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My Dad, Phil (Felix) DiRienzo, was a proud and accomplished bricklayer and stone mason. He was so excited when he was hired by the Pennsylvania Historical Commission to rebuild the wall at the Denison House but outraged when told to tear down all his hard work and start anew following an inspection! It was "too perfect"! They explained farmers at the time would not have had the time to make it so perfect; they just wanted to use all that stone to make a very practical wall! They were looking for historical accuracy, not masonry perfection. My Dad died at age 89. We found this black and white print, by William T. Jones, of the Denison House and my Dad's wall. Without knowing our story, the artist explained that he drew it from that angle to focus on “the magnificent stonewall!” –Dolly DiRienzo Michalczyk, –via email 4

On the Cover: New baby of 2017 Patrick Michael Johnson makes his grand debut. Photo: Lizzy Metcalfe Photography Published Monthly. 350,000 copies annually. ©2018 HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any process except with written permission.

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contents JANUARY 2018


New in Town

Meet NEPA’s newest, and smallest, residents.


New Year, New You Find ways to improve mind, body and soul.


On the Case Get to know local attorneys who share their passion for the law.


Good as Gold Read how NEPA citizens are making strides and lending a hand.


Tails to Tell Check out NEPA’s furry friends and vote for your fave.


Wedding Warm Up Here comes the winter bridal guide.


Taste the Difference Peruse the options of NEPA’s restaurant scene.


Road Trip! Hibernation is not an option in nearby Cortland County, NY.


January’s Jumpin! What to do, where to go, everything you need to know.

Photo: James Ruane ©

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January sunday



First Day Hike, Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 10 a.m. 403-2006.


Festival of Trees: The Roaring ‘20s, Marketplace at Steamtown, Scranton. Through Jan. 12. 963-6590.

WVIA Ski Day. Elk Mtn Ski Resort, Union Dale. 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.


Eagle Day, Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley. 1:30 p.m. 226-3164.


















Introduction to Fly Tying, Stroudsburg Jr H.S., Stroudsburg. 3550165.

Leslie Odom, Jr. Kirby Center for Creative Arts, Kingston. 6:30 p.m. 270-2190.

Dirty Dancing, F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 7:30 p.m. 826-1100.

Adopt a Rescued Bird Month Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month Shape Up Month National Soup Month Celebrate Life Month

3rd Annual Children’s Museum Science Fair, Children’s Museum, Bloomsburg. 5-8 p.m. 389-9206.

State Ballet Theatre of Russia– Sleeping Beauty, State Theatre, Easton. 7:30 p.m. 800-999-STATE.


Learn a Snow Sport Day, Ski Shawnee, Shawnee-onDelaware. 421-7231.





Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big, Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre. Through Mon. 800-745-3000.


Northeast PA Bridal Show, Hilton Scranton & Conference Center.



Wellness Week, Everything Natural, Clarks Summit. 586-9684. Through Sat.


Bridal Showcase, Inn at Woodloch, Hawley. 1-4 p.m. 685-8314.





Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebration Breakfast, East Stroudsburg University. 422-3139.




Eastern Orthodox Christmas


March for Life, departs Keyser Oak Shopping Center, Scranton. 6:45 a.m. 343-5099.

Eagle Viewing Bus Tour, Upper Delaware Visitors Center, Lackawaxen. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 226-3164.

Pocono Winter Beerfest, Sherman Theatre, Stroudsburg. Noon. 420-2808.

Annual Prayer Breakfast, Fiorelli’s, Peckville. 9 a.m. 876-4087.

Dear Readers,


ou cannot please all of the people all of the time.” I remember my late father wisely reminding me of this in my first few years in business. The more years of experience I acquire (now approaching 24 at Happenings), the more wisdom I see in this statement, particularly when the size of the audience you are trying to please is quite large. At Happenings Magazine, we reach and interact with a minimum of over 100,000 individuals a month, so the chances of striking a chord of harmony on every subject with each person is farfetched. Finding that sweet spot of partners whose mutual needs are being met and who are willing to creatively problem-solve together (realizing that we are all imperfect humans) is where it’s at.


That sweet spot is the basis of Happenings Magazine’s annual Happie Awards. Later this month we will celebrate over 200 businesses who are the recipients of the 4th annual Happenings Magazine’s Happie Awards. These awards are determined by you, the public who voice your opinions on which businesses and organizations make you the “happiest.” Make no mistake, organizations who are regularly and consistently connected digitally with their audience have a huge advantage. Businesses who also invest in effective traditional marketing and brand awareness also have an edge because they have established top-of-the-mind awareness of their brand. In the 1967 song by The Turtles, “Happy Together” the lyrics say, “If I should call you up, invest a dime, and you say you belong to me, and ease my mind, imagine 8

how the world could be, so very fine, so happy together…” Experience has taught me is that once “a dime has been invested,” the expectations of a business relationship increase. Is the relationship worth the famous ROI (return on investment?) Are we happy with our investment of time and resources? Striving for Happie relationships in a world that seems more and more difficult to please is what makes the Happie Awards remarkable and different. We always re-iterate, these are not BEST OF, they are the Happie Awards. Sometimes when I read organizations marketing materials I chuckle. They tell their stories as if their companies are run by teams of Stepford wives. What I want to say is, “This sounds great on paper, but this isn’t reality. Since nothing goes according to plan, I want to know how you problem-solve when it doesn’t; let’s discuss that.” I believe that longevity is a great indicator of an organization’s ability to creatively problem-solve and maintain “happie” relationships. At Happenings, we are very proud to be entering our 49th year in business! We enjoy working side by side with our many “happie” partners who work day in and day out to produce a great and “happie” experience for you, our readers.

With our very best wishes for a very Happy and Healthy New Year,


Paula Mackarey Publisher

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About the Cover: A New Arrival in NEPA


appenings’ January “cover model,” Patrick Michael Johnson, has strong roots in Northeast PA. Though he currently lives in Pikesville, MD with parents Mary Kate Conlon Johnson and Brian Johnson, Patrick and his parents make frequent trips to visit family in the area. At 7-months-old, Patrick is already immersed in many muchloved Northeast PA traditions. Brian grew up in the close-knit community of Eynon, and his favorite memories come from the basketball court in his local park. He also enjoyed playing on the school team in grade school and high school. Mary Kate grew up in Jenkins Township, PA, and fondly remembers summer days spent at her grandparents’ pool, Harvey’s Lake and local waterparks. In the fall, Mary Kate enjoyed annual visits to Lancaster. Today, she continues those traditions with Brian and Patrick. The couple met during their first year at Marywood University. Mary Kate was struck by Brian’s sense of humor and good looks, and Brian began calling Mary Kate his “puffy hair lady” because of her beautiful curly hair. The two became fast friends, and eventually fell in love. They were engaged on December 13, 2014 at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and married on July 2, 2016 at the St. Maria

Goretti Parish in Laflin, PA. Their reception at the Radisson in Scranton was followed by a honeymoon in Hawaii.

the family visits Northeast PA, they enjoy visiting family, going to see the holiday lights at Nay Aug Park and Stone Golf “We love experiencing Hedge Mary Kate is Course and currently tak- the world again through stopping by ing a one-year their favorite the eyes of our child” leave from her local pizza job as a high school English places. In the future, they hope teacher to spend time with to move back to the Northeast Patrick. Brian is a photojournalPA permanently. ist for Sinclair Broadcasting at the local Fox affiliate, WBFF in As new parents themselves, Baltimore, MD. His work earned Brian and Mary Kate encourhim five Emmy Awards, five age other new parents to Associated Press Awards and enjoy every moment. “We canan Edward R. Murrow Award not believe how quickly time is for Excellence in Journalism. flying by,” they shared. “We love experiencing the world Patrick Michael is Mary Kate again through the eyes of our and Patrick’s first child. Born on child and are very much lookJune 20, 2017 at 12:30 a.m., he ing forward to Patrick’s weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces first holiday season.” H and was 20 inches long. When –Megan Kane


Hope Through Heartbreak Luzerne County Couple Channels Grief into Action T

10 days before that, KroppKwon was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital after experiencing complications in what until that point had been a normal pregnancy. “Later, we found out that had I not delivered by emergency C-section that night, I would have died,” Kropp-Kwon said.

he death of a child is perhaps the worst thing a parent could ever experience. Alexis Kropp-Kwon and her husband, Young Nam Kwon, are all too familiar with that pain. But, from the depths of their despair, came a new purpose.

After losing their newborn son, Harris, as a result of complications from premature birth in 2016, the Kwons formed Team Harris and Friends as a fundraising and awareness vehicle for the March of Dimes. The nonprofit organization is known for its commitment to improving the lives of newborn babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality and fighting premature birth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 10 babies in the United States are born premature. Thus far, the Kwons’ efforts have been remarkably successful. Earlier this year, the Dallas, Luzerne County, couple raised $21,000 for March of Dimes. The Kwons and 98 of their friends and family members took part in March of Dimes charitable walks, including those held in Scranton and Allentown, home of Lehigh Valley Hospital, where Harris spent the duration of his short life. The Kwons’ efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by March of 10

Dimes Northeast PA, which recently named the couple Family Ambassadors for the April 29 March for Babies walk at Allentown’s Cedar Crest College. “We were over-

“Losing a child changes your worldview; it changes you fundamentally at the core. We decided to make it a positive change.” whelmed. To get asked was just truly touching,” Kropp-Kwon said. “Losing a child changes your worldview; it changes you fundamentally at the core. We decided to make it a positive change.” Harris was born on March 28, 2016 at 28.3 weeks– 12 weeks premature. About

The couple knew right away that Harris faced an uphill climb, due to serious breathing issues. Still, he was, “beautiful and wonderful,” Kropp-Kwon said. Eventually, Kropp-Kwon’s doctors at Lehigh Valley convinced her to return home and go back to work. Harris, meanwhile, remained in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. “My boss is wonderful and said, ‘Just go down whenever you need to,’” Kropp-Kwon said. On July 3, Kropp-Kwon’s birthday, she and her husband were at the hospital when Harris got sick. His blood had gone septic. From there, the couple made the

harrowing decision that quality of life mattered, and they couldn’t allow their baby boy to remain on life support. Harris passed away in his parents’ arms, 99 days into his short life. “There’s a moment where you realize a family member just isn’t there anymore,” Kropp-Kwon said. “It was probably the worst moment in my life, as you can imagine.” The months that followed were horrendous, but the couple resolved to channel that pain into something positive. While at Lehigh Valley, they received a substantial amount of support and educational

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resources from the March of Dimes. So, it made sense for them to become fundraisers and advocates for the cause. The couple is astounded by the amount of support– financial and otherwise– that they’ve gotten so far via Team Harris. “It’s just incredible. Every dollar is a milestone. But when there’s commas involved, it’s like, ‘Wow, this something else,’” KroppKwon said. “If you put one

foot in front of the other, and find hope in tragedy, people will come around and help support you in any way they can. I’ve had friends who have said they don’t take pregnancy for granted anymore.” “We’ll keep doing it because there’s so many people affected by this,” she continued. “Harris gave us a purpose.” Visit Fundraising/Team?teamEventId =2762976. H –Josh McAuliffe


Bof 2017 abies Francine Ann Dorio Born August 4, 2017 to Marty and Marina Dorio of Dunmore

Patrick Michael Johnson Born on June 20, 2017 to Mary Kate and Brian Johnson of Pikesville, MD

Amelia Jean Gazoo Born March 24, 2017 to Amy and Tommy Gazoo of Scranton Lynsey Noel Photography

Easton William Caines Born August 31, 2017 to Jessica and Shawn Caines of Factoryville

Nico Alexander Cristiano Born October 6, 2017 to Lindsey and Brad Cristiano of Pittston 12

Mia Louise Rozaieski Born March 21, 2017 to Kayla Witkowski and Paul Rozaieski of Scott Township

Madelyn Grace Richardson Born September 11, 2017 to Tom and Kristina Richardson of Dunmore

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Rylee Donna Corrigan Born August 2, 2017 to Tara and Ryan Corrigan of Clarks Summit

Capri Lynn Bianchi Born May 5, 2017 to Jessica and Chris Bianchi of South Abington Township

Kenna Jade Smith Born August 8, 2017 to Sarah Smith of Kingston

Tyler Earl Hreha Born January 24, 2017 to Chris & Rachel Hreha of Archbald

Vita Marcelina Ceccarelli Born on August 26, 2017 to Marcoangelo and Heather Ceccarelli of LaPlume

Sophia Mae Alinoski Born March 5, 2016 to Nicole Alinoski and Micael Starzec of Tunkhannock

Logan Bazewicz Born April 3, 2017 to Megan and Sean Bazewicz of South Abington Township

Ryan Patrick Thatcher Born October 20, 2017 to Neal and Shannon Thatcher of Throop

Landry Marie Rogers Born April 14, 2017 to Thomas and Lindsay Rogers of Lake Ariel


Andersyn Raye Agnello Born December 21, 2016 to Joe and Jessica Agnello of Waymart

Grady Winn Bruckner Born May 8, 2017 to John and Erika Bruckner of Throop

Penelope Jayne Page Born May 23, 2017 to Stephen and Jen Page of Scranton

Ella Jean Brace Born September 21, 2017 to David and Marissa 70 Brace of Swoyersville

Lola Banks Born July 9, 2017 to Lesley and Christopher Banks of Dallas Kandice Bross Photography

Kason & Keegan Kochis Born March 13, 2017 to David & Amy Juba Kochis of Moosic

Everett Witkowski Born October 20, 2016 to Angela and Kyle Witkowski of Throop

Hazel Grace Garner Born August 14, 2017 to Justin and Julie November 2017 Garner of Montrose

Declan Thomas Terpak Born July 1, 2017 to Chris and Lori Terpak of Carbondale

Kasey James Carpenter Born on June 29, 2017 to Keith and Sarah Carpenter of Dalton

Jude Francis Voitek Born March 7, 2017 to Mark and Cayce Voitek of Forty Fort

Christopher Jack Tigue Born March 3, 2017 to Elizabeth and Christopher Tigue of Nanticoke

Lacey Yamelski Born on October 1, 2017 to Gerald and Tara Yamelski of Shavertown

Pearl Isabelle Warner Born July 28, 2017 to Steve and Shannon Warner of Madison Township

Carson Minich Born on July 11, 2017 to Erin and Chris Minich of Scranton

James Patrick Dolphin Born February 12, 2017 to Dan and Kaley Dolphin of Scranton

Aya Pirtskhalava Born March 1, 2017 to Lasha and Andrea Pirtskhalava of Wilkes-Barre 15

Aislinn Maeve O'Brien Kern Born November 16, 2017 to James and Kieran O'Brien Kern of New Providence, NJ

Ava Elizabeth Kennelley Born November 5, 2017 to Justin and Tiffany Gilbride Kennelley of Peckville

Carter Avery Stout Born May 4, 2017 to Stephanie Smith and Christopher Stout of Taylor

Harper Lee Masker Born July 19, 2017 to Donald and Heather Masker of Clarks Summit

Coltyn Calabro Born July 22, 2017 to Danyel and Jered Calabro of Throop 16

Scarlett Pearl Verry Born July 1, 2017 to Justin and Jessica Verry of Avoca

Winter Stoodley Born March 7, 2017 to Patrick and Ashlee Stoodley of Kingston

Lily Mae Ravert Born October 3, 2017 to Steve & Claudia Ravert of Wapwallopen January 2018



