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Welcome Home!

Delve into everything home and garden related at the Greater Pocono Home and Outdoor Living Show.


What’s in Store? Find a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles at area shops.


Wedding Belles See how NEPA couples celebrated their big day.


Bring an Appetite Discover an array of restaurants catering to every taste and every meal.


Hear them Roar! Meet some influential women in NEPA who are making a difference in all walks of life.


Road Trip! Celebrate Women’s History Month in Seneca Co, NY.


Hop to It! Fill your calendar with a basket-load of Easter festivities.


Top O the Morning! Wear your green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NEPA.


Marvelous March! What to do, where to go, everything you need to know.

Photo: James Ruane ©

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Women’s History Month Junior League Exhibit, Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton. 6-8 p.m.




Komen NEPA Posh Pre-Oscar Party, Posh, Scranton. 4-5:30 p.m. 947-5852.

Making Faces: Portraits by John Kascht , Everhart Museum Scranton. Through May 7. 346-7186.

11 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m.


The Menu featuring Wegmans, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 7 p.m. 344-1111.





Ronald McDonald House Gourmet Gala, Mohegan Sun Hotel & Convention Center, Wilkes-Barre. 5-8 p.m. 969-8998.

Living Easter Basket Workshop, Creekside Gardens, Tunkhannock. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. creeksidegardens.com





5th Annual Pittston City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Main & Kennedy Sts., Pittston.















The Midtown Men, State Theatre, Easton. 7:30 p.m. 800-999-STATE.



3rd Endless Mtns. Empowerment Summit for Women, Elk Lake H.S., Springville. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 500-2559.


Spring Arrives


Learn to Curl, Toyota SportsPlex, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. anthracitecurling.com

Canadian Masters Collection, Insalaco Art Gallery, Misericordia Univesity. Through March 31. 674-6400.

Arc N’oreasters vs Scranton Police Dept World Down Syndrome Day Basketball Game, Scranton H.S. 6:30 p.m.

Dress for Success Lackawanna 19th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton. 11:45 a.m. 941-0339.

Red Hot Chili Pipers, State Theatre, Easton. 7:30 p.m. 800-999-STATE.

Hurricane Agnes in the Wyoming Valley, Luzerne Co Historical Society, Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. 823-6244.

Broadway in Scranton: Kinky Boots, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. Through Sun. 342-7784.


Good Friday

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, downtown Scranton. 11:45 a.m.

Greater Pocono Home & Outdoor Show, Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Mt. Pocono. Through Sun. 10 a.m.6 p.m. 421-9009.


National Caffeine Awareness Month National Kidney Month National Nutrition Month Irish American Heritage Month National Peanut Month National Women’s History Month


Dear Readers, March in Northeast PA admittedly has never been a favorite month of mine due to its rather blah physical appearance: too early for pretty spring blossoms but yet, thankfully, enough winter is behind us so that better days are within reach. Since March seems a bit void of color on the natural landscape we seem to cling to whatever brightness comes our way... the cool kelly green for St. Patrick’s day... the bright yellow of the first daffodil or even the vibrant jellybeans that I try unsuccessfully to avoid every year. Color truly does affect our mood. I enjoy noticing expressions of color and design in our homes. We use color to make us feel a certain way. A few years ago we began adding distinctive color to each of our guest rooms… and I loved not only the colors but the names of some we chose: “mountain air,”“romance”“sea mist” and “pink sand.” To me there is nothing more comforting and relaxing than coming home to a beautifully designed, neat and organized home (the last two being a constant struggle.) Having a peaceful place in soothing colors seems to be a good foundation for many things we need to accomplish in life. Feeling comfortable in our physical space matters. With all this in mind, March is the absolute perfect month to visit the Greater Pocono Home and Outdoor Living Show Show at Kalahari Resort and Convention. There are always new ways of helping us achieve that living environment that attempts to make life and living just a bit more enjoyable. There are always new methods and products to keep us motivated with our daily, mundane tasks and new designs to assist us.

Also enjoy in this issue our first few articles (in honor of Happenings’ upcoming 50th anniversary) of couples married 50 years or more. We love sharing these stories with you and appreciate hearing from our readers about what you like to read most. Tell us what you like most about the month of March in Northeast PA. Fondly,


Paula Rochon Mackarey, Publisher



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The Place to Be... for Everything Homey!


nnovative and cutting edge take center stage at this year’s Greater Pocono Home and Outdoor Living Show. Over 160 vendors will share the latest in the fields of home building and remodeling to those who make the trek Kalahari Resort Convention Center in Mt. Pocono for the weekend long event– March 17 and 18. According to Chairperson Betty Gambucci, this the largest show of its kind in NEPA and the first major show of the season. She explains, “The show was expanded and additional booths added due to vendor demand. We have taken this annual event to the next level and consumers will be pleased with the number of new vendors and interesting exhibits.” 10

Attendees will have the opportunity to talk one-onone with experts in their field. Organizers encourage visitors to bring their ideas, plans and blueprints to get a jump start on their next building project. Get expert advice on building a custom home. Find out how to start an addition, kitchen or bath remodel or install a new HVAC system. Talk with finance professionals to assist you in funding your project. See the largest display of landscape exhibits and largest number of builders and remodelers of any home show in Northeastern PA.

clothing and jewelry, the Market Place, which doubled in size from last year, adds another dimension to the show.

The Market Place features artists and merchants presenting unique and interesting products for purchase. From wood sculpture to whimsical

Valor Clinic was chosen as the 2018 show charity. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to the show that will benefit local


Pocono Raceway is this year’s prize sponsor. Consumers can complete a raffle ticket and be eligible to win 300 Level Premium seats for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on June 3. There will be two lucky winners who receive four tickets each. The prize is valued at $600. A prerace Pit and Paddock pass are also included with the 300 level tickets

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veterans. For more information visit www.valorclinic.org The association’s own “Bob the Builder” will be on hand to meet the kids. Parents are encouraged to take photos of their children with Bob the Builder.

“The show was expanded and additional booths added due to vendor demand. We have taken this annual event to the next level...” The Greater Pocono Home and Outdoor Living Show is presented by the Pocono Builders Association. The association was chartered in 1970 and is dedicated to the collective creation of value for its members. The association is the unified voice of the Pocono Mountain’s building industry. The organization promotes economic development while respecting the environment and community. Visit www.poconobuilers.org. Show hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Admission is $5 and children under 18 are free. Visit www.PoconoBuildersHomeShow.com or call 570-421-9009. H

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Exhibitors Booth 131 76 and 77 126 95 and 96 73 60 and 61 Entrance Wood Rooms 218 Market Place H 26 and 27 82 81 10 and 11 105, 106, 107 and 108 24 91 and 92 Market Place D 130 Wood Rooms 203 99 16 68 and 69 66 123 12 Market Place G 48 97 and 98 87 Market Place F 128 47 1, 34, 35 and 36 9 70 88 37 58 and 59 31 55 and 56 12

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A+ Waterproofing & Foundation Repair, LLC A & B Sunrooms & Remodel ADT Security Aerus Affordable Comfort Contracting AIC American Red Cross of the Pocono Mountain AmeriGas Propane AromaTheraPutty Arrow Glass Appleby Systems, Inc. ARC Electric Construction, Co. Basement Waterproofing Specialists Bath Fitter, Kitchen Saver Best Auto Service & Tire Center Blue Mountain Woodworking Brennan & Son's Burke Construction, LLC C & B Lawn Care & Landscaping Carl Balliet Logging & Lumber, Inc Citizens Savings Bank Confederation Log & Timber Frame of PA Creative Closets Culligan Water Cutco Cutlrey Damsel in Defense Davis R. Chant Realtors Deluxe Plumbing & Heating DEMCA Demonstrations Dreamscape Lantern Company Duane Moyer Well Drilling Elmlock Kitchens & Millwork Erb's Landscaping ESSA Bank & Trust F/J Hess & Sons Plumbing & Heating First Keystone Community Bank Frank's ICFs & Building Systems Friedman Electric Supply GAK Construction Garvin Construction, LLC

89 and 90 62 and 63 Media Area Market Place 204 Wood Rooms 214 Media Area Wood Rooms 215 6 and 7 46 2 Wood Rooms 201 Media Area 42 Market Place J Market Place L 23 30 127 4 and 5 Media Area 122 52 and 53 Market Place C Wood Rooms 213 112 and 113 72 49 and 50 100, 101 and 124, 125 Market Place A 102 54 129 109, 110, 111 and 114, 115, 116 28 and 29 121 8 Woods Rooms 202 Wood Rooms 217 Wood Rooms 217


Business Name Gleco Paint, Inc. Hannabery HVAC Happenings Magazine Heatwave Stoves Hemlock Realty Group Home Improvement Guide Homespire Windows & Doors, LLC Hydro Therapeutics Water Conditioning I'm The Guy Integra-Clean & Dry, LLC Jack's Glass, Inc. Journal of the Pocono Plateau KR Communications Kevin Treat the Sawptician Larry's Jewelry & Gifts LeafFilter North of PA, LLC Lehigh Gap Seamless Gutter, LLC Leon Clapper Plumbing, Heating & Water Conditioning, Inc. Liberty Homes Custom Builders Local Flair Magazine Low-E Northeast Distribution Co. Lowe's Home Improvement LuLaRoe Mr. Decorative Concrete Mariotti Building Products Martin Homes Masters Concrete Products, Inc. Mathieson Landscapes, LLC Mechanical Concepts Metro Public Adjustment, Inc. Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing Monroe County Habitat for Humanity Mountain Landscaping Nauman Mechanical Northern Rain Irrigation OakRidge Construction Co. One Day Bath Open Air Cabinetry Open Air Cabinetry by DeSavino March 2018

Exhibitors Booth 78 38 51 103 and 104 71 15 117, 118 and 119 94 Media Area 25 Media Area 75 Media Area 67 120 84 32 and 33 40 85 and 86 64 43 and 44 74 13 79 and 80 65 93 83 41

Business Name Orkin Pest Control Paul Davis Emergency Services Pella Windows & Doors Perez Design, Build, Remodel, LLC. Perma Glaze & Bath Renew Picture Perfect Professional Painting Pine Creek Structures Pioneer Pole Buildings Pocono 96.7 and 97.3 Pocono Awning Co., LLC Pocono Pines Real Estate & Home Style Guide Pocono Raceway Pocono Record Porven (Porcelanosa) Prestige Painting Pro Fire Safety R.F. Ohl RGB Custom Home Builders Renewal by Andersen Rinker Generator Robert K. Ace Jr. Construction, LLC R.W. Buff, Inc. Sears Home Services Sleep Number Spread Eagle Development Corp Spring Hill Chimney Stewart Title Stroud TV & Appliances

Booth 17, 18 and 19 3 Wood Rooms 220 Media Area Media Area Wood Rooms 216 14 57 Entrance 20 and 21 45 Media Area Market Place I 22

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Business Name Suburban Propane Superior Walls by Advanced Concrete Techno Metal Post Northeast PA The Focus The Real Estate Book The Right Way Construction Co. Timbercrest Builders USA Insulation VALOR Clinic Organization Vector Security, Inc. Wayne Bank West End Happenings Young Living Essential Oils Yutz- Merkle Insurance Agency, Inc. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS R.F. OHL Erb's Landscaping Integra-Clean & Dry, LLC Superior Walls by Advanced Concrete Jack's Glass Techno Metal Post Northeast Pennsylvania Pocono Raceway Best Auto Service & Tire Center Duane Moyer Well Drilling ESSA Bank & Trust Homespire Windows & Doors, LLC Liberty Homes Custom Builders Vector Security


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Flipping the Poconos! He buys them, fixes them and sells them... all in house Bob Brown, president of RGB Custom Builders, in East Stroudsburg, said flipping houses is a lot less glamorous than what we see on HGTV. RGB Custom Home Builders has been constructing and flipping homes in NEPA since 1986. Brown vividly remembers the days when he built homes alone. "I couldn't afford to pay anyone and built probably 60 homes entirely by myself, then blew out both knees making a snow angel!” So he started working at a desk. These days, Brown still does desk duty, but like Chip on HGTV's “Fixer Upper,” he does 16

his share of house flipping. "Yesterday I was crawling through a crawlspace— not a clean crawlspace— a wet, damp and dingy one 'eating' insulation as I went. When I got out I was covered in insulation and dirt with wet knees." Brown's business is in its 32nd year and going strong with 14 full-time and three part-time employees. He said the characters on HGTV seem to have a lot of fun, "But to us, it's a business. Don't get me wrong," he said. "It has its moments that are fun; but it's business — you do what you have to do." Like Joanna Gaines and some of the other HGTV wives, Josie Brown, Bob's wife, makes a large contribution to the flipping process. "We recently looked at a house that I wantHappeningsPA.com

ed to pass on, due to its age and my wife made me buy it. I did, begrudgingly, and she was able to transform that 'dog of a house' to a really neat home that we sold in two days." Bob and Josie Brown live in East Stroudsburg and are the parents of four children. As a real estate broker, Brown said he checks out new listings every morning at 4:15 over a cup of coffee and looks at those he's interested in at 9 a.m. A potential buy, he said, is usually the one that looks like a mess, but has good bones and just needs a face lift. Brown has bought houses from $18,500 up to $215,000. "The trick is to find a house that is basically sound with no settling, water and other issues that just needs a few things fixed up. That makes a big difference in the way the continued on page 18

