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Cover Story: Live, Love, Sandwich

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Celebrate Summer’s Events


Electric City Classic Downtown Scranton Excitement

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107 Year Old Nicholson Bridge Visit Bradford County Beautiful Scenic Views







Dietrich Theater Film Festival August 1-4






Old Carter BarnAll That JazzMark Nolan Group






6 Wayne County Wildflower Festival John Denver Tribute Tom Becker On The Village Green




The Bagel Festival, Monticello, NY






Eagles Mere at the Village Green August 13-14



Old Carter BarnCopland, Classical & Contemporaries Susanna Phillips

Pittston Tomato Festival, August 18-21



Old Carter BarnByron Rood & Dad & Dave Brown

Arts at Hayfield, Summer Festival

13 Wildflower Festival Tony Sands' Rat Pack Together Again!

Old Carter BarnGypsy Swing Dancin' Evening with Zingology



Wayne County Fair- August 5-13 Montrose Blueberry FestivalAugust 5-6 On The Village Green

Harmony In The Woods August 1September 3







Northern Pocono Chamber August 26-28 Wally Lake Fest

Electric City Classic August 27-28 Downtown Scranton



August 30-31 Skytop End of Summer Bash Tribute Bands

Sullivan County Fair August 31- September 4 Sullivan County Fairgrounds Wyoming County Fair August 31- September 5th Old Carter Barn August 31 Smoky Roots & Music of Sheryl Crow by Sweet Rosalyn


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grew up in an era of sandwiches. Like each of us, I have my favorite sandwiches as well as ones I cannot stand. Above all, I have many stories and memories to go with each kind of sandwich; each sandwich variety brings a different memory. My mom made an awesome grilled cheese sandwich that always hit the spot. The types of cheese and bread varied, but the grilled cheese sandwich was a no-fail meal that was consistently served with sweet or “bread and butter” pickles, ketchup and a glass of “lite” chocolate milk made from Nestle Quik chocolate powder. One of my mother’s tricks was to use Crisco instead of butter before grilling the sandwich. When I was very young and she needed to make several sandwiches at once, she used an electric griddle (similar to a waffle iron) that allowed her to produce four sandwiches at once, a vital key with a family of seven children. My childhood was filled with plenty of tuna, salmon, salami, bologna, egg salad and corned beef sandwiches. We didn’t have a lot of deli meats or “cold cuts” as my father called them, but rather our roast beef and turkey (and cranberry) sandwiches were made from leftover home-cooked roast beef and turkey. To this day, the only way I can eat turkey from a deli is if it is a honey maple, mesquite or cracked pepper variety. Everyone has a sandwich memory. Around the time of my wedding, nearly 20 years ago, I was having lunch at Smith’s Restaurant in South Scranton with my late mother and mother-inlaw. It was likely the only time the three of us had lunch out together and we all decided that ordering a liverwurst sandwich sounded like a

good idea. We all bonded over the lunch, and the liverwurst sandwiches, a memory that just reappeared as I was working on this August edition. Years ago, Chris Barnes provided a very entertaining speech at the Scranton Chamber’s SAGE awards. I remember my sides were hurting from laughing so hard (and I don’t genuinely laugh easily). Chris brought up the topic of “chicken loaf,” something that I had long forgotten. Somehow chicken loaf disappeared from the market (perhaps for good reason) but not before children in the '70s had experienced this “delicacy.” When I learned that August was National Sandwich Month, I just knew we had to discuss this topic. Due to everyone “cutting carbs and bread,” the poor sandwich has been relegated to the background while the ever-popular salads steal the spotlight. “I’ll just have the salad, please” has become a standard response. This makes me pose the question, are we really healthier and more fit having relinquished sandwiches to the wayside? I think about all the nights during the school year that I struggled to come up with something to make for dinner. Shouldn’t a simple small sandwich have solved the problem? At my parents' wedding in 1950, they had fancy tea sandwiches (similar to the ones that appear on this month’s cover photo) at their reception, which was held at my mother’s parents' home in Ottawa. Are we really healthier having multi-course meals as long as we simply skip the bread? I think it’s time we re-evaluate the sandwich. As Luther Ingram sings, “If loving you is wrong, I don’t want to be right.” (1972) Enjoy August 2022 and if you have a favorite sandwich memory, please write and tell me about it. Fondly,


Paula Mackarey, Publisher 1994-Present



Sandwich by Christine Fanning



o people still like sandwiches? The research we’ve done shows that Americans love sandwiches and they consume

more than 300 million every day. That’s a huge amount when you consider that there are about 350 million people in the United States. Why wouldn’t we love them? They’re affordable, portable, convenient and storable. You can eat them in your car and you can stuff your favorite foods in them.

Another reason why sandwiches have never gone out of style is that there are scores of ways to make them. The traditional two pieces of bread, holding the filling inside, have gotten tastier and more eclectic over the years. Other popular styles of sandwiches include openfaced, wraps, paninis and subs. The origin of the word "sandwich" for an item of food may have originated from a story about John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, a real town in the county of Kent in Southeastern England. According to research, Montagu didn't really "invent" the sandwich, but he may have made it popular. It is said that in 1762, he asked for meat to be served between slices of bread so he could eat with his hands while gambling. Though the Earl of Sandwich (or, perhaps, his cook) deserves credit for helping sandwiches gain a name and popularity, variations of the concept have

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Tori Avery from PBS writes, “Edward Gibbon, author of ‘The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,’ is credited with being the first person to write down the word ‘sandwich’ using its modern culinary context on Nov. 24, 1762. During the time this journal entry was written, Gibbon was First Lord of the Admiralty. The Earl of Sandwich, Montagu, was entrenched in London’s social scene. It’s possible that Montagu introduced the sandwich concept to his high society London friends, including Gibbon, who helped it to gain quick notoriety. In 1773, the word sandwich was used in a recipe for the first time, in

Charlotte Mason’s cookbook, titled (now, stay with me here) ‘The Lady’s Assistant for Regulating and Supplying Her Table: Being a Complete System of Cookery, Containing One Hundred and Fifty Select Bills of Fare.'”

of serving bread and butter with meat or fish (broodjes) or other delicious fillings and toppings. (PBS) With the long history of sandwiches, there’s bound to be a lot

In the first century B.C. Jewish Rabbi Hillel the Elder is The origin of the word reported to have "sandwich" for an item of started the Passover tradifood may have originated tion of putting lamb, mixed from a story about John nuts and herbs Montagu, the fourth Earl between two pieces of unleavof Sandwich. ened bread. In the of Middle Ages, people nostalused thick slices of stale gia. I remember two differbread called "trenchers" to ent sandwiches my double as plates on which mother made for my lunch they placed cooked meats on the playground in first and vegetables, serving as grade at St. Mary’s grade a kind of open sandwich, school in South Scranton. I although they may not have eaten the stale bread. could have done without the cheese sandwich but The Dutch also have a loved the PB&J. As I write long tradithis and think about it, I tion have a longing for PB&J; however, I’ll abstain because of the bread! I don’t need it in my diet.

been around for centuries. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when or where they first appeared. Farm laborers in rural France had been eating meat between sliced bread long before it had a name, though the sandwich likely started even earlier than that.

Paula Mackarey, Happenings' publisher, remembers her dad telling her that ground ham salad with pickle was not just

a good way to use leftover ham but it was an excellent sandwich choice for picnics because its salt content ensured it would withstand hours in a picnic basket. Years ago, Paula would bring a seafood salad sandwich to work. The fish was very strong smelling and we tried to banish her and her lunch from the office. We still laugh over that memory. Art Director Lisa Ragnacci honors her ethnic roots with her favorite sandwich: “I always love my kielbasi sandwich, but these days I go with turkey kielbasi as a healthier option.”

are made on white bread and baked in a unique method that makes them similar to french bread. He also favors sausage and pepper sandwiches as well as Patty Melts – delicious on rye bread. The very night I wrote the sentence above I ate a Patty Melt at Clarks Summit's Silver Spoon Diner despite swearing off bread. I enjoyed french fries and cole slaw on the side, typical sandwich accompaniments. John Mackarey remembers his mom

how and “whyIt’sweinteresting come to appreciate

Another staff member lovingly remembers his favorites: Monte Cristo sandwiches – egg-dipped or batter-dipped ham and cheese sandwiches that are pan or deep fried – and Cuban sandwiches, which

certain sandwiches and how we learn from others about new ways to make them.


making daily lunches for him and his three siblings. Selections included kibbee sandwiches on pita bread (a Lebanese

ite), turkey, the ever mysterious deli chicken roll (that many kids in the '70s knew by name), ham and cheese and PB&J. Each child got one sandwich in his/her lunch except for PB&J day, when it would be one and a half sandwiches. I always loved ham and cheese sandwiches. They would come alive with hard salami, Swiss and provolone cheese, onion, tomato and lettuce on a National Bakery hard roll. A drizzle of Italian dressing on the ingredients and a pickle and potato chips on the side round out this repast. It’s interesting how and why we come to appreciate certain sandwiches and how we learn from others about new ways to make them. When Happenings’ current intern, Elizabeth Haikes, was studying in Germany, she enjoyed doner, a popular fast food sandwich that originated in Turkey but was popularized in Berlin. "It's a rotisserie roast that is cut up, seasoned and placed in a pita or other bread type with salad or other vegetables. It may include tomato, lettuce, cabbage, onion with sumac, fresh or pickled August 2022

cucumber or chili and various types of sauces."

Sandwich Tips

Back home in the USA, she has the memory of gathering with her whole family for pizza and cheesesteaks cut into party-size bites for all to share at her grandparents' house every Friday night. Also, for as long as she can remember, her dad and Aunt Amy would order chicken salad club sandwiches when they were out to eat so she started ordering them, too.

When making a BLT, weave the bacon together to avoid the bacon from falling out when you bite into it;

Nostalgia aside, the list of ingredients – such as peanut butter, pastrami, lobster, avocado, thick-sliced bacon, roasted cauliflower, fried jalapenos, zucchini, beets, sprouts and fruity items like pears and preserves – is endless. When sandwiches first appeared in American cookbooks, the fillings were no longer limited to cold meat. Recipes called for cheese, fruit, shellfish, nuts and mushrooms. The years following the Civil War saw an increase in sandwich consumption, and they could be found anywhere from high-class luncheons to the taverns of the working class. By the end of the 19th century, sandwiches earned new names for their many different forms, August 2022

Worried about “fridge thieves” stealing your sandwich at the office? Get a Moldy Sandwich Bag. The bag isn’t really moldy; it only gives the appearance your lunch looks moldy and spoiled; Instead of bread or toast, make your breakfast sandwiches with waffles; Turn your freshly-baked bread over and slice it on the soft side. That helps prevent squishing the bread. (potatorolls)

like the triple-layered “club sandwich” and the corned beef “Reuben.” Paula recalls her parents bringing a large paper sack filled with a variety of sandwiches for long road trips. The sandwiches on many occasions would serve as both lunch and dinner.

Some basic ones from the era included corned beef, salami, liverwurst, bologna, cream cheese and jelly, tuna salad and egg salad with lots of onion.

