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As NEpA exports exceed $1 billion, health of Chinese economy worrisome

2007 when the total hit $1 Imagine a powerhouse billion. nation experiencing a slowing Plastics and rubber of its annual GDP growth, accounted for $237 million whose stock market has lost of this 2013 total. Machinery $4 trillion in value and who manufacturing generated anis uncertain about the value other $104 million in exports. of its currency. Add to that Other categories of NEPA a business sector with an exports during 2013 include excess of bloated companies, transportation equipment incidents of massive environtotaling $129.8 million, chemimental degradation, an aging cal manufacturing at $206 population and decades of The Chinese economy grew an annual 6.9 percent in the third quarter of 2015, slightly down million, and food manufacturcorruption. ing at $206 million. More from 7.0 percent in the previous quarter and the weakest since first quarter of 2009. Hello, China — a nation recently, the category of Source: www.tradingeconomics.com/ whose renowned economic primary metals has achieved of 2015, and forecasts indicate a growth rate of 6.5 miracle appears to be wind$90.7 million in exports. percent during 2016. Fortunately for the Chinese, ing down. “These are the big movers and shakers for NEPA,” many large manufacturers are already in place there China’s once-explosive GDP growth has slowed says Ooms. “From 2007 to 2013, we achieved a 22 to an annual rate of 6 to 7 percent, an enviable rate for and this activity is supported by deeply entrenched percent export increase, proving NEPA is really a part supply chains.” most economies but not for China, which had been of the global economy.” Adams believes current global market trends are enjoying upwards of 13 percent growth. To make Ooms adds that during her travels throughout stacked against the Chinese. matters worse for analysts outside the country, grave NEPA she hasn’t heard any concerns that a Chinese For example, the textile industry is increasingly questions are surfacing about the accuracy of these slowdown will curb the global economy. Actually, migrating to other countries in Southeast Asia and numbers because China’s business sector and media she says, the talk indicates admiration for the 6-plus Mexican labor is capable of providing costs and are state-controlled and prone to propaganda. percent growth still achieved by the Chinese. Bill Adams, senior international economist with the capabilities that rival those in China. No funeral “Our commercial strengths in Pennsylvania PNC Financial Services Group, is acknowledged as a could also play into this evolution with China,” says national expert on China. He confirms that China has Doug Batzel, the globe-trotting president of Batzel forged the world’s second-largest economy, just behind Adams. “These changes will undoubtedly create Engineering Consulting, says reports of the Chinese the United States. Together these two economic power- new opportunities.” economy’s death have been greatly exaggerated, to houses set the global pace for economic conditions. paraphrase Mark Twain. Global power According to Adams, China is now logging an Batzel is regarded as a global expert on the subject The Chinese economy should be of concern to adjusted GDP growth of 6.9 percent measured 12 of oil and gas production, and recently traveled to everyone, says Teri Ooms, executive director with the months earlier. The United Sates, during this time, China for a week of fact-finding with a team of 70 busiInstitute for Public Policy & Economic Development. recorded a paltry GDP growth of 2 percent. ness scholars associated with Temple University. A breakdown of exports leaving NEPA clearly indicate Adams notes the Chinese industrial core is weakBatzel noted, when peering out of a taxi window, ening, its real-estate boom has fizzled and exports are the power a Chinese brake on the global economy every block in metro China has ongoing construction dropping. In addition, the nation’s once reliably “cheap” could inflict. taking place. The country’s agricultural system is also According to Ooms, in 2013, $1.33 billion in labor force is recording increased wages and rising improving and internal commerce remains strong. exports flowed from the Scranton and Wilkesproduction costs. “Business activity in China is not ‘off the charts,’ “China’s GDP keeps slowing,” says Adams. “The Barre areas to various points around the world. These exports have been growing annually since growth was 6.8 percent during the fourth quarter Please see COVER STORY, Page 12 By Dave Gardner

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ALSO INSIDE: Focus on Hazleton

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2015 Year in Review

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Harrisburg vs. The Budget

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REGIONAL NEWs & FEAtuREs Cover story ............................ 12 Year in Review ....................13 -14 Focus on Hazleton ............... 16 - 17 20 under 40: Where Are they Now 35 top tech News ........................ 38

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busINEss buLLEtINs Management & Leadership ......... 39 small business spotlights.. 40, 43, 44 personal Finance ..................... 41 Heritage tourism...................... 41 Made in NEpA ......................... 42 Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs 44 For the Record .............. 45, 54 - 55 personnel File.................... 47 - 53

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Economists predict residential & nonresidential construction growth in 2016

Anirban Basu, chief economist for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC); Kermit Baker, Ph.D., chief economist for the American Institute of Architects; and David Crowe, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) chief economist predicted continued construction industry growth in 2016 during a joint economic forecast web conference on Nov. 5. “The nonresidential construction sector gained momentum over the last year and should continue to expand into 2016,” said Basu. “The construction industry has benefited from increased stability stemming from low materials prices and greater certainty regarding federal budgeting and monetary policy, although a lack of appropriately skilled labor will remain a challenge for contractors. ABC predicts the nonresidential construction segment will experience 7 percent nominal growth in 2016.” “Led by tremendous demand for energyefficient spaces, spending on home improvements

is on track to reach an all-time high by year’s end,” said Baker. “The office and retail sectors are expected to lead the commercial real estate market in 2016 with near double-digit increases in construction spending expected.” “We expect the residential construction sector to continue its gradual recovery as we head into 2016,” said Crowe. “Steady employment and economic growth, along with attractive mortgage rates and home prices will keep the sector on an upward trajectory as we go forward, however persistent headwinds including labor and lot shortages will continue to hinder a more robust recovery.” Each economist discussed leading, present and future indicators for sector performance, including ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) and Construction Confidence Index (CCI), AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) and Consensus Construction Forecast and the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

DCED announces new jobs, new low-interest loans approved by Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority PIDA program offering competitive rates through the end of 2015 Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin on Nov. 4 announced that new state investments through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program will support the continued growth of Pennsylvania businesses that are projected to create and retain a combined 94 jobs. At the November meeting, PIDA approved more than $676,000 in low-interest loans for two projects in Mifflin County, which will generate more than $1.6 million in total investments. “The loans approved today will provide business support in two very important commonwealth industries — manufacturing and agriculture,” said Davin. “Gov. Wolf understands the importance of increasing opportunities for the industries that Pennsylvania was built on, as well as supporting new and emerging sectors by providing a muchneeded funding increase to the PIDA program to promote all Pennsylvania businesses.” In 2015, PIDA has approved $54.4 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $123.5

Associated Builders and Contractor' Construction Confidence Index (CCI) indicates that contractor confidence will continue to edge higher. The diffusion index measures forward-looking construction industry expectations in sales, profit margins and staffing levels with readings above 50 indicating growth. — Source: Associated Builders and Contractors

Commonwealth Foundation: Pennsylvanians could face second-highest sales tax in America Conservative think tank: Latest budget plan seeks biggest sales tax hike since 1956

State Sales Tax History An increase from 6 to 7.25 percent would be the million in private investment, and supported nearly first statewide sales tax change since 1968 and the 2,500 created and retained jobs. second-largest sales tax increase in state history. PIDA is an independent authority staffed and Year Sales Tax Rate Pennsylvanians may soon pay more for nearly regulated through the Department of Community 1954 .............1.0% everything they buy. Under the latest proposed and Economic Development. The Authority pro1956 .............3.0% budget deal, state sales taxes would jump from 6 to vides capital for building acquisition, construction 1959 .............3.5% 7.25 percent—giving Pennsylvania the secondand renovation work, machinery and equipment 1959 .............4.0% loans along with working capital line of credit loans, highest statewide sales tax in the nation. 1963 .............5.0% According to the Commonwealth Foundation, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, 1968 .............6.0% only California would rank higher if Gov. Wolf research and development firms, agricultural proSource: Pa Dept. of Revenue, The Tax Compencessors and employers looking to establish national gets his way. While several states would have dium and the Commonwealth Foundation. higher combined state and local rates, new rates or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania. PIDA is continuing to offer competitive interest in Pittsburgh (8.25 percent) and Philadelphia (9.25 “The state sales tax rate has not changed in percent) would be among the highest in the region. rates due to recent market changes. Qualified nearly 50 years and has never been lowered,” “Before we ask Pennsylvanians to pay more for applicants are eligible to select either a reset rate Brouillette commented. “If Gov. Wolf wants to everyday purchases, the governor and lawmakers of 2.50 percent for the first seven years or a fixed enact such a structural change, taxpayers should should ensure all other options have been exrate of 3.50 percent for real estate financing, 3.50 be asking what they’re getting in return. Fundapercent fixed rate for equipment loans, 3.50 percent plored,” said Matthew Brouillette, president and CEO mentally reforming public pensions to move newly fixed rate loans for a 12-month period for working of the Commonwealth Foundation. “That means hired workers to 401(k)s and privatizing both retail enacting real public pension reform that puts the capital and accounts receivable lines of credit, and and wholesale liquor sales should be part of any 2.00 percent fixed rate for pollution prevention and state back on a fiscally-responsible track, generating resolution to these negotiations. revenue by privatizing the state liquor monopoly, energy efficient loans. Rates will be in effect for “Simply ending unnecessary corporate welfare and cutting off the corporate welfare gravy train by loan applications received through Dec. 31. programs would save nearly $700 million annueliminating unfair business subsidies.” ally—and it wouldn’t cost taxpayers a dime.”

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CPAs offer advice: 4 questions to consider about aging in place About 90 percent of seniors plan to continue living in their own homes for the next five to 10 years, according to an AARP survey. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define “aging in place” as being able to live in one’s home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. If you or a loved one currently are in retirement, or planning for the future, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants recommends addressing emotional needs and financial considerations to make independent living a more workable reality. What Really Matters to You? Don’t get hung up on the term “aging in place.” If you want to continue enjoying the people and activities you love, it may not be necessary to remain in the same residence. As a first step in your planning, list what’s important to you in your current lifestyle and the things you wouldn’t mind changing. Selling the family home can be an emotional decision, but it may be the best choice if a smaller place will be easier to maintain, closer to family, and a money saver that could allow you to travel the world like you’ve always wanted. Will Your Current Home Accommodate Your Needs? It’s important to determine whether your current home will still be a good fit if you have problems with mobility or other health concerns as you get older. Features that make homes more comfortable for older people include bedrooms and bathrooms that are located on the entry level; few – if any – steps in the doorways or throughout the home; and entryways that are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. Conduct an informal assessment of your home to decide if it’s accessible now or if remodeling projects could be in order.

What Would Renovation Cost? If you don’t think your home will remain easily navigable as you age, consider the potential expense of a renovation. A MetLife study cited renovation costs at $800 to $1,200 for widening a doorway; roughly $500 for the installation of two bathroom grab bars; and $3,500 to $35,000 for a variety of bathroom improvements, including better lighting, curbless showers or tub seats and lifts, and installation of sinks that a wheelchair can roll under. If remodeling seems too costly or complicated, remember that you can downsize or change to a location that’s easier to navigate and still remain independent. There may even be other benefits to moving into a different home or neighborhood. For example, a new place in a more populous area may give you easier access to activities and social life. Do You Have a Good Support System? You may eventually need to rely on others to care for you or help with some of the tasks of everyday life. It will be easier to be relatively independent if you live near family or friends you can count on, or close to home health care providers, doctors, and medical facilities. Your planning should include identifying a local support system and determining whether it will meet your changing needs. As part of this effort, investigate local community and government resources, in addition to geriatric care managers. The “Your 1st Step to Finding Resources for Older Adults” pamphlet, available at eldercare.gov, offers tips and contact information. Turn to Your Local CPA Deciding on the best living arrangement should be a collaborative effort that involves family and any existing caregivers. Remember that your local CPA can also offer valuable insights on finance-related concerns. Contact him or her with all your questions about any financial planning questions you might have. To find a CPA by location or area of expertise, as well as other resources, visit picpa.org/moneyandlife.


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Intuit QuickBooks Index says Pennsylvania employment decreased by 0.04 percent in October Index says national small business hiring remains almost stagnant as revenues continue to decline Intuit QuickBooks’ Small Business Indexes are monthly reports providing unique and almost real-time insight into employment and revenue trends of the nation’s small businesses with fewer than 20 employees. The Intuit Small Business Employment Index found that national small business employment remained flat in October, posting a slight increase of 0.01 percent from the September figure. The Intuit Small Business Employment Index is based on approximately 271,750 small businesses customers of In-

tuit Online Payroll and QuickBooks Online Payroll, covering the period from Sept. 24 through Oct. 24. The Intuit Small Business Revenue Index showed that September revenue decreased 0.3 percent nationally. The Revenue Index is based on anonymized aggregated data from over 240,000 QuickBooks Online small businesses, and is the first in the market to provide current information on monthly per business small business revenue.

is currently $2,904, up $17 from September. ■ Employees worked considerably more: Average monthly hours worked by hourly employees increased 0.6 percent in October; the equivalent of working 45 more minutes throughout the month (an average of 113.1 total hours in October).

■ Revenue declined in August: Small business revenues overall saw a decrease of 0.3 percent in September on a perbusiness basis. The “real estate The Indexes also show: and rental and leasing” category ■ Employees got raises: Small showed the largest monthly revbusiness employees saw another enue decrease of 0.7 percent, while increase in monthly pay in October, the “construction” category saw with compensation rising 0.6 the largest revenue increase last percent. The average monthly pay month, rising 0.4 percent.

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Who pays for a hike in Pennsylvania’s sales tax? Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center offers analysis of the impact of raising the sales tax to 7.25 percent as proposed in the state budget framework

working families will be redistributed to affluent homeowners and business owners. Most Pennsylvanians support raising taxes to reinvest in ■ The bottom 20 percent of taxpayers would education, but that support does not extend to raisactually see their taxes fall, on average, by $4 under ing taxes on working families to provide property Who pays for an increase in the sales tax: the income tax increase because more families tax cuts to high-income households.” Analysis of the tax incidence of an increase in the would pay no income tax due to expanded incomeThe PBPC’s briefing paper recommends that if the tax forgiveness. sales tax from 6 percent to 7.25 percent finds that: ■ The top 20 percent of taxpayers, on the other sales tax remains the vehicle for providing property tax ■ The bottom 60 percent of families, those earncuts, it is imperative that the final plan not amplify the ing less than $65,000 per year, would account for 39 hand, would, on average, pay substantially less unfair nature of the sales tax increase by distributing percent of the increase in sales tax revenue generated in new taxes under a sales tax rate increase than tax cuts mostly to the affluent. To this end, it is critical by all Pennsylvania taxpayers. In contrast, these fami- under a higher personal income tax rate. lies would account for just 19 percent of the increase ■ By far, the biggest beneficiaries of relying on the that the final budget agreement: ■ Include, alongside property tax cuts, a rebate in revenue from the personal income tax rate to 3.57 sales tax to fund property tax relief would be the top 1 for renters; percent that Gov. Wolf proposed in October. percent of taxpayers, who would pay less than a quarHouse Democrats. A personal income tax rate increase would raise the majority of its revenue from families earning $102,000 or more annually.”

Under a budget framework currently being negotiated by Gov. Wolf and legislative leaders, Pennsylvania’s sales tax would be increased to pay for property tax cuts. A new analysis, released today by the liberal think thank, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC), found that the bottom 80 percent of Pennsylvania families — those earning less than $102,000 annually — would provide 63 percent of the revenue produced by raising the sales ■ The highest-income 20 percent of families, tax from 6 percent to 7.25 percent, as proposed. those earning $102,000 or more annually, would PBPC said, “The tax incidence of the proposed account for 37 percent of the increase in sales tax sales tax rate increase contrasts sharply with what revenue generated by all Pennsylvania taxpayers. would have occurred under Gov. Wolf’s plan to In contrast, these families would account for 61 raise the personal income tax rate to 3.57 percent percent of the revenue raised from an increase in while expanding the state’s income tax forgiveness the personal income tax rate. program, a proposal rejected in October by all ■ The bottom 60 percent of taxpayers would House Republicans and nine western Pennsylvania pay nearly $100 more, on average, under the sales

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tax increase ($165) than under the income tax increase ($72).

ter as much under a sales tax rate increase ($1,205) versus a higher personal income tax rate ($5,306).

■ Target property tax cuts to low- and middleincome homesteads;

“These numbers illustrate the importance to the vast majority of low- and middle-income Pennsylvania families of the ongoing negotiations about how this revenue will be redistributed through property tax cuts,” PBPC Research Director Mark Price, the author of the brief, said. “There is a real danger that too much revenue collected from

■ Expand personal income tax forgiveness to more low-income households, as Gov. Wolf proposed in October (and March); and

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■ Include an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour to boost the wages of low- income taxpayers who will bear the greatest burden of higher sales taxes.

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ENERGY

Household heating costs are expected to be lower than previous two winters

Pennsylvania residents to spend least amount on winter heating since 2012

of individual homes and their heating equipment, thermostat settings, local weather conditions and market size. Most regions of the country are expected to Most U.S. households can expect lower heating have warmer weather this winter. The Northeast, expenditures this winter (October through March) Midwest, and South are expected to be about compared with the past two winters. In most regions, 13 percent, 11 percent, and 8 percent warmer, the decline in expenditures is attributed to the combirespectively, based on forecasts from the National nation of warmer weather and lower fuel prices. Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). According to EIA’s Winter Fuels Outlook, averThe West, which had unusually warm weather age household expenditures for homes heating last winter, is expected to have 12 percent cooler primarily with natural gas will total $578 this winter, weather. Because weather patterns present great a $64 decline from last winter’s average. uncertainty to winter energy forecasts, EIA’s Winter Homes primarily using propane are expected to Fuels Outlook includes projections for 10 percent spend $1,437 this winter ($322 less). colder and 10 percent warmer scenarios. Homes heating primarily with heating oil are Additionally, the choice of heating fuel varies expected to spend $1,392 ($459 less). considerably by region, resulting in regional difHomes heating primarily with electric heat are ferences in total expenditures. Natural gas is the expected to spend $930 ($30 less). primary space heating fuel in every region except The average household winter heating fuel the South, where electric heating is more prevalent. expenditures summarized above provide a broad Heating oil is much more common in the Northeast guide to changes compared with last winter. than in other regions, while propane is more comHowever, fuel expenditures for each household are mon in the Midwest than it is elsewhere, although it highly dependent on the size and energy efficiency is still a small portion of the total.

EIA expects households heating primarily with heating oil to spend an average of $459 (25%) less this winter than last winter, reflecting an 11%, weather-related decrease in consumption, and a 47-cent-per gallon (15%) decrease in prices. Reliance on heating oil is highest in the Northeast, where about 22% of households depend on heating oil for space heating; nationwide, only 5% of households, use heating oil. Distillate fuel inventories on the East Coast, which includes the Northeast, are higher going into the heating season than they have been for the past three years. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

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Almost half of U.S. households use natural gas as their primary heating fuel. EIA expects households heating with natural gas to spend an average of $64 (10%) less this winter than last winter. The decrease in natural gas expenditures is the net result of 6% lower fuel consumption, and 4% lower residential natural gas prices compared to last winter. Heading into the heating season, EIA projects storage inventories will total 3,956 billion cubic feet, which would be a record high. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Households heating primarily with electricity are expected to spend an average of $30 (3%) less this winter, with prices 1% lower and consumption 2% lower than last winter. About 39% of all U.S. households rely on electricity as their primary heating fuel, ranging from 15% of households in the Northeast to 63% in the South. Overall, electricity expenditures are less sensitive to winter heating demand because, unlike other heating fuels, electricity is also used to power dozens of appliances and equipment within a home, making the overall level of demand less weather-sensitive. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration


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but it certainly keeps chugging along,” says Batzel. “I consistently saw vast residential, commercial and industrial construction. It’s obvious China’s overall economy is still healthy and growing.” With that said, while in China Batzel also overheard talk that some troubles are ahead for the nation’s vast manufacturing sector. Global attention is now focused on Africa, where industrial-parts production and machine assembly may soon proliferate. In particular, the Egyptian city of Cairo possesses a vast pool of untapped labor. “Markets across China are still growing, but there’s no doubt Africa could be next for the use of untapped labor,” says Batzel. “The lack of government controls in Africa also makes this continent attractive.” Batzel adds that he is not concerned with the saber rattling emanating from the Chinese. He believes commercial interaction between that nation and America is the best weapon to break down misunderstandings. Moreover, he says, the Chinese people are universally very similar to their American counterparts. “A comparison can be made between China now and America during the 1930s, albeit with some modern technology,” says Batzel. “The Chinese have many updated systems, like high-speed trains, but overall their industries have some very old equipment and limited high-tech capabilities. This is why we can compete with them.”

the Department of Defense. “These damaging cyber attacks are ongoing,” says Taylor. Virtually all regional media reports about Chinese He believes that China is engaging in an commerce are incomplete due to widespread undeclared war with the United States, one they can reluctance by local businesses to talk about Chinese win without firing a shot. Taylor is especially critical interaction, says Michael Horvath, international busiof “bumbling” government leadership, as well the ness manager with the NEPA Alliance. He says doing American media for a failure to report the Chinese business with China is now “touchy,” because of Different tune threat. “Our national media is guilty of lying by omisintense global competition. David Taylor, president of the Pennsylvania Manu- sion,” Taylor says. According to Horvath, while he cannot mention facturers Association says China is “bleeding America Economic retaliation specific company names, products from the sectors dry” of its financial resources through unfair trade of aerospace, defense, construction equipment, conand currency manipulation. The nation also is trying To fight back against the Chinese, Taylor advocates struction supplies and consumer goods are exported to undermine U.S. national security and assume “fixes” to its currency manipulation, counterbalancing from NEPA to China in a robust fashion. global leadership through the sabotage of American import duties on Chinese goods, and prioritization of On the down side, due to Chinese intellectual industry, he says. American defense, steel and technology. He frowns property (IP) theft, Horvath warns that exporters He points out that American annual trade deficits upon allowing the Chinese open access to American to China can quickly lose the innovation they have with China, while evolving, are now among the markets and warns that Washington must step up created. It’s more profitable for Chinese industrialists largest in modern history. The total exceeded $359 leadership to avoid disaster. to reverse engineer American products than operate billion in July, consistently channeling American “This is all deadly serious stuff,” says Taylor. “If their own research and development arms. wealth out of the country. “Shame on us for allowing Russia and China re-kindle their international partner“There’s nothing new with this. IP theft has happened these mounting deficits,” says Taylor. “Washington ship, it will become a nightmare.” with the Europeans, even though we still have some trust keeps selling treasury bills to finance our deficits. The Taylor’s greatest fear is that Chinese leadership, with our business partners there,” says Horvath. real tragedy of this is that China doesn’t have a true after economically disabling the United States with Yet, as the Chinese economy cools, Horvath, like market economy.” indebtedness, will then lash out at American through Ooms, has not heard any real concerns about that Taylor also believes China is aiding North Korea, military expansion. An armed conflict between the two nation’s decreasing GDP growth. Horvath says, “Even conducting cyber attacks against American interests, nations could turn horribly destructive. with this 6-percent growth, they still are in very good sparking trade wars and engaging in all sorts of hos“China has consistently inflated bubbles to keep its shape compared to the rest of the world.” tile actions that erode the American industrial base. economy moving along,” adds Taylor. “However, the Gene Barr, president of the Pennsylvania Chamber He further says the Chinese have “looted” secrets number of bubbles they have is limited, and who know of Business and Industry, agrees that one of the reasons from the nation’s nuclear infrastructure, NASA and how they will behave when their economy falters.” Hush!

many American firms are reluctant to export to China involves protection of their intellectual property. According to Barr, the Chinese have consistently stolen protected foreign technology and then reverse-engineered it. “This aspect makes trade with China daunting,” says Barr. “They definitely look out for themselves.”

Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County dedicates house No. 19 Another family in the Wayne County community can now lay out their “Home Sweet Home” welcome mat thanks to the work of Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County. The dedication took place on Saturday, Nov. 7 in the new home.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, a quilt, an American flag, a mailbox and a voter registration form, snow shovel, homeowner’s manual and a plant. Lastly, the family was presented with the keys to their new home by Connie Petraitis, Habitat board member.

Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County’s president, Mark Graziadio, welcomed everyone to the dedication, saying, “This really shows you what can happen when people come together and have common focus and care about people and want to help people.”

Many volunteers put in countless hours to make these homes possible for residents of the Wayne County community. Fundraisers and events are held throughout the year to raise funds for the builds, including a gazebo build and raffle in the summer of 2014, an annual 5K in August and an annual dinner in February.

Chrissy Noti and her two children, Emily and Joey, have started their move into their new home.

Find more about local fundraising events on the Facebook page, Wayne County PA.

“We’re going to be all together. It’s going to be brand-new. It’s not a fixer-upper. I’m truly blessed,” said Noti, who was sharing a room with her daughter through the recent years.

This year, Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County is celebrating its 25th year of providing a decent house in a decent community for God’s people in need. For more information, please call 570-251-8115.

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Seen from left are Emily Sokalsky, Joey Reinek, Christine Noti and Brad Murray, Habitat board member.


