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Dear Happenings,

My baby Cocomo and I were so excited to see the April 2024 of Happenings Magazine. Thank you so much! I just love your maga zine and I especially love when you have the animals included. I was in shock when I opened that magazine and I saw Cocomo! I started crying, I was so thrilled. You should hear all the people calling me at the house asking me how Cocomo got into Happenings Magazine! The people at my work passed it all around. We have about 400 people who work here at Wesley Village. I’ll tell you, you made my year when I saw it. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for including Cocomo. I’m so happy!

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We’re incredibly proud to have Happenings Magazine share the success story of a remarkable woman— a mother, a wife, and a resilient stroke survivor (National Stroke Awareness Month: Meet Survivor Samantha Kuehner, May 2024). Samantha’s story is not just about recovery; it’s about reclaiming a life full of love and purpose. Join us in celebrating her achievements and spreading hope to those navigating similar paths.

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Dear Happenings,

We congratulate Michele Johnston, RN, Director of Trinity Child Care Center, who was featured in the May issue of Happenings Magazine dedicated to nurses. We recognize her Care, Concern, Compassion, and Commitment to Trinity and its children. We are tremendously grateful to all Saint Joe’s nurses who provide loving care. “We are truly His handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to lead the life of good deeds which God prepared for us in advance.” Ephesians 2:10

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Dear Happenings, I look forward to Happenings every month. I just love it and can't wait!

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On the Cover: Clarks Summit native, Christian Ragnacci, is a 2024 graduate of Bucknell University with a BS in Environmental Geosciences. Photo: Mira Spott Photography

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contents JUNE 2024 10 Cover Article Meet Christian Ragnacci 14 Rising Stars Young Movers and Shakers 50 Summer in the Endless Mountains Events and Peaceful Escapes 68 June Brides Weddings Through the Decades
june Summer Solstice Festival, French Azilum Hootie & The Blowfish, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts NEPA Gives, Scranton Area Foundation, 6/6-7 John Fogerty, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Fundamentals: A is for Animal 6/17-21 Music of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, NEPA Philharmonic, Kirby Center Wellness Day, French Azilum Father's Day Celebration, Salt Springs State Park 18 17 11 22 21 16 7 14 19 10 15 26 25 27 4 5 2 24 30 6 13 9 12 20 8 Roger Daltrey, Bethel Woods Center For the Arts 23 sunday monday tuesday wednesday thursday friday saturday 1 3 Flea Market, Dalton Carnival Grounds,Bank Street, Dalton. Food & Beverages Available. 9-3 570-563-1268 James Taylor, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Warren Haynes, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Mixed Media: Birds of a Feather, Spirited Art 28 National Strawberry Picking Month National Dairy Month Great Outdoors Month National Rivers Month Women’s Golf Month National Iced Tea Month Great Outdoors Month St Paul's Summer Concerts: June 1-April Mae, Catfish Dave, Topher Horner & Tony Mascara Jr June 8-WAHS Chorus June 16-Choralaires June 22-Michelle Oram & Friends June 29-EKat & Friends Blacksmithing Day, French Azilum Downtown Hawley Arts & Craft Fair, Northern Pocono Chamber Pocono Dragon Boat Race Lake Wallenpaupack, Northern Pocono Chamber 6

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ince 2008, states across the nation have proclaimed June as National Outdoors Month. President Clinton and his administration announced a Great Outdoors Week to give a boost to the economy and the outdoor recreation industry. In interviewing many of the Rising Stars under age 35 who are featured in this issue, I took note of many who commented on the value of carving out time in their busy schedules to enjoy the outdoors.

The young man photographed at Lackawanna State Park for our June cover is Christian Ragnacci, son of Happenings’ Art Director Lisa Ragnacci. Christian’s love for studying the outdoors and environment led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geosciences from Bucknell University. You’ll enjoy reading about his travels to remote and previously unstudied areas of the country as part of his practical education.

Seeing Christian as an accomplished young man is deeply moving for me. His mother claims that I was his first visitor in the hospi tal when he was born in 2001, so it is extra special to watch his progress and growth, and learn of his exciting adventures. As mothers, we are delighted when our chil dren are passionate about learning and ready to make their mark on the world.

It was a pleasure to share each of the young, Rising Stars’ stories in this June issue. It provides confidence to see that we have future leaders who are full of integrity, passion, kindness and intelligence among other necessary characteristics. May we continue to foster and model appropriate behavior for them and those who follow.

Enjoy each moment of June while you carve out some time to bask in our great outdoors.

With Love, Paula

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Meet Christian Ragnacci

Christian Ragnacci, 22, a Clarks Summit native and Abington Heights High School graduate, earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geosciences from Bucknell University in May 2024.

Christian always had an interest in earth sciences, and Bucknell provided the opportunity to incorporate an environmental focus, while gaining a strong foundation in physical science with geology. He was awarded Bucknell’s Physical Science

Scholarship upon acceptance.

Christian’s environmental geosciences major required him to take geology classes that included geochemistry, geophysics and hydrogeology. His core geology classes also included structural geology and sedimentology/stratigraphy.

Christian believes that students who study the environment today have a passion and motivation for helping to improve the Earth in any way that they can, such as improving the quality of water and reducing contaminants and pollutants released in the atmosphere, like carbon dioxide. “It stems from a genuine desire to want to make the world a better, more comfortable and habitable place

the more recent years, with increasing discourse regarding global climate change and efforts made to switch over to more efficient, cleaner methods of energy consumption, the need for more people to work in environmentally-focused careers becomes even more prevalent over time,” he said.

“In 20 years, I believe the world will be transitioning into more clean, alternative methods of energy usage, primarily focusing on the shift to electric vehicles. Additionally, there will likely be greater efforts to incorporate more renewable energy methods, including geothermal, hydrologic and wind generation of electricity. Certain major conventional energy methods, like oil and gas, will still be prevalent, but the general population’s reliance on them will decrease over time.

The shift to more renewable practices will not be abrupt, as we have seen thus far, and it is largely dependent on the economy and influence the oil/gas industry has on the market as a whole,” he said.


“Recognizing what global climate change is and what efforts, even on a smaller scale, can be done to help, can only be achieved through education,” Christian said. “People can easily confuse smaller-scale changes and trends in the local weather conditions with larger-scale, global and regional climate trends and conditions. As a geology major, my studies were related to what transpires over very long periods of time, such as with the geologic

time scale. Changes in the formation of the Earth’s surface, along with structural deformation of rock formations are recognized and studied over millions of years. It is necessary to keep an open mind and contribute to educating others about what the planet is currently experiencing and what can be done about it, including the reduction in the use of fossil fuels and nonrenewable energy resources,” he said.

Lackawanna State Park Photos: Mira Spott

“One of my favorite activities is to go hiking in natural or preserved areas, such as state and national parks. There are a wide variety of paths and trails to follow wherever you are. While it can feel easy to get overwhelmed and overcomplicate

things in life, being a part of and witnessing the natural world can be crucial for keeping a clear mind. Going on a good hike is not only great for your physical health, but for your mental health as well,” he said.

Opportunities provided by Bucknell University’s Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences allowed Christian to take advantage of experiences where he traveled to locations across the country to study geology including New Mexico, Death Valley in California and the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

“Our department at Bucknell was a close-knit community, and the small campus and class size has further contributed to this. I am also grateful for the upstanding, supportive faculty within the department that I have had the honor to work with daily for the past four years,” he said.

“I have enjoyed all of the perks of the four different seasons growing up in this region. Being within the general Appalachian Mountain region, which contributes to the formation of our valley and ridge topography, provides beautiful scenery and visual changes in elevation. I have also developed a greater appreciation for the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania, especially since several of my ancestors had worked in the mines.

Most importantly, I am very fortunate to have been blessed with a very close, loving family I have had the opportunity to grow up with and form priceless memories, enjoying all this region has to offer,” he said.


“If I could personally change the world, I believe I would make a change within the policy-making process as a whole, making it easier for more diverse groups of people to have greater access to a variety of more energy-efficient products, including organic, less processed foods. Especially today, families with lower incomes tend to have less access to healthier, less processed, organic foods that require less resources to produce, overall.

Studying geology has provided me with the opportunity to further appreciate the world around me and drive my scientific curiosity even further, with a fresh new perspective. In the future, I see myself having a master’s degree in a geoscience-related focus, specifically sedimentology. I also see myself working in industry or government. Thus far, I have had experience doing research and writing my undergraduate thesis on the sedimentology of a specific rock formation in southcentral Alaska that had not been previously studied prior to my fieldwork.”

Christian is the son of Art Director Lisa Ragnacci and Raymond Ragnacci. H

Rising Star

Braxton Billings The Guthrie Clinic, Age 32

Kristina Keenan Wellcom Worldwide, Age 28

Frank Caputo Scranton Area Community Foundation, Age 33

Jessica Neare

Rural Health Corporation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Age 30

Kelley Laird Fidelity Bank, Age 34

Emily Pinto

Perry’s Academy of Learning Centers, Age 25

Age 26

April Nawrocki Express Employment Professionals Age 31

Wilson Wealth Advisory Group of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, Age 31

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Chelsea Chopko The Wright Center, Age 35 Schawn-Paul Rotella Selingo and Guagliardo LLC, Age 33 Brendan Bordick Lesavage Scranton Music Academy, Madison Smolsky Black Cat Bakery, Age, 25 David S. Sweetman The Mattioli Law Firm, Age, 28 Alex Pucilowski Jill Robinson Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, Age 27 Megan Derenick Serving Seniors, Age 32

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Violinist Brendan Lesavage enjoys a versatile career as a performer and teacher. His performances have included the classical, pop, jazz, country and bluegrass genres. From the F.M. Kirby Center to Carnegie Hall, Brendan has played in venues both near and far as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, country fiddler and soloist.

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Brendan began his violin studies at the age of 12 with violinist Fritz Valenches of the NEPA Philharmonic. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Kutztown University. Upon graduation, he furthered his studies with advanced training from Luis Arellano of Mexico City Philharmonic and Byron Duckwall.

Founder of BBL Music Co., Brendan provides custom tailored musical experiences for weddings and other special events throughout the region. He has performed with many

local bands while also giving full length classical recitals with duo partner, John Zinsky.

Brendan states that he always knew that he had to pursue entrepreneurship in order to be successful as a working musician. “You aren’t able to just hop on ‘Indeed’ and find 20+ full time positions for violinists or pianists; you have to pave the road yourself. I started the music company following my college graduation in order to start building a career for myself,” he said.

Brendan did not come from a musical family. “I am an only child and I did not grow up with musician parents. One day, out of the blue, I decided that I wanted to play the violin. Fritz Valenches helped me

develop as a musician and encouraged me to pursue it further. Without his support, I don’t think that I would have pursued music in college.”

Brendan is also a book author. “I produced a scale system for beginning and intermediate violin students. It’s essentially a book of technical studies and exercises designed to help develop one’s technique on the violin. I was not satisfied with any other scale book writ ten for beginning students so I wrote my own. Many of my own students use the book in their lessons; however, I have also sold and distributed physical and digital copies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

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There are times when performing music feels very easy; at other times, it can be extremely stressful and demanding. As a musician, it’s not uncommon to show up to a say, a wedding gig, and sight-read music with people that you’ve never met before. You have to be healthy, well-rested and on top of your game in order to perform well and continue to get referrals for work. One bad night’s sleep can hurt your performance and damage your reputation.

People are ruthless!

As a teacher, it’s extremely rewarding to see your students grow and overcome challenges. As a performer, it’s extremely rewarding to see people moved by the music that you create!

My Grandfather, Edward Bordick, has helped me a lot throughout the years and often

reminds me of this: ‘The possible, we do right away; the impossible takes a little longer.’

I am most proud of the work that I have done to both preserve and pass down the teaching method of D.C. Dounis, a brilliant violin teacher and medical doctor who had developed a method that could transform an average violinist into a prodigy. I have written a biography on Dounis and have studied his method for over five years with cellist Byron Duckwall,” he said.

“I teach 60+ violin and piano students each

week. I do most of my teaching at Scranton Music Academy, but I teach privately as well. My students come from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds. I have taught students from 3 to 65+ years of age and quite a few of my students have unique challenges such as blindness, dyslexia, autism, etc. I have had to become extremely creative in developing methods that allow all of my students to be successful.

I enjoy everything that this area has to offer in terms of arts and culture, including music, theater, art and dance. There are a lot of great things going on in this area and people definitely need to engage more with our cultural opportunities.”