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Yardley Grace Chidsey Born August 29, 2017 to Richard and Sarah Chidsey of Shavertown

Owen Robert Craig Born August 18, 2017 to Maggie Cadden & Robert Craig of Factoryville

Andrew Gordon Traveny Born August 4, 2017 to Raynele & Gordon Traveny Jr. of Falls 18 August 2017

Briella Grace Tunney Born November 23, 2017 to Patrick & Melissa Tunney of Scranton

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ommonwealth Health’s Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton (MTH) has delivered babies since July 2000. In 2015, MTH became the first hospital in the United States to earn the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Perinatal Care. Perinatal care refers to the care of mother and child before, during and shortly after birth. This certification follows a rigorous assessment of the hospital’s perinatal care program by the Joint Commission to determine if the facility meets the detailed performance standards in delivering quality, safe care. The Joint Commission, a United States-based organiza-

operation since 2005. About 300 babies are admitted into the (NICU) each year. A Level 3 NICU is capable of caring for very small or very sick newborn babies. Private rooms offer a family-centered approach to meet the needs of critically-ill neonates. The NICU is available to all preterm and full-term infants born at MTH and outlying community hospitals that need management of high-risk conditions. The hospital has also refurbished its family birthing suites. “All are beautiful, newly renovated private rooms,” Fredericks said. The department includes three triage beds, two operating rooms; a two-bed post anesthesia

ON AVERAGE THERE ARE 2,600 BABIES BORN A YEAR AT MTH tion, accredits more than 21,000 U.S. health care organizations and programs. On average there are 2,600 babies born a year at MTH. According to spokesperson Lindsey Fredericks, over the past 17 years some of the big changes in hospital operations include hardwired couplet care where mother and baby share a room; increased perinatal classes; increased lactation coverage on weekends and holidays; more efficient electronic medical records and initiation of Quiet Time within the Mom Baby department from 2 to 4 p.m., which allows uninterrupted bonding time among newborns and families. MTH also partnered with Ronald McDonald House of Scranton to provide two family rooms, one located just steps away from the NICU and one inside of pediatrics. Each offers a unique place of refuge to families in the hospital. The neonatal intensive care unit is a 20-bed, Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), in 20

care unit (PACU); 11 labor rooms; 26 private postpartum rooms; 20 NICU beds; a well baby nursery and an antepartum testing unit. Fredericks noted that there are always two OB/GYNs, one neonatologist, one pediatric hospitalist and an anesthesiologist available in house, 24 hours a day, . The family birthing suites (labor and delivery, mom and baby, NICU) are fully staffed with registered nurses only. “All RNs have various certifications, including but not limited to CPR/BLS; Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP); STABLE; Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS); and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS); and all are competent in advanced fetal monitoring,” she said. “We also have certified surgical techs, OB technicians, unit secretaries, unit specific social workers, seven-day-a-week lactation specialists, as well as pediatric hearing technologists and newborn and family photographers on site.” H –Christine Fanning

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A Project to Warm the Soul


roject Linus was formed to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or in need of new handmade blankets and afghans. The organization gets its name from the “Peanuts” character who always carries his security blanket. Founded in the 1990s, the project spread quickly and now there are chapters in every state in the nation. The Wayne County Library in Honesdale hosts the local Project Linus chapter. “I learned about Project Linus when I met Chapter Coordinator Holly Hubert at a quilt show in Pleasant Mount PA,” says Ellen Caleca, facilitator at the Wayne County Public Library. “I was drawn to participate because it is a worthwhile and rewarding activity to help children. As a volunteer at Wayne County 22

Those without sewing knowledge can learn through the group. Anyone, at any age, with an interest may knit, crochet or hand-sew. All are welcome to join. Volunteers in the past ranged in age from 6 to 80. “Many participants find it a relaxing and rewarding time out from their hectic daily schedule,” says Caleca. Some work on blankets from home and deliver them to the library as well.

Public Library I embrace the philosophy and mission to provide anyone from the community with informative, Once made, educational, entertaining “It’s all about using one’s Hubert time and talents to give inspects programs and activiback to the community to each blanket and ties.” Between benefit children.” organizes five to ten them by age for children. A “blanketeers” meet at the label with “PL” for Project library once a month. “It’s all Linus is sewn onto each blanabout using one’s time and ket. Hubert then distributes talents to give back to the blankets to several places community to benefit chilwithin Wayne County includdren,” says Caleca. “It offers a ing Wayne Memorial place to meet new people, Hospital’s Emergency and socialize, create friendships Maternity Departments, WIC, and gain a sense of pride Urgent Care, Salvation Army once a blanket is completed. Disaster Services and It is also an opportunity for Pennsylvania State Police. those who need to do community service hours for vari- “Blanketeers” appreciate that blankets are given to people ous school or club requirein Wayne County because ments.” A simple doublethey’re directly helping sided blanket can take about members of their comtwo hours to make, while munity. H –Ann Moschorak intricate patterns can take three days to over a week.

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How to Sprout Success in School anie Quinn, founder of Essential Eating Sprouted Foods knows a thing or two about healthy eating. Quinn’s company provides a variety of organic sprouted flour and food options for those seeking a healthier lifestyle. As someone who has seen the daily diet of a student from her time volunteering in a school lunchroom, she says “Wouldn’t it be fantastic if schools put working student gardens in the playground so kids can experience first-hand where whole food comes from?”

some healthier eating alternatives.



Although that may not be feasible, she does provide

“When a child’s hunger is nourished with quality food they will be satiated and not binge or overeat,” explains Quinn. She notes that easily digestible whole foods require less energy to digest than processed foods so children will have more energy. “For school students, eating a hearty, healthy breakfast is key,” states Quinn. To start the day off right in the classroom, breakfast is important. Quality breakfast options include organic eggs and

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butter, sprouted whole Sprouted bread is made grain toast and yogurt. For from whole grains that are those packing their own allowed to germinate, healthy lunch alternatives, before being milled into avocado sandwiches, flour. “In addition to adding baked fish, baked sweet fiber to a child’s diet, potato authentifries and “When a child’s hunger is cally nut butnourished with quality food sprouted ter sand100 perthey will be satiated and cent whole wiches are a few not binge or overeat.” grain options. bread Quinn says quinoa is a makes the nutrients more great option bio available to digest,” for any meal, as it’s an explains Quinn. She also excellent source of lean says sprouting produces a protein. Sprouted pretzels sweeter whole grain flour are a good whole food than traditional snack choice. grain flour. H –Melissa Durante

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ut-of-School experiences help girls develop real skills like teamwork and perseverance. For over a century, Girl Scouts have been the best at building the future female leaders of tomorrow with an impressive list of over 59 million alumnae. Now, more than ever, Girl Scouts are finding ways to discover their inner leader every day through programs that are created specifically with and for girls.

Here are just some examples of upcoming events in the area that girls can participate in:

Research shows that girls learn best in an allgirl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment. Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) does just that, by offering hundreds of handson, interactive, challenging and fun programs that help girls discover their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and leader). Today’s Girl Scouts pick the experiences they want to have like coding robots, developing outdoor skills, connecting with their community to plan service projects or running their very own start-up business. (Or if she is a gogetter, all of the above!)

Winter Troop Adventure Camp Weekends at Rickett’s Glen State Park during January and February 2018.


STEM Expo Saturday, March 17, 2018 at East Stroudsburg University. Year-round Girls Go STEM programs that will cover a wide variety of topics from animal science to healthy habits and confidence-boosting self-care tips.

World’s largest girl-led business also known as the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which will run January-March 2018. Girls are joining Girl Scouts every day and about 99 percent of GSHPA’s girl-programming are volunteer led. GSHPA IS constantly looking to connect with passionate and positive role models to help volunteer with troop activities, Girl Scout Cookie program, outdoor experiences, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs and more! Visit or call 800.692.7816. H

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ehind the pink door at the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in Scranton, the staff of advocates and medical professionals provided care to over 14,000 children over the past two decades. With a focus on offering children a safe place to tell their story and begin to heal, CAC coordinates medical assessments and child forensic interviews for victims of abuse and neglect. While child victims of abuse now face only one interview and one medical examination upon reporting, this process is relatively new. Up until the mid1980s, victims of child abuse were expected to speak separately with law enforcement, child protective services and the district attorney’s office, as well as undergo multiple medical examinations, all before an investigation into the claims began. This difficult and long process often caused many children to feel scared or blame them-

After years of advocating for child victims, only to see those same children in court again years later as offenders, Honorable Michael J. Barrasse, current President Judge of Pennsylvania, moved to create a Children’s Advocacy Center in the area. Since then, his leadership has continued as chairmen of the board. CAC house serves children up to age 12. A Teen Advocacy Center serves teens age 1318, and the Mulberry Center offers trauma counseling to child victims. The staff at the CAC of NEPA is a dedicated group of professionals that work together to build and maintain a safe and welcoming environment. “Our team is absolutely phenomenal, they don’t leave, and we love to come to work,” shared Mary Ann LaPorta, executive director. “Our team is professional, they are confident, they are compassionate, and they are very sensitive. The

“Our team is professional, they are confident, they are compassionate, and they are very sensitive” selves, leading to story alterations and ultimately allowing many offenders to walk free. In 1985, an Alabama court determined the process of multiple interviews and examinations was counterproductive to aiding and supporting victims, thus Children’s Advocacy Centers were founded across the country. 28

CAC of NEPA is a well-oiled machine!” When a child or teen arrives to report abuse, they are brought into an area that will help them to destress before entering the interview. They are then brought into a forensic interview room where a professional Child

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Forensic Interviewer speaks with them about their experience. This interview is not an interrogation. Instead, the child is encouraged to tell their story and share their experience without being coached. No leading questions are asked and the child is just encouraged to speak. The interview is observed by four physicians, two nurse examiners, a child advocate and a family advocate. Recorded copies are made for law enforcement, to ensure the child will not have to undergo additional interviews. The CAC of NEPA also contracts with trauma therapists and coordinates with other community services and organizations to arrange counseling for non-offending family members. According to LaPorta, community support, volunteerism, a dedicated staff and the leadership of the CAC of NEPA’s board members, make the organization successful. This year kicks off the CAC of NEPA’s 20th year of aiding children and teens. April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month, will be filled with annual gatherings, including the Moonlight Walk/Run. A celebratory gala is planned for the fall. Visit H – Ashley Price

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Focus on the Future

Meet Student Photographer

Amber Rought


yoming Area High School senior Amber Rought is like most seniors in high school– preparing to take on the world after graduation. But Amber has already taken a step in the right direction as the owner of her own photography business, Amber Rought Photography.

The Falls, PA native was 10 when she got her first camera, and she has explored the field of photography ever since. She started small— photographing her neighbors and surroundings. It was only a matter of time before people started asking for her photo services, and her hobby grew into a business.

ture the real and true them." Aside from her photo work, Rought is really interested in health and fitness. She can see herself being involved in this field as a side job in the future— working as a health coach or personal trainer. She is also extremely passionate about travel, and there are plenty of places on her travel wish list. Ultimately, she would love to make traveling a part of her future job. She also enjoys working with couples, “especially capturing love between two people." In the future, she’d like to work on more weddings. Her dream job would allow Rought to have the best of everything, getting the chance to travel and shoot weddings as a destination wedding photographer. For Rought, it’s about the little things though. As she puts it, "I really enjoy capturing moments."

This year, Rought did 47 senior photo shoots

“Between last year and this year it took off,” she explains. In the beginning she received tips for her photos, but now she’s established her business, and is earning money from her professional photo work. This year, Rought did 47 senior photo shoots, compared to 20 last year. In addition to senior sessions, she has done everything from family and holiday shoots to engagement photo sessions. She focuses on lifestyle photography, with her goal being, “to cap-

Visit Amber Rought Photography on Facebook. H –Melissa Durante



7 Ways to Feel Better in the New Year

Take a Break!

The health benefits of taking a vacation are unparalleled. A recent study that was done by the University of Pittsburgh cited the benefits of vacationing, but it coincidentally started off as a study of human longevity. During the course of the nine-year study, researchers discovered that on the whole, vacationers tended to live longer. In addition, their minds and bodies were healthier than those who didn’t vacation. These studies cited lower blood pressure, increase in energy and an overall better health— physically and mentally.


Woodloch Resort in Hawley has helped people decompress since. John Kiesendahl, Woodloch’s president and CEO remarked, “It amazes me every time; I watch families arrive at Woodloch tired and stressed but when I greet them at breakfast before they check out they have a renewed spirit, are reenergized and ready to get back to work.” Woodloch believes in a holistic approach to living and

being well. Physical and emotional well-being are both equally important in living a healthy life. Being optimistic and finding the good in each and every day is helpful in maintaining a positive outlook and staying healthy throughout the entire year, not just in January. continued on page 34

January 2018


Heat Things Up!

Instructor Lara Alexiou says hot yoga practice has the power to transform your whole life. Students begin programs for reasons as varied as losing weight, injury rehabilitation, de-stressing or even a desire to make new friends after relocating to NEPA. Steamtown Hot Yoga has success stories ranging from weight loss to relieving symptoms of various autoimmune diseases and rehabbing injuries among long distance runners. According to Alexiou, Hot Yoga becomes a lifestyle of wellness, not just an individual class experience. Confidence empowers you to say yes to the choices that support your health and happiness and no to the choices that deplete you. A yoga practice helps build confidence and being confident in your daily life is how you implement sustainable lifestyle practices.

achieved this mindset and provides simple daily ways to help stay motivated.

“The year goes by one day at time. Waste no time worrying about what you haven’t done yet or what you should have done and simply start doing. Start today, choice-by-choice and day-byday,” advises Alexiou. “Focus on what you can do each day for your health with small everyday choices.” Her book, “Become the Architect of Your Body, Mind, and Soul”, tells her story of how she

Get Back to Your Roots

Women feel better with a full head of hair. When someone visits Kathy Pope’s Hair Fashion in Dunmore with a hair loss problem, they sit down with Pope and personally dis-

color and curl pattern. According to Pope, clipin extensions are a simple and effective option. The clip-in matches real hair color and blends in seamlessly. Pope says, the key components to living well and being well are feeling better about yourself. Self-esteem is priceless! “To maintain motivation, start the new year out right and make a promise to yourself to look into helping your hair get in the best shape possible and start living your life the way you want,” advises Pope. “Take back your life, take back your confidence and let Kathy Pope help you achieve your goals.” continued on page 36

cuss the options available. She starts by measuring the area that needs covering and discusses different ways of attaching the enhancement, which are referred to as “top of the head” extensions. Pope can also create a custom piece in eight to ten weeks, that fits perfectly. Customers may choose length, 34

Tsunami Self Defense Systems provides NEPA with the most realistic street defense training available in the region. Not a martial arts class, this is street smart defense for everyone!

