



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Holiday parties remain priority for company morale By Kathy Ruff

According to the Sept. 10 Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index, it seems American adults have mixed feelings about the overall state of the economy. While the greater share of U.S. adults believes the current condition of the economy is good, at the same time, a majority of the country believes economic conditions are getting worse. As the year end approaches, that belief keeps many businesses in Northeast Pennsylvania prudent when it comes to holiday parties. A 2016 annual survey on holiday parties put out by Chicago-based Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. (CG&C) found that 80 percent of companies surveyed planned to host holiday parties last year. After years of moving away from extravagant affairs since the Great Recession, more than 21 percent expected to budget more for their events. CG&C will release its 2017 survey later this year. “We’re in business 44 years and we had generally done up a party each year,” said Mary Lou Combellock, controller with Schumacher Engineering Inc., Hazleton, Luzerne County. “Some years, it was on a grander scale where we had a party inviting clients, customers; and other years it was a party just with our employees, depending on what the environment was.” Similar to many other businesses, both seasonal and economic fluctuations have resulted in changes for the engineering firm over those years, including during the recent economic downturn. “We did some restructuring and we have smaller crews,” Combellock said. “We are down to a skeleton crew but we still manage the holidays, even if it’s an office party. There are many years we took our people to a dinner or dance, into another venue of some sort. It has toned down over the last three years. That type of thing had to be a smaller scale” Combellock expects this year to be no different. “We don’t have a plan for this year yet,” she said. “We usually don’t get into this

until November. At the very lowest, it would be an office type of situation where maybe we had a catered lunch or something.” One Luzerne County banquet and meeting venue sees many businesses downsizing their holiday events. “Holiday parties are definitely smaller and a lot less than they used to be,” said Jacqueline Van Gieson, general manager for Hazleton’s Top of the 80s restaurant. “Part of it is the liability. Part of it is, I think, everybody cuts back a little bit. They are doing it on a more economical scale.” Despite the smaller sizes, Van Gieson expects this year’s catering and banquet business to remain brisk. “I do have some (parties) booked,” she said. “I have more than I had last year.” Another catering facility also sees subtle changes in companies hosting holiday parties. “Based on the economy, we don’t see a decrease in holiday parties,” said Kelly Trapper, event coordinator for Constantino’s Catering & Events, Dunmore. “The only place we do see people holding back or keeping it in check would be with businesses and how they handle their holiday parties. They are not really cutting back.” The off-premises catering company opened a full-service venue earlier this year in Clarks Summit.

ask how are things are going. … We’re glad to have you here! Additionally, we celebrate the holidays with our bankers at a companywide party that includes their significant others. So much of their time is spent making the bank a success, and that work is done only with the support of a loving family. It is our way of saying thank you to them for a job well-done.” Saying thank you for a job well done also lies at the core of another organization’s holiday party. “Here at our office, we will have a potluck lunch and do a gift exchange,” said Marlyn Kissner, executive director of the Carbon Chamber & Economic Development Corp., Lehighton. “It’s more of an informal thing.” Kissner also sees holiday parties as a way for businesses not only to celebrate the holidays but also to recognize and thank its employees. “Businesses are making sure that they are taking care of their employees,” she said. “If they want to cut back and maybe not do a big holiday party, they do an upscale lunch or thank-you gift or just a thank you personally, face-to-face in front of people.” While some companies have no plan for a holiday party, others plan to focus on acknowledging personal relationships.

Guidelines For oFFice Holiday PartyGoers Arrive early: This might be your best opportunity to talk with senior executives while things are still relatively quiet. Work the room: It is easy to simply socialize with the members of your department, with whom you work with day in and day out. However, you gain if you use this occasion to meet people in other departments. You never know who can help your career. Do not over indulge: Free alcohol can quickly lead to excessive drinking. Stay in control. You do not want to do anything embarrassing to you or your employer. Even if your alcohol-induced actions do not get you fired, they could hurt your chances for advancement. Be friendly, but not too friendly: The company party is not the place to try out your latest pick-up lines. The risk of such behavior being seen as sexual harassment is high. Avoid talking business: This is not the time to approach your boss with a new business idea. Save that for Monday morning. Instead, find out about his or her interests outside of the office. Find a connection on a personal level. That connection will help you on Monday when you bring up the new idea and it could help when it comes time for salary reviews. Attend other companies’ parties: 52 percent of company parties are employees only. If a friend invites you to his or her company party, you should go. It is an opportunity to expand your professional network, which is critical in this era of downsizing and job switching. Source: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., 2016 Challenger Holiday Party Outlook


“We just opened a new venue this past year and we do have some booked already,” Trapper said. “We don’t get many people to call until after Halloween. We always do have customers calling every year so the recurring customers are still there but some of them do food on their own or people bring their own stuff. We have a steady base of people.” While a local bank didn’t elaborate on the scope or specifics of its holiday events, its management highlighted the value and benefit of such events. “We make it a priority each year to have the opportunity to enjoy some good, honest, fellowship with our clients,” said Daniel J. Santaniello, president and CEO of Fidelity Bank, Scranton. “As a community bank, it is really our clients who are responsible for helping us be successful. All of our bankers look forward to having that special opportunity to enjoy genuine conversations outside the branches and boardrooms, to get to know our clients as people and to learn more about them and their families.” That networking extends to its employee base. “We’ve had some really great, recordsetting years in a row,” said Santaniello. “It is so vitally important to make sure we make that time throughout the year, but especially at the holidays, to say thank you,




NAI Mertz receives two distinguished awards from NAI Global ness, positively engages with fellow professionals, provides leadership, and represents a continuous growth trajectory. “We are proud to have been honored as Office of the Year by NAI Global,” said Barry Mertz, CEO, NAI Mertz. “This distinction truly depicts our commitment to client services as a company and our dedication to promoting innovation within the NAI organization,” added Dave Grove, COO, NAI Mertz. In addition, the company’s Scott Mertz, SIOR, was recognized as the NAI Global Top Producer of the Year. This accolade honors individuals handling the highest volume of multimarket business within the NAI Global network. Scott completed transactions last year totaling over 6.5 million square feet. He was also recognized as a top producer in 2014 and earned second place in 2015. “NAI Mertz, one of the first 10 partner offices of NAI Global, has NAI Mertz employees gather outside of its Mt. Laurel, continuously evolved year after year, New Jersey, headquarters.

NAI Mertz, a leading full-service commercial real estate firm serving northeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and greater Philadelphia, recently announced it was named NAI Global Office of the Year. The award, recently presented at the 2017 NAI Global Convention in Carlsbad, California, acknowledges the top company within NAI Global that effectively promotes the brand, drives busi-

Fidelity D & D Bancorp, Inc. announces approval to list on Nasdaq Dunmore – Fidelity D & D Bancorp, Inc. has announced that its common stock was approved for listing on The Nasdaq Global Market exchange. Trading on Nasdaq was expected to begin Friday, Oct. 6. Until that date, the company’s common stock continued to be quoted on the OTC US. Following the transfer to The Nasdaq Global Market, the company’s common stock will continue to trade under the ticker symbol “FDBC.” Daniel J. Santaniello, president and chief executive officer, said, “Our transition to

Nasdaq represents a significant step toward enhancing value to our shareholders. We believe that trading on Nasdaq will expand our visibility, broaden and diversify our shareholder base, provide better liquidity and contribute to an increase in shareholder value.” Fidellity D & D Bancorp, Inc. serves customers in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties through The Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank’s 10 community banking office locations providing personal and business banking products and services.

and under the leadership of the Mertz Family; Dave Grove, COO; and Fred Meyer, VP and director of corporate services, the company is realizing dynamic growth in all sectors of its business,” said Jay Olshonsky, president of NAI Global. “Scott’s professionalism and industry expertise allows him to leverage local relationships for multimarket opportunities. These awards are well-deserved, and it is with appreciation that we honor Scott and NAI Mertz for their leadership and contributions to our global company,” he said. NAI Global has benefited from NAI Mertz’s contributions for many years. Barry Mertz, CEO, has served as an NAI Leadership Board Member; Jeff Licht as NAI Industrial Council Chair; Fred Meyer as NAI Corporate Services Chair; and Becky Ting as an Office Council Member. The company is proud to have others serving as members of various councils and sector-based teams. Founded in 1980, NAI Mertz is a leading fullservice commercial real estate firm conducting business throughout the United States, and globally, from its regional offices in New Jersey, greater

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healthcare update

Getting to the heart of the disease patients, one can only wonder if a high risk. reducing or blocking inflamma“For years and years As the underlying cause of death, cardiovascular tion can prevent heart disease. the only option really was disease accounts for nearly one of every three deaths in Matsumura finds the concept of to not have those people the United States, according to the American Heart As- targeting inflammation to prevent on something that doesn’t sociation. In that respect, it claims more lives each year heart events intriguing for potential work nearly as well,” he than all forms of cancer and chronic lower respiratory behavioral and natural therapies. said. “Those patients were disease combined. obviously at risk for stroke. New Devices However, advances in treatment and prevention Along comes the Watchman In addition to cardiovascular continue. device. The trials suggest that Over the past decade, statins have helped to reduce drugs, new devices to combat it works just as well as blood LDL, the “bad” cholesterol that collects on the walls of heart disease have come into use thinners, again, for a certain blood vessels where it can cause blockages. Yet some today. population of patients who Geisinger electro physiologist people could not tolerate statins or they did not work aren’t eligible for long-term Wilson Young, M.D., placed the well enough. anti-coagulants. first leadless pacemaker in the “We are now a year or two into lipid-lowering “We have been putting a Northeast region in August 2017. drugs, the PCSK9 inhibitors,” said Martin E. Matsulot of those in and accumu“We put a lot of pacemakers in Matsumura mura, M.D., chief of cardiology at Geisinger Wyoming lated a lot of data at Danville. people who have rhythmic disturbances,” Matsumura Valley, Wilkes-Barre. “It had a very, very significant This is a nice option and it seems to be working for said. “The traditional is a battery that goes in the chest patients.” impact on cholesterol lowering and less side effects. There was excitement around them. Now, recently, we and one or more – sometimes three or four – wires that AbsorbAble steNts have had the first study that says they appear to reduce go through the vasculature that goes into the heart.” While pacemakers have obvious benefits, the Another device that generated a lot of excitement (cardiac) events.” in the cardiac arena was absorbable stents. Geisinger So what’s new or in the pipeline for the near future traditional units have two downsides: an inclination toward cracks in those wires and increased infections, does not use absorbable stents. in cardiac care and prevention? “The thought was you could eliminate the “There is not a lot in development that is exciting,” especially for those who have had multiple pacemakers. “The more foreign bodies you put in, the more problem with stent clotting if you got rid of the stent,” Matsumura said. “It’s not a particularly robust time for you are prone to complications,” Matsumura said. Matsumura said. “They’re made of a new polymer and cardiology drugs. But there’s a drug in development “The theory of the leadless pacemaker is it’s a tiny little disappear. Data was accumulating that they aren’t as that is a new class of medicines that directly targets battery. It has no wires that come out of it. It paces the good as the traditional metal stents. It’s a nice example inflammation and has now been shown to prevent of sometimes the hype is out of proportion to the recurrent events in people who have had heart attacks. heart without the need for any of the wires creating the issues. They put it right in the heart. It’s a big reality of what you’re going to get with new technology We have known for years and years that inflammation and new drugs.” plays a key role in heart events and overall survival. For breakthrough.” Another device, the Watchman device, helps to the first time, a drug shows that targeting that specific vAlve replAcemeNt prevent blood clots in patients who cannot tolerate or aspect may keep a patient alive and healthy.” Jon Resar, M.D., director of Johns Hopkins Hospiuse blood thinners such as warfarin. Ilaris, a drug created by Novartis, a Swiss-based tal’s Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, director Geisinger cardiologists Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman, pharmaceutical company, currently treats periodic fever of the Interventional Cardiology Program and Medical M.D., and Kishore Harjai, M.D., have been placing syndromes and system juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Director of the Structural Heart Disease Program, perthe Watchman device for about a year at Geisinger Given just four times a year for cardiac use, Ilaris trial Wyoming Valley Medical Center and Geisinger Medical forms cutting-edge transcatheter mitral valve replaceevidence shows it can prevent heart attacks not by ments, a procedure developed at Johns Hopkins. Center. They are the only physicians in the Northeast lowering cholesterol or blood pressure or preventing According to the American College of Cardiology, region to perform this procedure. blood clots but by reducing inflammation. transcatheter mitral valve replacement (MVR) recently “This is really exciting for patients,” Matsumura Despite the drug’s preliminary stage of developemerged as an exciting new frontier in the field of said. “This has been a really nice breakthrough. The ment, potential increase in deadly infections and current $200,000 annual cost, Matsumura holds hope Watchman device is a left atrial appendage device that’s cardiac structural interventions. “The most common method to replace the mitral put in through a patient’s heart which is a little pouch the drug will pan out. valve is with open heart surgery that requires cardiooff the left atrium which is the left upper chamber.” “I see concepts come along that sound exciting pulmonary bypass,” said Resar. “Indeed, this remains Complications of patients with atrial fibrillation, a that don’t pan out,” he said. “There’s not a lot out there in development other than Ilaris. That’s something that common rhythm disturbance, can result in blood clots, the gold standard in patients who are good candidates for open heart surgery. However, many patients with may work and I would start creating hype about it. This which can cause strokes and other vascular events. mitral valve disease are high-risk candidates for open The Watchman device can help when treatment with is exciting.” Though the drug therapy focuses only on high-risk well-established blood thinners cannot be used or pose cardiac surgery. It is in these patients that transcath-

By Kathy Ruff




eter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) is being studied.” Johns Hopkins works with Medtronic Inc. on the Apollo Study which is studying the Intrepid valve system for replacing mitral valves that are leaking in patients who are at high risk for conventional cardiac surgery. “The procedure is done through a small incision in the chest wall and does not require that the patient be placed on cardiopulmonary bypass,” Resar said. “It is performed on the beating heart. The native valve is not removed but is pushed aside by the new valve that fits inside the old valve.” TMVR is also done on mitral valves previously placed with surgery that have degenerated and are either leaking or stenotic (narrowed), a higher-risk procedure. “This procedure to place a new mitral valve inside of an old bioprosthetic surgical valve can even be performed without a chest incision and can be done from the vein in the leg.” Patients benefit through a less invasive procedure and typically have much quicker recoveries.

HeArt stAtistics

• About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Direct and indirect costs of cardiovascular diseases and stroke are estimated to total more than $316 billion; that includes both health expenditures and lost productivity. • Coronary heart disease is the leading cause (45.1 percent) of deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease in the U.S., followed by stroke (16.5 percent), heart failure (8.5 percent), High blood pressure (9.1 percent), diseases of the arteries (3.2 percent), and other cardiovascular diseases. • Heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the U.S. • Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.3 million deaths per year in 2013, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030. • In 2013, cardiovascular deaths represented 31 percent of all global deaths. • In 2010, the estimated global cost of cardiovascular disease was $863 billion, and it is estimated to rise to $1,044 billion by 2030. Source: American Heart Association

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Businesses see value in displaying, supporting local artists’ work

So, the collection went to Allied Services in Wilkes-Barre, which at the time was John Heinz Rehabilitation. A student of hers at the time was on the board and thought it would be a good idea to have them host the collection. “It would give them (patients) something to do,” she said, “when they weren’t doing their rehab. It was really great to have the patients be able to walk around and see the paintings. “They got to see landscapes that were familiar,” she said. “Some of them were in their backyard. Some of them were things they had grown up with – the coal breakers, the barns and the landscapes from the interstate.” She said the facility was happy to have the work. “They loved it,” she said. Hand donated a portion of the proceeds to pediatric programs to the facility. “It was in the thousands of the dollars,” said Jim Brogna, vice president, Allied Services. “A lot of people used those paintings for therapy. They would walk to a scene of the Susquehanna River or a beach scene at Cape May. The therapists, nurses and families — they all loved it.” Brogna said the facility is undergoing some renovation and hopes to have more of her paintings in the near future. “It became a really unique experience,” he said. “I don’t think anyone realized how great this would be when Sue first approached us.”

By Phil Yacuboski

Members and guests who visit the Westmoreland Club in downtown Wilkes-Barre often find themselves admiring the artwork adorning the club’s walls. Local artists. Local scenery. “There just is a great range of style and talent locally and we feel it’s important to showcase that at the club,” said Robert Williams, general manager and chief operating officer of the Westmoreland Club on South Franklin Street. Williams said when he arrived in 1995, there were no local works of art at the club. “Working with a modest budget and two of our members, we found some great pieces,” he said. Among those who produced some great pieces is John Tikotsky, who painted a streetscape of South Franklin Street. “He did a great piece for us,” said Williams. “You see the club on the left, but you also see lots of other things, too, so it’s a great representation of that part of the downtown. We’ve been part of the downtown for 144 years, so that automatically just went into part of the programming of our artwork.” Other pieces are from artist Tom Dougherty and Virginia Davis, an artist and club member. Williams noted her painting of the Susquehanna River looking toward Forty-Fort. “Since then, we’ve been working little by little to help acquire more artwork every time we do a room over,” said Williams. “Now, we have artwork from not only Tikotsky, Dougherty and Davis, but we also have works from others as well.” It’s not just local artists. The club also features works of art from the Luzerne County Historical Society that are on loan. “These are 19th century paintings,” he said. “They had been in storage and they (the Historical Society) really didn’t have a place to display those, so now, they are on display.” Through a charitable foundation, the public can actually take a tour of the art collection. Williams said the foundation provides scholarships and takes donations. He said they’ve also collected 19th century leather spine books, which came from the Welles family collection.