Brendan is a resident of Old Forge. H

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K Kelley Laird

at Fidelity Bank in June 2021.

She is also a teacher at The Dance Studio/Ballet Theatre of Scranton. After only a year at Fidelity Bank, Kelley received the Excellence in Customer Service Award voted on by her peers.

“After such a short period of time, it was so nice to be recognized,” she said. Entering banking after spending many years in the hospitality industry provided a pathway for Kelley to succeed.

Kelley earned a bachelor’s degree in tourism and hospitality management from Temple University. To this day she continues to keep her hand in the hospitality industry, assisting one of her longtime mentors as a wedding event planner a few weekends throughout the year with Condella Consulting. “My success in both fields can be contributed to the meaningful connections I have made. I love being an active member of the community. It has granted me the opportunity to grow my network in an impactful way,” she said. While she loves to stay busy in her life and career, sometimes being overly committed makes life overwhelming.

“It’s hard to say ‘no’ to things but sometimes we must set boundaries so that we can

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ensure that the commitments we already made have our full attention. My current boss and mentor, Jill Valentini, once told me: ‘No is a complete sentence,’ and I try to remember that,” Kelley says.

Kelley advises other Rising Stars to “Find something you love and work to be the best at it. If you don’t love what you are doing, it’s never too late to change and find a career that you love. At 31, I changed careers and have found more success and passion than I could have ever imagined. Sometimes taking the leap of faith is the most rewarding thing you can do for yourself.”

Kelley is a graduate of Leadership Lackawanna (LL) which has extensively expanded her network and taught her additional effective leadership skills. “Fidelity

Bank is heavily focused on volunteer efforts within the community. LL helped provide new opportunities that ultimately help me grow in my career. My Core LL project taught me many life skills that I did not know previously—like how difficult it is to put drywall on a ceiling. I love to get involved in causes that bring me joy and have a meaningful impact. I also believe that teaching dance is a positive way that I impact society. Dance has enabled me to be a role model with like-minded individuals. I try to show my students, many of whom are young women, how hard work, dedication and commitment can transform their lives in the studio and in the world,” she said.

Kelley has learned that no matter what you have planned, something can come along and change everything. “I try to live every day doing what I love, spending time with the people I care about, and most of all being grateful for all that I have. I hope to continue to pursue a life of happiness and success. A quote that resonates with me is, Focus on what you want, but never forget to be grateful for what you have.”

Kelley resides in Dunmore with her husband, Dustin, and their dog, Patsy. H

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hen I went to college, I wanted to pursue something that was fun and fulfilling to me. I chose King’s College because of their unique professional writing program, which helped me turn a hobby into real-life communication skills. Later, I added a second major in literature. I’ve always loved to read and write, so it was a natural choice. I’ve lived my whole life in the Endless Mountains, graduating from Tunkhannock Area High

Jill Robinson

I’ve always been eager to learn new things and wanted to make the most of the wonderful opportunities that I had at King’s. It’s my personality to set the bar high for myself and strive to do my best.

My proudest accomplishment was attaining a 4.0 in college. As a first-generation college student, I was thrilled to graduate, let

alone to be honored as the top of the class. I knew I had a 4.0, but when they announced it at senior awards day, it was still surreal.

I would suggest that other young rising stars make ‘fun’ a priority in life! Young professionals face a lot of pressure to build the perfect life and career. I’ve been there! A year or two ago, I started prioritizing fun in my life and consciously made more time for the people and activities that I enjoy. It really helped me manage stress and live more in the present.

My parents, Lawrence and Nancy Patton, are probably the biggest influence in my life and have shown me what it means to be compassionate and responsible. Jean Ruhf, executive director of EMVB, has taught me so much, not only in terms of career skills, but also how to truly connect with people and treat others with kindness. I am also appreciative of Mary Kolessar,

who gave me so much guidance as a young professional and helped me build a strong foundation for my future.

My career revolves around uplifting and promoting the place that I call “home.” I love playing an active role in the communities that mean so much to me. Particularly, I enjoy working with our members, most of whom are local business owners or nonprofit leaders. A small, family-run business might not have a marketing plan, so if I can help them succeed, that’s what matters. Like any small nonprofit organization, I always wish that we had more time and funds to accomplish all of our dreams.

Any week, I might be working on new publications, creating digital content, serving our members and working with our partners. But sometimes, it’s fun to have lots of

I think the Endless Mountains (and Northeastern Pennsylvania as a whole) are up-and-coming. You can feel the excitement as new businesses open and more parks and trails become available. I’m eager to be a part of this movement, which is why I give time to causes like The Wyoming Valley Run, North Branch Land Trust, Wyoming County Heart & Soul and 570

Day. As for personal goals, I would love to set some running PRs this year!

As an outdoor enthusiast, I love the natural beauty of the Endless Mountains. I’m lucky to have places like Miller Mountain, Ricketts Glen and Worlds End right in my backyard. Vosburg Neck State Park is particularly special to me because my husband, Ben, and I were married there beside the river. In my spare time, I love to hike, run and read.

My high school graduation quote is one that I still love: “You‘re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

different tasks to shake up the workweek.


No matter the request, challenge or chaos at hand, the smile never leaves Chelsea Chopko’s face.

As the chief of administrative support to the president and CEO of The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education, Chelsea not only assists executive leaders and supervises a team of administrative assistants but also extends her support to any of the organi zation’s 667 employees in need, embodying the essence of the nonprofit safety net.

Since joining The Wright Center five years ago, her star has not stopped rising. Chelsea, 35, con sistently excels, striving for excel lence, seeking continuous improvement and fostering posi tive relationships throughout the enterprise and beyond.

She is an expert at meeting tight deadlines and adeptly handling multiple tasks ranging from over seeing, managing and helping prioritize mission-driven projects

Chelsea Chopko

to conducting thorough research, organizing event logistics, scrutinizing documents, crafting polished PowerPoint presentations and orchestrating many schedules.

“I take deep pride in how closely I work with and provide support to the president/CEO and our leadership team,” Chelsea says. “I am also extremely grateful to have opportunities to engage with and support the community. When the opportunity pres ents itself to engage with our patients, it is very rewarding and a reminder of our mission.

The Wright Center for Community Health operates 10 primary and preventive care practices in Northeast Pennsylvania, including a mobile medical and dental unit called Driving Better Health.

A fervent passion for excel lence, a steadfast belief in

“We are each the owner of and responsible for our own success,” says Chelsea. “I follow this as a guiding light as I understand I am the master of my own universe and only I can elevate myself. Striving for excellence is a must and should be something that is innate in everything we do. Who wants to strive for mediocrity?”

This philosophy has propelled her through countless achievements, including completing

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Scranton Kania School of Management’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate nine-month program and securing successive career advancements from executive assistant to her current position.

From graduating Valley View High School in 2007 to earning her Bachelor of Science degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Marywood University in 2012, Chelsea remains an unstoppable force of positivity and ambition.

But her proudest accomplishments extend beyond her professional milestones. They include the joy of raising her two children, Roman, 8, and Isabel, 1, alongside her supportive husband, Craig. The family

lives in Greenfield Twp., with their canine companions, Jack, 13, and Ollie, 10.

Even amidst her busy schedule, her playful side shines through. Chelsea still dazzles with her ability to walk on her hands — a skill she has honed since her early days in gymnastics. This quirky talent brings joy to her son and adds an extra layer of fun to her vibrant personality.

Looking ahead, Chelsea is determined to continue her professional development, pursue new projects and even obtain her master’s degree in public health — a testament to her initiative, supportive nature and unwavering dedication to growth and learning.

“I aim to consistently make impactful contributions that enhance the overall health and well-being of our community, even in the smallest of ways,” she says.

Her advice to rising stars? “Be kind; it goes a long way.”

This mantra reflects Chelsea belief in the power of empathy and compassion in both personal and professional endeavors.

She finds inspiration in Helen Keller’s words: "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

It is a reminder of the power of collaboration and community — a sentiment that resonates deeply with Chelsea as she continues to make her mark on the world. H

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Rising Star

April Nawrocki has personally placed 3,109 people in life changing jobs since she began in 2017 at Express Employment Professionals. As the Branch Manager, staff refer to April as “A leader with a heart who makes a true impact on everyone she meets. She is considered a trusted advisor to many of the area’s top companies, providing assistance with locating great employees.” Helping individuals earn paychecks that support and put food on the table for many families is her passion. Her drive is founded in being able to help and to become a trusted advisor to both associates and clients alike.

April Nawrocki

Express Employment Professionals Branch Manager

April attributes her drive to succeed to her team, community and also to her hard-working parents, Wally and Rose, who have supported and encouraged her in every aspect of her life. “My love and admiration for them knows no bounds,” she said.

It is not hard to imagine that some days are extremely chal

or if a client has an immediate, urgent need. According to her staff, April handles the stress and pressure flawlessly, making each day more special than the last, despite the ups and downs that come. She is known for her overthe-top celebrations that bring a little extra sparkle to each day. Balloons, decorations and flowers for a birthday/holiday celebration, making a huge deal of every success (big or small) and neverending snacks are all part of her strategy to create a positive work environment where her team not only collaborates but also thrives in making a daily, positive impact in the community.

April is a native of Clarks Summit and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in gender studies from Kutztown University. Since joining Express, she has continued her quest for knowledge receiving a multiple certifications including business management, marketing and communications and inside/ outside sales.

April considers her greatest accomplishment to be the lifechanging work that she has done in the community to create a better tomorrow. She enjoys spending time with her family, her team and being outdoors. She also enjoys meeting new people, fashion, shopping, animals and interior design. Her favorite career aspects are helping the community and watching her team grow to be strong leaders.

“I am truly humbled with the work that I am able to do and the connections that I have made,” she said. “I am lucky that I get to wake up every day, do what I love and that it never really feels like work! I live by the quote... In a world where you can be anything, ” H




ships Manager at the Scranton Area Community Foundation. In his role, he manages the Foundation’s grant-making and scholarship administration and assists in the Foundation's communications efforts. Each year, the Foundation distributes over $8 million in grants and scholarships to the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. "Frank has worked for the Foundation since 2020, and he serves as an asset to the Foundation," stated Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO. "Frank has had a key role in helping to

Frank Caputo

Scranton Area Community Foundation

coordinate the grants process for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in partnership with the City of Scranton, which benefited many nonprofits, small businesses and individuals in the greater Scranton area," she added. “He continually provides an exceptional level of service to our stakeholders and is an asset to our team. Congratulations, Frank, on this well-deserved recognition."

Frank Caputo graduated from Penn State University in 2013

with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a minor in English. Upon graduation, he taught high school for two years in Maryland before returning to Northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to his work with the Scranton Area Community Foundation, Frank enjoys writing and has published several poems and short stories in online and print journals. He currently lives in Carbondale with his wife, D’anna, their dog, Eugene and their three cats. H

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Perry’s Academy of Learning. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in psychology from Pennsylvania State University. As Director, Emily supervises and leads staff, while overseeing daily activities at the center. She has been at Perry’s for 4 1/2 years and previously was the Curriculum Coordinator of its mindfulness program.

Emily has prepared and presented quantitative and qualitative research for campus, regional and national audiences. One such paper, published in The Journal of Family Studies, explores pre-separation family relationships and post-separation father involvement. Currently she is working on a research paper that focuses on family routine changes during the pandemic. Emily’s education and experience working with children and conducting research on families have sparked a passion for learning more and ultimately for helping others develop similar interests. She is passionate about early childhood and development within the context of families and communities.

Emily explains, “In early learning programs, you’re not just working with children; you're also working with the families. Therefore, part of my work has involved building rapport with the families and gaining a better understanding of their family dynamics, which enables me to better support the children.”

Next on Emily’s agenda is gradu-

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ate school, as she continues her studies in family science. “My drive stems from my passion for learning. I believe that knowledge is power; the more knowledge we can gather and learn about ourselves and others enables us to lead meaningful lives. I’ve always been interested in how my family context matters—for instance, witnessing the varied dynamics within my own family sparked my curiosity about how these interactions shaped me from a young age. Both my education and experience working with children, as well as conducting research on families, transformed and affirmed this interest.

Dr. Petren, a professor of a research methods class in which I was enrolled, invited me to conduct an independent project. I was both excited and daunted by the opportunity. It was challenging to step out of my comfort zone, but this experience allowed me to fully appreciate the joys (and frustrations) that research can bring. I remember the rush of clarity I felt as everything fell into place, and the subsequent excite-

ment about future possibilities. This led to my presentation of the research in Minneapolis at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), which is the premier United States research organization that focuses on families through interdisciplinary research, theory and practice.