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Think Small

The Greater Scranton and Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs offer numerous programming to assist members to be well in 2018! The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program is a year long lifestyle modification program that assists adults at risk for type 2 diabetes to reduce their chances for developing the disease. Program participants learn strategies for increasing physical activity, healthy eating and losing a healthy amount of weight. When it comes to adding healthy behaviors, like increasing physical activity, it’s important to find a facility that keeps you motivated. The Y’s are encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by creating smaller, more manageable goals that

Be Empowered

Owner/Instructor Robert Thomas says Girls On Guard is not a martial arts class, but a program based on empowerment, awareness and confidence. Participants

can lead to the success of a larger one. Meghan Carnevale, senior director of mission advancement and marketing says getting healthy’ is not a goal—it’s too broad. Instead of a New Year’s resolution, she advises making a new month resolution. Focus on that one change for the month, and add another small change when the new month rolls around.

learn how to physically defend themselves, but true self-defense is about smart choices, avoidance and critical thinking. Women should not only feel like they can defend themselves, but also feel confident in themselves and their abilities. Wellness is first and foremost when it comes to personal safety. The comfort that comes from being able to protect your loved ones only adds to a person’s overall wellness. In Girls On Guard PA classes, students can learn just that— a reality based approach to health, fitness and personal protection that focuses on physical, mentali and spiritual components. continued on page 38


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Revitalize the Outside

Your skin can tell a lot about how your body is feeling. Feeling healthy comes easier when your skin feels fine and looks flawless. Wintertime can dry out skin, irritate, crack and

Get Schooled

Wellness Day at Everything Natural in Clarks Summit has expanded from a oneday event into a three-day Wellness Week from January 11 to January 13. There will be seminars, screenings, and 100 percent healthy food samplings. Visitors can learn ways to achieve and nurture a healthy mind, body and more. The week begins on Thursday, January 11, with a seminar: The Secrets to Healthy Aging by author and collagen expert, Richard Passwater, Jr. Attendees will discover how to have healthy

cause itchiness and flakiness. Skin can heal on its own. It’s one of the few organs in the body that can revitalize. An organic chemist, Dr. Tanya Sutton, of Sutton Family Skin Care, developed Liquid Skin Salve to restore skin’s natural organic factors. The product, featured on WNEP’s “Does It Really Work?” received praise when put to the test. According to Dr. Sutton, living well is enjoying the present moment’s happiness. bones and joints with the side benefit of beautiful hair, skin and nails. The seminar is scheduled for 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available in store. Ticket price will be reimbursed with $5 off a purchase of a featured supplement. Customers in the store on Friday, January 12, will find savings in various departments. Deep discounts on food, supplements and Christmas paraphernalia will be available as well as complimentary tea and snacks. Saturday, January 13 features information, screenings, a raffle, healthy lunch, shakes, samples and takeaways of all kinds from over 20 local and regional holistic practitioners and vendors. Anyone looking to get into or further a healthy lifestyle is encouraged to attend. H


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Why You Should Schedule A Comprehensive Eye Exam


ome eye diseases have no warning signs until damage has been done, but vision loss may be minimized if diseases are detected and treated early. That’s why comprehensive eye exams are essential to maintaining eye health and catching problems before symptoms occur.

Approximately 11 million Americans live with macular degeneration, which damages central vision and is a leading cause of legal blindness. Yet many people have never heard of the condition until they are diagnosed. About 3 million Americans have some form of glaucoma, which affects side vision and can lead to blindness if not treated. An estimated half of these individuals aren’t aware they have the disease. “These statistics are one reason BrightFocus Foundation is offering free resources to help protect sight,” says Stacy Pagos Haller, BrightFocus president. She notes that a comprehensive eye exam is more than the eye chart used to test sight at distances. It also involves pupil dilation that allows the doctor to see signs of disease and tonometry to 40

measure eye fluid pressure, helpful in detecting glaucoma. BrightFocus Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting innovative research worldwide and promoting public awareness to end macular degeneration, glaucoma, and Alzheimer’s disease. Comprehensive exams are particularly important for those at risk for vision diseases, including: Persons with a family history of glaucoma; Persons over age 60; Hispanics; and African

Americans over age 40 Ask your doctor how often you should schedule exams, based on your family history and risk factors. BrightFocus offers resources in English and Spanish Download or request the pocket card, Top Five Questions to Ask Your Eye Doctor. •Order brochures on glaucoma and macular degeneration. Visit eye-health, or call (800) 437-2423. H

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approved by the FDA. Dr. Bucci has extensive experience in performing the XEN gel stent procedure, having contributed to its research and development as early as 2012 in clinical trials.

Describe the new XEN procedure for glaucoma: The XEN implant is the size of an eyelash. The procedure is painless and less invasive than cataract surgery. It is performed under mild sedation and takes less than five minutes. One week following the XEN gel stent procedure, one patient who was using two eyedrop medications which achieved an intraocular eye pressure of 21 now saw an eye pressure of 7, and she is no longer using any pressure lowering eye drops.

Other advancements in the field: Advancements have also been made with premium “lifestyle” Cataract procedures utilizing intraocular lens implants. Symfony lenses, when used bilaterally or combined with the Tecnis Multifocal lenses, enable both Cataract and pre-cataract patients to eliminate their need for bifocals and, in some cases, reading glasses. The lens best for your visual needs will be determined at your consultation with Dr. Bucci.

or 20 years, Bucci Laser Vision has provided excellence in eye surgery to patients across Northeast PA. Recently they have implemented the XEN gel stent procedure, a medical technology breakthrough that increases quality of life for patients with moderate to severe glaucoma.

How long has Bucci been delivering this procedure? Last August, Dr. Bucci performed the first XEN glaucoma gel stent procedure at his ambulatory surgery center in Wilkes Barre. Who is the XEN treatment designed for? Patients with moderate to severe glaucoma who are using multiple pressure lowering eye drops or who have mildly to moderately uncontrollable intraocular eye pressure. This new stent replaces more invasive glaucoma surgeries. The XEN gel stent is covered by Medicare for people who usually qualify. Is the treatment safe? The XEN gel stent is 42

Eye care tips: Monitor your overall eye health with an annual eye exam and be aware of any family history. Safety goggles are very important for sports and outdoor activities as well as employment. Also Omega 3s are beneficial in eye health as well, helping the eye to maintain a “good oil layer” to prevent the effects of Evaporative Dry Eye. Another simple tip is the 20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look away from your screens and blink for 20 seconds to prevent dry eye. H

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stablished in 1993 by Dr. Severin Palydowycz, Tri-State Eye offers comprehensive eye care and eye surgery. With offices in both Milford, PA and Middletown, NY, Dr. Palydowycz and his team are dedicated to serving the tri-state region.

Something people may not know about Tri-State Eye: Dr. Palydowycz established TriState Eye after completing his residency at one of the busiest surgical programs in the country. He was distinguished as one of the most skilled surgeons to graduate the program. Dr. Paly was a pioneer in bringing the most modern and advanced micro surgical techniques for eye surgery to Pike County. Changes/developments in the past 25 years: There have been many advances in ophthalmology since 1993. Dr. Paly has consulted on advances in phacomulsification, new designs of Eye instrumentation and lens implants, and has lectured nationally on advanced and highly complex cataract surgical techniques. He most recently completed a three-day lecture seminar and course teaching physicians from Virginia and Florida on cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery. The newest premium lens designs—toric, symphony, multifocal and crystal—have also helped revolutionize the options for patients who want to correct astigmatism and lessen their dependence on glasses after cataract surgery. 44

Misconceptions about eye care: Patients are often scared and apprehensive when coming to an ophthalmologist considering eye surgery. We often see patients who have waited many years too long and are visually impaired or blind. With the right surgeon, cataract surgery is one of the safest procedures in all of medicine. It is performed under local anesthesia with light sedation. Patients are very comfortable and have minimal, if any discomfort. Most patients regret waiting as long as they did and losing significant vision prior to surgery. Benefits of laser cataract surgery: We now live in an era where lasers can be used to help improve the precision and safety of cataract surgery. The laser can also correct astigmatism ( Low magnitudes) and combined with the premium lens improves clinical outcomes. What sets Tri State Eye apart from other offices: How much everyone cares about all of our patients. Dr Paly has an incredible staff which is knowledgeable, compassionate, and geared towards perfection. The staff truly cares about our patients and goes the Length to be of help, service and answer all questions. H

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hat is your background/education. What led you to this field? I have been a licensed funeral director for 8 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in Business from Drexel University and an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service. My father is a funeral director so I’ve grown up in this business and saw the daily workings from a professional and personal perspective. Common misconceptions about your business: Wow, there are lots of those! These are just the tip of the iceberg:

funeral viewing and service in another location such as a favorite family gathering place, a golf course, a park etc. a funeral home can help you make all the necessary arrangements from acquiring permissions and permits to providing catering services. • Funerals and cremation are mutually exclusive. Funeral homes give options to families from simple cremation, to full service burial. But just because a family chooses to have their loved one cremated, doesn’t mean that a family cannot have a service as well. A funeral with or without a body present may be held prior to

• Funerals are too expensive. The social and emotional benefits of personalized funerals far outweigh their financial costs. Besides, a funeral doesn’t have to be lavishly expensive to be meaningful. • Funerals are only for religious people. Not true. Non-religious ceremonies (which, by the way, don’t have to be held in a church or officiated by a clergy person) can still help mourners begin to heal. • A funeral service has to take place in a funeral home. Most people want to celebrate the life of a loved one with family and friends which, in many cases, may require a large space to accommodate visitors. Funeral homes can provide the convenient space that is needed but if a family wants to hold a

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cremation, and families can choose to have a body embalmed for a viewing and still include a cremation. Why should clients choose to seek services from you? We offer worry free cremations. We are a family run firm located on the premises of the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., which is one of the oldest funeral homes in the city of Scranton. There is a long standing tradition and reputation of service and commitment to the community. We have tradition but are also progressive since

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we are the only funeral home in the city with our own crematory. And being that we are the only funeral home in the city with their own crematory we can provide cremation services more cost effectively not having to use a third party crematory like most funeral homes. We operate the only crematory in Scranton, having a technologically advanced facility staffed by our caring and certified crematory operators and licensed funeral professionals. We serve

over 10 counties in NEPA. How is your business regulated and overseen? Oversight and regulation is taken care of by the State of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) They oversee emissions. There are a lot of rules and regulations by the state that need to be followed before a human body can be cremated. It would be rather lengthy if I typed it all out. H


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s an attorney myself, I find general similarities among most lawyers. We are naturally inquisitive; we have to understand complicated concepts and situations; we are born to debate and challenge ways of thinking, and most

lawyer will take the time to meet in a calm atmosphere, listen to the problem, earn trust, clearly understand the expectations of the client and explain those expectations back to the client. This helps prospective clients see the purpose for the lawyer and vice versa.

LAWYER SHOPPING? Yo u B e t h e J u d g e importantly, we are motivated to solve problems. In my opinion, problem solving is a basic skill necessary for any lawyer. However, the ability to listen and bring a calm perspective is also critical. When first meeting a prospective client, lawyers should remember that they are counselors as well. An effective counselor does not coldly force a prospective client to justify himself or herself and every little detail of his or her situation. Lawyers should gently, but firmly, discover exactly what a prospective client wants to accomplish. Before taking on a client, a great January 2018

Clients and lawyers should understand and agree in writing to the legal fees and related costs before any legal work is begun. Hiring a lawyer is just like hiring anyone else. Make sure you understand that more lawyers working on your case means more

fees that you may incur. Make sure you inform your lawyer if you do not want him or her to discuss your case with other lawyers in the firm without your permission. Failure to do so could cost money you weren’t planning to spend. Having all these understandings in a written agreement helps to keep both lawyer and client on the same page before, during and even after a legal matter. I find that most lawyers want to help you solve your problem. But the key often lies in finding the right lawyer in the right practice area with the right temperament. Interestingly, most people who ask me to recommend a lawyer are looking for an aggressive one to help them go after someone, demand answers and fight until the bitter end. They want to hold some-


one accountable and make that someone pay. I often hear, “I want a pitbull lawyer.” People want an aggressive lawyer to go after some entity or person they think owes them money, didn’t build or repair something properly, caused them injury, didn’t catch every possibility, didn’t protect them, simply was rude or wouldn’t give them answers. This generally causes irritation, anger, tension, stress and frustration for some people, and rightfully so.


Do you want to be hesitant to bring up a question, problem or other issue to your lawyer? Probably not. You want 50

Do you and your lawyer work well together and communicate effectively? Misunderstandings; circumstances surrounding your case; limits of what the laws, precedent and judges will and won't do; limits of juries; different ways of thinking; your perception of the true value of your case or the value of your lawyer's work can all impact the journey of your case from beginning to end.

that lawyer you hired to be happy to talk to you and eager to answer your questions.

Think about the type of lawyer you really want before making a final selection. In fact, interview more than one or two. Seek one who is highly competent, demonstrates the resolve it takes to face any aggressor but who also knows when it’s time to negotiate, listen, and otherwise solve your legal problem with calm, strong resolve rather than pure aggression. You do not want a lawyer who will create more stress in your life. Even if you don't realize it, you likely need a lawyer who is smart, calm, fair and reasonable. You likely need a lawyer who will help you solve your

problem with strength and determination but won't bite you back for asking a question. Go to court, and see a lawyer in action before hiring him or her to represent you. Think of it as a live product demonstration. I can’t think of a better way to make sure I know what I’m getting when I go shopping. H

Heidi Rochon Hafer serves as General Counsel for Richmont, a Texas company with roots in NEPA. A 1995 graduate of Southern Methodist University, she received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans in 1998. Hafer oversees the company’s legal matters and works with outside counsel on a variety of corporate and litigation matters. She has particular interest in the area of intellectual property. Hafer has been honored by her peers as a "Texas Rising Star" in the Super Lawyers issue of Texas Monthly magazine.

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ith 38 years of experience, Brian Cali is dedicated to serving clients in Northeast PA, including those with infants and children. His devotion to family law has led him to become one of only two lawyers in NEPA who are members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. His practice is located in Dunmore.


Inspiration to become a lawyer: From a young age, I knew I wanted a law school education. I was brought up in a family of business owners, and have a good sense of business and finance. Combined with an understanding of the law, that has been the foundation of my success. When does your firm become involved with infants and children? Through most of the divorces that I handle and in any direct custody cases. Special considerations when working with children: I am very cognizant of the importance of the children’s lives that are affected by the work that I do. The goal is to minimize the harm that occurs to the children when families break up. I demand of my clients that they always think of their children first when they act or react. I don’t allow my clients to polarize their children or use their children as pawns in the process that confronts them.