My mother-in-law, Helen Fanning, and my husband after her, made ham salad, ground bologna and egg salad on white bread. Sandwiches are enjoyed ‘round the world. In America, the top favorites are said to be Bacon, Club, BLT, Ham, Roast

Beef, Turkey and Grilled Chicken. Many cities have iconic sandwiches that people


plan on enjoying on their visits there. Binghamton has chicken spiedies, Chicago loves its Italian beef sandwiches, in Memphis it's fried peanut butter and

gles of lightly buttered white bread filled with paper-thin cucumber slices, a little bit of salt and a dash of lemon juice. The Brits are said to have

cooking methods, spices and flavoring. This sandwich is made with crispy, juicy chicken thighs, topped with sesame soy, spicy mayo, wasabi mayo,

banana, New Orleans loves its muffuletta, Omaha loves its Reubens and most everyone in the region is familiar with the Philly cheesesteak.

invented it during the Victorian period, when it was mainly popular among members of the upper class. Today, there are many variations on the original, with added tuna, eggs, cream cheese and mayonnaise. (tasteatlas)

ginger slaw, green onions and crispy onions all on a pillow-soft brioche bun.

The most requested sides include French fries and cole slaw. Also popular are veggie fries, roasted veggies, tossed salad, chips, pickles and baked beans. In 2007, I toured several provinces in Spain with my daughter, Bridget. At a restaurant in Madrid, I asked for a hamburger and was surprised to receive a hard roll laden with a heap of ham and topped with a fried egg, sunnyside up.

In Montreal, a favorite classic, the smoked meat sandwich can be found at Schwartz's. It comes with two pieces of bread, yellow mustard and a generous portion of 10-day cured smoked meat. In Toronto, it's the Tokyo hot fried chicken sandwich, lightly fried using Japanese

Early versions of the “wrap” have also been found in Asia and Africa. This sandwich grew in popularity among aristocrats in the 18th and 19th centuries. Legend has it they were popularly

England’s cucumber sandwich ranks No. 2 on its list of favorite sandwiches. This simple, elegant staple of the famous British afternoon tea is a concoction made with crustless trian14

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shared, held with one hand, during late-night gaming and drinking. Some old-fashioned sandwiches are calling your name this month. I used to eat sardine sandwiches with my dad as a way of bonding and sharing his “strange” food predilections. I drew the line at crushed crackers with canned tomatoes on white bread. As a family, we’ve tried liverwurst, peanut butter and banana, and the favorite steak and cheese hoagies and tuna melts.

salt, pepper and mayo? Cucumbers can also be just as delicious, with the choice of a wide variety of bread or toast. In 1952, the Wheat Flour Institute established August as National Sandwich Month. From pastrami to french dip, BLTs to sloppy joes, grilled cheese and tomatoes to lobster rolls, sandwiches are

part of each of our histories. For many, the idea of preparing a nightly meal can be daunting. Why not bring back a weekly sandwich night and try a different one each week of the year? And for a special treat, top off the meal with a classic ice cream sandwich, which is guaranteed to bring a smile to young and old alike. H –Christine Fanning

American Facts: However, crab cakes need to be consumed without the bread, they are that good. The summer months bring favorites from the garden. Who doesn’t love a tomato sandwich made with a beautiful deep red beefsteak tomato with lots of August 2022

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a sandwich must have at least 35 percent cooked meat and be no more than 50 percent bread; The average American child eats about 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before finishing high school; Astronaut John Young once smuggled a corned beef sandwich on board a Gemini flight; Submarine sandwiches are called “hoagies” in Philadelphia and “heroes” in New York; The Dagwood sandwich was first introduced by Chic Young, creator of the Blondie strip, who described the sandwich as a “mountainous pile of dissimilar leftovers.”


Healthy Open-Face Egg Salad Sandwich 2 Hard-Boiled Eggs Half Avocado 1 Slice Multigrain or Sprouted Grain Bread Handful of Arugula Slice of Homegrown Tomato Everything Bagel Seasoning (about a teaspoon) Peel eggs and smash in a bowl with half avocado. Spread a handful of arugula on slice of bread. Top with egg/avocado mixture. Sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning and slice of tomato. Delicious, light and healthy!

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Sunrise, Sunset The summer breeze blows in some savory suppers that last to the light of the moon There are reasons why marking the sunrise and sunsets move us, and make us slow down as the days swiftly fly by. Whether under the moonlight or at the crack of dawn, plan moments around both the sunrise and the sunset. Drive somewhere special, bring along a thermos of morning coffee or tea. At sunset pack up a decanter of red or white wine to salute the phenomenon of nature that we often take for granted. Stop at a safe mountainside lookout and check out the city sights below or mountain ranges. Summer is made for daytrips like these.


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s advice goes, it was five simple, straightforward words that still resonate with Dr. Manju Mary Thomas, a Wright Center for Community Health board-certified pediatrician: “Aim to be the best.” Dr. K.C. Joseph, a noted surgeon in the suburbs of Pittsburgh was admired by his young niece, who noticed how easily patients entrusted their health care to him. The niece witnessed how comfortable patients conversed with him. “That impressed me and I wanted to be like him,” recalls Dr. Thomas, medical director of pediatrics and community and school-based medical home services at The Wright Center. “I was impressed and inspired by the kind of interactions and what they talked about with him.”

Wright Center Pediatrician ‘aims to be the best’ Dr. Joseph’s overall guidance rightfully exalted how “medicine is a very beautiful and challenging field,” while also urging her to “aim to be the best in whatever field you take.” His niece, unlike many of her cousins who studied engineering, chose to follow her uncle into the medical profession and the specialty field of pediatric medicine. Today, Dr. Thomas provides primary and preventive care for pediatric and adolescent 20

patients at The Wright Center for Community Health’s Mid Valley Practice in Jermyn, where she offers well and sick visits, as well as treatment for anxiety, ADHD and other related services for children. As a physician faculty member for The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education Family Medicine Residency Pediatrics program, she also guides and educates the next generation of physicians. “I came to The Wright Center because of the teaching

opportunities and the opportunity to do community health,’’ said Dr. Thomas, acknowledging the unique mission the organization serves to improve the health and welfare of the region, while educating the next generation of physicians. In a career that has spanned more than 23 rewarding years, Dr. Thomas has experienced her fair share of uncommon cases that have left a lasting impression on her. They have proven to be inspirational, and serve to reinforce the importance of routine well visits that also give health care providers, parents and children an opportunity to talk about nutrition, immunizations and many other important ageappropriate topics. One patient, in particular, remains atop her list. August 2022

“During an exam, I discovered a lymph node in the subclavian area, a dangerous area,” said Dr. Thomas. She recalled how the routine physical resulted in an early and lifesaving diagnosis for her 14-yearold female patient. “It turns out she had lymphoma.” Thankfully, the patient had early-stage lymphoma and was able to receive proper clinical care to clear her lymphatic system of cancer. That former patient is now a medical school graduate and an oncologist who works to ensure her own patients are cancer free. “I felt great,” Dr. Thomas said, knowing the early diagnosis made the cure possible. “Medical school was a very impressive trajectory for her; a true calling.” Dr. Thomas earned her medical degree from St. John’s Medical

College in Bangalore, India, and completed her residency in pediatrics at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. According to her life and professional experiences, she believes the key to happy and healthy children begins at home. “Children need a very strong family foundation with as much safety, care and education as possible,” she said, adding how patient advocacy also plays a role. “You also have to balance what is good for the child while addressing parents’ concerns.” Prior to joining The Wright Center, Dr. Thomas was an attending pediatrician at Lehigh Valley Health

Healthy MOMS program unveils mural The Wright Center for Community Health’s Healthy Maternal Opiate Medical Support program, known as the Healthy MOMS program recently unveiled three murals. The murals were painted by mothers and children in the program that serves eight counties. The Healthy MOMS program is a collaborative effort involving The Wright Center for Community Health, which co-founded the program, and dozens of partners in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties. Multiple area hospitals and the nonprofit, Maternal and Family Health Services Inc., are among the many health care, social service and government agencies that power the program’s ongoing success.

Network. In addition, she was an attending faculty pediatrician at St. Luke’s HospitalSacred Heart Campus in Allentown. Dr. Thomas also served as the chief faculty pediatrician of the family practice residency at Sacred Heart Star Wellness, a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike, similar to The Wright Center for Community Health. To make an appointment with Dr. Thomas at the Mid Valley Practice, go to or call 570-230-0019.H







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Compliments of JoAnn Marianelli Finnerty/ Bella Faccias Ingredients:

2 lbs ground beef 1 egg, slightly beaten 0.5 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix (or use the whole package if desired) 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder) 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper Optional - 1-2 teaspoons crushed chili flakes for a spicy burger


In a bowl crumble the ground beef with clean hands. Add in the dry soup mix, egg, garlic, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper and crushed chili flakes (if desired). Mix until combined, add in more breadcrumbs if needed to just hold the mixture together (do not overwork the meat or it will be tough). Divide the ground beef into six equal patties (or make eight small patties). Make a shallow dent into the center of each patty (about 1-inch wide) using your large finger or the back of a small spoon. Place the patties onto a large plate or a small cookie sheet; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of six hours or up to 24 hours to blend flavors. Grill or pan fry the burgers as desired until cooked through (if desired sprinkle a small amount of seasoned salt on top while cooking the patties). Serve burgers in toasted buns with choice of condiments.

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Light/Healthy Lunch Recipes



or many, August and September means “back to school.” Along with this time comes the need for routine and easy life hacks! These lunch recipes are enjoyed by all age groups and full of healthy ingredients such as lentils and healthy fats to keep both kids and parents energized throughout the day. 24

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Southwest Wraps 1 tbsp olive oil 8 oz chicken cooked and shredded or cubed 1 tsp cumin ground 1 tsp chili powder ground 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 1 cup corn kernels frozen 1 jalapeno chopped 1 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed 1/4 cup green onions chopped 1/4 cup cilantro chopped 4 cup fresh spinach 1 cup roasted red peppers roughly chopped 1 cup sour cream low fat 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbled Juice from 1/2 lime 7 Flatout flatbreads 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cooked chicken, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and stir to make sure the chicken is coated in the spices. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes until the chicken warms up. Add the corn, black beans, green onions, cilantro and stir. Cook for 1 more minute until everything warms through. Add the spinach and roasted red peppers to the skillet and cook for a couple more minutes until the spinach cooks down. Remove from heat. In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream, blue cheese and the lime juice. Spread about 2 tbsp of the sour cream/blue cheese mixture over a flatbread evenly, then add about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture and spread evenly over the flatbread. Sprinkle with some Monterey Jack cheese then roll the flatbread to form a wrap. Cut in half and serve.