I advise other Rising Stars to strive to be lifelong learners and seek out diverse perspectives. Make sure that you're passionate about what you’re doing and that it aligns with your beliefs and values. Most importantly, prioritize rest, care for your emotional well-being and make time for things that bring you joy.

It’s important that with each child, I instill the value of asking questions and thinking critically about the world around them. Witnessing the moment when a child grasps a complex concept or expresses newfound curiosity is incredibly rewarding; it affirms the impact of my efforts and motivates me to continue fostering an environment of growth and discovery.

I’d like to make an impact by doing my part in building a world in which all children can thrive. Investments in children and the resources to support their development benefit not only the children but also their families and our society. I truly believe in the age-old saying, ‘It takes a village.’ I plan to always extend my energy by pouring back into the community.

My future goal is to attain my PhD in Family Science. H

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Ivania Innocence Project while at Temple University. It was the first time I was immersed in the legal field and it opened my eyes as I learned of the innocent prisoners stories. I quickly developed an interest in law and knew I wanted to help those in need in the future.

I now focus mainly on personal injury, criminal defense and real estate law.

I was born and raised in Taylor, graduating from Riverside Jr./Sr. High School. I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University and graduated from Widener University Commonwealth School of Law. Playing football in college taught me to build a strong work ethic while being a team player. A quote on the wall in the Temple University weight room read ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’ which means that the only way to better yourself is to compete and work as a team. I’ve taken the many lessons I learned during my time as a collegiate athlete and transferred them into my career.

From my judicial internship, I learned more about the practical side of law which was important at such an early stage. I also had the opportunity to observe court proceedings and several exceptional attorneys which made my transition from a law school student to an attorney a little easier.

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I was always told that you can be and do whatever you put your mind to as long as you put the work in, so that’s how I live my life. If you have a dream or an aspiration, as long as you work hard toward it, one day that dream will become a reality.

I would advise other Rising Stars to never stop learning and to not be afraid to reach out to industry veterans because you will always learn from them. I am lucky to have met several attorneys from whom I continue to learn. They always take time out of their day to teach me something, even if it is to answer a quick question I may have. Always reach out as you never know what you might learn or what kind of relationship you can build.

I’m proud of the path I paved out and continued on at such a young age.

Reaching goals has made me

appreciate the ride and look forward to the future. Each time I’ve made a positive impact for a client it makes me proud. I take pride in representing clients and providing them with what they deserve. The most rewarding aspect of my career is helping those who need it the most. In my practice areas of law, often the people who come into our office are going through the toughest times of their lives. Being able to ease their worries and help them, in even the smallest ways, is incredibly rewarding. A challenging aspect of my career is trying to not take everything personally. Often times you get so invested in situations and want to help your clients in any way possible. Taking a step back helps so that you can approach each situation with the best possible outcome in mind.

My goal is to help change lives for the better and to give a voice to the people who need it the most. I want to be able to look back on my career and not have any regrets, knowing that I helped the most people I could during my career.

On a personal level, after a work day I like to come home and hang out with my wife, family, friends and my dog. I keep in mind that ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,’ and live my life accordingly. H

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Schawn-Paul Rotella, Esq.

Schawn-Paul has been standing up for people since he was a young child. At age 7, he was already protecting his two younger brothers' interests when they weren't allowed to stay up a bit later, or have that extra piece of dessert. At Wallenpaupack High School, he took this desire a step further, joining the Mock Trial team and learning real legal advocacy skills in the process. While at Villanova University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science, he helped lead multiple Mock Trial teams to national success without the help of a professional or attorney, frequently winning advocacy awards in the

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process. SchawnPaul then attended Rutgers LawNewark, thoroughly enjoying the school and its people. His time there led to one of the greater honors of his life: being elected by the 2016 graduating class to deliver the commencement speech at his graduation. He spent five years in hectic insurance defense litigation. Shortly thereafter, he returned home to NEPA and joined Selingo and Guagliardo, LLC, where he has practiced plaintiff's-side law for the last two and a half years. His time at Selingo and Guagliardo continues to clarify his desire to protect

those in need, and he now dedicates his time to ensuring his clients receive the justice they deserve after they are injured. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

In his personal life, Schawn-Paul is a dedicated father to his amazing daughter and a loving husband to his wonderful wife. When he isn't advocating for his clients or spending time with his family, you can find Schawn-Paul out in his woodshop, practicing his woodworking skills. Schawn-Paul can be reached at 570-287-2400 or srotella@getyourselfagoodlawyer.com! H

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What are the major federal financial aid loan programs?


Direct Loans are low-interest, federally guaranteed student loans. They can be either subsidized or unsubsidized; subsidized loans are available only to undergraduate students, while unsubsidized loans are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. With a subsidized loan, the federal government pays the interest that accumulates while you are in school, during any deferment periods, and for six months after you graduate, leave school, or reduce your course load to half-time. With an unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan, the borrower is responsible for the interest during these periods. Subsidized Federal Direct Loans are based on financial need.

The interest rate is fixed for the life of the loan and the rate on new loans is reset each June. For Direct Loans issued July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025, the interest rate is 6.53% for undergraduate subsidized and unsubsidized loans (5.50% in 2023-2024) and 8.08% for graduate unsubsidized loans (7.05% in 2023-2024).

For dependent undergraduate students, the loan limits are $5,500 for freshmen (including up to $3,500 subsidized); $6,500 for sophomores (including up to $4,500 subsidized); and $7,500

pendent undergraduate students.)

For graduate students, the loan limits are generally $20,500 per year, with a maximum limit of $138,500, including undergraduate borrowing.

PLUS Loans are unsubsidized loans made to parents with good credit histories who want to help pay for their dependent child's undergraduate education (Parent PLUS Loans) or to graduate and professional students (Grad PLUS Loans). Like unsubsidized Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans are not based on financial need, but borrowers must pass a credit check.

The interest rate is fixed for the life of the loan and the rate on new loans is reset each June. For PLUS Loans issued July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025, the interest rate is 9.08% for both graduate and parent borrowers (8.05% in 2023-2024) .

PLUS Loans have no dollar borrowing limits per year; graduate students and parents are able to borrow up to the full cost of attendance. Graduate borrowers who obtain Grad PLUS Loans have a six-month grace period before they must start repaying their loans. However, parents who obtain a Parent PLUS Loan have no grace period; once the funds are dispersed, parents must begin to repay the loan within 60 days of the last disbursement for that academic year.

If you want to be considered for any of the federal financial aid programs, you will need to fill out the FAFSA

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Alex Pucilowski

Alex Pucilowski is an account executive with Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in Moosic.

He works alongside Financial Advisor Ryan Wilson during the financial planning process and execution of investment plans for clients. “Alex crafts goalbased financial plans, demonstrates a wealth of knowledge and attention to detail and clearly articulates the plans’ results and solutions to clients,” said Ryan.

Alex currently holds FINRA Licenses in Series 7, Series 6, Series 63, Series 65 and Life & Health Insurance. Alex is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor™ (CRPC™).

Alex recalls being given this helpful advice: “When faced with a difficult decision, make the one that makes you most proud of the man you see in the mirror each morning,” he said. Advice that Alex in turn offers to other Rising Stars is to “find a mentor who will provide you with constructive feedback and listen to it; it’s a tool for growth, not a personal attack. Don’t forget to celebrate small wins and the success of those around you.”

Alex comes from a large and very close family. “I’m the eldest of five and have 37 first cousins. The thing I want most for my children is to grow up surrounded by a loving and supportive family, like I did,” he said. A financial mistake he noted that young people often make is that they believe they have more time to begin their savings journey. “There will never be a convenient time to begin saving, but the importance of saving early is well documented,” he said.

would like to visit for the game day experience.

As a young leader in the military, Alex recalls being told that ‘leaders come and go. If you want to be successful, leave the organization better than you found it.’ “I’m hopeful that our work in helping others prepare for a dignified retirement will contribute positively to the community and society.”

Alex plans to continue his professional development by pursuing advanced certifications that add value for his clients. Personally, he has a bucket list of college football stadiums that he

A favorite quote includes one from Bear Bryant: “It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Clarion University. He and his wife Courtney reside in Avoca. They enjoy spending time with their young son, family, friends and their two dogs. Being a father is what Alex considers his greatest accomplishment. “Happy Father’s Day to all,” he said. H

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Icompleting my master’s degree program in health administration. I currently live in Horseheads, NY. I love the Finger Lakes and the many great Italian restaurants in the area. My favorite summer activity is kayaking on Cayuga Lake.

I have a special dedication and passion for healthcare. I consider it a calling. My personal values drive me to be attentive and people-focused, and am guided by decisive values and willingness to offer guidance to others. When you continually show up and become a person people can rely on, excellence naturally follows.

Healthcare is a complex and dynamic landscape. Making it easier for our patients to navigate our healthcare

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system benefits their outcomes. Working alongside our clinicians is an honor and one of the greatest rewards.

I advise you professionals to lean in and own each situation. Leadership is not a title but how you approach a situation. You may not know all the answers but having the ability to convene the right group and facilitate a discussion, you can accomplish anything.

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and received the Outstanding Senior Leadership Award. My family lives in Alabama and has supported me throughout my multistate journey. I am forever grateful for that. I am a foodie who loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Great leadership ensures a solid succession plan. It is the greatest honor when I leave a team and know I have trained a solid leader to continue executing the vision.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Alabama and was awarded the Most Outstanding Senior Award. I completed my graduate degree at the

Being from a small town in Alabama, I truly rally around Guthrie’s position of being the most trusted partner for healthy local communities.

I believe that an efficient organization is characterized by a leadership team that clearly articulates the vision. A strong vision inspires individuals to achieve excellence. H

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“For the first two weeks into my career as the Guardianship Program Director at Serving Seniors, I cried. It was hard. It still is hard, beautiful and sad. Most times you are the only person an individual has in his or her corner. You are his or her advocate and voice. I pushed through the first two weeks, then the first two months... and now it is two years later.

I have a great support team within my department and outside agencies that I can rely on and I have tremendous support from my Executive Director, David Falchek, who answers my calls when I need direction on making those tough decisions. Guardianship is not your typical 9-5 job. A career in guardianship requires the utmost dedication and compassion for others. I am so grateful for the opportunities I received from Serving Seniors and I am even more appreciative of their support and confidence in me to obtain my certification as a National Certified Guardian. I also represent Serving Seniors on the Steering Committee for the Older Adult Advocacy Center. I am a volunteer for Taylor’s Miracle on Main Street Annual Christmas parade, an event in Taylor. (People often recognize me from the corresponding live

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stream on social media.)

I graduated from Penn State in 2012 with an associate’s degree in human development and family studies. I always had a passion for helping people. I am sure it has a lot to do with growing up in a law enforcement family. I am the middle child, and only daughter, sandwiched between my younger brother and my older brother, who was born deaf, who all had an impact on my life.

I am currently enrolled in Keystone College’s online program of Industrial Organizational Psychology. As a mom, wife, an adult learner and full time program director, this allows me the flexibility to finish my education while expanding my career goals.

I love that everyone knows everyone in this region; it is both rewarding and challenging (LOL).

I am a life long resident of Taylor, graduating from Riverside Jr./Sr. High School. I reside with my wonderful husband Taylor Trubia, my biggest supporter, our three daughters, Gabriella, Giuliana, Gianna and our two pups, Sadie and Fiona. I love having my parents right down the road. Both of my brothers and their families live minutes away from us, so having my girls so close to their cousins is very important to me.

I have a love for gardening, thanks to my talented mom, Leslie, who has been such an inspiration to me and has taught me so much about having a “green thumb.”

I am also a philosophy nerd.

I would advise other Rising Stars who are seeking jobs to apply even if you don’t feel you meet all of the requirements in the job description. You’d be surprised at the opportunities and chances someone is willing to take on you, based on your experience and expertise alone. Be confident in yourself! ‘Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,’ Dr. Seuss once said. I try to remember that every single day.” H

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Dr. Dad

Dr. William Dempsey and his wife, Laureen married in 1982 with a dream of having a large family. Unable to conceive a child or undergo fertility treatments, the couple turned to adoption but received a different miracle shortly thereafter.