Discuss the Northeast PA legal system supporting children and youth: Regardless of the differences between the systems in place in many counties, the goal of serving the best interests of the kids is the same. A necessary improvement is to make decisions regarding the lives of the kids as expeditiously as possible. Most rewarding part of family law: I have been blessed to help many people throughout my career to get through a very difficult time in their life. I am happy to see them through a process that seems at times hopeless, to an ending that has hope and happiness once again. Most challenging part of family law: To get clients beyond their emotions in order to focus on what is best for their kids, and then what is economically best for them. My business background and my keen understanding of the numbers and financial impacts of each case provides the basis for appropriate resolution for all of the cases that I handle. Biggest misconceptions: People often believe that, because one person may have been unfaithful or wronged, the other party will somehow get much less in the division of their property. Marital misconduct is not a factor in the division of assets. People also believe that the court wants to hear how the other party is “evil or bad,” but that is not what they want to hear. If you weren’t a lawyer: I would be working in the banking or finance world. H 51

Up Close & Personal with

Frank J. Bolock, Jr.


ttorney Frank J. Bolock, Jr., has seen a lot in his over 38 years engaged in the practice of law throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Now, as a general practitioner in private practice, he combines his extensive experience with a very personalized, one-onone approach for his clients who prefer working with an attorney in a smaller, more individualized environment. Bolock Law, conveniently located at 212 Front Street in Clarks Summit, includes Attorney Bolock, a number of affiliated and associated attorneys and his office manager/paralegal, Robin Bolock, who happens to be his wife of 30 years. The couple met in the mid ’80s when she was a court reporter in the Lackawanna County Courthouse where he was frequently involved in court proceedings. “We both had time demands because of our careers so we got along well,” he quipped. Frank’s experience includes over a decade as solicitor for the City of Scranton during Mayor James Connors’ administration. While serving as City Solicitor he gained a wealth of experience in all aspects of municipal law and municipal finance, and he was very involved in all aspects of city government. He notes that many of the issues that the city is dealing with today are identical to the issues he grappled with as city solicitor, such as labor costs, pension funds and healthcare expenses.“It is very difficult for the City of Scranton and for that matter, all municipalities, to properly fund pension/retirements benefits, healthcare and other labor costs,” he notes.“Sadly, this prevents cities from concentrating on needed infrastructure and other essential projects.” In the very early part of his career Bolock worked as a staff attorney for Northern Pennsylvania Legal Services where in his first year as a lawyer he successfully argued a case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Bolock moved on to serve as an Assistant District Attorney in Lackawanna County where he gained extensive criminal trial experience. Bolock was associated in the practice of law for many years with Atty. Brian Cali and Atty. Robert Cecchini. Bolock’s early experience served as a solid foundation for his current expertise in criminal defense, municipal finance, real estate, wills and estate administration. 52

“I truly love the practice of law, my practice involves a great variety of legal issues. I still work long hours but I can’t wait to start each day. I am passionate about helping people and I am energized by my legal work and community involvement.” In 2000 he joined a large regional law firm where he served as partner in residence for the Scranton Office. In 2008 he returned to practice as a sole practitioner. Some advantages to clients who choose to work with a sole practitioner include having direct attention and access to their attorney, which often ends up being a more efficient use of a client’s resources. Practicing Law in Northeast PA “I think we have a more personal and collegial approach to the practice of law here in this part of the state. I believe that practicing law is a noble profession and that communication between counsel does not have to be rude and antagonistic. I think more civil dialogue between lawyers is maintained here, which is not necessarily the case outside of our region. Lawyers have to remember that it about the client’s cause and it is never about the lawyer’s own ego. While passionate advocacy for a client is appropriate it is important lawyers keep their egos in check. Failure to do so can actually hinder the client’s cause.” Atty. Bolock, a past president of the Lackawanna Bar Association, feels that there are highly skilled lawyers here in Northeastern Pennsylvania and that in only rare circumstances are large national firms a better fit for a client’s case. “For most legal needs that arise there are excellent lawyers here in Northeastern Pennsylvania who can expertly address client’s issues.” Professional Involvement: As a native of West Scranton (graduate of West Scranton High School – “West is Best,” he jokes) Atty. Bolock loves this region and wouldn’t want to be practicing law anywhere else. Bolock remains very active in the Lackawanna and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and most recently was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve as a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Currently Bolock is involved with the Lackawanna Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Programs and an

initiative Equal Access to Justice Project, which is focused on achieving more effective ways to provide representation to the underserved in our region.“We are working to develop methods to provide more representation to people below the poverty line which often times involves our senior citizens.” Bolock has been very involved in the Lackawanna County Treatment Court from its inception. The Treatment Court/Specialty Courts are an effort by the legal system to deal with the underlying causes of criminal activity. The Lackawanna County Treatment Court Program has been expanded over the past 20 years to focus on specific societal problems which lead to criminal activity. Lackawanna County, presently has a Veterans Treatment Court, Mental Health Court, Co-Occurring Court, DUI Court in addition to the Traditional Drug Treatment Court. The Court system in Lackawanna County uses a team approach to assist defendants in the Treatment Court/Specialty Courts as they move from an addictive to a sober lifestyle. Atty. Bolock currently serves as president of the Lackawanna County Treatment Court Advocacy Center, a non-profit corporation committed to assisting the court and the defendants in developing programs to assist defendants in their quest to obtain a sober lifestyle. The participants in the Treatment Court/Specialty Courts in most instances have been able to move to sober lifestyles and become productive members of society. “The structured programming and the accountability that the Treatment Court provides has been the key to success.” Community Involvement Atty. Bolock has been very involved in the Abington community, serving as president of the Board of Directors of the Waverly Community House and as long time legal advisor to the Abington Business and Professional Association. Presently, Bolock serves on the Board of Directors of The Gathering Place, Inc.“My parents emphasized the importance of community involvement and giving back to the community; my mother is still very involved in many community organizations, especially St. Patrick’s Parish in West Scranton.”

accomplished children, all graduates of Abington Heights High School.” Eldest son, J.J., obtained his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and then obtained a law degree from Duquesne University School of Law. Currently J.J. is a practicing lawyer in Pittsburgh. Second son, Leo, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh where he was awarded the ROTC Scholarship. Following completion of college, Leo was commissioned in the U.S. Army and is currently a 1st Lt. stationed at Ft. Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. Leo has recently been accepted for admission into law school and is awaiting word on his application for a commission in the U.S. Army Judge Advocates General Corp. Daughter, Alexa, a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a triple major, is currently a first year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Both Robin and Frank expressed how rewarding their parenting experience has been, “We are so happy that we heeded the advice of our parents and friends who suggested that we spend as much time as possible with our children since there would

be plenty of time later to focus on work and careers. Obviously our children have benefited from the time and focus that we have placed on their lives but we also greatly benefited from our parenting experience.”

Personal Atty. Bolock is a graduate of West Scranton High School, The University of Scranton and Duquesne University School of Law. Robin is a graduate of Old Forge High School and Central Pennsylvania Business College.

When Bolock Law acquired its Front Street building ten years ago it became a family project with everyone pitching in to renovate the property.“My husband is passionate about making his clients feel comfortable, he is genuine and caring. In fact it took forever for him to decide on a conference table because he wanted clients to feel like they were at our dining room table,” she laughed.

Atty. Bolock commented that, “Both Robin and I were blessed with superlative educational experiences. We continue to be lifelong learners and voracious readers. We have emphasized the value of education, reading and lifelong learning to our children and we are quite proud of our three very

Atty. Bolock and Robin share many interests beyond their law practice and children, including travel, reading, all kinds of music, particularly contemporary smooth jazz. They attend many jazz festivals and have even enjoyed jazz cruises throughout Italy and Greece. H 53


s an estate and personal injury lawyer, Gregory Germain is committed to helping families put their affairs in order and helping injured persons recover compensation for their loss. His practice in the hill section of Scranton welcomes clients from across Northeast PA. With 30 years of experience, Germain is a valued area lawyer and was recently elected President of the Lackawanna County Bar Association. Inspiration to become a lawyer: In my youth I was captivated by portrayals of lawyers on television. When I realized that Ralph Nader, the greatest consumer advocate of his time, understood the law and its processes, I committed myself to becoming a lawyer. I returned to NEPA to practice law because I love the people of our community and our diverse cultural roots. Most important thing learned at Catholic U Law School: I interned at a storefront legal clinic on North Capital Street in Washington D.C. I learned that the law can be a powerful tool to help undereducated and underprivileged people in every community. Misconceptions about P.I. lawyers: “It’s all about the money.” Personal injury lawyers are frequently the only source of consolation for people who are suffering in their lives because of their injury or the death of a loved one. Changes in the field: Lawyers and firms from other regions market in NEPA. In my experi54

ence the lawyers in NEPA are as good as any in the state and are familiar with the local playing field. Best part of your job: When I meet a new client and realize that I can help solve the legal problem or concern. Most challenging part of your job: An old lawyer once advised me that “the law is a jealous mistress.” The practice of law is usually not a 9 to 5 job, and we lawyers often have a difficult time separating our thoughts and efforts as lawyers from our personal and family life. As President of the Lackawanna County Bar Association: It is my intention to promote equal access to justice and to work with our lawyers and judges to eliminate barriers to legal remedies based on poverty, race, gender, or ethnic origin. Advice to aspiring lawyers: The legal profession is a worthy pursuit. Know why you want to be a lawyer and try to get experience as an intern to expose yourself to lawyers and the law. Family: Wife, Margee and children: Colleen, Brianna, Shannon, Gregory Brigitte, Maggie and her husband Eric. If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be? I would be an investigative journalist. 570-341-1910 H

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arbara O’Hara has been dedicated to representing clients in divorce, custody and support cases since she began practicing in 1981. An active member of the Northeast PA legal community, O’Hara serves as President of the Association of Women Lawyers of Lackawanna County and addresses current issues involving divorce, custody and support monthly on WILK 103.1 FM. Inspiration to become a lawyer: In high school, a female attorney spoke to us and encouraged us to contact her and see what she did. She was a public defender in Montgomery County, and after following her for a day I decided that I wanted to go to law school.

Lesson from law school: Law school teaches you how to think analytically and how to develop arguments. Changes in the legal system: The legal system has tried to do more conflict resolution rather than litigating every issue. Most rewarding and challenging parts of your job: The best part is achieving a good result for my clients. However, in family law, you deal with a lot of emotions which makes situations more complex. Status of women in the legal profession in Northeast PA: Since I graduated from law school in 1981, I have seen women achieve positions of status. There are female judges on both the County and Federal bench. The Association of Women Lawyers helps to encourage young female lawyers and to

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mentor them as they try to balance work and family and advance in their career. Advice for aspiring female lawyers: Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do what you want to do. You can achieve anything with hard work and perseverance. Seek out the advice of older female attorneys. The problems that you are experiencing have been encountered successfully before by your predecessors. They will help you. Seek their advice. Community involvement: I am especially passionate about Women in Philanthropy of which I am a founding member. It is an organization of the Scranton Area Foundation and it gives education, guidance and grants to female businesses, gives Stem education to girls in local schools, teaches women how to handle their finances, gives advice and matching savings to local women and is starting to address transportation issues in the community. I have also served on the United Neighborhood Center Board and on the Voluntary Action Center Board and have been a Big Sister. Family: I have been married for 34 years to Attorney Raymond W. Ferrario and we have three children: Michael, Lauren and Christopher and one grandchild: Julianna Grace. If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be doing? If I had to change professions now, I would go into the travel industry. Something people may not know: My husband and I travel extensively. We enjoy seeing the world and experiencing other cultures. H


ounded in 1948 by John Lenahan, Sr., Lenahan & Dempsey has remained a familyowned firm while also acquiring a national reputation. Today, the firm maintains offices throughout Northeast and Central Pennsylvania.


Factors to consider when hiring a personal injury lawyer: Results and reputation. Lenahan & Dempsey has won hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients and is nationally recognized by judges and peers for legal excellence. Insurance companies and large corporations know the reputation and success stories of Lenahan & Dempsey and tend to take cases filed by the firm very seriously. What makes Lenahan & Dempsey unique? Lenahan & Dempsey is a regional law firm with a national reputation for excellence. In the notable case of Insurance Bad Faith, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed with Lenahan & Dempsey’s argument that insurance companies have a legal duty to treat the injured fairly. This landmark decision set the new standard for protecting injured people in Pennsylvania. Additionally, there is never a fee unless Lenahan & Dempsey is successful for their clients.

personal injury legal advocacy. The firm has taken on some of the biggest corporations and insurance firms in America on behalf of the injured and won hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients throughout Northeastern and Central PA. Awards/Accomplishments: One notable victory involved a young man badly injured by a big truck in Wyoming County, PA. The insurance company offered approximately $10,000 to settle the case quickly, but Attorney Timothy Lenahan negotiated a multi-million settlement needed to ensure his client would have the healthcare treatment needed for the rest of his life. It’s because of cases like this the firm has received various honors. Something people may not know: Lenahan & Dempsey has been successful for their clients in venues ranging from negotiation/arbitration sessions to state and federal courtrooms to the United

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States Supreme Court. The firm has been named to Best Law Firms in America, as published by U.S. News and World Report, and has five attorneys named to Best Lawyers in America, an honor voted on by judges and fellow top attorneys. The firm also maintains the highest possible rating by legal rating publication Martindale Hubble. Community involvement: Attorney Timothy Lenahan and his wife, Attorney

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Ruth Lenahan were recently honored for their dedication to the community by Lackawanna Pro Bono. In accepting the honor, Timothy Lenahan cited the work of his late father, Attorney John Lenahan, Sr. for instilling a dedication to community service in his family. Future plans: Lenahan & Dempsey is dedicated to growth in order to support the next generation of regional residents in need of help. H



hile plenty of families and individuals in Northeastern Pennsylvania have a dream of buying their first home, many can’t afford it. PS Bank of Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, has decided to do something to make home buying easier. PS Bank’s mortgage division, PS Mortgage, has combined forces with FHL Bank Pittsburgh and its First Front Door (FFD) product to put more families in homes. FFD offers up to $5,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance to first-time homebuyers. PS Bank’s

lenders took the first step of telling realtors, associates and, importantly, prospective homebuyers about the FFD grants. They also contacted Lackawanna County and the City of Scranton, which both offer homebuyer assistance programs of their own. Both agreed to combine funding resources with FFD, enabling families to receive more than $15,000 in assistance toward their home purchase.


“Many of our customers didn’t realize programs were out there to help first-time homebuyers,” said Lori Rudalavage, Vice President and Senior Mortgage Lender at PS Bank. “The FFD assistance not only lowers their out-ofpocket money but sometimes eliminates the need for private mortgage insurance. It makes their monthly mortgage payments affordable.” In 2017, PS Bank utilized FFD to place 16 families and individuals in homes. Rudalavage recognizes the added benefits of helping people buy homes. “Homeowners spend money on improvements and repairs, boosting the local economy and making their neighborhoods better places to live,” she said. Rudalavage also acknowledges the boost PS Bank gets from all this home-buying activity. “Anytime we can help a family obtain a mortgage loan, it benefits us, too. Not only do we get their business now, but we can often count on referrals or repeat business from that family in the future.” PS Mortgage is an equal housing lender and PS Bank is a member of the FDIC. H

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Jermyn Resident Hits His Stride at 81


t age 81, Jermyn resident Tony Cerminaro is an avid runner, who has participated in over 100 marathons including the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon. He’s also a regular at the Steamtown Marathon.

During his running career, Cerminaro has racked up quite a few first place wins in his age range. In fact, he was the first person to win each of the Boston Marathon’s 60s, 70s, and 80s age groups. He ran the Boston Marathon a total of 25 times and last ten years consecutively. He also counts his 22 first place wins in his age group at the Steamtown Marathon a highlight of his career. In 1996 he placed second at the New York City Marathon in his category. Most recently, in October 2017, Cerminaro came in first place in the Marine Corps Marathon (Arlington, VA)– an event exclusively for veterans of the US Marines. He also ran in the JFK 50 Mile (Hagerstown, MD), in which he not only won first place, but also became the oldest person to finish in 47 years. 60 72

Although Cerminaro has won numerous first place medals in several races and marathons, he didn't start running until he was in his 50s. His friend Bobby Spiecher talked him into going for a jog one day. Cerminaro was reluctant at

first but agreed. The next day, Spiecher talked him into running again. He also encouraged him to participate in his first 10K race in Throop. "I did pretty good, and I got hooked," said Cerminaro. "I've been running ever since." That was 30 January 2018 September 2016

years ago. When it comes to running, Cerminaro believes your heart has to be in it to succeed. "To run, it's gotta be in you," he said. "If it ain't in you, don't even attempt it." If you hate it, you're not going to get anywhere."