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“She was able to transform that 'dog of a house' to a really neat home that we sold in two days." home shows. The dirtier the home when I am viewing it, the better, because others will be turned away by the maggots in the refrigerator, and I just think of it as another bill in getting rid of the fridge.”

through, but inevitably we have run into hidden items that cost us a lot of money. Probably the worst thing was replacing a heating/AC double system for $14,000. Brown says he can’t choose between new construction and flipping. “I LOVE building challenging and different homes. I guess they both have their ups and downs. New construction is certainly a lot cleaner, everything is brand new and most times the flip is a disgusting mess before we start to clean them out.” But he enjoys the human

Beside price, what is important in choosing a house to flip? Neighborhood "Very important, I try and stay away from areas with bad roads and rundown houses with cars in the driveway on cinder blocks." Schools "Generally, very important, but depending on the price point of the house sometimes not as important. Brown predominately find houses to flip in towns in the Poconos. And like HGTV's “Flip or Flop,” he occasionally finds problems after he's closed on a structure. "I try and eliminate the problems by doing a thorough walk18

interest that goes with flipping. "Every house has a story, he said. "We are typically taking a home that has been neglected and often the eyesore on the block with its over-grown landscaping and we are transforming it to one that is neat and clean and a home that a new owner is proud to move in to." HappeningsPA.com

We are currently doing a home in Great Bear that was so overgrown and ugly from the street. We pulled four dumpsters of garbage out and when we are done this home will be worth more than $400,000. Every home has its human element, whether it sells for $70,000 or $500,000, because it is their owner's pride and joy." He advises potential real estate buyers not to get involved in flipping houses unless they know what they are doing. "An ad, running on the radio recently, says you can be taught to flip homes in three easy steps. That is really a joke. It is much more complicated to do it right and make money doing it. The market had been good, but inventory has dried up as more people are flipping houses, and it is becoming much tougher to buy a house at a price point that makes sense so you can fix the home up the way it should be and make money doing it." Visit www.rgbhomes.com


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herwin-Williams is a well-known name in the paint industry, but the company goes well beyond paint samples and brushes. SherwinWilliams offers its customers paints, sundries and wallpapers in addition to color and design services.

their own space. The app provides further design ideas as well. For those who are constantly rethinking their space, Sherwin-Williams offers a program called PaintPerks. Each month, the company emails color and design ideas to those enrolled in the program.

Anita Tempesco of SherwinWilliams recognizes a rise in the popularity of gray. People are getting away from the tried and true off-white shades in favor of grays and adaptations of gray—such as grayblues and gray“Paint is probably one of the greens. least expensive things you Tempesco notes, can do to update a room.” “Color is definitely coming back." Accent colors seem to be popSherwin-Williams also introular, with people choosing to duced an app to help cusaccent a single wall or choostomers with their color selecing to divide the wall with a tions. The free app, ColorSnap, chair rail and paint half an provides the user with access accent color. Wallpaper is popto the company’s entire color ular as an accent as well, and palette. Users can snap a large wallpaper patterns are photo of the room they are becoming increasingly comlooking to paint, and “virtually” mon. When it comes to maktest out paint color ideas in ing an easy change to add value to your home, Tempesco points out, “Paint is probably one of the least expensive things you can do to update a room.” She mentions that while it may take

time, it’s a quick fix that makes a big impact. Not only can a room be painted, but it’s become

Customers looking for painting advice can receive an instore color consultation, or have a color consultant visit their home to help choose the perfect hue. More recently,


increasingly common to paint furniture to update a space. Creating an accent piece with vibrant color is a popular design approach. As products, trends, and regulations change, SherwinWilliams works hard to stay ahead in the industry. The company takes pride in training its employees well in color, products and service to best serve their customers. The company tries its best to provide fairly flexible store hours at its locations, and really emphasizes working as a team. When necessary, the stores work together to help deliver what the customer wants. H –Melissa Durante March 2018

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Bright Energy Ideas from Buselli Solutions “People want to put their money towards something they can actually get a better return on.”

William Buselli founded Buselli Solutions in 1984. As a mechanical contractor specializing in plumbing, heating and electric, he saw energy demands changing. With this in mind, Buselli moved his business to pursue more renewable sources to meet the changing needs of his customers. Since 1984, the business has continued to grow, largely due to rising energy costs. As Blair Buselli, William’s daughter, points out, “People want to put their money towards something they can actually get a better return on.” Now, alternative energy sources are gaining so much popularity that homes are being designed to use solar energy from the start, leaving the homeowner with little to no operating costs. For those looking for more affordable, alternative energy options, Buselli Solutions offers solar electric, solar hot water, solar pool heating, ductless heating and cooling, whole house wood pellet boilers and windmills. There are a few things to consider when choosing the best energy solution. 22

Determine whether you plan to install the solar panels on your home or in your yard. Not all locations are the best for solar energy. In addition, the age of the roof is something to think about. Some initiatives can help homeowners save 30 percent on the cost of a new roof if they install it prior to solar installation. Ductless heating and cooling units are another alternative energy option. According to Blair, that system is, “the most efficient way to heat and cool your home today.” In general, there is a large upfront cost associated with installing alternative energy systems; however, the stress of the cost can often be alleviated through financing the system. Blair notes, “We find that our customers usually have their system pay for itself in about eight years.” So in the long run, customers can nearly eliminate their energy needs, saving themselves money. The systems can usually be installed in three days at most, and the solar systems require very little maintenance compared to other energy options. The systems boast no moving parts installed on a roof to worry about, and each system Buselli installs comes standard with an Internet monitoring system. This allows homeowners to track the production of each solar panel from anywhere, giving the homeowner peace of mind.www.busellisolutions.com. H –Melissa Durante


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ounded in 2003 by Ryan Dench and Chris Zaleski, Denzal Construction specializes in custom-built homes of all types and sizes. Zaleski and Dench guide buyers through the process of bringing their dream home to life.

Beginning with the initial home design, Denzal Construction works with buyers to finance their project, locate and purchase the property and build the home from the ground up. When a buyer approaches Denzal Construction, they meet directly with Zaleski and Dench to discuss the vision.“There’s no salesmen in our company. There are two owners, my partner and myself, so when you meet with us you are meeting directly with the builder,” shared Zaleski.

“We are with your home from start to finish. We design them, we build them and we service them.” With so much information available to buyers, Denzal acts as both builders and consultants throughout the entire process. “Things have changed since we first started. People are super 24

well-informed and educated in building due to HGTV, Pinterest, home advisors and other avenues for information,” shared Zaleski. Information that was normally provided solely by the builder is now readily available online, positioning buyers and homeowners to be more aware and more involved in the building process than ever before. Denzal Construction also offers pre-built homes in a variety of styles, as well as customizable home plans.“We carry a line of plans that we mulled over for many years to perfect them. We use these as a place to start for people who don’t know what they’re looking for, or we can customize everything right from the beginning,” explained Zaleski. As the exclusive builder for Laurel Ridge at Moosic Mountain and a preferred builder for another development in Duryea, Denzal Construction can also offer buyers a full-home package in a private, natural setting conveniently located within miles of Scranton, Wilkes Barre and the Poconos. Laurel Ridge offers custom built homes on large wooded lots. Just as with other custom-built homes, all homes HappeningsPA.com

within both developments are built from the ground up with the buyer’s vision in mind. Zaleski advises potential buyers to do their homework and interview a few builders.“Pick the builder that not only has a good track record but one you feel you can work well with during the preliminary stages,” he explains.“When you’re building a house, you’re into that relationship at a minimum of sixeight months. There should be longevity with a custom-built home so it’s really good to build a relationship with your builder initially and then for the longhaul.” Visit www.denzalconstruction.com or call (570)876-HOME. H –Ashley Price March 2018

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Bennington & Son

ennington and Son has over 75 years experience restoring some of the most sacred places in Northeast PA and beyond. The business provides exterior and interior restoration to churches and commercial buildings throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Maryland. Exterior services include steeple work, masonry preservation, and waterproofing. Stencil work, gold leafing and stained-glass work are a few of the company’s interior services. Painting is offered for both exteriors and interiors.

Barry Bennington, Jr., a third-generation business owner, continues the trade, which his grandfather, Gene Bennington started decades ago. When Gene moved to Scranton from the Lehigh Valley during the 1940s, he worked for the Painters Union. A co-worker told him about a paint job at a church in Simpson, PA. There, he met an iconographer, who was painting the church's interior. Gene and the iconographer started to 26

work together and built a good rapport. They painted the interior of a few area Orthodox and Byzantine churches, including St. John's Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Mayfield. They heard about similar jobs in Bridgeport, CT and Springfield, MA and the business grew from there.

In 1972, Gene retired, and his son Barry Bennington, Sr. took over the family business. Barry, Sr. was talented in art and had the ability to paint murals from scratch. He took art classes to hone his skill. "When you do murals or iconography, it's something that you're born with," said Barry Bennington, Jr. "You can hone your skills but you're born with that gift. He was born with that gift." At age 12, Barry Bennington, Jr. started to join his father on restoration projects. Their first job together was restoring Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, located in Brooklyn, NY. Barry Jr. knew he wasn't as artistic as his father. So, he dove into other aspects of HappeningsPA.com

restoration. He worked and learned skills with contractors in sheet metal, plastering and carpentry. When Barry, Jr. was 21, his father gave him a limited partnership in the business. Their first project as business partners was the interior restoration of Reading City Hall in Reading, PA. They restored the interior woodwork and chamber windows. They also regilded the icon screen of St. John's Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The pair was also subcontracted to paint Shopland Hall on the fourth floor of the Scranton Cultural Center. "Before you knew it, the phones calls stopped coming from churches," said Barry, Jr. "They just didn't have the money or they were closing down. I had to reinvent the wheel of my business." The company performed waterproofing at Carbondale Area Junior-Senior High School and at low-income houses at Allied Services in Clarks Summit. They March 2018

also re-caulked granite panels of the Pennsylvania Visitors Center at Delaware Water Gap. When his father passed away in 1990, Barry Jr., who was 24 at the time, decided to keep the business going. Barry, Jr. continues to provide exterior and interior church and commercial building restoration. He works with carpenters, building mechanics, painters and stained-glass window artists. While keeping the church's oldworld appearance, he is using modern techniques to make the restorations last longer. He uses thermal-efficient and energy-efficient glass for stained-glass windows in churches that are over 100-years-old. For church steeples, he incorporates PVC (polyvinyl chloride) decorative moldings to decrease the need of painting so often. "In this day and age, you have to diversify yourself," said Barry, Jr. "And you have to look towards the future. You have to basically think outside the box. You have to always look for different business opportunities.”

Barry, Jr. also prides himself on his honesty with customers about pricing and what the job entails. Bennington and Son's most recent project is the Scranton Public Library. They restored the door’s oak woodwork, casement window returns and the wainscots of the second floor computer room. The company also repaired the coffered ceiling in the library's lobby. This spring, Bennington and Son will perform a window-frame restoration project at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre. H –Ben Freda

“In this day and age, you have to diversify… And you have to look towards the future.”

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, Empower N ortheast PA Women’s Leadership Conference, Empower, will be held April 19, 2018, beginning at 7 a.m. at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Empower is a daylong conference featuring multiple tracks and sessions for all ages and career levels – from emerging professionals to c-suite executives. This year’s topics include: leadership, social media, confidence, self-esteem, branding and financial planning. The keynote speakers are Katie Goodman and AmyK Hutchens. Other speakers include: Jane Amato, Ellen Kyzer, Elizabeth Graham, Kelley E. Kaufman, Ida Castro, Dr. Lauren Hazzouri, Sara Thaxton and Senator Lisa Baker.

A former executive of a billion-dollar global consumer products company and recipient of the Vistage UK, International Speaker of the Year award, AmyK Hutchens is a dynamic, energetic catalyst for producing sustainable solutions to a leader’s most pressing challenges. She travels the world helping senior executives lead, innovate and collaborate more effectively. She is a featured contributor for Entrepreneur magazine, and her latest book, The Secrets Leaders Keep, is an Amazon bestseller. Katie Goodman is an award-winning comedian, author, speaker, 28

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Drab to Fab! Decorating Trends from Kurlancheek Home Furnishings


hanging up your home doesn’t have to be difficult or costly. Staying up-to-date is easier than ever by adding just a few additions to your space. Interior Designer Ashley Ash from Kurlancheek Home Furnishings in Wilkes-Barre shares some simple updates to take any home from drab to fab!