At the time, Dr. Dempsey, deputy chief medical officer at The Wright Center for Community Health and medical director of its Clarks Summit Practice, was a resident physician at Florida’s Tallahassee Memorial Regional Hospital Center, where his wife also worked.

One phone call sealed their fate.

“My wife was pregnant,” says Dr. Dempsey, 68, of South Abington Twp. “Then we had another and another, and they just kept coming.”

The firstborn was William III, in 1985. Mickey soon followed in 1987. Then came twins Courtney and Kelsey in 1989, Hayley in 1992 (on Dr. Dempsey’s birthday), and John in 1994. Anne, their “bonus baby,” rounded out the couple’s family in 2002.

Wright Center physician and wife ‘blessed’ with large family

Today, the Dempsey family also includes three sons-inlaw, two daughters-in-law, and a dozen grandchildren – nine girls and three boys – with Nos. 13, 14, and 15 due within the next several months.

“We are truly blessed,” Dr. Dempsey acknowledges.

Through his wife’s involvement with the Scranton-based World Links International Adoption Agency for more than 20 years, they also have been interim parents to orphans from other countries who stay at their home while she helps find them forever homes.

Northeast Pennsylvania, a region where Dr. Dempsey was born and raised in Dunmore and graduated from the University of Scranton. With the region’s low crime rate, traditional values, good schools and family nearby, it was ideal to raise a growing family – and for Dr. Dempsey to build his family medicine practice.

“We decided that I would make the money and my wife would stay at home to take care of the children,” says Dr. Dempsey, who received his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in 1981. “In today’s society, it’s almost impossible for one person to stay home, so both parents are working. But you divide and conquer. You figure out what needs to be done, and you get it done.”

For Dr. Dempsey, that meant many side jobs, including in the former Carbondale General Hospital’s emergency room and as the physician for athletic teams at Lackawanna College and Marywood University.

“I get asked, ‘why so many kids?’” says Dr. Dempsey. “It used to be the norm where families were very large, not like today where there’s one or two kids or none. So, I turn it around and tell them, ‘I just continued, you guys changed.’”

“Our kids got to learn about different cultures and languages,” says Laureen Dempsey, who describes her husband as a “fun dad.” “It’s crazy, fun, and ridiculously rewarding.”

After the birth of their first child, the Dempseys moved to

“As a family doctor, I wanted to care for moms, dads, kids and grandparents, so I also did house calls,” says Dr. Dempsey, who is also a faculty member and associate program director of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Family Medicine Residency. “I tell medical students, ‘if you want to be rich, don’t be a family doctor. If you want to go to heaven, be a family doctor.’”

As the Dempsey family grew, so


did expenses, including their children’s Catholic education at Our Lady of Peace School in Clarks Green and then Scranton Preparatory School.

“People say you can’t take your money with you,” Dr. Dempsey says. “I say, ‘yes, you can.’ You invest it in your kids and hopefully, they will reunite with you in Heaven.”

He eventually became the medical director of WorkMed Center for Occupational Health until 1994, when he joined Community Medical Center as its emergency department staff physician, both in Scranton. In 2010, he joined PrimeMed Medical Group in Wilkes-Barre and

The Wright Center for Community Health in 2014. In 2020, The Wright Center appointed him assistant chief medical officer.

Being the sole wage earner sometimes meant missing trick-or-treating with the children, their games, or other activities. But more important, says Dr. Dempsey, was ensur ing they grew up knowing they are loved and can always count on their parents.

“No matter what is going on in life, be

your kids’ safe haven,” he advises. “They need to know mom and dad are there for them always... It’s so important to find a partner with the same values. My wife is an incredible partner and mother.”

And when there were challenging times, such as getting all the children up, dressed and out the door or allowing them to learn their own way – even if it’s the hard way – you lean on each other, do the best you can and don’t dwell on the past, he says.

“When you feel like you’re going to cry, you have to laugh,” says Dr. Dempsey. “In the end, the good times outweigh the bad.”

For information about The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education, visit TheWrightCenter.org or call 570-230-0019. H

Dr. William Dempsey and his wife, Laureen, always dreamed of a large family. Dr. William Dempsey and his wife, Laureen, have 12 grandchildren, with Nos. 13, 14 and 15 due within the next several months.

Wright Center draws inspiration from board member’s life of service Harold W. Baillie

A member of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education Board of Directors since 2017, his stewardship as board chair over the past five years has been marked by forward-thinking leadership and adept management, skillfully steering the board with precision and purpose. Dr. Baillie’s ability to rally and motivate teams of volunteers played a pivotal role in facilitating last year’s opening of The Wright Center for Community Health — WilkesBarre. His guidance and countless community service initiatives have been instrumental in the success of numerous charitable endeavors undertaken by both The Wright Center and The University of Scranton.

a love for bowling.

After earning his bachelor’s degree at Yale University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in philosophy at Boston College, Dr. Baillie's intellectual odyssey led him to the University of Scranton in 1978, where he would leave an indelible mark on generations of scholars. Honor society students selected him as teacher of the year in 1982. In 1997, students dedicated the yearbook to him.

In the bustling corridors of academia and the serene sanctuaries of ethical discourse stands Harold W. Baillie, Ph.D., whose life's work has enlightened minds and ignited a flame of inspiration. With a career spanning over four decades, he has served as a catalyst for positive change both locally and globally. The University of Scranton’s former provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Baillie, 74, a medical consultant with several area health care facilities, is a published author and philosophy professor emeritus at the university with vast expertise in medical and public health ethics, metaphysics and ancient and political philosophy.

A journey that commenced in East Orange, New Jersey, found its destination in the heart of Scranton and then Waverly, where Dr. Baillie, alongside his wife Paula and their children, Lauren, Lindsey, Hal and Kathleen, established roots deeply intertwined with the community's fabric, including

At the core of Dr. Baillie's inspirational legacy lies his steadfast commitment to ethical inquiry. Through extensive teaching and publishing endeavors, he delved into the intricate webs of medical ethics, grappling with profound questions surrounding equal access to health care, the moral implications of public policy amidst societal crises and the ethical dimensions of end-of-life care. His seminal, co-authored work, "Health Care Ethics: Principles and Problems," stands as a testament to his scholarly rigor and ethical integrity, challenging readers to confront complex ethical dilemmas — such as organ transplants, health care for the poor, the use of biomedical research, and much more — with compassion and intellectual honesty. A co-editor and contributing author of the book, “Is Human Nature Obsolete? Genetics, Bioengineering and the Human Condition,” he has writ-

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ten numerous articles on ethical issues in genetics, ancient Greek and Chinese philosophy, metaphysics and political philosophy.

Dr. Baillie's journey was not devoid of challenges. In the face of adversity, he remained resolute in his defense of academic freedom, advocating for the exploration of all facets of ethical discourse, even when met with criticism. His unwavering commitment to principled action and intellectual integrity serves as a beacon of inspiration and reminder of the transformative power of unwavering conviction in the pursuit of truth.

His scholarly endeavors transcended geographic boundaries. As a visiting professor at esteemed international institutions, including universities in Slovakia, Lebanon, Taiwan, and China, Dr. Baillie facilitated cross-cultural dialogue on topics ranging from metaphysics to public health ethics, fostering a global community of ethical inquiry. In 1984, he was one of 12 educators selected to examine the politics and geography of the

Middle East as part of the American Professors for Peace in the Middle East program.

Dr. Baillie's commitment to ethical discourse has remained unwavering. Whether presenting at academic symposiums and medical ethics workshops or leading community lectures, conferences and seminars, his voice continued to resonate with clarity and conviction, serving as a guiding light amidst the complexities of modern ethical dilemmas. He has participated on the ethics committees of several health care facilities and the Diocese of Scranton.

leading community seminars, lectures and workshops to making significant charitable financial contributions.

Besides his role at The Wright Center, Dr. Baillie has demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to nonprofit organizations at local, national and international levels.

His involvement in establishing the Honesdale National

Bank Center for Economic Education, the Leahy Health Clinic and the Loyola Science Center, all at The University of Scranton, stands as testaments to his dedication to shaping the educational landscape and empowering future generations with essential skills and knowledge.

Beyond the confines of academia, Dr. Baillie's inspirational ethos permeated his community engagements, from serving on numerous committees dedicated to ethical reflection in health care and the board of United Way of Lackawanna, Wayne & Pike Counties to

Through his example, Dr. Baillie reminds us that true inspiration lies not only in intellectual achievement but also in the courage to confront adversity with grace, pursue knowledge with humility and advocate for justice with unwavering conviction.H

Dr. Khalid Ahmed, left, receives the Robert E. Wright Outstanding Resident Award from Harold W. Baillie, Ph.D.
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Harold W. Baillie, Ph.D., center, and Gerard J. Geoffroy, left, chair of The Wright Center for Community Health Board of Directors, accept the Bost Award from Helayna Szescila, deputy chief governance officer.

Wayne Bank: Achieving Higher Education Dreams

Planning for higher education can be incredibly exciting, but also stressful, especially when it comes to determining how to pay for your college goals. Wayne Bank offers multiple student loan options to help achieve educational dreams.

Consider these steps: Start with money you won’t have to pay back. Supplement college savings and income by maximizing scholarships, grants and work-study.

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Research federal student loans. After you complete your FAFSA® application (fafsa.gov), you may qualify for a federal student loan. Federal loans are not credit-based and may offer useful repayment and

loan forgiveness plans. Federal loans are available to U.S. citizens attending eligible higher education institutions, at least part time. The government sets the interest rate and loan limits, which are based on the student’s grade level and classification (as a dependent or independent student). One main type of federal student loan is the Federal Stafford Loan. This loan is available in two varieties: Subsidized and Unsubsidized.

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Consider a private student loan. This will help fill the gap between available resources and the cost of college. Wayne Bank offers private student loan options through Sallie Mae® and the Pennsylvania Higher Education

Assistance Agency (“PHEAA”) that are specially designed to help with higher education funding offering competitive rates, multiple repayment options and other features to make paying for education easier. For undergraduate, graduate and parent loans, you may be able to borrow up to 100% of the certified cost of attendance. This can be used for such items as tuition, room and board, and other fees.

If you are interested in learning about how Wayne Bank can help you stress less on your higher education journey, visit https://wayne.bank/ personal/student-loans/. Student Loans are made by a Wayne Bank lending partner. Wayne Bank is not the creditor for these loans and is compensated for the referral of loan customers. Ask for details. H

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The Wayne County Arts Alliance announces its 21st Annual WCAA Artists’ Studio Tour, July 12, 13 and 14. Visit 15 studio locations around Wayne County in addition to the Tour HQ at the WCAA Gallery, 959 Main Street in Honesdale. The tour is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.


niques while viewing their most recent artwork. If you see something you want to own, take advantage of the artist's studio pricing.

The tour provides an opportunity to meet Wayne County's established and emerging artists in their studios and promises something of interest for everyone. Paintings, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, photography, multi-media and original artwork of all kinds. The Tour Preview Exhibit at 959 Main Street will also be open for three weeks prior to the tour, beginning June 21, with hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday.

Studio Tour Artists for 2024 include: Burton Bulles, Jill Carletti, Barbara Carpenito, Phyllis Chekenian, Denis Folz, Lisa Glover, David Harvey, Heather Hogan-Spencer, Beth Ellen Johnson, Nancy Palubniak, Tom Ricotta, Matt Povse, Victor Salib, James Spencer, Kevin Storms, Elizabeth Tilley, Derek Frey Williams, Bill Westmoreland and Susan Williams.

Begin your tour at the WCAA Gallery & Artisan Stop and view a sample of art from each of the 19 Tour Artists. Speak with docents to help plan your tour. You may choose to visit one or all 15 locations.

The Artists Studio Tour is the premier event that provided the catalyst for establishing the WCAA. The Tour gives the public a rare opportunity to visit with professional and emerging artists who call this area home. Meet the artists and discuss their philosophies, inspiration and working tech-

Don't miss this opportunity to visit Wayne County's diverse and talented artists right in their own studios. The 2024 WCAA Studio Tour Brochure with map and detailed artist information is available at WCAA at the visitors center, other area businesses, and at waynecountyartsalliance.org. H




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Where to Camp Treasure

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For 70 years, Keen Lake Resort has been hosting relaxation and reconnecting at our 90-acre private lake in the Pocono Mountains. Join us for the best glamping experience in Northeast PA, or come stay for a while at a campsite or rental cottage. We want to celebrate our Platinum anniversary with you this camping season... and your breath of fresh air is waiting here. Thanks for the memories-- let's make some more!


