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MAILBAG Dear Happenings, I just love that Little Magazine but I am tired of them going so fast and never finding one so I am taking a two year subscription. –Ruth Robinson –East Stroudsburg

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Dear Happenings, Hi there! I went through the December magazine online….you guys do a really nice job! –Alpacas of Sunshine Farm Dear Happenings, The (December 2018 issue) is a lovely issue as always. I was excited to see that your artist from Western Wayne was one of our lifeguards and activity leaders last summer. She is a spectacular young lady. I’ll make sure to reach out to her to tell her how much I loved this cover. Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort will celebrate 65 years of ownership next summer. I look forward to having your readers know about our resort's story in a future issue.

–Jan Keen, Keen Lake –Camping and Cottage Resort Dear Happenings, The December 2018 was a great issue. I appreciate all of the support that Happenings has provided to our town and our business.

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contents JANUARY 2019


Whoa Baby! Meet some of the newest residents of NEPA.


Winter Weddings: It's a great day... for a white wedding


Women's Health Find ways to improve mind, body and soul.


Legal Spotlight Get to know a local attorney who shares his passion for family law.


Senior Living Finding comfort through assisted living.


Slainte! A Trip to Ireland Southwest Tip Glory!


Snow Much Fun! Find some action-packed events this winter.


Scranton Tomorrow Instilling a sense of pride for for a brighter future!


Joyful January Things to do, where to go, everything you need to know.

Photo: James Ruane Š

January 2019












Festival of Trees, Marketplace at Steamtown, Scranton. Through Jan. 13. (570) 963-6590

The Scranton Brass Orchestra, The HoulihanMcLean Center, Scranton. (570) 941-7624


























Charity Cask Night, Cooper's Seafood House, Scranton. 8 p.m. (866) 605-7325

Homer WinterFest, Homer, NY. From Jan. 25. homerwinterfest. org

Northeast PA Bridal Show, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 12-3:30 p.m. nepabridalshow. com


Jazz Supper Club, The Settlers Inn, Hawley. 6-9 p.m. (570) 226-2993

Original One Act Festival, Olde Brick Theater, Scranton. (570) 209-7766 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY



John Graham, Magician & Mentalist, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg. From Jan. 25. (570) 784-8181

National Book Month International Creativity Month National Get Organized Month National Soup Month


NEPACMS Benefit Concert, Hayfield House at Penn State, Wilkes-Barre.

VOYAGE-The Ultimate Journey Tribute, Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. (866) 605-7325



Chicago The Musical, State Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. (610) 258-7766

American Girl Live, State Theatre, Easton. 6:30 p.m. (610) 258-7766 Greenski Bluegrass, Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. (866) 605-7325

Woodloch's Bridal Showcase, The Inn at Woodloch, Hawley. 12-3 p.m. (570) 685-8000

Dear Readers,


appy New Year! We hope you have ushered in 2019 with a sense of optimism and excitement for what lies ahead! We wish all of our readers the blessings of health and happiness and, through our work in publishing, we also wish for you many new experiences and opportunities to learn from, and about others. Sharing information and stories through words, images and creative layouts is what we at Happenings have been about for the past 50, (yes 50) years! I like to think about the power of the written word. Writing and story telling was important, way back in Bible times, or well, I guess we wouldn’t exactly have Bibles or know any of the parables contained within. I think about the scripture verses where Jesus told his followers that “truly, truly this is important and should be recorded…” And now thousands of years later, with the help of the Gutenberg press and furthered by the internet and the digital age, messages are spread around the Globe. I think about the powerful impact written words have with interpersonal communication as well. How many of us have a special note, letter or card where someone once expressed something to us that we want to remember and hold onto forever. (And how

often do we think of writing someone a special note but then perhaps get too busy to send it off.) Our choice of words is another topic I ponder. Naturally we can be more creative with some articles than others. I get excited to read article drafts of our writers and I enjoy noting different styles and vocabulary choices. We all have different words to choose from in our “repertoire” and we are all partial to specific ones. I love to hear my daughter “trying out” new vocabulary words when she is trying to articulate a thought. Whatever your thoughts, whatever your style, we trust that we provide you with good words to read and inspiring messages to consider. May we all have a cozy January (by the fireplace?) and may many of your wishes come true this year.

With Love,


Paula Mackarey Publisher

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. -Proverbs 25:11 8


January 2019

Meet Our Cover Baby D

anni Margaret Lamoreux was Happenings’ choice for the January 2019 cover baby, based on the artistry and sentiment expressed in this photo, taken by Stacy Mullen, of A Bushel & A Peck Photo. Danni is the third child of Sharon Lamoreux. Danni’s, sister (Jesseca) is 24 and her brother (Jamie) is 20. Sharon and her husband Brad have been married for five years, and Danni is the first child of the couple. Brad lived in Centermoreland his whole life, and Sharon moved there 10 years ago. Sharon grew up in western New York, but has lived in the region for 26 years. Danni’s middle name was chosen for Sharon’s mother, Margaret, who passed in 2016. Brad is part Irish, with red hair, while Sharon is a brunette. The couple chose

“Being a mom is the greatest joy in the world and I’m truly blessed to be able to do it again.” two first names, Danni or Paige, to be decided by the baby’s hair color: Danni-if she had red hair, Paige-for any other color. “She was feisty right from the beginning of my pregnancy, so I kept saying that she must me a redhead, like my husband. Everybody in the delivery room was waiting expectantly to find out what color hair she had, and after a few moments someone yelled out ‘it’s red!” said Sharon. The photo of Danni snuggled in the flag has such special meaning to the couple as Brad is a retired veteran with 22 years of service in the U.S. military. The photo



symbolizes the couple’s love of country, and the love that the surrounds the baby. Brad completed basic training in high school, joining the Army Reserves when he was 17. He served for eight years as a diesel mechanic. He then enlisted with the Air Force reserves after 9/11, and served as a crew chief on C-130’s. After seven years, he switched to the Air National Guard, and retired after six more years. In Brad’s nearly 22 years of service, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as multiple other overseas deployments in The War on Terror. Brad and Sharon met online 10 years ago, and married in 2013. Brad was living at his base in Delaware when they first met, so they talked for weeks before their first real date. Danni’s sister, Jesseca, lives at home and works at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Danni’s brother, Jamie, lives in Florida. “He works on cars, and is an aspiring chef,” said Sharon. “They adore Danni. It’s not the typical sibling relationship with them, but they both have a very special bond with her. She’s fortunate to have them watching over her as she grows,” noted Sharon. H January 2019

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!


appenings Magazine is 50 years old this year! What was having a baby like in 1969 vs today? Proof Positive? 1969: “She’s Expecting!” Only how did we find out for sure? A urine sample at the doctor’s office and a phone call after a few days wait would confirm the news. 2019: “We’re Pregnant!” Couples are now “pregnant” and can find out in minutes with an over-thecounter test purchased at a local pharmacy. Eating for Two? 1969: Eating a hearty diet for two was the norm. Some women were even told to drink BEER? for iron.” Women continued to smoke and enjoy their cocktails. 2019: “Don’t touch the tuna!” Women abstain from many food items possibly linked to harmful effects. Even wine-loving women refrain for the baby's health.

2019: Everything’s exposed! From the baby’s gender, to seeing little kicks move across mom’s belly, there’s little left to the imagination! Form-fitting, revealing knit dresses and tops don’t hide the fact that mom isn’t carrying a watermelon. Hello Mother, Hello Father! 1969: Back in the day, men would hang out in the waiting room, chatting with the other fathers, with a pocketful of cigars. He was only allowed to see his wife once her hair was fixed, she was properly dressed and ready to welcome him with a pleasant disposition. 2019: Can you imagine a man missing his child's birth? Or not taking part in cutting the umbilical cord? And....Push! 1969: Women had no say about an episiotomy; epidurals were not a choice and if a midwife was involved you were surely a hippie. 2019: Choices range from home births with or without a professional mid-wife to an almost pain-free birth. The hospital room is a luxurious suite with matching cottagelike drapes and comforters. A succulent meal for the new parents is presented in a romantic setting.

Reveal-ing? 1969: Forget about a gender reveal, you couldn’t even tell what women might be shielding underneath their large tent dresses and smock tops. 12

Feeding Baby! 1969: Few mothers chose to nurse. The convenient Platex disposable bottles and formulas are expedient and convenient. 2019: Breast is Best Bonding, health benefits and immunity HappeningsPA.com

are encouraged in every book, magazine, pre-natal class and by every healthcare provider. Hospital Stay 1969: A week to rest, recover and recuperate. A smartly dressed mother with pearls, heels and a cinched-waisted dress leaves the hospital feeling and looking well. 2019: Insurance beats the doctor in determining the date of the mother's release. She is hurried home with sweat pants and sneakers and a pile of paperwork that could fill a briefcase. The Home Coming 1969: The husband holds the front door open for his wife and new baby after they ride home together in the front seat. The new baby is held by its mother, sans seatbelt. 2019: The car seat frenzy is in force. We're making sure the seat belt is fastened, the slack is precisely the number of inches directed by the instructions, colorful toys are added to the handle and a mirror is placed so parents can check the baby's breathing on the ride home. H –Patricia Camayd

Bof 2018 abies Kyleigh Griffiths Born September 20, 2018 to Bob Griffiths and Kristi Canfield of Hanover Twp

Emilia Noone

Everly Truan

Born March 13, 2018 to Rob and Kaley Noone of Scranton

Born May 18, 2018 to David and Jessica Truan of Clarks Summit

Danni Lamoreux Born March 9, 2018 to Bradley and Sharon Lamoreux of Centermoreland

Coraline Ossont

Ethan McGlynn

Born February 15, 2018 to Michael and Caitlyn Ossont of Eynon

Born February 20, 2018 to Patrick and Jill McGlynn of Plains



Nicholas Sylvester Born March 12, 2018 to Dominick and Amy Sylvester of Scranton January 2019

Anderson “Sunny� Manning Born August 29, 2018 to Kevin and Kacy Manning of North Abington Twp