Geometrics Geometrics are in the spotlight again with bold patterns that harken back to the Art Deco period as well as tribal and Moroccan inspiration. Look for ways to incorporate the style into your space through accessories like pillows and bedding or go big with an accent chest, rug or a piece of art. The key is to keep it simple in both color and shape. Geometrics go beyond pattern—you can find accessories and furniture that take on a geometric form, like an octagonal shaped lamp, a semicircle layout for a sectional or a triangular nesting table. The look energizes the space and establishes a strong visual base for the addition of more organic textures. continued on page 34

Rustic The rustic and distressed look remains strong, making its way into every style. Whether it is rustic-modern, rusticvintage or rustic-traditional, the look of raw, open-finished woods are incorporated with sleeker surfaces like mirror, chrome, lucite and marble. Try including a rustic style coffee table in a traditional living room. Use a live-edge dining table with sleek modern chairs or pair a gray, wire-brushed nightstand with rich silky bedding. The key is to create a contrast to the raw finishes, allowing the look to really pop. 32 32


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Fur Think sheepskin and hair-on-hide everything! Expect to see sheepskin on virtually every upholstered surface—bench seats and stools, entire sofas and chairs, on rugs and pillows. The look can vary from glamorous to Scandinavian modern to warm and rustic. Hairon-hide rugs and upholstered accents add subtle texture to a room and can help soften the look of wood and metal.

Metal Metal has been promoted to a more predominate finish in the home. What was once a mere detail on a drawer pull or an accent inlay has been upgraded to intricately woven door panels and sculptural German silver enrobed chests. Fear no more the dilemma of “clashing” metallic. By blending metal finishes you not only free yourself from this once fashion faux pas, but you add depth and richness to your room’s palate. Begin in a small way by adding sculptural metal tables, or go for a sofa with metal feet or bring it home with an heirloom quality silver or brass chest.

Be Blue The cool tones of blue are in vogue and have proven to be as versatile as the go-to neutrals of black, white, brown and gray. Blue is an excellent choice to balance out the warmth of wood and is a complement to all metal finishes. These mixtures feel so natural because they remind us of the earthy combinations of land and sky or the shimmer of the sea. Because blue plays well with all colors, wood tones and metals, we have been letting it take a more dominate role in the room and committing to larger pieces like sofas or dining chairs. You can easily add this color balance to a room by simply injecting it through pillows or wall color. H –Kaitlyn Meholic 34

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cutest of them all? “Bella”

Sara Zabrowski describes this feline as affectionate with a spunky personality. She enjoys eating, rolling in the grass and cuddling with her parents at home in Waymart.

“Daisy Mae & Tucker”

These two love playing in the yard, running after each other, playing with there toys and swimming! They live with April Davey in Throop.

“Millie” “Hagrid Feeny & Sasha”

Best friends with completely different personalities. They love to play and will do anything for a treat, but enjoy most of their time on the couch together. They make their home with Mary Rosencrance in Clarks Summit.

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Sarah McCullon says her girl loves to play with all of her dog friends at the park , swim, snuggle, play fetch. She also loves fishing , chasing squirrels and playing with her Husky brother! They live in Virginia Beach, VA.


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“Sebastian” He actually answers when you talk to him! He is an inside cat, but likes to sneak out every chance he gets. The neighbors in Wilkes-Barre call him "The Ambassador of the Neighborhood." He is getting old, but still likes to be held and loved. He belongs to Betty Walter.

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Wayne Bank: Advice For Home Buyers


igher credit score standards, a closer review of applications and lengthy lists of required documentation can make obtaining a mortgage very intimidating and confusing. Wayne Bank’s Doug Atherton, Effort Community Office Manager, NMLS # 716046, recommends preparation as the key to financing a home in today’s market. “Your home will likely be your most valuable asset and single biggest purchase. So do your research, learn the steps and look closely at your budget so that you are fully prepared to apply for a mortgage and purchase a home.”


Review Your Finances. Calculate all existing monthly expenses in addition to your potential mortgage payment, homeowner’s insurance and taxes. Factor in all monthly costs, including car payments, credit card debt and living expenses. Experts recommend keeping your mortgage payments and all other obligations below 40 percent of your monthly income, so make sure you stay within your budget when looking at homes.


Plan For Extra Expenses. A major difference between renting and owning are the extra 38

expenses that come with home ownership. You also have to consider property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, utilities and possibly homeowner-association fees. Every homeowner should also be financially prepared for repairs, maintenance and potential property tax increases.


Check Your Credit Score. Most lenders rely on your credit score when reviewing your loan application. A low score may earn you a higher interest rate or even keep you from being approved for the loan altogether. There are, however, a number of steps that can raise your credit score. By checking your score ahead of time, you can make sure that it’s where it needs to be before you apply for a mortgage.


Organize Your Documentation. Obtaining a mortgage loan requires documents including a history of pay stubs, tax returns, bank statements, fixed monthly payments and other financial statements.


Don’t Move Your Money. When applying for a mortgage, your lender will take a close look at your recent credit history. Big changes to your financial portfolio, like new credit cards, an

increase in debt, or the purchase of expensive items may signal that you’re a risky applicant and could stop an approval. Try not to make any large purchases or move your money around for three to six months prior.


Get Pre-Qualified. Your lender will look at your overall financial picture, including your income, debt and assets and give you an idea of how much they can lend you to purchase a home. Taking this step before you start looking at houses is important. With prequalification, you won’t waste time or end up disappointed by looking at properties that are out of your budget. As a local community bank, Wayne Bank can do things that the big banks can’t, like local underwriting and in-house loan decisions. That means you’ll experience quick responses, fast closings and minimal closing cost fees. Loans are subject to Wayne Bank’s credit policy and certain restrictions may apply. To speak to a mortgage lender, call 1-800-598-5002, visit waynebank.com, or stop by your local Community Office. Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The Bank has 26 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Lackawanna Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York State. The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.


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ecently Fidelity Bank President & CEO, Daniel J. Santaniello presented Logan Hansman with the award for “2018 Fidelity Banker of the Year.” Hansman was chosen by her peers because she exemplifies the bank’s core values: relationships, integrity, commitment, passion, innovation and success. Hansman has been with Fidelity Bank President & CEO, Daniel J. Santaniello ( 2nd from left) presents the 2018 Fidelity Bank Honors from Left to Right: Bryan Loftus “2018 Excellence in Customer Service” Award, Logan Fidelity Bank since 2011 Hansman” 2018 Fidelity Banker of the Year” and Judy Knowles Comerford “2018 Outstanding Customer Service Partner”. and serves as the Retail Services Officer. She is retiatives by delivering quality Bryan Loftus, Fidelity Bank sponsible for providing supeducation to Fidelity Bankers Customer Care Center port and guidance to Fidelity to create an exemplary client Manager received the “2018 Bank’s retail branch staff and experience. Excellence in Customer support partners by overseeService” Award. Loftus Comerford has been an active ing policy, procedure and began his career with Fidelity volunteer for the United Way, bank operational systems. Bank as a summer intern and NeighborWorks NEPA, Junior joined Fidelity Bank’s cusShe is a graduate of Achievement and many other tomer Care Center in 2015 as Bloomsburg University where community organizations. a Customer Service she earned a bachelor’s She was distinguished for her Representative. He was prodegree in Finance. She also dedication and service with moted to Customer Care holds a certification in lean Fidelity Bank’s “Community Center Manager in 2017. knowledge and has completVolunteer Award” in 2015. Loftus graduated Summa ed the ABA Principles of Comerford holds a bachelor’s Cum Laude with a bachelor’s Banking course. Hansman is degree from Marywood in Economics from Temple currently a member of the University and currently University’s Fox School of 2017-2018 Leadership resides in Clarks Summit Business. He currently resides Lackawanna Core class. An with her children. in Scranton. avid runner, Hansman enjoys Fidelity Bank has built a strong history as trusted advisors to the customers served, and is races that benefit local chariJudy Knowles Comerford proud to be an active member of the communities, such as Jog for Jude 5K, was honored with the “2018 ty of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With ten offices located throughout Lackawanna and Steamtown Marathon, Outstanding Customer Luzerne Counties, along with a full-service Scranton Half Marathon, Service Partner Award. She Customer Care Center that also serves as a virtual branch, Fidelity Bank offers full-service Susan G Komen Race for the joined the bank in 2012 as Trust & Investment Departments, a mortgage Cure and the Children’s center, and an array of personal and business the Customer Experience banking products and services. The Bank Advocacy Center Moonlight Manager at Fidelity Bank and provides 24 hour, 7 day a week service to customers through branch offices, online at Run. She currently resides in has been responsible for the www.bankatfidelity.com, and through the Drums, PA. oversight of bank training ini- Customer Care Center at 1-800-388-4380. H 40


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Bridal Guide SPRING 2018

Joseph & Lauren Nardella Photo: Danielle Coons Photography


s a new room advisor at the University of Scranton, A Lauren Majeski wasn’t looking for

love when Joseph Nardella moved into her building. But after a chance encounter, the two knew they were meant to be together.

In August 2008, Lauren was decorating her floor in Redington Hall when Joe introduced himself. He explained he had spent 45 minutes searching for his room, asked if he could help her decorate and cracked a couple of jokes. The two became fast friends and officially began dating that December. Joe surprised Lauren seven years later with a romantic proposal in front of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center in New York. The couple married on June 10, 2017, in the Madonna Strada Chapel at the University of Scranton. The location was an obvious choice, since the pair met at the University and the college is very special to them. Family and friends filled the wedding party, including Lauren’s three sisters—Stephanie, Katie and Dana—as maids of honor,

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Joseph Nardella

Joe’s childhood friend Scott Benzeleski as best man and Joe’s cousin as their flower girl. Lauren walked down the aisle toting a bouquet dotted with Peonies, and her sister serenaded guests with a song. Following the ceremony, guests traveled to Skytop Lodge for the reception. South continued on page 44 42


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Porch at Skytop served as the perfect venue for food, drinks, music and company during cocktail hour. During the reception, guests enjoyed delicious food and music, along with the breathtaking views of the Skytop Lodge. Guests also enjoyed beautiful greenery and flower décor adorning the hall, courtesy of Lauren’s work with Head Designer Lori Carriere at Skytop Flower Shop. Lauren and Joe shared a special first dance to “Fire and The Flood” by Vance Joy, and spent a wonderful evening making memories with family and friends. The couple journeyed to Iceland for their honeymoon, traveling the ring road and spending time in Reykjavik. Lauren, who holds a Master of Health Administration, works as the administrator for the Department of Pediatrics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Joe, who holds a Master of Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy, is currently the Instructional Technologist and a member of the Science Department at Georgetown Preparatory School. The couple lives in Bethesda, MD. H –Megan Kane


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James Paul and Theresa Madonna Minicozzi


heresa and James met as seniors at West Scranton High School. Everything clicked during their first date. They shared the same interests, the same goals, the same strong Catholic faith and knew they were meant to be together. The high school sweethearts graduated in the class of 1967. The following Christmas Eve, they gathered together at Theresa’s parents’ house, where James gave her a beautiful jewelry box and proposed in front of the entire family. Family and friends gathered at St. John’s the Baptist Church in Scranton to celebrate the couple’s union on June 1, 1968. The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Dietrick Restaurant. Theresa and James took an eight-day honeymoon in the Poconos, staying at Paradise Stream, High Point Inn and Mount Airy Lodge. The magical, memorable trip remains their favorite vacation together.

couple’s three children—Theresa Mary, Leslie Ann and James Rocco—and became active in the PTA and PTSA. She eventually began working for St. Ann’s Basilica, helping to televise the Masses, and eventually took the position of cafeteria supervisor in Scranton School District. Over the years, the close-knit family enjoyed traveling to see their favorite teams—the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Phillies. James and Theresa still cheer them on when they’re on TV. The couple’s faith is an integral

James and Theresa settled in West Scranton. At first, James worked at as a Journeyman at Eureka Printing, then began to do bookmaking at Haddon Craftsman. Later, he worked as a custodian for the Scranton School District, retiring after 31 years. Theresa raised the


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part of their lives, and they attend daily Masses and novenas. Each night they enjoy relaxing and playing card games, and occasionally visit Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Faith, love and family support helped James and Theresa through the loss of their beloved son, Captain James. R. Minicozzi (36) on March 13, 2012. To commemorate his passing, they

began a memorial 5K with proceeds going toward the Boys and Girls Club. Though they still mourn their son, the couple works to, “Keep the Faith!” and lean on their loved ones and God.

“We are just as much in love today “as we were 50 years ago!” Today, James and Theresa cherish the time with their family, which has grown to include five grandchildren. They live by the words to, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” by Mel Carter, especially the phrase, “Never, never, never let me go.” They plan to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a Mass of thanksgiving at St. Lucy’s Church, followed by a family dinner at Alfredo’s Café and a getaway at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Why has their marriage endured all these years? James and Theresa say, “We are just as much in love today as we were 50 years ago!” H 48

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


Maggie McGregor

ou see a smash hit outfit on the red carpet and dream of wearing one just like it to your next red carpet event. But then, you remember… you are not attending any red carpet events! So how can we apply celebrity style standards to occasions of our own lives? I am here to take some of my favorite red carpet looks from 2018 and explain how to transition them into NEPA-appropriate outfits befit for the wedding season.

