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EVANGELICAL PHYSICIAN ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO SHOW THEIR HEARTS SOME LOVE s February arrives, it’s the perfect month to not only focus on love and kindness to others, but to also be intentional about heart health.


Evangelical Community Hospital’s newest heart expert, Saquib Siddiqi, MS, DO, Cardiologist at the Heart and Vascular Center of Evangelical, recently shared what individuals need to know about basic heart health. “One of the key factors in heart health is blood pressure and what that means when you’re provided those numbers at your doctor’s office or at a health screen,” said Dr. Siddiqi. “One of the best analogies for blood pressure is to think about a hose on a pump and the pressure inside of that hose. The higher the pressure in the hose, the harder the pump has to work to get something through the hose. In the body, the hose is the artery and the pump is the heart.” The higher the pressure in the artery, the more stress it places on the walls of that artery. With stress comes wear and tear that can create a risk for arterial disease, heart attacks, and strokes. “As a cardiologist, we like the blood pressure to be at 120/70 mniHG. The top number is the pressure when your heart pumps, and the bottom number is when your heart relaxes,” said Dr. Siddiqi. Both are important in gauging how well the heart is working based on pressure. The best way to avoid high blood pressure is minimizing salt intake, avoiding heavy alcohol use, quitting tobacco use, and stress management.” Another component of heart health is knowing numbers

related to cholesterol and understanding the impact they have on how the heart works. “Cholesterol is a type of fat found in the blood. Everyone’s liver makes some cholesterol for the body and cholesterol is also found in foods that are eaten. LDL is the ‘bad” cholesterol and HDL is the ‘good’ cholesterol,” said Siddiqi. While there are exceptions to the rule, in general for patients who have not had strokes, heart attacks, or arterial disease, LDL should be below 100 mg/dL and HDL should be above 40 mg/dL. If cholesterol is not in that range, it can build up and cause strokes and heart attacks. According to Dr. Siddiqi, studies have shown the best way to increase good cholesterol is to exercise and good way to lower bad cholesterol is by using a diet that focuses on heart healthy foods. If diet and exercising isn’t working to keep cholesterol in check, medications can be introduced that can provide an assist and be lifesaving. For those with a family history of high cholesterol, patients should see a doctor regardless of age because that history may require extra attention.

“Regular check-ups and follow-ups with a family doctor are vitally important,” said Siddiqi. “Building a relationship with a physician early on in life and carrying it through later stages allows them to regularly screen and treat risk factors for heart and vascular disease before they become a problem. The best way to fix an issue is to catch it early!” As for when to consider seeing a cardiologist, Dr. Siddiqi offers a quick list of considerations. If you have: •a family history of heart disease • chest pain, pressure, palpitations, or fluttering in the heart • a history of high cholesterol or high blood pressure that is hard to control •a history of heart failure or valve problems. Dr. Siddiqi offers parting words of advice, “If your family doctor recommends you see a cardiologist, don’t put it off. We’re here to help.”

"If your family doctor recommends you see a cardiologist, don’t put it off. We’re here to help.' Dr. Saquib Siddiqi

We Heart Lewisburg — Picture the Piers By: Sam Pearson, Lewisburg Neighborhoods Executive Director


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I ommunities extend across both space and time. They can I be said to have multiple different hearts. Over the past 100 p years and across its many blocks and acres, the Borough of Lewisburg has known a variety of hearts. The original core of the settlement was a mill near the mouth of Limestone Run. Once the town was surveyed, the site of the river crossing was key. The physical center moved west to 3rd St by the mid 1800s. Cultural centers were created with the churches, the courthouse, and the post office. After the devastating flood in 1972, a new park was established, creating yet another center at Hufnagle Park. In the intervening years, the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail was built and extended into town. One side effect of the recovery of the east-west tracks as public space has been a heightened appreciation for some of the most prominent industrial ruins in the area, the concrete piers that used to carry sidings accessing the coal yards. The piers have attracted the attention of local artists and thinkers and planners and dreamers. Seeing them as a site with huge potential, a team has come together to work on turning them into yet another key public space in the Borough. The team invites everyone to “Picture the Piers” in a new light, as a place of encounter, a place of celebration, a place of commemoration. We have a vision for site-specific interactive art there and want to bring others in and discover what they will bring to the space. The first exhibit proposed to be realized this year on the surface of the piers will be on the theme of our 2020 pandemic experience, entitled “6 feet apART.” There will be a gathering at the piers (6 feet apART of course!) on the Spring Equinox, Saturday, March 20, during which local artist Davis Hathaway will share his site studies to date and seek input from others in the community, whether artists or thinkers or supporters. Please keep an eye on the Lewisburg Neighborhoods website and facebook page for more details or contact us at news@ LewisburgNeighborhoods.org if you already know you want to be involved. Moving on from the Equinox event, those wanting to make their mark more durably will be able to submit project proposals to the team for review and approval. That said, not everything need be done with the permanence of paint; there will also be a community chalk art event at the site during this year’s Celebration of the Arts in April. And then, by June, we will be realizing our visions with a combination of media, using the weathered concrete as our canvas. How will you express your 2020 experience? What comes to mind? What do you want to share? Let’s come together to realize 6 feet apART. This is a collaborative effort of Lewisburg Neighborhoods, the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership, the Lewisburg Arts Council, and visionary community members, bringing art to life in Lewisburg Borough.