Tate Reiss

Emory Dranchak

Born July 3, 2018 to Brad and Ashley Reiss of Scranton

Born October 25, 2018 to Nicholas and Amanda Zaloga Dranchak of Jessup

Greta Anne Wolfsberger Born June 9, 2018 to Leo and Aubrie Wolfsberger of Archbald

Kinsey Lester Born February 15, 2018 to Jeff and Jessica Lester of Scott Twp

Sophia Demas Born August 12, 2018 to Dave Demas and Kim Rybnick of Dunmore

Lincoln Popko Born December 27, 2017 to John and Amanda Popko of Duryea January 2019

Anthony LaCoe

Tyler Henderson

Born May 21, 2018 to Steven and Maggie LaCoe of Archbald

Born August 9, 2018 to Harry and Tabitha Henderson of Scott Twp



Scarlett Lacomis

Aubrey Jaye Hetro

JoAnne Subash

Born January 28 2018 to Ryan and Mallory Lacomis of Dupont

Born June 15, 2018 to Chris and Jenny Hetro of Wyoming

Born October 30, 2018 to Subash Battini and Jasmine Mallavarapu of Scranton

Joseph McCormack

Logan Holmes

Paige Marie Hawley

Born September 3, 2018 to Joseph and Stacey McCormack of Clarks Summit

Born June 8, 2018 to Nicholas and Shaunna Holmes of Pleasant Mount

Born April 9, 2018 to Drew and Danielle Hawley of Dallas

Emilia Pothering

Violet Estelle Harvey

Grayson Witkowski

Born May 21, 2018 to Shea Pothering and Holly Parrish of Schuylkill Haven

Born August 23, 2018 to David Harvey and Heather Woodyatt of Scranton

Born August 21, 2018 to Kyle Witkowski and Angela Thomas of Throop

Liliana Zelenski

Liliana Lucarine

Born September 19, 2018 to Zack Zelenski and Hannah Shurtleff of Old Forge

Born October 17, 2018 to Rocco and Julie Lucarine of Spring Brook Twp


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March for Life


he Annual March for Life, the world's largest peaceful pro-life event, will be held January 18, 2019. Enjoy speakers, music and take a stand for life at the National Mall - Washington, D.C. Rally begins at noon, March at 1 p.m. Buses leave for Washington D.C. at 6:45 a.m. from the Keyser Oak Shopping Center, Scranton. Return is approximately 11:45 p.m. Cost is $40 for adults, $20 for children. Visit www.prolifescranton.org or call 570-343-5099.

Respect Life Prayer Breakfast The Annual Respect Life Prayer Breakfast, Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Scranton Chapter will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 9 a.m. to noon at Fiorelli Catering, Peckville. Guest speaker is Seth Drayer, Vice President for Created Equal, a pro-life education and outreach organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Seth leads the effort to equip pro-life defenders to reach hearts and change minds about abortion. He engages university professors in formal debate and has appeared on national television shows such as Fox & Friends and Hannity. Seth and his wife, Aubrie, and three children reside in Columbus, OH. Reservations: 570-842-9653. Visit www.prolifescranton.org or call 570-343-5099. H



January 2019

Wayne Memorial Hospital

New Beginnings


ayne Memorial Hospital is a nonprofit, community-controlled hospital based in Honesdale. It is in the heart of Wayne Memorial Health System which serves 100,000 people across Wayne and Pike Counties. Their birthing suites unit is called New Beginnings. Their goal is to help you have the healthiest pregnancy and best birth experience possible.


Mary Beth Dastalfo, BSN, RN (Greenfield, PA) Clinical Coordinator

Favorite aspect of job: Working with amazing women What factors do you believe contribute to a successful, healthy birth experience? Prenatal education, consistent prenatal care with an OB health care provider, healthy diet and lifestyle for mother

(eating well, taking prenatal vitamins/or other OB prescribed medications, and avoiding smoking, drinking and illegal drugs), prenatal testing (as recommended), a good support system and being aware of and reporting concerning signs and symptoms. How is your teamwork facilitated between OB/GYN physicians, midwives and nurses? Monthly meetings are held with the OB physicians, nurse midwives, pediatricians and nurses to discuss current practices and ways to improve as needed. We maintain open communication between the nurses and the providers. We have very strong nurses who are incredible patient advocates and try very hard to give the patient and family the birthing experience they desire, while maintaining a safe environment. All nurse midwife births at Wayne January 2019

Memorial have 24/7 OB physician back up. What type of critical care is available for pre-mature births or birth complications? We have a pediatrician on-call 24/7. All the OB nurses and nursing supervisors have NRP (Neonatal Resusitation Program) certification and take the S.T.A.B.L.E. Program course (post resusitation, pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants.) We have emergency equipment available in the delivery room at the time of birth. We have a Special Care Nursery with more extensive equipment as well as TeleNeonatology with Lehigh Valley Hospital. This gives us access to a neonatologist who can assess a baby through specialized video equipment and a blue tooth stethoscope and provide recommendation for care. We maintain excellent working relationships with area hospitals that have Neonatal Intensive Care Services that will bring a specialized team to help stabilize and transport pre-term and/or sick newborns. What is something you wish new parents knew? Although this information has been around awhile, many parents and grandparents still do not follow safe sleep practices. We stress the importance of not sleeping with your baby and providing your baby with a safe sleep environment. Have a crib or bassinet ready with a firm, tight-fitting mattress and tightfitted sheet. Do not have pillows, bumper pads, comforters, quilts or thick blankets in the baby's sleep area. Remember "Safe To Sleep" (always place baby on back to sleep) and "Bare Is Best" (uncluttered.) January 2019

Christina MacDowell Certified Nurse Midwife (Honesdale, PA)

Favorite aspect of job: Helping women achieve their dreams

To work with a midwife is as simple as making an appointment. The meaning of the word midwife is "with woman" and that is what we try to do with every one of our patients - be present with them. Advantages of working with a midwife: Midwives believe that pregnancy is a normal part of a woman's life. We will help guide you with healthcare decisions by giving you all the information needed. We will help make you an expert in your own pregnancy and health care. All of our midwives are female and have given birth so we all bring compassion and empathy as well as understanding.

From your perspective, can you provide a background on new developments in birthing processes at Wayne Memorial Hospital? Giving birth at Wayne Memorial has always been special. Our team of people who help and encourage you are amazing, however new information brings changes... and in this case changes for the better. Babies are now kept skin to skin with their mothers for an hour after birth - that means no separation and time for you to meet and welcome your new baby. All birth attendants provide delayed cord clamping, allowing oxygen rich blood to return to your baby after birth.

Little known facts about giving birth at Wayne Memorial: We are a small facility. This allows for a very personable experience - one in which you will know each of your health care team members. You will not just be another patient - but a mother, a family. You will stay in the same room you give birth in - not transfer to another department with a whole other team of nurs-

Discuss the relationship and process of choosing to work with a midwife:

es. We offer and support water birth and have a private room with a birthing tub to help facilitate your birth wishes. H



Capture the Sweet Newborn Memories • Paula Sue Photography


aula was trained on newborn posing and safety by world-renowned newborn photographer, Ana Brandt. She offers a luxurious boutique style experience at her Moosic, Pa studio. Her boutique is home to an extensive collection of newborn props including wraps, backdrops, outfits, hats, bonnets, and headbands as well as a large collection of couture maternity gowns for expectant mothers.

and then moved to the Poconos to be close to her family. She has always genuinely loved children. She started babysitting at age 12 and continued through college. She is a proud mother of

three young adults. Photography has been a passion of Paula’s since she was a young girl. She has photographed children, weddings, nature and her favorite... newborns.

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Create portraits to cherish for generations. Paula’s favorite part of the photography business is the interaction with the client. Whether it’s the sweet expression on the mother’s face, the soft smile from the newborn or the look of complete LOVE by an older sibling, let her capture the moments to treasure for a lifetime. The day a baby is born is often one of the best days of a parent’s life. It is a day that deserves to be beautifully portrayed by a professional photographer. Most parents want to remember the immense love that was felt right at those first

moments. Paula is an all-inclusive photographer offering high-resolution digital images. Print and luxury heirloom products are also available as well as high quality prints. Premium luster prints, collages, personalized keepsake photo boxes, albums and custom

announcement cards are just some of the products available. Let Paula Sue Photography work with you to customize a collection of beautiful memories. Contact Paula at 570-8807208 or paula@paulasuephotography.com H


Why You Should Schedule A Comprehensive Eye Exam S 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 blind-


ness. 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. 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 measure eye fluid pressure, helpful in detecting glaucoma. 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. H

January 2019

Hailey Dixon

Austin Wallace

Audrey Grega

Delaney Munley

Born June 26, 2018 to Justin and Sara Dixon of Falls

Born March 12, 2018 to Patrick and Jessica Wallace of West Wyoming

Born June 1, 2018 to David and Sarah Grega of Shavertown

Born March 15, 2018 to Tim and Katrina Munley of Mountain Top

Aubri & Everli Morris

Charles “Charlie� Louis Romeo

Penelope Jae Edwards

Born June 29, 2018 to Trevor Morris and Robyn Swingle of Peckville

Born October 15, 2018 to Victor Romeo and Candice Belardi of Scranton

Born September 9, 2018 to Jason and Sarah Edwards of Springbrook Twp

Ella Prall Born January 8, 2018 to Phillip Prall and Megan Freedman of Scranton

Hannah Rose Edsell

Charlie Ahern

Born July 16, 2018 to David and Danielle Edsell of Scranton

Born November 17 , 2017 to Patrick and Marnel Ahern of South Abington Twp



Blake Livingston

Ella Barsh

Piper Evans

Benjamin Ramos

Born March 23, 2018 to Ryan and Karina Livingston of Olyphant

Born July 21, 2018 to Christian and Kristin Barsh of Luzerne

Born March 19, 2018 to John and Sara Evans of Wilkes-Barre

Born August 14, 2018 to Benjamin and Jennifer Ramos of Scranton

Brynlee Ortwein

Camryn Heiken

Norah Jacqueline Marzolino

Born June 19, 2018 to Adam and Kristen Ortwein of Easton

Born June 2, 2018 to Keith and Dana Heiken of Dickson City

Born August 23, 2018 to Bryan Marzolino and Kearson Crockenberg of Dunmore

Collin Michael Gatens

Lucas Pechal

Lucas Proctor

Charlee Kocher

Born January 26, 2018 to Keegan and Lauren Gatens of Covington Twp

Born January 25, 2018 to Daniel and Joanna Pechal of West Pittston

Born October 21, 2018 to Thomas and Jessica Proctor of Tunkhannock

Born March 27, 2018 to Matthew and Christina Kocher of East Greenville



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Joseph Warenda

Evelyn Rae Dolphin

Grant Campbell

Born February 14, 2018 to Frank and Leah Warenda of West Wyoming Rachael Card Photography