Hailee Steinfeld, The Grammy Awards I loved this look! Chatter from critics and friends after the Grammys let me know I am not alone. The most exciting part of the outfit is Hailee’s metallic purple boots. Are thigh-high boots

I wouldn’t be a very good stylist if I recommended wearing a white dress during wedding season. I can’t give you an applicable white dress like Hailee’s but I can give a silver one. Extraterrestrial and a little futuristic just like those coveted boots and the hue ultraviolet, silver goes really well with purple. Try a metallic silver fabric with a lavender accessory. A louder look would be a more muted silver fabric with a shinier and brighter purple accessory. Ralph Lauren Metallic Surplice Dress, $135.99 “Ultraviolet” is Pantone's (a color company) color of the year, so we will surely be seeing a lot of this color in fashion. A pastel take on ultraviolet brings us to the color lavender. A lavender clutch or cross body add all of the pizzazz of Hailee’s boots, just a little more subtly. Target A New Day, $15.00

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Stylishly, Maggie H –Maggie McGregor


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Rachel Pilch


Jeffery Rossi

ee split-second decision led Rachel Pilch and Jeffery Rossi A to become friends, partners and eventually husband and wife.

Rachel and Jeffrey met in 2003 while performing in the Chorale at a Scranton Prep Open House. During a break, Rachel debated whether to talk to the blond or brunette boy in the group. Eventually she approached blond Jeffery Rossi, and the two became best friends. While they took different paths after high school—Rachel went to Florida, while Jeff remained in the Northeast— they dated long-distance for several years and shared a mutual love for all things Disney. Jeffery proposed during a Disney Wild Africa Trek on February 16, 2016. Rachel joyously accepted the limited-edition Disney band, featuring a solitaire sapphire surrounded by diamonds in the shape of Mickey heads, and they began planning their happily ever after. On June 4, 2017, Rachel held a bridal shower at the Scranton Cultural Center. The beautiful stained-glass windows, elegant tableware and food by Constantino’s Wedding provided the perfect touches for the “fairytale” celebration. For dessert, Dunmore Candy Kitchen created white chocolate pops, decorated with silver and blue, in the shape of Cinderella’s castle. Family and friends gathered at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion in Orlando three months later to celebrate the happy couple’s union. The ceremony on September 9, 2017 was filled with magical charm, including special tributes to the couple’s favorite game, Disney’s Kingdom Hearts. Rachel arrived at the wedding pavil-


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ion in Cinderella’s coach, complete with six white ponies and footmen. Flower girls adorned in red, green and blue—symbolic of the fairies in “Sleeping Beauty”—paraded down the aisle, followed by four groomsmen who, though they had never met, all played a significant role in Jeff’s life. Before she walked down the aisle in her “Cinderella” gown by Alfred Angelo, Rachel also accepted a “glass slipper” from cousin John Roman Vachino. The reception in the Grand Floridian Ballrooms featured several touching tributes. The bride and groom sang the duet, “I See the Light” from “Tangled,” and Rachel and her father danced to “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes.” The couple’s family honored a Polish tradition by performing the removal of the veil by the mother of the bride, the placement of babushka and the traditional Polish wedding dance. A memorial table also marked the memory of family members who celebrated in spirit. Guests admired the five-tiered wedding cake, styled in tribute to Disney’s Kingdom Hearts. Featuring layers of creamy orange cake with several delicious fruit fillings, the cake portrayed different scenes of the classic game on each tier. Following the reception, guests enjoyed the Halloween fireworks display from the Magic Kingdom. 54

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Sarah Johnson

&Keith Evans arah Johnson and Keith Evans became fast friends while working together in S campus ministry. They began dating, and after six months Keith proposed to Sarah at her parents’ Crystal Lake property on a beautiful October day.

On June 17, 2017, family and friends gathered at Amasa Hill Farm in Jermyn, PA to celebrate the couple’s union. The farm, owned by Sarah’s family for six generations, was decorated with a combination of rustic charm and early1900s tea party. Wedding preparations were a family affair. Uncles and cousins baled the hay for use as seating, and Sarah’s father built the arch. Her father also drove the bridal party to the ceremony on an Allis Chalmers tractor and a hay wagon built by her grandfather, Leslie Johnson. Sarah walked down the aisle in a dress owned by her great-great grandmother that dated back to 1912. Sarah made a historically accurate veil to complement her dress and the wedding ring first owned by Keith’s great-great-grandmother in 1918. Sarah also wore a pearl ring in tribute to her grandmother, Marianne Johnson, who passed away before she was born. Keith’s father played guitar and sang throughout the ceremony. Though the forecast called for rain all day, the sun came out five minutes before the ceremony.



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Between the ceremony and the reception, guests were treated to a surprise airshow performed by a local pilot! During the reception, everyone enjoyed homecooked barbecue chicken, cake and cupcakes. Sarah and Keith took to the dance floor built by several relatives to dance the night away. In keeping with their early 1900s theme, Sarah and Keith stayed at Fern Hall Inn, a 1930s mansion on Crystal Lake. They traveled to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks for their honeymoon. Sarah graduated from Gettysburg College, and currently works as a campus minister for DiscipleMakers at Lebanon

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Jean and Richard (Dick) Walsh


he couple met at (Scranton) Central High School in 1949. Jean and her friend decided to be daring and ask boys they didn’t know to an upcoming FAF sorority dance. Jean asked Dick by slipping him a note Civics class. He accepted, and they danced the night away at the Century Club on October 12. After a first dance to “Lucky Old Sun,” followed by a late-night snack at Thomas’s in Moosic, the couple knew they were falling in love.

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Dick took Jean to the drive-in one week later and asked her to “go steady.” They earned the title of “Class Couple” in high school but parted for college when Dick went to Penn State and Jean went to Marywood. Their relationship stayed strong despite the distance. For the first two years, Dick hitchhiked home every two weeks to see her, and they enjoyed trips to the local lake, rides in the country and dances on the slanted floor at Nick Donato’s. While they dated other people the last two years of college, they always knew they were meant to be together. After a romantic proposal at the Montdale Country Club, Dick and Jean married in the Cathedral in Baltimore among family and friends, then traveled to New York City for their honeymoon. Dick took a job with Bell Telephone, and while Jean planned to teach, the birth of their first child changed her plans. Instead, Jean embraced the role of a homemaker as their family continued to grow—they have 12 children, each one two years apart! Now their children—Kathy, Michael, Barry, Scott, Timothy, Michelle, Brian, David, Christopher, Lisa, Shelia and William—range from 45 to 65 years old, and they are blessed with 39 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Eventually, Dick left his job at Bell Telephone and worked for IBM. He founded his own company, Walsh Associates, in 1965, and it is now known as TMG Health.


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Dick and Jean enjoyed great happiness through the years. Yet, the marriage has not been without challenges. The couple’s first child was born prematurely and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Another child struggled with health challenges for 40 years, and life became even more hectic when Dick started his own business with seven children at home. They say, however, that the obstacles made them stronger, and there was never a moment when they did not want to stay together. Their favorite songs include, “Story of My Life” and “Through the Years.” Skiing became a muchloved family hobby, and birthdays and anniversaries are always occasions for celebration. Most recently, the couple celebrated 62 years at Bedford Springs Resort and attended the Pitt vs. Penn State game. Instead of Christmas gifts, they carry on a family trip tradition that has expanded to include 75 relatives and taken them all over the country. Their advice for a wonderful marriage? “Take time to get away together for 24 hours—it’s better than a fancy vacation!” They credit their faith for keeping their marriage strong, and also say that constant date nights and forgiveness create a happy union. In the future, they


hope to make more wonderful memories with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For the last 16 years, they resided on Hutchinson Island, Florida during winter, but Scranton will always remain their home. H–Megan Kane

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D Agolino’s RestaurantFamily owned and operated since 1955. Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine in a classic, yet comfortable setting. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, we treat (and feed) you like family, seven days a week. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7 a.m.- 8 p.m., Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7 a.m.9 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. 22 Luzerne Ave, West Pittston. www.agolinosnepa.com 570-602-0663 Amendola Deli-cious SalumeriaGelateria-Café- Visit Calabria, no passport needed. Authentic Italian Deli-Cafe-Gelateria. Specialty sandwiches, panini, hoagies, salads, soups, organic ingredients. Homemade cannoli. Worldrenowned Bindi desserts & gelato. Real espresso & cappuccino. Plenty of parking, seating. Catering available. Tues-Fri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 999 Providence Road, Scranton (across from Weston Field) 570-347-6007 www.amendoladelicious.com Andy Gavin’s Eatery & PubNow offering an expanded menu with weekly specials. Open for lunch Sunday through Sunday starting at noon. 21 beers now on tap with a large microbrew bottle selection. Stop in and catch your favorite NFL game in high definition all season long. 1392 N. Washington Ave. Scranton. 570-346-8864 www.andygavins.com Coney Island LunchA Scranton tradition since 1923. Taste the Texas Wieners and Texas Hamburgers that made us famous. Serving homemade 64



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served daily from 11am.Sunday Brunch 9am-2-pm. Great steaks, fresh seafood, salads, burger and lots more! 1492 Route 739, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18320 French Manor- See ad page 65 La Tonalteca- See ad page 65 The New CaféDominic Saadi brings his Mediterranean style menu to Greystone Gardens, Clarks Summit. He plays off this worldclass cuisine to create a unique menu - fusing Eastern Mediterranean classics with eclectic, contemporary offerings, combining comfort and creativity, and featuring many vegetarian and vegan friendly options. 829 Old State Rd. 570-319-9111. www.thenewcafe.com Savory Maza Lebanese Cuisine- Enjoy and indulge in a variety of fresh homemade vegetarian and meat meals plus daily specials such as Koussa, Hashweh, Ahi Tuna kabobs, kibbee nayeh and more. Dine in or take out. 570-969-2666. www.savorymaza.com Settlers Inn- See ad page 7 Stone Bridge Inn & RestaurantQuaint European village nestled on a hilltop, surrounded by rolling countryside – discover Northeast PA’s best-kept secret! Excellent cuisine in a casual atmosphere, multi-level tavern & patio with entertainment. Weddings, private parties, reunions. Serving dinner Thurs.-Sun. I-81, Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9500. www.stone-bridge-inn.com March 2018

Stirna’s Restaurant & BarA Scranton tradition since 1908. Casual fine dining, friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 4 p.m. On and off premise catering seven days a week. Exclusive caterer for La Buona Vita, Dunmore. 120 West Market Street, Scranton. 570-961-9681. Www.stirnas.com Terra Preta Restaurant- Farm to table dining. Inspired seasonal menu. Fresh local food, homemade breads and desserts. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free options. Cold-pressed juices. Full service bar featuring craft cocktails. On and off site food and bar catering. Dinner Sun.-Thurs.4-9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 4-10:30 p.m. 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Free Parking. 570-871-4190. www.loveterrapreta.com Vincenzo’s- Enjoy casual dining featuring New York style pizza, homemade pastas and a special monthly menu focusing on local ingredients & seasonal produce. Catering services on & off premises. Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11a.m.-11 p.m. Closed Sunday. 131 North Main Ave., Scranton. vincenzosscranton.com (570) 347-1060. Wood Grille- See ad page 71

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are encouraged to dress like their favorite celebrities or wear their finest pink carpet attire. The Pre-Oscar Party was conceived in 2016. For the past 11 years, the Komen Foundation hosted an annual Pink Elegance on Parade Fashion Show at the end of February. While the event was always well-received, committee members wanted to branch out and try something different. Since the show was often held on the same night as the Oscars, it was natural to make the shift. What makes the Pre-Oscar Party so important? “This event brings the arts, local business and healthcare comHappeningsPA.com

munity and breast cancer survivor community together to raise much needed funds that directly benefit our local community,” says Dolly Woody, Executive Director of the NEPA Chapter of the Susan G. Komen foundation. Funds raised are directed to community grants providing breast health education programs, along with breast cancer screening treatment and services to the uninsured. So, come out and walk the pink carpet this March! The Pre-Oscar Party shines the spotlight not only on its welldressed guests, but also the importance of breast cancer education and awareness. To learn more, visit komennepa.org H –Megan Kane

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Gail Davis provides women with a day of inspiring workshops in addition to raising funds for local scholarships. “Our success and the community’s positive response has been overwhelming,” noted Summit founder Gail Davis. The theme of this year’s summit is “The Keys to Effective Communication.” Because the event has grown in popularity, the venue was changed to accommodate the demand. For the first time, the sum74

mit will be held at Elk Lake Junior/Senior High School in Springville. The event will be utilizing not only the facilities, but the talents of the SCCTC food service, cosmetology and massage students. The day’s line-up includes professional keynote presentations with Ellen Ely, known for her programs on

Connecting and Communicating in an Age of Social Media, Sharing your End Wishes, Courage to Be Heard, Being a Better Listener, Body Language, Successful Interviews, Stressed Out Moms and more.