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By: Bob Garrett President & CEO, The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce

CHAIR Art Thomas, Meck-Tech Inc. & Diversified


February on My Mind rrr.. .it’s February. But wait a second, this year’s winter really has not been that bad.

One thing that I know for sure is that this month will be no time to hibernate. Plenty of folks love this time of year to do socially distanced outdoor winter Add to this that February is activities that range from skiing and the shortest month of the year. FLere in the snowboarding to ice fishing and bugGreater Susquehanna Valley, this month free hikes in the woods. Following the averages out to be both the coldest and guidelines to help stop the spread of the driest month of the year. However, COVID-19, indoor will and should be with the recent changes in climate and the kept to a minimum at least for a few more general unpredictability of the weather— months. all bets are off when it comes to what Your Chamber is kicking off a year­ average really is or is not. long series of events that have been For some folks, we are in the depth re-cast to celebrate our Second Century of the bleak mid-winter. For others, this of Prosperity. The first big event will be is the time of the year to flee south for on March 19th for our Annual Economic warmer climates and sunshine. Most and Strategic Forecast with Dr. Anirban years, my wife and I plan our winter Basu of the Sage Policy Group. Always vacation during this month. We like to an action and fact packed event, this year’s say we are heading to the Caribbean, forecast is scheduled on the One Year “to warm our bones.” We are both at the Anniversary of our state being closed age that extended cold snaps seem to down due to COVID-19. exacerbate our everyday aches and pains. February is also Heart Health Month. This year, we keep our winter travels local To this end, I am proposing a round of and take a few days off to explore the best applause to the Evangelical Community of our valley.


VICE CHAIR Aimee Buehner, Bowen Agency

Hospital, this month’s Voice of the Valley featured sponsor. Whenever I get the chance, I call-out to the good people who work in Evangelical’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. Without being overly dramatic, let me say, these folks saved my life. After major heart surgery a few years ago, the good people at the Rehab Center helped me to regain my health, my strength, and a speedy return to the active lifestyle that I continue to enjoy today. I know that I am one of the lucky ones. Not everyone gets to experience a major cardiac event and then thrive afterwards. The people of the Evangelical Cardiac Rehab Center, in fact every Evan Community Hospital department employee, is truly a blessing. We are all luckier and healthier thanks to the work that is done at Evan each-and-every day.

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R EGION VICE PRESIDE NTS Fred Scheller, The Daily Item Jennifer Hain , SUN Area Technical Institute Kendra Aucker, Evangelical Community Hospital Judi Karr, Nottingham Village Senior Living Community Jeff Reber, Susq. Valley Home Services LLC/Union County Brion Lieberman, Geisinger

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Bet You Didn't Know That! By Chris Berleth

s the father of two excitable young people (5 years old and 2 years old respectively), I frequently encounter the surprise, joy, wonder and (sometimes) exasperation that comes from learning something unexpected. In fact, our household is at a stage right now where we often hear exclamations of “I KNEW IT” and “I BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT” from the children. I love those moments as a dad, and in learning more about how to bring joy to our household through the unexpected, I stumbled upon an article written by Dr. Sarah Levin Allen in the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2015, called “Surprise! Children may learn more from the unexpected”. The article is simultaneously fascinating and obvious - that children, because they are inquisitive, learn more when their expectations are upended - and it speaks to why children love things like purple talking dinosaurs, hooked-nose puppets, and magic tricks. As adults, we lose a bit of this, and surprise gives way to charting expected patterns - and that’s why I love leading Leadership Susquehanna Valley, where adults are frequently surprised, nay, blown away - by the community that exists around them. In reality, it is a community that has likely existed their whole lives without their even knowing it. January in LSV is always such a great time for this, as LSV considers workforce, economic and community development. There was no better experience in a virtual environment this