Born July 24, 2018 to Dan and Kaley Dolphin of Scranton

Born March 25, 2018 to Ryan and Julia Campbell of Clarks Green

Kennedy Kiryluk

Raelynn Plevyak

Lena Popko

Born June 30, 2018 to Troy and Erin Kiryluk of Nicholson

Born August 8, 2018 to Corey Plevyak and Tiffany Roon of Simpson

Born September 19, 2018 to Neil and Suzanne Popko of Hunlock Creek


Ivy Wilcha

Gus Galinsky

Born October 22, 2018 to John Michael and Lauren Wilcha of Carbondale

Born September 19, 2018 to Keith and Katie Galinsky of Jermyn

Ryder Karaffa

Nora Davies

Born July 31, 2018 to Allan and Danielle Karaffa of Scranton

Born October 2, 2018 to Mike and Ali Davies of Greenfield Twp

Jared Galeana

Keith James Herbert III

Anthony James Meyers

Isabella Thomas

Born October 18, 2018 to Junior Galeana and Tracy Karasek of Hanover Twp

Born January 1, 2018 to Keith James and Sabrina Maria Herbert of Clarks Summit

Born July 6, 2018 to Bruce Meyers and Jacqueline Tarantino of Newfoundland

Born March 19, 2018 to George and Sarah Marie Thomas of Dickson City

Thomas Ryan Sandrowicz

Celia Gelsleichter

Cullen Henry Vogt

Born February 19, 2018 to Dan and Karolyn Sandrowicz of Moscow

Born August 6, 2018 to Eric and Alison Gelsleichter of Manlius, NY

Born September 18, 2018. to Ricky and Bridget Vogt of Bronx, NY

Mia Judge Born September 6, 2018 to Tyler Judge and Samantha Marsico of Mayfield


Arden Hillard Born August 22, 2018 to Andrew Hillard and Brittany Decker of Tunkhannock

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A Women’s Well-Being: One Woman’s Perspective


enerally, when we think of women’s health and wellness, we think of what would be best for our whole person… our mind, our body, our emotions and our spirit. We all want what is best for ourselves and our loved ones. Deep down I believe we all have a desire for the true, the good and beautiful. In my own quest to be healthier, I have found that in order for me to be well in all these areas I have to be sure not to sacrifice one for the good of the other, but to take the time to nurture myself and do my best with what I have been given.

groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.” The truth is we really do have a lot to give! That’s the way we were made. We are a gift. Life is a gift. What a treasure! Life is not always easy and it is sometimes hard to keep what is important in perspective. My mother was married and began having children at an early age. She recently confided to me some of her hardships in raising six children and her struggle to keep it all together. She shared with me her struggle with remaining open to the gift of life. She said it was because of my father’s faith and belief system that they persevered. After reflecting on this I realized that they could have chosen otherwise for me and my

“We all need to be reminded of the gifts we have been blessed with. ”

As women, we have been given many gifts. While I don’t know much about the author, I think this quote says a lot: “Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her

little sister. What a thought! It has made me so much more grateful for their generosity and the gift of my life. We all need to be reminded of the gifts we have been blessed with. This past year I began working with an organization whose mission it is to promote value of all human life. We offer educational materials on risks and alternatives in women’s health along with support and referrals for women in need. I invite you to visit us at ProLifeScranton.org .H Mary Beth Roberts Pennsylvanians for Human Life Scranton Chapter

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Maverick Billalba

Samuel Uher

Elliott Diehl

Born April 5, 2018 to Nicholas Billalba and Peytn Miehlke of Tobyhanna

Born April 2, 2018 to Stephen and Michelle Uher of Old Forge

Born October 16, 2018 to Adam and Brindy Diehl of Damascus

Ryan Malinowski

Salem Sutton

Hannah Ransom

Born August 22, 2018 to Kyle and Samantha Malinowski of Olyphant

Born October 21, 2018 to Dereck Sutton & Chrisha Wall of Scranton

Born July 24, 2018 to Eric and Jeanele Ransom of Tunkhannock

Celia Riggleman Born July 20, 2018 to Eric and Alexandra Riggleman of Old Forge

Larry Reagan 34

Born August 9, 2018 to Larry and Ellen Reagan of Clarks Summit

Mason Janiszewski Born May 21, 2018 to Kenny and Melissa Janiszewski of Tunkhannock

Tanner Green Born June 15, 2018 to Forrest and Leslie Green of Tunkhannock

Beau Johnson Born July 17, 2018 to Chad and Alex Johnson of Scott Twp

Greyson McDaniel Born June 28, 2018 to Joseph and Bernadette McDaniel of Old Forge

Lincoln Mattioli Born September 22, 2017 to Jason and Rebecca Morrison Mattioli of Pittston

Everly Gad Born March 3, 2018 to Amer and Alyssa Gad of Pittston

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Gavin Pallo Born September 22, 2018 to Jeffrey and Erin Pallo of Clarks Summit

Lucchio Policicchio Born October 18, 2018 to Robert and Alane Policicchio of South Abington Twp

JP Kell Born July 29, 2018 to George Kell and Linda Sagliano of Jessup

Joshua Fisne Born December 23, 2017 to Sean and Katherine Fisne of Clifton Twp

Anastasia Harth Born August 28, 2018 to Charles and Greechi Harth of Nanticoke

Zachary Mizack Born August 26, 2018 to Benjamin & Kristin Mizack of Bethlehem Isabella Russell Born August 31, 2018 to Shane and Diane Russell of Throop



Bridal Guide

Kyra Leasure & Michael Poplaski January 2019


Photo: Crystal Satriano

Kyra Leasure



Michael Poplaski

merica's pasttime brought Kyra and Mike together in the summer of 2014, when they both worked for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders.

On June 30, 2018 in St. George’s Orthodox Church in Taylor the couple wed in a traditional Orthodox ceremony where many Rusyn elements were included. In a unique situation, Kyra’s dad, priest of the church, walked her down the aisle and then turned around and performed the marriage ceremony. The morning of the wedding, Kyra was surprised with a two-person polka band that played as the bridal party exited her house; the music also played as guests left the church. Prior to the ceremony, the couple’s family gathered for a prayer and again as they became one. The best man carried a flag to the church to signify that a wedding was about to begin. The Orthodox bishop and two priests, who are friends of the couple assisted with the marriage ceremony. The traditional ceremony included the betrothal


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(exchange of rings); the receiving and holding of lit candles (signifying the spiritual willingness to receive God’s blessings); the crowning (symbolizing unity and the identification of the king and queen of the house); the common cup (where the couple takes three sips of red wine to symbolize the sweetness, bitterness and sharing of life); the Dance of Isaiah (circling a table holding a Bible) and the placement of a rose on the Kardiotisa (Mother of God icon) symbolizing love and commitment to Mary. Kyra incorporated a piece of her mother’s and late grandmother’s dresses into her own and her grandmother’s crown was placed in her flowers. She wore her mother’s veil as a blusher and a

cathedral length veil made by her mother-in-law. Montdale Country Club hosted a reception for more than 300 guests. The couple danced a traditional bridal dance where Michael broke into a circle of guests and took his bride away. The couple honeymooned in Rome, Italy and Tenerife, Spain. They reside in Richmond, VA.

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Torey Mengoni

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obert and Torey met in 2010 while working at Robert’s family R restaurant, Café Soriano. In July 2016, Robert and Torey took their usual bike ride through Nay Aug Park where they became engaged. Robert rode ahead and as Torey approached the “tree house”, Robert was on one knee with both of their families waiting to celebrate! They continued celebrating that night at a surprise engagement party.

The wedding ceremony was held on June 23, 2018 at St. Paul‘s Parish in Scranton. Torey and her family are church musicians, so the liturgy and church hymns were an important part of the ceremony. Torey‘s brother and father cantored at the ceremony and St. Paul‘s Parish Children‘s Choir, who Torey directs, sang hymns. Family friend, Father continued on page 42


Andy Kurovsky, said the homily which included several personal stories. A reception of 270 guests, including loved ones from around the world, was held at Montdale Country Club. The bridal party consisted of siblings and cousins. The color scheme included natural, earthy tones and an abundance of greens in the floral arrangements, beautifully designed by the MCR Design Group. Robert added a touch of his own personality by changing from a solid grey tuxedo to a more fun, plaid one for the cocktail hour and reception! Because of the couple’s deep love and appreciation for music it was also one of the most important aspects of their reception. Torey’s cousins played acoustic music during the cocktail hour on the veranda and Light Weight Band played during the reception. Torey even joined in performing. Family members surprised the couple with a special song while the band went on break, playing auxiliary percussion, drum set, guitars and singing!