There will be over 50 vendors offering empowering products and Ellen Ely Caroline Millen informaleadership and team build- tion for women. ing. She is the Luncheon Additionally, there will be Keynote Speaker with a raffle baskets and goody message of, “Women as bags donated by local Winners.” Caroline Millen, businesses. Tickets are professional leadership $25; bring a friend for development educator at $15. Pre-registration is Binghamton University, will required and can be done begin the day with her online at story of journeying from an www.EndlessMountainsE average student from mpowerment.weebly.com Montrose High School to or by calling 570-500PhD candidate and leader- 2559. H –Kaitlyn Meholic ship development expert. Breakout sessions will include topics focusing on Listening to Your Body, HappeningsPA.com

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Meet District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis won. I felt people wanted the change I was yearning for and they had enough confidence in me to get out and vote."

Stefanie J. Salavantis, 35, has represented the people of Luzerne County as district attorney for more than six years. She oversees the prosecution of all criminal cases. "I do this with the help of 66 prosecutors, support staff and detectives. We also oversee major investigations that take place in any of the 76 municipalities throughout the county." She jumped into the race for district attorney in 2011, a week before the primary election. "Everyone told me it was going to be an impossible feat,” she said. But she didn’t back down. “I felt we needed new faces in the political scene in Luzerne County, having gone through one of the most notorious times in the county’s history. My campaign was about a new, young face, willing to work hard for the people of Luzerne County. I was so proud when the results came in that I had 76

She finds the position very rewarding. "I work hard to protect the safety of Luzerne County residents and hold those committing crimes accountable for their actions. In 2015, the electorate chose her for another four years. "I was humbled by the number of people who voted for me the second time around. It meant so much to me because it showed that Luzerne County residents were happy with the work we were doing in the district attorney's office and they truly believed in me."


Salavantis, a resident of Kingston, is married to James R. McGrady. She is a graduate of Dallas High School and Temple University, with a bachelor's degree in marketing/business and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University. In a field that has slowly opened up to women she sees the gender gap clearly. “Although I hold a position of strength, there are still times I feel I am treated differently because of my gender. A man speaks loud, it shows his strength; a woman does the same thing, it demonstrates weakness. This needs to change,” she said. She is gratified though to see more women hired for public office and running for

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be intimipolitical the political scene in Luzerne dated by posiCounty, having gone through the numtions. “Women one of the most notorious times ber of men in are just in the county’s history.” that proas capable as fession. The majority of the men as successful, strong men in blue are some of the leaders. We need to believe most respectable, caring in ourselves and support individuals who will stand each other more. My hope is beside you and help with as more women get whatever you need. Those involved, we will see more are the men who stood with gender equality.” me when I was new to the Her advice for women interoffice.” ested in a career in governGet to Know Stefanie J. ment and law enforcement Sallavantis: is, follow your passion. “Don’t let anyone tell you can’t do Favorite Quote? it. I am a prime example of “You never go wrong doing that. And, always stand up the right thing.” for what you believe and for what is right.” What are you passionate about? As for women choosing law “I love animals. If I’m having enforcement, she said: “Don’t

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a bad day, they make everything better. I have two Rottweilers and two cats and I look forward to going home and just being with them.” Little known fact about yourself? “I am one of seven children, one of whom is my niece raised by my parents. My best friends are my siblings, and we tend to do everything together. Unfortunately, I have lost a brother and sister during my lifetime. As a family, the loss of two siblings/children has affected us tremendously; however, I believe it has made us closer.” H


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Chasing Success, In and Out of the Courtroom

Attorney Joan Guari, Toczydlowski Law Office area of law such as family law.

Joan Guari is dedicated to balancing a fulfilling career and a close-knit family. As an attorney, she serves clients in several areas of litigation and teaches at Penn State University, Dunmore Campus. Joan also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two daughters. Education: University of Scranton, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Seton Hall Law School, Juris Doctorate in Law. As a woman in the legal profession…: You serve to break stereotypes faced by other legal professionals and help to provide a diverse workforce. Different life experiences, backgrounds and perspectives can only enhance and move the legal community forward. Although there are many women in this profession, it is still heavily populated by men. All too often, people pcharacterize woman as best suited for a particular 78

Success in one’s profession does not have to be at the expense of other important life goals.

Professional Accomplishments: I am most proud of being a working lawyer and also a very active, hands-on parent. Frequently people think these concepts are mutually exclusive. With the help and support of my husband, I believe I am achieving a healthy balance. I hope that by way of example I am instilling this principle to my daughters. Success in one’s profession does not have to be at the expense of other important life goals. Plans for the future: One of my daughters has expressed a desire to go to law school. When she becomes a lawyer, I think it would wonderful to practice with her.

Advice for other women: Succeeding in the legal profession is really no different than other professions or disciplines. The legal profession is very diverse. I would tell women to find what they are passionate about and use their legal skills to embrace this path. If you are happy with what you are doing, life will be much more pleasurable. HappeningsPA.com

Get to Know Attorney Joan Guari Family: Al Guari, husband of 27 years, and two daughters: Danielle, 22, a graduate of the University of Scranton and Nicole, 19, a junior at Temple University. Favorite movie: The Intern Most-used app on your phone: My email app. It enables me to conduct business even if I am not physically in the office. Favorite destination: The Amalfi Coast, Italy.

Biggest pet peeve: Lack of accountability People may not know: I love to cook. I truly enjoy trying all different types of recipes and cooking with my family. H March 2018

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Raising the Bar in the Classroom

Dr. Joann Hudak, Educational Consultant

After working in education for many years, Joann Hudak is passionate about the need for strong female leaders in the field. She recently retired from an accomplished career as assistant superintendent in the Wallenpaupack Area School District. Now Joann works with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, creating professional development workshops that will enhance the next generation of teachers. She also serves as Second Vice Chair Wayne Memorial Hospital/Health System, Inc. Advantages as a woman in education: Education has traditionally been a female-dominated field, so women generally do not face the challenges associated with glass ceiling issues. The major advantage is you have the power to change students’ lives every day! Challenges faced as a woman in education: Educational leadership has become increasingly complex and demanding. Meeting accountability standards, safety and security, dealing with 80

difficult student/family issues, technological advances and decreasing revenue and resources all contribute to high levels of stress among school leaders, both women and men. A decade ago, I would have said women faced discrimination when trying to advance into the “power positions” of administration– high school principal and superintendent. My doctoral dissertation focused on women as school leaders and at that time women were advancing but had to work harder and have better credentials. Thankfully this situation has greatly improved!

consultant involved in a number of exciting endeavors! Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, I am developing an online course for school leaders focusing on student career readiness, which will be piloted this fall. I am also conducting state-wide workshops in collaboration “The profession needs strong with the female leaders who are willing to serve as role models National for our female students!” Center for College and Career Transitions. I am very excited about my work as a facilitator for the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership program. We provide professional development for school leaders based on the National Institute for School Leadership’s Executive Development Program. Advice for other women hoping to succeed in your profession: Don’t view a career in education as a job because it fits your role as a parent and your schedule. It requires passion, commitment and time! The profession needs strong female leaders who are willing to serve as role models for our female students! Get to Know Dr. Joann Hudak

Greatest professional accomplishments: The number of children and families I was able to help, both as a teacher and school leader. Also, my role in bringing the importance of career-focused education to the forefront across NEPA and playing a key role in the development of the Wayne/Pike Workforce Alliance, the 9th Community Education Council in the Commonwealth

Family: Husband Joseph Hudak, son and daughter-in-law Wes and Nicole Torres, daughter and son-in-law Meredith and Ronald Huveneers, son and fiancé Jon Hudak and Kelly Glavin and three grandchildren: Rob, Audrey and Franklin. Favorite movie: Casablanca Most-used app on your phone: Gmail Favorite destination: Spain Biggest pet peeve: Clutter! People may not know: I am a high school dropout. H – Megan Kane

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The Road Less Traveled

Judy Russo on Her PennDot Career sor in the Finals gram for the past two “Just when you Unit. In a nutyears. As of last year, shell, her job is think you can't do employees were even to send staff given the option to it, think again." auditors to check donate to an individon PennDot ual—allowing projects. Later, she is responsiPennDot employees to help cerble for closing out the major tain friends and family in need as construction projects she overwell. sees. Russo says she takes her job very

A graduate of Dunmore High School, Judy Russo grew up in Dunmore before moving to Throop. She started her career with PennDot in highway construction as a Laborer with Local 158. Starting in 1993, she helped with the construction of many roadways and bridges, including the Casey Highway. After five years, an inspectorin-charge on one of her projects approached her with an offer to work inside at one of the construction units. As Russo puts it, “I started out down below and worked my way up." She now holds the position of construction cost manager as a supervi82

While Russo emphasizes her love for her job, she acknowledges its challenges. She explains that each job has to be completed in a designated time frame, and bosses are evaluated on their ability to meet deadlines. Before Russo started working in her current capacity, PennDot was at a 36 percent average of closing out compared to 90 percent now. This new percentage is even higher than the state average, and Russo counts this as one of her greatest accomplishments. Russo is also proud of her part in helping to grow the SECA program. This program encourages PennDot employees to donate a portion of their salary to the charity of their choice. Russo has overseen the proHappeningsPA.com

seriously, and she’s fortunate enough to work with a great staff. In the future, she’d like to see that average of closing out reach 100 percent. To others interested in a similar career path, Russo says, “When I was young, did I think I could build bridges or roadways? Absolutely not." She stresses the importance of following your goals and dreams, “Just when you think you can't do it, think again." On top of her job with PennDot, Russo works part-time at Throop Civic Center, with the after school program. She spends her spare time with her fiancé of many years, as well as her two children, Lauren and Antonio, and three grandchildren, Lorenzo, Dante and Antonia. She somehow even finds time to organize the fundraising for her grandson’s travel baseball team. H –Melissa Durante

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Serving Women of “Substance and Style” Sharon Sinkevich, The Apple Tree Fine Women’s Clothing and Accessories Boutique “Be authentic, and live a Advantages of being an entrepreneur: The freedom to create and pursue my personal and professional interests in two incredibly exciting businesses. Thanks to the internet and social media, the fashion boutique business is moving faster than ever. I still love being involved in the “chase,” searching for the next best designers and ways to elevate my services. Challenges you face: Time management; even after 37 years, I am in a constant state of learning. Education: Graduate of Marywood University; accepted into the Retail Executive Training Program/Allied Corporation. I also worked as a successful business owner’s protégé in the hospitality industry. Why did you choose your profession? Since high school, I have been passionate about fashion, beauty and style. My dear late mother used to sew the latest clothing styles for me, and I spent hours at the Scranton Fabric Store selecting fabrics and adopting Vogue patterns. I loved the feminine look and feel of fine textiles. Origin of your business: I served as co-founder of Malcolm’s Haircutters. When Malcolm’s expanded to a second, larger, salon, I found space within to open a small boutique. In three years, The Apple Tree moved to its current location at 726 Main Street, Stroudsburg. From 1981 to the present day, my team of incredibly dedicated fashion stylists have been dressing women of substance and style. 84

Advice for women entrepreneurs: Be authentic, and live a purposeful life by networking and serving your community. I learned of integrity, resilience and faith in God at a young age, and it has served me well throughout life. Bloom where you are planted (even if temporary). No matter where you are, the universe will provide opportunities for you to become the best version of yourself. Community involvement: After enduring much loss and heartache at age 50, I promised myself that if I survived I would “pay it forward.” By founding ECHO, a resale shop of gently used fine women’s clothing that benefits the Women’s Resources of Monroe County, I aim to reach out to abused women and aid them in raising money for legal fees. I also advocate for women by volunteering to chair the Black and White Gala and serving as president of the Board of Directors of Women’s Resources of Monroe County. Family: My late parents, Thomas HappeningsPA.com

purposeful life personally and professionally by networking and serving your community” Sinkevich—a WWII Veteran and PA State Police Sgt.—and Anna May Sinkevich, and four siblings: Elaine Rossi, Mark Sinkevich, Michael Sinkevich and Lisa Berry. Wonderful nieces and nephews. Most-used app: Mindful Meditation Favorite destination: Boca Raton, Florida People may not know: I was elected the first woman Treasurer of the International Chain Salon Association for five years and worked my way up to Vice President. As a member of the “Me Too” movement, my upcoming book and blog reveal more about my life and how women can navigate the sometimes-perilous path of choosing to leave. H – Megan Kane

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In April 2009, Diane Simovich established Business Women Networking Involving Charity and Education (BW NICE) in Hunterdon County, NJ. Today, the growing organization has expanded to 13 counties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As president of the Monroe County chapter, Melanie McCarthy schedules, manages and conducts the Executive Leadership Committee meetings and monthly chapter meetings. She also coordinates and oversees all activities for the chapter meetings.

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How to Become Empowered Lessons from Street Defense for Women Instructor Becki Broski he biggest part of women’s empowerment, to me, is selfreliance. Because of the training I have done with Tsunami Self Defense Systems (TSDS), I have learned principles that will increase my odds of staying safe. I am proud to be named the first instructor in our Street Defense for Women program.