COVER STORY

State budget impasse tops the list of 2015’s news stories By Dave Gardner

Was 2015 an uneventful year in NEPA? Observers say the year found signposts that could cast light upon the economic future of the region. John Cognetti, owner of Hinerfeld Commercial Real Estate, identifies the “resurrection” of Luzerne County government as one the region’s top news stories. He calls the county’s scandals and its subsequent evolution to a home-rule format to be a net positive. “I give Luzerne County a lot of credit. It was significant that they were able to do all of this and include a property-tax reassessment” says Cognetti. “Yes, they have experienced hiccups but what they accomplished is a big positive.” He contrasts these changes with conditions in Lackawanna County, where he says “fear” led to the defeat of transition to a county council. Cognetti notes he believes the council form of county government would have featured multiple inputs and ended what he calls “power domination.” “I’m sorry to say we’re just not experiencing the sort of progress in Lackawanna County that has been achieved in Luzerne County,” notes Cognetti. He also points to the sales of the Cigna Health Care building in Moosic and the Steamtown Mall as major developments in NEPA that resulted in big financial losses. “No one wants to take ownership of these failures,” says Cognetti. “This leads to the question — when are we going to end tribalism in Lackawanna County and pull back the curtain?”

the governor’s budget office and is allocated at the sole discretion of the governor. “I also applaud John Basalyga’s vision and commitment to the future of the City of Scranton,” says Blake. The Steamtown Mall, and its commercial future, also rank high for Natalie O’Hara, president of D&O Enterprises. O’Hara noted the saga of the mall’s sale was dotted with speculation, delays and rumors, but, in the end, the facility could have been purchased by a much less attractive buyer. “I know John Basalyga through his roofing company,” says O’Hara. “I’ve worked with him, and know that he is a hard worker with a real commitment to the downtown.” O’Hara also cites the financial havoc wrought on NEPA’s school and nonprofit budgets by the state budget fiasco. Shesays that Scranton’s schools alone borrowed well in excess of $10 million to continue operation, thereby sustaining losses through fees, interest and administrative costs which must be passed along to the taxpayers. “We are going to look back and see that the budget David Schwille, executive director of Luzerne County Human Services, said ‘it’s extremely tight mess has been a very costly process,” says O’Hara. and painful’ without state aid during the budget impasse. The stalemate over the state budget easily placed first when area business leaders were asked to cite top business news of 2015. Please see 2015 NEWS, Page 14

Mark Moran / The Citizens’ Voice

Downtown investment Pennsylvania state Senator John Blake (D-Lackawanna) identifies his biggest news story of 2015 — the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the state budget impasse. He casts light upon the significant fiscal distress the conflict has imposed on schools, human service providers and the small-business community. Blake agrees with Cognetti that the sale of the Steamtown Mall was huge news in 2015. The subsequent investment being made there by regional businessman John Basalyga is also news of great importance. “I remain committed to pursuing initiatives that will revitalize our downtown area,” says Blake. “The redevelopment of the Steamtown Mall footprint at Lackawanna Avenue is an integral part of that conversation.” Blake adds that he worked with Pennsylvania Senate democratic leadership to direct $10 million in A painter from SPC Painting working on the puts a coat of black paint on the outside of the bridge at The Mall at Steamtown in Scranton on Nov Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) 10. The mall’s revitalization earned a top spot in rankings for local business news for 2015. funding for costs related to the redevelopment of Lackawanna Avenue. RACP funding is administered by Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

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riers underestimated pricing for policies and so have incurred deep losses. She adds that a failure by Harrisburg to address “Insurance revenues from all plans during the past its mounting pension debt stands as a troubling fisyear totaled $743 billion, but the industry was unprofitcal sidebar for 2015. As this impasses builds over able,” says Howell. “This is unsustainable. The carriers how to reduce pension costs, O’Hara expects the must reform their pricing.” associated rhetoric in Harrisburg to ramp up. Cost reduction by carriers sparks another move“There are two sides in Harrisburg who are ment, which Howell calls the “compression of care not speaking — those who want to tax and spend networks.” Increasingly, patients must stay within a versus those who don’t” says O’Hara. “Both sides designated caregiver network, despite the reality of have their heels dug in.” fewer providers and limited or zero access beyond a geographical area. ACA Blues Sales of high-deductible plans are also growing, Calendar year 2015 has been an ominous one for echoing a time when insurance coverage was comthe business community because of fallout from the monly called “major medical.” These changes, accordAffordable Care Act (ACA), says Roger Howell, owner ing to Howell, are curbing care and defeating the ACA’a of Howell Benefits. He has noted mounting impacts goal of access. “I can see us reverting to HMO-style from this legislation entering into the “lives” of numercoverage,” says Howell. ous employers, employees, insurance carriers, benefit He adds that the ACA will soon demand employers managers, accountants and lawyers. submit to extended administrative requirements and “The ACA was supposed to be about affordability and record-keeping, which tracks and documents insuraccess, but the law is achieving neither,” says Howell. ance coverage. He predicts that great sums of money He notes that 1 percent to 6 percent of insurwill be spent for training and administration, again ance premiums now are channeled to pay for ACA defeating the ACA’s goal of affordability. expenses, while deductibles and out-of-pocket patient “Extensive record-keeping for the IRS will be a part expenses continue to mount. An even more ominous of all this,” says Howell. development Howell cites involves the fact that car-

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In Hazleton, 2015 saw a tale of of conciliation and cooperation, according to Mary Malone, president of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. According to Malone, the city’s 2015 version of the annual two-day FunFest celebration in September served as an evolved model of the event, retro-fitted for modern needs. This year, Funfest featured extensive Latino participation greeted warmly by many of the city’s traditional participants and a restructured shell that promoted the dual mission of accentuating business development and quality-of-life issues. “Business, our nonprofits, the community and the churches all took part in this focus on the downtown,” says Malone. “It was a great structured revitalization.” Highlights of FunFest 2015 cited by Malone include the Broad Street parade featuring a “packed” corporate division; an Interfaith Comm-UNITY service delivered by several churches; and handouts in English and Spanish with key information detailing how Hazleton residents can improve their quality of life. Malone adds that a partnership between organizations such as the Luzerne Foundation for Family and corporate sponsors were instrumental in delivery of the revised FunFest. “We have created an updated tradition to bring this community together,” says Malone. “There also is

more evolution ahead.” Breakout time William Sordoni, president and chief executive officer with Sordoni Construction Services, was disappointed in 2015 that many of the state’s voters weren’t more outraged by Harrisburg’s budget impasse. He points out that the voters elected representatives to serve them and never intended for these representatives to launch government into a downward spiral. “The representatives in Harrisburg can’t even agree on the things they agree about,” says Sordoni. “They have created an environment of despair and extremism, even though we are paid to work this out. Government has betrayed the public trust, despite having some very good folks in office.” On a positive note, Sordoni will look back at 2015 as the year the Great Recession finally loosened its grip on NEPA. He noted that the latter part of 2015 ushered in increased consumer spending as the regional private sector bounced back. This spending created a sudden boost in the economy’s investment and expansion after several years of simple stability without noticeable growth. “There’s no question commercial activity and commerce are finally increasing here,” says Sordoni.

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FOCUS ON HAZLETON

A City Revitalized

The revitalization of downtown Hazleton has begun with the three largest structures — the Markle Bank Building, the Traders’ Bank building and the Hazleton National Bank building. “We’re on the verge of something good,” said George Leitner, Vice President of Operations at Downtown Hazleton Development (DHD). The company has purchased five buildings in downtown Hazleton in the last two years. “George Hayden revitalized the Markle Bank and Trust Company Building over the past 12 years. That is the renovation that started other owners coming downtown and revitalizing,” said Leitner. Leitner also attributes the downtown revitalization in part to the improvement of the Broad Street Corridor by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The Hayden and DeAngelo families are extremely invested in preserving their hometown and formed a partnership dedicated to the renovating and developing the buildings. George Hayden, Neal and Paul DeAngelo are the partners of the Downtown Hazleton Development. George Hayden, President of the Hazleton Development Company, enjoyed spending time downtown in Hazleton as a child. “We’re hoping to bring that all back. We’re presently trying to identify some pubs, restaurants and shops that would be interested in moving to downtown Hazleton.” In 1994, the Markle Building was home to 43 firms, which employed approximately 105 individuals. That year, the sixth through 11th floors were deemed unfit for occupancy and closed. In February 1998, the remainder of the building was closed due to safety concerns. In 2001, the Hazleton Development Co., Inc. purchased the Markle Building without using any public funds. The Markle Building — now known as the Hayden

The Traders’ Bank Builiding Tower — has been renovated and restored to its former stature in the Downtown Hazleton business community. The revitalization Hayden Tower building features an upscale restaurant and various retail spaces including financial firms, medical and social services offices, travel agencies and other professional offices. Floors

two through five have been transformed into class “A” office space that are wired and suitable for all types white collar and New Economy firms. Today, it’s 85 percent filled with only a few remaining spots left. In the last year, the building has added 10 new tenants. DHD put $4.5 million into The Traders’ Bank Building for a total interior renovation. The bathrooms, heating ventilation systems, full electrical systems, generators, new windows and roofing, façade work is all completed. The DeAngelo Brothers Inc. (DBI) world headquarters will occupy the entire finished building. The continuation of the renovation is projected for 2016. Neal and Paul DeAngelo are owners of DBI Services Inc. A pedestrian bridge, a project worth over $1.5 million, is completed. One end is going to the Traders’ Bank building and the other is going to the parking garage. “The project is significant not only to the headquarters at DBI but to the 200 employees in the Traders’ Bank building. The bridge will allow for the safe transfer of personnel,” said Leitner. Hayden confirmed that the bridged will be secure with video surveillance and will be open to the public at a later date. The Former Hazleton National Bank Building now has three new legal services, a daycare center, a marketing company, a client that teaches English and two radio stations that are geared town the Hispanic population, according to Leitner. “We’re doing well on the leasing aspect in Hazleton and job creation. With the amount of new businesses coming into the buildings in 2015, there has been probably a net of over 100 jobs for downtown Hazleton,” said Leitner. DHD doesn’t stop with what they’ve already created. They bought the National Penn Bank building, which is a 9,000-square-foot-building and three stories tall. “We have yet to identify a tenant for it, but we do

have that class “A” bank space readily available to lease. DHD is progressive thinking because before we finish leasing out the last of our available space, we’re always looking at the next building to invest in so we can help keep growing the downtown Hazleton,” said Leitner. DHD also works closely with the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress (DHAP). DHAP purchased the former Security Savings Bank and plans to turn it into a City Arts Center for downtown Hazleton. Krista Schneider, the Executive Director of DHAP, helped the city of Hazleton acquire property and funding of over $100,000 along with a grant to approve the land be turned into a downtown park. The site was improved with basic landscaping of trees and grass. Recently a Christmas tree was placed in the park and future events are planned to be held there. Phase two of the park project will include a fountain, paving and other amenities. “We want it to be similar to what Scranton and Wilkes-Barre have as a downtown park,” said Leitner. The mission of DHAP is to provide sustainable leadership, direction and support for the successful, efficient revitalization and long-term success of downtown Hazleton. Their projects include the City Park project and the City Arts Center project. They formed a Safe, Clean and Green Workshop that is responsible to distribute the crime prevention survey, develop a block watch program and identify blighted properties throughout downtown. “With all of the things going on with DHAP, we have a lot of local people who are invested in our town,” said Hayden. The Downtown Hazleton Development has class “A” rental space available for both retail and office space. For more information about leasing opportunities contact the company at sales@marklebuilding. com or call George Leitner at 570-233-0701. For more information about the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, visit downtownhazleton.org.

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Hazleton On the Move The City of Hazleton is moving ahead with several major projects in the downtown as it continues to work hard on its image. “A negative image is our biggest problem right now,” said Krista Schneider, executive director of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress. As part of that image, the city is also working on its ‘Clean and Green’ program. Schneider said it is part of a multi-pronged approach that the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development recognizes for downtown revitalization projects. The goal is to eventually obtain ‘Main Street’ status for downtown Hazleton. The revitalization project aims to help aging infrastructure in cities and communities. She said ‘Clean and Green’ program is typically used for neighborhoods, but in Hazleton, where she said crime and perception of crime is an issue, the program would be used to spruce up the streets — from criminals. “There are active crime watches in the neighborhoods, but this would be something new for us by having an active branch in the downtown,” she said. “We’d like to see what a merchant crime watch group could look like.” Schneider said while overall the city’s crime has increased, the crime rate in the downtown has decreased. She said they are looking into applying for a corporate tax credit plan; some of that money would be targeted for crime watch programs. Corporations who donate to the city would get a tax credit. In addition, buildings that are in poor shape or are falling down are also an issue. “Blight is such a big problem in Hazleton and

we’re in the process of developing a blight inventory list to look at which properties can be put on that list.” She said they are trying to reach out to property owners to help with the issue and asking them to suggest properties for the list. “We could also use some of that corporate tax credit money to help with these blighted buildings,” she said. In addition, bringing people to the downtown is always a goal, something that the First Friday program has done successfully in recent months, according to Schneider. “We try to get as many businesses and local organizations in the downtown to offer something special, host an event or do a promotion to get them into their stores. It’s all to get people to come downtown,” said Schneider. “All over the country it’s a recognized way to get people to come downtown and to support local businesses, art and cultural activities,” she said. Earlier this year, First Friday included a car show, which brought more than 1,000 people downtown. “It was really successful,” she said. “All the businesses did really well.” In addition, Schneider’s group has received more than $540,000 in state, federal and private grant money for the design and renovation of the Security Savings Bank as the City Arts Center. Renovations to the Trader’s Bank Building are also underway and they’ve also submitted the paperwork for more than $1 million in funding for streetscape improvements to Wyoming Street. Schneider said all of the positive events help to improve the image of the city. “We’re trying hard to turn that around,” she said.

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ECONOMY

Retailers to see green this holiday season Sales strategies for retailers:

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eDuCatioN missing from that offer like how were they going By Kathy Ruff to raise the Lethargic movement in Harrisburg on adopting a revenue they budget has created ripple effects throughout Pennsyl- were comvania. That lethargy will cost taxpayers an estimated manding in $14 million in fees and interest so far, as schools exchange for borrow money to keep their doors open. a proposal By Oct. 28, at least 27 Pennsylvania school districts they want and two intermediate units borrowed more than $431 on pensions, million to meet expenses, according to Auditor General but that offer Eugene DePasquale. underscores DePasquale expects that trend to continue as anthat the other 54 schools, including Mount Carmel, Scranton, Republicans Hazleton Area and Pittston Area, anticipate the need to acknowledge and need to restore education funding. borrow. That’s the good news.” But the end may be in sight. The battle over educaThe bad news: Prior to this tentative agreement, tion funding, property tax relief and increased taxes both sides completely disagreed on how to pay for to pay for both finally has resulted in a compromise education and how the state distributes the funds. between the governor and Republican leaders. According to Herzenberg, of the 125 school districts “We have a tentative agreement on the framereceiving the biggest cuts in 2011-12, a $832 per work for a final budget,” says Jeff Sheridan, Gov. student cut remains while those with the smallest cuts Wolf’s press secretary. “The governor has secured a show only a $19 per student deficiency. commitment from Republican leaders for the largest “Pennsylvania is one of three states that has no single increase in education funding in Pennsylvania’s rational basis for giving out education funding,” says history. Exactly how it’s going to be paid for is still beHerzenberg. “We haven’t had a formula since the ing worked out. How it’s going to be distributed is still 1990s. You have school districts in the Poconos where going to be worked out.” the student population has grown since we went off The tentative framework calls for a $400 million the formula and those are where the state underfunds increase in K through 12 education funding, $2 billion the most. Pennsylvania now has the biggest gap of any in property tax relief, reforms to the liquor and pension state in terms of the funding between the total school systems and making a down payment on fixing the districts, funding between the richest districts and state’s deficit. the poorest districts. That’s an embarrassment and “They have a lot of work to do and we will keep it jeopardizes the future for children in lower-income ironing things out, the final details,” says Sheridan. areas. It hurts all of us because educational investment “This is a compromise budget. We just have the frame- pays off in the end for everybody.” work now to move forward, and that’s a big step.” Undoubtedly, that investment will come with inThe process requires another big step to move creased taxes for Pennsylvanians, potentially including forward as legislators must agree on how to distribute a jump from 6.0 to 7.25 percent in sales tax. those funds. “Gov. Wolf has contended that education and According to the Campaign for Fair Education education spending is his top priority and top issue,” Funding, of all the states, Pennsylvania has the widest says James Paul, senior policy analyst with The Comfunding gap between wealthy and poor school districts monwealth Foundation. “I take a different view. I think and is one of only three without a school funding education spending is a red herring for tax increases.” formula. Huge funding disparities between rich and According to Paul, the governor’s previous rejecpoor school districts have continued to create dispute tion of two no-tax-hike budget proposals supports among legislators. his position. Gov. Wolf supported tax increases on “At one level there’s less contention on this part of sales, personal income and the gas-drilling industry the budget than other parts,” says Stephen Herzento pay for education funding, increases rejected by berg, economist and executive director of the Keystone Republicans. Research Center. “In fact, the Republican leadership “As far as what is likely to happen, perhaps there at one point made an offer to fund education at the is an agreement on new education spending over the level proposed by Gov. Wolf. There were some things next two years,” says Paul. “I don’t know how likely

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that is to pass. It looks like it involves tinkering with the sales tax and, I believe it’s the gambling revenue, redirecting that into property tax relief. So there are a couple of moving components there. I’m not too optimistic that the legislature will agree to this.” Paul believes privatization of the state’s liquor system may offer another revenue source. “It’s clear now that the governor is going to have to relent on many of his tax proposals because the support isn’t there,” he says. “It’s a clear sign that the tax increase has to be taken off the table and look for new revenues. The low-hanging fruit to me is liquor privatization in terms of new revenues.” New revenues and compromise have resulted

in a tentative budget agreement reached on Nov. 10 between the governor and all four legislative leaders. “We have an agreement to fund education at $350 million for basic education,” says Jennifer Kocher, communications director for Sen. Jake Corman (R34), senate majority leader. “There’s an additional $50 million for special education and a five percent increase for higher education. Pension reform, some sort of privatization of the liquor system and some property tax relief (are included). There’s no increase in the personal income tax, but $2 billion in property tax would be offset by a $2 billion increase in sales tax.” However, the devil is in the details, details that to date have not produced significant results. “It’s very tenuous at this point because there are still a lot to be worked out,” says Kocher. “But for the first time in months, we are all going in the same direction down the track. We are hopeful. From the Republican perspective, we were pleased because we want to protect the fiscal security of the state but at the same time create an environment conducive for business development. I think it’s the best thing we can get at this point. We have some wins and some losses in there but you expect that as you compromise.”

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eDuCatioN Lackawanna College announces a ‘Conservation and Misericordia University establishes Autism Center Natural Resource Officer’ dual-certificate program university is home to the Summer Sensory Social The College of Health Sciences at Misericordia

The Lackawanna College Continuing Education department has announced the formation of a Conservation and Natural Resource Officer (CNRO) Program. This one-year, dual-certificate program is set to start in January, 2016. The program combines the Lackawanna College Police Academy with a 15-credit, undergraduate level, environmental semester at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center which is located on 211-acres of diverse habitat in Covington Township. The CNRO program will prepare students for entry-level Natural Resource Ranger and Interpreter positions in federal, state, county and municipal park systems. Students can also transfer their environmental courses in a two-or four-year environmental studies program. This one-year, dual-certificate program combines the Lackawanna College Police Academy’s, 785.5hour MPOETC Act 120 Police Academy training with 15 credits of environmental science. This partnership additionally qualifies students for Law Enforcement

Ranger positions as well as with municipal police departments. The CNRO environmental curriculum focuses on the conservation and interpretation of our natural environment. Students will gain hands-on experience in the basic principles of conservation through specific courses designed to develop the student’s knowledge of Northeast United States flora and fauna. The program includes instruction in subjects such as environmental interpretation, wildlife management, freshwater ecosystems, dendrology, ornithology, and recreational use of renewable and non-renewable natural resources. Students will experience both classroom and hands-on field training throughout the program. “Sources estimate that many park ranger positions in the northeastern United States may become vacant in the coming years due to an aging population, and we want to offer a high quality program and high quality candidates to fill this need.” To register or for more information please contact Sharon Yanik-Craig at 570-842-1506.

University has established the Autism Center as a resource for clinicians, practitioners, caregivers and students majoring in the health and medical sciences fields. The Autism Center at Misericordia University is the result of an interprofessional collaboration of academic departments that feature programs in medical imaging, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, sonography, speech-language pathology and pre-professional programs like pre-medicine and pre-dentistry. It will also be a community resource, and an educational and research entity. “We are utilizing our collaborative relationships in the community, and the talent, synergies and expertise available in the College of Health Sciences for the betterment of the autism community,’’ said Leamor Kahanov, Ed.D., dean of the College of Health Sciences. “Our website is a guide to the clinical services available on campus, as well as the educational camps, community resources, current best-practice treatments, and other related information.’’ Under the umbrella of the Autism Center, the

Camp, Autism Speaks U and the Distinguished Speakers Series, as well as several faculty members who have expertise caring for people on the autism spectrum. The Autism Center is housed, along with the Speech-Language and Hearing Center, in John J. Passan Hall and online at www.misericordia.edu/ autism. The Autism Center is also partnering with members of the health care and regional communities who have volunteered to serve on the board of directors. Founding board members include Christa Lese Martin, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G., director and senior investigator, Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute, Geisinger Health System; Lori Charney, O.T.D., O.T.R./L., assistant professor of occupational therapy, Misericordia University; Kathleen Scaler Scott, Ph.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P., associate professor of speech-language pathology, Misericordia University, Orely Templeton, O.T.D., O.T.R./L., assistant professor of occupational therapy, Misericordia University; Margaret Neville, Frank Mariano and Kaitlyn Clarke.

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EDUCATION

Second Brookings report places University of Scranton among top in nation for ‘value-added’ contribution to earnings of graduates For the second time this year, a report by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program puts The University of Scranton among the top 100 colleges in the nation for the increase in annual earnings it contributes to its graduates. The newest ranking, published Oct. 29, calculated a 25.4 percent earnings increase — or “value-added” — of a Scranton education, based on earnings data for alumni 10 years after enrollment. Scranton was the ninth-highest-ranked college in Pennsylvania, and the fifth-highest-ranked Jesuit college. A Brookings report published in April of 2015, placed The University of Scranton among the top 50 colleges in the nation and second in Pennsylvania based on its earning scale for alumni at mid-career level. The report calculated a 31 percent earnings increase — or “value-added” — of a Scranton education at mid-career, or 10 years after graduation for those who have not gone on to earn an additional degree. The Oct. 29 ranking is based on data published in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard on median annual earnings reported on tax documents by graduates who applied for federal loans 10 years after enrolling in college. The Brookings Report cautioned that this data is limited to “roughly half of all students, and federal

aid recipients tend to have lower family incomes than their peers.” Both Brookings reports use statistical and mathematical measures to analyze data on economic outcomes of graduates of colleges, after adjusting for the characteristics of colleges’ incoming students and other factors, in order to determine the contributions — or “value”— that the colleges make to their graduates’ eventual economic success. In a similar analysis, The Economist ranked The University of Scranton No. 22 in the nation for the impact it has on the earnings of its graduates. For its ranking of 1,275 four-year colleges in the United States, which was also published Oct. 29, The Economist supplemented data from College Scorecard and used regression analysis to measure the effect of an array of variables in order to determine the impact the college has on the earnings of a graduate. The University of Scranton has received consistent recognition for its economic value, including national rankings such as U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices,” MONEY magazine’s “Best Colleges for your Money” and Forbes and The Center for College Affordability and Productivity’s ranking of “America’s Top Colleges 2015.”

Pennsylvania educational foundation provides donations at symposium

Hazleton Area Education Foundation among the recipients Nine educational foundations in Pennsylvania received $500 donations from the Pennsylvania Public Education Foundation (PaPEF) at its Fall Foundation Symposium at The Hershey Lodge & Convention Center during the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA) joint annual School Leadership Conference. Donations were given at the conclusion of the event to foundations that completed the symposium. Recipients included: ■ Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation; ■ The Green Dragon Foundation, Lewisburg Area School District; ■ Conestoga Valley Education Foundation; ■ Hazleton Area Education Foundation;

Symposium presenters were Ron Cowell of Education Policy and Leadership Center; Ryan Riley of Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania; Beverly Breniser of Conestoga Valley Education Foundation; Alice McMurry of Millersville University; and Anne Deeter-Gallaher of Deeter-Gallaher Group. Topics covered at the symposium include the Pennsylvania state budget, business relationships and building online communities. For more information about PaPEF, visit www. papef.org or contact Christina Griffiths, executive director, at 800-932-0588, ext. 3302.