year than watching 24 class members’ reactions as we watched a virtual tour of our sponsor location, TPS or “Thermal Product Solutions”. Located in White Deer, TPS has been around for years - and unless one is employed there or is a direct customer, one might know it better as the blue building visible from Route 15. Like so much in our community, if we don’t routinely encounter something, we’re inclined not to think about it much. And then again, you’d be surprised to know that TPS makes equipment that impacts us every day, in major ways! The ovens they make are used to test or cure vehicle parts, to private space exploration equipment, cellphone parts, the bedsprings in your bed, the wrinkle-free fabric in a dress shirt, even the contact lenses in your eyes. A low employee turnover rate and a commitment to safety makes this company a major asset to our community, a key partner in developing a pipeline of talented skilled laborers in the Valley, and a player in all aspects of industrial innovation with a global impact. How amazing! Universally, our class said, “I didn’t know they did that!” The program day is so dynamic - and conversations about the little-known elements of our community give way to discussions about exactly what makes up any community. What is the makeup of the Greater Susquehanna Valley? How do the desires of senior citizens in a community compare to the desires of teenagers? Should there be sidewalks on the sides of the roads? What

do planted trees add to a business landscape or a parking lot? Facilitated by Penn State Extension Educator Neal Fogle, these questions spurred class members to think about exactly how they can participate in community development - taking ownership for the form and shape of the beloved Valley in which we live. When the class discussed just who makes up our communities, the universally held opinion was that to build the very best one, we need to be welcoming, to engage one another and to consider many perspectives. Very likely, we need to consider how on earth we get more businesses like TPS here, and once we get them here, how to spur their growth through organic community, workforce and economic development. There’s a ton more to talk about in this space, but I’ll leave you with this thought from a class member, shared after participating in the day: "I continue to be amazed at the unique "new-to-me" corporations and community leaders that we're learning about during Leadership Susquehanna Valley. We're so very fortunate to live in a unique area where it is a small town but we have big city opportunities." - Kimberly Andretta, AVP for Advancement at Susquehanna University. “A small-town area with big city opportunities” -1 bet you didn’t know THAT!

Men just don’t listen By Caz Russell


re you offended by the title of this article? I was even as I wrote the article. I listen. I hear. I obey. I take instructions as well as anyone. Yeah,

right. Soon as I get off of my high horse, I need to admit that I need to apply the most magical of words “mindfulness” to every habit, behavior and action in my life. “Mindfulness” - the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something, according to the dictionary. This sounds like a great subject for a future book for me to write. If I truly need this most highly and effective behavior to my quiver of skills, we must first develop a desire to be mindful of our current situations in order to be mindful for every event in our lives that we are going to experience. Several years ago, I participated in a mission trip to Brazil and during this 10-day event, I learned the most amazing addiction - coffee. Not just any coffee but Brazilian coffee. My favorite seemingly unknown fact about this most special of coffee is its lack of acidity. I can’t fathom any office anywhere in the world without a coffee maker of some sort and style percolating away every morning. Percolating? Reckon I am showing my age. Today, I guess it’s the sound of a machine or the drip of coffee from a fancy espresso machine we hear. Guess I am a bit mindful or at least remembering how my grandmother used an alu­

minum coffee pot on the stove. Technology brought the advent of an electric percolator. A large metal spout attached to a shiny vessel with a black handle on the opposite side. One cannot forget the small glass globe on the top of the lid that would fill and empty its luscious smelling nectar. However one increases their own mindfulness, repetition certainly plays a major factor. Morning after morning, like the neighbor’s rooster crowing, a fresh cup of Joe is a much-enjoyed morning event. Now, let’s apply mindfulness to our relationships. “Wherever you are, be there!” Repetitively say this phrase along with me. Not just today, not just tomorrow but for every event we experience and endure. Endure? Yes, there are times in each of our lives we need to finish the race. We need to endure through challenging situations. “Mindfulness” becomes a standard operating procedure in each of us when we desire and choose to be mindful. Remembering the smell of our grandmother’s coffee will never be lost in each of our aro-matic memory banks. Do you recall a fragrance that causes your mind to travel to a place that can never be replaced in your childhood memories. Mindfulness is not limited to hearing. It also encompasses our sense of smell (fresh spring garlic), sight (grandmother wearing her favorite apron while preparing our favorite meal, taste (chippies - thinly slice bacon cooked to a crispy

perfection) hear (a roosters early morning announcement) and touch (a favorite blanket pulled from the dryer). My mindfulness this morning immediately brings to my memory bank, the sound of the coffee brewing, the aroma filling the house, the

sight of a freshly brewed cup of coffee steaming, the touch of the coffee cup handle and the very first sip of a deep, dark, delight-ful, delicious and delectable liquid which helps to stimulate our senses.