Photo By Emma Black

Robert Williams, general manager and chief operating officer of the Westmoreland club in Wilkes-Barre, stands before a painting by John tikotsky. it shows South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre and includes the club’s building. ing just come in and look at the paintings. They are beautiful. She’s really talented. It’s been “It’s a win-win,” said Sue Hand, an artist beneficial for both of us.” from Dallas, whose paintings adorn the walls But then came Hand’s “Millennium Collecof The Dough Company, Agolino’s in West tion” 17 years ago. Hand, who has painted Pittston, The Bear Creek Inne and the Ricketts much of the landscape and scenery of Northeast Glen Hotel. “They get artwork for their walls and Pennsylvania, put together 366 paintings in a I get people to see my paintings. And once in a collection to celebrate the transition to the year while, I get a purchase.” 2000. “The customers love it,” said Joe Agolino Jr., “I needed someone to hang all of those whose restaurant currently houses about 40 of paintings,” she said. “Most museums can’t Sue Hand, Dallas her paintings. “Some of the people who are eat- handle all of those.”

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Lexus seeks to improve the car buying experience, but it’s slow to take off

ence ratings in the industry already, but with You don’t need a mountain of market re- a small slice of the luxury car market comsearch to discover that most people dislike pared to BMW or Mercedes. About a year the process of buying a new car. Haggling ago, Toyota’s premium car brand introduced on price and trade-in value, Lexus Plus, which is a new discussing financial packages process to purchase its vehicles and extended warranty plans, in which car buyers deal with and waiting while “I check one person only and prices are with the manager,” often turns set—no negotiation required, the joy of buying a new car no checking with the manager. into the bitter resentment of The Lexus Plus concept also what it takes to close a deal. applies to service visits, where If ever there were a brand one service manager handles a experience that could be customer from start to finish. universally improved, new Among major automotive Taylor car buying would have to be brands, only Saturn was able it. Yet, very few automotive brands have to sustain a no-haggle approach to new car been willing to significantly alter the car buying. During its early success with the buying process, in part, no doubt, because concept, some dealers for other brands adtheir dealerships generate so much of their opted it, but with Saturn gone, the prevailprofits using the existing system. ing model is the one consumers continue Enter Lexus, a leading luxury car brand, to hate. with some of the highest customer experiSo, how is Lexus Plus doing? Depends By Dave Taylor

on whom you ask. A year after its introduction, only 13 Lexus dealers out of 237 have adopted the program. Lexus wants us to believe they’re OK with a gradual rollout. “Not only are dealers learning in this process, we, too, as a manufacturer are learning how to better support them in this transition,” Lexus General Manager of Future Initiatives Greg Kitzens said in “Automotive News,” “It’s one of those things where you’ve really got to burn the ship. You’re not going back, and if you’ve got personnel that are used to doing business very traditionally, they may not fit into the Lexus Plus process.” It’s hard to tell at this point what Mr. Kitzens is inferring about those who “may not fit into the Lexus Plus process.” Will those dealerships be allowed to continue with business as usual or be forced to convert to the new system? Because Lexus, like most automotive brands, doesn’t own its dealerships, it can be complicated to proclaim

the widespread changes that Lexus Plus requires. The majority of its dealerships appear to be waiting to see the results of Lexus Plus in beta form before making the substantial changes it would require.

a year after its introduction, only 13 Lexus dealers out of 237 have adopted the program. All of which is evidence of how difficult it can be to change a brand experience for the better. Lexus clearly sees how to improve it for the consumer. Yet, its partners in the process—its dealers—seem to prefer higher profits over better customer satisfaction ratings. For Lexus, the obstacle to changing the car buying brand experience appears to be convincing its own dealership network what’s best for the brand will also be good for their bottom line.

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How managers can expand the mindset of their employees By Biagio “Bill” Sciacca

One of the biggest issues I need to work through in management consulting is when a manger suggests to me that his or her employees lack creativity and an expansive mindset. Most clients hate the next line of questioning because it revolves around what THEY do to increase that level of expansiveness in their employees. To be sure, the range of available choices to our personal approach to attitude is limitless. (Actually, it is limited by the individual’s perception to the range of choices a person sees as available.) If you believe the above statement, it means that the only limits people have are the limits that they place upon themselves. In other words, we are limited by our own mind and habits of thinking. If I may go further in this line of thinking: If we are truly limited by what we think, and thought is one of the few things that we have total and complete control over, that means that we can change our thinking any time we like. And if we change our thinking to embrace more possibilities, and jettison the notion that we can’t change our thoughts, then we can begin

the process of a “different mindset.” • Use your organizational culture as a breeding At this point you might be asking, “So what?” ground for ideas; ask employees to generate ideas, That’s a fair question. Since thought drives behavior, if debrief all the ideas in staff meetings. we begin to think differently, then we can begin to act • Let your employees sample the power of YOUR differently. limitless optimism and replicate it. And it is in different actions that all change comes No Limits about. No one was born with any limits on their personal So, if you believe that thought drives behavior power and no one was born with a govand the only way to change behavior ernor on their capacities or capabilities. is to change your thinking, then the The job of a manager is to recognize question before us is: what can we do to when a mental bottleneck is preventing assist our employees in changing their employees from becoming all that they behavior? can become. This is very important to Here are a few ideas: us because as our employees grow in • Ask your employees what they their personal designs, they are assistwould do in a specific situation? Just ing us in growing our department or because you’re the manager doesn’t our company and, as a result of their mean you have all the correct answers. SCIACCA growth, they are allowing others to • Give recognition. I have come grow. This becomes an organic, and across very many managers in my tenure who are great at progressive discipline, but get nonmanagerial process, because you did not initiate the growth, only the climate to allow growth to occur. dry mouthed when it comes to giving praise. (Pretty exciting, huh?) • Help your employees imagine possibilities. Ask If you can help your employees make up their “what if” questions, then ask a “then what” question. minds to be better, do better and achieve more, they will not only do more for you and your organization,

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Biagio “Bill” sciacca, Ph.D., has been a university professional for more than three and a half decades. He is the author of “Goals Book: Embracing Personal Responsibility in an Age of Entitlement,” and “Goals Book 2 the Fieldbook: Putting Goal setting to Work.” He also is CEo of intelligent motivation inc. and is a speaker and trainer in leadership, strategic planning and executive education, goal setting, management and communiations. Contact him at or 570-430-9303

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but they also will be grateful that you have helped them grow. When you assist an employee in developing a personal skill at work, they can transfer that to other areas of life. You are helping them become more successful in all areas of life, and for that, they will be your friend, your resource and your tireless worker. Accountability questions: 1. What can I do to assist my employees in seeing that their choices for attitudinal development are limitless? 2. Am I becoming all that I can become so as to be a role model for all? 3. If not, what can I do NOW, to start that process? Feel free to email me your answers.

Rich Golden, left, accepts the Junior Achievement Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Rich Golden, CEO of Golden Technologies, was honored recently by Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the annual Business Hall of Fame Dinner & Awards Ceremony. From starting in a one-car garage to becoming the largest facility in the world solely dedicated to the manufacture of lift chairs, the history of Golden Technologies is a story that defines the American dream. Golden has been in the business of manufacturing his entire adult life. In 1985, he, along with his father and a family friend, saw an opportunity to provide the home healthcare industry with quality, handcrafted lift chairs. His vision of Golden as a complete mobility solution provider became a reality in 1996 when he added power scooters and power wheelchairs to the lineup. “I attribute the tremendous growth and success of Golden Technologies to the continued hard work and determination of our employees, many of whom have been with us for a very long time,” said Golden. “We’re just in a bigger garage.” Junior Achievement provides programs to students teaching work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

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Author suggests solutions to the economic urban crisis

deserve to be evaluated in depth throughout the region, irrespective of the size of many of the region’s commuA book has been written by an author who many nities. He points to the need to consider the use of land years ago visited this region, especially Wilkes-Barre, and that, in 2016, the President’s Council of Economic and presented fresh ideas about the urban community. Advisors highlighted the deleterious consequences of Richard Florida wrote in 2002, “The Rise of the Creative land-use restrictions on the U.S. economy. Class,” and most recently a 310-page book titled “The The book suggests that “less-advantaged working New Urban Crisis” which spells out the dilemma facing and service classes are falling further behind, unable to many cities in this nation, but also looks at global keep pace with rising housing costs.” Florida suggests cities. He points out the seven pillars of urbanism that that this trend is affecting the 350-plus metro areas should be considered to move cities forward, much in the United States. Therefore, much more attention of which should be studied in this region. The seven should be placed upon this region’s metro area so that pillars include the following: actions can be undertaken which can drive a regional • Reform zoning and building codes, as well as tax future that will be truly competitive economically both policies, to ensure that the clustering force works to the domestically and globally. This region depends greatly benefit of all. on what results from our relationship to New York and • Invest in the infrastructure needed to spur density New Jersey. Wall Street West, which had an active and clustering and limit costly and inefficient sprawl. role in this region several years ago, does not seem • Build more affordable rental housing in central to be a steady influence in today’s view of the regional locations. economy. There is a need to reconsider ways to once • Expand the middle class by turning low-wage again generate interest in this approach as a measure service jobs into family-supporting work. to bring attention to satellite facilities that can focus • Tackle concentrated poverty head-on by investing on the means to facilitate regional growth over the in people and places. next few years. Does the region offer opportunities for • Engage in a global effort to build stronger, more the Generation Xers who can stay or move to urban prosperous cities in rapidly urbanizing parts of the areas, and Florida believes that this group of young emerging world. people and families are headed back to cities. Whether • Empower communities and enable local leaders this is true in this region awaits appropriate studies to to strengthen their own economies and cope with the determine a trend line. challenges of the New Urban Crisis. Florida suggests that nationally, since the recession These pillars, for the most part, deal with issues of 2008, the top 1 percent has captured a staggering 85 that face the urban side of the Pocono-Northeast and percent of all income growth. He reviews this process,

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a key, then what occurred that was called the Medillin noting that, as of 2013, the 1 percent was making roughly 25 times the average income of the remainDeclaration in Columbia in 2014, perhaps should occur ing 99 percent nationwide. Inequality is a basic and in this region in a domestic sense, bringing together fundamental problem, especially in what he describes 20,000 urbanists, city leaders and planners from as super cities, but also impacts this region, when 160 countries. Think of what that would mean to the our proximity to the major metros — New York, New economy of this region. Global trends would be evaluJersey and Philadelphia — is taken into account. There ated and discussed as well as the domestic status of is a need to analyze regional data urbanization. It should be noted to think through how economic that in the recent presidential changes can occur in coming election, little mention of cities years in a more positive vein was noted, and this is an importhan perhaps has occurred in tant message that portends an the recent past. Although the ominous trend. regional economy has shifted in Florida suggests a new a 40-to-50-year span to become Council of Cities be established much more diversified, the nationally to advise the president issues noted in the Florida book on issues of national police, a should be defined and utilized to system that may make sense help generate community values regionally and in the Commonthat can help improve the urban wealth. He points to Canada life of this region over the next and Australia as places we can few years. Urban, according learn much from and apply to to what is found in the book, the United States. The path to suggests that suburban life has progress rests with both urban gRossman seen a decline in shopping malls, and rural community improvesome loss of suburban factories, ment, but in Florida’s view, the and other trends. Nevertheless, this national view may telescope of progress is emphasis on urban communinot be as poorly stated for the Pocono-Northeast as ties. Pennsylvania is different since it has more rural it is elsewhere, Caution, however, says that the region people than any other state. The defining issue in the needs to become more urban and suburban conscious Commonwealth is blending both urban and rural into so that what is happening elsewhere does not reprea viable landscape, as true in this region as any other sent a regional trend here. If cities and urbanization are region of the nation.

Steve Cole of NAI Mertz of PA receives prestigious SIOR designation

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symbol of the highest level of knowledge, production and ethics in the real estate industry, according to NAI Mertz. “We congratulate Steve on receiving the SIOR designation,” said Barry Mertz, SIOR, CEO, NAI Mertz. “This accolade recognizes experts in our industry that are committed to achieving professional excellence through a high degree of education, training and success. Earning the SIOR designation is a testament to Steve’s dedication to providing his clients with the highest level of service, and we look forward to his continued success as a part of the NAI Mertz team,” he added. Cole is an industrial and leasing specialist with 11 years of tenure with NAI Mertz of PA and also serves on NAI Mertz’s Energy Services team, having worked with numerous energy companies. He is a licensed salesperson in Pennsylvania and is continuing his education in

logistics and supply chain management. Prior to joining NAI Mertz, Cole was an active Pennsylvania National Guard soldier. Enlisted in 2003, he was promoted to sergeant in 2006. He served an 18-month deployment in Iraq where he was a team leader in a unit that ran convoy operations. NAI Mertz, with a team of over 40 professionals, now has 11 members that hold the SIOR designation, more than any other commercial real estate firm in the region, the company said. In addition, NAI Mertz Vice President Roy Kardon currently serves on the SIOR NJ Chapter’s board of officers, and Rebecca Ting, vice president, is an SIOR NJ past president. NAI Mertz of PA is a full-service commercial real estate firm and the NAI Global representative for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and northeastern Pennsylvania markets.

healthcare update

Competition between GCMC’s and Moses Taylor’s birth units seen as benefit

will lead to continued improvements at both health systems. Geisinger Community Medical Center’s “We make each other better,” said Justin plans to be back in the business of delivering Matus, Ph.D., a business professor at Wilkes babies by 2019 create competition for Moses University who serves on the board of Taylor Hospital and will test Wilkes-Barre General Hospi“You’re not just tal, another Commonwealth whether the Scranton regional market can sustain two birthing pulling from the Health facility. “By having that facilities. Scranton market” competition ... both parties The health system anhave to work really hard to - Gloria Gerrity nounced plans Sept. 12 to build stay current and improve. The a new $15 million maternity basis for competing is either center at GCMC, including seven labor and on price or on quality, and I think when it delivery suites to start and 11 postpartum comes to health care people are obviously less price sensitive than they are on quality.” recovery rooms to come later. It marks the In a statement issued the same day as first time since 2007 that a hospital other GCMC’s announcement, Commonwealth than Moses Taylor, a Commonwealth Health hospital, provided such services in the Elec- Health spokeswoman Renita Fennick noted that Moses Taylor is the first hospital in the tric City. Community Medical Center shutnation to earn the Joint Commission’s Gold tered its maternity ward in 2007, five years Seal of Approval for Perinatal Care, offers before Geisinger acquired it in 2012. a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and While Moses Taylor has cornered the benefited from a more than $2 million investScranton market on obstetrics for the past ment into facility upgrades to the obstetrics decade, experts believe the new competition By Jeff Horvath, The Times-Tribune

service line over the past few years. For Geisinger, the new GCMC maternity ward is one part of a larger effort to provide a range of women’s health services locally, including the first midwifery program offered by a hospital in Scranton and a host of other outpatient services. Gloria Gerrity, vice president of Geisinger’s Women’s and Children’s Institute, agreed that competition drives health systems to do better. It also provides potential patients with more options, she said. She believes Geisinger’s push to provide robust women’s health initiatives locally will introduce new options and draw patients from other markets, allowing Scranton to sustain two birthing hospitals. “You’re not just pulling from the Scranton market,” she said. “Most women want to be able to deliver their babies locally, so obviously Scranton is a good spot and we’ll be able to pull and have some of that competition. But I think, as our presence becomes more known, it’s going to be reaching out

much more (broadly) than just Scranton itself.” As they bolster services and quality of care, both Geisinger and Commonwealth will likely draw more patients away from health systems in even larger markets, including in the area of obstetrics, Matus said. “I think in some ways there’s probably a certain amount of unmet demand across the geographic area,” he said. “(Both) centers, because of their improved quality ... (are) going to pull in more complicated OB cases that maybe 10 (or) 15 years ago might have been farmed out to markets like Philadelphia or New York.” Matus also believes the demand will be enough to sustain two birthing hospitals. “It’s kind of like when they add two or three lanes to the highway,” he said. “What happens? The highway fills up with more cars. You build capacity and the demand will come, and I think you will continue to see that.”