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The couple honeymooned in the Riviera Maya, Mexico and reside in Dunmore. H –Melissa Hayhoe

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aylor Perry and Joshua McWilliams met while attending Palmer College of Chiropractic and dated for nearly three years. They became engaged a few weeks before their graduation in 2016. After being separated for their internships in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin they reunited in Florida to take their final board exam. Taylor accidentally stumbled upon the engagement ring after she used one of Josh's bags to carry her books. The mishap caused the proposal to be put on hold. A few days later as they were celebrating the completion of their board exams, Josh proposed over dinner. The couple wed on August 25, 2018. The ceremony and reception of 320 guests were held at Taylor’s Parent’s house in Dunmore. Taylor’s sister also got married at the house in 2012 and both sisters were married under the same wedding Trellis that their father built. The bridal party included family members and the couple’s Pomeranian, Hank, who was the ring bearer along with their nephew, Robbie. Hank initially laid down on Taylor’s train at the altar and then moved to stand right between the couple's feet for the entire ceremony. The couple's mutual best friend, continued on page 48


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eter and Sarah met a decade ago. Peter P would make deliveries to the store where Sarah worked. They exchanged numbers after running into each other at a bar downtown. The couple dated on and off for several years and became an official couple in 2013. On Christmas morning, 2016, Peter surprised Sarah in her living room and proposed on one knee as her mom and brother watched.

On June 16, 2018 the couple wed in St. Patrick's Church, Scranton. Sarah was honored to have her brother, Bradley walk her down the aisle in place of her late father. She attached a pin her father had received as an award from his employer, Weis Markets, to her bouquet. She kept her thumb on it all day. The bride selected “Edelweiss,” from The Sound of Music as her choice to walk down the aisle. As the first of nine grandchildren to marry, it was important that her grandmother, Mary Fisk, attend the wedding ceremony in St. Patrick’s Church, where she attended grade school 85 years before. Constantino’s Catering and Events, Clarks Summit, hosted a reception for 140 guests. The location was special to Sarah since it was the former Patsel’s restaurant, a


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his marker along North Abington Road in Waverly, Lackawanna County, remembers one of the region’s pioneers and founding citizens. Elder John Miller braved the wilds of the “west” with his wife Polly in order to settle near his good friend Deacon Clark in the Abingtons, then known as Beech Woods. His journey to this untamed wilderness was not an easy one however. The couple set out in 1800 from their home in Plainfield, New York, with only a few possessions and their infant son in tow. A small raft carried the family down the Susquehanna River to Pittston, Pa where they would then make their way by foot along an untrodden path to the isolated Abington region, arriving in


February of 1802. Out of this untamed wilderness Elder Miller helped carve out a community. A zealous minister and teacher, he is attributed with founding the First Baptist Church of Abington in a small nearby cabin. In 1804 Miller opened up his own home to the few children of the Abingtons, becoming the area’s first teacher and later first postmaster. He is also credited with driving the first wagon over the Mountain Notch into what is now Clarks Summit.


During his 50 year ministry Elder Miller conducted almost 2,000 baptisms, officiated at 1,800 funerals and united 457 couples in marriage. As the region grew and prospered Photo: Lisa Ragnacci so did his congregation. His word and deeds spanned an area from Tunkhannock to -land and Pittston to Carbondale. During his life the landscape of the region transformed dramatically. The desolate wilderness in which he settled as a young man was now on its way to becoming a burgeoning metropolis. Elder Miller’s contributions to this transformation are numerous and still remembered 140 years after his death. H January 2019

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AWAKEN Optimal Health LLC


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Steamtown Hot Yoga 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. “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 dayby-day,” advises Alexiou.

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A Team Approach to Wellness Sarah Pettinato, The Wright Center for Community Health


riginally from Lancaster County, License Clinical Social Worker Sarah Pettinato found a home in Northeastern PA in 2013. She received her Bachelors in Social Work from Lockhaven Univerisity, and later pursued her Masters in Social Work at Marywood University. After spending a few years in the field gaining work experience and completing her clinical supervision, Pettinato became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in February 2018 and joined the team at The Wright Center for Community Health as a LCSW. Why did you pursue social work? My parents were in the helping profession, and I knew that helping people would be a rewarding career. What do you find most challenging about a career in social work? I have a great deal of compassion for my patients and I have to be mindful not to take my work home with me. If I don’t care for myself, I won’t be able to help my patients to the best of my ability. Is there a population you prefer to focus on? I really enjoy working with adults. I have worked with individuals who have suffered trauma or loss, and those who struggle with anxiety, depression, addiction or relationship issues. It is truly gratifying to help someone grow and change through some of their most challenging times in life. Describe your day-to-day work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at The Wright Center for Community Health?


easy, but I recognize how important self-care is. Even if it is only for a few minutes a day, I take it.

In between seeing my individual patients for therapy, I have the opportunity to work with our multidisciplinary team to help individuals who may need additional services or intervention. What led you to this position with The Wright Center for Community Health? My former clinical supervisor told me about her role as a social worker with the organization’s collaborative care team. In my previous work as a therapist in an outside agency, coordinating services was not as accessible, but I knew it was always so beneficial to the patients. The team-based approach with many services available in a main location motivated me to become a part of The Wright Center for Community Health’s team.

How do you advise other new moms with overcoming these challenges? My number one rule is to take better care of yourself so you can take the best care of your baby. Also, lean on your support system. If you don’t have a support system, create one! Connect with other moms and get out of the house. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help from your family, a friend or a professional. Treat yourself with kindness, compassion and patience. Remember, you’re doing a great job! What skills have you learned working in your profession that have helped your life personally? The value of being mindful. Whether at work or at home, it is important to me to stay fully present in whatever I am doing. Are your hobbies devoted to selfcare? Yoga keeps me mentally grounded. I love nature, which is incredibly therapeutic for me. The lake is my happy place; I can do anything there and be content.

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Profile in Law: Attorney Brian Cali


ith 40 years of experience, Attorney 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. Currently he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Fidelity Bank and Chairman of PA Disciplinary Board and has been designated as a Super Lawyer for over 13 years.

You need to work hard, be honest, continually educate yourself, never stop learning, and always remain true to the profession and the process. It is critical to focus on the best end game for your client and work diligently to get that result.

Your work with family law undoubtedly occurs during times of great emotional stress. How do you provide a sense of comfort and calm to clients and families? What is your best advice for families who are going through divorce or separation? I recognize the stress and don’t ignore it but I do not get consumed by it. I assure clients that as they go through this process, in time, it will get better (although for the moment that seems impossible.) It is critically important that the

lawyer be honest and realistic from the beginning to the end. The client should have no false belief in an outcome that is unrealistic. Often lawyers want to calm their clients by giving them a false impression of reality. That is dangerous for the lawyer and obviously not good for the client. The best advice I could give anyone is to stop, take a deep breath, focus on the issues that need to be addressed and be a part of process and work with me/my staff efficiently and effectively to get the best results.

You have been successfully practicing for 40 years! What’s your secret for longevity in a practice? Have you always been in Dunmore? If so what is it about Dunmore that made you stay rooted there? There is no secret to success. You need to work hard, be honest, continually educate yourself, never stop learning, and always remain true to the profession and the process. It is critical to focus on the best end game for your client and work diligently to get that result. I listen, pay attention to and respect my clients and guide them through this often-difficult process. Closure for each of our clients is important both economically and emotionally. Getting lost and off course serves no purpose. I have always tried to remain focused to get the best result in each case. As to my office, I did have an office in Scranton in my early years. But my dad had a building in Dunmore, that I now own, which has been my office for most of my career. It has worked well for me personally and for my clients. In your practice, have you seen it all? Are there any current trends that are changing your practice with regard to family law? How often are you truly challenged by specific cases? How do you meet these challenges? I have seen a lot but for sure not all there is to be seen. Whether something new will come along is likely but what it will be is a mystery to me. Today people are more litigious and want instant results. Clients need to understand that Divorce and Custody litiJanuary 2019

gation is still a process that does take time without instant gratification. In addition, there are more people trying to handle their own cases without a lawyer than ever. This often clogs the system and as a result makes it difficult to bring cases to conclusion. Each and every day there are challenges with every case. After doing this for nearly 40 years I try to quickly recognize the challenges, and with my experience, figure out the path to get a solution. There are obviously cases that are more difficult and complex which take a lot more time to assess but I stay focused, and work diligently to get the result anticipated. How do you measure success with a case? Success is often difficult to define in Family Law. Winning or losing is often not necessarily the measuring stick. If you have analyzed the case correctly (which is a prerequisite in every case) and the result is close to the anticipated conclusion, that is one measure of success. If your client is satisfied that you did your best and the result is good for them, that is also a measure. My measure is knowing that I did everything I could and then some, under the facts and law of the particular case, that I addressed each issue appropriately and that the outcome I anticipated was achieved. Can you describe a rewarding case from past years? I have been fortunate to have had many rewarding cases from the extremely complex to the ones that have not been legally difficult at all. I have HappeningsPA.com

made law in the Appellate Courts with clients. In my practice I believe I have protected those who needed protection, I assisted clients to have the courage to move forward in their lives and to get the breath of fresh air they needed to have peace. Each case allows me to help people restore their self-worth and to maintain their dignity. Recently, I have had the privilege to represent a client who subsequently passed, and entrusted me with the responsibility of allocating hundreds of thousands of dollars for his mission of helping local people in need. For me the best reward I have is knowing that I have helped people through difficult times in their lives, many of whom remain special to me. Please explain your path to family law. Initially my practice was diverse and remains as such. However, I believe I have a good financial and business sense and a practical approach toward the emotional and economic breakdown of a family in divorce. I have the ability to get beyond the emotions, focus on the issues that need to be addressed and get the job done. My effectiveness has been to see the goal line early on and focus on getting there the right way. What new aspects do you see in the future for this area of the law? Or do you see new areas of law developing? Invitro fertilization is one change which will affect custody cases in the near future. Also children being raised by extended families is adding to continued on page 73 71