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Miffiinburg Bank & Trust employees donated their December Casual Bankers’ contributions to The Salvation Army’s Here. For Good. Campaign. The bank added to the employee donations for a grand total of $2,000. The Here. For Good, initiative (formerly the Needy Family Fund) raises money to help local community members less fortunate over the holiday season. The resources provided help assist community members with rent/mortgage, utilities, food and other basic needs. Susquehanna Community Bank donates $1,000 to North Central Sight Services through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. Krysia Ziegler, Community Banking Officer of Susquehanna Community Bank (center) presented the check to Brian Patchett, President/CEO and Amy Alexander, Director of Development of North Central Sight Services. For over sixty years, North Central Sight Services has assisted individuals who are blind or visually impaired to maximize their quality of life. They have helped prevent vision loss through their educational programs and screenings for children and adults.

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Window Shopping in the Heart of Downtown Milton hen you walk around the heart of your downtown, do you ever wonder who owns the properties that have vacant storefronts? Perhaps you are a visionary and can easily see the potential these properties have. Maybe you are an investor and are curious of how much that property is worth or if it is even for sale. Possibly you are a budding entrepreneur ready to take the leap and start that small business you have always dreamed of. Well, TIME - The Improved Milton Experience has created a new platform to help curious valley residents, like yourself, invest in our downtown of Milton, Pennsylvania. TIME—The Improved Milton Experience is a non-profit corporation which is focused on community revitalization. It seeks to act as a catalyst to instill pride and a positive image for Milton while building from the best of its past, present and future. One of the committees of TIME, the Economic Restructuring Committee (ERC), is responsible for focusing on the revitalization efforts of the organization and is spearheading a new initiative


called Window Shopping to help everyone invest in Milton. Window Shopping is TIME’s new comprehensive database of empty or available storefronts in Downtown Milton, PA. This database is available online at www.visitmiltonpa.org/storefronts/ and showcases downtown properties that are for rent, for sale, are unknown, used as storage, or need work to fulfill the owner's plans. If you, or someone you know, is interested in investing in downtown Milton please direct them to this database for more information or contact George Venios, TIME Executive Director, at time@ptd.net.

transportation hub for Reading and Pennsylvania Railroads. The diverse architectural styles throughout the town, Historic Downtown Walking Tour, and Model Train Museum are just a few of the unique reminders of Milton's rich history. Facade murals can be found throughout the town and offer bright, colorful representations of what the town was, and what it can be in the modern era.

ABOUT MILTON, PA Milton was founded in 1791 by Andrew Straub, a millwright and miller. The waterfront location, on the Susquehanna River, provided energy for factories and a means to move goods for various industries in the 1800s. Trains soon replaced canal boats and Milton became a


Contrast Communications Leverages Clearfly for Mission Critical Communications Leading Managed Technology Services Utilizes Clearfly to Keep Key Facilities and Businesses Connected During COVID-19

ontrast Communications, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced today that the company leverages Clearfly, a toptier SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) trunking provider, to support mission-critical telephony communications. Various industries including healthcare, government and construction have invested heavily in Clearfly’s technology to keep their operations productive, efficient and reliably connected with their customers. One such example, is the case with healthcare. As hospitals have become overwhelmed with patients and the need for reliable communications infrastucture has become even more pronounced, Clearfly has relied upon in well over 2,000 SIP trunks across the nation, deployed through various healthcare facilities. In the wake of the current pandemic, doctors can no longer afford the occasional dropped call, spotty service or lost voicemails, during this high-demand time. This is why many medical facilities are utilizing Clearfly as the underlying SIP trunk. As lockdowns have continued across the nation, it’s no question that small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) have taken the brunt of the impact. For businesses, this has meant that it’s even more important than ever before that SMBs find new, more efficient ways to remain connected, available and accessible to their customers at all times. Before COVID19, a business may have been able to let an opportunity or two slip by, however, at this


point, new opportunities are mission-critical and the partner that organizations are repeatedly turning to more often is Clearfly, making it the go-to company for secure, reliable access to VoIP communications. “We consider it our responsibility to not only install and deploy technology flawlessly for our customers, but moreover we consider it our responsibility to remain educated on the technological landscape on our customers’ behalf so that we can make strong partnerships that will benefit them before they even realize they have that business need,” stated John Uehling, CEO of Contrast Communications. “It’s about forecasting our customers’ future and then ensuring they have the technology they’ll need to flourish.This is why we make such decisive moves ahead of time, so that we’re in the position to take care of our clients’s needs well in advance.” ABOUT CONTRAST COMMUNICATIONS Contrast Communications is a regional provider of communication and IT solutions and services. We provide custom on-premise and cloud-based solutions, managed services and live, 24/7 customer support for voice and unified communications systems, contact centers, HD video conferencing, infrastructure, networking, storage and back-up, and video surveillance. High performance businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations choose Contrast to optimize and support their end-to-end communications and IT requirements. To learn more about our products, services, and support,