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weekly basis for about four years at Tsunami Self Defense Systems with with owner and head instructor Robert Thomas. Classes are built around principles and concepts, not moves and techniques. The goal of the classes is to address real world issues that women face. Women have the opportunity to take the power back and be their own first line of defense. I think girls and women of all ages should explore a path of reality based self defense training


that works for them. Whether you train weekly or seasonally, you are empowered to be proactive in your safety. We cover everything from stimulus response drills and role playing realistic attacks, to situational awareness. Every woman can benefit from these classes. I love knowing that I can depend on myself for protection. I also see reality based self defense with TSDS as an investment in personal development. It forces you to confront difficult things (mental or physical) and find your power to blast through them. It has empowered me to find my voice and use it to teach other women to stand up for themselves. H

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Divine Intervention

ecoming a living kidney donor was not a part of 53year-old Scranton resident Joann Saffel’s life plan. At least not the plan she created. When she read the story about a fellow parishioner searching for a kidney in Peckville Assembly of God’s weekly bulletin, her driver’s license did not even designate her an organ donor. But, after reading Kevin Clum’s plea for life the mother of four and grandmother of seven had an overwhelming feeling that donating her kidney was a part of the plan God created for her.

Changes in Kevin’s plan began in 2000. A routine physical examination flagged his high blood pressure. Further testing revealed Kevin had hereditary Polycystic Kidney disease. Over the next 14 years, his kidneys slowly declined. When they functioned at only 20 percent, his doctor suggested searching for a living donor to prevent dialysis. Kevin, then in his late 40s, says he “…didn’t believe they would fail when he 90

was so young,” and resisted. It wasn’t until April 2015 when his kidneys functioned under 15 percent and when his doctor said, “The storm clouds are on the horizon. Don’t wait until they are over your head,” that he began to look for a donor. Kevin soon entered stage 5 renal failure and began dialysis, a treatment he calls, “A life saver but a slow killer,” because of the toll it took on his body. A friend wanted to donate his kidney and months of testing revealed he was a match. But in May 2016, nerves kept Kevin’s friend from transplant surgery. By this time, doctors had removed both of Kevin’s kidneys. At nine pounds each, the were twice the normal size. Dialysis now became vital until doctor’s found another kidney. In July, Lehigh Valley Hospital contacted Kevin. They had a kidney from a deceased donor, but labeled the organ “high-risk.” With 20 minutes to decide if he would accept the kidney he consulted his doctor who warned, “Don’t be in a hurry to just put anything in you. Despite missing two kidneys and dialyzing three days a


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week, Kevin was in decent health and even working. Accepting the kidney might have been more dangerous than declining.

“You’re blessed to be a blessing for someone.”

Feeling discouraged, and physically drained from dialysis, Kevin says he was depressed. An active member of Peckville Assembly of God, his pastor suggested he share his struggles in the bulletin. With the help of his medical team, he did. Many potential donors contacted the hospital, though only one, Joann, passed the strict examinations. Joann shocked her husband when she approached him about pursuing testing, but with his and her children’s support, she went through the process and proved to be Kevin’s perfect match. Or, as she says, she found her, “Brother from another mother.” Medical setbacks delayed the transplant several times, but

Kevin and Joan communicated regularly. They even sat down for a meal with their pastor and families to relax and become better acquainted before the big day, February 8, 2017.

Kevin and Joann just celebrated their first “Transplant-iversary” with a special dinner. Both recipient and donor report they are in excellent health. They reflect on their journey with gratitude for both life and their new friendship. Joann says, “You’re blessed to be a blessing for someone. When I look at him now, it’s a different person. He’s a picture of health.” Kevin calls Joann his angel. “I can’t thank her enough. She gave me the gift of life.”

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Holding Out for a Family Hero


Melissa Lewis met her future husband, Jason, at her first job after nursing school. A patient care tech in dialysis, he taught her everything she knows about the treatment. She says, “I didn’t realize I would end up marrying my best friend.” At that time, she also didn’t imagine administering to him the same treatment he taught her. Diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease when he was 16-years-old, Jason, 40, is now in stage 5 kidney failure. His condition’s severity requires almost nightly in-home dialysis, while he awaits a response to his family’s search for a kidney donor. Melissa, along with their “small basketball team” of 94

six children, has been relentlessly searching for a kidney donor. She created the Facebook page, “Kidney For Jay, Give The Gift of Life Today.” Her daughter Savannah, 8, was inspired create her own, “Savannah’s Secret Gift of Life Search” where she posted a video hoping to get one million likes and shares.

Melissa kept this a secret from Jason, explaining, “He’s quiet and humble. He’s not the type of guy to broadcast his need.” HappeningsPA.com

However, when WNEP and NBC Philadelphia picked up their story, the secret was out. Melissa’s brother expanded their search with a three-week billboard advertisement near Philadelphia. Melissa arranged for special placemats with the search info to be used at a local restaurant. Recently, Savannah asked her mom to make copies of a homemade flyer to hand out at school. Savannah says, “Every day, he gets sicker and sicker and it’s kind of hard because he has to do dialysis every single day.” Dialysis keeps Jason alive, but is physically draining. “It tends to wipe him out,” Melissa says. It is tough on the whole March 2018

family. After dialyzing has been great, “(In need of) an patients at work, though medically extra-special, amazing unsuccessful. Finding a Melissa comes home to dialyze Jason and match is difficult. The person to give my his mother Cate, who donor must be blood husband his life back suffers from the same type B or O and in disease and also so he has the energy to excellent health. needs a kidney transThe Lewis,’ who reside raise six kids.” plant. All the while, in Moscow, optimistithis super-mom cally hold out for their watches their “family hero,” who Melissa describes as, youngest children, Ilyza, 2, Sawyer, 4, “an extra-special, amazing person to give Xander, 5, and Savannah. Melissa and my husband his life back so he has the Jason’s older sons, Brady, 10, and Phoenix, energy to raise six kids.” 18, help by sitting with their dad and grandmother. The Lewis children all have a Jason is now registered with Johns 50/50 chance of inheriting the genetic dis- Hopkins on its transplant list. Anyone interested in becoming a donor can visit ease. www.facebook.com/kidneyforJay/ or conMelissa is deeply thankful for the support tact the Living Donor Program at Johns she and her family have received and for Hopkins at 410-614-9345. H –Lara Notarianni those who have reached out to her, wishing to be tested. Response to their efforts

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World Down Syndrome Day


he Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania hosts its annual basketball game to observe World Down Syndrome Day, March 21. The game takes place at Scranton High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Arc Nor’easters will challenge the Scranton Police Department for the fundraiser. Additional entertainment will include food, baked goods and raffles. The Scranton cheerleaders, West


Scranton cheerleaders and Olyphant Lion Pride Squad will cheer on the teams to victory. All of the proceeds benefit The Arc Responds. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and children under 5 are free. The Arc Responds is a fund established in 1997 that assists Arc’s consumers, fellow staff membersnand people with intellectual disabilities as well as their families. All contributions assist the men, women and children of NEPA who may not have other options


to access basic needs in wake of tragedy or hard times. The fund has helped with food, clothing, bedding, furniture, mortgages/rent and countless other needs. World Down Syndrome Day is marked on March 21 to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down Syndrome. Call The Arc at 570-346-4010. H –Kaitlyn Meholic

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March 2018



On the Road…. to Seneca County, NY


here wineries and waterways thrive!” Seneca County’s claim to fame denotes its idyllic location in the Central Finger Lakes region. The area is situated between the longest and deepest of the Finger Lakes– Seneca and Cayuga. Scenic vistas, historical attractions and boundless recreational opportunities are just a three-hour drive from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.

There’s no more appropriate time than March (Women’s History Month) to visit the birthplace of Women’s Rights in America. Seneca Falls, NY is home to Women’s Rights National Historic Park. Operated by the National Park Service, the historic site tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls in 1848. Visitors to

the historic park may tour the Visitors Center, Wesleyan Chapel (location of the first Women’s Rights Convention), Elizabeth Cady Stanton House (famed women’s rights leader and organizer of the convention) and The Waterwall at Declaration Park. The 100-foot long Bluestone water feature is inscribed with the words of the Declaration of Sentiments. www.nps.gov

Located in the heart of Seneca Falls’ Historic District is the National Women’s Hall of Fame. The oldest membership organization in the nation dedicated to honoring and celebrating the achievements of notable American women has inducted 266 women to date. Distinguished members include Abigail Adams, Madeleline Albright, Louisa May Alcott and Maya Angelou among many others. www.womenofthehall.org

In the land of wine and grapes, a distillery is sure to stand out. Brothers John and Joe Myer built one of the few distilleries in the country on a family farm that dates back 150 years. The views from the Myer Farm Distillers, which is located on the

west side of Cayuga Lake, are spectacular. Joe Myer describes the typical visitor experience, “Upon arrival, visitors will see our stillhouse which is made of hand-finished and hand-laid PA wallstone, featuring windows and casings in homage to our local Erie Canal lockhouses and a hip-roof reminiscent of Scottish malthouses. Entering the building, visitors will be greeted by staff and can peruse shelves filled with continued on page 102

22 different types of spirits, most available in two differently sized bottles. We also have a wide range of clothing and glass souvenirs available. Visitors can look through a wall-sized window into the production area to see the still. We offer tasting samples of all of our products as well as cocktails that feature our spirits. The staff is knowledgeable about both the product and the production and distill-

History and hospitality combine at Barristers Bed and Breakfast. The stately home is a landmark in Seneca Falls, dating to 1860. The name is a nod to the home’s lineage, which includes a series of attorneys. The private residence was fully restored in 2001 and transformed into a fivebedroom bed and breakfast. HGTV featured Barristers Bed and Breakfast on its show, “If Walls Could Talk.” Current innkeepers Ken and Diane McConnell took over in 2007. Diane says they pride themselves on treating each guest like family. Homemade cookies are served each afternoon, and Diane, the consummate 102

ing process, answering questions that complement the tasting experience. I am usually onsite if not working in the tasting room and am happy to provide detailed answers for any visitors who are especially interested in production.” Meyer encourages visitors to take their time and enjoy the grounds while sampling the products. Several of the spirits are national craft competition

concierge, makes sure to speak to each guest after breakfast to help plan their day. Guests may walk to many of Seneca Falls attractions including five museums located right in town. www.sleepbarristers.com HappeningsPA.com

award winners and are only available only in the tasting room. Visitors can taste John Myer single barrel straight whiskeys and J. Earl Myer naturally-infused and flavored whiskeys: a honey and lemon infused straight four grain whiskey, a ginger infused rye whiskey and a cinnamon infused wheat whiskey. www.myerfarmdistillers.com

Knapp Winery is the holder of many firsts in the Finger Lakes region. Located close to Seneca Falls, it was the first vineyard to plant vinifera grapes along the shores of Cayuga Lake, and was the first winery in the Finger Lakes Appellation to plant and vinify the grape variety Cabernet Franc. Recognizing the importance of wine with food, Knapp opened the Vineyard Restaurant in 1992, becoming the first winery restaurant on Cayuga Lake. Knapp Winery produces over 30 products. “We like to say we have a wine for each palate,” explains General Manager Belinda Venuti. The winery includes a large retail room, which can accommodate large groups. There are three tasting bars. Included is a Still Lounge, which currently houses the Alembic Pot that was used to produce the spirits and aperitifs, but now serves as a museum piece. The Still Lounge offers a farm table and bar area, where people can extend their stays to continued on page 104

drink Knapp specialty cocktails and premium wines. Visitors can make a reservation for an estate walking tours with 48 hours notice. The Vineyard Restaurant is open seven days a week Chic metropolitan ambiance, charming small town location– The Gould Hotel is a modern boutique hotel with a rich history located on Main Street in Seneca Falls. The building dates to 1920 but was completely refurbished in 2009 and renovated in 2015. The hotel has every modern comfort and contemporary décor, while keeping the history of the building alive. Each guest room features hardwood floors and a chandelier hangs over every bed. “Guests have often said when they walk in the doors they feel like they are in a hotel in New York City, which can be quite unexpected in Seneca Falls,” explains Meghan Littlejohn of Hospitality Concepts Group. There is a full service restaurant and tavern on site serving American cuisine as well as local and regional wines, craft beers and spirits. The Tavern also features live music on weekends and a trivia night on Tuesdays. www.thegouldhotel.com

May through October and offers specialty wine dinners once a month from March through December. www.knappwine.com

It all started here. Cayuga Wine Trail was the first organized wine trail in the United States. It was established to promote the wineries of the Cayuga Lake American Viticultural Area (AVA) as a collective. Today the Trail consists of 14 wineries that combined have earned over 6,000 national and international medals. Visitors to the Trail can see breathtaking views of Cayuga Lake, Taughannock Falls and rolling vineyards. Spend some time at the wineries, cideries, distilleries, a meadery and a taproom. Katherine Chase, events coordinator for Cayuga Lake Wine Trail says spring is an ideal time to visit. “It’s not too busy yet, which makes the experience more intimate and personalized, and the vines are starting to bud and show life after the cold winter,” says Chase. She recommends visiting five to six wineries in a day, with about an hour at each winery. “This gives them time to select and sample wines, ask questions, wander the gift shop and purchase wines and merchandise. If the weather is nice, this also gives the group time outside with many photo opportunities at each stop,” explains Chase. On March 18 and 19 visitors to the Wine Trail can experience Bacon the Lakein. All 14 will pair tantalizing bacon dishes with Cayuga Lake Wine Trail wine. Besides sampling bacon infused dishes, visitors can sample a wine that compliments that dish, and also be offered up to three more

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Springtime is one of the busiest times at Chocolates by Leopold with a large variety of traditional and new novelty candies. “Easter is bigger than all of the other chocolate holidays comChocolates by Leopold maintains bined,” shared Michelle DePue, the highest quality treats yearbusiness developer. With popuround. “We’re using fourth generalar items such as chocolate eggs “We’re using fourth generation filled with peanut recipes that do not have butter, caramel and substitutions and feature coconut, to molded only the best ingredients” bunnies and crosses, DePue suggests customers think back to the tion recipes that do not have substiEaster baskets of their childtutions and feature only the best hood when envisioning all of ingredients,” explained DePue. The the options available. Each shop also prides itself on providing molded item is decorated indithe highest quality customer servvidually and available in a variice, offering free factory tours to ety of chocolate options. guests and welcoming visitors into “People will drive a great disthe world of confectionary treats. tance for their favorites,” said Visit www.chocolatesDePue. byleopold.net or call Traditional candies for Easter do (570)278-1230. H not begin and end with mold–Ashley Price ed items and peanut butter HappeningsPA.com

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Eggcellent Easter Events! March 11, Caring Bunny, 8:30 –10 a.m., Lehigh Valley Mall, Fullerton. 610-264-5511.