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Vaccination dilemma: false science

(MMR), chicken pox and flu shots can help to prevent scientific data about immunization. She said vaccine RegulatoRy changes viral meningitis as these are the diseases’ common additives and fillers are not harmful, and vaccines, Allyson Favuzza, CRNP with The Wright Center Regulatory changes and a big push on sciensuch as that used against polio, have scored tremen- causes. for Graduate Medical Education, noted that the tific education mark the world in which health care A big push is also on in the battle against the dous wins in the prevention of human suffering. Pennsylvania Department of Health, with guidance providers must function, especially regarding patient human papillomavirus (HPV) which has been “People must not just Google a subject such as from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immunization. strongly implicated in cervical immunizations and then accept calls the “shots” for child immunization. A new state Immunization clearly is big business and, accord- what they read,” said Dr. Kraynakcancer onset. According to Dr. regulation allows a grace period of only five days ing to The Atlantic, the vaccine business has become Appel. “They also need to be Kraynak-Appel, the risk for HPV for kids to receive required immunization after school a $24 billion annual market. This comprises no more aware that California has had contraction increases with every starts, such as for kindergarten and inoculation than 3 percent of the trillion-dollar worldwide pharsexual exposure, making the best against hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus and whopping mumps and measles outbreaks, maceutical industry, but creates a renewable market defense vaccination before any and mumps also surfaced in cough (DTP), polio, measles, mumps and rubella as group after group of children must be vaccinated sexual encounter occurs. Bloomsburg. These diseases are (MMR) and chicken pox. every year before starting school. Recommendations now are still out there.” “In the past, students had eight months to be fully Joanna Kraynak-Appel, D.O., family physician for a two-shot series if they are Family physicians are now inoculated before being sent home, which created with the Geisinger Bloomsburg Clinic, explained that facing several changes in vaccine begun before age 14. If the initial a loophole parents could use to drag out year after she and her peers frequently must debunk myths immunization against HPV occurs year,” said Favuzza. “Schools now have the power administration in teens and and rumors about immunization created by the after age 14, a triple-shot series is to almost immediately send noncompliant students adults. authors of pseudo-science. All available data indicates recommended, and in both cases home.” A standard vaccine, now immunization has been tremendously successful at immunity is lifelong requiring no recommended to be given at ages Kraynak-Appel Favuzza noted that, despite all of the scientific preventing diseases that can cause death or inflict follow-up injections. 11 to 12 and re-administered at data about immunization, some parents still resist. life-long side effects. In the battle against the agony Providers are also struggling, in many cases, to age 16 to 17, can protect against To combat this pseudo-science, Dr. Kraynak-Apof shingles, which actually is an bacterial meningitis. Other comhave the manpower to immunize large numbers pel and her peers must educate patients with genuine mon vaccines such as measles, mumps and rubella encore of the chicken pox virus, adult vaccination of children, with immunization of many uninsured is desirable because shingles can have long-lasting children vaccinated in clinics and paid for by vaccine effects through a nasty complication known as post- manufacturers, Harrisburg’s Vaccines and Children herpetic neuralgia that can inflict pain and exhaustion. Program and Medicaid. This is true only for a person who once contracted HPV, according to Favuzza, is presenting a special chicken pox, but Dr. Kraynak-Appel advised that immunization problem. Rates of immunization in people who never seemed to deal with chicken pox Pennsylvania are still lagging behind other groups, could have had a subclinical case without overt especially among teens, even though states such as symptoms, thereby making them ripe for shingles. Rhode Island now require mandatory immunization “Post-herpetic neuralgia from shingles can last a leading to higher compliance rates. lifetime,” warned Dr. Kraynak“Some parents can be particularly Appel. “Pregnant women resistant to vaccination, particularly with should also never be exposed to HPV, making education for the family the shingles.” best alternative,” said Favuzza. “We ask if Vaccines and cancer preventhese parents have ever heard of HPV and tion are increasingly making the possible side effects of it, and we may the news, but according to Dr. have to debunk false science. The most Kraynak-Appel, no magic immueducated parents can sometimes be the nization bullet is on the scientific most resistant.” horizon. These vaccines actually In the world of adult immunization, pinpoint drivers for cancer and insurance carriers also can refuse to attack them, such as HPV and allow certain providers or pharmacies Favuzza cervical cancer, but do not to administer select vaccines. While directly prevent the cancer itself. this may upset those desiring a vaccine, “These still is no Lyme disease vaccination for Favuzza pointed out that there is logic behind the humans,” said Dr. Kraynak-Appel. “There was one in tactic, particularly with older patients. the early 2000s but it was pulled off the market by “In some cases, insurance carriers may avoid the FDA. This is a hot topic that’s being studied, but double vaccination for adults by restriction of where there’s nothing available now.” the inoculation can be administered,” Favuzza said. By Dave Gardner





New weapons developed in battle against sleep apnea By Phil Yacuboski

Eight hours a night, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Did I forget the occasional power nap? We spend a lot of time sleeping. And while workouts, kids, families, jobs and just plain ’ole stress can get in the way, a good night’s sleep is very important for rest and recovery. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder, which causes a person to stop breathing while sleeping. The airway becomes blocked and the person snores loudly or even begins to choke. It can happen a few times during the night or even several hundred times a night. Diagnoses and treatment have come a long way. “Patients used to have sleep studies done at a sleep center,” said Dr. Samer Alkhuja, a sleep apnea specialist with the Pocono Medical Center. “People used to have to leave their home, but nowadays technology allows us to do those sleep studies at home.” Those home studies are convenient for the patient, he said. “They get those kits from the center and you sleep for two nights with the kit and then you deliver that back to the sleep center,” he said. That information is then downloaded and then the results are discussed with the patient and the doctor. “This is a new way of diagnosing the condition,” he said. Sleep apnea can cause a number of problems, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The lack of oxygen being delivered to the brain can result in high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol and diabetes. It can also make you drowsy and tired during the day. Nearly 30 million Americans suffer with the disease, according to their research. Advancements also are being made when it comes to treatment. The days of the old noisy machine next to the bed are no longer, said Dr. Alkhuja. “The new machines are small and they are quiet,” he said. “The only way you know the machine is on is if you look to see if the light is on.” He said the new machines treat patients with air pressure and without a mask. “A lot of people have problems with the mask,” he said. “They are claustrophobic and they can’t

Man demonstrates placing CPAP mask that assists in combatting obstructive sleep apnea, allowing for more restful sleep. tolerate a big mask on their face to sleep with so they use this new technique and breath through the nose.” Dr. Alkhuja also said another new device is all in one piece. “It’s like a denture,” he said. “It’s made custom for the patient. This is for people who can’t have a machine at all.” Patients put the denture in their mouth and it pushes the lower jaw forward to create some room in the back of the mouth. It fits like a sports or mouth guard. “When they sleep, they won’t snore or collapse their airway,” said Dr. Alkhuja. More people are being treated for sleep apnea, said Dr. Alkhuja, for two reasons: he believes more people have health insurance and are seeking treatment as well as obesity. “More people are obese and sleep apnea is connected to that,” he said. “Unfortunately, it’s like an endemic. The incidence of sleep apnea is more.” He said a treatment plan can also include losing

weight. “If someone loses about 15 pounds, your condition improves,” he said. “There is a chance that if a person loses enough weight, they can lose the sleep apnea all together and all that comes with it.” Pennsylvania has the 25th highest obesity numbers in the United States, according to research

compiled by The State of Obesity Project released in August of 2017. Currently, 30.3 percent of Pennsylvanians are obese, up from 20.3 percent in 2000 and 13.7 percent in 1990. The numbers are split almost evenly among gender and race. The highest percentage of obese adults is between the ages of 45 and 64, according to the research.

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money talks; do you listen? your review.

By Keith Kleinman

Have a heart-to-heart with your finances. Sound silly? After all, your financial information can’t talk to you. Or can it? Every account statement you receive is telling you something about the state of your finances. Depending on how your investments perform, you’ll see an increase or a decrease in your investment account balances. If you’ve spent more of your savings than you intended, your savings account statement will show it. Day to day, you may not be listening to every little thing your finances are saying. So, at least once a year, you and your financial information should sit down for a gabfest. Fall is the perfect time because summer’s over, the kids are back to school, and the holiday bustle hasn’t started yet. If you’re ready to talk, these suggestions can break the ice.

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Before you can assess your investing strategy and determine whether it’s moving you closer to your goals, you’ll want to review current information about your finances. Gather your most recent bank, investment and retirement account statements, pay stubs and a copy of last year’s income-tax return. Compiling a list of all your assets and liabilities — including loans, savings, investments, and other debts — will be helpful in

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Before you begin, think seriously about your ability to handle investment risk. Your tolerance for risk is an important consideration when you’re reviewing your investment choices. If your investment time frame or goals have changed, your risk tolerance may have changed as well. Exposing your portfolio to too much risk may place your retirement savings in jeopardy, while holding too many “safe” investments may prevent you from reaching your goals.

financial goals. You may need to make changes to your strategy to accommodate new goals, such as funding a child’s college education, or to make up for a loss of income. Life events may also alter your life insurance needs, so conduct a policy review if your personal circumstances have changed.

ity or illness. Beyond what your employer may provide, you may want to consider purchasing a long-term disability insurance policy and longterm care insurance or increasing any coverage you already have.

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Small business sustainability: take cues from big business By Cheryl Scandale-Murnin, LEED AP

Keeping it simple is important for success in any business, but it is especially important in small businesses where resources and assets are extremely limited. So many facets of running a small business can become complex but adopting sustainability as a competitive strategy does not have to be one of them, and as a result, even the smallest start-up company can leverage the strategies that the largest multinationals are using to their significant benefit. It completely levels the playing field. Additionally, it is a powerful way to differentiate your company from your competitors and break through all of the

Small companies can accomplish specmarketing clutter that stands between you tacular outcomes when they find another and new customers. organization that is similarly sized, in their Follow the example of several large neighborhood and who serves a similar companies but be sure to right-size the customer base to partner with on smallerinitiative to your business model. For exscale sustainability initiatives. ample, large companies have the If providing clean drinking opportunity to partner with other water to emerging economies large companies in an effort to on the other side of the globe cause big changes, but that is is beyond your resources, not a reasonable expectation for create a wellness program in a smaller company. Trying to your company and empower do so will lead to early frustrayour staff to become involved. tion and disappointment, and Big corporations can partner who really wants to focus their Scandale-Murnin with major NGOs that attract limited energies on a task with so little emotional return when the financial large amounts of grant money, but a small company that has adopted a great in-house return seems so far off in the distance.




wellness program with some documented outcomes can partner with a local charitable organization with similar interests and exponentially increase their reach in their own community. Together, the small company and the small charitable organization can combine their efforts in a mutually beneficial way and bring a wellness series to a local school, or provide programming for an after-school program, or serve an intergenerational group that needs help with something because of elder participants. So, how is this part of sustainability if it doesn’t include changing light bulbs and why is it good for business?

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Group of friends working on growing hops for local beer maker By C.J. Marshall

Four partners in the Wyoming County farm of Avery Mountain Bines and Twine hope to bring new life to an old crop. This year, area residents Joe Mitchell, Paul Robinson, Tony Caputo and Mike Barziloski have 1 acre dedicated to growing hops. And, if you happen to be on Lane Hill, you might be surprised to see some hops plants approximately 20 feet high, growing along wire provided for support. Hops is a main ingredient in beer, which gives the beverage its distinctive bitter taste. Mitchell said their Tunkhannock Township business has entered into an agreement with Irving Cliff Brewery of Honesdale to take their entire crop. At one time, hops was a popular crop in Pennsylvania, Mitchell said, and that’s where the name of Hop Bottom in Susquehanna County originated. But in the late 1800s, many of the plants were destroyed by mildew, and Prohibition effectively killed the hops industry in the eastern section of the country. The crop was primarily cultivated in western states like Washington and Oregon, where the laws were less stringently enforced. New York has made a comeback in hops production, but Pennsylvania has been slower in reintroducing the crop. Recently, Mitchell said, leading agriculturalist Keith Eckel, owner of Eckels Farm of Clarks Summit, happened to be passing by and asked about the operation. “He looked at everything up and down, and asked what it is,” Mitchell said. “I told him it’s a hops farm. And he said, ‘Get out of here.’” Last year, the four men were thinking about starting a new business. During a trip to Florida, Mitchell had seen a hops operation, and became intrigued with the possibility of setting up something like it in Pennsylvania. Attending seminars and obtaining information from such sources as Penn State Extension, Michigan State University and the University of Florida, the owners set up an acre of land on Mitchell’s property and planted their first crop in May. Hops come in more than 100 species, Mitchell said, and the guys decided to grow chinook and cascade.

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From left, Paul Robinson, Joe Mitchell and Tony Caputo stand in front of the hops plants growing on Mitchell’s property. The three men, along with Mike Barziloski, are growing hops at Avery Mountain Bines and Twine farm in Tunkhannock Township in Wyoming County. The hops are being sold to Irving Cliff Brewery of Honesdale.

“They’re more reliable,” Robinson explained. “More resilient to mildew.” But they discovered their work was just beginning. Unlike many other types of crops, hops require constant watching and care. “Within a week, we realized it was going to be a struggle,” Mitchell explained. “We found out that hops need a lot of water.” But too much water causes problems. At first, the owners used a water truck. Mitchell said that’s the worst thing you can do, because it encourages the formation of mildew, and is also detrimental to the plants in other ways. The solution was to install a drip irrigation system, in which water is provided to the plants slowly. “Our biggest hurdle is water,” Mitchell said. “One hops plant needs about a gallon of water per day, then multiply that by 700.”

Bennie’s Nursery of Tunkhannock has been providing them with the necessary water. Mitchell said that Veto Barziloski Sr., owner of Bennie’s Nursery, has been very helpful in supplying the water. Next year, Mitchell said, they anticipate having 3,000 plants, and will seek assistance from excavator Frank Strumski. “He’s either going to put a well in, or put a pond in the back,” Mitchell said. Mitchell added he and his friends had been told not to expect a crop for three years. Yet, something fell into place for the operation, because there are now hops plants in the field more than 20 feet tall. “We have moved up our timetable in some areas — what we figured we’d be doing in five years has now been pushed up to two years,” he said. The owners recently harvested the hops. But Caputo said they still must take great care in

making certain nothing happens. Each day the plants are inspected for signs of mildew. Another big problem is insects — if left unattended, the entire crop could be devastated by European corn borers, or tent caterpillars. The cones of the hops plant are what breweries use to produce beer, Caputo said. Looking like tiny green pine cones, they have the distinctive smell and taste associated with beer. This year, the operation is expected to yield a few hundred pounds of cones. More is anticipated next year. Mitchell said he and his partners are very pleased with the results and are looking forward to expanding the operation. Everyone they’ve worked with in setting up their operation has been very helpful and supportive in their efforts. “It’s better to try, than never to try at all,” he said. C.J. Marshall is a writer for Wyoming County Examiner, a Times-Shamrock newspaper.