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Gov. Wolf announces naloxone standing order to combat heroin epidemic

Gov. Tom Wolf on Oct. 28 continued his Government That Works tour and announced what he called “a significant step forward in his administration’s fight against the heroin epidemic in Pennsylvania.” Gov. Wolf stood with Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine at the Pennsylvania Medical Society as Dr. Levine signed a statewide standing order for naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. The governor was also joined by Secretary Ted Dallas, Secretary Gary Tennis, Secretary Karen Murphy and Chairman Josh Shapiro. “This standing order is the next step in my administration’s fight against the addiction and overdose epidemic in our state,” said Gov. Wolf. “We must do all that we can to support those Pennsylvania families suffering from the effects of addiction. I am proud to take this action with my cabinet members today.” Through the signing of this standing order, Dr. Levine has signed a prescription for naloxone to all Pennsylvanians. For more information about naloxone and how to administer it, visit the Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s page on overdose reversal.

“Making it possible for all Pennsylvania residents to access the life-saving drug naloxone is a huge victory in our battle against drug overdose deaths in the commonwealth,” said Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine. “I am proud to sign this standing order and continue the efforts of the

Wolf Administration to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. This forward-thinking initiative gives people the tools they need to keep their communities and families intact.” The rise in heroin addiction and prescription drug abuse has quickly led to a public health crisis in Pennsylvania, where one in four families suffer from the effects of substance abuse addiction. Heroin and opioid overdose are now the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals than those involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents. In 2014, 2,400 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses. “Addiction can happen to anyone from any walk of life, and heroin is now the second leading cause of years of life lost,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “I am not going to accept that. We must fight to ensure our children, our loved ones, and our neighbors have access to these critical life-saving programs.” “Too many Pennsylvania families are being affected by this crisis,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis. “In addition to finding solutions like these to save lives, we

are also working hard to raise awareness and break down stigmas about substance abuse disorders. My department will continue to work tirelessly to provide the best possible recovery and treatment options, to ensure that we do not see high rates of overdose recurrences.” “It is our goal at the Department of Health to ensure that lifesaving resources such as naloxone are available to every Pennsylvanian,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy. “Educating Pennsylvanians on how to use naloxone in case of an emergency is essential to curbing the devastating number of opioid-related overdose deaths that we have seen in the commonwealth over the past several years.” “The opioid epidemic is a serious public health issue and is it also an issue of public safety,” said Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Chairman Josh Shapiro. “PCCD is working to ensure that the health care and law enforcement communities are working collaboratively to bring all our resources to this fight.” Since equipping State Police cars with naloxone, over 300 lives have been saved with this drug.

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aniel Sputa lives simply and honestly. “I try to treat people with respect and dignity regardless of their background and religion, culture and ethnicity,” explains the decision support manager at UM Technologies Exchange. Sputa is responsible for the business intelligence activities related to a data set comprised of more than 18 million data points for the nation’s leading energy management platform. “On daily basis, in order to maintain our operational objectives regarding to our energy management platform, I am continually contributing with information and recommendations to improve our strategic plans and reviews by implementing production, quality and customer-service standards, work on resolving any problems, determining system improvements and work with our development team to implement changes,” he explains. Building computers since he was 16 years old, Sputa attended Czech Technical University in Prague to study cybernetics. In 2005, opportunity to study in the United States had him take a leave of absence from to learn English. He was volunteering for a year for Czech Catholic Church in California when he learned about

Marywood University where he enrolled in 2006 and graduated with bachelor degree in mathematics and business information systems. He later obtained his masters degree in financial information systems. Later in 2013, he earned Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Purdue University on process improvements. He was selected to serve as senior investment analyst for Marywood Pacer investment fund and also worked his way from cleaning tables in the cafeteria to working for the technical helpdesk and later as graduate assistant for Marywood website department. He was offered a position at TR Technology Solutions and then transitioned to the newly organized UM Technologies Exchange. Sputa believes to be successful in leadership and management is to have a broader understanding of different areas in life, business and technology. “Because of the many experiences in my life, I was able to develop creative, analytical and critical thinking and become a well rounded person. I read daily and keep myself up to date on latest trends in all those areas so I can stay on the edge of the new development and can quickly implement new ideas at my work,” he said.

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While studying at Bloomsburg, his uncle, Neil O’Donnell, offered him the opportunity of a lifetime to work part-time with his law firm. “That opportunity changed my career path immediately and led to law school at the Dickinson School of Law,” he explains. After graduating from Dickinson, his uncle and his aunt, Cathy, welcomed him into their firm as an attorney, and he has practiced law with them and the team there ever since. In his life, his mentors have been his parents, Kevin and Denise. “They’ve taught me family first above all else. They’ve drilled the importance of hardwork, preparation, and working for what you get out of life. They’ve taught me that life is filled with adversity, challenge, and chances to quit — they’ve never quit and they’ve not raised children who quit either,” he admits. His wife, Jill, a pharmacist at the Wilkes-Barre VA, and he have supported each other through it all. “We’ve taken on the challenges of life together and we’ve shared in each other’s successes. We’re opposites in many ways and I think that brings a great balance to our relationship and marriage,” he said.

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about my job is working in a culture that strongly encourages giving back to the community. Most of the people I work with were born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We as a firm are committed to this area and to contributing our time and resources to support this area and its residents,” she adds. She loves sitting down and having her first cup of coffee in the morning with her husband of 10 years, Patrick Clark, and their children, Jimmy, Maggie, Brian and Annie. “I could not do what I do every day without Pat’s love and support. He and my children are my greatest blessings and keep me smiling every day.” Kristen is on the board of directors of Dress for Success Lackawanna; vice-president of the Notre Dame Club of Scranton; the University of Notre Dame NEPA alumni recruiter; and a member of the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna Bar Associations. She recently became a member of the non-profit, Women in Philanthropy at the Scranton Area Foundation, a non-profit that works with partners in the community to provide funding and resource groups directed at empowering and transforming the lives of women and girls throughout Lackawanna County.

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20 UNDER 40 Jack Reager

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ack Reager takes pride in his work. “If ultimately the clients we work with and the results of our efforts are something to be proud of, that is what counts most,” acknowledges the president of BlackOut Design, Inc. When the company started, it was focused more narrowly on technology and specifically the web because of Reager’s development background it was

the most logical fit at the time. As time has passed and the staff evolved, the business has become a truly one-stop shop serving Northeast Pennsylvania. It provides a variety of services from traditional print advertising to a full suite of online and digital services. “Whether a company is looking for assistance with rebranding or creating their annual report, or whether they’re interested in social media management and

new website design and development, we do it all,” explains Reager. He works primarily with clients on their marketing strategy and how to better integrate technology with the campaigns delivered by BlackOut. “With all of our work, we are continually looking to improve our clients’ position in the marketplace and demonstrate the ROI we deliver through the analytics we monitor on their behalf,” he added. Reager has always admired the willingness of business owners in northeastern Pennsylvania to help fellow business people. “More than once I have joked that being the son of two public school teachers, I do not exactly have a legacy of family businesses and experiences to draw from. Luckily I have met a few folks who have been more than generous with their time, perspective and insights and have helped me to tackle some of the everyday issues I face,” he said, “From trying to ensure we are delivering the highest quality service to our existing clients, to how you go about ensuring our team is continually improving their skills and craftsmanship, it is always a great feeling to know these mentors are there.”

Reager is very passionate about contributing positively and this is something that has definitely helped BlackOut build its foundation. “A lot of our growth over the past 12 years can be attributed to our referral business. The majority of our clients come to us by way of referrals, either from our work with nonprofits and other community organizations or, in most cases, from clients who have enjoyed working with us and have let others know,” he explained, “ I’ve worked to build a reputation as not only someone who can deliver good work, but more importantly, as someone whose efforts continually improve our area.” The businessman achieves a sense of accomplishment when he sees the evolution of a campaign from start to finish, “There’s something very satisfying about giving a client the guidance and tools to help them move their business to the next level. Any time you can see a project through from concept to completion, there is a definite sense of pride that I find fulfilling,” said the father of two children who wishes to instill in them a sense of pride in their own life by his example.

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20 UNDER 40 Robbie Risley

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elsey Healey, a marketing and communications specialist with Munley Law, loves the work she does and one of her favorite things about her job is being able to see the results of the work she performs. “Whether it is reflected in hard and fast numbers or in feedback from individuals, it is rewarding to help foster a positive relationship between the firm and the community and our clients,” she explains. Working in a small department at the firm, her work varies day-to-day. “I get to take on a variety of responsibilities and employ a variety of different kinds of skills throughout the day, from writing video scripts to creating year over year reports,” she explains. Her many responsibilities include writing, editing, updating and search engine optimization of content for the Munley Law website; maintaining and promoting the Munley blog; managing all social media accounts for marketing and community engagement; digital banner and print ad design; marketing and ROI reports based on web analytics and internal reporting; arranging photo and video shoots, interviews and other publishing opportunities; drafting press releases;

client outreach, including thank you cards and gift bags for past and current clients; and organizing the firm-sponsored advertising for the Family to Family Thanksgiving basket program. She also organizes the annual anonymous Christmas charity, which includes working with local vendors, coordinating volunteers, distributing food, clothing and toys for 100 area families. Obtaining her degree at Marywood University, she believes her background in English and writing has set her apart from other people in the marketing industry and provided the foundation for what she now does at her job. “Digital marketing is a fairly young and rapidly evolving field, but I think that my love of learning has given me an advantage in that respect,”she admits and credits the university for such a fortified education in her field. Her mentors include her former professor of English at Marywood, Dr. Laurie McMillan and her current supervisor and head of the marketing department at Munley Law, Bernie Munley. Her parents and two sisters have been the most important source of support in her life.

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obbie Risley is a team player who believes in working hard and giving back to the community. “I strive to be the leader others want me to be,” said the process engineer at Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products. Risley is part of a team that produces Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene sheet and solid rod (UHMWPE). As process engineer, he is responsible for process improvement and optimization, product qualifications, problemsolving via Six Sigma, leading the assembly and start-up of manufacturing equipment, and other related tasks. Risley graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2004 and became employed at Quadrant upon graduation. “I believe that I have gotten to where I am through hard work, dedication, team work, strong leadership, and having fun while doing it,” he says. He credits much of his professional success to an uncle who gave him the drive to work hard. “I have always considered him my biggest mentor, and he certainly showed me firsthand

the value in earning respect, leading by example, not being afraid to get your hands dirty, and treating others well to build morale. I still rely on him today for advice and guidance,” he says. Another mentor for him has been Steve Uliana, site manager at Quadrant, one of the most effective leaders he has ever met. His mother has been his No. 1 supporter. “She always created a positive structure and taught me that living a great life is not necessarily about money,” he says. His wife is a strong supporter of all that Risley does, both in work and volunteering. Risley is a 2013 core class grad of Leadership Lackawanna and now sits on their board of directors. Risley received the 2013 Class Leader of the Year from Leadership Lackawanna and the 2015 Alumni Leader of the Year from the organization. He is an avid skier and volunteers on Montage Mountain’s Safety Awareness Team. He and his wife enjoy trail running, camping, and anything outdoors with their dogs.

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20 UNDER 40 Mandy Pennington

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yan Vitaletti is supervisor for inspection activities for highway and bridge construction projects for PennDOT, where he is responsible for overseeing his staff, which includes the inspection, documentation and the approval of materials and workmanship of the contractor hired by PennDOT. As a boy, Vitaletti was always intrigued by construction and excavation activities, so his parents encouraged him to pursue a career in civil engineering. He attended Penn State University from 1998-2002 and earned a bachelor of science degree in the field. While in school he also received his engineer-in-training certification. He interned at PennDOT while in college, working in the bridge inspection unit. Upon graduation in 2002, he was offered a permanent position at PennDOT as a civil engineer. Throughout his career at PennDOT, he worked in several different areas. Most recently, Vitaletti took a position as a project manager in PennDOT’s construction division. “This position gives me the opportunity to see a completely dif-

ferent aspect of engineering. It exposes me to the construction of highway and bridges rather than their design,” he notes. Vitaletti has always looked up to his father. “Through his 30 years of experience working in the construction trade, he taught me my basic knowledge of construction and common sense which is essential to making smart and sound decisions at my job. Whenever I have questions or need advice, I know I can always rely on him for help,” he said. Since his marriage, he has also received great support form his wife in life and in his career. “I can always rely on her for encouragement and support,” he adds. His favorite part of the workday is going to check a project’s progress. “I look forward to the challenge of resolving any issues that occur during the project and help successfully complete the projects on hand,” he says. However, an even better part of the day is arriving home after work and enjoying time with his two beautiful daughters and wife.

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andy Pennington’s path to success has been unique. As director of internet marketing at Net Driven, she leads the Customer Results Team. “We tackle SEO (search engine optimization), PPC (pay-per-click), local directory optimization, and social media for independent automotive businesses. It’s a new adventure every day. Internet marketing is an ever-changing industry. It challenges you to think creatively and critically,” she says. As a sophomore in college, Pennington had the opportunity to intern at Solid Cactus, an e-commerce marketing and web development agency, which led to a part-time job in SEO working 30 hours a week while finishing school. “The chance to get that much hands-on experience in while still studying was absolutely invaluable,” she says. In 2010, she was offered a full-time position and took a leadership role at Solid Cactus and its parent company, Web.com. She also started to freelance and volunteer on other projects outside of regular work hours to keep her skills sharp.

Today, she applies those skills as a published freelance writer, blogger, and adjunct instructor at Marywood University. In 2014, she began her career at Net Driven. She is also the co-founder of NEPA BlogCon, the region’s only blogging and social media conference and Squirrel Girls Tech Camp (a STEM education camp for girls). Boyle has always learned from Joanne Lauckner, her aunt, and Paul Sevensky, a dear friend and formerly her professor at Marywood University. “They both have given me so much guidance along the way, coaching me in ambition, temperance and strength of character,” she said. Her philosophy in life is to be kind, gracious and giving to the things that fulfill her. “Take the work seriously, but not yourself seriously,” she says. She is extremely grateful to her husband, Brent, who offers love, reason and reassurance. She spends time outside of her career performing with local theater companies, including her resident ensemble, the New Vintage Ensemble.

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20 UNDER 40 Kevin R. Engelman

Timothy J. Maloney

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ttorney Timothy J. Maloney developed a strong work ethic at a very early age in his life, to which he attributes his successful life today. As an attorney in the business and finance department at Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP, he provides legal advice and counsel to individuals and businesses in all stages, from start-ups to well established companies. Having grown up in a family business in Dunmore, he says, “That is definitely where I developed my work ethic. In a family business, the work is never finished, there is always more that you can do, and there is no such thing as good enough. My roots in a family business have been invaluable to me in serving clients. I can relate to many of the issues that business owners are going through, and I have experience in how things should be done, and probably more importantly, how they should not be.” Having graduated from Scranton Prep, he received his bachelors degree in business administration from Villanova University. He moved to New York City and worked as a paralegal at a large corporate law firm, then on to Washington, DC to attend law school at

Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. Maloney worked for a start-up company located in Washington DC before he and his wife moved to New York City and he was employed at a corporate law firm in midtown Manhattan. In 2010 he began at Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP. While the attorney remains available to his clients at all times, he strives not to let business overwhelm his life. “I learned long ago that stress and pressure in a business context always have and always will exist. I have been fortunate enough to be able to effectively manage that stress and pressure to ensure a healthy work-life balance,” he adds. He was named “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers & Philadelphia Magazine. He is a member of the Boards of Directors for TecBridge, Scranton Tomorrow, the Greater Scranton YMCA, NEPA Networkers, the Scranton Prep Alumni Board, Villanova University Northeast Pennsylvania Alumni Chapter and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County. Maloney is a member of the Lackawanna County Bar Association, the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association, Pennsylvania and New York Bar Associations.

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evin R. Engelman is a firm believer in servant leadership, that is, he believes that a leader should put others before one’s own self interest. As the vice-president/district manager at Wells Fargo he finds many opportunities to follow his philosophy each day. The vice-president/district manager is responsible for the effective management of nine store locations with one line of business which provides products and services to a designated marketplace, while meeting the profitability goals of Wells Fargo Bank. He is responsible for building and sustaining an inclusive culture that values diversity,m and helps team members understand and be inspired by their connections to the company’s vision. “I get to manage the relationship with various partners and business entities to ensure cross-sales, along with managing service quality, to maintain ongoing customer satisfaction,” explains Engelman. The businessman is a 2003 graduate of Wilkes University. He joined Wells Fargo in 2004 as a manager trainee. In 2011, he was selected as the district manager of the Wilkes-Barre market.

Greg Collins, area president for Wells Fargo, and Billy Mosley, human resource business partner for Wells Fargo, have been two of the mentors in his life. “I have known Greg Collins for over 15 years and he has always been a leader that I have looked up to and learned from. He carries himself as a true professional and is someone who is passionate about the success of others. Billy Mosley is a leader that I have had the opportunity to work with over the last five years. His knowledge and compassion for the success of individuals is second to none. Billy is someone that is respected by colleagues and team members at all levels of the organization,” he notes. Engelman attributes his success to being committed to the success of his team members and the customers each day at Wells Fargo. “Helping team members achieve their own career aspirations while helping our customers succeed financially is what motivates me daily,” he added. Engelman was selected for the 2012 Leadership and Learning Conference as one of the top 2 percent of leaders within the company and as the Greater PA Volunteer of the Year in 2013.

We congratulate the individuals recognized as “Top 20 Under 40” and take particular pride in

TIMOTHY J. MALONEY, ESQUIRE

who is identified among them. We are proud to have Tim as a valued member of our team. He has distinguished himself as an attorney and, through his involvement and commitment, has become a valued member of our community.

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20 UNDER 40 Harrison Walter Wolff

Michael J. Jenkins

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ore than anything else, Dr. Michael J. Jenkins believes that life is about relationships. This philosophy carries over into the life he leads as assistant professor of criminal justice at The University of Scranton as well as his personal life. “I take criticism more seriously than I take compliments, without letting the criticism keep you from taking the risks that are necessary for success. If one becomes too tied to one’s own way of doing something or seeing a problem/solution then they risk not appreciating others’ valuable input and therefore miss out on the opportunity to achieve something greater than one might on one’s own,” he explains. Dr. Jenkins teaches courses — Introduction to Criminal Justice and American Policing — conducts research, and is involved in service. His research focuses on policing. He recently co-authored two books on the findings of mixed-methods study of community problem-solving policing in Boston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Newark, NJ and police labor unions and their influence on police management and innovation. Additionally, he has also been published in

both academic and practitioner-based journals. His secondary interest is in prisoner reentry, due in part to his former position as a case manager with New Jersey State Parole’s Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, where he assisted former prisoners. He is currently in the process of publishing an article on the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated individuals who have experienced reentry and have been re-incarcerated in a local jail setting. Dr. Jenkins has offered print, radio and broadcast commentary/op-eds in the New York Times, The NY Daily News, BBC, Al-Jazeera, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, World Politics Review and in local outlets in Connecticut and Scranton. He has served on the Lackawanna County Reentry task force; was part of a team of researchers who helped to implement an anti-gang gun violence strategy; was co-investigator on two successful National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant applications to implement a training for police executives which he helped to create; and worked with the Scranton Police Department on various grant initiatives.

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arrison Walter Wolff is the owner of Raise the Bar Training and Performance in Scranton, where he coaches athletes and clients of all ages, shapes and sizes in Olympic lifts to strengthen themselves physically and psychologically. “I run the training center’s dayto-day business, create programs for clients, and take those interested in competing in Olympic weight-lifting to meets,” he says. Having received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Scranton, he then traveled the country to learn from the best in a slowly reviving sport, Olympic weight lifting. “I worked at gyms and learned exactly what not to do as a result,” he notes. His professional mentors are Bob Takano, a Hall of Fame weight-lifting coach, Los Angeles, and Casey Cathrall, Wolff’s closest friend and a strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana Tech. Wolff attributes his success to his support group, mentors, family, friends, loved ones and athletes. He also largely attributes his success, to

date, to his ability to work through truly dark and difficult times when necessary, and has prided himself in his ability to keep trudging through what can seem like an impossible journey. His parents, Valarie and Ed Wolff, have been continuously helpful and supportive. Without them, he says he wouldn’t be where he is today. His loved one, Tara, has been his biggest supporter and critic, challenging him every day to become better. Admittedly loving life and every part of his day, Wolff still finds his first cup of coffee in the early morning as his best time. He spends it listening to philosophers and billionaires talk about success. Wolff has completed the only internship program for Olympic weight lifting in the country and holds National USA Weight Lifting credentials. He is currently working on a new business venture which will create new special group programs, where he will hold lectures and seminars twice a month and record a podcast in the arena of weight lifting.

Congratulations to all of NEPA’s

“TOP 20 UNDER 40” especially our alumni Tina Marie George, M.D. ’06

Physician, Commonwealth Health

Michael Jenkins, Ph.D. ’06

Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most nationally recognized private university

Author and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, The University of Scranton

Harrison Wolff ’13

Owner, Raise the Bar Gym

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20 UNDER 40 Molly Lorenzen

Tina Marie George

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ina Marie George, M.D., M.P.H., has always loved northeastern Pennsylvania. “I knew I wanted to come back and provide primary care in my hometown. I feel like I have been a beneficiary of the support and care we invest in each other here,” she says. As a family physician at Physicians Health Alliance, a Division of Commonwealth Health, she is doing just that. She is also an assistant professor of family medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College. She graduated from the University of Scranton in 2006 summa cum laude and received her M.D.from Harvard Medical School and her masters in public health from Yale. She trained as a family physician at Geisinger Health System, where she served as chief resident in family medicine in her final year. “I feel I have a commitment to public service fortified by my Jesuit education at Prep and the University,” she noted, “Commonwealth Health saw the need for more primary care providers in the area and offered to support me in opening a practice in our current location. So far, it’s been a success!”

Dr. George has been very fortunate to have great mentors, most notably Father Timothy Cadigan, S.J., a biology professor at the University of Scranton, and Mary Engel Ph.D., the premedical and fellowship adviser at the university. She also always looked up to Dr. Lewis Druffner. “I was lucky enough to have people to who realized my potential before I did. Now, I really try to do the same for others,” she adds. She has received scholarships from the Horvat Foundation, the Harry S. Truman Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Harvard Medical School. “My husband and I had a juncture in our lives where we had to decide if we wanted to pursue academic careers in larger cities or return home. We had a strong commitment to our families and to NEPA. Now, we are doing our best to help to make the area even better,” she says. She and her husband, Patrick Orr, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Scranton, have three children — Jack, 5; Maggie 2; and Tommy, five months. She is the daughter of Susan George of Avoca.

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olly Lorenzen puts her heart into everything she does, including her job as project manager at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce. As project manager, her role involves serving as the in-house resource for local demographic, labor and wage information; facilitating training programs; connecting with existing businesses to identify current and emerging workforce needs; serving as a conduit between business and education providers; serving as a source of knowledge on public funding for training and job creation incentives, and providing support and direction to the Workforce Development Board. She also assists the chamber’s industrial development affiliate, Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company (SLIBCO), with its activities and special projects. Before joining the chamber team in 2012 as an economic development specialist, Lorenzen worked as part of an inside sales/sales support/customer service team for Pocono ProFoods Co. She was promoted to project manager in June of 2015 at the chamber.

Her parents have been the biggest influence on her life, both personally and professionally. Lorenzen’s father, William, a Vietnam veteran is the most hard-working individual she knows. His example taught an incredible work ethic and the qualities of resiliency and honesty. “He taught me to never settle for mediocrity and to be accountable,” she added. She also seeks advice from her mother, Ellen, on a daily basis. “She is directly responsible for my confidence, strength, humor, and eternal optimism,” she said. Her siblings Michael, Katrina and Dane have also played a huge part in the person she is today. Her favorite part of the day is first thing in the morning — it being a great time to reflect and enjoy knowing that she has the entire day ahead of her to try to achieve everything that she will set out to do. She is a member of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) and the Industrial and Office Real Estate Broker Association (IOREBA), and the Lackawanna County CareerLink Business Services Team.


20 UNDER 40 Catherine Hughes

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ruce J. Reddock doesn’t look back — he’s too busy moving forward. Reddock joined the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce in July as part of The Scranton Plan, the industrial marketing arm of the chamber. As an economic development specialist, Reddock is responsible for attracting new industries and assisting in the expansion of local businesses in Lackawanna County, as well as implementing the marketing initiatives set forth by the Scranton Plan. “I respond to requests for business and site information from prospects, including private companies, real estate brokers, real estate developers, business consultants, elected officials, the state Department of Community and Economic Development representatives and utility company representatives. I also manage all aspects of the client site selection process resulting in new job creation and community investment in my day-to-day activities,” he noted. Reddock was born and raised on Long Island but relocated to NEPA for college. After graduating from Misericordia University in 2013 with a degree in government, law, and national security, Reddock

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took a job in New York City in the technology industry. While living in New York City, he became an avid runner and his affiliation with the Scranton-owned Brooklyn Running Company re-ignited his love for northeastern Pennsylvania. Having such a strong passion for the greater Scranton area, and after almost two years in New York City, he made the decision to move back and settle down into a career that would allow him to make a positive impact on the community he loves. His father, Bruce, a 20-year veteran and lieutenant of the New York City Police Department, has been his mentor. “His view of the world, as a result of his line of work gives him a well-rounded perspective on any issue, question, concern or decision I have ever had to make. He always provides sound advice taking all matters into consideration,” Reddock says. Reddock is a member of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association and a part-time sales associate and coach for the Scranton Running Co. He resides in Old Forge with his brother, Matthew, and dog, Maverick.