David S. Runk, President and CEO of Susquehanna Community Bank, is pleased to announce a reorganization of Susquehanna Community Bank. “The Bank’s success is attributed to the hard work of our team and their ability to work together to provide our customers with a better banking experience,” states Runk. Jeffrey G. Hollenbach has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. Hollenbach joined the team as Vice President/Senior Loan Officer in 2011. He is a graduate of Lycoming College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Managerial Accounting and Finance. Diane L. Paulukinas, Vice President of Retail Solutions, has been added as a member of the Management Council. Paulukinas joined the team as Vice President/Treasury Management Director in 2016. She is a graduate of the Central Atlantic School of Banking and has over 25 years of banking experience.

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Kate Troxell has been named Treasury Management Director. Troxell joined the team as a Community Banking Officer in 2015 and advanced to Treasury Management Associate in 2018. She is a graduate of Lewisburg High School and has over 12 years of banking experience. Lorraine Barone has been named Human Resources Manager and member of the Management Council. Barone joined the team in 2020 as a Human Resources Specialist. She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and has over 16 years of human resources experience. Rebecca Yeager has been named Marketing Manager and member of the Management Council. Yeager joined the team in 2018 as a Marketing Specialist. She is a graduate of Bloomsburg University and has over 7 years of marketing experience.

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LEWISBURG IN LIGHTS: SHINING A LIGHT ON THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY By Lynne Sobel Ragusea, lynne.ragusea@lewisburgpa.com

his winter the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership joined forces with the Community Zone and Campus Theatre to expand the holiday light displays downtown Lewisburg. Our goal was, and continues to be, that these are not just holiday lights but lights of cheer and goodwill to light up our downtown like never before during the winter to evoke a sense of wonder and delight; making dark and cold nights sparkling and magical. The mission of the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership is to work to ensure that downtown remains the heart and soul of Lewisburg. The Lewisburg in Lights project falls right into line with that mission! Our goals include modeling what an inclusive and thriving community can look like by safely increasing the number of people making the trip into downtown Lewisburg and creating an uplifting downtown experience for both residents and visitors alike. Collaborating with all different parts of the community Whether approaching Lewisburg from the bridge or admiring Market Street from Hufnagle Park, there’s something quite magical about our lights. They can lift our spirits, influence compassionate behavior and accentuate our downtown. Our hope is to remind everyone what a gem downtown Lewisburg is while deepening our connections and creating opportunities to collaborate. Most importantly we want our residents and visitors to both see a community filled with light, charm, love, acceptance.and a


sense of home. We hope to grow this project over the next several years until the entire town shines bright through long winter months; a destination to Downtown Partnership brighten spirits. Watch our social downtown. Let’s go downtown media feeds and website for and enjoy the magic of lights updates and how you can get on a crisp winter evening! involved. Instagram @ There’s still a place, bounded downtownlewisburgpa by the scenic Susquehanna Facebook @ River and Bucknell University, downtownlewisburg the heart of Lewisburg, PA www.lewisburgpa.com remains in its charming




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unbury’s Revitalization, Inc. (SRI) marked the new year by establishing a new committee. SRI is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic development and instilling pride in the City of Sunbury. In keeping with that mission, SRI created the ThinkSUNBURY Committee. The ThinkSUNBURY committee is the next evolution of the Sunbury Community Partnership Forum started by former City of Sunbury Administrator, Jody Ocker. In 2019, the forum partners reviewed the City’s Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2012 looking for opportunities to advance the goals and objectives of the plan. Three focus areas critical for community and economic development were identified. First is planning and economic development to ensure that City policies such as zoning ordinances support economic growth and that planning is deliberate to capitalize on city, local, and regional assets. Second, there have to be education and training pathways in place to supply a workforce ready to meet growing employers’ needs. And third, there needs to be a community attractive for people to live and work with quality housing, services, amenities, and a feeling of welcome and safety. All areas need to be worked