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diet, exercise top weapons against diabetes the increases in sight. This indicates a 41 percent sedentary behavior must be acknowledged. Prevention Preferred According to Dr. Casale, the best prescription rise in care costs over a five-year period. The ratio of Type I to Type II diabetes within One of the common health scourges of for Type II diabetes is to modify eating habits Alfred Casale, M.D., associate chief medical NEPA is about 50/50, according to Jignesh Northeast Pennsylvania apparently is largely and include more fresh food. Simple and modest Sheth, M.D., senior vice president of clinical officer and chair of the Geisinger Heart Instirelated to diet and lifestyle more than most exercise measures such as walking operations with The Wright Center for Graduate tute, explained that diabetes regional residents care to believe. in a parking lot or taking stairs usually is either Type I or Type II. Medical Education. He agreed that obesity and Diabetes, the disease caused by a malfuncconsistently can lead to significant Type I typically displays as juvenile sedentary behavior are fueling the onset of Type tion of the pancreas, results when that organ improvements in patient body mass II diabetes, and that the nation’s informational onset due to inherited pancreas decreases in its ability to produce or respond to and resultant sugar levels, even problems, while Type II often has resources directed against Type II are low in prothe hormone insulin. This results in abnormal if age and arthritis are deterring an adult onset and is related to portion to the problems caused by the disease. metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels obesity. activity. “When secondary disease already exists, the of sugary glucose in the blood and urine. “To avoid Type II diabetes, “It is the Type II that responds goal must be to prevent complications,” said Dr. A classic symptom of diabetes is increased extremist attitudes are outdated to weight loss and exercise, Sheth. “This is a problem, because prevention urine output, but the disease can often be silent, but in its later stage requires because they can’t be sustained,” should be the primary goal.” especially in its early stages when symptoms said Dr. Casale. “This all is not medications,” said Dr. Casale. Sheth A national Type II prevention program, acmay not be obvious. Inevitably, unchecked diabe- “When a discovery is made of a patient having rocket science, and prevention is always the best cording to Dr. Sheth, would involve high-level tes can result in damage to the eyes, kidneys, pre-diabetic high sugar, it often can be managed approach.” policy changes throughout American society nerves and heart, with patients potentially losing with lifestyle changes, with medication only used Patient and physician interaction to create with the goal of controlling obesity. Healthy food a limb. compliance with diet and exercise goals is also later.” programs that start at the basic school level, and According to the American Diabetes Associaa factor in management of Type II. Dr. Casale The risk factors for Type II diabetes are well add physical activity, should be widespread. tion, a 2012 study revealed that total costs of known, despite the prevalence of American obe- explained that brow beating a patient simply The workplace also has a role. Employers diagnosed diabetes have risen to $245 billion in doesn’t work, but a physician who uses a cheer- could readily offer health metric incentives with sity. Patient behavior affects healthy outcomes, 2012 from $174 billion in 2007, with no end to leader approach and includes an educational and self-inflicted risk through poor diet and insurance costs, along with discount gym memcomponent may achieve results. berships or the use of on-site exercise facilities. The physician must be clear with the diabetic This would be in direct opposition to NEPA’s patient about what is happening to his or her sedentary “casino culture,” love of red meat, health, and only moderate and reachable goals use of alcohol and overall bad food habits. should be set. The obese patient also should Encouragement to consume a plant-based diet, as be enlightened that the unhealthy behavior will opposed to a meat-based nutrition, could create eventually affect more than just dramatic results toward prevention 2017 them. of diabetes. six years in a row “I urge patients to improve “Many of NEPA’s bad food their diet and lifestyle for their kids, habits are cultural, and they still spouse and grandchildren,” said exist because of the region’s overall Dr. Casale. “Yes, there is illogical lack of young lifestyle adults,” said thinking about wellness out there, Dr. Sheth. “In addition, many jobs but most patients do understand in NEPA are not activity based and risk versus benefits.” many workers and students put in A major factor in NEPA’s obevery long hours, leaving little time or sity epidemic and its predictable Casale energy for an active lifestyle.” relationship with Type II diabetes is the region’s Early diagnosis is vital for diabetes treatment, love of alcohol. While alcohol does not attack the and Dr. Sheth advocates annual screenings of pancreas directly, it comprises empty calories baseline blood levels. A long list of oral medicain large quantities that inevitably add mass to a tions is now available for physicians to prescribe user’s body. if needed, plus insulin which is now available in “A male should never have more than seven discrete pen injectors. to 10 drinks a week, and for a female it’s 20 “I don’t see a single patient who can’t be percent less,” said Dr. Casale. “If a person is controlled, even if they have Type I and we use an consuming more alcohol than this, they should insulin pump,” said Dr. Sheth. “When the diabetes Christopher A. 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Every minute counts in a medical emergency, so Geisinger Health System wants to shorten the route to acute care for the southern Wyoming Valley. Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre on Church Street will revive its emergency department, providing closer access to care from places like Ashley, Hanover Township and Nanticoke, hospital officials say. As it stands now, people in those areas must drive to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, which is owned by Commonwealth Health, or Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township. Hospital officials say one-fourth of patients who show up at Geisinger Wyoming Valley’s emergency department travel from the South Wilkes-Barre hospital neighborhood and beyond. “If you’re living in Nanticoke or Plymouth, you have to drive now probably a good 25 minutes to get to any of the closest emergency rooms if you’re seriously ill,” said Dr. Anthony Aquilina, Geisinger Northeast’s regional president. The emergency room’s return, to be completed next year, is one of two resurrections the health system has in the works. Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton will restore maternity care that had been shut down a decade ago, when its former owners got out of the baby business and made Moses Taylor Hospital Lackawanna County’s only baby-delivering hospital. Geisinger’s $5 million emergency department restoration in South Wilkes-Barre could seem counterintuitive at a time when providers and policymakers alike are steering patients with lesser injuries or illnesses toward more costeffective urgent care clinics or their own family doctors.

inger Wyoming Valley or Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. “The care will be delivered at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, but if they come here first, we’ll stabilize them and get them to Geisinger Wyoming Valley,” Aquilina said. Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center has been extremely busy since emergency care was centralized there and it became a Level II trauma center in 2008, said Dr. Keith Vrabec, an emergency medicine physician at Geisinger Wyoming Valley who formerly worked at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Earlier this month, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital also became a Level II trauma center. Accredited trauma centers treat the most serious life-threatening and disabling injuries. “It’s at the point where the community requires another emergency department and Geisinger recognizes this,” Vrabec said. In addition to the new emergency room, Geisinger will add 13 renovated medical/surgical units with private inpatient rooms, expanded laboratory services and fullservice radiology.

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Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre has not had an emergency department for years. The campus had housed an emergency department when it was Mercy Hospital. Geisinger bought the former Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre in 2005 from the struggling Cincinnati-based Catholic Healthcare Partners. Four years later, it slashed services and staff numbers as the growing health system sought to consolidate service lines in light of declining patient volume. The emergency department remained open at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre until 2009 when it became an adult urgent care center. DemanD for Service “The re-opening of a state-of-the-art, refurbished But Aquilina says the new emergency room is the emergency department represents another critical step health system’s response to demand. towards a very bright future for GSWB,” said Geisinger “We certainly would want to see patients taken care Northeast’s Chief Administrative Officer Ron Beer. “The of in the most appropriate place, and an emergency room South Wilkes-Barre location will be more convenient for is not the most appropriate place for minor illnesses,” he our patients by providing emergency care where they live said. “But when you’re very seriously ill, minutes matter. and work while reducing wait time for patients at both of Bringing this back to this community is really a result of our Wilkes-Barre emergency departments.” demand.” Geisinger officials are just starting the process of A children’s urgent care clinic at the hospital will building out the operational plan and it has not been deremain intact, and health system officials are planning two termined how many employees the reopened emergency new Careworks Urgent Care clinics in Wilkes-Barre and department in South Wilkes-Barre will have, Beer said. Kingston to address less serious patient needs. “A lot of it will be predicated on volume,” he said. The emergency department will include nine to 12 “We’ll make some predictions based on what we expect. beds. Then, that will fluctuate based on not only the number of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre will not be designated a people who come to us, but also the acuity and severity of trauma center, so more serious cases still must go to Geis- illnesses and things of that nature.”

Aquilina and Beer expect several employees who formerly worked in the emergency department in South Wilkes-Barre to be interested in returning. “This facility had a connection to this community and people who were former Mercy employees who stayed with our system and who have gone to other systems have a connection to this organization and a connection to this community. They are very proud of that heritage and they’re proud to work here and proud to be part of this community,” Beer said. “I have no doubt when we post these positions, we’ll have a lot of internal excitement about it.” The significant increase in emergency department patient volume is a trend hospitals throughout the nation are facing. Vrabec said Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital are “both in the same boat” and both are extremely busy. “Geisinger recognized the need to have another place in that community,” Vrabec said. “It’s one of those situations where the people there will have better access than going to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital or all the way to Geisinger Wyoming Valley. They could be there in five

minutes as opposed to 15 or 20 minutes and that makes a difference in their lives.”

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Emergency room use was supposed to subside after the Affordable Care Act made health insurance accessible to more people, but studies show it has either hardly moved and in some cases increased. That’s in part because the emergency room remains the front line for surprise medical needs. Emergency care in South Wilkes-Barre will help alleviate the wait times at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley emergency department, officials say. The health system has recently made changes at the Plains Twp. medical center including a $2.9 million, 10-bed observation unit, where staff can monitor patients and expedite tests while alleviating emergency room congestion. “Geisinger’s emergency medical care is a vital community resource that often serves as the front door to our full spectrum of clinical and support services,” said Dr. Ronald Strony, Geisinger Northeast’s emergency medicine director. “Backed by our long-established trauma centers and seven Life Flight helicopters, our emergency medicine teams are on the front lines when it comes to saving lives.”

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Division buyer says Gertrude Hawk production to remain local

By Borys Krawczeniuk

Barry Callebaut, the company buying Gertrude Hawk Chocolates’ top-earning division, loves the Dunmore company and won’t move the division’s production elsewhere, a spokesman for the Swissbased company said recently. Speaking by telephone from Switzerland, Christiaan Prins, Barry Callebaut head of external affairs, declined to confirm any future expansion plans for the ingredients division, but did not dispute the possibility. “I cannot speculate on future investments,” Prins said. “What we can say is that the production site is there to stay in Scranton. It’s extremely specialized and it will be integrated into our manu-

facturing network and the employees of Gertrude Hawk ingredients will be integrated into Barry Callebaut ... We have no interest in moving.” The ingredients division employs about 370 people who will keep their jobs, Barry Callebaut said. The company, which bills itself as the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, announced Sept. 7 it would buy Gertrude Hawk’s existing plant in the Keystone Industrial Park this month for an undisclosed price. Gertrude Hawk chairman and co-owner David Hawk said Barry Callebaut — which occasionally sold Gertrude Hawk cocoa products to make chocolate — will probably expand production there and create an unspecified number of new jobs.

Hawk said the sales agreement requires the plant to stay open here. The ingredients division makes small peanut butter cups and specialty chocolate that ice cream and snack food manufacturers insert into their products. Started in 1994 as a way of keeping the plant busy during the summer, the division represents two-thirds of Gertrude Hawk’s annual revenues, Hawk said. Gertrude Hawk plans to move production of its other chocolate products into its nearby warehouse, build new administrative offices next to it and keep operating as always. Hawk said Barry Callebaut pursued the ingredients division for more than two years before the two companies signed a purchase agreement Sept. 6.

Prins said the ingredients division buy dovetails with Barry Callebaut’s purchase earlier this year of D’Orsogna Dolciaria, an Italian company that supplies bakery ingredients. “This acquisition (of Gertrude Hawk) will strategically expand Barry Callebaut’s specialties and decorations business, in particular in North America,” the company said in its news release announcing the sale. Prins said Gertrude Hawk “became a leader in the ingredients market with extremely specialized capabilities.” “You do not become a leader for nothing,” he said. “If you look at the customers that they have, it is absolutely impressive.” Borys Krawczeniuk is a Times-Tribune staff writer.

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First batch of medical marijuana growers, dispensaries prepare to set up shop

By Phil Yacuboski

Since Gov. Tom Wolf signed medical marijuana legislation into law back in April of last year, companies are just now getting to the set-up-shop phase. Pennsylvania Medical Solutions received one of two growing licenses in the northeast region and will open a marijuana growing operation on Rosanna Street in Scranton’s Green Ridge section. “We’re excited to expand operations to another state, and we are deeply committed to the Scranton area,” said Kyle Kingsley, M.D., chief executive officer of Pennsylvania Medical Solutions and its parent company Vireo Health, in a statement. “We’ve had tremendous success in other states with a distinct focus on a medical model for cannabis, as it aligns with our physician-led, patient-focused mission.” The company will be looking for a number of positions including a general manager, security officers and a chemist. It hopes to hire local residents. PMS is not without controversy. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is being sued by BrightStar Biomedics LLC which argues that, since PMS is involved in a criminal investigation in another state, it should not be awarded the Scranton license. Investigators charged two former PMS workers in Minnesota for illegally transporting cannabis oil.

Columbia Care, which plans to open a dispensary location on Kidder Street in Wilkes-Barre, will finalize staffing by the end of the year. “The Kidder Street facility construction project will be completed in early 2018,” said Nicholas Vita, the CEO of Columbia Care. Not everyone is happy with the process the state used to hand out the dispensary licenses. Geoff Whaling, president of Bunker Bontanicals, paid $10,000 to be considered to grow medical marijuana, but lost out on the bid. His proposed growing facility, in a 1960s-era underground bunker in Lower Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, was denied a license. “I was advocating for a Pennsylvania-first initiative,” said Whaling, who worked for years to pass medical marijuana legislation. He also serves as the president of the Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council. His company has investors, engineers and board members – all from Pennsylvania. “The department decided against that,” he said. “The legislation wasn’t clear, so they felt they had to allow all states in.” Whaling, who called himself a patient advocate, said his company invested almost $300,000 in engineering drawings and permit fees to be up and running in six months.

Bunker Botanicals was one of 177 companies that applied for a medical marijuana dispensary license in Pennsylvania. Unlike any other state, the number of licenses the state is awarding is significantly higher than other states. There were 27 dispensary licenses and 12 grower/processor licenses awarded. “I am confident that the state is going to reconcile many of these challenges either themselves or they are going to do so because they are threatening to sue,” he added. But Whaling said he does not plan to file suit. He intends to reapply for another license in the region that includes Montgomery County as well as another region. A total of 52 dispensary licenses will eventually be awarded when the medical marijuana program is fully implemented in 2018. April Hutcheson, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Health said there is currently no timetable for opening the next round of permits. “There are Pennsylvanians suffering today from cancer, Parkinson’s and epilepsy who need to legally use medical marijuana to alleviate their symptoms. We continue to move forward with a patient-focused program designed to give Pennsylvanians with serious-medical conditions, as outlined in the law, relief,” she said.

However, some in the business community still have concerns about medical marijuana and its effect on the workforce, especially testing and how to be sure an employee isn’t abusing the drug while returning to work. “Everyone wants a safe workplace,” said David N. Taylor, president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. “The only safe number of workplace injuries is zero. To be able to protect employers from liability when employees in that workplace are lawfully making use of those drugs as per the recent change, those things should have been included at the outset.” Taylor said if any issues arise with workers who are hurt on the job due to someone impaired by medical marijuana, it will likely be necessary for employers to respond. “We would seek legislative solutions, to litigate it and to seek answers through whatever means we can,” he said. “If the treatments are medically valid, there are going to be consequences whether intended or unintended. From the employer community perspective, there’s a lot going on in the workforce already, whether it’s employee retention, managing the workforce or adapting to market changes. This is just an unwelcome set of complications.”

Greater Scranton Chamber lists 2017 SAGE Award finalists

The First Federal Charitable Foundation recently made a health and human services grant of $15,000 to Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in support of its Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI). Geisinger Commonwealth will use the grant to help Children’s Service Center (CSC) provide additional support to the residents of the greater Hazleton community by expanding services at CSC’s Hazleton office. From left: Jane Kanyock, director of corporate and foundation relations, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine; Mike Hopkins, president/CEO, Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley; Terri Lacey, executive director, Geisinger Commonwealth Behavioral Health Initiative; Megan Kennedy, executive director, First Federal Charitable Foundation; and Tony Cusat, chairman, board of directors, First Federal Charitable Foundation.

• Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce has Business of the Year announced the finalists for the 2017 SAGE Awards, • MCR Design Group the Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence. The • Pennsylvania American Water SAGE Awards honor outstanding local businesses for • Quandel Construction Group their talent, creativity and innovation. The winners will Excellence in Leadership be announced on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Chamber • Bayada Home Health Care Gala, held at The Theater at North, Scranton. • Quandel Construction Group More than 100 applications were received for this • Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of year’s awards. A group of more than 40 community Scranton leaders and professionals teamed up to review Hometown Star applications and select finalists. The finalists, in each • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine: category, are: “2017 Transgender Conference” Best Practices in Customer Service • Lackawanna College: “Protect and Defend 5K” • Hilton Scranton & Conference Center • Terra Preta Restaurant: “Global Tastes of • Kane Is Able Inc. Scranton” • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders New and Emerging Business of the Year Best Practices in Community Involvement • AOS Metals • MetLife • Dr. Cynthia Edwards Hawver & Associates • Spirited Art Scranton • Electric City Escape • Tobyhanna Army Depot Nonprofit Organization of the Year Best Practices in Marketing and • Hospice of the Sacred Heart Communications • The Ronald McDonald House of Scranton • Penn Foster Career School • Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple • Posture Interactive