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atharine Stevens is a resident of the United Methodist Homes Tunkhannock Manor, an assisted living and personal care home. A long time resident of Tunkhannock, she was born in Tabriz, Iran, where her father was a medical missionary. When World War II began, her mother brought the rest of her family home to the U.S. and settled in Tunkhannock, where her mother’s parents had lived. Katharine married Robert Stevens, and they had six children. At 90 years old, Stevens doesn’t do nearly what she used to, but has “kept with what I can because I still drive,” she said. She keeps busy visiting family and friends, going to church, joining in on bingo, seeing


the symphony and staying involved with various organizations. She and her daughter have a strong interest in genealogy and visit local cemeteries to trace their roots. Activities and outings (such as picnics to Frances Slocum State Park) are plentiful at her new residence. Katharine and her husband had moved to Tunkhannock Manor when they could no longer manage the responsibilities of a home. They were immediately impressed with the attentive staff. They had their reservation for a year before making the move, and while apartment space was not available at the time, they moved into two adjoining rooms, providing a cozy living and bedroom arrangement with great storage and plenty of natural light. After the passing HappeningsPA.com

of her husband, Katharine downsized to a single room. Katharine says that moving to Tunkhannock Manor happened at the right time in

her life. She is happy to have already downsized and to be released from the worries of a home. Her children help manage her remaining responsibilities. She is so thankful for the wonderful staff who assist with day to day life. They are around to do whatever the residents need, and they are “so good about handling it all,” she says. Find information about the Tunkhannock Campus at unitedmethodisthomes.org. H -Melissa Durante

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andra Burgette Miller, a Scranton beautician and mother of eight, has written 24 poems about the emotional horror of slavery. Now she has published her first book, Tell ‘em. Her work dates back to her childhood when she heard stories about the

came upon her family bible, a historical book titled This is Waverly and the 1860 United States Census. Her life changed forever when she discovered her late great-

slaves who ultimately escaped using the famed Underground Railroad. This led Miller, a selfdescribed “Air Force brat,” to wonder about her family and if anyone who came long before her might have been slaves.

great grandfather in the Census, proving that he was among the many slaves who escaped on the Underground Railroad. “I was ecstatic,” Miller says. “To see my last name in the 1860 Census was amazing. As a child with a different last name, I did wonder.” It was this moment that inspired her to

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“After I began my research, I dreamt that I, myself, was a slave. That was when I started to write everything down.” write her poetry. Of course, Miller’s late greatgreat grandfather was perhaps the biggest source of inspiration for her work. She hopes to pass on that inspiration and knowledge to her eight children. “I want them to know their history and be proud of their accomplishments,” she says. While slavery is viewed upon as a dark period in American history, not to mention the tipping point that led to the American Civil War, Miller has taken her knowledge and turned it into a positive, all by looking into her roots. “If you have an interest in family history, start looking and don’t stop,” Miller says. “It is very rewarding and is the reason I write.” Tell ‘em” will be presented as a theatrical play at the Scranton Cultural Center on February 8th and 9th at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to purchase the book, email sandraburgette@gmail.com. H –Mathew Jellock

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A Place Like Home

My Journey to Ireland


n March 2018, I took my first trip across the pond to the beautiful green country known as Ireland. I travelled from the small suburban town of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, to a country that is roughly the size of Indiana. I had the opportunity to visit numerous towns and cities during my 10-day excursion. We started on the west coast of the country and around the city of Galway. Venturing across the midlands toward the east coast to the large city of Dublin, we eventually made our way to the southeast coast to a small little village. I had major expectations for these larger cities. I thought that they would be the highlight of my trip, but I soon would find out that the last stop on my itinerary would be that silver lining I was looking for. When we think of Ireland, we tend to think of the larger and more well known cities like Dublin, Galway and Belfast. When we think of Pennsylvania we also tend to think of the larger cities such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg, not quite the smaller and lesser known towns such as Clarks Summit. Like Pennsylvania, Ireland also has its fair share of smaller towns. One in particular that I visited was the village of Sneem. Located on the southwest tip of Ireland on the Iveragh Peninsula deep in the Kerry mountains lies 80

this small village of Sneem. I was under the impression from my peers that Sneem was just a teeny tiny village with a small population and not much to do, but I was soon to be mistaken. As we took that first drive through the town my first thought of this small town was how much it reminded me of the small borough of Clarks Summit. When strolling through town, you are greeted with rolling green hills, and tall mountains that frame the village and allow for a breathtaking view. Clarks Summit, like Sneem, is nestled deep in the hills and mountain ranges that surround it.

this part of my trip. In fact, I had begun to feel an odd sense of home. We had many plans other than walking around the town. One day we had a horseback riding excursion scheduled. We were picked up at our hotel in Sneem, in a small little van just big enough to fit all 14 of us. Driving through town, along the windy, narrow country roads, past farmland, marsh, small ponds, and mountains, I had no clue what was to come.

Sneem is a tiny town with a population of around 550 people, yet it still had its own little “downtown” or stretch of road that was very similar to Clarks Summit’s State Street. The town really did have an extreme uncanny resemblance to almost every store on our little stretch of State Street. For example, Sneem has MACE groceries, Kelly’s Bakery, The Riverside Cafe, Riney’s Pub, and D. O’Shea’s Pub. In Clarks Summit, our equivalent would be Gerrity’s, Duffy’s Coffee House, The Sunrise Cafe, The Nyx and State Street Grille.

Upon our arrival to the stables, I was reminded of similar scenes from home. The drive was similar to some Waverly and Dalton back roads, which also deliver a hidden view just around a bend. After a short 20-30 minute drive, we had arrived at the Eagle Rock Equestrian Center. Two little Irish lassies came walking out of the small little stables and greeted us with a warm welcome. They quickly evaluated each of us, fit us for a helmet, and matched us with our perfect horse. We saddled up and were on our way.

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farm in Dalton called Candy Apple Farm. As a kid, I always passed by it on my way to my father’s house. It has a quaint rural farm look similar to that of Eagle Rock. One by one, our horses played the game of “follow the leader” out of the stable and down the road. I heard the muffled noise of the clicking and clacking as the sound of hooves met the wet pavement. It had been raining that day and all along the first half of our journey, the horses didn’t seem to mind, and nor did we. After about 10 minutes of travel, the clicking of the hooves finally stopped. The road had ended but our journey did not, it was only just beginning. The horses guided us down a sandy, rocky path taking us down through some water and up to a sandbar. The second the hooves hit that wet sand it was like mother nature had decided to cooperate. The sky had cleared up ahead, and the rain showers had turned into a light mist. These conditions allowed for one of God’s greatest creations to appear, a rainbow. At this moment, I had not a single care in the world, I felt such an immense euphoric sensation take over all of my senses allowing for me to realize just truly how blessed I am, not only in this moment, but in general. I began to wonder if a rainbow in Ireland was the same as a rainbow at home in Clarks Summit. My answer to

this question would have to be yes. I think that God allowed me to notice his rainbow and view them as a pathway connecting two places which created a sense of a greater understanding as to why I was meant to visit Sneem. Prior to my trip to Ireland, I had high hopes for the big cities thinking this was where I would really get a feel for Ireland, but boy was I wrong. All of Ireland including these cities had a different sense of culture and landscapes to offer, but I realized that it was the small village of Sneem and it’s surrounding areas that truly allowed me to make connections with the country and my life back home. I guess what Ireland really taught me was to enjoy the smaller things in life. Sometimes they’re just what you need. H -Olivia Osborne

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omer, a town in Cortland County, New York, will host its annual Winterfest on January 25 and 26. The town is named from the Greek poet Homer. Homer’s 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 Upstate New York, winter isn’t just tolerated, it’s celebrated. Each winter the village green is frozen for free outdoor skating. The Winterfest tradition began in 2000 and took off and became a two-day event. featuring over 25 events in multiple venues throughout town. Events this year include a fish fry, bonfire, snow sculpture contest, pancake breakfast, flea market, chili cook-off, wine and cheese tasting, wing-eating contest, antique and craft sale, parade, children’s events, snowmobile display, human dog sled race, chicken barbecue, youth hockey demo and snowshoe demonstration. www.homerwinterfest.org. Cortland County 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 InterMountain 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. www.experiencecortland.com



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ynon Archbald Lions Club will host its 8th annual Snowflake Gala from 6-11 p.m. at Fiorelli’s in Peckville on January 26 to benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind. The Club chose to support the Leader Dog program because of its impeccable training methods for canines, which exceed international Guide Dog Federation standards. Each year more than 75,000 people will become visually impaired or blind in the U.S. All money raised from the Snowflake Gala will be donated to “Leader Dog for the Blind,” an organization that trains service dogs to assist the visually impaired. This program allows for a life of confidence, independence and safe mobility. With the support and generosity of area sponsors and residents, The EynonArchbald Lions Club was ranked second internationally in donations to “Leader Dog for the Blind.” This is an honor the club


members strive to uphold. Fran Stepkovich, the public relations representative for Eynon Archbald Lions Club explains, “Leader Dogs for the Blind was started in 1938 by three Detroit area Lions Club members. More than 14,500 guide dogs have been bred, trained and donated. This nonprofit facility serves clients from 21

Dogs internationally.” The evening will include passed hors d’oeuvres, dinner, open bar, raffle tickets and dancing to the music of the Wannabees, along with DJ Kris Sheridan from Top Shelf Entertainment. Contact Louis J. Rapoch at 570-878-2766. Tickets are $75. H

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cranton Tomorrow has a long history of service to the community, dating back to the early 1990s. It began as a grass-roots effort to improve the quality of life for those who lived and worked in the City of Scranton. Like many mid-sized cities across the county, Scranton's economy faced challenges and a struggling downtown. In keeping with the spirit of those who founded Scranton and Lackawanna County, this group of visionaries forged ahead with determination, creativity and ingenuity.