Cerminaro and his wife of 57 years, Alice, live in Jermyn. They have one son, Tony and two daughters, Laura and

Cerminaro won his age group at the Steamtown Marathon 22 times.

Cerminaro was born and raised in Mayfield. He was always into sports. When he was in high school, there were only two sports available– baseball and basketball. He participated in both. After high school, he joined the US Marines. When he came home, he worked as a welder at General Dynamics in Eynon for 28 years. He then worked many jobs including at Fabweld in Simpson.

Lisa. They also have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Granddaughter Camryn Cerminaro shares her grandfather's love of running. She currently runs track and cross-country at Lakeland High School.

Before each marathon Cerminaro trains for three months. He typically runs 50 to 60 miles per week with a lot of races in between. He and Alice run on the MidValley section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, through Archbald and to the park in Blakely. Cerminaro doesn’t plan to stop running anytime soon and has his sights on defending his title at the Boston Marathon in April. "You never know who's coming up," he said. You just do your best and that's all." H –Ben Freda

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Sister Miriam Joseph Reinhardt Loves

Sweater Weather lmost 20 years ago, Sister Miriam Reinhardt began what became one of her favorite seasonal traditions. Vice President for Marywood University Academic Affairs at the time, Sister Patricia Ann Matthews, asked Sister Miriam to help make sweaters for a project. Having no shortage of wool, Sister Miriam agreed to take the work on and even offered her stash of supplies for free, so long as postage was covered. Each year Sister makes a box of eight-ten sweaters, and sends them to Operation Christ Child. Sweaters and other necessities are placed in shoeboxes and delivered to those in need. Today, the operation gifts about 1,000 sweaters in shoeboxes each year.


Sister makes a box of eight-ten sweaters, and sends them to Operation Christ Child

Though she never looked for credit, Sister’s name adorned the labels on the sweaters, giving recipients the sense that these sweaters were handcrafted with love. “Maybe people knew who made them, but I never heard from any of the recipients,” she said. Knitting sweaters is only one of Sister Miriam’s many skills. For 40 years, she taught Music Theory at Marywood. About 13 years ago, she earned halftime status and applied for a position that would give her the perfect balance of daily responsibilities and freedom from the campus. She was hired as a driver for the college and transports riders to and from appointments, often working on sweaters while she sits in the waiting room. She loves interacting with new people who watch her crochet. “Very often a man will stop me and say ‘my mother used to do that,’” she said. Sister Miriam also serves on the committee for a program that offers 12 ESL sessions per semester to students free of charge. Sister 62 62

intends to start teaching again in September 2018. For those interested in learning how to be a master crafter like Sister Miriam, she is eager to teach people to make clown dolls. Sister creates the dolls from mostly recycled materials such as cereal boxes, excess yarn and fabric scraps. H –Aleni Mackarey

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Healing Waters M

aybe you have heard the popular Isak Dinesen quote, “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” But for seniors in NEPA, the cure might just be in the state-of-the-art heated therapeutic pool at St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton. The center offers an Aquatic Physical Therapy program unlike any other in Lackawanna County. The program, available to anyone with a physician’s prescription, can be especially beneficial for seniors because of the low impact nature of the exercises. It is ideal for those with low levels of physical activity or who are limited by chronic pain because of the water’s, “unique properties of heat, buoyancy and resistance,” Director of Physical Therapy Michael Kane says. He notes that the program has bene-

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fited people before and after joint replacement, following stroke, with Multiple Sclerosis, post-polio syndrome and post spinal cord injury. Recovery from car accident, sport or work related injury can also be accelerated by aquatic therapy.

Poolside lifts assist patients who cannot enter the pool by the steps. The 20’ by 40’ pool also has a motorized floor that raises to deck height and lowers up to six feet to meet the height requirements of the patients in the pool. Environmental controls, a liquid chlorine disinfection system and a state licensed staff maintain water temperature, air quality, balanced pool water and sanitation to keep pool in ideal condition for therapy. Before treatment begins, St. Joseph’s Center provides a comprehensive evaluation of each patient. He or she then begins receiving one-on-one

ment with a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. A therapist provides instruction right alongside the patient in chest deep water to ensure safe

and individualized treatment. Upon completing the treatment program, patients have the option to continue on an independent program or join a group program led by the Center’s Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute Certified Recreation therapist. Other patients transition to more intense landbased physical therapy.

Visit www.stjosephscenter. org/outpatienttherapy/ aquatictherapy, or call 570-963-1279. H – Lara Notarianni January 2018




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cranton resident Trudy Dickey makes the absolute most of the adventures NEPA has to offer. In the past few years, she ziplined at Camelback Mountain, parasailed above Lake Wallenpaupack, skydived


in Tunkhannock, circled raceher all her life. “I think it’s actualtracks and flew helicopters over ly something you get used to,” the Poconos. The best part of it she said. Trudy lived through all? Trudy is World War II almost 78 “I’ve always wanted to do these in Europe, a years old. things, but I was raising kids revolution Trudy conand didn't have money. Now in South America stantly has that I’m in my 70s, I’m not and learned her eyes and financially responsible for English in ears peeled Jamaica. anyone but myself, I have for upcom“Things that a little more leeway,” ing opportupeople nities adverthink are tised in the papers, on TV and in scary, don't seem as hazardous local publications. She then conto me because of what I’ve nects with her children and already gone through and grandchildren to find available experienced… not by choice.” partners for her next escapade. Since her three granddaughters, In addition to local adventurDesiree, Franceska and ing, Trudy loves to travel. In the Cassandra, were young, past few years she vacationed Trudy took them on trips in Thailand, New Orleans and to the beach where they Antigua. She encourages explored and discovered grandparents to form relationnew things together. ships with their grandchildren by keeping after them! Though Recently, she visited Pocono it’s hard to manage busy schedRaceway where she rode ules of multiple people, the six laps around the track at 185 resulting memories are worth mph. Trudy and her daughter it. She also stresses the imporalso tried a strenuous four-hour tance of disconnecting from Pocono Tree Venture course electronic devices in order to where participants use their enjoy the moment with family upper arm strength to zipline, and nature. balance and climb from start to finish. Trudy attributes her “I’ve always wanted to do these hunger for activity to her father things, but I was raising kids who loved to travel to different and didn't have money. Now places. He moved the family that I’m in my 70s, I’m not finanseveral times without having a cially responsible for anyone destination in mind, but rather a but myself, I have a little more direction. “My whole life was an leeway,” she said. “I love to try adventure,” she said. new things with my grandchildren.” H While some people shy away –Aleni Mackarey from risky experiences, Trudy says danger has been around

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A Financially Healthy New Year


s the New Year begins you may be assessing your personal physical fitness. But it’s also an excellent time to take stock of your financial fitness as well. Ask yourself the following questions, being thoughtful and taking helpful notes. What is my credit score? Check your credit report which contains information about the status of your credit accounts and your billpaying history. You are entitled annually to one free copy of your credit report from each of three major credit reporting agencies – Equifax®, Experian®, and TransUnion® –at or call toll-free 1-877322-8228. A good credit score is critical to qualifying for loans at the best possible rates. What is my net worth? Take a financial inventory of all your assets and liabilities. Your assets include: cash, checking accounts, savings, money markets, Certificate of Deposits, stocks, bonds, retirement accounts, real estate and anything else of value such as cars or collectibles etc. Liabilities are any debts, payments or obligations such as: a mortgage, student loans, auto loans, bills due and credit card debt etc. By adding the value of all your assets and then subtracting your liabilities you can calculate your net worth which is a baseline measurement of your level of financial fitness. What are my financial goals? Now you can map out a plan for where to improve, adjust or augment your money. Evaluate your short, medium and long-term goals. Short-term goals are within one year, while mid-term goals are between two to five years and long-term goals are greater than five years. If your balance sheet shows a lot of debt and high interest payments a short term goal might be to pay off your credit card with the highest interest rate within the year. If your debt is in check, but your assets show little savings, you may want to set a monthly savings goal. Midterm goals could include saving for a house, starting a new business or paying down any remaining credit card debt within 5 years. Long term goals may include saving for your

at Fidelity Bank retirement, your children’s education or maybe even a vacation home. Am I prepared for financial challenges? Do you have a savings plan in place or have you made provisions for unexpected costs? A general rule is to reserve six months of expenses in cash or a readily liquid account to cover emergency costs, such as medical bills or loss of a job. That may not be possible for everyone to do so, so depending on the results of your financial inventory, you may desire to adjust that amount accordingly or make starting an emergency fund one of your financial goals. This February, Fidelity Bank’s team of trusted financial advisors is offering a free financial checkup. Bankers will help you create a customized plan for managing your accounts, setting goals and getting you financially fit. Beginning February 1st, visit any Fidelity Bank office for a free Financial Checkup. Contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-338-4380. H

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ayne Bank’s Clark Summit community office recently relocated to its brand new, stateof-the-art location at 841 Northern Boulevard in Clarks Summit. The newly constructed, 2,300 square-foot facility features all of the bank’s current services, but in a more spacious and contemporary building. Improvements also include a larger and enhanced parking lot, along with easier access to the drive-thru banking lanes.

Wayne Bank’s Clarks Summit community office had occupied its previous location since 1989. The bank’s growth in the Clarks Summit market necessitated this relocation in order to provide its customers with a more expansive and modern office. “We are thrilled to be in our brand new community office,” stated John Koczwara, Vice President, Clarks Summit community office manager, and business development officer for Wayne Bank. “This larger and more versatile space is allowing us to better service our customers and we invite everyone to stop by and see why. We have the same great products and services, the same wonderful staff, and even some special features to celebrate our new office. For more information, call 587-5705, or visit Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 26 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Lackawanna Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York State. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL. H


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TREASURE HUNTING TREASURE HUNTING Antiques on the Avenue- Customers call it, “a hidden gem!” An ever-changing inventory features vintage costume jewelry and sterling jewelry. Vintage ladies clothing, mens’ and women’s accessories– purses, wallets, hats. Kitchen items, Pyrex, glassware, small furniture. A small business, committed to customer satisfaction. Find us on Face-book. 1027 Prescott Ave, Scranton. (570) 604-0177. Bridge Street Marketplace- Over 7,000 square feet of shopping encompasses a consignment area as well as a multi-vendor co-op. Antique, vintage, gently used, new, hand-crafted and trashto-treasure items. Credit cards accepted. Call for hours. Like us on Facebook. Bridge St. (Rte. 29), Tunkhannock. 570-836-4456.

Fly Me Home-Handmade & Upcycled Décor- We create & sell one-of-a-kind mixed media, upcycled gifts and home décor using

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Lark Mountain Market- See what everyone’s talking about at the area’s first co-op antique mall. Handicap accessible–climate controlled, we offer a wide variety of items: quality antiques, hard to find collectibles, furniture, home decorating accessories, jewelry, coins, military, breweriana, vintage clothing, lighting & more. 306 Wilkes-Barre Twp., Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.570822-8855 Olde Barn Centre/Antiques & Such- An 1860s Quaker Barn filled with antique furniture of all periods. 12 antique dealers with treasures & collectibles for your home. Credit cards and layaway welcome. 1605 Route 220 Highway, Pennsdale. Just off Exit 15 of PA I-180, on Route 220 North. Info 570-546-7493 or

Susquehanna County Interfaith Thrift Boutique- A beautiful thrift boutique and community champion. Find hundreds of stylish looks for you and your home. But the best part of finding a treasure at Interfaith, is that all proceeds turn into funding that fuels Interfaith's social justice programs. 17120 State Route 706 Montrose. 570-278-1776 H


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WH is theO

cutest of them all? “Brodie”


This pup love to snuggle with mommy and play with all his toys and brothers. He also loves going for walks with his brother. They live in Jessup and belong to Taylor Bolsar.

She’s the queen of the Pittston home she shres with Ann Marie Graff.

“Sam & Abbey”

“Rascal” Friendly, lovable and cuddly– that’s how Jeremiah Mullen Jr., describes his pet. He says the dog gets extra excited when Mama Lynn comes home from work. The family lives in Scott Twp.


These inseparable sisters love to cuddle with each other and mom Tracie Bianco at home in Forest City.

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December’s Pet of the Month is Sadie Weary of South Abington Twp. Congratulations!


“Penny Lane and Phineas ” Jennifer Mayer of Taylor says this little guy loves people & treats!

Every morning they accompany Danielle Harvey to the coffee. The family lives in Scranton.


“Thor & Loki”

Krista Flaherty of Factoryville calls this guy a crazy man! He loves to play fetch & hide in small places but is super snuggly when he finally does weird down.

This duo loves running around & playing with their toy mice. They are also are big cuddlers. They live with Dana Wells in Dickson City.

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Committing to a New HVAC System?

What You Need to Know Before Saying I Do


fter a long season of holiday hustle and bustle, home improvements are probably low on your to-do list, preceded by resolutions, rest and relaxation. But, if you are looking for a new HVAC system to ring in the New Year and keep you warm for years to come, Wayne Pisanchyn of Pisanchyn Plumbing and Heating offers helpful tips to guide you through the major home purchase.

heating systems, do not operate at more than 70 percent efficiency. Other kinds of systems like furnaces and boilers may be updated to work at 90 to 94 percent efficiency. Although it may require a bit more work, installing a different kind of system that has a higher efficiency rating may be worth it in the long run.

Efficiency and flexibility are key, especially in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This region experiences extreme weather that often swings dramatically within Before shopping for new days. The heating or heating cooling and cooling systems, The savings from systems Pisanchyn future monthly bills installed in recomarea homes mends should pay for the must be undernew system within able to standing seven to 10 years. withstand your existbelow ing sysfreezing tem. temperatures one week and Finding out if it can be 60 degree temperatures the upgraded to a newer, more next. Today, many systems efficient version, is probably are able to auto adjust by the cheapest and easiest sensing the outdoor temperoption. However, he cautions ature, which avoids wasting even the newest versions of energy and money. some systems, such as steam 76

Homeowners should also consider how much money the new system will save on future bills. Pisanchyn has a simple guideline to ensure owners don’t flush money down the drain. The savings from future monthly bills should pay for the new system within seven to 10 years. He also reminds that companies and the government will often pay homeowners to install a certain kind of system through rebate programs. He advises researching potential rebates before deciding on a system. Most importantly, Pisanchyn says home owners should seek the advice of a trusted contractor. He says to find and “stick with” a contractor, making them your go-to and building a rapport with them through the years. That kind of relationship will ensure that your contractor helps you make the right decision specifically for your home, needs and financial situation.

H –Lara Notarianni

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FashionFlash with S t y l e M a g D a i l y ’s

Maggie McGregor


s the New Year arrives, I’m sure many have made diet and fitness goals for 2018. As an NEPA stylist I am proud to present how to dress to accomplish what you want. Whatever role you play in your everyday life, dress to be the best you. To begin, arrange your closet for a fresh start First, get rid of any clothes that don’t fit. Anything too big or too small is going to inhibit your confidence. Walk through the door to 2018 with your head held high. Second, once you learn your size, shop for a few things that excite you, including exercise clothes. If you want to get yourself to the gym or commit to a running group, clothes that you feel good in will motivate you. Third, arrange some outfits in your closet at the beginning of the week that you will look forward to wearing. Call it “clothes prep” and make it one of your Sunday chores.