Avocado Toast

Southwest Wraps

Chicken Salad Six chicken breasts halves or three full chicken breasts 3/4 c halved green grapes 3/4 c. Crushed pineapple drained 3/4 c. finely diced celery Chopped pecans (optional) Mayonnaise to desired spreading consistency Salt to taste Pepper to taste Chop chicken, green grapes, pineapple, celery and pecans into bite sized pieces. In mixing bowl, combine with Mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste. Use this to top a bed of lettuce or as a wrap. August 2022

Chicken Salad


12th Annual Wally Lake Fest August 26-28


he 12th annual Wally Lake Fest will be held August 26-28 on the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack. The festival has brought thousands to enjoy the lake and surrounding area with endless fun and exciting activities for all ages. Wally Lake Fest honors the “big lake’s” natural scenic beauty and all recreational activities from boating to biking and much more. Some of the fun adventures happen right on the lake or beach while others take place in downtown Hawley and other locations near the lake. Activities consist of the 10th Annual Ride for the Lake (a 41-mile motorcycle ride around the lake), Wallypalooza (live music on a floating lake stage), a boat show and outdoor expo, an open market fair and much more. Local shops and restaurants will host live music, demos and special events all weekend. Free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend making a variety of stops for everyone to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience; just park once. Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Chamber of the Northern Poconos and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. Additional details and daily updates are posted on as well as Facebook and Instagram @wallylakefest.H

Claws ’N’ Paws Wild Animal Park


laws ’N’ Paws Wild Animal Park in Lake Ariel is known as the “Zoo in the Woods.” With lots of shady paths to explore, the zoo boasts plenty of unique close animal encounters. Glass-fronted exhibits allow guests to see everything from lions and wolves to leopards and cougars up close, and the petting area is home to goats, sheep and deer to pet and feed. Pet a tortoise or feed lory parrots and a giraffe as well. Guests can rest in a shaded picnic area and enjoy a snack bar with hot dogs, chili and ice cream. Residents

throughout the region may want to consider an annual membership. Members are periodically treated to an hour earlier opening and special activities. On October 8 and 9, come to Claws ‘N’ Paws for Boo at the Zoo. Enjoy fall foliage, animals and Halloween fun. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume and join the zookeepers and favorite animals in a short animal parade. Snack, games and lots of fun. Visit H

GREAT OUTDOOR FUN! Over 120 Kinds of Animals Hand-Feed Giraffe & Lory Parrots Fossil Hunts & Dino Dig Petting Zoo and Turtle Town



Sunday, Aug. 28 • 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Our Homespun Holiday show will be held on Nov. 6, 10 a.m - 4 p.m.

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Yarns - Natural, Dyed, Handspun, Millspun Spinning - Weaving - Felting - Knitting Crocheting - Fleece Show & Sale Sheep & Goat Breed Display Llamas - Alpacas - Angora Family Rabbits - Classes - Contests Friendly Raffle - Free Demonstrations Event Food ...and so much more!

August 26 - 28, 2022 The lake region’s biggest event of the year


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Holley Ross Pottery


his will be the last year to enjoy the savings and variety that many have come to appreciate at Holley Ross Pottery. Nestled in the hamlet of LaAnna, between Cresco and Newfoundland, many people remember visiting with parents or grandparents and have continued to return year after year with their own families. Holley Ross has long been a staple of the Poconos known for tremendous savings and discounts throughout the years. It has been in business since 1948, and has been run by the


same family since 1963. This year will mark the end of an era, as the store will be closing at the end of October. As always, visitors will find several thousand pieces on display here, awaiting their permanent homes. There is a huge selection of merchandise including Holley Ross Pottery exclusive giftware made on the premises, as well as other items made in the USA including Fiesta dinnerware, Hartstone dinnerware, Pilgrim glass, Fenton glass, vintage Wright lamps (hand painted and made in the USA). Holley Ross also carries Polish pottery, Romertopf bakeware, pizza stones, holiday decor and miscel-

laneous giftware. If you are looking for any type of dinnerware or bakeware, this is the time to get it. The prices are discounted to unprecedented levels--never to be seen again-in an effort to reduce the inventory before closing in October. *Follow the Facebook page for updated sales throughout the summer. Souvenir hunters routinely trek to this Pocono mainstay and scoop up remembrances of their mountain adventures. The place is always a must-see whenever you are in the area, and it is a true destination point itself. Be sure to visit this year for the last time. H

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Holley Ross Pottery Products from over 135 manufacturers including: Polish Pottery • Fiesta Dinnerware Hartstone Dinnerware • Pickling Crocks Pizza Stones • Bean Pots Romertopf Bakeware and so much more!

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Railbiking in the Poconos


he Pocono Mountains’ first and only railbiking recreational adventure is now available. Railbiking is a fun outdoor way to experience the nature and wildlife found on trails and can easily be enjoyed by all. “Soarin’ Eagle Rail Tours“ will be open weekends and most weekdays through Labor Day. Hours are subject to change, so it is best to check the schedule. Reservations are not required; however, they are highly recommended. The scenic route runs along the Lackawaxen River in the charming town of Hawley.


The specifically chosen sixmilelong route boasts lush views and fascinating history. The custom made red, white and blue railbikes come in tandem (2-seater) or quads (4-seater) allowing friends and families to enjoy the experience together. Each adventure is approximately six miles long and takes about two hours to complete. The railbikes fit comfortably and perfectly onto

the railroad tracks and are easily powered by gently pedaling. Guests depart at the same time accompanied by a team of tour guides placed both in the front and back of the group. After departure, the group can spread out along the track, allowing each group to enjoy the outdoor adventure at their own pace. H

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August 2022


The Nicholson Bridge 107 Years Old


very year the town of Nicholson celebrates the anniversary of the Nicholson Bridge, also known as the Tunkhannock Viaduct. It is an impressive 2375 feet long concrete structure, 34 feet wide and 240 feet above stream level. It was built by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W). Abraham Burton Cohen designed it and the chief engineer was George G. Ray. It took three years to build and was completed in


1915. The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its national architectural, engineering and transportation significance. This year’s celebration will take place on September 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Tom Bell Field, off Route 92 in Nicholson. The Nicholson Women’s Club has organized this event for the past 30 years and expects more than 90 quality vendors selling arts and handcrafted products, antiques and vintage items,

jewelry, baked goods and more. Different food booths including a chicken BBQ and live entertainment such as Whipple’s Dance Studio, the T-Town Twirlers and the Mountain View High School Band will be fun additions to the celebration. The Nicholson Women’s Club will have a fantastic basket raffle. The event is outdoors, rain or shine, with ample parking space available, and it is handicapped accessible. Call 570-942-6747. H August 2022

Summer Fun COSTA’S FAMILY FUN PARK Offering go-karts, water slides, laser tag, mini-golf, bumper boats, batting cages and more. Fun for the whole family! Our snack bar features family favorites and Hershey’s hand-dipped ice cream. Open daily midJuly–Labor Day and weekends Spring and Fall. Route 6 Hawley. 570-226-8585.

LAHEY FAMILY FUN PARK New top of the line arcade, a new fleet of bumper boats and all new go-karts! Putt through waterfalls on the massive 36 hole mini-golf course, speed under bridges on the 1/4 mile go-kart track, hit balls in the multi-speed batting cages or splash around on the bumper boats. So many ways to have a blast! 570-586-5699


A small family-run farm bringing the freshest and best tasting homemade ice cream and milk to the people of Northeast PA. We grow the crops that our cows like to eat, since happy cows are productive cows. Milk is bottled and ice cream made on the farm and delivered to our stores daily. Manning Road, Dalton. 570-563-1702

SUSQUEHANNA KAYAK & CANOE RENTALS Now 2 locations. Lake paddling with hourly rentals of kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, SUP’s, and Jon boats, no reservations required. Mt. Olivet Rd., Wyoming, Pa. at Frances Slocum State Park. Also at 119 Krafty Rd. Falls, Pa., Susquehanna River offers daily, weekly, and overnight kayak, canoe & tube rentals with camping. Join one of our events or take your own trip, reservations required. Www.kayak the or follow us on FB. Frances Slocum: (570)687-0172 Susquehanna River: (570)388-6107 WALLENPAUPACK SCENIC BOAT TOUR & BOAT RENTAL

Take a scenic boat tour on one of our passenger pontoon boats or rent a pontoon boat, kayak or stand up paddle board (SUP). For rates, times and reservations visit our website. Open daily. Located at the Lake Wallenpaupack Observation Dike, 2487 Route 6, Hawley PA. Call 570-226-3293 or visit

Visit Bradford County, PA


radford County is ready to welcome visitors to its beautiful scenic county. If you are looking to rest, relax, stretch and spend quality time together, this is the place that can satisfy the needs of each family member. Adventurous outdoorsman will find camping, hunting, fishing, kayaking and hiking. Bradford County


parks are the perfect overnight stop, some having access to the Susquehanna River. Mt. Pisgah State Park includes endless miles of trails while Larnard-Hornbrook Park houses one of the very few inclusive playgrounds in the state. Bradford County is home to many fairs and festivals hosting live music concerts, food and wine tastings and arts and crafts. From the largest event in the region, the Troy Fair, to more quaint gatherings occurring in many hometowns, you’ll be challenged to narrow down the sights and sounds awaiting your arrival. Over a dozen museums, heritage villages and historical societies await those who enjoy stepping back in time. Walk the

postcard-like streets ducking in and out of eclectic shops before taking in a romantic dinner overlooking the rolling hills. Scenic Route 6 that snakes through Bradford County, is lined with many scenic overlooks perfect for a hand held stroll or that perfect snapshot. Dining is always enjoyable with choices from authentic Mexican Cuisine at the Flying Taco, traditional Italian pasta at Mangia-lardo’s, or the Building Number 9 Grille whose burger is ranked in the Top 10 in Pennsylvania.What really makes Bradford County special is its people. With so much to see and do, your experience will never be richer than when it’s shared with local residents to warmly welcome you and share in your experiences. Visit and view the new digital passports that offer unique experiences throughout the county or download the “Endless Mountains Outdoor Recreation Guide.” for the latest information on top-notch outdoor adventures. H August 2022


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Fall Registration ballet • tap • jazz • modern • hip-hop Mommy & Me and Tiny Ballerina • 347-0208 for registration Joanne D. Arduino • Artistic Director

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here are so many great reasons to head to the Endless Mountains this summer. Rustic and refined, The Old Carter Barn, built in 1884, overlooks scenic Lake Carey near Tunkhannock, 25 miles northwest of Scranton, PA. With over 6,000 sq, ft. of flexible space as well as a lake front gazebo and patio for ceremonies, this recently restored, historic venue offers a one-of-a-kind setting. Get out and explore the Endless Mountains this August. Visit endless or call 800-769-8999.

COME JOIN THE FUN! Musical Stage Performances • 90+ Vendors Mountain View High School Band • 70+ Basket Raffle Variety of Food • Famous Chicken Bar-B-Que

Tom Bell Field, off Route 92, Nicholson, PA

Funded in part by the Endless Mountains Visitor Bureau and Wyoming County Room Tax.