NBURY on simultaneously. Bringing together key community partners to work together fosters a unity of effort that will bring the best results.. .a perfect fit for SRI! The ThinkSUNBURY Committee will continue to provide

First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania To Host Ninth Annual Regional Fundraising Day


he First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) is excited to announce Raise the Region 2021, an event to help the communities of Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Counties support local nonprofit organizations fundraising efforts. FCFP, in partnership with Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, will be launching a 30-hour fundraising event starting on Wednesday, March 10,2021. Nonprofit participation in Raise the Region is available to 501c3 organizations serving residents in Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, or Union Counties. Pre­ registration is required by Friday, February 26, 2021. For nonprofits interested in registering for this event and a complete set of rules, please visit www.RaiseTheRegion. org. “This is the nineth year for the fundraiser supported by FCFP and Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships. We are excited to host this regional event again, especially since so many of the local nonprofits have not been able to fundraise this year due to COVID-19,” said Jason McCahan, Director of Philanthropy. “Raise the Region has become a primary fundraiser for many organizations over the years, and we expect the need to be even greater this year due to the pandemic. Donors also appreciate the opportunity to help a variety of local nonprofits and look forward to this event each year.” Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships has generously donated $150,000 that will be used to stretch every donation made to pre-registered

nonprofits. Additional monetary prizes and incentives sponsored by Larson Design Group, Subaru, Toyota Motor Corporation, Pennsylvania Skill by Miele Manufacturing, UPMC and AutoTrader will be awarded to participating nonprofits throughout the entire event. This program is designed to help kickoff the 2021 fundraising efforts of local nonprofits through the generosity of our sponsors and the community at large. "The Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships are proud to be a part of this regional fundraiser for the nineth year. Raise the Region gives us the opportunity to support a variety of local nonprofits by providing an extra percentage on each gift," said Aubrey Alexander. In 2020, north central Pennsylvania showed its true spirit of philanthropy by donating $1,426,572 to over 280 nonprofits. Raise the Region had thousands of donors make 9,423 gifts. Since starting in 2013, Raise the Region has collectively received over $10.2 million in donations for the benefit of local nonprofit organizations. “The current pandemic has caused increased demands for the services provided by many of our region’s nonprofits. We have heard from several donors who are looking for additional ways to help those in need. Raise the Region will

THREE HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE THROUGH FCFP he First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) is launching a public health campaign aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. While public messages are not new, the approach FCFP took brings together the community in a way we have not seen before. FCFP brought the region’s healthcare organizations together to speak to area residents with a single voice. As an advocate for many important causes in the region, FCFP saw an opportunity to strike back at the growing number of COVID-19 cases and related fatalities. At the invitation of FCFP’s President & CEO, Jennifer D. Wilson, marketing and communication executives from Evangelical Community Hospital, Geisinger, and UPMC agreed to participate. Through a collaborative process, responsibly conducted using Zoom video calls, the group agreed that changing individual behaviors was the single most important goal. But after each organization just spent months educating, coaching, and encouraging these behaviors, they identified message fatigue as a potential barrier to success. Wilson tapped marketing agency, MoJo Active, to create a campaign that would break through the message fatigue barrier while resonating with the three different healthcare organizations. Anchored by the novelty of having the logos of all three


a forum for stakeholders from across the spectrum of the community to partner and collaborate toward reaching common goals for community and economic development in Sunbury. The new committee adds supporting projects in the interest of the City of Sunbury through fundraising and capital campaigns as well as marketing strategies and promotional activities to attract residents, businesses, and investors. As the region, nation, and world emerges from the devastating impacts of the pandemic, there will be an economic recovery, return of manufacturing, and movement away from congested urban centers to rural areas enabled by technology. Working with regional economic development partners such as FocusCentralPA and DRIVE side-by-side with local partners, ThinkSUNBURY will be the brand under which the City of Sunbury positions itself to benefit from these inevitable trends. ThinkSUNBURY for community, economic development, and investment! SRI is able to make a difference in the community due to the generous contributions of time and talent by our volunteers. If you are interested in helping us promote Sunbury, please visit our website at: www.sunburyrevitalization.org.

Susquehanna Community Bank Donates $1,000 to Firetree Place

provide that opportunity for donors who wish to support local nonprofits. Raising awareness for the many great nonprofits across the region and increasing the sense of community among donors across county lines are our primary goals," said McCahan. On Wednesday, March 10th at 6:00 PM through 11:59 PM on Thursday, March 11th the public is encouraged to visit www.RaiseTheRegion. org and select participating nonprofits to support and your gift will be stretched by the matching contribution from Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships. Your donation(s) can also help raise additional support for the nonprofits selected by qualifying them for monetary prizes. All gifts are tax deductible and will help make your favorite nonprofits mission possible. The Foundation works to improve the quality of life in north central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets. For more information on the programs and services offered by the Community Foundation, or to learn more about ways to make a difference in your community, contact the Community Foundation office at 570-321-1500 x 11.