March 26, Breakfast with the Bunny, 10 a.m., Waverly Community House, Waverly. 586-8191.

March 17, Easter Bunny Arrives, 11 a.m., Columbia Mall, Bloomsburg. 784-9000.

March 26, Easter Egg Hunt, 3:30 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Library, Scranton. 207-0764.

March 18, Easter Egg Hunt & Photos with the Easter Bunny, 10:30 a.m., Delaware Youth Center, Callicoon, NY.

March 31, Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m., Old Mill Village Museum, New Milford. 434-3353.

March 20, Easter Pajama Story, 5:30 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Library, Scranton. 207-0764. March 24, Easter Bunny Breakfast, 8 a.m.noon, Monsignor McHugh School, Cresco. March 24, Scott Twp. Police Assoc. Easter Egg Hunt, 1-3 p.m., Scott Municipal Park, Scott Twp.

March 31, Easter Egg Hunt & Family Day, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Super Bounce, Wyoming. 609-5944. March 31, Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Grace Lutheran Church, Hop Bottom. March 31, Easter Egg Hunt & Party, 3 p.m.–6 p.m., VIP Kidz Club, Honesdale. 616-0999. March 31, Sensitive Bunny at Live, Learn & Play, noon-3 p.m., Allentown. 610-797-5483. March 31, South Abington Lions Club & Chinchilla House Co. Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., South Abington Rec Complex, Chinchilla.

March 24, Bunny Brunch & Easter Egg Hunt, 10-12:30 p.m. Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University, Dallas. 674-1225. March 24, 25 & 31, Easter Egg-stravaganza, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Country Junction, Lehighton. 610-377-5050 March 25, Annual Bunny Brunch, seatings at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton. Reservations required. 346-7049. March 25, Jaycees Easter Egg Scramble, noon, Nay Aug Park, Scranton. www.scrantonjaycees.org

April 1, Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. & 11 a.m., Skytop Lodge, Skytop. April 1, Easter Breakfast & Easter Cantata, Faith Baptist Church, Peckville. 383-0330. April 1, Easter Bowling with Egg-stravaganza, 6 p.m., Chacko’s Family Bowling Center, WilkesBarre. 208-BOWL. April 1, Easter Sunrise Service, White Deer Valley Baptist Church, Allenwood. 538-5810. April 1, Brunch with the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m.3 p.m., Shadowbrook Resort, Tunkhannock. 836-2151 April 8, LulaRoe Egg Dash, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Spyglass Ridge Winery, Sunbury. 2869911.



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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Northeast PA Scranton

The second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the country is set for Saturday, March 10 at 11:45 a.m. Parade Day Mass begins at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Brian P. Kelly Memorial two-mile footrace starts at 11 a.m. The race, sponsored by Geisinger, is the oldest road race in the Scranton area. It begins and ends at the front of the Scranton Cultural Center. This nationally acclaimed parade has been held the weekend before the feast of St. Patrick since 1962. The St. Patrick’s Parade Day Association of Lackawanna County puts on a procession not to be missed, with over 12,000 participants. The parade begins at Mulberry St. and Wyoming Ave and ends at the corner of North Washington and Vine. Many Irish groups and societies march, as well as multiple bagpipe, high school and string bands. From bands to floats and dancers, the parade is an NEPA tradition. www.stpatparade.com.

Wilkes-Barre The Diamond City’s 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 at the intersection of South and Main Streets. Thousands of attendees flock to downtown Wilkes-Barre to watch bands, dance groups and local organizations and businesses march the parade route. The parade will also host a number of Irish dancing groups and drum bands. 570208-4149at 2 p.m. 112

Jim Thorpe Come rain or shine, the 21st annual Carbon County St. Patrick's Day Parade, sponsored by the Carbon County St Patrick's Day Committee, will take place along Broadway in Jim Thorpe starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 11. In addition to honoring St. Patrick, this parade has become a huge attraction for the residents of Carbon County to celebrate their Irish heritage and reunite with friends old and new. The parade will start at the upper end of West Broadway and end at the County parking lot, a downhill route that showcases the natural scenic beauty and unique history of Carbon County. The Co-Grand Marshals this year are Noel and Bernadette Behan. www.facebook.com/carbonstpatsparade

Stroudsburg The Annual Stroudsburg St. Patrick's Day Parade is March 18. The procession begins at Stroudsburg High School on Main Street at 1:30 p.m. and ends at Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg. The Pocono Irish American Club works to preserve and promote Irish culture, and this parade has been a vital part of that mission since its founding in 1978. Covering just less than two miles, the parade attracts locals and out-of-towners each year on the Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day. Over two-dozen floats designed by local businesses and organizations and almost 100 troupes participate. From pipe bands to military bands and Mummers groups, the parade offers a wide variety of good, Irish fun. Admission and parking are free. www.poconoirishamericanclub.com H –Kaitlyn Meholic


March 2018

Looking for Hassle Free Travel? Martz Tours Has Just the Ticket magine the opportunity to travel, to explore– unencumbered and reassured. Martz Tours takes travelers to new experi ences without all the “baggage” commonly associated with travel. The area’s preeminent leader in interactive entertainment based tours offers a multitude of one day and multi-day trips for people in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and the Poconos to destinations throughout the East Coast.


Each year Martz Tours plans between 60 and 90 trips to customer favorite destinations such as the Philadelphia Flower Show, Radio City Music Hall, Ocean City, Maryland and smash Broadway plays. Riders enjoy access to popular destinations without the hassle of driving or parking. That ranks as the number one perk among Martz travelers along with the all-inclusive nature of motor coach travel. In addition to transportation, tour costs includes hotel accommodations, meals, admission price

and activities. Travelers also find camaraderie and unexpected bonus to Martz Tours. Singles enjoy the notion of traveling with a group rather than alone and the sheer nature of motor coach travel means it’s easier for riders to visit and socialize along the way. Along with returning favorite destinations, the 2018 Tour schedule also features some eagerly anticipated new additions. There’s a Washington D.C. “Faith in in Our Nation Trip, Lancaster “Chow Chow Chow Down” and Stourbridge Train Ride and “Fire and Ice.” Tours to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, Niagara Falls, NY and Getttysburg at Halloween are also new this year. In October, Martz Tours will offer an “Enchanting Long Island, NY” tour. The tour includes admission to six mansions, guided tours, hotel accommodations, restaurants, tax and gratuities and baggage handling.

The appeal of Martz Travel is as varied as the destinations themselves. Senior citizens enjoy the social aspect of organized travel, young parents love the opportunity to expose their children to new experiences while having the peace of mind of safe travels and young adults appreciate the opportunity to access affordable “hot spot” destinations. Each Martz Tour is designed for optimal enjoyment with plenty of free time built into every excursion. Many tours include a company escort who is responsible for handling details such as group admissions, itineraries and even entertaining riders along the way with trivia and activities. Those who choose a Martz Tour will soon find the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination. www.martztours.com 570-726-1831 H

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Ronald McDonald House on Safari

31st Annual Gourmet Gala

The Ronald McDonald House in Scranton provides a place for families of seriously ill or injured children to stay while their children are being treated. The organization goes above and beyond to ensure that families feel at home during their stay—doing their best to ease stress with things like a cozy living space and home-cooked meals. The annual Gourmet Gala to benefit Ronald McDonald House returns to Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Wilkes-Barre on March 18 to help support these ongoing services. The annual gala has grown to over 1,000 attendees. Last year, the committee adopted a new floor plan for the event to best accommodate attendees and showcase the variety of area food vendors present at the gala. This year, local designer John Mackey is responsible for the gala décor, which will bring the theme– “Fun “100 percent of the Food Safari” to proceeds go to help life. Aside from provide the core the festive decor, attenprograms of the Ronald dees can expect McDonald House right a variety of here in our community.” food, raffle prizes and entertainment. Nearly 50 area restaurants, bakeries, wineries and breweries will provide refreshments including Café Rinaldi, Nimble Hill Winery and Brewery, Lynn Sandy’s Bakery, State Street Grill and Wildflowers Bistro, among many others. Picture Perfect Band will provide live entertainment. 114 114

Organizer Peggy Hennemuth , cochair of the 2018 Gourmet Gala along with Patty Brown, explains, “100 percent of the proceeds go to help provide the core programs of the Ronald McDonald House right here in our community.” In addition to the Ronald McDonald House location, the organization also offers comfortable, homey spaces at designated areas at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton; Geisinger-Community Medical Center, Scranton and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre as part of The Family Room Program. This program aims to allow families the opportunity to escape from the hospital environment during days at these facilities. Organizers hope to raise over $100,000. For the past five years, tickets for Gourmet Gala sold out in advance. Visit www.TheGourmetGala.com to purchase tickets or visit the Ronald McDonald House at 332 Wheeler Avenue, Scranton. H –Melissa Durante

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Featuring: Bingo, Auction, Yoga Bell Choir, All the King’s Daughters’ Tea Party, Fashion Show, Talent Show and so much more.

This event happens April 23-27, 2018 Want to come for the day? Tues., Wed., Thurs. $15 per person Includes activities for the day, lunch & use of pool. Call for more information.


398 South Street • P.O. Box G • Waymart, PA

570-488-6129 • www.ladore.org

9th Annual

Vineyards by the Viaduct May 12, 2018

Nicholson Carnival Grounds Noon to 6 p.m. • Rain or Shine Live Entertainment!

Just off Rt. 92 on Park Ave., Nicholson

$15 Advance Tickets $25 at the Gate $5 Designated Driver Purchase online at

NicholsonFireCo.com 570-942-4717 for more information March 2018




So many great things HAPPENING, we need way more than 128 pages.

• Expanded Events Calendar • Deleted Scenes & Photos Happening This • What’s Weekend? Email Service

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

We have five different classes to choose from: Tsunami Seniors • Tsunami K.I.D.S. Tsunami Street Defense for Women Street Smart Essentials *ALL but street defense for Women are co-ed classes. A L S O AVA I L A B L E


Studio: 418 South Main Street, Taylor PA (570) 357-8195 • girlsonguardpa.com We also travel to you: colleges, corporations, community centers & places of worship.


Benefit Horse Show FOR


Saturday April 21, 2018

Birchtown Stables in Forest City, PA Offering Hunter Classes and Classics. Held in our heated indoor facility. Great food is served all day and exhibitors have the chance to win beautiful awards. Birchtown Stables has raised over $40,000 for the CCFA. Every year we are $1 closer to finding a cure for the 1.6 million people affected with Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis or IBD.

Open to the public, free parking & admission




March 2018

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


Warm, charming, historic B&B welcoming you with the comforts of home and all the modern amenities in three well-appointed guest rooms including; queen beds, private baths, electric fireplaces, central AC, TV, WiFi, gardens and more. Enjoy a chef’s choice home-cooked breakfast each morning. Friendly hospitality and five-star service. Honesdale, PA 570-253-5573

LYNN-LEE HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST Step into the past while savoring the convenience of today in our gracious, restored 1868 Victorian! Three beautifully appointed guest rooms with queen size bed & private bath. Antiques, period & traditional furnishings. Unwind by the fireplace after skiing, antiquing or sightseeing. Full gourmet breakfast served daily. 1036 Main Street, New Milford, PA. 570-465-3505 www.lynn-lee.com

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


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

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

March 2018



MARCH HAPPENINGS Area code 570 unless specified

Mar. 1-9, Berenice D’Vorzon: Works on Paper, Hope Horn Gallery, Scranton. 941-7624.