Wyoming County Fair Aug. 31-Sept. 5, 2022 Local Bands Daily • High School Marching Bands • Truck Pulls • Wheels of Agriculture • Cowboy Circus • Tractor Trivia • Buffalo Beals Petting Zoo • Dennis Beach Chainsaw Carver • The Human Cannonball Daredevils • Dave Sechrist Blacksmith Shop • George Gay Antique Barn • High School Rodeo • 4-H Shows • Tractor Pulls Demo Derby • Archery Shoots • 2 Major Concerts

Free Parking • One Price Pays All Rides & Games by Jim Houghton Enterprises Major Concerts on the Main Stage require a concert ticket in addition to a fair entry ticket. Beer Garden requires a ticket, concert guests 21 years of age and older. Funded in part by the Wyoming County Room Tax Fund and the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau

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All That Jazz • August 3 • Mark Nolan Group performing at 6 p.m., followed by Jacob Cole Trio Gypsy Swing Dancin’ • August 10 • An Evening with Zingology Copland, Classical & Contemporaries • August 17 • Cadence Musicians performing at 6 p.m., followed by Susanna Phillips Americana • August 24, 2022 • Bryon Rood & Dad performing at 6 p.m., followed by Dave Brown Smoky Roots & (the music of) Sheryl Crow • August 31 • JP Williams Blues Band performing at 6 p.m. , followed by Sweet Rosalyn Soul… Blues… Spady! • September 7 • An Evening With Clarence Spady • 800-769-8999

Sullivan County Fair • August 31-September 4 T he 170th Annual Sullivan County Fair will be held August 31-September 4. Experience an old fashioned county fair and meet up with old friends. This year’s fair theme is See You At The Fair. Visitors can enjoy 4-H exhibits, several bands, a demolition derby and truck, tractor and horse pulls. Don’t miss the Kountry K-9 show featuring dogs jumping, skipping rope and even balancing on a barrel. Admission is free for ages 2 and

under and parking is free. Located along the scenic Loyalsock Creek in Sullivan County, the fair was established in 1851. Today, the Sullivan County Fair, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, strives to promote agriculture and encourage visitors to understand and be proud of the role of agriculture within the county. H




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Wyalusing Wine Festival • September 17 E

njoy the 17th Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival on September 17, from noon5 p.m. on the grounds of the Tuscarora Wayne Insurance building, corner of Rt. 6 and 5th Street in Wyalusing, PA. The Festival will host over a dozen Pennsylvania wineries. The event is a fundraiser run

by volunteers to support the Wyalusing Valley Museum and Wyalusing Lions Club. The museum provides local history exhibits and programs covering the history of the nine townships that are part of the Wyalusing Area School District. The Lions Club provides support for People Help-

ing People holiday meals and helps local families who are victims of fires or catastrophic illness. The event, also featuring music, food and craft vendors will be held outdoors and will take place rain or shine. Visit H

Wyoming County Fair • August 31-September 5 T he Wyoming County Fair will be held August 31 to September 5. Gates open at 10 a.m. each day, with rides and games starting at noon. Guests can pay one price and enjoy parking, rides and all of the ground’s attractions with the exception of the major concerts. This year’s events include performances by Jimmie Allen with Neon Union on September 3 and LiveWire- the Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Band on September 4. Daily shows include the Cowboy Circus, The Human Cannonball Daredevils, Wheels of Agriculture, Tractor Trivia and free music stage with local bands. Visit the 4-H program shows and auction on September 3. August 31 is “Claverack Day” and

on September 5 seniors enter free. September 3 is also Military Appreciation Day. H

Live Musicat the Old Carter Barn, Lake Carey on’t miss these upcoming performances throughout the summer at the Old Carter Barn, Lake Carey. Every Wednesday a new event is planned. The remaining performances will be held on August 3,10,17,24 and September 7. Below are a few featured performances;


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August 10 The Zingology Combo Enjoy a jazz combo based in Ithaca, NY and specializing in vintage swing – all those really great tunes from the 1920s through the 1940s. Their focus is the gypsy jazz style and manouche vibe of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of Paris. Love dancing? They’ll play music for Lindy, Waltz, Fox Trot, West Coast Swing, Salsa Rueda, Tango and Balboa, and just plain free-style dancing. If you’d like to learn some steps before the event, a beginner level class in one of these styles is available.

August 17 Susanna Phillips Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips continues to establish herself as one of today’s most sought-after singing actors and recitalists. She is a recipient of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award. Known for her sparkling portrayal of Musetta in La bohème, she has sung at the Met for 12 consecutive seasons in the roles of Musetta, Pamina, Donna Anna, Rosalinde, Antonia/Stella, Micaëla, Donna Elvira, and most recently as Countess Almaviva – a role very close to her heart. Role highlights at the Met include Fiordigili, which The New York Times called a

“breakthrough night”, and Clémence, in the Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin. Ms. Phillips was also a featured artist in the Met’s Summer Recital Series. Highly in demand by the world’s most prestigious orchestras, Ms. Phillips has appeared with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, Boston Baroque, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and her native Huntsville Symphony, where she celebrated the bicentennial of Alabama performing Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder.

September 7 Clarence Spady Clarence Spady embarked on his musical odyssey at age 5. Born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1961, Spady was encouraged by two guitarists, his father, also named Clarence and his Uncle Fletchey. By the early ‘80s, he joined a touring R&B band, A Touch of Class, and then joined Pennsylvania-based singer Greg Palmer’s band. His acclaimed 1996 debut album for Evidence Records, Nature of the Beast, helped influence his nomination for a 1997 W.C. Handy Award for Best New Blues Artist. Severn Records released his soul-slanted Just Between Us album in 2008, nominated for a 2009 Blues Music Award as Soul Blues Album of the Year. Now, with the wisdom that is only obtained from experience, Spady’s triumphant new release bridges the challenges of a past plagued by addiction with all of the promise of a bright future. H

Electric City Classic • August 27 & 28


xperience the excitement of the peloton whisking through downtown Scranton, and participate in a weekend of cycling activities at the Electric City Classic, August 27, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and August 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event features the Electric City Classic Criterium in downtown Scranton on Saturday, and the Electric City Classic Hill Climb on Olive Street in the Hill Section of Scranton on Sunday. The event is a project of Scranton Tomorrow, presented by Geisinger, with free admission. August 27


Navigating sharp turns with precision and speed, professional cyclists from around the world raced in the Electric City Classic Criterium in 2019. Photo by Matt Jones.

Scranton Tomorrow introduced the Electric City Classic Criterium, presented by The Wright Center for Community Health and The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement, in 2019. A criterium, or crit, is a race on a short-circuit course where cyclists complete multiple laps. The inaugural event attracted hundreds of cyclists and thousands of spectators. “This event is a wonderful way to enjoy healthy recreation with your family and support local businesses,” said Leslie Collins, president and CEO of Scranton Tomorrow. Gabe and Kacey Lloyd, owners of Long Tail Creative, partner with Scranton Tomorrow to bring the event to life. They’ve designed a unique

and highly technical course that starts and finishes at the corner of Linden Street and Wyoming Avenue. Professional cyclists will compete for $10,000 in prizes, racing at speeds up to 45 miles per hour, and navigating 10 complex turns along the way. “This year, the Electric City Classic has been designated as the Pennsylvania State Criterium Championship,” Kacey Lloyd said. “Riders who participated in 2019 nominated our race to the PA Cycling Association because the course is athletically challenging and the architecture in downtown Scranton creates a stunning backdrop.” Participation options: Handcycle races followed by a group ride on the LackaAugust 2022

wanna River Heritage Trail, organized by Veloce Scranton and led by the Discover NEPA Cycling Club. • Races for novices and experienced riders (a USA Cycling license is required) • Children’s activities • Big Wheel Tricycling Races August 28 Open to everyone, the Electric City Classic Hill Climb is a short, but mighty, cycling sprint up Olive Street (between Taylor and Prescott Avenues) in the Hill section of Scranton. The historic, exposed brick at the top of this steep hill poses the ultimate challenge to participants. Local runners start the day with the Electric City Classic One Mile Dash presented by Scranton Running Company. Choose your own adventure on Sunday. “The ‘No Spandex’ race is open to all ages and experience levels riding any type of bicycle for one sprint

The inaugural Electric City Classic Criterium in 2019 attracted hundreds of professional cyclists to downtown Scranton. Photo by Dan Chabanov.

to the top,” said Gabe Lloyd. “The ‘U5-in-Tow’ event is for parents with kids under age 5. They will race up Olive Street with their kids in a trailer, handlebar seat or other safe transportation.” A Wheelbarrow Race is another fun option. “These competitors will tackle just the top area of brick, which will still be a challenge," he said. Information / Registration:

45 miles per race at speeds up to Professional cyclists ets of downtown Scranton durstre hour through the Classic. Photo by Dan Chabanov. ing the Electric City

Visit, follow Electric City Classic on social media or call 570.953.5901. About Scranton Tomorrow Scranton Tomorrow is a 501 c(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan community and economic development organization working to establish Scranton as the premier urban center

of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The mission of Scranton Tomorrow is to mobilize resources to enhance a vibrant environment for Scranton residents, businesses and visitors. Visit H

Wayne Bank Supports Lacawac Sanctuary


ayne Bank recently supported Lacawac Sanctuary with a corporate membership of $1000.

Nestled on 550 acres near the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack in the Northern Poconos, Lacawac Sanctuary is a mix between an environmental education center, nature center and biological field station. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a rich outdoor education and exposure to a blend of diverse habitats including wetlands, open fields, forests and lakes. “Wayne Bank is proud to be a corporate sponsor of Lacawac Sanctuary, as their mission of helping the community aligns with that of Wayne Bank’s,” stated James O. Donnelly, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Bank. “The Sanctuary is one of our area’s most beautiful natural resources and we are so pleased that our membership will help to keep it that way for future generations.”

L-R: James O. Donnelly,Wayne Bank; Craig Lukatch, Lacawac Sanctuary

The mission of Lacawac Sanctuary is to preserve the natural beauty of Lake Lacawac, its watershed and surrounding lands, to conduct long-term research on natural systems as part of a global effort to understand and protect the Earth’s biodiversity, and to increase appreciation of this effort through innovative, field-based educational programs for students, teachers and the community.

education and preservation, Lacawac offers environmental education and public programs to the community, educating environmental stewards by communicating the core values of environmental responsibility, citizenship, inclusiveness and the pursuit of knowledge. Lacawac works with a consortium of colleges and universities to provide research partnerships and a pristine location for undergraduate and graduate research. Lacawac also provides nine miles of hiking trails open to the public, free of charge, from dawn to dusk year-round.

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of Lacawac Sanctuary’s success in bringing science and nature programming to people of all ages. As a member-supported organization, Lacawac Sanctuary Environmental Education Center relies on donors to help deliver year-round environmental education to the whole community. Visit Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 29 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware, Sullivan, Otsego, Ontario and Yates Counties in New York State, including those offices operating under the Bank of Cooperstown and Bank of the Finger Lakes brands. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.H August 2022

Sarah & David Koepfer Photo: Madeline Isabella Photography

Sarah Elizabeth Zero


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arah Elizabeth Zero and George David Koepfer (Dave) were married on January 15, 2022. Sarah, daughter of Bruce and Carla Zero, graduated from North Pocono High School and the University of Scranton and is currently an Enterprise Client Success Manager at Phenom People. Dave, son of Chris and the late Jean Koepfer, graduated from The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati and the University of Richmond and is currently the Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at Maximus, Inc. Shortly after moving to Washington, D.C. for a new job opportunity in 2016, Sarah was introduced to Dave, who was her coworker, through a close family friend. The two began dating and on December 5, 2019, Dave purposed with a solitaire oval diamond set in a rose gold band under a 45’ Christmas tree in Southwest D.C, where their apartment overlooked. After the proposal, their friends and family surprised Sarah with champagne and Guinness at their favorite pub, Kirwan’s On The Wharf. Their romantic winter wedding and reception were held at Hotel Du Village in New Hope, PA. At the ceremony, guests were greeted with warm cider, winter cocktails, and the sounds of the Morris String Quartet. Their friend, Derek Donahoo officiated the wedding and the couple exchanged their vows. The couple was overwhelmed with a mix of sorrow, joy, and love that day, as Dave’s mother, Jeannie, passed away only 10 days before the wedding. To commemorate her at the wedding, Sarah’s sisters-in-law took a piece of the dress Jeannie planned to wear to the wedding and attached it to a locket that held a picture of her in the dress. Sarah wrapped the fabric and locket around her bouquet. Dave carried a photo of his mom in a tiny oval frame in his pocket. Instead of wedding favors, August 2022

the couple donated to the American Cancer Society in memory of Jeannie. She had selected the song 93 Million Miles by Jason Mraz for the Mother-Son dance. David’s sister, Suzie Carey, stepped up to dance with Dave in their mom’s place. During the dance, one by one, Dave’s siblings, their children, his dad and Sarah joined in and formed a tight circle. Sarah’s mother called it a circle of love on the dance floor. Sarah and Dave honeymooned at Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort in Saint Lucia. The couple provided this advice to future couples: “Nothing ever goes exactly as planned, but if you stay focused on what is truly important, your wedding day will be perfect.”