I am also portraying how to appropriately transition one outfit for several different occasions. I saw this cute sweatshirt with the collar and cuffs and immediately recognized that it could be worn a few different ways. Sweatshirts are traditionally worn for exercise so I started there, pairing it with leggings. Imagine how you could use an activewear outfit like this in your own life. For another daytime, casual role, I used denim and a loafer to dress the sweatshirt up. Complete the look with hoop earrings and no one will know you started out at the gym. I added a skirt for the last look to prove that dressing

up doesn’t have to be a hassle! Can you believe how far this outfit has come? The next series is a little bit more polished. I began with a silk dressy blouse dressed down with jeans. This top transitions well to a professional setting. Finally, the outfit moves to night with a sultry sandal and acrylic clutch. Make dressing fun for the new year! Your goals will come closer and closer one chic step at a time. H –Maggie McGregor


Bridal Guide

Bridget Fanning


Richard Vogt III

arasota, FL was the setting for the May 20, 2017 wedding of Bridget S Fanning, daughter of Bernard and Christine Fanning, Clarks Summit and Richard (Ricky) Vogt III, son of Jane Ill, Bronx, NY and Richard Vogt Jr. and his wife Marlene, Hopewell Junction, NY.

An Abington Heights High School graduate, Bridget earned an associate’s degree from Penn State Worthington Scranton and relocated to New York City in 2003 to continue her education. She completed her bachelor’s degree in economics from The City College of New York. Today, she is executive assistant to the general manager of Park Hyatt New York hotel in Manhattan. Ricky was born and raised in Throggs Neck, NY, a close-knit community in the New York City borough of the Bronx. He graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School. Through his studies and practical experience at trade school with the International Union of Operating Engineers, he earned a refrigeration license and currently works for the City of New York as a high pressure plant tender. He is presently in pursuit of a stationary engineers license. The bride and groom met four years ago. Their first date was to the New York Botanical Gardens for the Christmas Holiday Train show and after they became inseparable. The proposal took place during a five-course rooftop dinner overlooking the Halifax River and Atlantic Ocean near Daytona, FL. The bride-to-be was befuddled when a diamond ring appeared in the cream of her Bananas Foster dessert. A true romantic, the groom-to-be had previously asked permission from Bridget’s father and proposed marriage on one knee. "I was in shock, and it took a moment for me to respond," she said. 80

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The Fanning-Vogt wedding was a threeday affair at Hyatt Regency Sarasota. A pre-wedding welcome dinner was held in the resort’s boathouse on Friday and a steel band entertained more than 100 guests. On Saturday, guests were seated in the Palm Terrace garden, which was bedecked with floral arrangements from Flowers by Fudgie. Under the garden pergola the bride and groom exchanged tender and humorous vows that they had written. Officiant Bridget Watson, of Longwood, FL, married the couple. She is also the bride’s childhood friend. They literally “tied the knot” in a unique and moving knot-tying ceremony which reflected their bonds of marriage. A reception followed in the hotel’s Sarasota Ballroom, where a saxophonist provided ceremonial music and popular hits during the cocktail hour and the crowd danced the night away. On Sunday, the couple hosted a brunch for wedding guests at the hotel. The bride’s nephews Lachlan and Tadhg Fanning were ring bearers. The two boys, 3-years-old and 2-years-old at the time, are sons of the bride’s brother, Colin, and sister-in-law, Kelly Alexander Fanning. Tadhg eschewed the bowtie and dock shoes that were chosen by the bride and insisted on wearing his everyday crocs and carrying his ever-present mimi (blanket). The bride wore a romantic custom, handmade gown with a tulle bodice covered with chantilly lace and a full, tulle skirt with French lace embroidery along the hem from Modern Trousseau in Savannah, GA. It was handmade for her in the company’s Connecticut production house. Crystal costume jewelry completedthe look and complemented her beautiful heirloom diamond ring. The groom and groomsmen wore navy-blue summer wool suits along with blush colored accessories and matching nautical socks. The groom wore his late Photography by Carrie Wildes January 2018


maternal grandfather's handkerchief as a pocket square. The bridesmaids wore navy gowns with crepe bodices featuring a flattering trapunto satin sash at the waist and long soft matte charmeuse skirts with side slit complemented by pearl earrings, necklace and bracelet. Navy and blush were the bride and groom’s theme colors. Ashley Atkinson Saresky, Dunmore, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Marcy Breymier, Clarks Summit; Jennifer Czarnota, Astoria, NY; Natalie Blumenthal, Long Island, NY; and Kelly Alexander Fanning, Bluffton, SC. The groom’s brother, Christopher Vogt,


Bronx, was best man. Ushers were Colin Fanning, Bluffton, SC; Zachary Vogt, brother of the groom, Hopewell Junction, NY; and friends Dominic Zecolla and Bob Barbagallo, both from the Bronx. The newlyweds took a vacation in Florida right after the wedding and will embark on a Hawaiian honeymoon in January with stops along the California coast. The couple resides in Pelham Bay (Bronx), NY. H –Christine Fanning

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Jenna Kilmer


Tommy Fallon

lthough Jenna Kilmer and A Tommy Fallon knew each other for many years, it was only after a gathering with mutual friends that they truly connected.

Tommy went to Carbondale Area High School, while Jenna attended Forest City Regional. Jenna was best friends with Tommy’s triplet cousins and knew of Tommy himself, but they were little more than friendly acquaintances. In 2012, Tommy and Jenna attended a party thrown by mutual friends. They began talking, and Tommy asked Jenna on a date to the movies. They continued to date while Tommy finished his last year of college, and then while Jenna returned to school to get her second degree. After Jenna’s graduation, the couple bought a home together in Carbondale, which they shared with their dog, Major. Tommy proposed in their home one day in April, then took Jenna to New York City for the day. The couple ate lunch at Tavern on the Green, enjoyed the sights in Central Park and soon began planning for their upcoming wedding! Family and friends gathered on July 1, 2017 to celebrate Jenna and Tommy’s union. Both the wedding and reception were held at The Farm at Cottrell Lake, a sprawling property in Union Dale. A thunderstorm threatened the outdoor ceremony, but luckily skies cleared and the sun reappeared just in time. Jenna and Tommy were married in the shadow of Elk Mountain Ski Resort as planned, in front of family, friends and their faithful dog Major. 84


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Following the ceremony, guests had the opportunity to explore the rustic barns and property. Cocktails were served in a beautiful white barn, with restaurant-style

lighting strung between the cocktail and reception enclosures. Guests enjoyed delicious food from Constantino’s Catering, followed by dancing accompanied by local band Blue London. Jenna changed into a second gorgeous gown from Tunis Bridal and joined her father in the first slow dance they ever shared. At the end of the night, fireworks from neighboring lakes and towns lit up the sky, creating the perfect end to the celebration. Jenna and Tommy traveled to St. Lucia for their honeymoon. Tommy is a civil engineer and Jenna works as a cardiac sonographer. The couple lives in Carbondale. H –Megan Kane

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ying the knot doesn’t have to mean saying “I do” to an expensive wedding. The key

is to stay creative and flexible. Still, the average wedding these days costs $29,334, according to The

So how can you cut costs and still have a beautiful wedding? Experts say simple things, such as swapping flowers for balloons, can quickly add up. “Creatively displaying colorful balloons can transform a space for a fraction of what you’d spend on large floral displays,” explains Charli Penn, managing editor of “You can also skip the elaborate bridesmaid

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Jessica Gardner


Sean Manley

n the case of Jessica Gardner and Sean Manley, a sister’s matchmaking sparked I true love.

In 2013, Sean worked with Jessica’s sister, Krystal, who realized the couple would be perfect for each other and set them up. After their first date, Sean and Jessica began seeing each other regularly and enjoyed a great relationship for three years. Sean proposed on March 20, 2016 and the wedding planning began soon after! On September 2, 2017, close family and friends gathered at Nikki’s at the Ben Mar in Carbondale to celebrate the couple’s happy union. Jessica and Sean said their vows in a ceremony officiated by Jessica’s older brother, a pastor. Family and close friends comprised the wedding party. Jessica and Sean’s best friends served respectively as maid of honor and bridesmaid, and their children were the best man and flower girl. The rustic fall theme paid tribute to Sean’s love of the season. Jessica used tree trunks, leaves and pine cones to create the cen90

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The couple plans to honeymoon in 2018. Currently, Sean works as a Dietary Supervisor at Greenridge Health Care Center, and Jessica is a Manufacturing Technician at Gentex Corporation. The couple lives in Carbondale, PA. H –Megan Kane

terpieces. Leafy vines wrapped around the tables. The wedding had a true “hometown” feel, as the couple chose a local wedding venue, local vendors and a local park for photos. JD’s salon did hairstyling for the entire bridal party. Following the 4 p.m. ceremony, guest enjoyed delicious cuisine from Nikki’s and cake and cupcakes from Barbour’s Bakery. Instead of a guestbook, Jessica and Sean displayed a tree on canvas that people signed. They incorporated their wedding colors of blue and white on the tree and markers. The elegant cake topper was especially meaningful to Jessica. Her love of Precious Moments figurines was showcased through an adorable fixture from the collection that sat atop the wedding cake. Instead of extravagant decorations or expensive effects, the couple chose to focus the evening on the priceless love they shared. Photography by Ginger Hoffman 92

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flowers. Have maids carry a beautiful posy instead— a small, rounded bouquet consisting of one type of flower.” Penn offers these additional tips: Host A Family-Style Reception Instead of presenting your dinner course by course, serve a communal meal. Use a fixed menu and have a large portion of each dish at every table. Comfort foods, such as miniburgers, macaroni and cheese and pizza, are served best family style. Marry At Home If you plan it right, hosting a wedding in your own backyard can save you lots of money... but only if you keep the guest list small. To pull it off, serve a simple meal and take the do-it-yourself decor approach (think: mason jars filled with homegrown flowers as centerpieces).


Elope, Then Party Throw a post-elopement bash in lieu of a traditional reception and you stand to save thousands. Your party can follow whatever dress code or theme you’d like, and the memories can still be magical. Register For Your Honeymoon Now that you’ve emptied your pockets on the wedding, how can you afford a honeymoon? Register for activities or money toward your flight or hotel with a company like Traveler ’s Joy or Starwood, which offer couples the chance to put a little honeymoon fun ahead of new flatware. To set up a honeymoon registry, visit For more tips and information, visit H

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Alexandra Colombo


Chad Johnson

lthough Alexandra Colombo initially set up Chad Johnson on a date with an A acquaintance, the two soon realized the were meant to be together.

One Saturday after Thanksgiving, Chad surprised Alexandra with a gift, which she expected to be socks. Upon opening it she found a framed citation from the game commission from a couple weeks earlier, along with a funny note that ended with the question, “Will you marry me?” Alexandra happily accepted the unique proposal and began planning the big day. On August 26, 2017, family and friends gathered at Stonegate Lodge in East Benton to celebrate the couple’s union. Large engagement photos of Alexandra and Chad lining the driveway greeted guests pulling into the venue. The bridal party jumped in the back of a 1984 Ford Diesel pickup to ride to the ceremony, and the bride followed in a 1976 Jeep CJ driven by her father. Alexandra walked down the aisle on her father’s arm, wearing a beautiful and practical wedding dress that even had pockets. Music was provided by three Abington Heights students, the bride’s family friends. Photos:Crave


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Along with hosting the ceremony, Stonegate Lodge served as the site of the cocktail hour and reception. Guests strolled the grounds or took advantage of golf cart shuttles between three separate locations. Each table at the reception had a wooden Charcuterie board created from

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Following the meal, guests took to the dance floor. The father-daughter dance began traditionally, then transformed into a high-spirited game of catch thanks to a baseball and gloves hidden under the DJ table! Overall, Chad and Alexandra enjoyed a night to remember, surrounding by their loved ones. The couple honeymooned in South Africa. Currently, Chad works as an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist at Williams Energy. Alexandra is the Director of Comm Kids at the Waverly Community House. They live in Scott Township, PA. H –Megan Kane

a cherry tree on Alexandra’s parents’ property and engraved with the bride and groom’s name and wedding date. To find their table, guests received tags attached to bottles of maple syrup made by a friend of the groom. The reception was filled with delicious desserts including Manning’s ice cream, mini cupcakes, chocolate mousse and personalized M&Ms. The highlight of the dessert table was the ceremonial cow-themed wedding cake, created by Alexandra’s sister-in-law. 98

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Jennifer Taylor


Brandon Trygar

ennifer Taylor and Brandon J Trygar met in a fresh-

man geography class at Mansfield University. Though the professor constantly lectured them for turning around and talking to each other, the pair didn’t let this dissuade them. They became friends, then began dating and recently celebrated their marriage. Brandon asked Jennifer to be his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day in 2006. Over the next nine years, they spent as much time together as possible while also continuing their education and pursuing their dream careers. One crisp fall morning, Brandon gathered their nieces and nephew together to hatch a plan. On October 18, 2015, he invited Jennifer on a walk around their hometown overlooking the scenic Susquehanna River, then got down on one knee. As he asked her to become his wife, their nieces and nephew held up signs that said, “Will You Marry Brandon?” Photos: Dale Folk and Harry Wertz 100 60

On September 3, 2017, family and friends gathered at Harmony Hall Estate in Middletown to celebrate the couple’s marriage. Jennifer was escorted down the aisle by her brother Jason and accompanied spiritually by her brother Jared. She and Brandon read their personal “proclamation of love” to each other prior to their vows, and were united in marriage by Brandon’s uncle. Harmony Hall Estate also hosted the reception, and the beautiful location was adorned with decorations and centerpieces made by Jennifer and her mother, Ellen. Among the guests were several firefighters, along with a 1937 fire truck, which served as hallmarks of Brandon’s profession as a career firefighter. Guests enjoyed great food, a cigar bar and dancing—including Brandon and Jennifer’s choreographed dance, courtesy of seven months of dance lessons! Brandon and his mother took to the dance floor with a goofy mother/son dance enjoyed by many, and Jennifer pre-recorded a message and dedicated her bouquet to her mother. Everyone took to the floor for the final song of the night, Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and festivities concluded with a bang when Brandon and Jennifer were treated to a sparkler sendoff. The couple honeymooned in Negril, Jamaica. Brandon currently works as a career firefighter, and Jennifer is a Family Nurse Practitioner. The couple lives in Northumberland, PA. H –Megan Kane


Wedding Wisdom T here may be as many interesting ways to personalize a wedding as there are couples. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt had heartshaped fireworks. Elvis and Priscilla Presley had a six-foot, pearlstudded cake. Madonna wore a Cartier tiara once worn by Princess Grace. It’s almost impossible to find two ceremonies that are exactly alike— and as weddings become more and


more individualized, that trend is likely to continue. One way couples are personalizing their big day is by having the wedding ceremony in untraditional locations

that reflect some aspect of their romance. A couple who met on a plane rented a Cessna and performed their nuptials on the tarmac before being lifted off to a secret hideaway honeymoon. Another idea comes from a couple who was married on an island to express their mutual love for the water that surrounded it. A different bride and groom wed in an apple orchard after learning that they both played in that same orchard as children. What will your wedding location say about you? H

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BUTTERMILK FALLS INN Luxury lodgings on a 75-acre Hudson River Estate includes guest rooms with fireplaces, carriage and guest houses with pet and child-friendly options. Enjoy a country breakfast, Spa, Henry’s restaurant, trails and Buttermilk’s own Millstone Farm with an organic kitchen garden and orchard and Animal Rescue Sanctuary. Milton, NY. 845- 795-1310. COLONIAL BRICK INN & SUITES Come and enjoy Pennsylvania hospitality at its finest. Call to reserve your special occasion package. Winter ski or summer golf packages, we will cater to guests all seasons of the year. New meeting room and free Internet in rooms. 25161 Route 11, Hallstead. 570-879-2162 or 1-800-290-3922 CRESCENT LODGE What luxury our “cabin in the woods” offers! Queen canopy bed, stone fireplace, jacuzzi for two, two TVs, private covered deck and full kitchen. Enjoy our Starting Post Cocktail Lounge and award-winning restaurant. Located two miles from Mt Airy Casino, 10 minutes from the Crossings and 15 minutes from Camelback Ski Area. Paradise Valley. Cresco, PA 800-392-9400 THE INN AT BIRCH WILDS Modern rustic five-star rated B and B, located a short drive from Jim Thorpe. Visit our site to see why travelers are saying: “Surpassed all expectations!" “Fabulous is an understatement!" “Amazing weekend getaway!” “Unexpected luxury, a romantic retreat!” “Best B and B… wow!” Lehighton, PA. 570-818-4433. THE JAMES MANNING HOUSE Welcome to a perfect alternative to traditional hotel lodging, this historic B&B offers all the comforts of home. Three well-appointed guest rooms, private baths, central AC, TV, WiFi, gardens and more. Enjoy a hearty home cooked breakfast, all with warm, friendly hospitality. Honesdale, PA 570-253-5573.