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PERSONNEL FILE ANZALONE LAW OFFICE The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has recognized attorney Patrick J. Doyle Jr. as a Two Years 10 Best Personal Injury Attorney for Client Satisfaction. The institute is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 personal injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the list must pass AIOPIA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. AIOPIA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. CEFALO AND ASSOCIATES The National Board of Trial Advocacy announced Michael J. Cefalo has successfully achieved recertification as a civil and criminal trial advocate. Cefalo has been a NBTA member in good standing for 25 years. The NBTA was formed out of a strong conviction that the law profession and its clients would benefit from an organization designed specifically to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney’s experience and expertise in the practice of trial law. Cefalo is part of a growing number of trial attorneys that CEFALO have illustrated their commitment to bettering the legal profession by successfully completing a rigorous application process and providing the consumer of legal services with an objective measure by which to choose qualified and experienced legal counsel. He earned his undergraduate degree in English from Widener University. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Cefalo is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Luzerne County Bar Association, the Lackawanna County Bar Association and American Association of Justice. COMMONWEALTH HEALTH Kevin Musto, M.D., has joined the organization and will practice family medicine at 901 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. He is a member of the medical staff of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Musto, a graduate of the Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, completed a residency in internal medicine at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, Scranton. Erica Perez, D.O., has joined the medical staff of Berwick MUSTO Hospital Center to practice family medicine. Perez is a graduate of William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and completed a residency at the Wright Center Family Medicine Residency Program, Scranton. Her specialty certifications include neonatal advanced life support, advanced cardiac life PEREZ support, basic life support, pediatric advanced life support and hyperbaric oxygen and wound care. She is affiliated with Berwick Medical Professionals and

will see patients in Shickshinny and Bloomsburg. Jeremy Celestine, M.D., has joined OB-GYN Associates, Wilkes-Barre, and the medical staff of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Celestine practices obstetrics and gynecology with special interests in minimally invasive gynecological surgery, infertility and high-risk obstetrics. A graduate of the Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, he completed a residency in obstetrics and CELESTINE gynecology at St. Luke’s University Health Network, Bethlehem. Celestine is a junior fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. Muhammad Asif, M.D., has joined the staff and will practice psychiatry at First Hospital, Kingston, and WilkesBarre General Hospital. Asif is a graduate of Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, and completed a residency in psychiatry at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, New Jersey, and an internal medicine/ surgery residency and fellowship at Civil Hospital in Karachi. He also completed an externship in psychiatry at Zucker Hillside HosASIF pital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Glen Oaks, New York, and a fellowship in internal medicine. He is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. Atika Zubera, M.D., has joined the staff and will practice psychiatry at First Hospital and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Zubera is a graduate of the Deccan College of Medical Sciences, India, and completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and ZUBERA Neurology and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. She specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry and is fluent in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. She will see patients at Community Counseling Services, Wilkes-Barre. Tiffany Hughes-Eagen, M.D., has joined the staff and will practice psychiatry at First Hospital, Kingston. Hughes-Eagen is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and completed an internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. She also completed a residency at Drexel Medical College. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. DISTASIO & KOWALSKI Attorney Daniel J. Distasio has been selected to the 2017 list of “Nation’s Top Attorneys” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Fewer than 1 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States are selected for this honor. The recipients have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession. Attorney Peter J. Biscontini has been selected by National Trial Lawyers for inclusion in its Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania. The honor is given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills

and qualifications in the field. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to attorneys in each state or region age 40 or younger who have demonstrated excellence and achieved outstanding results in their careers in civil plaintiff or criminal defense law. FIDELITY BANK Jill Marie Valentini, retail branch manager of the Green Ridge office, completed coursework at the 2017 Pennsylvania Bankers Association School of Banking, June 4-8 at the Penn State Conference Center in State College. Valentini has been with the bank since 2008, where she’s served as teller services supervisor as well as assistant branch manager at both the Abington and Green Ridge offices, before she assumed her current position. In VALENTINI February, her peers at the bank selected her as the 2017 Fidelity Banker of the Year for exemplifying the bank’s core values: relationships, integrity, commitment, passion, innovation and success. Valentini is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Lackawanna and currently serves on its executive board. She is also an active member of the Green Ridge Business Association. A graduate of Valley View High School and Penn State University, she resides in Blakely. FOLEY LAW FIRM Attorney Michael J. Foley of the Scranton firm was a speaker participant at the American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group roundtable. The panel discussed discovery of issues relevant to electronic health records under HIPAA/HITECH and medical audit trails for electronic medical records information in medical malpractice litigation at the American Association for Justice Annual Convention in Boston on July 26. Foley is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (2008-2009) and a board member of the American Association for Justice (2009-2016). Foley has been an invited speaker at the American Board of Trial Advocates Master’s Program in Europe and the Western Trial Lawyers Association in Hawaii. GEISINGER COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER Pulmonologist and critical care physician Pius Ochieng, M.D., F.C.C.P., has joined the medical center. Ochieng treats patients in the hospital’s intensive care unit. He also treats patients with pulmonary issues, including various forms of lung disease, asthma, bronchitis, chronic cough, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, lung cancer, obstructive sleep apnea and tuberculosis. Board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care, Ochieng earned OCHIENG his medical degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Queens Hospital Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, New York. He is a fellow of the College of Chest Physicians and a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Kenya Association for Prevention of TB and Lung

Disease and the Christian Medical and Dental Association of Kenya. He is also an associate professor of clinical medicine at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. GREENMAN-PEDERSEN INC. Jeffrey DeAngelo, EIT, recently joined the firm in Scranton as a senior civil designer. DeAngelo is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology. In his role, he will provide civil design for land development and transportation projects. He will also assist with the firm’s county engineer role. He resides in Dunmore. HOURIGAN, KLUGER & QUINN P.C. Attorney Michelle M. Quinn was named Lawyer of the Year, NEPA Region — product liability litigation, in the 2018 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Quinn was also named in the following categories: medical malpractice law — plaintiffs; personal injury litigation — plaintiffs; product liability litigation — plaintiffs. Additionally, six other attorneys at the law firm have also been named to the 2018 Best Lawyers list. They are: Richard M. Goldberg: employment law — management; Terrence J. Herron: corporate law; Donald C. Ligorio: personal injury litigation plaintiffs; workers’ compensation law — claimants; Brian Q. McDonnell: workers’ compensation law — claimants; Joseph A. Quinn Jr.: medical malpractice law — plaintiffs; personal injury litigation — plaintiffs; product liability litigation — plaintiffs; Kevin C. Quinn: medical malpractice law — plaintiffs and personal injury litigation — plaintiffs. As a principal at the firm and a member of its executive committee, Michelle Quinn has an extensive history of handling complex cases. She is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is restricted to lawyers who have served as lead counsel in obtaining a seven-figure settlement or verdict. Quinn is the past president of the Northeastern Pa. Trial Lawyers Association and served on the Board of Governors of the Pa. Association of Justice for many years. She is past chairwoman of the New Lawyers Section and the Long-Range Planning Committee of PAJ. She also previously served







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as co-chairwoman of the Pa. Bar Association’s Committee on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice. She received the Northeastern Pa. Trial Lawyers Association’s first annual Lawrence W. Roth Award “in recognition of her outstanding commitment to NEPTLA, her compassion for clients and exemplary character.” She has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She has also been included in Woodward-White’s edition of “The Best Lawyers in America,” and has been named by the American Society of Legal Advocates as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in the state of Pennsylvania for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Quinn currently acts as spokeswoman for HKQ Kids, a child advocacy organization created by the firm to promote education and awareness about safety issues affecting children.

KEYSTONE COLLEGE Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D., has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs. Brundage comes to the college after serving as vice president of workforce development at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. She has 25 years of experience in BRUNDAGE operational leadership, strategic planning and organizational development in higher education and the private sector. She has been employed in the private sector as a small-business owner, a software education instructor and training specialist. Brundage holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gettysburg College, a master of education in training and development, and a doctorate in workforce education and development, both from Penn State University.

LUZERNE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION Judges and lawyers of the association honored attorney Girard J. Mecadon of Pittston and Lee Ann Palubinsky of Conyngham. The award was presented by Judge Joseph J. Van Jura, the association’s president, for their exceptional service to the local bar.

MCCARTHY TIRE SERVICE Colleen Horn Doyle, legal counsel for the company, has been named to the prestigious 2017 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, a national rating service of outstanding lawyers. The Rising Stars list recognizes top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Doyle competed in a rigorous selection process DOYLE based on peer recognition and professional achievement while she was with the law firm of Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected to receive the annual honor. Doyle, a fourth-generation McCarthy, joined the family firm in January. She is the daughter of Mary Ellen McCarthy Horn, one of the three company owners, and Neil Horn, company vice president. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova Uni-

versity School of Law. She attained a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Villanova University. She is a member of the Luzerne County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association. MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY The university recently welcomed the addition of 12 new full-time faculty members to campus for the 2017-18 academic year during a special orientation program. In the College of Health Sciences and Education, Jacklyn DelPrete, M.S.N., has been appointed as an assistant professor of nursing. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Pennsylvania State University, State College, and her Master of Science degree in nursing from Misericordia University. Christine German, O.T.D., M.S.O.T., has been named an assistant professor of occupational therapy. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in health science and occupational therapy from Misericordia University. Erin Burns Kilduff, M.P.A.S., has been named an assistant professor of physician assistant studies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from Marywood University, Scranton, and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Lisa M. Shustack, Ed.D., M.S.Ed., M.S.N., has been appointed an assistant professor of nursing. She earned her BSN from Cedar Crest College, Allentown, and Master of Science in nursing from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. Shustack also received a Master of Science in education degree from WilkesUniversity, Wilkes-Barre, and a doctorate in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana. Amy M. Wierbowski, M.P.A.S., M.F.A., has been named an assistant professor of physician assistant studies. She earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Marywood University. Catherine M. Zurawski, M.S.N., has been appointed as an assistant professor of nursing. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from Misericordia University. In the College of Arts and Sciences, Yuhan Ding, Ph.D., has been named an assistant professor of mathematics and computer science. She holds a doctorate in applied mathematics from Illinois










Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in pure mathematics and information and computing science from Shanghai University, China. John Philip Morgan, Ph.D., has been appointed as an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. He has a doctorate in chemistry from California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Haverford College, Haverford. MORGAN Triet M. Pham, Ph.D., has been named assistant professor of mathematics and computer science. He has a doctorate in mathematics and a Master of Science in statistics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and two Bachelor of Science degrees in applied mathematics and mathematical economics from the California PHAM State University at Long Beach. Colby J. Tanner, Ph.D., has been appointed as an assistant professor of biology. Tanner has a doctorate in biology from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; a Master of Science in biology from DePaul University, Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Montana, Missoula, Mont. TANNER Sara Tavela, Ph.D., has been named a visiting assistant professor of English. She has a doctorate and Master of Arts degree in English from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh; a Master of Arts in human development and family studies from the University Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, and a B.A. in English and psychology from Queens University of TAVELA Charlotte, N.C. Robert Lucas Williams, Ph.D., has been named an assistant professor of history and government. Williams earned his doctorate degree and Master of Arts in political science from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and history from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. WILLIAMS Also at the university, Leamor Kahanov, Ed.D., A.T.C., L.A.T., dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education, was selected to make two scholarly presentations at the Collaborating Across Borders VI Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada, in October. The conference is North America’s premier interprofessional health care education and KAHANOV collaborative practice conference, according to CAB. It links educators, researchers, practitioners, students and patients

from Canada and the United States in essential discussions around interprofessional health care education, practice, leadership and policy in North America. Kahanov is a certified athletic trainer with a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California. 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, Ind.

MUNLEY LAW Marion Munley of the Scranton law firm was named chairwoman of the American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus at the AAJ annual convention in Boston recently. The caucus provides an opportunity for women in the legal profession to support and learn from one another through networking events, continuing legal education courses, awards and leadership opportunities. Munley’s dedication to women’s leadership development in the law has been well-documented. She currently serves as cochairwoman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession Mentoring Committee. Last year, she received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Lynette Norton Award, recognizing an outstanding female litigator devoted to mentoring other women lawyers. As Munley M. MUNLEY takes on this new role, she will continue to work on behalf of women lawyers by promoting the advancement of female attorneys to leadership positions. Meanwhile, six firm partners have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in the U.S. in 2018. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has C. MUNLEY become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. For the 2018 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most MUNLEY SR. respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” The firm’s lawyers included in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list: Robert W. Munley Sr. — personal injury litigation (plaintiffs), product liability litigation (plaintiffs); Marion Munley — medical malpractice law (plaintiffs), personal injury litigation (plaintiffs), product liability litigation D. MUNLEY (plaintiffs); Robert W. Munley III — personal injury litigation (plaintiffs); Daniel W. Munley — personal injury litigation

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O’DONNELL LAW OFFICES Best Lawyers has chosen attorney Neil T. O’Donnell, owner and founder of the law office in Kingston, as Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs. O’Donnell has been recognized by Best Lawyers for the last five years. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Its methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within O’DONNELL the same geographical and legal practice area. A frequent contributor to legal education programs, O’Donnell has held leadership positions in both regional and state legal communities, including the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He has been recognized as a Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2007-2017. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2012-2017, and from 2002-2017 has received the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. He was inducted into the Melvin Belli Society, named after America’s most famous trial lawyer.

responsible for assisting small- to medium-sized businesses in eastern Pennsylvania to become e-commerce savvy, developing and providing seminars for small businesses, and managing grants for the advanced IT team. A graduate of Penn State University with a Master of Education in adult education, she also YALE holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Mansfield University with a focus in computer programming and business application. The college also has announced the addition of a new staff member and new campus advisory board members to the college for the 2017-2018 academic year. Joseph Natale joins Student Support Services as an academic/career counselor. A TRiO federal grant program, SSS aims to increase college retention, graduation rates, and career options for first-generation college students, those from low-income families, the physically challenged, and students with learning disabilities. A Penn State alumnus, with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education — social studies, he earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from Marywood University. Most recently, he worked at Penn State Hazleton as a member of the admissions team and co-adviser of Lion Ambassadors. As the new academic/career counselor, he is looking forward to understanding what motivates students to push themselves to their full potential and is excited to help guide them on a path of self-discovery while studying at WilkesBarre, University Park and beyond. Natale and his wife, Megan, are currently raising a Penn State Class of 2036 member, their daughter, Adeline. Amy Marie Feldman, director of development at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind, joins the campus advisory board this fall. Feldman is a graduate of Penn State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and public relations. She also holds a Master of Science from Misericordia University in organizational management. She is an active member at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and a recent graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre. Joseph Oprendick begins his term on the board this fall. He is a retired educator who served for 35 years in the Pittston Area School District and the Wilkes-Barre Career and Technical Center. A graduate of Mansfield University, Oprendick earned his Bachelor of Science in elementary education and attended the University of Scranton for a Master of Science in education administration. James Regan, president of Phasor Corp. in Kingston, has joined the board. With 27 years of engineering experience, Regan is looking forward to mentoring students and encouraging them on their career paths. He is a WilkesBarre campus alumnus and has participated in educational opportunities at King’s College, Mercyhurst University and the Navy.

PENN STATE WILKES-BARRE Donna Yale has joined the college’s continuing education staff at Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Northern Tier Center in Towanda. In her role as an education program associate, she will be responsible for developing, selling and administering a wide variety of education and training programs to include credit, professional development and customized training primarily for the working adult audience, helping to meet employer workforce development needs in Bradford and Sullivan counties. Yale comes to the campus with 16 years of experience in the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program at University Park. In her time with PennTAP, she has been

PIKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE District Attorney Ray Tonkin announced that a nationwide organization of prosecutors accepted his nomination of Pike County First Assistant District Attorney Bruce DeSarro for the annual award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy for his work in the investigation and prosecution of Eric Frein, which he conducted along with Tonkin. The organization, the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation, is composed of current and former prosecutors involved in prosecuting murder cases from around the nation. Each year, AGACL recognizes several outstanding prosecutors at their yearly conference in what is referred to as the “Best of the Best” presentation. The board of directors for AGACL reviews nominations for

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NIKI JONES AGENCY Chief Executive Officer Niki Jones of the local public relations, marketing and digital solutions firm has been accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and business support services. The program is designed for business owners who have a business positioned for growth. The agency has served some of JONES the most iconic brands and organizations in the Hudson Valley, Pike and Orange counties for more than 18 years.

prosecutors across the country and makes the selection for award recipients. On Aug. 9 during a ceremony held in Pasadena, California, DeSarro was one of seven prosecutors to receive AGACL’s Outstanding Advocacy Award for excellence in either trial or appellate advocacy. During the ceremony, DeSarro’s work during the investigation and prosecution of Eric Frein was highlighted. Frein was convicted earlier this year for the first degree murder of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and attempted murder of Trooper Alex Douglass, along with several other charges including charges of terrorism and possession of weapons of mass destruction. DeSarro began his career as a prosecutor in 1999 in Pike County and served as an assistant district attorney until 2008 when he was appointed first assistant district attorney. SEWANHAKA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT At the Aug. 8 Board of Education meeting, the district appointed Dr. Kathleen Sottile as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Sottile has been with the district for 12 years as the principal of Floral Park Memorial High School. She formerly served as an assistant principal in both the Delaware Valley School District and the Scranton School District. As a testament to the student success, which has been accomplished under her leadership, she has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the LIU Post-Secondary School Educator of the Year, Newsweek Magazine/Washington Post America’s Best High Schools from 2006 to the present; U.S. News & World Report America’s Best High School Silver Award in 2008 and 2015; Jamaica Square Improvement League Leadership Award; U.S. News & World Report America’s Best High School Gold Award in 2014; PTSA Lifetime Achievement Award; Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award; Women of Distinction Eleanor Roosevelt Award; March of Dimes Golden Apple Award; Town of Hempstead Pathfinder Award and the New York District Everyday Hero Award. She officially assumed her new position on Oct. 1. SOCIETY FOR MINING, METALLURGY AND EXPLORATION The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration named Michael C. “Mike” Korb a recipient of the Distinguished Member Award. He will be installed as a Distinguished Member, Class of 2018, during the SME’s 2018 annual awards dinner Feb. 28 in Minneapolis. A Legion of Honor member of SME, he has participated in SME organizations since joining in October 1961. Korb graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now the Missouri University of Science and Technology, as a mining engineer in 1968. He serves on the board of directors of the Eckley Miners Village Associates and the Anthracite Heritage Museum & KORB Iron Furnaces Associates. He is vice president and director of the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation and director emeritus of Ashland Community Enterprises (Pioneer Tunnel). He is retired from the Wilkes-Barre office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation, and is working part time with Tetra Tech Inc. Korb and his wife, Pat, live in Hobbie, Wapwallopen, Luzerne County. They have a son, Matthew, Los Angeles, and a daughter, Kathleen, York.

TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT Three depot employees were recognized for their years of government service during the Length of Service ceremonies May 19: Timothy Donnelly, Factoryville, 35 years, management analyst, Mission Analysis Division, Production Management Directorate; Howard Slinger, Tobyhanna, 30 years, System Preparation Branch chief, C4ISR Finishing Division, Systems Integration and Support Directorate; and Michael McCawley, Scranton, 30 years, Communications Branch chief, C4 Division, C4ISR Directorate. In addition to service certificates and pins, employees with 35 years receive an engraved mantle clock. Employees with 30 years receive a framed American flag that includes a photo of the depot. Depot commander Col. Gregory Peterson presented the awards.