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lways wanted a huge diamond but could never afford one? You are now in luck. Our technology driven world has brought about many things, and cultivating diamonds inside laboratories using state-of-the-art plasma chambers is one such innovation. The only difference between a labgrown diamond and an earthgrown diamond is its origin. A lab-grown diamond is chemically, physically and optically the same as one mined from the Earth's surface. Scientists start with a diamond ‘seed’ and, with the application of high pressure and high heat, genuine diamonds are formed in a fraction of the amount of time. The best part? The finished product results in exquisite diamonds with hardly any flaws and near colorless in quality! Stop by the Nye Jewelers’ showroom in Dickson City to check out a selection of loose lab-grown diamonds! 52

All shapes and sizes Any shape (round brilliant, oval, princess, pear, cushion, emerald, asscher, etc.) and any carat size (most lab-grown diamonds at Nye Jewelers are two carats and above). Outstanding Quality Lab-grown diamonds are chemically identical to earth-grown

diamonds. They are genuine diamonds which contain the exact properties (refractive index, hardness, density, dispersion, structure, etc.) as diamonds extracted from the ground. Fraction of the cost Earth-grown diamonds come with an exhaustive price tag due to labor, gasoline prices and import taxes. Lab-grown diamonds save 40%–60% on your purchase due to a condensed supply chain. Nye Jewelers buys directly from lab facilities in the

USA! Lab-grown diamonds, opposed to mined diamonds, are not taxed heavily at import since they are home-grown, produced right here in America. Grading report included All Nye Jewelers’ lab-grown diamonds come certified with a grading report detailing the diamond’s four C’s – diamond cut, clarity, carat weight and color. Each lab-grown diamond also features a laser-inscribed, unique serial number visible only under a microscope. The certification and the serial number come free (a $600 value). Eco-Friendly For every carat of diamond that is mined, nearly 100 sq ft of land must be destroyed along with creating over 250 tons of mineral waste. Ethically-sourced Lab-grown diamonds ensure fair pay, safe working conditions, environmentally sound practices and no human rights abuses. Contact Dennis or Terry Nye at 570-344-4693. H August 2022

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indsay Griffin and Joseph Boylan were married on April 30, 2022. Lindsay, daughter of Therese Spagnola and Charles Griffin, graduated from Bishop Hafey High School and later LaSalle University. She is currently the President and CEO of the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce. Joseph, son of Kevin and Janet Boylan, graduated from Wyoming Valley West High School and later Penn State University. He is now a Senior Design Strategist at Throughline Inc. The two met at their work in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The couple become engaged in June of 2021 at Harvey’s Lake, which hosted many special memories for the couple. The cherry blossom-themed wedding ceremony took place on West Market Street in Downtown Wilkes-Barre with the Market Street Bridge directly in the background during the cherry blossom festival. The bride was escorted by her father, Charles, from Public Square to the intersection of Franklin and Market Street where the ceremony took place. Their longtime friend Anthony Melf officiated the ceremony and the couple exchanged the heartfelt vows they wrote and their rings. They performed a unity painting where Joseph, Lindsay and Joseph’s daughter, Madeline, all painted a piece of a heart


which became one when the painting was complete. The reception took place across the street from where they met in the lobby of the West Market Street Bank, which was vacant at the time. The space was transformed completely including the original vault which guests could visit. Unlike a traditional wedding, there were no formal dances, instead, the couple danced to a special song on the top of each hour. The photographer of the wedding ceremony and reception was Cyrus Entezam. The couple’s love for the area and their community made for an original and unique ceremony and venue choice. They were proud to host everything in downtown Wilkes-Barre, includ-

ing their after-party at Frankin’s. Lindsay and Joseph honeymooned in Orlando, Florida, and they got to experience Disney World together as a couple for the first time. The couple provided this advice to future couples: “Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and make your wedding day one that is truly who you both are. Enjoy the process and most importantly, your wedding day. Be present and truly appreciate the special moments, your family and friends, and most importantly, your partner and what has led you to this moment.” Photos: C yrus Ente zam

The wedding was hosted in the lobby of the West Market Street Bank building which was at the time vacant. The building owner agreed to the wedding and the venue was prepared with the help of the building staff and MCR Productions who created and designed the beautiful décor. The space was transformed complete with the original vault which guests could visit to sign their unity frame and take photos at their step and repeat. Metz Culinary Creations provided the great food and drinks. H

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Country Inns and B&Bs

KEUKA LAKESIDE INN Hammondsport’s exclusive lakefront accommodations on the shores of Keuka Lake. This Inn offers 17 comfortable rooms and spectacular views with an on-site boat launch and docking available. Find us on Facebook and at 24 Water St., Hammondsport, NY 14840. (607) 569-2600,


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Making a Splash at Water Polo


hana Welch was recently inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. Like her brother, Corey, she was recognized for her accomplishments in the swimming pool. That's because her parents had her swimming alongside her two older brothers when she was 4 years old. "I was the youngest of three kids so I'm not sure how much of a choice I had, but I've always loved the water and swimming, so following in my big brother's footsteps was a plus." When she was age 9 or 10, Shana and her siblings joined the Wilkes Barre YMCA Dolphins. In this team, she earned seven National YMCA age group top 16 rankings, 64

such as number one in the nation for 11 to 12-year-old youngsters in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24:97. She also won two YMCA state championships. Another benefit of having joined the Wilkes Barre YMCA was that she made lifelong friends whom she keeps in touch with today. Before attending Wyoming Valley West High School, Shana joined the FAST (Flyers Aquatic Swim Team) swimming club there during the summers. She also took part in learn-toswim programs with the Tunkhannock Tiger Sharks. When she was in the eighth grade, she was invited to the U.S. Water Polo Holiday Camp at the U.S. Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Afterward, she participated in the U.S.A. youth teams.

Shana continued to swim in high school. She loved all sprint events and relays, but her favorite was the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, in which she received All-American recognition. She became a four-time conference swimmer and received 15 PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) District II medals. She also played water polo for all four years of high school. She helped lead her team to the school's first State Championship in 1999. Shana acknowledges Coach Frank Tribendis as her main coach for both swimming and water polo. She also claimed to have many “amazing coaches” throughout high school. "Being a coach isn’t easy and our youth coaches are the most important because they shape and build our young athletes to understand what the real meaning and spirit of competition is," she said. "It can change the trajectory of young people’s lives." August 2022

Shana was the State's Rookie of the Year during her freshman year and State MVP during her senior year. With her status in swimming and water polo, she became the first female dual AllAmerican for both sports. "That's a fun honor," she said. "I am not sure I knew it at the time but I just loved playing as many sports as I could, and I’m thankful I had those opportunities and parents who supported me participating in all those different sports." What Shana liked best about playing water polo was her friends and teammates as well as staying in good shape and being able to train with her brother Corey. "It's such a great community that I’ve been able to make lifelong friends with," she said. In 2004, Shana attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in sociology with a focus in social inequality: race, class and gender. She resumed her sports career in water polo and established records in the university's history as the all-time lead scorer with 297 goals in 2004 and 84 in 2005. She also set a school record of eight goals versus CSU-Bakersfield. Shana was the CWPA (Collegiate Water Polo Association) Rookie of the Year in 2005. She led the university to the CWPA Championship NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) berth and four consecutive division crowns. In 2006-2007, she served as team captain, a three-time August 2022

MVP of the CWPA Western Division and a nine-time CWPA Player of the Week. During her senior year in 2007, she had a school record of 394 career points with 126 coming for a single-season record. She also earned the Bob Ufer, Sr. Athletic Award, which is given to a few seniors every year for their athletic achievements. Shana credits her coaches Matt Anderson and Jenn Durley, whom she had for all four years at the University of Michigan. "They provided us with a great college student-athletic experience and lots of really fun team memories," she said. After graduating from the university, Shana played professional water polo in the Australian Water Polo League (AWL) in Perth, Australia, for a year. She competed with the U.W.A. Comets who are now the U.W.A. Torpedoes. She then spent a year as an assistant swim coach at Bucknell University. For the following year-and-a-half, she became an assistant coach at Harvard University. She was in her second year there when she decided to play professionally again but this time in Greece. Shana is currently in her ninth season at Long Beach

State's water polo team. She served four years as a volunteer assistant coach, one year as an assistant coach and one year as an associate head coach. In 2019, she completed a master's degree at Concordia University Irvine. Shana has a wife named Robyn, who is also a water polo player. They have a daughter, Poppy, who loves to swim and takes formal lessons. "She (Poppy) loves the water and is in the pool almost every day," said Shana. Shana felt being inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame with Corey was both fun and an honor. "We grew up doing all these practices and competitions together and supporting each other through college and beyond, so it was really special," she said.


– Ben Freda


Penn State Scranton: Fostering a Healthy Balance of Learning and Socialization ith almost half of its student body being first-generation college students, Penn State Scranton has always recognized the importance of providing services and assistance to students as they make the sometimes-intimidating transition from high school to college. In fact, over the years, the campus has added more services and opportunities specifically created to ease that transition and continue to support students as they progress through their college years.


Faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students of all different ages and backgrounds feel engaged and achieve success through oneon-one personal interactions


and in making them aware of the multitude of services offered at the campus. From academic support, quiet learning spaces, health and wellness services, interactive events, diversity and inclusion activities and athletic/intramural programs, Penn State Scranton has all the resources to make students feel at home. First-year students at Penn State Scranton participate in a mandatory First-Year Seminar (FYS) program that is a one-credit course that helps them transition to the college environment more seamlessly. The program consists of weekly modules with different themes each week. Themes include topics such as financial aid, time management and student engagement. First-year students are then paired with a peer men-

tor to provide one-on-one guidance to students and aid in being a first line of defense and resource. The Learning and Writing centers at Penn State Scranton offer academic support to students through peer tutoring and resourceful events that focus on the areas where many students need some additional help. Events include Math Mania and writing retreats, which help students become comfortable with research-based papers, and other events that address test and writing anxiety and tips to avoid procrastination. The campus also has created a variety of spaces on campus in order to accommodate all types of learning and relaxing needs and preferences. Students can utilize private learning pods and breakout rooms in different

areas of the campus, the Penn State Scranton Library (with quiet and group study spaces), a Veterans Lounge, multiple computer labs and The View Café. Free health and wellness services are also available to help students cope with anxiety and stress in healthful ways. Activities such as building your own Zen Garden and yoga are offered throughout the semester and “Stress Busters” are held during the last week before finals each semester, all designed to help with relax action through mindfulness. Pet therapy, aromatherapy, meditation and massage chairs are all part of the offerings. Students are also able to take advantage of free wellness screenings. One-on-one private counseling is available

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through the campus’ clinical social worker, Katherine J. Stefanelli, Ph.D., LPC, NCC. A welcoming and inclusive environment is provided to students from different backgrounds and cultures, and offers a wide variety of multicultural services, programs, events, clubs and organizations that specifically address diversity and meeting the academic, social, professional and living needs of underrepresented populations. Examples of programming includes: Diversity Circles program, culturally diverse Movie Night Discussions, diverse guest speakers and annual events that bring all students together to celebrate such as Diwali, Chinese New Year, Holi, MLK Day of Celebration, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Pride events, Dia de

los Muertes, a campus Thanksgiving Dinner and events sponsored by the UNICO Italian Heritage Series that highlights Italian studies, heritage and culture. Promoting a healthy schoollife balance is key to a successful college experience, including being able to enjoy extracurricular and social activities. The campus currently has more than 25 different student clubs and organizations. The campus game room offers a relaxed, interactive space that hosts a variety of hobbies and entertainment, allowing socialization in between classes. The campus also organizes campus carnivals, bingo, trivia game shows and live concerts, giving students the opportunity to have fun, socialize and make new friends. H