Located on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack. We offer seasonal and daily sites, seasonal boat slips, kayak rentals and have a camp store. We also have a boat launch and picnic area with view of the lake! 153 Ledgedale Road, Greentown, PA phone 570-689-2181, www.ledgedalerecreationarea.com


Paper Mill Pines glamping getaway is a campsite located on a beautiful 28 acre property which also homes a bed & breakfast. It’s only seven miles from Ricketts Glen State Park and features a 4 acre pond and lovely views. It comes with a cozy tent with a comfy queen size bed, a clean outhouse and campfire. 12 Daro Rd, Shickshinny, PA. (570) 690-6820 or papermillpines.com

Swan Antiques

An eclectic array of European, American and Oriental antiques housed in historic 1870’s general store. Paintings, porcelains, furniture, objets d’art and collectors memorabilia. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed for Lunch Noon-1 p.m.; Sat. Noon5 p.m.; Sun.-By chance; Always best to call before heading out. 424 So. Sterling Road/Rte. 191, So. Sterling, Pa. 18460; Tel 570-594-7316

It’s the perfect time to wander our charming small towns filled with big summer experiences— outdoor concerts, live theater, opera, river trips, the craft beverage trail, and more. Come visit. We’re a short trip from NEPA. Book your stay Download our app play 1.800.882.CATS SullivanCatskills.com This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. ®NYSDED June 14-16: Sullivan Catskills Pride Drag Me to the Catskills Weekend June 15: Catskills Barbeque Backyard BBQ Competition & Family Festival June 18-23: Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits at Forestburgh Playhouse June 28: James Taylor at Bethel Woods July 20: Hurleyville Rainbow Festival PLAN AHEAD

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Golf Guide


Elmhurst Country Club is a private facility located just outside of Scranton PA and the Pocono Mountains. Established in 1929 and designed by Scotty Robson, Elmhurst offers immaculate course conditions and views that cannot be rivaled on and off the golf course. It is a true hidden and historical gem. 319 Gardner Rd, Moscow, PA 570-842-7691 www.elmhurstcc.golf/


Lakeland Golf Club's 9-hole executive course in Fleetville features 1,525 yards of golf for a par of 32. Challenging enough for seasoned golfers and perfect for beginners, the course includes a putting green and beautiful clubhouse. Call 570-945-9983 for information regarding leagues, lessons, memberships and venue rental.


Marjon is a 9 hole, par 35 public golf course. We are operating under new ownership. The course is situated on gently rolling terrain and features well maintained greens. The Pavilion at Marjon is available for tournaments, public and corporate events. New changes and major upgrades were made. 1360 Griffin Road, Roaring Brook, PA 570-842-7922


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


The Scranton Canoe Club is located on beautiful Lake Winola. You and your friends and family can enjoy nature, fine dining, extraordinary service, scenic golf, and an warm community of members that welcomes families and individuals of all ages. The Canoe Club has no initiation fee and is much more economical than other regional country clubs. 570-378-9976


Enjoy Skytop Lodge’s award-winning course on 5,500 acres, voted 30th best course in the country on Golf Pass, rated #1 in the country for conditions, and 22 for pace of play. No other Poconos golfing vacation offers a mountain-style track that plays over rolling terrain and boasts wide, treelined fairways and small greens that challenge both the casual player and serious golfer alike. Above average in speed, this course incorporates water and plenty of strategically placed bunkers over its 6,656 yards.


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

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The Wildflower Music Festival

The Wildflower Music Festival is an open-air outdoor music festival held among majestic pine trees and green ferns on the grounds of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills. Since 1980, the nearly 600acre grounds of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary have preserved the natural beauty and wildlife of northeastern Pennsylvania. During the summer months, the tranquil sanctuary gives life to the Wildflower Music Festival. This annual outdoor music festival brings the finest musicians to the area, performing classical, jazz, folk, bluegrass and chamber repertoires. There is no better place to be on a summer evening than under the majestic pines, listening to quality music while enjoying a picnic supper and glass of wine. Miles of well-maintained walking trails clear the mind and refresh the soul. The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc., was formed to further natural history, conservation, artistic and cultural education and to serve the people as an agency for popular enlightenment, cultural improvement and scientific progress, recognizing through its programs the essential relationship among the natural, artistic and historic elements of the area.

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The 49th Annual Summer Antiques Market will be held on Saturday July 6 in Eagles Mere, Sullivan County. The event features fine antiques for sale on the village green in Eagles Mere's Town Center along with live music and great food. The Eagles Mere Village shops are also open featuring “one of the best used book stores you'll ever walk into,” an authentic country store, ice cream and great food. Stop and shop at the town's museum, then four miles east on Rt 42 visit an amazing air, auto and motorcycle museums. The antiques market is a rain or shine event. Address questions to emgreenevents@gmail.com. Use 7 Pennsylvania Ave, Eagles Mere for GPS; the event is across the street. H

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*Some restrictions may apply. VisitHistoricEaglesMere.com for details. Come for the day. You’ll love it forever. Village Green Eagles Mere, PA 17731 EMGreenEvents@Gmail.com VisitHistoricEaglesMere.com One Small Town. Endless Possibilities. 49 th Annual Antiques Market Saturday, July 6th • Genuine Antiques Dealers • Great Food • Live Entertainment

Eagles Mere Inn

Eagles Mere Inn is a quaint country Inn resort with 17 uniquely themed rooms and two restaurants for guests and the public. A famous Inn built in 1887, it is a member of the Historical Hotels of America (includes only 300 members in the world).

Inn for the fall foliage, antiquing, crafts and local museums including the incredible Eagles Mere Air & Auto Museum.

Eagles Mere Inn is a great home base for relaxing or enjoying all outdoor activities, including hiking, boating, kayaking, fly fishing, golf, pickleball and tennis. It is also a great central location for wine and brewery enthusiasts. Guests have access to a fitness center, kayaks, bikes and athletic equipment at no additional charge.

Enjoy fine dining in the newly renovated Drinkery Pub or dining under the stars on the On the Rocks patio. Special menu features every night including wing night, seafood night, wild game night, etc.

Summer will feature music every other Thursday at the On the Rocks patio, a block party in August, Bloody Mary bar July 4th and the Grinduro bike are a few of the special events.

Up to 80 guests can be accommodated for any kind of events including wedding receptions, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and family reunions.

Glacier formed, spring fed & now available to a fortunate few

When you stay at the Eagles Mere Inn you will have access to a pristine, private lake and golf course, a historical town that time seems to have forgotten and a downstairs, quintessential Pub that will have you asking why haven’t I found this place before?


Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association Founder’s Day June 22

The Tunkhannock Founders Day, scheduled for June 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will have an exciting new twist with the arrival of approximately 750 train passengers. The Reading & Northern steam locomotive #2102 will arrive in Riverside Park with passengers and crew from the Jim Thorpe/Nesquehoning area. Founders Day atten

dees can get a glimpse of this historic train and take photos but note that train rides and tours will not be offered. Founders Day will also welcome an exciting and expanded assortment of artisans and crafters (including metal crafts, art, fabric crafts, woodworking, specialty food items, jewelry, home décor and photography) along with new and old food vendors, live entertainment and activities that celebrate Tunkhannock traditions. Visitors can tour the Classic Car Show and the Model A Day at Sherwood Chevrolet, or explore Tunkhannock’s specialty shops and restaurants. Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy a performance of Romeo and Juliet presented by Gamot Theater of Harrisburg in Shakespeare in the Park. The 90 minute performance begins at 7 p.m.

The Dietrich Theater will host a variety of activities includ ing the tradi tional sale of Strawberry Short Cake and basket raffles. The Kitson Arts Alliance is working with the committee to organize jazz, blues and festival music at various locations throughout town.

Directional signage will guide visitors to parking areas and shuttle buses. The office for the Wyoming County Press Examiner, on Tioga Street, is serving as a welcome center with information. The day-long event is organized by the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association. Visit tunkhannockbusiness.com H

Susquehanna Hometown

Funded in part by the Susquehanna County Room Tax Fund through the Susquehanna County Promotion and Tourism Agency July 18-20, 6 p.m. each night • Downtown, Erie Blvd. Sponsored by Susquehanna Community Development Association Live Music Each Night Decker's Inflatables National Guard Climbing Wall Pony Rides Cornhole Tournaments Vendors • Food • Games • Raffles
Fireworks Friday Night Dan Wolfe Memorial Run/Walk Saturday 8 a.m. Main St. Parade Saturday at 6 p.m. www.endlessmountains.org • 800-769-8999 Ad sponsored in part by the Wyoming Cty. Room Tax Fund and the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau For more information, please call 570-836-1022 x3 ADMISSION IS FREE Saturday, June 22 • 7 p.m. Sponsored by: The Overlook Estate Foundation Shakespeare in the Park presented by Gamut Theatre Group Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park Performance will be followed by a talk-back discussion with the audience In the case of inclement weather, the play will be held at Father Nallin Hall in Tunkhannock. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BLANKET/CHAIR
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Lilith Moon Festival: Harnessing the Power of the Solstice and Full Moon

In a world where stress and chaos often dominate, finding moments of peace and connection can be a challenge. Live Your Divinity and Jami Hearn will present The Lilith Moon FestivalHarnessing the Power of the Solstice and Full Moon: A Women's Circle Experience on June 22. The unique gathering will offer women a sacred space to come together, celebrate and tap into the powerful energies of the solstice and full moon. Through a series of guided meditations, rituals and masterclasses, participants will have the opportunity to connect with their inner wisdom, release what no longer serves them and set powerful intentions for the future.

The solstice and full moon are both significant celestial events that have been revered by cultures around the world for centuries. The solstice, marking the longest day of the year, symbolizes a time of abundance, growth and renewal. The full moon, known for its intense energy, is a time of illumination and manifestation.

This women's festival experience is designed to be inclusive and welcoming to all women, regardless of their spiritual beliefs or background. It is a safe and supportive space where women can come together without judgment and honor their own unique journeys. Through the power of community and shared experience, participants can find solace, inspiration and empowerment. Led by experienced facilitators, the event will feature a variety of activities and practices designed to deepen the connection to self and others. From guided medi-

tations and mystical knowledge classes to yoga, qi gong and sound healing, each element of the experience has been carefully curated to provide a transformative and nourishing experience

The Lilith Moon Festival will take place at Elisha Farms, 621 Schoolhouse Road, Tunkhannock.

Early registration is recommended. visit www.LilithMoonFest.com . H

LilithMoonFest.com Yoga, Nature, Readers Yoga, Nature, Readers Sound Healing, Meditation Sound Healing, Meditation Mushroom Hunt, Qi Gong Mushroom Hunt, Qi Gong Full Moon Ceremony Full Moon Ceremony & more! & more!
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Contest. Bake Sale. White Elephant Sale. Children's Activities & much more! The 43rd Annual Blueberry Festival inMontrose Friday & Saturday, August 2 & 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pancake Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. On the Village Green in Montrose All Proceeds Benefit the Library montrosepablueberryfestival.org • 570-278-1881 June 2024 HappeningsPA.com 61 June 2024 HappeningsPA.com 69 www.endlessmountains.org • 800-769-8999 Montrose
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Susquehanna Summer Solstice Fest

On June 22, Kate Taylor, of the well-known musical family that includes brothers James, Alex, Hugh and Livingston, will perform at the Susquehanna Summer Solstice Festival showcasing her latest studio album, Why Wait! Released on Red House Records, the album reunites Kate with music veteran Peter Asher (of the 1960s Peter and Gordon singing duo) who produced her 1971 debut album, Sister Kate. Why Wait! includes the work of some of Kate’s favorite songwriters, including her brother James’ I Will Follow and the Beatles’ Good Day Sunshine as well as Kate’s original R&B title track, Why Wait! and the evocative I Got a Message. Born in New England and raised in North Carolina, Kate’s musical roots run deep in the rockabilly, soul and gospel sounds of the south and in the folk, pop and Appalachian style that complete her family’s musical playbook. The idea that started the album Why Wait! began at Kate’s birthday party when her agent, who

also manages Asher, noted that most of the Sister Kate band members were still active. Asher welcomed the idea of recording with Kate on

June 22 will highlight the Susquehanna Summer Solstice Festival’s celebration of American roots music, encompassing a variety of genres: blues, jazz, swing and American folk. Other performers will include internationally renowned acts, as well as local and regional bands.

album collaboration. Kate’s brother, James Taylor, told Rolling Stone: “For Kate to be doing this with Peter, and that both of them have this life experience that brings them back together, it’s really a moving thing. I think it’s so great that Kate will have this next iteration, a next chance for people to hear her and pick up on her.”