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON Julie Cerrito, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the school counseling program in the Department of Counseling and Human Services, received the Edwin L. Herr Fellowship for Excellence in Counseling Leadership and Scholarship Award from Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling academic and professional honor society. Cerrito is a national certified counselor and school counselor. She also holds an approved clinical supervisor credential. She serves as the faculty adviser for the Chi Delta Rho Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Scranton. Cerrito earned her bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University, her master’s degree from the University of Scranton and her Ph.D. from Penn State University. The university has named Harry R. Dammer, Ph.D., associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences. Dammer is a professor in the university’s Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology. He joined the faculty in 2002. He is the author or co-author of seven books, including “Religion in Corrections,” “The Offender in the Community” and “Comparative Criminal Justice Systems.” He has also published or co-published more than 40 articles, chapters, manuals and professional reports on a variety of criminal justice topics, including corrections, international justice and religion in prison. In 1993-94, and the spring of 2009, Dammer was awarded Fulbright Scholarships to lecture and conduct research in Germany. Dammer has 16 years of experience as a department chairman, serving at both Scranton and Niagara University. At Scranton, Dammer served as the faculty representative to the NCAA, as a faculty fellow in the Office of Educational Assessment, and as a member of the Steering Committee and chairman of the Mission Implementation Sub-Committee for the university’s last Middle States review. In 2011, he received the university’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Advancing Interdisciplinary Study, and in 2016 he received the Faculty Award for Excellence in University Service and Leadership. Dammer earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Dayton and his doctorate from Rutgers NASTASI University. The university also reported the Lion’s Club Low Vision Centers of Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut recognized Julie A. Nastasi, Sc.D., O.T.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy at the university, as an Ambassador of Sight. This is the highest award bestowed by the center and recognizes honorees for contributions made that encourage the long-term availability of low vision services.

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Nastasi serves as director of low vision therapy for the University’s Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured. Through a program she helped to establish, Nastasi, along with her occupational therapy students, offer services through the free clinic that are designed to help those with low vision remain independent. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, a master’s degree from Tufts University and Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation from the University of Alabama at AHUJA Birmingham. She holds doctorates from Boston University and Towson University. The university has named Sunil Ahuja, Ph.D., associate provost for academic affairs. He was also awarded tenure and rank of professor in the Department of Political Science at Scranton. Ahuja has more than 25 years ALLISON of experience in teaching, scholarship, service and academic administration, particularly in the area of institutional accreditation. Most recently, he served as vice president for accreditation relations, institutional change and research, Higher Learning Commission, Chicago. An accomplished scholar, Ahuja is the author of more than 25 publications including his PARGIANAS book, “Congress Behaving Badly: The Rise of Partisanship and Incivility and the Death of Public Trust.” He earned his bachelor’s degree in government with a minor in philosophy from Northwest Missouri State University, and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of Nebraska. WARKER The university granted promotions or tenure to 11 faculty members effective at the start of the 2017-18 academic year. Three faculty members have been promoted to professor: Michael Allison, Ph.D., political science; Rita Fleming-Castaldy, Ph.D., occupational therapy; and Jamie Trnka, Ph.D., world languages and cultures. JENKINS Two faculty members were named associate professor: Jason Graham, Ph.D., mathematics and Debra Fetherman, Ph.D., exercise science and sport. Four faculty members were named associate professor and granted tenure: Aram Balagyozyan, Ph.D., economics and finance; Taewan Kim, Ph.D., management, marketing and TRNKA entrepreneurship; Christos Par-

gianas, Ph.D., economics and finance; and Jill Warker, Ph.D., psychology. Two faculty members have been granted tenure: Michael Jenkins, Ph.D., sociology, criminal justice and criminology, and Ann Feeney, Ph.D., nursing. Allison received his bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and his master’s degree and doctorate from Florida State University. He has worked for the University since 2006. Fleming-Castaldy received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from New York University. She has worked at the University since 2002. Trnka received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and FEENEY her master’s degree and doctorate from Cornell University. She has worked for the University since 2006. Graham received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston, his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and the University of Iowa and received his doctorate from the University of Iowa. He KIM has worked for the University since 2012. Fetherman received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, her master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas and her doctorate from Marywood University. She has worked for the university since 2005. Balagyozyan received his BALAGYOZYAN bachelor’s degree from Yerevan State University and his doctorate from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He has worked for the university since 2011. Kim received his bachelor’s degree from Hannan University in South Korea and his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. FETHERMAN He has worked for the university since 2011. Pargianas received his bachelor’s degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, his master’s degree from the University of Macedonia and Brown University and his doctorate from Brown University. He has worked for the university since 2011. Warker received her GRAHAM bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois. She has worked for the University since 2011. Jenkins received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and his master’s degree and doctorate from Rutgers University. He has worked for the University since 2013. Feeney received her bachelor’s degree from Marywood University, her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate from Binghamton Univer-




sity. She has worked for the University since 2008. WALLENPAUPACK VETERINARY CLINIC Dr. Grace Nebzydoski recently joined the veterinary practice. She earned her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology from the University of Scranton in 2013, graduating summa cum laude, and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating cum laude in May near the top of her class. In addition to spending a large portion of her time at Penn Vet in the companion animal hospital, Nebzydoski dedicated a tremendous amount of time to developing her knowledge in equine and food animal medicine at the largeanimal hospital at New Bolton Center. Upon graduation, she received an award for excellence in bovine medicine, an honor reserved for graduates who have gone above and beyond in this often-overlooked area of medicine. WAYNE BANK JoAnn Fuller, senior vice president and deposit and loan operations manager of the bank, has completed the third and final year of coursework at the 2017 Pennsylvania Bankers Association Advanced School of Banking, July 1721, at the Penn State Conference Center, State College. WAYNE PHYSIATRY, LLC Dr. Scott K. Epstein announces the opening of the practice at 600 Maple Ave., Honesdale, specializing in the treatment and rehabilitation of chronic pain resulting from accident, illness or trauma. Multiple modalities are available to patients, including electromyography, pain management and localized injections. Epstein, the medical director of the Wayne Memorial Good Shepherd Inpatient Rehabilitation System, is a boardcertified physician with more than 20 years of practice in Northeast Pennsylvania. He is also a state-recognized medical legal expert. WELLS FARGO Greg Collins, who served since 2009 as the community bank area president for Northeast Pennsylvania, retired near the end of September. A 25-year company veteran, Collins led more than 300 team members and oversaw the operations of 37 branch banking offices across nine counties. Previously, he served the bank in leadership roles in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Collins is a member of the board of trustees for Misericordia University, and a board member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, Leadership Wilkes-Barre, the Wilkes-Barre YMCA, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and the United Way of Wyoming Valley. A Northeast Pennsylvania COLLINS native, he received his bachelor of science from Misericordia University. He is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre’s Executive Leadership Program. The Allentown office, located in Hawley, of Wells Fargo Advisors, Wealth Brokerage Services, announced that David Green has joined the firm as a financial adviser, vice president/investments. GREEN A graduate of Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration, Green has seven years of experience in the financial services industry. He resides in Tyler Hill with his wife and their two

children. WESTMORELAND CLUB Robert L. Williams, CCM, CEC, general manager and chief operating officer, attended the City Athletic Club Managers Conference in Atlanta from June 21 to 23. Conference attendance is open only to a select group of club managers whose clubs rank among the top in the country. The club has consistently earned Platinum Club of America status and has also been named a Distinguished Emerald Club of the World by BoardRoom Magazine. These elite designations are awarded only to the top city clubs nationally and internationally. WILKES UNIVERSITY Scott Stolte, Pharm.D., has joined the university as dean of the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy. With his leadership, the school will continue to grow and strengthen its national reputation as a leader in education, research and pharmacy practice. Before joining the university, Stolte was professor and dean of the College of Pharmacy at Roseman University of Health Sciences in Henderson, Nevada. Stolte earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Purdue University. He completed a postdoctoral residency in community pharmacy practice at the Family PharmaCare Center Inc. and Purdue University. He also completed an Academic Leadership Fellowship with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Jennifer Malinowski, Pharm.D., a faculty member and an assistant dean in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, has won the 2017 Innovations in Teaching Competition sponsored by the STOLTE American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Malinowski, who is an associate professor of pharmacy practice in the Nesbitt School, who was recognized during the association’s annual meeting held July 15-19 in Nashville, Tennessee, is the first faculty member from the university to receive the honor. She presented her teaching project on how to engage pharmacy students to promote quality improvement with medication use in a special session at the event, and also did a featured poster presentation. Malinowski was recognized with her clinical partners Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., FACP, FAAP, president/ CEO, the Wright Center, and Teresa Lacey, R.N., Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Malinowski had a clinical practice site at the Wright Center, where more than 50 fourth-year pharmacy students worked as part of their clinical rotations. WYOMING SEMINARY Kevin Rea, 12th president of the school, was elected in May to a two-year term as vice president of the Board of the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. He originally was elected to the board in April 2016. Rea also holds memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He recently was named to the board of directors of the United Way of Wyoming Valley. He began his tenure as the school’s president in July 2015, received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, and bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in English language and literature from Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He also received a second master of arts degree in cultural and critical studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.


Entrepreneur shakes up local internet connection a pilot. “There were dozens of reasons, but I just Slow internet service speeded up Chris wanted to fly jets and do what very few others can Hacken’s decision about what to do with his life. do,” Hacken said. The 26-year-old Fairview Township entrepreHe left after finishing eight weeks of the neur launched NEPA Fiber 18 months ago with 10-week course. Though unable to complete the the goal of revolutionizing local internet service by physically and mentally demanding course, he offering speeds at least 10 times, sometimes 100 learned, he said, that he could endure more than he times faster, than the best Verizon, Comcast and thought. Service Electric Cable offer. When he returned home, he remembered his So far, Hacken’s revolution has unfolded days in Philadelphia where he noticed early on that slowly, but he contends he’s already profitable, Northeast Pennsylvania badly trails in developing even though the service remains available only in fast internet service. He knew what he wanted to do downtown Wilkes-Barre. He declined to provide and started reading online. further financial details, but said he has about 80 “It became fairly obvious that although NEPA customers, 80 percent of them businesses. He was once one of the wealthiest areas in the country, hopes to expand slowly outward and plans to reach we were now living in the Dark Ages and someScranton someday. He has a waiting list of about thing needed to change,” he wrote on his website, 500 business and residential customers who want the faster internet he offers, he said. He began developing NEPA Fiber in the fall “I’ve done like $200 worth of advertising so far. of 2015. He found the Luzerne Bank building on It’s pretty much all word of mouth,” Hacken said. Public Square had access to fiber optic cable that His customers rave. leads to the internet beyond the city. The building Jim Bell, an architect and senior associate at also had a line-of-sight view to most of downtown Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, said he tried other interand surrounding areas. net services, but no one offers upload speeds equal Line-of-sight especially matters. For now, he to download speeds the way NEPA Fiber does. gets his service to customers wirelessly using Other companies’ speeds for uploads — sending licensed and unlicensed radio signals. He launched information into the internet — are a fraction of the service Feb. 22, 2016. After some early downloads — receiving information. equipment malfunctions, he now provides reliable “The download speed was OK, but the upload service, he said. speed was terrible for doing anything with graphic “When I started NEPA Fiber, I literally had nothfiles,” Bell said. “We’ve been really happy (with ing — no equipment, no tools and no truck,” he NEPA Fiber). And also who else can you call on the wrote. “I borrowed my friend’s truck to transport phone when you’re having a problem and have the a ladder or put a foldable ladder in my car when owner pick up?” installing our first seven or eight customers.” Almost two years into the development of his In 2016 alone, he spent $40,000 using credit company, Hacken remains owner, chief executive cards, personal loans and money he earned from officer, financial officer, chief installer and its only working as a systems engineer for the U.S. Postal employee. Service. He gave up that job in May to concentrate After graduating from Crestwood High School on his company full time. in 2009, Hacken studied computer science at Tem“He’s a young guy and he found this hole that ple University for two years, dropped out, worked needed to be filled and he’s doing a great job,” Bell at the now-defunct BurstNet in Scranton, then said. went back to Temple for a semester. He dropped Joseph Boylan, owner of Argent Eagle Developout again to take a job as a software engineer with ment Co. in Wilkes-Barre, an economic developVistar Media in Philadelphia. After four months, that ment consulting firm and a downtown resident, didn’t work out so he returned home and earned said he signed up for business and residential a degree in computer information systems from internet. He got rid of cable and relies on internet King’s College. TV services such as Hulu, Netflix and Sling TV for He hoped to achieve a dream by entering the entertainment programming. Marine Corps’ officer candidate school to become “You don’t even see a glitch, it’s like regular By Borys Krawczeniuk

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NEPA Fiber owner Chris Hacken explains the multiport router that directs inernet service to customers in downtown Wilkes-Barre. TV,” Boylan said. “Much faster ... The speeds are incredible.” The next step in Hacken’s vision calls for laying fiber optic cable of his own in Wilkes-Barre and Kingston. That will entail cutting narrow trenches into streets and/or sidewalks to drop cable, but without a lot of digging. The cuts should be no more than two feet deep and two inches wide. “There’s a lot of companies out in the Midwest doing this,” Hacken said. Officials in Wilkes-Barre and Kingston are

considering his proposals, he said. “I’d like to start digging yesterday,” he said. He worries about competition, but not too much. “It just comes down to whether they really want to make that investment or not,” Hacken said. “They would basically have to come in and run fiber themselves and so far no one has.” Borys Krawczeniuk is a Times-Tribune staff writer.




Jay E. Landau. Property Location: North Abington Twp. Seller: Jay Meilstrup. Amount: COLUMBIA COUNTY $377,000. Big Joe Realty LLC. Property Location: Joseph Quinn. Property Location: Old Bloomsburg. Seller: Michael M. Morucci. Forge Boro. Seller: Paul Healey. Amount: Amount: $710,000. $265,000. Michael M. Morucci. Property Location: John J. Gambucci. Property Location: Bloomsburg. Seller: Earle J. Moore. Amount: Olyphant Boro. Seller: Thomas D. Mallas. $435,938. Gregory Eugene Gallerizzo. Property Loca- Amount: $277,000. Gregory G. Arnone. Property Location: tion: Mt. Pleasant Twp. Seller: Eric ShellenvOlyphant Boro. Seller: Matthew Geoffroy. berger. Amount: $345,000. Amount: $292,500. Thomas C. Copus. Property Location: Jonathon D. Wasp. Property Location: Hemlock Twp. Seller: Darren L. Payton. Olyphant Boro. Seller: Mary E. Root. Amount: Amount: $310,000. $381,000. Clear General LLC. Property Location: Michael Jones. Property Location: Roaring Greenwood Twp. Seller: Chastian Sample Brook Twp. Seller: Edward James Kobeski. Group 2006 LLC. Amount: $480,000. Amount: $307,500. Peter J. Buselli. Property Location: Scott LACKAWANNA COUNTY Twp. Seller: Deanna Clinebell. Amount: Satish Gujar. Property Location: Car$285,000. bondale Twp. Seller: Constant Pierre-Louis. Scott A. Kaiser. Property Location: Amount: $340,000. Wells Fargo Bank. Property Location: Dal- Scott Twp. Seller: Robert J. Stephenson Jr. Amount: $262,000. ton Boro. Seller: Kenneth M. Shirk. Amount: C&W 415 Wyoming LP. Property Loca$254,827.21. Stonerun Realty & Holdings LLC. Property tion: Scranton City. Seller: John H. Appleton. Amount: $450,000. Location: Dickson City. Seller: Rocco ValCandu Properties LLC. Property Location: vano. Amount: $1,250,000. Scranton City. Seller: Kevin Kearney. Amount: Frank A. Pellicci II. Property Location: Fell Twp. Seller: Michael K. Dyshuk. Amount: $253,920. Robert J. Moher Jr. Property Location: $500,000. South Abington Twp. Seller: Boston Land Ashley Langan. Property Location: JefCompany Inc. Amount: $358,000. ferson Twp. Seller: Mary Kramer. Amount: Carl McFarland. Property Location: South $272,000. Abington Twp. Seller: Boston Land Company Justin Michael Gonsauls. Property LocaInc. Amount: $260,000. tion: Jermyn Boro. Seller: Michael Bomba. Nicola J. Atkinson. Property Location: Amount: $320,000. South Abington Twp. Seller: Boston Land Maureen T. Perrotti. Property Location: Company Inc. Amount: $353,355. Moosic Boro. Seller: Glenmaura Commons Janeen L. Granville. Property Location: LTD. Amount: $449,000. Karen A. Clifford. Property Location: Mos- Springbrook Twp. Seller: Kurt Black. Amount: $360,000. cow Boro. Seller: Frank Hubbard. Amount: Brandon L. Whitlock. Property Location: $293,200. Sam’s Land LLC. Property Location: Mos- Springbrook Twp. Seller: Michael Boyko. Amount: $269,900. cow Boro. Seller: McAndrews Trust per TR. Vincent Tanana. Property Location: Amount: $285,500. Tammy White. Property Location: Newton Throop Boro. Seller: Fristina Wulff. Amount: $298,000. Twp. Seller: Jeremy J. Wilcoxen. Amount: Eric Houtsma. Property Location: Un$290,000. known. Seller: Leonid Y. Ayzenshtat. Amount: LEC Construction Services LLC. Property $265,500. Location: North Abington Twp. Seller: Jerry Cartus Financial Corp. Property Location: Warsky Kaufman. Amount: $250,000. Carmen Brutico. Property Location: North Unknown. Seller: Marvelle Berry. Amount: Abington Twp. Seller: Jerry Warsky Kaufman. $348,500. Samana B. Zaidi. Property Location: Amount: $275,000.