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atherine Hughes, program manager at MC2 Consulting Group, a leadership and management consultancy firm, builds strong relationships and connections within the community. “Personally and professionally, all my relationships mean a lot to me. I enjoy getting to know people, what interests them, what is important and then what connects us,” she explains, “I value relationships a lot more than most, especially as I am so far from home, but I truly have learnt so much from meeting many people from all different professional backgrounds that always keeps my perspective fresh and optimistic.” This quality helps her in her daily responsibilities in providing leadership and management training to many great organizations in the WilkesBarre and Scranton area, including eBay, Mohegan Sun, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, FNCB, Lazboy and many others. “My role as program manager requires me to develop and coordinate in-house leadership development training programs for these organizations. I enjoy the dynamic of my work a lot,” she notes.

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Hughes was awarded a business scholarship and was afforded the opportunity to study at King’s College for a year. “This was the pivotal experience that changed my compass to lead me here today,” she said. She maintained close connections with the people here even after she left to complete the rest of her undergraduate studies in the Netherlands and Belfast. She received her bachelor of environmental planning degree from Queen’s University Belfast. She then returned to America shortly after graduating to pursue professional opportunities and has since obtained her MBA from Wilkes University. Her parents, who have always encouraged her to travel and seek out opportunities, are her greatest mentors, along with Lori Nocito, executive director of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, and her colleague, Dr. Matthew Sowcik director of leadership education at Wilkes University, who have all guided her through many decisions, offered patience while allowing her to grow personally and professionally, and are most importantly, all great friends.

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oseph Boylan realizes how important it is to have good mentorship and dedication in one’s life. “Whenever I have the opportunity to speak with students, I share my story and the valuable lessons taught to me through mentorships – and in order to capitalize on these lessons, you must be dedicated to your craft. It’s amazing the things you can accomplish when you work hard and believe in yourself,” he explains. The vice-president of economic development at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce is responsible for driving the core chamber mission of economic development, entrepreneurial development, grant coordination, and government affairs and advocacy. In addition, his focus is to ensure a strong

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business development model focusing on sound processes, accuracy, integrity and stability of the financial data and the workflow to drive a sustainable and vibrant chamber and community business model. He is a board member of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) Advocacy committee, MetroAction Inc; and co-founder of the Boylan Foundation. “The Boylan Foundation has allowed me the opportunity to work closely with my family – specifically my brother, Clancy, and sister, Shannon, to help make the community a little better each day. There’s no better feeling than making a difference while working hand in hand with your brother and sister,” he concluded.

so many things in life. “My responsibility is to provide value to the person sitting in front of me. From life insurance to retirement to disability insurance to someone opening their first checking account, we can help with all of that,” she explains. She greatly attributes her success to a good sense of humor, a fabulous team and a lot of green tea! “I have committed to helping others with their insurance and their financial needs, so every day, that’s the goal – to help someone be in a better position than they were before they walked in my door,” she adds. Her favorite part of the day is when someone leaves her office and says, “I’m so glad I’m came in here.”

Chelsea B. Rixner

helsea B. Rixner believes in working smart, surrounding yourself with people you admire, laughing often and always having a good story handy. As a financial consultant with Barrows Wealth Management, the young woman organizes her clients’ financial lives, everything from reviewing their risk tolerance and insurance needs, to retirement planning, investing, and estate planning. “We keep our finger on their financial pulses to make sure everything is doing what it’s supposed to do to meet the client’s goals,” she explains. She enlists the help of the “3 C’s – confidentiality, competence, and compassion. “My clients need to be comfortable with me, with their investments, and with our consulting team. I need to be comfortable with my recommendations, knowledge, and the experts I turn to for additional information,” she adds. A graduate of Abington Heights she earned her honors degree in anthropology from Franklin and

Marshall College. She completed her CFP® certification through The American College and recently passed the CFP® Board exam. In 2012, her mother called informing her she needed a new partner in her financial business. “I jumped at the opportunity to come home after five years away and to continue to grow in my profession,” she noted,” I admire [my mom] professionally and personally so much; she has and still does teach me the importance of integrity, kindness, and intelligence in our business,” she said. Her parents were her first mentors teaching her how to laugh, have fun, and to work diligently. Terry Bonifanti, a lifelong family friend, has always encouraged her to never give up, to think for herself and work hard. Now involved in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, she has found new mentors who encourage Chelsea’s ideas and work ethic. “Getting to work with an organization in transition has proved an exceptional opportunity.”

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hen Christie Bonnice, CLU, commits to something she plans to follow through to its completion! “I do not know how to do something half way,” she laughs. As the agent/owner of Christie Bonnice State Farm, she wears many hats. She is responsible to walk the newly engaged couple through the mortgage and first time home buyer process; to help first time parents sleep just a little bit easier knowing that if the unthinkable happens, their family will financially be ok; to help the proud grandparents save for their grandchild’s education; to help the single mom save for her future; to teach the college student about their first credit card, what goes into a credit score, and the impact that score makes on

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Chelsea also attributes part of her success to her husband, Timothy Rixner, “He pushes me when I need pushing and listens when I need him to.” She is the treasurer for the NEPA Philharmonic; on the board of directors of Leadership Lackawa-

nna and EOTC; volunteers with Voice of Women which opened its Scranton Restaurant in Herat, Afghanistan October 2014; was named the Northeast Woman 2013; and is a United Way allocations committee volunteer.


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WHERE ARE THEY NOW Christina Hitchcock For 13 years, Christina Hitchcock was assistant vice-president of communications for the Scranton Chamber of Commerce and while she loved her job, he found herself constantly drawn to recipes and all things cooking. She decided to leave the corporate world and become a full-time blogger and author at ‘itisakeeper. com,’ a recipe and food blog. “It’s been fantastic,” said the married mother of a young son from Madison Township, Lackawanna County. “It was a big move because it was something that I was doing as a hobby prior to that, but I knew that if I took the risk, I knew I could grow it into something fulfilling that could potentially become my career.” Hitchcock said in January of 2010 while she was doing some cleaning after the holidays, she found piles of recipes ‘all over the place.’ The recipes were from many places including magazines and ideas she printed from websites. “I sat down and began to sort them out,” she said all while watching the movie ‘Julie and Julia,’ the story that intertwined how famed cook Julia Child got her start in cooking along with food blogger Julie Powell’s attempt to cook all Child’s recipes from her first book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” As she sat there watching the movie, she came up with her idea. “I’m going to blog my way through this recipe pile,” she said. At the time, she thought the task seemed daunting; more than 300 recipes to tackle. She also had no idea how to start, write or manage a blog, but immediately Google became her best friend. “I started that weekend,” she said. “I got myself up and running from that point forward and learned as I went along.” She said from there, it just began growing and growing. From the blog grew 3 books: “Hitchcock Family Favorites,” “Inspirations,” and “Dinner 411: How to Get Dinner on the Table in 30 Minutes or Less.” “The response has been phenomenal,” she said noting that every day she gets ‘tons’ of Facebook and email messages from adoring fans and would-be cooks. Typical messages include topics such as ‘here’s what I have in my fridge, what can I make?’ “When I first started, I thought my family would be the only ones who would read my blog, but as it turns out, so many people have found it and they are finding it helpful.” She said the key to making her blog successful has been her own opinion. In each entry she writes

about what she thinks works and does not work in each recipe, hence the title ‘It is a Keeper.’ “If you make it and it’s a flop, then it’s not a keeper, but if it works and it’s great then keep it! It’s evolved into a place where families can come for quick and easy recipes that are tried and true to get dinner on the table in a short amount of time,” she said. While some food bloggers have gone beyond publishing to include careers in television and other ventures, Hitchcock said she’s taking it all in stride. “I’m not sure where it’s going from here,” she said. “I just love to cook.”

Jude McDonough As a native of the Minooka section of Scranton, a graduate of Bishop Hannan High School and the University of Scranton, Jude McDonough calls NEPA home and doesn’t plan to leave. In fact, he thinks it’s a myth that people must leave to find opportunity and success. He works closely with NEPA Networkers, a group founded through LinkedIn, which connects high-end jobs and careers with qualified candidates in the region. “It started online and then we began doing quarterly meetings. Now there is something going on every month,” he said. “We do coffee every Friday morning and events like that with everything generated online and from the Facebook page.” McDonough, a financial consultant with Community Bank, said there are about ten people that keep the group together and up and running. “I think there is more opportunity here than people give it credit for,” he said. “I think you just have to find it. There are definitely good opportunities outside the area, but I think groups like this get people to see what is out there and to see what kind of talent is right here in northeastern Pennsylvania. I think if you surround yourself with the right people, you’ll be successful.” McDonough said he believes most of the opportunity in the business field lies in many places including sales and his own industry of financial investment. “I think a place that our area really needs to grow is in the technology side. People that could work for a good tech company and contribute to the growth of that company,” he said. “There’s huge opportunity there. It’s tough to find some of those people with those types of skills.” And as for McDonough, he plans to stay — for good. “I like it here a lot,” he said. “I don’t plan on going anywhere.”

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Pennsylvania lawmakers on November 10 unveiled a “framework” for a state budget that would end months of gridlock. According to PennLive, “A major school property tax relief plan roars back to life, on the shoulders of a 20.8 percent increase in the state’s 6 percent sales tax.” Under the new proposal: • The sales tax would be raised to 7.25 percent, generating about $2 billion to be used to create a new fund for property tax cuts. All the money raised from the higher sales tax levy would be restricted to that purpose. • Taxes collected from the state’s 12 casinos -- that now go for property tax reductions -- $616 million in fiscal 2014 - would be re-purposed to help pay the state’s ballooning pension system contributions. • That shift of the slots money, in turn, would free up dollars in the state’s general fund that could be used for increases in state aid to public schools, public universities and other needs. What do economists and local observers in education, the energy industry and real estate think of the plan?

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Keystone Research Center decries nursing home ‘poverty’ wages Liberal think tank says ‘nearly 15,000 workers — triple the original estimate — must rely on public assistance. Industry association says meager Medicaid reimbursements don’t cover costs of care.

nearly one in six nursing home workers. Fifty-two percent of Pennsylvania nursing home workers surveyed said they cannot support their families on the wages they earn. A statewide association representing health-care providers emphasized the growing costs of providing skilled care at nursing facilities in response to the KRC report. Despite generating $407 million in profit in “Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program doesn’t 2014, up from $370 million the year before, Penncome close to covering the real costs of care,” acsylvania’s nursing home industry employs nearly cording to a statement by the Pennsylvania Health 15,000 workers who must rely on public assistance Care Association. “Two-thirds of the residents are to make ends meet, a new study by the Keystone on Medicaid, and for each one of them the cost of Research Center says. This number represents care exceeds the Medicaid payments by an average of $23 a day or $8,500 annually.” Because of increased costs for care for aging residents with complex medical needs and chronic health conditions, skilled nursing centers have seen their operating margins drop by more than 60 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to the association. KRC’s Nursing Home Jobs That Pay, released Nov. 5, updates an earlier KRC report from April on the industry and the report’s authors say their work “reveals the full extent of public subsidy — estimated to cost taxpayers $118 million a year — that nursing homes receive because their low-wage employees must depend on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or both.” The report finds that raising nursing home starting wages to $15 per hour would put more than $300 million in the family budgets of low-wage workers and estimates how much of this income increase, as well as the boost in state and local tax revenue, would go to each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Critics of a $15 minimum wage contend such a move would result in lost jobs. According to the Keystone Research Center, the PennIn fact, some economists find a sylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) found that raise to $10.10 would harm the job 14,487 nursing home employees receive public assismarket. “While minimum wage protance. This represents 16.7 percent of Pennsylvania’s ponents claim $10.10 would help nursing home employees, KRC says. Pennsylvania’s poor, economists Source: Keystone Research Center

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say otherwise, estimating that it would cost the funded public assistance their employees receive. The state 30,000 jobs,” said Michael Saltsman, research penalty would be based on the costs incurred by the director at the Employment Policies Institute. “If state for providing these benefits to their employees. Pennsylvania legislators were truly interested in “Raising starting wages for nursing home workhelping the poor, they’d explore a state-level Earned ers to $15 per hour will end the taxpayer-funded Income Tax Credit, which has significantly helped subsidy of nursing home operators, lift care-giving the poor in neighboring states.” staff out of poverty, and improve care for residents,” KRC Executive Director Stephen Herzenberg Sen. Leach said. disputes this, saying, “The nursing home industry can afford to raise wages. It is time for public officials to demand an end to the corporate welfare we are giving this industry. Public funds for nursing homes would be better spent on good-paying jobs than on poverty-wage jobs that require workers to rely on public assistance to feed their families and obtain health care, and that create high The Keystone Research Center says this map shows how raising wages staff turnover that would impact counties across Pennsylvania. compromises the quality of care in nursSource: Keystone Research Center ing homes.” State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware) and State Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) have introduced legislation in their respective chambers to address the issue. Their bills would create a Living Wage Certification program for nursing facilities that provide base hourly wages of $15 per hour and public information on the minimum wage rates Keystone Research Center says this map shows what it estimates they pay; and ensure would be the increase in state and local tax revenue by county as a that nursing homes result of a $15 per hour minimum nursing home wage. pay a penalty for any Source: Keystone Research Center income-based, state-


PHCA: Pennsylvania nursing homes rank among the best in the nation for quality of care With a focus on enhancing treatment services and improving residents’ overall experience, Pennsylvania’s nursing homes rank among the best in the nation for quality of care, said Stuart H. Shapiro, M.D., chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA). That was the message delivered at PHCA’s 2015 Annual Convention and Trade Show at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia. The show finished Nov. 12 as one of the largest exhibitions in the association’s history, with more than 600 attendees and 200 vendors, including a strong focus on quality initiatives headlined by regional and national figures. “Our caregivers are amazing people who provide high-quality care day in, day out at facilities across the commonwealth,” Dr. Shapiro said. “More and more people are coming to appreciate and understand the role they play not only in keeping residents healthy and safe, but also in providing peace of mind to the family and loved ones of those we care for.” The convention featured nearly 100 speakers, including a panel, Quality Care and Compassion: Beyond the Data and Measures, led by Danielle Snyderman and Erica Goldblatt Hyatt. Dr. Snyderman specializes in geriatric and palliative care at Jefferson University Hospitals and has gained acclaim for her interviews with elderly patients to better assess their physical and social needs. Dr. Goldblatt Hyatt, department chair of psychology at Bryn Athyn College, is recognized nationally for her end-of-life studies and is the

author of Grieving for the Sibling You Lost. This session explored the importance of a compassionate, high-touch culture in nursing, assisted living and personal care home facilities and built upon other discussions on the importance of quality measurements and improvement. In several sessions, panels of experts talked about the important work being done to identify the role that communication, listening, compassion and respect play in the provision of high-quality care and focused on the value that tracking resident, family and staff satisfaction has in creating a culture of quality. Dr. Shapiro said the state’s skilled nursing centers continue to surpass major quality milestones. Pennsylvania nursing homes receive fewer deficiencies than the national average, and rank the lowest in serious deficiencies, which means that the state’s nursing homes rank better than all other 49 states, he said. From the first quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2015, Pennsylvania nursing homes improved on 10 of 11 quality measures, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ five-star rating system, and now rank better than the national average on eight of the 11 measures. Pennsylvania nursing homes are continually improving clinical outcomes, with reductions of urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, use of antipsychotic medication, resident pain and more. Each nursing home is licensed and subject to unannounced inspections by the Department of Health at least once a year. These on-site surveys ensure centers are meeting strict regulatory guidelines for quality, operational integrity and staffing.

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Mall at Steamtown now owned by mortgage lender By Phil Yacuboski

The Mall at Steamtown is now owned by its mortgage lender. In mid-July, the mall went up for sheriff’s sale and the only person to bid was Scranton businessman, Bob Bolus who planned to turn the mall into a casino. His bid was rejected because it was contingent upon him obtaining a casino license. The mall’s mortgage holder took possession of the property for taxes and costs when no

Al Boscov, middle, with his attorney, Scott Esterbrook, left and nephew Jim Boscov at the sheriff’s sale of the Mall at Steamtown last month. Times-Tribune file photo

potential bidders bit at the minimum asking price of $37.3 million. Steamtown Mall Partners did not bid. Department store owner Al Boscov is the principal of the Steamtown Mall Partners, along with his nephew Jim and Atty. Scott Esterbrook. They did not enter a bid at the sheriff’s sale, but Boscov said he will now renew negotiations with LNR Partners, the real estate company that represents the unidentified

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Microbac lab manager Christine Pechacek tests water samples in the company’s Scranton facility.

From testing water to paving roads, local vendors now a vital part of the natural-gas supply chain By Dave Gardner

A varied line-up of area businesses, while flying under the public’s radar, are tapping the wells of profitability in the Marcellus Shale. Microbac Laboratories, which can trace its origins to the late 1960s in the Pittsburgh area, is an American-owned testing service that is obtaining business with the Marcellus gas industry. The company’s duties include

water testing for homeowners, business, and governmental regulatory agencies. In 2008, the company began to work in the Marcellus region after making connections with several engineers and consultants This opening later evolved into specific water testing as DEP and EPA demands grew for monitoring contaminants and carcinogens. In time, the company was doing business with gas producers

Cabot Oil & Gas and Chesapeake Energy. Cherie Gudz, Microbac’s senior vice president, notes that the extensive water testing in the Marcellus region is building long-term data trends about water conditions. New well pre-drilling sweeps of groundwater are now common to detect pre-existing contamination. Please see Gas vendors page 17

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By Dave Gardner

Tops in tech news in 2015

An ample sprinkling of intellectual power, business incubation and industrial progress mark the top technical news trends within NEPA during 2015. Tiffany Cross-Luciani, managing director with TecBridge, notes a trend that’s rocked her world actually began during 2014. The story begins with a shift in the TecBridge Business Plan Competition involving the advent of tech-based entries like award-winner DARTdrone. DARTdrone’s business plan offered a system to train and certify drone pilots. The system can be used by law enforcement, fire and rescue, surveillance, and even agriculture. Not to be outdone, a 2015 winner called LateSkate then presented a cost-effective system to create safety illumination for long-boarding commuters. LateSkate uses a computer application and is controlled by an iPhone or Android device. The system boasts a universal design compatible with any long board or skateboard. “The DARTdrone entry in 2015 started a bit of buzz in our world that has definitely been continued by LateSkate,” says Cross-Luciani. “This indicates a tech-based shift is occurring with the business plan competition that undoubtedly will intensify during the next decade.”

Wilkes-Barre received $500,000, which will be used to rebrand Public Square as ‘Innovation Square.’ The project includes renovations to the First National Bank building. Business leaders cite developments on the square among the top local business news stories of 2015.

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network, the business capital to maintain it and crucial IT talent which has been trained by the region’s numerous colleges. This talent is being fortified by existing companies in NEPA that train IT employees Cooking incubators without excessive fear of loss to multiple competitors after making an educational investment. Ken Okrepkie, regional manager with the Ben “What’s the total cost in California for a Franklin Technology Partners, points to the sale 20-something-year-old who’s thoroughly trained of Net Driven to Internet Brands as validation that in IT technology?” asks Dr Ridley. “The answer is NEPA’s business incubator system is working. astronomical, plus there’s no loyalty there to an “With this incubator system, an entrepreneur can Innovation Square existing employer.” build a business, develop it and then sell it while He adds that the region’s expansive system of Porter’s comments lead into identification also creating some very good jobs,” says Okrepkie. business incubators are also playing a vital role in of a much larger tech picture for Wilkes-Barre, “A collective effort and partnership by organizations the effort to relocate or develop tech companies in such as Ben Franklin and TecBridge are part of this, according to Rodney Ridley, Ph.D., the Allan P. NEPA. Locations some distance away from NEPA’s Kirby Center Director and distinguished professor with assistance from programs such Keystone urban centers, such as Honesdale’s Stourbridge of free enterprise and entrepreneurship at Wilkes Opportunity Zones.” Incubator and TekRidge in Jessup, are part of this. University. He points out that a grant of $500,000 Another news story that tops his list is Inven“There’s another set of practical advantages ergy, a $1 billion company, and its efforts to locate has been secured to develop and rebrand the city’s to locating a tech-based business in Innovation Public Square as “Innovation Square.” in Jessup and harness the riches generated in the Square,” explains Dr. Ridley. “Wilkes-Barre’s mod“This is a purposeful revitalization of the square to Marcellus Shale gas fields to the north and west. erate cost of living, low crime rate, ease of transit, develop locations for tech-based companies involved Invenergy’s aim is to build a modern natural-gasand quality of life are all big draws.” in areas such as e-commerce,” says Dr. Ridley. “We fired electrical generation plant. The rapidly advancing world of DNA-based already have a collection of tech-based companies “We are now seeing the business community health care is creating a fascinating news trend for and startups in the incubator — eBay, 3D printers attempt to leverage our natural gas, or the energy patients in the Geisinger Health System, according and TecBridge Business Plan Competition winners, from it, and not with a business plan that involves to Wendy Wilson, vice president of corporate comwhich all provide a good base to build upon.” drilling or the construction of distribution pipemunication. Specifically, Geisinger has opened a Dr. Ridley notes that the location also houses lines,” says Okrepkie. 12,000-square-foot Precision Health Center in Forty Karla Porter, a human capital management and the Wilkes Enterprise Center, a high-speed data Fort, which is home to highly specialized teams workforce development consultant who helped create an annual, day-long cyber conference in NEPA known as BlogCon, points to news that the downtown Wilkes-Barre offices of eBay Enterprise Marketing Solutions have become the company’s new headquarters, with expansion upcoming. “For NEPA, this company is quite unique, and is being joined by the new hotel on South Main Avenue that will create at least 100 new jobs,” says Porter.

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from Geisinger’s Clinical Genomics and Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute. According to Wilson, the overall program manages clinical research, delivers advanced health care based around the science of DNA, and administers a genomics program which patients can access. Geisinger physicians also can use specialized video software to share their expertise with patients and providers anywhere in the world. “The genomic data available to our team at Forty Fort allows patients to access health care in a manner and at a scale that has not been seen before,” explains Wilson. She notes that patients involved with clinical care at the center will be able to have their genome sequenced. This unique chemical recipe can then be interpreted and applied to needed care by the Geisinger team. “The use of genomic data to guide patient care and disease management is a new and rapidly evolving area of medicine,” adds Wilson.

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Last but not least, NEPA’s industrial base is making progress because of the achievements of a wide base of companies, says Eric Esoda, CPA, president and CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC). As proof of this, he points to industrial technology that has contributed to the opening of companies such as Crystal Window & Door and Kahr Firearms, plus expansion of sectors such as cabinetry, packaging, home products and foundry industries across the region’s Northern Tier. According to Esoda, another news headline is the success of the region’s business incubators, as well as the creation of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping labs at East Stroudsburg University, Wilkes University and Keystone College. This is joined by the securing of more than $3 million of federal support for NEPA’s Department of Defense suppliers, while the region hosted three international industry tours dealing in plastics, oil and gas. “During the first six months of the year, the Department of Commerce analyzed data voluntarily provided by 22 regional manufacturers that had worked with NEPIRC,” adds Esoda. “Their combined revenues were up $61.4 million, while they saved over $9.5 million when compared to last year. These companies also invested over $10.8 million while adding or retaining 576 full time manufacturing jobs as a result of the projects.”


MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP

Do motivational quotes and management practice lack congruency? I believe that what Mr. Fillmore is “When you refuse to see negative saying here is to grow yourself as best things, they will disappear, and you you can. That means to do your job will be surprised to see how you will to the best of your ability. If you are a change. Your mind, body and affairs manager, it means to correct mistakes are the expression of your thoughts, when you see them and assist your so if you are not happy, change your employees to grow by showing them Sciacca mental habits. Cultivate the habit of how to do things correctly and quesseeing the good, the true, the bright tioning their thought process when a side of every subject.” bad decision is made. Not to insult or embarrass — Charles Fillmore that person, but to assist her in making the correct decision next time the same set of circumFor anyone who is on LinkedIn with me, you stance presents itself. know that I adore motivational quotes and sayings I am sure that by now some of you are saying, that tend to inspire and elevate. Just look at the “Sciacca is the master of the obvious!” That’s OK. above quote! Isn’t it beautiful? It talks about your I am sure that a great deal of individuals reading personal perception and how you see the world. this would not make the mistake of confusing If you are pessimistic, you tend to see the world personal development with management pracadversely. If you are optimistic, you tend to see tices. But I have seen the opposite in many, many the world as accepting. I love it! situations, and that’s my fear. I can’t tell you how many clients’ offices Meditating on a motivational quote in the I’ve gone into where the client has these saying morning before you start your day is a tremenposted in the cafeteria and break areas, outside of dous way to get yourself set up for the problems cubicles and work areas. Some even have them and trials of the day. It’s like a mental vitamin that posted in the restrooms. makes you stronger and makes you able to handle While I think the idea of feeding your mind the problems of the day, but it needs to be held in with positive input is a very good idea, I am not context and acted upon as such. sure if it is a good management tool. What I am saying is that all of the optimism in Let me explain my reasoning using the above the world won’t assist an employee who is flounquote. Mr. Fillmore starts out by saying, “When dering and needs some help from his manager. you refuse to see negative things, they disappear.” Too little attention to motivation makes you While that statement may work well from a perlook aloof. Too much attention makes you look sonal leadership standpoint, it could be the kiss of disingenuous. Using the wise words of others, death as a management practice. As a practitioner however, to develop personally and use that of management for more than 30 years, I assure further development to assist your people, your you that if I see an employee doing something success as a manager is virtually assured. incorrectly, (a negative behavior from a policy If you have any motivational quotes that you standpoint, for example, or simply behaving in an adore, email them to me with why you adore inefficient manner), I will be the first to assist him them. I may be able to use that information in in correcting that behavior. I certainly will not “refuture articles. fuse to see it,” in the hopes that “it will disappear.” Hey, let’s connect on LinkedIn! Now, this may seem like an overly simplistic Biagio “Bill” Sciacca is CEO of Intelligent Motiexample, but I fully believe that a manager’s vation Inc., a training and consulting firm, as well personal development must not interfere with his as the author of “GoalsBook: Embracing Personal or her job or the tasks at hand. Responsibility in an Age of Entitlement” and is Actually, Mr. Fillmore tips his hand a bit in the full-time instructor of economics and business middle of the above statement when he says, “You administration at Penn State University. Bill can be will be surprised how you will change.” The opera- reached at 570-430-9303 or bill@intelligentmotitive word there is YOU! (The emphasis is mine.) vationinc.com. By Biagio ‘Bill’ Sciacca

Creating a new possibility By Jon Craighead

In his book, Buy-In, John Kotter describes this possible scenario:

You have a good idea and you know it. You present it to a group hopping for support. Instead you get confronting questions, inane comments and verbal bullets. Before you know it your idea is dead.

simultaneously demanding performance excellence; and ■ Demand all of this with compassionate sensitivity.

It is normally expected that the project manager will cause a successful completion of the project. However, what Craighead separates a highly successful PM from an ordinary leader is the individual growth What happened? The most likely answer is the and development of each team member as well. The absence of enrollment. A definition of enrollment is: a project manager is unquestionably an indispensable process of creating a possibility such that others take part of the project equation of any successful project. on that possibility as their own and embrace it with Another essential component of the developthe same enthusiasm and commitment as if they mental process is to create a sense of urgency. originally created it themselves. The pursuit of alignUrgency is defined as the importance of swift ment by enrollment is based on creating an inspired action and persistent insistence. This mind-set creobjective. To create buy-in requires this critical first ates an all-hands-on-deck phenomenon — a much step for connecting with your audience. Without this needed dimension, particularly when there’s no step the presentation is yours not theirs. existing reality to hang your hat on. Urgency is also

The vehicle for a successful accomplishment is a project. The project is the job that has to get done. It has a specific beginning, middle, and end. Typically a project refers to a set of interrelated activities, usually involving a group of people for a specific period of time. The formulation phase of the process is often mired in the minutiae of complex details, i.e. selection of personnel, locations, timelines, purchasing, materials, transportation and product assembly. Then of course setting up the application and testing of the finished product. The typical life cycle of a project is: 1. Planning. 2. Organizing. 3. Implementation. 4. Phase-out.

needed to sustain momentum when the best laid plans fail to materialize as anticipated, thus providing the resilience needed to keep everyone on point. This pivotal mind set provides the needed approach required to develop actions for fulfilling the proposed objectives regardless of circumstances. Next is the ever-present demand for skillful communication. Great concepts to the thinking of one may be an enigma to another. Effective communication requires an exchange of ideas inside the listener’s world view. To expect someone to understand without bridging the gap of understanding is wasted effort. It is universally understood, though often missing, that creating a positive relationship with another is the first step to clarity, understanding and partnership.

Once enrollment is established, the next component is people to make this new idea a reality. The selection of the right team is consequential to project success. The key aspect of managing teams The military is a great example of this. You can’t is Leadership in the form of a project manager find a more disparate group of people than in a (PM) who guides or directs the group. military unit. They comprise an amalgamation of The PM has an indispensable role in setting prioricultures, wealth, education and political perspecties, eliminating duplication, providing guidance, coordi- tives. However, regardless of their differences, they nation, training, and development. The PM, particularly achieve partnership and excellence through their in an innovation project, must possess an in-depth alignment based on a mutual love of country. mission clarity and understanding of the potential inteFinally, human beings are connected by one congration of the project results into an existing system. sistent and unassailable fact: We are more alike than

The project manager responsibilities are a riddle we are different. Because of this incontrovertible link, of paradoxes. The PM must it is always possible for people of good intentions to ■ Have a comprehensive plan while being predevelop these much required new possibilities. pared for the unexpected breakthroughs or mishaps; Jon Craighead is president of Craighead Associ■ Maintain a big picture perspective, yet be constantly on alert to the smallest detail;

ates LLC. Email him at jon@craigheadassociates. com or visit www.craigheadassociates.com

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SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Timely Treasures, a landmark antique and gift retail operation in Hawley, will close its doors on Dec. 31. An inventory liquidation sale continues through the end of the year or as long as product is still available.

Timely Treasures closing after 30 years

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DECEMBER 2015

Dec. 31 is the day that Timely Treasures, a local landmark antique and gift retail operation, will be closing for good. The original owners, the late Bob and Pat Ohlson, opened in 1985 as an antique and antique furniture refinishing business. The business grew into its current location on Route 6, just east of downtown Hawley, adding a larger selection of new and antique inventory and the buying of gold, silver, coins and rare currency as a Pennsylvania licensed buyer. “We had strong store traffic this past summer and fall”, said Alec Dazenski, store manager. “But average sale per customer was down and expenses continued to climb.” A walk through Timely Treasures is truly a walk into the past. Its current inventory is a mix of quality antiques, new and antique furniture, jewelry, holiday gifts, decor, lamps, Woodwick candles, mirrors, Moorcroft pottery, watches, coins and antique U.S. paper money. “Everyone from vacationers to locals comments on

how much they love the store. Unfortunately, many were not buying and we just can’t keep the doors open based on this trend.” adds Dazenski. An inventory liquidation sale began in November and continues through the end of the year or as long as product is still available. With discounts up to 70 percent off, customers are urged to shop early for best selection. Timely Treasures will also raffle off a $100 gift basket filled with specialty food items, candles and other products offered in the store. No purchase necessary. Drawing date will be Sunday, Dec. 20, at noon. Gold, silver, coins and rate currency buying will continue during the liquidation sale. The store will be open for the 17th annual Hawley Winterfest, Dec. 11 through Dec. 13. Free refreshments will be available. Regular hours are Thursday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 570-226-2838 for more information or visit TimelyTreasures.com.


PersoNaL FiNaNCe

ANSWERS TO YOUR FAQs across several asset categories. Stocks, Question: How can I gauge my risk bonds, and cash or cash alternatives are tolerance? the most common components of an asset Answer: Risk tolerance is an investallocation strategy. However, others may ment term that refers to your ability to be available and appropriate as well. The endure market volatility. All investments general goal is to minimize volatility while come with some level of risk, and if maximizing return (though asset allocation you’re planning to invest your money, alone can’t ensure a profit or eliminate it’s important to be aware of how much volatility the risk of a loss). The process involves dividing your you can endure. Your tolerance for risk affects your investment dollars among asset categories that do not choice of investments and the overall makeup of all respond to the same market forces in the same way your portfolio. at the same time. Though there are no guarantees, ideIf you are attempting to gauge your own tolerally, if your investments in one category are performing ance for risk, consider the following factors: poorly, you will have assets in another category that • Personality: Are you able to sleep at night are performing well. Any gains in the latter may offset knowing that you’ve put a portion of your hardthe losses in the former, minimizing the overall effect earned dollars at risk in a particular investment? on your portfolio. Remember that all investing involves Remember, it might be easy to tolerate a high-risk risk, including the possible loss of principal, and there investment while it is generating double-digit can be no guarantee that any investing strategy will be returns, but consider whether you’ll feel the same successful. way if the market takes a downward turn with your The number of asset categories you select for investment leading the way. It’s best to invest at a your portfolio and the percentage of portfolio dollars level of volatility that you are comfortable with. you allocate to each category will depend, in large • Time horizon: The sooner you may need to part, on the size of your portfolio, your tolerance for use your investment dollars, the lower your risk tol- risk, your investment goals, and your time horizon erance. For example, for money you plan to use to (i.e., how long you plan to keep your money investmake a down payment on a house in 2 years, your ed). A simple portfolio may include as few as three risk tolerance is lower than if you’re investing for investment categories, with a percentage of total retirement in 20 years. If you can keep your money dollars divided among, for example, cash alternainvested for a long period of time, you may be able tives, bonds, and stocks. A more complex portfolio to ride out any downturns in the market (though may include many more asset categories or break time alone is no guarantee of higher returns). down each of the broader asset categories into • Capacity for risk: How much can you afford to subcategories (for example, the category “stocks” lose? Your capacity for risk depends on your financial might be further divided into subcategories such position (i.e., your assets, income, and expenses). In as large cap stocks, small cap stocks, international general, the more resources or assets you have to fall stocks, high-tech stocks, and so on). back on, the higher your risk tolerance. Determining an appropriate asset allocation Many risk tolerance tests are widely available may be the most important single investment on the Internet and in books about investing. Most decision you make, because it will likely have more require that you answer a series of questions, and impact on your overall return than the selection of generate a score based on your answers. The score individual investments. Don’t hesitate to get expert translates into a measure of your risk tolerance help if you need it. And be sure to periodically reand may be matched with the types of investments view your portfolio to ensure that your chosen mix that the author deems appropriate for someone of investments continues to serve your investment with your risk profile. Although these tests may be needs as your circumstances change over time. helpful as a reference, your financial plan should be tailored to your unique circumstances. Don’t Contact Susan A. Whitesell, CRPS, CRPC, hesitate to get expert help if you need it. RIS, AWMA, CLTC , Kingston Retirement Group of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, 270 Pierce Street, Question: What is asset allocation and how Kingston 18704. Call (570) 283-8140 or visit www. does it work? kingstonretirementgroup.com. Janney MontgomAnswer: Asset allocation is the process of ery Scott LLC is a member NYSE, FINRA, SIPC. deciding how to divide your investment dollars

by Susan Whitesell

Heritage tourism

South Side Farmers Market open all year! by Natalie Gelb

There is an urban legend that everything happens last in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Historically, however, the facts prove otherwise. This region boasts many significant “firsts.” In addition to Jermyn being the home of First Aid, which was developed for first responders to care for injured miners and Scranton as the home of the first electric trolley system in the nation, today’s distance learning can trace its roots to Scranton and the birth of the International Correspondence School (Penn Foster) through the development of a mail order course for miners to obtain their state-issued miner’s certificate through self-study. The Lackawanna Heritage Valley (LHV) celebrates history, but it does not live in the past. To the contrary, in order to enhance the quality of life of the region, it is always open to the latest trends that make an area progressive. That is why LHV is so committed to the development and completion of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail because trail systems are essential to attracting people and industry to a region. Northeastern Pennsylvania is known for its industrial past, but it also has the benefit of beautiful natural resources and rich agricultural neighboring communities. A recent edition of CBS Sunday Morning News, “Home Grown: Moving Next to the Farm,” introduced “Agrihoods” a new type of real estate development. Agrihoods are residential developments built around an agricultural center, or a farm. The farm-to-table movement has become a popular lifestyle choice in affluent suburbs near major cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Although an agrihood has not arrived here yet, more farmers markets are popping up throughout the region. Northeastern Pennsylvania has a long history of fresh, locally grown foods. The Co-Op Farmers’ Market in Scranton dates back to 1939 and it is an important part of our heritage. Open from July 4th until Thanksgiving, the Co-Op Farmers’ Market near Providence Road has witnessed the growing demand and appreciation for high-quality, locally-grown food. Seasonal farmers markets at Nay Aug Park in East Scranton, on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton, at South Abington Park in Chinchilla and at the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces have become part of the weekly routine for many local residents. Especially exciting is the news that the South Side Farmers’ Market will now be open all year! A project of United Neighborhood Center (UNC), the Winter Market is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 509 Cedar Avenue. This market is for the

entire community, but it was specifically developed to provide accessibility to affordable, nutritious food choices for the residents of South Scranton. The market features products from a dozen local farms, including free-range chicken eggs, fresh produce, honey and organic meat, just to name a few. Its Cedar Avenue location is within walking distance for many who live in surrounding neighborhoods and it is accessible by bus for those who lack private transportation. The Winter Market serves multiple purposes, encouraging nutrition and healthier food choices, as well as supporting the local economy. This is another great amenity that UNC is providing as part of its outstanding work in revitalizing the Cedar Avenue Corridor. Please take advantage of this opportunity to support this modest but ambitious initiative and to reap the benefits of fresh food year round! Beyond the city limits, Honesdale offers a wonderful variety of fresh items throughout the year at the Cooperage, a farm market known for providing sustainable produce and organically-grown foods. Worth the trip, the Cooperage provides a beautiful blend of city and country life. In the CBS piece, residents of Serenbe, a development featuring a 25-acre farm nestled in Georgia’s countryside, noted the positive impact of its lifestyle. Not only are they reaping the many nutritional benefits of eating fresh food, but also the farm has created a real sense of community. Their Saturday morning shopping trips to the farm market are as much about socializing with their neighbors as they are about buying food for the week. Perhaps agrihoods are new to us, but a strong sense of community has always been one of the greatest attributes of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley! Local markets not only provide fresh food, but they also offer a friendly setting for people to get to know each other, learn about their lives, chat about their families, discuss current events and keep up on local happenings. They play an important role in building, strengthening and sustaining communities. We are fortunate that Northeastern Pennsylvania has been ahead of this trend! For more information on the Winter Market in South Scranton, visit South Side Farmers Market on Facebook. To learn more about the Farmers Market at the Cooperage, visit thecooperageproject.org. Natalie Gelb is executive director of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority. Email her at natalie@ lhva.org.

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Each month, we recognize one of the region’s top manufacturers with the aid of NEPIRC, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center. Since 1988, NEPIRC has been working with manufacturers to improve their productivity, profitability, competitiveness and long-term viability through consultative services.

Pipe fittings used around the world manufactured in Tioga County For nearly a century, hot, molten iron has flowed inside Ward Manufacturing’s foundries in the Tioga County borough of Blossburg, Pennsylvania.

A leading manufacturer of piping components, Ward Manufacturing’s fittings have been used in thousands of installations around the globe including those in homes, commercial developments, public buildings and even the new Freedom Tower in New York City.

For the past two years, Favilla has been developing and implementing a new brand identity for Ward Manufacturing with everything from new logos, advertising and a modern online presence. “We have a tremendous responsibility here for the people who work in our plants. We’re really committed to Made in America. We feel it’s part of our responsibility to make sure that we keep the jobs here in Pennsylvania and we’re doing this in part by driving awareness of American-made products,” Favilla said. “Hitachi has made great investments in the foundry business. They also make parts for the automotive industry and built a new foundry in Lawrenceville, Tioga County, that makes metal parts for the automotive industry. Hitachi is very eager to invest in this side of the world,” he said.

Founded in 1924 by Joseph Patrick Ward, Ward Manufacturing quickly became and Tony Favilla, vice president of sales and marketing. In addition to a focus on its stainless steel remains one of the gas piping, Ward Manufacturing has also largest employers in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier. expanded its focus to include the fire prevention and heating and More than 500 people are employed by Ward Manufacturing at the ventilation industries. company’s plants in Blossburg and throughout the United States. The Remaining competitive in the fittings industry has required ongoing company has 17 distribution centers across the country and in Canada. changes in how the plants are operated. Ward Manufacturing Ward Manufacturing has gone through several expansions in consults the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center Blossburg, including ones in 1928, 1938 and 1955. They’ve added for its lean and continuous improvement initiatives. Most recently, many new products over the years, some of them with the help of Ward Manufacturing employees completed 6S Training and Lean automation and new processes. Certification Training through NEPIRC. Employees also attended In 1990, the company was acquired by Hitachi Metals America and Northern Tier Growth a new manufacturing facility was built in Tioga County for its newest Network seminars, a no-cost This feature is sponsored by... product, WARDFLEX, a flexible corrugated stainless steel tubing used networking venue to share in the natural gas industry. best practices, discuss common challenges and Since the acquisition, Hitachi has tasked Ward Manufacturing’s experience new learning. Blossburg headquarters with spearheading the company’s expansion in the pipe valve and fitting industry. “This is part of the evolution of our company… support Hitachi’s overall initiative of investing in our industry. We have been tasked to lead the global plan for this industry out of Blossburg for Hitachi,” said Tony Favilla, Ward Manufacturing’s vice president of sales and marketing.

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“Our plants are running very lean while maintaining our rigorous quality standards,” Favilla said.

DECEMBER 2015

Large pots of molten iron are being prepared for pouring into the molds that will make the company’s many fittings


SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT ON...

Elecast Inc.

Elecast Inc. Clarks Summit, PA (570) 587-5105

craftsmanship. “S” stands for “singular focus”— we know what we are good at; we focus on short run, quick turnaround solutions for our clients. Finally, “t” stands for “trust.” It is old-fashioned now, but we do what we say we are going to do. Our word is our bond, and that applies to deadlines as well.

In early 2015, John and Leah Kane decided to make a change. Before then, John had been commuting to New York City from their family’s home in the Abingtons on a weekly basis for work. When Elecast Inc. went up for sale, they knew that purchasing it would teach their two sons about commitment and community, as well as put an end to John’s long commutes. We recently had the chance to speak to the Kane family about their business and what they have experienced in their first year of ownership.

How was business in your first six months? JK: The previous owner had a solid, long-standing client base. Our first priority was to ensure that the transition for these clients was seamless as we learned the business. We focused on quality and service and this approach paid off. We earned our clients’ trust. In some cases, they have allowed us the opportunity to work on new projects with them. It is very rewarding to see this organic growth. With this confidence in a job well done and solid process knowledge, we are looking to expand our client base.

Why did you decide to buy Elecast Inc.? John Kane (JK): We saw Elecast as a profitable business with a solid track record and good growth prospects. Leah and I viewed the business as an opportunity to invest in ourselves and our region. What does Elecast do? Leah Kane (LK): Elecast Inc. is a manufacturing business located in the Ivy Industrial Park in Clarks Summit. For more than 25 years, Elecast has produced high-quality die cast parts in aluminum and size from 12 to 600 tons. Elecast’s machines are zinc. We make zinc components for electric motors capable of producing die cast parts weighing from for General Electric and aluminum candy molds a few ounces to five pounds. for Topps, purveyors of Ring Pops. In addition to casting the parts, Elecast has machining, assembly What type of industries does your company and finishing capabilities. serve? LK: We currently serve a wide array of indusWhat exactly is die casting? tries, such as furniture manufacturing, electric JK: We begin with raw metal in large bars motor, medical device and candy manufacturing. that weigh about 40 pounds. These bars are then We also service the construction and metal valve melted in our furnaces. The molten metal is forced industries. into a mold cavity under high pressure to form the shape of the desired part. The molds, also What’s the biggest challenge in owning your called dies, are housed in machines that range in own company?

JK: In a small firm, you are forced to wear many hats in order to compete. Transforming yourself into a subject matter expert in many areas is imperative as you don’t have the support network that a larger firm offers. How would you sum up the philosophy of your company? LK: We use an acronym, “CAST,” to describe our company’s philosophy. The “c” stands for “commitment,” because we have been producing high-quality die cast products for more than 25 years. The “a” stands for “attitude,” as our standards are high and we strive for the highest quality

Now that you have bought the business, where do you see it in five to ten years? LK: The manufacturing industry and, specifically, die-casting, have changed rapidly in the past decade. We would like to see Elecast add automation, initiate in-house engineering services and potentially expand into the additive manufacturing arena in order to provide a more comprehensive offering to our clients. Elecast has historically focused on short-run production (500-5,000 parts); we envision bolstering that capability for larger projects. How do you envision the Chamber helping your business? JK: The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce provides a great network that can connect our firm with potential clients. We enjoy the beneficial events, community focus and broad scope that the Chamber offers.

HOW TO GET IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Each month, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Community Bank and the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal present the Small Business Spotlight award to a Chamber member who is making its mark in our community. To nominate a small business for this award, visit www.scrantonchamber.com or call 570-342-7711.

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Regional Business

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

Meet Mary Tellie

the years of operating her business, she has learned how to grow with grace. The growth of Electric City Roasting Company is evident by its various divisions — Grocery, Café and Retail. The footprint of the company is becoming bigger and bigger and Tellie is not afraid to say, “Growing pains exist.” By Larissa Hoffmann She says that in any business there are wins and Mary Tellie, owner and founder of Electric City losses, but, most importantly, “It’s just a matter of how Roasting Company, has a passion for coffee. That pasyou deal with them.” sion is demonstrated by the success of her business, Tellie addresses the topic of “leading the troops” which she founded in 2002. by saying she is very grateful for her “amazing staff.” Prior to entering the coffee industry, Tellie had no She continually reminds them of their purpose and knowledge on coffee, just a keen sense of taste and some the impact they unsatisfied taste have on the buds. Now, Tellie community. is a coffee speTellie’s cialist, certified success stems cupper, licensed far beyond a Q grader with the dedicated staff Coffee Quality and she notes Institute (CQI), one of the most and a Barista rewarding Guild of America aspects of her level 1 certified seen from left are Francene Dudziec, Mary Tellie, business is the barista. Moreover, Donna simpson and larissa Hoffmann. response from she sits as a vice her satisfied customers. Customers always comment chair on the SCAA Roaster Guild Executive Council. on how much they love her coffee and their complete A former banker, Tellie felt no one could provide shock over not having to add cream or sugar to it. Tellie her with the quality coffee she was looking for, so she says, “That to me is 10/10. That shows I win every decided to get it herself. She transformed her career entirely, taking an entrepreneurial route and developing day.” Although coffee is available from many different her own business. The more Tellie learned about coffee, the more she was sucked into the business, even seiz- outlets, the fact that Tellie’s customers are beyond ing opportunities to travel to coffee-producing nations. impressed with the quality of coffee that Electric City During her experiences abroad, her interests became Roasting Company produces, speaks volumes to the learned passions which would transform into a complete passion and dedication that occur behind the scenes. Tellie’s advice to all entrepreneurs is to follow their dedication to coffee production and consumption. Tellie notes that innovation is a huge part of her career passion. People may look down upon and criticize and that she learns something new every day. A commit- those that choose to be entrepreneurs, but it’s important to maintain confidence. ment to innovating keeps Tellie and her staff motivated Everyone in the neighborhood knows that Tellie’s and she always has the end-user’s satisfaction in mind. passion is coffee. Her dedication and passion have Tellie is able to translate her exposure abroad back home, saying, “You learn so much from stepping out of helped her expand and grow Electric City Roasting Company to what it is today. your own environment.” Electric City Roasting Company (ECR) offers She feels rewarded to have relationships with amazing individuals in what she calls the “coffee value chain” products for individuals, resale, baristas and cafes and provides unique coffee education programs from its all over the world. Teaching Campus Lab in Throop. As an entrepreneur, Tellie faces challenges every To learn more about ECR and the products and serday. Part of her job is to dive into the future so she vices it offers, visit www.electriccityroasting.com/ or call can forecast how to adapt her business to economic, 570-558-2233 or email info@electriccityroasting.com environmental and a plethora of other challenges. Larissa Hoffmann is a University of Scranton WomShe always strives for product and distribution perfection, despite any obstacles her business encounters. en’s Entrepreneurship Center intern, where she works under the supervision of Donna Simpson, consultant Tellie notes that she learns from challenges and, over manager. Larissa is a senior accounting major.