Susquehanna Community Bank donates $1,000 to Firetree Place through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. Krysia Ziegler, Community Banking Officer of Susquehanna Community Bank (center) presented a check to Jonaida Williams, Facility Director (left) and Alec Eggerton, Recreation Director (right) of Firetree Place. Firetree Place is a non-profit licensed child-care community center focused towards youth. They strive to build stronger communities through education, recreation, art, and social programs for the city of Williamsport and Lycoming County families.



Are you a veteran or do you know any veterans? rabbittransit partners with 3P Ride, a non-profit organization, to offer various types of veteran transportation. One program offers transportation to local VA hospitals. This service is offered Monday through Friday and is no cost to veterans within Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Montour and York Counties. For this program, veterans are encouraged to complete a basic application for shared ride service. Shared ride service aids in supplementing additional rider transportation options such as local medical, pharmacy, socialization or grocery trips and allows more veterans the opportunity to ride. If interested, veterans in Dauphin County should call 1-800-303-1904 to apply. Veterans in other counties should call 1-800-632-9063 and press option 4. Another service offered for veterans is a transportation program to help with employment opportunities. This is available in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and York Counties. Veterans may obtain an 11-Ride Pass for the fixed route systems in these counties to attend job interviews. Once a job has been secured, a monthly pass is provided for four months. The cost will be applied in a step-down fashion. All vehicles are ADA accessible. For more information on the veterans employment transportation program, call 717-846-5562, ext. 1630 or email vets@3P-Ride.org. To read more about veteran’s transportation, please visit https://3p-ride.org/veterantransportation/.

Only you can help us defeat COVID-19. evangelical Geisinoer UPMC COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

PC F P brought us together. To keep you apart. FCFP public health campaign billboard sample.

healthcare organizations side by side, the campaign’s compelling headline “Only you can help us defeat COVID-19” is supported by a constant theme, “FCFP brought us together. To keep you apart.” “The campaign makes it very clear. Individual behaviors - not healthcare organizations - will determine how long this pandemic continues to impact our region,” said Wilson. “Masking, distancing, hygiene, and now vaccinations are all personal choices. The opportunity to stop the spread is in the hands of each individual.” The campaign will appear on billboards throughout the FCFP region and on video ads on social media and YouTube. “We had to do something,” said Wilson. “The extraordinary employees of these organizations fight day and night to help the

people of our region combat the virus, but they can’t prevent them from contracting it. This campaign just might be the little extra needed to get the message across.” FCFP works to improve the quality of life in north central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets.

"The opportunity to stop the spread is in the hands of each individual." Jennifer Wilson, FCFP President & CEO


Evangelical Community Hospital Holds February Classes vangelical Community Hospital will hold a series of classes through the month of February. For the safety of participants, masking is required while inside Hospital facilities and during all in-person learning sessions. Physical distancing and frequent handwashing/use of hand sanitizer is encouraged for participants who attend classes.


PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASSES: • Prepared Childbirth Class: Wednesdays, February 3-February 24, 6-8 pm, at the Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness, 120 Hardwood Drive, Lewisburg. $50 per couple. This course guides parents and support persons through childbirth, including labor, delivery, breathing, and relaxation. • Child Safety Seat Checks: For your convenience and the safety of your child, have your child’s safety seat checked. By appointment at Community Health and Wellness. Call 570-7683200. CPR CLASSES: • Heartsaver Adult/Child/Infant CPR Class: Thursday, February 11, 8:30 am, at the Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness, 120 Hardwood Drive, Lewisburg. This American Heart Association course is for anyone who wants to learn how to give CPR to an adult, child, and infant, how to use an AED, and how to assess the scene and phone the emergency response number. Fee: $50. Registration is required; call 570-768-3200. • Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, and AED Skills Check Class: This class is designed to teach students the cognitive information needed for first aid, CPR, and AED training. It’s intended for anyone with little to no medical training in need of a course completion card and have completed the on-line portion through the American Heart Association website. Hands-on practice and testing are conducted in-person with an AHA BLS or Heartsaver Instructor. Fee $25. By appointment at Community Health and Wellness. Call 570-768-3200.