In 1992, Scranton Tomorrow was founded as a non-profit organization. Shortly thereafter, its leaders developed Forging the Future, a visioning process that identified emerging community leaders and instilled a sense of pride for a brighter future. Everyone in the community was encouraged to participate and a blueprint for change was drafted. Now, 25 years later, that era of positive change and pride continues. New events and projects, such as First Night Scranton, a family-friendly New Year's Eve cele-


bration attracting thousands to downtown, were created and produced annually. CityPride, a beautification program, took place each spring. A Summer Solstice Art Walk was created and the Pennsylvania Film Festival was born. Iconic changes, such as the relighting of the Electric City Sign also occurred. The Electric City Sign not only serves as a historic landmark but now also as a beacon of light for the future. Other transformative developments, such as the creation of Scranton Today Channel 61 on public access television, and the Downtown Renaissance project

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which introduced residential living in the historic downtown, were also a result of the effort. Scranton Tomorrow earned the designation as a Main Street organization by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and was selected as a Nationally Accredited Main Street Program by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Pennsylvania Downtown Center. In early 2017, the National Resource Network recommended that Scranton Tomorrow serve as the City of Scranton's Economic Development agency for Scranton's recovery plan. In the next three to five years, the organization plans to form an official Downtown Scranton Business Improvement District (BID). Members and partners of Scranton Tomorrow have dedicated time, resources and expertise for more than 25 years, and they’re not slowing down any time soon. Today, the organization is working in cooperation with business leaders, public officials, entrepreneurs, property owners, developers, educators, artists and community partners to help the city reach its greatest potential. The efforts are evident in both obvious and subtle ways. New shops and eateries, historic building restorations, improved streetscapes, luxury downtown apartments, refurbished greenspaces, shopping and dining promotions, and an energized business community have resulted. “Projects come to fruition, new initiatives come to the forefront, volunteers and partnerships transition, and the organization continues to evolve,” said Leslie Collins, executive director of

Scranton Tomorrow. “New, sustainable community and economic development projects stay true to our core values and mission of establishing Scranton as the urban center of northeastern Pennsylvania. Our organization stays rooted in its past, yet expands while embracing new challenges for a bright and successful future.” Scranton Tomorrow is spearheading a host of impactful initiatives, including the development of a downtown brand, creation of a pocket park, safe, clean and green activities, a downtown strategic plan, design guidelines and promotion of the many downtown Scranton amenities. During the holidays Scranton Tomorrow coordinated Black Friday specials, Small Business Saturday, Lunch Local and the Holiday Window Decorating Showcase, all encouraging support of the local business community. Family-friendly activities included the Scranton Tomorrow Holiday Hunt in partnership with the Electric City Escape a text message scavenger hunt based on the holiday window displays. Planning is underway for a new exciting dowtown event scheduled for August 2019. The Electric City CycleFest, also known as a criterium, is a multi-day, community focused cycling and music event for families and all ages. H

Scranton Tomorrow has many volunteer opportunities and welcomes community participation. Celebrate at their annual fundraiser, Winter in the City, on Fridays, January 18, 2019 and February 8, 2019, at Posh@The Scranton Club. Don’t miss a fun-filled night to mix and mingle with new and old friends. Tickets are $20. and include live music, beverages and samplings from more than 40 local restaurants. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Learn more about Scranton Tomorrow at visit www.scrantontomorrow.org. Like Scranton Tomorrow on Facebook, or call 570.963.5901.

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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 www.colonialbrickinn.com

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THE 1819 RED BRICK INN A warm welcome awaits you at our charming 200 year old Federal Style home. 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 www.1819inn.com stay@1819inn.com

THE ROSEMONT INN BED AND 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. 10 guest rooms with private baths. Lovely amenities. Within walking distance to downtown. 165 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA (570)-278-7600 http://www.therosemontinnbb.com

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. www.Stone-Bridge-Inn.com.

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TH •reasure U•N•T•I•N•G Antiques on the AvenueCustomers call it,“a hidden gem!” An ever-changing inventory features vintage costume jewelry and sterling jewelry. Vintage ladies clothing, men‘s and women’s accessories– purses, wallets, hats. Kitchen items, Pyrex, glassware, small furniture. A small business, committed to customer satisfaction. Find us on Facebook. 1027 Prescott Ave, Scranton.(570) 604-0177.

shop poles & chairs, vintage Gas Pumps, cookie jars, salt & pepper shakers, paintings, neon signs, jewelry, rugs, Coca Cola items, Betty Boop items and more. 210 Main Ave, Hawley. 570-2269411 or 570-241-6230, email: jukeslots@aol.com www.jukeboxclassics.com

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 trash-to-treasure items. Credit cards accepted. Call for hours. Like us on Facebook. Bridge St. (Rte. 29), Tunkhannock. 570-836-4456.

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. 570-822-8855 www.LarkMountainMarketplace.com

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Home Furnishings is the largest Antique Mall in the Wilkes Barre, Scranton area, featuring 50 Vendors with high quality items. Antique to Retro, including Furniture, Glassware, Lighting, Jewelry, Pottery, Artwork, Quality Collectables, and more. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram! 29 East Carey Street, Wilkes Barre, Pa. 18705. 570-270-3107 www.plainsantiques.com H

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D Catskill Mountains ResortOur elegant Fine Dining restaurant features American andItalian cuisine by Chef Bob and attentive, friendly service hosted by Andy, both formerly of Mount Haven Resort.We specialize in perfect Banquets, Weddings and Parties, seating at least 250 in our brand new Hall. Also try our Pizzeria or Bars. 845-456-0195 catskillmountainsresort.com Coney Island Lunch- A Scranton tradition since 1923. Taste the Texas Wieners and Texas Hambur-gers that made us famous. Serv-ing homemade soups, old-fashioned rice pudding and chilicon-carne. Enjoy our legendary chili sauce, created from a closely-guarded family recipe, eat in or take it out. Closed Monday. Tues-day-Sunday Open 10:30 a.m. -4 p.m. 515 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 570-961-9004. www.texas-wiener.com.


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Cooper’s RestaurantSee ad page 95 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. 570-2264388. Failtes SteakhouseTraditional Irish Pub. Full service dining room. Spacious deck featuring live music. Call for daily specials and new microbrew options. 20 beers on tap. Lunch and dinner served daily from 11am. Sunday Brunch 9am-2-pm. Great steaks, fresh seafood, salads, burger and lots more! 1492 Route 739, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18320



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Le Manhattan Bistro- More 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. www.lemanhattanbistro.com See ad page 19. 570-706-9588 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.570-346-3172. www.sibiosrestaurant.com H

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Skinny Mac ‘N Cheese Ingredients: 1½ lbs (700 g) cauliflower (half of a large head or 1 small head) 8 oz (250 g) uncooked elbow macaroni (2 cups/500 mL)

1. Cut cauliflower into large chunks, keeping core intact. Using a Veggie Strip Maker, grate cauliflower florets into a large Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl to measure 3 cups (750 mL).

2 garlic cloves, peeled

2. Place cauliflower and macaroni in Rockcrok Dutch Oven or Deep Covered Baker. Using Garlic Slicer, slice garlic into Dutch Oven.

1½ cups (375 mL) chicken stock or chicken broth

3. Whisk stock, milk and flour with Stainless Steel Whisk until blended. Pour into Dutch Oven; mix well.

½ cup (125 mL) milk

4. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 17-20 minutes or until macaroni is tender, stirring once halfway through cooking.

2 Tbsp (30 mL) flour 8 oz (250 g) reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese (2 cups/500 mL grated)

5. Meanwhile, grate cheese with Microplane Adjustable Coarse Grater.

1 cup (250 mL) 2% plain low-fat Greek yogurt Salt and black pepper (optional) Cook’s Tips The easiest way to grate the cauliflower so it stays in the bowl is to hold the Veggie Strip Maker at an angle into the large bowl while grating the florets. You can add color and flavor by adding two large peeled carrots, grated into short pieces with the Veggie Strip Maker.

6. Using a Silicone Oven Mitt Set, carefully remove Dutch Oven from microwave to Stackable Cooling Rack. Add yogurt and 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) of the cheese; stir until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. 7. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 1 minute or until cheese is melted.








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Fresh New Options Fit A.F. Nutrition Makes Eating Healthy Easy


wner Jordan Galasso created Fit A.F. Nutrition in 2017. As a certified personal trainer for the past decade, Jordan was working one-on-one with clients who would ask him for nutritional guidance. So he created a company that would make eating healthy taste good and be extremely convenient by delivering pre-portioned, cooked meals right to clients’ doors. With about 72 percent of Americans being overweight and only 3 percent eating minimally processed food, Jordan could see a great

need. His personal recommendation for being healthy includes exercising for 2.5 hours each week, maintaining a healthy body weight and a BMI (Body Mass Index) of under 25, not smoking, and eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. “You can’t out run a poor diet,” he states. Many chronic diseases are preventable through nutrition, he believes. “More often than not, my clients are trying to better themselves in ways outside of nutrition, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Jordan understands the rea-

sons why many people have trouble eating healthily. “Either they don’t have the time to cook or they don’t know how to cook good tasting, healthy food. We fill the need for these reasons,” he says. He doesn’t believe there is a one-size fits all solution for nutrition, of course. “There is no single method that works for everyone. We also serve the vegan, ketogenic, and vegetarian friendly menus. Some swear by these plans. But there is no need to overcomplicate! Eat minimally processed foods, get a good variety of complete proteins, fiber rich carbohydrates and quality fats,” he remarks. Fit A.F. Nutrition found business space at the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center’s Kitchen Incubator. Clients visit the Fit A.F. website and have until Friday noon each week to place their orders. They make selections from the menu options online. The order list is compiled and prepared, and all meals are



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portioned, packaged and delivered. There is also an option to create a customized meal plan. After gathering information about a client’s height, weight, diet, exercise and plans, they calculate the correct portions to achieve the goal. The custom menus account for both what to eat--in terms of both meals and snacks-- as well as when to eat. The average cost of a meal is $810, and delivery is free. Customers may choose to either pick up their order from a local drop off location, or they may opt for home delivery. Fit A.F. serves a variety of clients. “It’s popular not only with the fitness crowd, but also the ‘nine to five’ crowd as well,” said Jordan. When designing menu options, Jordan tapped into resources and recipes from his mother, who is a nutritionist, as well as his own credentials as a Precision Nutrition L1 Certified Nutrition Expert. “We want to have options for everyone,” he said. They aim to stay up-to-date on food trends and stick with local grass-fed ingredients. Jordan wanted to use local talent and resources for his business. His website was designed with the help of Posture Interactive of Scranton. Jordan believes that a mistake people make is telling themselves that eating healthily or exercising will be hard and that they need January 2019

to follow ridiculous diets or regimens in order to see benefits. “ A good diet you follow is better than a perfect file you fail.” Looking ahead, Jordan says that they aim to continue working on their menu and growing with the hopes of expanding their shipping options. For more information about Fit A.F., visit fitafnutrition.com. Getting Personal With Jordan Galasso: Family: Parents Joe and Pam; Sister Leah My mom passed along some great recipes (shhh) and healthy cooking technique that I stole for the business. Education: Lackawanna College. What led you to your career: I’ve always been interested in nutrition and fitness. My mom was a dietician and I caught the bug to eat well and exercise very early. Hobbies: I enjoy the four seasons and being outside, hiking or walking, playing guitar, being with family and friends and just growing as a person.

in destructive behavior and help them pick up better habits. This includes eating better, but many other things as well. I believe many people are unhappy because they find themselves engaging in behaviors they know logically are not benefitting them, but continue because they feel they have no control. As a young entrepreneur, what are your most challenging issues? Being as productive as possible, managing stress and scheduling my time well. I hold productivity to a high standard and always seek to improve. My stress threshold is high, but I don’t say ‘no’ as much as I should, and end up taking on too much at times. I end up working long hours and sometimes sacrifice sleep and personal time. I constantly work on these issues. H –Melissa Durante

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he term “addiction” originates from the Latin “enslaved by” or “bound to.”