Kate Taylor’s appearance under the tent on the historic grounds of French Azilum on

A plein air painting competition is the core of the week-long Festival. Artists from throughout the Northeast will set up their easels to capture the beauty of towns and villages within 35 miles of French Azilum beginning on June 17. Plein air prizes, totaling $4000, will be announced Friday, June 21 at 4 p.m. as Happy Hour kicks off the weekend Festival. Musical performances will follow and include Clarence Spady, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Having performed internationally at as well as many US venues, Clarence has been described as "the future of the blues" (Bill Dahl, Chicago Tribune). He plays with

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depth and sensitivity, effortlessly combining blues, jazz, funk, latin and rock into his own unique style. His moving guitar play, rough streetedged vocals, songwriting and live improvisations are highlighted with every performance.

sciousness and spiritual exploration. A 25-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, Jencks has released 15 CDs in that time. Merging conserva-

James Taylor, told Rolling Stone: “For Kate to be doing this with Peter, and that both of them have this life

Sunday will entertain youth and families by featuring kayaks, kites, a puppet show and more. At noon, the Festival Main Tent stage will present a series of local, youth musical performers and lead into a series of folk music performers, closing the festival with international touring musician Joe Jencks. Joe is an award-winning songwriter and celebrated vocalist known for his performances of musical beauty, social con-

tory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.

The Susquehannna Summer Solstice Festival is under the auspices of the Bradford County Regional Arts Council (info@bcrac.org or call 570-2682787). Sponsors include: Arey’s Building Supply, Bishop Brothers Construction, Dandy Mini Marts and the Ken and Caroline Taylor Family Foundation.

Purchase tickets and find more information at www.susquehannasolstice.com The first 200 ticket purchasers will receive 20% off.

Clarence Spady performs June 21 at 8:15 p.m.

Kate Taylor performs June 22 at 8:45 p.m.

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Art and Antique Show Celebrating 60 Years

Club by visiting the Women’s Club of Honesdale Facebook page or website: womensclubofhonesdale.com. H

of Honesdale will be celebrate 60 years of hosting the Annual Wayne County Art and Antique Show and Sale at the Wayne Highlands Middle School.

The show will feature art works from local artisans in a variety of mediums as well as a wide array of antiques and collectibles. An on site appraiser will evaluate your treasures for an additional fee per item with a limit of five items per person. Women's Club members will provide refreshments for sale including their famous pies. Local authors will be available to speak about their new projects and books will be available to purchase. All proceeds from the show benefit local organizations, charities and scholarships awarded to local graduating high school seniors.

The school is located at 482 Grove Street in Honesdale. Show hours are July 13 from 10 a.m.4 p.m. and July 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6 per person or $5 per person with a copy of the advertising,

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Wesley Village Campus offers a vibrant lifestyle with numerous residential options. The community offers peace of mind with access to a full continuum of care including: Independent Living Cottages & Apartments Personal Care Options

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For more information about our wide range of senior care, call 570-655-2891 or email WesleyVillageAdmissions@umhwc.org


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Katlin O'Hara DPM was recently inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. A champion in both swimming and water polo, she has been recognized for her accomplishments in aquatic sports.

Katlin was born in Charlottesville, Virginia but was raised in Mountaintop. She learned to swim at the Wilkes Barre YMCA during preschool and later joined its Dolphins swim team. After her family moved to Kingston, she continued swimming at Wyoming Valley West High School. She joined the school's water polo summer league, in which she participated in invitationals. She was a

State water polo selection. She was also the high school's leading scorer for three years.

In swimming, Katlin had a perfect high school district career with 20 gold medals. She earned numerous pool, meet and school records.

"It was always a good to see what was attainable," she said. "My specialty was the backstroke."

Katlin enjoyed swimming relay races including the 200-medley relay, 200-yard relay and the 200freestyle record, which was both a district record and a pool record. She achieved state level from the high school's district and state meets. She received the accolades of eight-time Speedo Swimming All-American Consideration Athlete, ten-time National Interscholastic Swim Coaches (NISCA) Top 10 Award and All-State honorable mention recipient, and sixteen-time Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) State competition to name a few. She credits her success in high school to her coaches Frank Tribendis, John McGurk and Dr. Malcolm Conway.

Accomplishments kept going with Katlin in

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high school track and field. She earned many district medals in the 800-meter and the 4x800meter races. She became a Wendy's Heisman state finalist and a High School Sports Woman of the Year Inductee for the Luzerne County Hall of Fame in 2007. That same year, she graduated in the top 2% in her class from Wyoming Valley West. After earning a full scholarship, she continued her swimming career at Syracuse University. She earned honors in the Big East level for her 50-yard freestyle. She credits her coaches, Lou and Ellie Walker, a married couple, for her swimming success at Syracuse University.

Katlin graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biochemistry. She earned a doctorate degree in podiatric Medicine from Temple University School.

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Special Olympics, Katlin volunteers to coach the stu dents to a stategame level throughout the year, instilling teamwork, val ues and good sportsman ship.

Katlin is cur rently a suc cessful podiatrist in Charlotte, North Carolina. She provides foot and ankle medical care to athletes who participate in the Boston Marathon, Washington D.C. Marine Corps Marathon and the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure.

County Sports Hall of Fame in 2023) were always present for her races and meets.

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The Ridge at Maiolatesi

The Ridge at Maiolatesi is a full service venue offering Constantino’s famously fabulous wedding fare and service, a full open bar and all services and amenities. This exciting venue encompasses the original tasting room, front deck, rear porch and event room into an exclusive wedding venue.


For weddings booked at The Ridge, the couple will be able to enjoy the entire venue for the weekend of their wedding. They will have access to a newly built bridal suite; ceremony on the expanded and covered sunset deck overlooking the endless mountains; cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the reminted tasting room; dinner and dancing in the ballroom; and firepits and cordials on the back porch.

An additional ceremony and outdoor patio will be set into the hillside for a more intimate setting.

Showers and small events also hosted in specific seasonal times.

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Weddings - A History Ladies, we’ve come a long way.

It wasn’t until the 1800s that women began to have much of a say regarding their wedding day. The concept that the wedding is all about the bride is a very modern notion which began with the ability of the bride to choose the day that it would take place.

Before the Victorian era, many women wore soft pink or blue dresses. Wedding dresses were expensive, even then, so most ordinary women chose black wedding dresses. Black was the most preferred color because it was the least conspicuous for stains. In Spain at that time, wearing a black wedding dress symbolized the bride’s vow to love her groom until death. Then in 1840, Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in white and white gowns became hugely popular among the aristocracy.

By the end of the 19th Century the white dress was the garment of choice for elite brides on both sides of the Atlantic. However middle Class British and American brides did not fully adopt the trend until after World War

White wedding gowns got an ultra boost when Diana Spence r married Prince Charles in 1981 in a ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown with a 25foot train and a 153yard tulle veil. Her gown became one of the most famous dresses in the world and was considered one of the most closely guarded secrets in fashion history.

ties, destination weddings, engagement parties and other pre-wedding events and traditions.

Recently Tony Collaio , a journalist and photographer, colorized his late parents' wedding photo. His mother Valeria and father Frank had their wedding picture taken in a car. Valeria wore a white gown and Frank, a black and white wedding suit. Their images popped with the added colors and Tony said he experi-

Toward the end of the 20th century, the wedding industry began to look the way we think of it now. Weddings became more elaborate and as a result people began to hire outside help. Here we also see the beginnings of bachelor par -

enced an emotional tug while working on it. “I felt like I was in the photo.” He was struck by the fact that they were holding hands. “I didn’t see much affection between them. Probably because they were always working. We were a middle class family. My father worked two jobs—at

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Tobyhanna, he’d get home at 5:30, eat dinner, then he’d go to his job at Pocono Downs at 6.”

Tony’s mother worked 4 p.m. until midnight.

Tony was the middle child of three. “We were latchkey kids. We would get home and there would be notes about meals. It was tough, but my parents were happy people. They loved to dance. They were at their happiest when they were in a party situation or at a wedding. My dad had the personality. I remember when he took me to work on Armed Forces Week and I had a personal tour. He knew everybody. Mom was meticulous about the house. She instilled that in me—to appreciate nice things. We always had nice clothes for school and the holidays. For both of them it was all about family and respect. “

The late Elizabeth (Betty) Fedor and the late Vincent Chinetski met at a carnival in Throop. “My mother was all dressed up in a blue outfit and when my father saw her he said that was the girl he was going to marry,” her daughter, Vanessa Williams

retold the story her father told her. Elizabeth and Vincent were married Sept.

9, 1950 in All Saints Church in Dunmore. Betty wore an off-white satin dress and a veil. Besides Vanessa, they were also the parents of Vince Chinetski and Sandy Coar and the mother-in-law and father-in-law of Janet Chinetski. Vincent poured on the charm the night they met. Sans car, Vincent took her by bus to her home in Dunmore and the rest is history and a new generation.

It was a bright sunny day on Aug. 20, 1960 when Jean Ann Chinetski and William (Billy) Simone were married at St. John’s Church in Throop. Jean Ann was 20, Billy was 22. Jean Ann’s gown was beautiful, full and white with a waist length full tulle veil. Her mother was with her when she said yes to the dress at Dolitzky’s in Scranton. Jean Ann said she felt like a princess on her wedding day. Vanessa Williams, her niece, was 5 years old and served as flower girl. When Billy looked down the aisle at Jean Ann he said he couldn’t wait to say I do. The generous bride loaned her beautiful dress to a work friend to wear on her wedding day. Jean Ann still has the dress 64 years later. “I’m pretty sure it will still fit me,” she said.

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Fedor Chinetski Wedding Ann Kaminsky Marhevka, Rita Moran Wesnake, Susie Guzki Lavich

Janet Kupchak and Vincent Chinetski were married March 23, 1974, both at 23 years old in St. Anthony’s Church, Dunmore. Janet’s story is humor-filled starting with the gown. She doesn’t remember the name of the store in downtown Scranton, but she remembers the dress fit her 90 pound body well. “A regular wedding dress didn’t fit me so I found a plain off-white long sleeveless dress with a

square top. It had a backbuttoned jacket with colors on the bottom. You couldn’t wear a sleeveless dress to get married back then. The dress didn’t even cost a hundred dollars but I did wear a long veil. The day of the wedding Vince was sick. Someone called me to say he was vomiting. When I got out of the limo with my father, I was a nervous wreck, I couldn’t feel my arms and legs!” Vince showed up—it was nerves. The couple had a reception at Runco’s for 100 people with a piano player. “We had no money, no nothing,” she said. “We searched for an apartment but because ‘I looked like I was 14’ we had a hard time finding one—people thought we were a couple of hippies.” They finally found a basement apartment with three rooms, which was ‘pretty new and actually nice.’ They had the first of their three children there. Janet kept the dress—she still has it 50 years later. Her second daughter tried it on before her wedding. “It almost fit.”

Sandy Chinetski and Michael Coar wed on May 17, 1980 at All Saints Church in Dunmore. The sun shone on them, Michael remembered, but it was a bit windy at Marywood University where their wedding photos were taken.

Sandy, with her mother Betty’s help, went on a search for the perfect dress and found it at Donna Barbini’s in Scranton. It was one of the first ones she saw and Sandy said it was meant for her. Michael told her how lovely she was. “I was so thin back then, we were both kids, 20 and 21 years old.” The gown was stored in the attic and years later, the Coars' two girls had wanted to see it, Sandy said. “It was as yellow as anything.” She doesn’t know if she still has the dress, considering its condition.

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Vanessa Williams and Mike Golembeski who will celebrate their 30th anniversary on May 28, 2025. On their wedding day, in 1995, a storm took out their power so the wedding party was forced to finish getting ready at Via Appia, their reception venue. Vanessa wore an off-white gown with a hat and attached veil. She had said yes to the gown as soon as she saw it. “It was the perfect dress for me, I felt like a princess.” Mike saw her in her gown prematurely and said she was beautiful. Regarding the wet weather that day, someone once said Rain on your wedding day is good luck because it signifies that the marriage will last, after all, a knot that becomes wet is extremely hard to untie.”