Unknown. Seller: Cartus Financial Corp. Amount: $348,500. Michael Kondrat. Property Location: Unknown. Seller Raymond C. Redman. Amount: $252,500. Barbara Forester. Property Location: Unknown. Seller: Shu Chuan Huang. Amount: $425,000. LUZERNE COUNTY MS/GIV LLC. Property Location: Salem Twp. Seller: Tech Packaging Inc. Amount: $1,780,000. ACCB Pittston RE LLC. Property Location: Pittston Twp. Four Parcels. Seller: Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc. Amount: $2,499,799.34. Joseph Baranowski. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: John Kaminsky. Amount: $250,000. Matthew Easterday. Property Location: Wilkes-Barre City. Seller: Jason Marconi. Amount: $254,900. Randall B. Dell. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Seller: Stephen E. Kolarik. Amount: $395,000. R&G Properties LLC. Property Location: Luzerne Boro. Seller: Douglas S. Coslett. Amount: $310,000. Michael J. Brown. Property Location: West Wyoming Boro. Seller: Edward Farrell. Amount: $250,000. James T. Joines Jr. Property Location: Butler Twp. Seller: Sand Springs Development Corporation. Amount: $380,243. James A. Casey. Property Location: Wilkes-Barre City, four parcels. Seller: Bottling Group LLC. Amount: $350,000. Robert J. Rother. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: John T. Moscon. Amount: $405,000. J.J.M. Realty Inc. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Seller: Allen J. Rebennack. Amount: $250,000. Eric David Conahan. Property Location: Hanover Twp. Seller: Robert A. Volpicelli. Amount: $265,000. Stephen J. Findler. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Presidential Land Co. LTD. Amount: $459,900. Christopher Pierch. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: Eastern Communities. Amount: $317,411. Frank Roman IV. Property Location: Jenkins Twp. Seller: Michael P. Lapsanaky Jr.

Amount: $303,000. Congregation Bais TZVI Yosef. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Seller: Benson Scott Bartron. Amount: $311,500. Michael Howard Freedman. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Seller: Lynn K. Gonchar. Amount: $330,000. Michael Cramton. Property Location: Harveys Lake Boro. Two Parcels. Seller: Jeffrey M. Jones. Amount: $418,000. Cartus Financial Corporation: Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Brett D. Amosson. Amount: $437,500. Vishal A. Parikh. Property Location: Rice Twp. Seller: Cartus Financial Corporation. Amount: $437,000. Jason McNeill. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Seller: 39 Butler Street LLC. Amount: $400,000. Tots & Tykes Holdings LLC. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Seller: John J. Perfetto. Amount: $750,000. Angela Ward. Property Location: Lehman Twp. Seller: Robert A. Merithew. Amount: $254,000. Brian Lewis Brown. Property Location: Plains Twp. Seller: Gene P. Fischi. Amount: $285,567. Sean Mulvehill. Property Location: WilkesBarre City. Seller: Anthony J. Cannavale. Amount: $285,000. Daniel C. Monk. Property Location: Harveys Lake Boro. Seller: John A. Kline Jr. Amount: $670,000. Meredith Lamme Stevens. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Seller: Prestige Development Group LLC. Amount: $329,000. Greg J. Jacobs. Property Location: Exeter Twp. Seller: Anthony S. Krogulski. Amount: $252,000. MONROE COUNTY Lynwood Acres LLC. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Seller: Dennis Dougherty Family Trust. Amount: $1,300,000. Troy Stephens. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: DE&S Properties Inc. Amount: $329,000. Fatima Mahdi. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Seller: Celine Duong. Amount: $300,000. Darrell Robinson. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Seller: Eric Franco. Amount: $295,000. See Deeds on page 35

FOR THE RECORD Deeds continued from page 34 Donald Kozic. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Seller: Philip Rush. Amount: $360,000. Great Phoenix Properties LLC. Property Location: Stroudsburg. Seller: Delia Stoeckel. Amount: $311,000. Rafael Nunez. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: Classic Quality Homes. Amount: $313,500. James Atruso. Property Location: Coolbaugh Twp. Seller: Richard Ashley. Amount: $300,000. SDP Realty LLC. Property Location: East Stroudsburg. Seller: BRP Real Estate Holdings LLC. Amount: $440,000. Ryan Gursky. Property Location: Polk Twp. Seller: Robert Fisher. Amount: $375,000. Crystal Hendricks-Brooks. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Seller: DE&S Properties Inc. Amount: $328,500. Sunrise Shop LLC. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Seller: C. William Besecker. Amount: $700,000. Gail Livingston. Property Location: Middle Smithfiled Twp. Seller: David Rose. Amount: $339,800. Paul Wilman. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Seller: Wanda Wysocka-Cieciorko. Amount: $299,000. Janice Marroquin. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Seller: Bruce Stein. Amount: $495,000. St. Luke’s Hospital-Monroe Campus. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Seller: National Capital Management LP. Amount: $350,000. Ski River LLC. Property Location: Jackson Twp. Seller: Four Seasons Rentals LLC. Amount: $325,000. Allegheny East Conference Corporation of Seventh Day Adventists. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Seller: Church of God in Christ Community Support Center LLC. Amount: $367,000. Kellie Davis. Property location: Ross Twp. Seller: Michael Panarella. Amount: $389,000. Ravi Kopanati. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Seller: Michael White. Amount: $340,000. John Comstock. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Seller: York Manor LLC. Amount: $465,000. Stroudsburg Pocono Airpark LLC. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Seller: Pocono Stroudsburg Airport Inc. Amount: $1,243,694.

Amount: $950,000. Edward Engle. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: Maurice A. Ryman. Amount: $745,000. John Myers. Property Location: Palmyra Twp. Seller: Randy M. Sanchez Sr. Amount: $399,000. Gregory Ruggiero. Property Location: PalPike COunty myra Twp. Seller: Maurice A. Ryman. Amount: George T. Jurecky. Property Location: $250,000. Blooming Grove Twp. Seller: Ann E. Vilaro. Gregory Ruggiero. Property Location: PalAmount: $260,000. Joel W. Allison. Property Location: Delaware myra Twp. Seller: Maurice A. Ryman. Amount: $350,000. Twp. Seller: Loren D. Prescott Jr. Amount: Sovereign Energy LLC. Property Location: $295,000. Palmyra Twp. Seller: Atlantic Oil & Heating Co. Arisandy Gomez. Property Location: DingAmount: $500,000. man Twp. Seller: James N. Ellison Jr. Amount: Vincent R. Benedetto. Property Location: $250,000. Palmyra Twp. Seller: John J. Lariviere. Amount: Glenn W. McCoid. Property Location: $530,000. Dingman Twp. Seller: Jane Hingos. Amount: Brian H. Wright. Property Location: Palmyra $285,000 Twp. Seller: Michael Vukcevich. Amount: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Property Loca$405,000. tion: Greene Twp. Seller: Benjamin Flores III. LWP North LLC. Property Location: Amount: $262,330. Peter Mestousis. Property Location: Greene Palmyra Twp. Seller: Jeffrey Kramp. Amount: $2,600,000. Twp. Seller: Sandor Sari. Amount: $600,000. David C. Paul. Property Location: Palmyra David O’Brien. Property Location: Greene Twp. Seller: Mary F. Verdin. Amount: $357,000. Twp. Seller: Barbara P. Frazier. Amount: Robert M. Packer. Property Location: Pal$715,000. myra Twp. Seller: Edward J. Hughes. Amount: Stanley Jacobs. Property Location: Lackawaxen Twp. Seller: Deborah Elliot Brown. $259,000. Bryan Cunningham. Property Location: PalAmount: $260,000. Robert Pett. Property Location: Lackawaxen myra Twp. Seller: Thomas A. Onions. Amount: $274,500. Twp. Seller: Neil F. Rose. Amount: $276,000. Emily P. Bau-Madsen. Property Location: Richard Bloomer. Property Location: Milford Palmyra Twp. Seller: Kathleen Bau-Madsen. Twp. Seller: The John P. McElligott Jr. IrrevoAmount: $475,000. cable Trust. Amount: $250,000. Dana C. Vickers. Property Location: Shohola Supat Piboonlapudom. Property Location: Milford Twp. Seller: The Mark J. Malinchak Liv- Twp. Seller: Mark Munro. Amount: $405,000. Thomas Burke. Property Location: Westfall ing Trust. Amount: $255,000. Twp. Seller: Rivers Edge LP. Amount: $279,900. Lilia C. Remus Abbamonte. Property LocaPaul W. Schaldonat. Property Location: tion: Milford Twp. Seller: Roderick C. Neff. Westfall Twp. Seller: Helen Celestina. Amount: Amount: $294,000. $250,000. Eric P. Batterman. Property Location: PalGiap Flores. Property Location: Westmyra Twp. Seller: Matthew Meagher. Amount: fall Twp. Seller: Joseph F. Porto. Amount: $560,000. $250,000. Peter Ball. Property Location: Palmyra Lilia C. Remus Abbramonte. Property LocaTwp. Seller: Christopher M. Marioni. Amount: tion: Westfall Twp. Seller: Roderick C. Neff. $285,000. James P. Baron. Property Location: Palmyra Amount: $294,000. Skytop Ranch LLC. Property Location: Twp. Seller: Robert C. Nied. Amount: $336,810. Steven J. Bory. Property Location: Palmyra Westfall Twp. Seller: Larry Stalbaum. Amount: $584,000. Twp. Seller: Joseph J. Gilchrist Jr. Amount: $1,050,000. sCHuylkill COunty Brian R. Bates, Trustee. Property Location: Amber Wessner. Property Location: East Palmyra Twp. Seller: William C. Roudi, Jr. Avril Adams. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Seller: LTS Homes LLC. Amount: $364,800. Thomas Hawkins. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Seller: Sean Wren. Amount: $829,000.

Brunswick Twp. Seller: Nathan Roberts. Amount: $258,000. wayne COunty Patrick T. Farley. Property Location: Clinton Twp. Seller: Karen Spewak. Amount: $352,161.42. Thomas J. Dossie. Property Location: Lake Twp. Seller: Raymond Fulton. Amount: $275,000. Glenn Storm. Property Location: Paupack. Seller: Raymond Fulton. Amount: $332,247. Ralph Maines. Property Location: Paupack. Seller: Frederick M. Showers. Amount: $435,000. Jeffrey S. Ross. Property Location: Salem. Seller: Donald A. Conzo. Amount: $400,000. Joseph S. Limani. Property Location: Lehigh. Seller: Richard Garraffa. Amount: $270,000. Leonard C. Galasso. Property Location: Lehigh. Seller: Robert W. Reitenbaugh. Amount: $265,000. David J. Catalano. Property Location: Paupack. Seller: Charles Morea. Amount: $310,000. Patti L. Procopio. Property Location: Salem. Seller: Frank Meliti III. Amount: $265,000. Dona M. MacDonald. Property Location: Paupack. Seller: Sarah Tigue. Amount: $392,500. David DeSousa. Property Location: Mt. Pleasant. Seller: James W. LaRocca. Amount: $260,000. Lois Pinetree. Property Location: Buckingham. Seller: Edward A. Tighe. Amount: $250,000. Edward Connolly. Property Location: Paupack. Seller: Philip W. Sheeham. Amount: $540,000.

wyOming COunty SSB Construction Inc. Property Location: Clinton Twp. Seller: Sheldon B. Shanrock. Amount: $359,000. Garria Teel. Property Location: Overfield Twp. Seller: Antonina Kochmer. Amount: $251,000. Justin Myers. Property Location: Tunkhannock Twp. Seller: Christopher L. Colavitti. Amount: $433,000.




COLUMBIA COUNTY Aaron G. Stagliano. Property Location: North Centre Twp. Lender: First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $333,350. Ronnie C. Morris. Property Location: South Centre Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $315,000. Empire Columbia LP. Property Location: Hemlock Twp. Lender: American Bank. Amount: $1,000,785. Natalie M. Stanton. Property Location: Hemlock Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $306,850. Big Joe Realty LLC. Property Location: Bloomsburg. Lender: First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $710,000. Gregor Eugene Gallerizzo. Property Location: Mt. Pleasant Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $324,800. Carl R. Slater Jr. Property Location: Madison Twp. Lender: AgChoice Farm Credit. Amount: $2,800,000. Thomas C. Copus. Property Location: Hemlock Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $320,200. Benton Sr. 118 DG LLC. Property Location: Sugarloaf Twp. Lender: Servisfirst Bank. Amount: $1,200,000. Steven H. Shannon. Property Location: Bloomsburg. Lender: M&T Bank. Amount: $2,200,000. Clear General LLC. Property Location: Greenwood Twp. Lender: Tompkins Trust Company. Amount: $388,000.

LACKAWANNA COUNTY Satish Gujar. Property Location: Clifton Twp. Lender: Pinnacle Mtge. Inc. Amount: $255,000. Samuel A. Valenti. Property Location: Covington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $416,744. Paul Kobierecki. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $300,000. Stonerun Realty & Holdings LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $2,572,035. Stonerun Realty & Holdings LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $500,000. Stonerun Realty & Holdings LLC. Property Location: Dickson City. Lender: Rocco Valvano. Amount: $400,000.

James Conaboy. Property Location: Dunmore Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $389,000. Oley Real Estate Co. LLC. Property Location: Fell Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $500,000. Oley Real Estate Co. LLC. Property Location: Fell Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $350,000. Rachel Gonsauls-Homitz. Property Location: Jermyn Boro. Lender: PA State Employees Credit Union. Amount: $304,000. Joseph J. Gilchrist Jr. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $1,311,000. Bennet J. Winters. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Lender: Caliber Home Loans Inc. Amount: $663,000. Paula Ronjan. Property Location: Moosic Boro. Lender: Community Bank. Amount: $387,361. Jessica Bevilacqua. Property Location: Newton Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $772,650. Tammy White. Property Location: Newton Twp. Lender: Residential Mortgage Services Inc. Amount: $261,000. Suaimhneas LLC. Property Location: North Abington Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $1,000,000. Mark Stanley Nolan. Property Location: North Abington Twp. Lender: BBMC Mortgage. Amount: $275,000. David R. Domiano. Property Location: Old Forge Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $332,000. Gregory G. Arnone. Property Location: Olyphant Boro. Lender: Loandepot Com LLC. Amount: $280,000. Michael Jones. Property Location: Roaring Brook Twp. Lender: Freedom Mtge Corp. Amount: $280,250. Robert C. Butts. Property Location: Roaring Brook Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $288,000. Shelley E. Buselli. Property Location: Roaring Brook Twp. Lender: Residential Mortgage Services Inc. Amount: $270,750. Barbara F. Wadsworth. Property Location: Roaring Brook Twp. Lender: Homestead Funding Corp. Amount: $424,100. Calvey Enterprises Inc. Property Location: Scranton City. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $250,000. Robert L. Olivetti. Property Location: Scranton. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $430,000.




Main Swetland LLC. Property Location: Scranton. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $1,750,000. Main Swetland LLC. Property Location: Scranton. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $1,750,000. South Scranton Xpress Marts Inc. Property Location: Scranton. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $1,100,000. Main Swetland LLC. Property Location: Scranton. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $2,500,000. South Scranton Xpress Marts Inc. Property Location: Scranton. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc. Bk. Amount: $1,100,000. Joseph J. Boczek. Property Location: Scranton. Lender: MVB Bank Inc. Amount: $375,900. BRT ICE LP. Property Location: Scranton. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $6,500,000. John M. Dougherty. Property Location: Scranton. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $275,000. John M. Dougherty. Property Location: Scranton. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $275,000. John M. Dougherty. Property Location: Scranton. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $275,000. Robert J. Moher Jr. Property Location: South Abington Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $245,000. Sonali Sabhachandani. Property Location: South Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $264,000. Nichola J. Atkinson. Property Location: South Abington Twp. Lender: Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $282,684. Scranton Electricians JATC Building Inc. Property Location: South Abington Twp. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $1,500,000. Jason Eric Granville. Property Location: Springbrook Twp. Lender: USAA Federal Savings Bank. Amount: $350,000. Brandon L. Whitlock. Property Location: Springbrook Twp. Lender: Stearns Lending LLC. Amount: $269,900. Eric Houtsma. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $257,535. Joseph E. Gralinski. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Quicken Loans. Amount: $472,000. Samana B. Zaidi. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Luzerne Bank. Amount: $348,500.