• HeartCode BLS Skills Check Class: This structured Basic Life Support (BLS) hands on session is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative method for completing an initial or renewal course and have completed the on-line portion through the American Heart Association website. This session will use a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities to teach students BLS knowledge and skills. Fee $25. By appointment at Community Health and Wellness. Call 570-768-3200. OTHER CLASSES: • Virtual Cooking Demonstration: Wednesday, February 10, 3 pm. The Mediterranean diet, built around plant-based foods, is excellent for heart health. Please join Kimberly Criswell, RDN, LDN, CDE, Dietitian-Nutritionist, as she demonstrates the preparation of a delicious and refreshing Mediterranean bean salad. Once registered a link to the class will be provided so participants can follow along online. Call 570-768-3200 to register. • Freedom from Smoking: Over the course of eight sessions, learn to overcome tobacco addiction with the help of certified educators through this FREE program. The seven-week program can give you the tools you need to be smoke-free and enjoy the benefits of a healthier you. Call 570-768-3200 to schedule an appointment with a certified facilitator. To register for classes, please call Community Health and Wellness at 570-768-3200 or visit www.evanhospital.com. Community Health and Wellness is located in the Professional Office Building, Three Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, Pa., in Suite 116.

Evangelical Community Hospital Appoints New Director of Clinical Quality, Patient Safety, and Risk Management vangelical Community Hospital recently announced the arrival of Cathleen Lapchak, MJ, BSN, RN, CPHRM, as Director of Clinical Quality, Patient Safety, and Risk Management. She began her role at the Hospital on January 4,2021. In this role, Ms. Lapchak oversees quality management activities as well as manages the design, development, and implementation of quality improvement initiatives that support Evangelical’s commitment to quality of


care for its patients. She is responsible for all quality related activities as required by

and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. She received her Registered Nurse diploma from the Hazleton State Hospital School of Nursing. Ms. Lapchak holds a Certification in Professional Health Care Risk Management from the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. She holds professional associations with the American Nurses Association, the Pennsylvania State Nurses’ Association, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

state and federal regulations. Throughout her 25-year-plus nursing career, Ms. Lapchak has held various nursing roles from direct patient care to leadership and management, most recently serving as the Central Regional Manager Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety and Patient Safety Officer for the Geisinger Health System. In addition, she brings with her a degree in health law. Ms. Lapchak holds a Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law

EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL SCHEDULES FEBRUARY SUPPORT GROUPS, HEALTH SCREENINGS vangelical Community Hospital has scheduled its roster of support groups and health screening for the month of February. For the safety of participants, masking is required while in Hospital facilities and during all in-person support groups. Physical distancing and frequent handwashing/use of hand sanitizer is encouraged for participants who attend support groups.


FEBRUARY SUPPORT GROUPS • BARIATRIC: Wednesday, February 3, 6 pm. This support group will be held virtually. This month’s topic: The Plan to Decrease Your Inflammation. Registration will be required by calling 570-768-3129 and a link to connect online will be provided. • EMPTY ARMS: Monday, February 22, 7 pm. This support group will be held virtually. Registration will be required by calling 570-768-3200 and a link to connect online will be provided. FEBRUARY HEALTH SCREENINGS • SKIN CANCER SCREEN: Friday, February 19, 8:30 am-noon, Surgical Specialists of Evangelical, 25 Lystra Rogers Drive, Lewisburg. This free screening, with Daria Keyser, DO, helps individuals recognize their own pattern of moles, freckles, and “beauty marks.” By being familiar with what is considered normal allows people to be more alert to changes in the number, size, shape, and color of pigmented areas that may be of concern. Appointments required. Call 570-768-3200. • COMPREHENSIVE BLOOD SCREEN: Wednesday, February 24, 6:30-11 am, at the Miller Center for Recreation and Wellness, 120 Hardwood Drive, Lewisburg. A lowcost comprehensive blood screening can provide important details about your health, sometimes before symptoms of a condition surface, giving you and your physicians the power to plan ahead. $50 fee includes lipid panel (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol, and triglycerides), complete blood count, and CMP (blood sugar, electrolytes, calcium, protein, liver enzymes etc.). Appointments required. Call 570-768-3200. • BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: By appointment at Community Health and Wellness. Call 570-768-3200. • BLOOD SUGAR SCREENINGS: By appointment at Community Health and Wellness. Call 570-768-3200. For more information on any of these support groups or health screenings, please call Community Health and Wellness at 570-768-3200 or visit www.evanhospital.com. Community Health and Wellness is located in the Professional Office Building on the Hospital’s main campus, Three Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, Pa., in Suite 116.

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