The wedding dress of Green Ridge resident Pat O’Brien traveled the wedding circuit before and after her own nuptials. First, the dress belonged to Betty Dwyer, Pat’s aunt who married in 1945. “It was a magnificent dress,” Pat said. It was fashioned from white satin with a satin slip. Rose point satin lace embellished the waist, bodice, jewel neckline, cathedral train and hem and edges of the mantilla veil. It didn’t

have that 1940s look with large shoulders. “I loved that dress even

when I was a kid, it was so beautiful.” After Pat’s Aunt Betty wore the dress, an uncle’s bride, then Betty’s daughter wore it. At some point, the dress was sent to Washington to be refreshed. “It looked brand new,” she said. Pat wore the dress 25 years after her aunt in 1970 when she married in St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, New Jersey. “We got a lot of mileage out of that magnificent dress.” H

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There are many legal issues that a couple should consider before marriage. These include whether a prenuptial agreement is applicable to their lifestyle or expectations. Considering how a couple will handle their finances, the co-mingling or separation of their incomes and the ownership of property, such as a home or personal property, furniture and vehicles will all come in to question. How a couple will share the economic responsibilities and expenses on a daily or monthly basis should also be determined prior to the marriage. Will the couple save money together or individually for future purposes such as a home is a concern for each partner.

There is not one answer that will fit all. When a couple is in love these subjects may not seem as relevant or

…Or Forever Hold Your Peace

important as perhaps some of the lighter and more fun ‘wedding’ topics. But making the correct decisions early will go a long way toward the avoidance of controversy after the marriage occurs.

Prenuptial Agreements

Prior to the marriage, a frank discussion needs to occur between partners as to whether such an agreement is applicable. These agreements are becoming much more desired and necessary especially after first marriage ends and marriages that occur when the partners are older. After first marriages end and depending on how litigious a first divorce might have been, parties want to limit their exposure and streamline the possibility of a second divorce. They may also desire to protect children of prior marriages and

secure financial protections for them.

Individuals who have started their careers and have had financial success while deferring marriage may very well want to protect what they have. In addition, parties who have second generation assets are very protective of what they have and how it was achieved.

The discussion of whether there will be such an agreement should occur very early on and often even before a decision to be married is made. In many instances the mere discussion is difficult. It raises trust issues which at times are hard to overcome. The statistical reality, however, of successful /divorced couples cannot be ignored. Often a red line is drawn of one party not getting married without it.

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Once partners concur that there will be such an agreement, the question then is what it looks like and what can be agreed upon.

Prenuptial agreements, if prepared correctly by competent experienced lawyer, are enforceable contracts which must be signed by both parties, executed voluntarily and with full disclosure of all of the parties’ assets and liabilities. The first mistake is to try and do it yourself. Seek out and use lawyers who have a vast degree of family law experience.

This agreement can be as restrictive as one may want or can provide financial benefits for each spouse that are fair and negotiated. Agreements protect separate property and the appre-

ciation in value, for both real and personal property one has before marriage. It can protect business interests, inherited property, retirement and pension accounts and its appreciation. It should define what the arrangement is if divorce occurs as to support and maintenance of one of the parties or if death occurs while married or separated while in the process of a divorce. In essence it defines the deal that the parties have agreed upon.

Prenuptial agreements are valid and binding on the parties provided all of the elements are met. Most importantly a full disclosure of all assets and liabilities must be exchanged and be part of the agreement. Legal counsel is not mandated but

preferred. It must be entered into voluntarily, without any

appearance of coercion or duress. Although there is no time limit in Pennsylvania as to the execution of the agreement prior to the marriage, the earlier the better. H

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Spotlight Alexandriteon

June Birthstones –Alexandrite and Pearl!

Emerald by day, ruby by night

For those fortunate enough to be born in June, Alexandrite may be your birthstone of choice!* Without a doubt, the finest specimens of natural Alexandrite are among the rarest and most coveted of gemstones on earth. Nye Jewelers finds Alexandrite to be one of their absolute favorites due its mesmerizing color-changing properties. This eye-catching phenomenon is referred to as “the alexandrite effect,” whereby the gemstone appears emerald by day and ruby by night. The mineral’s unusual light-absorbing properties cause the gemstone to change color whether viewed under sunlight or candlelight, that is, natural vs. artificial light. The bewitching beauty of alexandrite is enhanced by its pleochroic properties, meaning the gemstone shows different colors when viewed from different directions. Alexandrite flickers with flashes of bluish-green and mulberry red, which makes the gemstone appear to be multi-colored.

Rare. Magical. Wonderous.

The gemstone was named in honor of Alexander Romanov (the eventual Tsar of Russia), on whose birthday it was first discovered in remote Siberia in 1830. As the gem’s red and green hues

matched Russia’s military colors, Alexandrite quickly became the unofficial icon of Imperial Russia’s Tsardom and aristocratic élite. Despite Alexandrite’s relatively new arrival on the scene in Russian society, public fascination for this Siberian stone became so overwhelming that Russian resources of Alexandrite had run virtually dry by the 1890s due to overmining. The spectacular Siberian sources didn’t last forever, and now most alexandrite comes from Sri Lanka,

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East Africa and Brazil. Despite the discovery of new deposits, high quality alexandrite over three carats are increasingly rare, and thus priced accordingly.

Laboratory-Grown Alexandrite

Due to limited supply in nature, alexandrite grown under controlled laboratory settings, which have the same chemical, physical and aesthetic properties as natural alexandrite, have seen a surge in demand recently. Although far more affordable than its earth-grown counterpart, labgrown alexandrite are some of the most expensive lab gemstones on the market today.

Stunning selection at Nye Jewelers

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, Nye Jewelers has an extensive selection of alexandrite jewelry in various styles. This precious gemstone is also gifted in celebration of 55th wedding anniversaries as the rarity of the gemstone reflects the specialness of attaining such a momentous hallmark. For those seeking a more affordable alternative, genuine Mystic Topez serves as a substitute for Alexandrite. *For those with different tastes, pearls are a secondary gemstone for June babies. Visit Nye Jewelers showroom in Dickson City to see our inventory of alexandrite, mystic topaz and pearl jewelry! H

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Seasons on Keuka Lake. Begin your Love Story at Seasons on Keuka Lake located directly on the water


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

Summer Walking Tours in Scranton

Want to take a vacation in your hometown, learn fun facts to impress your guests or check out great backdrops for wedding photos?

Join the Lackawanna Historical Society for the guided summer walking tours. Learn more about Downtown Scranton’s magnificent architecture, the buildings and neighborhoods. Each tour focuses on a different thematic region of the city. Tours will spotlight the Gothic District and former “Clubhouse Row,” the Lackawanna Avenue

Commercial district, the lower portion of the Hill Section, as well as Courthouse Square

June 1, 11 a.m.

Commercial and “Red Light” District; meet at Radisson Lackawanna Station

June 15, 11 a.m.

Gothic District; meet at Lackawanna College, N. Washington and Vine

June 29, 11 a.m.

Courthouse Square; meet at N. Washington & Linden

July 23, 11 a.m.

Lower Hill section; meet Elm Park Church, Linden and Jefferson

July 27, 11 a.m.

Commercial and “Red Light” District; meet at Radisson Lackawanna Station

Tours are limited to ten people and continue throughout the summer, but check specific details by calling the Society at 570-344-3841 for reservations or refer to: lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

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Beyond our picture-perfect weddings, Wind Creek Bethlehem is also the ideal place for your engagement party, bridal shower, and bachelorette and bachelor parties.

Our spectacular new hotel tower offers flexible venues for any size event, plus deluxe guest rooms, a lavish lobby bar, a glass enclosed pool with connected outdoor terrace, a luxurious spa, after hours nightlife, world class gaming and group activities.

To get started, please contact us at WCB_Sales@windcreek.com


The World’s Number One Elton John Tribute band

Theater at North on June 28

Tom Cridland, playing the part of Elton John on lead vocals and piano, is close friends with Nigel Olsson (Elton John drummer); has recorded songs and episodes of his Greatest Music of All Time Podcast with Davey Johnson (Elton John guitarist); and has even met Sir Elton himself, the man who Tom credits with helping him recover

me sober. What I see as the overriding message of The Elton John Band is ‘no matter who you are, be true to yourself.’

Tom’s Elton Tribute means more to Tom than just music. As Tom explains, “I have been sober for six years,

inspired by Elton John. I recently had the chance to say thank you to Elton John in person for inspiring my sobriety. Celebrating Elton and his band’s music by playing it live is what keeps

I recently met Elton John at his Oscar Party and thanked him for both his music and his own sobriety, which influenced me to quit drinking. In 2022 I played my first ‘Tom's Elton Tribute’ gig in a bar. By May 2023 I was playing to over 1,500 people at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre in Texas.

Our show is back to back Elton hits including Bennie and the Jets, Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man, Candle In The Wind, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, I’m Still Standing, Crocodile Rock and Your Song.

In 2017 I hit rock bottom as an alcoholic. During the Covid lockdowns, I started playing piano, learning my favourite Elton songs to avoid a relapse.”

Tom’s Elton Tribute is 100% live with no vocal or instrumental backing tracks or lip syncing, just like Elton John and his band. Alongside playing all of the classic hits, Tom’s Elton Tribute also performs beloved deep cuts, such as Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding.

“Tom's playing style is as close to Elton's own concert style you will get from a tribute” , Paul Smith (Elton John Online). H

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June 28th 7pm THE THEATER AT NORTH The world’s No.1 Elton John Tribute show!

W ho is the cutest of them all?

Beau is sweet, smart, stubborn and filled with tons of energy. He enjoys his daily glazed Dunkin munchkin each morning. He resides with the Altier family in Scranton.

Puff was a curious and loving boy who was an indoor family member but loved acting like a lion in the wild when allowed outside. He always reminded us to take the time to smell the spring flowers. He is missed every day! He resided with the Pantuso Family of Roaring Brook Township.

Polly is a very social and talkative Calico who loves bird watching, chattering with the deer in the yard, dressing for parties and camping. She lives with the Waters family in Dalton

Ruger loves being outside, soaking up the sun and watching birds. He enjoys car rides, walks and visitors. Give him a favorite treat and you will have a forever best friend. He resides with the Lutchko family of Mayfield.

Beau Puff
“The Kennel Alternative”
Polly Ruger

Lilly loves her family, her teddy, catching squirrels and cuddling with soft blankets. She is very good with babies, kids and adults. She lives in Scranton with the Hoffner family

is a purebred boxer, not the typical spoiled boxer. He has a great personality and lives with the Johnson family in Dunmore. Lilly Willie


Finnegan is living his senior years while enjoying his favorite activities: snacking, napping and being rocked by his mom. Finn resides with the Lenihan family in Scranton.

the neighborhood. Snuggles, walks and treats make him feel loved. He lives in the Grady household of Scranton.

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Luzerne County Community College and Head Start’s Partnership: Retiring President Thomas Leary Reflects

Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) and the Head Start Program began their partnership in 2017, with the goal of providing educational opportunities for both pre-K children and LCCC students. The partnership means LCCC students who are studying to be early childhood educators get hands on experience with pre-K children. It also provides Head Start with a location to teach area children. Through LCCC’s new Marcella NagorskiWaldow Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (unveiled in April) LCCC and Head Start students will be able to interact with each other in a reallife classroom setting. This will help LCCC educate and train future teachers to be even better prepared for a real classroom once they enter the workforce. In turn, LCCC is helping to meet the current teacher shortage by producing high-quality educators who already know what a real classroom is like, long before graduation.

Luzerne County Head Start. In working with the Head Start children, LCCC students can witness firsthand how their education can be implemented in a classroom. While

dren, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students enrolled can gain practical experience through hands-on learning opportunities within the Head Start classroom at LCCC.

enrollment in the Head Start program at LCCC is primarily needs-based, faculty and students may also enroll their children, contingent upon availability and eligibility criteria.

What sets LCCC's Head Start partnership apart is its integration within the fabric of the college community. LCCC is one of 100 community colleges out of 3,000 in the nation that have Head Start centers on campus. As a result, the partnership has created a unique environment that fosters learning, growth and mutual support. This partnership not only benefits the children enrolled in Head Start but also provides valuable learning opportunities for LCCC's students, setting them on a path toward success in their future careers.

LCCC President Thomas P. Leary saw there was an opportunity for a partnership between the two entities and reached out to Lynn Evans Biga, executive director of

LCCC offers a variety of options for students pursuing a career in education including an early childhood education associate degree, an education associate degree, a paraeducator diploma and an applied behavior analysis diploma.