Anyone who has struggled to overcome an addiction, or attempted to help a loved one dealing with it, comes to understand the hold a particular substance or behavior has

himself adequate enough. “It was a good effect, the party atmosphere, new friends, doing funny things, it was a crutch for acceptance.” Over the next couple years, Alex graduated to cocaine and then heroin. His mom, aghast by Alex’s

let her know he was on the roof of his high school and would jump off if she didn’t allow him to quit school. It was then that they realized his problems went beyond what they had believed. He was taken to Clearbrook, Wilkes-Barre, for evaluation by Dr. Nick Colangelo and he went through treatment there.

Return from Addiction

ONE FAMILY’S STRUGGLE on the “captive.” (michaelshouse.com) So, why be captive to a chemical? Dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain, holds the key, but there are other reasons in the personality. Alex, 34, a Scranton-area man recently spoke to Happenings about his descent into addiction starting around age 12. His revelations are instructive.

behavior, at first attributed it to mental illness. He saw a mental health therapist, over several months, who never picked up on his drug use. “Most parents would rather have a diagnosis of mental illness rather than addiction, because of the stigma of addiction, she explained.”

Also, she wondered how addiction could touch her family. “I was the super Alex, said his mom, she said. mother, “Most parents We’re are a tradiSuzanne, was a would rather have a tional family. top athlete. He diagnosis of mental We’re a middle has muscular illness rather than class family. dystrophy These kids (Alex which had not addiction, because has an older been diagof the stigma of brother, Adam) nosed at the had everything. I addiction, she time. He is also drove them explained.” an insulin places myself dependent instead of carType 1 diabetic. pooling. We were involved in “School wasn’t for me,” said their sports, we had family dinAlex, a poised, articulate man. ners together. I did everything He said he felt like he did not fit right,” she said, including strict in. But starting with sips of curfews. alcohol, then fully-fledged At 17, Alex called his mother to drinking and pot, he found 100


“I had lost the will to live for awhile,” Alex said. I didn’t want to feel what I was feeling. “Everything was falling apart. I didn’t feel accepted, starting at an early age, and drugs worked for me. At Clearbrook, Alex’ss family learned the extent of his addiction. Suzanne said, “I thought I knew everything.” Two weeks later she was using the 12-step program for family members of addicts. She threw herself into Alex’ss rehabilitation and came to terms with the harsh reality that parents have to learn to help themselves in order to help their addict. Not one to believe in the shame of addiction, Suzanne said the stigma has to end. “These people don’t take a drug and expect to be addicted. Addiction is a disease. Insurance covers treatment. It wouldn’t if addiction wasn’t a disease.” HIs dad, Lee, eventually gave up alcohol — which along with marijuana is seen by many as a “gateway” drug. January 2019

Alex was in and out of treatment centers. One, a most intense wilderness program in the Utah desert showed him he could count on himself and rise above any challenge. He got his High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) during a sober period. But abstinence was elusive and Alex strained his mother’s aspirations to get him clean.

returned to this area 11 years ago. He has been sober (abstaining from drugs and alcohol) for 13 years.

Suzanne thought she could save her son. She was on her way to see him at Texas Tech He shared this observation: “I University Center for was at an event and ran into a Collegiate Recovery girl I knew from a 12-step proCommunities (CRC) where he gram. She and her mother won a scholarship to study. were drinking wine. She said She realized during a phone she was good, not using. conversation at the Chicago Thirteen months airport that later she died -he had “Alcohol is a drug for from an overrelapsed. an addict." dose." “Something came over me and I knew I couldn’t help him anymore. I told him, Alex, I love you and I’m afraid you’re going to die if you don’t stop. I just realized that I cannot die with you. I have another child at home and I’m going home.” “A lot of what you do as a parent of an addict is counterproductive,” Suzanne said. “It’s natural for a parent to want to eliminate obstacles. But I had to detach. I had to love him enough to step back and let him get better,” she said. His last long-term treatment was at Alina Lodge in New Jersey. Afterward, as part of his recovery plan, he lived in California for awhile. Alex January 2019

"I know I cannot drink alcohol because I have witnessed and experienced the ramifications. Alcohol is a drug for an addict." HIs continuing sobriety relies on Alex’s dedication to keeping connected to family and the 12-steps. “I have an addictive personality," he said. But his life is “amazing” today. “No matter what happens, anything negative, I know I can deal with it. Life is life, but with grace and dignity I can go on.” Suzanne remembers the days when she’d wake up full of fear over what would happen to her son. This is a family disease she said. “I’m addicted to HappeningsPA.com

my son and he’s addicted to drugs. These days, "I take life 'one day at a time'", she said. In the 21st century addiction has become epidemic. If the number of deaths due to addiction don’t convey that addiction is a disease, it’s pattern should. Chronic. Progressive. Fatal. “Who would make that choice?” Suzanne said. The Clearbrook Foundation has set up a series of informative events about addiction for the public. Suzanne, Lee and Alex tell their stories at these gatherings. She is adamant in her resolve to show that If addiction could occur in her family, it could happen in anyone’s family. Today, Alex is married to Jen and has a 15-month old son, Jackson and a 12-year-old step daughter. He runs his family business, along with his older brother, and lives in Roaring Brook. Suzanne and Lee live in Scranton. They also have two other grandchildren. H –Christine Fanning


Small Paint Projects To Transform Your Space


iving your home personality and adding a dash of character can be achieved easily and affordably with small paint projects. 1. The Grand Entrance Personalize your front door by painting it an unexpected hue. It will bring character and personality to your home and offer fresh curb appeal. A stately shade, such as red or purple, to wake up a simple cottage-style door and accentuate a front garden. A bold yellow hue that has warmer undertones can energize an otherwise neutral exterior, and a bright pop of orange makes for an unexpected statement. Complement your newly painted front door with colorful, eye-catching address numbers. Choose a color that complements the front door or a contrasting hue that offers an interesting accent. 2. Make a Splash The kitchen is the perfect place to have some fun with 102

color since it’s often the communal area of a home. Instead of traditional tile, cook up a scene-stealing space by giving your backsplash a makeover. Stencil in a design or favorite quote. Don’t forget to consider the other colors at play in the space before selecting the backsplash paint color. If the kitchen has dark cabinets, choose a lighter shade to keep the room from feeling heavy. For white or light-color cabinets, both brighter and darker paint colors work well for this space. If you have the whole weekend, further customize your kitchen by painting the island a hue that complements the other colors in the room. If you’d like to keep the space neutral, select a subtle shade for the island such as cream, beige or gray. Or, if you’re looking to be a bit more daring, choose a shade such as turquoise, navy blue or mint. A


striking color will make the room feel fun and inviting. You can also incorporate the island color in a few new accessories such as a rug, curtains or dishware to create a feeling of harmony throughout the room. 3. More to Adore Make a personal statement in the bedroom by transforming walls into exceptional works of art. Instead of adorning walls with framed artwork, paint a multicolored diamond or chevron pattern for an unexpected pop of color. A frame wall with favorite pictures or prized album covers centered in painted blocks puts a spin on the traditional. Or create big-time graphic impact with an oversized DIY wall clock. Add perceived dimension to a room by creating nontraditional stripes with three or even four colors. Angled stripes painted in different widths are less structured and provide a unique design, and an exaggerated single stripe of color can rescue plain walls. H

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St. Luke’s Church Scranton


t. Luke’s Church Scranton, an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Bethlehem, has drawn people from the region since 1852. One of the oldest churches in Scranton, predating the incorporation of the city itself, the church was a place of worship for many of Scranton’s “founding fathers” like John Jermyn, George L. Dickson, James M. Everhart and Benjamin H. Throop. St. Luke’s is known for its beautiful art and architecture. The church was rebuilt in 1871 by renowned architect, Richard Upjohn, known for his work on Trinity Church, Wall St. NYC. Following a fire in the 1890s, the church interior was refurbished by Tiffany Studios of New York. The church’s chancel, altar, Tiffany windows of the Ascension, Tiffany glass mosaic baptistery and Nativity window are particularly noteworthy. Each week, parishioners are invited to participate in various forms of Eucharistic worship including a said service on Saturday evenings, a sung liturgy on Sunday morning, and a Noon “Healing Eucharist” on Wednesdays. St.