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sMall Business sPoTligHT

Upper Desk participates in ‘30 minutes to win it,’ gets product on Sam’s Club’s shelves After winning multiple industry awards for innovation, Upper Desk’s portable tablet mount for cabinets is now available in select Sam’s Club locations across the nation and on Samsclub.com. Revolutionizing the way tablets are used, the portable mount securely holds any size, make, or model of smart device just below a cabinet or shelf — making it a must have item for those who use on-line recipes, stream movies, video chat, check email or use social networks. “Industry experts and consumers alike are raving about this product. Our awards and five-star reviews are a testament to the mount’s quality, innovation, patented functionality and ease of use,” says Matthew Fidler, CEO of Upper Desk Inc. “We recently participated in Sam’s Club’s ‘30 Minutes to Win It’ program, and we’re so excited they selected a small start-up company like Upper Desk to bring value-driven innovation to their members.” Praised for its quality construction, the mount installs onto almost any cabinet or shelf using the patented “Easy Latch System.” Lined with padding, the system protects precious installation surfaces and does not require tools, screws or permanent hardware. “You can easily install and remove your mount within seconds,” says product inventor, Roderick Phillips. “Because it is so simple, Upper Desk products are changing the way tablets are being used in the home, office, educational and industrial environments.” Cleverly designed with case-compatible, angled settings and a rotating arm, the mount can hold devices in portrait or landscape mode — all while allowing the user to view a smart device hands free. “This mount protects your tablet from harmful spills, and in essence, is a standing desk for your tablet,” says Stephanie Phillips-Taggart, president of Upper Desk Inc. “It frees up counter-top space while allowing access to your cabinet. It’s a perfect way to multi-task in a more ergonomically correct position. It’s win-win for the tablet and user.” With unique features and benefits that cannot be found elsewhere in the marketplace, Upper Desk’s portable tablet mount for cabinets has received the National Hardware Show “2014 Gold

Award for Innovation;” the “2014 Innovation Finalist award” from the International Housewares Association; and a “New Product Innovation” award from Bucknell University’s Small Business Development Center, Lewisburg. In addition, Pennsylvaniabased, Upper Desk Inc. was selected as a “2015 Pennsylvania Governor’s Small BUsiness Impact” finalist for its ability to transform an idea into an award-winning retail product. “We are a young company with a very special background,” says Phillips-Taggart. “Our team has a ‘work hard, dream big’ mentality. With that, we have come a long way in short time. Through this opportunity with Sam’s Club, we hope to enhance the lives of even more tablets users.” Fidler concluded, “Through the ‘30 Minutes to Win It’ program, Sam’s Club welcomes the opportunity to work with small businesses. It’s clear that it is not just about the product, but it’s also about the people. That’s a true testimony to the culture of Sam’s Club and their willingness to nurture small companies and the American Dream.”

after winning multiple industry awards for innovation, northeast Pennsylvania’s own upper Desk has its Portable Tablet Mount for Cabinets now available in select sam’s Club locations across the nation and on samsclub.com.


For tHe reCorD DeeDs COLUMBIA COUNTY

Alpha Delta LLC. Property location: Bloomsburg. Seller: John E. and Lucy A. Wittman. Price: $1,800,000. FV-I Inc. Property location: Mt. Pleasant Township. Seller: Roy A. Coleman. Price: $475,000. Robert Dworsak partner and Kenneth Enterline partner dba Dworsak Enterline. Property location: Scott Township. Seller: Michael S. Martin. Price: $125,000. Safety Net Inc. Property location: Locust Township. Seller: Stanley D. Levan. Price: $80,000. Marr Development Inc. Property location: Mifflin Township. Seller: Fanniemae. Price: $31,000.

City. Seller: Lois M. Howell per atty in fact. Price: $45,000. J W B Property Group LLC. Property location: Scranton City. Seller: Wells Fargo Bank. Price: $30,500. Carbondale Roundhouse LLC. Property location: Carbondale City. Seller: Carbondale City. Price: $30,000.

LUZERNE COUNTY

Norfolk Southern Railway Company. Property location: Avoca Borough; Conyngham Township; Dupont Borough; Duryea Borough; Edwardsville Borough; Hanover Township; Jenkins Township; Kingston Borough; Laflin Borough; Nanticoke City; Nescopeck Borough; Newport Township; Pittston Township; Plans Township; Wilkes-Barre City; Yatesville Borough. Seller: Delaware and Hudson Railway Company Inc. Price: $26,206,267. Moxie Freedom LLC. Property location: Salem Township. Seller: Leonard C. Naunczek; Donna M. Naunczek. LACKAWANNA COUNTY Crystal PA 2014 LLC. Property location: Scott Town- Price: $4,000,000. Moxie Freedom LLC. Property location: Salem Township. Seller: Greystone Benton I LP. Price: $4,899,000. ship. Seller: Donald E. Bower; Joanne E. Bower. Price: Dunmore Recreation LLC. Property location: Dun$3,500,000. more Borough. Seller: Premier Hotels Group LLC. Price: Itoh Denki USA Inc. Property location: Hanover $4,589,250. Township. Seller: Mericle 2 Geat Valley LLC. Price: DJM NNN III LLC. Property location: Scranton City. $1,821,650. Seller: Wilscrant Associates LLC. Price: $4,000,000. PAM Management Inc. Property location: Hazle Crystal PA 2014 LLC. Property location: Scott Township. Seller: Nelly Holdings Inc. Price: $800,000. Township. Seller: Greystone Benton II Acquisition Corp., Bipin Ketan Properties LLC. Property location: general partner. Price: $101,000. Duryea Borough. Seller: Allen Owen Properties LLC. LEC Construction Services LLC. Property location: Price: $755,000. Scranton City. Seller: RK Realty Corp. Price: $300,000. Pennsylvania CVS Pharmacy LLC. Property location: Geisinger Community Medical Center. Property Hazle Township. Seller: Mountain View Real Estate LLC. location: Scranton City. Seller: Kathleen Simrell. Price: Price: $738,147. $295,000. Meadowbrook Realty LLC. Property location: Kings447 Clay LLC. Property location: Scranton City. ton Borough. Seller: Mani Etemad and Susan Khoshnood Seller: Yitzchok B. Kurtzer. Price: $275,000. 2001 Revocable Living Trust; Mani Etemad, trustee; TIC-ESA LLC. Property location: Carbondale City. Susan Khoshnood, trustee. Price: $725,000. Seller: Annette Jensen. Price: $170,000. Pennsylvania CVS Pharmacy LLC. Property location: Goodwill Industries of NE Pennsylvania Inc. Property location: Carbondale City. Seller: Dominick A. Baldini. Hazle Township. Seller: NERS Properties LLC. Price: $550,000. Price: $150,000. JTSG Real Estate Company LLC. Property location: KJB Investment Property Management Group LLC. Wright Township. Seller: James J. Johns; Dorothy Johns. Property location: Dunmore Borough. Seller: Estate of Price: $400,000. Lois J. Mangan, deceased. Price: $142,000. Douthat Ventures LLC. Property location: Nescopeck 840 Clay Scranton LLC. Property location: Scranton Borough. Seller: Jill M. Paden. Price: $260,000. City. Seller: City National Bank. Price: $130,000. Penn Security Bank & Trust Company. Property locaCar Jo Realty Inc. Property location: Scranton City. tion: Kingston Borough. Seller: Nicholas Tsioles; Cynthia Seller: Anthony Boccardo. Price: $125,000. Regina Estates LLC. Property location: Fell Township. Tsioles. Price: $260,000. First KTH LLC. Property location: West Hazleton Seller: Le Biens Fonciers Inc per tax claim bureau. Price: Borough. Seller: Joseph C. Bambera, trustee; St. Francis $103,179. Assisi Church of West Hazleton, per trustee. Price: Keystone Community Resources Inc. Property $250,000. location: Scranton City. Seller: Lucille P. Golden. Price: $100,000. Liddic Enterprises LLC. Property location: Taylor MONROE COUNTY Borough. Seller: Kathy Quinn. Price: $95,000. DEPG of Shawnee II LP. Property location: Smithfield La Aleagracia Meat Market Inc. Property location: Township. Seller: Mosier Development LLC. Price: Scranton City. Seller: Scott C. Stange. Price: $80,500. $4,500,000. Outlook Design & Construction Inc. Property locaDEPG Mosier Associates LP. Property location: tion: South Abington Township. Seller: Circle Green Inc. Smithfield Township. Seller: Mosier Development Inc. Price: $79,000. Price: $3,500,000. Basile Realty Company LLC. Property location: DunDLP Holdings I LLC. Property location: East more Borough. Seller: Dolores A. Mecca. Price: $75,000. Stroudsburg. Seller: Dennis and Shirley Deshler. Price: Florey Lumber Company Inc. Property location: $2,300,000. South Abington Township. Seller: Gravel LLC. Price: Bermuda Ridge LLC. Property location: Chestnuthill $70,000. Township. Seller: Kimberly and Jerry Romascavage Sr. Blue Shutters Land Development LLC. Property Price: $1,175,000. location: Covington Township. Seller: Perih Group LLC. Peter Mary Investments LLC. Property location: Price: $50,000. Stroud Township. Seller: 447 Stroud Group LLC. Price: Kenco Properties LLC. Property location: Scranton $850,000. City. Seller: Madeline Leo per agent. Price: $45,000. J Park Plaza LLC. Property location: Smithfield Sher Dan Inc. Property location: Scranton City. Seller: Township. Seller: Island Oasis LLC. Price: $800,000. Grace L. Burke, per atty in fact. Price: $45,000. Pannekkal Soman, Soman Investments LLC. PropWFW Properties LLC. Property location: Scranton erty location: Middle Smithfield Township. Seller: WTRO

Properties Inc. Price: $700,000. Trapasso and Abraham Enterprises LLC. Property location: Pocono Township. Seller: Robert Jakubowitz (partner) and Lorraine Jakubowitz, Tannersville Improving Co. Price: $675,000. S&D Lin Property Management LLC. Property location: Stroud Township. Seller: S&S Family Partnership, Anthony Syrocki (gen. partner). Price: $325,000. 1028 Interchange Property LLC. Property location: Polk Township. Seller: Benito and Myrna Cid. Price: $283,000. LTS Homes LLC. Property location: Price Township. Seller: SR INV Company. Price: $180,000. Courtland Associates LLC. Property location: East Stroudsburg. Seller: Nikone Ongkeo and Latsamy Bongbandith. Price: $1. Tax basis: $172,015. AVB Group LLC. Property location: Tobyhanna Township. Seller: Real Estate Institute LLC. Price: $136,000. Smithfield LLC. Property location: Middle Smithfield Township. Seller: Viktor Gegeny. Price: $1. Tax basis: $106,710. Purple Rooster Holdings LLC. Property location: Middle Smithfield Township. Seller: Bank of America NA S/B/M BAC Home Loans Servicing LP F/K/A Countrywide Home Loans Servicing LP. Price: $62,000. Brothers Antique Vintage Restorations Inc. Property location: Polk Township. Seller: Jerry and Cynthia Kossyk. Price: $40,100. Poconoplex Estates LLC. Property location: Coolbaugh Township. Seller: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Price: $16,626. Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. Property location: Polk Township. Seller: Robin Hood Lakes Water Co. Inc. Price: $1. Tax basis: $5,713.

PIKE COUNTY

Silver Birches RE LLC. Property location: Palmyra Township. Seller: Silver Birches Partnership. Price: $4,000,000. Double Eagle Estate LLC. Property location: Greene Township. Seller: Thoma Limited Partnership. Price: $800,000. Silver Birches RE LLC. Property location: Palmyra Township. Seller: Eric J. Ehrhardt; Susan M. Ehrhardt. Price: $650,000. The Conservation Fund. Property location: Dingman Township. Seller: Margaret D. Isaacson as executrix of the estate of William H.T. McGaughey Sr. Price: $372,000. Center Street Holdings LLC. Property location: Milford Borough. Seller: Mist Enterprises LLC. Price: $131,000. Pencab RE Holdings LLC. Property location: Shohola Township. Seller: Lynne Boyle. Price: $60,000. Milvin Properties LLC. Property location: Lehman Township. Seller: John V. Scalia; Cecilia A. Scalia. Price: $57,000. Majer Holdings LLC. Property location: Lehman Township. Seller: JP Morgan Chase Bank NA. Price: $53,368.35. Benjamin & Francis Investment LLC. Property location: Lehman Township. Seller: Falling Creek LLC. Price: $40,000. Southern Specialty Properties LLC. Property location: Lehman Township. Seller: The Bank of New York Mellon. Price: $38,000. Kaja Holdings 2 LLC. Property location: Porter Township. Seller: FANNIE MAE. Price: $15,755.25. Catalpa Holdings LLC. Property location: Delaware Township. Seller: Joanne S. McInerney. Price: $12,500.

WAYNE COUNTY

Stoneledge Partners LLC. Property location: Hones-

dale. Seller: Russell M. Palmer ux. Price: $700,000. Wayne Land&Mineral Group LLC. Property location: Preston. Seller: David C. Jones. Price: $550,000. Advanced Automated Controls Inc. Property location: Salem. Seller: Fidelity Deposit&Discount BankPrice: $340,000. MFJBS LLC. Property location: Dyberry. Seller: The Dime Bank. Price: $225,000. Hulich Partners. Property location: Honesdale. Seller: Maurice F Meagher ux. Price: $175,000. GEG Real Estate LLC. Property location: Waymart. Seller: Darrell D. Manning and Dustin D Manning d/b/a Mannco Realty. Price: $113,000. Sledzinski Properties. Property location: Paupack. Seller: Community Bank NA. Price: $89,900. Hemlock Road Land Co. Property location: Cherry Ridge. Seller: Dennis Landmesser. Price: $51,000. Leaton-HS LLC. Property location: Salem. Seller: RC HVAC LLC. Price: $39,000. Premswami LLC. Property location: Clinton. Seller: Marian R. Piorkowski al. Price: $34,000.

WYOMING COUNTY

Keystone Independent Living Inc. Property location: Tunkhannock Township. Seller: Lori Cokely; Lori Cokely Merget. Price: $158,000. Lori Buckleys LLC; Buckleys Lori LLC. Property location: Falls Township. Seller: Gerald G. Fritsch Jr.; Kenneth R. Fritsch. Price: $75,000.

mortgages COLUMBIA COUNTY

Alpha Delta LLC. Property location: Bloomsburg. Lender: First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $2,250,000. Berwick Realty LLC. Property location: Berwick. Lender: First Bank. Amount: $750,000. SAI Orangeville Realty LLC. Property location: Hemlock Township. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $455,000. 620 Broad LLC. Property location: Berwick. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $170,000. Page Housing Group LLC. Property location: Hemlock Township. Lender: Service 1st Federal Credit Union. Amount: $152,000. TS Evergreen Corp. Property location: Cleveland Township. Lender: West Milton State Bank. Amount: $72,000. Young Men’s Christian Association aka Berwick YMCA. Property location: Berwick. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $50,000.

LACKAWANNA COUNTY

Keystone College. Property location: La Plume Township. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $7,500,000. 1000 Dunham Drive LLC. Property location: Dunmore Borough. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $3,250,000. Crystal Pa 2014 LLC. Property location: Scott Township. Lender: Webster Bank. Amount: $5,000,000. Marlinka II LLC. Property location: Moosic Borough. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $519,375. Florey Lumber Company Inc. Property location: South Abington Township. Lender: Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank. Amount: $485,600. Fratellis Pizza and Pasta House Inc. Property location: Scranton City. Lender: First National Community

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PERSONNEL FILE BANKING & FINANCE First NatioNal CommuNity BaNk

First National Community Bank (FNCB) announced the appointment of Dean rosetti to the position of bankcard relationship manager where he will be responsible for managing, developing and growing FNCB’s merchant card portfolio as well as providing outstanding service for existing customers. Rosetti brings more than 13 years of Rosetti banking and finance experience to FNCB. Prior to joining FNCB, he was a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual specializing in risk based financial planning. Previous to that he was a merchant services banker for PNC Bank. He is licensed in annuities, long-term care as well as life, health and disability insurance.

in 2008 as teller supervisor in the bank’s Mount Pocono office and was promoted to customer service representative in 2009 and assistant branch manager in 2011. Previously, Bynoe was a licensed relationship banker at Capital One Bank.

NBt BaNk

David Raven, NBT Bank president of retail banking and president of Pennsylvania announced that Petal Bynoe has been promoted to branch manager of the bank’s Mountainhome office. In this position, Bynoe has responsibility for branch sales, customer service and operations. Bynoe has 10 years of retail banking experience. She joined NBT Bank

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than 30,000 members in 200+ chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. Locally, AFP programs include an educational lecture series, mentoring program, professional networking events, and resource exchange. The National Philanthropy Day Luncheon was held in November at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.

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William Schweighofer, chairman of the board of the Honesdale National Bank, announced that luke W. Woodmansee has been named as the bank’s President and chief executive officer. He will assume the position on Jan. 2. Woodmansee joined HNB in 1989 as a Loan Officer having worked at the First National Bank Woodmansee of Hancock (New York) for more than 13 years in various capacities. He was promoted to the position of vice president and senior loan officer in 1991, and at that time also assumed the position of vice president, treasurer, and secretary of HONAT Bancorp Inc., The Honesdale National Bank’s holding company. In 2001, he was promoted to executive vice president. He presently administers the bank’s $420 million loan portfolio, comprised of commercial and consumer loans, home mortgages and equity loans, student loans, credit cards, and overdraft protection lines of credit. He also serves on various committees at the bank. He is a graduate of the New York State School of Banking at West Point. He has attended various courses, seminars, and conferences sponsored by the American Bankers Association (ABA) and, before joining HNB, served as president of the Delaware County Bankers Association. He is presently a member of The Affiliation Program of Sheshunoff Consulting & Solutions for Senior Lenders. Woodmansee is a past president and currently serves on the board of directors of the Wayne County Cooperative Extension.

BOARDS & COMMITTEES

COSTUMES FOR CHARITY: Corrin Cwalinski, of the Commercial Division in the Hamlin Olsommer-Clarke Insurance office, topped her competition with her rendition of the “Mad Hatter.” With more than 1,400 votes cast this year, Corrin Cwalinski, of the Commercial Division in the Hamlin Olsommer-Clarke Insurance office, topped her competition with her rendition of the “Mad Hatter” which garnered 36 percent of the votes cast. That honor was made even more significant by a company donation of $500 to her charity of choice: The Lackawanna County Humane Society – Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. A charitable registered non-profit organization serving both Lackawanna and Wyoming counties, it is the only animal shelter in Lackawanna County. For the past 11 years, the employees at Olsommer-Clarke Insurance Group Inc. have honed their individual creative costuming skills to raise money for their favorite charity through the company’s annual Halloween Contest for Charity.

ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS NEPA CHAPTER: Seen from left, first row: Lauren Pluskey McLain, president elect; Estella Parker-Killian, immediate past president; Mary Dolan, secretary; Carol Maculloch, treasurer; and John Cosgrove, Philanthropy Day chair. Second row: Jesse Ergott, Philanthropy Day Honoree Breakfast co-chair; Patrice Persico, board of directors; Kurt Bauman, president; Mary Lou Miller, board of directors; and Jon Konzelman, Philanthropy Day Honoree Breakfast co-chair. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), NEPA Chapter’s chair for National Philanthropy Day (NPD) was John Cosgrove of Condron and Cosgrove. katie leonard, Johnson College, served as chair of nominations. Honorary breakfast co-chairs were Jesse ergott, NeighborWorks NEPA and Jon konzelman, The Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children. The Association of Fundraising Professionals represents more

F.N.B. Corporation (NYSE: FNB) announced that Frank C. mencini was elected to the company’s board of directors and to the board of its wholly owned subsidiary, First National Bank of Pennsylvania. Mencini will commence his term on Jan. 1. He was also appointed to serve on the company’s Audit Committee. Mencini, a strategic business consultant and certified public accountant, has nearly 30 years of leadership experience in accounting, finance and business. He began his career with one of the nation’s original Big Six public accounting firms, where he played a key role in providing accounting, auditing, transactional, regulatory compliance and strategic business advice to the firm’s large financial services and health care clients. After becoming partner-in-charge of the firm’s Mid Atlantic Healthcare Consulting Practice, he was instrumental in managing over 300 professionals who provided consulting services to some of the largest and most prominent healthcare organizations in the country. Most recently, he served on the leadership team for a healthcare consulting and outsourcing company that successfully expanded from a regional to a national presence.

miseriCorDia uNiVersity

The Misericordia University Board of Trustees presented the Trustee Associates Award to Janice C. lysiak, M.D., and her husband, sidney m. Glazer, M.D., in recognition of their outstanding commitment and support of the university at the 2015 Trustee Associates Gala in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The Trustee Associates Award is given annually to friends of the university who have demonstrated outstanding dedication, service and generous support. Dr. Lysiak, Class of 1970, recently

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Wells FarGo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced that company veteran Doug iracki has joined the business banking team as a business banking development officer in northeast Pennsylvania. In this role he works with companies earning between $5 million and $20 million in sales, providing them with a wide range of Iracki products and services designed to help these firms grow their business. He is based at the Wells Fargo office on Pierce Street in Kingston. Iracki has been with Wells Fargo and its predecessor companies for seven years and most recently served as the community bank store manager in Kingston. He previously served as store manager for the company in Edwardsville and Wilkes-Barre and has also served as a financial specialist and personal banker with the company.

THE MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES presented the Trustee Associates Award to Janice C. Lysiak, M.D., and her husband, Sidney M. Glazer, M.D., in recognition of their outstanding commitment and support of the university at the 2015 Trustee Associates Gala. From left are Dr. Deborah Smith-Mileski ‘75, vice chair, board of trustees; Dr. Sidney M. Glazer, Dr. Janice C. Lysiak ‘70, and Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president, Misericordia University.

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BOARDS & COMMITTEES (CONT.) MiseRiCoRDiA UNiVeRsiTY (CoNT.) retired from a 27-year career as an esteemed rheumatologist with the Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in Orange County, California, where she was in partnership with her husband, Sidney M. Glazer, M.D., a vascular surgeon. PeNNsYLVANiA eCoNoMiC DeVeLoPMeNT AssoCiATioN

eric Joseph esoda, president and CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA). As a statewide association of more than 350 economic Esoda development professionals and organizations, PEDA advocates for the development of sound, effective business attraction and industry growth policies for Pennsylvania and works to enhance the economic vitality of the Commonwealth. Collectively, the association’s board of directors works with legislators and Commonwealth officials to develop and implement job-creation programs and advance the Commonwealth’s overall economic competitiveness. Esoda was also recently appointed to the Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN) statewide Advisory Board. SEWN is a nationally-recognized layoff aversion program that was developed and is administered by the Steel Valley Authority in coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. SEWN serves manufacturing jobs throughout Pennsylvania by providing layoff aversion services designed to stabilize, restructure and turn around troubled small and mid-sized manufacturing firms. In his Advisory Board member capacity, Esoda will represent the concerns of manufacturers throughout northeastern and the northern tier of Pennsylvania.

soCieTY oF DiAgNosTiC MeDiCAL soNogRAPHY

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) has named sheryl e. goss, M.S., RT(R)(S), RDMS, RDCS, RVT, F.S.D.M.S., assistant professor and chair of the Department of Sonography at Misericordia University, the president of the board of directors and SDMS Foundation. Goss, Goss who was named a distinguished educator by SDMS in 2013, also became the past chair of the board of directors for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS). SDMS is the largest professional society with more than 27,000 members. It is dedicated to serving sonographers and sonography students. JRCDMS is the review committee for programmatic accreditation under the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION A. PiCkeTT CoNsTRUCTioN iNC./ PiCkeTT FACiLiTies MAiNTeNANCe

Jennifer Hilla joins A. Pickett Construction Inc./ Pickett Facilities Maintenance as director of business development. As she is a long-time realtor with Century 21 Signature Properties, she has significant experience with commercial sales. In addition to her real estate expertise, Hilla brings experience in Hilla residential, commercial and industrial restoration industries. She is an active member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Pittston Chamber of Commerce and Pocono Chamber of Commerce, where she serves as an ambassador, and also devotes time to organizing and volunteering at local events and charities.

ENGINEERING BARRY isseTT & AssoCiATes

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Michael italia joined the Codes Department of Barry Isett & Associate’s (BIA), a multidiscipline engineering firm with office in Hazleton and Forty Fort. With a background in fire-fighting and emergency services, Italia has years of experience conducting inspections for fire prevention, code enforcement, life safety and more. He holds a Building Code Official Certification (BCO) and is a certified ICC Fire Inspector I, Commercial/Residential Building Inspector. Joy Beers is a senior project manager in BIA’s Structural Department. Previously, she worked in the Minneapolis branch of HGA Architects and Engineers. She has played a design role in national and international projects, from California colleges to a U.S. military recreational facility in Okinawa, Japan. She has made presentations at Autodesk University on three-dimension modeling software, Revit.

BoRToN-LAWsoN

Borton-Lawson announced the hiring of three employees in its Wilkes-Barre office. Matthew Peruchetti joins the Industrial Infrastructure group as an automation specialist. Prior to joining Borton-Lawson, he spent the last five years working at Gonnella Frozen Products in Hazleton as a controls engineer. He earned his associates degree in electronics engineering

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technology from Luzerne County Community College. Thaddeus Dziedzic joins the Marketing Department as a marketing analyst. He is a graduate of King’s College. He previously worked at Talen Energy Corporation and PPL Corporation. Christopher Arnold joins the Land Development group as a civil designer. He is a graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He previously worked at RZ Engineering and O’Brien & Gere.

LABeLLA AssoCiATes

CeCo Associates has changed its name to LaBella Associates. Acquired in 2011, the Scranton firm will now operate using parent company’s name. Originally established in 1973, CECO Associates offered civil, environmental and transportation engineering services to clients in Pennsylvania. The firm was acquired by LaBella Associates in 2011, but continued to serve clients as CECO Associates Inc. The name change will enable the Scranton office to better market LaBella’s full service approach and capacity to clients in Pennsylvania. LaBella Associates employs more than 370 design professionals across eight service areas. In addition to civil and transportation engineering, the firm offers architecture, building and power systems engineering, planning services, program management services and environmental consulting and contracting.

ReUTHeR+BoWeN

Reuther+Bowen engineering, design, and construction services announced John James joined the firm as a structural detailer. James has more than 25 years of experience in the architectural engineering industry with particular expertise in forensic engineering of building envelopes and projects James for pre-K12 and federal government clients. He is a graduate of Johnson College and is currently part of a team providing structural engineering for a new, 29-story hotel tower in Harlem, New York.