LCCC’s Early Childhood Education program provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively with young chil-

“Thinking back on my tenure at LCCC, one of my most cherished legacies is undoubtedly the establishment and nurturing of the Head Start Program. I have always worked to ensure LCCC has been an institution that has been deeply committed to expanding access to quality education. We recognize the transformative power of early childhood education in shaping the future of our communi-

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ty, which is why our Head Start partnership is so vital. My wish is for the Head Start Program to continue thriving long after my retirement, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of countless children and families in Luzerne County,” said President Leary.

Throughout President Leary's time at LCCC, the College has achieved numerous milestones including the establishment of key facilities such as the Public Safety Training Institute (2008), the Joseph A. Paglianite Culinary Institute (2010), the Walk of Honor (2010), the Health Sciences Center (2011) which was later dedicated as the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, RN Health Sciences Center (2013), Patrick J. Solano Veterans Center (2017) and the All-One Recovery Educational Institute (2019).

Because of his focus on college accessibility, President Leary has established partnerships with area school districts to provide early college access, which has resulted in the opportunity for in excess of 10,000 students over the years to earn college credits while still in high school.

President Leary also has ensured LCCC has continually offered programs that address regional workforce needs, positioning the college as a hub for innovation and community engagement. Additionally, he has worked to secure dual admission agreements with regional universities, which ensure LCCC students can transfer seamlessly and get maximum credit for the courses they complete.

President Leary's efforts in

securing grants have propelled initiatives for student retention, pandemic response and innovative programming. His leadership has expanded online offerings, campus diversity and established three regional centers in Scranton, Pittston and Watsontown that help make access to education easier.

As a young college graduate Leary had been accepted into law school, but when he took a part-time position at LCCC as assistant director of admissions, he found a dynamic workplace and envisioned a bright, promising future in the small college, even though at the time it had just eight buildings and no trees or grass. President Leary has served more than 40 years in several leadership positions at the college he never left. H

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Summer Fun


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



June 1 Wellness Day

June 8 Blacksmithing Day with Class

June 21-23 Susquehanna Summer Solstice Festival

July 6 Family Fun Day

July 13 Community/Descendants Day

August 3 Civil War Day

August 23-25 Revolutionary War Day 469 Queens Rd., Towanda. 570-996-7534 thefrenchazilum.com

Our top of the line Arcade is open all year long! Spring, Summer and Fall, putt through waterfalls on the massive 36 Hole Mini Golf course, speed under bridges on the ¼ mile Go-Kart track, hit balls in the multi-speed Batting Cages, or splash around on the Bumper Boats. 500 Morgan Hwy. Clarks Summit 570-586-5699 LaheyFunPark.com

Locations: Farm/ 563-1702 • Meadow Ave. Scr./ 961-1645 • Dunmore/ 207-0405 • Clarks Summit/ 586-1288 Main Ave. W. Scr./ 558-1680 • www.manningfarm.com • (570) 563-1702 Manning’s has no added r-BST. Visit us for all your milk, ice cream & yogurt! Celebrate Dads and Grads! Cakes for Dads and Grads Available at All Locations!



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

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


An independent theater in downtown Scranton offering convenient in-theater dining and a full service bar. From date night to family night, we provide a higher level of service and amenities to meet your needs. Birthday parties, events and theater rentals available. 570-955-0293 / scrantonarthaus.com

HAP-24 Over 120 Kinds of Animals Hand-Feed Giraffe & Lory Parrots Fossil Hunts & Dino Dig Petting Zoo and Turtle Town GREAT OUTDOOR FUN!

Healthy and Delicious Summer Options

Fresh fruit, fresh veggies, grilling!

Nothing like the colors, smells and fresh flavors of summer food! I just love the delicious taste of all the healthy choices that summer brings. Fresh-picked berries, watermelon, gardengrown lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers are just a few of my favorites. Here are some of my healthier meal recommendations.

Eggs and Salsa

Two farm-fresh eggs and fresh salsa. Fresh salsa is also known as pico de gallo. The difference in salsa and fresh salsa is that salsa is blended. Fresh salsa uses fresh, raw ingredients. Make a batch and use it for breakfast, then again for tacos or quesadillas.

4 large roma tomatoes, diced 1 medium jalapeno, seeds removed

½ cup Vidalia onion, finely diced

1 tsp garlic, minced

¼ cup cilantro, chopped

1 lime

Salt & pepper to taste

Finely dice the tomato, onion, jalapeno and cilantro and add together. Squeeze

the lime for juice over the diced ingredients. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for about a half hour.

Grilled Quesadilla

Try a quesadilla on the grill. Grill on medium heat. Spray with olive oil. Place tortilla (tomato goes well with a quesadilla) and throw on some cooked grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken, grilled salmon, grilled shrimp or any protein. Add a half cup of grated cheese (monterey jack, cooper, cheddar or a blend). Place another tortilla on top. Flip with a spatula once the cheese starts melting. Cook approximately 2 minutes on each side. Remove from grill and serve with fresh salsa!

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Grilled Chicken, Shrimp and Veggies

1-2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast or strips, cut into bite size pieces, add on to Salamida Speedie Marinade

1 lb fresh or frozen peeled and deveined cooked shrimp (I like Wegmans large or jumbo frozen), thawed

Cut up fresh veggies such

Fresh Veggie Salad

Use fresh lettuce of choice –romaine, bibb, mixed field greens. Add veggies such as cucumbers, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes off the vine. Use a light dressing such as balsamic vinaigrette or just olive oil and vinegar. This is healthy, light and bursting with flavor and nutrition.

as green beans, squash, zucchini, red, yellow and orange peppers, mushrooms. Put in a bowl or zip lock bag and add 2 tbsp olive oil and a packet of Lipton Savory Herb and Garlic soup mix. Shake. Put chicken on grill in a basket or foil on medium heat. Add the veggies. Cook chicken til browned and veggies crisp. Add the shrimp for the last 3-4 minutes and toss all together. Serve as is or with brown rice.

Fresh Fruit

Fresh fruit is a great dessert option. There are so many ways to enjoy fresh fruit. Perhaps even add a small quirt of light Reddi Whip for an extra treat. Fruit is so refreshing with natural sugars and when it is cut up and ready to eat, it is so attractive and easily accessible, thus making it an easier choice over other high-calorie and sugary options. H –Jackie

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Jackie Kerekes is NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist. She trains one-on-one clients and does small group training. She has taught a variety of classes including kickboxing, fat burn pilates, spin, barre, strength training, Bosu bootcamps, TRX, and POUND. Additionally, she designed a class named F.I.T. Factor(Functional Interval Training).

Glazed Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie day is June 9. Head on over to Pallman’s Farm for the freshest berries that you either pick yourself or, if you are short on time, purchase pre-picked! This recipe was provided from the cookbook archives of Leona Pallman via her daughter Betsy Jayne who continues to carry on Leona’s cooking legacy. The late Leona and Dutch Pallman raised their family on the current strawberry farm.


1 ¼ cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup flour

2 cups fresh strawberries

2 cups fresh rhubarb ( 1” pieces )

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon sugar

Pastry or pie crust of your choice for 2 Crust 9” Pie

From the Kitchen of Pallman’s Farms

Combine sugar, salt, flour into bowl and mix well. Roll out pastry and fit into 9” pie plate. Place half of the fresh strawberries and fresh rhubarb into pie plate. Sprinkle with half of the sugar mixture from above. Place the remaining fresh strawberries and fresh rhubarb into pie plate. Sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture. Dot the pie filling with butter. Roll try as top crust and flute the edges. Brush top crust with cold water and sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar. Cut vent in top crust. Bake at 425 degrees 40-50 minutes (until rhubarb is tender and crust is golden brown).

Rhubarb is the fleshy, edible stalks of the species and hybrids of Rheum in the family Polygonaceae

Leona Pallman, 1944


Benny’s of Clarks Summit

Double crusted pizzas are the favorites here! Menu features appetizers, handheld sandwiches as well as our hand cut fries, peanut butter pie and more. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. 918 Northern Blvd., South Abington Twp. 570-902-3669

Follow Benny’s of Clarks Summit on Facebook or visit Bennysofpa.com

Sacco’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant

Sacco's menu offers traditional New York style pizza, classic Italian dishes, homemade soups as well as many lunch options. Dedicated to giving excellent service and quality food in a clean environment. Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. • Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Located at 208 Meadow Avenue, Scranton. 570-342-2500. Visit Saccositalian.com

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The Shawnee Playhouse Musicals, Dramas, Comedies, Children’s Shows. 570-421-5093 or visit: theshawneeplayhouse.com for information on shows, dates and times.
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Dining around the Region

1818 Deli & Catering Co.

Breakfast, lunch & catering. Stop in for a bite, stock up the fridge, or cater your party. Excellent coffee, soups, salads, sandwiches & more. 1818 Sullivan Trail. 570-629DELI (3354). Hours: www.1818deli.com.


Try our signature dishes, such as Chicken Abbiocco, manicotti or blackened salmon. BYOB. Text Abbiocco to 51660 to receive our texts every Wednesday or see weekly specials. Tues-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., 639 N. Blvd., Clarks Summit. www.abbiocco.net 570-319-9633.

Alter House Restaurant & Bar

Introducing a farm-to-table restaurant with a vibrant ambiance! Enjoy our delectable cuisine made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Join us for a lively happy hour, indulge in our delightful Sunday brunch and groove to live entertainment. Our versatile venue is perfect for hosting events. Open Thursday through Sunday for your enjoyment!

Anthony's Restaurant

Anthony’s menu offers a variety of steaks, seafood and Italian specialities. Enjoy classic Old Forge pizza along with their popular thin crust. Dine in one of three elegant dining areas, including a full-service bar featuring speciality cocktails and a skillfully curated selection of wines. Hours are WednesdaySunday, 4 - 9 p.m. 202 S Main St, Old Forge, PA 570-451-0925.

Barley Creek Brewing Co & Distillery

Try our hospitality, it pairs well with our award-winning handcrafted brews, spirits and atmosphere. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner Hours: www.barleycreek.com 1774 Sullivan Trail, Tannersville 570-629-9399.

Barley Creek Tasting Room & Pub @ The Crossings

Grab a bite to eat and taste our PA craft brews, spirits, wines and cocktails. Check out our unique beer gear gift shop. Located at the Crossings Factory Outlets. 272-200-2922. Hours: www.barleycreektastingroom.com.

Mendicino’s Pizza and Family Restaurant

Pizza, pasta, hoagies and more! Daily lunch and dinner specials. Full menu, dine in,take out and curbside available. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Sundays. Located in the ShopRite Complex, Covington Twp. www.mendicinospizza.com 570-842-2070.

Sibio’s Restaurant

Our fettuccine Alfredo is a customer favorite! Lunch and dinner regular hours, full menu with specials. 1240 Quincy Ave., Dunmore. Sibiosrestaurant.com 570-346-3172.


Our Stirnaburger is full 1/4 lb. top choice ground beef with tomato, bacon and American or Swiss on a semi-hard roll. Wed.-Sat. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. 120 W. Market St. Scranton. On/off premise catering daily. 570-961-9681. Which restaurants should appear here? Call

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The Atmosphere: Enjoy dinner at a museum with local history, eclectic memorabilia and rare finds on display.

10 Things You’ll Love

about Cooper’s Seafood Restaurant



Family Style: Continually owned and operated by the Cooper family since 1948.


Oyster Happy Hour: $1.25 oysters Mon.-Thurs., 5-7 p.m. along with half-priced draft beer! Tues & Thurs. are $5.99 specialty martinis! Wed. are half-priced bottles of wine!


Nano Brewery: Try a freshly crafted beer produced from Cooper’s own small-scale brewery located on-site!

Catering: Eat at the restaurant or off-premises, anything from a clam bake to wedding fare.


Tiki Bar: Enjoy drinks on top of a lighthouse at the enchanting tiki bar!


Crab Bisque: World Famous crab bisque featured in Bon Appétit magazine and enjoyed by thousands throughout the past decades.


Outdoor Dining: Overlook the valley while enjoying a meal on the lively, Caribbean-themed outdoor deck!


The Office Gift Shop: Shop for one-of-a-kind Dunder Mifflin themed merchandise and other fun gifts!


Every Monday and Tuesday: King Crab Leg Dinner, French Fries and Cole Slaw with a Cup of Crab Bisque... $24.95

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701 N Washington Ave, Scranton, PA • coopers-seafood.com • 570-346-6883
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