THE LODGE AT SINGING WATERS Located in the heart of the Endless Mountains– the property boasts six waterfalls! Each room features its own balcony with spectacular views. Ideal for small, private destination weddings, leadership retreats or vacation getaways with friends and family. Call for rates and availability. 451 Creek Rd., Mehoopany. 570-833-5306. LYNN-LEE HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST Step into the past while savoring the convenience of today in our gracious, restored 1868 Victorian! Three beautifully appointed guest rooms with queen size bed & private bath. Antiques, period & traditional furnishings. Unwind by the fireplace after skiing, antiquing or sightseeing. Full gourmet breakfast served daily. 1036 Main Street, New Milford, PA. 570-465-3505

1819 RED BRICK INN A warm welcome awaits you at our charming Federal Style home. Centrally located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country. All guestrooms feature queen size bed, and private bath. (The Tuttle Room has a working fireplace). Full breakfast. Complimentary refreshments. Open year round. Credit Cards accepted. 607-243-8844


ROSEMONT INN BED & BREAKFAST Enjoy the elegance of this 1859 renovated home in the Historic District of Montrose. Cozy get-aways, retreats, parties & reunions are made memorable here. 8 guest rooms with private baths. Lovely amenities. Within walking distance to downtown. 165 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA. (570) 278-7600.

STONE BRIDGE INN & RESTAURANT European-style inn, restaurant & tavern in a spectacular country setting. 13 charming rooms, with private baths, TV, A/C, several with fireplaces, free WI-FI. Continental breakfast, indoor pool/hot tub, horseback riding. Excellent dinner cuisine. Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9200.

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D Agolino’s RestaurantFamily owned and operated since 1955. Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine in a classic, yet comfortable setting. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, we treat (and feed) you like family, seven days a week. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7 a.m.- 8 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7 a.m.9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. 22 Luzerne Ave, West Pittston. 570-602-0663 Amendola Deli-cious Salumeria-Gelateria-Café- Visit Calabria, no passport needed. Authentic Italian Deli-CafeGelateria. Specialty sandwiches, panini, hoagies, salads, soups, organic ingredients. Homemade cannoli. World-renowned Bindi desserts & gelato. Real espresso & cappuccino. Plenty of parking, seating. Catering available. TuesFri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.5:30 p.m. 999 Providence Road, Scranton (across from Weston Field) 570-347-6007 Andy Gavin’s Eatery & PubNow offering an expanded menu with weekly specials. Open for lunch Sunday through Sunday starting at noon. 21 beers now on tap with a large microbrew bottle selection. Stop in and catch your favorite NFL game in high definition all season long. 1392 N. Washington Ave. Scranton. 570-346-8864



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Coney Island LunchA Scranton tradition since 1923. Taste the Texas Wieners and Texas Hamburgers that made us famous. Serving homemade soups, old-fashioned rice pudding and chili-con-carne. Enjoy our legendary chili sauce, created from a closely-guarded family recipe, eat in or take it out. Closed Monday. Tuesday Sunday Open 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 515 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 570-961-9004. Cooper’s RestaurantSee ad page 109 The Dock on WallenpaupackLunch and dinner are served on the covered deck overlooking Lake Wallenpaupack. Live music accompanies dinner on Fridays all year long and Saturdays and Sundays seasonally. Dock and Dine is available, allowing boaters to park their boat and enjoy a meal. 205 Route 507, Hawley. 570-226-4388. Failtes Steakhouse- Traditional Irish pub. Full service dining room. Spacious deck. Lunch and dinner served daily from 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Daily happy hour; over 20 microbrew beers on draft. Weekend live entertainment. Dinner fare includes prime steaks, fresh seafood, salads, burgers and more! 1492 Route 739, Dingmans Ferry. 570-828-6505. French Manor- See ad page 111


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La Tonalteca- See ad page 111 Le Manhattan BistroMore than your foodly, friendly, Frenchly restaurant in NEPA. It's authentic French food with a touch of Paris, a touch of New York City and extra love. Located in a century-old building in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Join us for dinner & Sunday brunch. Private rooms available for large parties. 268 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. 570-706-9588 The New CaféDominic Saadi brings his Mediterranean style menu to Greystone Gardens, Clarks Summit. He plays off this worldclass cuisine to create a unique menu - fusing Eastern Mediterranean classics with eclectic, contemporary offerings, combining comfort and creativity, and featuring many vegetarian and vegan friendly options. 829 Old State Rd. 570-319-9111. Nosh Restaurant & BarA fantastic small plate restaurant with a great drink selection. Friendly, attentive service, beautiful surroundings and a great patio! Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 4-10 p.m. with happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. Entertainment Thursdays and Saturdays. Find us on Facebook. 280 Main St., Dickson City. 570-382-8156.

Savory Maza Lebanese Cuisine- Enjoy and indulge in a variety of fresh homemade vegetarian and meat meals plus daily specials such as Koussa, Hashweh, Ahi Tuna kabobs, kibbee nayeh and more. Dine in or take out. 570-969-2666. Settlers Inn- See ad page 7 Sibio's Restaurant- Serving Northeast PA since 1974. Casual fine dining specializing in veal, seafood, steaks and pasta. All of our desserts are made in house. Lunch Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Entrees starting at $7.95. Dinner Monday to Saturday 4:30-9:30 p.m. Entrees starting at $14.50. 1240 Quincy Ave., Dunmore. 570346-3172. Stone Bridge Inn & Restaurant- Quaint European village nestled on a hilltop, surrounded by rolling countryside – discover Northeast PA’s best-kept secret! Excellent cuisine in a casual atmosphere, multi-level tavern & patio with entertainment. Weddings, private parties, reunions. Serving dinner

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Thurs.-Sun. I-81, Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9500. Stirna’s Restaurant & BarA Scranton tradition since 1908. Casual fine dining, friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 4 p.m. On and off premise catering seven days a week. Exclusive caterer for La Buona Vita, Dunmore. 120 West Market Street, Scranton. 570-961-9681. Terra Preta Restaurant- Farm to table dining. Inspired seasonal menu. Fresh local food, homemade breads and desserts. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free options. Cold-pressed juices. Full service bar featuring craft cocktails. On and off site food and bar catering. Dinner Sun.-Thurs.4-9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 4-10:30 p.m. 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Free Parking. 570-871-4190. Wood Grille- 111


Stracciatella (also known as Italian Egg Drop Soup) is an Italian soup consisting of meat broth and small shreds of an egg-based mixture, prepared by drizzling the mixture into boiling broth and stirring. It is popular around Rome in the Lazio region of central Italy. The soup can be served with some nice crusty bread and makes a delicious and quick meal to warm your family on a cold winter day. Ingredients: 6 Cups Chicken Broth 2 Large Eggs 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano Cheese 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley 2 Cups Baby Spinach (optional) Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste To Serve: Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Cheese Cracked Black Pepper

Directions: Place broth in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, grated cheese and parsley. While stirring broth in a circular motion, gradually pour the egg mixture into the moving broth, stirring gently with a fork to form thin strands of egg, about one minute. If desired, add the spinach to the pot and allow to wilt. Season soup with salt and pepper to taste and ladle the soup into bowls and serve. Crusty Bread (Optional): Take a 12 inch length of crusty baguette, halved lengthwise. Brush with extra-virgin olive oil. Arrange on baking sheet and bake until golden brown. (about 10 minutes in 400 degree oven on lower rack.) Cut baguette halves crosswise and serve warm with soup. (I sprinkle garlic powder and add shredded mozzarella just before taking out of oven.) 110

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Winter Fun 5 Ways! Woodloch Resort

Just because the temperature drops, it doesn’t mean that action at Woodloch goes on ice. The four-season, all inclusive resort in Hawley makes the most of the season. Snow tubing is one of the most popular spots. Guests may choose from two runs– the original Lakeside or Extreme run, which careens 600 feet downhill alongside Woodloch’s zip line. Snowshoeing, ice hockey, ice fishing and ice skating also rank

as favorite pastimes among guests. This year the resort debuts a new ice skating rink. The 9,000 square foot canopy covered facility features EZ Glide 350 synthetic ice that will offer a four-season outdoor skating experience. Guests also love to vie for the coveted Woodloch Gold Medal in the Winter Olympics. Events include mountain bowling, snow shovel passing and the snow tube switcharoo. For those looking to take the action downhill, Woodloch offers a Ski and Stay Package with Ski Big Bear, located eight miles form the resort. The package includes two meals daily, all the resort activities, amenities and entertainment as well as a daily lift ticket to Ski Big Bear. seven lanes with a Magic Carpet ride to the top of the hill. Guests may enjoy unlimited sliding during two-hour sessions. The Tiny Tot Tube area is designed specifically for children 33” to 39.” Horseback riding is available to guests as well as the public. Scenic trails wind through the resort offering pastoral views of snow covered settings and pristine woodlands.

Fernwood Resort Winter brings an avalanche of activities to this Bushkill resort. The White Lightening Snowtubing Park and Winter Zip Lining are among the most popular activities. Gina Bertucci, vice president of marketing, explains the allure of the resort in winter. “We are uniquely able to offer zip lining, aerial rope adventures and horseback riding year-round. Other rope courses and zip lines in the region close during winter.” The award-winning aerial adventure ropes course offers 66 elements and five courses. The snow tubing park features

Ski Shawnee

There’s been a flurry of activity at the ski resort located in Shawnee-on-Delaware. The family and beginner-friendly mountain will debut two new terrain parks this season. Delaware Park promises a quicker opening with high-powered snowmaking and better flow for riders and skiers of all levels. The lower section of the new Delaware Park will host a new “Jib Plaza” with multiple rails and boxes, a great place to hike, hangout and perfect skills. The Country Club Trail will also have its former Incubator Park redesigned. Both new parks will be chocked full of signature jib features along with step over jumps for crecontinued on page 114


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ative airtime. Marketing Director Jim Tust says snowtubing is also very popular among families– day or night. A Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package offered in January includes a lift ticket, rental and first time lesson for $79. Tust says approximately 150,000 people experience the mountain each winter to spend some quality family time in the Poconos.

Silver Birches Resort

Guests are literally on top of the action when they stay at this Lake Wallenpaupack resort. Cross country skiing and ice fishing are popular activities along with downhill skiing, sledding and hiking. “Winter at the lake is serene and beautiful,” says Director of Marketing Sarah O’Fee. “Before the lake freezes over you can watch Bald Eagles fishing in front of the property.” Guests can take advantage of a Luxury Spa Package with The Lodge at Woodloch or a Ski and Stay Package with nearby Ski Big Bear. Nightlife includes Comedy Night and for the first time ever, a Ballroom Dancing Night.

The Settlers Inn & Ledges Hotel

These sister properties located in downtown Hawley are the ideal headquarters for a winter getaway. Following a day cross country skiing, snow shoeing or hiking in the Pocono Mountains, the warm, inviting ambience of either hotel is the perfect spot to cozy up for the evening. Guests at Ledges Hotel can snuggle by the fire in the great room with views of the frozen waterfall just outside the door. The lobby’s large hearth at the Settlers Inn is also a popular gathering spot. Guests love to settle in and relax fireside with a game of chess or scrabble. Director of Marketing Sarah O’Fee recommends the Fire and Ice Package, which combines the best of both properties. “Fire and Ice, both components of winter– warm and cold, indoors and out, so stunningly

different yet complementary– like Settlers Inn and Ledges Hotel. Settlers Inn is warm and traditional while Ledges Hotel is cool and contemporary. Ledges winter outdoor landscape is bold and dramatic while Settlers Inn interior is enveloping and cozy,” describes O’Fee. “It’s a natural to create an experience that brings these aspects together creating an unforgettable stay. From the feather beds to the footprints in the snow, the frozen gorge to the fireplace– the golden thread that weaves it all together is the warm hospitality.” The package includes a two night mid week stay, a dinner voucher for Glass. Wine. Bar. Kitchen at Ledges Hotel, a dinner Voucher for the Settlers Inn and breakfast each morning at the Settlers Inn. H



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t’s the stuff of Rockwellian dreams. The Village of Homer in Cortland County, NY boasts a quaint village green surrounded by churches, houses and an elementary school. The virtually unspoiled downtown features buildings dating from the 19th century. Situated between Binghamton and Syracuse, NY the area is a short drive from Northeast PA on Interstate 81. In this part of Upstate New York, winter isn’t just tolerated, it’s celebrated.

Each winter the Village Green is frozen for free outdoor skating. In 2000, the community came together to host Homer Winterfest. The tradition took off and became a two-day event (January 26-27) featuring over 25 events in multiple venues throughout town. According to organizer Steve Major, some the most well-attended activities include the bonfire and fireworks on Friday evening, the children’s events, antiques show, chili cook-off and the beer tasting/wingfest. The Clamfest 118

On the Road… Cortland County, NY hosted by the Elks is always a sell out too. A gingerbread cookie decorating contest will be added to the mix this year. The community really comes together to entertain thousands of visitors who attend. Spirited activities include the human dog sled race, community cabaret and the snow sculpture contest. Village residents typically carve their entry the week before the event and a winner is announced Saturday morning. A chock-full schedule of events also includes a youth hockey demonstration, wine tastings, pancake breakfast and live music. Major relishes the traditional, small town atmosphere of Homer with it’s walkable downtown area.