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Luke’s also offers Centering Prayer, a meditative prayer practice, every Thursday, Adult Formation programs, Sunday School featuring Godly Play, a Montessori based program, Bible Studies, Lenten Studies and Quiet Days. The historic downtown church is a diverse, inclusive community. All are welcome to worship and participate in programs. Many parishioners grew up in the parish while others are new to the region, as well as the Episcopal Church. The community comprises a wide spectrum of people from the very old to the very young. “We are married, single, widows, widowers, divorced, gay and straight. Our occupations and backgrounds are varied,” said Reverend Mother Rebecca. “Together we strive to discover, live into and share God’s love.” Outside the church walls, St. Luke’s stays involved with the community. St. Luke’s provides Senior Space meals to the elderly and is one of the


founding churches of Safety Net. The church offers space for regular meetings of Narcotics Anonymous, Students Demand Action (students against gun violence), NEPA Prison Advocates, and others. Numerous musical ensembles use the space including, The Lyric Consort, Arcadia, and the Youth and Children’s Choruses of the NEPA Choral Society. “We partner with churches, synagogues, and agencies throughout NEPA to minister to all God’s people,” Reverend Mother Rebecca noted. St. Luke’s is especially active in social justice concerns and has hosted several recent vigils for the Pulse Nightclub shooting, Immigrants and Refugees and March for our Lives. In 2019, St. Luke’s will celebrate the new year with a Feast of the Holy Name Service on January 1, 2019 at 10 a.m., and the Fest of the Epiphany on January 6, 2019 at 10 a.m. For more information contact: Mother Barnes- 570342-7654 stlukesscranton@verizon.net H –-Aleni Mackarey


Get Out On the Ice!


earn to Skate USA programs teach kids how to shape their focus and gain greater balance on and off the ice. They are taught by certified ice skating instructors. Karel Zubris is an instructor who teaches skating to kids in the region. She teaches students how to fall and get up, skate forward and backward, and glide and stop. "I teach them how to get over their fear of ice skating," she said. "Once I let go of their hand and see them go off, I feel like my job is done. I've accomplished my goal; a perfect 10."

Helmets and gloves are required for such programs. "If you decide to take up skating, purchase a decent pair of skates that will fit well and provide good support," she said. She advises thin socks or stockings, hats

for adults, and waterproof jogging pants. She also recommends long hair to be braided, pony-tailed, or tied back.

Karel has taught skating locally for over 30 years at the Ice-A-Rama and Toyota Sportsplex in Wilkes Barre and Stadium on Ice in Moosic. She also has been a judge for the skating programs with youth and adults for decades. She was the first skating coach to be inducted in the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. Karel currently offers skating lessons at Revolution Ice Centre in Pittston with coach/skating director Valerie Palencar. Valerie is ab professional ice skater with a strong background. When she was in high school she practiced ice skating eight hours a day. In 9th

grade, she moved to Allentown to train for the Olympics. She skated with the Ice Theater of New York City. She is also an actress, and spent many years with Scranton Public Theatre. In her day job, Valerie is a mental health therapist at Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 in Kingston for children with behavioral needs. She applies her therapist skills to a program for children who are either homeschooled or cyber-schooled. "It really helps build positive self esteem," she says, "and helps mental health issues concerned with depression and anxiety." Icersize fitness programs target weight loss and behavioral modification programs. Valerie believes that these programs can uplift one’s mood especially during the long, dark nights of winter. "It's a sense of accomplishment when you get on the ice for about 30 minutes," said Karel. "Skating is a 'cool' way to burn the calories. It builds self confidence, muscle strength and core strength. We want to make skating fun." "I encourage everyone of all ages and all abilities to skate for fitness, and most importantly, for health and fun," Valerie added. To find out more about ice skating programs in the region contact 917-821-6645. H –Ben Freda



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Winter Fun 3 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

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 recom-

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.

mends 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.

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. H

8th Annual Snowflake Gala Benefits Leader Dog for the Blind

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fiorelli Catering 1501 Main Street, Peckville $75.00 per person

Open Bar • Passed Hors d’oeuvres Chef inspired dinner Silent Auctions • Raffles Entertainment by The Wannabes and Top Shelf Entertainment Contact Fran Stepkovitch 570-470-7838 Sponsors Fidelity Bank • Wright Center • Gibbons Ford • Century Dental • Northeast Eye • Joyce Electric • Schoonover Eyecare • Dime Bank • Mid-Valley Manor and Mid-Valley Healthcare • Cooney Medical • Marshall Machinery • Toyota of Scranton • First National Bank • Louis j. Rapoch Funeral Home • Paul Schofield Northeast PA Optometic Assoc. • Cintas

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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? You Be the Judge 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

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.

Go to Court, and See a lawyer in aCtion before HirinG Him or Her to rePreSent you.

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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 HappeningsPA.com

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.

January 2019

Who is the cutest of them all?

Rexy Catherine Kline says Rexy is full of energy and is great fun to be around. He loves car rides and playing in the snow at his home in Dickson City.

Winston Owner Terri McGinty says Winston is a spunky, lovable, and outgoing Maltipoo who loves playing tug of war, tormenting his 10-year old fur brother Chance, and roaming around his home in Scranton.

Jolene Gigi Muracco says Jolene is also an AKC show dog who loves playing and giving kisses to everyone she meets. Jolene also lives in Dunmore.


Cane Gigi Muracco says Cane is an American/Canadian Champion show dog who is full of energy and a big love bug. He loves going for walks and hanging around on the couch at his home in Dunmore.


Apollo Gigi Muracco says Apollo is a show dog for the Americal Kennel Club (AKC) and has ambitions to visit nursing homes and senior centers as soon as he becomes an AKC champion. Apollo

Reese Owner Jennifer Jones says Reese is the baby of her Carbondale family. She loves her toy Cookie Monster and, like Cookie Monster, is always ready for a treat.

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Snickers Owner Jennifer Jones says Snickers, a Parti Cocker Spaniel, loves playing with her little sister Reese, going for car rides and chasing squirrels in the yard of her Carbondale home.

Addie Laura Hart says Addie, a German Shepherd, loves going for car rides and to any restaurant that is pet friendly. When she isn’t doing either, she can be found hanging out at her home in Dunmore.

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Charlie Owner Andrea Rafel says Charlie loves making friends and playing outside his home in Kansasville, Wisconsin. He also loves being in his mom’s shadow and chewing on his new toy bone!

Quincy & Dutch Joann Glinsky says that Quincy and Dutch just love going for walks and hanging out at their homes in Throop. Quincy is owned by Jackie & Adele Glinsky and Dutch is owned by JJ & Katie Glinsky.


Nailah Owner Dawn Richardson says Nailah, a miniature poodle, never left her side after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Nailah is capable of affection and has a sweet deposition. She lives in South Abington Township.

Lucy & Strogy Daniel Howey says Lucy and her cat friend Strogy love to cuddle up at home in Taylor. Lucy is a very energetic puppy and loves running around in the yard.


JANUARY HAPPENINGS Area code 570 unless specified

CHILDREN’S EVENTS Jan. 5, Your Alien, 11 a.m., Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, Scranton. 3441111. Jan. 18 & 20, Disney's Newsies, 7 p.m. & 2 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, Scranton. 344-1111.

COMMUNITY EVENTS Jan. 1, New Year's Day Brunch, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., The Settlers Inn, Hawley. 226-2993. Jan. 25, Charity Cask Night, 5 p.m., Cooper's Seafood House, Scranton. 346-6883.

Jan. 19, NEPACMS Presents: Balancing Act, 8 p.m., St. Stephen's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre. 763-9323.


Jan. 20, Jazz Supper Club, 6-9:00 p.m., The Settlers Inn, Hawley. 226-2993. Jan. 27, Alt 92.1 Presents Snow Show 2019, 7 p.m., Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100.




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Jan. 30, Chicago The Musical, 7 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. (610) 258-7766. Jan. 31, American Girl Live, 6:30 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. (610) 258-7766.




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SEMINARS & LECTURES Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29, Underground Microphone, 6-9 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 3441111. Jan. 18, Comedy Night, 8 p.m., Hotel Anthracite, Carbondale. 5366020.

Jan. 25, World Championship Ice Racing Series, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre. (800) 745-3000.

Jan. 1-13, Festival of Trees, Marketplace at Steamtown, Scranton. 963-6590.

Jan. 21, Original One Act Festival, Olde Brick Theater, Scranton. 209-7766.

Jan. 26, Blue & White Gala, 6:30 p.m., Heart Lake Lodge, Jermyn, PA. 586-1281.

Jan. 3, WVIA Ski Day, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Elk Mountain Ski Resort, Union Dale. 679-4400.

Jan. 25, Comedy Night, 8 p.m., The Waterfront at Silver Birches, Hawley. 226-4388.


Jan. 12, Woodloch’s Bridal Showcase, noon-3 p.m., The Inn at Woodloch, Hawley. 6858000.

Jan. 25-27, John Graham – Magician & Mentalist, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg. 784-8181.

Jan. 6, The Scranton Brass Orchestra, The Houlihan-McLean Center, Scranton. 941-7624. Jan. 11, NEPACMS Benefit Concert, 7 p.m., Hayfield House at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. 763-9323.

Jan. 13, Northeast PA Bridal Show, noon-3:30 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111.

Jan. 18, VOYAGE—The Ultimate Journey Tribute, 8 p.m., Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. (866) 605-7325.

Jan. 25, Homer WinterFest, Homer, NY. homerwinterfest.org.

THEATER & FILM Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29, Underground Microphone, 6-9 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 3441111. Jan. 18, Comedy Night, 8 p.m., Hotel Anthracite, Carbondale. 5366020. Jan. 21, Original One Act Festival, Olde Brick Theater, Scranton. 209-7766. Jan. 25, Comedy Night, 8 p.m., The Waterfront at Silver Birches, Hawley. 226-4388. Jan. 25-27, John Graham – Magician & Mentalist, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg. 784-8181. Find more January events at www.HappeningsPA.com!




January 2019

Physicians Health Alliance Obstetricians:

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Melissa Marji, MD • Kristine McNulty, MD • Antoine Naim, MD • Mark Molnar, DO • Christine Phillips, DO

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January 2019 Happenings Magazine  

Celebrating new beginnings at all stages of life.

January 2019 Happenings Magazine  

Celebrating new beginnings at all stages of life.