Barbara Forester. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Fidelity Dep & Disc Bk. Amount: $403,750. Margaret G. Lewis. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Citizens Savings Bank. Amount: $325,000. Cloverleaf Developers LLC. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $500,000. David G. Maddock. Property Location: Unknown. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $325,000. LUZERNE COUNTY James Pecora Jr. Property Location: Sugarloaf Twp. Lender: Mid Penn Bank. Amount: $285,000. Niranjan D. Gupta. Property Location: Wright Twp. Lender: Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Amount: $585,000. MS/GIV LLC. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Lender: Brand Banking & Trust Company. Amount: $1,530,000. Jonathan Mezlo. Property Location: Sugarloaf Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $283,894. R&G Properties LLC. Property Location: Luzerne Boro. Lender: PNC Bank. Amount: $254,000. James T. Joines Jr. Property Location: Butler Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Caliber Home Loans Inc. Amount: $359,100. Javier E. Huanira. Property Location: Jenkins Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Better Mortgages. Amount: $315,000. Kenric A. Maynor. Property Location: Duryea Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $328,000. James Gardner. Property Location: Kingston Twp. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $250,000. Nancie J. Fitch. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Lender: Luzerne Bank. Amount: $319,000. Jennifer Davidson. Property Location: Dallas Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Quicken Loans Inc. Amount: $335,825. R.D.M. Associates. Property Location: Plains Twp. Lender: Univest Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $4,200,000. Maric Partnership. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Lender: Univest Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $4,200,000. Michael Ryan Rosencrans. Property Location: Fairmount Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic See Mortgages on page 37

FOR THE RECORD Mortgages continued from page 36 Registration Systems Inc. United Wholesale Mortgage. Amount: $243.500. Donald J. Stone. Property Location: Edwardsville Boro. Lender: First Columbia Bank & Trust Company. Amount: $336,000. Kenmarq LLC. Property Location: Forty Fort Boro. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $400,000. Kenmarq LLC. Property Location: Nanticoke City. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $400,000. Kenmarq LLC. Property Location: Newport Twp. Two Parcels. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $400,000. Donald C. Hillman. Property Location: West Hazleton Boro. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $315,000. Donald C. Hillman. Property Location: Hazleton City. Two Parcels. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $315,000. Chistina Agolino. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Lender: FNCB Bank. Amount: $253,000. Hazle Twp. Blvd. Properties LLC. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $330,000. Walter A. Kuharchik III. Property Location: Exeter Twp. Lender: Citizens Bank. Amount: $300,000. MBC Development LP. Property Location: Pittston Twp. Lender: M&T Bank. Amount: $900,000. ARA Management LLC. Property Location: Foster Twp. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $486,000. Michael H. Freedman. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Lender: NASA Federal Credit Union. Amount: $313,500. OLP Pittston PA LLC Property Location: Pittston Twp. Lender: Valley National Bank. Amount: $7,200,000. Vishal A. Parikh. Property Location: Rice Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $350,000. David L. Coleman. Property Location: Rice Twp. Two Parcels. Lender: Choice One Community Federal Credit Union. Amount: $250,000. Tots & Tykes Holdings LLC. Property Location: Kingston Boro. Wilkes-Barre City. Lender: Customers Bank. Amount: $1,603,000. JJ Banks’s Realty LLC. Property Location: Union Twp. Lender: World Business Lenders LLC. Amount: $402,000. Jeffrey J. Bankovich. Property Location: Plymouth Twp. Two Parcels. Lender: World Business

Lenders LLC. Amount: $402,000. Jarrod J. Tranguch. Property Location: Butler Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amerisave Mortgage Corp. Amount: $270,000. Ronald O. Neher. Property Location: Dorrance Twp. Lender: USAA Federal Saings Bank. Amount: $271,800. Brian Lewis Brown. Property Location: Plains Twp. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Systems Inc. Benchmark Mortgages. Amount: $285,000. Leonard A. Deren. Property Location: Hazle Twp. Two Parcels. Lender: Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank. Amount: $250,000. Michael J. Elick. Property Location: Slocum Twp. Lender: Jersey Shore State Bank. Amount: $256,000. Sean Mulvehill. Property Location: WilkesBarre City. Lender: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. Amount: $256,500. Edward N. Frey. Property Location: Sugarloaf Twp. Lender: Branch Banking & Trust Company. Amount: $245,000. mOnrOe COunty Lynwood Acres LLC. Property Location: Middle Smithfield Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $1,040,000. Troy Stephens. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Lender: BOKF NA d/b/a HomeDirect Mortgage. Amount: $312,550. Tammy Loudon Jr. Property Location: Stroudsburg. Lender: Manufacturers & Traders Trust Co. Amount: $12,200,000. Donald Kozic. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Lender: Centennial Lending Group LLC. Amount: $342,000. LTS Homes LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Beneficial Bank. Amount: $258,900. Bonnie Coffin. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Marvin Papillon. Amount: $700,000. Kohler Real Estate LLC. Property Location: Barrett Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $300,000. Robert Baxter. Property Location: Chestnuthill Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $682,000. Krishankant Patel. Property Location: Stroudsburg. Lender: Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank. Amount: $1,100,000. SDP Realty LLC. Property Location: East Stroudsburg. Lender: Noah Bank. Amount: $675,000. Wood Hills Homes of PA LLC. Property Location: Coolbaugh Twp. Lender: Peoples Security

Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $490,000. Nibor Partners LP. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust. Amount: $13,669.866. Jessica Urena. Property Location: Coolbaugh Twp. Lender: Supreme Lending. Amount: $383,460. Hotel M MP LLC. Property Location: Mt. Pocono. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $2,000,000. Good Living Technologies LLC. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $250,000. Todd Detrick. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $526,000. Ryan Gursky. Property Location: Polk Twp. Lender: Mortgage America Inc. Amount: $356,250. Crystal Hendrick-Brooks. Property Location: Pocono Twp. Lender: Acre Mortgage & Financial Inc. Amount: $295,650. Sunrise Shop LLC. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $560,000. Janice Marroquin. Property Location: Hamilton Twp. Lender: JPMorgan Chase Bank NA. Amount: $370,000. Kellie Davis. Property Location: Ross Twp. Lender: Atlantic Home Loans Inc. Amount: $311,200. Stroudsburg Pocono Airpark LLC. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Lender: First National Bank of Pennsylvania. Amount: $1,125,000. Stroudsburg Pocono Airpark LLC. Property Location: Smithfield Twp. Lender: Marvin Papillon. Amount: $650,000. Thomas Hawkins. Property Location: Tobyhanna Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $663,200. Eva Huff-Haddon. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: HighTechLending Inc. and Secretary of Housing & Urban Development. Amount: $360,000. BBC Property Investments LLC. Property Location: Stroud Twp. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $1,150,000.

sCHuylkill COunty Phillip S Keil. Property Location: Pottsville. Lender: Riverview Bank. Amount: $286,272.70. Preston R. Kender. Property Location: Hegins Twp. Lender: 1st Guaranty Mortgage Co. Amount: $280,489. Mark W. Fleagle. Property Location: Wayne Twp. Lender: Riverview Bank. Amount: $327,000. wayne Michelle K. Head. Property Location: Berlin. Lender: MERS-Summit Mortgage. Amount:

$254,600. Harold P. McGovern. Property Location: Clinton. Lender: The Dime Bank. Amount: $360,000. Kipp J. Odell. Property Location: Prompton. Lender: MERS-Bank of America NA. Amount: $480,000. Michael J. Farley. Property Location: Clinton. Lender: The Dime Bank. Amount: $281,600. Bright Vision LLC. Property Location: Texas & Cherry Ridge. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $620,500. Bright Vision LLC. Property Location: Texas & Cherry Ridge. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $496,000. Richard R. Freda. Property Location: Damascus. Lender: Peter Buck. Amount: $1,044,387.89. Steel Horse Holdings LLC. Property Location: Palmyra. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $300,000. Erik Schneider. Property Location: Paupack. Lender: US Bank NA. Amount: $342,300. Ralph Maines. Property Location: Paupack. Lender: MERS-1st 2nd Mortgage Co. NJ Inc. Amount: $295,000. Joseph S. Limani. Property Location: Lehigh. Lender: Pentagon FCU. Amount: $275,000. Dona M. MacDonald. Property Location: Paupack. Lender: MERS-Veterans United Home Loans. Amount: $392,500. Ice Event Corp. LLC. Property Location: Paupack. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $760,000. Thomas J. McGeehan. Property Location: Paupack. Lender: M&T Bank. Amount: $500,000. wyOming SSB Construction Inc. Property Location: Clinton Twp. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. Amount: $400,000. Justin Myers. Property Location: Tunkhannock Twp. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank NA. Amount: $389,700. Penns Best Inc. Property Location: Meshoppen Twp. and Washington Twp.; Lender: PS Bank. Amount: $1,000,000. Denise Hines. Property Location: Washington Twp. Lender: P&G Mehoopany Employees Federal Credit Union. Amount: $280,000.

Gary J. Farber Jr. Property Location: Northmoreland Twp. Lender: PS Bank. Amount: $385,000.




Stocks 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 INSIDER TRADING ACTIVITY ON STOCKS OF LOCAL INTEREST FOR OCTOBER (AWK – 80.83) AMERICAN WATER WORKS COMPANY INC. Walter Lynch, chief operating officer of American Water Works Co. Inc., sold 3,335 shares on August 28 at $82.05 per share for total proceeds of $273,626. On August 21, Lynch exercised options for 15,169 shares

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at $39.45 per share (exercised 2.4 years prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $598,417 and on the same date sold those shares at $82 per share for total proceeds of $1,243,858. Lynch controls 92,667 shares directly. Over the last six months, insiders of American Water Works Company Inc., acquired 38,180 shares and disposed of 45,014 shares. (CZNC – 22.60) CITIZENS & NORTHERN CORPORATION Aaron Singer, director of Citizens & Northern Corporation, purchased 3,800 shares on August 18 at $22.81 per share for a total cost of $86,678. Singer controls 100 shares directly and 3,800 shares indirectly. Edward Owlett, III, director of Citizens & Northern Corporation, sold 8,921 shares on August 14 at $22.11 per share for total proceeds of $197,242. On August 11, Owlett sold 14,598 shares at $22.16 per share for total proceeds of $323,426. Owlett controls 11,770 shares directly. Bradley Scovill, chief executive officer of Citizens & Northern Corporation, purchased 4,000 shares on August 11 at $22.49 per share for a total cost of $89,947. Scovill controls 34,376 shares directly and 951 shares indirectly. Over the last six months, insiders of Citizens & Northern Corporation acquired 9,379 shares and disposed of 35,519 shares. (CZFS – 54.40 ) CITIZENS FINANCIAL SERVICES INC. Thomas Freeman, director of Citizens Financial Services, Inc., purchased 918 shares on August 29 at $54.00 per share for a total cost of $49,572. Freeman controls 10,338 shares directly. (FNCB – 7.602) FNCB BANCORP INC. James Bone, chief financial officer of FNCB Bancorp, Inc., sold 1,500 shares on August 29 at $7.50 per share for total proceeds of $11,250. Bone controls 33,643 shares directly and 64 shares indirectly. Lisa Kenney, vice president of FNCB Bancorp, Inc., sold 6,000 shares on August 7 at $7.66 per share for total proceeds of $45,949. Kenney controls 5,586 shares directly and 170 shares indirectly. (FNB – 12.82) FNB CORPORATION Gary Guerrieri, vice president of FNB Corporation, sold 7,000 shares on August 10 at $13.19 per share for total proceeds of $92,359. Guerrieri controls 34,907 shares directly.




Frank Mencini, director of FNB Corporation, purchased 2,500 shares on August 8 at $13.57 per share for a total cost of $33,918. Mencini controls 19,977 shares directly. Over the last six months, insiders of FNB Corporation acquired 49,802 shares and disposed of 98,135 shares.

(PPL – 39.11) PPL CORPORATION Joanne Raphael, vice president of PPL Corporation, in accordance with a prearranged trading plan (10b5-1), exercised options for 35,651 shares on August 23 at $23.20 per share (exercised 3.4 years prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $827,103 and on the same date sold those shares at $39.50 per share for total proceeds of $1,408,215. Raphael controls 16,799 (MTB – 149.00 ) M&T BANK CORPORATION Robert Bojdak, vice president of M&T Bank Corpora- shares directly and 1,460 shares indirectly. Vincent Sorgi, chief financial officer of PPL Corporation, sold 1,200 shares on August 9 at $163.42 per tion, in accordance with a prearranged trading plan share for total proceeds of $196,100. Bojdak controls (10b5-1), sold 5,600 shares on August 3 at $39.00 per 20,217 shares directly and 2,634 shares indirectly. Michele Trolli, vice president of M&T Bank Corpora- share for total proceeds of $218,400. Sorgi controls 97 shares directly and 121 shares indirectly. tion, exercised options for 8,908 shares on August 4 Joseph Bergstein, officer and treasurer of PPL Corat $91.28 per share (exercised 5.9 months prior to the poration, in accordance with a prearranged trading plan expiration date) for a total cost of $813,122 and on the (10b5-1), exercised 2,983 shares on August 3 at $24.75 same date sold those shares at $164.25 per share for per share (exercised 4.8 years prior to the expiration total proceeds of $1,463,151. Trolli controls 14,183 date) for a total cost of $73,829 and on the same date shares directly. sold those shares at $39.00 per share for total proceeds Over the last six months, insiders of M&T Bank of $116,337. Bergstein controls 3,192 shares directly Corporation acquired 20,580 shares and disposed of and 312 shares indirectly. 36,416 shares. Over the last six months, insiders of PPL Corporation acquired 54,765 shares and disposed of 75,997 (NWFL – 43.76 ) NORWOOD FINANCIAL CORPOshares. RATION Kevin Lamont, director of Norwood Financial Cor(WMK – 44.17 ) WEIS MARKETS INC. poration, purchased 825 shares on August 9 at $41.17 Scott Frost, chief financial officer of Weis Markets, per share for a total cost of $33,965. Lamont controls Inc., purchased 375 shares on August 30 at $44.11 per 85,272 shares directly and 800 shares indirectly. Over the last six months, insiders of Norwood Finan- share for a total cost of $16,542. On August 9, Frost cial Corporation acquired 10,363 shares and disposed of purchased 500 shares at $44.30 per share for a total cost of $22,150. Frost controls 1,361 shares directly. 7,700 shares. Kurt Schertle, chief operating officer of Weis Markets, Inc., purchased 1,000 shares on August 11 at (NBTB – 32.75) NBT BANCORP INC. Sarah Halliday, vice president of NBT Bancorp Inc., $45.47 per share for a total cost of $45,470. Schertle purchased 300 shares on August 24 at $33.00 per share controls 1,000 shares directly. Harold Graber, officer and director of Weis Markets, for a total cost of $9,900. Halliday controls 2,481 shares Inc., purchased 150 shares on August 10 at $44.66 per directly. share for a total cost of $6,699. Graber controls 1,995 Over the last six months, insiders of NBT Bancorp Inc. acquired 925 shares and disposed of 26,966 shares. shares directly. Over the last six months, insiders of Weis Markets Inc. acquired 2,025 shares. (PFIS – 41.23) PEOPLES FINANCIAL SERVICES CORPORATION (VZ – 47.92) VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS Richard Lochen, director of Peoples Financial Craig Silliman, vice president of Verizon CommuniServices Corporation, purchased 490 shares on August cations, in accordance with a prearranged trading plan 16 at $40.80 per share for a total cost of $19,992. Lochen controls 7,537 shares directly and 2,920 shares (10b5-1), sold 610 shares on August 28 at $48.65 per share for total proceeds of $29,677. Silliman controls indirectly. 7,209 shares directly and 3,712 shares indirectly. Over the last six months, insiders of Peoples Over the last six months, insiders of Verizon ComFinancial Services Corporation acquired 682 shares and munications sold 20,022 shares. disposed of 4,000 shares.

paralyzed by policy rigidity. It is important to strike a balance, to find that sweet spot. The triple bottom line, which addresses Remember the triple bottom line, like a economic, social and environmental issues, three-legged stool relies on balance to is the framework within which sustainremain standing. Stay consistent in your ability is achieved. They should all be in vision, be honest about the real outcome balance and, more importantly, they all of the initiative and stay straight-forward support each other. Becoming involved in in your messaging. If these are achieved, a your community is great free marketing sustainability initiative will be cost effecand good corporate responsibility. That’s tive. It will communicate success. That is good for business. Staff engagement what levels the playing field between big in projects bigger than their daily grind companies and small business that adopt makes happier employees, which helps to sustainability initiatives as a competitive increase customer service. That’s good strategy. for business. Increasing your community exposure creates enthusiasm for your Cheryl Scandale-Murnin, LEED AP, is an success among your stakeholders. That adjunct faculty member in the School of is particularly great for business because, Business and Global Innovation at Marywood as external stakeholders feel a sense of University. As a LEED AP, she is an Accredited buy-in for your success, they become an Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, demonstrating a high extension of your marketing network and level of professional expertise in issues of potential customers. The challenge is to avoid the informality sustainability. She served both as a former V.P. of the Greater Scranton Chamber of prevalent in some small businesses. Take Commerce and member of the Small Business these initiatives seriously so your staff Advisory Board of the Greater Philadelphia will take them seriously, but don’t become Chamber of Commerce.

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