Mar. 20, Power Rangers Live!, 7 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 SUN


Mar. 1-May. 7, John Kascht: Making Faces, Everhart Museum, Scranton. 346-7186.

Mar. 24, Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch, Misericordia University, Dallas. 674-6286.

Mar. 1-31, Canadian Masters of the Carmen and Sarah Latona Collection, Misericordia University, Dallas. 674-6372.

Mar. 24, Little Eco Explorers: Frogs, 10-11:30 a.m., Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 8282319.

Mar. 1-Apr. 23, Distinguished for Their Talents Theatrical Portraits by Scranton Master Penman P. W. Costello, 19051930, Weinberg Memorial Library, Scranton. 941-6341.

Mar. 24, Summer Camp Open House, 10-11 a.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 346-7369 x100.

Mar. 1, The Guerilla Girls on Tour! Where Do Ideas Come From? University of Scranton, Scranton . 941-7624.

CHILDREN’S EVENTS Mar. 1, Hide-n-Seekers Program for Preschoolers– Amazing Amphibians, 10 a.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Mar. 3, Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash, 1:30-3 p.m., Lackawanna County Children's Library, 520 Vine St, Scranton. 348-3000 ext. 3015. Mar. 6, Dr. Seuss on the Loose, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, Scranton. 207-0764. Mar. 11, Wild and Furry: Mammals of Penn's Wood, 2 3 p.m., Lackawanna County Children's Library, Scranton. 348-3000 ext. 3015. 122

Mar. 24, Free Showing of "Inside Out," 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111.






Mar. 3-4, Craft & Vendor Show, 600 Scranton Carbondale Hwy, Eynon. 876-4098. Mar. 3, Newton Ransom Elementary Chili Cook Off, Clarks Summit Fire Hall, Clarks Summit. 4984725. Mar. 3, Community Contra Dance, 7 p.m., Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston . 333-4007. Mar. 4, Monthly Breakfast Buffet, 8 a.m., Jefferson Twp Fire Dept., Jefferson Township. 6892829.

Mar. 26, Early Explorers: Inside of an Egg, 1-2:30 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Moscow. 842-1506.

Mar. 6, 13, 20 & 27, Underground Microphone, 5-8 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111.

Mar. 26, Easter Egg Hunt, 3:30 p.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, Scranton. 2070764.

Mar. 7, Teen Night: Computer Frankenstein, 6-7:30 p.m., Osterhout Free Library, WilkesBarre. 821-2959.

Mar. 28, Marvel Movie Madness, 5:30 p.m., Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes-Barre. 821-1959.

Mar. 11, The Renal Race 7, 10 a.m., Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 814-9795.

COMMUNITY EVENTS Mar. 1, Teen Advisory Board, Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes-Barre. 821-1959. Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, South Side Winter Farmers' Market, 509 Cedar Ave, Scranton. 346-6203. HappeningsPA.com

Mar. 12, The Menu- Cooking Series, 7 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111. Mar. 13, Tuesdays with Nellie Mystery Book Club, 5:30 p.m., Wayne Co Public Library, Honesdale. 253-1220. Mar. 16, St. Patrick’s Day Party, 5 p.m., Glass-wine.bar.kitchen., Hawley. 226-1337. March 2018

MARCH HAPPENINGS Mar. 16, Stations of the Cross, 5 p.m., St. Stephen's ProCathedral, Wilkes-Barre. 8256653.

Mar. 24, Spring Vendor Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Riverside East Elementary School, Moosic . 963-6842.

Mar. 17-18, Annual Engagement & Wedding Band Trunk Show & Sale, Steve Pronko Jewelers, Dickson City . 489-0951.

Mar. 24, Spring Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wilkes-Barre Area Career & Technical Center, Wilkes-Barre. 822-4131.

Mar. 17, The GAR Memorial and Library Museum Open House, noon-3 p.m., Civil War Museum , Scranton. 343-4145. Mar. 18, Riverside Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Riverside Junior Senior High School, Taylor. 362-1923 . Mar. 18, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, 5 p.m., The Settlers Inn, Hawley. 226-2993. Mar. 21, Cinderella's Closet of NEPA Unique Boutique, Genetti Manor, Olyphant. 407-0764. Mar. 21-25, Sushi Week, Glasswine.bar.kitchen., Hawley. 226-1337. Mar. 21, Teen Night-Game Night, 6-7:30 p.m., Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes-Barre. 8211959. Mar. 22, An Evening at the Scranton School: Celebrating Our Kids, Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children, Clarks Summit. Mar. 23, Computer Programming Contest for High School Students, 9 a.m., University of Scranton. 941-7774. Mar. 23, Project Linus, 4 p.m., Wayne Co Public Library, Honesdale. 253-1220.

Mar. 24, Scranton High School Band Vendor/Craft Fair and Basket Raffle, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Scranton High School, Scranton. 346-7186.

CONCERTS Mar. 3, Performance Music: In Recital, University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7624. Mar. 4, NEPA Philharmonic: Zuber Flute & Percussion Duo, 4 p.m., WVIA Studios, Pittston. 270-4444. Mar. 4, Decades Rewind, 78:15 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 1-800-999-7828. Mar. 4, David Byrne, 7:30 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100. Mar. 7, Performance Music: General Recital, University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7624. Mar. 9-10, Delta Thunder Performing A Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd & The Allman Brothers Band, River Street Jazz Cafe, WilkesBarre. 900-8180.

Mar. 11, Ani DiFranco, 8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100. Mar. 14, Judah & the Lion, 8 p.m., Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 420-2808. Mar. 15, Red Hot Chili Pipers, 7:30 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 800-999-STATE. Mar. 16, The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour, 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre. 970-7600. Mar. 17, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, 7:30 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 800-999-STATE. Mar. 18, Choral Society of NE Children's & Youth Choirs Spring Concert, 4 p.m., Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, Scranton. 343-6707. Mar. 21, Creed Bratton, 8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100. Mar. 23, Steamtown String Fling, 7:30 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111. Mar. 23, The Midtown Men, 7:30 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 800-999-STATE.

Fritz Brothers Well Drilling

Mar. 11, A Toast to the Rat Pack, 2 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 346-7369.

Continuous Service Since 1930

Water Systems Pipe & Fittings Water Conditioning 100 Cliff Street, Honesdale, PA 18431 Located on Route 6 (570) 253-2660

Member of PA & NY & National Water Well Associations

March 2018



MARCH HAPPENINGS Mar. 24, The Beach Boys, 7 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100. Mar. 25, Celtic Woman, 3 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100. Mar. 25, Performance Music: In Concert, 7:30 p.m., University of Scranton Scranton. 941-7624. Mar. 28, NEPA Philharmonic Cello & Piano Recital, 7 p.m., WVIA Studios, Pittston. 270-4444.

NATURE Mar. 3-4, Sugar Shack Scramble, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry . 828-2319. Mar. 13, LCEEC Beekeepers Club, 7 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Moscow. 842-1506. Mar. 17, Woodcock Walk, 6:30-8 p.m., Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. Mar. 24, Salamanders, Frogs, and More!, 1-3 p.m., Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 8282319. Mar. 25, Bridge the Gap: Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk, 10 a.m.-noon, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry . 828-2319.


Mar. 5, Diabetes Prevention Program, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Taylor Community Library, Taylor. 214-2643. Mar. 5, Schemel Forum: "Understanding the Americans Who Joined Isis,” noon-1:30 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton . 941-6206. Mar. 7, Tai Chi for Arthritis Sessions, 3 p.m., Irem Clubhouse, Dallas. 675-1866. Mar. 7, 14, 21 & 28, The Sixties: Making Sense of a Formative Era, 6 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6206. Mar. 8, Fly Fishing for Beginners: Trout, Streams & Fly Tying Basics, 1:30-3 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Mar. 9, 16, 23 & 30 Grief Share, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of East Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg . 421-7662. Mar. 11, What Do I Cook with All This Beer? Cooking Class, 2 p.m., Boiler Room, , Hawley. 390-4440. Mar. 14-15, Home & Business Solar Discovery, 5:30-7 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Moscow. 842-1506.

SPECIAL EVENTS Mar. 5, Diabetes Prevention Program, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Taylor Community Library, Taylor. 214-2643. Mar. 5, Schemel Forum: "Understanding the



Americans Who Joined Isis,” noon-1:30 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton . 941-6206. Mar. 7, Tai Chi for Arthritis Sessions, 3 p.m., Irem Clubhouse, Dallas. 675-1866. Mar. 7, 14, 21 & 28, The Sixties: Making Sense of a Formative Era, 6 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6206. Mar. 8, Fly Fishing for Beginners: Trout, Streams & Fly Tying Basics, 1:30-3 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Mar. 9, 16, 23 & 30 Grief Share, 7-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of East Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg . 421-7662. Mar. 11, What Do I Cook with All This Beer? Cooking Class, 2 p.m., Boiler Room, , Hawley. 3904440. Mar. 14-15, Home & Business Solar Discovery, 5:30-7 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, Moscow. 842-1506. Mar. 14, Make Your Own Four Leaf Clover Charm, 6-7:30 p.m., Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes-Barre. 821-1959. Mar. 14, Well Water Basics: Protect Your Drinking Water, 7 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. Mar. 16, Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: The Time is Now, 8-9:30 a.m., Hilton Scranton, Scranton. www.scrantonchamber.com.. Mar. 17, Working Your Dream, 11 a.m.-noon, Taylor continued on page 126 March 2018

MARCH HAPPENINGS Community Library, Taylor. 562-1234. Mar. 17, Fire Building, 1-3 p.m., Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319.

Mar. 22, Streamwatch Program, 7 p.m., Northampton Community College, Tannersville. 839-1120.

Mar. 24-25, Living Easter Basket Workshop, 11 a.m.-4 Mar. 18, Vegetable Gardening p.m., Creekside Gardens, 101, Nay Aug Park , Scranton. Tunkhannock. 344-9186. Mar. 24, Ulysses S. Grant, 1-3 Mar. 18, DIY Birdfeeders, 10 p.m., GAR Museum & Library, a.m.-noon, Pocono 340 N Washington Ave, Environmental Education Scranton. 343-4145. Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. Mar. 24, Streamwatch Program, 7 p.m., Mar. 19, Shared Past, Northampton Community Divergent Courses: Zionism College, Tannersville. and Palestinian Nationalism, 839-1120. Part 3, The Israel-Palestinian Conflict, 1979-Present, Mar. 27, Plan It!, 6 p.m., Valley University of Scranton, Community Library, Peckville. Scranton. 941-6206. 489-1765. Mar. 19 & 26, The Habsburg Monarchy 1519-1918, 6 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6206. Mar. 22, Unique Pathways Program Series: Speaker Jim Asselstine, Dorflinger Factory Museum, 5:30 p.m., Hawley Public Library, Hawley. 226-4620. Mar. 22, Using Children’s Literature to Teach for Social Justice, 6 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6305. Mar. 22, Lids, Lines & Lips Beauty Event, 6-8 p.m., Eye Care Specialists, Kingston. 6647171. Mar. 22, Build Your Home Energy Toolbox, 7 p.m., Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance, Hawley. 245-1245.


THEATER & FILM Mar. 1-4, Godspell, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg. 422-3532 . Mar. 1-4, The Moors, 8 p.m. University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-4318. Mar. 2, Dublin Irish Dance Stepping Out, 7:30 p.m., Mitrani Hall, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg. 389-4409. Mar. 3, Chefs The Sizzling Kitchen Showdown, 8 p.m., FM Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 826-1100.

Mar. 11, Cabaret, 7 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 800-999-STATE. Mar. 16-18, Kinky Boots, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 342-7784. Mar. 20, Latin American Film Festival: Orfeu Negro Brazil 1959, 7 p.m.University of Scranton. 941-7778. Mar. 23-24, The Music Man, Mid Valley High School Auditorium, Throop. 307-1150 ext 2205. Mar. 23, Comedy Nite, 8 p.m., The Waterfront at Silver Birches, Hawley. 226-4388. Mar. 24-25, Marywood Dance Team's 19th Annual Spring Show, 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., Marywood University, Scranton. 815-4891. Mar. 26, Mostly Mondays at The Movies: Big Sonia, 7 p.m., K.S. Gross Auditorium, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg. 389-4409. Mar. 31, Steel Panther Sunset Strip Live, 8 p.m., Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 420-2808.

Find more March events at www.HappeningsPA.com!

Mar. 9, Hypnotist John Cerbone, 8 p.m., The Waterfront at Silver Birches, Hawley. 226-4388.


March 2018

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March 2018 Happenings Magazine  

Study the latest trends in home decor, celebrate weddings and anniversaries, and learn more about notable woman across NEPA—all this and mor...

March 2018 Happenings Magazine  

Study the latest trends in home decor, celebrate weddings and anniversaries, and learn more about notable woman across NEPA—all this and mor...