University of Scranton

Jacobs Cyber Intelligence Partnership


he University of Scranton has partnered with the international defense and security company, Jacobs, to prepare students and professionals for careers in cyber intelligence, law enforcement and cybersecurity. Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector. Their services range from intelligence to infrastructure, sustainability, cybersecurity and space exploration. Through the partnership, initiated by U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, Jacobs will offer advice on the fast-changing field to support and keep current the University’s cyberrelated undergraduate and graduate curriculum in cybercrime investigation, homeland security and cybersecurity. “Collaboration between academia and industry is key to addressing the pressing global


challenges – cyber threats and cyber defense – that face our society,” said Dr. Sinchul Back, assistant professor / director of cybercrime and cybersecurity for Scranton’s Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Criminology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment for cybersecurity analysts will increase by 28% between 2016 and 2026, and employment for digital forensic analysts is expected to increase by 32% between 2018 and 2028. Both rates are higher than the average growth rate for all other professionals. The University of Scranton began to offer a bachelor’s degree in cybercrime and homeland security in the fall of 2020 and a master’s degree program in cybercrime investigation and cybersecurity beginning in fall 2022. Students participating in these programs have access to hands-on programming and research opportunities

offered through the University’s Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Crime, which combines faculty research expertise and criminal justice practitioner knowledge with state-of-the-art technology for extensive data analysis. “Well-prepared cyber intelligence and cybersecurity professionals are needed locally and across the country. To fill this gap, universities like ours need to partner with industry leaders like Jacobs. Our shared culture of caring for individuals at the University and at Dr. Sinchul Back Jacobs, ensures that this partnership will result in substantial benefit to our students and community,” said Michael Jenkins, Ph.D., Michael Jenkins chairman of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Criminology at The University of Scranton. H

The Extra-Curricular Factor


here are several factors involved in evaluating students’ college applications. These include a rigorous high school course load, high school grades, SAT/ACT test scores, the college essay, recommendations and extra-curricular activities. Although extra-curricular activities are not required for high school credit or paid employment, these activities are important when students are applying to college. Colleges are seeking wellrounded students who will make a meaningful contribution to campus life. Many colleges will require that students list them on their applications and include them on a resume. Extra-curricular activities help high school students begin to develop their talents and interests and even future careers. They can teach students practical skills including responsibility, commitment and time management. In general, various factors at each college will determine how much emphasis admissions committees place on them. Melissa Bevacqua, Undergraduate Director of Admissions at George Mason University, stated, “Admission officers try to envision the positive contributions prospective students will make, and involvement outside of the classroom in high


school is a good predictor. This does not mean that students have to be involved in every activity or that they should overextend themselves in high school. They should seek to be well-rounded by selecting a few activities they are passionate about. Never sacrifice strong academic performance in a rigorous curriculum in high school just to look impressive in the admission process.” At the beginning of high school, students should try several activities to determine their interest. As they continue through high school, the focus should be on the activities that they would like to pursue with more involvement. Ultimately, students should strive to secure leadership roles in their extracurricular activities. As a general rule, quality of involve-

ment is more important than quantity of activities. Extra-curricular activities also

include summer experiences and community service. Some ideas for summer include the following: college classes, performing or visual arts programs, career camps, private music lessons, SAT or ACT preparation courses, and travel abroad programs. Check category/summer/ for some additional opportunities. Many high school students have required volunteer service hours which they must complete during the school year and in the summer. While these are often required for graduation, community service is valued and important. Students are encouraged to go above and beyond their high school graduation service requirements to show colleges that they are even more dedicated and committed to giving back to society. H –Jennifer Severini-Kresock Jennifer Kresock is an experienced private career and college counselor.

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King’s College


new school year at King’s College brings hope not only to a new class of Monarchs, but to the community and beyond. There’s no doubt students will smile bigger when they see Ph.D. professors teach classes outside and students studying on blankets and comfy chairs in O’Connor Park. King’s has


created a great mix of studying and relaxation with popular activities such as cornhole tournaments and trips to Hershey Park. Once students are well-rested, they are happy to be back at workstudy jobs, the classrooms, athletics and more! Monarchs love discovering and heightening their talents, engaging in internship opportunities,

identifying the purpose within their education and learning how to impact others. With the help of career planning academic courses, students are earning purposeful careers. King’s has a newly beautified campus this semester with main buildings receiving refreshed surfaces, residence halls freshly painted and new landscaping improvements on the campus’s green spaces. Monarchs attend classes in ultramodern academic buildings such as The Mulligan Center for Engineering and The Richard Abbas Alley Center for Health Sciences. King’s marks a monumental year by enrolling students in its first doctoral program- 3+3 Occupational Therapy. Healthy eating includes food found at the King’s Court, a campus Starbucks and Chick-fil-A. Come see why students love to call King’s College their home. Register for a KC Friday event which includes lunch with professors: H

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MMI Teacher Spotlight

Christina Spencer World Language Department Chair/ Mandarin Chinese Instructor/Social Sciences Instructor


hristina Spencer joined the MMI family in June 2009. She previously held a dual role as a faculty member and as director of human resources, switching to full-time faculty member in the 2017-2018 school year. Mrs. Spencer began implementing a new Chinese language course elective at MMI in the fall of 2009. She has created and planned a Chinese curriculum to introduce the Mandarin language, writing, cultural traditions, calligraphy, art and history to MMI’s students. Mrs.

Spencer also coordinates and introduces Chinese cultural events to compliment the curriculum. Since the 2012-13 academic year, she teaches Chinese I, II, III, and IV. In addition, she teaches middle school students in the social sciences curriculum Ancient Civilizations. Mrs. Spencer also hosts a summer camp called Asian Crafts and Cooking where campers can learn to make traditional Chinese crafts and foods. Mrs. Spencer says, “I believe communication is the key to human connection but that connection is not just being able to speak the language, it is about understanding the culture, the traditions and the way of life. While the best way to do this would be through an immersion experience in China, that is not possible so we bring the culture into the classroom. Not only do students learn to read, write and speak Chinese, but they also celebrate holidays and practice many Chinese customs and traditions. We celebrate the moon festival by hav-

ing moon cakes and tea. We celebrate Chinese New Year by eating many of the traditional foods found around that holiday. We also do many fun projects and learn to write in Chinese calligraphy. Students enjoy the class because it’s not just about language, it is about culture and this experience unlocks many more possibilities for them that few kids have.” As the director of human resources, Mrs. Spencer maintained the employee benefits programs and informed employees of benefits by studying and assessing benefit needs and trends. She also oversaw the recruitment process of new employees. “I love teaching because I love watching students’ faces light up when they learn something new or understand a new concept. Students often share their own culture in the classroom and it is amazing to see the realization that although we may speak different languages, we share many similar traditions and practices. love how we are not just learning Chinese language and culture but we are able to dig deeper into our own culture as well.” Mrs. Spencer graduated from King’s College with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business. Before taking the position at MMI, she served as the business manager at the Wyoming Valley Montessori School in Kingston. She and her husband, Chris, reside in Mountain Top with their son, Connor ’22. H


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New this year: Amusement area with 10 amusement rides, 42 ft. Ferris wheel, games, cotton candy, candy apples, snow cones and more. At the Slope Amphitheater The Eclectic Circus shows & 14+ scheduled acts/workshops throughout the four days. “The Ultimate Tomato Run” and a new Youth Fun Run (timed) for children 7-13 is new this year.

Tickets: Adults (Pre-Sale) $25.00 • (At the Door) $30.00 Children (4-12) $5.00 • (3 and under) free Buffet from 3-6 p.m. • Grilled sandwiches from 6-7 p.m. Kiddie Korner • Gift Basket Raffle Instant Bingo • 50/50 • Bake Sale Cash Bar • Lots of Entertainment

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Moses Taylor Foundation: New Board Officers oses Taylor Foundation, a private foundation with a mission to improve the health of people in Northeastern Pennsylvania, has announced its newly-elected officers for the 2022-23 fiscal year.


William R. Lazor, CPA/PFS, CFE, has been elected board chair. Lazor joined the board as a member in 2016 and previously served as vice chair. Along with service to Moses Taylor Foundation, Lazor has contributed in roles within local government and nonprofit sectors to ensure appropriate oversight and stewardship of resources. As a director with the certified public accounting firm of Kronick Kalada Berdy & Co. PC, he concentrates in the area of taxation, with expertise in local and multi-state taxation. Lazor earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce and finance from Wilkes University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Pennsylvania and New York. Lazor assumes the chair role following the tenure of Judge Robert A. Mazzoni who will remain on the board as a general director. Maria Marsili, Esq., has been elected board vice chair and will also chair the governance committee. Marsili is one of the original board members joining in 2012. She is currently a vice president and special assets officer at First National Bank while maintaining a limited private law practice. She is a past member of the Kiwanis Club of Scranton and has served on the boards of NeighborWorks NEPA, Moses 76

Taylor Health Care System and MidValley Hospital. Kimberly Santarsiero has been reappointed to the role of treasurer. William R. Lazor, CPA/PFS, CFE Maria Marsili, Esq. Santarsiero joined the board in 2016 and has contributed her expertise to many local nonprofit organizations, including St. Joseph’s Kimberly Santarsiero Mary F. Sewatsky, M.D. Center and Dress for affiliate faculty member of Geisinger Success Lackawanna. She is an Commonwealth School of Medicine investment executive for the and volunteers her time and talents Santarsiero Investment Group at with multiple organizations. LPL Financial and has provided financial planning and invest“I appreciate Mr. Lazor’s acceptance ment management services for of the Board Chair role and Ms. individuals, businesses, pension Marsili’s willingness to step into an funds, foundations and endowofficer role as Vice Chair. Mr. Lazor ments for the past 20 years. and Ms. Marsili are sincerely dedicated to the mission and vision of the Mary F. Sewatsky, M.D., has organization and will capably guide been re-appointed as the board the Foundation, complemented by secretary. Dr. Sewatsky has the continued service of Dr. Sewatsky served on the board since its and Ms. Santarsiero,” stated Danielle inception in 2012 and, prior to Breslin, President and CEO, Moses the appointment as the foundaTaylor Foundation. H tion’s current President and CEO in 2022, led the organization as Moses Taylor Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to Interim President and CEO for building healthy communities and providing opportunities eight months. Sewatsky earned for people in Northeastern Pennsylvania to lead healthier her medical degree from Temple lives. It was endowed in 2012 with the net proceeds from the sale of the Moses Taylor Health Care System to Community University School of Medicine Health Systems of Franklin, Tennessee. Since its formation, it and has served the Northeastern has grown to support approximately $4 million in annual Pennsylvania community as an grantmaking throughout its 11-county service area of internal medicine physician and Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, community-minded servant Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming leader for decades. She is an Counties. Visit