REAL ESTATE BeTTeR HoMes AND gARDeNs ReAL esTATe

Lynn Wilklow, vice president/company recruiter, announced the hiring of Anna Marie Fedorchak to the position of sales associate. Fedorchak will work from the Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) business campus in Stroudsburg. Fedorchak completed the two required real estate courses and passed the state exam in October. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates offers free training for recruits that join the organization. Also, Thomas R. Wilkins, CEO announced the promotion of Lynn W. Wilklow, AB from the position of sales

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manager to vice president/company recruiter and general manager of the Wilkins’ Bushkill office. A year ago, Wilklow accepted the position of sales manager for the Bushkill office. Since that time, she has grown the sales division by recruiting agents for the office, assisted in developing the online marketing which is still being used extensively today. This promotion has deemed Wilklow qualified to act as a recruiter for the entire company.

LeWiTH & FReeMAN

Seen from left are Maribeth Jones, vice president of strategic planning for Lewith & Freeman and Deborah Roccograndi, realtor, with Lewith & Freeman. Lewith & Freeman Real Estate won the 2015 Best of the Back Mountain Award for Real Estate Agency and Lewith & Freeman realtor Deborah Roccograndi, took home the Best of the Back Mountain Award for Realtor. These awards recognize outstanding commitment to quality, service and dedication to customer satisfaction. Lewith & Freeman’s Back Mountain office is located at 1755 Memorial Highway. Deb Roccograndi has been with Lewith & Freeman since 2012. She has years of real estate experience, representing buyers and sellers, as well as in commercial real estate. Maribeth Jones, vice president of strategic planning for Lewith & Freeman, is also the manager of the Back Mountain Office. She shares more than 35 years of real estate experience with the clients she serves, as well as with her fellow realtors at Lewith & Freeman. Also, Virginia Rose, president of Lewith & Freeman, announced that Alexe Rice recently joined the sales team. Her work experience includes years in the hospitality industry and in real estate working as an assistant in both residential and commercial sales at Lewith & Freeman’s Kingston office. Rice She is a member of PennsylPlease see REAL ESTATE on next page


PERSONNEL FILE GOVERNMENT Monroe County DeMoCratiC Party

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commissioner Suzanne Mccool, left, is seen with commissioner Theresa Merli, right. The Monroe County Democratic Party recently held its annual fall banquet, at which Monroe County Commissioner Suzanne F. McCool was honored with the Joe Battisto Lifetime Achievement Award. Organizers said McCool received the award “in recognition of her 12 years of commitment to the welfare of Monroe County citizens.” A retired educator, she has served as commissioner since 2004.

PennSyLVania oFFiCe oF ruraL HeaLtH

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health has presented state Sen. Gene yaw (R-Bradford) with the 2015 Legislator of the Year Award. Lisa Davis, director of the Office of Rural Health, presented Yaw with the award

REAL ESTATE (cONT.) LewitH & FreeMan (Cont.) vania Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association of Realtors. She is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Academy.

State Sen. Gene Yaw was named 'Legislator of the Year' by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health. Seen with Sen. Yaw are Lisa Davis, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (left) and Sen. Yaw’s wife, Ann Pepperman.

Army photo by Steve Grzezdzinski during a ceremony in Williamsport. The award recognizes an outstanding Pennsylvania legislator for their work and support of rural health initiatives that address an identified need in their district or across the state. Yaw was recognized for the substantial contribution he has made to rural health in Pennsylvania in his role as the Chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. As chairman, he organized and hosted a series of public hearings (July-August 2014, 2015) on the heroin epidemic facing Pennsylvania. Sen. Yaw also acknowledged his appointment by President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati (R-Cameron) to a special bipartisan committee that will look into possible Senate action against Attorney General Kathleen Kane. In addition to Yaw, the six member committee will also include senators John Gordner (R-Columbia) who will serve as chair, Lisa Baker (R-Pike), Art Haywood (DMontgomery), Judy Schwank (D-Berks), and Sean Wiley (D-Erie). Sen. Scarnati will serve as ex-officio member of the committee.

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amanda Hoprich has been named marketing manager of Viewmont Mall by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), of Philadelphia. In this key position, Hoprich is charged with creating and implementing strategic marketing and public relations programs that will increase the center’s visibility and help Hoprich generate increased sales for its retailers. Hoprich will also seek to increase shopper loyalty through a broad range of customer services and special events. She is committed to partnering with the community on different levels to help sustain and improve the quality of living for local and regional residents while maintaining the community and historical integrity of Viewmont Mall. Hoprich joins the PREIT team with experience in retail, marketing, branding, and merchandising.

Industrial Engineering Technician Dana Bilotta excels at making the best use of the depot’s square footage when it comes to relocating employees and equipment while the depot upgrades its infrastructure. — U.S.

hanna’s infrastructure and the information technology (IT) network. Industrial Engineering Technician Dana Bilotta and Electrician Leader andrew Hrosovsky were named the Tobyhanna Army Depot Employees of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2015. Bilotta was able to manipulate existing work space to accommodate the mission, which resulted in relocation of employees and their equipment during the early phase of an extensive modernization project. Working with shop leaders, personnel and contractors, Bilotta developed the contract requirements, drafted the shop layout and plans, and coordinated the move of 100 employees. She works in the Production Engineering Directorate’s Mission Modernization Branch. Hrosovsky leads a team of electricians who support network modernization efforts that increase capability, enhance security and standardize operations. He frequently travels to temporary duty assignments to oversee the wireless local area network (WLAN) and Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP), Network Modernization – CONUS installations. As work leader, Hrosovsky plans work schedules, maintains quality and ensures the safety of the installation teams. He works with the IT staff and engineers to modify the wireless architecture if needed and troubleshoots potential problems and makes necessary repairs.

LAW o’DonneLL Law oFFiCeS

Electrician Leader Andrew Hrosovsky runs a tight shop adhering to cost quality and schedule while overseeing projects that improve information technology networks at Tobyhanna and at other geographically separated locations. — U.S. Army photo by Pam Goodhart Skilled technicians earned accolades for their contributions to the ongoing modernization of Toby-

Atty. neil t. o’Donnell, O’Donnell Law Offices, was a featured speaker at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s (PBI) 22nd annual Auto Law Update in October in Mechanicsburg. O’Donnell gave a presentation on “Post-Koken case update.” The update offered four total CLE credits. O’Donnell has been recognized as a Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer N. O’Donnell from 2007-2015. O’Donnell has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 –2016 and the 2015 edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

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Also, O’Donnell Law Offices recently celebrated being selected by their clients and peers for national tier recognition in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers list of Best Law Firms. O’Donnell Law is ranked in Tier 2 in the practice area of personal injury litigation—plaintiffs. According to the U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers, the 2016 Best Law Firm rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. These evaluations and surveys incorporates more than 5 million evaluations of almost 52,000 leading lawyers. O’Donnell Law Offices has been included in the U.S. News-Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The 2016 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of ballots on record. In addition, Atty. Catherine r. o’Donnell served as moderator of a panel discussion at the annual Luzerne County Bench Bar Conference and Seminar. The event was held Nov. 5. The topic of the panel discussion was Women Walking Through the World of Litigation. She also received the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association’s 2015 President’s Award. Atty. Elaine Cook, president of the association, presented the award. The President’s Award is the top award of the legal profession awarded annually at the Bench Bar Conference. Finally, Atty. Michael a. o’Donnell was a featured presenter at the second annual Advanced Worker’s Compensation Seminar on Nov. 4. O’Donnell’s presentation focused on Recent Legislative and Case Law Updates and Hearing Preparation and Procedure. The seminar was sponsored by Sterling Education Services Inc., a company dedicated to furthering education development within the United States through instruction of the public on subjects useful to the individuals and beneficial to the community. The seminar was useful to risk managers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, business managers, insurance claims processors, disability specialists, human resource professionals, attorneys and benefits professionals. The seminar was approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board for 6.5 credit hours including 1.0 hours of ethics. O’Donnell is a specialist in the field of Workers’ Compensation law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and Pennsylvania Bar Association. He was also a presenter at the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association’s Bench Bar Conference and Seminar on Nov. 5. The topic was Workers’ Compensation Potpourri. O’Donnell was joined by distinguished panelists, the Honorable Jeffrey Majikas of the Wilkes-Barre Office of Adjudication and the Honorable Michael Hetrick of the Hazleton Office of Adjudication. The Bench Bar conference offers two hours Substantive and two hours Ethics credits.

LeVy, StieH anD GauGHan PC

Atty. John T. Stieh and Atty. Kelly A. Gaughan, principals of the Milford law firm of Levy, Stieh and Gaughan PC announced that Atty. James P. Baron has become a

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principal of the firm and that Atty. stacy Beecher has joined the firm. Baron is a 2001 graduate of Widener University School of Law. After serving with Bureau of Hearing and Appeals as a hearing officer, he became associated with Levy, Stieh and Gaughan in 2005, concentrating in criminal defense, civil litigation and family law. Beecher is a 1989 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Beecher served a judicial clerkship with the late President Judge Ronald C. Vican, was an assistant district attorney with the Monroe County District Attorney’s office and has since been in private practice. While continuing her multi-faceted practice, Beecher will concentrate in the firm’s long established family law practice.

practice, she focuses on commercial real estate matters, including the sale, acquisition, and leasing of shopping centers, and office, business, and industrial centers. Her practice also includes the development of residential and commercial condominiums and planned communities. Martin is admitted to the State of Pennsylvania. She received her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law. Also, McNees elected Donna l. kreiser to the firm’s Management Committee, a move that was effective Nov. 1. She replaces Mark Van Blargan on the Committee after Van Blargan chose to step down after serving in that capacity for nine years. Kreiser is the first female elected to serve in this capacity. Kreiser is co-chair of the Firm’s Financial Services and Public Finance group and also practices in the Municipal Recovery and PublicPrivate Partnerships groups. She focuses her practice on municipal and project finance law, including economic development, transportation, government, health care, and education.

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McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has hired three new associate attorneys, Thomas s. Markey, kelly l. Martin and alessandra l. Hylander. Hylander will join the firm’s Energy and Environmental Law Group. Her practice focuses on natural gas, electric, and water utility services. She represents large commercial Markey and industrial consumers of these services in state and federal administrative proceedings. She also assists clients with procuring electricity and natural gas from suppliers and provides insight on upcoming energy and environmental regulations. Hylander is admitted to the State of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA). Hylander received her J.D. from the Duke University School of Law. Markey joins the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. In his practice, Markey assists clients litigating in state and federal courts in diverse matters including contract disputes, eminent domain, state licensing, corporate governance, and health care. Markey was a 2014 summer associate at McNees. He is admitted to the State of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division High School Mock Trial Competition and the District Co-Coordinator for York and Adams Counties. He received his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. Martin joins the firm as an associate in the Real Estate practice group. In her

Munley Law founder robert W. Munley has been named to the 2015 Irish Legal 100, an honor awarded annually by the Irish Voice to the 100 most outstanding Irish-Americans in the legal profession. Mr. Munley and his wife, Bernadine, attended a reception hosted by the Irish Ambassador to the U.S., Anne Anderson, at her home in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 22. Munley founded the Scranton-based firm Munley Law in 1959. Throughout a distinguished 55-year career with an unwavering focus on plaintiffs’ rights, Munley has blazed new trails for Pennsylvania attorneys and established precedents that define the practice of personal injury law today. He helped establish case law for calculating the economic loss associated with the death of children killed in vehicular accidents. He was also the first attorney in the state to develop a focus on cases involving personal injuries caused by commercial trucks. His legal legacy and influence extends to mentoring six children who have become notable Pennsylvania attorneys — including five members of Munley Law. Also, Julia k. Munley, partner at Munley Law in Scranton, has been selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the 21st century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience

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PADCO: Seen are Tim Holden, chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Debbie Yuengling-Ferhat, Yuengling Brewery, Joe Pahira, PADCO president; and Amy Burkhart PADCO executive director. and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its fellows. Munley has represented individuals and families in complex personal injury cases for 23 years. Munley earned her juris doctor from Dickinson School of Law in 1992. In 2005, she was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer and is among the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Munley currently serves as the chair on the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority board of directors and also as board president for the St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen in Scranton.

sCarTelli OlszeWski PC

Scranton and Wilkes-Barre personal injury law firm Scartelli Olszewski PC announces it has been named a Best law Firm for 2016 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers, achieving a ranking in personal injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a Best Law Firm ranking, a firm must have at least one lawyer included in The Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys are neither required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed. For 2016, Atty. Melissa scartelli again was selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers and recognized for her work in the practice areas of personal injury law on behalf of plaintiffs. Scartelli has been named among Best Lawyers each year since 2013.

NONPROFITS

SCHUYLKILL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Seen from left are Vanessa M. Mihoda, communications director, 20-year service award; Robert S. Carl, Jr., executive director, PACP treasurer and corporate secretary; and Andrea M. Feathers, financial/administrative director, five-year service award. this year. McDaid has managed the day-to-day operations of the association while spearheading the association’s budget and policy initiatives. Prior to his time at PHCA, McDaid spent nearly two decades in health and human services policy, including time as the senior vice president and chief policy officer for LeadingAge PA, a statewide association representing not-for-profit senior care and service providers.

Pennsylvania sBDC

The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) have honored four staff members and nine Centers for commitment and contributions to small Pennsylvania business during the 2015 Pennsylvania SBDC Small HealTH Care assOCiaTiOn Business Growth Forum held in Cranberry Township. Of W. russell McDaid, M.H.A, a veteran health and human services policy advisor and long-time advocate for local interest: The Center Performance Award went to The University of Scranton SBDC. The award is granted the state’s frail elderly and disabled residents, has been named president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Health Care to the Center (or Centers) that demonstrated exceptional Association (PHCA), effective Jan. 1. McDaid will succeed performance during the last full program year. Metrics recorded for these minimum performance deliverables inPHCA’s chief executive officer, Dr. stuart shapiro, who clude hours spent working with small businesses, capital is retiring at the end of 2015, after eight years as head acquisition for small business clients, businesses started of the association. McDaid joined PHCA in April 2013 as chief operating officer and executive vice president before being named president and chief operating officer earlier Please see NONPROFITS on next page


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Donna Powell has been named chief executive officer of Commonwealth Health Physician Network. Powell most recently served as the chief operating officer at InterMountain Medical Group since 2012. Powell earned a master of science degree in health care administration from Villanova University. Also, Patricia Kane has been named Powell the chief operating officer of Commonwealth Health Physician Network. Kane most recently served as the chief opertaing officer of the Physicians Health Alliance, where she successfully recruited more than 50 providers and helped expand the group to include pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and gynecologic oncology. During her tenure, Physicians Health Alliance extended into Wyoming and Luzerne counties. Kane earned a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Scranton. In addition, Simon tabchi, D.P.M., has joined the medical staff at Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Dr. Tabchi is a member of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He earned a doctorate of podiatric medicine from Temple University. He also served as a resident physician in podiatric medicine and surgical residency at Crozer Keystone Health System. In addition, Commonwealth health Berwick hospital Center and Commonwealth health moses taylor hospital recently received full Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Chest pain centers better monitor patients when it is not clear whether a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that received SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack Also, Great Valley Cardiology, a Commonwealth Health physician network, has received Vascular testing accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. This grants the Scranton-based Great Valley Cardiology group a three-year term of accreditation in vascular testing in the areas of extracranial cerebrovascular testing, peripheral venous testing, peripheral arterial testing, and visceral vascular testing. Great Valley has 11 cardiologists serving offices in Scranton and Waymart.

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Keith Pritchyk, M.D., is now a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (FAAOA). Fellows of the AAOA are board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology or their respective certifying board. Dr. Pritchyk is an ear, nose & throat and allergy physician for Delta Medix. He has been practicing in Scranton since 2004. His special interests include thyroid and parathyroid diseases, head and neck oncology/ surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, general otolaryngology, otology, voice disorders, sleep apnea, allergy and nasal, and sinus disease. Board certified by the American Board of

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Pritchyk is a member of The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, The American Academy of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery, and the Triological Society. Dr. Pritchyk is also a clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Commonwealth Medical College. He graduated Pritchyk from The University of Scranton and obtained a master of science degree in physiology from Georgetown University. His doctorate of medicine is from Georgetown University School of Medicine and he completed his internship and residency at Georgetown University Medical Center.

PoCono meDiCal Center

Krempasky SUSQUEHANNA HEALTH’S DAISY AWARD recipients for the fourth quarter are, from left: Danielle Thompson, RN; Shahryar Vahabzadeh, LPN; and Danielle Mann, RN. tion, held at Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia. Of interest in northeastern Pennsylvania: Joanne Digwood and Sharon Shandra, activity aides/CNAs at Riverside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (Lackawanna), have been honored as the PHCA Most Valuable Employee(s) of the Year. View their video at https://youtu. be/6gMzyubdWuY.

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POCONO MEDICAL CENTER: Seen from left are co-editor Dr. Berish Strauch, chairman emeritus of plastic surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York; co-editor Dr. Luis Vasconez, vice chairman emeritus of surgery at University of Alabama-Birmingham; and Dr. Charles K. Herman, chief medical executive, chair of surgery and chief of plastic surgery at Pocono Medical Center. Pocono Medical Center announced that Dr. Charles K. herman, chair of department of surgery and chief of plastic surgery served as editor and collaborator for the textbook, Grabb’s Encyclopedia of Flaps Fourth Edition. The release of this textbook was announced at the recent national meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in Boston, Massachusetts. According to the publisher, Grabb’s Encyclopedia remains the most comprehensive resource in the world in the field of reconstructive surgery and is a staple in many libraries and medical schools around the world. Dr. Herman was able to showcase the new book during a lecture at Harvard College as part of its “Future Surgeons” lecture series.

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The Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) honored eight of the commonwealth’s best caregivers with the 2015 Hero Award for their extraordinary contributions toward the care of the state’s seniors during an evening ceremony Nov. 10. The winners work in long-term and post-acute care centers, including skilled nursing facilities, personal care homes and assisted living residences. They were nominated by their administrators or colleagues, and were chosen by an awards committee from more than 100 nominees. The 2015 Hero Award ceremony took place during PHCA’s annual conven-

Drs. David Schaefer, Puneet Basi, Vivek Kumar and Saadullah Khan welcome Dr. heather Gerst to the Susquehanna Health Digestive Disease Center team. Dr. Gerst earned her doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed both her internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship Gerst training at Geisinger Health System. Susquehanna Health Digestive Disease Center is located at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, 700 High Street. In addition, three Susquehanna Health nurses were recently recognized as recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Danielle thompson, nurse at the Emergency Department at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, was selected after being nominated by a patient’s spouse, who said, “She made us feel cared for and at ease . . . She is an exceptional person and nurse.” Shahryar Vahabzadeh, nurse at the Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Muncy Valley Hospital, was selected after being nominated by a patient’s family member, who said, “He deserves to be recognized for going above and beyond for my mother.” Danielle mann, nurse at Susquehanna Health Home Care & Hospice, was selected after being nominated by a patient’s visitor, who said, “Although she is serious about her job, Danielle also was able to make us laugh and cheer us up when we needed it, and sometimes laughter is the best medicine.” A nurse from each Lycoming County Susquehanna Health campus is selected every quarter. The DAISY Awards are currently presented in more than 900 hospitals, both nation-wide and internationally.

wayne memorial Community health CenterS

Honesdale Surgical Associates, a specialty practice of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) offering general and vascular surgery, announced that certified physician assistant Kate Krempasky, PA-C, has joined its staff. Krempasky earned a master of science degree from Marywood University’s physician assistant program and is certified by the National

Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Prior to joining Honesdale Surgical Associates, Krempasky was employed as an Operating Room Physician Assistant at Wayne Memorial Hospital performing 1st assisting/ surgical tech duties including pre and post-operative planning, surgical site prep as well as wound and incision closures. In addition to her OR experience, she was also employed as a Physician Assistant in the hospital’s Emergency Department. Also, James G. Cruse, M.D., board certified family physician at Honesdale Family Health Center and the Honesdale VA Outpatient Clinic, was recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) as a recipient of the Outstanding Primary Care Clinician Award. The award, presented during PACHC’s annual conference and clinical summit, honors healthcare providers who have made significant contributions to vulnerable populations through improvement in quality, accessibility and/or patient outcomes. WMCHC was also praised as an organization during the conference by former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Marilyn Gaston for having the only Federally Qualified Health Center based Veterans Clinic in the nation. Finally, Hamlin Family Health Center, part of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC), welcomed nicole Sklareski, certified physician assistant as the newest member of its staff. Sklareski will be dedicated to walk-in care to meet increased demands at the health center, which is located at 543 Easton Sklareski Turnpike and open seven days a week. Three other providers at the site will continue to see established patients as well as walk-ins. Sklareski earned a master of science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Marywood University. Also, Kara Poremba, BSN, RN, IBCLC, CCE, Healthy Beginnings Plus Coordinator, II, of the Women’s Health Center in Honesdale, has been notified by The International Board of Lactation Consultation Examiners (IBLCE) that she has successfully met all requirements set forth by the credentialing agency and is now an Poremba internationally board certified lactation consultant. Poremba provides lactation counseling at the Women’s Health Center on an outpatient basis as well as Wayne Memorial Hospital’s New Beginnings Birthing Suites for new mothers. Please see HEALTH CARE on next page

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PENN STATE WILKES-BARRE: Seen from left, front row are Mike Costanzo, Quad 3; Mark Voyack, Quad 3; Rich Kresge, Quad 3; Mike Heim, Quad 3; Amanda Thomas, Quad 3; Trisha Fried, Quad 3; the Nittany Lion; and Susan Chappell, Penn State Wilkes-Barre eastern region job and internship developer. Back row: Bill McIntyre, Quad 3; Maureen Ciliberto, Penn State WilkesBarre career services coordinator; Brent Berger, Quad 3; Jane Ashton, Penn State Wilkes-Barre director of continuing education; Chancellor Charles Davis, Penn State Wilkes-Barre; Anthony Shipula, Penn State Wilkes-Barre director of development & alumni; John Cowder, Quad 3; Bob Yeager, Quad 3; and Carl Schimmel, Quad 3.

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Janet Lembo DeAndrea and Terry Nichols Wise.

Keystone College honored two longtime professors for their dedicated service during recent Homecoming activities on campus. Professor Janet Lembo DeAndrea ’69 (left), Clarks Summit, received the Keystonian of the Year Award and Associate Professor Terry Nichols Wise, Tunkhannock, received the Distinguished Service to Keystone Award. The honors were presented during the annual Silver Reunion Reception and Awards Presentation in Hibbard Campus Center.

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Dr. Dan Clasby, assistant professor of history, recently completed a six-week fellowship at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies sponsored by Brandeis University in Massachusetts. The fellowship included more than two weeks of activities in Israel. Clasby was one of 23 international scholars chosen to participate in the program, which has been held each summer since

2006. Other scholars were from other liberal arts colleges in the United States, larger US universities, and educational institutions in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Brazil, India, Austria, and Canada. Fellows are chosen to support research and teaching on the history and culture of Israel. Dr. Clasby spent part of the six Clasby weeks at Brandeis attending workshops and making use of the Israel Studies collections. He will use his experiences in Israel to develop both a survey-course on Israeli history that he will offer in the spring and a possible future study abroad program to Israel and Palestine. While in Israel, Dr. Clasby also conducted research for a book project on postwar Italian-Jewish life and identity.

MISErICOrDIA UNIvErSITY

James Siberski, M.S., C.M.C., CRmT, assistant professor of gerontology and director of the geriatric care management graduate certificate program at Misericordia University, and Carol Siberski, M.S., CRmT, C-GCM, a geriatric care manager in private practice, had their article, “Boomers in Nursing Homes: Ready or Not, Here They Come,’’ published in the September/October issue of Today’s Geriatric Medicine magazine. The four-page article referenced on the cover of the issue, addresses long-term care facilities, such as skilled nursing homes, personal care facilities, and continuing care retirement communities, along with the many challenges those facilities will face in delivering the care baby boomers not only require, but also demand. The co-authors write that the baby boomers will tax facilities’ ability to “meet the institutional and service demands’’ of this generation, while also playing a role when facilities and their parent companies

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UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON AND GEISINGER: First row, from left, Margarete Zalon, Ph.D., professor of nursing; Jackie Roman; Lora Urbas; Sharon Hudacek, Ed.D., professor of nursing and director of the university’s RN to BSN and LPN to BSN programs; Heather Snyder; Leah Ann Cox; and Catherine Lovecchio Ph.D., associate professor of nuring. Second row: Grace Gavigan; Lea Clark; Lori Smith; Janel Moon; and Christine Schoener. Third row: Michele Polney; Jess Herb; Jillian Meyer Taylor; and Sabrina Shander. Fourth row: Kimberley Yatsko; Lynn Fino; Raphael Ferro; and Carol Golosky. Fifth row: Carole James Czepiel; Lora Slusher; Amie Engle; Elizabeth Aciukewicz; JoAnn Blackwell; Amanda Chapin and Debra Schreck.