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“It’s a nice community with beautiful old homes, thriving downtown business district and nice people,” says Major. Visit Cortland County is a hot spot for winter sports enthusiasts. New York State has the most ski areas in the United States and four family-friendly ski areas can be found within a 30-mile range of each other in Cortland County. Greek Peak Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in Central New York with 55 trails and four terrain parks. There’s also a full service Nordic Center with groomed cross country and snowshoe trails and a tubing center with up to 20 lanes. Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of an Inter-Mountain Passport to experience two exceptional ski areas. Labrador Mountain offers 22 groom trails and six lifts, while its sister Song Mountain boasts 24 trails and five lifts across 250-acres. Toggenburg Mountain Winter Sports Center has been a fixture in Central New York for over 60 years. Located in the town of Fabius, the ski area offers 21 trails, two terrain parks, five lifts and a tubing center. H

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he Scranton Chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life journeys to the 45th annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 19. The peaceful protest is held on the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe vs Wade, that legalized abortion. The bus departs from the Keyser Oak Shopping Center in Scranton at 6:45 a.m.

The March for Life Rally takes place on the grounds of the Washington Monument at noon. The march to the US Capitol follows the rally. The cost to attend is $40 for


adults and $20 for students. Call 570-587-5329 or 570343-5099 or visit The organization holds its Annual Prayer Breakfast at Fiorelli’s in Peckville on January 27 at 9 a.m. Ryan Bomberger is the principle speaker. Bomberger is an Emmy® Award-winning creative professional, citizen journalist, factivist and author of, “Not Equal: Civil Rights Gone Wrong”. He is also the cofounder of, a lifeaffirming organization based on the belief that every human life has purpose. He is one of

ten children, adopted into a multi-racial family of 15. Today, as an adoptee and adoptive father, he enjoys illuminating the intrinsic worth all humans possess. Reservations are $21 for adults and $10 for children under 12; children under 5 are free. Call 570-876-4087 for reservations .H –Kaitlyn Meholic

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Make a Difference 5th Annual Polar Plunge riends of Shannon McDonough will host the fifth annual Polar Plunge on January 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Montage Mountain in Moosic. The nonprofit organization provides support for youth in NEPA who are battling cancer and are looking for caring people to get involved.


Since the first polar plunge in 2014, the organization has donated to over 20 individuals dealing with the emotional and financial struggles that come with cancer.

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Businesses and individuals are needed to donate, sponsor or participate in the cause. In addition to the polar plunge, the event offers prizes, a DJ with ski bar, gift basket raffle and health vendors. Sponsors who pledge $100 or $250 will be advertised on the hooded sweatshirts provided to hundreds of participating “plungers.” All of the proceeds

benefit young individuals battling cancer. It is free to attend. A $35 donation is requested to those who take the “plunge.” Call 570-9039079 or visit H –Kaitlyn Meholic



WINNERS! Happenings Magazine recently announced the 2017 Happie Award Winners. The awards recognize the businesses and services in the area that made their customers happy. Winners were chosen through reader votes. Learn more about some of the winners below and how they keep customers “happie” all year round!

Best Wedding Venue: The Farm at Cottrell Lake

Established as a wedding venue in 2015, The Farm at Cottrell Lake offers a unique setting for

weddings or special occasions. The 52-acre farm in Union Dale is surrounded by breathtaking country landscapes, including rolling fields, orchards, corn and hay fields, meadows and a lake. Guests enjoy magnificent views of Elk Mountain and surrounding mountain ridges, along with extraordinary sunrises and sunsets. There are three beautiful vintage barns and an adjacent farmhouse on the property. The venue’s top priority is to make customer’s “happie” by giving them the absolute best wedding experience. They do so by focusing on one wedding per week and providing a serene environment and relaxed pace to set everyone at ease. Additionally, couples can enjoy luxurious accommodations in the newly restored farmhouse before and after the wedding. Finally, the Farm strives to make its couples happy by working side-by-side to ensure each wedding is spectacular. Wedding season runs June through October, and the venue

accommodates up to 200 people. Bookings for the 2019 wedding season are now available. Visit

Best Hospice: Hospice of the Sacred Heart

Providing comfort, care, hope and choice—this is the mission of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart. The agency offers hospice care to anyone in the community with a prognosis of six months, and care is provided wherever they may call home. Devoted to bringing the best care to patients, the hospice maintains a dedicated, compassionate staff that delivers uncompromising care to patients and their families every day. Most recently, staff members gathered on Thanksgiving morning to deliver dinners to patients’ homes. The meals were prepared by Mansour's Market Cafe in Scranton and brightened the holiday for patients throughout the community. This is just one way the hospice strives to keep its patients connected and comfortable. The agency’s commitment to meet patients’ needs quickly and with the highest level of clinical skill also sets it apart from others in the region Visit

Best Senior Living: The Pines Senior Living Since 2015, The Pines Senior Living in Clarks Summit has welcomed independent seniors who require assistance with daily activities. By providing individualized care for each resident, The Pines ensures that residents and their families stay safe, healthy and “happie.” The Pines’ design is based on the

Best Bank: Wayne Bank Founded in 1871 as a simple Honesdale storefront, Wayne Bank originally financed everything from boat building to tanneries. In the past 146 years, the bank has been committed to helping the community grow, delivering a wide range of products and services at its 26 community offices. At Wayne Bank, cultivating “happie” customers allows those customers to spread the word to others, creating a continuous cycle of “happie-ness.” To make customers “happie,” the bank directly funds local businesses with money from the local economy, thus investing in the community. Additionally, not only are Wayne Bank employees knowledgeable and accessible; they also live in the communities they serve and know customers by name. Wayne Bank never uses the term “branch.” Instead, each location is known as a “Community Office” at the center of local communities. Finally, the bank strives to provide the latest banking technology through electronic products, while still maintaining security, reliability and privacy. In December 2017, the Clarks Summit and Roscoe, NY offices relocated to spacious, contemporary January 2018

best practices of healthy senior living. Details were carefully selected to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being. Offering the greatest comfort for residents and peace of mind for their families, vommunity life at The Pines is filled with opportunities. Residents may socialize with new friends, nurture individual talents, develop new hobbies and honor favorite traditions. The on-site spa with an easily accessed deep tub allows “happie” residents to enjoy the relaxing warmth of swirling water enhanced by aesthetically pleasing aromatherapy. The Evergreen at the Pines program is designed to promote safe, comfortable living for seniors suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, dementia or memory loss. All who are interested are welcome to take a tour.

locations to better serve customers. Bank representatives are honored to accept the “Best Bank” award for three years in a row. Visit


Best Salon, Best Spa & Best Manicure: J Madison Wellness Spa & Salon Welcoming clients from every walk of life, J Madison offers a wide variety of salon and spa services, including facials, massages, hair design and nail art. The Kingston spa keeps customers uniquely “happie” by providing consistent customer care service. Treatments are customized to meet the needs and expectations of each individual client, whether one is looking for a relaxing facial, total body waxing therapeutic massage or one of

Best Orthodontist: Dr. Joyce A. Perih Orthodontics Specializing in orthodontic care, this stateof-the-art facility serves children, teens and adults across Northeast PA. Its Dunmore office offers close proximity to area schools and highways, as well as private rooms, digital scannings and a reception area that holds gaming systems, free Wi-Fi and refreshments. By sending “Happie” patients out into the community with beautiful smiles, the office strives to expand its customer base and provide orthodontic care to more and more patients, and has grown to be a multigenerational practice. “Happie” customers are always greeted by a friendly staff, and Dr. Perih sees each patient at every appointment and remains hands-on with all treatment needs. Most importantly, customers finish treatment with a beautiful


the many other services offered. Additionally, J Madison uses the best products to ensure the best results. Unique massages like Bongers, Thai and Lomi Lomi are available to patients, and those seeking a facial can select either LED Light Therapy or Micro Current Therapy. J Madison is devoted to making clients “happie” in all they do by striving to provide unique, innovative services in an engaging atmosphere. The spa was established in 2009 and is in the process of building a new locker room. Visit

PerihSmile. The practice opened in Scranton in May 1992. The office is handicap-accessible and delivers special treatment for numerous Make-A-Wish patients and referrals from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently, the practice is adapting a painless technique that will cut treatment time in half for teens and adults. All initial consultations are done as a professional courtesy. Visit H –Megan Kane

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Jan. 1-9, Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas. 674-6250.

CHILDREN’S EVENTS Jan. 4, Hide-n- Seekers Program for Preschoolers– Animals in Winter, 10 a.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Jan. 6, Nature Discovery Classroom, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Jan. 8-10, Casting Workshops for Disney's Beauty and the Beast, 6 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 346-7369 x100. Jan. 14, The Turtle Show, 23 p.m., Lackawanna County Children's Library, Scranton. 348-3000 ext. 3015. Jan. 18, 3rd Annual Children's Museum Science Fair, 5-8 p.m., Children's Museum, Bloomsburg. 389-9206. Jan. 20, Nugget & Fang, 11 a.m., Scranton Cultural Center Scranton. 344-1111.

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p.m., Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston. 333-4007. Jan. 7, Monthly Breakfast Buffet, Jefferson Twp Volunteer Fire Co, Mt Cobb. 689-2829. Jan. 9, Tuesdays With Nellie Mystery Book Club, 5:30 p.m., Wayne Co Public Library, Honesdale. 2531220. Jan. 13, The Snow Ball, Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake, Reeders. 872-6655.

Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg. 422-3139. Jan. 19, 15th Annual Winter in the City Cocktails, 5:30-8 p.m., POSH, Scranton. 963-1575. Jan. 20, Fusion Drum & Bugle Core Tricky Tray & 50/50 Fundraiser, The Bethwood, Totowa, NJ. 973945-5367.

Jan. 20, GAR Civil War Museum and Research Library Open House, noon-3 p.m., Civil War Museum, Scranton. 373-4145.

Jan. 21, Annual Knox Mine Disaster Memorial Mass, 10 a.m., John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Pittston. 3443841. Jan. 27, Snowflake Gala, Fiorelli's Catering, Archbald. 470-7838. Jan. 27, Splashin' With Compassion, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Montage Mountain, Scranton. 800-468-7669. Jan. 30, Poetry Awareness, 5:30 p.m., Wayne Co Public Library, Honesdale. 253-1220.

CONCERTS Jan. 12, Bobby Collins, 7:30 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 800999-STATE. Jan. 27, The Man in Black, 7:30 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre . 826-1100.

JANUARY HAPPENINGS Jan. 27, Killswitch, Engage & Jan. 2, 9 & 16, Diabetes Prevention Program, 5-6 Anthrax, 7:30 p.m., Sherman p.m., Geisinger Mount Theater, Stroudsburg. 420Pleasant Clinic, Scranton. 2808. 866-415-7138.


Jan. 1, First Day Hike: Lake and Nescopeck Trails, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums . 403-2006. Jan. 13 & 27, Introduction to Snowshoeing Opportunities, 9 a.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Jan. 18, Bald Eagle Watch for Seniors, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Jan. 27, Eagle Viewing Bus Tour, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Upper Delaware Visitor Center, Lackawaxen. 226-3164.

SEMINARS & LECTURES Jan 8, 15, 22 & 29, Diabetes Prevention Program, 5:306:30 p.m., Taylor Community Library, Taylor. 214-2643.

Jan. 6, Birds & Beans, 9-11 a.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Jan. 6, Mining in Society, 9 a.m. King’s College, WilkesBarre. 344- 3841. Jan. 7, A Day in the Life of an Anthracite Miner: The Remarkable Coalmining Artwork of Remo Trieste Russo, 2 p.m., Catlin House, Scranton. 344- 3841. Jan. 9, LCEEC Beekeepers Club, 7 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Moscow. 842-1506. Jan. 10, Introduction to Fly Tying Class, Stroudsburg Junior High School, Stroudsburg,. 355-0165. Jan. 16, A Demonstration Anthracite Mining Equipment and Objects, 7


p.m., Ashley Fire Hall, Ashley. 344- 3841. Jan. 17, Plymouth’s Coal Mining Pioneers: Abijah & John Smith, Freeman Thomas, and Other Stories, 7 p.m., Plymouth Borough Municipal Building, Plymouth. 344- 3841. Jan. 18, Change Comes to the Art of War, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Taylor Community Library, Taylor. 562-1234. Jan. 18, Sons of the Molly Maguires: The Irish Roots of America’s First Labor War, 7 p.m., King’s College, WilkesBarre. 344- 3841. Jan. 19, A Discussion of Four Historic Anthracite Labor Strikes, 1871-1928, 7 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 344- 3841. Jan. 20, Birds & Beans, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Nescopeck State PArk, Drums. 403-2006. Jan. 22, Who Killed Rebel Miners’ Union President, Tom Maloney? The

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JANUARY HAPPENINGS Wyoming Valley Good Friday Bombings of April 6, 1936, 7 p.m., Nanticoke Cultural Center, Nanticoke. 344- 3841. Jan. 26, Professional Baseball and the Anthracite Region: Four Authors Discuss Players, Teams, Games and Stories, 6:30 p.m., Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke. 3443841.

SPECIAL EVENTS Jan. 4, WVIA Ski Day, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Elk Mtn Ski Resort, Union Dale. Jan. 6, Eagle Day, 1:30 p.m., Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley. 226-3164. Jan. 11-15, Disney On Ice Presents Dream Big, Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre. 800-745-3000. Jan. 12, Festival of Trees: The Roaring '20s, Marketplace at Steamtown, Scranton. 963-6590. Jan. 13, Wellness Week, Everything Natural, Clarks Summit. 586-9684. Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Celebration, Misericordia University, Dallas. 674-6286. 130

Jan. 19, March for Life, 6:45 a.m., Keyser Oak Shopping Center, Scranton. 389-0206.

Jan. 13, New Year Movie Marathon, 9:30 a.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7816.

Jan. 20, Pocono Winter Beerfest, noon, Sherman Theater, 524 Main St, Stroudsburg. 420-2808.

Jan. 13, Mutts Gone Nuts, 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 800-999STATE.

Jan. 21, Annual Commemoration of the Knox Disaster, 11:30 a.m., PHMC Historical Marker, Port Griffith . 344- 3841.

Jan. 17, Leslie Odom Jr., 7:30 p.m., Kirby Center for Creative Arts, Kingston. 270-2190.

Jan. 21, Bridal Showcase, 1-4 p.m., Inn at Woodloch, Hawley. 685-8314. Jan. 26, WWE Live, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre. 800-745-3000. Jan. 27, Annual Prayer Breakfast, 9 a.m., Fiorelli's , Peckville, Blakely. 876-4087. Jan. 28, Northeast PA Bridal Show, Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, Scranton.

THEATER & FILM Jan. 11, An Interview with the Mineworkers’ Union Leader, Johnny Mitchell A One-Act Play, 6:30 p.m., Wyoming Presbyterian Church Institute, Wyoming. 344- 3841.

Jan. 19-20, The Wizard of Oz, State Theatre, Easton. 800-999-STATE. Jan. 20, Two Knox Disaster Documentaries, 1984 and 2018: Screenings & Commentaries, 2 p.m., The Museum, Scranton. 3443841. Jan. 25, State Ballet Theatre of Russia– Sleeping Beauty, 7:30 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 800-999-STATE. Jan. 26, The Art of Circus, 7 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 800-999-STATE. Jan. 31, Dirty Dancing, 7:30 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100. Find more January events at!

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Welcome 2018 with a flurry of new beginnings– from babies to bridal planning and resolutions to help you be well in the new year.