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Brad Chrisman

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter school


rad Chrisman was born and raised in Lower Pottsgrove, PA. He attended Pottsgrove High School and graduated in 2002. He then attended Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University), where he studied secondary math education and biblical studies (undergraduate) and completed his Master of Education. He completed his student teaching at The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, where he was offered a job upon completion of his PA teaching certificate. Brad has been with PA Cyber for over 12 years, serving as a mathematics tutor, instructional supervisor and mathematics teacher in that time. He has taught AP Calculus for the past 9 years, as well as Algebra II and Consumer Mathematics. In past years, he worked with the “First

Robotics” Lego team and AP Calculus AB/BC seminars. The highlight of the school year is when mathematics and engineering professionals give presentations of the mathematical concepts they learn throughout the year. Brad and his wife Rebekah married in 2010 and have three wonderful girls, Caralynn – 6, Julia – 4, Savannah – 2. When he is not busy being a husband and father, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and volleyball. He played four years of NCAA volleyball in college as a setter and outside/opposite hitter. His family is also very active and involved in their church community. They attend The Praise Center in Eddystone, PA. H

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college tips

1. Go to class. No one will be emailing you or dragging you out of bed, but most professors cover exam materials in class, and some require attendance as a grade. Even if you wake

up late, go to class late rather than missing it. 2. Join clubs that interest you to meet people with common interests. If you're going to a new school, it can be difficult to find your group, but joining clubs already establishes common ground. This also helps give you the best experience that the school could offer. 3. You don't have to be best friends with your roommate. Living with someone you just met can be difficult and you might not hit it off, so it is important to establish ground rules for living together and follow them. You may not have 78

7. Leave your room. If you stay there, you will not want to study or work so use study rooms, the library or common spaces, or study with other people. the strongest friendship, and that's okay, but you do have to respect one another and each other's space. 4. Meet your professors. All professors have office hours and are open to meeting with you to answer any questions. Use your resources, this is why they have office hours and it's good for them to put a face to your name. 5. The syllabus is your friend. Everything you need to know about the course is in the syllabus. All the due dates, office hours, contact information, grading and policies are there, so it's a good idea to give it a read. 6. If you're staying in a dorm, befriend your Resident Assistant (RA). They are there to help you with any problems and are always there to listen.

8. Use your time wisely. Don't leave the 10-page paper for the night before it's due. It's best to work a little at a time. If you do procrastinate on a few assignments, try to prioritize the assignments that are worth more points and go back to the others after. 9. Prepare for mid-terms and finals week. You will have multiple projects due within these weeks so it's best to look at the syllabus ahead of time and start working as soon as you can. 10. It's okay to be undecided or change your major. It's better to change your major than to be stuck with a major you dislike. No one is locked into anything because college is the time to experiment and find what you like. H –Elizabeth Haikes Elizabeth Haikes is a Senior at Kutztown University. She is completing an internship with Happenings Magazine. In Spring of 2022, she spent a month abroad in Germany and Austria. August 2022

Congratulations Tim on 10 years as CEO of MyCIL Thank You for Your Outstanding Leadership! MyCIL Is Celebrating Tim Moran’s 10 Years of Inspiring Leadership Thank You for Your Dedication to MyCIL and Our Entire Community! We’re proud to be celebrating 10 years of your committed leadership, including your active involvement in our local community as well as your passion for giving back. Over the past decade, we’ve evolved and grown … and you’re key to it all. Thank you for your commitment! “To us, living independently means living your best life, your way. I say ‘we can be independent when we do it together’ because everyone can bene昀t from a helping hand.” ~ Tim Moran, MyCIL’s CEO


Prepare for a Healthier School Year

Dr. Lynn Heard, DNP/CSN,

School Nurse, North Pocono School

I Nye Jewelers t's time to get organized and make sure your child is ready for a successful school year. One important part of preparing for back to school is understanding the role of the school nurse and the value that he or she brings to the educational experience. School nurses are committed to keeping students healthy and safe, and, with the support of parents and caregivers, they can help children have a great year. Here are five things to keep in mind as you prepare for going back to school.

by the state to have mandated health services such as medical exams, dental exams and scoliosis screens; not just vaccines. Make sure your child is up-todate before the start of the school year. If you haven’t already done so, call your health care provider now to ensure your child can be scheduled for a visit in the next few weeks. Check out for details about state-mandated health requirements, or ask your child’s health care provider.

medication adjustments or a medical diagnosis, remember that big life events can also affect a student's overall mental health, well-being and life choices. Let your school nurse know about events such as a change in family structure (marriage or divorce), death of a pet, struggles with peer pressure, etc. Your child's school nurse can provide better care if he or she is aware of the big picture in a student's life.

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Remember that the school nurse is a highly trained resource. If you have any concerns about your child's health, don't hesitate to reach out to the nurse. The nurse can offer guidance and support on everything from managing chronic conditions to dealing with minor illnesses and injuries. School nurses also provide in-school vision and hearing screenings and can even refer or connect students to longer-term health care services.


Keep up with immunizations, preventive health care and dental visits. Children entering certain grades are required 80


Make sure your child has a regular doctor / health care provider and dentist who can be seen for routine check-ups and sick visits. Regular preventive care visits are key to identifying and addressing a health issue before it becomes a crisis. A consistent provider can help better understand your child’s health over time and relay important information to your child’s school nurse. If you need help finding a doctor, health care provider or dentist in your community, ask us!


Your school nurse wants to hear from you. Along with teachers, school nurses are an integral part of the educational experience. If you communicate with your child's teacher via email, copy your school nurse if applicable. Along with notifying the school nurse about health changes like

Student health is like a jigsaw puzzle. The finished picture looks completely different if even a few pieces are missing! Your school nurse does want to hear from you, so consider an email or a quick phone call if something big or small is happening.


Finally, please keep your child home from school when sick. We know the past two years have been exceptionally difficult for parents, and school nurses are so appreciative of the collective efforts of so many. But we aren't out of the woods yet. Keeping a sick child home rather than dosing them with medicine to get through the day also helps in quicker recoveries and prevents the spread of illness. The start of the school year is a new beginning. It's also the perfect time to reach out and initiate a connection with the school nurse. Your child's school nurse is an active advocate for student health and the health of our overall community. H

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Family. Friends. Neighbors: Fidelity Bank’s Board of Directors


ith 108 combined years of service to individuals and Northeastern Pennsylvania and Richard M. Hotchkiss Daniel J. Santaniello Brian J. Cali John Cognetti HelenBeth beyond, the Board Garofalo Vilcek of Directors of Fidelity Bank exemplifies what it means to be part of the fabric of a community. Playing an integral role in the region’s financial William Joyce Michael McDonald Kristen O'Donnell Alan Silverman Paul Woelkers landscape, many have served for more a client chooses to do busihas served in this capacity than two decades. Their ness with Fidelity Bank is since 2010 and has been a leadership is at the core the day they establish a Director of the company of why so many people longtime relationship with and a member of the bank’s who live and work in this a team of highly trained, Board of Directors since region prefer the experitrusted professionals. Under 2011. ence of community the leadership of a local Those who chose to do banking. Board of Directors, commubusiness with a community nity bankers are invested in Brian J. Cali, Esquire, has bank can also feel good the financial success of their been a director of the about working with a financlients. A level of trust is crecompany and a member cial institution that invests ated when bankers recogof the Board of Directors in the community as nize their clients, build a since 2001. He is the Fidelity Bank does. Fidelity rapport with them and care managing owner of supports numerous civic Brian J. Cali and organizations and educaAssociates, a tional institutions through Pennsylvania sponsorships and partnerlaw firm locatships. This funding, over ed in Dunmore, $1.8 million in 2021, lends about their financial future. and the owner of several critical support to many It’s a personalized service businesses in the region. organizations that rely that simply cannot be He brings a unique perheavily upon donations to achieved at the national spective to his role with operate. or international level. Fidelity and how the The small business commubank helps to shape the Just ask Daniel J. nity also depends on comcommunities it serves. Santaniello, President and munity banks for support. Chief Executive Officer of Though they may not Fidelity leaders know firstFidelity Bank. Mr. Santaniello realize it initially, the day hand what it means to be



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an entrepreneur and the challenges and needs of today’s small business owners. Their experience has shaped the bank’s approach to serving independent businesses. Among the board members who also wear entrepreneurial hats are: Richard Mr. Hotchkiss, owner of multiple businesses and Certified UCC building inspector; Paul C. Woelkers, founder of Lackawanna Mobile X-Ray; Helenbeth G. Vilcek, owner of Garafalo Real Estate; William J. Joyce, Sr., former Principal of the Joyce Insurance Group; Alan Silverman, a Certified

Public Accountant with his own firm and a founder and CEO of PrimeMed, P.C.; Kristin D. O’Donnell, an owner of the company and Vice President of Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, Inc.; and Mr. Cali, Managing Owner of Brian J. Cali and Associates and owner of several businesses. A well-rounded group of professionals, Fidelity’s Board of Directors provide valuable insight to the bank, sharing their experience in a wide variety of fields. John T. Cognetti, former President of Hinerfeld Realty, brings a wealth of experience in real estate

brokerage in regional and national markets to his role. Michael J. McDonald, Esquire, a partner in the law firm of McDonald and MacGregor, LLC, brings legal expertise to the group. From attorneys to business strategists and real estate experts, their collaborations result in success for Fidelity customers, and the entire community. They’re invested in the success of their clients, and in their hometowns because they are not only our Board of Directors, they are our family, friends and neighbors, too. H

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Monroeton Rodeo


onroeton is located in south-central Bradford County in the valley of Towanda Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River. Monroeton was described in 1940 as a Y-shaped farming village of small vine-covered houses. This annual rodeo has become a favorite, highly anticipated event. The rodeo is held at Mountaineer Park Arena. A portion of proceeds from the rodeo helps support the Monroeton Fire Department. Come rodeo! H


APRA & IPRA Pro Rodeo • 2 p.m. Lil’ Buckaroo Rodeo 3 to 5 & 6 to 8 at 1 p.m. Adults $15 • Kids 5-15 - $5 Senior Citizens over 62 - $5 Active Military - FREE

65 Thrasher Lane • Mountaineer Park • Monroeton, PA • 570-441-3557


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WHERE TO CAMP KEEN LAKE CAMPING AND COTTAGE RESORT Find your “ahhh moments!” Swim! Fish! Camp! Glamp! Visit our family-owned resort on a 90-acre lake. Breathe fresh air. Restore your soul. It’s always a good time to gather at the lake! 155 Keen Lake Rd., Waymart. 570-488-6161 LEDGEDALE CAMPGROUND & MARINA Located on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack. We offer seasonal and daily sites, kayak rentals and have a camp store. We also have a boat launch and picnic area with view of the lake! 153 Ledgedale Road, Greentown, PA 570-689-2181, SHORE FOREST CAMPGROUND Campers call it their “happy place.” Perfect for a weekend getaway. Pool is heated, fish are jumping and the kids are having fun. See why everyone says SFC is their favorite local campground. Rt. 11 in Hop Bottom., 570-289-4666

July 5 through November 22, 2022 • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday. Over 15 farmers and vendors. Located in the Lower Tomato Festival parking lot on South Main Street, Pittston.