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consider new facilities, remodeling or expanding existing facilities and staffing them as well. Also, Maureen rinehimer, P.T., M.S., M.H.S., assistant professor of physical therapy at Misericordia University, made the research poster presentation, “Factors that Contribute to Patient-Child Interactions of Pre-Term Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU),’’ at the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference in Seven Springs in October. Rinehimer, the principal investigator, co-authored the study with Genevieve P. Zipp, Ed.D., P.T.; Terrence Cahill, Ed.D., F.A.C.H.E., and Raju K. Parasher, Ed.D., M.Sc., P.T. In addition, the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) presented the PPTA Best Case Study Award to a team of Misericordia University faculty-student researchers at the 2015 PPTA Annual Conference in October for their research, “The Effects of LSVT BIG and Tai Chi on Balance in an Individual with Parkinson’s Disease.’’ The research was conducted by Maureen romanow Pascal, P.T., D.P.T., N.C.S., associate professor of physical therapy and doctor of physical therapy students Dayna Ehlers and Rebecca Hindman. The Misericordia researchers also have been accepted to make a platform presentation of their findings at the annual conference in Seven Springs. Dr. Pascal also recently made the poster presentation, The Use of Challenge Course for Postural

Control Analysis and Synthesis at the 2015 Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Conference in Seven Springs. Dr. Pascal utilized the Misericordia University Challenge Course to help doctor of physical therapy students understand how people control their balance and keep themselves upright when Pascal balance is challenged. The study used several activities on the course, including a balancing platform with varying numbers of students involved on the platform and as observers. Several students also were blindfolded during the exercise because most people relay on their vision to help them with balance.

PENN STATE WILKES-BArrE

In October, Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Roadshow initiative was launched at Quad 3. As part of the new program, Penn State Wilkes-Barre representatives will visit organizations and host a lunch where pools of Penn State graduates are employed. The aim is to make it easier for alumni and friends to re-connect with the university.

UNIvErSITY Of SCrANTON

The University of Scranton and Geisinger Health System began an expedited bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program for registered nurses working for Geisinger, which began in the fall 2015 semester. Lecture and clinical classes through this program, taught by University of Scranton faculty, are offered onsite at Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton. Nurses at other Geisinger campuses can participate in the degree program via live video conferencing. The first cohort of students to participate in the program met recently with faculty on the University’s campus.


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CONGRESSIONAL CITATIONS: Harold ‘Butch’ Wright, a former U.S. Marine and WMH patient, with, from left Linda Jones, RN; Victoria Borthwick, nurse aide; Cathy Romaniello, representing U.S. Rep. Tom Marino’s office; John Conte, director Wayne Memorial Facility Services; Margie Wright, wife of Harold Wright. A registered nurse and a nurse aide were honored Nov. 6 with citations for excellence from U.S. Rep. Thomas Marino (R-Pa.10). The citations were issued to linda Jones, RN, and victoria Borthwick, nurse aide, at the request of a Vietnam War veteran who felt both women had helped him “so much when I had a bad flashback of the war after surgery.” Cathy Romaniello, a representative from Congressman Marino’s office, presented the citations at Wayne Memorial’s war memorial plaque in front of the hospital.

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Following medical school, he completed his internal medicine residency with The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education and was selected as chief resident during his final year. The Wright Center also welcomed three new providers to its care team. Joshua Braddell, CRNP, a 2015 masters of science in nursing (MSN) graduate of the University of Scranton, has joined The Wright Center for Primary Care as a family nurse practitioner, practicing family medicine at the Clarks Summit and Mid Valley locations. Braddell joins The Wright Center following six years with Geisinger Community Medical Center as an RN. trupti Kale, M.D., has joined The Wright Center for Primary Care as a pediatrician with the Mid Valley (Jermyn) practice. She completed her residency with the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, after which she served as an attending pediatrician for St. Anthony Hospital, also in Chicago. nina Poliak, M.D., MPH, FAAP has also joined The Wright Center for Primary Care’s Mid Valley (Jermyn) practice as a pediatrician. A 2000 graduate of Charite-Free University Berlin School of Medicine in Berlin, Germany, Dr. Poliak brings an extensive catalog of published works in pediatric textbooks as well as in peer-reviewed scientific literature. After her medical school graduation, she worked as a research post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received her masters of public health degree (MPH) at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Medicine. She subsequently trained at the Baylor College of Medicine and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

WAYNE MEMORIAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER staff are seen at the annual Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) conference and clinical summit held recently in Lancaster. From left are Robert Fortner, finance director; Lori Wood, Together for Health Dental Center; Chelsea Lucchesi, outreach and enrollment; Norma Nocilla, director of quality; James G. Cruse, M.D.; Wynter Newman, Honesdale Family Health Center and VA Outpatient Clinic; Laura Resti, outreach and enrollment; and Frederick Jackson, executive director. Finally, The Wright Center has been named a 2015 HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award recipient. Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding achievement of organizations that have utilized health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment. The Davies Awards program promotes electronic health record-enabled improvement in patient outcomes through sharing of case studies and lessons learned across a wide range of efforts, including implementation strategies, workflow design, best practice development and adherence, and patient engagement that

have improved ambulatory care outcomes for patients. The Wright Center has been recognized for successfully leveraging inter-professional learners from its family medicine and internal medicine residency program, as well as trainees from local healthcare partners, to integrate health IT into daily practice. The Wright Center team developed and implemented the technological innovations in-house, utilizing dynamic workflow documents and suggestions from residents and providers to continuously improve patient care and increase accountability of providers and staff.

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and purchased, business sales increases, jobs impacted, client support letters written, and client satisfaction. Seven Centers in the network exceeded all seven of these minimum performance deliverables, but two Centers went above and beyond these metrics to win this award. These Centers were the Penn State SBDC and The University of Scranton SBDC.

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timothy Kelly Burke, D.O. has accepted the position of program director, osteopathic internal medicine with The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Burke previously held the faculty role of associate program director and currently practices as a physician at The Wright Center for Primary Care’s Mid Valley practice, Jermyn, where he has been employed since 2012. He is an active member of The Wright Center Medical Group PC board of directors, serving as treasurer since 2014. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College and is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Burke graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, Florida.

Pottsville AreA DeveloPment CorPorAtion

WRIGHT CENTER AWARD: Seen from left, the Wright Center team includes Linda ThomasHemak, M.D., president/CEO; Edward Wargo, applications and solutions developer and John Janosky, vice president information technology and innovation.

The Pottsville Area Development Corporation (PADCO) held its annual dinner in the Oak Room at Roma in October. The 65 attendees honored the Yuengling family for their many contributions to the economy and tourism in the City of Pottsville. The Yuengling family has been a keystone in the community since 1829. Representing the family was Debbie Yuengling-Ferhat. Guest speaker for the event was Tim Holden.

sCHUYlKill CHAmBer oF CommerCe

Three Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce staff members were recognized and honored at the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals (PACP) & Leadership Conference held in October. Honored as a newly elected member of the PACP board of directors, robert s. Carl, Jr. was elected as the treasurer/corporate secretary. Board members serve in the volunteer leadership role for a specified term, developing and leading the annual Plan of Action to assist in the enhancement of quality education in professional and organizational development to its members. Key events for PACP include the annual Chamber Professionals & Leadership Conference, Chamber Day in Harrisburg, and ongoing professional development webinars and programs. Andrea Feathers and vanessa mihoda were also recognized and awarded PACP’s distinguished Service Awards at the conference. PACP recognizes chamber professionals who have served any five-year increment in chamber management. Mihoda received her 20-year service award and Andrea Feathers received her five-year service award.

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Scranton City. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $255,000. 447 Clay LLC. Property location: Scranton City. Lender: Provident Bank. Amount: $206,250. Covington Housing Inc. Property location: South Abington Township. Lender: Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank. Amount: $200,267.08 Swiftwater SMG Holdings LLC. Property location: Scranton City. Lender: PNC Bank. Amount: $200,000. TIC-ESA LLC. Property location: Carbondale City. Lender: Dime Bank. Amount: $172,000. Kenco Properties LLC. Property location: Scranton City. Lender: Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank. Amount: $155,000. KJB Investment Property Management Group LLC. Property location: Dunmore Borough. Lender: Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank. Amount: $106,500. Keystone Community Resources Inc. Property location: Scranton City. Lender: First National Community Bank. Amount: $80,000. Liddic Enterprises LLC. Property location: Taylor Borough. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $76,000. Djmr Portfolio LLC. Property location: Scranton City. Lender: RCN Capital Funding LLC. Amount: $57,500. Reginas Estates LLC. Property location: Carbondale City. Lender: Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank. Amount: $51,900. Shaunrour LLC. Property location: Scranton City. Lender: Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank. Amount: $40,000. R & J Birney Avenue Real Estate LLC. Property location: Moosic Borough. Lender: Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank. Amount: $25,000.

1 Great Valley LLC. Property location: Hanover Township. Lender: Manufacturers & Traders Trust Company. Amount: $13,000,000. Greater Hazleton Community Area New Development Organization Inc. Property location: Hazle Township. Lender: Mid Penn Bank. Amount: $4,800,000. Citi Tower LLC. Property location: Wilkes-Barre City. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $4,115,000. Huntsville Limited Partnership; Glen Lyon Realty Inc, general partner. Property location: Wilkes-Barre Township. Lender: Jersey Shore State Bank. Amount: $4,000,000. Keystone Gardne Estates Inc. Property location: Larksville Borough. Lender: SF IV Bridge II LP. Amount: $2,800,000. Mundy Street Square LP; Mundy Street Development Corporation, general partner. Property location: Wilkes-Barre Township. Lender: First National Community Bank. Amount: $999,000. PAM Management Inc. Property location: Hazle Township. Lender: Penn Security Bank and Trust Company. Amount: $619,000. Bipin Ketan Properties LLC. Property location: Duryea Borough. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $604,000. Aggies Four Inc. Property location: Jenkins Township. Lender: First National Community Bank. Amount: $600,000. Cradle Real Estate LLC. Property location: Hazle Township. Lender: PNC Bank. Amount: $580,000. Mahalaxmi Realty LLC. Property location: Pittston Township. Lender: Landmark Community Bank. Amount: $455,000. LHBH Investments LLC. Property location: Luzerne Borough. Lender: Luzerne Bank. Amount: $412,000.

Deer Run Realty. Property location: Lehman Township. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. Amount: $400,000. JTSG Real Estate Company LLC. Property location: Wright Township. Lender: First National Community Bank. Amount: $330,000. JTSG Real Estate Company LLC. Property location: Wright Township. Lender: First National Community Bank. Amount: $320,000. Swinka Realty Investments LLC. Property location: Nanticoke City. Lender: Valor Federal Credit Union. Amount: $320,000. Douthat Ventures LLC. Property location: Nescopeck Borough. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $300,000. Lakewood Development Company Inc. Property location: Dallas Township; Kingston Township. Lender: Fairway Consumer Discount Company. Amount: $294,700. First KTH LLC. Property location: West Hazleton Borough. Lender: Mid Penn Bank. Amount: $219,000.

MONROE COUNTY

DPEG of Shawnee II LP. Property location: Smithfield Township. Lender: Mosier Development Group LLC. Amount: $4,500,000. New Glenbrook East II LP. Property location: Stroudsburg. Lender: Northfield Bank. Amount: $4,400,000. Eich Properties of Terrace Drive Stroudsburg LLC. Property location: Stroud Township. Lender: Clearfield Bank & Trust Co. Amount: $2,550,000. DLP Holdings I LLC. Property location: East Stroudsburg. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $1,840,000. Peter Mary Investments LLC. Property location:

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Stroud Township. Lender: Bucks County Bank. Amount: $1,400,000. Anthanasios Scinas MD. Property location: Smithfield Township. Lender: Fulton Bank of New Jersey. Amount: $1,000,000. Courtland Associates LLC. Property location: East Stroudsburg. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $800,000. J Park Plaza LLC. Property location: Smithfield Township. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $800,000. Bermuda Ridge LLC. Property location: Chestnuthill Township. Lender: American Bank. Amount: $780,000. Pannekkal Soman, Soman Investments LLC. Property location: East Stroudsburg and Middle Smithfield Township. Lender: Peoples Security Bank and Trust Co. Amount: $693,750. Pannekkal Soman, Soman Investments LLC. Property location: Pocono Township. Lender: Peoples Security Bank and Trust Co. Amount: $693,750. RUJA LLC. Property location: Polk Township. Lender: Peoples Security Bank and Trust Co. Amount: $500,000. S&D Lin Property Management LLC. Property location: Stroud Township. Lender: S&S Family Partnership. Amount: $300,000. LTS Homes LLC. Property location: Price Township. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $250,000. Twin Lake Estates Development LLC. Property location: Smithfield Township. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $232,500. LTS Homes LLC. Property location: Stroudsburg. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $215,600. LTS Homes LLC. Property location: Smithfield Township. Lender: First National Community Bank. Amount: $181,520. LTS Homes LLC. Property location: Price Township. Lender: SR INV Co. Amount: $171,000. LTS Homes LLC, Eastern Premier Holding Co. LLC (member). Property location: Paradise Township. Lender: Lafayette Ambassador Bank. Amount: $167,000. S&D Lin Property Management LLC. Property location: Stroud Township. Lender: A S Blue Inc. Amount: $125,000. GNJ Homes Inc. Property location: Hamilton Township. Lender: Sanchez Group LLC. Amount: $100,000. L&T Business Enterprises LLC. Property location: Pocono Township. Lender: First National Community Bank. Amount: $100,000. Robert Ace Jr. Construction LLC. Property location: Pocono Township. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $72,000. Managit LLC. Property location: East Stroudsburg. Lender: First Keystone Community Bank. Amount: $65,000. Good as New Ventures LLC. Property location: Paradise Township. Lender: Genesis Capital Master Fund II LLC. Amount: $52,575. Mountain Prime LLC, Kelly Nicholas Heitz Inc. (managing member). Property location: Price Township. Lender: Fremont Investments LLC. Amount: $33,346.

PIKE COUNTY

Silver Birches RE LLC. Property location: Palmyra Township. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $3,500,000. Shohola Commercial Property LLC. Property location: Shohola Township. Lender: Wells Fargo Bank. Amount: $1,137,901.85. Silver Birches RE LLC. Property location: Palmyra Township. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $300,000. Center Street Holdings LLC. Property location: Milford Borough. Lender: National Penn Bank. Amount: $98,250. Bushkill Fire Company. Property location: Lehman


FOR THE RECORD Township. Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $63,281.93. Equihab Acquisitions LLC. Property location: Dingman Township. Lender: John J. Lease Jr. Pension Plan & Trust. Amount: $50,000. Southern Specialty Properties LLC. Property location: Lehman Township. Lender: RCN Capital LLC. Amount: $34,200.

contained in this report is not indicative of future activity. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, member NYSE & SIPC. Source of data: Thomson Financial

INSIDER TRADING ACTIVITY ON STOCKS OF LOCAL INTEREST FOR DECEMBER (CBU – 42.24) COMMUNITY BANK SYSTEM INC. Nicholas Dicerbo, chairman of the board of Community Bank System Inc., sold 4,516 shares on Nov. 9 at WAYNE COUNTY $42.86 per share for total proceeds of $193,556. On Nov. Waymart Area Authority. Property location: Waymart. 5, Dicerbo sold 171 shares at $41.55 per share for total Lender: Wayne Bank. Amount: $3,800,000. proceeds of $7,105. Dicerbo exercised options for 3,817 Hamlin Shopping Plaza Inc. Property location: shares at $22.94 per share on Oct. 30 (exercised 1.2 years Dreher Township. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $87,562 Company. Amount: $2,900,000. and on the same date surrendered 2,158 shares back to TDRS Properties LLC. Property location: Palmyra Community Bank System Inc. at $41.54 per share for & Texas Townships. Lender: The Dime Bank. Amount: total proceeds of $89,643. On Oct. 29, Dicerbo sold 4,829 $1,700,000. shares at $41.55 per share for total proceeds of $200,648. MJL Corp. Property location: Paupack and Lake TownOn Oct. 27, Dicerbo sold 5,000 shares at $40.00 per share ships. Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $800,000. for total proceeds of $200,000. Dicerbo controls 196,718 Stoneledge Partners LLC. Property location: Texas shares directly and 955 shares indirectly. Township. Lender: Peoples Security Bank&Trust Co. Brian Donahue, vice president of community Bank Amount: $647,500. system Inc., exercised options for 6,000 shares at $22.94 Pomona Lane Partners LLC.roperty location: Texas per share (exercised 1.2 years prior to the expiration date) Township. Lender: Peoples Security Bank&Trust Co. for a total cost of $137,640 and on the same date sold Amount: $518,000. those shares at $42.57 per share for total proceeds of B&B of Honesdale d/b/a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. $255,432. Donahue controls 33,759 shares directly and Property location: Honesdale. Lender: Wayne Bank. 6,885 shares indirectly. Amount: $500,000. Mark Tryniski, chief executive officer of Community Bank Bryn Mawr Camp Inc. Property location: Oregon. System Inc., exercised options for 16,323 shares on Nov. 6 at Lender: The Dime Bank. Amount: $495,000. $18.08 per share (exercised 3.2 years prior to the expiration Hulich Partners. Property location: Honesdale and date) for a total cost of $295,120 and on the same date Berlin. Lender: The Dime Bank. Amount: $407,500. surrendered 10,476 shares at $41.89 per share back to ComAdvanced Automated Controls Inc. Property locamunity Bank System for total proceeds of $438,840. Tryniski tion: Salem Township. Lender: NBT Bank NA. Amount: controls 96,642 shares directly and 14,869 shares indirectly. $275,000. Scott Allen Kingsley, chief financial officer of ComMFJBS LLC. Property location: Dyberry. Lender: The munity Bank System Inc. exercised options for 4,663 Dime Bank. Amount: $260,000. shares on Nov. 6 at $22.94 per share (exercised 1.2 years HBC Rest Inc. Property location: Hawley. Lender: prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $106,969 Wayne Bank. Amount: $125,000. and on the same date sold those shares at $42.67 per GEG Real Estate LLC. Property location: Waymart. share for total proceeds of $198,983. Kingsley controls Lender: Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $116,000. Lake Henry 127 Inc. Property location: Lake. Lender: 25,861 shares directly and 4,268 shares indirectly. Over the last six months, insiders of Community Honesdale National Bank. Amount: $100,000. Bank System Inc. disposed of 36,966 shares. Briarwood Manor LLC. Property location: Dreher Lender: Gloria J Sidovar. Amount: $75,000. (CYH – 30.26) COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS John Clerico, director of Community Health Systems, WYOMING COUNTY purchased 10,000 shares on Nov. 4 at $27.62 per share for a Warren Marcellus LLC. Property location: Washtotal cost of $276,200. Clerico controls 95,217 shares directly. ington Township, Meshoppen Township, Tunkhannock James Ely, director of Community Health Systems, Township, Meshoppen Borough. Lender: Cortland purchased 10,000 shares on Nov. 5 at $29.25 per share Products Corporation. Amount: $99,836,328. for a total cost of $292,500. Ely controls 30,227 shares Keystone College. Property location: Factoryville Bor- directly and 4,990 shares indirectly. ough. Lender: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company. William Hussey, divisional officer of Community Health Amount: $8,500,000. Systems, exercised options for 8,000 shares on Oct. 28 at Keystone Independent Living Inc. Property location: $21.07 per share (exercised 6.3 years prior to the expiraTunkhannock Township. Lender: First National Commution date) for a total cost of $168,560. Hussey controls nity Bank. Amount: $126,400. 12,568 shares directly and 6,000 shares indirectly. Lori Buckleys LLC; Buckleys Lori LLC. Property locaRachel Seifert, vice president of Community Health tion: Falls Township. Lender: Fidelity Deposit & Discount Systems, exercised options for 5,000 shares on Oct. Bank. Amount: $56,250. 27 at $18.18 per share (exercised 3.3 years prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $90,900. Seifert controls 167,113 shares directly. David Miller, president of Community Health Systems, This report on insider trading activity has been preexercised options for 8,000 shares on Oct. 27 at $21.07 per pared for informational purposes only by James Blazejew- share (exercised 6.3 years prior to the expiration date) for a ski, CFP, Senior Vice President-Investment Officer, Wells total cost of $168,560. Miller controls 355,638 shares directly. Fargo Advisors, LLC,672 North River Street, Suite 300, Larry Cash, president of Community Health Systems, Plains, PA 18705. It is based on information generally exercised options for 10,000 shares on Oct. 27 at $18.18 per available to the public from sources believed to be reliable. share (exercised 3.3 years prior to the expiration date) for a No representation is made that the information is accurate total cost of $181,800. Cash controls 393,046 shares directly. or complete and it does not constitute a recommendation Wayne Smith, chairman of the board of Community to buy or sell any particular security. Current information Health Systems, exercised options for 50,000 shares on

STOCKS

REGIONAL Oct. 26 at $18.18 per share (exercised 3.3 years prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $909,000. Smith controls 1,075,081 shares directly and 688,563 shares indirectly. Over the last six months, insiders of Community Health Systems Inc. disposed of 12,500 shares. (FNB – 14.40) FNB CORPORATION Robert McCarthy, Jr., director of FNB Corporation, sold 57,595 shares on Nov. 6 at $14.36 per share for total proceeds of $827,110. John Stanik, director of FNB Corporation, purchased 2,200 shares on Nov. 6 at $14.46 per share for a total cost of $31,803. Stanik controls 22,286 shares directly. Over the last six months, insiders of FNB Corporation acquired 3,900 shares and disposed of 24,000 shares. (MTB- 123.00) M&T BANK CORPORATION Richard Grossi, director of M&T Bank Corporation purchased 600 shares on Oct. 29 at $125.36 per share for a total cost of $75,216. Grossi controls 600 shares directly. Over the last six months, insiders of M&T Bank Corporation disposed of 33,094 shares.

AIA Pennsylvania presents architectural excellence design awards; Marywood student receives recognition

AIA Pennsylvania has announced its Annual Architectural Excellence Design and Special Awards recipients. More than 35 firms and individuals across the commonwealth were honored for excellence in design and innovation, contributions (NBTB – 29.61) NBT BANCORP INC. to the profession of architecture and commitment David Raven, vice president of NBT Bancorp Inc., exercised options for 3,605 shares on Nov. 6 at $20.36 to the quality of life in the built environment. per share (exercised 2.2 years prior to the expiration The Architectural Excellence recipients were date) for a total cost of $73,404 and on the same date sold those shares at $29.95 per share for total proceeds selected by a jury panel from AIA New York City, of $107,970. Raven exercised options for 4,571 shares chaired by internationally acclaimed architect, on Oct. 29 at $20.36 per share (exercised 2.2 years Thomas Phifer, FAIA, The winners were selected prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $93,073 from over 150 project submissions. and on the same date sold those shares at $29.25 per share for total proceeds of $133,704. On Oct. 28, Raven exercised options for 19,000 shares at $25.76 per share (exercised 1.2 years prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $489,478 and on the same date sold those shares at $28.50 per share for total proceeds of $541,500. Raven controls 35,048 shares directly and 28,444 shares indirectly. Jeffrey Levy, vice president of NBT Bancorp Inc., exercised options for 9,000 shares on Nov. 3 at $20.19 per share (exercised 4.2 years prior to the expiration date) for a total cost of $181,710 and on the same date sold those shares at $28.32 per share for total proceeds of $254,861. Levy controls 46,147 shares directly and 6,611 shares indirectly. Over the last six months, insiders of NBT Bancorp Inc. acquired 2,350 shares and disposed of 112,818 shares. (PEI – 21.59) PENNSYLVANIA REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST Jonathen Bell, vice president of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust sold 5,000 shares on Nov. 3 at $22.67 per share for total proceeds of $113,350. Bell controls 38,197 shares directly. Over the last six months, insiders of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust disposed of 10,000 shares. (SLM – 7.00) SLM CORPORATION Robert Strong, director of SLM Corporation, purchased 7,000 shares on Oct. 29 at $6.98 per share for a total cost of $48,829. Strong controls 20,887 shares directly. Laurent Lutz, vice president of SLM Corporation, purchased 7,000 shares on Oct. 27 at $7.00 per share for a total cost of $48,990. Lutz controls 1,011,452 shares directly. Steven McGarry, chief financial officer of SLM Corporation, purchased 7,500 shares on Oct. 26 at $7.05 per share for a total cost of $52,875. McGarry controls 190,216 shares directly and 2,141 shares indirectly. Prices as of close of business on Nov. 9.

Of note in northeastern Pennsylvania:

A Student Award went to Elizabeth Mae Andrezejewski of Marywood University. The Student Award recognizes students nominated by the faculty of an accredited architectural school in Pennsylvania to be honored for proficiency in both academics and design. Students were recognized for exceptional scholastic achievement and readiness to take on the challenges and responsibilities of the work environment in an architecture firm. Architectural Excellence Awards: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for: Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. Newport Beach Civic Center and Park, Newport Beach, California. Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion, Houston, Texas — Honor Award. Nu Skin Innovation Center, Provo, Utah. University Club Marquee and Entrance, New York, New York — Honor Award. 144 Spring Street, SoHo, New York, New York. DxDempsey Architecture Iron District, Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Awards Gala was held in October at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia with approximately 250 attendees.

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