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n unforgettable night of Motown’s greatest hits is scheduled for September 24, 7 p.m. at The Theater at North. “Shadows of the 60s: A Tribute to Motown” pays homage to the tremendous legacy of Motown’s Super Groups in a salute to the legendary stars of Motown including The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Temptations. This highly interactive and visually stunning production performs hits that span several decades, featuring top industry musicians and singers dressed in

exquisitely designed costumes with dazzling choreography. Each singer and musician was chosen because they embody the spirit, style and excitement of the original artists in concert. See and feel the experience of attending a live Motown concert circa 1964. Tickets are $45-$50 and can be purchased online at www. or in person at the box office on Tuesdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m.2 p.m. and Thursdays 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tickets will also be available on the night of the show, starting at 5 p.m. H

AUGUST 14, 2022 9AM - 4PM





Always ABBA


orty years after their debut, ABBA remains one of the most beloved and enjoyed bands of its kind. Timeless and transcending, their music has touched and sparked an undeniable energy in audiences of all ages. On Saturday, September 10, experience the music and the majesty with Always ABBA, as they bring ABBA’s greatest hits featuring Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians to Scranton’s Theater at North. . Relive the fun as you enjoy the classic looks and sound that made ABBA famous. Always ABBA’s impeccable vocals and stellar musicianship make it easy to see why the band plays to sold out venues across North America and makes them the greatest ABBA tribute as the dancing queen is reborn. Michelle Truman as “Agnetha” Michelle is a born entertainer. An accomplished vocalist, her career spans theater productions of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Little Shop of Horrors to Rusty in “Footloose” and “Anne of Green Gables” with the world renowned Charlottetown Festival. Michelle has performed in the sold out musical production “Summer of Love” as Janis Joplin and the epic Monster Rock Orchestra and has sung with several American symphonies across the United States. Karen Coughlin as “Anni-Frid” Karen is a versatile performer with over 20 years in the entertainment industry. She has headlined for several symphonies and worked in most regional theatres across Canada. She is well known for her work as Belle in "Beauty & the Beast", Patsy in "The Patsy 88

Cline Show", The Narrator in "Joseph...", Sarah in "Guys & Dolls" among many other productions. Kevin Beeby as “Bjorn” Kevin is an active freelance guitarist, bassist and vocalist. After graduating from Mohawk College's music program in 2005, he has spent the past decade working with numerous bands and performing with artists around the Greater Toronto Area including as many as 18 different tribute acts. Kevin has played on various stages across Canada and the United States. He has also toured India, and worked two months as a musician for Carnival Cruise Lines in the Western Caribbean. Mike Walmsley as “Benny” Mike has been a professional musician in Toronto for over 17 years. For five years, he was the resident "piano man" at The Madison Avenue Pub. Other gigs include duelling pianos, musicdirecting and working in various bands, suchas Finnighan, The Free Press, Electric Blonde, Always Abba and Dreamer (the Supertramp experience). Nick Czarnogorski, Bass Guitar A veteran bass player of stage and studio, Nick has been touring the world with multi-platinum selling artist Johnny Reid. Nick also works with a wide vari-

ety of Canadian artists playing cross-country on festival, theatre and arena tours. Nick has performed and/or recorded with numerous Juno nominated and Juno awarded artists including The Stellas, Jason Blaine and Rex Goudie. Ed Mortenson, Drums and Vocals Ed is a graduate from Red Deer College in classical percussion studies as well as a graduate from the Grant McEwen College music program. He has performed all over the world from Afghanistan playing for the troops to Sochi, Russia at the 2014 Olympics. Joel Lightman, Keyboard, Synth, Guitar, Vocals Over twenty years as a musician, Joel has played with bands such as CCR and M People.

When not touring or playing with Always ABBA, Joel runs an agency providing dueling pianos shows across Canada and the USA. H

Susan M. Baroody, D.O. FACP Dr. Susan Baroody is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician serving the patients of NEPA since 2010. She earned her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine from Scranton Temple Residency Program, Scranton. She is a member and Fellow of American College of Physicians, member of the Lackawanna Medical Society, Pennsylvania Medical Society, American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Association and Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Baroody has actively served the community in both Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. She served as medical director of, and founding physician to both The Wright Center Clarks Summit and Scranton. Dr. Baroody has joined Dr. Thomas Majernick and Sarah McKeown, PA-C. at the Olyphant location. Dr. Baroody’s personal interests include: singing (vocally trained in Classical Italian), playing multiple instruments and spending time with her family. She is passionate about the opportunity of continuing to serve the community and caring for her patients.

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August 2022

Each year, more than 40 million American adults will experience a serious Mental Health condition – Less than half will seek treatment due to stigma and discrimination. It's time to end the stigma! If you or someone you know needs support, please dial 211. Help is just a phone call away.

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August 2022


My spouse just died. Who do I need to notify?


s a recent widow or widower, you'll face many personal and financial challenges in the following months. You should contact a number of people and agencies to help secure the financial future of you and your family. If your spouse had a will (or even absent a will), it's important to discuss your immediate options with your family financial advisor or attorney regarding the estate. One of the first matters to resolve is how the death benefit of your spouse's life insurance policy, if any, will be paid out. Life insurance benefits are not paid automatically, so you'll need to contact your insurance agent or company to file a claim and to find out what your payout options are. Take time to carefully evaluate these options. The same is true for any retirement plan in which your spouse participated. If he or she was part of a profit-sharing plan, 401(k) plan, Keogh plan (for selfemployed workers) or some other plan, you must consider how the benefits will be distributed to you. The most advantageous strategy with an IRA or 401(k) is to roll over the account into a new account in your own name. 92

This keeps the funds tax sheltered until you retire and begin withdrawals. Contact the plan administrator. You may be eligible to receive Social Security survivor's benefits for yourself or your children. If you qualify, six months of retroactive benefits are available. However, you must file within a specified time period. You may also be entitled to the $255 lump-sum death benefit. Contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 7721213 or on the internet at In addition, if your spouse ever served in the military or in some other form of government employment, you and your children may qualify for a separate survivor's benefit. The Department of Veterans Affairs, formerly known as the Veterans Administration, may even provide educational assistance, home loans, federal job preference or other assistance. If you are the widow or widower of a former federal, state or local government worker, contact the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or the local organization that coordinates benefits for state, county or municipal employees. During this difficult time, you'll also want to stay in close touch with friends and family members and accept their support

and assistance. Books, websites and local support groups are available to help cope with your recent widow(er)hood. After you have settled your spouse's affairs, you will need to review your plans. If you have your own will, you probably need to name a new estate executor and a new guardian for your children. You'll also need to have documents rewritten, such as a power of attorney, letter of instruction or living will. H

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August 2022


Who is the

cutest of them all?

Bear Bear loves playing with his abundance of toys and snuggling up with his pawrents. He lives in Scranton with the Vaicekauskas family.

Daisy May Daisy May loves to cuddle with her two cat pals Annie Oakly and Pistal Pete. She resides with the Wheaton family of Westfield, PA.

Freddy Freddy Walsh, Scranton, was found when he was a few weeks old. He enjoys the laser light and kicksticks. He is full of love as evident by his unique purr.


Ginsu Ginsu is a polydactyl cat with 22 toes! He enjoys picking up toys with his big paws and throwing them for humans to retrieve. He resides with the Barnes family in Dupont.

Dax Dax is a very smart ginger polydactyl cat according to the McKaskle family of Mehoopany. He opens windows and doors and picks things up with his thumbs.

Harper & Ella Harper and Ella are both rescues who are very protective of each other. These “best dogs” live with the Purdy household in Taylor.

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The Ashanti family from South Abington Township write that Huckaby is handsome and easy-going, and he enjoys belly rubs.

Lilly, loves to snuggle with her family, the Currys of Moscow. She also enjoys napping and walks.

Lily is a therapy dog at NROC in Dunmore. She has two brothers, Bailey and Teddy.




Tilly is a cuddly love bug who resides in Madison Township with the Murray family. When she isn't playing with her cat she enjoys chasing tennis balls.

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Todd was adopted from a shelter by the Ventre family. He loves spending time with his family, car rides and finding new sticks when they go for walks together.

Wally Machowski is a rescue, found on a road in Georgia in a blanket. He is now an AKC Therapy Dog who visits places like veteran centers. He loves to hike and swim in the Lackawanna River.



SCOTT GREENS GOLF CLUB Challenging nine hole golf and teaching facility in Scott Twp. Home of “A Swing for Life” Golf Academy featuring Teaching Professional Scotty McAlarney, a “Top 100” W.G.T.F. Instructor. Fun for the whole family! Minutes from Clarks Summit, Rt. 81, Scranton and the valley area. Great membership!

SLEEPY HOLLOW GOLF COURSE Public 19 hole course, challenging back 10 holes. Renovated clubhouse and bar. Casual dining with beautiful views of our front 9. Golf card accepted. Golf leagues and tournaments welcome. Voted Best Public Golf Course in Times Tribune Readers Choice. FB and Instagram: @shgolfcourse. Sandy Banks Rd., Greenfield Twp. 570-254-4653 (


18 hole championship golf course masterfully carved out of the rolling hills and meadows of the Endless Mountains. A relaxing natural habitat to play golf at its best. Golf our mature links. Dining in our in-house restaurant, The Hedge. 570-836-5108


Celebrating over 25 years, Woodloch’s spectacular 18-hole championship golf course winds its challenging way over 6,579 yards of fern-carpeted forests, lush wetlands and broad upland meadows. Four sets of tees on every hole so all levels can be accommodated. 4.5 STARS - Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play. Outside tee-times can be made up to four days in advance. 570-685-8102.

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Dining around the Region Note! All hours are subject to change without notice. Call ahead, consult website and Facebook pages of each individual restaurant for updated information.

Abbiocco Try our signature dishes, such as Chicken Abbiocco, manicotti or blackened salmon. BYOB. Text Abbiocco to 51660 to receive our texts every Wednesday or see weekly specials. Tues-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., 639 N. Blvd., Clarks Summit. 570-319-9633. Barley Creek Brewing Company, Inc. Try our beer cheese soup, with Antler Brown Ale. Lunch and dinner: Sun.-Thur. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m-10:30 p.m. Breakfast: Fri.-Mon.8 a.m.-11 a.m. 1774 Sullivan Trail, Tannersville. 570-629-9399.

August 2022

Barley Creek Tasting Room and Pub at the Crossings Grab a bite to eat and taste our PA craft brews, spirits, wines and cocktails.Mon-Thur 11a.m.-7p.m. Fri-Sat 11a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Coney Island Lunch Try our Texas Wiener with mustard, onions and chili sauce! Tues.-Sun.11 a.m.-3 p.m. 515 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Delivery by DoorDash! 570-961-9004. Northern Light Espresso Bar and Café Downtown Scranton’s original Espresso Bar. Celebrating 20 years! Enjoy locally roasted brewed coffee, Espresso, Tea and more. Grab and go for breakfast and lunch! Fresh baked goods daily! M-F 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. S 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 536 Biden Street, Scranton (formerly Spruce St.)

Pettinato’s Restaurant Try our grilled salmon in Asian sauce. Take out and delivery. Mon.-Sat. 4-8 p.m., Sun. 4-7 p.m. 78 Dundaff St., Carbondale. 570-282-5860. Sibio’s Restaurant Our fettuccine Alfredo is a customer favorite! Lunch and dinner regular hours, full menu with specials. 1240 Quincy Ave., Dunmore. 570-346-3172. Savory Maza Shish barak special on Wednesdays this season! Indulge in fresh, homemade vegetarian and meat meals, plus daily specials. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. and Sat.11 a.m.-8 p.m. 200 N. Main St., Scranton. 570-969-2666. Stirna’s Our Stirnaburger is full 1/4 lb. top choice ground beef with tomato, bacon and American or Swiss on a semi-hard roll. Wed.-Sat. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. 120 W. Market St. Scranton. On/off premise catering daily. 570-961-9681.H


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